Rosée D'hibiscus - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.18/5 rDev +10%
On-tap at DDC brewpub in Montreal, 8/9/11. Served in a large weizen glass. From notes:
A: Absolutely beautiful, cloudy, pinkish-peach. Very small, white head that fades rapidly and leaves minimal lacing.
S: Very flowery, slightly tart smell. Light citrus notes.
T: A bit sweet and faintly tart. Still very strong flowery flavor. Wheat body supports other flavors nicely and adds some pleasant crispness. Sweet rush as you swallow.
M: Crisp, mild to light mouthfeel. Very pleasant. Slight lasting sweetness/tartness.
O: I went to DDC for the bigger beers, but this one really surprised me. Very refreshing, and never is it too "flowery" or does it taste forced or artificial. Definitely worth trying.
08-13-2011 18:29:01 | More by BMoldy
4/5 rDev +5.3%
This beer was one that I couldn't remember if I had tried it in the past or not. So I figured I'd give it a try and see if I remembered it. Turns out I hadn't had this beer and I was pleasantly surprised by it's characteristics. The pour from what I could tell in the dark bar that I was in looked reddish pink in the dim lighting they had. The head was foamy and white. The smell of the beer was herbal and floral. The taste of the beer was along those same lines, it had plenty of herbal notes and some citrus in there. The mouthfeel was soft and very drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty damn good I thought.
08-12-2011 18:48:55 | More by Knapp85
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
12oz purchased from The Provisions, shared with SundaySour
Poured into tulip tasters.
A: Ivory bubbles come alive to about a finger head over a ruby red grapefruit body. The bubbles quickly disappeared leaving a fairly flat looking juice body. It looks a bit like a lifeless lava lamp. Grapefruit juice with some melted ice-cubes diluting the body. Looks nice, but maybe a bit flat.
S: Perfumed rosewater with hibiscus suggestions in forms of strawberries and plums. Some light raspberry dryness that takes over the fruity notes before floral rose pedals take over. Floral, Sweet, and fruity all at the same time. The floral notes really twist the sweetness to prevent it from being overbearing. Like the nose quite a bit.
T: A floral plum tea taste that really brings out the hibiscus character. Some nice floral funk that adds some greeness to the plant tastes. It's like getting the rose, stem and all. I like the way that the bitter green aspect chills out the sweetness. A very interesting blueberry taste visits in the in between bitter florals and plum tea tastes. Not a hard one to drink at all.
M: Light bodied mouth that finishes on the flatter side. The greens in the flavor do the mouth a favor to exaggerate the drying properties of the mouth. The light bitterness is a natural launching pad for a drying mouth, but it never quite fully dries. This leaves the overall feel to be oddly pulpy or gritty, despite being so light bodied in the first place. A better mouth would have improved this a lot.
O: A pretty good beer, with the high points coming in through the smell and taste. Really wish the mouth would have been more of a performer, as I think the flavors could have used a bit of an effervescent boost. I liked some of the light flavor contrast from some mild funk and green stems. There' a reasonable amount of complexity here even with a fairly weak mouth, but I can't help but wonder how much better this would be with some real fizz. A good beer that isn't hard to get down, but it could have improved every category with an uplifting mouth-feel and carbonation.
08-09-2011 05:19:05 | More by Cavery
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-06-2011 18:42:08 | More by jondeelee
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Appearance. Pours a very hazy peach-pink with a small, bubbly white head.
Smell. Sour rasberry, light grains and a little Belgian yeast funk.
Taste. Tart red berries, floral and herby qualities with a little bitterness. Finishes pretty dry.
Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with lively medium carbonation.
Overall. This is just what I need on this warm, summer afternoon. Easy drinker and quite refreshing.
08-06-2011 02:04:52 | More by Rutager
4/5 rDev +5.3%
red, with an orange tinge. cloudy. almost no head retention. not very effervescent. no lacing.
aroma is predominately floral. i do not know what a hibiscus smells like, but this is a very pleasant floral aroma. there is also a subtle estery aroma as well, perhaps banana and clove. that is all i smell.
taste is tart, and floral as well. tart floral notes linger. the esters do make the finish briefly and slightly peppery, and again that banana makes itself apparent.
medium body with a soft palate. finish is slightly crisp, but i would say that is more from the tartness than the carbonation. warms my empty belly.
this is a very refreshing ale. nothing exceptional about it. it is fairly two dimensional. kind of disappointed the wheat is not apparent, nor are the hops, in any way. definitely worth a try.
07-28-2011 03:23:47 | More by spitInTheOcean
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from 12 oz bottle
App- Pours a transparent pink, with a quickly disappearing white head. Minimal lacing.
