Blanche Du Paradis | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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112
Ratings:
241
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw colour with big bubbles clinging to the side. Lots of haze, head is snowy, sinks but leaves lovely thick webs of lace behind. Pretty damn nice witbier.

Zing! Huge fruit on the nose, masses of citrus, orange and lemon with a sherbet twang to it. Tang that up ya! A bit hint of rubber and maybe some banana at the back, but yeah, really nice tropical smell, grounded well by mild bitterness. Could use a little bit more obvious spice, although there are noticeable traces of nutmeg/coriander lingering at the back. Almost perfect otherwise.

Taste has more of those same tropical fruit notes. A lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit, with a tartaric twang on the mid. Finish has really nice bitterness to clean up, mild spice with coriander and nutmeg, more of that rubber character and a hint of pine wood. The fault lies in this odd sweetness that underlies the whole palate and gives a slight saccharine edge to the otherwise pleasant finish.

Swills nicely in the mouth with lots of body, but leaves very dry indeed. Otherwise nice but yeah the dryness is palpable.

If you can ignore those couple of excesses, this is a very good wit with nice flavour bouncing off it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat hazy, and very bright golden yellow then came out of over me. Very nice carbonation was visible, with the chains of bubbles really just reaching up toward the top throughout the session. There was a good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away, and even once it was gone there was tons of side glass lace present. Pretty much a very good look for the style, I really thought it looked very nice indeed.

The aroma was somewhat light, but once you let it warm up it started to come out at you a little bit better. Very nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. The flavor followed suit just the same, with a very nice, light body ale. Tons of carbonation and a really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together. I could have kept drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Really a very nice, high quality ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really cloudy with no head or carbonation. Pale yellow colour. For a beer with no head, it looks good.

S - Zesty, banana, fruits, lemon, citrus.

T - Smoothn and light with a refreshing zesty character and spice in the finish.

M - Light body appropriate for the style and ABV. Really smooth.

D - High drinkability on this. Really nice flavours that don't get dull.

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

341ml bottle. A witbier from paradise, eh? If anyone can do it, these guys can.

This beer pours a cloudy, rather pale yellow straw colour, with one fat finger of sudsy, bubbly, and foamy white head, which doesn't stick around for long, leaving some rocky shoreline lace around the glass in its reasonable haste.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, that unmistakable sugary coriander and lemon/orange fruitiness combo, and a bit of bubblegum, to go with a pleasantly floral earthiness. The taste is more sweetly grainy wheat malt, mildly spicy citrus flesh, fairly strong coriander spice, like I've just popped the cherry on a typical curry recipe's dosage, and a subtle, ever so soothing yeastiness.

The carbonation is average, just a lilting frothiness to carry us onwards, the body a sturdy medium weight, fruity in character, and queerly smooth - until I noticed that oats are an ingredient in the mash bill - duh. It finishes well off-dry, and surprisingly clean for a witbier - the crazy smoothness carrying spice and fruit on a pleasantly ebbing orbit around my somewhat stunned palate.

A very enjoyable Belgian-style wheat beer - the spicing is subtle enough, but still leaves a duly lasting impression, and the mouthfeel is like no other of the kind that I've yet encountered. The blending of disparate old-world styles seems to be the new je ne sais quoi, so in that vein - tres bien fait, encore, les boys de DDC!

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

Part three of the Dieu Du Ciel feature at the LCBO.

Pours a hazy, yellowish pale colour. Hardly produced any head but appears to have good carbonation. Lets dig in..
The nose yeilds a pale ale scent with the distinct wheat/yeast aroma. Slight hint of the other spices but more of a flowery scent.
A very prominant and distinct taste! A lingering alcohol flavour. Not as strong of a wheat taste as I expected which for me makes it very enjoyable.
The mouthfeel is heavy but not chewy. A little bit of sour taste here now.
Overall I think this is an exceptional take on the wheat beer style. Maybe the added spices helped curb some of that heavy flavour normally associated with the style. Not one of the better DDC beers but a standout for me nonetheless. I'd probably pick up a few more. Would stand up as a good summer beer I think.
Still a great logo/label design from Dieu Du Ciel. Very well done.

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

Pours pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows wheat, citrus peel, hefty coriander, and mint leaves.
Flavours are pretty similar, more doughy wheat, citrus and coriander. Perfectly balanced, no one character really sticks out. Incredibly drinkable.
Could use more carbonation.
Shows that a beer doesn't have to be extremely bitter or malty or alcoholic to stand out.

