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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Dernière VolontéDernière Volonté

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536 Ratings

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep gold with a constant stream of bubbles supporting a dense, fine cap of off-white bubbles. After slowing settling to a thick collar, foam clung to the glass and stuck there through to the end. Aromas of honey and spice, wheat crackers and lemon were evident, along with notes of fruit, bread and floral hops. Sweet honey malt flavour too, with spice growing into the finish. Light lemon character, wheat and bread, some fruity esters. Medium to light bodied with a rich, creamy texture. Quite dry in the finish. Great stuff, very refreshing with enough complexity to stay interesting.

Photo of KaiMiller
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with three fingers of pillowy white head. The aroma is floral, definite pineapple, nice peppery phenolics. Nice spicy flavour. Firm bitterness and copious English hop flavour keep it very crisp, while the Belgian yeast notes (pineapple, pepper) carry over strongly from the aroma. Some alcohol. Silky and light on the tongue. Slight acrid dry hop character, almost tobacco-y. A beer of delicate but exceptional balance - a Belgian blonde with the hopping of an English summer bitter. Not a style-maker; just a perfect bent beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy gold. Frothy creme head. The nose is a real thick doughy, spicy, perfumed concoction. Flavor is ripe with character. Lots of dough and spices and yeast funk. What's odd is the butterscotch aftertaste I get. Feel is smooth. Drinkability is high even though it's dough and spice forward. Robust and full of character.

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

I picked this up at State Line after mughugger shared hers w/ me and others. Poured at 40degrees into a goblet from a 11.5oz brown bottle.

A - A volatile amount of carbonation as the bone white head pushes up the rim of the glass making 3 1/2 finges of dense bubbles. The ale is a gnetly hazed amber w/ golden highlights.

S - Pleasant hoppy herbal smell w/ a slightly spicy yeast fragrance and a touch of pale malt odors.

M - Slight fruit not is matched/ a sweet toasted feel and a somewhat spiced hop tinge. The spice is a nice accent presumably from the yeast w/ a touch of tropical fruit tanginess and tea-like herbal sweetness w/ med full carbonation.

T A very decent Belgian Pale w/ a dry flavor and mild warming from spice and a bit from 6.5% abv too. The flavor is sweet w/out any sticky qualities - a touch on the dry side, but mostly pils type malt flavor w/ grainy taste. There is a mild white grape flavor w/ a nice tea-like tannic element from the hops -a really pleasurable brew.

D - A pretty easy drinking beer, slightly strong at 6.5%, but delightful and worth a try to anyone considering a taste. A style I feel is so easy to drink when done well-especially in summer. This is no exception.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/27/08. Very nice label art.

Pours a hazy golden straw color. A very generous three finger soft white head is formed, which very slowly recedes leaving behind some beautiful lacing. The aroma is a mixture of bread-like yeast and some citrus (lemon and coriander).

Taste starts with some bready yeast and toasted malt, with some spice in the mix. On the back end is a bunch of grapefruit hop flavor. A bit hoppier than I like for an Abbey-style blond. Fairly dry and bitter.

Feel is light-medium body with plenty of carbonation. It leaves nothing in the mouth though, very clean finish. Drinkability is decent, though the hop bitterness is a bit aggressive for an Abbey-style blond.

Photo of daftafne
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Appeared a gold amber with a massive cream colored billowing head that lingered for a great while. Smelled distinctly of banana along with spices and bread. Tastes starts with a little bread/grass then peppery spice then a bit metallic and finally hop bitterness. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is great - good carbonation, glides over the tongue and has some bite. A very fine example of a belgian blonde.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

How do you pronounce that? Pours a very cloudy lemony yellow color with a hay color hue to it. A big rocky head that good some time to come down and good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is soft with some Belgian characteristic. Some bready almost doughy in a way. Limited biscuit backing. Noticeable yeasty characteristic with an almost cardboard aroma. Some nice esters, citrus, banana and a touch of apricots. Notice spice, peppery mostly, but some coriander as well.

The taste is similar but more spice flavors come out. The malt is light. Some minor bready but still plays second to ester and peppery taste. Some citrus orange mixes with an odd rose-like flavor. Some off yeast notes that don't quite work. The finish leaves a peppery taste.

The body is light but highly carbonated. Leaves a strong carbonic bite that enhance the spiciness. Overall I would have like less spice and more Belgian esters.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pricey 11.5 oz bottle purchased from Vidalia. I was a disappointed by the Corne de Diable, hoping for a bit more from this one. Poured into a tulip after allowing it to warm from fridge temperature.

Crystal clear golden color, big white head, lots of lacing, tons of tiny CO2 bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, good retention--a real knockout.

Smell is another winner. Sweet fruity and spicy yeast esters and some floral and fresh smelling hop notes from the dry hopping. Alcohol is apparent even though this is only 6.5%. It adds a nice warmth, though, to the beer and is definately positive.

