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: 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Draught weizen glass at DdC, 8/26/06.
Softly hazy, slightly cloudy, with not a bright, intense red, but more a tangerine-pink with some deeper red highlights in the middle. Off-white head perched atop is initially foamy and about a finger in height, but quickly recedes to partial cover/ring, with light lacing in patches.
Nutty and acidic, sort of like cherry flesh, but without any of the sweetness or juiciness. Dry, for sure, with the signature sour mash tartness (I don’t know if I’d go as far as to call it sour in the nose). Very wheaty, recalling the just-mentioned nuttiness, which also adds a bit of dryness itself, but perhaps dulls the aroma slightly. As it breathes/warms, a bit more acidity comes from the cherries, quite a bit more pleasant and more lively, but overall it just never really establishes a hard lactic or cherry tartness/sourness.
Right away you can feel the dryness. Bone dry, but a strong nutty, blanding wheat-like sensation, smooths out the tartness. Almost astringent-like cherry flavor is fleshy, dry, quite acidic. Lactic notes are rather tame, getting lost, a bit, in the zesty, boisterous carbonation and fair amount of aqueous space it opens up. Still, a true, authentic, lip-smacking cherry tartness is there, mostly on the finish and while it may disappoint a bit, in overall strength, it certainly is drinkable and flawless. No alcohol noted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2449) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Rebu l’été dernier (08), en fut (20oz). Bourgogne un peu foncée, petit collet rosé. Arome de cerises frais, blé malté plaisant. Goût aussi sûrette que la version aux framboises, mais pas aussi savoureuse, peut-être que c’était aux milieu de la bach. En tout cas, c’était quand même bien buvable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
draught. a bright and magestic fluorescent red body with a small white-pink head. sweet cherry aroma with undertones of wheat. refreshing tart body with a kind of funky acidity left in your mouth. very dry finish. great stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
Aroma:Cherry ice cream... Appearance:red,light pink head... Flavor:sour fruit,very smal cherry flavor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 13, 2005
Ruby red appearance, small fine head. Medium sweet aroma of cherry. Initial strong sour flavours, followed by chewy mesh fruity cherry .Not bad at all. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2011 2011-09-24. Dark pink-red body with a tiny head that fades. 3+ Sweet and sour cherry in the aroma. 7+ Flavour has a modest sourness throughout, sweet cherry has a candyish quality to it despite being real cherries (I assume). A bit of funk in the aftertaste grows as you go. 7+ Average to light bodied palate. Solid but the raspberry version is much more to my tastes. 7/3/7/3/13-14 On tap at Volo, Toronto

2005-09-XX. Ruby red body, small creamy pink head. Tart, mildly yeasty and fruity aroma. Predominance of cherries with underlying tart-sour quality. Quite fruity. Less intensely sour than I remember the raspberry being but less quenching at the same time. Sourness lingers in a way that is pleasant at times and less so intermittently. Surprisingly quaffable. 7/4/7/3/14 On tap at the brewpub while moving to Halifax for grad school, Montreal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Impressive, vibrant red with a slick of froth that contrasts with it’s pearly white color. It really does look like those alcopop nightmares...
Strong, fruity acidity that reminded of raspberry flavored vinegar or a dry rosé wine, it had a floral-like sweetness that didn’t come out at all in the taste, sort of like eau-de-rose or those flowery essences they use to make some mediterranian desserts.
Whoh, this stuff is tang-tastic! Lip-smacking, like pure, unsweetened cranberry juice. May not be for everyone, but I seriously believe that it’s impossible to make a Beer more refreshing than this. Light, wheaty body, and a dry mead aftertaste. This stuff is kick ass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Verre de dégustation de 4 oz. à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de fruits et de vinaigre de fruits. Apparence: Couleur rouge "jus de fruit". Aucun col. Aucune bulle. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de cerises sûres. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Sensation de craie en arrière goût. (Rating #268)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (2896) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
Reddish hue, with a frothy red pinkish head, with a sour fruitiness nose of tart cherries, even an hint of tart raspberry, in an agressive acidity aroma follows through on a medium-bodied and sour cherry palate with a cherry tartness and sourness flavor leading to an agessive sour fruitiness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
Beautiful clouded pale ruby. Mostly lasting white 1cm cover, fully carbonated. Juicy, ripe fruit aroma, fleshy and lactic. Tart mouthfeel, though not as astringent as the raspberry one was. A most classy end of summer refresher, but not a personnal favorite. The carbonation was intense, but not as engaging and crisp, the wheat less like a cracker you want to chew on, with lesser leafy bitterness. More simple than an amourette and kinda diluted. Highly competent as a fruit beer and very easy to drink nonetheless.

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