Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 186
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2002

Berliner weiss with raspberries.
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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours garnet/ruby with a very quickly fading head.
Nose shows massive raspberry with soft confectionery notes. Lovely stuff despite being so focussed on the one aspect.
Amazing flavours, heaps of tart raspberry with a great acidic hit. Some gooseberry notes too and a port note.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dieu Du Ciel "Solstice D'été Aux Framboises"
$5.44 Canadian for a 12 oz. tulip glass on tap @ Bier Markt, Montreal

Notes: Ruby colored body. Pink, frothy head. Good retention and lacing. The bright raspberry nose suggests sweetness but that doesn't carry into the flavor which displays a clean, sharp sourness. Dry. No bitterness needed. For fans of sour beers this one is a "must-try".

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

The traditional and "too-sour" taste of Berliner weiss rendered it to accompany a swirl "mit schuss" of raspberry syrup to temper its aggressive acidity. Well, not anymore. Now the tart raspberry and its hearty juices are employed to exacerbate its sour nature in the most brilliant of ways.

Its electric ruby-pink color simply gleams with a soft hazy glow. A swirl of short-statured froth simmers on top and pulls acute aromatics of lemon, lime, green apple, vinous white wine, cork must, a whiff of sea air and the obvious overlay of raspberry. As the ale hits the tongue, the tissues shrink and the muscles tighten while its brazen acidity assaults the taste buds.

Tart raspberries command the middle palate as its juicy and fruit-forward refreshment tethers through the ale's natural lactic sourness and offers a calm semblance of balance. Less earthy than the nose suggests, the sourness is strikingly of dried lime, citrus peel and light English bitters.

Exit stage left- the light bodied ale lifts from the tongue and evaporates in an instance, allowing for a highly clean, refreshing and palate-stripping taste with virtually no malt or earthen linger. Only a faint echo of raspberry and lime trail in the retro-olfactory, yet only briefly.

Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Dated 5/2014. Poured into a snifter glass 11/26/2014.

A- Beautiful medium-red body with a fluffy, dark pink head with great retention time. Nice film and medium-sized collar. Very pretty beer, similar to a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus or Kriek in appearance. [4.25]

S- Rich, seedy raspberry aromas, lactic acid, yogurt. These are the dominant flavours here, especially the raspberry fruit aromas. The lactate isn't that overpowering by any means, but it is definitely there. Smooth, rich and aromatic; easily the best aspect of the beer. [4.25]

F- Raspberry jam, hints of lactate, a little bit of yogurt, some acetic acid that balances out the raspberry fruit flavours for a short while. The raspberry comes back towards the end, producing a beautiful tart raspberry finish. This is really enjoyable. The tartness of the lactate and vinegar combine with the strong raspberry flavours to create a nice sour raspberry flavour that I could drink for days on end. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side of things. Lacks a slight bit of depth on the mouthfeel; the acidity sticks around a bit longer on the finish but it is lacking a bit of a kick or finish at the end that the beer would certainly benefit from. In short, it is an evanescent finish that leaves me wanting more. Still, very drinkable and tasty beer that has no off flavours. [3.75]

O- Very nice framboise that has just enough acidity and a ton of raspberry flavours to keep your palate entertained. It does lack the depth and complexity of a lambic, but for what it is, I will not complain and gladly drink as much of this as I can get my hands on. [4.25]

Final score: 4.20

Photo of bishopdc0
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife. Got this as part of and UP trade.

The beer is running is ruby red look s like cranberry juice.

The nose is raspberries, sweet reminds me of new glarus

The taste is again raspberries, tart but unfortunately slightly one dimensional, tart and very light.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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, seemingly 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 - that is if you don't mind the stripped-down nature of the titular fruit - each sip daring you to immediately have another go.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Volo DDC tap takeover, this is the
Raspberry version had, not as good. synthetic (and natural) aroma. Pinkish colour. Minimum head. Still Nice tanginess.Too candy raspberry taste and aroma. Cherry much better.Average mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan the man for this one. 12oz. bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy light pink colored head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, bright red. No lace. Average but a really stunning color.

