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: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13598) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Draught, 5.8% at the brewpub. Subtle cherry sauce aroma. Hazy deep red colour. Very small white head. The flavour is nicely citric, does not taste much of fruit, but is balanced well by it. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
Renamed RIP Greg, in honor of Greg Noonan, recently deceased brewer at the Vermont Brewing Co. A pinkish red wheat ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a pleasant sour cherry, with light cherry Certs notes and butterscotch. In mouth, a nice light and refreshing ale, a bit of epsom salts, a perfect sumer quaffer. On tap at brewpub Oct. 31 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
On tap at Bar Volo DDC tap takeover, this is the cherry version. The cherry comes through like cherry kriek. Its acidic, it gives off a big cherry (natural and artificial) aroma.Whatever wheat is in the secondary. A little lemon tartness as well. Very good and unique, but only drinkable in modest amounts at a time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Tap at Bar Volo. Beautiful deep cherry red coloured pour with a neon pink coloured head. The nose is great - just loaded with tart cherry juice and a nice spiciness. There is a touch of cherry pit almond character and some nice fruity freshness. Really bright and thirst quenching with a soft tartness on the back. Fruity and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7812) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a beautiful ruby grapefruit juice color with a big soft pink head. Faint sour cherries and wheat on the nose. Cherry, a bit tart but not super acidic. Lovely, very different from most sours, gentle and subtle, very delicate. Tangy cherry on the finish, light tart wheat and a lingering tang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle, pours a pinkish ruby red with a small pink head. Aroma brings out heaps of potent tart cherries, wheat, and a little funk – this is a cherry bomb. Flavour is quite potent on the fruit as well, with lightly tart cherries, wheat, and a very small touch of funk. Hugely cherry-dominated. Doesn’t strike me as a Berliner, but this is exquisite nonetheless. Excellent stuff, but I do prefer the framboise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6130) - 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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