Though most known for its coffee stout “Peche Mortel,” Canadian brewery Dieu Du Ciel! has a fair range of beers, most of which we don’t get here, but we are starting to see more of its beers in South Florida. One of those is the Rosee d’Hibiscus, generally a Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with “spices” and most notably, hibiscus flowers. At 5% ABV, I have a feeling this is the kind of beer I’m going to love for summertime drinking. Let’s give it a look:
As you can see, it’s red, about as red as a raspberry lambic. Thin layer of coarse-looking foam. As usual, Dieu Du Ciel! has outdone itself with beer labels – if you ask me, better-looking art than some of the stuff I see at Art Basel. This one is highly floral in the nose, with a little of that sourdough/wheat aroma you expect with Belgian wheat beers.
If you were ever curious as to what hibiscus flowers taste like, this is it. There’s a light tart and vague “tropical fruit” character, along with a certain pithy bitterness from the flowers. Sweetness is hinted at but never fully arrives on the palate; kind of an off-dry. The easy-going wheat backbone is crisp and lets this go down breezily. Floral aftertaste lingers.
This is so easy to drink, it has been difficult to keep enough of it in front of me to blog about. It’s perfect refreshing summer drinking – I see most people polishing off this 12 ounce bottle in 5-10 minutes. I daresay one could make a session out of it, although at $5-6 per, tossing back 4 of these will run over $20, much higher if found at a bar.
I wouldn’t bother pairing it with food, as this is pure summer refreshment, but I suppose it could work with a fruit salad. I want to go to a BBQ where there’s a public cooler stocked with this, that’d be nice…..