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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 Coronaeus
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Very bright red with a quickly dissipating head. Strong natural raspberry aromas. Very strong ripe natural raspberry flavours. Crisp,effervescent and dry, if a little thin. Enjoyable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a very red color and a pink head that settles immediately. Aroma is fresh ripe raspberries and some tart. Flavor is more tart than ripe berries, and a bit shallow. Ditto the body. Not a bad drinking beer tho.

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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 byronic
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a kool-aid red with lively carbonation, almost artificial. Smell that makes your mouth water, lots of raspberry. Quite acidic, very sour, minimal flavour. Not very complex and not very balanced, very dry.

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Photo of babaracas
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark red - purple with fizzy pink head, plenty of sediment. Smell: huge on the fresh raspberry puree, mineral and green apple notes. Taste: a mouthful of fresh raspberries (got some in the fridge!), green apple, grain twang, lime note, mildly lactic; a little from each category: oily, sugary, creamy, minerally; residual raspberry jam. Quite refreshing... a stellar raspberry beer / fruited weisse.

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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 maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerisheaven for slipping me this mickey, 12 oz. bottle with a tree-headed woman on the label. And since I went raspberry picking yesterday & ate plenty of them out of hand & in my morning waffles, this has a fresh presence to live up to.

The pour is dead red with as much carbonation as one of the raspberries I stepped on yesterday. Smells just like raspberry jam.

Type ‘Solstice D’ete Aux Framboises’ into Google translate & you get “Tom Cruise is an awful actor” which proves the French - or French Canadians - know something. A simple beer that would go great with a big meaty burger - watered down raspberry purée, flavored vinegar, wheat must, light acidity, borderline white wine on the finish. Refreshing, but the lack of carbonation muddles the mouthfeel. Hits the mild sour notes just right for me, this is a drinker.

A few bubbles would really kick this up a notch, but still, a classically good berliner with a nice raspberry load.

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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 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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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 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 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.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a joyous pinkish-red with a ton of yeast sediment. The fruit taste bordered on medicinal, but the wheat and the deep-body-feeling malt reined it in. Not much sourness or tartness to speak of, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Refreshing, but not very memorable.

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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.

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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 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 SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan the man for this one. 12oz. bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy light pink colored head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, bright red. No lace. Average but a really stunning color.

Nose is a big burst of raspberry puree and seed with just the slightest touch of sweet yeast in the back. Enticing and very aromatic.

Opens seedy, sweet and tart raspberry. More raspberry tartness and a slight bitterness from the seed in the middle. Foamy and yeasty at the back end with a puckering sour fruit throughout. Mellows in the finish with a slightly tart and very dry aftertaste. Simple and enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down dry, puckering and filmy. Bone dry finish with a sticky, lingering, dry aftertaste. Refreshing and just what I want from the style.

Perhaps not as good as the cerise, there's a touch too much seed and bitter pit presence in this one. Still, its a very enjoyable beer that displays the qualities of the fruit perfectly.

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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

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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 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 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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%

Pour is a dark ruby in color with a light pink head. Nose has a ton of juicy raspberry with notes of lactic acid. Very simple. Taste has a bit more going on. Raspberry's aren't as seedy, some leathery brett, lactic acid mid to back palate and faint tartness in the finish. Softer creamy body, moderate carb and quite a dry finish.

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