Solstice D'été Aux Framboises
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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #12
Ranked #1,187
4.27 | pDev: 7.49%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Solstice D'été Aux FramboisesSolstice D'été Aux Framboises
Notes: 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 SB2017
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color, with a rich, fruity nose like raspberry sorbet. Almost syrupy but not unpleasant, sour enough to maintain balance. Much more balanced in taste, and incredibly refreshing in its sourness. Delicious beer. Hard fizzy hit on the tongue, then waters out. Could do with a bit more body on the finish.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark reddish purple in color and has some visible particulates floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with just a narrow ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry purée are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of raspberries with a notes of associated sweetness. No sourness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and faintly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer reminds me of a fruit lambic in that the aromas and flavors really mask the rest of the underlying beer. It is pleasant to drink and has nice aromas and flavors of raspberries that don't seem artificial in any such way.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WeizenMike
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really tasty Berliner Weisse. The sour notes are balanced, although it does lean on more to the sour side than the sweet side. Authentic raspberry smell and flavour shine in this beer, no fake stuff. Highly recommended for fans of sours

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Photo of Drinker-Diary
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Une sûre aux framboises, pourquoi pas?
Le soleil tarde à se montrer le bout du nez et le solstice d'été arrive à grands pas. Je décide donc de prendre les devants et de déguster ce délicieux produit de la microbrasserie Dieu du ciel. Encore une fois, c'est avec un immense plaisir que je me laisse charmer par cette bière sûre, même si je ne suis pas un grand amateur de ce type de bière.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle ($3.79) with a 27 June 2017 bottling date stamp on the label.
Pours slightly hazy, red-ruby with a thin head that soon reduces to a ring but that leaves temporary lacing.
Aroma: strong, featuring lightly spicy raspberries.
Flavor: tart raspberries with additional complexity and mild bitterness.
Feel: medium-full body with light carbonation; semi-smooth.
Overall: Excellent version of the style.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glimmering ruby red, clear like a jewel. A pink head fizzles out to a rim within half a minute.
Holy raspberries! Nothing but pure, freshly squeezed raspberry juice, clear and distinct. Like jam, though less sweet, no tartness. Kind of remarkable.
Nicely balanced moderate sourness and fresh fruit - again, clearly of raspberries, if not as distinctly as the in the aroma. You might get a sense of a sour/sweet cherry blend. Mouthfeel is bright and clean, medium body and fine, light carbonation, with a dry finish that's long with that berry flavour.

A wonderfully focused sour, dedicated to the fruit and making it shine. Boosting the carbonation and knocking sweetness down a touch would make it exceptional. Enjoy during the summer with a feta & spinach salad or grilled salmon.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, slightly veiled, intense reddish ruby color with some floating chunks. Weak pink half a finger head, lasting around a minute, average lacing but with a strong swirl reaction. Flavors of raspberries, wheat, wild yeast and floral hops. Slick medium to full body with sharp crispy carbonation. Strong tart finish, very sour and puckering, deeply fruity with a faint grainy and floral final. Lacks a bit of accessibility being quite acidic and bold boosting average freshness. High quality fruit sensation though. General feel is a cross Berliner and Wild Ale. Sour ales being my least favorite styles, I can still find some degree of appreciation from the overall high quality of this beer.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewpub: this one pours a hazy, pinkish red color. Wisp of a pink head and no lacing. Lots of raspberry to the nose. Some sourness. The taste is good. Mainly tart raspberries.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.98/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. At dinner, after futsal match. With beef steaks. The rapsberries instead of compensate the sourness seem to accentuate it, making it hard to finish. Aroma is fine though

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Photo of bshefftz
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasty and refreshing, a quality sour beer with light fruit acidity and enough alcohol to have a warming bite. Not a huge sour beer lover but would try this again.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry Berliner weisse from Canada, eh? Alright! Dieu du Ciel! has been nothing but solid to me throughout the years, though I rarely buy their beer due to price and format. This sounded really good, though, and was recommended to me by my buddy Jason, an employee at Craft Beer Cellar Westford who always has great recs! Thanks man!

Pours probably the liveliest shade of reddish-pink I've ever seen in a beer. And that's saying something, because I've had quite a few raspberry beers and others with red fruit. I was warned by the friend who recommended this that it has a lot of sediment due to aging on whole fruit and being entirely unfiltered, but I don't think I was ready for just how unrefined the process is for bottling this one. They just let it all hang out, and that includes tons of raspberry residue floating around in the body of the beer (mostly towards the bottom as a sediment, but some seems to be hanging around in the mid-strata here. If you don't mind that element, this is likely to be one of the most gorgeous beers you've ever seen. Head is thin (quarter-finger at its highest point; almost no build-up from the initial pour) but retentive. No lace. Great color, though, once again. Damn.

