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:
Rosée D’Hibiscus is a delicate wheat beer with a floral and lightly acidic character. Its beautiful pink colour comes from the hibiscus flowers used in the brewing process. A perfumed aroma invokes fresh pink grapefruit and the pleasing texture persists nicely. A refreshing, quenching ale perfect for hot summer days & nights.

Added by Sammy on 06-06-2006

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

"Pinkish Hibiscus" is brewed with hibiscus flowers, which are added during the brewing process to lend their unique character. Interesting.

Pours a cloudy (unfiltered), peach- and rose-colored beer with a pink-tinted lace. Sweet and floral in the nose (lilac), with some citrus zest in the back and a dusting of malt. Very aromatic and pleasing. Bitty and crisp on the palate, with a light and semi-fluffy body. Very zesty, near puckering up front with a shot of lemon and bitter orange. Watery cherry and grass. Faint and powdery suggestions of savory spices way in the back. Wheat and husk beneath and toward the end. Finish is bone dry and clean.
A very refreshing twist on wheat ales. To hell with lemons! We'll take our wheat with hibiscus any day.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (34.1 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : pale red color, with smal beige head (not persistent).
Smell : fruity aromas
Taste and mouthfeel : dry hoppy and light fruity flavors.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Herbed and spiced beer.

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Photo of shamus
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will review this with the knowledge that this is not my kind of beer and rate accordingly. First of all this looks a bit like a well stocked sangria colour. this makes sense since it is a hibiscus beer. The foam is thin and like a typical big industry rice/corn lager. the scent also makes me think of fruit punch/sangria which is fine. there is nothing cloying here which is what I would be wary of. This does taste like beer. it is a good beer foundation with some sweetness and a vigorous fruit flavour. That being said it is very palatable even though it would not be my choice of a beer. In short if you want a quality hibiscus beer this is likely among the best you will find. I can see drinking this at a party on a balcony in the hot humid summer.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a really weird, hazy blood red with very little head. Spicy, floral, and kind of strange, but light and pleasant. Fairly acidic, it grew on me from beginning to end. The spiciness is strange at first, but seems to come into its own, tending toward a saison more than any style.

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Photo of MattyV
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pink colour-- somewhere between a cross of grapefruit juice and clamato. Thin white soapy head is nothing to write home about.

Nose is full of fruity and flowery notes -- which I assume are from the hibiscus, as well as some floral hpps. Also picking up some tartness and citrus notes from the wheat.

The flavour is much more dry than I expected. Heavy on the floral notes from the hibiscus. It also has a tangy, citrus, berry-like dimension, finshing tart and slight herbal. Interesting flavour profile -- complex, but difficult to pick out the malt and hops.

Medium bodied, this is a little chewier than I expected, but it's lively carbonation keeps it feeling refreshing and not too heavy. Definitely not my favourite DDC offering but still worth a try, quite interesting.

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Photo of harpus
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mildly hazy rose color with no head to speak of. A thin crown of white bubbles lines the top ring with some spotty lacing across the top.

S: Wheaty base is strong but floral notes - hibiscus, specifically - come through almost immediately. Some light, sweet fruits pop in and out - green apples and grapes, along with a hint of strawberry - while the wheat creates a slight funk effect towards the end.

T: The wheat base is far more subdued up front, leaving room for the floral side to show off. The hibiscus takes on a deeper character than in the nose adding some spicy hues - white pepper, specifically - while the fruit matches with greater intensity. The green grapes take on a bit more of a vinous character, the green apple loses a touch of its sweetness, and the berries only come in at the very end. The wheat base shines through on the finish bringing with it some banana character and an ever so slight musty note.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, would really benefit from increasing the bubbles.

D: Very enjoyable and refreshing, wouldn't be hard to have a couple of these if it was more readily available. The appearance and mouthfeel are lacking, but a very tasty beer overall.

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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, rosy shade of peach with a nice, slightly pink head that fades into a ring and leaves poor lace.

