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Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir)Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV confirmed by brewer.

(Beer added by: papat444 on 01-16-2010)
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Reviews by Kacid:
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Kacid

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Appearance: Golden yellow and hazy
Nose: good bite, sweet honey, red vinous
Taste: pale ale like, strong notes of red wine and oak with background tartness, finishes with a softer oaky woodyness, tastes like a mild sour
This is an amazing beer. It was not at all what i expected and in fact superceded my expectations. I had never had derniere volonte; i liked the aged so much i had to taste the non-aged; see my review of Derniere volonte regular later that day, it was awesome!

04-23-2012 08:15:44 | More by Kacid
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-16-2012 05:09:25 | More by chickenm
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2013 13:43:17 | More by mdaschaf
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seavercm

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-17-2013 04:56:07 | More by seavercm
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

The wood used was of a special nature. It brings out both subtle and interesting nuances in the beer, not your typical American oak job. A darker yellow with a significant white head. Wine, sourish and winey flavours. ABove average mouthfeel. Not everyone's flavours, but ver rich and good.

02-28-2010 20:13:44 | More by Sammy
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-02-2013 04:02:04 | More by Gonzoillini
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MrElPechor

Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%

2013 Edition 9 month in "pinot noir"

A: Cloudy orange, with white head that still on top, leaving some very nice lacing on the glass

S: Belgian yeast, wine, fruity and wood.

T: At first taste like the original Derniere volonté followed by wine character, woody and minimal funky note, look like brett??

M: Medium body, ok carbonation, smooth in the mouth .. look like perfect
sensation on my tongue

O: Pretty impressive very nice beer (expensive in a christmas gift package) 341ml is not enough

11-28-2013 22:42:06 | More by MrElPechor
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-29-2013 22:15:21 | More by Kegatron
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Jayhoop

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-04-2013 12:41:05 | More by Jayhoop
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

This was given to me free from papat444. Thanks a ton! Derniere Volonte is one of my favorite beers and to be able to try it after aging in Pinot Noir casks is amazing. This is bound to be one of Dieu Du Ciel`s rarest bottled brews. This also happens to be the beer awarding me with a BA Initiate glass. That sure took long enough...

I opened a regular Derniere Volonte right before opening this one so that I`d be aware of any differences. On the pour, the main noticeable difference seems to be a toning-down of the head. Derniere Volonte typically has a copious, explosive head and this one is merely average in quantity and slower to rise. It is still present, however, retaining a complete cover over the surface of bright-white foam and some good lacing. The beer itself is almost identical: opaque with hazy suspended solids and maybe a touch darker in colour, aquiring more of a honey tone to the original straw colour.

The nose of the aged version isn`t as powerful as that of the original. Faint smells of candy, caramel malt, yeast, floral hops and a subtle, musty vinous quality which intensifies as it warms. It smells good but the presence is too weak.

The wine instantly presents itself in the taste. I`ve never sampled a beer aged in a wine cask; it definitely creates a character I`ve never before noticed in a beer. Quite a bit more boozy and warming but very smoothed out. Dry red wine stands out above all else but you can taste the original underneath (although the hops seem obscured other than on the finish). Sweet malt, faint spice, earthy hop bitterness. The finish is interesting with a blend of drying from the hops and the wine. Still a touch too weak, like the original, but to me the flavour is stepped up a notch in complexity.

The feel is that of a much bigger beer; more like a 9% Belgian. Other than stouts, I`ve never tried a beer at 6.5% ABV with such a full body. Very lightly carbonated.

This beer seems to improve in smell and taste as it warms while I prefer the orignal cold. I was expecting to find a difference between the two but didn`t quite expect it to be as noticeable as it is. Would the aging in wine casks have upped the ABV? It really does feel like a bigger beer in all respects. Unique and very drinkable. I haven`t ever tried a beer I can compare to it. This is a really interesting beer and I`m super glad I got the chance to check it out. Thanks Patrick!

02-17-2010 22:44:35 | More by eat
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10%

Big thank you to unibroue4ever for this one. 2011 sticker.

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-straw with barely a skim of white head.

Smell. Nice sweet and fruity yeast with some lactic sourness, very woody red wine, green grapes, lemons and oranges, and some light malts. Pretty nice stuff here.

Taste. Caramel malts, woody red wine, more wood in the form of lightly tannic oaky vanilla, apples, oranges and lemons, maybe some green grapes and pears, and a little fruity belgian yeast. Not as nice as the smell.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with very low carbonation.

Overall. This one missed the mark a little but has a really nice smell going for it. Some tart sourness could have really helped things out.

03-18-2013 01:16:29 | More by Rutager
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xKALECx

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-13-2014 03:42:59 | More by xKALECx
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-16-2013 13:54:09 | More by mdillon86
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -12%

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some dry hops and some easily detectable vinous notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some vinous notes with dry hops and typical Belgian pale malt. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Very well done though more tart notes à la Russian River would have provided more complexity which would have been interesting.

01-30-2010 03:47:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%

A - opaque hazy bright yellow colour with a thin layer of cream colored head.

S - Oak, Belgian yeast, clove, light vinous aroma.

T - Belgian yeast, oak, vinous presence, light spice, bitterness still present. Some honey sweetness.

