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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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543 Ratings

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

348th review on BA
bottle to snifter
11.2 oz (2 & 3 are notched on label)

App- A vibrant golden orange. A great two finger puffy white head that lasted quite a long time. Some pretty good lacing on this as well.

Smell- Granny smith green apples with sweet floral notes and some tingy banana esters.

Taste- A mix of apricots and peaches and some dry hopped backend. A bit chalky but doesnt kill the taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb level. Creamy and chalky. A little hop spice as well.

Drink- A little let down by the taste. Probably wont have this again but it was pretty decent.

Photo of veinless
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a healthy orange, with a heavy brown sediment that looks like pollutant, consuming the top half of the beer. I normally like sediment in beer, but in this case it looks absolutely toxic. Head is frothy white, dissipates quickly and leaves some large-bubbled lacing.

Nose is of caramel malt, roasted toasted flavors, and full-flavored grains and cereals. Not what I was expecting from the style; there are some nutty banana scents to be had here too which save the day.

Taste starts nutty, has a very nice banana bread taste, and some decent fruity hop flavors to go with an estery middle. Spices remind me of cinnamon and clove, with a dash of brown sugar coming from the malt to make that fresh-baked taste. This beer combines tastes very effectively, so high marks for that, but tends on the estery side, which kind of kills the bready malt a bit prematurely. Tasty beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is very, very creamy aside from a brief chalky interlude that appears to be random. Drinkability is solid, as the beer doesn't really offend, but isn't phenomenal due to the sub-par finish of unintelligible hop bitterness. The bitterness is not as strong as I'd have liked, nor is it distinctive in any way. This beer is worth it for the taste though, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian Pale Ale style.

Hazy orange amber with a thick, bold, full and pillowy white head.

Nose is all banana and esters; a nice sweet white bread yeast quality nose that goes to a bit of a peach character.

Mouthfeel medium full with nice carbonation and good balance.

Flavors are just what they should be - yeasty, light fruit and balanced bitter.

Finish is a nice medium full grapefruit bitter. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter and is several months past it's "recommended drink date". It pours a beautiful, murky muddied apricot in color with a root beer float like, pork rhine looking cream colored head. There is a wicked amount of sediment floating around. This beer smells like an orange tree with a little mint added. How is this? It smells delicious, mouthwateringly so. The flavor is very malty and of subdued citrus fruits but has the sweetest of an orange with a light minty after taste. I'm guessing it's not supposed to be, or drink like this but I'm loving it. Because it's a little past its date it is exceptionally smooth and very drinkable. This aged bottle is superb. I was lucky enough to snag it for only $1.49, so it looks like I'll be grabbing some more. I do wonder how it is fresh though. Yet another good beer from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel.

Photo of mexikrainian
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: golden straw with thick, white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: citrus, apples, pear, and floral.

Flavor: floral, vanilla, banana, and herbal.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: interesting yet complex flavor. worth a try but i can't have a second.

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber color. 6/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, wheat, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of citrus, hint of floral, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, sweet malt, slight wheat, slight pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange with a massive sandy colored head. Excellent head retention and loads of lacing.

Pineapple and grapefruit juice fill the nose. Floral and hoppy.

Lots of citrus, some floral notes, but very generously hopped. A nice malt backbone and some spicy notes from the yeast. Some noticeable alcohol comes through. Very flavorful.

Medium bodied, mostly smooth with a lightly dry finish. Lots of frothy carbonation.

A very nice example of the style. The hops are pretty americanized for the style which I enjoy. Well done and worth trying.

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a tulip glass

Apperance - beer pours with a good 3 fingers of head (with an aggressive pour). Head is white and fluffy. Beer is a hazy ale colour with a decent amount of carbonation up the middle. There is some ok lacing occurring.

Smell - Very nice smelling beer, i can pick up some hops, banana, spices and possibly a hint of caramel. Overall, very dominating smell to this beer.

Taste - I found this to be a very smooth beer, velvety actually in my mouth. The beer spices come through early with hints of the banana. I am also picking up some citrus tones in the tasting.

Mouthfeel - huge value added with the amount of carbonation. The spices and banana/caramel come through real nice. I am pleased with the aftertaste, its actually kind of sweet.

Drinkability - Another Dieu du Ciel masterpiece, this is a great beer that offers so much to the beer drinker. I am very impressed and will stock for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This was a rather dull orange in color with a head that blew up in the bottle.

Smell - The super-candied sugars are a bit too much and dominate this nose.

