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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
88
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Kegatron, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

jlindros, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Gonzoillini, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Viggo, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ShanePB, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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

wordemupg, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.14/5  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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Axnjxn, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

tbeckett, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

tom10101, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

cbutova, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

bobsy, May 22, 2010
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Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.