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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 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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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 05/2013

A - pours a bright amber/rose pink color with a finger of somewhat intense pink head. Retention and lacing are relatively decent.

S - Tons of raspberry/tart fruit as you would expect from a framboise.

T - Quite sour! Vinegar, ripe/tart raspberries. Definitely an intensely sour Berliner with some wheaty thickness. When allowing to sit on my palate the vinegar becomes quite intense and pushes the limits a little bit (for the style) but in a very good way. Finish is very tart/sour.

M - Medium bodied+, especially for the style, quite sticky on the tongue, good carbonation but the mouth feel holds strong. Again really liking everything about this beer in a major way

O - Would love to have a few more of these! Really awesome lambic style berliner

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Photo of 4ster
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, bottled in 05/2013.

A: Bright garnet red, lots of micro carbonation bubbles forming on the bottom edge of the glass, bright pink head that dies quickly, clear with bubbles popping on the surface...

S: Big nose of raspberries, tart, fresh, slightly funky, not overly sweet but some hints of it.

T: Starts off very tart on the front, like a citric/lemon tartness, as you follow through, hints of the underlying wheat body, but you quickly get into the finish which is a funky sourness. Very interesting as the fruit/raspberry flavour is very subdued compared to the nose, as the tart/sourness and mineral crispness really pop to the front, but you are left with a light crisp raspberry aftertaste.... not really any sweetness or bitterness.

M: Med-high carbonation, crisp, mineral, refreshing, light body.

O: Not really familiar with Berliner Weissbier's, but judging by the style description, this is a very nice example of a flavoured variety where the colour and smell really show off the beer, but the berry flavour then takes a back seat to the sour wheat beer characteristics.... a perfect summer sipper, not too sour but enough so to be refreshing, and as with all DDC, very well made. Not a beer you're expecting when you crack the bottle, but leaves you wishing you got more than just 1 four pack for the entire summer! Definitely worth seeking out....

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Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright pink colour, solid one finger ring of white head, light shhets of lace on the glass, really a great colour though. Smell is dominated by tart raspberry, some underlying malt and yeast, acidic notes but mostly bright berry takes the front seat. Taste is tart and sour, raspberry with more puckering sourness, some malty flavours come into play mid palate and finish, just a perfect amount of acidity, more fruit in the finish as well. Medium carbonation, medium body and a fairly good feel overall. An outstanding beer well worth seeking out and no doubt something I wish I had a couple bottles of in the fridge, another excellent beer from DDC.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Denise!

Deep ruby red body, fizzy pink head up top. Kinda visually boring otherwise, but the aroma more than makes up for this pitfall. Pungent raspberries fill my nose and don't let go.

Deliciously fruity; tastes like a mouthful of fresh raspberries. Lactic. Mildly tart. Intensely fruited yet not sweet at all; almost bitter in the middle. Perfectly carbonated too.

This is excellent, highly recommend!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Aroma is raspberry dominant, slightly sweet. Flavor is raspberry tart. Makes my mouth water with the tartness. It's like juicing raspberries with a touch of lemon. Raspberries are my fave fruit, so I may be biased.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - ottle (5/13) into tulip with a small head that settled quickly. Beer is a dark purple

S - sweet berries, lactic, grain

T - berries, lemon, wheat, some funk and acidity, good amount of sour on the finish

M - light body and loewer carb

O - awesome Berliner / sour. Great balance between sweet and sour. Got as an extra from franklinn

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks steve! enjoyed from ddc tulip.

a - pours a majestic transparent magenta thin head.

s - nose is really nice juicy raspberry. little alcohol on the nose almost icebock like thing going on.

t/m/o - raspberry icebock lite ish. really reminds me of kre without the heat. very enjoyable but nothing super crazy.

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Photo of benzalman
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very bright red. One of the most unique looks for a beer I had ever seen.

The beer has a very pleasant raspberry tart/sour scent. Not overwhelming by any stretch but enough to give you a good hint of what is to come.

Solstice D'ete has a wonderful, refreshing summertime taste. As a framboise (i believe also a wheat framboise), it is quite sour, but not as sour most other sour beer I drink. Very easy to drink and has a bit of a dry, but still tasty finish.

I was not expecting to like this beer as much as I did, wound up ordering a second. I really enjoy the Dieu Du Ciel beers and tried many others this past weekend. This one was far and away my favorite!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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".

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Goldorak
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap during DDC event at Bar Hop.

Beer is clear pink in colour. Small pinkish head.

Nose primarily consists of tart raspberry, with some wheat and a bit of funk. Not funky like a lambic, but there is a bit there.

Taste is very nice. Raspberry is the focus, quite tart, and the flavour is very juicy and real. Crisp wheat with a slight funkiness. Puckery with a dry finish.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Small bubbles. Tart.

Overall, very nice. Doesn't taste a lot like a berliner to me, but I like it.

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Photo of Aldogg007
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything about this beer is beautiful from the look to the taste. Rasb up front acidic tartness come through in the back end. Beautiful example of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red color. 1/4 inch head of a pink color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong raspberry, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness and slight dryness. Tastes of strong raspberry, herbal flavors, slight sweet malt, slight wine, hint of wood, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, poor appearance, but great body and good feel and aroma.

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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.