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Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, whitish yellow color. Tiny head that dies to no bubbles whatsoever. Obviously, there is no head.

Sour with a light level of baking spice. Light yeast.

Dry up front, sour in the swallow. This has flashes of French farm ales--the emphasis is on a lip smacking sourness. Good body with a relatively neutral carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Patrick (papat444) for sending a bottle of this my way. No idea of the age, thanks to the cryptic DDC date notching system. Served in a pint glass.

A - Lovely soapy three-fingered foam with solid retention and lots of sticky lacing. Hazed straw-banana-yellow color with tons of racing from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a witbier should!

S - Wheat, Belgian-style yeast, banana cloves, some orange, lemon, and floral hoppy notes as well. Nothing unusual for the style, but very nicely done, and very intense.

T - Taste is a little simplified - starts with some lemon zest and then smooths out into sweet banana and malted wheat. Finish is exceptionally clean - none of the yeast or spice found in some other wheat brews.

M - Lots of tingly carbonation - perhaps a bit too much as it burns a little on the back of the throat and lips. Lighter side of medium-bodied with a crisp dry finish. Can't get past the harsh carbonation, though...

D - Everything about it screams session/lawnmower/front porch beer, except for the overcarbonation which bumps it down a notch. If DDC could smooth it out a little it'd be an awesome session wit.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle, picked up at the Summerhill LCBO as part of the recent DDC release. Beer is listed at 5.5% ABV on the bottle. Bottled June 2010, into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow, with a couple fingers of fluffy but thin white head. Settles to a thin and sparse layer. Aroma is a light fruitiness with a touch of banana and lemon, with a bit of spice too. Flavour has a bit of toasted wheat feel to it, with some light fruit coming through. Similar to the smell. Bit of lemon zest tart at the end. Fairly high carbonation, and highly drinkable (and suitable) on such a hot summer afternoon. Ideal for imbibe on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Nice, very pale yellow coloured body without much of a head. Lacing is a bit sudsy, but is surprisingly good for the lack of head. Not bad.

Nose is quite sweet and citrussy, like moroccan candied lemon peel. Some grassy notes to it as well, quite fresh which add a subtle ruggedness. Also some flavour which reminded me of America which I couldn't initially pick until I realised it was the sweet fake vanilla candy character. Nice though.

Taste is very sharp and clear and spicy. Coriander comes through a lot on the palate, giving a spicy and robust backpalate that gets a little overwhelming. A bit too intense on the spice. The nose suggested more mellow, sweet and refreshing characters. Mouthfeel is round and clear. Nice.

This is a nice beer which just has a little too much aggression on the palate for a wit. I feel as though the flavour needed some more sweetness and a lot more temperance.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a beer named "White Paradise" I can't help but think it looks a little too cloudy and desecrated even to fit the bill. Then again, for a witbier it looks nearly perfect. That very pale, very shallow, blanched whitish-gold colour and the clammy complexion are both characteristic of the style (as are the chipper bubbles and fuzzy, durable head).

If I had to suggest a flavour or smell that I imagine is universally appealing, the effervescent bouquet of witbiers would have to be at the top of that list. It is delicately floral with notes of peony and eucalyptus, spicy with the zest of coriander, clove and saffron, citrusy with hints of lemon and orange and topped with a forest floor earthiness.

The flavours seem to spill out one from the other like a set of Russian dolls. First the fruitiness unfolds, from biggest to littlest: orange, apricot, lychee and passionfruit. Then a more herbaceous set unwinds, top to bottom: coriander, lavender, potpourri, roses and violet. The wheat and barley are also present with notes of dough, bread and biscuit.

The perfume of the flower bed, the earthiness of the forest floor and the flesh of fruits are all sensed in the mouthfeel. It is a blend of acidity, spice, sweetness and savoriness. It has the same press on the senses as fresh cut grass and the same crispiness of a cold fall morning. And it has an inconsistency to its flavour that keeps it evolving and interesting.

Blanche Du Paradis is the kind of beer you'd want to drink in paradise. It is refreshing, zestful, layered with spicy, savory, fruity flavours and is light enough that it practically insists you drink it in a multiple of three or more. That's how many bottles I've had already and I intend to have many more. This is something I could buy again and again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Pale straw color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Light wheat nose and flavor is lemon, light wheat and some coriander. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy straw, white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Huge citrus aroma, light spicing, hints for floral & herbs.

T: Very citrusy, light spicing, good bitterness, slightly herbal, certainly wheaty. Really big on flavour.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle july 19 2009

A pale golden yellow with some friends floating around as if they are suspended in jello

S like a this style should banana, clove, and herbs faint lemon loved the nose on this beer, love dieu du ciel only just getting to know these guys and very impressed

T like it smells but i thought the flavors would be stronger, this being said still quite lovely

F/D good carbonation, feels good and sinking fast, the hot sun goes well with this. well done DDC

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow, quite light in colour, medium sized white head forms, drops some nice lace spots on the glass, settles to a thin layer and ring. Smell is neat, very lemony, some bread, honey, very spicy, vanilla, wheat, almost sprucy, pinesol, interesting. Taste is similar, pine up front, spruce, lots of spice, vanilla, peppery with some coriander, kind of sweet in the finish, sharp acidic bite, kind of musty, finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, quite dry, almost has a weird medicinal flavour that tastes like a tooth filling. Not my style, thanks Russ!

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Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden colour with a foamy, white head. Fair head retention.

Lemony aroma with plenty of coriander. Some wheat. Peach and apricot come out later as well. Not bad.

Stonefruit and some spice. A touch of herbal bitterness. A little empty in the finish.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Somewhat overcarbonated for my tastes.

This is a decent witbier but it lacks some of the smoothness I find in the classics like Hoegaarden.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12ozl bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky pale straw colour with a small fizzy white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness. There is also some decent lacing and the head was gone in a flash.

Smell - I can smell coriander, wheat, and orange zest

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation, I wouldn't mind a little more - but it still feels decent. I can taste green apples, coriander, and a citrus zest. The beer finishes with a apple/coriander aftertaste that is slightly bitter.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of white/wheat beers, but this one is okay.. I think I expected more from this brewer..

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Photo of avalon07
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really cloudy with no head or carbonation. Pale yellow colour. For a beer with no head, it looks good.

S - Zesty, banana, fruits, lemon, citrus.

T - Smoothn and light with a refreshing zesty character and spice in the finish.

M - Light body appropriate for the style and ABV. Really smooth.

D - High drinkability on this. Really nice flavours that don't get dull.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw colour with big bubbles clinging to the side. Lots of haze, head is snowy, sinks but leaves lovely thick webs of lace behind. Pretty damn nice witbier.

Zing! Huge fruit on the nose, masses of citrus, orange and lemon with a sherbet twang to it. Tang that up ya! A bit hint of rubber and maybe some banana at the back, but yeah, really nice tropical smell, grounded well by mild bitterness. Could use a little bit more obvious spice, although there are noticeable traces of nutmeg/coriander lingering at the back. Almost perfect otherwise.

Taste has more of those same tropical fruit notes. A lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit, with a tartaric twang on the mid. Finish has really nice bitterness to clean up, mild spice with coriander and nutmeg, more of that rubber character and a hint of pine wood. The fault lies in this odd sweetness that underlies the whole palate and gives a slight saccharine edge to the otherwise pleasant finish.

Swills nicely in the mouth with lots of body, but leaves very dry indeed. Otherwise nice but yeah the dryness is palpable.

If you can ignore those couple of excesses, this is a very good wit with nice flavour bouncing off it.

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.