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 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
Ratings:
351
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johng19751
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Philcassella
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Nice balance of sweet n tart, enjoyed it.

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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 Mousel
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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