Rosée D'hibiscus - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.56/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-11-2013 16:35:55 | More by falloutsnow
4.46/5 rDev +17.4%
A-Pink and orange blend beautifully to give a sunrise hue. Juicy grapefruit meat colored. Silvery starry sudsy bubbles pop up then thin out fairly quick. Not too much head. No lacing at all. My glass was sparkling clear and clean when I finished.
S-Champagne. White Wine. Grape skins. Sour cherry. Fresh wet hibiscus. Grapefruit. What a bouquet of fragrant scents!
T-Low malt backbone juts in with tart hibiscus attached. The medium tastes swim in with: Dark cherry, rosehips, sizzling ginger. A slight bitter touch masked by dominant sweet fruits. Like, sugar-coated grapefruit. All the flavors blend nicely. Refreshing. I wish the taste was more elegant though. The malt should pop up in the middle or finish. Or AFTERTASTE even. Not on initial sips. Like a cheap malt liquor infused with hibiscus the first millisecond tastes like. But it's rescued by the flourishing flood of flavor. Tweaked this could be a classic Hibiscus Ale. When warmed orange bled in.
M-Spritz-y. Light/medium body. Low carbonation that dies quick, giving the feel of a juice. Not bad, it works here, with the taste being so great. Primarily fruit, floral and herbs on the palate give it a cold herbal-fruit tea feel, seasoned well. You can feel swirling ginger/cinnamon type thick sprinkles. But this is beer, it should feel like beer.
O-Will buy again. I'd love to have this on draft. Or have a growler. The color alone will intrigue you and the smell will have you nosing the glass down to the last drop. This brew smells like a perfumed lovely woman. Who's been drinking. Ha.
12-06-2013 01:50:01 | More by shacawgo24
Rosée D'hibiscus from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.