Blanche Neige | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Witbier brewed with cinnamon & cloves.

Added by Rastacouere on 03-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,911
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
61
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Photo of brystmar
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle date 2/12/2012.

Pours golden and slightly cloudy. Almost zero head though, which is a severe departure from the style. Cloves overpower everything in the nose. It's like sticking your nose into a recently opened bottle of spices.

Taste is similarly dominated by spice. Very difficult to detect anything other than the massive amount of cloves & cinnamon. One of the more extreme examples of imbalance in a beer I've ever seen. We split this 12oz and I'm drain pouring the rest of my share.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of -chii-
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rutager
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, abv. listed as 8.3% on the label. Pours out a slightly cloudy deep golden hue, suspended particles present, tall frothy white head with lasting retention.

Tart wheat and yeast on the nose, cinnamon and cloves rest in the background while coriander sits more prominent.

Sharp, tart character from the yeast and spices in the flavour, even the wheat is rough around the edges. Cinnamon appears first most clearly in the mix near the end, while cloves dominate the finish and aftertaste. Not much cohesion otherwise when it comes to this flavour profile.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy and smooth texture, moderate carbonation. All that tart bite from the flavour also adds a dry, grainy, astringent character to the texture and mouthfeel.

Lack of cohesion in the flavour sets this beer back for me, and had lost my interest within the first few sips. Rough around the edges, and not up to the usual calibre of of DDC. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark yellow color, opaque. Pure white head with not a lot of volume, low retention except for a small ring that stays there. Decent lacing.

S: Cloves and cinnamon are obviously very strong but there is also a good amount of candied orange peel in this. Light honey and pepper are the other dominant notes. Candi sugar and like some other reviewers said bubble gum. Interesting.

T: First off, a little bit too sweet to my taste, definitely a winter brew. Strong honey and candi sugar notes are the first things noticed. Cinnamon, cloves and orange peel are the next tastes that come to the palate. Light pepper, herbal and floral hops are there to make a weird mix of flavors, much stronger than anticipated.

M: Stingy carbonation with thick, sticky mouthfeel, much heavier than what would be best for a beer of this style. A light fluffy feel would have been better.

O: This is a decent beer, but no favorite of mine for sure.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of slowfade
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341mL (11.5oz) bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 2.39. The double 10 digit notching makes it impossible to decipher bottling date unless you know who to ask but this is marked 0&3. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours hazy pale yellow with less than an eighth finger of pale head that quickly fades and doesn't leave any lace behind.

Smells of cloves, yeast and mild cinnamon.

Big clove flavor with the cinnamon much further in the background. The mildly tart yeast is up front with the cloves. Other tastes drift in and out including orange peel, bananna, sweet wheat, honey/sugar, earthy and floral notes. A little bit of alcohol presence but it's kept well in check by the crazy array of flavors.

Medium sticky body with a good bit of sharp carbonation. Dry finish with lingering cloves, yeast and citrus peel.

A very different wit than the few I've tried before. Much more intense and interesting. Perhaps a little too much clove, seeing as it dominated from start to finish. Still worth a try.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Smell of yeasts and spices.
In mouth, cloves take a lot of place but cinnamon brings a sweet taste.
I'm impressed

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Photo of Sarmento
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Odri
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of benzalman
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden colour with a very small, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet malty aroma. Some wheat. Some herbal notes. Light cinnamon. Okay.

Sweet yet lightly bitter. Earthy and spicy. A little all over the place but it also works.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid witbier. Very flavoursome and a unique take on the style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows cinnamon, cloves, candied orange, soft wheat. Very strong spices.
Loads more spices as flavours, close to overpowering. Some soft malt in there.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: In the darkness of the pub it looked more like a peachy, opaque gueuze, but when JF turned on the lights of the brewery section that it lit up with lovely sunny yellow hues. Decent head for the alcohol involved (was listed as 8% on the board).

Smell: Robust, spicy and yeasty aromas of lemon peel, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.

Taste: A taste of cloves comes first, although my girlfriend who despises said seasoning begged to differ, but for a rare occasion I think I’m right. She thought it was thyme. Next comes the sour orange peel and the strong yeast presence that gives it somewhat of a Wit profile, although it wouldn’t have been my first guess if I tasted this blindly. Alcohol is detectable in the finish, with plenty of spices to spare.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle - from Broue Ha ha

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, cloves, cinnamon, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemon zest, banana, and grains mixed with cloves and cinnamon. There is also a some light hops and malts. It ends with a very clove/spicy slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - I can see this working well as a Christmas brew due to it's high amount of clove flavour. While it is good beer it didn't wow me as much as the other Dieu Du Ciel beers do. I've got a few more but I won't be stocking up.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle with bottled-on date (feb 2012) notched on label. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Gold, barely hazy body, which seems odd for the wit style, with a bare haze of foam and no lacing or spotting.

Aroma seems to describe the beer exactly as the label advertises; cinnamon, clove, and a backdrop of witbier banana, clove, and wheat smells.

Clove up front, balanced and softened by cinnamon, with mild yeast, banana and tangy wheat in the background.

Medium, slick body with a nice balance from the carbonation

Overall, it's nice, and I like that the alcohol is hidden, but it's hard to tell that this is an "imperial" wit at all. Drinks like an odd combination of wit and winter warmer. Nice enough, but it isn't really impressing me.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy golden, one finger of white head quickly dissipated to a thin ring
S - yeasty esters, floral and herbal, toasted grain
T - big blast of citrus and all spice, perfume and herbal hops, toasty pale malt, perfume hops linger longest
M - medium body with a big carbonation kick, spicy tingle with a somewhat dry finish
O - it is bold in its spice and hoppiness, might be viewed as a little abrasive, an acquired taste for sure but I do enjoy it, not my favorite example of the style but well worth a try as usual with DDC

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Photo of BarrelSelect
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, hazy, thin foam but persistant. Aroma of clove and cinnamon. Taste: sweet, clove, honey, wheat, cinnamon, bitter is present but balanced. Medium body, carbonation good. After the clove comes a bitter finish. Finish is loooong and spicy. Really good beer. A white that stands out of the mass. Robust, made for winter as said on the bottle. I like.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 61 ratings
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