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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Orange-cherry hue with moderate carbonation but no head. Big cider vinegar nose. Cherry peel flavor plus some more acetic acid. Tart and sticky. Not so good in my book, although I'm still trying to figure out this style. This was hands-down the least popular beer among the group at my table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2004
Red color, no head. Sour aroma of cherries. Sour flavor of cherries with a sweet finish. Slightly dry mouthfeel, light body. Very enjoyable and refreshing, I like it a lot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (2956) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
Red body topped with a quick-fading pink bubbly head. Relatively weak cherry aroma typical from underaged beers. Taste is a bit aciditic and maybe oversweetened. Good and long sour/bitter final. I like sour fruitbeers and Berliner but I think that one could gain a lot by aging a little bit more and being served in an appropriate glass at DDC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
(#400) Sour cherry and a touch of vinegar in the aroma. Very red with thin, white head that diminishes to ring. Initial short burst of sweetness and cherries overwhelmed by one dimensional vinegar sourness. Flavour builds throughout the tasting. Body is light and quite still. Perhaps this one did not benefit from aging? On tap (aged one year).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
Red body, pink head, cherry, wheat and lemon aroma. Nice tartness, lemon notes, cherry pits. The fruit isn't as present as in the rasberry one. Some yeasty hints in the finish. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Very intersting beer,hazy red like fresh squeezed cherry juice.aroma was a bit musty,with some sour/tart cherries and fruit character coming through. A bit acidic but very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2003
Cloudy red. Pink foam. Light sour cherry & musty leather on the nose. Light body. Very tart sour cherry flavour w/ some noticeable wheat. Dry, "puckering" finish. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2221) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
Crannberry juice in colour. Aroma of faint cherries, cranberries, lots of citrus. Flavour was sour, acidic, tart, sort of lambic like. Finishes sour, light, and very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2010 The latest 2010, 6,5% abv version, was simply world-class. Even more so than previous vintages, which were also world-class. Am I making sense? This is world-class, period.

Delectable cherries and subtle wheat are involved in a lovely, soul-mate interplay with an oily lemon juice...Sweet and sour cherries take all the room to display their multi-faceted wonders...Like all of their berliners, this feels ultra-fresh, packed with the life of hundreds of sweet and tart fruit...Sourness is subdued compared to their vibrant Framboise, which is their best berliner weisse I think, but Dieu du Ciel is no doubt one of the best fruit brewers I have encountered...

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