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Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 96
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled last night on 2/16/15. Comes in a 350ml (11.5 ounce) bottle that was in the discount bin at Hy-vee for $2.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEER'S-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides. The aroma is mostly of yeast with some citrus. More going on with the taste as there are some floral hops with wheat in the mix also. Slighter bitter finish but doesn't last all that long. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and nothing fantastic.

Photo of 2_Shaynez
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Poured into wheat beer glass.

A: golden yellow, hazy, nice 2 finger white head after hard pour. Seems to be retaining.

N: pretty simple. Has a yeasty lager-like stench, some citrusy aromas, nothing too complex or intriguing...

T: malty at first, lots of yeast and wheat. A bit of citrus on the finish but not a very complex brew.

O: this is not dieu du ciel at their best... They have much better stuff that is more "true to style" over any other factors. As far as Belgian white goes, other Quebec breweries do it better...

Photo of avalon07
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A typically sweet aroma of fruit, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of coriander, light fruit (lemon, orange), and a bit of malt. A solid enough flavor, but not nearly aggressive enough. Could have been slightly more powerful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this is a drinkable beer, there are better examples of witbiers out there. Still, worth a shot.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright sparkly yellow with a light dappling of robust white choppy white bubbles. Unusually pronounced malty aroma, spicy lightly toasted grains along with a coppery tang, coriander seed, orange and pineapple, some almost grassy hops (!). Getting some other spices in there too, almost a little nutmeg or mace perhaps. Quite light and smooth on the palate, orange, lemon, and peach (!) creamsickle predominates and is accompanied by some white pepper, ginger, yeasty vitamin tablet, bubble gum esters, and pineapple juice. Flinty and hoppy for the style. Moderate carbonation and thin-moderate body. This is roughly what I imagine an old school pre-Blue Moon continental witbier to taste like, albeit more mellow perhaps.

Photo of mick303
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, beer is a cloudy blond yellow, small initial head but decent lacing that sticks around.

S - a hint of coriander initially, lemon, lots of wheat character, smooth prickly spice character, pretty zesty, with a slight tartness.

T - fairly typical, a light wheaty creaminess, with an orange and spice character, tart yeasty character, light bitterness, gets a bit more full and creamy to the end. Some present light zestiness to it, light start then more yeastiness comes through, a bit more earthy bitterness on the finish.

M - light to moderate bodied, quite a light and refreshing character. Then more of the spicey coriander and peppery yeast comes in, yet a nice balanced beer with a coating drying finish. Moderate carbonation.

An enjoyable wit, light and refreshing with a sizeable spice character and yeast, good balance of all the elements, it all plays fairly nicely together, smell is a bit restrained, and it is a zesty and refreshing summer session, a bit of a cloying character right before the finish, decent beer.

Photo of illpass78
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, slightly cloudy orange-yellow with a short white head that doesn't last long, Carbonation is heavy - on close inspection it looks sort of like heavy rain upside down. Lacing moderate. I like the look of this beer.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, orange, wheat, spices, and some faint grass. One of those rare beers that actually smells like what its ad copy says it'll smell like.

Taste: Oh my. This beer is the McCoy. (Sorry, le McCoy.) Big, pronounced flavors follow the nose. Lemon and spices lead the way. Gets more complex as it warms. More of the citrus and spice notes make themselves present over the course of the drink. Very nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth - easy and refreshing, too.

Overall: I'm glad I bought this on impulse - it's a terrific witbier. I paired it with polenta, tomatoes, basil and kale and it made for an ideal summer meal. I would describe this as a beer to seek out - I definitely want to try more from this brewery. Would consider a visit when next I'm in Montreal. And that's all on the strength of this one beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love to try new beers from them, even if not my fav style. It should work well for a super hot humid day like today though. Not sure how to read the date, it has a 5 and a 3 notched... May 3rd? May 2013? what?!

Ug, they're still using screw tops?! Pours a smaller but decent fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, bit of bubbles streaming up through mostly clear golden yellow orange tinted beer.

Nose brings wheat and a big perfumey coriander and spice, very creamy wheat, little toasted note, grainy wheat like, but a light sweet malty creamy thing, with big perfumey coriander, and I really mean like floral spices, flowery like almost but not really chamomile like flower, bit of an orange zest note,.

Taste starts with a touch of sweetness actually, into malts, grainy toasted wheat actually, with some straw notes, little bready note, plenty of creamy wheat, almost creamed wheat like flavor, etc. Then spices again, big coriander, it actually ends up being the dominant flavor, with mild orange zest, like a clementine peel rather than real orange, and mild flowery notes again. It dries quite quickly, like a lactose kinda dry, with mild citrus zest and coriander lingering again, little creamy wheat taste too.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb but probably could have used a bit more, if it didn't already escape out the damn screw top!

