Solstice D'été Aux Framboises | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2002

BEER STATS
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#1,455
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
392
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
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Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -1.2%
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 ewpass
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of videofrog
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rugene
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylepod
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
1.98/5  rDev -53.5%
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 StormAles
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 epyon396
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andarel
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of festizio
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +2.1%
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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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 392 ratings