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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (3773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a ruby red with a pink head of foam that fizzles out quickly. The arom has tart cherries, dry red wine, some wood. The taste is mildly acidic with more of a dry red wine taste than anything else. Dry and fruity cherry finish. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Exceptional beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (632) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Rouge écarlate et légèrement voilée, une mousse toute aussi rouge, mais assez mince, se pose sur la robe éclatante. On dirait que je m’apprête à boire une liqueur Maxi aux fraises, comme dans mon jeune temps. Au nez, les cerises sont présentes, mais ne sont pas tant explosives; elles partagent la scène avec les céréales également. Très similaire à la version à la framboise en bouche, bien acide et surette et très rafraîchissante. Mis à part le goût de cerises, la seule différence avec la version framboise est que celle-ci est un peu plus mince. La finale est toute en céréales. Délicieuse.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
on tap at the brewpub. pours a deep red with a foamy pinkish head. aroma is dominated by sour cherries and wheat. the taste is where this beer blew me away. it is sour, very sour. the cherry really comes out. very dry and refreshing. lots of carbonation. this is an unbelievable beer. it is my favourite of the solstice d’été, very unique.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
quelquechose19 (27) - - AUG 6, 2014
WOW, c’est vraiment délicieux. Moins surette que la Soltice d’été aux framboises, goût intense de cerises. Un autre chef d’oeuvre de Dieu du ciel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (5403) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (465) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Robe rouge foncée, beau col de mousse rosé qui disparait rapidement pour ne laisser qu’un cerne autour du verre. Arômes de cerises rouge bien mûres accompagné d’un sucre résiduel bien doux. En bouche, plus acidulé. Les saveurs de cerises sont juste bien dosées, pas trop sucrés et on ne tombe pas dans un style commercial qui ne goûte que le cool-aid. Le côté berliner weiss est plus dominant mais la touche de cerise en fait un liquide équilibré. La finale est plus surette avec des effluves de jeunes cerises. À boire encore et encore.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6290) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle at Ryan’s June 2015 tasting courtesy of frank. Pours a deep bright pinkish red with no head. Mouthfeel is sour with notes of tart cherries, sour cherry pie with the crust and beautiful sour fruit. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2344) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Another great Berliner by DDC. Thanks Dominic. Pours a deep red with pinkish red head. This smells like a piece of cherry pie. Awesome. Very sour cherry flavors, cherry yogurt, lemon, raspberry. Tart cherry throughout. So good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5183) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep red color Berliner with a bright pink foamy head with good retention and some light traces of lacing. Aroma of intense cherry notes with light tart notes clearly noticeable. Taste is a perfect balance between some intense cherry notes with almost no residual sugar and tart notes with almost no acidity detectable. Body is full for style with perfect carbonation. So good and I should have bought a ton more of these.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
341ml bottle from William J. Walter. Pour opaque red with a pink foam head and some light traces of lacing. Aroma of intense cherry with light tart notes. Medium body, Sugary and light sure note. Amazing autumn beer next to a fire pit and a thick blanket. It’s 10 celsius at night in october around here.


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