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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

322 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 573
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 48 | 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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Reviews: 322 | Hads: 573
Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours murky golden amber color with a nice 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, honey, grape, orange, herbal, grass, bread, earth, floral, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of orange, lemon, pear, bread, herbal, grass, floral, pepper, earth, candi sugar, light caramel, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, floral, grass, bread, candi sugar, light caramel, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice Belgian/hop flavor balance with good complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy blond ale! Great flavor balance and complexity; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyable offering. (1,132 characters)

Photo of EatsTacos
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the pleasure of this beer both on tap and many times bottled, this review is based on the bottled beer

Poured into a tall glass and swirling the bottom 1/3 sediment yeast on the bottom of the bottle the beer is cloudy with a great clumpy, dense foam. As the head dies the glass is beautifully laced.

Wonderfully complex aroma is a mix of bright citrus hops married with the complex (wild?) yeasty characteristic belgian-inpired smell. The nose is really a great blend of bright hop aroma with musty, earthy, grassy yeast fermentation aroma. 4/0 only because it lacks some intensity of aroma.

This beer leans much toward bittering hop taste than it does malt sweetness, and for my taste that works very well for the style. This is a great beer to stimulate appetite or to accompany fish or chicken, pasta, or spicy foods. With an old cheddar (as I'm enjoying it now while watching NFL network) it works particularly well. I'm reminded of bitter orange peel and grapefruit juice balanced with the underlying malt sweetness to make this beer quite drinkable.

Quite carbonated out of the bottle as the beer is bottle conditioned. Full bodied. As it warms up I find it softens the carbonation and the drinkability improves. I wouldn't recommend this beer straight from the fridge.

Another great offering from Dieu du Ciel, and coming from a Montrealer who drinks a lot of beer from this brewery, this brew is a favourite and a staple of mine. (1,452 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lovely, hazy golden amber with a generous, fluffy, white head that laces. There is a touch of loose sediment and plenty of carbonation to maintain a constant blanketing of fluffy. The nose is yeasty, bitter, and slightly alcoholic. Initially, it's not as refined as I'd hoped, but as the beer warms more notes of honey and citrus break through. The taste is lovely and unique. It's grainy sweetness to resiny bitterness ratio is quite balanced, while subtle citrus and yeastiness build up and compliment this balance. The beer is medium bodied and well-attenuated with a slight honey sweetness and residual hoppy bitterness. Although this isn't one of my favorite styles of beer, it's a great beer that exemplifies the style. (742 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Von Schplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear amber body underneath a dense, creamy finger of white foam. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Very fresh, aromatic blend of fruity esters and floral hops. Citrus, apple, and a touch of malt. Really nice.

T: Tart pear, peach, and citrus up front, followed by some breadiness. Generally smooth, but surprisingly there's a touch of booziness on the finish. Tasty all the same.

M: Lively, creamy carbonation in a medium body. Great.

O: Excellent beer. The fresh fruitiness was terrific.

Cheers! (582 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky orange brown with a rich white head. Fruit, light citrus, spicy aroma. Flavor of light citrus, malt and fruit. Dry light fruit middle and dry, slightly hoppy finish. Well made, but with little Belgian spicing. Medium bodied. Interesting take on a Belgian ale. (333 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold with a thick white head.

S-slightly tart and yet spicy pale Belgian malts. Medium to good strength

T-a mild taste of grassy pale Belgian malts. It's pretty bitter! It's very mild besides the bitterness. Matching after-taste. 

M-high carbonation with a crisp finish

O-a surprisingly raw and well brewed Belgian style from a non Belgian brewery. It doesn't have much complexity to it but it's an enjoyable mild brew. Probably one of the better pale Belgians I've had at the low abv.  (501 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed gold with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing, still hazed

S: Faint breadyness & phenols, & orchard fruit

T: Earthy breadyness, some lemon & grapefruit, white pepper& green apple peels up front. Some leafy hops, orchard fruit, lemons & more green apple as this warms. Finishes with some grapefruit, more leafy & then herbal hops, & pears

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, nice balance

A nice Belgian PA, I did expect more from this brewery, but respectable none the less, plenty pricey too (543 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy light amber color with a lot of head, good retention and good lacing.

