Dernière Volonté | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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.

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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 corby112
4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a huge foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin lacing that lasts. Citrus and floral hop aroma with some pine, citrus fruit and sweet maltiness. Perfect balance of hops, fruit and yeast, with hints of golden crisp apple and pear and subtle spices. Bitter hops up front with creamy smooth fruit center and dry hop finish. Very good!

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark gold color with frothy/rocky white head that leaves lace everywhere. Lots of small pieces of sediment that don't swirl around but are suspended as if in gelatin
S - Very yeasty, a bit wheaty, sweet vinous/champagne notes, smells like it came straight from belgium
T - Beautiful. Caramel sweetness, candied sugar, apricot, belgian yeast, banana fruitiness, some floral flavors...very much like a tripel, a very good one at that.
M - Light bodied but not watery, close to medium. Very smooth with a hint of carbonation
O - An exceptional beer. All the qualities of a tripel with more drinkability if you can believe it. On the sweet side for sure but still very complex and probably the best looking BPA - not to mention one of the best tasting - I've had to date.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most memorable beers I tried (on draft) during my recent trip to Montreal, this review is on a bottle purchased here.

Rocky head with good lace on a slightly hazy orange body. Citrusy hops, pine and estery yeasty notes share the nose. Both the hops and yeast contribute to a strong fruity character - at once mango, then orange - lots to contemplate. These flavors continue in the taste, sharing the palate with a nice bready malt sweetness.

A great marriage of big hops and Belgian yeast. Maybe bettter classified as a Belgian IPA? Regardless, I will be sure to reach for this one whenever it is available!

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle, served in DDC tulip. Bottled August 2012. A little old.

A - Copious, billowy head, with a body the colour of a light unfiltered apple juice.

S - Juicy fruit hops, citrus, yeast

T - Banana, juicy fruit, the more bitter hops have dissipated, leaving more fruit behind. Delicious either way.

M - Good medium carbonation, medium body, perfect for the style.

O - Perfect! Keep up the good work DDC

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect appearance for an abbey beer. Hazy and golden. Complexion is reminiscent of a cocktail enjoyed on the beach.

Fruity and aromatic. Peaches and mango are noticed in the scent. It truly smells like the notable brands originating from Belgium. Very inviting to all.

This is a brilliantly disguised 7% ABV. I love every aspect of the taste as it truly replicates a Belgium brew without the peppery additives that most North American imitations have included by mistake.

Very nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Effervescent all over. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue, but it is pleasant.

Let me put it this way; I'd bring a case of this to a party if I wasn't worried I'd give too many away to curious friends. Thankfully, I have no problem drinking a bunch at home with the Inner Circle.

One for the Ages.

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Photo of TroyS
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sucker was picked up at MarCellars in Idaho Falls which is in Idaho, of course! Freegin' killer choice for a drink this evening. I think that my only partial non-smile was because it's a bit too heady, super frothy and it sticks around forever w/serious lite lacing. She's a spike to chew on....anwahhh. Super drink that teases like great super yumm yumm floral masterpiece or one could simply say, "Great Beer!" Cheers!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: hazy golden orange and crisp dark caramel towards the center, bunch of floaties in here. three finger thick white head

s: pear, green apple, bubblegum, sweet caramel malt, sweet berries, hint of vanilla, citrus towards the end

t: ripe pears, sweet apples, raisins, nice caramel malt backbone, definite belgian-tasting yeast. nicely mellow spices in here: coriander, slight black pepper, clove. nice crisp finish, with the very faintest piney bitterness. finishes real clean

m: medium, with some carbonation that pops in your mouth and releases some of those sweet flavors

o: really solid. i'm not sure how fresh my bottle was, but there was almost no bitterness - which is not a bad thing. the sweet harmonizes nicely with the yeast and spices. this is a nice crisp, refreshing drinker that provides a nice amount of flavors while at the same time feeling refreshing. thumbs up

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Photo of TerryW
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a rather good beer. A great nose as soon as you pop the bottle. Lots of delicious fruit, hops, and a hint of cloves. Moderate head that settles to a 1/4" and leaves good lace throughout. Hazy peach-pale orange colour. Handsome.