Nose is very reminiscent of framboise lambic, with a sharp acidity that overtakes the nostrils right upfront. I get a lot of obvious raspberry and strawberry jam-like elements here but also some light lacto-y lemon peel and an almost white grape skin-like quality as well. Maybe just slightly plastic-y, but nothing that harms my impression here. Anyway, this is not going to be a sweet beer... that much is certain.

On the tongue, this presents with a soft yet compelling acidity and almost no lingering harshness. The finishing note is of raspberry lemonade, and there's a solid hit of yogurt-y weirdness as only traditionally-soured (read: soaked grain left out for several days to develop the bacterial culture) can provide. Very well-balanced and juicy with a compelling sourness and good drinkability. Feel is on the heavier side, considering the beer clocks in at just under 6% (which is high for a fruited Berliner, even a "New World" example of the style). Bright carbonation works with the acidity to deliver maximum raspberry flavor to the tastebuds, shocking the palate with pucker-worthy aplomb.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear hot pink with a tiny head that disappeared quickly. Smell is whole ripe tart raspberry with some minor apple, pear, lemon, flowers, lime and crabapple, but again mostly raspberry. Taste is surprisingly mellow given the nose, but very fruity. Has whole fruit flavor without overwhelming tartness or acidity, though both present. Feel was smooth, refreshing and touch wheat like in the base. Nice beer for summertime

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Photo of csmrx7
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An interesting rewrite of a Berliner Weisse.

Pours almost comically saturated deep red with a quick dissipating pink head.

Initial aroma is no description but gets to a raspberry jam as it warms.

Flavor is tart with some raspberry sweetness with almost a turbid wheat that makes Berliner's so great.

A little high in ABV to be so crushable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Glowing neon pink color. Aroma has raspberry yogurt with fruit pits, really fruity and lactic. Taste is tart, astringent, fruity, dry, refreshing, really well balanced.

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Photo of mpyle
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of Dr. White...thanks.

Deep pink/purple in color with a pink head. Bubbles linger for a while then dissipate. Quite clear.

Some raspberries in the nose, but also an almost solventy tartness. Like there is a splash of gasoline in here.

Tart and acidic with some raspberry up front, refreshing, but washes away into almost nothing midmouth and beyond. There also is an earthy quality to the initial acid/funk character. A bit of tartness in the finish.

Light body and moderately high carbonation.

Definitely softer than many Berliner Weiss beers, but overall a little boring to my palate. Probably would be good with food, as really scrubs the palate nicely.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful rugby red color with an inch of reddish white head. Tons of raspberries; lightly tart, fruity malts, sticky sweet dark fruits. Medium to light body.

Overall I loved it; great day and summer beer.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hot pink colour with a lovely pink collar.
Raspberries over a wheat beer base.
Lovely champagne like bubbles. Thirst quenching with a true raspberry flavor. It is quite sour. You could add a teaspoon of maple syrup....

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016-06-16; Sampled 2017-03-20 (9 months old)

A: Pours a rich ruby red color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing

S: Lots of raspberries and tart acidity up front along with some wheat and general fruitiness. Very raspberry-focused

T: Starts off with the raspberries and lots of tart acidity and goes into some lighter wheat notes and more general sour notes. Finishes with lingering raspberry

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good raspberry berliner with a big focus on the raspberries and the tart/sour aspects. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a new standard for raspberry sours, straight up, this is one of the best of those i have ever had, and an unexpected gem from one of my favorite breweries anywhere. so affordable for how good it is too, which is way cool. the beer is a concentrated beet red, pure ruby, really intense, clear though, save for some fishfoody yeasty or fruity bits floating about, but it never gets hazy, even in the would be dregs. totally beautiful, like stained glass in the light. aroma of raspberry jam, fresh and sweet, super concentrated and off the vine, but also tangy, true to the fruit. not unique in itself, but unique in it purity and its intensity, its amazing. in the nose anyway, its almost entirely grain free, but the sourness is there from a natural, quick but patient front end deal, not overly acidic, but pungent still. mouthwatering. more raspberry here than i can ever recall in any beer. atrial rubicite is top without a doubt, but this is literally right there, i swear. such an unassuming package, pretty art, but a single bottle no frills fair price, uncommon. red wine acidity here, and lots of body, raspberry all over my teeth, clean though in the end somehow, clean for being so bold, dramatic, and although oddly predictable and not made to be complex or unapproachable, still unique and memorable not just for its quality, but for its perfect representation of this fruit in an ale. loved it, and love du ciel! do not miss this one.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Bottled June 6th 2016.

