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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 06-23-2004)
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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, of the recent DDC release. 341ml into my Duvel tulip. June 2010 bottling date.

Pours a hazy/murky orange, with tints of light golden brown and tangerine around the edges. Couple of fingers of dense, cream coloured head. Excellent retention, with some dense lacing also. Aroma is a nice bouquet of citrus, lots of banana, green apple, spice, Belgian yeast and a very floral aspect to it. Flavour is on the hoppier side of things, fairly citrus again with some lemon zest, and a grassy/floral feel to it. Fairly high carbonation, smooth and crisp. Good drinkability and almost feels like a saison in some aspects. I like this and (although likely heresy) might reach for this over the Orval I had last night. Just a tad more appealing to my buds.

liamt07, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of walkfargetbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a light golden hazy color on the edge of the glass, with the murkiness of the beer never dissipating. Thin pure white head, which disappears rather quickly, although this may have been due to the glass used. Rather delicious looking overall

S: Overpowering scent of yeast, with powerful tones of pineapple, some may find a little overwhelming. Some banana and citrus also present.

T: Dry and citric. The pineapple is not as apparent as it was in the scent of the beer. A little sour, with a strong bitter finish.

M: Slightly fizzy, little carbonation. Surprisingly smooth texture despite the cloudy appearance.

D: This is not a session beer. But it still has good drinkability, and is a perfect side drink to a meal.

Overall I rather enjoyed this, and can't wait to get my hands on some more DDC stuff.

walkfargetbeer, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of peensteen
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Leffe glass.

Pours pale golden orange with bright white head that started lacing the glass immediately. Once head settled it retained a thin layer on top of the beer. Smells of yeast and citrus and fruit quite good but nothing special. Taste is good, very refreshing and carries the 7% well. It finishes with a pleasant white grape taste, different but nice. Mouthfeel is a little thin, not disappointing, but quite pleasant. Drinks really well, this is a very approachable abbey ale that won't just please the beer geek but also those who may not take a chance on something like this. Not my favorite abbey ale but I would certainly buy it again.

peensteen, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Stella glass.

A - Thick white head. Very appealing, nothing off putting.

S - Banana, spice.

T - Fuzzy in the mouth, yeasty, dry, some sourness with some spice.

M - Slightly thin for the style but not too bad. Not enough carbonation.

D - High. Tasty enough and low enough abv that this could be sessioned without losing interest.

tbeckett, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my first Belgian pale ales when I first had it. It is finally available in Ontario (at least for now) so I decided to review it. Pours a pale yellow with a hint of orange colour. Very thick white head that doesn't move at all. Lacing is literally covering the whole glass. Smells of fruity malt and Belgian yeast, but with some mild hopping. I think I pick up some type of spices, but can't put my finger on it. I can almost see some hints of an English pale ale in this, but I could just be crazy. Very nice carbonation. I'll be buying a lot of this while I can actually get it in Toronto.

kwjd, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a lovely dark hazy yellow with a decent amount of foam in the chimay glass. Tastes of initially of slight lemon zest with a faint citrus hop background to it. It drinks down very smooth and is quite sessionable. Glad I have 10 more bottles left of this. This beer is very delicious.

WeedKing4, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with translucent haze. Head is modest, white, nice specks of lace being left behind as it slowly goes down. Steady carbonation throughout the body. Looks good, but I'm not quite sure about that much haze in a BPA.

Nose has a huge sweet aroma. Lots of fruit with fresh pineapple, citrus, lots of cake dough and light toffee edge to the malt. Slight hint of dry-roasted coriander seeds at the back, just enough to spice and funkify this delicious fruity smell.

Taste is very fruity and tangy. Lots of candied pineapple with slight passionfruit and almost a berry character as well. Lots of cinnamon comes through on the mid with a baked apple sweet/sour character as well. A hit of phenolic Belgian yeast bitterness underlies and comes to the fore at the end. Pleasant but a little overpowering at the finish line. Could use more complexity in the sweet front, it's a little too refined-sugar, while finish is clean but leaves a hint of dry-ash feel.

A pleasant drinking beer with a couple of challenging flavours, but goes down smooth. Very enjoyable.

laituegonflable, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Local Taphouse Sydney's Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a clousy, very pale yellow. Frothy, creamy head of pure white, with lots of carbonation feeding it. It looks like whipped egg-white on the top of the beer. Nice.

Quite fruity on the nose, with nice big round Belgian yeast notes and a touch of spice. Not huge hoppy characters, given that it's supposedly dry-hopped, but there are some restrained tropical fruit notes which more set off the Belgian yeast. Potent but pleasant.

Taste has odd hoppiness to it which jangles a little against the round and spicy Belgian body. Sweet entry, spice and hops bouncing off each other, and a dry, lightly bitter and phenolic finish.

