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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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504 Ratings

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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 Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Pours a cloudy bright golden orange color with an average pure white head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The aroma is not very strong but it is nice, some pineapple or other tropical fruit, some bubble gum or clove phenols and candi sugar. The taste is similar to the aroma; tropical fruit, clove, candi sugar but there is a bitter hop presence that keeps the sweetness in check. The feel is fairly light with loads of carbonation; finishes bitter not sweet, as most BPAs do. I appreciate the (somewhat) lower ABV that goes along with a very flavorful BPA. Nice balance between sweet and bitter.

Gmann, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: It's very hazy and a light straw color. Heavy amounts of sediment are clouding the field. It's topped off with a vanilla colored head that's a little foamy and a very impressive three fingers tall. It was slow to dissipate and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Very, very impressive here.

Smell: The nose is good despite being a little underpowered. Initially it smells like clove and light pepper. Nice, spicy aroma. There may be some other lighter spices that I can't identify. There's a nice mix of light citrus and apple scents. It is a sweet smelling beer. Perhaps a little sugary. Alcohol is easily noted. I'm surprised given the abv, but it is what it is. Nicely done, overall, but could be improved a little.

Taste: The flavor profile parallels the nose. It's spicy up front. Clove and pepper are the primary spices, but it does feature other spices I can't identify. It is fruity and sweet. Candy apple and pear are the most notable flavors. Citrus lemon and light orange are secondary. It has a slight Belgian yeast flavor. It's not as strong as in some other Belgian-style releases, but it's a nice flavor. Alcohol is noted and even feels a tad warm. It's more conspicuous than it should be. Finishes spicy and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and has an above average feel. Frankly, carbonation is high and really impedes any smooth feel it might have. Drinkability is good. It actually comes across than stronger it is. It runs a little too warm. It goes down relatively easy, but one bottle's enough for me.

Dernière Volonté's a good beer. I've had better releases of the style. This one comes across as a little overly aggressive and could stand to have a few kinks worked out (nose strength, alcohol warmth, and high carbonation). It's a good beer that's well worth checking out, but it could be improved a little.

prototypic, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of abents
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a gigantic white head that laces the glass well. Smells of light citrus and that nice Belgian bread aroma. Pretty nice overall beer, hits the style well. Has notes of citrus, spice, red fruit, hop bitter finish, with slight alcohol warming on the finish. Good Belgian flavors that round out this beer very well. Overall a pretty well balanced b.pale ale with a nice malty sweetness to it that rounds this one out well, Dieu Du Ciel is 2/2 so far, and I haven't had Mortel yet.

abents, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

A - This beer pours a light golden color which produced a moderately sized fluffy white head that had decent retention and left a decent amount of lacing along the glass

S - The aromas of this beer were a fruit and spice mess, a lot of things going on here but the few that really poked out were lemon and clove

T - The taste of this beer is a ride, starts with a little sweet bread taste, and adds pears, lemon, clove and possibly pepper to the fold

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate to high amount of carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this beer, something to step out of my ordinary offerings and not break the bank, yet offer a wild and flavorful beer

D - A good beer, more carbonation than I like, but still a solid beer from a good company

cvfish, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

11.5oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with lace that sticks so solid and long as to look etched in place. Aroma is sweet, fruity, banana, lots going on. Taste starts sweet as well, banana with a citric twinge in the middle, and closes pleasantly hoppy. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, with very nice drinkability. Everything comes together beautifully, an excellent brew.

ppoitras, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

I've been drinking too many porters lately and decided to mix it up. I found this one at Jungle Jim's about a month ago.

The 12 ounce brown bottle had an attractive, medieval painting on the cover. There's a freshness date on the right side of the label, but the machine that performs the dating was misaligned. No idea on the date.

Pours a semi-bright brass color with the slightest haze. Visible bits of yeasts, cause fissures of bubbles resting upon a white 1/8 inch head. Little to no lacing and minimal head retention.

Smells light, crispy and aromatic. Scents of banana, white bread yeasts, semi-sweet candied sugars.

Light bodied and medium flavored beer with high carbonation. Yeasts, banana and light candied sugars dominate the flavor profile. Clean and refreshing flavor with slight banana and an orange peel bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nice, session-able beer but at $4-5 per bottle in the US, it hurts it's drinkability score.

beachbum1975, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of LordofTime25
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours to a slightly cloudy orange copperish with a large white frothy head that leaves great lacing.

