Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Blanche Du Paradis | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
86
very good
109 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Blanche Du ParadisBlanche Du Paradis
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
237
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
15.75%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 237
Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 1,849 characters

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin ring of white head that leaves sparse blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of lemon zest, orange peel, unsalted crackers, coriander, black pepper dust and cut grass.

Tastes of more crackery wheat malt, mild white wine, more zesty citrus and spicy yeast and more soft grassy hops.

Feels light and fizzy. Light bodied with perky carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

 431 characters

Photo of TheHammer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A fairly clear body for a wit as only some minor cloudiness is present in it's yellow body. Produced half a finger of head that didn't stick around or lace, which is surprising given how much visable carbonation is in the body.

Smell: Cloves take up front and center on this brew with notes of lemon and orange zest with a backing of wheat malt. Warming doesn't really help things here, and a bit more potency would be nice but it checks all the other boxes.

Taste: Mild cirtus starts us off with the barest notes of bready wheat and then the spiciness takes over as notes of cloves, potent corriander, tempered by a mild herbal grassiness at the end. All around great stuff.

Moutfeel: Points get deducted for the lack of head, and despite seeming very carbonated it doesn't seem to really stand out and help the beer, comming across as a little flat. However in gains ground on a mild spice and citrus aftertaste that doesn't cling and excellent transistioning.

Drinkability: Easy to put back, no question of that, as I could drink this all day. Very light bodied, almost to the point of excess. Incredibly easy on the system with just an all around great job done.

Final Thoughts: Without sounding too sacrilegious, it's been a while since Dieu du Ciel has put forward and offering that really appealed to me. This one does, and really apart from Winter pub drinking, I could see myself drinking this at any time, espcially with fish. Two thumbs up.

 1,468 characters

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a cloudy pale straw with practically no head at all. Aroma malts, yeast, grass, spicey. Taste lemon, citrus, grass, sweet. Not to bad not really a fan of this style but I don't mind it at all.

 211 characters

Photo of Wasatch
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz. Bottle
Bottle Dated: Jul 2014
Bottle Conditioned
ABV 5.5%

Pours a nice slightly cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice quick fizzy white head, which does leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight spice note, grassy/wheaty. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly sweet, with some slight spice notes, grassy/wheaty. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

 400 characters

Photo of Andrew_Smith
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge fan of dieu du ciel. Arguably the best producer from Canada's best producing region. Always forget to twist em.

Look - totally clear and translucent exept for a single spiral of small bubbles from the bottom of a tulip. Less than 1 on the head retention scale. Would have to call it a krystalweizen. Low end of the srm for the style

Smell - Very happy yeast quality. Like a funky banana, with some little brown spots. Low phenol. Restrained/approcachable smell. appealing citruus quality

Taste - Definite mushroom/st agur earthiness from rn. Mild to medium citrus tang. Strong and pleasant hop bitterness. Sweet for the style but not syrupy, nicely balanced with bu and stands up to yeast quality.

Feel - Very pleasant mouthfeel. Creamy bubbly croissant with blue cheese. Fairly cold sample. Strong citrus vibe with astringent medicinal quality of yeats. Hop stickiness and malty syrupines also noticeasbly bsalanced

Overall - I have high expectastions of DDC and this weas no exception. Not a fresh sample but help up in the fridge as do do most of their stylings. Excellent lunch or breakfast beer. I am personally a strong supporter of the flavour profile. Though I do find it odd this one was so clear. Usually what I feel should be clear, DDC does cloudy

 1,285 characters

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold with half a finger head that dies quickly. this is quite normal of the witbiers ive tried and expected.

Aroma - wheat, coriander, peppery spices, lemon

Taste - the wheat zest tingles on your tongue followed by a nice peppery flavor, next up is the coriander followed by lemon. The flavor reminds me of unibroues Blanche de chambly but missing the breadyness.

Mouth feel -light body, carbonation stings the tongue slightly, sweet start dry finish. not bitter at all though.

Overall - Granted I have a bias for witbiers, I think this is an excellent brew. Try it if you get a chance.

 618 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Pale straw color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Light wheat nose and flavor is lemon, light wheat and some coriander. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

 260 characters

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy dark straw color with a strong amount of activity. Weak white half a finger head that last for 5 minutes with some good leggings.

Aromas of lemon, coriander, and fresh flowers. Flavors of citrus, noble herbal spices with floral notes, and roasted grains. Subtle grassiness with an overwhelming malty feel. Well balanced sugars and bitterness but with a low sharpness.

