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Blanche Du Paradis - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 219
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 219
Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle bottled January 2011.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a very thin bubbly head. Bubbles are present despite the fogginess.

Smell- Orange peel, lemon, coriander, and clove aromas followed by a hint of black pepper and banana.

Taste- The spice flavours are nicely balanced with the taste of wheat. The orange and lemon flavours are subtle yet add a touch of sweetness to an overall savoury beer.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty enjoyable.

Overall- A refreshing witbier by Dieu du Ciel. I am pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the spices, which may have to do with this bottle being from Jan 2011. I like that the orange is present but does not overpower the flavours of the beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled last night on 2/16/15. Comes in a 350ml (11.5 ounce) bottle that was in the discount bin at Hy-vee for $2.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEER'S-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides. The aroma is mostly of yeast with some citrus. More going on with the taste as there are some floral hops with wheat in the mix also. Slighter bitter finish but doesn't last all that long. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and nothing fantastic.

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Photo of korguy123
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange tinged yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stick around for me. Lots of visible carbonation rising.

Earthy wheat and coriander aroma is quite apparent. Slightly sweet lemon citrus as well.

Sweet lemon-lime is first to the tongue. Coriander and grainy wheat become apparent in the middle. Almost sour grapefruit rind bitterness at the very end that comes across just a little out of place. Not bad, but the finish just doesn't fit.

Light and lively in the mouthfeel department, quite good for the style.

This would be one of my favorite witbiers if only for that little bite at the very end. Still a good beer, and many thanks to orrshow for the bottles he brought me.

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Photo of Shadman
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 24th, 2009.

Color: Hazy pale yellow.
Head: Nice little bubbles head that stick to the glass. Nice!
Aroma: Smell is of average intensity. Notes of banana bread with some fruitiness.
Taste: Typical belgium witbier however with an extra touch at the end which is typical of Dieu du Ciel beer. The extra touch is the spiciness. Could be bad for some, but for me it adds something and simply make it beautiful and tasteful.
Mouthfeel: Thin
Drinkability: easy... I could drink this one all day on a hot summer day!

Excellent beer! Wish they would make it a 6-pack of this beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the best beer on when we visited in April. Clear straw color when served, but it came with an awesome peppery aroma. Low to no head meant no lacing when we were through. Taste was a bit sweet, but with an awesome black peper aftertaste. This was my first 'pepper' encounter, and I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Long813
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of berley31
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Luk13
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of BBP
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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%.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Harvest Wines in Dartmouth, NS

A: straw-coloured and cloudy, with minimal head.
S: Zesty. Yeast and a little citrus.
T: wheat and yeast.
F: crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of mintjellie
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, slightly cloudy orange-yellow with a short white head that doesn't last long, Carbonation is heavy - on close inspection it looks sort of like heavy rain upside down. Lacing moderate. I like the look of this beer.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, orange, wheat, spices, and some faint grass. One of those rare beers that actually smells like what its ad copy says it'll smell like.

Taste: Oh my. This beer is the McCoy. (Sorry, le McCoy.) Big, pronounced flavors follow the nose. Lemon and spices lead the way. Gets more complex as it warms. More of the citrus and spice notes make themselves present over the course of the drink. Very nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth - easy and refreshing, too.

Overall: I'm glad I bought this on impulse - it's a terrific witbier. I paired it with polenta, tomatoes, basil and kale and it made for an ideal summer meal. I would describe this as a beer to seek out - I definitely want to try more from this brewery. Would consider a visit when next I'm in Montreal. And that's all on the strength of this one beer.

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Photo of Converge
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Frothy, bone-white head off the pour, average size. Medium amber-straw with lots of cloudy haze. No real head retention, and no lacing.

S - Big banana, yeast, and coriander. Funky barnyard hay, wheat and some spicy citrus. Not a huge fan of it, but we'll see where it goes.

T - Starts off with a nice yeast presence with wheat and subtle citrusy coriander, which gives way to a strong banana flavor, that quickly sinks into an abyss of messy spices and dry, herbal hops in the finish. It's certainly a different take on the typical witbier style, with less citrus and fruitiness, and more dry spices and hops. I can't say I'm a fan of this experiment though. Very slight touch of phenols in the finish as well, with some pepper and lingering bitterness. There's also a honey character that reminds me of the Païenne from earlier tonight.

M - Prickly carbonation, with a medium-to-light body. Sort of syrupy, and not very smooth. The oats don't do much to smooth this one out either.

D - While this is still a solid beer, it's not one I really care for. I like my witbiers light, citrusy and refreshing; and this ale didn't really deliver that sort of profile. Out of context of the style I might like it a bit more, but taking style into consideration hurts this one a bit for me. Like I said, it's a good beer, but not really for me.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a cloudy golden/yellow with a thin, minimal head. I found the nose to be light and fruity/citrus with hints of apricot and lemon. The taste was lightly hopped but offered good balance between the fruitiness and hoppiness. A refreshing finish that made this beer very easy drinking. A good example of a Blanche!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.