Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
08-31-2010 21:05:27 | More by ritzkiss
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-30-2010 23:10:07 | More by shamus
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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!
08-30-2010 20:38:09 | More by strangemusic
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
08-27-2010 02:32:41 | More by kwjd
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-19-2010 00:55:51 | More by laituegonflable
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-17-2010 01:38:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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!
07-23-2010 01:37:06 | More by andrenaline
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-04-2010 01:57:17 | More by scott451
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
05-18-2010 23:42:04 | More by Long813
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-18-2010 03:33:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-17-2010 00:26:20 | More by tegelaar
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-29-2010 02:49:29 | More by Shadman
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-20-2010 05:55:11 | More by prosper
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
01-17-2010 20:15:01 | More by Luk13
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-28-2009 23:45:17 | More by jbonapar
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
Pours a nice turbid yellow with a 1/8 inch of bright white head. Not a lot of lacing. Good retention though.
Nice fresh orange and coriander nose with a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon, rose petals, hay, and some creamy banana and just a slight trace of saddle leather.
The taste is lemony orange, toasty with nice wheatiness throughout and a soft herbal hopping with a nice tart finish and a tangy wetness in the aftertaste.
This beer is refreshing but perhaps just a tad thin in the mouthfeel.
I reckon I could drink a mess of these all summer long. Dieu Du Ciel seldom miss the mark over a broad range of styles, and this is no exception.
10-30-2009 01:19:22 | More by MeisterBurger
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle- A hazed yellow with a frothy cap and spotty lace. Aromas of floral hops and clove, cardamon, citrus essence, spices. Sweet curacao and citrus meet yeasty Belgian funk in the mouth, and lead to a floral spice. Creamy, with good balance of acid and sweetness. Food friendly and approachable.
10-28-2009 11:28:11 | More by mrmanning
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
10-14-2009 21:45:26 | More by MAB
3.18/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
10-09-2009 07:04:48 | More by Glory
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
~ 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. ~
09-26-2009 02:07:48 | More by Goldfish19
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
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
07-20-2009 01:30:17 | More by wordemupg
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottle from Zoprime cracked open on a quiet Saturday evening. A good beer to lighten the mood, cheers Eric!
Pours a classical wit appearance with a clouded pastel yellow body and a very generous bone white head. Very good retention and lace (DDC never disappoint). Floral, phenolic, malty, wheaty goodness in a highly impressive aroma. In comparison to the aroma the flavour is a lot less complex, but its strength lies in its simpllicity. An initial lemon zing, eventually gives way to mild notes of coriander and an increasingly promininet wheat backbone. Some hefe like qualities to it as well. Simple, but neat. Medium-light body with pillowy carbonation.
Thirst quenching and divine. Dieu du Ciel don't miss a beat.
07-19-2009 01:50:12 | More by bobsy
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Received this in a recent trade and just been waiting to try it.
Poured into a mug a hazy yellowish wheat color, with two fingers of foamy white head. Light scent of wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, with a bit of a citrus tang. Very... mellow is how I would describe the feel. Very refreshing and drinkable.
07-01-2009 22:13:16 | More by Seanstoppable
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
A - Very lightly hazed yellow with 2 fingers of average consistency foam.
S - Nose is wheaty and honey-like, with hints of orange and mint.
T/M - Fairly dry and on the bitter side for a wit. Texture is fairly slick with a good carbonation level. Herbs and bitter orange flavour comes through after a second or two. Finishes bitter with a bit of wheaty twang.
D - Pretty good drinkability, but maybe leans a bit too far towards the hops.
06-23-2009 21:03:00 | More by allergictomacros
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
06-23-2009 07:18:26 | More by IronDjinn
Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.