Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’été aux Framboises

Reviewed by on August 22, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • 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 !!

The Review

The summer solstice (solstice d’été) may be a few months behind us now, but the season isn’t done just yet! This incarnation of Dieu du Ciel’s series of fruit-flavoured, Berliner Weisse-style wheat beers sacrifices whole raspberries, after first letting the unboiled extracted malt (wort) sour on its own for a few days or so.  Yup – that is indeed a thing!

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.

Brady White



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