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BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

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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82
Ratings:
349
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +2.8%
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 -4.9%
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 -0.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +3.5%
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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Photo of Brolo75
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours burgundy red with a bright reddish/pinkish head, no head retention, no lacing, lots of yeast floating around, good amount of bubbles streaming up the glass.

A: Big aromas of raspberries, subtle sourness, very sweet, also getting some cherries, very aromatic.

T: Not overly sour, touch of tartness up front, raspberries really come through at the end, very dry mouth puckering finish, very refreshing.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing, lots of raspberries more so than other beers with raspberries I've tried, subtle sour and tart notes, very nice.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best berliner weiss I've had to date. Reminds me of Framboisine, a cocktail made with Champagne and raspberries. It's tart but not sour and then it's a lot about fresh rasberries and a bit bout grapes. Great stuff

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Great artwork on the labeling! The beer itself is a brilliant red-pinky/raspberry color with plenty of small bits of raspberry fruit floating throughout the semi opaque liquid. There seems to be plenty of fine Champagne like carbonation floating up to the top in many small columns. Not much for a head but just a thin ring around the glass and the lacing is very mild as well. This is my first venture into the style so from what I read, this is all pretty normal so I'll go with that!

S- This is 95% raspberry...fresh....tart....real! That is really about it, but there are background aromas of malt, wheat and some pretty serious sour smells on the finish. Wonderful!!

T- This is quite nice and with a huge refreshing quality about it....I feel like I'm drinking more of a handmade raspberry spritzer than anything! Great tart/sour raspberries making up the bulk of the flavor on my palate, there are background hints of yeasty biscuit, and wheat malts to slightly dry out the finish. I agree with another reviewer in that this has a wine like quality about it, but I'm quite ok with this! Again....wonderful!!

M/O- This is surprisingly in the medium bodied range....I'm guessing from the fruit flesh used helps. Fine carbonation, well hidden alcohol, the natural sugars of the fruit balancing any harshness really, and a less than imposing sourness make this a very well balanced brew! I like this style and will definitely seek this one out again....perfect patio beer on a hot summer day!!

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really like Berliner Weiss, and after seeing the average score I felt I had to give this one a try.

Poured into a tulip glass, and it's off to a good start: a beautiful bright shade of ruby/dark pink, no real head but some fine bubbles and good lacing.

Wonderful aroma -- raspberries on top of raspberries, with the faintest scent of wheat.

First sip: tart! Not as intensely fruity as I anticipated given aroma. Not the least bit bitter (no surprise there), but fairly sour. Slightly sweet in the finish. Something about the fruit flavor isn't doing it for me -- hard to describe, but it's almost a white wine thing -- it's distracting from the fresh raspberry taste I want to be enjoying instead. Maybe I'm just used to lower alcohol versions of the style?

Overall, I'd say this is a decent sour beer, which would definitely pair well with a variety of foods. Personally, I wouldn't seek this out to enjoy on its own; I'd likely reach for another option if given the choice (like Auval's Framboëse, super tasty). Not my favourite DDC summer offering, but a pretty good fruit beer.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice pink color, not much head.

Intense raspberry aromas with a little bit of wheat too.

In the mouth: Raspberries, tartness, wheat. Really good.

Good mouth feel, lots of fuzziness.

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Photo of Derek
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serious colour, not much head, but pretty.

Huge raspberry aroma, definitely some sourness too.

It's fairly sour, but works extremely well with the raspberries.

Light to moderate body has a bit of acidity.

Great balance and flavour... It's really about the raspberries, but the beer supports, and even enhances them.

Huge thanks to mTomlins for both this and the cherry!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is surprisingly tart and a little acidic. Since it’s a sour wheat beer, I expected the sourness to be toned down, but I was wrong. haha. Luckily I really like sour, but I bet this one will upset the stomachs of a few people who aren’t expecting the Shock Tart quality.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml.

Very bright red with a quickly dissipating head. Strong natural raspberry aromas. Very strong ripe natural raspberry flavours. Crisp,effervescent and dry, if a little thin. Enjoyable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a very red color and a pink head that settles immediately. Aroma is fresh ripe raspberries and some tart. Flavor is more tart than ripe berries, and a bit shallow. Ditto the body. Not a bad drinking beer tho.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I would have rated this higher if it weren't for the copious amount of white chunks floating around in it. Aside from that, fabulous smell and flavor. I was not expecting to pour a beer this good tonight.

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Photo of byronic
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a kool-aid red with lively carbonation, almost artificial. Smell that makes your mouth water, lots of raspberry. Quite acidic, very sour, minimal flavour. Not very complex and not very balanced, very dry.

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Photo of babaracas
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark red - purple with fizzy pink head, plenty of sediment. Smell: huge on the fresh raspberry puree, mineral and green apple notes. Taste: a mouthful of fresh raspberries (got some in the fridge!), green apple, grain twang, lime note, mildly lactic; a little from each category: oily, sugary, creamy, minerally; residual raspberry jam. Quite refreshing... a stellar raspberry beer / fruited weisse.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler from the bottle.

The color is a murky light purple with quick dropping pink head and no lace or bead to speak of sort of smoothie-like. The smell is like pureed fruit with a mid of berry and slight sweet floral scent with gentle yeast and mild malt odor with subtle vanilla accent with a concentrated fruit raspberry tangy tart scent with subtle creamy yeast smell. The feel is excellent with tanginess and slight sweetness with medium high carbonation and subtle fruit juiciness with a mostly dry finish yet acidity lingers.

The taste is wonderful -tangy and sweet raspberry with slight wheat sweetness and subtle sour yeast accent mid palate and dessert-like tart fruit flavors saturating the palate in a way that is complex with both sweet malt and tart fruit with yeast anchoring but there is tons of fruit throughout. This is delicious -wonderfully raspberry with the right type of sour flavor. This is like summer in a bottle!

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerisheaven for slipping me this mickey, 12 oz. bottle with a tree-headed woman on the label. And since I went raspberry picking yesterday & ate plenty of them out of hand & in my morning waffles, this has a fresh presence to live up to.

The pour is dead red with as much carbonation as one of the raspberries I stepped on yesterday. Smells just like raspberry jam.

Type ‘Solstice D’ete Aux Framboises’ into Google translate & you get “Tom Cruise is an awful actor” which proves the French - or French Canadians - know something. A simple beer that would go great with a big meaty burger - watered down raspberry purée, flavored vinegar, wheat must, light acidity, borderline white wine on the finish. Refreshing, but the lack of carbonation muddles the mouthfeel. Hits the mild sour notes just right for me, this is a drinker.

A few bubbles would really kick this up a notch, but still, a classically good berliner with a nice raspberry load.

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Photo of rjp217
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red color, minimal head that disappears quickly. No lace

S - Huge raspberry obviously. Makes your mouth water

T - Shocking, another large raspberry presence. Slightly bitter and acidic but doesn't take away from the beer at all. Extremely well balanced and drinkable

M - Light body, medium carb, juicy

O - Incredible feat. So well balanced and perfectly tart.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red color. 1/4 inch head of a pink color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong raspberry, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness and slight dryness. Tastes of strong raspberry, herbal flavors, slight sweet malt, slight wine, hint of wood, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, poor appearance, but great body and good feel and aroma.

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Photo of Aldogg007
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything about this beer is beautiful from the look to the taste. Rasb up front acidic tartness come through in the back end. Beautiful example of the style.

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