Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
A - Dark gold color with frothy/rocky white head that leaves lace everywhere. Lots of small pieces of sediment that don't swirl around but are suspended as if in gelatin
S - Very yeasty, a bit wheaty, sweet vinous/champagne notes, smells like it came straight from belgium
T - Beautiful. Caramel sweetness, candied sugar, apricot, belgian yeast, banana fruitiness, some floral flavors...very much like a tripel, a very good one at that.
M - Light bodied but not watery, close to medium. Very smooth with a hint of carbonation
O - An exceptional beer. All the qualities of a tripel with more drinkability if you can believe it. On the sweet side for sure but still very complex and probably the best looking BPA - not to mention one of the best tasting - I've had to date.
04-08-2011 04:11:12 | More by josefnewsong
4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a huge foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin lacing that lasts. Citrus and floral hop aroma with some pine, citrus fruit and sweet maltiness. Perfect balance of hops, fruit and yeast, with hints of golden crisp apple and pear and subtle spices. Bitter hops up front with creamy smooth fruit center and dry hop finish. Very good!
12-05-2008 06:58:23 | More by corby112
4.83/5 rDev +21.4%
One of the most memorable beers I tried (on draft) during my recent trip to Montreal, this review is on a bottle purchased here.
Rocky head with good lace on a slightly hazy orange body. Citrusy hops, pine and estery yeasty notes share the nose. Both the hops and yeast contribute to a strong fruity character - at once mango, then orange - lots to contemplate. These flavors continue in the taste, sharing the palate with a nice bready malt sweetness.
A great marriage of big hops and Belgian yeast. Maybe bettter classified as a Belgian IPA? Regardless, I will be sure to reach for this one whenever it is available!
11-08-2010 23:04:32 | More by CliffBrake
4.74/5 rDev +19.1%
330ml bottle, served in DDC tulip. Bottled August 2012. A little old.
A - Copious, billowy head, with a body the colour of a light unfiltered apple juice.
S - Juicy fruit hops, citrus, yeast
T - Banana, juicy fruit, the more bitter hops have dissipated, leaving more fruit behind. Delicious either way.
M - Good medium carbonation, medium body, perfect for the style.
O - Perfect! Keep up the good work DDC
02-10-2013 02:39:44 | More by Beelzebeer
4.7/5 rDev +18.1%
Perfect appearance for an abbey beer. Hazy and golden. Complexion is reminiscent of a cocktail enjoyed on the beach.
Fruity and aromatic. Peaches and mango are noticed in the scent. It truly smells like the notable brands originating from Belgium. Very inviting to all.
This is a brilliantly disguised 7% ABV. I love every aspect of the taste as it truly replicates a Belgium brew without the peppery additives that most North American imitations have included by mistake.
Very nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Effervescent all over. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue, but it is pleasant.
Let me put it this way; I'd bring a case of this to a party if I wasn't worried I'd give too many away to curious friends. Thankfully, I have no problem drinking a bunch at home with the Inner Circle.
One for the Ages.
09-27-2010 20:41:36 | More by zachariaIPA
4.65/5 rDev +16.8%
This sucker was picked up at MarCellars in Idaho Falls which is in Idaho, of course! Freegin' killer choice for a drink this evening. I think that my only partial non-smile was because it's a bit too heady, super frothy and it sticks around forever w/serious lite lacing. She's a spike to chew on....anwahhh. Super drink that teases like great super yumm yumm floral masterpiece or one could simply say, "Great Beer!" Cheers!
04-18-2009 05:36:49 | More by TroyS
4.59/5 rDev +15.3%
a: hazy golden orange and crisp dark caramel towards the center, bunch of floaties in here. three finger thick white head
s: pear, green apple, bubblegum, sweet caramel malt, sweet berries, hint of vanilla, citrus towards the end
t: ripe pears, sweet apples, raisins, nice caramel malt backbone, definite belgian-tasting yeast. nicely mellow spices in here: coriander, slight black pepper, clove. nice crisp finish, with the very faintest piney bitterness. finishes real clean
m: medium, with some carbonation that pops in your mouth and releases some of those sweet flavors
o: really solid. i'm not sure how fresh my bottle was, but there was almost no bitterness - which is not a bad thing. the sweet harmonizes nicely with the yeast and spices. this is a nice crisp, refreshing drinker that provides a nice amount of flavors while at the same time feeling refreshing. thumbs up
05-31-2013 02:59:55 | More by hopsputin
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Picked this and peche mortal up at Stateline Liquors in MD. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.
A- Pours with a 1/2 finger creamy white head that has perfect retention. Body is a beautiful translucent gold. Cloudiness is very dense and yeast sediment can be seen floating throughout along with bubbles steadily rising to the top.
S- Nose is soft and floral hops, peppery spice. and sweet yeast are detectable with a light scent of fruits too. Very nice.
T- Dry apple, pear, and citrus upfront with a soft,smooth, yeasty backbone. Bitter floral hops and a good dose of peppery spice kick in for the finish and do not overpower what was already present. Soft hop bitterness and all the characteristics mentioned before linger on the back of the palate long after each swallow.
M-Medium to high carbonation and a light smooth and yeasty body.
D- Well here you have it. I haven't sampled much from this style considering we like our big beers-and BSPA is my favorite style. The other pale Abbey Ales I have tried don't measure up to this one though. This has everything I like about BSPAs and Tripels w/o as much Alcohol...therefore perfect drinkability. French Canadians sure do know how to make their Belgians.
08-06-2008 00:04:49 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
09-13-2010 20:54:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearance: hazy honey yellow, strong bubbles and a thick lacy 2 finger head, head that lasted medium long and resided into a thick lacing. delicious
Nose:sweet white winey yeast, floral, spicy, honey very sweet sweet refreshing honey
Taste: spicey, strong carbonation, honey and flora aromas,
Sharp medium strong hop bitters ness that fades quickly. The esters really open up as this beer warms; it a acquires spicy lemon. That sweet malty honey backbone (crystal malt) truly makes this beer so complex and aromatic and refreshing; as it warms it a quires a peppery aftertaste, also it acquires a stronger orange
Having had the red wine aged just previous to this one earlier today cant tell how this was seen to be a perfect candidate for souring/innoculation in barrel and aging in oak, more so red wine. Has light vinous and dry notes,. The dry hop bitterness is definitely what gave a backbone to the other
It definitely was a good choice to age in red and not white wine oak barrels. The sharp contrast is just fitting enough to pair well with this.
Overal: this beer is amazing, so wonderful and complex. To be honest it is amongst the first belgian pale that i've liked so incredibly much. Outside of orval, duvet and delirium tremens, unibroue don de diueu and fin du monde i have not found belgians i truly like. This one is unique because it is such low alcohol and so refreshingly light. This beer is truly worth the high score on BA.
Would be interesting to somehow add some tart lemony notes to this. Is it possible to sour this with some bret/lacto (and optional add lemon)
04-23-2012 08:19:10 | More by Kacid
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Thanks Larry for shipping this too me. I loved this brew from the moment I opened it. Light blonde color full of floral and honey notes. Very smooth taste with a fig and honey after taste. The alcohol was present but very drinkable. Another great belgian and very excited I had the opportunity to try this one.
08-16-2011 17:19:28 | More by STKPICR0720
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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