Solstice D'été Aux Framboises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 259
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 190
Gots: 34 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2002

Berliner weiss with raspberries.
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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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 MacQ32
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 tbeckett
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of chippo33
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski, VT. This is the best fruited Berliner that has ever been available in the United States. Though, from what I hear it's actually not available here often which is too bad. Still waiting for an American brewery to brew something this great.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SebD
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341 bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 2013/07; Poured: 2013/08/24

A: Blood red and almost clear (a feat for a wheat beer)! It pours to a short light red (but not pink) bubbly head which falls fast to a thin collar and no lacing.

S: A blast of fresh raspberries which are both sweet and tart; a hint of sourness and maybe some lemon acidity. The primary focus here are raspberries!

T: Wow, massive raspberry flavor, both sweet and tart, not that fake, sugar added, fake cloying sweetness of so many other fruit beers. A nice amount of acidity and a touch of saltiness comes through as the beer warms and a bit of ‘wheatiness’. The finish is long and tart and full of raspberry goodness!

M: Light body and lots of carbonation; very light and refreshing on the palate, a challange for a beer at almost 6% ABV.

O: Fantastic beer! From the nose to the start and through the finish, this is full tribute to raspberries.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife. Got this as part of and UP trade.

The beer is running is ruby red look s like cranberry juice.

The nose is raspberries, sweet reminds me of new glarus

The taste is again raspberries, tart but unfortunately slightly one dimensional, tart and very light.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to tom10101 for this one...

A: Pours a deep pink/red with almost zero head. The only foam that shows is a tiny ring that hugs the top of the beer along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pure raspberry. Sweet and tart. Wow. I haven't smelled a beer this raspberry-tastic since Blushing Monk.

T: Mmmm. Wow. It's like eating a handful of raspberries. I get that sweet berry juice right away, followed immediately by the crisp, tart berry seeds and acid. It's a touch salty and thinner than pure raspberry juice, but this is no joke. A razzleberry lover's dream.

M: Light bodied beer. It's thin and wet, but tight acidic. It's makes the mouth salivate and pucker. The finish is dry and fruity.

O: Awesome. It's out of control raspberry. I would imagine that this beer is best served fresh, and I am a massive fan. Bonkers! "This is too much raspberry." - said no one ever.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppypocket for sending this all the way out West

A: Glorious ruby Red, haloed with just a whisp of raspberry cream coloured head. Just a slight haze clouds the brew.

S: Fresh raspberry puree and a chaser of a light funkiness and sour.

T: Tart raspberries with fresh lemon squeeze, puckering sour tang and a hint of barnyard funk. A wonderful tang lends way to minerals and finishes with the juicy tart raspberry.

M: Dry and tart that compliments the fresh raspberry tang. A dry pucker on the finish that gripes the taste buds for a last go-round.

O: A bright and tangy brew true to the flavour of raspberries. Light and dry like a palette cleanser, it offers a tangy and refreshing drink to liven the palette. Thankfully void of the artificially sugary cough drops profile, while delivering of a full sophisticated scent and flavor. Simply delicious.

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Photo of stakem
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 4ster
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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 thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Hoppypocket, Jayhoop and Unibrou4ever for getting this to me. Probably my favourite (and very uncommon) style from an amazing brewery. Huge expections here!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep red with a slight orange tint and half a finger of bubbly pink head.

Smell. Fresh ripe raspberries!! Not much else going on, but if I didn't know this was beer I'd swear I was smelling a glass of raspberry puree.

Taste. Sour fresh raspberries and lemon juice. There's a little bit of wheat there and maybe some very slight mineral flavours, but the real raspberry and Berliner sourness are pretty amazing. No alcohol whatsoever. Couldn't imagine a fruited Berliner Weiss tasting better than this!

Mouthfeel. Ligight+ body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantasic beer. I could drink this every week and probably never get tired of it. Lived up to my expectation and then some. So glad that I have a couple more to savour of a style I don't get nearly enough of!!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pinkish color beer with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart raspberries with some light brett notes. Taste is also a mix between some tart notes with fresh raspberries and light residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with right mix between fresh raspberries, tart and funky notes. I wish this would be available on a more regular basis.

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Photo of jegross2
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 brystmar
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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 tewaris
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mothman
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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 peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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 spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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 If you can get your hands on this Berliner, do it! Recommend!

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Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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