Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’été aux Framboises
Reviewed by Brady White on August 22, 2014 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
- Origin: Montréal, QC, CA
- Rated On: August 22, 2014
- Best Before: Bottled July 2014
- ABV: 5.9%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Berliner Weisse
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium magenta hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly cotton candy pink head, which leaves a few instances of ocean spray lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet (and thus, semi-tart) pureed raspberries, a reserved lactic sourness, gritty, grainy wheat malt, and a faint earthy leafiness. The taste is more zesty raspberries, seemingly cut with a bit of sour cream – or at the very least a touch of warmed milk – a still understated musty funk, soft notes of sweet husky wheat, white wine vinegar, a hint of saltine cracker, and a genial leafy, almost floral dryness. The carbonation is quite involved in its majorly frothy and minorly fizzy manner, the body a sturdy middleweight, and actually somewhat smooth, even with all those acids swirling about. It finishes mostly bereft of any sweetness, save a tiny fruitiness still clinging on to the welcoming and persistent raspberry essence.
A stellar flavoured wheat beer, no matter what world region’s style it is going for – tart, wheaty, sour, and fruity, all in admirable balance. Easy to drink, – if you don’t mind the stripped-down nature of the titular fruit – each sip daring you to immediately have another go.