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

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
Draught, Bateau de Nuit. Hazy straw. Thin head. Aroma is floral, pink peppercorns, and lots of hops. Spicy, sweet and fruity with coriander in the finish. Good, balanced character. Fun, tasty, very quebecois beer. Effortlessly good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
A hazy blonde with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, beautiful ginger snap bread, orange pulp, pungeant essential oils. In mouth, ginger snap cookies, oily mouthfeel, cardamom, loads of spices. Medium bodied. Delicious. On tap at brewpub, Feb. 12 2010.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8349) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
A different wit. Bold flavours, more of a sipper winter warmer. Nice though I could not drink loads of this. Spicy aroma.Above average mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle at Hrvati. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. The aroma is very rich with a lovely combination of soft cinnamon and clove. There also seems to be a bit of ginger and a lovely bit of malt sweetness. There is a great yeast contribution in here. Moderate bitterness that helps to balance the sweetness. It’s a really lovely brew. Rich and pretty delicious. Fairly warming. Me likey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Banana and cinnamon bread and creamy yogourt for this strong witbier...Citrus trees covered by a milky, clovey dew...The 2004 and 2006 are much better than the first year’s and have evolved into another of DDC’s excellent, unique witbier creations...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
2012-12-15. Hazy dark yellow, small white head. 3+ Strong spicey aroma, coriander, spice, floral notes. 6+ Flavour has similar strong spice character, coriander, relatively bitter, sweetish pale malt base. Smooth average plus to medium bodied soft carbonation. 3+ Spice character is a bit too strong for me. Bottle aged six months from Au Coin Duluth, Montreal

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6438) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden with a thick, lasting white head. Aroma is intensely spicy, clove and cinnamon (cloves will always dominate cinnamon), with underlying orange, and on the deep inhale the alcohol is definitely there. Spicy entry, again lots of clove and cinnamon, but the midpalate is supported by generous wheat, and the finish brings lighter orange and cardamom with a surprising amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy (must be the oats in here?) and leans toward heavy, but it goes down so easily! How can a wheat-based beer be heavy? This one is trying . A terrific "imperialized" witbier.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 18, 2006
Tap. 8% .Hot spicy, Belgian ale aroma. Grassy, flowery meadow behind. Pleasant rich aroma. Sunset gold with medium fine head. Medium bodied, sweet honey, meadow flavours, gently spiced. Clean and drinkable strong ale. Be aware!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2004
On Tap, 8% alcohol winter 2004 batch. Cloudy light golden body with a small white head. Huge aroma of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, coriander), very complex. Cloves and banana remind a good german weizen, but such spices complexity is uncommon outside Belgium. This is a decadent wit that makes you wonder how all those flavours can blend together. Good creamy velvety body. Decadent and flavorful altogether, an imperial wit in which the alcohol remain unnopticeable despite being 8%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
Draught. At Dieu du Ciel. Pale clear gold pour with a small white head. Aroma was spicy, fruity and lightly yeasty - like a pungent saison, very fragrant and clover-sweet. The taste was apple, alcohol, spice and sweet, sweet malt - good, warming. My note on mouthfeel: "alc! - sugary ... 3" - had a fairly long, moderately boozy sweet finish.


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