Smells sweet and tangy with a hint of spices maybe corriander.

Tastes kind of sweet with a sour finish. Maybe a grapefruit taste. The hops and the malts are pretty equal in this brew.

Has a medium body with medium-high carbonation

A decent brew, but won't drink alot of these.

LordofTime25, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of midaszero
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

A - Cloudy orange straw body with one finger of frothy white head and good lacing

S - Kinda of a sweet and sour citrus note with some Belgian spices and yeast for sure.

T - Kinda sweet with a grapefruit bitterness to it. Some malts and hops but nothing hugely noticeable. Letting it warm up a bit lets some white grape flavor come out.

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - Could be easier to drink and more enjoyable but isn't bad.

midaszero, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ShrLSU
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head. It leaves slight lacing around the edges. The nose has some fruitiness and bready yeast and sweet malt. The taste is quite similar to what you get from a belgian pale. Its nice and semi sweet then bitter and bready with hops and yeast. Its got a high level of carbonation with a light feel. Overall a very solid belgian pale. Definitely worth a try.

ShrLSU, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from bottle in to my Grimbergen chalice.

One finger off white head on initial pour. Opaque yellow orange body. Spongy head after a few minutes, soapy lacing. I'm a little stuffed up but I'm getting some good hops on the nose. A little pine and citrus. Refreshing hop and carbonation balance in the mouth. Very bitter for a Belgian, this is probably the first Belgian PA that I've remembered such a strong hop presence. Tasty.

ballewblake, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Sparkling honey with lemonade trim. The beer is crystal clear initially, becoming a fraction more hazy each time the glass is topped up. The alabaster colored cap is a Belgianesque thing of beauty. It's hugely rocky and is absolutely slathering the glass with all sorts of attractive lace.

Speaking of Belgianesque, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel must have picked a quality yeast strain because the beer is rife with the sort of fruit and spice that is the hallmark of a well-brewed Belgian pale ale. This could be pretty impressive stuff.

Although I've had better, Derniere Volonte is good... and it certainly isn't lacking in terms of flavor or boldness. Trouble is, slightly too noticeable alcohol (for the ABV) is holding it back just a bit. It should soften up with warming, so I'm not too worried.

Flavors include crisp pears macerated in Poire Williams (pear eau de vie), lemon zest and a considerable spiciness reminiscent of cloves and white pepper. Since it's doubtful that either of the last two were added, the yeast strain must be a real humdinger.

Forget subtlety, this is one of the most 'in your face' versions of the style that I've ever had. And that's just where I'll continue to pour it. The addition of the final three ounces creates a murky opacity and cranks up the flavor knob an extra quarter turn. Given the impressive rate of disappearance, it appears the drinkability score needs a boost.

The mouthfeel isn't quite Belgianesque. That said, it's still worthy. It just does manage to reach medium for the style and is zestily carbonated without being buzzy. A little more creamiliciousness would have brought the next highest score into play.

Derniere Volonte (Last Will) is one of the best non-Belgian Belgian pale ales that I've had. Although it falls a little short in the depth and complexity departments, it comes close to compensating completely by being so bold and spicy. Other than the legendary Peche Mortel, this is BDDC's best (easily obtainable) beer.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of baldycmu
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours a yellow golden straw color with a white pillowy head. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. There was not a much of an aroma to speak of. Tasts bready with a bit of lemon zest with a bit of floral hoppiness and a dry finish. A good amount of carbonation with some nice bubbles as it goes down. Another winner from dieu du ciel.

baldycmu, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev 0%

A - pours a hazy straw yellow with 2 inches of whispy foam

S - wonderful grapefruity citrus smell with a bready yeastiness

T - Medium bodied with a bready yeastiness and citrus flavors

M/D - very enjoyable brew, easy drinking in my opinion. I'm mad i only picked up one bottle of this one.