The aroma is decidedly wheaty with a light berry aroma and floral hibiscus notes. It also carries an aroma much like rose water and is plenty tart.

The flavor is intriguing. It is tart with almost a dry cider like acidic quality. It has loads of floral hibiscus and rose water flavor that linger on the palate. There is also a certain spice nature to this beer that I think comes from the flowers, but is hard to pin down. Coriander? Mild clove? Whatever it is it is very nice and compliments both the floral, fruity characteristics and the tart wheat malt base. Also detectable is a fruity nature that could most closely be described as cranberry. This beer tastes way better than I expected.

The mouthfeel is medium and very brisk. This beer could maybe tone down the carbonation a bit. Then again maybe that is helping the lively floral character. The finish is very balanced and lingers without becoming overbearing.

I have to admit, when my wife picked this out I thought it would be an interesting beer to try once, but I think the only thing deterring me from having this again would possibly be the price tag.

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head that dissipated to a thin film rather quickly. Body is a red-orange color, and very hazy.

S: Interesting aroma of light spices, fruitiness, and hints of wheat and maybe even a touch of sourness. Lots going on.

T: Just as interesting and unusual as the aroma. This beer has a wheaty-tart flavor that is by no means sickening or overbearing; not sure if it's due to the fruitiness present or something with the fermentation, but the spices help even it all out.

M: Light-moderate bodied, with medium-high carbonation.

D: Quite refreshing and fairly easy-to-drink, as the spices and fruitiness don't overwhelm at all.

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Photo of Brent
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A curiously interesting herbal wheat beer. Poured a hazy light cranberry color, unlike any other beer I've seen. Up front a bit of wheaty tartness with vague, fruit-punch floral notes following. Mouthfeel was full but not chewy and finish was clean, with some lingering citric acid notes. I found the beer to be very engaging and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of BBP
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A cloudy burnt orange with slight amount of head, which held for the first half of the drink. Average carbonation.

S- Citrus and floral notes as well as wheat.

T- Citrusy, very fruity, and slight hops and wheat. Apple and strawberry notes as well as a good balance of spices. A bit too sweet for me.

M- Smooth but thin, with fair carbonation.

D- Easy to down for 5.9% and adequately thirst-quenching. Brought a new taste to the table and I may try it again. I like it's originality, but didn't feel that it stayed within what I consider to be a good beer.

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Photo of Franz4
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle I picked up in Iowa

A- poured a sudsy head that faded quickly, color is plumlike, a deep purplish red.

S- smells a little tangy, tropical fruity, pleasantly floral, so far nothing that makes me think this is a beer.

T- Wheat beer brewed with flowers, tastes like sweet flowers, simple, very mild taste that hangs around

M- somewhat thin, taste makes me think of a thicker, creamier beer. If the mouthfeel matched the taste I would rate it higher.

D- mild enough to be very drinkable, I wouldn't seek it out again, but I'd definitely drink it again

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about time we saw some more Dieu du Ciel! in SoCal! From an 11.5 ounce twist-off bottle, on to the beer:

This beer has a unique red-violet color. The head on top forms very small and drops away quickly. Cool color though. The nose is simply great. Fresh picked hibiscus pedals mixed with a little pollen and a kiss of sweet tropical flavor. I could close my eyes and pretend I was on vacation in Tahiti or some other tropical paradise.

Take the creaminess of some Beligan wheat beer, minus those oddball spices, then replace with, um, these specifics; mango, pink lemonade, and flower pedals. The tropcial/raspberry infusion aftertaste further enhances the beer flavor. It's a great thing to taste. As for the mouthfeel, it's a little heavier than a simple medium; it's got a little extra meat from the base beer and a silky texture. Despite the 5.5% ABV, it's not particularly quick going down, but in this case its a good problem to have. It's more of a sip and savor beer.

