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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

544 Ratings
THE BROS
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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

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

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Photo of gameface23
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy straw color with a bone white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is yeasty esters, citrus and some spice notes.

The taste was a too astringent. I think the hop bitterness battles the Belgian yeast too much and it ends up being too much of the wrong flavors. The finish is very medicinal.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden with a thin white head that holds up, leaving lacing.

The smell is bready, malty, grassy/spicy and fruity (coconut?).

The taste of bop bitterness is forward in an herbal, slightly aspirin-y way. There is a grainy ((pils-like) maltiness. Finishes dry, with a touch of alcohol.

It is effervescent while maintaining a medium body.

This is a hoppy interpretation of the style, while maintaining a malty backbone. Nice Belgian yeast strain ties things together. Nice effervescence without becoming fizzy. Could be a Belgian IPA, IMO.

Photo of jdhilt
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color with a ton of yeast floating. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor is citrus and Belgian yeast with light grapefruit aftertaste. $4.29 for a 11.5oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange-tan with a little yeast hanging in suspension and a nice, thick, bubbly head--great head retention and lacing.

The dry hopping lends this beer a wonderfully fresh aroma, with clean piney hops, and fruity orange or lemon zest. There is also alcohol and a slight spicy Belgian funk to it.

The taste is a big push of bitter floral hops washing over the tongue at first, and once you adjust some nice fruity esters of lemon and orange come out, and a little unripe pear contrast nicely with the sweet fruity malt. This smells more Belgian than it tastes and, indeed, a lot of the hop aromas aren't anywhere to be found in the taste, come to think of it. It has a nice, dry finish. It's almost more of an Imperial Belgian Pale ale, with it being bitter and on the higher end of the ABV scale for the style.

The mouthfeel seems just about right, creamy and with crisp carbonation.

Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

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

This brewery hasn't disappointed yet so....

Has that hazy aprocot color down pat with a rich bone white head..some big gobs of lacing.

citrus in character, some sweetness in the malt right in behind...nice, but could be more.

Ah yeah! Taste and mouthfeel...this is where DDC knows how to craft a beer. Nice citrus hop blast that balances very nicely with some smooth sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel full and quite smooth until....

the finish for me was a bit harsh...hence a lower score than this beer could have had given it's balance and excellent ingredients. Just a little too much bitter citrus peel to make this an upper teir BPA...that said, very drinkable

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

12oz bottle as an extra from a trade with eat - thanks! Pours a hazed bright golden with some of the most extraordinary head I have seen in a while, lots of it with the stiffness of meringue. Leaves chunks down the glass.

Nose presents as an IPA - all hops. Bright and clean tropical fruits, pineapple, lemons and limes, a hint of citrus. In the back is the sweetish caramel malt notes, a touch of spiciness.

Taste is more balanced to create a well-hopped Belgian. Esters from the yeast swirl with floral hop notes, light lemons, a nice clean grain taste, some spiciness, oranges. A slight bittering and dry finish which keeps this one feeling fresh.

This one is incredibly drinkable and refreshing. At 6.5% you can't quaff it like a pale ale but like an IPA, in the summer it's so damn refreshing and clean and leaves you gulping it down, especially with its slightly thinner body. DDC nails this one. Going to have to go get some more bottles from Montreal!

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

Pours a tall, airy, bright-white head with huge retention and lacing. Watch out, the head on this beer is explosive. No need to pour aggressively. The beer is a glowing straw colour, opaque with some small suspended solids.

Big, full smell: oranges and limes, Belgian yeast, floral hops, a bit of grain, some sweet caramel malt in the background. Smells like a refreshing, hoppy Belgian ale.

Not as big a flavour as I was expecting, judging from the nose. The hops are really present for a Belgian along with more of a wheaty taste than you'd expect. Floral hops and some light malt up front. The finish is quite bitter but not in a bad way; seems more like the finish of a darker beer. Some mild spices in the background, though nothing like you would find in a real Belgian ale. No alcohol presence. The label describes this as a marriage of Belgian and English brewing traditions; I think that's about right on. They don't list it as a Belgian IPA but I would say there's enough hops here to call it that. If this was less watery tasting I would give it 4.5; too thin.

Medium-light bodied with fairly present carbonation. Not bad but doesn't stand out as being great.

This is very drinkable and currently one of my favorite drinking beers. At 6.5% it's just right for drinking three or four...or six. Interesting and flavourful but won't overwhelm your taste buds.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden blonde color with tons of floaties. Two full fingers of fluffy white head. Very light clove aroma, yeast, orange peel, perhaps some white grapes. The taste is a departure from the smell, with a waxy malt dominance that isn't really that impressive but is still drinkable. Medium bodied but a slightly watery taste leaves the impression that it is lighter. This is a nice easy drinking beer but not a memorable one.

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

A: Hazy blonde with plenty of yeast floaties; great retention & lacing.

S: Huge citrus rind, tropical fruit, pleasant spicing & hints of biscuity malt.

