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Blanche Neige - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Witbier brewed with cinnamon & cloves.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-07-2004)
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by CliffBrake:
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color. Hard pour produces a ring of suds against the glass that leaves precious few spots of lace.

Enticing aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and orange. The citrus and spice notes blend very nicely. The flavor follows suit. Tangy wheat blends with the fruity and spicy notes from the yeast and with the spice additions. Tart and sweet, but not cloying. A touch of herbal hops lead to a spicy finish.

Smooth and full bodied with a light carbonation. Just enough carbonation and dry finish to cleanse the palate. This is a great sipper. I am generally not a fan of adding strong spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to beers, and avoid such things as spiced winter seasonals and pumpkin beers like the plaque. But this works very well with the imperial wit base. A unique and tasty sipper that I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 16:31:22 | More by CliffBrake
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3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cloves, cinnamon, wheat malts, pepper, orange zest and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite cloves and cinnamon, an earthy bitterness, some wheat, faint pepper, lemon/orange zest and light Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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06-26-2013 00:24:41 | More by tom10101
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

03-13-2013 17:22:15 | More by lgmol
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Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341mL (11.5oz) bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 2.39. The double 10 digit notching makes it impossible to decipher bottling date unless you know who to ask but this is marked 0&3. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours hazy pale yellow with less than an eighth finger of pale head that quickly fades and doesn't leave any lace behind.

Smells of cloves, yeast and mild cinnamon.

Big clove flavor with the cinnamon much further in the background. The mildly tart yeast is up front with the cloves. Other tastes drift in and out including orange peel, bananna, sweet wheat, honey/sugar, earthy and floral notes. A little bit of alcohol presence but it's kept well in check by the crazy array of flavors.

Medium sticky body with a good bit of sharp carbonation. Dry finish with lingering cloves, yeast and citrus peel.

A very different wit than the few I've tried before. Much more intense and interesting. Perhaps a little too much clove, seeing as it dominated from start to finish. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 06:54:18 | More by ThickNStout
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

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Quebec (Canada)

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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a yeasty hazed golden color with orange hues throughout. The head is nice and white but doesn't have much retention, swiftly becoming nothing much more than a thin layer. The lacing is quite impressive however, with thick luxurious foam sticking to my tulip glass. It looks like a decent wit beer!

S- This is full of spices...cloves, cinnamon, citrus rind....orange in particular, and nutmeg all blended into a wonderful array of scents! There is some sweetness from the barley malt and some cleanliness from the wheat malt as well. It is also somewhat creamy smelling from the yeast I'm guessing. The finish has a spicy hop bitterness....it's a soft spice but it is there.

T- Wow, this is a really well balanced brew! The beginning contains creamy yeast, slightly spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves, which gives way to sweet wheat and barley malt, which lingers on the palate after the swallow. The finish is mildly bitter, but nothing mouth puckering. I have to say the booziness of this beer is well hidden as well....everything is blended so well!

M- This is fuller than I expected....definitely a solid medium body. Carbonation is fine yet plentiful....gives the palate a consistent burst of flavor. The spices are really noted in this one yet are not overpowering.

O- I would say this is a highly drinkable beer....perhaps better suited as a winter ale, or an after dinner beer....it is most definitely a sipper. I really enjoyed all aspects of this one, save for the appearance, which is a little underwhelming for the quality I'm used to from Dieu du Ciel. Other than that, this beer has a good value for the money and is a very good representation of a Wit!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 00:14:02 | More by ChrisCage
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joemcgrath27 for including this on our most recent trade.

A - Pours a hazy, murky copper colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is amazing, loads of spicy cinnamon, nice sweet cloves, hints of pepper and a sweet citrus hop profile with a caramel malt finish.

T - A nice sweet citrus hop note hits you off the top and it's quickly replaced with the sugary cloves and peppery cinnamon. An earthy hop profile lingers alongside some bready wheat and a hint of toffee.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Not a typical wit, by any means, but the cloves and cinnamon complement one another nicely. A unique hop bitterness was present on this bottle that I really enjoyed, and the ABV was incredibly well hidden. I wish I had a whole sixer of this, because it really appealed to my palette.

Serving type: bottle

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dgilks

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden colour with a very small, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet malty aroma. Some wheat. Some herbal notes. Light cinnamon. Okay.

Sweet yet lightly bitter. Earthy and spicy. A little all over the place but it also works.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid witbier. Very flavoursome and a unique take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 11:02:05 | More by dgilks
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-13-2012 08:45:49 | More by schnarr84
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

09-27-2012 19:58:21 | More by DannyBaldoni
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for this oddity. A double wit with cloves and cinnamon. Served in a tulip at Tom's place.

A - Adequate white foam settles to a partial cap, thin collar, and a few specks of lace. Murky orange-yellow body that is typical of witbiers.

S - Better than I anticipated, with the clove and cinnamon being tastefully integrated. Notes of wheat, vanilla, banana and stone fruits round things out, and while the yeast is clearly Belgian it's not overly phenolic. No alcohol either, which is a plus.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with sugary malts, banana, and other fruits dominating the palate, and cinnamon and clove kicking in a bit of offsetting spice to keep things from getting cloying. Again, not overly yeast or boozy.

M - Grainy texture that is mildly gritty at times - lots of chaff in here? Lower carbonation, medium body, and a bit juicy in the finish. Not much alcohol warmth.

D - I was expecting to hate this based on the description, but it was actually pretty good. Tom and I finished the 355ml bottle easily and I'd actually consider ordering this again if I saw it on-tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 14:26:56 | More by MasterSki
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark yellow color, opaque. Pure white head with not a lot of volume, low retention except for a small ring that stays there. Decent lacing.

S: Cloves and cinnamon are obviously very strong but there is also a good amount of candied orange peel in this. Light honey and pepper are the other dominant notes. Candi sugar and like some other reviewers said bubble gum. Interesting.

T: First off, a little bit too sweet to my taste, definitely a winter brew. Strong honey and candi sugar notes are the first things noticed. Cinnamon, cloves and orange peel are the next tastes that come to the palate. Light pepper, herbal and floral hops are there to make a weird mix of flavors, much stronger than anticipated.

M: Stingy carbonation with thick, sticky mouthfeel, much heavier than what would be best for a beer of this style. A light fluffy feel would have been better.

O: This is a decent beer, but no favorite of mine for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:20:08 | More by flipper2gv
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy golden, one finger of white head quickly dissipated to a thin ring
S - yeasty esters, floral and herbal, toasted grain
T - big blast of citrus and all spice, perfume and herbal hops, toasty pale malt, perfume hops linger longest
M - medium body with a big carbonation kick, spicy tingle with a somewhat dry finish
O - it is bold in its spice and hoppiness, might be viewed as a little abrasive, an acquired taste for sure but I do enjoy it, not my favorite example of the style but well worth a try as usual with DDC

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:26:10 | More by joemcgrath27
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gford217

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a helpful Quebec BA for this bottle.

Pours a murky golden yellow with a very small beige head that recedes to a thin collar quickly.

Aroma definitely starts out with spices, lots of cloves and cinnamon. Hints of orange peel as well. Light candi sugar, yeast and some typical wheat characteristics such as bubble gum.

Taste also has an initial spicy kick with the cloves dominating with coriander and cinnamon. The backbone is decidedly amped up wheat with Belgian yeast and sweet wheat notes. The finish is sugary sweet mixed with coriander and cloves tingling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and fuller than I was expecting, certainly on the fuller side as wheat beers go.

I really enjoyed this beer which is essentially a Belgian wit on steroids with Christmas spices. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 02:07:20 | More by gford217
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Blanche Neige from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.