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

Solstice D'été Aux FramboisesSolstice D'été Aux Framboises
BA SCORE
4.27/5
373 Ratings
Solstice D'été Aux FramboisesSolstice D'été Aux Framboises
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
Ranking:
#924
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
373
pDev:
7.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
44
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 373 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of M-girard
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of beerboy21
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm thinking of making the drive from So. NH to Montreal just to have this brew! This is an interpretation of the Berliner Weisse style done avec fruit (strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry), with this lovely example being enhanced by the raspberry. Strikingly beautiful rose red color with pinkish head. Tart?? Can I hear ya say "Hell Ya"!! Freshly picked raspberries run bone-dry through the finish. This isn't for the faint of heart, a definate no-no for non-BA women drinkers looking for one of them funky-ass sweet fruit brews.

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Photo of Bresson
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chippo33
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski, VT. This is the best fruited Berliner that has ever been available in the United States. Though, from what I hear it's actually not available here often which is too bad. Still waiting for an American brewery to brew something this great.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to tom10101 for this one...

A: Pours a deep pink/red with almost zero head. The only foam that shows is a tiny ring that hugs the top of the beer along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pure raspberry. Sweet and tart. Wow. I haven't smelled a beer this raspberry-tastic since Blushing Monk.

T: Mmmm. Wow. It's like eating a handful of raspberries. I get that sweet berry juice right away, followed immediately by the crisp, tart berry seeds and acid. It's a touch salty and thinner than pure raspberry juice, but this is no joke. A razzleberry lover's dream.

M: Light bodied beer. It's thin and wet, but tight acidic. It's makes the mouth salivate and pucker. The finish is dry and fruity.

O: Awesome. It's out of control raspberry. I would imagine that this beer is best served fresh, and I am a massive fan. Bonkers! "This is too much raspberry." - said no one ever.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kinger86
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bp123
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Hoppypocket, Jayhoop and Unibrou4ever for getting this to me. Probably my favourite (and very uncommon) style from an amazing brewery. Huge expections here!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep red with a slight orange tint and half a finger of bubbly pink head.

Smell. Fresh ripe raspberries!! Not much else going on, but if I didn't know this was beer I'd swear I was smelling a glass of raspberry puree.

Taste. Sour fresh raspberries and lemon juice. There's a little bit of wheat there and maybe some very slight mineral flavours, but the real raspberry and Berliner sourness are pretty amazing. No alcohol whatsoever. Couldn't imagine a fruited Berliner Weiss tasting better than this!

Mouthfeel. Ligight+ body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantasic beer. I could drink this every week and probably never get tired of it. Lived up to my expectation and then some. So glad that I have a couple more to savour of a style I don't get nearly enough of!!

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppypocket for sending this all the way out West

A: Glorious ruby Red, haloed with just a whisp of raspberry cream coloured head. Just a slight haze clouds the brew.

S: Fresh raspberry puree and a chaser of a light funkiness and sour.

T: Tart raspberries with fresh lemon squeeze, puckering sour tang and a hint of barnyard funk. A wonderful tang lends way to minerals and finishes with the juicy tart raspberry.

M: Dry and tart that compliments the fresh raspberry tang. A dry pucker on the finish that gripes the taste buds for a last go-round.

O: A bright and tangy brew true to the flavour of raspberries. Light and dry like a palette cleanser, it offers a tangy and refreshing drink to liven the palette. Thankfully void of the artificially sugary cough drops profile, while delivering of a full sophisticated scent and flavor. Simply delicious.

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

On tap at Torst in Brooklyn, NY.

This one a wonderful dark-ish pink, it looks sparkling and awesome, with a small fizzy head, and not a lot of lacing.

This one smells sooooo good. There's so much tart and juicy and bright raspberry, the flavors come through so nicely, with a bit of mild funk. It smells like this one is going to be relatively sour, too.

This is a wonderful berliner, and definitely one of the best I've ever had. Tart raspberry, with some lemony funk and tartness, a bit of slight minerality, and a really significant lactic character that's fairly refreshing and awesome. Not a whole lot of malt character that I can gather, just fruit and nice wild yeasty complexities. Awesome!

This is light bodied, with a very tart and spritzy mouthfeel. There is absolutely no hint of any sort of alcohol here, which is cool.

This was a really big surprise- didn't know Dieu De Ciel could make something like this. Guess I was wrong luckily!

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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of VbolieuV
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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 grover37
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of drseamus
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant red body with a pinkish thin head. Huge raspberry nose. It smells exactly like real raspberries. Taste is killer. Perfect raspberries right up front and super strong. Again, real pure raspberry taste. Very tart and delicious. Thin bodied. Phenomenal drinkability.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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 SebLego_MTL
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MY 1000TH BEER PIC!!! or it was until i lost a beer pic somewhere :(

***Raspberry version (5,9% ABV)***

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled June 2011.

Appearance: Pureed raspberry colored body with a pink head. Completely cloudy with bubbling foam filling half the glass. Retention is good as is the lacing.

Smell: Killer! Fresh raspberries with wheat but the raspberry steals the show. More sweet than tart. The aroma reminds me of picking raspberries in our yard and also brings memories of picking them with my grandmother when i was young.

Taste: Major raspberry presence without being fruity. More tart than sour. Not mouth puckering but does leave its stamp. Ripe raspberries dominate and even manages to capture that acidic side without overdoing it. Sweetness sneaks in there around the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a smooth body. Very zesty and alive.

Overall: One of my favorite DDC beers. Raspberries are my favorite fruit and this beer really lets them shine. While certainly tart, it still is a world-class brew and is worth driving 2+ hours round trip to the brewery to get.

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Photo of sclitch
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sarro
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solstice d'ete (aux Framboises - raspberry version) 341ml bottle shared by Luk/Julien/Gabe thanks guys!
Listed as 5.9 abv, this beer pours a super vibrant red with shades of pink and appears more red than Gambrinus or any other beer with raspberries that I've seen. The smell and taste are the same in terms of fruit foward raspberries as it almost seems you're drinking carbonated sour raspberry juice most of the time. There is some hearty wheat in the nose as well, while the lactic sourness is very refreshing when combined with the perfectly ripened raspberry flavor. I don't normally like to compare within a review, but this beer is basically what I had expected Bottleworks XII to be. Instead it is simple, but simply delicious.

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Photo of stakem
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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 burly_enzymes
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solstice D'été Aux Framboises from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 373 ratings
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