Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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566 Ratings

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 40
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Have you made out your "last will?" Personally, we'd rather drink ours, and you can too, with this beer from their brewpub in Montréal and new brewery in St-Jérôme.

Unfiltered, cloudy, peachy, blond-colored beer with a very thick and clingy, tightly woven, foamy head. Exotic and fruity in the nose with ripe nectarine, hint of plum, and apple. Some soft hay too. As for the taste, it starts off with a pretty lively and creamy palate that's dry, crisp and quite refreshing. There's also a sting of citric bitterness beneath, followed by a slight medicinal, metallic flavor. Quite hoppy, actually, with some leaf, floral and herbal that brush up against a semi-rough yeast. Interesting hop oiliness too--dry hopped? Moderately fruity, sweet with juicy peach. Peppery. Warming. Finishes dry, a bit yeasty, with some hay and leafiness in the linger.

This is a fantastic Belgian-inspired beer that's both complex and a real pleasure to imbibe. So damn refreshing too. Our one disappointment is that we only picked up a single bottle instead of a six-pack, but we didn't want to push our beer karma with customs.

More User Reviews:
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 RoyalT
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This was a rather dull orange in color with a head that blew up in the bottle.

Smell - The super-candied sugars are a bit too much and dominate this nose.

Taste - The sugars overpower everything here at the taste. I can get some light orange and the alcohol is like a medicine cabinet.

Mouthfeel - This is on the big side of medium-bodied with too much carbonation.

Drinkability - The lack of balance in this ale resulted in what could have been a good beer land right at average.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

LOOK (3/5) Pours 7-8*SRM. The head is white and very rocky - it falls quickly. Some nice lacing is left behind. Clarity is poor, almost as opaque as a witbier.

SMELL (3.5) The malt aroma is pretty subdued - especially when compared to others of this style, like Affligem. I do get some very light breadcrust and grainy notes, though. The yeast really dominates with some bubblegum and floral notes. Hops are pretty light and citric with a hint of grapefruit in there.

TASTE (4/5) the flavor is a lot hoppier than the nose. Some malts, similar to the nose were present, but the hops were really front-and-center. Their character is citric and herbal, almost like an iced tea with lemon. Some nice floral and spicy yeast. This finish is drier and a bit tart. Some moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

FEEL (4/5) The body is medium and the carbonation is medium-high. The effervescent quality this produces plays up the dry-tart finish well and really makes the transition from the tartness to a bit of hop bitterness well.

DRINK (4/5) A really drinkable BPA, well balanced and tasty. It didn't really play into style guideline; but who cares? I was tasty.

Photo of wrycon
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite pretty. Dense gold in the middle, with straw tones on the edges. Half a finger of pearl white foam that dissipates slowly. Smells freshly of lemon and grain and a slight nuttiness. Smells quite clean. Some citrus tang at the outset. There's a rounded sort of earthiness in the middle that tries to hold the citrus down, but the end gives way to a clean, slightly tart finish. There's a heft to this beer, which the nose and taste try to deny. Nicely complex and drinkable. My only complaint is there isn't a truly defining characteristic for it to hang its hat on.

Like It? Yes.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle pours into a snifter a hazy golden amber body. Offwhite head is medium in size and deposits a thin array of patchy lace.

Aroma is interesting. Spicy pepper, earthy yeast, fruity esters(mostly grapefruit), and grassy and floral hops.

Body is light medium with a zesty carbonation and a distinct peppery bite.

Taste is peppery, yeasty, dry, and dominated by a floral and herbal hoppiness. Nicely done. Faint banana and grapefruit add depth. Biscuity malts add a faint note of honey, but this ale is essentially hop driven and finishes with a grassy and pepper dry bitterness.

Nicely executed by this Canadian brewery, very much akin to the finer Belgian hoppy ales.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle enjoyed at the Blue Bird Tavern in Burlington , VT
Poured yellowy and hazed amber under a large and lasting off white head.
Subtle flowery nose.
Dry, yeasty Belgian style brew, ample lime notes, dry hops and wheat infused intrigue. Enjoyable and flavorful Canadian take on a sturdy and classic style. More quality brew from BDDC

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second of my DDC samplers from the LCBO's fall release. After roasting my tastebuds on Route des Epices last night, a return to Belgian pale ales - a style Quebeckers brew so very well - was certainly welcome.

Poured into a Leffe goblet. A peachy-coloured brew, slightly opaque, with wisps and patches of sediment gracing the lower half of the glass. Frothy, patchy head is thin, but retains well. Crests of lacing appear here and there. Looks great.

Nose is peach, lemon, citrus, yeast, and a fine hop character as well.

A splendid tasting Belgian pale. Notes of peach, pear, spices, yeast and dry white wine. Lovely use of hops to the finish - peppery and leafy tastes linger after each sip. Warming alcohol burn as well. Great stuff.

Could have used a bit more carbonation, but other than that, about right for the style.

