Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
341ml bottle - the summer solstice may be a few months behind us now, but the season isn't done just yet! This incarnation of the series is apparently flavoured with raspberries.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium magenta hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly cotton candy pink head, which leaves a few instances of ocean spray lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet (and thus, semi-tart) pureed raspberries, a reserved lactic sourness, gritty, grainy wheat malt, and a faint earthy leafiness. The taste is more zesty raspberries, seeming cut with a bit of sour cream - or at the very least a touch of warmed milk - a still understated musty funk, soft notes of sweet husky wheat, white wine vinegar, a hint of saltine cracker, and a genial leafy, almost floral dryness.
The carbonation is quite involved in its majorly frothy and minorly fizzy manner, the body a sturdy middleweight, and actually somewhat smooth, even with all those acids swirling about. It finishes mostly bereft of any sweetness, save a tiny fruitiness still clinging on to the welcoming and persistent raspberry essence.
A stellar flavoured wheat beer, no matter what world region's style it was going for - tart, wheaty, sour, and fruity, all in admirable balance. Easy to drink, - if you don't mind the stripped-down nature of the titular fruit - each sip daring you to immediately have another go.
08-22-2014 18:12:55 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
Sampled at VT Brewfest.
A-Awesome! Looks like cranberry juice. a tiny slice of pink froth. Love the looks.
S-Puréed raspberries. Tart, young raspberries. Underlying wheat and non-fruit funk. Natural! Just a bit restrained in the nose but it still smells delectable.
T-Raspberries, both ripe and tart. Natural flavor. Akin to the nose in the best way. I need 40 more samples. The Berliner aspects aren't completely washed away either.
M-Light, quenching, crisp. Very drinkable with a fruit juice feel.
O-One of my most sought-after beers at the festival; actually one of my more sought after beers. Raspberry Berliner Weiss! Oh yes. An absolute stunner. Exceeded rather high expectations.
07-25-2014 00:07:36 | More by VelvetExtract
Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
95 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.