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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.

Added by francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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Reviews by NCSUdo:
Photo of NCSUdo
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle

A: Murky, light copper under a small sized white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice spiciness, kind of a citrus character to the aroma and maybe some slight hay.

T: Spicy again up front, ending in a noticeable bitterness. Bit of fruitiness and grassy hop mixed in.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is just about right, slight creaminess to the medium body. Decent drinkability and low ABV helps. A very well balanced beer in every way, nothing spectacular, but a good beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 oberon
4/5  rDev 0%
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 RoyalT
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This was a rather dull orange in color with a head that blew up in the bottle.

Smell - The super-candied sugars are a bit too much and dominate this nose.

Taste - The sugars overpower everything here at the taste. I can get some light orange and the alcohol is like a medicine cabinet.

Mouthfeel - This is on the big side of medium-bodied with too much carbonation.

Drinkability - The lack of balance in this ale resulted in what could have been a good beer land right at average.

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Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

LOOK (3/5) Pours 7-8*SRM. The head is white and very rocky - it falls quickly. Some nice lacing is left behind. Clarity is poor, almost as opaque as a witbier.

SMELL (3.5) The malt aroma is pretty subdued - especially when compared to others of this style, like Affligem. I do get some very light breadcrust and grainy notes, though. The yeast really dominates with some bubblegum and floral notes. Hops are pretty light and citric with a hint of grapefruit in there.

TASTE (4/5) the flavor is a lot hoppier than the nose. Some malts, similar to the nose were present, but the hops were really front-and-center. Their character is citric and herbal, almost like an iced tea with lemon. Some nice floral and spicy yeast. This finish is drier and a bit tart. Some moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

FEEL (4/5) The body is medium and the carbonation is medium-high. The effervescent quality this produces plays up the dry-tart finish well and really makes the transition from the tartness to a bit of hop bitterness well.

DRINK (4/5) A really drinkable BPA, well balanced and tasty. It didn't really play into style guideline; but who cares? I was tasty.

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Photo of wrycon
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite pretty. Dense gold in the middle, with straw tones on the edges. Half a finger of pearl white foam that dissipates slowly. Smells freshly of lemon and grain and a slight nuttiness. Smells quite clean. Some citrus tang at the outset. There's a rounded sort of earthiness in the middle that tries to hold the citrus down, but the end gives way to a clean, slightly tart finish. There's a heft to this beer, which the nose and taste try to deny. Nicely complex and drinkable. My only complaint is there isn't a truly defining characteristic for it to hang its hat on.

Like It? Yes.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Have you made out your "last will?" Personally, we'd rather drink ours, and you can too, with this beer from their brewpub in Montréal and new brewery in St-Jérôme.

Unfiltered, cloudy, peachy, blond-colored beer with a very thick and clingy, tightly woven, foamy head. Exotic and fruity in the nose with ripe nectarine, hint of plum, and apple. Some soft hay too. As for the taste, it starts off with a pretty lively and creamy palate that's dry, crisp and quite refreshing. There's also a sting of citric bitterness beneath, followed by a slight medicinal, metallic flavor. Quite hoppy, actually, with some leaf, floral and herbal that brush up against a semi-rough yeast. Interesting hop oiliness too--dry hopped? Moderately fruity, sweet with juicy peach. Peppery. Warming. Finishes dry, a bit yeasty, with some hay and leafiness in the linger.

This is a fantastic Belgian-inspired beer that's both complex and a real pleasure to imbibe. So damn refreshing too. Our one disappointment is that we only picked up a single bottle instead of a six-pack, but we didn't want to push our beer karma with customs.

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Photo of gingerbread
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of generallee
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Easton70
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle pours into a snifter a hazy golden amber body. Offwhite head is medium in size and deposits a thin array of patchy lace.

Aroma is interesting. Spicy pepper, earthy yeast, fruity esters(mostly grapefruit), and grassy and floral hops.

