Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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85
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a cloudy golden/yellow with a thin, minimal head. I found the nose to be light and fruity/citrus with hints of apricot and lemon. The taste was lightly hopped but offered good balance between the fruitiness and hoppiness. A refreshing finish that made this beer very easy drinking. A good example of a Blanche!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of my DDC sample pack. As always, fascinating artwork on the bottle.

Poured a lighter opaque golden. Only about a 1/2 inch of head, which only survives as a thin ring.

Nose is of a more floral, peachy than other hefe's I've had recently, but certainly within the spectrum. A bit of coriander and spice, but generally floral. I've always felt these brews smell a great deal like regular flavored bubble gum, and this one certainly remind me of it.

Taste is floral - lavender, primarily - with peach, citrus, and a sticky, dry finish. Again with the bubble gum. Spicy and refreshing.

Light carbonation, a little lighter body. The dry finish sticks in the back of my throat.

A nice little hefe from one of my favorite breweries. Great for a patio.

Photo of Swedes21
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours as a cloudy golden appearance with a nice "creamy" flow to it. The head takes about 1/2 the glass up then quickly disappears. Head has a lot of air pockets and a nice white. Carbonation is hard to tell due to the cloudiness. Nice lacing as well.

Smell - definite smell of hops and wheat, some very deep spices as well.

Taste - the taste is as the smell, the spices lead to a bitter finish. U can taste the spices during the tasting and i would venture to say a little bit of "citrus".

Mouthfeel - Light amount of carbonation that enhances the spice. The beer actually had a little less aftertaste after the mouthfeel. Leaves behind a citrus taste in my mouth.

Drinkability - Again, one of those citrus spiced based beers that are nice to have once in awhile but not convinced i could drink a bunch. Decent and well made craft beer.

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

341ml bottle. A witbier from paradise, eh? If anyone can do it, these guys can.

This beer pours a cloudy, rather pale yellow straw colour, with one fat finger of sudsy, bubbly, and foamy white head, which doesn't stick around for long, leaving some rocky shoreline lace around the glass in its reasonable haste.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, that unmistakable sugary coriander and lemon/orange fruitiness combo, and a bit of bubblegum, to go with a pleasantly floral earthiness. The taste is more sweetly grainy wheat malt, mildly spicy citrus flesh, fairly strong coriander spice, like I've just popped the cherry on a typical curry recipe's dosage, and a subtle, ever so soothing yeastiness.

The carbonation is average, just a lilting frothiness to carry us onwards, the body a sturdy medium weight, fruity in character, and queerly smooth - until I noticed that oats are an ingredient in the mash bill - duh. It finishes well off-dry, and surprisingly clean for a witbier - the crazy smoothness carrying spice and fruit on a pleasantly ebbing orbit around my somewhat stunned palate.

A very enjoyable Belgian-style wheat beer - the spicing is subtle enough, but still leaves a duly lasting impression, and the mouthfeel is like no other of the kind that I've yet encountered. The blending of disparate old-world styles seems to be the new je ne sais quoi, so in that vein - tres bien fait, encore, les boys de DDC!

Photo of mintjellie
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep banana yellow in colour. Translucent and milky with suspended yeast. Topped by a fluffy white head that lasts and lasts, leaving a patchy lace. Its bright, citrusy orange & lemon aroma also carries a strong note of coriander. That coriander comes through in the flavour, this wit is heavy on the spice. There's lots of juicy orange and nectarine flavour, and really nice tangyness from the wheat. Feels soft and light in the mouth, the acidity in its flavour combined with that mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. Definately something I could drink a lot of.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Reviewed from notes

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to white splotches on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles, not a ton of lacing.

S: Fruity aroma, nice hints of orange, lemon. Very yeasty with wheat as well. Also get some of the spices.

T: Not as strong as the nose, but very similar. Lemon and orange, lots of wheat flavor.

M/D: This is where this beer shines. Nice and fresh, great carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Leaves a nice sweetness on the finish. Overall solid.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing crisp wheat beer. Modest fruit in taste though bubblegum fruit aroma. Too carbonated fizzy. Light texture. Bit of lemon and corriander (a natural male birth control) spice. Would not have worked with too much spice. Cloudy light yellow appearance.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a wit should. A very light straw. Hazy. Snow white head balloons up and settles quickly.

