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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
30
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing crisp wheat beer. Modest fruit in taste though bubblegum fruit aroma. Too carbonated fizzy. Light texture. Bit of lemon and corriander (a natural male birth control) spice. Would not have worked with too much spice. Cloudy light yellow appearance.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with some white haze and a big foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of coriander and loads of wheat are the main point here. Taste is a mix between some orange peel, some coriander and nice bubblegum wheat malt. Loads of character for the style with a full body and great carbonation. Very well done and it would be nice if the beer was offered outside of their mix pack.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Reviewed from notes

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to white splotches on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles, not a ton of lacing.

S: Fruity aroma, nice hints of orange, lemon. Very yeasty with wheat as well. Also get some of the spices.

T: Not as strong as the nose, but very similar. Lemon and orange, lots of wheat flavor.

M/D: This is where this beer shines. Nice and fresh, great carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Leaves a nice sweetness on the finish. Overall solid.

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, whitish yellow color. Tiny head that dies to no bubbles whatsoever. Obviously, there is no head.

Sour with a light level of baking spice. Light yeast.

Dry up front, sour in the swallow. This has flashes of French farm ales--the emphasis is on a lip smacking sourness. Good body with a relatively neutral carbonation.

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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 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 AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 Wasatch
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.82 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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