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

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Solstice D'été Aux FramboisesSolstice D'été Aux Framboises

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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.

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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 Catracho5
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


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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of ludachris
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an incredible looking beer. ts body is a rich, candied pinkish-red hue. It's so hazy it's nearly opaque. A finger's worth of bubble gum pink head has some nice stick to it

Wild, fresh and ripe field raspberries burst from the glass. There's a tang to it; slightly tart, slightly sweet, that is very enticing. A bit jammy, a bit on the puree side of things. It's everything raspberry and it's an absolute stunner.

The nose is deceiving as its sweetness in the taste is replaced by a refreshing, zingy lactic tartness. Freshly squeezes lemon with a bit of band-aid. A flash of berry derived fructose sweetness comes first thing in the front. Its raspberry essence serves as more of an outline to its sour core. A soft note of biscuit lingers in the finish.

The body sits between light to medium. Its tartness is complimented by its zingy carbonation. Its sour quality is pronounced and refreshing. The finish is quite clean.

This has been the most bold and satisfying Berliner Weisse I've had to date. It's in your face; from the raspberry in the nose to the tartness in the taste to its elevated ABV relative to the style. I'm grateful I was able to try this limited edition lassie.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a joyous pinkish-red with a ton of yeast sediment. The fruit taste bordered on medicinal, but the wheat and the deep-body-feeling malt reined it in. Not much sourness or tartness to speak of, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Refreshing, but not very memorable.

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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 polloenfuego
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been a want for a while...

The look is amazing, looks like fresh raspberry juice has been added to this beer...I mean, like five minutes ago (though it was bottled very recently...end of May according to code). The color is pale raspberry, and it pours with a thin head that leaves swirls of lacing behind. The smell is fresh raspberry, what you would expect. It smells like a raspberry pie. The taste is definitely tart raspberry and I see how others say "seed like" there are other flavors that sneak in at the end, yeast mostly, but the raspberry comes back again. light feel, good carbonation and a very dry finish.

All in all, very worth the wait on this one.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks steve! enjoyed from ddc tulip.

a - pours a majestic transparent magenta thin head.

s - nose is really nice juicy raspberry. little alcohol on the nose almost icebock like thing going on.

t/m/o - raspberry icebock lite ish. really reminds me of kre without the heat. very enjoyable but nothing super crazy.

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