Slick medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Light finish of moderate length, ending with a lemony tongue coat and numbing yeasty spiciness.

Overall pretty average in quality, while having decent salivating flavors they are way too faint, mediocre freshness being a little flat and dull. Overly malty and missing some sharpness. No real personality and nothing special.

 765 characters

Photo of belljt33
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

V- very clear bright golden yellow with little to no head retention and moderate lacing
A- chardonnay, slight corriander, but mainly white wine
T- good balance between spices and sweet light malts
M- mildly astringent, could use some more carbonation for a crisper feel
O- solid beer, sort of boring, but I'd drink it again

 323 characters

Photo of souvenirs
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Harvest Wines in Dartmouth, NS

A: straw-coloured and cloudy, with minimal head.
S: Zesty. Yeast and a little citrus.
T: wheat and yeast.
F: crisp and refreshing.

 168 characters

Photo of pants678
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice yellow but zero head.

Spices aren't so pronounced here.

Hoppy, fruity but subdued. Fairly sharp and dry, some sugar on the back end. I was looking for something rich, this isn't. Generally inoffensive.

Body is medium.

 225 characters

Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of orange peel, lots of white bread, coriander and a citrusy tartness.
Fun flavor with refreshing notes of coriander, fresh oranges, yeast, white pepper, ginger, some banana and bubblegum, pineapple juice and just a bit of lactic acid. Dry and slightly acid aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Enjoyable Witbier. This is not a shallow Wit, this is smelly and flavorful. It goes deeper in its citrusy and spicy notes.

 526 characters

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled last night on 2/16/15. Comes in a 350ml (11.5 ounce) bottle that was in the discount bin at Hy-vee for $2.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEER'S-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides. The aroma is mostly of yeast with some citrus. More going on with the taste as there are some floral hops with wheat in the mix also. Slighter bitter finish but doesn't last all that long. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was just OK and nothing fantastic.

 643 characters

Photo of 2_Shaynez
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured into wheat beer glass.

A: golden yellow, hazy, nice 2 finger white head after hard pour. Seems to be retaining.

N: pretty simple. Has a yeasty lager-like stench, some citrusy aromas, nothing too complex or intriguing...

T: malty at first, lots of yeast and wheat. A bit of citrus on the finish but not a very complex brew.

O: this is not dieu du ciel at their best... They have much better stuff that is more "true to style" over any other factors. As far as Belgian white goes, other Quebec breweries do it better...

 535 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A typically sweet aroma of fruit, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of coriander, light fruit (lemon, orange), and a bit of malt. A solid enough flavor, but not nearly aggressive enough. Could have been slightly more powerful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this is a drinkable beer, there are better examples of witbiers out there. Still, worth a shot.

 543 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright sparkly yellow with a light dappling of robust white choppy white bubbles. Unusually pronounced malty aroma, spicy lightly toasted grains along with a coppery tang, coriander seed, orange and pineapple, some almost grassy hops (!). Getting some other spices in there too, almost a little nutmeg or mace perhaps. Quite light and smooth on the palate, orange, lemon, and peach (!) creamsickle predominates and is accompanied by some white pepper, ginger, yeasty vitamin tablet, bubble gum esters, and pineapple juice. Flinty and hoppy for the style. Moderate carbonation and thin-moderate body. This is roughly what I imagine an old school pre-Blue Moon continental witbier to taste like, albeit more mellow perhaps.

 762 characters

Photo of mick303
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, beer is a cloudy blond yellow, small initial head but decent lacing that sticks around.

S - a hint of coriander initially, lemon, lots of wheat character, smooth prickly spice character, pretty zesty, with a slight tartness.

T - fairly typical, a light wheaty creaminess, with an orange and spice character, tart yeasty character, light bitterness, gets a bit more full and creamy to the end. Some present light zestiness to it, light start then more yeastiness comes through, a bit more earthy bitterness on the finish.

M - light to moderate bodied, quite a light and refreshing character. Then more of the spicey coriander and peppery yeast comes in, yet a nice balanced beer with a coating drying finish. Moderate carbonation.

An enjoyable wit, light and refreshing with a sizeable spice character and yeast, good balance of all the elements, it all plays fairly nicely together, smell is a bit restrained, and it is a zesty and refreshing summer session, a bit of a cloying character right before the finish, decent beer.

 1,074 characters

Photo of illpass78
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, slightly cloudy orange-yellow with a short white head that doesn't last long, Carbonation is heavy - on close inspection it looks sort of like heavy rain upside down. Lacing moderate. I like the look of this beer.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, orange, wheat, spices, and some faint grass. One of those rare beers that actually smells like what its ad copy says it'll smell like.