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

Smuggled over the border from Montreal (not really). Didn't get to try it at the brewpub but this is the next best thing.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a pale and hazy Wit look. Snow white head forms to a small size and fizzes out pretty quickly. Just a few tiny spots of lace.

S- A bit of a milder Witbier aroma. It doesn't blast you with bubble gum, lemon and spice but it is all there. Light malts and fruit too.

T- Builds nicely from the smell. This Witbier strain isn't harsh or forced like some examples of the style, it takes the mildness of the aroma and works well on the palate. Notes of citrus (orange, lemon, slight peach), spices (coriander, floral, clove, peppercorn) and fruit. Hops lend earthy, floral and herbal hints. Light sweet malt background.

MF- Creamy light body that feels silky smooth on the palate. Carbonation is moderate and there is just a slight bitterness in the finish.

Tasteful use of coriander and citrus additions here. The spice doesn't take the show but blends in nicely with the natural spicy flavors from the hops and yeast. One of my favorite Wit flavors thus far.

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Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blanche du Paradis maintains a decent cover of bright white head, leaving some lacing. The body is translucent and a nice shade of straw-yellow.

Orange rind, citrusy fruit salad, corriander, cardamom, white pepper, flowers, cotton candy on the nose. So much interesting spiciness it's almost like a saison.

Tons of spice (coriander, white pepper, celery seed, cardamom) along with lots of citrus rind. A bigger bitterness than you'd usually find with a Belgian-style wit is balanced well with the right touch of candy sweetness. Just a hint of alcohol.

The oats really round out the body on this one. Nice move DDC; there's nothing worse than a watery wit. Lightly carbonated and maybe a little too drying on the finish, leaving the feeling of just having bitten into a whole orange.

Super drinkable. Packed with flavour and seems to disappear from the glass. One of the better wits I've had; I can't believe I overlooked this one for so long. I'll be buying a bunch more of this stuff while it's around at the LCBO this fall and would highly recommending it to anyone.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thin head, no lacing at all.

Smells like a typical wit, sweet citrus spices, sugar, coriander, cloves, hops and wheat. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a while.

Tastes like it smells, sweet and spicey, lots of citrus and a decent bitter hop character that finishes it off. One of the better tasting witbiers I've had.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, highly drinkable but probably not something I would buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is real wit, not some mass produced made for everyone to sort of like wit, this is wit for wit drinkers, for beer people in general, it is bold and robust and on the edge of absurd, certainly absurdly delicious. lots of everything, from haze to head to compelling aroma of banana, white and black pepper fresh cracked, whole ripe oranges, toasted coriander seed, coconut, heaps of raw wheat, and winter spices. this is dynamic and expressive and as good as it gets in the style for me. the yeast is peppery and spice with subtle pear and apple, while the wheat malt sort of levitates on the tongue, punctuated for a moment here and a moment there by the citrus, the hops, and the bitterness. it feels oily, protein rich, and far more flavorful than almost all of these. grains of paradise, floral tropical tea, coriander, wildflowers, fresh wheat, and the belgian element of course. epic carbonation, lots of big pillowy body, billowing creamy head that coats the lips each sip, and honestly one of the best beers i have ever consumed alone in a hotel room, which says a remarkably lot more than it should... i love these guys, and profess to buy everything new i see from them, just adore what they do!

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Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of orange peel, coriander, cloves, some lemon and some wheat.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some oranges, coriander, some cloves, some lemon zest and wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Zoprime cracked open on a quiet Saturday evening. A good beer to lighten the mood, cheers Eric!

Pours a classical wit appearance with a clouded pastel yellow body and a very generous bone white head. Very good retention and lace (DDC never disappoint). Floral, phenolic, malty, wheaty goodness in a highly impressive aroma. In comparison to the aroma the flavour is a lot less complex, but its strength lies in its simpllicity. An initial lemon zing, eventually gives way to mild notes of coriander and an increasingly promininet wheat backbone. Some hefe like qualities to it as well. Simple, but neat. Medium-light body with pillowy carbonation.

Thirst quenching and divine. Dieu du Ciel don't miss a beat.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy, Chef Monty, came into Lancaster County last week for our annual celebration of Veterans' Day & in making the rounds, we hit Hunger 'n' Thirst with its bottle shop. I know that I have a Bottle Backlog, but this one was inexpensive & I recently ran through a bunch of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! beers that did not include this one. I really dig the label art & I am a curious cat.

