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Solstice D'été Aux Cerises - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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87
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Berliner weiss with cherries.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 10-02-2011)
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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Dieu du Ciel Montréal brewpub.

A: Beautiful, cloudy ruby in appearance with a contrasting white head. Remarkable.

S: Sour cherries.

T: This beer is incredibly flavorful both thanks to the wheat and the cherries. Overall, the overwhelming flavor that comes through is in fact the cherry. Deliciously thick and well done, the flavors are complex yet simply enjoyed.

M: Not watery or flimsy at all, thick and satisfying.

O: The sour beer style, quite understandably, is quite stratifying. You either like them or you hate them. Personally, as a lover of many things sour, a well done sour/fruit beer is about as good as it gets and, if you are in this camp you will undoubtedly find Solstice d'été worth a pour for it is in fact an incredibly well done example of the style and all around delicious. However, if you are like my good friend with whom I visited Dieu du Ciel and enjoyed this beer, you detest all things sour and, concurrently, are predisposed to dislike even a well done sour wheat beer such as this. Highly recommended if this sounds like your cup of tea and you find yourself lucky enough to be in either Montréal or Saint-Jérôme when this is on tap.

BTVflatlander, Jul 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

slowfade, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

M-girard, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Pier-luc
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%

Pier-luc, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Birthday beer #1 ...wtf it's already 11am!! Anyways, a HUGE thank you to Montrealbcr89 for surprising me with this the other night. My top Canadian want by far.

Appearance. Pours a deep ruby red with some haze. Topped with half a finger of deep pink, almost red head. Looks amazing.

Smell. Sour cherries but not in a huge way, some of that nice cinnamon/almond kind of smell that I associate with the stones, but not strong like in a kriek. Maybe just a hint of sweet wheat in there. Subtle, but nice.

Taste. Nice sour cherries, some lemon juice and just a bit of crackery wheat coming through at the end. Quite sour and quite awesome.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, medium-full carbonation that's fine lively.

Overall. Fantastic as expected. I think I might like the framboise a bit more, but it's pretty darn close.

Rutager, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle: Poured a deep red color Berliner with a bright pink foamy head with good retention and some light traces of lacing. Aroma of intense cherry notes with light tart notes clearly noticeable. Taste is a perfect balance between some intense cherry notes with almost no residual sugar and tart notes with almost no acidity detectable. Body is full for style with perfect carbonation. So good and I should have bought a ton more of these.

Phyl21ca, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

starrdogg, Sep 01, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

rogerdandy, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Lomochic82
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%

Lomochic82, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of mtomlins
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

Pours an absolutely beautiful clear ruby red with 1 – 2 fingers of deep red head falling to a nice collar with a bit of lacing when spun. The nose is soft with subtle sour, tartness, lemon and sour cherries. The taste follows suit with wheat, sour and acidity, and sour cherries. There is a very subtle malt sweetness to the finish and touch of saltiness like a gose. The body is smooth and light with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer that I think is underrated here.

mtomlins, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo DDC tap takeover, into a flute.

Poured a rose pink, unfiltered with a bright white head. Falls to a collar with some light lacing, beautiful colour nonetheless. Nose has some sour cherry flesh, some cherry skins as well. Wheat and some sweeter malt notes. Taste has more sour cherries, in all forms. Flesh, skins and a bit of 'pit-iness' too. Some other sour berries feel mixed in here too, maybe some raspberry, even though this is purely cherry in here I believe. Sour finish, but really, this is sour all the way through. High carbonation and active over the entire palate. Quite a beautiful sour cherry wheat ale, well crafted. I'd put this just a bit below the Solstice d'ete aux Framboises.

liamt07, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cherry version on tap at Volo for DDC tap takeover.

Light red/deep pink colour, hazy, ring of white head with some lace. Smell is of cherry and sweet sugary notes, yeasty and fruity, light malt. Taste is tart and lightly sour, cherry, good malt presence, cherry pit, sweet sugary notes, other berries and red fruits as well. High carbonation that helps ease the sweetness, nice feel good weight. Very good stuff, enjoyable.

peensteen, Oct 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Whatup14, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

NJBeer265, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mantissa, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

edugasmtl, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jrenihan, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

polloenfuego, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Tricerahops, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

LopeJuice, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

belleisa_losteo, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tom10101, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bar Volo DDC tap takeover, this is the cherry version. The cherry comes through like cherry kriek. Its acidic, it gives off a big cherry (natural and artificial) aroma.Whatever wheat is in the secondary. A little lemon tartness as well. Very good and unique, but only drinkable in modest amounts at a time.

Sammy, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -2%

12oz glass at the brewpub in Montreal. This incarnation is a cherry-flavoured beer (Solstice d'été aux cerises). Moved from the previously generic Solstice d'été listing, originally reviewed August 6, 2009.

This beer appears a clear pinkish red hue, with a small amount of soapy light pink head, which leaves no lace as it melts away.

It smells like mildly sweet cherry pie - cherries, sugar, and white grain. The taste is tart, tart, tart, tart cherry. Whew! Did I say tart? This is a lip-puckerer, all right. Under the sour cherry assault, there is a mild wheatiness detectable.

The carbonation is soft, the body is sugary like fruit juice, and it finishes with sweet and sour cherry, all the way.

A one-sided beverage, in the flavour department, but the balance between the big tartness and the lesser sugar sweetness makes this actually somewhat drinkable.

biboergosum, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

Appearance – Hazy dark pink colour with an average size fizzy pinkish white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, cherries, lemon juice

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed cherries and a whole lot of tart citric acid. There are also some faint spice notes, perhaps cloves or coriander. The beer finishes with a tart/sour aftertaste that lingers for a short while.

Overall – I'm not sure I'd want to drink a whole lot of it due to the sourness. It wasn't over the top like some of the other sour beers I've had though. The taste wasn't as complex as I thought it would be..

spinrsx, Oct 05, 2011
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Solstice D'été Aux Cerises from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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