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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | 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 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.

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

11.5 fl. oz. bottle served cool into a chalice.

Dernière Volonté pours a pale copper orange color with hazy clarity. The head is thick and forms easily. It settles very slowly and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy. It's filled with lemons, oranges, and grapefruit as well as more earthy grassy hop notes. There is an underlying sweet and sour character that has my taste buds jumping in my mouth.

The flavor of this beer is as powerful as it is unique. There is a world of depth going on that is really something. It has great tart and sour citrus, some sweetness in the form of vanilla and caramel, and it ends with big bitterness and Belgian yeast funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Balance leans towards the bitter but it still maintains its equilibrium.

Overall a really fantastic surprise of a beer. Then again, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel seldom fails to disappoint.

Photo of davod23
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a very slightly hazy pale golden color. A thin white cap. Seems to be amply carbonated.

Smell is nice. Pears and apples, apple skin, and a shocking amount of spiciness. A bit yeasty. Pretty authentic Belgian pale here, I'm impressed..

The Belgian spiciness carries over into the taste. As prominent as any BPA I've experienced. The fruitiness is there too, but it serves more as a backdrop to the yeast and spice components. Hop bitterness on the back end seems a tad heavy-handed. Though not overly complex, this is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Medium-bodied, fairly dry, with no shortage of carbonation. Very drinkable, and a nice choice on a 110 degree day here in SoCal.

Nice beer. Recommended.

Photo of TerryW
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a rather good beer. A great nose as soon as you pop the bottle. Lots of delicious fruit, hops, and a hint of cloves. Moderate head that settles to a 1/4" and leaves good lace throughout. Hazy peach-pale orange colour. Handsome.

Taste is hops, orange peel, and fruit. Very interesting, lots of stuff happening. Clearly a Belgian style brew, but at the same time reminds you of a good weiss. 7% alcohol very nicely handled. Perhaps a bit too bitter on finish, but overall a really well made beer. Perfect for settling into the comfy chair with.

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect appearance for an abbey beer. Hazy and golden. Complexion is reminiscent of a cocktail enjoyed on the beach.

Fruity and aromatic. Peaches and mango are noticed in the scent. It truly smells like the notable brands originating from Belgium. Very inviting to all.

This is a brilliantly disguised 7% ABV. I love every aspect of the taste as it truly replicates a Belgium brew without the peppery additives that most North American imitations have included by mistake.

Very nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Effervescent all over. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue, but it is pleasant.

Let me put it this way; I'd bring a case of this to a party if I wasn't worried I'd give too many away to curious friends. Thankfully, I have no problem drinking a bunch at home with the Inner Circle.

One for the Ages.

Photo of heebes
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part two of the Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel feature at the LCBO.

Pours a hazy light orange, produced alot of head. Good carbonation present here, alot of lacing forming as the head dissapates.
The nose is a flowery aroma, a hint of citrus fruits bleeds through. Slight pine presence but the flowery esters come through the most from this blond ale.
Taste yeilds a nice easy drinking blend from the smell. The citrus flavour is prominant and very welcoming. I'm getting a slight hop aftertaste which is real nice. There is a great balance of the ingrediants here. To me this is a top contender for its style, borrowing highlights from the abbey-style brews of the east.
Theres a medium chewy mouthfeel, by which i mean its not too light and not too heavy on the palate. Very easy to drink.
Overall I must say I'm enjoying this beer. Another hit from DDC, who are quickly becoming my favourite Canadian craft brewery. At 7% it packs a punch, having said that, you dont taste any huge alcohol flavour so its very easy to drink. I'd certainly have another(, but perhaps not too many...)
More props for the awesome consistent label from DDC.

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

A- Thick yellow with a slight bit of orange. Very energetic carbonation, and a good head leaving behind some superb lacing.

S- Belgian like spices. Very fragrant. The only distinguishable spice for me was clove, but I knew there were many more.

T- Sweet with citrus and banana, as well as some other fruits. I want to say apple and pear as well. Surprisingly some hop notes popped out. They give the flavor some good backbone, and are definitely apparent in the aftertaste. Actually, as I'm drinking this more it almost seems like a Belgian style beer mixed with hoppiness only found in ales. After my first sip, I was worried that this one would be incredibly sweet, but the hops even it out after it sits for a bit.

Includes it's fair share of yeast taste too, and does an incredible job of mixing in a lot of the things I love most about different types of beer together.

M- A little under medium for body with carbonation that seems a little overdone for this brew. Very smooth going down though.

