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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 44 | 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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Ratings: 548 | Reviews: 321
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a tinge of apricot; the moussy head drapes lace down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Fruity, with a Belgian yeast tone; pears, green apples and stone fruit along with a dash of white pepper

Taste: Opens with a fruity assault, as the pears and green apples join with a biscuity flavor that moves in a peppery, though grassy, hop direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeast jumps out to add to the profile; complex, lingering finish with all of the elements in balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: This is a top notch Belgian Pale Ale that could easily be classified as a Belgian IPA

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 341ml bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with about an inch of dense, but quickly fading bone white head. Flavor and aroma are of spicy yeast, citrus fruits, grassy, semi-sweet. Medium in both body and carbonation with a somewhat dry, slightly alcohol finish. Decent stuff overall.

Photo of WesWes
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are loads of floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a really nice pale malt and Belgian yeast ester scent. It's quite fruity with a slightly dry earthiness. The taste is good as well. It has a perfectly balanced flavor profile that includes a wonderful hop character as well as fruity yeast element. It goes down with ease and finishes dry with a earthy/yeasty feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine blonde ale. It love the yeast character as well as the hop taste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz chalice at the brewpub in Montreal. Sort of a humourlessly morbid name for a beer: "Last Will".

This beer appears a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one skinny finger of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty decent patchy lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat acerbic yeast, mildly tart lemon citrus, a light pale grainy malt, a certain farmhouse mustiness, and some middling clove and white pepper spices. The taste is lemony yeast, the fruitiness fused right in there, wheaty pale malt, more orange citrus, cloves, black pepper, a hint of banana chips, and maybe a bit of booze warming.

The fizziness is fairly moderate, the body an adequate medium weight, and sort of pithy in its general smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, spice, and hops all siding that way.

An agreeable enough Belgian IPA, one which drinks a bit more like a strong saison, but that's just nitpicking. Tasty, especially if you need a dry kick to the palate.

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!

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Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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