Things get a bit strong on the taste, though. Both the hop and yeast tastes are a bit aggressive and the fact that this beer is quite dry makes them seem even more forward. It doesn't taste bad, it is still enjoyable, but it is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is light, good dose of carbonation. It softens as it warms/loses some carbonation.

Drinkability is fair, it's not a chore to finish this one but it is very aggresive. I would recommend splitting the bottle (and the cost) with a friend. A fine beer, much better than the Corne, but still looking forward to the peche and their spiced rye beer.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle pours into a snifter a hazy golden amber body. Offwhite head is medium in size and deposits a thin array of patchy lace.

Aroma is interesting. Spicy pepper, earthy yeast, fruity esters(mostly grapefruit), and grassy and floral hops.

Body is light medium with a zesty carbonation and a distinct peppery bite.

Taste is peppery, yeasty, dry, and dominated by a floral and herbal hoppiness. Nicely done. Faint banana and grapefruit add depth. Biscuity malts add a faint note of honey, but this ale is essentially hop driven and finishes with a grassy and pepper dry bitterness.

Nicely executed by this Canadian brewery, very much akin to the finer Belgian hoppy ales.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head.

Scent of Belgian yeast, honey, earthy hops, malts and some spices.

Taste is slightly spicy, yeast and malts start bitter but sweeten quickly bringing some fruitiness with it.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, refreshing.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Gorgeous looking, hazy, bright-golden body with an off-white, 3 1/2 finger, meringue-like dallop of foam on top. Active carbonation lends itself to excellent head retention and a mess of sticky globs of lace in the glass.

S: Interesting mix of aromas. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, and toasted malt alongside fruity yeast, soft floral hops, caramel, and a dash of clove.

T: Initially, my tongue is hit by a wash of bitter grapefruit hops. Which is then followed closely by some belgian yeast (fruit and clove), caramel, floral hops, dry toasted malt, citrus, and a touch of dirty/earthy hops.

M: Considering the style, this was quite dry and hoppy. Very bitter. Barely sweet, but not from the use of candi sugar.

D: I really liked this beer. Take a BPA and thoroughly dry-hop the crap out of it with US style hops. I gotta get up to Montreal!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle at Sam's in Chicago a couple weeks ago. It was a little pricy (somewhere around $4-4.50) but had a very cool label in addition to the reflected glory from Peche Mortel.

The beer pours beautifully, hazy orange color with some small yeast clumps, and a huge cumulo-nimbus foam layer that towered a little above the rim without spilling. The only thing keeping it from a "5" is that the foam receded quickly, within 1 minute there was only a thin white layer on top.

The aroma is very good, similar to Unibroue house yeast or maybe a little like St Bernardus Tripel. The taste was good if a little bitter, it was definitely rich with esters and spices (probably actual spices of some kind instead of due to hops, but difficult to know for sure). Very good and drinkable, very good for the style.

Photo of beereality
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange pour that becomes a little cloudy after the whole pour. big fine white head, that never disappears and leaves nice lacing. weird, the bottom of the glass is clearer with the dregs staying at the top of the brew. wow I love this smell. Spicy and citrus candy. Taste starts sweet and turns dry, bitter. kind of fizzy. got to let warm a little. more spices coming thru, clove, yeasty sweet fruits. pretty interesting, not my favorite style of beer and kind of pricey but worth the experience

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Duvel tulip with three fingers of puffy soufflé foam. Color is a soft hazy orange. Plenty of lace around the edge, it literally resembles woven Belgian lace.

Spicy clovey aroma, soft banana sweetness, some light spices that linger and add to the whole.

Flavor is spicy too, mild bitterness and clove in the aftertaste. Curaçao orange peel, light pale malt or wheat softness. Citrus lingers, pretty pleasant overall. Yeast and hops are played-up a bit. Not too heavy, I could see having a couple of these.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a bubbly white head. Seems like its a little over carbonated, gives me a few inches of head then subsides back to a cap on top of my beer. My first whiff of this brew right after I opened the bottle was of citrusy hops. That disappeared after I got it in the glass, could be an anomaly. In the glass I smell a spicy peppery bready yeasty brew. Taste is yeasty peppery bready as well. The carbonation of the beer actually seems a bit light, weird! Medium body with a dry spicy finish. Good brew, I could drink a few of these.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a nice head that settles to a cap. Smells dry an with noticeable white pepper a touch of sweet smelling malt and some banana at the end. Lots of white pepper in the flavor as well as a good deal of fruity esters and some sweetness. The spiciness somewhat overwhelms the sweetness however. Smooth mouthfeel. This is fairly enjoyable but not quite as sweet as I would like, or perhaps just too spicy for the sweetness that is there to really be enjoyable. Nevertheless, it is not bad by any means.