Overall not bad, not usually a huge fan of the style, but a nice wit can do well in the summer. I liked the wheat aspect actually, little creamy, touch toasty like, etc, and flowery notes, the clementine like citrus was also nice, and coriander can be good when not too strong, although this came on way too strong IMO. Still not bad for a hot summer day.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 5 5 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of spice and yeast
Head small (1 cm), white, frothy, immediately diminishing to 2 mm broken layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor of coriander, yeast phenolics, slightly sweet, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with light sweet spiciness
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

A typical witbier, nothing special, nothing bad.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle served in a Hoegaarden thumbler glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow to beige color forming a big white bubbled white head. Low retention and many spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Very spicy in the nose. Quite peppery with strong notes of orange zest, coriander, honey and wheat. Sweet grains. Bready yeasts

T: Slightly sweet grains upfront. Notes of pepper, orange zest, honey, wheat, coriander and white bread. Very smooth and no bitterness. In overall, a light sweet and bready beer

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Spicy, sweet grains and wheat in the aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Great Witbier. One more positive point to Dieu du Ciel!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a fairly intense spice presence in the flavor for the style.

Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of orange peel, coriander, cloves, some lemon and some wheat.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some oranges, coriander, some cloves, some lemon zest and wheat.

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, spice, and everything nice is given in this very approachable Belgian-style wheat beer. Spiced the the usual suspects, the beer is crisp, perfumy, and distinctive with that wine-like Belgian twang.

The pour brings about a golden body with yellow tinge to its highlights. A delicate and creamy froth floats the beer with a quiet and confident retention. Speckled lace dots the tulip with each swirl. The beer is very inviting to the eye.

Strong perfume emits from the rim with a boquet of coriander, dried Curacao orange peels, and natural yeast honey-suckle notes. The spices wrap around estery notes of apples and lemons for a very delicate but pungent set of aromatics. Mild candied sweetness, grain, straw, and a light butter and yougurt-like twang helps to prop up the spice and fruit.

Light powdered sugar sprinkles upon the tongue in informs the the palate of the supple sweetness of the beer. But like powdered sugar, the sweetness evaporates quickly and leaves the taste of soft wheat breads in its place. Its spicy middle palate is soft with coriander and orange peel but also brings life to the natural lemon tartness, a tinge of buttermilk and apple sulfur notes herein. Other peppery notes a lightly rye-like and earthen just before the beer shows a mild soap taste in finish.

Delicate on the palate, the beer's effortless and creamy weight floats the beer over the tongue and ushers in a highly refreshing finish that's decorated with minty-warm alcohol, light grain, and a playful prickling spice.

I can see any place called paradise offering up an elixir such as this- it captures all of what it means to be a Belgian wheat ale, but doesn't back down from the raw farmhouse essence of the style either.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy and glowing straw color with not much of a head at all. Not really what I'm used to in a wit.

S: A sort of musty wheat smell at first, with a hint of lemon peel, coriander, ginger and orange. A definite tartness in there as well.

T: Definitely a strange flavor for a wit. Bready and citrusy upfront with some pale malt, lime, and a backbone of aspirin. Finish brings a touch of wheat and some pound cake. Interesting, but definitely not Dieu du Ciell's best.

Photo of rarbring
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clouded straw colored brew, a white small head, good lacing and curtains.

Smelling of tea, spices, clove and lemon.

Starting sweet, wheat bun with cardamom, lemonade with clove.

Medium low carbonation, soft. smooth and sticky, a good body.

A good liquid bread. Spicy and refreshing.

Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Manhattan Ginger Man.

A: Extremely pale straw body with a thin, fine, sticky white head. Good lace. Attractive.

S: Very light, bright, and herbal, with plenty of orange peel and some prominent clove spice. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a terrific balance of spice, flowers, citrus, and wheat malt. A bit of cotton candy and minerality as well. Very fresh and tasty.

M: Light, lively, and creamy. Great.

O: Wonderful Witbier, among the best I've ever had. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for something refreshing.

Cheers!

Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated September 2011.

Cloudy gold with a moderate white head. Decent retention.

Wheat comes across strongly in the nose. Coriander is prominent and orange is present as well. Smells as one would expect a wit to smell.

The taste is something else. Wheat and coriander are present, but the addition of the orange curacao is strongly noticeable and has a very unique effect on the flavour. Spices other than coriander are also present, perhaps ginger. Slightly bitter, which is also unusual for the style. Oats give a mildly creamy flavour.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation- less carbonated than many wits. A bit creamy.

Overall, quite unusual and quite tasty.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of thick frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet wheat with some light spice, coriander, orange peel, and citrus. There is a touch of citrus hop and yeast character.

T - Start off with some sweet wheat with some strong orange peel and some citrus notes with a bit of light yeast. Through the middle some light hop comes through with some more yeast flavors and citrus. The finish is a mix of citrus, orange peel, light grain, and some sweet wheat.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly dry and very crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced witbier with some good citrus notes that really round out the flavor nicely.

Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at DeCicco`s in New York.