Sm- Zesty lemon. Floral. Effervescent.
Ta- Sour citrus tang. Nice wheat base with limes and rosewater flavors playing on top. Great. Fairly thin body and very dry.
Dr- Very refreshing. A great hot day quencher. Now if only it wasn't $5 a bottle...
07-20-2011 03:11:04 | More by gueuzer
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
I had this at the Ginger Man in New York. This beer was poured into a goblet with a two finger head.
I picked up the flowery smells right off the top of the beer. The rose and hibiscus scents are easily separated.
The carbonation is nice and light. The head remained for a little while after getting to the table, and there was minimal lacing on the glass.
This was really tasty without being very sweet. It was light in composition, and blended really well across the pallatte. I expected it to be kind of like a sweet wine, but it surprised me with the flavor profile.
I intend to pick up some bottles of this the next time I'm in the store.
07-19-2011 02:58:51 | More by ummswimmin
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured into a standard pint glass a nice deep rose` wine color with a very thin almost non existent pink colored head atop.Aromas had a lactic tinge to them to go along with some floral and toasted wheat notes.Light to medium feel with light carbonation.Flavors are toasted with lactic-like sourness in the backend wich isnt a bad thing,s little floral component in there as well.This isnt a beer I would normally buy but its great for sitting outside while grilling some jerk chicken over the coals.
07-16-2011 21:36:09 | More by oberon
2.88/5 rDev -24.2%
Well, on the appearance, the artwork on the bottle was cool. The color was a bit shocking. Amber/coral in color, little to no carbonation.
I get peaches and some sourness on the nose. ABV and hops bitterness completely absent.
Sweet and sour taste with floral overtones. More like a nectar.
Mouthfeel smooth but the sourness lingers a bit. Do I have a bad bottle. Nevertheless, I probably wont revisit. Not very appealing.
07-14-2011 02:44:42 | More by Siggy125
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
A: Cloudy dark pink grapefruit juice; no head; not much carbonation.
S: Grapefruit is a theme here; A wee bit of spice, but this doesn't really smell like *anything*. Not much to smell...rather inert.
T: Tart with no real complexity to it. Sort of sour. What's there is fine, but it's pretty simple. I do get a bit of the purported rose and hibiscus though when I let it linger on the palette.
M: Clean and crisp
O: This was interesting. Glad I tried it. Didn't love it, but liked it....unlike any other sour (if I can even call it that) I've tasted. Not sweet at all, which is a good thing. But not that sour either. Perplexing.
07-04-2011 02:36:02 | More by shamsoftabriz
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
Cool label art. Poured into a tulip. Nice compact 1 finger sized head. Dark pink hue and very cloudly.
Sweet, citrusy, slightly sour but inviting. Nice yeasty smell as well.
Prickly and tart up front, peachy sweet and floral (Hisbiscus of coarse). Nice lingering sourness and dry finish.
Overall very pleasntly surprised. I was expecting something overly sweet or artificial. Love the balance between floral and sour. Definitly will seek out again, this will be great for the beach!
06-13-2011 00:42:02 | More by chrisrhoppe
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Hazy deep pink colour, minimal white head, no retention and no lace. Smell is spicy, touches of yeast, very floral, orange zest and other notes of citrus are present. Taste is of spice and cove, orange, floral notes present throughout, tart finish, a light acidity, wheat and citrus battle it out in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, good feel. Delicious stuff, complex, very different and refreshing.
06-08-2011 02:20:40 | More by peensteen
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
Small capped bottle poured into a slightly inappropriate glass.
Nice, light pink color with some golden overtones, nice off white head with a slight pink shade.
Aroma is delicate, flowery, herbal, with possibly some wheat. Pleasant, but it lacks punch.
Light bodied, with a pleasant taste that also lacks depth.
No off-flavors, but the fruity/flowery taste leaves something to be desired. Refreshing, but I cant see myself having another one.
06-07-2011 02:28:25 | More by brdc
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours a lovely dark pink-rust colour with a small white head that gets retained as thin collar but leaves little to no lace. The colour has to be seen to be appreciated, it's like a strawberry smoothie or something. Nice.
Obvious floral aroma, strong rose smell, like wet fresh roses. Has a bit of a boozy smell and reminds me of a rosee or mixed wine.
I get a surprising banana flavour from this beer, along with a honey tone I didn't expect to find. Very smooth and again very wine-like otherwise.
The mouth is smooth at first, then a very bitter and tart experience. Comes off more as a cooler when cold, more like a light wine when it warms. It never really feels like a "beer" though.
