Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Brewed only once a year to keep you warm during the cold winter months, the Blanche Neige (« Snow white ») isn’t your typical wheat beer. Firstly, the level of alochol is surprising and is perceived rapidly both in the bouquet and in the mouth. The spices come through immediately, giving very little room for the usual wheat beer aromas (coriander and curaçao). Cinnamon and clove dominate and the flavours are generously well-rounded thanks no doubt to residual sugars. It is therefore a very sweet beer that is best appreciated slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2769) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours a orange glowing golden color with a finger of sticky white foam. Nose is spiced orange peel, bubblegum, cotton candy and clove. Palate follows with a big sticky sweet backbone that is cut with some bitter clove and dandelion herbal spice, Lingering earthy dusty wheat, ginger, black tea some booze... not really drinking it in season but raging through some shelf picks that I just snagged while in Montreal !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle of Canada high boost gold ale. Fruity aroma offers juicy pineapple, melon. Weird sprucy pine presence. Pungent. Better than expected pretaste as aroma doesn’t come across as overly sweet and boozy. Taste offeres semisweet lightly booze kissed melons spiked with hibiscus and a pine tree. Spices perhaps of the muddled cinnamon or clove variety offered on that lingering finish. Artwork on the Bootle is pretty tame. Better than expected but the hippy high boost gold with muddled some what goopy flower and pineapple hop is not exactly my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (512) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Strong, spicy aroma of cinnamon, clove and some alcohol.Sweet flavour dominated by cinnamon and clove but also notes of malt and ginger with a warming alcohol finish. A great winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stephane_Houle (222) - - MAY 8, 2014
Apparence: Mousse fine avec une très faible effervescence, mais de très fines bulles. D’une couleur jaune dorée magnifiquement voilé. Arômes: Présence de clou de girofle et de céréales. Saveurs: Saveurs de clou de girofle et de céréales plus faible. Fiche technique : Style: Witbier Format: 341 ml Taux d’alcool : 8,3%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Draft sample. Gold in colour (with no wheat beer haze) and moderately carbonated. Floral soap, coriander, and strong malted wheat dominate the nose. More coriander and wheat in the mouth, along with elements of clove and vanilla. Heavy bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2939) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
On tap at the Only Cafe. Pours a clear golden colour with lasting white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy with some herbal character. Flavour was sweet fruit (apple, etc), interesting spiciness and herbs. Fine carbonation. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours bright orange with a small white head. Nose is sweet and zesty with a heavy focus on lemon rind and ginger. Very Christmas cake forward. Taste is spice driven as they come. Loads of ginger, clove, nutmeg, citric zest and banana. Like a ginger Christmas cake. Odd. Works together well but not my kind of beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3696) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
341 ml bottle poured into my DDC tulip. Golden pour, big, frothy white head. Aroma of a belgian wit. Im getting corriander, some light citrus and tropical fruit with some subtle spcing, Carb is quite high, but does not detract, mouth feel is perfect. The finish is very low on the bitterness. The cloves really shine in the end, a big clove presence, and earthiness. Tropical fruit, with a distinct clove earthiness round out the finish, and the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wolffish (395) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
Très surprenant l’équilibre atteint avec les épices; souvent, ça goûte trop ou pas assez. Bonne, riche, de qualité, rien à redire...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpkinhead2 (655) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Bière jaune soleil, bien voilée avec une multitude de petites particules en suspension, bonne effervescence, surmontée d’un col blanc immaculé, un peu mince, mais mousseux, très dense, et persistant. Arômes de pain frais, blé, céréale sucrée, sucre brut, orange sucrée, avec un peu d’alcool et beaucoup d’épices. L’étiquette mentionne la cannelle et le clou de girofle, mais j’ai l’impression de déceler plus, camomille, coriandre, gingembre, muscade… C’est très parfumé comme bière, et j’ai bien l’impression que des effluves d’un houblon très floral et parfumé viennent s’ajouter au bouquet. Nez bien agréable, belle complexité, intensité adéquate. En bouche, pétillement plutôt faible, onctuosité moyenne au palais, on retrouve le velouté typique du blé. Au goût, on retrouve pas mal le nez en ce qui concerne le malt et le blé, pain frais, grain sucré, sucre brut. On retrouve également l’orange sucrée en bouche, tout de même pas mal d’alcool, mais c’est bien intégré, et le beau bouquet d’épices précédemment humé, mais celui-ci est cependant moins intense qu’anticipé. Par moment, on a l’impression de boire une pâtisserie liquide aux oranges et aux épices. Le houblon très floral et parfumé est bien présent en bouche, et il mène à une amertume plutôt légère mais que je trouve mal intégrée, un peu âcre, j’aurais préféré une finale plus douce. L’alcool également me semble par moment un peu trop présent au goût, et un peu mal intégré aux autres saveurs. Il s’agit néanmoins d’une très bonne bière, bonne intensité en bouche, belle complexité, belle originalité également.

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