Solstice D'été Aux Cerises
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #267
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,429
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.9%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
87
From:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  10
SCORE
88
Very Good
Solstice D'été Aux CerisesSolstice D'été Aux Cerises
Notes: The dominant sourness of Solstice D’été is a result of letting the un-boiled mash do its thing for a few days. The interesting sour character this develops is further complemented by the addition of a heaping pile of whole fruit shortly thereafter. The result is an incredibly refreshing sour ale where the fruit is allowed to carry through without restraint.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 87 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zolotarov from Canada (QC)

2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (Bottled on 2020-09-23)

Appearance: bright pinkish red
Smell: very yeasty – smells of overproofed dough with slight alcohol notes. Faint sweet black cherry notes.
Taste: high tartness with barely any cherry flavour and no complexity.
Mouthfeel: tart, medium carbonation.
Overall: The smell was unpleasant initially, however the yeasty smell dissipated as I drank it. The taste was dominated by tartness with not much else happening. Would be a good summer beer when drank very cold, otherwise I found it lacking in aroma and taste.

Nov 01, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 ml. bottle.
Bottled 2018-09-11.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch light pink head over a cherry red body with scant lacing. Nose of sour wheat and cherries. Taste of cherries and sour wheat which equals tart cherries. Nice feel and overall, not as aromatic or flavorful as the raspberry version, but still a very good Berliner Weisse. Cheers!

Dec 03, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has sweet macerated cherries and cherry preserve notes. Taste is mostly tart, dry and fruity. It's decent but quite simple.

Sep 20, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour at the Montreal brew pub. Crystal clear cherry juice. Smells like sweet, dark cherries. Tastes like tart yet sweet, dark cherry juice. Really delicious.

Aug 14, 2017
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a really red gamay with a stable pinkish head. Aroma - cherries of course, but not sour cherry but really ripe black cherry. The black cherry lingers in throughout flavour where it is balanced by the funky sourness of the style.

Aug 13, 2017
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer, and really nice to have it back to back with the raspberry, just to highlight how great the raspberry is.

Light sour cherry in the aroma, a bit more in the flavour, but the base Berlinerweisse really shines through.

Apr 09, 2016
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle

Bright cherry red with very little head and next to no lacing. Cherry on the nose, mild funk. Tart cherry with crispy, spritzy carbonation. Very nice and better than the raspberry to my taste.

Jan 01, 2016
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hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying with thanks to Phyl21ca.
Rarely does a bottle embody its description so exactly...
Pours a brilliant and nearly luminescent pink with a low carbonation level that still manages a reasonable mouthfeel. Sour cherries are prominent in both aroma and flavour. Tart and refreshing. Worth trying.

Oct 12, 2015
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice pink/red color with a fast disappearing head and lots of carbonation. Smell like a cherry cheesecake. Also taste like a cherry cheesecake, really good. It's really sour too, very refreshing. Owns up to the name!

Aug 14, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Beautiful bright red body with a light pink head.

Smell - Medicinal cherry aroma. Very little acidity.

Taste - This has some tartness, but very little. Less medicinal, too. Strong cherry. A little stale tasting, but I can't put my finger on it more than that.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Very faint tartness.

Overall - Didn't smell good, but it got better as I drank it.

Apr 14, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan for this one. 12oz. bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a fluffy 1 finger deep pink colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark blood red. No lacing. Stunning color and otherwise par for the style!

Nose is cherry puree and some cherry skin and pits. A light foamy funk is present in the background. Actually a little subdued.

Opens sweet and tart with a noticeable cherry presence. Some stem and skin bitterness in the middle covered by ample sour cherry puree. Ends tart and crisp with a puckering, bone dry finish and fruity aftertaste. Simple and delicious!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down dry and puckering. Bone dry finish with a filmy aftertaste. Solid.

