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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 270
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 35 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2002

German inspired sour wheat beer. The obvious and domineering acidity of this beer is obtained by letting the unboiled wort go sour for several days. The Solstice d’Été is made complete by the addition, during the fermentation process, of a phenomenal quantity of whole fruit (raspberries or mangos or cherries) which compensate for the sourness of the beer. The result is a very refreshing beer where both acidity and fruity flavours dominate wholeheartedly.
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Photo of beerboy21
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of chippo33
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski, VT. This is the best fruited Berliner that has ever been available in the United States. Though, from what I hear it's actually not available here often which is too bad. Still waiting for an American brewery to brew something this great.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to tom10101 for this one...

A: Pours a deep pink/red with almost zero head. The only foam that shows is a tiny ring that hugs the top of the beer along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pure raspberry. Sweet and tart. Wow. I haven't smelled a beer this raspberry-tastic since Blushing Monk.

T: Mmmm. Wow. It's like eating a handful of raspberries. I get that sweet berry juice right away, followed immediately by the crisp, tart berry seeds and acid. It's a touch salty and thinner than pure raspberry juice, but this is no joke. A razzleberry lover's dream.

M: Light bodied beer. It's thin and wet, but tight acidic. It's makes the mouth salivate and pucker. The finish is dry and fruity.

O: Awesome. It's out of control raspberry. I would imagine that this beer is best served fresh, and I am a massive fan. Bonkers! "This is too much raspberry." - said no one ever.

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Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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!!

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Torst in Brooklyn, NY.

This one a wonderful dark-ish pink, it looks sparkling and awesome, with a small fizzy head, and not a lot of lacing.

This one smells sooooo good. There's so much tart and juicy and bright raspberry, the flavors come through so nicely, with a bit of mild funk. It smells like this one is going to be relatively sour, too.

This is a wonderful berliner, and definitely one of the best I've ever had. Tart raspberry, with some lemony funk and tartness, a bit of slight minerality, and a really significant lactic character that's fairly refreshing and awesome. Not a whole lot of malt character that I can gather, just fruit and nice wild yeasty complexities. Awesome!

This is light bodied, with a very tart and spritzy mouthfeel. There is absolutely no hint of any sort of alcohol here, which is cool.

This was a really big surprise- didn't know Dieu De Ciel could make something like this. Guess I was wrong luckily!

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Photo of drseamus
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant red body with a pinkish thin head. Huge raspberry nose. It smells exactly like real raspberries. Taste is killer. Perfect raspberries right up front and super strong. Again, real pure raspberry taste. Very tart and delicious. Thin bodied. Phenomenal drinkability.

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Photo of papat444
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Beervana
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy ruby red with a light pink snappy head. The nose is huge; bold raspberry jam, a bit of lemon juice, and a sweet lactic quality along the lines of raspberries with whipped cream. That lactic quality seems to give way on the taste though, this beer is extremely tart. Obviously the raspberries shine through here but this time it brings more of a candy flavour, I'd say something like sweet tarts or sour patch kids. A touch of wheat hits on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and zesty, a spry carbonation is definitely present.

I'd say this is about as perfect as a summer beer can get; juicy, tart, and extremely refreshing. Another knock-out from DdC!

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Photo of sarro
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solstice d'ete (aux Framboises - raspberry version) 341ml bottle shared by Luk/Julien/Gabe thanks guys!
Listed as 5.9 abv, this beer pours a super vibrant red with shades of pink and appears more red than Gambrinus or any other beer with raspberries that I've seen. The smell and taste are the same in terms of fruit foward raspberries as it almost seems you're drinking carbonated sour raspberry juice most of the time. There is some hearty wheat in the nose as well, while the lactic sourness is very refreshing when combined with the perfectly ripened raspberry flavor. I don't normally like to compare within a review, but this beer is basically what I had expected Bottleworks XII to be. Instead it is simple, but simply delicious.

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Photo of stakem
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this longtime want of mine. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter, the brew appears a very bright ruby color with a thin pink stained cap. The pinkish froth holds around the edgess fading back to a line, leaving spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bright and juicy with a scent of raspberry jam. There is quite a natural essence to this brew that is seedy with an earthen feel. More smells reveal a bit of funk and trace sulfur. It smells mildly reminiscent of yogurt as it warms up.

The taste is very tart and lightly lemony lactic with an accenting tartness similar to unripe raspberries. There is a very natural flavor of raspberry present that is not only tart but includes that seedy to earthen note indicative of eating fresh raspberries. Lots of natural raspberry flavor with a hint of yogurt lactic quality.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry, crisp, clean, refreshing and downright impressive. I could drink this by the quart if given the opportunity. An awesome representation of the style. Very impressive how much raspberry character is present without any sweetness for being at least a year or 2 old bottle. Thank you very much Heath for sharing.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from papat444. Raspberry edition. Served in a tulip during Tallman Christmas dinner.

A - Light pink foam settles to a thick collar and near-complete cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Lightly hazed raspberry color.

S - Massive raspberry flavor, even after six months of age. The Berliner aspect manifests as a light yogurt flavor, but this is pretty much all ripe raspberries and juice.

T - The Berliner aspect shows up a be more in the taste, yielding some wheat, tangy grains, and late lactic sourness to accompany the massive tart and ripe raspberry flavors. Fairly low lingering acidity.

M - Medium-light body, tingly carbonation, and a very dry texture with tons of tannic fruit character to it. I'm shocked this is nearly 6% as I don't think most people would even know there was alcohol in here at all.

