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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
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 31, 2012
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3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

biegaman, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Rutager, Mar 18, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

stakem, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Kegatron, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

sirsteve42, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

LambicKing, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ArrogantPrick, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

SFLpunk, Jul 07, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Sammy, Feb 28, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Kacid, Apr 23, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Derek, May 01, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

kjyost, Jan 20, 2011
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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

tbeckett, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

chickenm, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

seavercm, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Gonzoillini, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mdillon86, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

oldp0rt, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Zekenyce, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Kmat10, May 30, 2014
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Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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