The color on this beer is simply outstanding and the rest of the brew completes the experience nicely. Not fantastically complex but its a fruited berliner so you should know what you're getting in the first place. Really drinkable, refreshing, and definitely worth trying.

Dec 04, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a dark red, very bright looking with good and active carbonation.

The nose is almost all cherries, medicinal, a little cough drop like, sweetener. The flavor is more tart than the nose lets on, all cherries, vinegar, salt, a little cough medicine. The mouthfeel is pretty good, great carbonation, a little fizzy.

Overall, lots of cherries, but good.

Nov 26, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Pour is dark ruby red, clear, with a small amount of dark pink head. Nose is incredibly strong cherry, very fleshy ripe cherry, and hint medicinal. Flavor is a bit more rounded cherry, light brett breaks up the cherry, no medicinal, cherry lingers through the finish. Medium to full body, well carbonated, very creamy feel

Nov 26, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip 7/10/14, big thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle

A dark red, almost a deep purple with a bright pink foam, not much for retention or lace but the color is unlike anything I've seen recently

S massive cherry nose, I'm talking ridiculous but straightforward, some dry cracker but for the most part its all cherry

T a hint of lemon but it might just be the tart sourness making me think lemon, a little yeast but really its a cherry bomb full stop

M tart, sour, acidic, and dry, a fair amount of pucker, lighter side of medium, guess what lingers on the finish

O shes lopsided but I like where shes leaning, cherry, cherry, and you guessed it, more cherry

the fruits just so intense I don't know where to begin... so I wont start

Oct 08, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottle: Poured a deep red color Berliner with a bright pink foamy head with good retention and some light traces of lacing. Aroma of intense cherry notes with light tart notes clearly noticeable. Taste is a perfect balance between some intense cherry notes with almost no residual sugar and tart notes with almost no acidity detectable. Body is full for style with perfect carbonation. So good and I should have bought a ton more of these.

Sep 15, 2014
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byronic from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours a cranberry read with minimal head and no retention. Overpowering tartness combines with a nice sour. The nice flavours are overpowered by acidity. No aftertaste but leaves a slick coating in the mouth. A bit simple and left me somewhat disappointed.

Sep 02, 2014
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Birthday beer #1 ...wtf it's already 11am!! Anyways, a HUGE thank you to Montrealbcr89 for surprising me with this the other night. My top Canadian want by far.

Appearance. Pours a deep ruby red with some haze. Topped with half a finger of deep pink, almost red head. Looks amazing.

Smell. Sour cherries but not in a huge way, some of that nice cinnamon/almond kind of smell that I associate with the stones, but not strong like in a kriek. Maybe just a hint of sweet wheat in there. Subtle, but nice.

Taste. Nice sour cherries, some lemon juice and just a bit of crackery wheat coming through at the end. Quite sour and quite awesome.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, medium-full carbonation that's fine lively.

Overall. Fantastic as expected. I think I might like the framboise a bit more, but it's pretty darn close.

Aug 31, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at the brewpub in Montreal. This incarnation is a cherry-flavoured beer (Solstice d'été aux cerises). Moved from the previously generic Solstice d'été listing, originally reviewed August 6, 2009.

This beer appears a clear pinkish red hue, with a small amount of soapy light pink head, which leaves no lace as it melts away.

It smells like mildly sweet cherry pie - cherries, sugar, and white grain. The taste is tart, tart, tart, tart cherry. Whew! Did I say tart? This is a lip-puckerer, all right. Under the sour cherry assault, there is a mild wheatiness detectable.

The carbonation is soft, the body is sugary like fruit juice, and it finishes with sweet and sour cherry, all the way.

A one-sided beverage, in the flavour department, but the balance between the big tartness and the lesser sugar sweetness makes this actually somewhat drinkable.

Aug 22, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle.

Totally red body in the glass with dark pink foam. Head starts good but doesn`t have much legs. Aroma is nice and best feature, sour cherries going on. Taste has dry cherries and wood but seems overshadowed by mineral saltiness. Good but i was not overly impressed.

