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Blanche Du Paradis | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Blanche Du ParadisBlanche Du Paradis

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 233
Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Manhattan Ginger Man.

A: Extremely pale straw body with a thin, fine, sticky white head. Good lace. Attractive.

S: Very light, bright, and herbal, with plenty of orange peel and some prominent clove spice. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a terrific balance of spice, flowers, citrus, and wheat malt. A bit of cotton candy and minerality as well. Very fresh and tasty.

M: Light, lively, and creamy. Great.

O: Wonderful Witbier, among the best I've ever had. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for something refreshing.


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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated September 2011.

Cloudy gold with a moderate white head. Decent retention.

Wheat comes across strongly in the nose. Coriander is prominent and orange is present as well. Smells as one would expect a wit to smell.

The taste is something else. Wheat and coriander are present, but the addition of the orange curacao is strongly noticeable and has a very unique effect on the flavour. Spices other than coriander are also present, perhaps ginger. Slightly bitter, which is also unusual for the style. Oats give a mildly creamy flavour.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation- less carbonated than many wits. A bit creamy.

Overall, quite unusual and quite tasty.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of thick frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet wheat with some light spice, coriander, orange peel, and citrus. There is a touch of citrus hop and yeast character.

T - Start off with some sweet wheat with some strong orange peel and some citrus notes with a bit of light yeast. Through the middle some light hop comes through with some more yeast flavors and citrus. The finish is a mix of citrus, orange peel, light grain, and some sweet wheat.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly dry and very crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced witbier with some good citrus notes that really round out the flavor nicely.

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 papat444
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with a friend last night.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 06/11.

Appearance: A very cloudy beige-white body with an average-sized head.

Smell: Nice aroma of orange peel and cloves.

Taste: Spices are not too strong, good presence of some ginger root and lemon as well as ripe orange.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium to low but pretty solid.

Overall: A nice Witbier that is refreshing and perfect for nice weather.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle bottled January 2011.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a very thin bubbly head. Bubbles are present despite the fogginess.

Smell- Orange peel, lemon, coriander, and clove aromas followed by a hint of black pepper and banana.

Taste- The spice flavours are nicely balanced with the taste of wheat. The orange and lemon flavours are subtle yet add a touch of sweetness to an overall savoury beer.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty enjoyable.

Overall- A refreshing witbier by Dieu du Ciel. I am pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the spices, which may have to do with this bottle being from Jan 2011. I like that the orange is present but does not overpower the flavours of the beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle from a mixed Dieu de Ciel case.
Pale golden color, slightly hazy with some sediment left at the bottom of the glass. Short white head that quickly disappears. No real lacing to speak of. Typical Wit smell; grassy, wheat, and some citrus. Some clove spice as well. Wheat flavor to start, some nice spiciness, finishes a bit yeasty. Slight hop bitterness at the end. Lots of carbonation in the mouth, light to medium body, with lots of bubbles. Overall, a decent wheat beer with all the expected characteristics.

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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 CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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 dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden colour with a foamy, white head. Fair head retention.

Lemony aroma with plenty of coriander. Some wheat. Peach and apricot come out later as well. Not bad.

Stonefruit and some spice. A touch of herbal bitterness. A little empty in the finish.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Somewhat overcarbonated for my tastes.

This is a decent witbier but it lacks some of the smoothness I find in the classics like Hoegaarden.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im a fan of this breweries labels they always catch my eye and this one pours a hazy pale yellow hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that settles down to a nice one layer of froth and sporadic lacing,the smell is wheat,cardomon,fennel,biltong and yeasty bread,it has a light bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of lemon,wheat,belgian bready yeast,fennel,corriander and finished with a lemon/lime wheat tartness and overall its alright but definately would be alot better in summer cheers.

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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 smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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 joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy straw golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering with no real lacing
S - bready grainy malt, light fruity yeast, banana, and mild spices
T - perfumy and sour fruits up front, cloves, allspice, milky banana, light pepper lingers
M - light, refreshing, spicy, fruity, and just a little dry to finish
O - more of a hefe than a witbier but those are close cousins anyway, easy drinking yet big in easy drinking flavours, but a little pricey for what it is

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 QuestionableScum
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 berley31
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white head that hung around for a while before fading to a thin film. Body is light yellow and hazy.

S: Perfumey aroma with the expected coriander and citrus notes, but everything is nicely balanced, with nothing overwhelming at all.

T: Just as nicely balanced as the aroma... the spiciness and orange complement each other well. Not sickening at all, like some Witbiers tend to be. Touch of refreshing tartness in the finish.

M: Body is light-moderate, with moderate-high carbonation.

D: A very refreshing Witbier... one of the better examples of the style that I've had.

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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 mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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 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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