Flowers are a fairly uncommon beer ingredient, which might make drinkers initially skeptical about the Dieu du Ciel Rosée d’Hibiscus. The Rosée is another wheat brewed brewed with an additive and designed for the summer and will surely be a conversation piece at BBQs all across the province, especially after seeing the definite rose coloured beer. But after getting over the initial shock of floral aromas, the beer undoubtedly smells delicious. (Even for lovers of floral IPAs, this is no doubt the real thing.) The wheat helps to balance the aromas with a bit of pepper. In fact, the whole beer is a study in balance and proportion – the hibiscus is always present but never becomes cloying. The flower departs most of its taste to the initial flavours on the palate, but then a dry and tart finish reigns it back in. Even better, the beer can bookend any dinner, either as an aperitif (for the kir-loving crowd) or with a light dessert.
An ancient bottle of Rogue Yellow Snow was opened later in the evening. Hoppy beers are never really meant to be kept around for over six months as the hops eventually start to fade, but the Yellow Snow was so richly hopped that it managed to stand the test of time. While the bitter finish still remained, the biggest difference was the lucious peach gummy flavour that now popped forward. It still tasted excellent to me and I hope this reappears at the LCBO in the future, though maybe for a spring or summer release.
Today: 690mL. Year-to-date: 120.1L.