Dernière Volonté - Brettanomyces
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #46
Ranked #7,609
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Dernière Volonté - BrettanomycesDernière Volonté - Brettanomyces
Notes: Bottle re-fermented with Brettanomyces, the characteristic aromas of these wild yeast intermingle with the floral bouquet of the beer. Its warm leathery flavours envelop the equilibrium achieved between the malt and the notes of hops. Imperceptibly bitter, the hoppy finish is counterbalanced by the Belgian yeast esters, revealing a hint of spicy overtones. Available from September to December.
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has the record for biggest head I've ever had on a pour. MASSIVE head like 10 times the size of the actual beer. Nice pale golden colour with some haze to it.
Smells like a nice, funky, wild ale with tons of brett funk and a nice hoppiness in the background. I'm actually very impressed with the aroma here.
Taste follows the nose. Flavour profile dominated largely by brett funk and hops. The sourness is not overwhelming at all but quite pleasant. Some nice kind of light fruity notes with a bit of sweetness to create balance. Some hoppy grass/pine/resin notes as well.
The mouthfeel is very nice. Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this beer and if it were in the wild ale category I think it might actually be my favourite. I can understand why big wild ale fans often say it needs more funk, but I love this beer.

Apr 05, 2021
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Zorro from California

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a massive white colored head.

Smells funky and slightly sour. Barnyard and coriander with a faint plum scent. Honeysuckle malt scent.

Starts out slightly sour and funky. Sourness isn't much. Taste like a bit sour plum. Not that strongly flavored really.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is a mild Wild Ale by taste.

Jan 05, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light golden straw yellow color, with a big fluffy head, and a lot of lacing.

This one smells like bitter pine, stone fruit, clove, sharp grassiness, barnyard/horse blanket, spiciness, and orange peel.

I don't know the age of this Brett-ified Belgian IPA, but I don't think it matters too much. It's still got a solid hoppiness to it, with a really well integrated Brett funk- spicy and filled with creamy funky peach flavors, with a grassy funk. The hop character also feels a little bit spicy. I don't get much (if any) malt character here.

This is medium bodied, creamy and well carbonated, with a very solid level of drinkability.

Dieu de Ciel is easily one of the best breweries in Canada- Bellwoods is the only other brewery in this top tier.

Sep 04, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was long since I did not try a Canadian beer that was so good. In my country, Tacloban, there are very few beers from Canada. This one liked it a lot, a lot. I have discovered people who make a beer of great quality. A great beer. I will review brand and beer.

Feb 12, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/16/17

Look- opaque, deep golden liquid with a 2 finger foamy white head. Lots of small floaties in this one, I'm guessing due to the age

Smell- musty with a nice refreshing light floral and fruity thing going on. Can't really pinpoint a fruit, maybe like canned peaches but not as intense

Taste- starts musty, followed by bananas and tangerines, finishes mildly bitter

Feel- medium bodied and creamy, really pleasant

Overall- The flavors on this one worked really well, and the creamy mouthfeel just served to enhance them. This was a really enjoyable beer.

Dec 04, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice fruity brett-forward belgian IPA. Very nice balance with a juicy mouthfeel. Peach, citrus, mango but also some floral notes. Very drinkable.

Sep 08, 2017
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly misty straw yello with a thin white head and good lacing. Nose of barnyard and leather over spicy malt sweetness. Taste hugely complex and goes on for ever. Lemon, grapefruit, candied fruit, leather, barnyard, hay and horse. This is a beer that has a serious potential to age and will continue to develop.

Aug 13, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules 6. Great as a brett beer, the funk notes are very well placed and makes it refreshing and moreish together with the smooth body. Not much IPA. Long lasting foam

Jun 12, 2017
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Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good Belgian Ipa. Pours a golden cloudy yellow with a nice 1 inch top that faded to a white ring.
There is lots of noble hoppiness and a great feel from the malts. Bottled in sept 2016 and opened in June 17.
I likes this as a very interesting version of a blond Leffe. It should age well if you can keep the bottles in the closet!
Just opened the 2017 I saved for 2 years... It is still great! It has acquired a real smoothness while still staying in the original style. Plenty of carbonation and a lasting head. I wish I had kept more.

Jun 08, 2017
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty straw with a slight haze, pours a little head, but it quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Aroma isn't intense, but there's a pleasant depth...candied pineapple, mango, papaya, with a bit of citrus and leather.

Flavours echo the aroma. There's a dry bitter finish, but the alcohol is very subtle.

I'm tired of bombers, but 12 oz just seems too small.

