Solstice D'été Aux Framboises
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Solstice D'été Aux FramboisesSolstice D'été Aux Framboises
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,212
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.49%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
417
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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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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timmy2b from New York

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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Gajo74 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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JamFuel from Sweden

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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SB2017 from Iowa

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.

Jul 08, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

Jul 02, 2019
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WeizenMike from Canada

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

Jun 30, 2019
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Drinker-Diary from Canada

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.

Jun 16, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Apr 27, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada

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.

Feb 23, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

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.

Sep 17, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

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.

Aug 08, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

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

Apr 17, 2018
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bshefftz from California

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.

Mar 01, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 28, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

Oct 06, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada

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.

Sep 29, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Sep 20, 2017
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mpyle from Maryland

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.

Jul 08, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

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.

Jun 16, 2017
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Poljazz22 from Canada

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!!!!
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....

Jun 08, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

Mar 20, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Mar 09, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Feb 26, 2017
Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 417 ratings