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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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 97
Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

consumed in brewpub, on tap. Poured a hazy pale yellow, white head but it recedes promptly. Scent is understated, some wheat, farmhouse notes. Taste is really balanced, wheat, some spice, cloves maybe, even a tint of citrus fruit. Mouthfeel for me was the best part of this beer. Crisp, dry, a bit sour, puckering. Another enjoyable beer from Montreal.

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 scott451
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swirl poured into a glass beaker. Two finger bubbly off white head on a cloudy dirty gold. Head soon diminished to a ring. Strong lacing. Spicy smells. Light bread and banana. Tastes were lots of bread and banana. Slightly astringent finish. Creamy medium body. A little sticky. Pretty drinkable but this a very drinkable style. I got this as part of a sample pack. I hope it becomes available as a six pack here soon.

Photo of MAB
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer.
It is quite pale, in color, and has a tight white head that dissipates quickly.
Kind of spicy, in a citrus-y way-- I thought grapefruit at first, then peach, but my brother-in-law had a sip and said that grapefruit was right.
Not my favorite style of beer, by a long shot, but a strong reason to become a fan of this style. I was very impressed.

Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange ghostly girl on the label. A goth beer? Something new at the LCBO. I've been the the brasserie in Montreal. they make some really good beer. This is a nice wheaty beer with lot's of honey and peach notes. A lovely change from the usual drek in this city. Ottawa is not a great beer city. Sure there is Beaus and some Quebec and Mill Street things but there's also lot's of middling Ontario microbrew like the Trafalager products which so far are disappointing. All that to say this beer is a respite on an exceptionally hot evening in late August.

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

Pours a soft and cloudy banana yellow with a moderate-size white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is like most wits, filled with citrus fruit and spice.

Nice rounded flavour fruit (citrus, banana, apricot) and coriander, which finishes with a good tang from the spice and wheat, making this highly drinkable.

Lively carbonation, this is a light-bodied refreshing wit.

Photo of uno99
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, Bottled June 2010.

A: Poured into a Lucifer snifter, with almost no head, and no lacing.

S: Huge amount of citrus in here; the other usual suspects are also present, but more muted... corriander, spices and herbs. not really any banana.

T: Grainy wheat accompanies the wave of orange zest and grapefruit. pineapple on the finish. some hop bitterness and residual sweetness.

M: Nice grainy feel. not sticky at all. very smooth and well carbonated.

D: Not exactly blown away with this one. I love DDC, and wheat beer, but this one is just sort of average.

Photo of prosper
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow. Would be cloudier if I'd stirred up the yeast in the bottle first. Not much head.

Smells like a wit should - some spice, lots of yeast character, some fruit. Smells like a saison, really.

Taste is really special. Starts off tart and acidic, but that fades to a nice spicy citrus, and leaves you with a slightly toasty malt flavour, with some green pils malt character.

Mouthfeel is rather light and carbonic.

Drinkability - sure, it's interesting enough, but not so outlandish that you'd get sick of it.

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 erica
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love a good white beer, and this is a good white beer. I had this a few times, as I was on a beer holiday and I needed something on the lighter side, but with taste. It was a pale yellow colour, cloudy, with a big fluffy white head. It smelled spicy and light, a bit lemony/ citrusy. Tasted like your typical belgian white- fruity, spicy, wheaty. It was very smooth going down too, soft and silky in your mouth. Drinkability is excellent, as it's so simply refreshing and complex at the same time, just a wonderful beer by DDC.

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

Montreal brewers love this style and have adopted it as their own. The heavenly pale straw-yellow color hints at the style, which is confirmed by a slightly fruity aroma and hints of coriander and white spices. The beer is light bodied and very thirst quenching.

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.

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 Goldfish19
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

~ Bottle courtesy of Eric at Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white foamy head. A dominant wheat aroma is followed by hints of orange, lemon, and pepper. Taste matches its smell. This Belgian White was refreshing and a pleasure to drink. ~

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

A - I did a hard pour that produced perhaps 1/3 of a finger of head. This quickly dissipated into non-existence, a few bubbles on the surface. No lacing of course, quite a simple appearance from that viewpoint. Looks quite radiant when held to light, bright yellow.

