Blanche Du Paradis | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
229
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
15.75%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
30
For Trade:
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 229
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Converge
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Frothy, bone-white head off the pour, average size. Medium amber-straw with lots of cloudy haze. No real head retention, and no lacing.

S - Big banana, yeast, and coriander. Funky barnyard hay, wheat and some spicy citrus. Not a huge fan of it, but we'll see where it goes.

T - Starts off with a nice yeast presence with wheat and subtle citrusy coriander, which gives way to a strong banana flavor, that quickly sinks into an abyss of messy spices and dry, herbal hops in the finish. It's certainly a different take on the typical witbier style, with less citrus and fruitiness, and more dry spices and hops. I can't say I'm a fan of this experiment though. Very slight touch of phenols in the finish as well, with some pepper and lingering bitterness. There's also a honey character that reminds me of the Païenne from earlier tonight.

M - Prickly carbonation, with a medium-to-light body. Sort of syrupy, and not very smooth. The oats don't do much to smooth this one out either.

D - While this is still a solid beer, it's not one I really care for. I like my witbiers light, citrusy and refreshing; and this ale didn't really deliver that sort of profile. Out of context of the style I might like it a bit more, but taking style into consideration hurts this one a bit for me. Like I said, it's a good beer, but not really for me.

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

The pour was a cloudy golden/yellow with a thin, minimal head. I found the nose to be light and fruity/citrus with hints of apricot and lemon. The taste was lightly hopped but offered good balance between the fruitiness and hoppiness. A refreshing finish that made this beer very easy drinking. A good example of a Blanche!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a recent trade and just been waiting to try it.

Poured into a mug a hazy yellowish wheat color, with two fingers of foamy white head. Light scent of wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, with a bit of a citrus tang. Very... mellow is how I would describe the feel. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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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

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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 heebes
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 tegelaar
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow - looks like a macro. Small head that disappears quick into nothing. Smell is really purfumey and flowery. Doesn't smell edible but lets give it a shot. Taste is better, more flowery than perfumey. Tastes delicate with a slight sweetness. Definitely some tartness in there too. I taste a little orange peel. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Drinkability suffers from the strong flowery taste. Enjoyable but only in limited quantities.

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Photo of MAB
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer.
It is quite pale, in color, and has a tight white head that dissipates quickly.
Kind of spicy, in a citrus-y way-- I thought grapefruit at first, then peach, but my brother-in-law had a sip and said that grapefruit was right.
Not my favorite style of beer, by a long shot, but a strong reason to become a fan of this style. I was very impressed.

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Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

consumed in brewpub, on tap. Poured a hazy pale yellow, white head but it recedes promptly. Scent is understated, some wheat, farmhouse notes. Taste is really balanced, wheat, some spice, cloves maybe, even a tint of citrus fruit. Mouthfeel for me was the best part of this beer. Crisp, dry, a bit sour, puckering. Another enjoyable beer from Montreal.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours as a cloudy golden appearance with a nice "creamy" flow to it. The head takes about 1/2 the glass up then quickly disappears. Head has a lot of air pockets and a nice white. Carbonation is hard to tell due to the cloudiness. Nice lacing as well.

Smell - definite smell of hops and wheat, some very deep spices as well.

Taste - the taste is as the smell, the spices lead to a bitter finish. U can taste the spices during the tasting and i would venture to say a little bit of "citrus".

Mouthfeel - Light amount of carbonation that enhances the spice. The beer actually had a little less aftertaste after the mouthfeel. Leaves behind a citrus taste in my mouth.

Drinkability - Again, one of those citrus spiced based beers that are nice to have once in awhile but not convinced i could drink a bunch. Decent and well made craft beer.

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Photo of scott451
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swirl poured into a glass beaker. Two finger bubbly off white head on a cloudy dirty gold. Head soon diminished to a ring. Strong lacing. Spicy smells. Light bread and banana. Tastes were lots of bread and banana. Slightly astringent finish. Creamy medium body. A little sticky. Pretty drinkable but this a very drinkable style. I got this as part of a sample pack. I hope it becomes available as a six pack here soon.

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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.

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Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange ghostly girl on the label. A goth beer? Something new at the LCBO. I've been the the brasserie in Montreal. they make some really good beer. This is a nice wheaty beer with lot's of honey and peach notes. A lovely change from the usual drek in this city. Ottawa is not a great beer city. Sure there is Beaus and some Quebec and Mill Street things but there's also lot's of middling Ontario microbrew like the Trafalager products which so far are disappointing. All that to say this beer is a respite on an exceptionally hot evening in late August.

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Photo of MattyV
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft and cloudy banana yellow with a moderate-size white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is like most wits, filled with citrus fruit and spice.

Nice rounded flavour fruit (citrus, banana, apricot) and coriander, which finishes with a good tang from the spice and wheat, making this highly drinkable.

Lively carbonation, this is a light-bodied refreshing wit.

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Photo of uno99
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, Bottled June 2010.

A: Poured into a Lucifer snifter, with almost no head, and no lacing.

S: Huge amount of citrus in here; the other usual suspects are also present, but more muted... corriander, spices and herbs. not really any banana.

T: Grainy wheat accompanies the wave of orange zest and grapefruit. pineapple on the finish. some hop bitterness and residual sweetness.

M: Nice grainy feel. not sticky at all. very smooth and well carbonated.

