Based in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!1 was founded in 1998 and has made a name for itself by producing some extremely good beers with extremely artistic sounding names, and has brewed at least one beer in almost every conceivable style since it opened.

Originally released in 1999 at Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!’s brewpub, Blanche du Paradis2 is a 5.5 percent ABV Belgian-style witbier3 brewed with coriander seeds and Curaçao orange peels and is sold in 11.5-ounce bottles.

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Blanche du Paradis bottle

The beer label has more information:

Unfiltered and containing almost as much raw wheat as malted barley, it presents a veil of yeast and proteins giving this style its “Blanche” name. Round and light at the same time, it exhales fresh baked bread aromas, and reveals spices and citrus flavours, accompanied by subtle notes of acidity coming from the wheat.

Blanche du Paradis pours a light golden hay color with a fairly insubstantial white head that quickly dissipates, leaving the tiniest amount of lacing behind. Carbonation in the glass looks promising, and the aroma coming from the glass is a combination of strong lemon rind, malt, wheat and oranges.

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Blanche du Paradis

Carbonation level is excellent, just enough to give the beer a punch without overdoing it. Flavors are fairly straight forward: grains, tart lemon peel, yeast and slight coriander. There is a bit of a white pepper bite that lingers on the finish, and it actually does a good job of making the other flavors more distinct as well as increasing the complexity of the overall profile slightly. I am also tasting a touch of orange sweetness every once in a while, but it is not something that sticks around, and is not very strong when it does show up.

As it warms, the pepper in the Blanche du Paradis becomes quite a bit more aggressive, as does the tart citrus bite that is in evidence. While the finish gains a bit of bitterness, I can still taste a faint sweetness every once in a while, and the carbonation level remains high despite the warming temperature.

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Blanche du Paradis
BREWERY: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
LOCATION: Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada
STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 5.5 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $4.99
RELEASE DATE: 1999 (bottled 2014)
AVAILABLE IN: 11.5-ounce bottles
I was not sure what to think of this bee before I tried it, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit, as long as I was not expecting too much from it. While the profile is quite crisp, even zesty at times, it never comes close to becoming overly complex with fairly simple flavors, albeit balanced quite nicely. A very easy drinking beer and well brewed, but not something I would search out over others in the style.
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