Aug 09, 2014
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

Pours an absolutely beautiful clear ruby red with 1 – 2 fingers of deep red head falling to a nice collar with a bit of lacing when spun. The nose is soft with subtle sour, tartness, lemon and sour cherries. The taste follows suit with wheat, sour and acidity, and sour cherries. There is a very subtle malt sweetness to the finish and touch of saltiness like a gose. The body is smooth and light with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer that I think is underrated here.

Aug 08, 2014
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BTVflatlander from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Dieu du Ciel Montréal brewpub.

A: Beautiful, cloudy ruby in appearance with a contrasting white head. Remarkable.

S: Sour cherries.

T: This beer is incredibly flavorful both thanks to the wheat and the cherries. Overall, the overwhelming flavor that comes through is in fact the cherry. Deliciously thick and well done, the flavors are complex yet simply enjoyed.

M: Not watery or flimsy at all, thick and satisfying.

O: The sour beer style, quite understandably, is quite stratifying. You either like them or you hate them. Personally, as a lover of many things sour, a well done sour/fruit beer is about as good as it gets and, if you are in this camp you will undoubtedly find Solstice d'été worth a pour for it is in fact an incredibly well done example of the style and all around delicious. However, if you are like my good friend with whom I visited Dieu du Ciel and enjoyed this beer, you detest all things sour and, concurrently, are predisposed to dislike even a well done sour wheat beer such as this. Highly recommended if this sounds like your cup of tea and you find yourself lucky enough to be in either Montréal or Saint-Jérôme when this is on tap.

Jul 23, 2013
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Montréal, Quebec
Served in a cervoise

Gorgeous, crystal clear, rose colored appearance. A near two-finger, tight, bone white with pink-ish hues head topped the liquid, but it fell rather quickly. The head deposited tiny droplets of lacing along the top portion of the glass.

The nose was quite disappointing. All I got was a crisp, dry, powdery yeastiness. As the beer warmed, hints of cherries were detectible. Slightly tart and acidic.

The flavor profile was a bit more interesting than than aroma, but it contained no cherry whatsoever. Crisp, dry and wheaty on the front end. Tart and lemony in the center. Slight vinegar notes. The beer finished tart and acidic. Quite refreshing, albeit simplistic.

The liquid was crisp and smooth with a fine yet lively effervescence. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

Solstice D'été Aux Cerises really hit the spot on this hot July night. Nevertheless, I was quite disappointed by the beer's lack of complexity and absence of cherry flavor. With more fruit forwardness, this could be amazing.

Jul 18, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

Appearance – Hazy dark pink colour with an average size fizzy pinkish white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, cherries, lemon juice

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed cherries and a whole lot of tart citric acid. There are also some faint spice notes, perhaps cloves or coriander. The beer finishes with a tart/sour aftertaste that lingers for a short while.

Overall – I'm not sure I'd want to drink a whole lot of it due to the sourness. It wasn't over the top like some of the other sour beers I've had though. The taste wasn't as complex as I thought it would be..

Oct 05, 2011
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cherry version on tap at Volo for DDC tap takeover.

Light red/deep pink colour, hazy, ring of white head with some lace. Smell is of cherry and sweet sugary notes, yeasty and fruity, light malt. Taste is tart and lightly sour, cherry, good malt presence, cherry pit, sweet sugary notes, other berries and red fruits as well. High carbonation that helps ease the sweetness, nice feel good weight. Very good stuff, enjoyable.

Oct 03, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bar Volo DDC tap takeover, this is the cherry version. The cherry comes through like cherry kriek. Its acidic, it gives off a big cherry (natural and artificial) aroma.Whatever wheat is in the secondary. A little lemon tartness as well. Very good and unique, but only drinkable in modest amounts at a time.

Oct 02, 2011
Solstice D'été Aux Cerises from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 87 ratings