Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.1/5 rDev +3%
Picked up a 4 pack from the LCBO for $12.75 CDN. Served well chilled into glassware.
Appearance - Hazy dark yellow beer with some faint orange hues. thick 2 finger white head with good retention time, but for a Belgian IPA, it's only average.
Smell - Sweetness, tropical fruits namely some pineapple in there. Nicely blended with the Funky Belgian yeasts. Also some papaya and mango.
Taste - Straightforward, almost identical to the nose, pineapple, papaya and mango (although in smaller doses) and the unforgettable Belgian yeasts. Quite flavorful but retains light laste.
Mouthfeel - Spectacularly drinkable, since the body is medium - light, the alcohol content reasonable and the flavor is pretty big. Medium -high carbonation but every sip is refreshing. Really nice balance here for the feel.
Overall - A very good Belgian IPA, one of my favorites and probably one of the most "sessionable" ones if a Belgian IPA can ever be called that. Could easily drink the 4 pack over the course of an evening without thinking twice.
03-11-2014 03:11:46 | More by DenisKolkin
British Columbia (Canada)
3.89/5 rDev -2.3%
A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with 3 fingers of bone white head. Slowly settles to a light film with lacing clinging to the side of the glass.
S: Yeasty bread paired with light spices of white pepper and mineral and herbal notes. Light hoppiness on the nose.
T: Yeast, mineral and herbal notes. Much more pronounced bitter hops on the tongue compared to the nose.
M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry bitterness on the finish.
O: Much more hoppy than what I was expecting and more "west coast" in style. Quite well done.
03-07-2014 04:19:29 | More by FondueVoodoo
3.49/5 rDev -12.3%
The ever-classy Quebec brewery dips their toe into the ultra-complex world of Belgian wine-like fruit/spice medley and America's acutely bitter hops. Their marriage should be nothing short of spectacular!
The ale opens up with the promise of its style's namesake- exuberantly carbonated, the ale shows nearly champagne proportions as its bubble race from the bottom of the glass and fuel and creamy and loosely-knit froth. Long in its retention and broken in its lace, the ale kicks off like both Belgian and India Pale Ales.
But its aromas are sweetly scented and highly herbal. Honey and light caramel play delicately on the nose while mulled tea-like spices give a richer and heartier tone. Dates and light tobacco play up its fruit and spice balance but without the peppery notions that usually accompany the fruit. Where citrusy aspirations usually abound, we get the woody and herbal tones seemingly of English Pale.
To taste, its honey and herbal taste soothes the palate with a unique "Southern-style sweet tea" flavor that's richer than in any ale to cross my tongue. Light leaf and fruit call the shots with grape leaf, sassafras herbal bark, light dates, figs, apples and sultans. Its sweeter taste commands the balance as the more broad and woody English-like hops give a slight balance to the finish.
Heavy for IPA, the beer's residual sweetness and moderate carbonation keeps the ale creamy and weighted deeper into finish than expected. This allows for fuller appreciation of the beer's earthen sweetness but resists the zesty refreshment of IPA or the arid digestibility of Belgian Ale. Its mild warmth is slightly minty with an aftertaste of sweet tea.
I rather enjoyed the ale, but not as the usually constructed Belgian IPA. Its heavy British overtones gives the ale a unique identity that's quite left of center.
01-29-2014 19:00:40 | More by BEERchitect
3.71/5 rDev -6.8%
On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.
Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, slight citrus, herbal hop, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, earth, and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite earthy all around.
12-20-2013 03:10:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving some dry sticky residue as it does. Thick lacing.
S: Yeast, apricot, raisin, wood, butterscotch, and tea leaf.
T: Yeast, with a slight hint of sweet fruit, bitter citrus pith, wood chips, and raisin.
M: Crisp, yet full and hearty. Very earthy or grainy. Biting bittersweet, dry finish.
D: Sip and savor.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Great head, lingering foam, substantial lacing. Nose is fruity and yeasty with some bitter, sweet, and earthy components. Yeast accentuated with hints of bitter pith, sweet citrus, wood tones and bittersweetness. Steely, biting, and dry. Overall, this is a good quaff.
12-10-2013 00:51:43 | More by bmwats
Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.