S - bready malt with some earthy/floral hops... Nicely balanced

T - sweet bready malt, honey, some alcohol, with a touch of bitterness at the end

M - a little cloying in the sweetness department

O - a decent Belgian blonde (not a Belgian pale)... Could use a little more hops to balance the sweetness (383 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a hazy orange hay color. Very strong malt aromas...english malts? Some hop and a slight belgian yeast aroma. Taste is very malty. Almost overly malty, but I think its the goal here. Very buscuity malts. Hops are really dominating though. Very piney slightly bitter hops...can we call this a north coast brew?? You heard it here first!
Overall a really great brew. I don't know if its world class but is deff great.
My first DDC brew and can't wait for more! (495 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: First off nice head. I have high expectations in regards to head on my BPAs and BSPAs! This one passes with three fingers of fizzy white head. Not perfect because the retention isn't fantastic but there is some lacing as well. Color is a tan golden color. Not the most brilliant but not bad either. The beer is very foggy, but that's because I knowingly put the yeast in with the beer. It's actually more chunky than most so we'll have to see how that effects the beer.

S: This beer smells amazing! The dry hopping is definitely effective! But first and foremost those fruity esters from the yeast come out loud and clear. It's really fruity with apple aromas. The malts come out almost entirely as a grain with a hint of a more sweet caramel base. Finally the hops... wow! Very spicy, earthy aromas that lean more towards the herbal qualities of hops. Awesome

T: This beer is very good, but slightly different than the aroma. The hops and yeast take forefront for me as a spicy, earthy flavor. Then right after I get those fruity flavors of apples and maybe pear. Past that it's more sweet maltiness that I love followed by a decently bitter finish. The beer switched directions on me but not in a bad way at all.

M: Good prickly carbonation on this medium bodied beer. Frothy at the same time as smooth.

O: Totally took me off guard with the more present hop flavors. But it's totally in a good way. Love this beer and I am now determined to have all of this fantastic brewers offerings. (1,496 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass...

A - Orange/Medium golden colour to the body. Very rich white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer looks really nice!

S - The aroma is full of those Belgian yeast flowery and fruity notes, with hints of sour dough, caramel, and grass.

T - This is quite hoppy for what it is, with enough flowery and citrusy notes and a pretty apparent bitterness. There is also a very good level of sweetness (with hints of caramel, honey, and Belgian Candi sugar) and a slight spiciness going on. You might also taste a little bit of apple and/or pear. The after-taste is a little dry, a little bready, and quite bitter, showing us that the dry-hopping had made a difference.

M - Medium-bodied, not too carbonated. Very smooth, almost creamy texture.The alcohol is masked very well. After some time, it begins to dry up the palate a little bit.

O - I've always seen this beer around but for some reason was always ignoring it. After I tried it, I realised how much I'd been missing out. This is a very well brewed Belgian Pale ale that is very smooth, extremely pleasant to drink and packs lots of flavour, while not going over the top with the ABV. Here in Montreal, this beer is also very affordable. Recommended! (1,286 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Orangish brown color. I poured all the yeasty goodness in and that seems to be settling slowly on the bottom. Two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lot of peach in this. Apple orchard-type funk. Flowery, earthy, and mildly spicy hops. Some light pepper from the yeast. Moderately yeasty and bready.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Peachy fruitiness with a light apple funkiness. Flowery and earthy with a touch of spice. Peppery and yeastiness from yeast. Bready maltiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Lightly spritzy with a nice creaminess. Good here.

