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Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Été aux Cerises

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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Berliner Weisse
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Abv varies from 5% to 6.5%.

German inspired sour wheat beer (based on our Été Indien). 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 cherries) which compensate for the sourness of the beer. The result is a very refreshing beer where both acidity and fruity flavours dominate wholeheartedly.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3428) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
[ Bottle ][ ˝ of 34.1cl ][ Tasting ][ Trade ][ Tulip ][ 11.25.14 ]
Dark ruby, puffy strawberry milk shake head. Medicinal oak-buttery nose, plenty of cherry sweetness. Heavy cherry pith and skin front palate, ultra dry across the gravel mid, tons of lactic acid softness in the thin, sticky body with light chardonnay oak butter in the lightly sweet cake-like finish. Very controlled, low sweetness, heavy but soft acidity, faintly watery. Tone down the oak and you’re nearing New Glarus fruit territory.

[ 11.25 Tasting Ranking ]
01. De Garde Cherry Raz Bu – 4.2
02. De Garde Cherry Bu – 3.8
03. Dieu du ciel d’ete aux cerise – 3.5
04. De Garde Cran Bu – 3.5
05. Allagash Nancy – 3.5
06. Russian River Supplication – 3.4
07. New Glarus Thumbprint Berliner – 3.2
08. Sante Adairius Cask Cherry – 3.0
09. Wicked Weed Black Angel – 3.0
10. Cisco Cranberry Woods – 3.0
11. Lost Abbery Veritas 014 – 2.7
12. Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Cherry – 2.5
13. Almanac Cerise Sour Blond – 1.8
14. Firestone Walker Krieky Bones – 1.7

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (2461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
12oz bottle from BD Camden during tap takeover. It pours a pale straw-orange color with a small white head. Aroma is acidic and citric, with notes of grains, hay, sour cherries and lemon juice. Taste is acidic with notes of lemon juice, sour cherries, hay, grass, custard. Finishes dry and acidic. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, really enjoyable and tasty

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (811) - - NOV 11, 2014
Sour cherry, grape, berries, tart, hints of vanilla, dry finish. Not as impressive as the raspberry one but very tasty fruit beer still.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3534) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle at the DC Pre-Turkey Day tasting on Nov 9, 2014. Pours a clear cranberry with a pink head. Flavors of cherry. Crisp tart finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4926) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle shared at the DC Pre-Thanksgiving tasting. Thanks to MrChopin! Poured a clear ruby red color, pink fizzy head. Aroma was tart red berries with a bit of syrup sweetness. Flavor was nice tart cherries. Very Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4320) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Big cherry aroma and lots of yeastiness in this. Ruby red pour. Quite a sour finish. Soft carbonation. Lots of sour cherry in this. Bottle thanks to MrChopin.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1636) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2014
12 oz bottle at the RateBeer DC Tasting shared by MrChopin, thanks Kevin! Clear crimson red color. Aromas of berries, tart fruit. Tastes of tart notes, berries, red wine. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby red body under a fizzy one finger pink tinged head that faded to a thin ring rather quickly. The nose is very heavy on the cherries, smells a bit like cough drops, the fruit is so intense. Just a light hint of tartness and cherry pit like almond note. The flavor is quite tart and fairly acidic though, super juicy and fruity with a very natural taste. The cherry in this is more intense than many Kriek Lambics, not sure how this is classified as a Berliner and not a Fruit beer. Nice lingering tart cherries and a gentle acidity. What an intense beer. Very enjoyable, but this is clearly a fruit beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (13011) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy of MrChopin, a huge thank you!! I was looking forward to this one most of all in this tasting. Beautiful bright ruby red color, off pink edge head. Nice full aroma of funky cherries, lemons, pineapple. Taste is softly sour cherries. very tasty.


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