M - Medium, dry. Light.

03-19-2014 00:28:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Lilwiza

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22.2%

10-22-2013 07:45:02 | More by Lilwiza
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

my night cap last night after a heavy day of indulging in a ton of new beer. this was a lighter then normal last beer of the night after a heavier then normal session of drinking. served cold and allowed to warm in a tulip, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

really a nice pour here with a ton of light head that reaches a height of nearly three inches before settling back own with a ton of lacing down the sides. a rich hazy golden body that was riddled with carbonation.

aroma is a mix of light sour funk, grapes, oak, light spices and hints of bright lemony citrus. really alot going on here. as it warms light touches of oak and a small hint of raw vanilla start to present themselves into the fold. then i take the first sip and the evolution of the flavor is wonderful. a light lemon starts the show and quickly mixes with a light sour yeast and lots of grape and wine flavors. really quite nicely done. again warming starts to bring out the deeper oak notes and sweeter touches of vanilla that play well against the sour notes of wine. dry finish is highlighted by a deep and resonant grape flavor.

overall i really liked this, but then again i love anything in wine barrels as it really imparts a wonderful mixture if donw right. highly recommend.

10-03-2010 13:44:17 | More by mikesgroove
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle in a trade from Luk13, thanks for the hook-up man!

Pours a slightly hazed golden hue with 2 fingers of creamy head (lacks the meringue of the original) which has nice retention and leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. Oh yeah.

The barrels make their appearance right off the bat, some wood and a hint of grapes, a touch of apple and citrus - juicy, esters, a light vinegar-y funk and just a whiff of alcohol. Inviting.

This is totally different than the original it seems but I am digging it. Lots of wood, pinot comes through, a restrained citrus hop profile, light vinegar, earth, a bit of bitterness and burn in the finish. Smooth and silky, easy down.

Really quite a unique offering from a Canadian brewer. The barrels are quite evident but feel integrated enough. They really change the base beer, give a touch of funk and a vinous quality, also emphasizing the Belgian influence which the original subverts with the copious amount of hops. Certainly worth trying. Thanks Pier-Luc!

05-14-2010 21:19:21 | More by ritzkiss
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2013 13:16:27 | More by ShanePB
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

***2009 Vintage (bottled Aug. 2009)***

I'm kind of excited as this is my first local barrel-aged beer (don't think the St-Ambroise RIS qualifies).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A slightly clear, gold body fills the glass that gets decidedly hazier as i pour the last of the bottle and the yeast mixs in. A thick and insistent head that gradually recedes leaving lots of lacing. A good start for sure.

Smell: Citrus & yeast that come out at first followed by some funk & bubblegum. Bananas & cloves are present as well. At first i don't smell the Pinot but later on i get a whiff of wine. Very nice indeed.

Taste: I'm struck as to how the Pinot aspect is quite present in the first sips. Has a slight vinegar edge, not unpleasant, with a dose of funk and an overall dryness to it. Definite wood presence also. Some banana flavor mixed in there as well as a spicy clove finish. Though there is a definite Belgian influence, the Pinot is the prime player here.

Mouthfeel: The best feature of this beer IMO. Very low carbonation which makes this beer just glide in my mouth with effortless ease. Though the Pinot is strong, i find the body quite literally amazing. So very good.

Drinkability: Drinks quite well with an ABV that is not easily perceptible in the taste. Though the strength of the barrel-aged Pinot took me some getting used to, i grew accustomed to it and ended up loving the taste.

Overall: While drinking this beer, i could sense that this was an experiment but i believe that they pulled it off quite well. Too bad not many people will get a chance to try it but worth the effort to acquire IMO.

01-16-2010 20:06:22 | More by papat444
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%

08-23-2014 05:18:49 | More by FondueVoodoo
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-22-2013 20:38:42 | More by fbc24
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%

341ml Bottle from Brouhaha QC for $6 - 2011 Edition

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Apples, breads/grains, yeast, wine

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains, and apples. There is also a clove/coriander/yeasty spiciness, some tart citric flavour, and I can taste the wine quite a bit.

Overall - Another winner from DDC. Very complex and and interesting to drink throughout the glass. I'll buy more if I see it again.

03-18-2014 23:51:18 | More by spinrsx
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hoser

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

First of all this was really cool, one of your favourite beers in a pinot barrel expression. Did I think it is better than the original no, would I have on again yes.

Subtle Wine notes to a hoppy Belgian blonde that may not be JF's best idea but I haven't had a bad beer from this brewery yet.

04-01-2010 15:02:37 | More by hoser
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Navare Res.

A- Slightly hazy golden orange pour into tulip. Big creamy white head with good retention. Huge coat of lace all around the glass.

S- Smells like a big citrus forward Saison with nice hints of fresh oak, white grapes, bread, hint of funk and coriander.

T- This is very refreshing and flavorful. Has a saison feel with that nice Belgian spice and fruity yeast profile. Some tart lemon citrus, wine grapes, peppercorns and barrels of oak. Some floral hop bitterness.

MF- Dried out lighter body with a silky consistency. Carbonation is lower but supports the flavors nicely.

Damn good in my opinion. Love the way the yeast and barrels interplay.

09-02-2012 19:47:14 | More by cbutova
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Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
90 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.