Rosée D'Hibiscus | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

BA SCORE
86
very good
775 Ratings
Rosée D'HibiscusRosée D'Hibiscus
BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 06-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
775
Reviews:
388
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
75
For Trade:
1
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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +10.7%
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 -16.8%
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 -9.7%
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 +14.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +6.5%
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 +4.7%
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 -53.7%
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 +9.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +17.8%
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%
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 -9.2%
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 +4.7%
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.

HV

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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 -8.6%
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 +8.6%
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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Photo of scott451
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swirl poured into a glass beaker. Two finger pink head on a hazy dull red. In spite of a lot of bubbly carbonation the head soon dissipated. Slight lacing. The smell had floral notes up front bready spice lingering in the background.

The taste was again floral up front with a citrusy, slightly astringent finish. Lemon and grapefruit up front. No alcohol is apparent but it is there. Go easy pilgrim! The hibiscus flavours seem to come out more towards the end of the glass. Perhaps a slight warming from fridge temperature would help this out. A really nice balance between sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well carbonated. This complements well the delicate flavours. Drinkability is very high. Light and refreshing. This beer seems designed for hot summers. I drank two of these after a hot cycle. I would have drunk a third if I had another cold. I bought this as part of the 2010 sample pack. Thank god I can get this in sixes as well because I will be trying it again.

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Photo of thetomG
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice murky rose-tinted amber color with just a smidge of head (which is surprising because it feels VERY light & bubbly as you drink).

The hibiscus flower aromas really power through amazingly well on this with flavor matching up but with the addition of a very slight tartness and maybe a hint of ripe cherry. Nice balance between the sweet & sour notes throughout. Very tasty.

Very glad I tried this one and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer's colour may be unique, but it's not exactly attractive. It is a slimy, sludgy shade of pink that couldn't be less alluring, glamorous or pretty. (The dense sediment at the bottom of the bottle is surely to blame.) Notions of raspberry puree or unfiltered grapefruit juice are furthered by the fact that the beer shows absolutely zero signs of carbonation.

An aroma like this typically belongs to an herbal tea, although it turns out to suit beer just as well. There is a wisp of zesty coriander, or perhaps it's orange zest, and a lusciously fragrant, potpourri-like balm of hibiscus flowers. The bouquet is overtly tropical and vividly effervescent, with a flourishing floral quality and a spirited, zealous fruity component.

This is about as close to ambrosial, flavourful fresh-squeezed tropical fruit juice I'm likely to get living in North America; I've had fruity drinks this vivid and refreshing but only ever much closer to the equator. This isn't synthetically sweet nor vaguely flavoured - most fruit beers tend to be one or the other - but rather, it is authentically, strikingly fruity.

I'm hard pressed to believe that there's any alcohol in this; it drinks as refreshing as juice despite the label's claim that it's nearly six percent(!). The flowers impart a peppy attribute as well as a driving acidity that exceeds even that of lemonade (a drink which it could rightfully sub-in for). The spices are appreciated in flavour but not so much in texture.

Despite the pleasantries of its flavour - roses and other flowers, orange zest, grapefruit, guava and other fruits, herbal tea - and all the affiliations those have with picturesque tropical landscapes and sunny, idyllic, relaxing afternoons, the beer is flat and depleted of body. To be fair, however, it suits its profile and more malt would likely contravene.

As far as fruit/spiced beers go, Rosée D'hibiscus is perhaps in a category of its own. There are few beers so vividly, pleasantly *and* authentically flavoured. The spicing as well enhances the beer's dimension and makes for a beverage so unique and flavourful and social and refreshing that it's a threat to lemonades and iced teas and sangrias everywhere.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, golden pink
S: Sweet, deep flowery smell
T: Tart, tangy, and lightly spicy. Light malt upfront, some hops, but the floral aspect really overpowers it
M: Light, easy.
D: It has been hot as hell today, and this was a damn fine refreshing brew

thanks to SliverX (from the Stanley Cup BIF) for this!

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

Pours a cloudy pinkish-red with little to no head.

Smells of hibiscus - no surprise there! Some sharp lemon zesty and tropical fruits, interesting!

Tastes like hibiscus, very fruity with a slight hop finish. Overall it tastes like carbonated fruit punch or something.

Very refreshing but not something I would seek out again. But nonetheless well done for bringing new flavours to my palette.

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Photo of cratez
1.95/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

341ml bottle from the LCBO. Part of the Summer 2010 Beer Release. Pours a hazy and opaque pinkish rose with no head or lace. Aside from the unique colour, this beer looks boring. Smell is sweet malt, herbs, liquor, and flowers. Taste is tangy, salty, and mildly sour fruit, floral, leafy, and herbaceous hops, some spiciness on the palate, and a dryly parched finish. No wheat to speak of. Mouth feel is VERY tart and astringent, pushing toward cloying, with a weird and soapy saltiness in the aftertaste. Yuck! Perhaps Hibiscus will appeal to the anti-hop palates of mainstream Ontarians who don't actually enjoy craft beer. As for me, I find this to be an undrinkable, puckering fruit ale. Not worthy of attention.

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Rosée D'Hibiscus from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.82 out of 5 based on 775 ratings.
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