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Blanche Neige - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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85
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
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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brystmar

Texas

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%

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.

03-24-2012 02:02:22 | More by brystmar
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-22-2014 01:41:40 | More by Rutager
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-10-2012 04:38:12 | More by oldp0rt
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

05-12-2012 01:54:31 | More by IronDjinn
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-28-2014 04:30:29 | More by Socialiste
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slowfade

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-13-2014 03:20:06 | More by slowfade
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-26-2013 00:24:41 | More by tom10101
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

02-28-2013 06:54:18 | More by ThickNStout
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-11-2012 05:06:44 | More by chickenm
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-16-2013 19:32:00 | More by KeKeKumba
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Odri

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-03-2013 21:16:29 | More by Odri
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dgilks

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

02-07-2006 02:28:38 | More by Goldorak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

02-24-2012 18:34:24 | More by spinrsx
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

03-20-2012 19:29:40 | More by nighthawk
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BarrelSelect

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Light golden, hazy, thin foam but persistant. Aroma of clove and cinnamon. Taste: sweet, clove, honey, wheat, cinnamon, bitter is present but balanced. Medium body, carbonation good. After the clove comes a bitter finish. Finish is loooong and spicy. Really good beer. A white that stands out of the mass. Robust, made for winter as said on the bottle. I like.

02-20-2012 21:52:51 | More by BarrelSelect
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

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

07-04-2012 02:26:10 | More by joemcgrath27
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-17-2013 14:10:13 | More by Whatup14
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-02-2013 21:36:56 | More by GoHabsGo
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

02-23-2014 20:27:13 | More by SebD
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

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

03-30-2012 04:57:02 | More by wordemupg
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

03-25-2012 00:53:30 | More by leaddog
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Blanche Neige from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.