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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Kurmaraja
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant raspberry red. Very pretty. White head.

Aroma: sour raspberries and some funk. Wheat with a touch of spice.

Taste: tart raspberries with lemon acidity and a hint of vinegar. Pretty funky. Wheat with a little spice.

Mouthfeel: tart and sour. Light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.

Overall, this beer rocks. Incredibly drinkable and tasty. Thanks Andrew for sharing this treat. Wow.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish with a touch of gold; clear; no lasting head or lace.

Wow, this may be the greatest amount of raspberry aroma I've ever experienced. It's not sweet, more like a fresh raspberry.

Think raspberry tart; this is delicious but relatively one-dimensional. The aftertaste is quite sour. The body is thin but adequate. Lots of carbonation.

This is a refreshing and sour; a step from what I would call a Framboise-it's delightful.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright clear red. Beautiful color. Not much of a head though.

Smell - Tons of raspberries. Acidic raspberries and some grain. As it warms, I get a slightly buttery off aroma.

Taste - Tart raspberries. Almost no sweetness. Grain and a bit of caramel malt. The off flavor from the nose comes out as it warms up. Makes it tastes creamy and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium light and tart. More of a fruit tartness than a beer sourness though.

Overall - This would be really great if not for that weird flavor.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 dvmin98
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 imbibehour
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.

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