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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

552 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 37
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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Ratings: 552 | Reviews: 323
Photo of f3el
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy taste I wasn't expecting but fits quite well overall.

Photo of Rifugium
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow, nice head. Lots of bitterness throughout, not very appropriate for the style, pepper and yeast, hints of dried citrus zest, herbs, farmhouse. Rough mouthfeel. I'd have to pass on more than a sample of this.

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this from our Montreal trip.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light floral hops, faint Belgian esters, lightly fruity.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice Belgian notes, great esters, faint floral fruity hops.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, very nice Belgian notes. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MarkKochert
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn as a roadie for the train to Chicago. Wish I had 2! Very tasty.

Photo of simonsays2k9
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App: Golden yellow with a slight haziness, light soapy head that dies down to a thin film that stick around for a while. Its a pretty presentation, typical of a belgian ale.

Nose: Clove, pepper, a bit of banana, peach, apricot, white grapes, papaya, white bread very tropical and complex with a slight acidic edge reminiscent of a white wine with some added horse blanket, wet towel, barnyard funky notes that elevates this beer adding even more depth.

Taste: the grapefruit and citrus notes typical of an ipa are more present while still getting those yellow stone fruits and tropical notes. The spicy notes like pepper and clove arent hard to find aswell as that nice funkyness. The bitterness is pleasent. A bit of dankness, pine and grassyness in a dry finish.

This is a masterpiece of a beer with an unusual hop profile full of depth and complexity.
It is highly drinkable. Its the type of beer that you have a hard time putting down.
The malt are suddle in the background, leaving the floor for the hop and the yeast to shine in the spotlight. Very fresh, fruity and spicy while remaining very satisfying and complex. I can't believe i took so long before getting this one. Will buy again, highly recommanded.

(French)

Apparence: Jaune dorée vibrant. Moyennement voilé, avec mousse savonneuse qui se dissipe en un mince film qui demeure présent. Une belle biere sexy and classy.

Nez: Le clous, le poivre et un peu de banane. Les fruits sont a l'honneur avec des notes de pèche, abricots, raisin blanc, de papaye et de mis de pain blanc. Une certaine acidité et des notes funky de ferme, de couverture de cheval mouillée qui vient ajouté un agréable niveau de complexité.

En bouche: Les notes classique d'agrumes tels que le pamplemousse, le citron et l'orange sont plus présente toujours avec des notes de fruits jaunes a noyau qui la diffère de la plupart des IPA. Le clou et le poivre, ainsi que les notes funky sont présentes en bouche également. Une finale avec une amertume moyenne, herbacé avec un peu de sapinage résineux et une touche de "dankness". Quelle belle profondeur. C'est difficile de poser son verre.

Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The numbers say it all

Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head of about a finger’s depth, close to bone white, tightly woven but not especially longlasting, the lacing comes in broad streaks and sticks well. Light orange to yellow colored liquid, looks a touch a dilute, good deal of active bubbles within as well as a very fine particulate which lends it a semi-translucency. There is a raw graininess to the nose as well as peppery nature which keeps it on edge, however, plenty of pine, sweet citrus and floral notes for prettiness, cardamom and chamomile, peach and yellow fruit, fresh with good clarity to the parts. Medium-bodied, dry and zesty entry into the mouth, very floral and the spiciness more pronounced here, cumin, ginger and something close to tarragon, not sweeter spiciness. More orange to lemon citrus than grapefruit. The pine seems more knit in here. The carbonation is tight and not too aggressive. The apricot, peach, pear fruit light of touch without ever disappearing. Essence of violets left behind at the end, expansive floral lift continues. Too rich to be delicate but it is intelligently put together and subtly holds your attention.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07/11/13 From a bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

As a big Belgian fan I find this most inviting. Lots of body, lots of spice & lots of alcohol. At 6.5% we could get very close.

First mouthful was like..."you want taste?...I got taste to spare!...you want assertiveness?...I got that too."

This is not a beer for the timid. It has a hair-raising amount of everything...in brutish amounts. Just what I needed at the end of a session of mediocre attempts.

Long live the bold & brave at heart. FYI "Derniere Volonte" means "last will". I doubt this will be my last, but shall modify the paperwork. Codicil is not a prescription drug but it's use can re-mediate oversight. G'night.

Photo of carlos_fleico
4/5  rDev +0.3%

350ml bottle poured into an wide-mouth snifter.

A: Pours a very light hazy golden color. Color is much fainter and lighter than other Belgian IPAs, but still beautiful. About three fingers of a very fluffy head with great retention. Leaves very thick lacing behind. (4)

S: Sweet wheat and barley malts. Very fruity - peaches and pineapples are very strong, apricots, orange zest, citrusy. Grassy and earthy hops. Belgian spices and yeast, bread dough. (4)

T: Follows the nose in every aspect. Sweet and bitter. (4)

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Malty, bready aftertaste, with a light boozy sensation in the mouth afterwards. Oily and crisp. (4)

O: I tried Dieu du Ciel for the first time when I was in Quebec. I had Chaman and I absolutely love it. Dernière Volonté is a great brew. (4)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%

Bottle dated 6 4 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of yeast phenolics
Head large (9 cm), frothy, white, very slowly diminishing to a broken 3 mm layer
Lacing good – large, thick rings
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins bitter then sweetens with an oily feel; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.125. Final weighted score: 3.1
Not impressed. The concept of a “Belgium IPA” seems makeshift at best, and, IMHO, tend to combine to a drink that is less than either style alone. This has the IPA bitterness and sometime oiliness which is at odds with the yeast phenolics, producing a mish-mash of clashing flavors.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Murky and sunny golden in color. Creamy white head settles to a thin cape wispy lacing.

