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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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very good

522 Ratings

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 38 | 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 albern
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

albern, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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...

Reagan1984, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

popery, Apr 05, 2009
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.

01121987, Apr 05, 2009
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.

plaid75, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

ckeegan04, Mar 27, 2009
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.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

NEhophead, Mar 20, 2009
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
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.