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Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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 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 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 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 berley31
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white head that hung around for a while before fading to a thin film. Body is light yellow and hazy.

S: Perfumey aroma with the expected coriander and citrus notes, but everything is nicely balanced, with nothing overwhelming at all.

T: Just as nicely balanced as the aroma... the spiciness and orange complement each other well. Not sickening at all, like some Witbiers tend to be. Touch of refreshing tartness in the finish.

M: Body is light-moderate, with moderate-high carbonation.

D: A very refreshing Witbier... one of the better examples of the style that I've had.

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 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 WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes of banana with a not over powering citrusy kind of fruit finish that you find in other beers of this style. THe subtleness of the flavour really makes it drinkable. Was suprised a little by this one, decent beer.

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

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thin head, no lacing at all.

Smells like a typical wit, sweet citrus spices, sugar, coriander, cloves, hops and wheat. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a while.

Tastes like it smells, sweet and spicey, lots of citrus and a decent bitter hop character that finishes it off. One of the better tasting witbiers I've had.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, highly drinkable but probably not something I would buy again.

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 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 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 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 BBP
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Semi-translucent pale yellow with good carbonation, but very little head to be seen.

S- Belgian spices, cloves first and then others that I can't pick out. More of a sweet beer.

T- Fit's the bill of a normal Witbier and then adds Belgian-like spicing to it. Elegantly done, and works well together. Leaves on of my favorite sweet tastes, that I've encountered in beer. As soon as it goes down you encounter a fruity banana taste, which was spiced pretty much flawlessly IMO, accompanied by the slightest amount of what I would guess to be orange rind. After it's down you're left with an aftertaste of mixed fruits minus all the sweetness. I found that it pulled off a good amount of sweetness without becoming overwhelming, and I've never been a fan of much sweetness.

M- I would say that it's a little more full than the average body, and is nice and creamy too. Carbonation may have been just a tad too light. Feels great regardless.

D- A very refreshing brew, and one of my favorite Witbiers. They took a style which doesn't impress me too much and made something I quite enjoy out of it. Would definitely recommend this to any Witbier fans, and suggest trying it regardless. I wasn't looking forward to this one, but it was surprisingly good.

EDIT: I may have had a new more recent version of this. It just became available in the LCBOs and it was 5.5% rather than 5%.

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 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 spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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..

Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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 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 tbeckett
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of korguy123
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.