3.5 D: It's a tasty beer, but it's ungodly expensive for what it is so I doubt I'll ever buy it again. (730 characters)

Photo of Kacid
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy honey yellow, strong bubbles and a thick lacy 2 finger head, head that lasted medium long and resided into a thick lacing. delicious
Nose:sweet white winey yeast, floral, spicy, honey very sweet sweet refreshing honey
Taste: spicey, strong carbonation, honey and flora aromas,
Sharp medium strong hop bitters ness that fades quickly. The esters really open up as this beer warms; it a acquires spicy lemon. That sweet malty honey backbone (crystal malt) truly makes this beer so complex and aromatic and refreshing; as it warms it a quires a peppery aftertaste, also it acquires a stronger orange
Having had the red wine aged just previous to this one earlier today cant tell how this was seen to be a perfect candidate for souring/innoculation in barrel and aging in oak, more so red wine. Has light vinous and dry notes,. The dry hop bitterness is definitely what gave a backbone to the other
It definitely was a good choice to age in red and not white wine oak barrels. The sharp contrast is just fitting enough to pair well with this.
Overal: this beer is amazing, so wonderful and complex. To be honest it is amongst the first belgian pale that i've liked so incredibly much. Outside of orval, duvet and delirium tremens, unibroue don de diueu and fin du monde i have not found belgians i truly like. This one is unique because it is such low alcohol and so refreshingly light. This beer is truly worth the high score on BA.
Would be interesting to somehow add some tart lemony notes to this. Is it possible to sour this with some bret/lacto (and optional add lemon) (1,589 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed golden yellow in color with a thin, creamy near-white head that eventually leaves thin ribbons of lace down the glass.

A near classic, though muted Belgian pale aroma, with distinct Belgian style yeast, some musk, a bit of black pepper, lemon, and floral notes.

The flavor is a nice combination of sweet malts, musk, Belgian yeast, some floral and citrus notes, and a moderate level of bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very nice example of the style, though somewhat simple. (576 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle lists this as 7% Strong Beer. Still on my DDC binge since returning from Montreal.

A- Poured into a tulip with a hazy golden-apricot body. Large creamy, fluffy white head forms to about two fingers nad retains nicely. Good rings of lace.

S- A nice Belgian yeast profile up front. Has notes of spice, fruit and bread. Not overpowering. Also good notes of citrus fruit, flowers and spicy hops.

T- Again, has a nice Belgian feel to it without being like a Saison or Strong Pale, just smooth yeast flavors like spice, raisin, bread and fruit. Hops are nice, especially as it warms up. Grassy, Euro, floral, herbal and citrus zest. Just a bit of light caramel malt in the background.

MF- Creamy lighter-end body with a silky smooth feel. Finishes bitter on the palate with some alcohol warming.

I find that Unibroue and DDC brew better Belgian style beers than most American breweries, something up there in Quebec. This drinks nicely with great yeast and hop flavors. (978 characters)

Photo of DanK4
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into a pint glass, picked this up at local RSVP in Portland.

A: Very golden orange hue, wonderful color really- not translucent but not opaque either. It retains the light shining into the glass and really lights the whole beer up to a wonderful honey color. 1-1.5 finger white head with the last of the yeast leaving a nice brown dot in the middle of the lingering head.

S: Sadly I cannot smell much (because I'm getting sick), but what I can smell is a nice bouquet of sweetness- like fruit or possibly honey. It does have a nice aroma to it that apparently is somewhat powerful considering I really can't smell anything else but the sweet notes to this beer.

T: A wonderful Belgian golden, nice and sweet- hits all areas of the palate so nicely. Leaves a sweet lingering honey aftertaste- I'm guessing to people who have 100% out of their olfactory senses this one is rather sweet. A tinge of spice is lingering as well, but I taste honey, allspice, and almost like fermented pears and apples.

M: Medium bodied beer, nothing too overwhelming to drink but not so light you feel like you're drinking water. Somewhat of a dry finish to this one, but then again it just may be my sickness.

O: A good buy, moderately priced and a nice drink. As far as my exposure to Belgian Blondes go, this one is top notch. It would be wonderful to try on tap or cask drawn. The taste is the selling point of this beer, although the appearance makes a close second. (1,470 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. The retention is good with some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, light malt with a fruity undertone. Belgian yeast, but it seems to be more fruity than herbal.

Taste: The fruity undertones are there, but much milder than they were in the smell. There is a mild hop bitterness throughout, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This pale ale has a different taste to it. The sweetness was a bit much, but I enjoyed it enough. (630 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: About a finger of white head. Lots of bubbles and tons of sediment. Muddy yellow orange.

S: Honey. And maybe a hint of Belgian yeast, but it's almost overwhelmed by the smell of honey.

T: Spicy, fruity, hint of hops. Earthy grains and a little bit of the honey sweetness. Alright. Not exceptional.

M: Carbonated and refreshing.

O: So far my least favorite Dieu du Ciel beer, but still not bad. I probably won't have another, but still recommend it. (455 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Notched left of the 0 and then in between the 8 and 9.