Mouthfeel is clear and clean and smooth. Very lovely.

Very nice. Interesting twist to a pretty well made Belgian ale, that works. Very drinkable all up.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of fear025
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Sweet, malty, and floral. Also I get some caramel.

Appearance:Golden in color, some floaty bits from the bottle conditioning. Nice head. Poor lacing.

Taste:Deep earthy flavors. Slightly spicy. This beer tastes like the inside of a lemonhead candy (once you've gotten past the sour outer coating).

Mouthfeel:Surprisingly thick mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkability:This is spot on in terms of style, and is really pleasant to drink. Easily sessionable.

fear025, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and gold with 1/2'' fluffy off-white head, leaves some lacing.

S: Sweet and citrus-y, spice, floral and grass notes. Some yeasty funk.

T: Maltier than I expected. Sweet, earthy, and some citrus. Some apples and spice.

M: Medium body and spot-on carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink but I hoped for stronger flavors.

EchoCharlieEcho, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with some orange highlights, capped by a foamy two finger white head. Retention is moderate and leaves a good deal of sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Malt base is the first aroma apparent with a strong biscuity character, followed by candi sugar, lemon zest, peppery spice, green apple and green grapes. Some very light tartness seems to lurk around the edges, along with a faint booze note.

T: Taste seems very subdued compared to the nose. Biscuit base is up front again, followed by lemon zest, green apples and grapes, and light spicing. A touch of funk comes in towards the end. and sticks through the short finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, glides across the tongue.

D: Goes down very easy but the weak taste is very confusing. The bottle seemed to be fairly fresh and was bought from an establishment that kept it refrigerated and has decent turnover. Odd, considering blandness isn't something I've yet to find in the DDC beers I've tried.

Xul, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just wanted to say thank you to Patrick for sending me this bottle, very much appreciated.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange color, not much head but does stick to the sides of the glass like a creamy foam. No carbonation.

S - A little bit of an orange coriander aroma, some floral notes, and some biscuity malt. I'm also getting a little bit of sourness in the aroma.

T - Nice and yeasty, biscuity sweet malt lays a nice foundation for spicey coriander, a little bit of orange, and some warming on the way down the throat. Tart white grape skins come into play and there's a small trace of sourness and leaves a tart sour white grape coating in the mouth. Has some depth and finishes with some crispness.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium, carbonation barely tickles the tongue.

D - Very good.

jzeilinger, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.5 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a puffy white head which leaves some lace.

S: Fairly malty for a BPA, getting a lot of candi sugar notes with white pepper and coriander.

T: Classic Belgian malt flavours with yellow apples and coriander, very yeasty and earthy.

M: Dry, soft carbonation, medium-bodied, overcarbonation is not a problem here.

D: A very good BPA and drinks with the complexity of a BSPA. I'm glad I got to try another Dieu du Ciel, just wish they weren't so pricey and hard to find.

Halcyondays, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with about a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a tight ½ finger, which leaves some thick stiff lacing down the sides of the glass. This stays rich the whole way through. Great look on this. The aroma is spicy and floral in the nostrils, with a deep blast of orange citrus coming out that mixes with the breadiness of the malts to impart a rich tanginess to the nose. Some musty yeast accents and gentle warmth help add a certain amount of sharpness and thickness to this.

The taste is big sweet base of toasted bread and thick citrus flavor to it, which is nicely balanced by that strong spicy bitterness from the hops. This finishes with a light blast of residual sweetness before settling into a bit of dirty finale and lingering yeasty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy carbonation that sits with a mellow feel in the mouth despite the higher ABV. Speaking of which, the alcohol is just expertly hidden here, with a just a touch of warmth towards the swallow and that's about it.

I'm always down for a tasty Belgian Pale Ale and this one delivered. Well balanced and flavorful with a creamy easy drinking body here that really set this apart. Nice offering here from Dieu Du Ciel.

Kegatron, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks SliverX and the Flyers for this beer (from the Stanley Cup BIF) and served in a nice Mad Elf tulip.

Pours a golden color. Off White head. it has a sweet, somewhat spicy citrus nose, with hints of funk

Spicy and matly up front. Then the citrus/pine hits, and it trails off with a little funk. The hoppiness is at the tail end and it comes off well, when mixed withe belgian sweet-funk

It has a medium body, a nice bit of carbonation, and I could go with this one for a while. Nice brew, I may have to find some more

PSUDREW, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
2.53/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip at 50 degrees.

I'm a fan of the look of this beer, light orange colored body with a bunch of yellow highlights. It's a little cloudy from some of the yeast that escaped the bottom of the bottle. Bright white head tops things off, 4 finger widths infact. Good head retention and great sticky foam lacing.