Strong spicing on this example. A nose full of coriander first, followed by some mellow tangerine. Also a noticeable bitterness that suggests some heavier than usual hopping unless it's coming from the spices.

It's that odd bitterness right up front. There's a really unique herbal character to this beer. You can feel those nice rounded flavours, but they're lingering behind heavy spicing. There's a real out-of-place bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is right. Smooth, lightly-carbonated.

An interesting example. I think I enjoy it more than the Chambly, but I wouldn't buy it by the case. Worth a try.

Photo of beerboy21
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should I review this?? I snagged enough of my wife's 16 oz serving, so it's okay. A beautiful drink. I am not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is a classic. Truly refreshing. This brew has a lot of citrus with the spice to match (I hate overly spices whites). I really wish this was my local... maybe I'll have to learn French!! Smokes the Hoegaarden I was sipping at Le Festival du Jazz IMO.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy straw golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering with no real lacing
S - bready grainy malt, light fruity yeast, banana, and mild spices
T - perfumy and sour fruits up front, cloves, allspice, milky banana, light pepper lingers
M - light, refreshing, spicy, fruity, and just a little dry to finish
O - more of a hefe than a witbier but those are close cousins anyway, easy drinking yet big in easy drinking flavours, but a little pricey for what it is

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

Part three of the Dieu Du Ciel feature at the LCBO.

Pours a hazy, yellowish pale colour. Hardly produced any head but appears to have good carbonation. Lets dig in..
The nose yeilds a pale ale scent with the distinct wheat/yeast aroma. Slight hint of the other spices but more of a flowery scent.
A very prominant and distinct taste! A lingering alcohol flavour. Not as strong of a wheat taste as I expected which for me makes it very enjoyable.
The mouthfeel is heavy but not chewy. A little bit of sour taste here now.
Overall I think this is an exceptional take on the wheat beer style. Maybe the added spices helped curb some of that heavy flavour normally associated with the style. Not one of the better DDC beers but a standout for me nonetheless. I'd probably pick up a few more. Would stand up as a good summer beer I think.
Still a great logo/label design from Dieu Du Ciel. Very well done.

Photo of jbonapar
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pale cloudy blonde color.

Smell - Citrus, corriander, slightly floral and minerally.

Taste - Crisp, quick development of a slightly sour bitterness overcomes the banana and bready flavor. A wee-bit overthetop on the bittereness but nevertheless, i nice wheat bear.

Not my favorite wheat, but a nice one regardless. I prefer Blanche de Chambly from Quebec.

Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blanche du Paradis maintains a decent cover of bright white head, leaving some lacing. The body is translucent and a nice shade of straw-yellow.

Orange rind, citrusy fruit salad, corriander, cardamom, white pepper, flowers, cotton candy on the nose. So much interesting spiciness it's almost like a saison.

Tons of spice (coriander, white pepper, celery seed, cardamom) along with lots of citrus rind. A bigger bitterness than you'd usually find with a Belgian-style wit is balanced well with the right touch of candy sweetness. Just a hint of alcohol.

The oats really round out the body on this one. Nice move DDC; there's nothing worse than a watery wit. Lightly carbonated and maybe a little too drying on the finish, leaving the feeling of just having bitten into a whole orange.

Super drinkable. Packed with flavour and seems to disappear from the glass. One of the better wits I've had; I can't believe I overlooked this one for so long. I'll be buying a bunch more of this stuff while it's around at the LCBO this fall and would highly recommending it to anyone.

Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange tinged yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stick around for me. Lots of visible carbonation rising.

Earthy wheat and coriander aroma is quite apparent. Slightly sweet lemon citrus as well.

Sweet lemon-lime is first to the tongue. Coriander and grainy wheat become apparent in the middle. Almost sour grapefruit rind bitterness at the very end that comes across just a little out of place. Not bad, but the finish just doesn't fit.

Light and lively in the mouthfeel department, quite good for the style.

This would be one of my favorite witbiers if only for that little bite at the very end. Still a good beer, and many thanks to orrshow for the bottles he brought me.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a nearly clear straw gold. On top of this is a foamy white head about a finger thick. Despite quite an aggressive pour the head disappoints, very poor retention; though the lace is acceptable.

Lemon and citrus scents spring to the nose first helped by the strong effervescence of the brew. Spicy notes of coriander and cardamom are followed by light bubblegum notes.