Taste - The sugars overpower everything here at the taste. I can get some light orange and the alcohol is like a medicine cabinet.

Mouthfeel - This is on the big side of medium-bodied with too much carbonation.

Drinkability - The lack of balance in this ale resulted in what could have been a good beer land right at average.

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

Huge foamy head is three fingers plus and sticks around forever in my Chimay goblet. Carbonation is very active, furious in a Belgian Pale Ale way and very representative of the style. Honey golden colour with orange highlights, nice lace.

The nose is tangerine peel, peach, mango and citrus fruit rind. Moderately dense body, smooth texture, sharp flavours, tart and bitter, spicy clove, marjoram, a touch sour in the long finish that lingers for some time accentuated by lemon rind. This is a complex and interesting offering from Dieu Du Ciel! and up to the high standards set by one of Canada's best breweries, what a pleasure to sip and savour.

Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never noticed how creepy this label was until I started drinking this one.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden colour, two solid thumbs of big bubbly head, solid retention (5+ minutes), big bubbled sticky lacing which settles to a smooth mountain terrain.

S - Cloves, bananas, chalky lemon and citrus, bitter apple and some soapy hops. Complex indeed.

T - Spices and fruit dominate the palette. Peppery cloves, cinnamon, apples, pear, bit of peach and some sour lemon. Has a bit of a salty finish with the alcohol slightly detectable.

M - Nothing wrong in this department, medium bodied, goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - Overall a very tasty offering from DDC and I can understand why this one is so well rated/respected. A great example of the style and highly recommended to any Belgian fan.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single-- $5.45 sticker on the cap.

Appearance: Well, I could see a ton of yeast on the bottom, so I poured slowly. That really hurt the head formation, and I still f'ed up and got a ton of floaty yeast particles. So, hazy orange, thin head is what I got. There is good lacing though.

Smell: Sweet smelling fruity esters and a surprising amount of citrus/herbal hops aromas. Yeasty and spicy.

Taste: Wow. This is a damn hoppy BPA. Dry citrusy and grassy hops. The sweet, fruity esters and spicy hops really make this a tasty and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth feeling with tingly carbonation. Slick and oily hops on the finish.

Drinkability: This is a really great beer. Big Belgian flavors and big hops.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of fastsrt
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce in a tulip

A:huge head with mountainous peaks. thick lacing around the glass better head than duvel.

S: smells of english style malts right up front and belgian yeast in the back, lots of hops for the style

T: american hop style english malts, Belgian yeasts, good combo of complex flavors this is a tasty and unique beer

M: milder carbonation, then belgian style pale ales.

D: smooth drinking as always dieu du ciel has the ability to make beers come together, am going to pick a few of these up they are on sale.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of fruity citrusy orange aromas are pretty dominate with a little belgian yeast character, spice, corinader, and sweet malty notes are also coming through.

T: the citrusy orange and belgian yeast are pretty dominate on the palate alongside some spice, corinader, but had sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, spice, and prickly finish.

D: it drank good and was really tasty easily making it one of my new favorite belgian style pale ale.

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

Beer bottle (342 ml.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : orange color with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : spicy and coriander aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, with alcohol presence and a dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

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

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Big creamy head forces a long slow pour. Fluffy head fades slowly with a heavy messy Belgian lacing over crystal clear golden wheat color.

Nose of definite Belgian light malts and a fruit Belgian yeast. Light pale grassy mild hops in there as well. Little lemongrass. Nose is soft and effervescent.

Taste is more Belgian malts with some light sweetness, plenty of fruity Belgian yeast. The hops come a lot stronger with lots of grassy spicy hops, and a little astringency and some musty hop resin. Clean and drinkable with light malty finish, dries a bit, and leaves a long bitter grassy nectar and resinous hop.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied nice a crisp with good carbonation.

Drinability is pretty good with some hoppy resin and little astringency but finishes clean and crisp and very drinkable.

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Dernière Volonté (Derniere Volonte)
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Orange-grapefruit citrus, slight yeast, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

This is easily drank. It is very well balanced.

Photo of strangemusic
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a ring of frothy head.

The smell is of honey, ginger, hayloft, florals, banana and orange. Total bomb of the characteristic Belgian aromas.

The taste has similar herbal/floral, tropical orange, spicy clove, apple, yeastiness, honey and a hoppy finish. Again, dead-on Belgian-style goodness.

In the mouth this beer shows a lush feel dominated by carbonation and chewy dryness with a lingering sour-sweet finish. Really shines here. Drinkability is not bad either, especially considering that to get this much flavour and freshness from another beer you might bump up to a Tripel with its considerably higher ABV.

