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.
very good
107 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 233
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 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.

 366 characters

Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, which is transformed into a pale yellow haze (post yeast), thin finger of head which dissipates rather quickly leaving no real lacing.

S - Classic witbier scents with a wheaty grass scent and cloves coming through.

T - To my surprise this one was quite sweet and fruity, with bananas and cloves dominating the flavours. The flavour that lingered on the finish was reminiscent of a banana popsicle.

M - Quite light, went down smooth and had a perfectly balanced carbonation level to it.

D - Overall, I'd recommend this one to any Belgian or Witbier fan, as it offers some unique flavours. Add another check mark to DDC's list of delicious beers, because this one easily passes the test!

 730 characters

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.

 671 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw colour with big bubbles clinging to the side. Lots of haze, head is snowy, sinks but leaves lovely thick webs of lace behind. Pretty damn nice witbier.

Zing! Huge fruit on the nose, masses of citrus, orange and lemon with a sherbet twang to it. Tang that up ya! A bit hint of rubber and maybe some banana at the back, but yeah, really nice tropical smell, grounded well by mild bitterness. Could use a little bit more obvious spice, although there are noticeable traces of nutmeg/coriander lingering at the back. Almost perfect otherwise.

Taste has more of those same tropical fruit notes. A lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit, with a tartaric twang on the mid. Finish has really nice bitterness to clean up, mild spice with coriander and nutmeg, more of that rubber character and a hint of pine wood. The fault lies in this odd sweetness that underlies the whole palate and gives a slight saccharine edge to the otherwise pleasant finish.

Swills nicely in the mouth with lots of body, but leaves very dry indeed. Otherwise nice but yeah the dryness is palpable.

If you can ignore those couple of excesses, this is a very good wit with nice flavour bouncing off it.

 1,192 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a nice off-white head that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aroma screams classic Quebecois wit. Orange peel, coriander, yeast complexities, wheat, and spicy/herbal-floral hops. The taste is spicy up front with some spicy hops in the middle and a dry slightly hoppy and fruity finish. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and the drinkability is very, very good. A very refreshing witbier. One of the best in Montreal.

 445 characters

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.


 556 characters

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy and glowing straw color with not much of a head at all. Not really what I'm used to in a wit.

S: A sort of musty wheat smell at first, with a hint of lemon peel, coriander, ginger and orange. A definite tartness in there as well.

T: Definitely a strange flavor for a wit. Bready and citrusy upfront with some pale malt, lime, and a backbone of aspirin. Finish brings a touch of wheat and some pound cake. Interesting, but definitely not Dieu du Ciell's best.

 485 characters

Photo of kwjd
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally some DDC beers are starting to trickle their way into the Control Board in Ontario. This is the first, only a week and a half late, which I suppose isn't bad for the LCBO.

Pours a very hazy light orange colour (so hazy I can't see my hand on the other side of the glass). Thick white head that dissipates and leaves a small ring on top. Some minimal lacing. Smells hugely of spices (coriander maybe?) and oranges with the typical wheat smell. Taste is incredibly dry from the spicing. Spices are a little bit over the top for me. Carbonation level is high.

 565 characters

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.

 490 characters

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.

 806 characters

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.

 529 characters

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

 472 characters

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.

 722 characters

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.

 819 characters

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.

 957 characters

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

A clouded straw colored brew, a white small head, good lacing and curtains.

Smelling of tea, spices, clove and lemon.

Starting sweet, wheat bun with cardamom, lemonade with clove.

Medium low carbonation, soft. smooth and sticky, a good body.

A good liquid bread. Spicy and refreshing.

 288 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 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 pootz
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


puts a hazy pale straw ale in the glass with a 1 finger tight cap...modest retention, modest glass lacing quality.

Aroma is biscuity with some light tangerine notes but the coriander predominates.

Nice puckering sandy dry mouth feel.

Flavour has some biscuit notes some herbal hop, a bit of citrus (barely) but again, coriander wipes out the profile...it's over powering...nice dry crisp finish but there is so much coriander in here it has an aftertaste like celery and soap.

The key to the witbier style is taming the coriander...making it present but complimentary, not dominant...I'll take Hoegaarden thanks....this wit is not DDC's strongest offering.

 674 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 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.

 439 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 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.

 753 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

Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.81 out of 5 based on 233 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.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!