Body is light medium with a zesty carbonation and a distinct peppery bite.

Taste is peppery, yeasty, dry, and dominated by a floral and herbal hoppiness. Nicely done. Faint banana and grapefruit add depth. Biscuity malts add a faint note of honey, but this ale is essentially hop driven and finishes with a grassy and pepper dry bitterness.

Nicely executed by this Canadian brewery, very much akin to the finer Belgian hoppy ales.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle enjoyed at the Blue Bird Tavern in Burlington , VT
Poured yellowy and hazed amber under a large and lasting off white head.
Subtle flowery nose.
Dry, yeasty Belgian style brew, ample lime notes, dry hops and wheat infused intrigue. Enjoyable and flavorful Canadian take on a sturdy and classic style. More quality brew from BDDC

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second of my DDC samplers from the LCBO's fall release. After roasting my tastebuds on Route des Epices last night, a return to Belgian pale ales - a style Quebeckers brew so very well - was certainly welcome.

Poured into a Leffe goblet. A peachy-coloured brew, slightly opaque, with wisps and patches of sediment gracing the lower half of the glass. Frothy, patchy head is thin, but retains well. Crests of lacing appear here and there. Looks great.

Nose is peach, lemon, citrus, yeast, and a fine hop character as well.

A splendid tasting Belgian pale. Notes of peach, pear, spices, yeast and dry white wine. Lovely use of hops to the finish - peppery and leafy tastes linger after each sip. Warming alcohol burn as well. Great stuff.

Could have used a bit more carbonation, but other than that, about right for the style.

Another winner from DDC, a great BPA that can challenge any Belgian or Unibroue product. Definitely worth a pick up - or two or three. (And, once again, terrific bottle artwork!)

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a tulip glass

Apperance - beer pours with a good 3 fingers of head (with an aggressive pour). Head is white and fluffy. Beer is a hazy ale colour with a decent amount of carbonation up the middle. There is some ok lacing occurring.

Smell - Very nice smelling beer, i can pick up some hops, banana, spices and possibly a hint of caramel. Overall, very dominating smell to this beer.

Taste - I found this to be a very smooth beer, velvety actually in my mouth. The beer spices come through early with hints of the banana. I am also picking up some citrus tones in the tasting.

Mouthfeel - huge value added with the amount of carbonation. The spices and banana/caramel come through real nice. I am pleased with the aftertaste, its actually kind of sweet.

Drinkability - Another Dieu du Ciel masterpiece, this is a great beer that offers so much to the beer drinker. I am very impressed and will stock for sure.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed golden yellow in color with a thin, creamy near-white head that eventually leaves thin ribbons of lace down the glass.

A near classic, though muted Belgian pale aroma, with distinct Belgian style yeast, some musk, a bit of black pepper, lemon, and floral notes.

The flavor is a nice combination of sweet malts, musk, Belgian yeast, some floral and citrus notes, and a moderate level of bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very nice example of the style, though somewhat simple.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to small snifter.
Poured hazy golden-yellow: looks like something you wouldn't want to drink! Average head and lacing.

Aroma: tart; arpicots, citrus and yeast

Flavor: Tart! Hints of apricot; light yeast; light bread.

Feel: Medium body; adequate but low carbonation.

O: a powerful, tart Belgian Ale; definitely NOT a Belgian IPA -- more like a Belgian tripel. Didn't hit the spot with e but certainly will for others.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle poured into a Duvel Glass

Appearance: Nice thick head that lasts covering over an orange hue.

Smell: Mostly piney citrus hops with a bit of spice.

Taste: Flora hops with citrus. A pleasant citrus sits on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a creamy start frothy start that returns in the finish.

Drinkability: Nice hops, one could drink a few in a row.

I liked this beer enough, though, for the price, there are some better pales on the shelf. As far as Canadian beer brewers of Belgian imitations (and this is personal opinion) I would go with Unibroe.

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