T: Citrus rind, earthy mineral, tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), nice phenolic spicyness, great bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all-around great beer.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw color with a beautiful white head. Aroma is cool refreshing fruits - not too strong. The taste was slightly underwhelming upon first sip. After a few more sips, it opened up a little, but I'm not blown away. I was expecting more - it just doesn't have that depth that so many real Belgian ales have. Still a nice and smooth drink.

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

Bought this bottle at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD.

Poured into a wine glass, the body is a honey color with an attractive two finger head. Taking the first whiff of Derniere Volonte is quite a sensation. It consisted of pepper, vanilla, and some citrus, incredible smell ! The taste had malt, some carbonation, peach and some more of that pepper. Mouthfeel is refreshing and has a sweet and satisfying aftertaste. Drinkability is good, I wish I had a couple more of these to go, oh well.

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

11.5oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Cloudy golden hue with a one finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap, with a thick rim along the glass.

Light fruity notes, consisting of apple and peach. Some spicy phenols are in the background. A bit of citrus is in there from the dry hopping.

More sweet fruit in the flavor, this time with the spices coming through a little more. There's a slight bit of grapefruit toward the end, a nice touch from the extra hops.

A very good Belgian Blond Ale in my opinion. The dry hopping adds a nice subtle hop flavor, without veering into Belgian IPA territory. Recommended.

Photo of colts9016
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger ivory head that is creamy and foamy. The body of the beer is is a medium gold color with some orange hues. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with some haziness.

Nose: A bright floral esters, citrus, and some pepper for the intial aroma. There is malt that is crisp with some sublte sweetness.

Taste: A nice floral arrangement, citrus, and a soft pepper came first on the palate. There is a soft delicate malt with a slight hint of sweetnes.

Overall: the mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and soft with a crisp edge. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This is a very nice example of a Belgium Pale Ale. I want it to be a little more agressive with the hops.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bright golden honey color with very good head retention and lacing. The color is a bit hazy and viscuous looking and just looks impressive. On the nose I get some nice honey, apple and white pepper. The latter I assume is from a goodly amount of hops, something that is verified after the first sip. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose very well, though the beer finishes with a somewhat dry, bitter finish, with some really nice hoppiness. The beer is no more then moderately sweet, and the brewer here did a very nice job balancing the sweetness with the hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light and drinkability is superb.

Excellent stuff and very, very easy to drink. Have to say I quite liked this one. Impressive.

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

Attractive hazed yet vibrant apricot hue in appearance, tall fluffy and loose spongy white head that slowly recedes.

Effervescent light spicy phenols on the nose, along with mild leafy green notes, some sharp citrus and wheat, and sweet peachy yogurt.

Although smooth wheat is apparent in the flavour, along with a cutting citrus in the middle, yet it's the leafy and herbal hop finish that really stands out, joined with a warming dry spiciness, both of which linger into a dry musty aftertaste.

Light and quenching mouthfeel, starts tart and citrusy and finishes dry, although maintains a contained smoothness throughout.

More please! Refreshing, quenching, and you don't wanna stop at one, great session potential if it wasn't for the higher abv%. Don't take this the wrong way, but this is such a decent satisfying easy-drinker, especially for hot summer months and patios, that if you have the clams to shell out this might just be one of the finest and most expensive barbecue/lawnmower beers you ever pick up. Or maybe just stick to sharing this with good company on the patio...

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

Orange gold with huge amounts of carbonation rushing up to sustain a creamy two finger head. Little bit of sediment being tossed around, despite a careful pour.

Sharp grapefruit hop aroma is strongest to the nose. Peppery spice, and a sweeter orange-like citrus mixed in.

Full flavoured, peppery and fruity, with a bitter lemon-drop finish. Quite unique from what I've tasted. I'd prefer a bit less of the pepper flavour. Good tasting, but I've had tastier.

Medium bodied, and not as highly carbonated as it looks. Decent mouthfeel but nothing to make a big impression.

A nice Belgian Pale, lives up to the style. Solid but not amazing.

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

Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a goblet. Name translates to "the last wish." Yikes!

Appearance: cloudy peach-orange body with a half-inch of bubbly white head. Big chunks of sediment sit at the bottom of the glass. Beautiful, sticky lacing.

Smell: flowery yeast, spicy hops, and lemon pepper. Mild mellon fruit. Surprisingly fresh and piny, especially for the style.

Taste: sweet and yeasty malt, wheat, alcohol, and dry bitter hops. Light fruit flavours that I can't quite identify. A big hop presence distinguishes this beer from many Unibroue offerings.

Mouthfeel: lush and tangy in the body with a spicy carbonated bite. Silky. Finish is bitter, dry, and somewhat sugary.

Drinkability: this is one of the best BPAs that I've tried. Hoppy and flowery with fruity aromas and flavours. A luxurious and highly drinkable beer.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a couple of times. My notes say I tried this one April 7th, 2009.

Pours yellow with a head that reminds my of couds. Nice! The smell gives me banana up-front with some hint of hops. Nice again. Taste is typically belgium but there is the DDC signature with the hops at the end. The taste stays there in the mouth for quite some time... just like Corne du Diable does however not the same taste. The finish is dry due to the hops presence. I really dig this beer, however not a session beer.