S - The smell is actually surprising. I was expecting a fairly average smell and was surprised to find that the spices were very apparent and pleasant. Citrus, too many spices to note that blend together nicely (though coriander seems to be the primary), and of course wheat are all the predominant smells.

T - Same as the smell. Orange and grapefruit, pretty deep spices, traces of other fruits and even a flowery taste. The aftertaste is quite sweet, too sweet for my liking. Green apples, sweet citrus and the remnants of the spices stick with you for a long time.

M/D - Carbonation is quite low, the mouthfeel is light but still smooth enough to feel good. Has an acidic edge to it. Drinkability is average. It is smooth and goes down fine, but I wouldn't want more than 1 of these.

For the style it is commendable. But I wasn't a huge fan of the flavour. I didn't mind having one, but I wouldn't go for another. Probably won't repurchase. I was lenient on the rating since I like it more than other wheat beers that I have tried and appreciate what DDC has done.

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

Very hazy straw gold with a thin (pinky-width) and compact head. Lots of carbonation coming up the sides of a tall, thin glass.

The aroma off the top is very fresh, juicy and fruit-forward, with big, obvious oranges and peach, backed by grainy wheat flavours and a hint of coriander spiciness.

The taste is where more of the spice resides, along with a clean, crisp apricot, banana and orange mix of flavours balanced by a backbone of bread and wheat. The aftertaste is slightly on the bitter side. Not as lush as some of the great wheat beers, but still solid.

This beer is tack-sharp and clean in the mouth, with a refreshing lightness and a lingering sweet astringency in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation! Certainly a pleasure on a sweltering summer day.

All in all this looks to be another strong offering from Dieu Du Ciel. I'm glad I managed to pick some up!

Photo of zachariaIPA
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unexpected appearance. Could be hazier. Head was thin and pearly white. I know I say this a lot, but I could have used a little more head! Very thin ribbon of lacing. Aromas of apple, wheaty, yeasty, cirtusy, floral..

I like it. It's got the classic wheat beer feel..but with a unique herbal and slight pleasant citrusy spice, tones of grapefruit. It's slightly cidery.

Mouthfeel is brief. Nice carbonation. It doesn't bite you with bitterness under the tounge, it tells you it's a beer. Bitterness doesn't linger. Mouthfeel and taste are the highest qualities for this beer.

Feels lighter, not too heavy. Could drink a few of these, especially on a hot day.

Photo of Glory
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, Belgian-style Wit beers are good in the summer time while beeing outside having a BBQ. But at this time of year, this beer feels kind of insipid. It has a very short fruity taste at first but it dosent develop to much. A very thirst-quenching beer.

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 QuestionableScum
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky pale golden yellow with a white fizzy head that faded over time, and started at about 1.5 fingers. Appearance is appropriate and appetizing, but nothing great.

Right off the bat in the nose I get citrus, coriander, and bready yeast. I also get some slight peppery notes in the aroma. The citrus that comes out in the nose has some orange in it, but is predominantly lemon. I also get a little bit of apple and pear.

The taste is not quite what I expected but really good nonetheless. This witbier is very spice forward. The most predominant flavour that will hit you at first is coriander, white pepper, and some floral hops. Not as sweet as a lot of white beers. On the other hand I do get a touch of pear sweetness and a bit of bready malt backbone. And a slight bit of tartness at the finish. Leaves a very distinctive spice linger.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a pretty damn good Witbier, and definitely one of the better ones I have, not to mention most distinctive. This beer reminds me of the Hitachino Witbier in that while the Hitachino really puts tartness upfront, this one puts the spices upfront to a greater extent than I have tasted in a witbier.

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 Delerium
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a beautiful Witte Beer! I've never had a White beer taste or smell like this before! Peppery, hazy, unfilitered, and amazingly complex. This is a White beer with huevos, unlike any I've ever had before. Very dank. Highly recommended, and extremely refreshing. Chris

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