A solid Belgian-style pale from one of my favourite breweries!

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dernière Volonté (Last Will) isn't at all like those bright, clear, Belgian-style golden ales; rather, it has a flush and icy complexion, bland spaghetti squash colouring and isn't the least bit transparent. The only similarity seems to be its head which, like all great Belgian ales, spans the entire surface of the beer with a bleached, exaggeratedly mossy texture.

The aroma smells of one part Orval and one part Westmalle Tripel (or like caliber Belgian tripel); the fact that it smells like a blend of two of Belgium's finest beers is a very good sign. Frankly, it stinks. It reeks of yeast-derived esters and phenols which are emphatically suggestive of banana, cardamon, pear, apple, oregano, pea-pods and lemon rind.

The nuances run as deep as a coal mine as new and continuous notes of all varieties of things herbaceous, fruity and spicy keep seeping out of both the bouquet and flavour. All of these flavours - whether they be the more vegetal notes of fresh, spring-time peas or the musty note of spice-rack, dried herbs - are grounded in a doughy maltiness.

Those flavours, real and substantial enough to induce stimulation overload on the palate, make for a multi-faceted mouthfeel as well: the herbal element is brittle but savory like a bay leaf, the maltiness stiff and fleshy like an almond, the fruitiness becomes citric whilst simultaneously the yeast also evinces thoughts of mildew and undergrowth.

I challenge anyone who tries a beer which offers so many aromas and flavours and textures to stop at just one. How can you? I owe it to the brewery to buy plenty more; after all, you wouldn't listen to a Stravinsky sonata but once, or simply glance at a Klimt, or read one of García Márquez's tomes for the first time and just assume you understood it all and can appreciate it to its fullest. No, works of art, such as this, deserve deliberation.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful orange golden color, with a light frothy white head on top, subtle but substantial lacing down the glass.

S- Funky fruity yeasty notes up front, some light citrusy orange notes.

T- Some tropical fruit notes up front, cantaloupe, orange, and banana, with a light candy sugar sweetness, but with a very dry finish.

M- Dry, and crisp with a bubbly effervescent carbonation.

D- Exceptionally drinkable, definitely a very nice Belgian Golden, great beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's. Poured into their royalesque chalice.

Light golden with pretty good head and lacing. Smells of soap and slight grain. Taste is about the same. Slightest hint of toffee and no real depth. Feel is light with prickly carbonation. Drinks light without much flavor.

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

poured into a pint glass.


pours a dark cloudy orange. a nice thick dense head. a lot of lancing in there.


fruity and malty. can't really narrow down the fruit flavors. almost like a combo of some orange and banana in there..perhaps some pear or apple. get a little yeast smell in there as well.


malty with a little of those fruity tones to it. a little spice and a little bitterness. slightly tart at the end.


medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. a nice tingling effect in the mouth.


pretty good IMO. this one isn't that cold but I think would taste great a little colder than what it is now. good tasting, refreshing, an overall good beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle enjoyed at the Blue Bird Tavern in Burlington , VT
Poured yellowy and hazed amber under a large and lasting off white head.
Subtle flowery nose.
Dry, yeasty Belgian style brew, ample lime notes, dry hops and wheat infused intrigue. Enjoyable and flavorful Canadian take on a sturdy and classic style. More quality brew from BDDC

Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange with a white bubbly head. Very fine bubbles. Great lacing, my glass might as well be half opaque thanks to all of it.

S - Definite citrus and grapefruit, other earthy smells in there as well. Smells like both hops and malts will be strong, and also the citrus. Has the Belgian smell of spices too.

T - It has the essence of a Belgian-style ale that lingers in the back of the mouth, but I enjoy how it introduces some other flavours to the forefront. The hops aren't overly strong but are definitely pronounced in the flavour. Just before and during swallowing you can definitely taste some alcohol. It isn't strong and doesn't sting or anything, but the taste of it is quite clear. Aside from that I also get quite a bit of the citrus taste as well.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty fair. Not overly smooth as is normal for the style, carbonation is lower than some that i have tried which is certainly welcome.

D - Fair. It's a little sweet for me to have many of these, the taste is nice for a single beer but I find these styles to be better enjoyed over the course of a while, not to be had in very large quantities. I'm sure many would disagree.

A nice take on the style, I like it. Traditional Belgian style with some added citrus and hops. It's nice to have a Belgian style where the hops and spices aren't the only thing getting all of the attention.

Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.