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:
247
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
31
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0
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Ratings: 247 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a mild hazy burnt orange color with a thin white little head that quickly dissipated. Lacing just slid right on into the beer. The smell had some sweet lemon, subtle sweet wheat, mild coriander, sweet lemongrass. The flavor takes in the previously mentioned flavor and beefs up the wheat portion to more of a mildly sweet breadiness to it. Lingering sweet citrus rounds out into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a wonderful sessionable feel. Spices don’t detract on the harshness. Carbonation felt good as well. Overall, as a witbier it works, definitely, but why am I drinking it this time of the year, yeah well, I’ll drink again preferably in the Summer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle, picked up at the Summerhill LCBO as part of the recent DDC release. Beer is listed at 5.5% ABV on the bottle. Bottled June 2010, into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow, with a couple fingers of fluffy but thin white head. Settles to a thin and sparse layer. Aroma is a light fruitiness with a touch of banana and lemon, with a bit of spice too. Flavour has a bit of toasted wheat feel to it, with some light fruit coming through. Similar to the smell. Bit of lemon zest tart at the end. Fairly high carbonation, and highly drinkable (and suitable) on such a hot summer afternoon. Ideal for imbibe on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of enelson
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a beer named "White Paradise" I can't help but think it looks a little too cloudy and desecrated even to fit the bill. Then again, for a witbier it looks nearly perfect. That very pale, very shallow, blanched whitish-gold colour and the clammy complexion are both characteristic of the style (as are the chipper bubbles and fuzzy, durable head).

If I had to suggest a flavour or smell that I imagine is universally appealing, the effervescent bouquet of witbiers would have to be at the top of that list. It is delicately floral with notes of peony and eucalyptus, spicy with the zest of coriander, clove and saffron, citrusy with hints of lemon and orange and topped with a forest floor earthiness.

The flavours seem to spill out one from the other like a set of Russian dolls. First the fruitiness unfolds, from biggest to littlest: orange, apricot, lychee and passionfruit. Then a more herbaceous set unwinds, top to bottom: coriander, lavender, potpourri, roses and violet. The wheat and barley are also present with notes of dough, bread and biscuit.

The perfume of the flower bed, the earthiness of the forest floor and the flesh of fruits are all sensed in the mouthfeel. It is a blend of acidity, spice, sweetness and savoriness. It has the same press on the senses as fresh cut grass and the same crispiness of a cold fall morning. And it has an inconsistency to its flavour that keeps it evolving and interesting.

Blanche Du Paradis is the kind of beer you'd want to drink in paradise. It is refreshing, zestful, layered with spicy, savory, fruity flavours and is light enough that it practically insists you drink it in a multiple of three or more. That's how many bottles I've had already and I intend to have many more. This is something I could buy again and again.

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Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12ozl bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky pale straw colour with a small fizzy white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness. There is also some decent lacing and the head was gone in a flash.

Smell - I can smell coriander, wheat, and orange zest

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation, I wouldn't mind a little more - but it still feels decent. I can taste green apples, coriander, and a citrus zest. The beer finishes with a apple/coriander aftertaste that is slightly bitter.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of white/wheat beers, but this one is okay.. I think I expected more from this brewer..

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Pale straw color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Light wheat nose and flavor is lemon, light wheat and some coriander. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Nice, very pale yellow coloured body without much of a head. Lacing is a bit sudsy, but is surprisingly good for the lack of head. Not bad.

Nose is quite sweet and citrussy, like moroccan candied lemon peel. Some grassy notes to it as well, quite fresh which add a subtle ruggedness. Also some flavour which reminded me of America which I couldn't initially pick until I realised it was the sweet fake vanilla candy character. Nice though.

Taste is very sharp and clear and spicy. Coriander comes through a lot on the palate, giving a spicy and robust backpalate that gets a little overwhelming. A bit too intense on the spice. The nose suggested more mellow, sweet and refreshing characters. Mouthfeel is round and clear. Nice.

This is a nice beer which just has a little too much aggression on the palate for a wit. I feel as though the flavour needed some more sweetness and a lot more temperance.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 avalon07
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A typically sweet aroma of fruit, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of coriander, light fruit (lemon, orange), and a bit of malt. A solid enough flavor, but not nearly aggressive enough. Could have been slightly more powerful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this is a drinkable beer, there are better examples of witbiers out there. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bylerteck
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really cloudy with no head or carbonation. Pale yellow colour. For a beer with no head, it looks good.

S - Zesty, banana, fruits, lemon, citrus.

T - Smoothn and light with a refreshing zesty character and spice in the finish.

M - Light body appropriate for the style and ABV. Really smooth.

D - High drinkability on this. Really nice flavours that don't get dull.

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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jzlyo
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is spices, wheat, citrus and yeast. The flavor is spices/coriander, citrus, wheat, fruit, very mild heat and a tart finish.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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 dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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 FLima
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.82 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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