1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Not Rated.
Dernière VolontéDernière Volonté

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 549
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 06-23-2004

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 549 | Reviews: 322
Photo of TylerDYoung
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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 cburns48
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

My bottle lists this as 7% Strong Beer. Still on my DDC binge since returning from Montreal.

A- Poured into a tulip with a hazy golden-apricot body. Large creamy, fluffy white head forms to about two fingers nad retains nicely. Good rings of lace.

S- A nice Belgian yeast profile up front. Has notes of spice, fruit and bread. Not overpowering. Also good notes of citrus fruit, flowers and spicy hops.

T- Again, has a nice Belgian feel to it without being like a Saison or Strong Pale, just smooth yeast flavors like spice, raisin, bread and fruit. Hops are nice, especially as it warms up. Grassy, Euro, floral, herbal and citrus zest. Just a bit of light caramel malt in the background.

MF- Creamy lighter-end body with a silky smooth feel. Finishes bitter on the palate with some alcohol warming.

I find that Unibroue and DDC brew better Belgian style beers than most American breweries, something up there in Quebec. This drinks nicely with great yeast and hop flavors.

Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of CarpalTunnell
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of DanK4
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into a pint glass, picked this up at local RSVP in Portland.

A: Very golden orange hue, wonderful color really- not translucent but not opaque either. It retains the light shining into the glass and really lights the whole beer up to a wonderful honey color. 1-1.5 finger white head with the last of the yeast leaving a nice brown dot in the middle of the lingering head.

S: Sadly I cannot smell much (because I'm getting sick), but what I can smell is a nice bouquet of sweetness- like fruit or possibly honey. It does have a nice aroma to it that apparently is somewhat powerful considering I really can't smell anything else but the sweet notes to this beer.

T: A wonderful Belgian golden, nice and sweet- hits all areas of the palate so nicely. Leaves a sweet lingering honey aftertaste- I'm guessing to people who have 100% out of their olfactory senses this one is rather sweet. A tinge of spice is lingering as well, but I taste honey, allspice, and almost like fermented pears and apples.

M: Medium bodied beer, nothing too overwhelming to drink but not so light you feel like you're drinking water. Somewhat of a dry finish to this one, but then again it just may be my sickness.

O: A good buy, moderately priced and a nice drink. As far as my exposure to Belgian Blondes go, this one is top notch. It would be wonderful to try on tap or cask drawn. The taste is the selling point of this beer, although the appearance makes a close second.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. The retention is good with some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, light malt with a fruity undertone. Belgian yeast, but it seems to be more fruity than herbal.

Taste: The fruity undertones are there, but much milder than they were in the smell. There is a mild hop bitterness throughout, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This pale ale has a different taste to it. The sweetness was a bit much, but I enjoyed it enough.

Photo of Meerkey
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: About a finger of white head. Lots of bubbles and tons of sediment. Muddy yellow orange.

S: Honey. And maybe a hint of Belgian yeast, but it's almost overwhelmed by the smell of honey.

T: Spicy, fruity, hint of hops. Earthy grains and a little bit of the honey sweetness. Alright. Not exceptional.

M: Carbonated and refreshing.

O: So far my least favorite Dieu du Ciel beer, but still not bad. I probably won't have another, but still recommend it.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Notched left of the 0 and then in between the 8 and 9.

A: A finger of head over a muddy yellow-brown, opaque beer. Swimming with yeast and bubbles.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast. Not particularly strong, but pleasant. A tinge of sourness reminds of certain saisons.

T/M: Good, but not great. Smooth, floral, and fruity, with just a tinge of earthy, spicy hops near the end. The proper amount of carbonation enlivens the beer and drys out the aftertaste. Estery. The yeast is less obviously of Belgian origin in the flavour. The endtaste is full of peppery pear and the aftertaste is drying and lovely.

O: If it's a bit of a letdown, it's only because I have placed Brassierie Dieu du Ciel so high in my mental estimation. A nice beer, recommended even, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into sampler glass. Pours dark gold in colour with an one finger head head which left some bubbly lacing. Aromas could have been stronger, a little bit of spice, some citrus, dry yeastiness. Flavors of pale malt, some honey sweetness is balanced by spice and a drying bitterness from the hops so it is not cloying. Sticky medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Expected more despite it's high ranking.

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

Bottle comes with batch code 3 and 5 notched.

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Lively carbonation. Capped with a thin white bubbly head.

S- Nice fruity aroma, I'm getting pears and apricots, a bit of yeast funk and some floral hop aroma.

T- Crispy pear fruit flavor, a base of yeast funk with spicy herbal notes and a bit of medicinal flavor, a subdued leafy hop bitterness behind it, slight metallic taste in the background.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry crisp feel.

O- A great Belgian-style ale, lots of flavor and very refreshing. This would be perfect for summer, I'll have to revisit this one again.

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of duracell
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in May 2011, 7%ABV.

A - Pours a very beautiful golden yellow color with a nice off-white creamy head which turns yellow after about 5 minutes. Good head retention. A lot of yeast appears in the brew next to very thin bubbles.

S - Very nice Belgian yeast aroma, citrusy, spicy. I can pick out notes of cloves, biscuit and honey.

T - Slight nutty and spicy notes but a very strong hop flavor! Herbal notes are present but the amount of hop creates a extremely bitter finish. In my opinion, this is far too much for a Belgian Pale Ale, though it makes a very refreshing brew.

M - Good carbonation with a medium to full body. Good balance of alcohol but the amount of hop creates a dry finish, quite tart.

O - To me, this Belgian-like brew has a lack of complexity in the taste. The hop is too present and may mask the rest of the aroma. It is worth trying though and I would drink it again. However, next time I will better have it in summer!

Photo of MattyV
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Faina
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely perfect. Hazy dark golden body with a 2 finger off white head that has great retention. Good lacing down the glass as well.

S: Spicy with some hints of Belgian yeast, peach skin and a faint bit of banana.

T: Takes a little while to develop. The taste starts with some Belgian yeast and then moves to some fruity esters, white pepper and earthy hops. Finish has a touch of stone fruit sweetness alongside a definite earthiness. Pretty tasty stuff.

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 whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BoringBunny
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.