Blanche Du Paradis | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
241
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 241
Photo of Andrewharemza
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle served in a Hoegaarden thumbler glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow to beige color forming a big white bubbled white head. Low retention and many spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Very spicy in the nose. Quite peppery with strong notes of orange zest, coriander, honey and wheat. Sweet grains. Bready yeasts

T: Slightly sweet grains upfront. Notes of pepper, orange zest, honey, wheat, coriander and white bread. Very smooth and no bitterness. In overall, a light sweet and bready beer

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Spicy, sweet grains and wheat in the aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Great Witbier. One more positive point to Dieu du Ciel!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright sparkly yellow with a light dappling of robust white choppy white bubbles. Unusually pronounced malty aroma, spicy lightly toasted grains along with a coppery tang, coriander seed, orange and pineapple, some almost grassy hops (!). Getting some other spices in there too, almost a little nutmeg or mace perhaps. Quite light and smooth on the palate, orange, lemon, and peach (!) creamsickle predominates and is accompanied by some white pepper, ginger, yeasty vitamin tablet, bubble gum esters, and pineapple juice. Flinty and hoppy for the style. Moderate carbonation and thin-moderate body. This is roughly what I imagine an old school pre-Blue Moon continental witbier to taste like, albeit more mellow perhaps.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.5 oz. bottle dated 2016-07-04

Pours foggy hazy straw yellow with a quickly receding frothy white foam head. Smells like orange citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, peppery spice, clove, banana, apricot, vanilla, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like orange citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, peppery spice, clove, banana, apricot, vanilla, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice witbier.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of my DDC sample pack. As always, fascinating artwork on the bottle.

Poured a lighter opaque golden. Only about a 1/2 inch of head, which only survives as a thin ring.

Nose is of a more floral, peachy than other hefe's I've had recently, but certainly within the spectrum. A bit of coriander and spice, but generally floral. I've always felt these brews smell a great deal like regular flavored bubble gum, and this one certainly remind me of it.

Taste is floral - lavender, primarily - with peach, citrus, and a sticky, dry finish. Again with the bubble gum. Spicy and refreshing.

Light carbonation, a little lighter body. The dry finish sticks in the back of my throat.

A nice little hefe from one of my favorite breweries. Great for a patio.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent LCBO DDC feature, bottled 06/10 - just arrived in stores and already 2 months old... It's a hot day and I'm thinking this is a good choice.

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with hints of peach, a couple fingers of rocky head which dissolve to a thin layer.

Heavy spicing in the nose, coriander and cloves. Hint of peach, perhaps light bready malt, faint whiff of tangerine. A little one dimensional.

Heavy spicing in the taste too (coriander and cloves), peach and apple juice, some bandaid phenolics, banana, hint of grassy bite in the finish, light wheat tang, brash and not altogether synched IMO. Nice pinch in the cheeks from the finish but it feels a little thin there as well, flavor gives up too soon.

I kind of expected this to be one of DDC's weaker offerings and in truth it is. Even with the lower ABV it doesn't feel like something you would want to guzzle in the summer, just too rough. Meh, everyone has to have a bit of a clunker and it's hard to stand up to the standards set by the rest of the DDC stable.

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Photo of Shadman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 korguy123
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Hazy straw/banana hue. Fluffy two finger head quickly shrinks down to white ring around glass. Lacing is okay.

S- Yeasty up front like a strong belgian ale (La Fin Du Monde) Corriander, lemon, banana and slight grassy tones.

T- Belgian yeast goodness, faint corriander, banana and lemon zest. Fairly watery.

M- A little bit on the watery side but very refreshing.

This is a good beer. Haven't dabbled in too many Witbiers in the past but this is something I can really sit down and enjoy. Quite rerfreshing.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy dark straw color with a strong amount of activity. Weak white half a finger head that last for 5 minutes with some good leggings.

Aromas of lemon, coriander, and fresh flowers. Flavors of citrus, noble herbal spices with floral notes, and roasted grains. Subtle grassiness with an overwhelming malty feel. Well balanced sugars and bitterness but with a low sharpness.

Slick medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Light finish of moderate length, ending with a lemony tongue coat and numbing yeasty spiciness.

Overall pretty average in quality, while having decent salivating flavors they are way too faint, mediocre freshness being a little flat and dull. Overly malty and missing some sharpness. No real personality and nothing special.

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Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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 ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the best beer on when we visited in April. Clear straw color when served, but it came with an awesome peppery aroma. Low to no head meant no lacing when we were through. Taste was a bit sweet, but with an awesome black peper aftertaste. This was my first 'pepper' encounter, and I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Long813
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on: 01/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341ml

A: Clear golden body with one finger of carbonated head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Definitely expecting something more along the lines of a witbier

S: Very weak aromas present. Some floral and citrus presence and the slightest hint of spices (cloves?) , not strong enough to be pleasing.