A must have in the fridge, for those times when you need a good belgium with some twist.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into an oversized glass results in a cloudy orage color with a finger of bubbly white head. Head quickly evaporates, leaving just a thin layer over the top, and some minor lacing at the top of the glass. Smell is somewhat hoppy, with a bit of citrus. The taste is complex - a bit earthy, a hint of orange peel, a bit chewy with a bitter finish. Taste lasts in your mouth for quite a while. Not something I would choose for a night of drinking, but decent overall.

Photo of MyBrainHurts
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Accidentally crashed on the end of the pour (pint glass), and got some yeast. Didn't affect taste adversely, but possibly appearance, which just wasn't just cloudy, but also dusty. Otherwise a hazy orange color. Some might be turned off by the fantastic, frothy head that lingered and laced to the very end, but I loved it. Gotta subtract half a point for the floaties, though. Probably should take more off for that.

S: Citrus, banana, clove

T: Very strong grapefruit flavor, almost (but not quite) overpowering, pleasant

M: The expected acidic "tongue-tang" from this type of beer.

D: Wished I had another on hand.

I like this beer, but not sure if I would buy another for $7 a bottle again. (Capones in Norristown, PA)

Worth it for the try.

Photo of TroyS
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sucker was picked up at MarCellars in Idaho Falls which is in Idaho, of course! Freegin' killer choice for a drink this evening. I think that my only partial non-smile was because it's a bit too heady, super frothy and it sticks around forever w/serious lite lacing. She's a spike to chew on....anwahhh. Super drink that teases like great super yumm yumm floral masterpiece or one could simply say, "Great Beer!" Cheers!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange boded beer with a fluffy off-white head that last for the full beer. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. With each sip the head leaves a register mark of thick foam on the glass.

S- The aroma of perfumed yeast gives way to a smell of fresh green hop pellets followed by a note of fresh cut pine wood to finish.

T- This beer has a mellow green hop snap to the flavor. Upon further sipping, a perfume flowery hop flavor shows up in the finish, with a soft bitterness lingering on. As the beer warms there is a soft tangerine flavor and pale malt flavor supporting the hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This is a great Belgian Pale Ale. Soft hop bitterness with a bigger hop flavor that blends perfectly with the yeasty qualities and opens up more and more with each sip.

Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very fine Belgian pale. It pours a fairly light, slightly cloudy, orangy pale color with a white head modest carbonation, a little lacing and some head retention. The nose is pretty characteristic for the style. There are plenty of florals, orange rind notes, a touch of Belgian yeastiness, some coriander notes, and just lots of sweet malts and spices for the style.

The taste is a tad sharper than I would have liked, and a bit more biting for the style than may be warranted. There is a definite hop presence to the beer, and a peppery bite in the finish. This is a fairly smooth beer, except for the sting in the finish. The finish detracts a bit from what would be a very smooth, silky, sweet floral malty mid section. The biting finish comes on too strong and too soon without letting the better middle section insinuate itself in your good graces. Not a bad beer, quite good, but could be a bit better.

Revisit December 2009: Yup, just as I reviewed it previously. The biting qualities which seem to be from some spicy yeast, don't do this beer justice, or any favors. Not bad for the style, but there are lots better.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy eggshell colored head tops a beautiful bright gold colored beer. Good amount of lively carbonation. Head slowly settles to a sticky cap that leaves haphazard lacing in your glass.

Aroma is nice and very strong. Fruity, spicy and lots of yeast. Very inviting.

Flavor was very nice and had a lot going on. Nice spice again, a little honey plenty of different fruit flavors and a strong character from the yeast.

The mouth feel was almost chalky and yet still very bright.

Nicely drinkable. A nice sessionable Belgian...

Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: I'm sure that this score would go up a half point or so if I had the beer from a keg. The bottled version has a ton of floaties, and as much as I don't really mind, I can't just pretend that they're not there. The liquid is a light amber. The head is big, foamy and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wonderful smelling beer. If it was stronger, I'd probably give it a perfect score. At this strength, there is a mild chlorine smell that comes up when you swirl it around. I think that it's probably just a yeast odor that would be entirely drowned out by fruity esters if the strength was increased. The odor has apricots, citrus and subtle earthy Belgian flavors.

T: Well, no bleach here, just a balanced and complex Belgian. They used a wonderful strain of yeast on this beer. There are stone fruits and earth notes, bright barley and citric hops. It's just superb.

M: Smooth and creamy. It feels full and round for the size of the beer. I love a beer with a relatively low abv (ok, 6.5% isn't that low but it's all relative) that has a mouthfeel as full and lush as much stronger beers because they aren't cloying at all. It's just fresh grain, wonderful yeast and balanced hops.

D: Easy drinking abbey ale. I don't get disliking this beer. Maybe, it's not your very favorite style or Belgian, but it's balanced and could go with any meal. It's interesting and complex, yet light on the palate and the head. Delicious stuff.

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