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Dernière Volonté - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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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Ratings: 548 | Reviews: 321
Photo of mjryan
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! A hopped up Belgian Blonde Ale. A: Hazy yellow, with a huge, spritzy head. Lumpy patches of foam stuck around till the glass was finished. A: Smells like earthy Belgian type yeast and citrusy American hops. F: Big citrus hops hit first, then a peppery yeast note, some delicate bready malt finished with ample hop bitterness. The yeast is rather subdued, which helps the hops shine through. B/M: Very light bodied and effervesent. Full carbonation that makes for a thirst quenching ale. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Highly recommended!

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a long time. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: yeast, ripe fruits, and a floral bitterness is easy to detect.

Taste: nice bready malt base with yeast, lemon zest, ripe fruits, and a floral bitterness make up one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: crips and lightly dry throughout. Aftertaste was relatively short. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a great version of a belgian blonde that everyone should try. Easy to drink this one despite the bold flavors.

Photo of requiem960
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a beer with a lable stating, Abbey Style Blonde Ale, I was expecting something different, but was impressed nonetheless!

Dernière Volonté pours a hazy golden/orange colored beer with a small foamy head. The smell was a bit more hoppy than I was expecting with some spicey and citrus. Honestly, I thought American (citrus) pale ale.

As mentioned in another review, the taste definitely is similar to the smell, yet it's a very tasty beer. I found this beer to be very drinkable, and it could be a session beer. I'd definitely go out of my way to pick up another bottle or two.

Overall, I found Dernière Volonté to be a great beer, but more of a pale ale than Abbey Style Blonde. That alone made the beer a little more appealing to me!

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

Pours a cloudy pale gold in color with about an inch or more of pillowy white head. Smell is slight citrus and lemon zest. There is a bit of yeast in there as well. Just noticed some yeasties as I set down my beer as well. There is quite a bit of hops and biting citrus in the taste. Pretty hoppy belgian.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is Belgian yeast, pepper, spicy hops, lemon, and tropical fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's also a little bit bready and the hops are stronger in the taste compared to the other flavors. Mouthfeel is medium, it has a bit of a dry finish and above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it has a bit too much carbonation for me, but it is smooth and not hard to drink. However, I don't think I could drink more than 1 at a time. Overall I think this is a decent brew, it's not a bad beer but it's not something I'd pick up very often either.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty well carbonated as a regular pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The head is quite fluffy and creates ample lacing and a nice rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The beer is an amber tinged gold color, but shows a lightly hazy, orange-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma, noticeable as I visually inspect this beer, smells of grassy hops. A closer inspection yields aromas of orange zest, ginger, piquant white pepper and an herbal grassy note. As I begin to notice the hops a bit more some aromas of tropical fruit (lychee, apricot) become more noticeable and compete equally with the herbal and grassy notes. Towards the finish grassy grain notes, dusty crushed pale malt aromas and some crushed cracker notes become noticeable. I really like the combination of vibrant hop aromatics and spicy yeast character and this beer definitely achieves that nicely.

Lightly sweet grain character mixes with the hops to produce some aromatic honey-like flavors. The hop character at first contributes flavors of lychee, apricot and orange zest, but then towards the middle and into the finish picks up some herbal notes of lemon verbena, pine and a light, green grassy note, all the while retaining a lingering hop fruitiness. The bitterness, for all of the hop character is fairly light; in fact there is more astringent, fresh green hop character in the finish than there is clean, biting bitterness. This has a certain heft to it that is lightly viscous and of a light medium body; this still manages to be quite a bit more quaffable than the body might suggest (perhaps the hop character makes this more drinkable). Fermentation character, while secondary to the hop character, still plays a significant role with flavors of clove, musty crushed pale malt, piquant-slightly-woody pepper, young ginger (accented by the hops) and some sharp phenolics that are more than clove but not quite into the cured plastic category.

My second pour sees an increase in a clean bitterness that is quite ample and seems accentuated by the zippy carbonation. This is quite a tasty beer and I am really wishing this was a 750ml bottle that I was enjoying. I definitely wish I had more of this beer as I am definitely a sucker for beers like this.

Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO

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

11.5-ounce bottle with a twist-off top, poured into a large tulip glass yields a sunny yellow body thick with haze and quite a bit of sediment. The drink is capped with a grainy finger of white foam that recedes to a thin sheet, leaving very little lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is perfumey, with sweet floral hops, with a satisfying heft of bread dough and a bit of spice.

The taste evolves by the swallow. Each sip is super-sweet, floral and fruity before progressing toward spicy, bready, lightly nutty, floral... terminating in a dry, earthy, doughy finish that lingers.

Sizzling carbonation, airy feel, quite refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy white head. Large gobs of lacing cling to the glass, great retention and a hazy yellow color. This beer looks awesome.

Smells of Belgian yeast (spices), pale malts, grassy hops and fruits (bananas mostly).

Tastes of spice, fruits, alcohol, hop bitterness and a nice smooth malt presence.

Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a slightly hazed light golden color with two plus inches of white, fizzy head. Head is pretty foamy and settles down to a full lace with a dollop in the middle, and also leaves a good amount of stick.

Smells of yeast, some pale malt sweetness, spice and floral hops.

Taste has a bready base with a little bit of sweetness to it. Good dose of white pepper spicing, as well, as well as a good amount of hops. Hops are herbal in flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness, but more than a typical Belgian pale for sure. The spice and herbal bitterness really linger on the palate which makes the mouthfeel finish quite dry. It's a medium body and is pretty creamy.

This is a really solid, tasty brew. Quite drinkable. Definitely recommended.

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow orange with a rocky white head that shows very good retention and sporadic lacing. The aroma starts much like a typical Belgian pale with yeast and sweet fruits, but there is a big pepper presence that stings the nostrils a bit. The taste has an even bigger peppery spice presence on top of the fruity hops up front and the yeast in the background. There is also a bit of bananas in the taste as well. The mouthfeel is pretty dry and peppery for the style with a bit less sweetness than I would expect. This is another unique offering from Dieu Du Ciel and one that has a strong spice presence to mix it up a bit. Very good.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this and peche mortal up at Stateline Liquors in MD. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Pours with a 1/2 finger creamy white head that has perfect retention. Body is a beautiful translucent gold. Cloudiness is very dense and yeast sediment can be seen floating throughout along with bubbles steadily rising to the top.

S- Nose is soft and floral hops, peppery spice. and sweet yeast are detectable with a light scent of fruits too. Very nice.

T- Dry apple, pear, and citrus upfront with a soft,smooth, yeasty backbone. Bitter floral hops and a good dose of peppery spice kick in for the finish and do not overpower what was already present. Soft hop bitterness and all the characteristics mentioned before linger on the back of the palate long after each swallow.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a light smooth and yeasty body.

D- Well here you have it. I haven't sampled much from this style considering we like our big beers-and BSPA is my favorite style. The other pale Abbey Ales I have tried don't measure up to this one though. This has everything I like about BSPAs and Tripels w/o as much Alcohol...therefore perfect drinkability. French Canadians sure do know how to make their Belgians.

Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from BlackForestCO. Thanks!<BR>
Pours a nice yellowish gold with big lasting soapy white head. Smell is lemon, some peppery spice and belgian yeast. Taste starts hoppy, lightly bittered, and clean with orange peel and lemon, and then finishes a bit yeasty and musty. The hops give a nice citrusy quality that brightens the belgian yeasty flavor I'm not typically crazy about, and makes this a pretty solid beer for me. Nice and crisp and lively mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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

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Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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