Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
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, seeming 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, - if you don't mind the stripped-down nature of the titular fruit - each sip daring you to immediately have another go.
08-22-2014 18:12:55 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-02-2012 16:47:26 | More by MasterSki
4.03/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-23-2008 21:58:49 | More by smcolw
4.51/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-01-2013 12:58:45 | More by stakem
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-23-2012 22:46:47 | More by mothman
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
09-03-2011 18:02:13 | More by liamt07
4.47/5 rDev +4.2%
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
07-18-2011 01:44:13 | More by wordemupg
3.63/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
09-20-2013 00:17:06 | More by Alieniloquium
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
09-17-2011 02:54:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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!
11-21-2012 11:44:17 | More by thagr81us
3.28/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
06-19-2012 15:00:41 | More by spinrsx
3.76/5 rDev -12.4%
Bottle from hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. Bottled 05/2013.
A - Reddish/pink colour. Bright with intense carbonation that fades to slow later. One finger white head gone fast. For the style, the appearance is OK, just not all that great in general.
S - Raspberries, raspberry juice, sugar, some tartness.
T - Raspberry, some tartness. Lot's of raspberry stuff going on. Tartness is definitely there but it doesn't get too complex. Quite nice though, and fairly tart.
M - Tart raspberry finish. Fairly strong carbonation, medium body.
O/D - Guess what? This is a sour wheat beer brewed with raspberries. Just like the bottle says! This was pretty decent. Can't say it was worthy of the hype and my expectations, but not too shabby at all and seemingly well put together. One and done for me though.
01-29-2014 03:56:25 | More by tbeckett
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
03-24-2014 02:19:19 | More by CrazyDavros
Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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