S: A striking tropical medley greets the nose. Pineapple and juicy peach, apricot, kiwi, tangerine and clementine. It's hard to tell where the hops end and the esters begin. Slight doughy yeast and a whiff of black pepper. Faint brush of alcohol. Sweet and honeyed malt.

T: The same juicy tropical melange leads the way. Pineapple, peach, apricot, tangerine, mango, clementine. Tea-like herbal bitterness as well. Leafy and earthy hop dimension builds underneath the tropical flavors. Malt base is sweet and honeyed. Earthy Belgian yeast. Peppery. Spicy alcohol counters the sweetness. Bitter, oily hops pick it up on the quickly drying finish and bring the balance full-circle.

M: Medium bodied with a slick malty feel. Biting carbonation lifts it off the palate for an airy texture. Lightly grating hop astringency. Robust warming alcohol sensation.

O: There's a great balance of flavors here, with malt, hops, yeast, and alcohol all contributing. Vibrant and juicy tropical notes brought by both big esters and hops provide the focal point. Spicy and peppery yeast and alcohol add a lot of depth and complexity. It ends up being more of a sipper with the big alcohol warmth slowing things down, but this one is both fun and contemplative at the same time.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on Jan 28 2014
A: golden! Shimmering
A: bread dough, grapefruit, medium intensity, mandarin orange, very well balanced, cohesive
T: hard, grapefruit rind, very bitter, lean, not complex. Bitter finish. As it warms the flavour dissipates.
M: medium low carbonation; medium weight
O: not an easy beer to like. Not complex, leaves a bitter taste...

Photo of wspscott
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 3/14 purchased at La Duchesse in Quebec City

A: Very hazy light gold color with a creamy white head, lots of lacing.
S: Obvious Belgian yeast, not much else
T: The Belgian is here, but I am not sure about the IPA, there are obviously hops here, a nice bitterness, but not as much flavor/aroma hops as I would prefer. The malts are awesome, makes me think of a nice pils base with a little bit of light caramel malt. The yeast has produced a lot of spiciness, very Belgian.
M: Very prickly carbonation, crisp, a little on the dry side
O: A very good beer, but I would like more late addition hops, very easy to drink, I could easily reach for a second one. Definitely worth trying, would buy again at the right price.

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, vanilla, floral, tangerine, grapefruit, apple, bready malts, and spiciness.

Taste: A nice blend of aromas. Some mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tasty, medium bodied, tingly bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer definitely got better as it warmed up. I feel a road trip to Chambly coming up in the near future.

Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey yellow with a great sandstorm of swirling yeasts and hazy all round, a little carbonation, 3 fingers of slightly yellow head rising like ice cream and later leaving a nice lace.

S: Floral and fruity, citrus like grapefruit, and floral like perfume, yeasty like a Belgian reminiscent of Duvel, light musty quality, lemony and lemon zest as well. Complex and compelling.

T: Totally follows the nose with a light sweetness leaving it not as dry as expected. I get the grapefruit, perfume, musty Belgian quality, lemon and lemon zest bitterness, light bitterness near the end.

M: Medium lightly syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Would like it a few shades cooler as I had it at room temperature. Complex and unique, more floral than others in this style I remember and slightly sweeter.

Photo of Strix
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky orange with a head that fades quickly to a thin film. Considerable yeast in the glass.

Main smell is a complex yeasty note with a bit of citrus.

Yeast, pineapple, pear, and a slight boozy note.

Mouthfeel smooth, tingling carbonated finish.

This was just fine, but didn't really stand out in the style.

Photo of byronic
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving very minimal lacing.

Very yeasty up front almost overwhelming. There may be hints of malt but they are hard to make out.

Tastes predominately how it smells. Lots of yeast with some herbs very bitter in the finish, the hops really stand out.

Big on hops and yeast with well hidden alcohol. Fairly well carbonated with a dry bitter finish.

A bit too hoppy for my taste and definitely packs a punch of yeast to all senses.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy orange color topped with about a finger of clean white head. Lacing is great as well as retention.

S: A little bit of citrus and some belgian/ bready yeast notes.

T: Not as bitter as I thought it would be, being an IPA and all. It highlights both characteristics of a stronger belgian and IPA. It doesn't do either to one extreme though. By that I mean its a pretty mild blend of both styles. You get a bit of citrusy grape fruit and some slightly pepper phenols. Some pale fruit maybe along the lines of pear are also there but minimal. There really isn't that much depth to the beer IMO.

M: Easy drinking and even somewhat creamy. Perfect carbonation for a belgian in my opinion. Heavy carbonation but not prickly and stingy as some thinner bodied examples can be.