Taste: Oh my. This beer is the McCoy. (Sorry, le McCoy.) Big, pronounced flavors follow the nose. Lemon and spices lead the way. Gets more complex as it warms. More of the citrus and spice notes make themselves present over the course of the drink. Very nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth - easy and refreshing, too.

Overall: I'm glad I bought this on impulse - it's a terrific witbier. I paired it with polenta, tomatoes, basil and kale and it made for an ideal summer meal. I would describe this as a beer to seek out - I definitely want to try more from this brewery. Would consider a visit when next I'm in Montreal. And that's all on the strength of this one beer.

 1,125 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love to try new beers from them, even if not my fav style. It should work well for a super hot humid day like today though. Not sure how to read the date, it has a 5 and a 3 notched... May 3rd? May 2013? what?!

Ug, they're still using screw tops?! Pours a smaller but decent fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, bit of bubbles streaming up through mostly clear golden yellow orange tinted beer.

Nose brings wheat and a big perfumey coriander and spice, very creamy wheat, little toasted note, grainy wheat like, but a light sweet malty creamy thing, with big perfumey coriander, and I really mean like floral spices, flowery like almost but not really chamomile like flower, bit of an orange zest note,.

Taste starts with a touch of sweetness actually, into malts, grainy toasted wheat actually, with some straw notes, little bready note, plenty of creamy wheat, almost creamed wheat like flavor, etc. Then spices again, big coriander, it actually ends up being the dominant flavor, with mild orange zest, like a clementine peel rather than real orange, and mild flowery notes again. It dries quite quickly, like a lactose kinda dry, with mild citrus zest and coriander lingering again, little creamy wheat taste too.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb but probably could have used a bit more, if it didn't already escape out the damn screw top!

Overall not bad, not usually a huge fan of the style, but a nice wit can do well in the summer. I liked the wheat aspect actually, little creamy, touch toasty like, etc, and flowery notes, the clementine like citrus was also nice, and coriander can be good when not too strong, although this came on way too strong IMO. Still not bad for a hot summer day.

 1,724 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 5 5 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of spice and yeast
Head small (1 cm), white, frothy, immediately diminishing to 2 mm broken layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor of coriander, yeast phenolics, slightly sweet, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with light sweet spiciness
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

A typical witbier, nothing special, nothing bad.

 394 characters

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle served in a Hoegaarden thumbler glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow to beige color forming a big white bubbled white head. Low retention and many spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Very spicy in the nose. Quite peppery with strong notes of orange zest, coriander, honey and wheat. Sweet grains. Bready yeasts

T: Slightly sweet grains upfront. Notes of pepper, orange zest, honey, wheat, coriander and white bread. Very smooth and no bitterness. In overall, a light sweet and bready beer

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Spicy, sweet grains and wheat in the aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Great Witbier. One more positive point to Dieu du Ciel!

 709 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a fairly intense spice presence in the flavor for the style.

 547 characters

Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

 526 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, spice, and everything nice is given in this very approachable Belgian-style wheat beer. Spiced the the usual suspects, the beer is crisp, perfumy, and distinctive with that wine-like Belgian twang.

The pour brings about a golden body with yellow tinge to its highlights. A delicate and creamy froth floats the beer with a quiet and confident retention. Speckled lace dots the tulip with each swirl. The beer is very inviting to the eye.

Strong perfume emits from the rim with a boquet of coriander, dried Curacao orange peels, and natural yeast honey-suckle notes. The spices wrap around estery notes of apples and lemons for a very delicate but pungent set of aromatics. Mild candied sweetness, grain, straw, and a light butter and yougurt-like twang helps to prop up the spice and fruit.

Light powdered sugar sprinkles upon the tongue in informs the the palate of the supple sweetness of the beer. But like powdered sugar, the sweetness evaporates quickly and leaves the taste of soft wheat breads in its place. Its spicy middle palate is soft with coriander and orange peel but also brings life to the natural lemon tartness, a tinge of buttermilk and apple sulfur notes herein. Other peppery notes a lightly rye-like and earthen just before the beer shows a mild soap taste in finish.

Delicate on the palate, the beer's effortless and creamy weight floats the beer over the tongue and ushers in a highly refreshing finish that's decorated with minty-warm alcohol, light grain, and a playful prickling spice.

I can see any place called paradise offering up an elixir such as this- it captures all of what it means to be a Belgian wheat ale, but doesn't back down from the raw farmhouse essence of the style either.

 1,729 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.81 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe