5.9% alc./vol., 341 ml bottle
Dieu du Ciel Inc. – http://www.dieuduciel.com/
St-Jérôme, Québec, Canada
I’m trying and failing to come up with a good name for this colour. Dark orange is the best I can do, but there’s some pink in there too as the beer’s name suggests. I’m used to a few spices in wheat beer, but this one has hibiscus flowers too that provide this unique colour. Hibiscus tea is a popular herbal tea…I wonder if they just toss in some hibiscus tea leaves? The cloudiness tells you it’s unfiltered and bottle fermented. To the nose, it smells like a spicy wheat beer, not like a flower. In the mouth, it has a most unusual flavour. I don’t remember if I’ve ever had hibiscus tea specifically, but there is a lot of flavour of a flowery red herbal tea in this. Like most tea, there’s a slightly bitter aftertaste. The unnamed spices probably include coriander. There’s also a fruitiness to it that makes me think of crabapple jelly. Complex flavour? You bet! Do I like it? Hmm…still thinking about that. I do like a beer with a complex flavour and long finish. Like a lot of weird beers, the bottom of the bottle is tastier than the first sip.