T: The spices and peach notes come in quire strong, but that's about it.

M: Highly carbonated and thin bodied. Crisp texture and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D: This was a big disappointment, even though it's four months old, it's bottle conditioned, so it should hold up. This didn't meet any of my expectations.

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Photo of TheHammer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A fairly clear body for a wit as only some minor cloudiness is present in it's yellow body. Produced half a finger of head that didn't stick around or lace, which is surprising given how much visable carbonation is in the body.

Smell: Cloves take up front and center on this brew with notes of lemon and orange zest with a backing of wheat malt. Warming doesn't really help things here, and a bit more potency would be nice but it checks all the other boxes.

Taste: Mild cirtus starts us off with the barest notes of bready wheat and then the spiciness takes over as notes of cloves, potent corriander, tempered by a mild herbal grassiness at the end. All around great stuff.

Moutfeel: Points get deducted for the lack of head, and despite seeming very carbonated it doesn't seem to really stand out and help the beer, comming across as a little flat. However in gains ground on a mild spice and citrus aftertaste that doesn't cling and excellent transistioning.

Drinkability: Easy to put back, no question of that, as I could drink this all day. Very light bodied, almost to the point of excess. Incredibly easy on the system with just an all around great job done.

Final Thoughts: Without sounding too sacrilegious, it's been a while since Dieu du Ciel has put forward and offering that really appealed to me. This one does, and really apart from Winter pub drinking, I could see myself drinking this at any time, espcially with fish. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Harvest Wines in Dartmouth, NS

A: straw-coloured and cloudy, with minimal head.
S: Zesty. Yeast and a little citrus.
T: wheat and yeast.
F: crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of illpass78
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, slightly cloudy orange-yellow with a short white head that doesn't last long, Carbonation is heavy - on close inspection it looks sort of like heavy rain upside down. Lacing moderate. I like the look of this beer.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, orange, wheat, spices, and some faint grass. One of those rare beers that actually smells like what its ad copy says it'll smell like.

Taste: Oh my. This beer is the McCoy. (Sorry, le McCoy.) Big, pronounced flavors follow the nose. Lemon and spices lead the way. Gets more complex as it warms. More of the citrus and spice notes make themselves present over the course of the drink. Very nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth - easy and refreshing, too.

Overall: I'm glad I bought this on impulse - it's a terrific witbier. I paired it with polenta, tomatoes, basil and kale and it made for an ideal summer meal. I would describe this as a beer to seek out - I definitely want to try more from this brewery. Would consider a visit when next I'm in Montreal. And that's all on the strength of this one beer.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 pants678
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice yellow but zero head.

Spices aren't so pronounced here.

Hoppy, fruity but subdued. Fairly sharp and dry, some sugar on the back end. I was looking for something rich, this isn't. Generally inoffensive.

Body is medium.

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Photo of berley31
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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 eat
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blanche du Paradis maintains a decent cover of bright white head, leaving some lacing. The body is translucent and a nice shade of straw-yellow.

Orange rind, citrusy fruit salad, corriander, cardamom, white pepper, flowers, cotton candy on the nose. So much interesting spiciness it's almost like a saison.

Tons of spice (coriander, white pepper, celery seed, cardamom) along with lots of citrus rind. A bigger bitterness than you'd usually find with a Belgian-style wit is balanced well with the right touch of candy sweetness. Just a hint of alcohol.

The oats really round out the body on this one. Nice move DDC; there's nothing worse than a watery wit. Lightly carbonated and maybe a little too drying on the finish, leaving the feeling of just having bitten into a whole orange.

Super drinkable. Packed with flavour and seems to disappear from the glass. One of the better wits I've had; I can't believe I overlooked this one for so long. I'll be buying a bunch more of this stuff while it's around at the LCBO this fall and would highly recommending it to anyone.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a wit should. A very light straw. Hazy. Snow white head balloons up and settles quickly.

Strong spicing on this example. A nose full of coriander first, followed by some mellow tangerine. Also a noticeable bitterness that suggests some heavier than usual hopping unless it's coming from the spices.

It's that odd bitterness right up front. There's a really unique herbal character to this beer. You can feel those nice rounded flavours, but they're lingering behind heavy spicing. There's a real out-of-place bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is right. Smooth, lightly-carbonated.

An interesting example. I think I enjoy it more than the Chambly, but I wouldn't buy it by the case. Worth a try.

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Photo of Luk13
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
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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Blanche Du Paradis from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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