Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

322 Reviews
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Reviews: 322
Hads: 570
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 41
Gots: 47 | 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 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)

Photo of joeseppy
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New label which looks a lot cooler, not that the older one wasn't nice. They've switched styles to Belgian IPA.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 08/12.

Appearance: A very hazy light orange-gold body. Thick, fluffy white head sits atop and clings all around pretty good.

Smell: Very floral, unobtrusive hop aroma, yeast-like esters, mangoes, bit of spice notes.

Taste: Can tell the recipe's been tweaked as the hops are more prominent in a Belgian way if that makes any sense. Ends on a spice-like note. Pears and other fruits are present in the middle. Dash of sweetness and honey as well.

Mouthfeel: A restrained bitterness balances well with stronger malt presence.

Overall: A Belgian ale that is just enough hoppy. Well done. (739 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 15, 2012.

The pour is a handsome looking light copper-amber with a long lasting silky head.

I cannot quite define the aroma. It most definitely has an orange, nectarine, or clementine note with a little spice but more on the sweet side.

The body is about medium and fairly smooth.

The taste is much like the aroma with a vibrant citrus flavor that tends to favor oranges or nectarines. Some spicy or peppery notes. The bitterness is moderate and lingers briefly on the palate. Very nice beer all in all. (558 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is metallic golden, clear, with white, billowy head that settles to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet, corn or beet sugar and white grape juice, with cracker, biscuit and honey. Taste starts somewhat thick with honey and overcooked biscuit, moves to grassy, nectary hops and a thick mouthfeel. Hops linger on the back of the tongue, but it's lacking the gross candied sugar throat feel. Very solid, but there's better out there imho. (439 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dernière Volonté a hazy straw yellow with a moderate, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet on the surface and leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with some fruit and citrus mixed in. Bready malt, pepper, orange citrus and green apple are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor has a fair amount of Belgian notes with some sweet malt and a touch of citrus. It starts with fruit flavors of apple and peach, which is quickly followed by pepper and clove. In the background there's a taste of malt sweetness. It finishes dry with a little orange citrus. Once gone the pepper and citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's well balanced between Belgian spice, hops and malt. (809 characters)

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