Lemony tang and zest spring to the taste buds mellowed by a nice wheat body. Spice is of coriander and pepper; possibly grains of paradise or long pepper, accompanied by bitter orange. The beer is much more bitter then I have come to expect from a wit. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it evens out the flavours well.
As to be expected the body is light crisp and refreshing drinking quite nicely.

A nice take on the style would havde scored higher except for the poor apperance.

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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with some white haze and a big foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of coriander and loads of wheat are the main point here. Taste is a mix between some orange peel, some coriander and nice bubblegum wheat malt. Loads of character for the style with a full body and great carbonation. Very well done and it would be nice if the beer was offered outside of their mix pack.

Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra in trade with phyl21ca - many thanks! Poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. The label was setup to be notched for bottled month and year but no notches. It was a cloudy pale straw color. Had a carb geyser in the center. Good lacing. It had an average sized white head that slowly settled to a 1/8 inch foam fed by the geyser.

The aroma was typical wit - orange peel, coriander and malt. Was a little subtle and more dry in aroma than most. The taste followed the aroma. Had the classic underpinnings but finished drier than most. I like mine with less of the dry finish but this one was not overly dry and still good.

Overall, a good wit that I do recommend. For me, one is enough unless I could easily get another or try on tap.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 24th, 2009.

Color: Hazy pale yellow.
Head: Nice little bubbles head that stick to the glass. Nice!
Aroma: Smell is of average intensity. Notes of banana bread with some fruitiness.
Taste: Typical belgium witbier however with an extra touch at the end which is typical of Dieu du Ciel beer. The extra touch is the spiciness. Could be bad for some, but for me it adds something and simply make it beautiful and tasteful.
Mouthfeel: Thin
Drinkability: easy... I could drink this one all day on a hot summer day!

Excellent beer! Wish they would make it a 6-pack of this beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat hazy, and very bright golden yellow then came out of over me. Very nice carbonation was visible, with the chains of bubbles really just reaching up toward the top throughout the session. There was a good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away, and even once it was gone there was tons of side glass lace present. Pretty much a very good look for the style, I really thought it looked very nice indeed.

The aroma was somewhat light, but once you let it warm up it started to come out at you a little bit better. Very nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. The flavor followed suit just the same, with a very nice, light body ale. Tons of carbonation and a really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together. I could have kept drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Really a very nice, high quality ale.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.

Pour a hefty murky light yellow with alot of haze, amasing carbonation and a thick lush cloudy head that actualy laces on the glass in thick crusters of foam.

Aroma of wheat bread, coriander and curacao. Awesome over the top orange pith flavor that melds with a sweet wheat and malt backbone and a note of spice.

This and paienne are now my top 2 Dieu du Ciel beers, unbeleivably drinkable, just plain awesome.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazed honey apricot in appearance, creamy white head that settles to a thick cap.

Aroma is simply gorgeous, light wheat, floral notes, very subtle citrus and spice, some peach yogurt.

The flavour is also elegant, subtle, contained yet with all the right goods in all the right places. Tangy wheat and citrus, light fruity middle, tart citrus and floral finish, crisp and dry, aftertaste is a short lingering of citrus zest.

Mouthfeel is light with just the right amount of carbonation, dry and crisp and very refreshing.

It's been a while since I've sampled a beer that's impressed me so much that hasn't hit me on the head and knocked me on my ass, and the refinement of this beautiful witbier makes a perfect reality check. Subtle, enticing, this wit is like the love of your life blowing you a kiss.

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 ritzkiss
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent LCBO DDC feature, bottled 06/10 - just arrived in stores and already 2 months old... It's a hot day and I'm thinking this is a good choice.

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with hints of peach, a couple fingers of rocky head which dissolve to a thin layer.

Heavy spicing in the nose, coriander and cloves. Hint of peach, perhaps light bready malt, faint whiff of tangerine. A little one dimensional.

Heavy spicing in the taste too (coriander and cloves), peach and apple juice, some bandaid phenolics, banana, hint of grassy bite in the finish, light wheat tang, brash and not altogether synched IMO. Nice pinch in the cheeks from the finish but it feels a little thin there as well, flavor gives up too soon.

I kind of expected this to be one of DDC's weaker offerings and in truth it is. Even with the lower ABV it doesn't feel like something you would want to guzzle in the summer, just too rough. Meh, everyone has to have a bit of a clunker and it's hard to stand up to the standards set by the rest of the DDC stable.

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.

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.