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Belgian IPA
Ranked #18
Ranked #5,956
4.02 | pDev: 10.45%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: The Last Will is born from a meeting between the Belgian and British brewing traditions. It has a complex nose of flowers and alcohol, supported by slightly fruity and malty flavors, all topped by a strong hop bouquet. In the mouth it is spicy and fruity hints and a discrete touch of alcohol. In the final, hops up the rear with force.
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Photo of Radome
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bought at Aces & Ales-Tenaya in Las Vegas.

L - Medium gold color with moderate haziness. Off-white head is moderately active and persistent.

S - Sweet bready malt along with bright, fruity notes that seem to come from yeast rather than hops. There are also aged, oxidized notes of wet cardboard. The bartender warned me these bottles had been around for a while, so that is not too surprising. The beer is certainly still enjoyable, so it is not too far gone.

T - Flavors are a mix of fruity yeast and sweet, bready malt. Hops may be showing themselves as a low grassy note. Oxidized notes are not as prominent as in the aroma.

F - Medium body with light to medium, spritzy carbonation. Low to medium hops bitterness. Alcohol warmth , but at a low level.

O - The beer shows some promise, but has obviously been adversely affected by oxidation and age. It is still tasty and I would like to try a fresher example some time.

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Radome from Florida, Jan 18, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at fridge temp from 11.5-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. I got a crystal-clear amber colored pour, making me think I was drinking a different beer than just about everyone else who reviewed this. ;) The head was thick and white, leaving a pretty curtain of lacing as it settled to a thick ring. Very nice aroma dominated by orange peel, coriander, and yeast funk. These are present on the palate as well, with a fruity and slightly floral note as a complement. Rather light in body, with good carbonation, a pleasant hoppy bitterness on the tongue, and a mostly dry finish. I couldn't help but think that this would make a great table beer, but that's just me. At any rate, there's a lot to like about this one. Highly recommended.

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dcotom from Iowa, Dec 22, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with very tight beading in the head. The head is white with very good head retention.

Smell: It has strong earthly aromas with barnyard elements. Leather is also prominent with a very light floral note.

Taste: The flavors are strong with leather and earthly elements. There are also floral notes and a low level of flowers. Spicy flavors are in support with very low levels of fruit.

Feel: It has a medium body with slight alcohol warming.

Overall, the brett is the strongest single element in the beer with the other elements in the background.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Oct 05, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin, white head. Plenty of varbonation.
Big carmel malt and yeast smell with banana. A slight dark fruit smell, cherry.
Carmel malt and dark fruit is the backbone of taste. Good yeast and slight banana. Light hop in the finish with lemongrass. Quite complex that comes together well.
Very unique beer that I highly enjoyef.

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I love wild beers, IPA Brett beers are not one I gravitate towards.

This however is a great representation of the style mixing fruitiness from the hops and Brett and dryness from the bitter hops and the Brett.

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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada), Sep 23, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 9/20/2016 into the test glass.
A - Loose knit frothy white cap sits atop a slightly hazed dark straw colored offering. The carbonation is champagne style.
minute spheres tirelessly work skyward.
S - Pineapple, tangerine, a bit of funk from the Brett, candied citrus marmalade, and some nice biscuit notes from a solid grain bill, finally some botanical threads run through the aromatics include lily and hyacinths.
T - Follows the nose closely, lots of pineapple and orange flavors, with a rise in temperature honeysuckle and orange blossom honey.
M - Medium in body, fully coated palate rolls the tongues edges up welcoming the slightly sour notes. Then that pesky Brett dries things out quickly, almost ashen finish, but wait, a touch of sweetness in the long linger.
O - A very nice Belgian influenced offering from Du Du Ciel, Strikes all the right notes, Brett use is well executed, the aromatics are the shining spot here, the body is quite good and the palate is delightful.

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Jun 04, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden yellow with good carbonation. Smell is hops, barnyard funk, and citrus peel. A bit of leather and bitterness. Very nice. Taste is smooth, nice hops (but not too overpowering), Definitely some bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice. Overall, a really nice beer.

