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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Dernière VolontéDernière Volonté

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very good

534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +6.8%
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 +2%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -3.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -14.3%
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 +5.5%
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 +16.6%
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 +11.3%
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 -8.3%
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%
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 +11.1%
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.

Photo of 01121987
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my new favorite beer. this beer should not and cannot be classified in traditional a category. if you had to call it something it would be an english style belgian ipa with american hops. its too bad they don't have an undefinable category.
great lacing on the glass and high but not excessive carbonation.
smell is dominated by hop aroma
the flavor is superb. citrus like hops dominate with an almost jasmine tea like aftertaste.
mouth-feel is dry with a nice lasting bitterness and great hop flavor aftertaste.
i could drink this one all day.
great work DDC.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub, Montreal.

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, an earthy hop and a light sweetness.

The taste mirrored the aroma and featured a pronounced peppery hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and user-friendly ale. Nice dry hopping.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy goilden-orange in color. Huge, foamy dirty white head. Slowly fades leaving big chunks of lace and a small cap on the beer.

S - Strong fruity aroma, a mix betwen Belgian yeast induced banana and hoppy citrus notes. Underlying spiciness typical to a beer brewed with Belgian yeast.

T - Initial spiciness, lost of pepper and clove. A somewhat muted fruitiness comes through mid drink with hints of banana and canned pear juice. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering tartness.

M/D - Medium bodied, maybe on the thin side of the spectrum. Light chewiness and very crisp. Excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-I poured a little too much out and got some of the yeast. Brew is a hazy golden amber w/a nice dense creamy white head, good retention, and beautiful lacing. Small beads of carbonation visible along the side of the glass.

S-Aroma is of pale malt, apricot, clove, banana, coriander, white pepper, faint mandarin orange, and light hops.

T-Flavor is surprisingly less sweet and much bitterer than the nose let on. Upfront is tasty pale malt backbone w/bold spice and sulfur, and midpalate is nice slightly sweet malt w/floral and light spice, offering a nice complement to emerging apricot and apple fruit esters. Finish is gunpowder with light, even hops that bring out some grapefruit and more floral notes, and some faint peat earth notes.

M-Well-balanced favoring bitterness, which I like. Mouthfeel is rustic but smooth. Carbonation is moderate and ample, and body is medium.

D-I wish I had more of these. So far I'm impressed by the offerings I've sampled from Dieu du Ciel.

Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy faded gold with a tint of auburn/copper. Chunks of floating sediment. Foamy, bright white head that leaves a pasting of lace around the tulip's rim in its wake. Thin patches of lacing with adequate strength.

Mildly sweet, candied sugar. The sweetness is enhanced by the rounded tropical fruit esters: melon, red apple, red grape, cherry, pear, and apricot. Notes of citrus that cut a faint sheet of must. Timid peppercorn and corriander as well.

Rounded, semi-sweet tropical fruit up front: cantelope, peach, honeydew, and pear; however, the sweetness falls flat to the earthen, floral flavors of the hop character. Faint corriander within the short-lived burst of spicy floral hops. Mild mustiness leaves a dry film in the finish. Dissapointingly mild flavors given how alive the aromas are.

A light medium in body; actively carbonated with a mild bit of dryness at the end. A pretty good balance, but slightly thin.

A delicate Belgian Pale that lacks a dynamic, bold flavor profile. Flavors, aroma, and body are all above average, in addition to how light and drinkable this offering is.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of spices and floral hops along with light malts and Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is likewise spicy with flavors of coriander & pepper and hoppier than most beers in the style. There's a decent Belgian yeast background and the malt character is on the thin side, but it's still pretty well-balanced. The hops flavor creeps back into the finish creating a slightly bitter and slightly bready finish.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style while adding a bit more hops than usual, I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of this beer but I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. It's a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz brown glass twist-top. No freshness date. Bottled conditioned.

Appearance: Nice golden hue with hints of amber. Sudsy white head which grips the Duvel tulip. Lots of particles even though a gentle pour.

Nose: Banana peel, spicy yeast notes, a little white pepper, sweet orange.

Palate: Moderately carbonated given the conditioning. Wow! Spicy on the back, lots of black and white pepper notes dancing with some earthy and fruity flavors. Green banana, leaves (wet and dried), tree bark, and some citrus. A really dry finish.

Notes: Wasn't impressed right up until I put the beer in my mouth. Aroma/appearance were decent enough, but the spicy pepper thing on the palate really won me over. The finish is a little odd, and reduces some of the "drinkabilitly." A good beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clouded amber color, with multiple floating fellers...smallish white head.

Clean,hoppy aroma...bright citrus notes jumping out, vibrant lemon and orange, with a hint of spice.Lovely.

Brisk carbonation...Spicy, hoppy blitz on the palate,buzzesalong... medium bodied,long,hoppy finish...definite Belgian yeast character at work.

Good stuff here.I could drink it and drink it.

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a thick head that leaves good lacing. Nice so far.

Aroma is full of hops in the nose and biscuit malt. There's a belgian twist in the form of spice.

Taste is spicy upfront with a decent amount of hops and tasty biscuit malt. Hop bitterness is just right at the back of the throat. Seems like a normal pale ale with a twist.

Mouthfeel is full of biscuit malt, light hops and a bit of spice. They all hang around in the mouth. Mouthfeel is just right, allowing the beer to go down quite well and easily.

Very nice and drinkable example of its' style. Definitely a good twist on the American Pale Ale as well due to the spicy mouthfeel.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbey style blonde.

A: Poured a light, slightly burnt tangerine orange with sunflower yellow highlights. A nice cushy, spongey dull white head sits atop 1 finger in height and maintained rather nicely. There was a huge turbidity of tiny yeast particles lazily adrift and floating about like plankton.

S: A nice yeasty aroma of over-ripened oranges is the first thing that stands out along with some fresh lemon peels. A nice sweet maltiness and dough lies beneath with some tangerines, light bananas and just a hint of cloves.

T: The initial flavor was sharp with some sweet tangerines, with a zesty appeal and a beautifully even tartness and yeasty nature. Some sour tropical fruits and a very dominant peppery nature that really makes a statement on the finish. Very spicy, peppery, with some coriander and a really nice maltiness. Tart, musky, with a tangy citrus hopping that lingers well with some bananas. Overall the palate was dry, tart with a good amount of acidity and maltiness backing it up. A wide complexity of spices and maltiness makes this really stand out flavor wise.

M: light, fluffy in texture, dry, tart with a tingly carbonation presence around the tongues edges.

D: Good drinkability, one of the best per style outside of Belgium. A beautiful combination of spices and malt with a the perfect abv makes this very enjoyable and easy to down in multiples.

Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.