From the bottle: "Blanche du Paradis is a Belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander seeds and Curacao orange peels, the spices traditionally found in this classic style. Unfiltered and containing almost as much raw wheat as malted barley, it presents a veil of yeast, giving this style its 'Blanche' name. Round and refreshing at the same time, it exhales fresh baked bread aromas, and reveals spices and citrus flavours, accompanied by subtle notes of acidity coming from the wheat."

I must cop to having agitated the beer in the bottle before Pop!ping the screw-top cap. Grrr. The label read "Bottle Conditioned" & it was a Witbier and meant to be cloudy. My machinations paid off as it raised a brief finger of eggshell-white head that quickly fell away. It also got the lees back into suspension, leaving none on the kick. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a sweet, stone fruitiness, like apricots and peaches! Mmmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was really unexpected! Not only did I get that peach/apricot sweetness, but then there was a peppery spiciness to accompany it. I also got the breadiness mentioned on the label, but not really any acidity, which was fine by me. I also began to wonder if I hadn't mistaken the orange peels for the other fruits, but I just did not recognize it as orange and/or citrusy. Finish was dry, spicy and highly refreshing. This would be perfectly suited for a hot, humid summer's day.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy straw, white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Huge citrus aroma, light spicing, hints for floral & herbs.

T: Very citrusy, light spicing, good bitterness, slightly herbal, certainly wheaty. Really big on flavour.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Shadman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to give this brewery an A+ on thier labels...very, very cool.

Has the wit hazy/cloudy thing going nicely. Maybe a tad more toward aprocot in color than say hoegarden. Nice bone white head and lacing. Good retention.

An almost sharp citrus mixed with the usual Wit spices. Very close to the old creamsicles I used to enjoy.

Tartness & wheat malt sharpness in the beginning, followed by the classic coriander spiciness with a touch of bitterness thrown in. Slight annoying soapiness keeps it from scoring higher...

A very nice example of the style...to echo another reviewer...would be nice if this was available outside the Kingdom of Quebec without having to purchase the sample pack.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes of banana with a not over powering citrusy kind of fruit finish that you find in other beers of this style. THe subtleness of the flavour really makes it drinkable. Was suprised a little by this one, decent beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Patrick (papat444) for sending a bottle of this my way. No idea of the age, thanks to the cryptic DDC date notching system. Served in a pint glass.

A - Lovely soapy three-fingered foam with solid retention and lots of sticky lacing. Hazed straw-banana-yellow color with tons of racing from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a witbier should!

S - Wheat, Belgian-style yeast, banana cloves, some orange, lemon, and floral hoppy notes as well. Nothing unusual for the style, but very nicely done, and very intense.

T - Taste is a little simplified - starts with some lemon zest and then smooths out into sweet banana and malted wheat. Finish is exceptionally clean - none of the yeast or spice found in some other wheat brews.

M - Lots of tingly carbonation - perhaps a bit too much as it burns a little on the back of the throat and lips. Lighter side of medium-bodied with a crisp dry finish. Can't get past the harsh carbonation, though...

D - Everything about it screams session/lawnmower/front porch beer, except for the overcarbonation which bumps it down a notch. If DDC could smooth it out a little it'd be an awesome session wit.

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

Deep banana yellow in colour. Translucent and milky with suspended yeast. Topped by a fluffy white head that lasts and lasts, leaving a patchy lace. Its bright, citrusy orange & lemon aroma also carries a strong note of coriander. That coriander comes through in the flavour, this wit is heavy on the spice. There's lots of juicy orange and nectarine flavour, and really nice tangyness from the wheat. Feels soft and light in the mouth, the acidity in its flavour combined with that mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. Definately something I could drink a lot of.

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

For a beer named "White Paradise" I can't help but think it looks a little too cloudy and desecrated even to fit the bill. Then again, for a witbier it looks nearly perfect. That very pale, very shallow, blanched whitish-gold colour and the clammy complexion are both characteristic of the style (as are the chipper bubbles and fuzzy, durable head).

If I had to suggest a flavour or smell that I imagine is universally appealing, the effervescent bouquet of witbiers would have to be at the top of that list. It is delicately floral with notes of peony and eucalyptus, spicy with the zest of coriander, clove and saffron, citrusy with hints of lemon and orange and topped with a forest floor earthiness.

The flavours seem to spill out one from the other like a set of Russian dolls. First the fruitiness unfolds, from biggest to littlest: orange, apricot, lychee and passionfruit. Then a more herbaceous set unwinds, top to bottom: coriander, lavender, potpourri, roses and violet. The wheat and barley are also present with notes of dough, bread and biscuit.