Another winner from DDC, a great BPA that can challenge any Belgian or Unibroue product. Definitely worth a pick up - or two or three. (And, once again, terrific bottle artwork!)

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a tulip glass

Apperance - beer pours with a good 3 fingers of head (with an aggressive pour). Head is white and fluffy. Beer is a hazy ale colour with a decent amount of carbonation up the middle. There is some ok lacing occurring.

Smell - Very nice smelling beer, i can pick up some hops, banana, spices and possibly a hint of caramel. Overall, very dominating smell to this beer.

Taste - I found this to be a very smooth beer, velvety actually in my mouth. The beer spices come through early with hints of the banana. I am also picking up some citrus tones in the tasting.

Mouthfeel - huge value added with the amount of carbonation. The spices and banana/caramel come through real nice. I am pleased with the aftertaste, its actually kind of sweet.

Drinkability - Another Dieu du Ciel masterpiece, this is a great beer that offers so much to the beer drinker. I am very impressed and will stock for sure.

Photo of ehammond1
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed golden yellow in color with a thin, creamy near-white head that eventually leaves thin ribbons of lace down the glass.

A near classic, though muted Belgian pale aroma, with distinct Belgian style yeast, some musk, a bit of black pepper, lemon, and floral notes.

The flavor is a nice combination of sweet malts, musk, Belgian yeast, some floral and citrus notes, and a moderate level of bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very nice example of the style, though somewhat simple.

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to small snifter.
Poured hazy golden-yellow: looks like something you wouldn't want to drink! Average head and lacing.

Aroma: tart; arpicots, citrus and yeast

Flavor: Tart! Hints of apricot; light yeast; light bread.

Feel: Medium body; adequate but low carbonation.

O: a powerful, tart Belgian Ale; definitely NOT a Belgian IPA -- more like a Belgian tripel. Didn't hit the spot with e but certainly will for others.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle poured into a Duvel Glass

Appearance: Nice thick head that lasts covering over an orange hue.

Smell: Mostly piney citrus hops with a bit of spice.

Taste: Flora hops with citrus. A pleasant citrus sits on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a creamy start frothy start that returns in the finish.

Drinkability: Nice hops, one could drink a few in a row.

I liked this beer enough, though, for the price, there are some better pales on the shelf. As far as Canadian beer brewers of Belgian imitations (and this is personal opinion) I would go with Unibroe.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange boded beer with a fluffy off-white head that last for the full beer. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. With each sip the head leaves a register mark of thick foam on the glass.

S- The aroma of perfumed yeast gives way to a smell of fresh green hop pellets followed by a note of fresh cut pine wood to finish.

T- This beer has a mellow green hop snap to the flavor. Upon further sipping, a perfume flowery hop flavor shows up in the finish, with a soft bitterness lingering on. As the beer warms there is a soft tangerine flavor and pale malt flavor supporting the hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This is a great Belgian Pale Ale. Soft hop bitterness with a bigger hop flavor that blends perfectly with the yeasty qualities and opens up more and more with each sip.

Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a fluted tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a strong yellow with a decent amountof hazing. Large pearly white head forms, holds, and laces nicely.

S: Damn, very unique. Huge fruity esters and loads of spices. All kinds of citrus fruits, lots of lemon. Spices galor, cardomum, cinnamon, all spice, clove, lots of ginger. Maybe lavender?

T/M: Exactly the same as the nose. This is so unique. A controlled bitterness helps to balance some of the sweetness. I love the added depth the lightly added phenols bring. Light, crisp body with greatly refreshing carbonation.

D: Drinkable and very interesting. Very surprised with this one.

Photo of MyBrainHurts
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Accidentally crashed on the end of the pour (pint glass), and got some yeast. Didn't affect taste adversely, but possibly appearance, which just wasn't just cloudy, but also dusty. Otherwise a hazy orange color. Some might be turned off by the fantastic, frothy head that lingered and laced to the very end, but I loved it. Gotta subtract half a point for the floaties, though. Probably should take more off for that.

S: Citrus, banana, clove

T: Very strong grapefruit flavor, almost (but not quite) overpowering, pleasant

M: The expected acidic "tongue-tang" from this type of beer.

D: Wished I had another on hand.

I like this beer, but not sure if I would buy another for $7 a bottle again. (Capones in Norristown, PA)

Worth it for the try.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a slightly cloudy orange copperish with a large white frothy head that leaves great lacing.

Smells sweet and tangy with a hint of spices maybe corriander.

Tastes kind of sweet with a sour finish. Maybe a grapefruit taste. The hops and the malts are pretty equal in this brew.

Has a medium body with medium-high carbonation

A decent brew, but won't drink alot of these.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz chalice at the brewpub in Montreal. Sort of a humourlessly morbid name for a beer: "Last Will".

This beer appears a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one skinny finger of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty decent patchy lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat acerbic yeast, mildly tart lemon citrus, a light pale grainy malt, a certain farmhouse mustiness, and some middling clove and white pepper spices. The taste is lemony yeast, the fruitiness fused right in there, wheaty pale malt, more orange citrus, cloves, black pepper, a hint of banana chips, and maybe a bit of booze warming.

