Rosée D'Hibiscus | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Rosée D'HibiscusRosée D'Hibiscus

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 06-06-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful red with pinkish foam, like a bstrawberry milkshake. Aroma of sweet and sour herbs. Creamy mouthfeel with a sour edge. Bold taste. Sourish finish. Suitable carbonation. I like sour rosehip tea once in a while, but this was a unique spot-on brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy clear red/pinkish color with a tiny 1/2 light red cap that becomes a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace here and there on the glass that dissipate and slide back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of a light witbier with red berries, hibiscus flowers, and some slight spices. Taste is of sweet red berries, hibiscus, cranberry, with a traditional witbier aftertaste. Good carbonation with a light, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a an interesting fruity/floral beer that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

to me, these guys can do no wrong, so it comes as no surprise that their hibiscus beer is fantastic. its light and tart and clean, different from the perfume forward intensity of others, and with the exception of io from jolly pumpkin, this is one of the best hibiscus beers around. a nose of soft flower petals, mineral water, and vibrant spicy ale yeast thats not quite belgian. the flavor is the same, with all the hibiscus and most of the spice coming on the back end. lots of pale malt up front, biscuity but light, clean, and delicate. carbonation is prickly and its just right for this beer. body is short of medium, and this is a total summer refresher, as the additives are subtle and so the whole profile is akin to a hot weather drink, rose water or limeade or something. overall a real well done brew, but they all are from dieu ciel.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one that I couldn't remember if I had tried it in the past or not. So I figured I'd give it a try and see if I remembered it. Turns out I hadn't had this beer and I was pleasantly surprised by it's characteristics. The pour from what I could tell in the dark bar that I was in looked reddish pink in the dim lighting they had. The head was foamy and white. The smell of the beer was herbal and floral. The taste of the beer was along those same lines, it had plenty of herbal notes and some citrus in there. The mouthfeel was soft and very drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty damn good I thought.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy dark pink in color, almost resembling grapefruit juice. It has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of hibiscus flowers really stand out in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by tropical flavors from the hibiscus flowers. There are also some notes of fruits and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink and has some thirst-quenching properties.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly delicate and complexly finesse, this gentle Belgian-style wheat beer carries flowery notes with fruit and spice very well. Even this staunch critic of herbed or spiced beers seem to fall under her whimsical spell.

A firm haze of pink, peach, and blood orange doesn't allow much penetration of light, but does skirt the glass with a creamy white foam while decorating the glass with small islands of lace. I kinda wish her appearance carried more foam character.

Fruit and wheat work the olfactory senses with a light bready scent on which the aromas of fruit, flowers, soft spice, and tartness perch upon. A potpourri of fragrant herbs, botanicals, and perfume add a lot of feminine character to the already complex scent.

But the juicy flavors of blood oranges and tangerines blend with semi-sweet ruby red grapefruit juice, passion fruit, raspberries, green apples, and twangy red rice. Spiced to balance, the herbal taste of coriander, dried citrus peel, lavender, chamomile, and hibiscus give a floral tea-like flavor to shyly balance the malt and fruit with light bitterness and acidity all its own.

The fruit-forward taste is supported by medium-light malty weight and creamy carbonation. The juicy mid palate develops quickly to a mildly acidic finish that's void of hop dryness, minty alcohol sensations, and semi-dry finish that leaves a touch of sugar sweetness and mild oiliness on the palate.

Rosee shows her flowery side with tremendous finesse and balance with undeniable girly overtones. She seduces the palate with complexity and smooth textures and make you gleeful in the oversight of her flaws.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at the brewpub in Montreal.

This beer alights upon the table, appearing an eye-catching cloudy orangish pink hue, with two skinny fingers (how cosmo) of slightly pinkish head, which renders a decent array of hanging coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells sweetly of indistinct florals, like this prairie boy wouldn't know a hibiscus essence if it hit him over the head, which it certainly doesn't do here, with a further soft grainy wheatiness, herbal tea, a touch of tart grapefruit, and dry white wine. The taste is bittersweet, well, everything - floral hops, weedy, earthy hibiscus, citrus fruit, chai spices, and even the mostly overlooked grainy wheat malt.

The carbonation is quite heady at first, but settles to a dull frothy hum after a spell, the body medium light in weight, and rather fruity in its plain smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the fruit, flower, and spice bound together through the last.

A generally tasty and balanced herbal beer, the kind where, if you're drinking this, then there's no doubt about which pint on the table belongs to you. I kid, I kid, but I must admit, the floral character is subtle enough, that I might actually be able to stomach more than one of these.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy fruit juice color (apple juice with a splash of cranberry) with a modest, slightly pink head that leaves a few splashy dots

Smell: Smells like stone fruit juice, infused with a hibiscus, floral rose water character

Taste: Opens with a sweet, peach juice flavor that moves, simultaneously, in a sweet (hibiscus) and tart cherry direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of honey character enters the fray to keep the beer tipped to the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, a bit thick (like a nectar), with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I am not crazy about the mouthfeel, I really like this beer as a summer quaffer with a difference - too bad it is the end of November, now

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep pink color ale with a big foamy head with some average retention. Aroma of hibiscus is dominating and quite enjoyable and different. Taste is also dominated by the hibiscus with a ton of wheat malt and some spices which may originate from the yeast strain or maybe some orange peel/coriander mix. Body is full with some good carbonation. Interesting experience and definitely something I would buy again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber, possibly with a rosy tint.