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Beersnake1 from California, Apr 02, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Dernière Volonté, 7% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours thin and hazy golden, with a 2+ finger foamy white head that left decent lacing. Nose is grapefruit and a bit of alcohol, taste is grapefruit, hops, and a slight bitter close. A bit over-carbonated but it plays nicely with the grapefruit for a nice mouthfeel. Overall pretty decent. I'm not a big IPA fan but this is pretty good.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Mar 18, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I began this latest quest on Monday, which was Canadian Thanksgiving Day, by scouring my backlog to see what Canadian beers might lay in wait. Unfortunately for my plans, two of the first three were a**kicking AMLs from Labatt & then I was on a planned expedition yesterday. This is less hair of the dog and more like the horse that I rode in on. This bottle was procured at Hunger 'n' Thirst here in Lancaster, PA.

From the bottle: " Dernière Volonté (French for 'Last Will') is a mix of Belgian and English brewing traditions. Complex flavours of hop flowers and spicy, fruity esters from our [B]elgian yeast are perfectly balanced with the robust flavours and aromas of malt. The finish is commandeered by an assertive aroma from dry-hopping."

My problem stems from the fact that they put their beers into a screwed-up screw-top bottle! I will buy the idea of oxygen-fixing crown caps, but not when a thread exists that may lead to oxygen being leeched into the bottle & its contents. Smyert botylok! Deprived of the Pop! & not wanting to rouse any lees, I went with a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), but I am betting that it will clarify as it warms. Nose had a peppery spiciness along with a light mustiness, the latter undoubtedly from the yeast. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a tropical fruitiness, like tangerines and oranges, along with a decided spiciness and a light mustiness. I recently held forth about my liking Belgian (White) IPAs as opposed to disliking Cascadian (Black) IPAs and it is my supposition that in the latter, the dark malts get in the way of the hops, effectively rendering them useless, while in the former, the yeast and the spices accentuate the spiciness of the hops. In this one, the flavors melded really well to create a very pleasant beer. The finish was dry, but not gasping. The combination of the yeast and the hops could have been overboard, but instead, they were held in check. It left behind some nice, sticky lacing, but it never really clarified. Oh well.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Oct 12, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not one of their stronger offerings in my experience. this tasted a little old to me, up on tap at the tap and handle in fort collins, it had a cardboard element to it, and the hops seemed more bitter than flavorful. its also really murky, super dark for the style, almost more red than pale with a dense haze and not a lot of head. it smells alright though, big bitter grapefruit hops and a strange yeast, almost more like a saison strain than a classic belgian one, with less of the fruity and spice and ester stuff and more of the rustic must and even mild funk, notes of white wine here, molasses, candied grapefruit peel, and aggressively bitter earthy hops with a mild spice to them all on the back end. nothing about this says ipa to me though, despite it being hoppy, its weird enough in grain and yeast to not really fit the bill at all. it must have been old or something though, as it has some impressively high ratings here compared to my experience with it. i see the potential, but it just doesnt come together, heavy to drink with a little too much going on...

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a hazed milky tangerine color with a sticky half finger white head atop.Pithy grapefruit rind really stands out in the nose along with a tinge of iron and toasted cereal grain.Dry and citric on the palate with a big toasted element in the finish,very drinkable.It's just a real solid beer that's very drinkable with a sharp hop profile.

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oberon from North Carolina, May 30, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had at least twice, and am still trying to figure out this one. Defying categories and enough comprehension, I probably will not have Derniere Volonte' again.
First, my bad to have this one with dinner. Didn't do my research. I thought this was a Blonde like the label says, but this correctly is labeled an IPA.
Second.. while I can tell the hops are more AIPA-like than saison-like, the hops interfere with even a simple pasta dish. Perhaps it is the dry-hops make the brew too juicy and it competes with the food. But the ale typically must complement to be the food's friend.

