Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Blanche Neige from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
I'm not a big fan of Wit beer. I often find it lacking in body and really sweet with coriander overpowering everything. Blah – not for me. I wasn't really looking forward to drinking Dieu du Ciel's Blanche Neige (french for Snow White) because, well, who wants to drink a Wit in February?
I should have known though, Dieu du Ciel doesn't brew a simple Wit for February, no they brew an amped up version with cinnamon, cloves with an ABV of 8.3%! The result is a shimmering gold liquid with thin (snow) white head that quickly melts away. Cinnamon and cloves are very dominant in the aroma, but also orange rind and tart yeast. The flavour is full on clove with cinnamon coming in at the end with orange rind, banana and earth/floral hops.
With the high alcohol content this beer is dangerously drinkable and may even lull you to sleep after a few bottles. Better make sure you have a Prince (or Princess) Charming to wake you up.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall…Dieu de Ciel's Blanche Neige beer,a Wit beer with Cinnamon and Cloves is quite delicious!
I had a sample of this beer at Bières du Monde last week and was really excited to dive into a whole bottle. It pours a hazy straw color and citrus aromas waft from the glass with a mixture of cinnamon and peppercorn.
I tasted the cinnamon right away along with flavours of banana bread, with the notes of clove only appearing after the beer warmed slightly. Just the right amount of sweetness balances the beer out nicely.
With an ABV of 8.3% it's a great beer to warm up with in the cold winter – instead of having to seek out shelter with 7 dwarfs.
Blanche Neige is available (whiles supplies last) at Bières Du Monde (181 Rue Principal Aylmer, QC and Bières du Monde department in the Outaouais Fruterie in Les Galeries de Hull) - lesbieresdumonde.com