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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

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
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 Lilwiza
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of fbc24
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of Jayhoop
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 LambicKing
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Photo of Kacid
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.