O:It as a good beer overall. It was pretty solid but it wasn't really as outstanding as some of DDC's other beers are.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle snagged from a craft beer "pick 6" wall poured into a goblet. This one is a cloudy golden amber hue with a billowing white head, the latter settling out to leave some intricate lacing on the glass. Aroma is assertive Belgian yeast, spicy yet fruity, with some papaya, mango, and pineapple apparent along with hints of dried banana chip and tobacco. I am getting a lot of musky pineapple on the nose. Palate is a unique, multifaceted hodgepodge of fruit, spice, sour green, bread, and candy flavors. Spicy phenols (clove and faint band-aid) coexist with strawberry fruit chews, rhubarb, candy cigarettes, melon rind, astronaut ice cream, grapefruit, and unripe pear. Initially everything flits about, with nothing obviously out of place despite the mishmash. Things do eventually sort themselves out to a degree, with the strawberry creme and pineapple remaining most salient to me. Moderate of body and carbonation, with a green sour fruit and doughy yeast finish. Not parching and boozy like many tripels and notably hoppy, albeit not in a resinous or piney fashion (think green banana and pineapple skin). Wonderful brew really, so much going on yet not unbalanced or harsh. One of my favorite Belgian IPAs to date.

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 4pk for around $12.00. Served at 10deg C in a tulip glass.

A- Very good. Opens and pours a nice head that dissipates to a film in 2mins. Dark golden almost amber color.

S- Very good. Super yeasty. Smells like Bard's a bit.

T- Very good. Enjoyable malty goodness. Bottle fermented. Super nice little beer.

M- Excellent. Enjoyable to say the very least. Creamy and thick

O- Very good. Would score higher if the price was not so high. Something to put into the cellar for later.

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA bottle fermented beer goes well with... chili

Enjoy

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz glass into a tulip.
Pours a light and hazy blonde straw color with minimal head.
Smells of belgian yeast, a touch of sweetness, touch of malt.
Tastes primarily of belgian twang with a good deal of hop bitterness on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is inviting.
Overall, a very nice and tasty begian/IPA mix.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack from the LCBO for $12.75 CDN. Served well chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Hazy dark yellow beer with some faint orange hues. thick 2 finger white head with good retention time, but for a Belgian IPA, it's only average.

Smell - Sweetness, tropical fruits namely some pineapple in there. Nicely blended with the Funky Belgian yeasts. Also some papaya and mango.

Taste - Straightforward, almost identical to the nose, pineapple, papaya and mango (although in smaller doses) and the unforgettable Belgian yeasts. Quite flavorful but retains light laste.

Mouthfeel - Spectacularly drinkable, since the body is medium - light, the alcohol content reasonable and the flavor is pretty big. Medium -high carbonation but every sip is refreshing. Really nice balance here for the feel.

Overall - A very good Belgian IPA, one of my favorites and probably one of the most "sessionable" ones if a Belgian IPA can ever be called that. Could easily drink the 4 pack over the course of an evening without thinking twice.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with 3 fingers of bone white head. Slowly settles to a light film with lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Yeasty bread paired with light spices of white pepper and mineral and herbal notes. Light hoppiness on the nose.

T: Yeast, mineral and herbal notes. Much more pronounced bitter hops on the tongue compared to the nose.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry bitterness on the finish.

O: Much more hoppy than what I was expecting and more "west coast" in style. Quite well done.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The ever-classy Quebec brewery dips their toe into the ultra-complex world of Belgian wine-like fruit/spice medley and America's acutely bitter hops. Their marriage should be nothing short of spectacular!

The ale opens up with the promise of its style's namesake- exuberantly carbonated, the ale shows nearly champagne proportions as its bubble race from the bottom of the glass and fuel and creamy and loosely-knit froth. Long in its retention and broken in its lace, the ale kicks off like both Belgian and India Pale Ales.

But its aromas are sweetly scented and highly herbal. Honey and light caramel play delicately on the nose while mulled tea-like spices give a richer and heartier tone. Dates and light tobacco play up its fruit and spice balance but without the peppery notions that usually accompany the fruit. Where citrusy aspirations usually abound, we get the woody and herbal tones seemingly of English Pale.

To taste, its honey and herbal taste soothes the palate with a unique "Southern-style sweet tea" flavor that's richer than in any ale to cross my tongue. Light leaf and fruit call the shots with grape leaf, sassafras herbal bark, light dates, figs, apples and sultans. Its sweeter taste commands the balance as the more broad and woody English-like hops give a slight balance to the finish.

Heavy for IPA, the beer's residual sweetness and moderate carbonation keeps the ale creamy and weighted deeper into finish than expected. This allows for fuller appreciation of the beer's earthen sweetness but resists the zesty refreshment of IPA or the arid digestibility of Belgian Ale. Its mild warmth is slightly minty with an aftertaste of sweet tea.

I rather enjoyed the ale, but not as the usually constructed Belgian IPA. Its heavy British overtones gives the ale a unique identity that's quite left of center.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, slight citrus, herbal hop, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, earth, and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite earthy all around.

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Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.