Big floral aroma, also a touch of wheaty goodness.

Flavor has a bit of tart acidity and spice/floral notes. Wheat flavor like a typical Witbier. Towards the end of the glass, the carbonation loses steam.

It's pretty easy drinking, worth a try if you like unconventional Wits.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, reddish-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Floral (duh) with toasted malt and some sourness. Pepper and tea notes with light, earthy hops.

T - Tart malt with lemon and floral flavors up front. Toasted malt with thyme, pepper and honey in the middle. Lingering floral notes and light herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Unusual and interesting, but not all that drinkable. The floral notes are different, but everything eventually just becomes flat and cloying. I split this bottle with a couple of friends, which worked out well since I wouldn't have wanted a whole one to myself.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a nice deep rose` wine color with a very thin almost non existent pink colored head atop.Aromas had a lactic tinge to them to go along with some floral and toasted wheat notes.Light to medium feel with light carbonation.Flavors are toasted with lactic-like sourness in the backend wich isnt a bad thing,s little floral component in there as well.This isnt a beer I would normally buy but its great for sitting outside while grilling some jerk chicken over the coals.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy orange copper color with a small white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, grape, herbal, cherry, caramel, pepper, clove, wheat, hibiscus, and yeast spices. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of pear, cherry, lemon zest, strawberry, wheat, herbal, floral, earth, pepper, and yeast spices. Light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, wheat, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very good witbier style. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable. Would be a nice summer beer if it wasn’t priced like it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Rosée d'Hibiscus"
on tap at the brewery on 1 Octobre 2014
$6.50 / pint

Notes: Hazy reddish-pink in color beneath a short head of bright white foam that settles fairly readily and leaves only spots and splashes of lace behind. The aroma is floral and wine-like, fruity with berries and apple, and lightly earthy/herbal. The flavor adds a bit of pear, perhaps some lemon, wheat, and more hibiscus earthy spiciness. It's lightly sweet, and tart, and it finishes dry and refreshing with barely a touch of bitterness. Light bodied and gently crisp, it's remarkably drinkable. It may be a one-trick pony, but it's a widely flavored and satisfying one-trick pony.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

11.5 oz bottle at 5.5% ABV.
Lovely clear amber-red body with an average head; some sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is quite floral and a bit fruity. Good sweet/tart balance in the flavor where hibiscus is also obvious but not overdone. Lively but soft carbonation lends a fine mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a bubbly, diminishing, white head.

Smell: An indistinct wheat malt note. Definitely flowery, lychee, roses, and and melted scented candles.

Taste: Pale, wheat maltiness that's somewhat sweet. A bit more pronounced fruit and floral character than the nose, even a bit tropical. Lychee, honeydew melon, and orange peel. Spoonful of a frozen Bahama Mama. Touch of acidity midway. Very light bitterness. Finishes sweet and floral.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all. Dare I say it was surprisingly pleasant.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy golden orange in color with hints of ruby. The beer has a half finger tall light off-white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are some very light wheat aromas with hints of lemon and hibiscus flowers. Very enticing.

T: All of the traditional flavors of a witbier - wheat and light lemon - with the addition of hibiscus flower.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very light and refreshing, similar to a Hoegarden with some floral notes. Definitely sesisonable and one that is very easy to drink. Would be a great beer for warm summer evenings.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright bonfire orange infused with rose petal red. What a unique color for what should be a unique beer. The small, pinkish ecru crown doesn't look so wonderful. The foam has few redeeming qualities, doesn't look any better as it melts, and leaves no more than a few sudsy splotches of lace. At least the tropical sunset-like color of the beer is appealing.

Now I know what hisbiscus flowers smell like. The beer is fruity and floral, and it's obvious that spices of some sort are present. It will a good thing if the balance among the various elements of the aroma is repeated on the palate.

Rosee d'Hibiscus delivers on the promise of being interesting. It's also delicious. The base beer is a pale wheat ale that stays out of the way in terms of flavor, so the flowers and the spices can share the spotlight. Which spices? Hard to say, but coriander has to be among them.

The hisbiscus flowers taste like rose petals or rose water. There's also a fruitiness that is reminiscent of oranges and cranberries. The last of those might be due to a tart acidity that keeps the taste buds at attention with each upending of the glass. Good beer.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't outstanding, it gets the job done. It's light-medium and hangs on nicely at the finish. The bubbles could be a little softer, which would lead to some amount of creaminess.

At the risk of overusing the word 'unique', this Brasserie Dieu du Ciel offering is just that. I'm continually amazed at the sheer number of substances that be can be used to flavor beer. Hisbiscus flowers? When it works this well, why not?

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Korguy123 for this one!

A: Pours a cloudy pink/red color with a light pink head. Decent head retention, but little lacing.

S: A really nice floral aroma, the hisbiscus comes through as well as red berries.

