Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.13/5  rDev +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.

Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of shamus
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of strangemusic
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of scott451
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.