La Divine Comédie
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #296
Ranked #39,238
3.67 | pDev: 7.36%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
La Divine ComédieLa Divine Comédie
Notes: Collaboration with Le Trou du Diable
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rare beer from Dieu du Ciel that does not work for me. Pours a straw/yellow with minimal white head, bubbly. Floral aroma with exotic fruit. Taste is quite bitter with again a floral/herbal feel that never really smooths out. Bit of a metallic after taste. Perhaps this is just past prime....

Oct 29, 2017
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Ui7y from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: transparent yellow. Very effervescent.
S: a mix of lemon rind and cut grass
T: hoppy. Tastes a little like white grape. Crisp and refreshing.
F: medium viscosity and a little dry. Effervescent.
O: a nice beer but not a great representation of a pils and wit mix. Still, a refreshing summer beer but not one of DDC's best offerings.

Aug 18, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilsners are brilliantly clear straw-gold; Witbiers are milky and murky. So what does a hybrid of the two look like? Well, neither. La Divine Comédie is a pale but brightly burnished gold with a medium hazy complexion. And while both styles have in common good head retention, this one quickly goes flat.

Listed as a "Wit Pils" it smells to me more like a Saison. There is subtle zest and spice notes as well as orchard fruit esters. Most flavour traces back to Belgian yeast. It certainly doesn't resemble a lager of any kind (let alone a pilsner), though I will concede that there is a pungent, leafy hoppiness.

Witbier, by definition, implies coriander and orange peel. A pilsner should have clean but prominent maltiness as well as floral Noble varietal hoppiness. The write-up on the label claims we can expect passionfruit and mango. None of these things matter because none are ultimately tasted.

On my palate, I detect a fairly ambiguous flavour profile that includes muddled fruitiness (mostly overripe orchard though trace tropical), no noticeable graininess, and a very New World hoppiness that has a dank, astringent bitterness and a somewhat vegetal finish (which turns out to be 75 IBU of Mosaic).

Just to be clear: it's not the violation of style guidelines I'm harping about, it's the fact there's no strong, clear-cut character. I couldn't care less what goes into a recipe or how beer judges would classify it, but styles arise because there's solid, distinguishable benchmarks that define them.

Dieu Du Ciel! and Le Trou Du Diable are both fantastic breweries that release more good beer than I can keep up with. This collaboration of theirs, however, failed expectations and failed as a concept. La Divine Comédie is mildly enjoyable but not interesting, flavorful or distinctive in the way I hoped it would be.

Dec 31, 2015
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Summerteeth from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ce soir: La Divine Comedie Wit Pils du Purgatoire by Le Trou du Diable and Dieu du Ciel. Picked this up in Quebec City. Nose is a bit peppery with tropical fruits. Taste is a typical wit with a good bitterness and smooth finish.

Aug 06, 2015
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Jun-21-2015

Pours crystal clear vibrant yellow with a scummy white head of 2.5 fingers that sits beautifully for a while as it drops to a handsome little cap. Decent retention; lots of Pollack lacing. (4)

Earthy, leafy, rustic white bread. Grass, hay, cracker, green, spicy hops. (3.75)

Almost bracing, almost bitter. Generally similar to aroma, good and dry with herbal grassy Euro hop flavors, some hard water, dough. (3.75)

Crisp, pretty clean-tasting on the whole, quenching with a pretty quick finish, light + body. (3.75)

Interesting 'hybrid' collaborative beer.
Supposedly this is a wit pils and it definitely tastes like it. It is nice and drinkable with a nice Euro hop character and a hop profile in general that I wouldn't associate with either a pils or a wit. It doesn't really matter, though, as it is a very tasty beer. Perfect for the summer months or to pair with a pizza! It is a well-made beer.
If I could have my way, I would be curious to see it with fewer hops or something a little cleaner and pils-like. But just to see what it'd be like. This beer is nothing to sneeze at.
Would have again; worth a shot if you see it. (3.75)

Aug 03, 2015
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Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration between Le Trou du Diable and Dieu de Ciel from Quebec. Very unique for a Pilsner. I'm getting lots of pink grapefruit. It's not according to style but it's quite enjoyable.