Dernière Volonte is listed on the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die." But whether this deserves to be on that list is a toss-up to me.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 25, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Dieu du Ciel's weakest offerings. Tastes foul, although great nose. No head, no substance, no reason to drink again. Let's just go back to their winning brews.

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Cramshawbar from Ontario (Canada), Apr 16, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, easy, balanced, subtle, classic, and unique all come to mind. Yellow and opaque with a big rocky sticky white head. Classic Belgian yeast and spice aromas. Crisp, dry, yet full. Good spicy hop presence and an interesting burnt sugar like flavor as it warmed. Just a well done Belgian styled pale all around. Cheers!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 3/15. Medium amber murky pour with suspended particulate matter from bottle conditioning. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich world class nose of fruity esters coupled with a light tart airiness. Peach, plum, pineapple, grape and orange coupled with a touch of pepper over a light Belgian base.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish perfectly paired with the body.

The flavor profile is almost world class, but falls just a bit short due to a very light metallic note which arrives and lingers in the finish. Otherwise, this one is a very tasty Belgian ale with a world class fruity ester profile. Flavors from the nose all appear with some separation. The sweeter flavors appear after the middle corresponding with maximum balanced sweetness. The middle provides a very light rind bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of fruit and the light metallic note.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, Mar 23, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy beer with a small head that disappear quickly. Floral and fruity smell, you have oranges, a little citrus, a bread and wheat odor too and you smell the yeast also. Still really floral in the mouth, it mostly tastes the way it smells, but better. It has a nice bitterness but it's really well balanced with the fruity taste. It has a really light body, almost oily.

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VbolieuV from Quebec (Canada), Dec 19, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a tulip glass, pours a deep hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head, even after the head receeds theres a nice film.

Aroma - This beer has a strong floral hop presence, oange peel and light grapefruit, the floral side is almost a light sourness, Then you get plenty of peppery spice and fresh baked white bread.

Taste - the taste is the smell on steroids, It hits you with a jolt, the floral notes are there the light sourness is way more pronounced the orange peel is there followed by the pepper and white bread. wow this is tasty,

Feel - This is a medium body with super creamy carbonation, Even with the orange peel bitterness this is one smooth beer. considering the sweetness in the beginning it finishes rather dry.

Overall - this is one delicious brew, I love when Quebec does Belgians, This is smooth easy drinking yet very flavorful, Try it if you get a chance.

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CanadianBacon from Quebec (Canada), Dec 12, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with high carbonation when opening the bottle. Smell bursts forth with grapefruit, wildflower, soil, herbal hops, a hint of straw and belgian yeast. Taste is a little more bready and frankly funky with a banana flavor. Some honey mixed in with the hops on the finish. The feel was impressive combination of belgian and british ipa bodies, clean, dry, and worked for me

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REVZEB from Illinois, May 18, 2015
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel 'Derniere Volonte'(Last Will) @ 7.0% , served from a 341 ml bottle purchased for $2.70
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a slightly hazey gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-Belgian yeast , wheat
T-true tasting Belgian IPA , wheat
MF-ok/moderate carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok beer , good Belgian IPA
prost LampertLand

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LampertLand from British Columbia (Canada), May 01, 2015
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4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Couldn't garher the bottling date from the label, which did not look like the label pictured. Poured into a tulip glass an opaque light brown, which is an odd color, but I guess that's due to the Belgian/french style mash-up. I'm not sure how to score it. A one finger head dissipated quickly. The Belgian candy and yeasts came through the nose all while smelling like a cigar shop: horse blanket, apple, overripe pear, chocolate, tobacco. Wow, wow, wow. The taste is amazing, molasses, vanilla, black cherry, (tart?) berries, raisin, plum, tobacco, mocha, caramel. Still, wow for a long while after swallowing. Mouth feel is tremendous: frothy, a little sticky sweet, carbonation leaves the tongue tingling for a while. Wow!