D- Pretty good beer for any occasion, be it with food, or alone. I find it has a taste that really stands out, and I'm glad I reviewed it now, while it's still available to me. I plan to pick up more and hope some are still left before the LCBO takes it away.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden orange, tower of pillowy white head that retained very well
S - orange zest and tropical fruit, light grassy aroma, light herbal and spices
T - a creamy fruity mix of plum and tropicals, some fresh cut grass, light herbal mix with lemon
M - medium carbonation with a nice bitter and slightly fruity tart feel
D - a great brew all around in all aspects, DDC never fails to impress

Photo of dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild, spicy, citrussy aroma. Light malt note.

Slightly hazy, straw colour with a big, rocky, white head. Great head retention.

Good, silky malt with a moderate spicy yeast profile. A hint of fruit and vanilla comes through too. Very nice.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A nice flavourful yet easy going Belgian style ale. Very pleasant.

Photo of pootz
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Decants a hazed golden ale in the glass with a massive cap that lasts out the drink.

Aromas of apricot, spice, honey, some musty earthiness...I'm shocked at how close this aroma is to Schneider Hopfenweiss...gorgeous!

Sandy mouth feel, light body, fruity-hoppy character.

Lovely rush of sweet malt in thefront is instantly balanced with leafy-hearbal bittering and fruity esters...subtle complexity mid palate - eartgy-mustiness mingles with honeyed grassy tones leading to a crisp dry finish.

Excellent rendition of Orval, less complex but more drinkable.

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

Second of my DDC samplers from the LCBO's fall release. After roasting my tastebuds on Route des Epices last night, a return to Belgian pale ales - a style Quebeckers brew so very well - was certainly welcome.

Poured into a Leffe goblet. A peachy-coloured brew, slightly opaque, with wisps and patches of sediment gracing the lower half of the glass. Frothy, patchy head is thin, but retains well. Crests of lacing appear here and there. Looks great.

Nose is peach, lemon, citrus, yeast, and a fine hop character as well.

A splendid tasting Belgian pale. Notes of peach, pear, spices, yeast and dry white wine. Lovely use of hops to the finish - peppery and leafy tastes linger after each sip. Warming alcohol burn as well. Great stuff.

Could have used a bit more carbonation, but other than that, about right for the style.

Another winner from DDC, a great BPA that can challenge any Belgian or Unibroue product. Definitely worth a pick up - or two or three. (And, once again, terrific bottle artwork!)

Photo of uno99
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another DDC beer, I think this is my 4th different one in a row in 4 days thanks to the LCBO finally doing something slightly out of their comfort zone and releasing something good.

A: a bight white foam head sits on top of a straw pale ale. lacing is everywhere in my Chimay goblet.

S: lots of hops, a little yeasty zap. nicely balanced malts too.

T: lovely spice and hop presence. Citrus, grass, some peat. apple and pear.

M: Very tart and quite dry. Carbonation is perfect for sipping, maybe a little much for quaffing.

D: This would make an excellent lawn chair quaffer...you'll just be belching alot - brings back those excellent hops though.

Photo of shamus
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a thick lush head that looks like sea foam rather than the thin white carbonated bubbles one often sees. The scent is complex: Rye, grapefruit, caramel, frankincense?!. Strong in alcohol but not overpowering thanks to the very flavourful hops and prominent malt. If you are ever in Montreal be sure to visit the Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in Mile End.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Have you made out your "last will?" Personally, we'd rather drink ours, and you can too, with this beer from their brewpub in Montréal and new brewery in St-Jérôme.

Unfiltered, cloudy, peachy, blond-colored beer with a very thick and clingy, tightly woven, foamy head. Exotic and fruity in the nose with ripe nectarine, hint of plum, and apple. Some soft hay too. As for the taste, it starts off with a pretty lively and creamy palate that's dry, crisp and quite refreshing. There's also a sting of citric bitterness beneath, followed by a slight medicinal, metallic flavor. Quite hoppy, actually, with some leaf, floral and herbal that brush up against a semi-rough yeast. Interesting hop oiliness too--dry hopped? Moderately fruity, sweet with juicy peach. Peppery. Warming. Finishes dry, a bit yeasty, with some hay and leafiness in the linger.

This is a fantastic Belgian-inspired beer that's both complex and a real pleasure to imbibe. So damn refreshing too. Our one disappointment is that we only picked up a single bottle instead of a six-pack, but we didn't want to push our beer karma with customs.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange/gold colour with a massive size frothy and fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is some great lacing and the head lasted for a long long time.

Smell - I can smell hops, honey, apples, a peppery spice mix, pine, and caramel.

Taste & Mouth - Amazing mouth feel, the carbonation is high which works well with the flavour. First and foremost I can taste hops and a honey like sweetness. Also some fruity notes, perhaps banana and apple. Also a spice mix that leads towards the finish, when a bitter and sweet aftertaste begins.

Drink - one of my favorites by Dieu Du Ciel. I'd be happy to drink this beer again.

Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of walkfargetbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.06/5  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.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of fear025
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.