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
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 3.9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 76
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (2,421 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

***2009 Vintage (bottled Aug. 2009)***

I'm kind of excited as this is my first local barrel-aged beer (don't think the St-Ambroise RIS qualifies).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A slightly clear, gold body fills the glass that gets decidedly hazier as i pour the last of the bottle and the yeast mixs in. A thick and insistent head that gradually recedes leaving lots of lacing. A good start for sure.

Smell: Citrus & yeast that come out at first followed by some funk & bubblegum. Bananas & cloves are present as well. At first i don't smell the Pinot but later on i get a whiff of wine. Very nice indeed.

Taste: I'm struck as to how the Pinot aspect is quite present in the first sips. Has a slight vinegar edge, not unpleasant, with a dose of funk and an overall dryness to it. Definite wood presence also. Some banana flavor mixed in there as well as a spicy clove finish. Though there is a definite Belgian influence, the Pinot is the prime player here.

Mouthfeel: The best feature of this beer IMO. Very low carbonation which makes this beer just glide in my mouth with effortless ease. Though the Pinot is strong, i find the body quite literally amazing. So very good.

Drinkability: Drinks quite well with an ABV that is not easily perceptible in the taste. Though the strength of the barrel-aged Pinot took me some getting used to, i grew accustomed to it and ended up loving the taste.

Overall: While drinking this beer, i could sense that this was an experiment but i believe that they pulled it off quite well. Too bad not many people will get a chance to try it but worth the effort to acquire IMO. (1,628 characters)

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