Smells pretty complex. Pepper, flowers, grass, and a crackery sweetness. Smells pretty decent but there's some definite phenolic character here.

First part of the sip tastes pretty decent, with some caramely sweetness followed by some decent belgian yeasty funk and spice. Unfortunately the pleasant flavors didn't last long and gave way to a huge medicinal, plastic phenol character that was super off-putting. It also tastes buttery like there's some diacetyl too :(

The feel is good, a nice medium body, good carbonation and liveliness without being too bubbly.

Drinkability is severely hampered by the nail polish remover/plastic character. It's too bad because this beer seemed to have a lot of promise until that hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm hoping the bottle I got was bad or something, but I just don't know. I eventually drain poured after drinking about half of it.

Bubba83, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - beer is a cloudy golden color with huge billowy white head

smell - i'm picking up apples, grapes, cloves, yeast, funk

taste - green grapes, bready belgian yeast, cloves

mouthfeel - hoppy, lively carbonation up front, medium bodied beverage with ample carbonation, somewhat of a spice kick at the end, but not too overwhelming

drinkability - this is a pretty smooth beverage that is unobtrusive, I could drink this for a while

keithmurray, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 08/09
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Cloudy gold body with yeast particles floating around. Two fingers of thick froathy white head. Head retains for the full drink and leaves lots of lacing. Couldn't look any better!

S: Pears, spice and funky yeast. Aroma's are a bit weak, but evident.

T: Flavours appear more than the aromas with load of pear and yeast notes. Some spice follows behind.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a froathy texture and leaves a notable yeast aftertaste. No alcohol notes at all.

D: Very pleasant to drink, but could use some stronger aromas and flavours.

Long813, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy, pale yellow color with a white head. The retention was good and the lacing impressive and consistent. The aroma was a combination of fruity elements (perhaps Ringwood yeast) earthy notes and a light spiciness. The flavors were a classic blend of Belgian yeast, light citrus, some tropical fruits and a light amount of spices and a dry finish. More hoppy than a lot of Belgian Pale Ales tend to be. Very much a Belgian style beer, only lighter, less bold and more sessionable. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation high. Traditionally Belgian in style but not quite so much in execution. Still worth trying but more as a session beer than a Belgian Pale Ale.

thekevlarkid, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle tried 24 Apr 2010.

Poured in a 512 One snifter. Large lacy off white head. Well carbonated. Clear bright orange yellow color. Aroma is sweet tart, musty, yeasty, candy sugar and ethanol. Rich almost molassesy sweetness. Clove and coriander. With the final pour becomes pretty cloudy witha thicker body. Some champagne like fizziness. Finishes warm and spicy. Somewhat oily body.

A liked this one a bit more than I did.

htomsirveaux, May 28, 2010
Photo of vancurly
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow orange, good bubbling that churns up the tiny yeast specks. White rocky/puffy head.
Smells of musk & candy, fleshy/gamey/paté, tropical fruit, lemonade.
Flavours of rockmelon, pepper, coriander seed or clove, musk. Some citrus. Floral hop at the rear with good bitterness. Complex. Balanced. Excellent.
Slightly astringent, but crisp at the end. A good beer.

vancurly, May 21, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a lively small streams of carbonation feeding an impressive head and lacing.
Nose is very fruity with white grapes, peaches and pears. Add to that some spicy, herbal hops and phenols and you have quite a complex yet light brew.
Flavours are equally fruity with more grapes and pears along with more of those cloves. Unfortunately the bitterness is harsh, sharp and 1-dimensional.
Light body with moderate carbonation suit the beer well.

CrazyDavros, May 20, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured hazy golden yellow in color with a noticeable amount of floating yeast particles. The beer has good head retention.
S: There's a moderate smell of orangey and spicy aromas.
T: Lots are spices are evident in the flavors along with some notes of fruitiness and malts.
M: It feels medium bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer has some rather interesting flavors so I would definitely try it again.

metter98, May 13, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly hazy golden straw colour with the typical big rocky belgian head which slowly falls away.
S - Light pear like fruity esters up front as well as some peppery spice phenols. Touch of pale malt sweetness.
T - Also light fruitiness in the taste but the spicey phenols come through a lot stronger; pepper and clove. Sweetish pale malts try to balance out the spice phenols but don't quite get there.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - A decent enough beer if you like the style. Worth trying.

brendan13, May 02, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a deep golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves a dense frothy two finger head and sporadic sticky lacing,the smell is quite nice with aromas of perfume,yeasty bread,pepperoni and lavender,it has a nice sessionable medium bodied mouthfeel with tastes of belgian yeast,bready malts,apricots and confectionary all hitting the tastebuds and it finishes quite dry and very moreish,definately a decent brew that could drink more than one of,will buy again.

ADZA, Apr 29, 2010
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.