Photo of grandq
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw with a funnel of bubbles rising up the middle, leading to an enormous fluffy white head in spite of a light pour. Smells sweetly of candi sugar with a touch of pear and clove. Some faint mustiness and teensy citrus notes. The sip is similar, with a touch of apple and a number of herbal and floral notes that my palate can't quite pick apart from each other. Clove is definitely present, a bit of hibiscus, some tangerine and orange rind May be a touch heavy on the bubble gum in the back, but light and complex overall with no element too dominant. Finishes quite bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy with some prickle, just a notch too syrupy. Smooths out in all senses as it warms, though alcoholic esters do pipe up. All in all, not half shabby version of a Belgian Pale. Dieu Du Ciel's two for two for me.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only one, yet fervently robust column of bubbles rising to the top of this beer amidts a summery golden pale yellow with maybe a touch of copper. The head could use some more staying power though. The aroma is a light touch of banana, a hint of hoppy peppercorn spice, and some sweet yeasty fruits greet the nose. The taste has a strong yeasty profile that makes the malts stand out even more. Some bananas, cloves, and maybe even some honey mixed with some peppercorn hops make for a unique Belgian style pale ale.

Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a full, wispy head of foam. Authentic Belgian smell, some dough, light fruits, farmhouse character. Quite vibrant. Lots of taste, with expressive citrus and herbal hop notes, hints of fruits. Nice Belgian character as well. Very full bodied. An impressive brew.

Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Dep Rahmann just down the road from the brewpub.

Cloudy light gold body with an abundant white head. The head slowly fades to a small cap, but laces well. Fruity, slightly spicy nose reminds me of Belgian yeast. The taste is very different to the aroma, and strongly bitter upfront. In fact, it almost seemed like a Belgian take on an IPA. The hop bitterness mellowed as the beer warmed, and the lightly fruity malts (pear) began to act as a balance. A lot of drying grain character also. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. Good drinkability.

Belgian Pale Ales often leave me a little non-plussed (Orval as the huge exception to the rule), as they seem to lack the complexity of the bigger brothers. Not so with this example, which achieves a fine balance between North American levels of bitterness, and traditional Belgian maltiness. Dieu du Ciel keep producing these fantastic beers, and I keep drink them. Not a bad state of affairs.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The pour unleashed a massive amount of head. The beer itself is a nice cloudy golden blond.

S- It smells fruity and sweet, with a heavy smell of carbination. Almost a sent of a hoppyness that is very subtle.

T- Taste is unique, its hard to put my finger on the tastes. There was no sweet taste that I was expecting based on the smell. The beer has a bit of spice to it, almost peppery.

M- The carbination is light which for mouth feel is key for me. I'm not someone who likes to drink a brew and then get shot in the mouth with a load of foam.

D- Easy to drink, would go well at a BBQ. However, I wouldn't buy this again as it isn't my personal favorite style or taste of beer.

Photo of ElGordo
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a honey-orange color, crowned by a half-inch of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. Nose is mostly light pale malt, with some peppery notes lingering in the background, along with a touch of citrus. Palate is mostly light sweet malt, with peppery and citrusy notes and very light sugary sweetness on the finish. Body is creamy and smooth, just about perfect for the style. This is a highly drinkable, true-to-style beer that's quite enjoyable. Another great offering from Dieu du Ciel.

Photo of sstackho
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle purchased for $2.29 from Metro Joanette (probably) in Montreal. Pours a perfect cloudy light gold with good head. Fabulous aroma of hops and yeast. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell though. First sensation is tanginess on the tongue, and the beer goes down with yeastiness and some spice. Quite nice.

Photo of ccrida
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. screwcap bottle that snaps open with authority, bracing me for an overflow that never happened. Poured into my large Deschutes flute, Dernière Volonté is a hazy gold with an absolutely massive, super rocky white head that leaves massive chunks of foam and cobweb lace as it ever so slow settles down. It took several pours for me to squeeze it all into this 16 glass, magnificent!

Smell is bright herbal hops, wheat and banana like Belgian esters, which come to the fore as it warms, gaining some sugary, tropical fruit notes.

Taste is heavy on the wheat with a big dusty bite from the (noble) dry-hopping, with the yeast softly lingering in the background. This is has a very aggressive flavor, more Belgian IPA then BPA to me, especially with the intensity of the dry, bitter finish. Pretty good but a bit abrasive at first, I preferred it warmer, which allowed the esters to open up and temper the hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with a medium body.

Drinkablity was average to me as a Belgian Pale Ale (or IPA for that matter), as the heavy hops cull the quaffablity.Still, I enjoyed it enough to savor the last few sips for as long as possible. At $5 a pop I probably won't be revisiting this to often, it was very interesting and I'm glad I gave it a try - another strange brew from Dieu Du Ciel.

Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz single bottle just recently purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
"Abbey-Style Blond Ale" on the front log sticker, which depicts an angel-like figure holding a head in its hands...
As a side note, the side-label states that "derniere volonte" is French for "Last Will"...
An aggressive pour yielded a bright, golden colored hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly receding and leaving a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Nice, attractive aroma rendolent of ripe fruits, fresh florals, and hearty citrus essences...
Taste strongly resembled the smell, with a heavy suggestion of pears, apples, bananas, coriander, honey, and candied sugars...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability make for an excellent depiction of the style from a great Canadian brewery...

Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.