Nose is a big burst of raspberry puree and seed with just the slightest touch of sweet yeast in the back. Enticing and very aromatic.

Opens seedy, sweet and tart raspberry. More raspberry tartness and a slight bitterness from the seed in the middle. Foamy and yeasty at the back end with a puckering sour fruit throughout. Mellows in the finish with a slightly tart and very dry aftertaste. Simple and enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down dry, puckering and filmy. Bone dry finish with a sticky, lingering, dry aftertaste. Refreshing and just what I want from the style.

Perhaps not as good as the cerise, there's a touch too much seed and bitter pit presence in this one. Still, its a very enjoyable beer that displays the qualities of the fruit perfectly.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright clear red. Beautiful color. Not much of a head though.

Smell - Tons of raspberries. Acidic raspberries and some grain. As it warms, I get a slightly buttery off aroma.

Taste - Tart raspberries. Almost no sweetness. Grain and a bit of caramel malt. The off flavor from the nose comes out as it warms up. Makes it tastes creamy and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium light and tart. More of a fruit tartness than a beer sourness though.

Overall - This would be really great if not for that weird flavor.

Photo of beerboy21
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm thinking of making the drive from So. NH to Montreal just to have this brew! This is an interpretation of the Berliner Weisse style done avec fruit (strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry), with this lovely example being enhanced by the raspberry. Strikingly beautiful rose red color with pinkish head. Tart?? Can I hear ya say "Hell Ya"!! Freshly picked raspberries run bone-dry through the finish. This isn't for the faint of heart, a definate no-no for non-BA women drinkers looking for one of them funky-ass sweet fruit brews.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to oldp0rt for sending this one as an extra in a semi-recent trade! Shared this one on the One Year Anniversary of My Accident/Surgery! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep ruby red with a half finger pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, fruit, funk, earth, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, strawberry, funk, subtle earth, tart, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. If I am honest I have to say that this was one of the best Berliners that I’ve had to-date. The raspberry boomed through on each sip and kept me begging for more. The tart and sour aspect worked really well with the fruity sweetness. This made for a unique and down-right tasty combination if I am honest. A really well done brew that I’m glad I got to experience!

Photo of Goldorak
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-sampled 02sep2005

Appearance: Impressive, vibrant red with a slick of froth that contrasts with it's pearly white color. It really does look like those alcopop nightmares...

Smell: Strong, fruity acidity that reminded of raspberry flavored vinegar or a dry rosé wine, it had a floral-like sweetness that didn't come out at all in the taste, sort of like eau-de-rose or those flowery essences they use to make some mediterranian desserts.

Taste: Whoh, this stuff is tang-tastic! Lip-smacking, like pure, unsweetened cranberry juice. May not be for everyone, but I seriously believe that it's impossible to make a Beer more refreshing than this. Light, wheaty body, and a dry mead aftertaste. This stuff is kick ass.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Luk (Luk13) for this great extra. Cheers! 341ml bottle listed at 5.9abv.

Appearance – Pours a brilliant red/dark pink color into a tulip. When held up to the light, the red is luminous, and one can observe some sediment chilling in the bottom of the glass. About a finger of pink head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving slight lacing.

Smell – A wonderfully intoxicating nose filled with fresh tart raspberries. There are some floral notes, a sweet backbone, and a tartness.

Taste – Oh wow. The nose on this led me to believe this might be somewhat similar in taste to Blushing Monk. Heck no. This has an immediate mouth puckering effect as I take the first sip. Loads of tart raspberries, and honestly not much of a sweetness to the flavor (though it does come through just a hint at the end). However, while the flavor is unlike Blushing Monk, this beer is similar to the aforementioned beer in the fact it is somewhat one dimensional. It is heavy on the raspberry and wheat, but not much else comes through. Nevertheless, it works for this beer. While BM became somewhat cloying at the end, this beer, with its refreshing tartness/lactic sourness rather than sweetness, makes me smack my lips after every sip all the way to the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, almost creamy, slightly prickly carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Overall – I like experiencing new beers. I love being surprised by new beers. This beer is no exception. When Luk gave it to me as an extra, I decided to hold off for a bit to try it knowing I would probably enjoy it. I am very happy I was not let down. I can only hope this beings to be imported to the United States (I believe it is only available in Canada as of now). If so, I would buy as much of this as I could. Fantastic.

