Dernière Volonté | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Dernière VolontéDernière Volonté

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Beersnake1
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of bbtkd
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +0.3%
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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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of VbolieuV
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of J-Rye
4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of Rifugium
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
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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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of simonsays2k9
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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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Photo of carlos_fleico
4/5  rDev +0.3%

350ml bottle poured into an wide-mouth snifter.

A: Pours a very light hazy golden color. Color is much fainter and lighter than other Belgian IPAs, but still beautiful. About three fingers of a very fluffy head with great retention. Leaves very thick lacing behind. (4)

S: Sweet wheat and barley malts. Very fruity - peaches and pineapples are very strong, apricots, orange zest, citrusy. Grassy and earthy hops. Belgian spices and yeast, bread dough. (4)

T: Follows the nose in every aspect. Sweet and bitter. (4)

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Malty, bready aftertaste, with a light boozy sensation in the mouth afterwards. Oily and crisp. (4)

O: I tried Dieu du Ciel for the first time when I was in Quebec. I had Chaman and I absolutely love it. Dernière Volonté is a great brew. (4)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%

Bottle dated 6 4 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of yeast phenolics
Head large (9 cm), frothy, white, very slowly diminishing to a broken 3 mm layer
Lacing good – large, thick rings
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins bitter then sweetens with an oily feel; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.125. Final weighted score: 3.1
Not impressed. The concept of a “Belgium IPA” seems makeshift at best, and, IMHO, tend to combine to a drink that is less than either style alone. This has the IPA bitterness and sometime oiliness which is at odds with the yeast phenolics, producing a mish-mash of clashing flavors.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Murky and sunny golden in color. Creamy white head settles to a thin cape wispy lacing.

S: A striking tropical medley greets the nose. Pineapple and juicy peach, apricot, kiwi, tangerine and clementine. It's hard to tell where the hops end and the esters begin. Slight doughy yeast and a whiff of black pepper. Faint brush of alcohol. Sweet and honeyed malt.

T: The same juicy tropical melange leads the way. Pineapple, peach, apricot, tangerine, mango, clementine. Tea-like herbal bitterness as well. Leafy and earthy hop dimension builds underneath the tropical flavors. Malt base is sweet and honeyed. Earthy Belgian yeast. Peppery. Spicy alcohol counters the sweetness. Bitter, oily hops pick it up on the quickly drying finish and bring the balance full-circle.

M: Medium bodied with a slick malty feel. Biting carbonation lifts it off the palate for an airy texture. Lightly grating hop astringency. Robust warming alcohol sensation.

O: There's a great balance of flavors here, with malt, hops, yeast, and alcohol all contributing. Vibrant and juicy tropical notes brought by both big esters and hops provide the focal point. Spicy and peppery yeast and alcohol add a lot of depth and complexity. It ends up being more of a sipper with the big alcohol warmth slowing things down, but this one is both fun and contemplative at the same time.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on Jan 28 2014
A: golden! Shimmering
A: bread dough, grapefruit, medium intensity, mandarin orange, very well balanced, cohesive
T: hard, grapefruit rind, very bitter, lean, not complex. Bitter finish. As it warms the flavour dissipates.
M: medium low carbonation; medium weight
O: not an easy beer to like. Not complex, leaves a bitter taste...

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Photo of wspscott
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 3/14 purchased at La Duchesse in Quebec City

A: Very hazy light gold color with a creamy white head, lots of lacing.
S: Obvious Belgian yeast, not much else
T: The Belgian is here, but I am not sure about the IPA, there are obviously hops here, a nice bitterness, but not as much flavor/aroma hops as I would prefer. The malts are awesome, makes me think of a nice pils base with a little bit of light caramel malt. The yeast has produced a lot of spiciness, very Belgian.
M: Very prickly carbonation, crisp, a little on the dry side
O: A very good beer, but I would like more late addition hops, very easy to drink, I could easily reach for a second one. Definitely worth trying, would buy again at the right price.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, vanilla, floral, tangerine, grapefruit, apple, bready malts, and spiciness.

Taste: A nice blend of aromas. Some mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tasty, medium bodied, tingly bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer definitely got better as it warmed up. I feel a road trip to Chambly coming up in the near future.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey yellow with a great sandstorm of swirling yeasts and hazy all round, a little carbonation, 3 fingers of slightly yellow head rising like ice cream and later leaving a nice lace.

S: Floral and fruity, citrus like grapefruit, and floral like perfume, yeasty like a Belgian reminiscent of Duvel, light musty quality, lemony and lemon zest as well. Complex and compelling.

T: Totally follows the nose with a light sweetness leaving it not as dry as expected. I get the grapefruit, perfume, musty Belgian quality, lemon and lemon zest bitterness, light bitterness near the end.

M: Medium lightly syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Would like it a few shades cooler as I had it at room temperature. Complex and unique, more floral than others in this style I remember and slightly sweeter.

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Photo of Strix
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky orange with a head that fades quickly to a thin film. Considerable yeast in the glass.

Main smell is a complex yeasty note with a bit of citrus.

Yeast, pineapple, pear, and a slight boozy note.

Mouthfeel smooth, tingling carbonated finish.

This was just fine, but didn't really stand out in the style.

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