Apr 28, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Aug-8-2016

Pours a hazy Orange with two fingers of soapy white head that becomes a scummy film. Meh retention; scummy lace. (3.75)

Melon and lime juice with some barnyard funk, slight bretty rotting fruit, herbal hop hints, bready with a touch of caramel. (3.75)

Minerals and earthy, floral hops with some citrus rind, barn muck, and dirt in the finish. (3.75)

Active carbonation, medium body, some detectable alcohol, a bit sticky. (3.75)

Decent beer, but I think I prefer the non-Brett version. A relatively boozy IPA with some funky brett character. Not too hoppy and not much inter-play/mixing of the flavors into a consistent whole (in my opinion). Not great, but not bad either. (3.75)

Sep 22, 2016
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Muhly from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into brandy snifter. Pours a cloudy gold and brass with heaps of head.

L-cloudy burnished gold with hints of brass. White head that heaps up and sticks around for a bit.

A-lovely smell of Brett funk. Fermented straw.

T-Boom. Brett all over. Sour with some bitterness clattering around. Lemon rind, horse, simple syrup.

M-effervescence dances across the tongue.

O-the Brett takes over everything else. Like a funky Berliner Weiss. An experiment, but a good experiment.

Apr 27, 2016
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of brett funk, tropical/floral hops, bready malts and light grains .

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of brett funk upfront, followed by some tropical hops (mainly citrus), floral undertones, pepper, light earthiness, bready malts and some grains.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Speechless!

Serving type: bottle

Jan 05, 2016
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden in color with a 1.5 inch head with big bubbles and lots of carbonation. You mostly smell the brett yeasts, really funky and wild smell. You also have some hops in the nose but it's really the yeasts that you smell the most. Funky taste too but it's less intense than I expected. It's definitely like the classic Dernière Volonté but funkier. You still have a bread taste and floral hops are there too.

Dec 20, 2015
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, this beer pours a very hazy gold, with a finger and a have of bubbly white head, This head fades down to nothing. but the golden color looks great regardless.

Aroma - Musty brett funk, floral hops, a very subtle bit of orange peel, peppery spice, fresh bread.

Taste -musty brett funk in the beginning, slighly sour, I think the floral hops add to the brett to make the sourness noticeable. The belgian yeast its brewed with to start is still noticeable in the next few flavors, you get the same peppery spice and fresh baked bread from the original, finished with a bit more brett funk almost makeing your tongue tingle.

feel - medium body with creamy feeling carbonation. goes down pretty smooth for a belgian IPA.

Overall - This is a very good beer definitely something special, the brett adds a delightful funk that I personally think adds to the beer. If you like brett you'll like this.

Dec 13, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - always cool to see any of these gold-stickered special releases from DDC on the shelves out West here.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower (thank you, bottle refermentation!) of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a stellar array of continental drift lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty, funky, and acrid Brett bacteria, overshadowed domestic and tropical fruit, gritty, grainy pale malt, a further pale brown sugar sweetness, and some hard to discern earthy, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more cheesy and dank funk courtesy of our bacterial guest(s), a rounded grainy and bready pale maltiness, muddled fruit of many different apparent stripes, and some tame leafy, weedy, and slightly herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite laid-back in its plain-Jane frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and more smooth than I believe that it has any particular right to be. It finishes fairly dry, the Brett holding the malt's head to the curb, but not quite following through with the proverbial stomp.

Yeah, if you like Brett in all its funky, tart, musty, etc. glory, with little interference from the local populace, then this beer's for you. I'm in the take it or leave it camp, but I do know when something's been made well, and folks, this one certainly has.

Nov 03, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a nice large white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of Belgian malt with light residual sugar notes with the right amount of funky Brett notes. Taste is also a great mix between dry Brett notes with light funky ester and some Belgian malt notes. Body is full enough with good carbonation. Very well brewed overall and something I wouldn’t mind having on a regular basis.

Jul 08, 2015
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

2.66/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Literally smells like feces. Tastes fine, but that nose... Perhaps I had it too fresh and with time it will change. If so, I will change this assessment.

Jun 14, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful brett and tropical fruit nose. Super juicy tropical fruits and some nice dry brett in the finish. Big body and mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. Interesting stuff.

Jun 08, 2015
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle- very excited to try this one.
This is a very nice variation on Derniere Volonte. The Brett is quite prominent, lending a nice dry funkiness to the belgian yeast and citrus hops. Finish is very dry and the nose contains the horse blanket scent associated with Brett. I don't know if this beer is ever to be brewed again, but I hope to come across it again. If you like Brett, this is a very nice beer.

Feb 28, 2015
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a liquid gold that is totally hazy, small tight foam that latches on. Aroma is all brett as is flavor but Belgian esters make their presence known quite well. Subdued with low tartness (if any) but tasty.

Feb 16, 2015
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 53 ratings