Deep ruby pink body color, and fairly opaque and uniform. Very faint fine carbonation, but also a very dark pink red head, of about two fingers that settles to a good collar.

Absolutely gorgeous bursting raspberry aromas off the nose. Whiffs of big juiced fruit and minimal sweetness. Hints of light clove and faint muddy earth. Huge fruit forward quality, and slightly one dimensional with little hinting acidic lacto coming off. Very nice.

Flavors takes a different turn on first sip. Light bodied and more acidic qualities hit the palate with a large mineral easy drinking component. Rocky bubbles in the mid palate with tart raspberries, with much more toned down sweetness and getting into more acidic berliner character flavors than the nose seems to indicate. Minimal acidity, and wheat density, but a good quality wet flavor if lacking a little body.

Fun decent Berliner, wonderful fruit quality and contrast from nose to mouth.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/6/2016. Pours fairly murky deep ruby red light pink/purple color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tart/sour/tangy raspberry, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, wheat, and cracker; with light lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of raspberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour/tangy raspberry, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, wheat, and cracker; with light lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and tannic fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour/tangy raspberry, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, wheat, and cracker; with light lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness balance; lightly puckering, but not astringent. Moderate dryness from acidity/tannin, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, fairly crisp, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited Berliner weisse! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing too drink; even with the fairly strong acidity/sourness. Flavors were not as strong on the raspberries as the aromas led me to believe, but still had a nice amount of fruit presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with black twist off cap that has a white fairy on it...

bottled on date 06/16/2016.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: translucent medium red body with thick cap of bone white head that quickly drops down to no head. Lots of clear globs of junk that quickly fall to the bottom of the glass. This is slightly gross; they look like snot globs... If the beer did not have the snot globs, I would have rated the appearance around a 4.25.

Smell: Tons of raspberry character that smells juicy and jammy. This is extremely fruit forward. Hint of jolly ranchers. Hint of cinnamon spice as well.

Taste: Mild tartness; 3/10. Tons of juicy raspberries that taste just like raspberry flesh / skins.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low yet adequate carbonation levels. This beer is more juicy than it is dry. Very drinkable.

Overall: I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time. Finally found it on the shelf last week in St Louis. This is a pretty tasty beer. I would consider this to be more of a fruit beer than a berliner weissbier.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.5 oz bottle into a teku glass.
Pours incredibly beautiful bright glowing red. Lots of particulates in here though.
Aromas are tons of fruit and mellow sourness.
Flavor is wonderful. Not overly sour, allowing raspberries to really shine here.
Mouthfeel was very good. Clean.
Overall, a wonderful and delicious beer. Really showcased the raspberries perfectly.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red with a light haze, lots of carbonation and 3 fingers of Pepto-bismol pink head.

Smells sour and of red berries. Slight hefe like plastic quality, and generally acidic.

Sour with an amazingly fresh bouquet of fruity orchards. Very acidic, like a Cantillon lambic in acidity almost, but it has a hint of sweet thats almost undetectable.

Medium body, lots of carbonation, generally dry but balanced finish.

Got at Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! brewery in Ste-Jerome, Quebec today. Drinking near a lake north of Montreal Sept 25th, 2016.

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Photo of Damian
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from an 11.5 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Bottled on: 2016-07-06
Served in a goblet

Stunning appearance. The beer poured a deep ruby red and was capped by a thin, fizzy cap of mauve colored bubbles that quickly dissolved. A very thin halo encircled the liquid. Huge chunks of yeast particles floated around in the bottom portion of the glass.

The aroma was interesting. It was initially comprised of a strange mix of fresh pureed raspberries and dank, musty swamp water. The swampyness seemed to intensify in the first few minutes, but thankfully it soon completely subsided. All that remained was pure raspberry bliss. Super bright and fresh. Slightly sweet and jammy. Put simply, amazing.

The flavor was solid, but the raspberry notes were much more subtle here. Some tart, underripe berry notes appeared on the front end. Later, the raspberry would specifically become more apparent. Loads of sour lemonyness in the center. Wheaty. Really crisp and acidic. The tartness increased as the beer moved along the palate. More berry notes on the back end. The beer finished with loads of lemony tartness and acidity.

The mouthfeel was crisp and appropriately light for the style. A zippy, sprightly effervescence gave the liquid a nice frothiness. After every sip, I got a weird squeaky sensation on my teeth. Not quite "enamel stripping" but approaching this.

I typically think of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! as being a great brewery for stouts, but this Berliner Weisse is proof that they are more than a one trick pony. Although this beer could use some tweaks and adjustments, it still hit the spot on this late summer evening.

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