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Hoppypocket, Jayhoop and Unibrou4ever for getting this to me. Probably my favourite (and very uncommon) style from an amazing brewery. Huge expections here!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep red with a slight orange tint and half a finger of bubbly pink head.

Smell. Fresh ripe raspberries!! Not much else going on, but if I didn't know this was beer I'd swear I was smelling a glass of raspberry puree.

Taste. Sour fresh raspberries and lemon juice. There's a little bit of wheat there and maybe some very slight mineral flavours, but the real raspberry and Berliner sourness are pretty amazing. No alcohol whatsoever. Couldn't imagine a fruited Berliner Weiss tasting better than this!

Mouthfeel. Ligight+ body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantasic beer. I could drink this every week and probably never get tired of it. Lived up to my expectation and then some. So glad that I have a couple more to savour of a style I don't get nearly enough of!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pinkish color beer with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart raspberries with some light brett notes. Taste is also a mix between some tart notes with fresh raspberries and light residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with right mix between fresh raspberries, tart and funky notes. I wish this would be available on a more regular basis.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat44 for this bottle.
Raspberry version. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium opaque raspberry red colour with one finger of creme soda coloured head that disappeared almost immediately.

S - Raspberry jam, tartness and a subdued sweetness.

T - Tart raspberry, faint bready notes and an ever so slight sweetness in the middle followed by a dry, tart finish. A noticeable acidity is evident throughout but the sweetness cuts through it with perfect balance.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of jegross2
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Solstice D'ete from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montreal in Canada.
Score: 93

Bottled in August of 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 10/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a pink Rose color with a thin bubbly ring around the glass that totally settles. Some oily legs, but minimal lacing and retention. The color of this beer is absolutely gorgeous! 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet and slightly tart "freeze-dried strawberries" (more specifically, this stuff), fresh and slightly floral puréed raspberries, and a light amount of lemon too. Very inviting! 4.25/5

Taste: More tart than the nose. Absent is most of the strawberry from the nose, but in its place is a greater presence of tart raspberries and freshly squeezed lemon. The flavor towards the finish reminds me of a less sour raspberry warhead candy. Mild pucker at first that grows slightly as the beer warms. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation with tons of tart citrus zest on the tongue. Sweet and sour. 4.5/5

Overall: A delicious Berliner weiss that reminds me of a sweeter, less tart framboise.

Recommendation: Seek this one out; it's quite excellent.

Pairings: Pretzels.

Cost: $5 for a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341 bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 2013/07; Poured: 2013/08/24

A: Blood red and almost clear (a feat for a wheat beer)! It pours to a short light red (but not pink) bubbly head which falls fast to a thin collar and no lacing.

S: A blast of fresh raspberries which are both sweet and tart; a hint of sourness and maybe some lemon acidity. The primary focus here are raspberries!

T: Wow, massive raspberry flavor, both sweet and tart, not that fake, sugar added, fake cloying sweetness of so many other fruit beers. A nice amount of acidity and a touch of saltiness comes through as the beer warms and a bit of ‘wheatiness’. The finish is long and tart and full of raspberry goodness!

M: Light body and lots of carbonation; very light and refreshing on the palate, a challange for a beer at almost 6% ABV.

O: Fantastic beer! From the nose to the start and through the finish, this is full tribute to raspberries.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David.

