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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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89
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: papat444 on 01-16-2010

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 33
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrElPechor
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Kacid
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of papat444
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

***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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of hoser
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Luk13
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice golden-peach color. Lots of oak age aromas here, lambic-like, something definitely floral, fruit flowers, grapes, fresh butter. Taste is very complex; woody, earthy, some grass and a bit of those winey grapes, light acetic finish. Very nice palate, quite smooth and velvety, rich. Very enjoyable oak-aged beer.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy head fades at a med pace tons of messy lacing that literally coats the glass, super hazy carrot orange color.

Nose has a very vinous grape aroma, red wine aroma but can't distinguish which, light musty, etc. a malty aroma underneath, some light spicy floral hops, and a light tartness, bit of toasty oak.

Taste mild sweetness with light creamy malts, plenty of vinous musty red wine, with a light tartness, and reddish wine flavors. lots of hops kick in with earthy slight spicy and grassy with a fairly decent bitterness. There is also light toasty buttery barrel, and a grainy rustic earthy fermented with wildish yeast like flavor with a light tartness. Finish is dry and long, fairly bitter, with some earthy hops, light vinous wine.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, gritty.

Overall nice, the pinot helped the beer quite a bit, nice beer underneath with good wine, barrel, tartness and earthiness added.

Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

papat444 hooked me up with this one. big thanks pat!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 3/2010.

pours mostly clear orangey yellow growing more hazy as it approaches the bottom of the bottle. a small very fine white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a bunch of spotty lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. lemon and other light citrus. hint of sourness. raw oak and vanilla. caramel and toffee. nice belgian yeasty spice. bit of pepper. tropical fruit - mango and papaya. whole wheat bread and cracker. perhaps just a hint of toasty character.

taste is good. the barrel seems to show through a little less than in the aroma - but it's still no stranger. raw oak and vanilla. wine. bit of grape. big belgian spice and citrus. candied orange. caramel and honey. buttery oak. white bread and cracker. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body with a nice dry finish. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting extra depth and complexity from the barrel. this may not be my favourite barrel-aged beer, but it's nice to see something different. good stuff!

Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, brownish straw, white head, thin ring of retention, light lacing.

S: Citrus rind, cloves, candied pineapple, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of funk.

T: Woody, vanilla, marmalade, candied pineapple, light tartness

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light acidity; modest carbonation for the style, dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottled Feb 2012.

Beer is cloudy orange/caramel in colour. No head, just a few white bubbles.

Smell is very nice. Lots of oak, a big juicy berry scent and some yeast. Pretty full and complex.

Taste is not as good. Oak is very strong, particularly at first, almost overwhelming. As I drink, more comes out. The pinot influence is clear, with vinous berry flavours coming into play. The base beer is pretty subdued in comparison to the barrel effect. There are some light fruit flavours from the original, and the yeast is there, but there certainly aren't any hop flavours, which I suppose is not surprising.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, very good. Smell is better than the taste, but both are good. Nice beer for sure.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle, vintage 2009, poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Served at room temperature. 6.5% ABV listed on the label.

Appearance: Two finger frothy white head on a straw yellow body. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Currants, tart green apple, clove, some barnyard funk and a touch of an herbal note. Some light undertones of pinot noir as well. Really well integrated and surprisingly fruity.

Taste: The funk and fruit are not as noticeable as they are in the aroma. Some tart green apple and clove notes rounded out with a pretty strong herbal note to balance out the sweetness. The barnyard notes and the currants are now in the background. A touch of the pinot noir is there as well. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light effervescence.

Drinkability: At 6.5%, there is a subtle heat, but nothing too strong at all. The flavors really have great balance. I could drink this all night.

Overall, a surprisingly nice belgian style beer. One of my new favorites to Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. There's just enough fruit and funk to satisfy but not overpower the base beer. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.18/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like a pear pissed itself....a fun idea and attempt, but a really unenjoyable experience.

Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a cloudy golden, some light orange, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, a thin layer, some chunky lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, lots of light fruit, a touch of sourness, lots of citrus, ripe pineapple, a bit of mango, some red wine, the pinot really comes through, vanilla and some wood, caramel, light spice, mango, really nice.

