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Blanche Neige - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, abv. listed as 8.3% on the label. Pours out a slightly cloudy deep golden hue, suspended particles present, tall frothy white head with lasting retention.

Tart wheat and yeast on the nose, cinnamon and cloves rest in the background while coriander sits more prominent.

Sharp, tart character from the yeast and spices in the flavour, even the wheat is rough around the edges. Cinnamon appears first most clearly in the mix near the end, while cloves dominate the finish and aftertaste. Not much cohesion otherwise when it comes to this flavour profile.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy and smooth texture, moderate carbonation. All that tart bite from the flavour also adds a dry, grainy, astringent character to the texture and mouthfeel.

Lack of cohesion in the flavour sets this beer back for me, and had lost my interest within the first few sips. Rough around the edges, and not up to the usual calibre of of DDC. I'll pass on this one next time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, 8.3% ABV this go around.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden colour, with one fat finger of dense foamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of peninsular lace around the glass as it duly subsides.

It smells quite strongly of cloves, cinnamon, field honey, white pepper, wheaty malt, and soft, simmering booze - very salve-like, as it's even evoking memories of holiday-necessitated Noxzema in me, and not in a bad way, I swear! The taste is a revelatory mind-shift, a sidestep in holiday experiences - now it's all Christmas pie and summer Saison, with cloves, brown sugar, cinnamon, yeast, pepper and subtle banana esters, over a soft bready caramel malt. Little to no booze warming adds to the overall winter-esque charm.

The bubbles are rather sedate, the body a solid medium weight, and agreeably smooth, the burgeoning alcohol edge nipping at it a bit. It finishes with a nice swelling surge of spice, yeast, and even-handed grainy malt.

A well gussied-up Saison, so much so that it gets pushed into BSPA territory - so be it. Wonderfully spicy, cagily warm, and very drinkable, even as these last few weeks of, erm, 'winter' are not nearly as true to form as DDC continues to be.

Photo of ShawneeIrish
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DDC has been producing a herd(take on the picture of the bottle of a girl who looks like a deer) of great and unique takes on beers, and this different wit is another surpriser. Bold flavours, more of a sipper winter warmer. Nice though I could not drink loads of this. Spicy aroma.Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of Goldorak
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: In the darkness of the pub it looked more like a peachy, opaque gueuze, but when JF turned on the lights of the brewery section that it lit up with lovely sunny yellow hues. Decent head for the alcohol involved (was listed as 8% on the board).

Smell: Robust, spicy and yeasty aromas of lemon peel, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.

Taste: A taste of cloves comes first, although my girlfriend who despises said seasoning begged to differ, but for a rare occasion I think I’m right. She thought it was thyme. Next comes the sour orange peel and the strong yeast presence that gives it somewhat of a Wit profile, although it wouldn’t have been my first guess if I tasted this blindly. Alcohol is detectable in the finish, with plenty of spices to spare.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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!

Photo of Rutager
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of strong cinnamon and cloves notes is a bit surprising at first but quite enticing. Taste is a very nice mix between some strong notes of cinnamon and cloves mix in with sweet but not overly so malt backbone. Body is bit thin unfortunately with too much filtration with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the mix of cinnamon and cloves but my biggest beef with this one is the fact that the body is a bit too thin.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer color is orange, its almost like orange juice! Hazy. Nice white head thrones on it. Very fine bubbles.

The aroma is dominated by cloves and coriander. Pretty intense. I get also the alcohol in the nose. Some cinnamon notes in the aroma too when the beer warms up a little bit. In the mouth, this beer explodes with flavors and it is very joyous! Taste presents cloves with cinnamon and at the end it is slightly spicy. Love that spiciness... it is well balanced. Warmth. Complex. Very good beer.

This is a superb beer. A wit beer for winter!

Photo of ThickNStout
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap, 8% alcohol winter 2004 batch. Cloudy light golden body with a small white head. Huge aroma of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, coriander), very complex. Cloves and banana remind a good german weizen, but such spices complexity is uncommon outside Belgium. This is a decadent wit that makes you wonder how all those flavours can blend together. Good creamy velvety body. Decadent and flavorful altogether, an imperial wit in which the alcohol remain unnopticeable despite being 8%.