Who knew flowers could play a major role in making a beer great? Dieu du Ciel has worked a wonder with this beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like watered-down tomato juice. Bizarre pink colour with opaque haze throughout it, very light/no head, small, small trails of lace. Looks interesting enough not to hate it, but seriously, weird.

Smell is very pleasant. Tingly, tangy and zesty, with a huge sherbet character and nice berry notes as well giving fresh fruit. Reminds me of pink lady apples and that 'purple' candy smell. But mostly sherbet. Not sure how beer-like it is, but at least it's pleasant.

Taste is richer, with a large tomato boldness cutting through the middle. Has a lot of that tartaric zip on the front, then gets bold and slightly bitter on the mid, slight sourness and quite a woody character. Some citrus zest on the back and definitely a sweet nectar syrup. Fascinating drop, really, good grainy undertones but a very unique floral flavour dominates.

Feels quite thick, adds to that nectar undertone. But goes down pretty easily with just a slight prickle at the back.

Kudos for trying something different. This one is for the open-minded but thankfully it's really quite palatable. More like soft drink or fruit juice than beer but enjoyable in its way.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Local Taphouse in Sydney, as part of their Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Very pink, salmon coloured body, with a filmy head of pale pink bubbles. Light in the body, but you expect that. I like that the colour at least doesn't look so much like artificial pink food colouring.

Very sweet on the nose, with odd fragrant wood notes and a light spiciness. Hints of rosewater and lemon that give a really pleasant deep sweetness. It's actually extremely pleasant -- I have to say they've got a good concoction of flavours here.

Taste is also really good. More rosewater, and a light herbaceous character. I guess that's what the hibiscus imparts. Notes of pear become prominent after a while, very fresh sweet and refined. My guess is that it's just the combinations of other esters which release that flavour, but it's really quite lovely.

Very, very drinkable and refreshing, and quite surprisingly well integrated. It feels like the sort of flavours that should always have been infused into beer.

For the record, I had an argument with another guy at the SpecTapular about whether this was "really beer". I said that we've accepted things like orange and coriander spiced witbiers, so why not this? I believe this is much of the same ilk, that the combination of flavours works as a beer - and much different from some other sugary fruit-or-spice infused beers.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Poured a ton of head and held rentention fairly well. Well balanced herb and flower taste. The nose was loaded with earthy aromas. I really didn;t expect mush from this but it was a well made beer and a good use of a different item like hibiscus used. I would try this again. It was a great beer.

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Photo of decimator
1.77/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

ABV was marked as 5.9% on the label.
341ml bottle poured into a tumbler.

A - Poured a thick, cloudy & murky pinkish brown. No head. No lacing. It's looks different but it wasn't too appealing to me.

S - Potent smell of flowers and fruits. Not smelling any wheat beer. Not smelling any beer at all actually.

T - Medical, herbal tea & soapy. This is some nasty stuff. My wife (with a much more sensitive palette) tried a sip, same reaction. I try a second time. Nope. Just plain disgusting.

M - Creamy texture, carbonation is a bit flat and a soapy finish.

D - Drain pour. I love wheat beers but I really didn't enjoy this one. It definitely has to be an acquired taste.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle, I gave my lone bottle of this to a tasting on 11/1/08, so it finally arrives in the Southland so I can have a full bottle,

A: Pours magenta/fuschia with a light off-pink head, fair retention, no lace, good colour.

S: Fragant flowery nose. Hibiscus, sweet red berries, Hawaiian Punch.

T: Lots of red fruit. The interesting fruit flavour which is obviously hibiscus is there. I get a lot of red currant and raspberry. Punch like for sure. Tasty.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, has a wine spritzer feel to it all the way through.

D: Another one of those unique beers. Fruity, but a very natural flavour, light-bodied. A summer brew for sure. Across the board likeable.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out like a murky wine cooler. Off white thin head dissipates quickly.

S - Herbal, I guess that is the hibiscus. Also, kind of earthy, like a rose champage.