T: A lot more red fruit here, some pink grapefruit and peach at the end with a slight spiciness as well.

D/M: Light bodied, but crisp. It has a punch like quality, but very easy to drink. A nice beer for a change of pace once in a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not really sure what to make of this one at first but it really started to grow on me after a while. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was very nice, the color of a pink rose petal would be about the same shade with a light golden hue to it. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, literally tons of it. Huge notes of flowers as I reach in for a whiff. Very floral and hints of almost sage like smells bouncing off the glass, really very well done. Light and airy and even after a few moments it really seemed to pull itself together quite nicely. Clean, crisp, light and with a wine like flavor to it that came out of nowhere. Light grape skins, hints of grass and flowers, light grains and a mellow, and wonderful flowery flavor that just really set it apart and left me looking for sip after sip. Smooth, elegant and very drinkable.

This was a very interesting offering for me and one I did not really see coming. Very solid and I would love to have this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why this beer is retired since I just received three from my beer-of-the-month club. Also, the bottle states the ABV is 5%.

Soda pop head that dies to nearly no bubbles. Very thin and spotty lace that does not last. Reddish hue and quite cloudy

Berry smell. Sweet with some sourness in the background. Not overpowering, but still very much like a Sweettart.

Tastes much like a Raspberry mead I made a couple of years ago. Some tartness to initial taste with very little malt flavors. Think a dry kirsch or unsoured lambic. I can almost taste the raspberry pips. Again, the body is closer to soda than beer.

This is drinkable but in many ways a far cry from beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending this, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a reddish orange color with a small off-white head.

S: Lightly tart with a definite floral aroma. There's an interesting fruity tartness, maybe something like dragonfruit or guava. Strangely, a bit of alcohol, maybe it's just the overall perfumey nature of the beer.

T: Very floral. Nicely sweet, with some hibiscus notes. Some more of those random fruits, maybe a bit of those same tart fruit notes. A touch of sweet citrus. Very interesting flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: A really strange beer, but not all that bad.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into Christoffel glass.

The pour reveals a light cascade of cloudiness. Though somewhat amber-like in appearance, a rosy haze permeates throughout, giving an overall blood orange visual. The nose is genuinely inviting, the hibiscus aromas asserting themselves just enough to be pleasing to the nostrils. But once the liquid hits the tongue it is clear that these initial bits of hope are ordained to remain in the realm of what could have been. The taste recalls a weak wit, with those hibiscus traces trying to assert themselves once again. Alas, the flowers only serve to give the beer a sort of whispy grapefruit quality, resulting in a weakly citrus take on Hoegaarden. This weakness is exacerbated by the weak, slightly overcarbonated body that effervesces on the tongue in a mildly annoying manner. Something akin to a light, citrusy ginger ale comes to mind, and to tongue. This is also how drinkable this beer is: good enough to allow it to be drunk, but not good enough to elicit too heavy a desire to consistently imbibe it. All-in-all, a so-so offering, but one with a good deal of promise.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

How interesting that the name is just slightly off. The "d" is capitalized, which should not be the case, but the case of the "H" seems to make a difference. Upper-case translates to "Hibiscus Dew" while lower-case comes up as "Pink Hibiscus". I like the former, while the latter may be (more) correct.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with spices and hibiscus flowers"; "Rosée d'hibiscus is a soft spoken Belgian-style wheat beer. Its rose colour comes from the hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The aromas and flavor of this tropical flower are very prominent in the beer, giving it a slight acidity and a very agreeable fragrance."; "The Rosée d'hibiscus was born in our Montreal brewpub in 2006."

Another screw-top bottle, depriving me of even a Pop! Grrr. Smyert botylok! I utilized a gentle pour as seemed befitting of a beer named for a flower. I attempted an in-glass swirl, but despite a vigorous go-'round, I could not raise any head. Quelle domage! I was intrigued by its hue, especially given its NE-quality clarity. It was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13), but with a slightly pinkish cast. Nose had a light spiciness with an odd twang from the hibiscus flowers. I have had several beverages (beer & cider) with hibiscus as an adjunct, so I recognize it more readily than in the past. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but its lack of discernible carbonation gave it a flatness that hindered it in that regard. The taste was odd, very flowery, almost like herbal tea and with the light spice flavors, it was incredibly mellow. I have used herbes de Provence before in cooking & this beer was very evocative of the herbal/flowery/spicy scent that it gives off, both in the bag and when cooking meat. Oddly, I have just made myself both very hungry AND very sleepy. Finish was semi-dry, which speaks well of their employment of the spices. Had they gone overboard, it would have been much drier & probably have overwhelmed the delicate floweriness imparted by the hibiscus. In fact, I have found it better and more noticeable in ciders as opposed to beers.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangey copper color with a dismal white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is fruity, funky, perfumey, spicy, really a lot going on in here. Some bubblegum and some solvent type aromas as well. Taste is like a spicy Belgian brew. Some malty sweetness twisted with a bit of flower twang and some spicy funk. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium/adequate. Definitely a different take on a Belgian style brew. Interesting, but probably not something I would seek out again.

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