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Rosée D'hibiscus - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Rosée D'hibiscusRosée D'hibiscus

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BA SCORE
86
very good

629 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-06-2006)
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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer's colour may be unique, but it's not exactly attractive. It is a slimy, sludgy shade of pink that couldn't be less alluring, glamorous or pretty. (The dense sediment at the bottom of the bottle is surely to blame.) Notions of raspberry puree or unfiltered grapefruit juice are furthered by the fact that the beer shows absolutely zero signs of carbonation.

An aroma like this typically belongs to an herbal tea, although it turns out to suit beer just as well. There is a wisp of zesty coriander, or perhaps it's orange zest, and a lusciously fragrant, potpourri-like balm of hibiscus flowers. The bouquet is overtly tropical and vividly effervescent, with a flourishing floral quality and a spirited, zealous fruity component.

This is about as close to ambrosial, flavourful fresh-squeezed tropical fruit juice I'm likely to get living in North America; I've had fruity drinks this vivid and refreshing but only ever much closer to the equator. This isn't synthetically sweet nor vaguely flavoured - most fruit beers tend to be one or the other - but rather, it is authentically, strikingly fruity.

I'm hard pressed to believe that there's any alcohol in this; it drinks as refreshing as juice despite the label's claim that it's nearly six percent(!). The flowers impart a peppy attribute as well as a driving acidity that exceeds even that of lemonade (a drink which it could rightfully sub-in for). The spices are appreciated in flavour but not so much in texture.

Despite the pleasantries of its flavour - roses and other flowers, orange zest, grapefruit, guava and other fruits, herbal tea - and all the affiliations those have with picturesque tropical landscapes and sunny, idyllic, relaxing afternoons, the beer is flat and depleted of body. To be fair, however, it suits its profile and more malt would likely contravene.

As far as fruit/spiced beers go, Rosée D'hibiscus is perhaps in a category of its own. There are few beers so vividly, pleasantly *and* authentically flavoured. The spicing as well enhances the beer's dimension and makes for a beverage so unique and flavourful and social and refreshing that it's a threat to lemonades and iced teas and sangrias everywhere.

biegaman, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, golden pink
S: Sweet, deep flowery smell
T: Tart, tangy, and lightly spicy. Light malt upfront, some hops, but the floral aspect really overpowers it
M: Light, easy.
D: It has been hot as hell today, and this was a damn fine refreshing brew

thanks to SliverX (from the Stanley Cup BIF) for this!

PSUDREW, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pinkish-red with little to no head.

Smells of hibiscus - no surprise there! Some sharp lemon zesty and tropical fruits, interesting!

Tastes like hibiscus, very fruity with a slight hop finish. Overall it tastes like carbonated fruit punch or something.

Very refreshing but not something I would seek out again. But nonetheless well done for bringing new flavours to my palette.

GodOfBeer, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of cratez
1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

341ml bottle from the LCBO. Part of the Summer 2010 Beer Release. Pours a hazy and opaque pinkish rose with no head or lace. Aside from the unique colour, this beer looks boring. Smell is sweet malt, herbs, liquor, and flowers. Taste is tangy, salty, and mildly sour fruit, floral, leafy, and herbaceous hops, some spiciness on the palate, and a dryly parched finish. No wheat to speak of. Mouth feel is VERY tart and astringent, pushing toward cloying, with a weird and soapy saltiness in the aftertaste. Yuck! Perhaps Hibiscus will appeal to the anti-hop palates of mainstream Ontarians who don't actually enjoy craft beer. As for me, I find this to be an undrinkable, puckering fruit ale. Not worthy of attention.

cratez, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, saturated rose pink in colour. Extremely cloudy and turbid. A thin light pink head forms as I pour it then disappears right away. No lace. That hazy pink colour looks amazing. It smells of flowers, peaches, and fruit punch, very aromatic yet simple at the same time. Tastes fruity, floral, and mildly tart with some coriander and pepper. Berries. Not any particular kind of berries, but just berry-like. Light in body but not thin, soft carbonation and lots of particulate in suspension help it feel a bit smooth and creamy. Tangy and refreshing. This is a pretty interesting take on flavoured wheat beer, having more in common with a Witbier than with fruited American Wheats.

mintjellie, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mildly hazy rose color with no head to speak of. A thin crown of white bubbles lines the top ring with some spotty lacing across the top.

