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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 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 Shadman
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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 Luk13
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle. Hazy yellow pour with no head. Lots of lemon and orange on this nose, some wheat and a hint of coriander. Taste is past it's prime, something half bitter- half sour with some spiciness. Palate has died, little carbonation to liven this one up. It was better.

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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 MeisterBurger
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice turbid yellow with a 1/8 inch of bright white head. Not a lot of lacing. Good retention though.

Nice fresh orange and coriander nose with a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon, rose petals, hay, and some creamy banana and just a slight trace of saddle leather.

The taste is lemony orange, toasty with nice wheatiness throughout and a soft herbal hopping with a nice tart finish and a tangy wetness in the aftertaste.

This beer is refreshing but perhaps just a tad thin in the mouthfeel.

I reckon I could drink a mess of these all summer long. Dieu Du Ciel seldom miss the mark over a broad range of styles, and this is no exception.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- A hazed yellow with a frothy cap and spotty lace. Aromas of floral hops and clove, cardamon, citrus essence, spices. Sweet curacao and citrus meet yeasty Belgian funk in the mouth, and lead to a floral spice. Creamy, with good balance of acid and sweetness. Food friendly and approachable.

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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 Glory
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, Belgian-style Wit beers are good in the summer time while beeing outside having a BBQ. But at this time of year, this beer feels kind of insipid. It has a very short fruity taste at first but it dosent develop to much. A very thirst-quenching beer.

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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 wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 allergictomacros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very lightly hazed yellow with 2 fingers of average consistency foam.

S - Nose is wheaty and honey-like, with hints of orange and mint.

T/M - Fairly dry and on the bitter side for a wit. Texture is fairly slick with a good carbonation level. Herbs and bitter orange flavour comes through after a second or two. Finishes bitter with a bit of wheaty twang.

D - Pretty good drinkability, but maybe leans a bit too far towards the hops.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazed honey apricot in appearance, creamy white head that settles to a thick cap.

Aroma is simply gorgeous, light wheat, floral notes, very subtle citrus and spice, some peach yogurt.

The flavour is also elegant, subtle, contained yet with all the right goods in all the right places. Tangy wheat and citrus, light fruity middle, tart citrus and floral finish, crisp and dry, aftertaste is a short lingering of citrus zest.

Mouthfeel is light with just the right amount of carbonation, dry and crisp and very refreshing.

It's been a while since I've sampled a beer that's impressed me so much that hasn't hit me on the head and knocked me on my ass, and the refinement of this beautiful witbier makes a perfect reality check. Subtle, enticing, this wit is like the love of your life blowing you a kiss.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange tinged yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stick around for me. Lots of visible carbonation rising.

Earthy wheat and coriander aroma is quite apparent. Slightly sweet lemon citrus as well.

Sweet lemon-lime is first to the tongue. Coriander and grainy wheat become apparent in the middle. Almost sour grapefruit rind bitterness at the very end that comes across just a little out of place. Not bad, but the finish just doesn't fit.

Light and lively in the mouthfeel department, quite good for the style.

This would be one of my favorite witbiers if only for that little bite at the very end. Still a good beer, and many thanks to orrshow for the bottles he brought me.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra in trade with phyl21ca - many thanks! Poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. The label was setup to be notched for bottled month and year but no notches. It was a cloudy pale straw color. Had a carb geyser in the center. Good lacing. It had an average sized white head that slowly settled to a 1/8 inch foam fed by the geyser.

The aroma was typical wit - orange peel, coriander and malt. Was a little subtle and more dry in aroma than most. The taste followed the aroma. Had the classic underpinnings but finished drier than most. I like mine with less of the dry finish but this one was not overly dry and still good.

Overall, a good wit that I do recommend. For me, one is enough unless I could easily get another or try on tap.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
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 grub
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i think i got this one from Beersignal. thanks serge!

12oz bottle. sampled dec 28/08.

pours almost crystal clear pale yellow with a small dense white head. the head drops quickly and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is neat. touch of pine, but more spruce-y if that makes sense. bit of alcohol. floral and slightly perfumey, but not quite soapy. bit of light citrus. touch of honey. cracker and a bit of white bread.

taste is good. definitely has some floral and slightly perfumey component, and a little more soapy than in the aroma yet not to offensive levels. bit of alcohol. cracker and white bread. bit of zesty orange peel. there's some light spice hiding in the background, but faint and nondescript.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. fairly light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is pretty good. not my favourite example of the style, but interesting. fairly well balanced, hiding most of its alcohol. neat.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow, quite light in colour, medium sized white head forms, drops some nice lace spots on the glass, settles to a thin layer and ring. Smell is neat, very lemony, some bread, honey, very spicy, vanilla, wheat, almost sprucy, pinesol, interesting. Taste is similar, pine up front, spruce, lots of spice, vanilla, peppery with some coriander, kind of sweet in the finish, sharp acidic bite, kind of musty, finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, quite dry, almost has a weird medicinal flavour that tastes like a tooth filling. Not my style, thanks Russ!

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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


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 Delerium
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a beautiful Witte Beer! I've never had a White beer taste or smell like this before! Peppery, hazy, unfilitered, and amazingly complex. This is a White beer with huevos, unlike any I've ever had before. Very dank. Highly recommended, and extremely refreshing. Chris

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.81 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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