Rosée D'hibiscus - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Despite my continuing suspicions about beers made with strange ingredients, I couldn't help but pick up a bottle of Rosee d'Hibiscus, which is a "wheat beer with hibiscus flowers." The beer smells sweet and fragrant, like an extra sugary Belgian, but with strong hints of rose petals added to the orange and pear aromas. Below that fruity layer is a nice smattering of wet wheat, with just a hint of spice (mainly coriander) at the edges.
On the tongue, the aromas from the nose translate fairly directly, the beer initially tasting pretty much like a strong Belgian, but with rose petals and a stronger hint of lychee nut. The brew quickly sours in the mouth, the sugars dulling into a Flemish ale-like sourness that is not at all unappealing. Still present are the wet wheat/biscuit flavors, as well as hints of coriander. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sour flavors, and lasts for quite some time. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is a surprising beer, and thankfully does not taste just like roses--which I was half expecting it to. The sourness instead brings a remarkable freshness to the brew, changing it from a sweet nothing to a decent-quality wheat beer. It may not win awards, but it's worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
08-06-2011 18:42:08 | More by jondeelee
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3.56/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Rosee D'hibiscus is an intriguing spiced witbier that, while looking fairly unimpressive, has a pleasant aroma and taste that are reminiscent of a good herbal tea. This was a beer that I could actually drink during the daytime and feel appropriate in doing so. This all being said, I'd probably make my own tea with these flavors rather than purchase a $5 11oz bottle with no bottled-on date.
Pours a 0.5cm tall head of whitish to extremely faint pink foam, which quickly fades (in under thirty seconds) to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual lacy foam atop the center of the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, just a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. The body is a dark reddish brown color, with light bringing out bright brown hues with a minor red tint. Carbonation is moderate, but very active, rising from the center of the glass and visible through the slightly hazy (10% opacity) body.
Aroma is pleasant, tartly floral, of wheat malt, hibiscus flowers (as in tea), light champagne, slightly tart raspberries, some notes of citrus rind.
Flavors are dry tartness, with obvious hibiscus and wheat malt usage, less obvious and unknown sources of raspberries, lemongrass, and ginger. Front of palate experiences some slight berry-like tartness, hibiscus, lemongrass, and dry wheat malt. Mid-palate of increased tartness, hibiscus, coriander, lemongrass, mild raspberry, and ginger: somewhat reminiscent of herbal tea with a heavier body. Back of palate detects tart hibiscus, faint raspberry, ginger, and lemongrass, with slightly smooth, dry wheat malt. Aftertaste is of dry wheat grains with low residual tartness, faint flavors of hibiscus, ginger, raspberry, and lemongrass.
Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that eventually calms to a light foaminess (2/5) and general smoothness (3/5). Could use a bit more consistent carbonation without the fizziness. Closes dry, with very light stickiness on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 16:35:55 | More by falloutsnow
Rosée D'hibiscus from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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