S: Wheaty base is strong but floral notes - hibiscus, specifically - come through almost immediately. Some light, sweet fruits pop in and out - green apples and grapes, along with a hint of strawberry - while the wheat creates a slight funk effect towards the end.

T: The wheat base is far more subdued up front, leaving room for the floral side to show off. The hibiscus takes on a deeper character than in the nose adding some spicy hues - white pepper, specifically - while the fruit matches with greater intensity. The green grapes take on a bit more of a vinous character, the green apple loses a touch of its sweetness, and the berries only come in at the very end. The wheat base shines through on the finish bringing with it some banana character and an ever so slight musty note.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, would really benefit from increasing the bubbles.

D: Very enjoyable and refreshing, wouldn't be hard to have a couple of these if it was more readily available. The appearance and mouthfeel are lacking, but a very tasty beer overall.

Xul, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rose color, with a thin white head. Head quickly evaporates but for a thin crown.

Some sort of flowery, grassy smell, that I assume is the hibiscus.

Some raspberry like tartness. Maybe some corriander? Something else I can't really identify, which again I am assuming is the hibiscus. Also some wheat flavor that floats in and out a bit.

It is moderately interesting, but I am not a fan of tart beers. Part way through and I am ready for a switch.

Seanstoppable, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - poured a cloudy purple-red colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - Some sweetness up front with bready malts and an ever-so-slight bitter hop scent.

T - Sweet at first wtih a floral taste. Some bready malts provide a backbone and there is a slightly bitter and dry finish.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

D - A very unique beer that was interesting to try but not one that I would purchase again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the LCBO, pours a clouded reddish pink with a hint of wild rose, light pink head builds and slowly fizzes out. Definitely the girliest looking beer I've ever sat down with but I can't help but think it looks pretty.

Wheat tang and hibiscus (smells like hibiscus soap I have....) jump out of the nose along with a light spiciness and raspberry tartness.

Interesting beer. Loads of floral notes, wheat tang is evident more than I expected, hints of lemon and oranges, coriander and cloves, hints of raspberry - almost fruit punch like, slightly thin and slippery feel to this. Sure to appeal to those who like fruity quaffs, yet this still has enough 'beer' qualities that I can appreciate it for what it is.

Not enough to keep my coming back but sure to please some in the group.

ritzkiss, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, flowery aroma with notes of orange. Robust and interesting.

Somewhat hazy, salmon colour with a moderate sized, foamy, white head. Reasonable head retention.

This is an interesting wheat beer. The orange is powerful, the hibiscus interesting and the floweriness appealing. The spiciness, lightly tart wheat and fruit all work well together.

The medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation are okay.

A reasonably tasty brew but there is something going on which means I wouldn't want another one soon. Good but not great.

dgilks, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a fruit punch red with pink highlights with a thin head and little lacing on the glass.

S: spicey fruity aroma that consisted of peaches, corinader, cherries, strawberries, and earhty notes like grass or leaves.

T: floral flavors up front with nice spicey notes but not enough fruit bang like on the nose. Has hints of peaches and very faint malts and grassy hibicus.

M: light to medium body with light carbonation and a sweet spicey mild bitter finish.

D: very good beer that had an intresting nose and taste. Pretty good well rounded offering from the canadians. I hope they brew more stuff like this.

