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

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4.27/5
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375 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#934
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
375
pDev:
7.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
44
Trade:
3
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Photo of festizio
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Raspberry Berliner weisse from Canada, eh? Alright! Dieu du Ciel! has been nothing but solid to me throughout the years, though I rarely buy their beer due to price and format. This sounded really good, though, and was recommended to me by my buddy Jason, an employee at Craft Beer Cellar Westford who always has great recs! Thanks man!

Pours probably the liveliest shade of reddish-pink I've ever seen in a beer. And that's saying something, because I've had quite a few raspberry beers and others with red fruit. I was warned by the friend who recommended this that it has a lot of sediment due to aging on whole fruit and being entirely unfiltered, but I don't think I was ready for just how unrefined the process is for bottling this one. They just let it all hang out, and that includes tons of raspberry residue floating around in the body of the beer (mostly towards the bottom as a sediment, but some seems to be hanging around in the mid-strata here. If you don't mind that element, this is likely to be one of the most gorgeous beers you've ever seen. Head is thin (quarter-finger at its highest point; almost no build-up from the initial pour) but retentive. No lace. Great color, though, once again. Damn.

Nose is very reminiscent of framboise lambic, with a sharp acidity that overtakes the nostrils right upfront. I get a lot of obvious raspberry and strawberry jam-like elements here but also some light lacto-y lemon peel and an almost white grape skin-like quality as well. Maybe just slightly plastic-y, but nothing that harms my impression here. Anyway, this is not going to be a sweet beer... that much is certain.

On the tongue, this presents with a soft yet compelling acidity and almost no lingering harshness. The finishing note is of raspberry lemonade, and there's a solid hit of yogurt-y weirdness as only traditionally-soured (read: soaked grain left out for several days to develop the bacterial culture) can provide. Very well-balanced and juicy with a compelling sourness and good drinkability. Feel is on the heavier side, considering the beer clocks in at just under 6% (which is high for a fruited Berliner, even a "New World" example of the style). Bright carbonation works with the acidity to deliver maximum raspberry flavor to the tastebuds, shocking the palate with pucker-worthy aplomb.

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

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

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 csmrx7
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An interesting rewrite of a Berliner Weisse.

Pours almost comically saturated deep red with a quick dissipating pink head.

Initial aroma is no description but gets to a raspberry jam as it warms.

Flavor is tart with some raspberry sweetness with almost a turbid wheat that makes Berliner's so great.

A little high in ABV to be so crushable.

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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 shelby415
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 LampertLand
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Supergenou
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpyle
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Bresson
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DucksFan16
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

06/24/2017. Enjoyed at Moeder Lambic, Brussels.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Poljazz22
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hot pink colour with a lovely pink collar.
Raspberries!!!!
Raspberries over a wheat beer base.
Lovely champagne like bubbles. Thirst quenching with a true raspberry flavor. It is quite sour. You could add a teaspoon of maple syrup....

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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