mikereaser, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of xpatriate
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

have had this beer on a number of occasions.finally getting to review.overall the smell and taste are very piney for lack of a better word.to me that is this beers appeal.piney.a little pricey to boot.well worth it though.pours very carbonated 2 finger head.pine tree/christmas tree aroma which i like.cloudy appearance that settles well.plenty of lacing all the way down.
the christmas tree aroma also follows in the taste and overall mouthfeel.i can easily pound a sixer of this.
i am a big fan of dieu du ciel.hopefully with time they will be able to bottle more of their fine brews.

xpatriate, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of R0man
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a tulip and served at 50 degrees.A near perfect amount of sweetness that is assertive yet always held in check by both the hops and the flavorful yeast strain.The only flaw I find is a long powerful grass note that is initialy intriguing yet overstays its welcome lingering at the end of each pull. These flavors certainly have the potential to coalesce into an even more impresive whole with a little careful cellaring (6 months-2 years). An impressive example of the style.

R0man, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a huge foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin lacing that lasts. Citrus and floral hop aroma with some pine, citrus fruit and sweet maltiness. Perfect balance of hops, fruit and yeast, with hints of golden crisp apple and pear and subtle spices. Bitter hops up front with creamy smooth fruit center and dry hop finish. Very good!

corby112, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of HomebrewPgh
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Wow! Delicious Belgian ale with a ton of flavor. Aroma was the only average thing about this beer- grass and a hint of yeast. Pour was perfect and stunning. Deep dark orange with so much suspended yeast floating around it looks like you are looking into the night sky. Taste was very full and rich. Strong orange, apricot and spice. An apple/pear aftertate fills the back of the throat after the strong carbonation stops pricking. Great Belgian style beer.

HomebrewPgh, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours slightly hazy straw gold color with small bubbled white head.

Nose is simply amazing for this beer. Oven fresh bread, lemon meringue pie citrus, and yeasty/estery notes.

Palate offers a more pedestrian mix of sweet malt, mixed tropical fruit, and has a nice medium bodied.

Sufficiently complex to intrigue a slow, contemplative taste but also drinkable to be enjoyed on less reflective occasions. This one is underrated and worth seeking.

yemenmocha, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

11.5 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A gentle pour unleashes a monstrous, billowing head of cream-colored froth. The four finger's width of foam slowly recedes, leaving globular lacing down the glass; the body is extraordinarily well-carbonated, as streams of bubbles rise up through the brass-gold liquid. However, pouring the second half of the bottle releases large chunks of yeast that convect around the streams of carbonation like a lava lamp on speed.

Very intricate, pleasing aroma of grass & citrus hops plus fruity esters of peach, tangerine, and sour apple. Biscuit malt and wheat provide a solid balance to the dry-hopping. Reminds me of Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse in many ways.

Flavor is packed with notes of white pepper, lemon grass, floral hops, white grape rinds, and yeast. A finish of grassy hop bitterness lingers just long enough, followed by a slight hint of soap. Uber-creamy, slick mouthfeel to this Belgian Pale, but where did all the carbonation go? You really have to let the beer sit on the palate for a bit before some light bubbliness peppers the tongue. Finishes with a blend of sweet tropical fruits and bitterness, with a slightly sticky, medium body. Overall, a great beer by Dieu Du Ciel that drinks easily and packs enough complexity to keep me wanting more. I'd definitely have this again, if only the steep price tag allowed it.

wagenvolks, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A very nice looking pale. Decent, tight one finger white head that is going to stick arounf for a while is enjoying the view from on top of the deep straw coloured brew. Only complaint is the impressive chunks of yeast that made their way into the Chimay chalice despite a relatively gentle pour. Lacing is damn near perfect with clingy clouds that gradually disperse only to leave behind intricate webs.

An interesting nose here, pale malts and perhaps some wheat sett the stage for an interesting array of fruity and floral aromas. The yeast has done good work producing both esters and phenolics, some apple, pear, and clove is present. The hops add a nice touch as well with grassy aromas as well as a touch of citrus.

An interesting brew, and upon the tasting the marriage of belgian and english brewing really reveals its presence. Initially clean pale malts accented with notes of banana and clove greet the palate. Then a drier flavour of biscuity malt appears with hints of apple. The finish has noticable hop bitterness and flavour, with the flavour of lemon and perhaps tangerine, as well as an earthiness with peppery notes as well as an underlying woodiness. Noble and english hops are most likely present, i would guesss something like Hallertau and Goldings.