Masks its ABV well and gets better as it warms; uncommon traits for a fruit or an herbed beer. This is a wonderfully floral ale that should be tried.
06-07-2011 00:03:33 | More by bryehn
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
341 mL bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Weihenstephan Weizen glass.
Bottled on January.2011
Appearance- Wow this beer looks super sexy, never really seen a beer that pours a dark pink colour, and cloudy like a wheat beer should be as well. Average pour yields a nice finger of thick, pink tinted head that very quickly dissipates a nice ring around the glass and lots of carbonation making a nice bubbly top throughout till finish, but damn I can’t get over how cool and gorgeous this beer looks!
Smell- The nose is that of a typical wheat beer, you have a nice spicy aroma coming through right off the bat with a nice citrusy fruit smell coming through as well, not too much malt flavours going on but you do get a very slight hint of the yeast, which again is typical to wheat beers.
Taste- Is very interesting, at first I thought it kind of tasted like a vex or something, then you get some spicy notes in there as well mixed with the nice citrusy fruit tastes and then you are reminded this is actually a beer, not sure if it’s just the colour that’s playing with my brain or it actually tastes like that.
Mouthfeel- Definitely a medium bodied wheat beer with ample carbonation, a very smooth, crisp and easy drinking beer as well.
Overall- This would be a great beer to sit out on a patio on a nice hot summer evening and have a couple of these. As I already said in my review this beer looks so cool, I’ve actually never really seen a pink beer before. The smells are that of a typical wheat beer and the taste kind of reminds me of a vodka cooler at first then the citrusy fruits and spicy notes come back which remind you that you are drinking a beer. All in all a great brew here from Dieu du ciel, a definite summer one for me and I can’t wait to be drinking these on my patio this summer, personally I liked it.
05-28-2011 02:46:06 | More by Roke87
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a slightly rose-tinted straw color. Nice color, but no head to speak of. What head that did form was quick to dissipate.
The nose is very deep, lots of floral notes, some grape and berry sweetness, and some light spice.
The taste is fairly balanced, yet less complex. Lots of sweetness and a bit of floral and a hint of lemon peels. There is a nice funk in the crisp finish, though, that wasn't really apparent in the nose.
The feel is slightly flat, though still full-bodied. A little lighter would have been perfect.
I really enjoyed this beer. It reminds me a lot of Midas Touch, but with a funky finish. Refreshing to boot.
05-27-2011 01:23:56 | More by RomaniIteDomum
2.88/5 rDev -24.2%
12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.
A - Pours a lovely rose-pink with a 2-inch head of light pink that quickly dissipates to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Sweet, crisp wheat, Belgian bubblegum yeast, white grapes, and floral hibiscus. Reminds me of a (high-quality) pink champagne, very flowery. Slightly sour, funky aroma that balances the sweetness nicely.
T - Taste falls a bit flat for me, mostly wheat, grape juice, and a very muted floral aspect. Reminds me of Crystal Light or something, basically a watered-down fruit drink. Too bad.
M - Thin-bodied, very crisp, with a high level of sharp carbonation. A touch too carbonated, again, this is like a floral juice beverage of some sort.
O - Not the best floral beer I've ever had, but the girlfriend will probably like it.
05-27-2011 00:54:22 | More by jsanford
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
The second hibiscus beer I've ever had.
Pours a solid-looking, reasonably opaque red; if I didn't know better, I'd assume it was a glass of blood orange juice. There's a steady stream of small bubbles and a very thin cap. Head is little to non-existant.
There is a very sweet aroma; classic belgian notes of bubblegum and banana (almost like a hefe); somewhere in the back, the austere smell of creme de violette mixes with the cheesiness of Hershey's milk chocolate. Provocative and not unpleasant.
Flavor is muted; notes of raspberry and rhubarb jump to the forefront while overtones of sweet cream round out the middle. the finish is dry and tannic, like a well-brewed cup of black pekoe served straight-up. Oddly enough, the traditional hibiscus flavor is pretty masked; with the exception of the dry finish, I'm not really tasting it.
Mouthfeel is quite nice -- foamy, lush and soft. There's plenty of support, but it's not at all too gassy. Good work here.
Overall, this is a pleasantly refreshing brew, if not quite what I was expecting. It would make for some fine deck-sipping this summer, and I wouldn't turn down another glass, but I won't be tracking down every bottle in California, especially at 5 dollars a bottle. Worth a try, if only to inspire the homebrewers among us to take this concept and run with it.