D: Not exactly blown away with this one. I love DDC, and wheat beer, but this one is just sort of average.

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Photo of prosper
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow. Would be cloudier if I'd stirred up the yeast in the bottle first. Not much head.

Smells like a wit should - some spice, lots of yeast character, some fruit. Smells like a saison, really.

Taste is really special. Starts off tart and acidic, but that fades to a nice spicy citrus, and leaves you with a slightly toasty malt flavour, with some green pils malt character.

Mouthfeel is rather light and carbonic.

Drinkability - sure, it's interesting enough, but not so outlandish that you'd get sick of it.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pale cloudy blonde color.

Smell - Citrus, corriander, slightly floral and minerally.

Taste - Crisp, quick development of a slightly sour bitterness overcomes the banana and bready flavor. A wee-bit overthetop on the bittereness but nevertheless, i nice wheat bear.

Not my favorite wheat, but a nice one regardless. I prefer Blanche de Chambly from Quebec.

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Photo of erica
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love a good white beer, and this is a good white beer. I had this a few times, as I was on a beer holiday and I needed something on the lighter side, but with taste. It was a pale yellow colour, cloudy, with a big fluffy white head. It smelled spicy and light, a bit lemony/ citrusy. Tasted like your typical belgian white- fruity, spicy, wheaty. It was very smooth going down too, soft and silky in your mouth. Drinkability is excellent, as it's so simply refreshing and complex at the same time, just a wonderful beer by DDC.

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

Montreal brewers love this style and have adopted it as their own. The heavenly pale straw-yellow color hints at the style, which is confirmed by a slightly fruity aroma and hints of coriander and white spices. The beer is light bodied and very thirst quenching.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a Wild Rose pint glass

Visual (2.5): Pale golden color, clear with a very light fog. White single finger head that quickly disappears. No apparent lacing. A few small carbonation bubbles.

Aroma (4.5): Wheat, hay, and citrus hop prevalent with undertones of spice (coriander...clove?). Really well balanced.

Taste (3): Initial sweet flavor that is very short lived, replaced by a prevalent hop bitterness, not strong but present and lightly lasting.

Mouthfeel (3): Very lively, pallet is almost attacked by carbonation within a light to medium body beer. The rough texture leaves a tingly almost chalky pallet.

Overall (3.5): A decent wheat beer with unique spiced qualities. The citrus hop is prevalent in the taste while wheat/hay and spice are strong on the nose. A rough mouthfeel seems odd when compared to other smoother witbiers.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a nearly clear straw gold. On top of this is a foamy white head about a finger thick. Despite quite an aggressive pour the head disappoints, very poor retention; though the lace is acceptable.

Lemon and citrus scents spring to the nose first helped by the strong effervescence of the brew. Spicy notes of coriander and cardamom are followed by light bubblegum notes.

Lemony tang and zest spring to the taste buds mellowed by a nice wheat body. Spice is of coriander and pepper; possibly grains of paradise or long pepper, accompanied by bitter orange. The beer is much more bitter then I have come to expect from a wit. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it evens out the flavours well.
As to be expected the body is light crisp and refreshing drinking quite nicely.

A nice take on the style would havde scored higher except for the poor apperance.

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Photo of Goldfish19
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

~ Bottle courtesy of Eric at Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white foamy head. A dominant wheat aroma is followed by hints of orange, lemon, and pepper. Taste matches its smell. This Belgian White was refreshing and a pleasure to drink. ~

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I did a hard pour that produced perhaps 1/3 of a finger of head. This quickly dissipated into non-existence, a few bubbles on the surface. No lacing of course, quite a simple appearance from that viewpoint. Looks quite radiant when held to light, bright yellow.

S - The smell is actually surprising. I was expecting a fairly average smell and was surprised to find that the spices were very apparent and pleasant. Citrus, too many spices to note that blend together nicely (though coriander seems to be the primary), and of course wheat are all the predominant smells.

T - Same as the smell. Orange and grapefruit, pretty deep spices, traces of other fruits and even a flowery taste. The aftertaste is quite sweet, too sweet for my liking. Green apples, sweet citrus and the remnants of the spices stick with you for a long time.

M/D - Carbonation is quite low, the mouthfeel is light but still smooth enough to feel good. Has an acidic edge to it. Drinkability is average. It is smooth and goes down fine, but I wouldn't want more than 1 of these.

For the style it is commendable. But I wasn't a huge fan of the flavour. I didn't mind having one, but I wouldn't go for another. Probably won't repurchase. I was lenient on the rating since I like it more than other wheat beers that I have tried and appreciate what DDC has done.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy straw gold with a thin (pinky-width) and compact head. Lots of carbonation coming up the sides of a tall, thin glass.

The aroma off the top is very fresh, juicy and fruit-forward, with big, obvious oranges and peach, backed by grainy wheat flavours and a hint of coriander spiciness.

The taste is where more of the spice resides, along with a clean, crisp apricot, banana and orange mix of flavours balanced by a backbone of bread and wheat. The aftertaste is slightly on the bitter side. Not as lush as some of the great wheat beers, but still solid.

This beer is tack-sharp and clean in the mouth, with a refreshing lightness and a lingering sweet astringency in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation! Certainly a pleasure on a sweltering summer day.

All in all this looks to be another strong offering from Dieu Du Ciel. I'm glad I managed to pick some up!

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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