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.

BEER STATS
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#1,605
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
397
pDev:
7.51%
 
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

The traditional and "too-sour" taste of Berliner weiss rendered it to accompany a swirl "mit schuss" of raspberry syrup to temper its aggressive acidity. Well, not anymore. Now the tart raspberry and its hearty juices are employed to exacerbate its sour nature in the most brilliant of ways.

Its electric ruby-pink color simply gleams with a soft hazy glow. A swirl of short-statured froth simmers on top and pulls acute aromatics of lemon, lime, green apple, vinous white wine, cork must, a whiff of sea air and the obvious overlay of raspberry. As the ale hits the tongue, the tissues shrink and the muscles tighten while its brazen acidity assaults the taste buds.

Tart raspberries command the middle palate as its juicy and fruit-forward refreshment tethers through the ale's natural lactic sourness and offers a calm semblance of balance. Less earthy than the nose suggests, the sourness is strikingly of dried lime, citrus peel and light English bitters.

Exit stage left- the light bodied ale lifts from the tongue and evaporates in an instance, allowing for a highly clean, refreshing and palate-stripping taste with virtually no malt or earthen linger. Only a faint echo of raspberry and lime trail in the retro-olfactory, yet only briefly.

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Photo of stakem
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this longtime want of mine. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter, the brew appears a very bright ruby color with a thin pink stained cap. The pinkish froth holds around the edgess fading back to a line, leaving spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bright and juicy with a scent of raspberry jam. There is quite a natural essence to this brew that is seedy with an earthen feel. More smells reveal a bit of funk and trace sulfur. It smells mildly reminiscent of yogurt as it warms up.

The taste is very tart and lightly lemony lactic with an accenting tartness similar to unripe raspberries. There is a very natural flavor of raspberry present that is not only tart but includes that seedy to earthen note indicative of eating fresh raspberries. Lots of natural raspberry flavor with a hint of yogurt lactic quality.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry, crisp, clean, refreshing and downright impressive. I could drink this by the quart if given the opportunity. An awesome representation of the style. Very impressive how much raspberry character is present without any sweetness for being at least a year or 2 old bottle. Thank you very much Heath for sharing.

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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 biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle - the summer solstice may be a few months behind us now, but the season isn't done just yet! This incarnation of the series is apparently flavoured with raspberries.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium magenta hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly cotton candy pink head, which leaves a few instances of ocean spray lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet (and thus, semi-tart) pureed raspberries, a reserved lactic sourness, gritty, grainy wheat malt, and a faint earthy leafiness. The taste is more zesty raspberries, seemingly cut with a bit of sour cream - or at the very least a touch of warmed milk - a still understated musty funk, soft notes of sweet husky wheat, white wine vinegar, a hint of saltine cracker, and a genial leafy, almost floral dryness.

The carbonation is quite involved in its majorly frothy and minorly fizzy manner, the body a sturdy middleweight, and actually somewhat smooth, even with all those acids swirling about. It finishes mostly bereft of any sweetness, save a tiny fruitiness still clinging on to the welcoming and persistent raspberry essence.

A stellar flavoured wheat beer, no matter what world region's style it was going for - tart, wheaty, sour, and fruity, all in admirable balance. Easy to drink - that is if you don't mind the stripped-down nature of the titular fruit - each sip daring you to immediately have another go.

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Photo of byronic
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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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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 Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Dated 5/2014. Poured into a snifter glass 11/26/2014.

A- Beautiful medium-red body with a fluffy, dark pink head with great retention time. Nice film and medium-sized collar. Very pretty beer, similar to a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus or Kriek in appearance. [4.25]

S- Rich, seedy raspberry aromas, lactic acid, yogurt. These are the dominant flavours here, especially the raspberry fruit aromas. The lactate isn't that overpowering by any means, but it is definitely there. Smooth, rich and aromatic; easily the best aspect of the beer. [4.25]

F- Raspberry jam, hints of lactate, a little bit of yogurt, some acetic acid that balances out the raspberry fruit flavours for a short while. The raspberry comes back towards the end, producing a beautiful tart raspberry finish. This is really enjoyable. The tartness of the lactate and vinegar combine with the strong raspberry flavours to create a nice sour raspberry flavour that I could drink for days on end. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side of things. Lacks a slight bit of depth on the mouthfeel; the acidity sticks around a bit longer on the finish but it is lacking a bit of a kick or finish at the end that the beer would certainly benefit from. In short, it is an evanescent finish that leaves me wanting more. Still, very drinkable and tasty beer that has no off flavours. [3.75]

O- Very nice framboise that has just enough acidity and a ton of raspberry flavours to keep your palate entertained. It does lack the depth and complexity of a lambic, but for what it is, I will not complain and gladly drink as much of this as I can get my hands on. [4.25]

Final score: 4.20

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Dieu Du Ciel "Solstice D'été Aux Framboises"
$5.44 Canadian for a 12 oz. tulip glass on tap @ Bier Markt, Montreal

Notes: Ruby colored body. Pink, frothy head. Good retention and lacing. The bright raspberry nose suggests sweetness but that doesn't carry into the flavor which displays a clean, sharp sourness. Dry. No bitterness needed. For fans of sour beers this one is a "must-try".

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Photo of Goldorak
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-sampled 02sep2005

Appearance: Impressive, vibrant red with a slick of froth that contrasts with it's pearly white color. It really does look like those alcopop nightmares...

Smell: Strong, fruity acidity that reminded of raspberry flavored vinegar or a dry rosé wine, it had a floral-like sweetness that didn't come out at all in the taste, sort of like eau-de-rose or those flowery essences they use to make some mediterranian desserts.

Taste: Whoh, this stuff is tang-tastic! Lip-smacking, like pure, unsweetened cranberry juice. May not be for everyone, but I seriously believe that it's impossible to make a Beer more refreshing than this. Light, wheaty body, and a dry mead aftertaste. This stuff is kick ass.

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

This is a hazy pinkish beer with a similarly rosy head that is fairly nice but evaporates. I feel like it is fairly even, balanced, tasty, and straight forward. Nothing overly complex or weird about it. Lots of tart juicy fruit flavors, sweet raspberries, a touch of dusty funk, and a soft wheaty body. Drinkable and refreshing. Not mind blowing maybe, but very solidly made. Would have again, worth a try.

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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 my_knew_craft
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I don't know where to start with this beer! Can I say a beer? Or maybe some fruit alcoholic juice, this is a weird freaky beer, not for my tastes but very interesting and fun too.

Appearance, is bright red, like you would have a strawberry juice, very nice color. The head dissapeard very quicky, too quicky as the white of the head and the bright red of the beer were beautiful when teamed together.

Smells like cherry, not too strong, not to shy, a balanced smell.

Taste, oh my, here we go... SOUR, VERY SOUR! The first sip I can assure you, you will go funny faces. It very acid and sour, reminding me of some gueuze/lambic /fruit. Then, you get curious and the taste get better.

It is quite an experience to try

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Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LanceH
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Zero head on the pour, but the body is so vividly pink in hue, it makes up a few points. Small trails of carbonation around the glass' edge. The aroma is perfumey and sweet with fresh raspberry juice. A bit of zesty wheat in the background with a slight tang of sour.

The flavor grips the tastebuds with a vinous sourness of ripe berry vines. Lots of raspberry flavor going on here to balance it all out, but the sweetness is overcome by a shock-tart-like puckering note. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a light body. Supremely drinkable on a summer afternoon in Houston. Dieu Du Ciel strikes again!

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Photo of Krakpoff
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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 apasternak
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mpyle
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
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 belleisa_losteo
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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