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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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Reviews: 30
Hads: 76
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: papat444 on 01-16-2010

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Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to freud for this one as a bonus!

11.2oz brown glass "pry-top" bottle. No date, but a smeared Gold neck sticker that is illegible.

Quick review: Pours with sizable carbonation for a barrel-aged beer. Hazy yellow gold with some off-white head. Nose is dominated by new American oak aromas and some light fruity Belgian yeast notes. Palate is surprisingly spry and crisp. Fruity Belgian yeast is trumped by woody flavors of vanilla and a faint whisper of red berries and red fruit. The wood tannins come across and make this beer texturally difficult. It's rough and gritty for a mouthfeel.

Notes: An interesting experiment, but I don't think they used the "right" barrels. Love the idea of wine barrel-ageing, but whatever Pinot Noir barrels they used were not the right marriage for this brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Kacid
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a sparkling lustre and an off-white head that showed good retention and lace. The nose goes heavy on the grape, and has the character more of a fruity white wine than of your classic pinot noir (which preceded this beer in the barrel). The wood is certainly present, bringing some vanilla and peppery spice.

Huge fruity flavour, with a lot of grape, which again strikes me as more white in character than red. Reasonably sweet, but with a good balancing dose of hop bitterness. The oak is certainly stronger in the flavour, but isn't overpowering, bringing damp wood, vanilla and a dash of pepper to the mix. In fact, the againg works just as well as you could hope, and proves to be more complimentary than dominating. A medium body and carbonation round things off.

This was a great experiment from DDC, and I'm glad to see they've already built on this by barrel-aging the barleywine. The grape character that came out of this really surprised me, and it didn't taste remotely how I thought it would. Its nice to still be surprised by a beer!

Thanks to both Fred and Pier-Luc for sending me bottles of this very limited release offering from Canada's best brewery!

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Photo of kjyost
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First semester is over, let's pop something I've been anticipating! Thanks papat444 for this well anticipated bottle.

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip around 7C

A: Pours a nice orange with a little bit of flocc'ed yeast that made it out. Nice white haead, with solid lacing.

S: The aroma makes this beer into something truly special. A bit of fruitiness from the belgian yeasts play with the fruit bouquet coming from the berries. This clearly has played with wine, although if I were hard pressed to describe the aroma, it may by 'apricot' of all fruits. I love this.

T: Initially I was absolutely whalloped by the oak. Much too oakey would be my only taste, yet as time passes and I get acclimatized to the oak, I start to find a bit of black pepper and spice in the background, with an enjoyably vinous and fruity aftertaste.

M: Crisp, finishes drier than I had expected, almost saison-like at times... Nice, although I felt the tannins building in my mouth.

D: Not exactly what I was expecting (although that is hard to describe what I wanted), but still a nice beer (good, not great), that I would drink again given the opportunity.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of hoser
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for the hook-up. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacework. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Very vinous, with sharp oak. There's a slightly sour note, but I'm not sure if it's just the wine or some sort of mild lactobaccilus character. Hint of alcohol, as well as some spicy Belgian yeast flavor.

T - Taste is a little less exciting - mostly smoothed out Belgian Strong Pale Ale, with stone fruits, Belgian yeast, and bread. Surprisingly little oak in the flavor as well. Please, just a bit boring after the amazing aroma.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, creamy texture, lower carbonation, and no alcohol heat.

D - Really easy drinking stuff. The smell is fantastic, but the taste is a letdown in comparison. That being said, it's a quality barrel-aged offering from Dieu Cu Ciel - not sure why there isn't any buzz about these.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Jones153 for this one!

Pale golden orange, alittle murky on the second pour, one finger of white head with a bit of lace. Smell is full of fruit, big tropical fruits, pineapple is the most noteable, hoppy nose, the base beer still seems largely undistubed, wine and oak presence is minimal but is still lingering especially at warmer temps. Taste is also fruity and tropical, orange and pineapple, oaky with a light vinious aspect, moderate bitternes, very fruity with a bit of a yeasty aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, nice feel. Really good and much prefered to the base beer, another good offering from DDC.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.15/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Luk13
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of MrElPechor
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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