05-26-2011 04:10:12 | More by ithacabaron
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
A - poured a one finger head which disappeared quickly with little lacing - attractive deep pink colour - looks like cheap pink champagne and yet still beer - neat
S - yeasty, floral, sweet, some malt/wheat
T - sweet, not sure exactly how to put my finger on it, some malt and yeast with an unusual fruit component - also perhaps a sweet earthy vegatable flavor, lemon/cherry sour - moderately bitter - strangely refreshing - it is interesting however I would not seek this taste out
M - Not much carbonation, sour, dry like champagne
O - glad I tried this interesting beer however I would not seek it out again for the price - only grabbed it because I rarely see Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel at the LCBO and they were out of the Weheistephaner Hefeweisse (damn!) I went to buy.
05-25-2011 09:26:09 | More by Stocean1
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a hazy clear red/pinkish color with a tiny 1/2 light red cap that becomes a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace here and there on the glass that dissipate and slide back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of a light witbier with red berries, hibiscus flowers, and some slight spices. Taste is of sweet red berries, hibiscus, cranberry, with a traditional witbier aftertaste. Good carbonation with a light, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a an interesting fruity/floral beer that is pretty refreshing.
05-17-2011 03:42:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Had this last night.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled March 2011.
Appearance: A dark pinkish body that resembles pureed strawberries with a light pink head (3 fingers). Retention is good and lacing is average.
Smell: Wheat aroma, very crisp with herbal and ripe fruit overtones.
Taste: A bit of sweetness tucked in the back but very leafy with some slight tropical fruit and plant stems. Overripe fruit (strawberries?) and some mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite low and the feel is very easy. It's refreshing though it lacks a bit of a lively punch.
Overall: Certainly different and it's easy to drink. While good, it doesn't really grab me. This would be good with a sunny day rather than the down pour we're getting.
05-04-2011 12:15:15 | More by papat444
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Purchased from: Williams IGA (Vienna, Ohio)
Origin: 11.5 oz Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 05/01/11
Glassware: Ephemere Tulip Glass
Serving Temperature: 50 F
Notes: Notches punched out of the label saying 02/09 so i'm not sure what this number means. February, 2009? February 9th? Is this an expiration date? A Born on date?
I) Appearance: Pours a extremely fizzy 1/4 finger of pure white head. It falls extremely quickly leaving no lacing what so ever. The body is an semi-translucent deep red, but when held to a light, orange wisps line the outside of the glass.
II) Smell: Tart citrus notes with a floral accompaniment. Almost a champagne smell to it. Light notes of fermented grapes.
III) Taste: I must have an old bottle because I'm not getting a lot of the flavors from other reviews that I have read. I get light citrus notes up front and a little bit of a floral taste in the finish, but otherwise not much else. It still has a nice taste and I can tell that this would be an awesome beer to have fresh.
A) Malt Intesity (1-5): 1
B) Hop Intesity (1-5): 1
IV) Mouthfeel: Thin, acidic and highly carbonated.
V) Drinkability: 5 % ABV. Light flavor. Great session beer.
VI) Concluding thoughts: I need to find a fresh bottle. This had to be an old bottle. I will re-review as soon as I can find a fresh bottle.
05-02-2011 04:19:24 | More by Spadoof
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
12 oz bottle that is a year or so old, was sitting in the back of the beer fridge. Pours a vibrantly hazy, neon reddish-pink color with a spritzy white head. No lacing. The color of this beer is really quite stunning.
The nose definitely captures a floral essence along with a rose wine fruitiness and vinous aroma. Interesting.
Mmm, I was afraid the age would not be kind to this one, but it seems to have survived the long hibernation very well. Still tastes crisp and fresh. The beer almost tastes like sweet flower petals...very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Vinous aspect comes forth with a tart, tannic character. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, well worth the rather steep price tag that most of the DDC bottles seem to carry. I bet this would be very good on tap as well.
04-29-2011 23:41:21 | More by twiggamortis420
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
401st review on BA
bottle to Bruery Tulip
App- A very pretty mix of peaches and pinks. A very capale one and 1/2 finger head that receded semi quick but didnt leave a lot of lace.
Smell- A lot of tropical fruits on this one along with some very dry wheats. A little funk mixed with some sweet and some sugar.
Taste- It's a very basic description, but this tasted like watered down kool aid and it just was a bit flat for me. Didn't have a distinct herb bit, the look and smells were much better.
Mouth- A light bodied beer with a very high carb level. The feel was a bit thin with some sugary water.
Drink- Just too thin and light for me to get passed the lightness of the watery levels. Was a bit different which I liked but probably wont have this one again.
04-14-2011 02:11:53 | More by FosterJM
Rosée D'hibiscus from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.