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Blanche Neige - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-07-2004

Witbier brewed with cinnamon & cloves.
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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows cinnamon, cloves, candied orange, soft wheat. Very strong spices.
Loads more spices as flavours, close to overpowering. Some soft malt in there. (187 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head that dissipates quickly

Smells of clove.....bready odours......orange.....

Strong....bitterness.....spiciness.....yeast flavours. Not getting the orangey flavours on the tongue. Slight alcohol burn near the end of the mouthful.

Mouthfeel is thicker but It is a higher abv.

Overall a delicious beer. I would buy this again in a heartbeat. (392 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed bright orange colour, ring of white head with not much lace here. Nose is spicy, lots of clove, orange and lightly tart yeast, fruity. Taste is spicy and yeasty cinnamon and cloves, what I would describe as winterspice, a bit yeasty, everything in good balance, quite tasty. Medium carbonation, medium body. Nice stuff here, not my favorite style but this one I like, ABV well hidden, quite drinkable. (407 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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! (1,681 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (531 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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! (552 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,217 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 29/3/12

A hazy golden liquid with slow moving bubbles popping up from everywhere, the liquid looks thick, cream colored thumbs width quickly falls to a thin film leaving a few partial rings of lace

S clove, cinnamon, ginger, honey, cereal, with a little bubblegum, booze and honey, smells like a Wit on steroids, smells great

T more booze then I could smell with a bit of a spicy mess, a little harder to distinguish the spices then the nose, there's something there I can't quite place but it's not something I need, like thistle perhaps

M almost syrupy, a little heat, strange that this one seams to numb my mouth just a tad, quite unusual if you ask me, flavors linger of clove and spices faintly

O good beer but I think a few tweaks would make it great, smells wonderful but didn't quite stay at that level throughout

Decent stuff from DDC but I can't think of the right time of year to drink it, It would slay you under the Summer sun and not heavy enough for Winter, I suppose Spring is when this one would be best, chilly Spring evening if you want too get picky (1,111 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy honey hue with a half finger width of bubbly head. Head retention is weak.

Smell - Cinnamon, clove, slight hint of orange. Predominantly smells of warm spices.

Taste - The warm spices are well balanced with the hops and malt characters, along with the hint of citrus. Slight touch of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Soft and smooth.

Overall - A well balanced ale by Dieu du Ciel. At first, I was concerned about the strength of the spice aroma, however I was pleasantly surprised at how well balanced it was with the rest of the flavours. I have enjoyed Dieu du Ciel's offerings lately and this one is definitely one to try. (711 characters)

Photo of brystmar
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (306 characters)

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Blanche Neige from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.