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J-Rye from New Jersey, Apr 25, 2015
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2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow, nice head. Lots of bitterness throughout, not very appropriate for the style, pepper and yeast, hints of dried citrus zest, herbs, farmhouse. Rough mouthfeel. I'd have to pass on more than a sample of this.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Apr 01, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this from our Montreal trip.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light floral hops, faint Belgian esters, lightly fruity.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice Belgian notes, great esters, faint floral fruity hops.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, very nice Belgian notes. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Mar 20, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App: Golden yellow with a slight haziness, light soapy head that dies down to a thin film that stick around for a while. Its a pretty presentation, typical of a belgian ale.

Nose: Clove, pepper, a bit of banana, peach, apricot, white grapes, papaya, white bread very tropical and complex with a slight acidic edge reminiscent of a white wine with some added horse blanket, wet towel, barnyard funky notes that elevates this beer adding even more depth.

Taste: the grapefruit and citrus notes typical of an ipa are more present while still getting those yellow stone fruits and tropical notes. The spicy notes like pepper and clove arent hard to find aswell as that nice funkyness. The bitterness is pleasent. A bit of dankness, pine and grassyness in a dry finish.

This is a masterpiece of a beer with an unusual hop profile full of depth and complexity.
It is highly drinkable. Its the type of beer that you have a hard time putting down.
The malt are suddle in the background, leaving the floor for the hop and the yeast to shine in the spotlight. Very fresh, fruity and spicy while remaining very satisfying and complex. I can't believe i took so long before getting this one. Will buy again, highly recommanded.


Apparence: Jaune dorée vibrant. Moyennement voilé, avec mousse savonneuse qui se dissipe en un mince film qui demeure présent. Une belle biere sexy and classy.

Nez: Le clous, le poivre et un peu de banane. Les fruits sont a l'honneur avec des notes de pèche, abricots, raisin blanc, de papaye et de mis de pain blanc. Une certaine acidité et des notes funky de ferme, de couverture de cheval mouillée qui vient ajouté un agréable niveau de complexité.

En bouche: Les notes classique d'agrumes tels que le pamplemousse, le citron et l'orange sont plus présente toujours avec des notes de fruits jaunes a noyau qui la diffère de la plupart des IPA. Le clou et le poivre, ainsi que les notes funky sont présentes en bouche également. Une finale avec une amertume moyenne, herbacé avec un peu de sapinage résineux et une touche de "dankness". Quelle belle profondeur. C'est difficile de poser son verre.

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simonsays2k9 from Quebec (Canada), Feb 20, 2015
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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head of about a finger’s depth, close to bone white, tightly woven but not especially longlasting, the lacing comes in broad streaks and sticks well. Light orange to yellow colored liquid, looks a touch a dilute, good deal of active bubbles within as well as a very fine particulate which lends it a semi-translucency. There is a raw graininess to the nose as well as peppery nature which keeps it on edge, however, plenty of pine, sweet citrus and floral notes for prettiness, cardamom and chamomile, peach and yellow fruit, fresh with good clarity to the parts. Medium-bodied, dry and zesty entry into the mouth, very floral and the spiciness more pronounced here, cumin, ginger and something close to tarragon, not sweeter spiciness. More orange to lemon citrus than grapefruit. The pine seems more knit in here. The carbonation is tight and not too aggressive. The apricot, peach, pear fruit light of touch without ever disappearing. Essence of violets left behind at the end, expansive floral lift continues. Too rich to be delicate but it is intelligently put together and subtly holds your attention.

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farrago from New Jersey, Dec 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07/11/13 From a bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

As a big Belgian fan I find this most inviting. Lots of body, lots of spice & lots of alcohol. At 6.5% we could get very close.

First mouthful was like..."you want taste?...I got taste to spare! want assertiveness?...I got that too."

This is not a beer for the timid. It has a hair-raising amount of brutish amounts. Just what I needed at the end of a session of mediocre attempts.

Long live the bold & brave at heart. FYI "Derniere Volonte" means "last will". I doubt this will be my last, but shall modify the paperwork. Codicil is not a prescription drug but it's use can re-mediate oversight. G'night.

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seedyone from New York, Oct 11, 2014
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