The fizziness is fairly moderate, the body an adequate medium weight, and sort of pithy in its general smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, spice, and hops all siding that way.

An agreeable enough Belgian IPA, one which drinks a bit more like a strong saison, but that's just nitpicking. Tasty, especially if you need a dry kick to the palate.

Photo of joeseppy
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange with chunks floating around. Thick foamy head.

Aroma of citrus hops, funky fruits and yeasty notes.

Taste tropical fruit notes and banana (probably from the yeast). Tones of candy sugar sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness and some Belgium yeast funk.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

A delicious blond ale I look forward to having again.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz. bottle served cool into a chalice.

Dernière Volonté pours a pale copper orange color with hazy clarity. The head is thick and forms easily. It settles very slowly and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy. It's filled with lemons, oranges, and grapefruit as well as more earthy grassy hop notes. There is an underlying sweet and sour character that has my taste buds jumping in my mouth.

The flavor of this beer is as powerful as it is unique. There is a world of depth going on that is really something. It has great tart and sour citrus, some sweetness in the form of vanilla and caramel, and it ends with big bitterness and Belgian yeast funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Balance leans towards the bitter but it still maintains its equilibrium.

Overall a really fantastic surprise of a beer. Then again, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel seldom fails to disappoint.

Photo of daftafne
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Appeared a gold amber with a massive cream colored billowing head that lingered for a great while. Smelled distinctly of banana along with spices and bread. Tastes starts with a little bread/grass then peppery spice then a bit metallic and finally hop bitterness. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is great - good carbonation, glides over the tongue and has some bite. A very fine example of a belgian blonde.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, good head, lace. Good carbonation. Dry hoppy finish, citrus spice yeast, medium mouthfeel. Mondiale 2005 where they were generous with sample sizes. Satisfying Belgian Pale. Nothing disapointing from this brewery, but this was an over-the-top highlight.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw-gold. Champagne head, good retention. Well defined lacings to the finish.

Definitely Belgian on the nose. Big spicy yeast, dusty cloves.

Yeast is the star of this show. Spices, cloves again, mingling with light fruit, pear being the standout. Citrus flavour pop through eventually, but I find the yeast chews them up and spits them out. Not that that's a horrible thing, it's a nice Belgian pale.

A great complex Belgian pale, but I kind of struggle to find the "I" part of that. Belgian base is a bit too bold for the hops. Funny that. Still a great drink though.

Photo of ElGordo
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a honey-orange color, crowned by a half-inch of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. Nose is mostly light pale malt, with some peppery notes lingering in the background, along with a touch of citrus. Palate is mostly light sweet malt, with peppery and citrusy notes and very light sugary sweetness on the finish. Body is creamy and smooth, just about perfect for the style. This is a highly drinkable, true-to-style beer that's quite enjoyable. Another great offering from Dieu du Ciel.

Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Impressive pour of golden color with a soapy thick white foam. Lacing is consistent. A bit of yeasty sediment is noted.

S - Scents of fresh bread & apples\pears is what I get. Almost has a cider semll.

T - I found it sort of bland. Scents don't translate to the taste. There is an acidic finish to this. While crisp, it just isn't all that noteworthy.

M - Feels medium bodied. Minimal carbonation. The diacetyl burn at the end is a bit intrusvie.

O - For those that love belgian pales, this is worth trying. I like many of the Dieu De Ciel offerings, but this one didn't do much for me.

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very hazy and a light straw color. Heavy amounts of sediment are clouding the field. It's topped off with a vanilla colored head that's a little foamy and a very impressive three fingers tall. It was slow to dissipate and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Very, very impressive here.

Smell: The nose is good despite being a little underpowered. Initially it smells like clove and light pepper. Nice, spicy aroma. There may be some other lighter spices that I can't identify. There's a nice mix of light citrus and apple scents. It is a sweet smelling beer. Perhaps a little sugary. Alcohol is easily noted. I'm surprised given the abv, but it is what it is. Nicely done, overall, but could be improved a little.

Taste: The flavor profile parallels the nose. It's spicy up front. Clove and pepper are the primary spices, but it does feature other spices I can't identify. It is fruity and sweet. Candy apple and pear are the most notable flavors. Citrus lemon and light orange are secondary. It has a slight Belgian yeast flavor. It's not as strong as in some other Belgian-style releases, but it's a nice flavor. Alcohol is noted and even feels a tad warm. It's more conspicuous than it should be. Finishes spicy and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and has an above average feel. Frankly, carbonation is high and really impedes any smooth feel it might have. Drinkability is good. It actually comes across than stronger it is. It runs a little too warm. It goes down relatively easy, but one bottle's enough for me.

Dernière Volonté's a good beer. I've had better releases of the style. This one comes across as a little overly aggressive and could stand to have a few kinks worked out (nose strength, alcohol warmth, and high carbonation). It's a good beer that's well worth checking out, but it could be improved a little.

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Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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