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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 36 | 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 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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

SFLpunk, Mar 14, 2009
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 13, 2009
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.

Brad007, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up my 6 pack of Dernier Volonte not knowing much about it at all, other than part of it was required for a trade. I was looking forward to it because I'd been to the Dieu du Ciel brewpub in Montreal a few months before but hadn't had the chance to try this one.

It pours a cloudy honey yellow with a beaming white head. It's a nice looking beer.. the colour is very rich. Smellwise I was immediately reminded me of fresh Hoegaarden.. that yeasty spiced apricot aroma is prominent in the nose and the taste is just about what you'd expect it to be. Lots of sweet citrus fruit, spice and a tasty bitter finish. It's tasty and has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is good as is drinkability. Having a few of these in a row is real possibility.

Ralphus, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color with lots of visible yeast loaties. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into thorough lacing. The aroma is of spicy, yeasty, and bready. The taste is spicier than the aroma with a lot of cardamom and anise. The finish is lingering, and again spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety, chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice, spicy Belgian Pale Ale. It is so flavorful that I see it more as a sipper rather than an easy drinking Belgian Pale. I would definitely sit back with another one though.

KarlHungus, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours hazy golden with a fleeting, foamy, white head.

S - Yeast, candy, wheat, faint spices and fruit.

T - Spicy, wheaty/yeasty and sweet frontend. Mellows out and concludes with a slightly grassy, oily, bitter finish.

M - Velvety yet with lots of carbonation.

Notes - Pretty darn tasty, but there's something about the finish that is just the slightest bit off to me.

HeyItsChili, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of brandonc
1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The other reviews are right on when this beer is tasted on tap, but 5 bottles of the last 6 we purchased went down the sink. They were each filled with flakey putrid material (NOT yeast sediment) that was waxy and floated to the top. Given the price we paid per bottle (about 2.60 CA$) this was a horrible disappointment. I'll avoid buying any more bottles from these guys and stick to visiting the brew pub when I'm in town.

In case anyone is wondering. We purchased the bottles at a local Metro market.

brandonc, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a cloudy light copper, with a beautiful, thick, creamy off-white cap.

Nose is nice and yeasty, spicy, with some tropical fruit poking through.

Taste is yeasty up front, very peppery and spicy, with a lightly fruity, dry, doughy malt note underneath. A grassy hop bitterness peeks through near the finish, blending with the the black pepper note, and along side the big spicy yeast note. Exhale is doughy, hints of apricot. Finish is long, bitter, peppery.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy, light.

An exceptional take on one of my favorite styles. Fantastic.

JohnQVegas, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.