Gobzilla, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky bright red colour with small pink head. Head dissipates quickly, without lacing. I get a ton of fruit in the smell, with strawberries and banana. I get some floral smell too, which I suppose is the hibiscus flowers that they say are in this (though I don't know what hibiscus smells like for comparison). Taste doesn't have much of the wheat that I expected, but still pleasant. Lots of spices and fruit. Perfect for a warm day on a patio, wouldn't be my drink of choice most days though.

kwjd, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single from the LCBO yesterday.

A- Opaque red/pink color. Almost looks like they swapped the beer for fruit punch. Zero head, faint white bubbles at the top.

S- Faint strawberries, peach, can't tell if I smell kiwi or if its just the flowers. Grassy earthy notes, grapefruit and blood oranges.

T- Earthy, grassy, sour taste followed by a faint spiciness. Almost none of the fruity smells are found in the taste.

M- Quite thin, left feeling not satisfied.

D- It's quite refreshing but I think the thin feel and the novelty will wear off after one bottle.

korguy123, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of abriggs1
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer tastes like the name. I nice refreshing summer concoction with a whole lot of hibiscus. It fills your nose and mouth with a cool and flowery character that is very delicate yet pronounced at the same time. The smell of this beer is totally unique and reminds me of rose water. There's a lot of iced tea flavors going on here, complete with some tannic qualities. On the end there's a bit of peach and citrusy sourness. Very interesting, and I'm sure if you're into this kind of beer you'd easily become obsessed with this one.

abriggs1, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of uno99
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO, into an alexander keiths pint glass. (closest to a wisen glass I have since I broke my erdinger glass :( )

A: not too impressive or appealing im afraid. could do with alot more head. pommegranate coloured liquid just sits there. -3.5

S: Thankfully not as floral as I feared. fruit suggestions; plum, peach, blueberry, and strawberry! a little yeast and a little spice as well. quite complex nose. 4.5

T: I just dont think this appeals to me. Its good. certainly well crafted and no off flavours, its just not my bag. I should know by now to avoid the herbed and spiced category. I wish it tasted more like smells. 3.0

M: If one were to classify this a wheat beer (as the label does) I feel the mouthfeel is not quite where it should be. Its not lively enough or grainy...really just sits there waiting to be swallowed. 3.0

D: Meh. I think id grow weary of this one quick. - 3.5

I'm dissapointed in this one, however this is not the first time I've not been in love with a highly regarded beer in this category.

uno99, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of pootz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle:

Pours a turbid pink ( like a cloudy pomegranate juice) in the wheat flute with a billowy pink sticky cap, tiny natural carbonation bubbles wind up the wheat flute sides.

Aroma is from Valhalla; spices, herbaceous floral tones, biscuity, citus...gorgeous... demure yet pungent nose.

Lovely rush of flavors meet the palate in the front; coriander, biscuit, herbal, floral, some succulent fruits like ripe peach...then the finish dries right up with an almost puckering spicey-leafy bittering.

Fantastic summer patio witbier...I normally am not partial to these fruit infused wheats but this is just so unique and well crafted, flavorful refreshing and quenching you have to love it. Another fine offering from Canada's premier artisan brewery.

pootz, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a hazy, ruby pink, red colour with a decent amount of foam using the dogfish head glass. The taste has a little spice to it with a lingering yeasty strawberry background. Some floral flower notes are present too. My bottle says 5.9% and it drinks down pretty smooth. I wasn't expecting much from this one, but I am pleasently suprised. I would consider this again.

WeedKing4, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy plum color with ruby highlights, thin, whispy head diminishing quicly but leaving spotty lacing. Scent is very floral up front, backed by notes of vanilla, honey, light tastes of dark fruit, fresh baked whole grain bread. The floral notes are again the star - rose water, hibiscus - notes of vanilla and honey compliment these notes well. Also present is a yeaty and grainy fresh baked bread charachter and touches of spice along with very light tartness and funkyness. Medium bodied, somewhat oily with a touch of dryness. A very nice, unique tasting beer... the second floral beer in a few weeks for me and would welcome more in the style.