Bright purple body topped by a pink layer of foam. Big acidic raspberry aroma, very vibrant. Some lactic and lemon notes are present behind the berries. The palate is similar, quite sour and lactic with a great tart raspberry character. Nice bubbly and light mouthfeel. This is really enjoyable.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I don't know where to start with this beer! Can I say a beer? Or maybe some fruit alcoholic juice, this is a weird freaky beer, not for my tastes but very interesting and fun too.

Appearance, is bright red, like you would have a strawberry juice, very nice color. The head dissapeard very quicky, too quicky as the white of the head and the bright red of the beer were beautiful when teamed together.

Smells like cherry, not too strong, not to shy, a balanced smell.

Taste, oh my, here we go... SOUR, VERY SOUR! The first sip I can assure you, you will go funny faces. It very acid and sour, reminding me of some gueuze/lambic /fruit. Then, you get curious and the taste get better.

It is quite an experience to try

Photo of papat444
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MY 1000TH BEER PIC!!! or it was until i lost a beer pic somewhere :(

***Raspberry version (5,9% ABV)***

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled June 2011.

Appearance: Pureed raspberry colored body with a pink head. Completely cloudy with bubbling foam filling half the glass. Retention is good as is the lacing.

Smell: Killer! Fresh raspberries with wheat but the raspberry steals the show. More sweet than tart. The aroma reminds me of picking raspberries in our yard and also brings memories of picking them with my grandmother when i was young.

Taste: Major raspberry presence without being fruity. More tart than sour. Not mouth puckering but does leave its stamp. Ripe raspberries dominate and even manages to capture that acidic side without overdoing it. Sweetness sneaks in there around the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a smooth body. Very zesty and alive.

Overall: One of my favorite DDC beers. Raspberries are my favorite fruit and this beer really lets them shine. While certainly tart, it still is a world-class brew and is worth driving 2+ hours round trip to the brewery to get.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppypocket for sending this all the way out West

A: Glorious ruby Red, haloed with just a whisp of raspberry cream coloured head. Just a slight haze clouds the brew.

S: Fresh raspberry puree and a chaser of a light funkiness and sour.

T: Tart raspberries with fresh lemon squeeze, puckering sour tang and a hint of barnyard funk. A wonderful tang lends way to minerals and finishes with the juicy tart raspberry.

M: Dry and tart that compliments the fresh raspberry tang. A dry pucker on the finish that gripes the taste buds for a last go-round.

O: A bright and tangy brew true to the flavour of raspberries. Light and dry like a palette cleanser, it offers a tangy and refreshing drink to liven the palette. Thankfully void of the artificially sugary cough drops profile, while delivering of a full sophisticated scent and flavor. Simply delicious.

Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 9.99$/4-pack

Appearance – Hazy Ruby red/pink colour with a below average size fizzy pink coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, burnt raspberries?, Burnt rubber?

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste tart raspberries mixed with wheat and lemon. There is also a bit of funk and it ends with a tart raspberry aftertaste.

Overall – Not sure if I had a bad bottle, the but smell was really off-putting with this beer. I'm all for funky scents in beer but this one smelled like burnt rubber.. or at least burnt raspberries. Thankfully it tastes much better than it smells.

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from freud, 341ml into a tulip and shared (albeit sparingly) with my girlfriend. Bottled June 2011, thanks Fred!

Poured a dark red with some lighter red and pinkish hues; opaque and unfiltered. Big fluffy pink head of several fingers; moderate retention. Nose is bright, with fresh raspberries, wheat and some lactic notes. Taste is tart initially, with lactic notes coating the mouth before revealing the raspberries. Some light acetic acid makes a brief appearance. Light green apple and a good body provided by an abundance of wheat. Body has a good weight to it. High carbonation which bubbles away leaving the raspberries and some slight tartness hanging around on the palate. Had to swirl this down just a bit to get it to a slightly better carbonation (personal preference), but it was great as is. A solid fruit beer, perfect all around for summer imbibing. I could enjoy this quite often given the opportunity.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep ruby red color to it. It has a nice pink head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet and tart raspberries, wheat and some funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sweet/tart raspberries, funk, some breadiness and wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
95 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.