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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

322 Reviews
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Reviews: 322
Hads: 573
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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 EspressoGuy
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
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... (354 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of byronic
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (594 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,837 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving some dry sticky residue as it does. Thick lacing.

S: Yeast, apricot, raisin, wood, butterscotch, and tea leaf.

T: Yeast, with a slight hint of sweet fruit, bitter citrus pith, wood chips, and raisin.

M: Crisp, yet full and hearty. Very earthy or grainy. Biting bittersweet, dry finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great head, lingering foam, substantial lacing. Nose is fruity and yeasty with some bitter, sweet, and earthy components. Yeast accentuated with hints of bitter pith, sweet citrus, wood tones and bittersweetness. Steely, biting, and dry. Overall, this is a good quaff. (742 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good starting head that settles in a foamy dome. Straw gold color with a light haze.

The smell is an interesting, albeit mild, blend of Belgian yeast, nearly raw malt , grains of paradise and all spice.

The taste departs from the smell by having a far greater level of hop flavor. There's nearly no yeast bite, which is surprising given that this was dominant in the nose. Reasonable pale malt base. For the style, the body leans on the rich side and the carbonation is spot on. Overall, it's a smooth IPA with very mild Belgian tendencies. (542 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with a one finger thick head with short retention and leaving laces.
At opening, lots of leather in the aroma with notes of biscuit malt, honey, herbs and Belgian yeast.
Sweet flavor of honey, herbal and floral hops, oxidized oranges and a hint of tea leaves.
Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering herbal taste.
Full body with low carbonation. 7% abv is far from sight.
Interesting Belgian IPA, not my preferred style, but there are very few true Belgians that could compete with this one. (511 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation, two finger head that doesn't last.

S-Way too malty, like an IPA gone bad, bread and wheat.

T-Very malty unbalanced, grassy some orange.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-The bottle date seemed to imply it was about a month old. But maybe with the Canadian DD/MM system it was actually bottled over six months ago. I sure hope so but I'll still look out for it again if I know it is fresh. (434 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled roughly three months ago, poured with vigor into a clean teku glass to produce a brilliant stark white head. Cloudy with sticky lacing. Pale gold in color, orange hue.

Spicy, fruity, Belgian esters with hints of clove, banana and fig to comprise the nose. Slight musk, hay. Little to be found in the way of hop aroma.

Taste correlates largely with the smell of this beer. Banana and pear mingle with subtle hay and cereal grain. Spicy nuances lend their presence before a metallic, dry, almost astringent finish. Citrus becomes noticeable after a few sips but takes back seat to the augury of Belgian yeast.

Zealous, biting carbonation plays with the tongue, but like a child soon grows bored and gives it a rest. Moderate to light in body, well balanced and satisfying. However, there is little hop presence for an IPA, Belgian or not, in both flavor and aroma. To me, this drinks as a Belgian pale ale. A Belgian pale ale I would certainly drink again. (965 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a huge 4 finger head of white foam, good retention, eventually comes down but still tons of lacing. Hazy pale gold colour, slightly tan. Lot of unfiltered haze. 4.25

A – lemony yeast from the onset. A slight mustiness with farmhouse hay but also lots of fresh lemon coming in. Earthy spices, a rich light malty character, yeast really holds it all together and it is really wonderfully aromatic in the style of a BPA. 4

T – a bit of salty and lemon kick before amber malt and slight bready notes come with a full yeasty compliment in the body. Lemon cake, toffee, wit h a bit of tropical pineapple and soft floral notes. A bit of a sweetness but the yeast has some of pungent musty, and lots of spicey notes, it has a nice complimenting lemony flavor but otherwise there isn’t much IPA bitterness character to speak of, then on the finish a crisp dryness with some hay and musty notes. 4.25

M – moderate bodied with a bit of a sweet malty edge, good amount of soft cleansing carbonation. Lively and flavourful. End is crisp and dry with a yeasty taste. Drinks wonderfully. 4

I really like the rich flavor of floral and citrus with a strong pronounced yeast character. This style is a favourite of mine and this is a pretty solid example of some of the best aspects. It is lighter on hops than American IPA’s but does has a realy nice citrus bite to it, lots of complexity and a good balance of aromatic citrusy hops with a really solid yeast profile. Will be looking for this again, enjoyed very much. 4.5 (1,555 characters)

Photo of dreamchaser
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich, full and wheaty, very thick frothy cream head. Mildly cloudy yellow. Strong notes of citrus. Begins crisp and light and finishes with strong honey and light malt character. Very balanced and refreshing, hides its great very well. It seems much more like a wit than an ale. (278 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-yellow coloring with suspensions floating throughout and a filmy, frothy, uneven white head. Aromas of peach, pear, pineapple, bread, floral highlights, subtle cinnamon and coriander spicing, and some Belgian funk. Subtle nose overall. Flavors are sharp and fruit forward, with a bready backbone that supports and balances. Pear, pineapple, and other tropical fruits blend with coriander spicing on a light, frothy, effervesced body. Spiced and tangy sweet aftertaste, with floral hops highlights accenting the fruit and bready characteristics. Frothy, effervesced finish that cleans the palate and leaves only a trace of spice to linger. Refreshing brew, that is for sure. (745 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/13. Disappointing considering this just recently showed up at the LCBO. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a huge amount of white head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove and light banana notes with some citrus and bready sweetness in the background.

T - Moderately bitter for the style and dry but the hop profile doesn't taste as fresh as it could be. Belgian yeast, clove, spice and a light banana presence with just a touch of citrus. Drinks more like a strong saison than a Belgian IPA.

M - Light to medium body. Slight stickiness. Moderate carbonation. (584 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a hazy orange with magnificent white three-inch head. Great retention; nice, stringy lacing.

S:
Yeasty odors and bubblegum predominate with some grassy hop smells mixed in for good measure.

T:
Soft and slightly sweet; doughy on the tongue at first before bittering up with some earthy hop tones and a banana-filled finish.

M:
Creamy and dry. Just as it should be. Feel a touch chalky, but otherwise very good.

O:
Very good beer. Really subtle with a nice hop punch that kind of sneaks up on you. I really think the subtlety is what I like about it. There is stuff going on, but it is well-balanced enough that you have to really concentrate.
One of the better ones I have had from Dieu du Ciel, but they are all pretty good so, who knows? : )
Would definitely have again. Worth seeking out. (805 characters)

Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.