T - Tart, fruity, herb comes in at the end. Not sure how I feel about it. Interesting, but not sure I like it.

M - Light body, good carbonation, balance a little weird.

D - Fun to try one!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unique and very well done lightly spiced fruit beer. The floral aromas come through nicely and I would consider this a worthy reference for homebrewing with hibiscus.

Beautiful pink champagne in color, short head retention. Excellent clarity.
Showcase floral aromas and tastes. Flavors of subtle spice, mild cranberry/citrus tartness.

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Photo of HosP
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle. Thanks to Peensteen for this very nice extra!

A- Poured nice ruby red color with thin head. Very nice color.

S- Nice spicey aroma with floral notes. Very sweet smelling.

T- Nice spice upfront with floral hops. A mellow sweet malt at the end makes it nice smooth taste. Slight bitterness with the drink as well.

M- Light-medium body. Little carbonation. Small bitter, dry finish.

D- Very interesting beer, with different set of flavors. Very easy to drink beer. Wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these. Thanks Pino for the throw in!

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Photo of TerryW
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up like a soda with an active effervescent head which disappears completely in short order. No lace, film, ring or anything else. Rosy brown colour.

Soft, flowery herbs and sweet pink grapefruit on the nose .Slightly spritzy to drink, but not soda pop extreme. Sweet up front with a dry tea-like finish. Tastes primarily like a herbal tea, but does have some beer malt happening. Shows a bit of the metal of some krieks.

Interesting but not interesting enough to want to chase down another.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer BIF bottle #5 from ShogoKawada.

A-Murky orange with some pink grapefruit tones. Just a wisp of head pool at the top with some bubbles on the fringe of the glass.

S-Sweet fruit and bready malt. A bit of tanginess in the background.

T-Goes down easy. Moderately sweet fruit on the front of the tongue, turning to a slight bitterness of pink grapefruit in the finish. A little bit of peach is detectable in the lingering bit after the finish.

M-Rather light bodied though the fruit hangs around nicely.

D-Pleasant sweetness, nice drinkability.


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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be the perfect summer beer: light, fruity, smooth, drinkable, it is refreshing on a hot, hot, hot day in Montreal.

Appearance is a surprising pink lemonade with a pink-hued head, translucent. Nose is strawberries and raspberries with a yeasty belgian background.

It could please sour drinkers, but it is more like an adult beverage version of iced tea. (No, not like those nasty Hard Iced Tea crapola drinks.) It has hints of sweet but is not sweet, like the best Belgian kreik that smells of cherries but tastes like the orchard air versus the sickly nasty syrupy thing that is a commercial copy of kreik, like Festina Pesche versus a nasty peachy syrup beer. Grapefruit, strawberries, raspeberries, and malt in the taste, but subtle. This is the good stuff: suggestive, complex, deep. And refreshing. Bring another hundred 90+ degree days so long as the supply of Rosée D'hibiscus holds out!

Mouthfeel is full, fresh, bracing, and it is seriously sessionable and drinkable. I'd liek to fill the summer beach cooler with them.

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Photo of chickenm
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pinkish ruby color with a thin white that quickly fades away and leaves no lacing. Floral aroma with spices and grapefruit. Sweet taste that is fruity, spicy, and a little sour. Light body and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Interesting beer that is worth trying, but not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy cranberry red colour, with a thin layer of head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Floral bouquet with fruit punch, peach, lemon, orange and a faint scent of grassy wheat.

T - The sour lemon comes off fairly strong, a bit of tomato and clamato, green apples and orange. Definitely a complex flavour mix, but was absolutely delicious and very unique.

M - Quite light and tasty, and went down quite smooth. Could use a little more carbonation, personally.

D - Definitely unique and perfect for someone who's looking for a one-of-a-kind experience. Had a difficult time identifying the complex flavours, but made for a very memorable experience. Highly recommended!

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Rosée D'Hibiscus from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 780 ratings