Taste is similar, neat maltiness up front, very fruity, some spice, very wood, strong oak and lots of vanilla, a bit of grapiness, some pinot noir, apricot, biscuity finish, a bit of spice, slightly astringent woodiness, neat stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty silky, with low to medium carbonation. Easy drinking, the oak might be a bit heavy handed but its real nice. Thanks Russ!

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

'09 bottle big thanks to Kegatron for the share. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear golden color with a white froth that sits atop about a finger strong. As the cap fades, it leaves webby strings of lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a creamy topping.

The aroma is quite vinous with lots of white grape essence. It has a very mild yeast note that is slightly phenolic with spice that comes out more as it warms up. The alcohol gets progressively more solvent as it goes beyond ideal temperature.

The flavor is vinous and warming with alcohol. Minorbyeast indications of clove blend into a strong dry white wine character. It starts off mildly solvent and blends into a more harsh character that is tannic and astringent. By the time my glass is finished, this borders on feeling fusel.

This is a light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is smooth and interesting at first but gets progressively more challenging to drink through the experience. Admittedly, I thought the aroma was a masterpiece at first sniff but as it breathed it started to get unbalanced. I really enjoy what the barrel brought to this beer but it was pehaps just a bit over the top. Big thanks for the share Heath.

Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into DDC tulip april21 2010

A cloudy golden orange with lots of tiny suspended particles and the occasional chunk floating around, lots of bubbles floating up to a decent off white head that hangs around for a while leaving a few thick rings of lace

S some funky yeast light hops and a fruity wine aspect that's quite unique, quite earthy with just a tad of wood but not as much as expected but that's not a bad thing

T a little more wood, some mild booze and faint strawberry that's from the pinot I'm assuming but it mimics the smell quite well other then that and I'm pretty stoked on this one

M quite full and has a silky feel no complaints here

D I found myself trying to pinpoint flavors sip after sip and before I knew it my glass was empty and I was sad knowing odds are I won't see this again

another thanks to hoser for this unique brew that I found hard to open knowing once I drank it it's gone. but hey beer is for drinking and I'm better off having tried it

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale was pouring bright and golden... until chunks of sediment jumped out the bottle. The resulting murky (and flat) complexion is much closer to what you'd expect a barrel-aged beer to look like (though the beer's hardly absorbed any of the red wine colour). Whatever beauty this once had is long gone.

The beer has an aroma that would make the health inspector faint: wild yeasts (and probably countless bacterial critters in the wood) have bred heavily soured scents highlighted by festering peaches, moldy passionfruit and infected apples. Pinot Noirs are often described as having a 'barnyard' quality but here, in this example, the term is truly justified.

One year in pinot noir barrels was enough time for not only the aroma but the taste also to become impregnated with the flavours of red cherry, beetroot and stewed plums. These are contrasted against more tropical fruit flavours that include pineapple, peach, green grape and gooseberry. The flavours are unique but seem to be fading or falling apart.

The mouthfeel has pricking tartness and piercing acidity, at least until one becomes accustomed to it or is able to locate the bready-sweet maltiness and vanilla notes of the oak. There is an unexpected amount of citrus acidity (absent in the original beer) that saturates the palate in a sugary pineapple-like aftertaste. It's easy, though not necessarily enjoyable, to drink.

Most brewers that barrel-age/spontaneously ferment their beers refute the allegation that they produce some of the world's most complex ales; they claim they merely provide a vehicle for the yeasts. This is an instance where a brewer might want to absolve himself of all accountability. Wine makers scorn Brettanomyces and given their influence in this ale it's understandable why.

Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale is neither like one of Burgundy's better reds nor is it close to Montreal's best ales. Apparently Pinot Noir barrels, like Pinot Noir grapes, can also lead to capricious and variable results. Like EZ Squirt coloured ketchup or the McDonalds Hulaburger, this may be intellectually intriguing but, really, it's an experiment that just didn't work.

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Zwanze Day/DDC 15th anniversary party at DDC. From notes.

A - Great cloudy golden pour with a one finger white head that left a film of retention and really great walls of lace.

S - Grassy with noble hops and an element that added a ton of complexity but was very difficult to pin down.

T - Barrel added a subtle vinous character that was complimentary. Honey, noble hops, grass.

M - Dry finish with a nice medium body and good carbonation.

O/D - A nice beer. Not too aggressive, but complex and tasty. Hard to nail all the elements down. Barrel added a nice touch without overpowering the base beer.

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