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


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RATINGS: 155   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
StuffWine (128) - Perth, - DEC 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2014 Poured a lovely deep orange amber but with only a very thin white head that went quick. Aroma is big wallop of spice with a touch of yeast funk. Tast is overpowering cloves and cinnamon with an incredibly long finish of bitter citrus peel. Medium to full bodied on palate, creamy mouthfeel with dense soft carbonation. Overall... interesting, unique, worth experiencing. But after a while the strength of cloves gets old. Typos corrected, not re-rated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (409) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
(341mL bottle from Peluso, 9mo) Pours a lightly hazed medium orange with a small white bubbly head, slight lace. Aroma strongly clove and cinnamon, bubblegum sweetness, some light fruity esters (banana, peach). On the palate, slightly sweet wheat malt core, stone fruit, clove and cinnamon (the latter in the finish more) or maybe five spice powder, candied orange rind. Faintly sour yeasty edge in the middle but ultimately sweet/bitter overall, with more citrus rind bitterness on the finish. Medium body, low-moderate carb, slight alcohol heat. Spice heavy wit but there’s a lot of fruitiness too. I think of this in the pantheon of spiced winter ales and it’s a pretty good one because of the other fruity, yeasty elements. Sweet, yes, but not nearly as sweet as some malt bomb winter ales, and more drinkable in small servings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle shared by solidfunk at the DC Summer Saison & Sour Tasting, 7/12/14. Aroma of doughy malt, stone fruit, spice, mild clay. The taste is stone fruits, candied cherry, spice, pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering spice, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow color, bright white head. Aroma of heavy spice. Taste is lightly spiced white bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (331) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 Tiszta, méz színe és puha habja vizuális élményként is megállják a helyüket, csodaszámba menő illatával azonban nem vehetik fel a versenyt. Búzasöröktől némileg szokatlan módon egy déligyümölcsös IPA és keményvonalas, élesztőben fürdőző belga tripel egyvelegének szivárványszínű illatai járják táncukat a levegőben olyan vibrálóan, hogy orrunk alig győzi követni őket. Ha bizonyos nagynevű sörfőzdék különleges hozzávalók jelenlétét kívánják hirdetni címkéjükön, hitelességüket javítandó bátran ajánlanám nekik jelen típust aroma ügyben szemügyre venni; amikor speciális összetevőkről esik szó egy sör esetében, annak számomra legalábbis csak akkor van igazi szenzációértéke, a különleges alapanyagok felfedezése akkor esik a legjobban, ha hiperérzékeny ízlelőbimbók nélkül, akár előismeretek hiányában is a szánkban véljük érezni ízüket. Ebben az esetben ez az erény azzal egészül ki, hogy a fahéj és - még inkább - a szegfűszeg jelenléte okozta speciális ízvilág tolakodástól mentesen, finomra hangolva, mégis határozottan van jelen. A trópusi gyümölcsök húsának zamata, a fűszerek természetes aromái, a komló szoros ölelése egy befőttszerű, hagymalekvárhoz hasonlatos, visszafogottan édes és pazarul harmonikus köntösben teljesedik ki. Olyasféle csemege ez, melynek kortyolása nem mindennapi élvezetet jelent, mégis minden egyes nap áhítattal hódolnánk neki. Rég ittam ilyen remek sört.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Lots of Christmas spice here with cinnamon. Some clove as well. Pours golden with good head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Bottle from Gatineau somewhere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared by solidfunk. Pours lightly hazy yellow with a medium, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is pear esters, black pepper, wheat malt and earthy hops. Flavor is ginger, black pepper, earthy wheat malt, light fruity esters with a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, 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 (3257) - 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 (263) - 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 (117) - - MAY 8, 2014
Apparence: Mousse fine avec une trčs faible effervescence, mais de trčs 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%

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