The perfume of the flower bed, the earthiness of the forest floor and the flesh of fruits are all sensed in the mouthfeel. It is a blend of acidity, spice, sweetness and savoriness. It has the same press on the senses as fresh cut grass and the same crispiness of a cold fall morning. And it has an inconsistency to its flavour that keeps it evolving and interesting.

Blanche Du Paradis is the kind of beer you'd want to drink in paradise. It is refreshing, zestful, layered with spicy, savory, fruity flavours and is light enough that it practically insists you drink it in a multiple of three or more. That's how many bottles I've had already and I intend to have many more. This is something I could buy again and again.

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

Poured a murky pale golden yellow with a white fizzy head that faded over time, and started at about 1.5 fingers. Appearance is appropriate and appetizing, but nothing great.

Right off the bat in the nose I get citrus, coriander, and bready yeast. I also get some slight peppery notes in the aroma. The citrus that comes out in the nose has some orange in it, but is predominantly lemon. I also get a little bit of apple and pear.

The taste is not quite what I expected but really good nonetheless. This witbier is very spice forward. The most predominant flavour that will hit you at first is coriander, white pepper, and some floral hops. Not as sweet as a lot of white beers. On the other hand I do get a touch of pear sweetness and a bit of bready malt backbone. And a slight bit of tartness at the finish. Leaves a very distinctive spice linger.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a pretty damn good Witbier, and definitely one of the better ones I have, not to mention most distinctive. This beer reminds me of the Hitachino Witbier in that while the Hitachino really puts tartness upfront, this one puts the spices upfront to a greater extent than I have tasted in a witbier.

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

Served on-tap at DeCicco`s in New York.

Appearance is yellow, some haziness, a thin amount of head. Its` nose has lemon, wheat and pepper. Taking a sip of this wit and I taste banana, lemon peel, yeast and cloves. Meanwhile, the mouthfeel light-medium with a medium level of carbonation. This is a wit that I had been meaning to try for some time and was certainly satisfied with it once trying it.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 24th, 2009.

Color: Hazy pale yellow.
Head: Nice little bubbles head that stick to the glass. Nice!
Aroma: Smell is of average intensity. Notes of banana bread with some fruitiness.
Taste: Typical belgium witbier however with an extra touch at the end which is typical of Dieu du Ciel beer. The extra touch is the spiciness. Could be bad for some, but for me it adds something and simply make it beautiful and tasteful.
Mouthfeel: Thin
Drinkability: easy... I could drink this one all day on a hot summer day!

Excellent beer! Wish they would make it a 6-pack of this beer.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.

Pour a hefty murky light yellow with alot of haze, amasing carbonation and a thick lush cloudy head that actualy laces on the glass in thick crusters of foam.

Aroma of wheat bread, coriander and curacao. Awesome over the top orange pith flavor that melds with a sweet wheat and malt backbone and a note of spice.

This and paienne are now my top 2 Dieu du Ciel beers, unbeleivably drinkable, just plain awesome.

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Photo of BBP
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Semi-translucent pale yellow with good carbonation, but very little head to be seen.

S- Belgian spices, cloves first and then others that I can't pick out. More of a sweet beer.

T- Fit's the bill of a normal Witbier and then adds Belgian-like spicing to it. Elegantly done, and works well together. Leaves on of my favorite sweet tastes, that I've encountered in beer. As soon as it goes down you encounter a fruity banana taste, which was spiced pretty much flawlessly IMO, accompanied by the slightest amount of what I would guess to be orange rind. After it's down you're left with an aftertaste of mixed fruits minus all the sweetness. I found that it pulled off a good amount of sweetness without becoming overwhelming, and I've never been a fan of much sweetness.

M- I would say that it's a little more full than the average body, and is nice and creamy too. Carbonation may have been just a tad too light. Feels great regardless.

D- A very refreshing brew, and one of my favorite Witbiers. They took a style which doesn't impress me too much and made something I quite enjoy out of it. Would definitely recommend this to any Witbier fans, and suggest trying it regardless. I wasn't looking forward to this one, but it was surprisingly good.

EDIT: I may have had a new more recent version of this. It just became available in the LCBOs and it was 5.5% rather than 5%.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle july 19 2009

A pale golden yellow with some friends floating around as if they are suspended in jello

S like a this style should banana, clove, and herbs faint lemon loved the nose on this beer, love dieu du ciel only just getting to know these guys and very impressed

T like it smells but i thought the flavors would be stronger, this being said still quite lovely

F/D good carbonation, feels good and sinking fast, the hot sun goes well with this. well done DDC

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.82 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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