Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.71/5 rDev -9.3%
'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.
07-01-2013 13:20:04 | More by stakem
3.54/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
04-17-2013 02:58:38 | More by biegaman
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -10%
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.
03-18-2013 01:16:29 | More by Rutager
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
4.4/5 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
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-22-2012 23:37:23 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
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!
04-23-2012 08:15:44 | More by Kacid
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-04-2011 19:56:38 | More by MasterSki
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
01-20-2011 23:29:15 | More by kjyost
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
Dernière Volonté Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Pinot Noir) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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