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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Berliner Weisse
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5357) - 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 (15650) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is cherry, lactic acid and wheat malt. Flavor is lactic cherries, light malt and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luk_ (231) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark red with beautiful pinkish head. Aroma is mainly pungeant dark cherries, also lemon and soured wheat. Taste is once again cherries upfront. There is a lingering citric sourness and sweet concentrated cherries. Highly drinkable and rather simple/straightforward. I prefer this one to their more sour raspberry version.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4473) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Gikinjii. Pours holy candy apple red, large hot pink head that dissipates fairly slowly with decent lacing. Aroma is lots of tart cherry, lemon, sour wheat mash. Flavor is light plus tart, lots of cherry flavors (perhaps a bit artificial), some lemon. Lingering mouth puckering tartness. Medium-light body. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4539) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle as an extra from tom101010 , THNX man !!! Pours rather clear dark red, with a pink glow, head is rather small, dark pink and thick . Smell is Fleshy cherrys , swimpingpool-scent . Nice . Taste is intense . Enters a touch sour, little bit bitter, very intense cherry , very dry . The more you drink, the more dry it seems to become . Watery in the mouthfeel, but with great intense , natural taste . Very well done !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (888) - - OCT 12, 2014
Bright red/pink. Nose is cherry, some oak. Taste is cherry, oak, very mild, crisp and refreshing. Prefer the framboises by a wide margin.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (5299) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
THANKS to tom10101 for this beauty! 341 ml. bottle at home. Pours this incredible dark, almost tad purple deep wine / cherry red, gorgeous with a sadly quickly gone very dark pink head. Reminds me a bit of Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal visually. Just beautiful. Nose is gorgeous, deep yoghurt culture, light sour with huge amount of cherries, lots of juice. Taste unfortunately comes across a bit muted compared to the smell, lots of juice but mixed in with fair amount of cherry pits, leaves and a mineral / stone – like feeling to it all, yoghurt culture is faint here, tad dry. Body is all juice, dries out just like fruit skins. Heavy fruit profile almost begs comparison to a lambiek but that is unfair since it doesn’t have the same depth; This is very straightforward, very drinkable as well. I could have wished for more but seeing as I have been less than enamoured with my resent brushes with the styles I can only applaud this. This is what I wish Berliners in general would taste like. In the end despite my nitpicking this is a thing of beauty, tart superbly drinkable juice with all the right cultures and not the off-putting ones as some Berliners seem to have for me. Bottled on 07/2014.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (17924) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
30th September 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Bottle tasting. Thanks to Paul for this one. Almost clear pink tinted red beer, small but bright pink head. Palate is light, mildly crisp and semi dry. Nice cherry, not too sour and just a little tart, Whisper of marzipan. Trace of tangy lemon. Light crisp finish. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12596) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Bropey, CBC Clerko, 30/09/14. Cherry red with a decent crimson covering. Nose is cherry drops, puff of smoke, straw, red berry sherbets. Taste comprises light acidic notes, tanfy cherry skins, more cherry drop sweetness, spice, light woody rinse. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tangy cherry wash in the close. Decent ’Linner.


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