Appearance is yellow, some haziness, a thin amount of head. Its` nose has lemon, wheat and pepper. Taking a sip of this wit and I taste banana, lemon peel, yeast and cloves. Meanwhile, the mouthfeel light-medium with a medium level of carbonation. This is a wit that I had been meaning to try for some time and was certainly satisfied with it once trying it.

Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with a friend last night.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 06/11.

Appearance: A very cloudy beige-white body with an average-sized head.

Smell: Nice aroma of orange peel and cloves.

Taste: Spices are not too strong, good presence of some ginger root and lemon as well as ripe orange.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium to low but pretty solid.

Overall: A nice Witbier that is refreshing and perfect for nice weather.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuggled over the border from Montreal (not really). Didn't get to try it at the brewpub but this is the next best thing.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a pale and hazy Wit look. Snow white head forms to a small size and fizzes out pretty quickly. Just a few tiny spots of lace.

S- A bit of a milder Witbier aroma. It doesn't blast you with bubble gum, lemon and spice but it is all there. Light malts and fruit too.

T- Builds nicely from the smell. This Witbier strain isn't harsh or forced like some examples of the style, it takes the mildness of the aroma and works well on the palate. Notes of citrus (orange, lemon, slight peach), spices (coriander, floral, clove, peppercorn) and fruit. Hops lend earthy, floral and herbal hints. Light sweet malt background.

MF- Creamy light body that feels silky smooth on the palate. Carbonation is moderate and there is just a slight bitterness in the finish.

Tasteful use of coriander and citrus additions here. The spice doesn't take the show but blends in nicely with the natural spicy flavors from the hops and yeast. One of my favorite Wit flavors thus far.

Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle bottled January 2011.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a very thin bubbly head. Bubbles are present despite the fogginess.

Smell- Orange peel, lemon, coriander, and clove aromas followed by a hint of black pepper and banana.

Taste- The spice flavours are nicely balanced with the taste of wheat. The orange and lemon flavours are subtle yet add a touch of sweetness to an overall savoury beer.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty enjoyable.

Overall- A refreshing witbier by Dieu du Ciel. I am pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the spices, which may have to do with this bottle being from Jan 2011. I like that the orange is present but does not overpower the flavours of the beer.

Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle from a mixed Dieu de Ciel case.
Pale golden color, slightly hazy with some sediment left at the bottom of the glass. Short white head that quickly disappears. No real lacing to speak of. Typical Wit smell; grassy, wheat, and some citrus. Some clove spice as well. Wheat flavor to start, some nice spiciness, finishes a bit yeasty. Slight hop bitterness at the end. Lots of carbonation in the mouth, light to medium body, with lots of bubbles. Overall, a decent wheat beer with all the expected characteristics.

Photo of Converge
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Frothy, bone-white head off the pour, average size. Medium amber-straw with lots of cloudy haze. No real head retention, and no lacing.

S - Big banana, yeast, and coriander. Funky barnyard hay, wheat and some spicy citrus. Not a huge fan of it, but we'll see where it goes.

T - Starts off with a nice yeast presence with wheat and subtle citrusy coriander, which gives way to a strong banana flavor, that quickly sinks into an abyss of messy spices and dry, herbal hops in the finish. It's certainly a different take on the typical witbier style, with less citrus and fruitiness, and more dry spices and hops. I can't say I'm a fan of this experiment though. Very slight touch of phenols in the finish as well, with some pepper and lingering bitterness. There's also a honey character that reminds me of the Païenne from earlier tonight.

M - Prickly carbonation, with a medium-to-light body. Sort of syrupy, and not very smooth. The oats don't do much to smooth this one out either.

D - While this is still a solid beer, it's not one I really care for. I like my witbiers light, citrusy and refreshing; and this ale didn't really deliver that sort of profile. Out of context of the style I might like it a bit more, but taking style into consideration hurts this one a bit for me. Like I said, it's a good beer, but not really for me.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows wheat, citrus peel, hefty coriander, and mint leaves.
Flavours are pretty similar, more doughy wheat, citrus and coriander. Perfectly balanced, no one character really sticks out. Incredibly drinkable.
Could use more carbonation.
Shows that a beer doesn't have to be extremely bitter or malty or alcoholic to stand out.

Photo of tonyf55
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a Wild Rose pint glass

Visual (2.5): Pale golden color, clear with a very light fog. White single finger head that quickly disappears. No apparent lacing. A few small carbonation bubbles.

Aroma (4.5): Wheat, hay, and citrus hop prevalent with undertones of spice (coriander...clove?). Really well balanced.

Taste (3): Initial sweet flavor that is very short lived, replaced by a prevalent hop bitterness, not strong but present and lightly lasting.

Mouthfeel (3): Very lively, pallet is almost attacked by carbonation within a light to medium body beer. The rough texture leaves a tingly almost chalky pallet.

Overall (3.5): A decent wheat beer with unique spiced qualities. The citrus hop is prevalent in the taste while wheat/hay and spice are strong on the nose. A rough mouthfeel seems odd when compared to other smoother witbiers.

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