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Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002)
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 21:26:21 | More by CanuckRover
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:19:06 | More by uno99
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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..

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:06:45 | More by spinrsx
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle:

puts a hazy pale straw ale in the glass with a 1 finger tight cap...modest retention, modest glass lacing quality.

Aroma is biscuity with some light tangerine notes but the coriander predominates.

Nice puckering sandy dry mouth feel.

Flavour has some biscuit notes some herbal hop, a bit of citrus (barely) but again, coriander wipes out the profile...it's over powering...nice dry crisp finish but there is so much coriander in here it has an aftertaste like celery and soap.

The key to the witbier style is taming the coriander...making it present but complimentary, not dominant...I'll take Hoegaarden thanks....this wit is not DDC's strongest offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:02:16 | More by pootz
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:41:44 | More by MattyV
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:02:50 | More by mintjellie
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:59:00 | More by tbeckett
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 17:51:38 | More by biegaman
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Hazy straw/banana hue. Fluffy two finger head quickly shrinks down to white ring around glass. Lacing is okay.

S- Yeasty up front like a strong belgian ale (La Fin Du Monde) Corriander, lemon, banana and slight grassy tones.

T- Belgian yeast goodness, faint corriander, banana and lemon zest. Fairly watery.

M- A little bit on the watery side but very refreshing.

This is a good beer. Haven't dabbled in too many Witbiers in the past but this is something I can really sit down and enjoy. Quite rerfreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:16:25 | More by korguy123
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 19:33:45 | More by liamt07
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 21:05:27 | More by ritzkiss
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:10:07 | More by shamus
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strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 20:38:09 | More by strangemusic
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally some DDC beers are starting to trickle their way into the Control Board in Ontario. This is the first, only a week and a half late, which I suppose isn't bad for the LCBO.

Pours a very hazy light orange colour (so hazy I can't see my hand on the other side of the glass). Thick white head that dissipates and leaves a small ring on top. Some minimal lacing. Smells hugely of spices (coriander maybe?) and oranges with the typical wheat smell. Taste is incredibly dry from the spicing. Spices are a little bit over the top for me. Carbonation level is high.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 02:32:41 | More by kwjd
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 00:55:51 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 01:38:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, which is transformed into a pale yellow haze (post yeast), thin finger of head which dissipates rather quickly leaving no real lacing.

S - Classic witbier scents with a wheaty grass scent and cloves coming through.

T - To my surprise this one was quite sweet and fruity, with bananas and cloves dominating the flavours. The flavour that lingered on the finish was reminiscent of a banana popsicle.

M - Quite light, went down smooth and had a perfectly balanced carbonation level to it.

D - Overall, I'd recommend this one to any Belgian or Witbier fan, as it offers some unique flavours. Add another check mark to DDC's list of delicious beers, because this one easily passes the test!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:37:06 | More by andrenaline
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 01:57:17 | More by scott451
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on: 01/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341ml

A: Clear golden body with one finger of carbonated head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Definitely expecting something more along the lines of a witbier

S: Very weak aromas present. Some floral and citrus presence and the slightest hint of spices (cloves?) , not strong enough to be pleasing.

T: The spices and peach notes come in quire strong, but that's about it.

M: Highly carbonated and thin bodied. Crisp texture and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D: This was a big disappointment, even though it's four months old, it's bottle conditioned, so it should hold up. This didn't meet any of my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:42:04 | More by Long813
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:33:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
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tegelaar

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow - looks like a macro. Small head that disappears quick into nothing. Smell is really purfumey and flowery. Doesn't smell edible but lets give it a shot. Taste is better, more flowery than perfumey. Tastes delicate with a slight sweetness. Definitely some tartness in there too. I taste a little orange peel. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Drinkability suffers from the strong flowery taste. Enjoyable but only in limited quantities.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:26:20 | More by tegelaar
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to give this brewery an A+ on thier labels...very, very cool.

Has the wit hazy/cloudy thing going nicely. Maybe a tad more toward aprocot in color than say hoegarden. Nice bone white head and lacing. Good retention.

An almost sharp citrus mixed with the usual Wit spices. Very close to the old creamsicles I used to enjoy.

Tartness & wheat malt sharpness in the beginning, followed by the classic coriander spiciness with a touch of bitterness thrown in. Slight annoying soapiness keeps it from scoring higher...

A very nice example of the style...to echo another reviewer...would be nice if this was available outside the Kingdom of Quebec without having to purchase the sample pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:49:29 | More by Shadman
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 05:55:11 | More by prosper
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle. Hazy yellow pour with no head. Lots of lemon and orange on this nose, some wheat and a hint of coriander. Taste is past it's prime, something half bitter- half sour with some spiciness. Palate has died, little carbonation to liven this one up. It was better.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:15:01 | More by Luk13
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jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 23:45:17 | More by jbonapar
Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.