Tonight I had my very first beer brainstorm with the man behind Lost in the Beer Aisle. Essentially we meet at a specified time on chat and pop open the same beer together for a review. Fun concept that I look forward to doing again (thanks Josh!).
I popped out to Premier with list of brews queued up in his fridge so I could choose one that (a) was available and (b) looked wicked interesting. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Rosée d’Hibiscus was it.
This 5% ABV spiced Belgian wheat poured a cloudy, ruddy rose brown with a head that fizzled out, dissipating super quickly. Its aroma was of raspberries, pink grapefruit and flowers (I assume from the hibiscus).
Rosée d’Hibiscus’ body was extremely light and fizzy, with a flavor so subtle that it was almost like drinking super watered down, fizzy juice. Josh put it perfectly when he noted it was like lightly flavored seltzer water. Really disappointed, honestly – with the aroma and cloudiness I would’ve thought there be more to the palate but unfortunately, it’s quite lacking. I could barely even taste the wheat!
If I had to define one beer on earth as a lawnmower beer, it would be this one. The taste is so, so light that I really feel more like I’m drinking fizzy flavored water than beer. I thought maybe there would be some nice Belgian yeast action, since it was so cloudy, but in all honesty, it was quite a let-down.
I would never buy this again but if someone offered it to me after I spent 18 hours in a desert, I would be eternally grateful.
[techtags:BEER REVIEW, BEER REVIEWS, SPICE BEER, CRAFT BEER, BEER BRAINSTORM, BRASSERIE DIEU DU CIEL]