Almost medium bodied, very creamy in feel despite the active yet very finely bubbled carbonation. A nice balance is struck between the pale malts, the yeast and the hops to showcase the contributions from the yeast and hops. Finish is quite clean and somewhat dry.

The finish, as well as great taste, makes this a dangerously drinkable brew. The alcohol manages to make its presence known with a slight warmth. This is an impressive brew that i would recommend highly to fans of pale ales in general, whether it be english, belgian, or both. I hope to find more of this soon.

demcorhip, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

A- Pours a nice hazy straw color with a decent cap of foam. The foam recedes to a thick ring around the rim of the glass, but leaves noteworthy lacing.

S- Sweet belgian spices with bready notes. Bright fruits, namely peaches, come through with hints of clove.

T- Slightly more complex than the nose, however the aftertaste is quite alcoholic and almost ruins the delicious flavors of the beer. To begin, a sweet yeasty, bready flavor makes its way in, introducing the spicy belgian hop profile with notes of clove, banana, and peach. All this is delicious on the tip of my tongue, but as soon as it hits the sides, harsh alcohol and an obscure bitterness (not hops) comes through.

M- Lively carbonation and a good dry finish.

D- Good. Overall I really like the flavor of this beer, but there's smoething funny at the end that I dont care for.

JoeMayo, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Paid $5.99 for a 11.5 oz bottle (yikes).

Pours with almost no head to speak of. Color is a light amber with a hint of pink. The smell is the first thing that hits me after opening the bottle. Strong belgian scents, hops. This one really wafts. Taste is sharp carbonation, almost foamy. Floral honey, some musk in there too, raw sugar. This is a complex brew. Aftertaste is somewhat medicinal.

Mouthfeel is too sharp at the beginning but that does subside. Higher FG with this I think.

Nice beer, but for the price it's not worth it.

benmiliron, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.3/5  rDev +8%

341mL bottle with bottled date notched on label as April 07.

Pours a hazy gold with a mid-sized, sticky rocky head with excellent retention. Sticky clumps go all the way down the glass. A beautiful beer.

Smells of banana, clove, pepper, peach, and bread, with some alcohol warming the nose.

Banana flavours are smooth, burst of pepper and clove in the middle, with a long, drying bready finish. Fruits are light banana and peach/nectarine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with the carbonation providing a nice bite that compliments the spices.

Decently drinkable, but not amazingly so. Doesn't scream "sipper", but isn't a quaffer either.

A nice belgian, one that I'll buy again, but hopefully I'll be able to get a little fresher next time. Seems to age just fine, though.

nighthawk, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of deereless
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Hazy straw with a touch of white, nice thin layer of foam that covers the entire surface area, peaks of lacing that run the edge of the foam - 4.50, S: Lots of spices, possibly orange peel, Belgian yeast 4.25, T: Some dry bitter spice, bitterness almost certainly from the significant hop load, the yeast is definitely having a say in this beer - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A pleasant beer, the first from Dieu Du Ciel - 3.75

deereless, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Pours a medium gold in color. The white head is tight and rises to over an inch in height. Retention is nothing short of amazing. The head just does not seem to wnat to go away. Lacing is thick and plentiful. This is a very nice looking beer.

S - Comes across as earthy (hop leaf maybe?) with a bit of yeast thrown in. Some warmer peppery type spices are smack in the middle of the aroma. Pale malt and honey come in towards the end. Alcohol is barely perceptible on the end of the aroma.

T - Stays earthy in the flavors. Some pine and leaf from the hops really stand out. Very spicy midway with pepper and something I just can't put my finger on. The bitterness level is amazing in this brew. Malt backbone is nice and provides a nice background to the other flavors that are going on here. Getting honey and a touch of bread. Yeasty at the very end with some alcohol.

M - Lighter bodied with a hefty amount of carbonation that keeps going and going. Finish is a combination of sweet and bitter. Sweet is first followed by a mild bitterness that only sticks around for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is really good for this brew. I pretty much like everything about this one and could easily see myself revisiting it again in the future. Stays pretty smooth throughout and has a big enough flavor to really grab you by the taste buds. Alcohol is covered well. Dieu Du Ciel really hit the mark with this version of the Belgian Pale Ale. Recommended for sure.

csmiley, Nov 11, 2008
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.