Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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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
4.5/5 rDev +10%
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
04-22-2010 02:14:28 | More by wordemupg
4.48/5 rDev +9.5%
11.5oz bottle into a tulip. no bottling date apparent and nothing checked on side.
6.5 % ABV stated on label.
Pours a crisp copper color with a nice inch thick white head with amazing lacing. The smell is very pronounced and big on spices and fruitiness and a lot of malts. The taste is out of this world for the style. Great amounts of funk and spices. I get peppercorns and lemon zest as well as some white grapes. Very enjoyable and unlike any other beer of this style that ive encountered. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. A bombardment of flavors on your palate sip after sip.
Overall picked this up randomly at Bestway in Greensboro never having heard of it, and it probably having been on the shelf for a good while. SO glad i did because this was a real gem.
10-06-2013 23:17:46 | More by Axnjxn
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
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
01-15-2011 01:48:33 | More by Gosox8787
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
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
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
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
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-17-2010 20:42:23 | More by Luk13
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-05-2012 01:01:17 | More by jrenihan
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
09-04-2010 02:55:22 | More by grub
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
09-04-2010 02:37:37 | More by Viggo
Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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