D - Absolutely crushable stuff. I found this to be superior to the Funky Buddha Raspberry Berliner (which I also enjoyed immensely). I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes Berliners, fruit beers, or raspberries, and I'd love to try all the various fruit variations as well as the naked base at some point in the future. Perhaps a summer visit to Montreal is in order.

Note: One of the two bottles I opened had a diacetyl-esque note to it, so there appears to be some bottle variation. It was still quite enjoyable, but mileage may vary here.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler from the bottle.

The color is a murky light purple with quick dropping pink head and no lace or bead to speak of sort of smoothie-like. The smell is like pureed fruit with a mid of berry and slight sweet floral scent with gentle yeast and mild malt odor with subtle vanilla accent with a concentrated fruit raspberry tangy tart scent with subtle creamy yeast smell. The feel is excellent with tanginess and slight sweetness with medium high carbonation and subtle fruit juiciness with a mostly dry finish yet acidity lingers.

The taste is wonderful -tangy and sweet raspberry with slight wheat sweetness and subtle sour yeast accent mid palate and dessert-like tart fruit flavors saturating the palate in a way that is complex with both sweet malt and tart fruit with yeast anchoring but there is tons of fruit throughout. This is delicious -wonderfully raspberry with the right type of sour flavor. This is like summer in a bottle!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle into abbey glass 17/7/11

A nearly red with a short lived noisy, fizzy head that leaves no head or lace, I love the color though, gotta hand it to the color though, impressive without dye

S I don't get much, but what I get I love... raspberry, but real raspberry, slightly jammy with some yeast perhaps. Not much for complexity but it has what it needs and it has it big

T I get ultra tart, super dry raspberry and not much else, its pure real raspberry, not the sweet syrupy flavor we associate with the berry itself, but a nearly ripe fresh raspberry but with zero sugar

M prepare for a little pucker, leaves a little behind on your gums and there's a lingering tingle as if I'm allergic to it

O love the color and it made a great breakfast beer, I thought I was drinking a ultra light beer and I'm surprised its 5.9%

couldn't think of anything better at 10am, props to hoser for getting the day off to a good start

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Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mondial de la Biere. This puppy is the blueberry version, and was described to me as a berlinerweisse with added blueberry. Nice!

Slightly cloudy red pour with a bubbly off-white head taht left some streaks of lace. Fresh blueberry aromas mix with tart wheat and lemons. Flavour is great. Has a really good tang to it, with the sharpness of the berliner getting into a bitch-slapping contest with the blueberries. Tastes very refreshing and works as a good palate cleanser. Reminded me a little of blueberry lemonade, which makes sense considering. Light body with a nice spritzy carbonation adds to the refreshing feel.

Good stuff!

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Photo of rjp217
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red color, minimal head that disappears quickly. No lace

S - Huge raspberry obviously. Makes your mouth water

T - Shocking, another large raspberry presence. Slightly bitter and acidic but doesn't take away from the beer at all. Extremely well balanced and drinkable

M - Light body, medium carb, juicy

O - Incredible feat. So well balanced and perfectly tart.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been a want for a while...

The look is amazing, looks like fresh raspberry juice has been added to this beer...I mean, like five minutes ago (though it was bottled very recently...end of May according to code). The color is pale raspberry, and it pours with a thin head that leaves swirls of lacing behind. The smell is fresh raspberry, what you would expect. It smells like a raspberry pie. The taste is definitely tart raspberry and I see how others say "seed like" there are other flavors that sneak in at the end, yeast mostly, but the raspberry comes back again. light feel, good carbonation and a very dry finish.

All in all, very worth the wait on this one.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Zero head on the pour, but the body is so vividly pink in hue, it makes up a few points. Small trails of carbonation around the glass' edge. The aroma is perfumey and sweet with fresh raspberry juice. A bit of zesty wheat in the background with a slight tang of sour.

The flavor grips the tastebuds with a vinous sourness of ripe berry vines. Lots of raspberry flavor going on here to balance it all out, but the sweetness is overcome by a shock-tart-like puckering note. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a light body. Supremely drinkable on a summer afternoon in Houston. Dieu Du Ciel strikes again!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Alex. 12oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a bright pinkish red color, light white-colored head, bubbles here and there.

S - Fruity jam notes, excellent tartness, light sourness and funk. Smells outstanding and the raspberry notes are out-of-the-world good but lacks complexity.

T - Similar to the nose. Nice fruity raspberry, tart/sour/funk...would put this jam on toast and eat it every day. It is one-dimensional, but hey, I want to be in this dimension as long as humanly possible.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, easy to drink, fry finish.

O - Surprise beer of the night. I had no clue what this was before I tasted it and was completely blown away. I want more...now. If you can get your hands on this Berliner, do it! Recommend!

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Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant raspberry red. Very pretty. White head.

Aroma: sour raspberries and some funk. Wheat with a touch of spice.

Taste: tart raspberries with lemon acidity and a hint of vinegar. Pretty funky. Wheat with a little spice.

Mouthfeel: tart and sour. Light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.

Overall, this beer rocks. Incredibly drinkable and tasty. Thanks Andrew for sharing this treat. Wow.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I would have rated this higher if it weren't for the copious amount of white chunks floating around in it. Aside from that, fabulous smell and flavor. I was not expecting to pour a beer this good tonight.

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Photo of SebD
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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!
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.