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: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (366) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3020) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2009
Tap @ DDC. My Big winner of what turned out to be quite a night at DDC brewpub. Bright red pour with a head that fades into a pink-white ring. The aroma is so sour, filled with sweet candy-like cherry smells. Lactic-dry taste that makes your tongue curl under all the cherries. Fizzy carbonation on the palate contributes to the overall dry sensation the beer leaves in the mouth. I was getting flashbacks of 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek while drinking this. Truly an awesome beer great to see a quebec brewery make such a good sour product.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2024) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 Très fruité en arôme, sûr. Couleur rose vif avec une tête rose délavé. Au goût les cerises se dévoilent bien, j’y retrouve également les framboises pas encore mûres. Extrêmement sûr de la langue jusqu’au fond du palais avec un fini très sec.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (396) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
(On tap at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014) Pours a gamay noir colour with a small dark pink head and no lace, gorgeous. Aroma is of a yogurt with sweet cherries. Flavour sour and lactic cherry at first, then sweet cherry pie filling appears in the middle before fading back to the acidic side. Moderately sour. No grain, lingering cherry on the finish. Moderate mouthfeel, light tingling carb. Maybe this isn’t the most complex beer but the fruit flavour is nicely concentrated and the sour Berliner character perfectly balanced against it. Malts are surely there to provide the body but their character never overtakes the fruit and bugs. A wonderful beer to drink, wish there had not been so much to try as I’d love to relish a full glass on the patio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7797) - 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
Glouglouburp (6007) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bedainedebiere (501) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Bottle on 08/06/14. Had to erase my past negative comment. Amazing clear deep red. Not over-tart, very pleasant cherry flavor, slightly fizzy carbonation. Easier on my wimpy stomach than the rasberry version. Very good, at least...

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