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

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Solstice D'été Aux CerisesSolstice D'été Aux Cerises
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by liamt07 on 10-02-2011

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Ranking:
#11,798
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
83
pDev:
12.02%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by jaasen64:
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3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Pier-luc
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of mobius387
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of Samact
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of kingston2
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtomlins
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of montrealbcr89
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of ikidunot
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of ackeeper
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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..

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Solstice D'été Aux Cerises from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 83 ratings