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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 243
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 187
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
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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

Berliner weiss with raspberries.
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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish with a touch of gold; clear; no lasting head or lace.

Wow, this may be the greatest amount of raspberry aroma I've ever experienced. It's not sweet, more like a fresh raspberry.

Think raspberry tart; this is delicious but relatively one-dimensional. The aftertaste is quite sour. The body is thin but adequate. Lots of carbonation.

This is a refreshing and sour; a step from what I would call a Framboise-it's delightful. (433 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Really raspberry red, even a pink head to boot. Retention is somewhat minimal but lacing isn't bad. High carbonation is visible.

S: REAL raspberries. nothing artificial smelling here. Deliciously tart smelling.

T: Raspberries and more raspberries. Tart even bordering on pretty sour. Good beer base that highlights the fruit. Not overdone and it doesn't taste like a wine cooler as some poorer fruit beers do. No artificial tasting either which is a departure from most of the sub par fruit beers I've had. Hops are minimal as are bitterness letting the fruit really shine and take on it's true fold, unmuddled.

M: Nice carbonation leaning towards the higher side. Moderate to thin body.

O: This is a fruit beer i can get along with. Not that overly chemically, artificial mess that fruit beers usually end up as. Recommend to someone who believes fruit beers are a boring style as i once did. (900 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a hazy pinkish beer with a similarly rosy head that is fairly nice but evaporates. I feel like it is fairly even, balanced, tasty, and straight forward. Nothing overly complex or weird about it. Lots of tart juicy fruit flavors, sweet raspberries, a touch of dusty funk, and a soft wheaty body. Drinkable and refreshing. Not mind blowing maybe, but very solidly made. Would have again, worth a try. (406 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Romulux be da man!

This might be the most pink beer I have ever had! Deep pink with a lighter pink head. Good retention, good lacing.

Aroma is obliterated by raspberries, very close to a Framboise lambic minus the possible funk. Taste is clean, but not as clean as the perfect Framboise... a little too puckering, a little too much acid for me; with a vinegar like acidity. But very good regardless.

Very very good; certainly more drinkable than NG Raspberry Tart for instance (which itself is very good!), but missing the clean, 100% lactic character of, say, LP.

4.5, 4.5, 4, 4, 4 (586 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an incredible looking beer. ts body is a rich, candied pinkish-red hue. It's so hazy it's nearly opaque. A finger's worth of bubble gum pink head has some nice stick to it

Wild, fresh and ripe field raspberries burst from the glass. There's a tang to it; slightly tart, slightly sweet, that is very enticing. A bit jammy, a bit on the puree side of things. It's everything raspberry and it's an absolute stunner.

The nose is deceiving as its sweetness in the taste is replaced by a refreshing, zingy lactic tartness. Freshly squeezes lemon with a bit of band-aid. A flash of berry derived fructose sweetness comes first thing in the front. Its raspberry essence serves as more of an outline to its sour core. A soft note of biscuit lingers in the finish.

The body sits between light to medium. Its tartness is complimented by its zingy carbonation. Its sour quality is pronounced and refreshing. The finish is quite clean.

This has been the most bold and satisfying Berliner Weisse I've had to date. It's in your face; from the raspberry in the nose to the tartness in the taste to its elevated ABV relative to the style. I'm grateful I was able to try this limited edition lassie. (1,190 characters)

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. (526 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (1,659 characters)

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. (1,442 characters)

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. (511 characters)

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. (159 characters)

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. (727 characters)

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". (389 characters)

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. (927 characters)

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! (683 characters)

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. (315 characters)

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 (342 characters)

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. (533 characters)

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. (1,204 characters)

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. (214 characters)

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. (312 characters)

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! (977 characters)

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! (414 characters)

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. (651 characters)

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.... (1,386 characters)

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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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