Taste is hops, orange peel, and fruit. Very interesting, lots of stuff happening. Clearly a Belgian style brew, but at the same time reminds you of a good weiss. 7% alcohol very nicely handled. Perhaps a bit too bitter on finish, but overall a really well made beer. Perfect for settling into the comfy chair with.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Kacid
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy honey yellow, strong bubbles and a thick lacy 2 finger head, head that lasted medium long and resided into a thick lacing. delicious
Nose:sweet white winey yeast, floral, spicy, honey very sweet sweet refreshing honey
Taste: spicey, strong carbonation, honey and flora aromas,
Sharp medium strong hop bitters ness that fades quickly. The esters really open up as this beer warms; it a acquires spicy lemon. That sweet malty honey backbone (crystal malt) truly makes this beer so complex and aromatic and refreshing; as it warms it a quires a peppery aftertaste, also it acquires a stronger orange
Having had the red wine aged just previous to this one earlier today cant tell how this was seen to be a perfect candidate for souring/innoculation in barrel and aging in oak, more so red wine. Has light vinous and dry notes,. The dry hop bitterness is definitely what gave a backbone to the other
It definitely was a good choice to age in red and not white wine oak barrels. The sharp contrast is just fitting enough to pair well with this.
Overal: this beer is amazing, so wonderful and complex. To be honest it is amongst the first belgian pale that i've liked so incredibly much. Outside of orval, duvet and delirium tremens, unibroue don de diueu and fin du monde i have not found belgians i truly like. This one is unique because it is such low alcohol and so refreshingly light. This beer is truly worth the high score on BA.
Would be interesting to somehow add some tart lemony notes to this. Is it possible to sour this with some bret/lacto (and optional add lemon)

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Larry for shipping this too me. I loved this brew from the moment I opened it. Light blonde color full of floral and honey notes. Very smooth taste with a fig and honey after taste. The alcohol was present but very drinkable. Another great belgian and very excited I had the opportunity to try this one.


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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy blonde with plenty of yeast floaties; great retention & lacing.

S: Huge citrus rind, tropical fruit, pleasant spicing & hints of biscuity malt.

T: Citrus rind, earthy mineral, tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), nice phenolic spicyness, great bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all-around great beer.

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Photo of ChuckMartel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is good stuff. I had it out of the bottle for lunch w/ tourtière du Quebec and chaudrée d'hiver. The beer pours well, had a fluffy head, and smells great. It's a perfect compliment to French Canadian food. It has enough taste but doesn't overpower the food. I strongly recommend it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a tinge of apricot; the moussy head drapes lace down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Fruity, with a Belgian yeast tone; pears, green apples and stone fruit along with a dash of white pepper

Taste: Opens with a fruity assault, as the pears and green apples join with a biscuity flavor that moves in a peppery, though grassy, hop direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeast jumps out to add to the profile; complex, lingering finish with all of the elements in balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: This is a top notch Belgian Pale Ale that could easily be classified as a Belgian IPA

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Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a fluted tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a strong yellow with a decent amountof hazing. Large pearly white head forms, holds, and laces nicely.

S: Damn, very unique. Huge fruity esters and loads of spices. All kinds of citrus fruits, lots of lemon. Spices galor, cardomum, cinnamon, all spice, clove, lots of ginger. Maybe lavender?

T/M: Exactly the same as the nose. This is so unique. A controlled bitterness helps to balance some of the sweetness. I love the added depth the lightly added phenols bring. Light, crisp body with greatly refreshing carbonation.

D: Drinkable and very interesting. Very surprised with this one.

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Photo of SebD
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried at Gambrinus in London. Bottle was marked Novembre 2010.

Appearance: It has a nice orange/amber colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of peaches, citrusy notes, floral notes and some Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very distinctive fruity taste to it with some spicy notes coming through. All and all a very complex Ale.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of malts and hops.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. It's an overall great Belgian IPA.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with lace that sticks so solid and long as to look etched in place. Aroma is sweet, fruity, banana, lots going on. Taste starts sweet as well, banana with a citric twinge in the middle, and closes pleasantly hoppy. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, with very nice drinkability. Everything comes together beautifully, an excellent brew.

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Photo of 01121987
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my new favorite beer. this beer should not and cannot be classified in traditional a category. if you had to call it something it would be an english style belgian ipa with american hops. its too bad they don't have an undefinable category.
great lacing on the glass and high but not excessive carbonation.
smell is dominated by hop aroma
the flavor is superb. citrus like hops dominate with an almost jasmine tea like aftertaste.
mouth-feel is dry with a nice lasting bitterness and great hop flavor aftertaste.
i could drink this one all day.
great work DDC.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice golden beer thats slightly opaque. lots and lots of carbonation in there and a nice big foamy white head that sticks real well to the side of the glass.

