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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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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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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 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)

Photo of Comics
1/5  rDev -74.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Unfortunately I have to give this beer a 1-star review because every bottle in the six-pack I purchased is bad. This batch (bottled 04/13, with marking "6-5" the bottles) is extremely over-carbonated and pours out of the bottle entirely as foam, even with the slowest possible pour. The foam takes at least 15 minutes to settle partially.

Otherwise, I think this would be a very nice beer if they can get their quality control issues sorted out. I'd be very happy to taste a batch that doesn't have these issues. (514 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden amber pour with a huge lasting white head. Very good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, fruity with mild citrus hops. Taste is of malt, Belgian yeast, fruity with mildly spicy citrus hops. Palate is a medium crisp smooth body, moderate carbonation, slightly dry. Finishes with a combination of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast with fruity citrus hops for balance. Overall a very good fairly refreshing Belgian ale nicely balanced, definitely one to try. (505 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a in perosn trade with my atomeyes, Richard. We went to the abby of Koningshoeven together and there we tarden some really nice beers.

Poured this one in my small Struise chalice. The look and smell are quit normal, nothing special. There was an ingredient i could not lay my hands on... Taste is a bit disappointing but it could be that i had higher expectations... (386 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 (884 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Reviewing it while bottling my 4th home-made IPA :)

A: Beautiful bottle art, Dieu du Ciel trademark. Pours a hazy bright orange color forming a creamy and compact beige head. Great retention and lots of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Absolutely belgian IPA in the nose :). Sweet malts, candy sugar, spices, flowery hops and earthy yeasts. Notes of honey, dark fruits, cinnamon and cloves. Hops are quite citruses. Very pleasant, though

T: Follow the nose. Sweet, fruity and spicy upfront. Notes of candy sugar, caramel malts, cinnamon, cloves, honey, earthy yeasts, peaches, white bread. Complex. Delicious. Finish is slightly hoppy bitter

M: Creamy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet and spicy aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. It's not at all a Belgian IPA but a Belgian Strong Ale. Great beer which is no surprise considering the brewery (908 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy, typical bright orange-y-yellow with a little creamy head on top. head disappeared for the most part but leaves a cling-y, sticky lace-y foam down the sides... very nice.
smell is floral, hop-py, and some citrus.... kind of belgium-y; it's what it tries to be, right?
taste is citrus-y up front with a slight hop bitterness on the way down. lots of citrus, in fact; i can taste the orange and lemon distinctly, mixed in with the hops.
overall, it's another wanna-be belgium from canada, just like the unibroue line up. still decent, but more rich and sweet than i prefer. also, the american wanna-be belgiums are catching up and putting our some really good brews, so the canadian wanna-be's have some competition.... but overall it's a decent product. just not my favorite, and i prefer the real belgiums... (813 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

341mL (11.5oz) bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 2.39. I'm not sure what to make of the notched 6&2. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours hazy straw yellow with two fluffy fingers of near white head. Lots of lace.

Smells of floral hops, funky yeast and mildly earthy.

That sharp, funky, spicy yeast pretty much dominates the taste. Other flavors include earthy floral hops, hay, dried grass, pepper and lemon. Strange.

Medium bodied with a huge dose of carbonation. Long yeasty lemon pepper finish.

Just when I start thinking that I might enjoy Belgian IPAs, this pops up and I have to take a step back. It wasn't bad per se but it didn't have what I was hoping for. (697 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 (414 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks papat444!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich gold colour with almost two fingers of white head.

Smell. Fruity Belgian yeast and just a hint of spicy hops and clean malt.

Taste. Light malts, some earthy, bitter hops and some light, fruity belgian yeast. Fairly dry.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with fairly strong, smooth carbonation.

Overall. A nice dry Belgian IPA with some decent hops. (392 characters)

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