Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Été aux Cerises
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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Berliner Weisse
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Bowl


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bedainedebiere (501) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Barely drinkable very sour alchoolic fruit-punch-like that I couldn’t finish. I will not destroy since it’s just a question of tastebuds. I still wonder how that guy sitting at an other table could drink an entire pint of that unsweetened barely hopped reddish brew without having an entire package of Rolaids...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lanchester (182) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
Served on tap at Dieu du Ciel. Impressive appearance; pours a hazy crimson color with a thin and frothy pinkish head. Smells sharp, almost like a cold slice of cherry or rhubarb pie. Taste is immediately quite astringent on the tongue, hints of cherry and rhubarb with prominent acidic tones. Finishes very dry, almost puckering, but is nevertheless quite refreshing. Really seems to get the salivary glands going after each sip. A unique beer and not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
Rose red apperance with a thick redish head and very nice lacing. Aroma: Cherries, rasberries and bubblelicious gum. Flavor: acid, sour, rhubarb and cherries. Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, thick sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 In short: A nice sharp cherry beer. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.
How: Tap at brewpub (summer 2008 batch)
The look: Clear light-red body topped by a short-lived pink head
In long: Nose is cherries (duh!) . This one has a pure natural freshly picked cherries aroma, not maraschino cherries. Taste is sharp, surprisingly very little cherry sourness, slightly acidic, dry, a little lemony, nice astringency. Very refreshing beer. As far as cherry beers go this one is probably the exact opposite of the New Glarus Belgian Red (the most well-known example of the style). On one end you have the Belgian Red from New Glarus Wisconsin with its filling and sweet maraschino cherries character and on the other end you’ve got the Solstice d’ Été aux Cerises from Montreal with its sharp refreshing astringency fresh cherry flavour. And in between the two you’ve got… well… Detroit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3904) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2007
On draft at the brewpub. Poured a rose red with a small pink head. Big aroma of wild cherries, grass and a nice splash of slight sour funkiness. Flavor on this medium bodied beauty is tart cherries with a slight bitter aftertaste. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2007
While I was drinking my first pint, I saw this beauty walk by several times. She was intriguingly attractive in the light which came through the windows. A wonderful stawberry body an attractive off-white to cherry head. The aroma is sweet and tart with cherries. Very tart on the tounge. I should have had this one last! Big blod flavors, strong lemon presence. Bitterness is there, but well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
Aroma is a good hit of cherry, clear pomegranite, tiny off-white head. Light flavour of cherry, some malt as well. Light bodied, sweet, refreshing. Pretty good. Perhaps the year of aging didn’t do any favours to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Sampled draught at DDC on August 26 in the company of tiggmtl, ClarkVV and Olivier_MTL; served in a tall weizen glass. Looks awful purty sitting in the elegant glass, hazy deep pink-red with just a smidgeon of creamy lasting foam....really intense aroma, both sweet and tart cherries and more biscuity malt than I recall in other examples of the style.....on the tongue, tart throughout but never really sour, quite restrained actually which I’d guess would bum some fans of the style out but makes it very quaffable indeed; very juicy with lots of real fresh-cherry character....smooth and easy drinking but not ultra complex; heavier on the malt in the body as well as the aromatics, this is a delight but have no idea if it’s really "true" to style, seems a bit heavy. Still, another winner from DDC no question.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Draught. At Dieu du Ciel. Aged 1.5 years in a cask, and as Olivier_mtl said, perhaps not really a beer to age that long ... Poured hazy pink-red with a small white head. Buttery-buttescotch aroma (diactyl?) initially, then some light grain and vague mildly sour cherry. The taste was quite pleasing - sour cherries, woody acidity, sweet malt - nice, but should be FUNKY. Slick, oily mouthfeel, decent carbonation, very light acidity, a slightly sour and sticky finish - not bad, sort of disappointing - I would love to try a fresh -brewed batch one day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
Robe rose voilée surmontée d’une mousse rose. Arômes sûres de cerises et de blé. Saveurs acides de cerises, de blé et de citron.

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