S - the yeast just pops out at you right away on this one. some citrus and spice in there as well.

T - once again the yeast is the main course on this one. again citrus is in the background there. hops are in there as well and complement the yeast well.

M - great carbonation on this one. its got a great slightly syrupy feel to it.

O - a great belgian pale ale and what i've come to expect from dieu du ciel.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle at a Belgian Bar in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I've been drinking heavily all week on vacation (gotta get the stuff not distributed to Texas!) and this may have been my favorite on the trip. Poured by the bartender into a nice tulip-type glass.

The beer is a hazy yellow with gold hues. It's dark in the bar (and for some reason they're playing DMX in a Belgian beer bar... interesting choice), so I can't get the best read on it's looks. It does have a fantastically pillowy white head that is easy to rouse with a gentle swirl of the glass. I had a lot of fun playing with that. Points!

The nose is quite hoppy. I get mangos. Mmmm... mango's a fantastic hop presence and they nailed fruitiness from the hops. Freaking fantastic.

The flavor is also mostly about the hops. It just bursts with fruity American hop flavor. This would be a great hop blend for an American Pale Ale. So freaking fruity. I love it. Deeper sips reveal a hidden Belgian character. Some spice. Welcome medicinal complement. Still, this thing is American driven and ever so tasty. They just nailed the hops with this thing.

I had a Peche Mortel as few months ago and came away thinking Dieu Du Ciel might be overhyped. This beer thoroughly changed my mind.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Dernière Volonté (Derniere Volonte)
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Orange-grapefruit citrus, slight yeast, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

This is easily drank. It is very well balanced.

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Photo of BBP
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick yellow with a slight bit of orange. Very energetic carbonation, and a good head leaving behind some superb lacing.

S- Belgian like spices. Very fragrant. The only distinguishable spice for me was clove, but I knew there were many more.

T- Sweet with citrus and banana, as well as some other fruits. I want to say apple and pear as well. Surprisingly some hop notes popped out. They give the flavor some good backbone, and are definitely apparent in the aftertaste. Actually, as I'm drinking this more it almost seems like a Belgian style beer mixed with hoppiness only found in ales. After my first sip, I was worried that this one would be incredibly sweet, but the hops even it out after it sits for a bit.

Includes it's fair share of yeast taste too, and does an incredible job of mixing in a lot of the things I love most about different types of beer together.

M- A little under medium for body with carbonation that seems a little overdone for this brew. Very smooth going down though.

D- Pretty good beer for any occasion, be it with food, or alone. I find it has a taste that really stands out, and I'm glad I reviewed it now, while it's still available to me. I plan to pick up more and hope some are still left before the LCBO takes it away.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange boded beer with a fluffy off-white head that last for the full beer. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. With each sip the head leaves a register mark of thick foam on the glass.

S- The aroma of perfumed yeast gives way to a smell of fresh green hop pellets followed by a note of fresh cut pine wood to finish.

T- This beer has a mellow green hop snap to the flavor. Upon further sipping, a perfume flowery hop flavor shows up in the finish, with a soft bitterness lingering on. As the beer warms there is a soft tangerine flavor and pale malt flavor supporting the hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This is a great Belgian Pale Ale. Soft hop bitterness with a bigger hop flavor that blends perfectly with the yeasty qualities and opens up more and more with each sip.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu du Ciel's bottle dating isn't decipherable (at least not by me). Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep hard yellow, like unfiltered apple cider, and hazy. Good fluffy white one-finger head, good retention and very nice lacing. A pretty beer, for sure.

Wow, this smells fruity. Peaches come blasting through, leaving little room for anything else. A bit of spice in the background, but the sweet light fruit is by far the dominant smell. Good, but a bit one-dimensional.

Taste has a lot more to it than the smell. Wow, this is really complex for a pale ale. The flavors are in layers, one on top of the other, and they blend together very well. Base layer is pale malt sweetness. Riding on top of that is some yeast and peppery spice. Then come the bitterness from the hops - a great complement, assertive but not overpowering. Gets a bit more sweet as it warms up. Finish is quite dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-light body, with great tingly carbonation from start to finish that really makes the flavors dance. Finish is quick and dry.

A very impressive, well-crafted beer. There's a lot going on, but it's all harmonious and delicious. Wow.

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