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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 164
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Berliner weiss with raspberries.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2002)
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:22:47 | More by SpdKilz
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-04-2013 16:50:50 | More by montrealbcr89
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-01-2012 02:05:27 | More by ChrisPro
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edugasmtl

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-07-2014 22:31:09 | More by edugasmtl
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-26-2013 07:39:51 | More by Krakpoff
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jt2488

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-15-2014 20:02:16 | More by jt2488
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Zorak

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-18-2013 14:40:27 | More by Zorak
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-01-2013 05:21:40 | More by chippo33
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-17-2012 13:53:53 | More by oldp0rt
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sirsteve42

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-05-2014 16:03:26 | More by sirsteve42
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-06-2013 01:42:57 | More by Kmat10
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-10-2013 02:30:15 | More by AlexFields
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-14-2013 01:09:21 | More by spycow
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-17-2013 01:05:07 | More by KeKeKumba
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-14-2013 02:07:25 | More by nquigley16
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2014 00:07:36 | More by VelvetExtract
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-30-2013 20:03:48 | More by IanSpindler
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-02-2013 17:48:04 | More by JAHMUR
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jbuddle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-24-2013 01:14:41 | More by jbuddle
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-16-2012 23:45:04 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 16:47:26 | More by MasterSki
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OkayBrendan

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-10-2014 13:49:54 | More by OkayBrendan
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LopeJuice

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-01-2014 01:10:07 | More by LopeJuice
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readbaron

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-26-2013 21:27:19 | More by readbaron
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backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-23-2013 11:23:10 | More by backbaybrewer
Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.