A: A finger of head over a muddy yellow-brown, opaque beer. Swimming with yeast and bubbles.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast. Not particularly strong, but pleasant. A tinge of sourness reminds of certain saisons.

T/M: Good, but not great. Smooth, floral, and fruity, with just a tinge of earthy, spicy hops near the end. The proper amount of carbonation enlivens the beer and drys out the aftertaste. Estery. The yeast is less obviously of Belgian origin in the flavour. The endtaste is full of peppery pear and the aftertaste is drying and lovely.

O: If it's a bit of a letdown, it's only because I have placed Brassierie Dieu du Ciel so high in my mental estimation. A nice beer, recommended even, but nothing I'd seek out again. (852 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into sampler glass. Pours dark gold in colour with an one finger head head which left some bubbly lacing. Aromas could have been stronger, a little bit of spice, some citrus, dry yeastiness. Flavors of pale malt, some honey sweetness is balanced by spice and a drying bitterness from the hops so it is not cloying. Sticky medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Expected more despite it's high ranking. (422 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle comes with batch code 3 and 5 notched.

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Lively carbonation. Capped with a thin white bubbly head.

S- Nice fruity aroma, I'm getting pears and apricots, a bit of yeast funk and some floral hop aroma.

T- Crispy pear fruit flavor, a base of yeast funk with spicy herbal notes and a bit of medicinal flavor, a subdued leafy hop bitterness behind it, slight metallic taste in the background.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry crisp feel.

O- A great Belgian-style ale, lots of flavor and very refreshing. This would be perfect for summer, I'll have to revisit this one again. (624 characters)

Photo of duracell
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in May 2011, 7%ABV.

A - Pours a very beautiful golden yellow color with a nice off-white creamy head which turns yellow after about 5 minutes. Good head retention. A lot of yeast appears in the brew next to very thin bubbles.

S - Very nice Belgian yeast aroma, citrusy, spicy. I can pick out notes of cloves, biscuit and honey.

T - Slight nutty and spicy notes but a very strong hop flavor! Herbal notes are present but the amount of hop creates a extremely bitter finish. In my opinion, this is far too much for a Belgian Pale Ale, though it makes a very refreshing brew.

M - Good carbonation with a medium to full body. Good balance of alcohol but the amount of hop creates a dry finish, quite tart.

O - To me, this Belgian-like brew has a lack of complexity in the taste. The hop is too present and may mask the rest of the aroma. It is worth trying though and I would drink it again. However, next time I will better have it in summer! (999 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely perfect. Hazy dark golden body with a 2 finger off white head that has great retention. Good lacing down the glass as well.

S: Spicy with some hints of Belgian yeast, peach skin and a faint bit of banana.

T: Takes a little while to develop. The taste starts with some Belgian yeast and then moves to some fruity esters, white pepper and earthy hops. Finish has a touch of stone fruit sweetness alongside a definite earthiness. Pretty tasty stuff. (463 characters)

Photo of wrycon
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite pretty. Dense gold in the middle, with straw tones on the edges. Half a finger of pearl white foam that dissipates slowly. Smells freshly of lemon and grain and a slight nuttiness. Smells quite clean. Some citrus tang at the outset. There's a rounded sort of earthiness in the middle that tries to hold the citrus down, but the end gives way to a clean, slightly tart finish. There's a heft to this beer, which the nose and taste try to deny. Nicely complex and drinkable. My only complaint is there isn't a truly defining characteristic for it to hang its hat on.

Like It? Yes. (585 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into Dupont wide-mouth glass.

Great looking beer. Foamy white head that sticks around forever, and stays on as a film. Tons of lacing. Cloudy golden body w/plenty of floaties.

Aromas are light, but that's the style. Real sweet citrus quality, along with some apple skins.

SMOOTH on the palate, bringing flavors of Belgian yeast, fresh gala apples, lemons, and grape skins. As it warms, you get more of the hay, flowers, and peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is terrific as well... may be a touch undercarbonated relative to some in the style, but it is so damn smooth, that it's hard not to give it a great score. Finishes dry.

Overall, this is a great beer, and one of the most flavorful you'll find in the style. (718 characters)

Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.