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Feb. 2012. ABV: 8.3%

Appearance: A banana, dirty gold body with modest foam. Hazy with some lacing but a better showing would have been good.

Smell: Aroma of cloves, ginger, mild herbs, fresh mint. Not much cinnamon but still nice.

Taste: Cinnamon sticks without the burn. Cloves in the finish with some ginger in there. Never overdone and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth well with good carbonation and an easy one to drink.

Overall: A nuanced spiced wit that doesn't get carried away.

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle - from Broue Ha ha

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, cloves, cinnamon, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemon zest, banana, and grains mixed with cloves and cinnamon. There is also a some light hops and malts. It ends with a very clove/spicy slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - I can see this working well as a Christmas brew due to it's high amount of clove flavour. While it is good beer it didn't wow me as much as the other Dieu Du Ciel beers do. I've got a few more but I won't be stocking up.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks Eric! 341ml into a tulip, dated February 2012. This is listed at 8.3% ABV.

Pour with yeast yields a bright orange body. Mild head even with an aggressive pour, and only a bit of retention. Nose has citrus, spice (nutmeg, cinnamon) and perhaps a bit of white pepper and clove. A touch of wheat. Flavour has more of the same, wheat, and quite a bit of the same spicing, almost a cross between what you'd see in a spiced winter ale and a pumpkin ale. More citrus, and a flash of alcohol. Medium full body, and gentle prickly carb with a yeasty finish. Drinkable and quite tasty. Definitely not a BSPA, just an imperial spiced wit.

Photo of batmanbach
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my last DDC bottles to review from my latest Montreal haul. They have gained a ton of respect from me since I have tasted a ton of their other beers over the last few weeks.

A- Pours into a snifter with a hazy apricot orange body with golden hues around the edges. Small white head forms but doesn't retain very well. Spotty lace and legs.

S- Spice forward with notes of cloves, cinnamon, raisin and Belgian yeast. Dark fruit and bread.

T- A great cinnamon note up front with cloves, coriander and a general Belgian yeast feel with it. Light caramel malt, bread, raisin, dark fruit, banana, esters and some lighter fruit like apple, white grape.

MF- Moderately carbonated light-end body with a crisp feel. Finishes with a hop bitterness and tons of spicy flavors on the palate.

I might be warming up to spices or they are just used here better than most beers with cinnamon and cloves. The Belgian yeast is complimented by a great cinnamon bark flavor and the cloves just add to the complexity, nice.

Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nighthawk
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle with bottled-on date (feb 2012) notched on label. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Gold, barely hazy body, which seems odd for the wit style, with a bare haze of foam and no lacing or spotting.

Aroma seems to describe the beer exactly as the label advertises; cinnamon, clove, and a backdrop of witbier banana, clove, and wheat smells.

Clove up front, balanced and softened by cinnamon, with mild yeast, banana and tangy wheat in the background.

Medium, slick body with a nice balance from the carbonation

Overall, it's nice, and I like that the alcohol is hidden, but it's hard to tell that this is an "imperial" wit at all. Drinks like an odd combination of wit and winter warmer. Nice enough, but it isn't really impressing me.

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2012.

Beer is cloudy golden in colour, somewhat orange like. Very little white head results from a vigorous pour, and begins to dissipate quickly.

Smell is spice dominated. Cinnamon and cloves are very strong. Wheat is there but hard to get through the spices.

Like the nose, spices are the most obvious flavour. Cinnamon and clove are obvious. Wheat backs it up, with a bit of an orange flavour. Hard to get much past the spices, although I like the flavour.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Swear you can almost feel the spices.

Overall, pretty enjoyable. I would not call this a BSPA. It has the strength to be there, but the flavour profile is entirely different. A spiced-up, strong witbier.

Photo of brystmar
2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle date 2/12/2012.

Pours golden and slightly cloudy. Almost zero head though, which is a severe departure from the style. Cloves overpower everything in the nose. It's like sticking your nose into a recently opened bottle of spices.

Taste is similarly dominated by spice. Very difficult to detect anything other than the massive amount of cloves & cinnamon. One of the more extreme examples of imbalance in a beer I've ever seen. We split this 12oz and I'm drain pouring the rest of my share.

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