rfgetz, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle at my new favorite restaurant in Btown, the Farmhouse, this beer was a pink/orange color with one finger of head that faded to a thin skim leaving decent lacing. The aroma was a delicious blend of floral and fruit elements highlighted by the hibiscus; almost like a scented candle. The flavors were also very enjoyable, a blend of strawberry, pomegranate, wheat, lychee and a hint of alcohol heat. Sweet and floral with a low bitterness. Refreshing and unique! The mouthfeel was semi-smooth, the body medium and the carbonation light. A blush beer! Totally worth trying and a great summer experience.

thekevlarkid, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of bminor7
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light red in color, like a kriek in more ways than just that. Not much foam but very drinkable. Rose is detectable and the fruit flavor is not overwhelming but very refreshing. Not much in the way of malt or hops flavors. Goes down very easily, unfortunately, if you're thirsty!

bminor7, May 27, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a red toned amber with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny streams of CO2 slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of red wine, spices, black pepper, cardamom, cracked rye, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with a bit of a vanilla and cherry flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly tart and acidic, with a cherry pie, and cooked rhubarb.

weeare138, May 26, 2010
Photo of daledeee
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this and I was surprised. I was not expecting a rather bright red beer. Not as red as kriek or lambic types but a hazy red with a minimal head and some decent lace.

The nose reminds me of wheat beers. Spicy and citrus are the main ones but floral tones and yeast are also there.

Taste is sweet and mostly fruit. I would say like cherries. It kind of reminds me of a tart cherry pie. The beer is very tart or vinegar like.

Mouth feel is very carbonated and sour. Drinkability is average due to the strong sour taste.

daledeee, May 19, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Abita baloon glass.
The artwork on the bottle is quite nice.
The beer pours a beautiful color, a deep rose color. The head was light, faint pink, and was minimal at best. The foam rose and fell in almost one fluid motion and there was only a faint ring of foam around the glass. No lacing.
The aroma is very pleasant and complex, with a mixture of delicate florals, bready yeast, ripe berries, roses, sweet wheat and malts, and raspberries.
The taste is good, and some nice complexities show here as well, with a wheat sweetness, tart berries and floral flavors. The finish is tart and very dry, with a nice crisp bitterness.
Overall, a decent drink. Not something I'd buy often, but I don't regret getting this one. Try it at least once.

KrisPaulk77, May 18, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy plum color with a small light pink head that settled into a light ring. Looks like it is made with fresh berry juice. The aroma is that of a Belgian Wit. Big coriander presence, has that post farmers market rotting vegatable smell. Not my cup of tea but that is what a Wit smells like to me. Some light fruit sweetness but the coriander just crushes everything. The taste has a light berry sweetness, a bit tart, followed by a floral presence from the hibiscus. Of course there is the coriander but it is, thankfully, muted by the other flavors. The finish is quite dry, and has a lemon edge to it. The feel is light with spritzy carbonation, finishes dry and astringent. An ok brew, definitely in the Wit style. Could use some more berry and floral flavor and some ease on the coriander.

Gmann, May 15, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Next in my DDC sample pack. Love the unique artwork by Yannick Brosseau - I love when brewers see their bottles as a chance to promote local art. Win-win.

Poured into a chalice. Looks like strawberry juice, similar to Fruli if memory serves. Strawberry in colour, a few clouds of head, little lacing.

Nose is quite nice: strawberry, raspberry, pale wheat, citrussy tartness, honey.

Taste is considerably drier than I'd expected. Certainly a great deal more rose flavor, combined with pale wheat and citrus. Finishes long and dry, slightly puckery.

Lingering aftertaste, very dry. Smooth, with a slight crackle of carbonation to the back of the tongue.

Not bad, certainly good for what it is. Not something I'll drink too often, but worth a try nevertheless. Always support brewers' desire for experimentation!

JohnnyBarman, May 15, 2010
Rosée D'hibiscus from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.