Solstice D'été Aux Framboises
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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From:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #9
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,071
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 7.76%
Ratings:
420
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 25, 2022
Added:
Jul 14, 2002
Wants:
  188
Gots:
  50
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 25, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Solstice D'ete is a lightly hazy, reddish pink colored ale. Head is pink and fades quickly.

As I take my first sniff, raspberry is not a descriptor that comes to mind. Rather, the first thing I think of is maraschino cherries, sitting in a jar in that artificial, radioactive red color. Fruit puree lends support, smelling of both fresh strawberry and ripe raspberry. Fresh, damp earth provides a nice through note, making me think for a moment I'm out on the farm, picking the raspberries myself.

Taking my first sip is where I get big amounts of raspberry. Solstice D'ete definitely tastes of freshly squeezed, perfectly ripened raspberries. Fresh, ripe fruit even lends its character to the mouthfeel, giving an impression of fresh fruit juice, beer with fruit flavoring in it. Fresh earth lends itself to the flavor profile nicely as it did with the nose.

Very well executed fruit beer. Has the flavor and mouthfeel of freshly squeezed raspberries. Tartness is just right given the dominant fruit is raspberry. Full of character and yet refreshing.

Jun 27, 2021
 
4.27 by chossboss from Oregon on Oct 08, 2020
 
4.09 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 06, 2020
 
3.91 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jul 05, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Pours cloudy hazy scarlet rose red with a creamy frothy light pink off-white foam head and loads of sediment. Smells like jammy pulpy fresh garden raspberries, wheaty malts, sour yeast, with floral earthy hops. Tastes tart with fresh whole sour raspberries, jammy, juicy, fresh picked berries, nutty raspberry pulp, wheaty malt, and some floral earthy hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice raspberry sour wheat beer.

Jul 02, 2020
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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by RafaelMiro

Excellent! Contrairement à beaucoup de bières, ça goûte vraiment les framboises

Apr 07, 2020
 
4.36 by edthehead from New York on Mar 18, 2020
 
4.19 by SteveWeiler from Canada (ON) on Mar 11, 2020
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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by timmy2b from New York

Bottle poured into a goblet. Beautiful reddish color, bright under some light, dark under other light. Very small white head lingers around the edges. Raspberry scent in the nose which is light. Raspberry flavor in the taste with a slight tartness. Great balance of carbonation, raspberry fruit and tartness. This was a very easy sipper! One of the better sours I've had recently.

Mar 05, 2020
 
3.93 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jan 19, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a clear raspberry color; nice look. A big thumb length frothy head displays excellent retention.

The raspberry imparts a dominant and refreshing aroma with tart notes of lemon, lime and sour apple. The malt base compliments the tart theme by evoking aromas of sourdough bread and wheat.

Strongly tart throughout and nearly acidic, yet, deftly balanced by the fruitiness of the raspberries. Flavors of lemon, lime, green apples, sourdough and wheat bread. There is no bitterness so to speak, however, there are some peppery yeast and earthy hops flavors that add a nice complexity and bite. The acidity mellows towards the end yielding a hint of doughy malt sweetness.

Light bodied, crisp and with a lively carbonation. Stinging tartness throughout, including in the finish, which is also bone dry.

One of the most refreshing examples of Berliner Weisse I’ve had. Despite drinking it in the winter, I’m nevertheless impressed.

Dec 26, 2019
 
3.75 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Dec 23, 2019
 
4.48 by JoebRogers from Canada (QC) on Oct 17, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

Pours cloudy raspberry red, white lacing for a head.

Aroma is of fresh raspberry jam, cracker malts, and citrus tartness.

Tastes of fresh raspberry, tart cherry, red grape, citrus, cracker and cereal malts.

Medium body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Exceptionally good raspberry sour. The raspberry taste is very fresh and lively. The tartness is strong but not overwhelming. Goes down very easy and definitely worth trying.

Oct 16, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a dark purple with fine, pink foam.

Smell is tart and fresh with notes of raspberries, raspberry jam, cranberries and a little hint of grass.

Taste is tart and slightly earthy before an avalanche of fresh raspberries hits you. Notes of jam, grass and some lime. Slight bitterness and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific raspberrry sour. I am a total slut for raspberries in sours.

Oct 12, 2019
 
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jul 12, 2019
 
4.28 by roryhoy from Canada (ON) on Jul 10, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SB2017 from Iowa

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.

Jul 08, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

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

Jul 02, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by WeizenMike from Canada (ON)

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

Jun 30, 2019
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

★★★★
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.

Jun 16, 2019
 
4.5 by zbelair from Pennsylvania on Jun 10, 2019
 
4.16 by JoeMad from Michigan on May 20, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Apr 27, 2019
 
4.39 by Furlinator from California on Apr 07, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 23, 2019
 
4.35 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 02, 2018
 
4.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Sep 27, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

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.

Sep 17, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Boto from Connecticut

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.

Aug 08, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ewpass from Canada (PE)

Hazy ruby red with good head. Fabulous fresh raspberry nose. Light malt body with considerable raspberry tartness. Crisp, finishing dry. Tasty stuff

Jul 30, 2018
 
4.15 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jul 30, 2018
 
4 by zotzot from Vermont on Jul 20, 2018
 
4.18 by videofrog from Texas on Jul 17, 2018
 
3.5 by rugene from Canada (QC) on Jun 15, 2018
 
4.15 by kylepod from Canada (QC) on Jun 03, 2018
 
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on May 12, 2018
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1.98/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Apr 17, 2018
 
4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Apr 16, 2018
Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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