Jul 25, 2015
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed the Trou Du Diable one which is the same thing but this on is in a 341ml bottle. It may really be the setting in which I drank this one but I feel like it is more refreshing than the TDD one. But I'm pretty sure it's just me it's probably really the same beer.

A really nice looking beer, really cloudy almost yellow with a good 2-3 inches head that stays for a well. Amazing aromas I smell some bananas and a good dose of hops, some cereals too. Really good taste, starts with a standard witbier taste and quickly the hops hit you with a nice tropical taste. Long and delicious finish. One of my favorite summer beer, was really waiting for it! Grab one while you can.

Jul 06, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 6/10/14, cheers Phyl21ca for the bottle

A milky bright yellow, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves lots of random lace deep down the glass

S wheat and lemon rind come out strong, spice and big floral notes, yeasty, some fruit I can't place, some Sunny D perhaps

T mimics the smell, fruity, spicy, and floral, there's something in the background that's hard to place and working against the cause, kinda tangy with lots of citrus

M a little thin and foamy, gritty and slimy at the same time, lots of citrus peel and spice on the finish

O its alright but not the quality I expect from DDC, has something in the background that's not bad but not desirable either

OK beer but considering who brewed it I'm a little disappointed, I suppose it would worry me if a brewery hit every style bang on

Oct 07, 2014
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light blonde with a ring of white head and light lace. Smell is pretty much in line with a pilsner, lots of noble grassy hops with some grainy malts, a bit of citrus, orange and light spice on the back end also. Taste is bitter and hoppy initially, a subtle spice is present, dry throughout, fruity, lemon and orange, hoppy aftertaste. Medium carbonation, incredibly dry medium body. Quite good, however this beer suffers a bit with a lack of identity as at times it did seem all over the place, still a good drink none the less.

Sep 23, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at DDC in Montreal. From notes.

A - Cloudy golden/straw colour with two fingers of super creamy white head. Great lace walls and a half finger of retention.

S - Grassy, orange, big wheat note, nice zippy hop note.

T - Nice noble hop, aggressive orange, lemon, lot's of wheat. Nice.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium creamy body, zippy orange finish.

O/D - Good stuff. Nice and hoppy with a good wheat profile and high drinkability. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

Jul 21, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. I'm not entirely sure of any subtleties in meaning lost in translation, but it seems as though DDC/TDD is trying to atone for blending two styles that have little, if anything, in common.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, frothy, and shiny off-white head, which leaves some consistent hanging curtain lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds off.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale malt, sharp Belgian yeast, a bit of spicy wheat grain, muddled, and strangely dry tropical fruit, and a soft leafy, grassy hoppiness. The taste is an obvious blend of pale and wheat malt, crisp and edgy all, a yeasty breadiness, white grapefruit and lemon sort of diverging from the particular fruitiness of the aroma, soft black pepper notes, and herbal, earthy hops.

The bubbles are certainly quite active, and kind of overly fizzy at times, the body an adequate medium weight for either style, and tacitly smooth, the yeast calling the shots here. It finishes dry, dry, dry, the fruitiness giving up the ghost entirely, while the fused malts, yeast, and understated spice linger on.

While not exactly a gong-show, the various characteristics of the two input styles still seem to be uncomfortable sitting so close to each other. I guess the impression most indelible to me here is of a decent dry pilsner, with a yeast filtering problem. Nice try, tongue in cheek (I think) marketing angle and all, but I can't see wanting another of these - there's just too much canceling effect at play.

Jul 06, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle, bottled 06-14.

Pours a light yellow body with an off white head and lots of racing bubbles. Aroma is wheat and faint fruit. Flavor is delicate, floral and has faint fruit in it but very mild. Body is decent but i`m disappointed with this offering considering the breweries that are involved.

Jul 05, 2014
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy pale golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, light grapefruit, herbal/grassy hops and wheat malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light grapefruit and lemon, herbal hops, faint grass and some wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

Jul 01, 2014
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