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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, good head, lace. Good carbonation. Dry hoppy finish, citrus spice yeast, medium mouthfeel. Mondiale 2005 where they were generous with sample sizes. Satisfying Belgian Pale. Nothing disapointing from this brewery, but this was an over-the-top highlight.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian Pale Ale style.

Hazy orange amber with a thick, bold, full and pillowy white head.

Nose is all banana and esters; a nice sweet white bread yeast quality nose that goes to a bit of a peach character.

Mouthfeel medium full with nice carbonation and good balance.

Flavors are just what they should be - yeasty, light fruit and balanced bitter.

Finish is a nice medium full grapefruit bitter. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, slight citrus, herbal hop, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, earth, and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite earthy all around.

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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 Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired this up with some Goats Cheese, I found that it went very well together. The beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is a little grainy and also has a light floral aroma to it. The taste is a bit on the simple side, it doesn't have a whole lot of depth but it is refreshing. The mouthfeel was soft and had a good amount of carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured hazy golden yellow in color with a noticeable amount of floating yeast particles. The beer has good head retention.
S: There's a moderate smell of orangey and spicy aromas.
T: Lots are spices are evident in the flavors along with some notes of fruitiness and malts.
M: It feels medium bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer has some rather interesting flavors so I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The ever-classy Quebec brewery dips their toe into the ultra-complex world of Belgian wine-like fruit/spice medley and America's acutely bitter hops. Their marriage should be nothing short of spectacular!

The ale opens up with the promise of its style's namesake- exuberantly carbonated, the ale shows nearly champagne proportions as its bubble race from the bottom of the glass and fuel and creamy and loosely-knit froth. Long in its retention and broken in its lace, the ale kicks off like both Belgian and India Pale Ales.

But its aromas are sweetly scented and highly herbal. Honey and light caramel play delicately on the nose while mulled tea-like spices give a richer and heartier tone. Dates and light tobacco play up its fruit and spice balance but without the peppery notions that usually accompany the fruit. Where citrusy aspirations usually abound, we get the woody and herbal tones seemingly of English Pale.

To taste, its honey and herbal taste soothes the palate with a unique "Southern-style sweet tea" flavor that's richer than in any ale to cross my tongue. Light leaf and fruit call the shots with grape leaf, sassafras herbal bark, light dates, figs, apples and sultans. Its sweeter taste commands the balance as the more broad and woody English-like hops give a slight balance to the finish.

Heavy for IPA, the beer's residual sweetness and moderate carbonation keeps the ale creamy and weighted deeper into finish than expected. This allows for fuller appreciation of the beer's earthen sweetness but resists the zesty refreshment of IPA or the arid digestibility of Belgian Ale. Its mild warmth is slightly minty with an aftertaste of sweet tea.

I rather enjoyed the ale, but not as the usually constructed Belgian IPA. Its heavy British overtones gives the ale a unique identity that's quite left of center.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz chalice at the brewpub in Montreal. Sort of a humourlessly morbid name for a beer: "Last Will".

This beer appears a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one skinny finger of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty decent patchy lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat acerbic yeast, mildly tart lemon citrus, a light pale grainy malt, a certain farmhouse mustiness, and some middling clove and white pepper spices. The taste is lemony yeast, the fruitiness fused right in there, wheaty pale malt, more orange citrus, cloves, black pepper, a hint of banana chips, and maybe a bit of booze warming.

The fizziness is fairly moderate, the body an adequate medium weight, and sort of pithy in its general smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, spice, and hops all siding that way.

An agreeable enough Belgian IPA, one which drinks a bit more like a strong saison, but that's just nitpicking. Tasty, especially if you need a dry kick to the palate.

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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 Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of noble dry hops with some nice Belgian style malt. Taste is really dry and is totally dominated by some floral and dry hops with a nice Belgian malt structure. Body is above average with some limited filtration and perfect carbonation for the style. I believe we are just missing some wild yeast and we would have a perfect score.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Duvel tulip with three fingers of puffy soufflé foam. Color is a soft hazy orange. Plenty of lace around the edge, it literally resembles woven Belgian lace.

Spicy clovey aroma, soft banana sweetness, some light spices that linger and add to the whole.

Flavor is spicy too, mild bitterness and clove in the aftertaste. Curaçao orange peel, light pale malt or wheat softness. Citrus lingers, pretty pleasant overall. Yeast and hops are played-up a bit. Not too heavy, I could see having a couple of these.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. The retention is good with some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, light malt with a fruity undertone. Belgian yeast, but it seems to be more fruity than herbal.

Taste: The fruity undertones are there, but much milder than they were in the smell. There is a mild hop bitterness throughout, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This pale ale has a different taste to it. The sweetness was a bit much, but I enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's. Poured into their royalesque chalice.

Light golden with pretty good head and lacing. Smells of soap and slight grain. Taste is about the same. Slightest hint of toffee and no real depth. Feel is light with prickly carbonation. Drinks light without much flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, white head with good retention and lace on a hazy, golden body.

S - Spicy aroma of black pepper and wheat with light herbal hops.

T - Pepper and apricot yeast flavor up front. Spicy, slightly tart wheat with lemon and earthy hops. Finishes with lots of earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A well put together and refreshing blonde. The spicy yeast and hop flavors are spot on, but it comes across a bit too tart and with more wheat flavor than I need in a blonde. A good, drinkable beer nonetheless.

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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 jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Big creamy head forces a long slow pour. Fluffy head fades slowly with a heavy messy Belgian lacing over crystal clear golden wheat color.

Nose of definite Belgian light malts and a fruit Belgian yeast. Light pale grassy mild hops in there as well. Little lemongrass. Nose is soft and effervescent.

Taste is more Belgian malts with some light sweetness, plenty of fruity Belgian yeast. The hops come a lot stronger with lots of grassy spicy hops, and a little astringency and some musty hop resin. Clean and drinkable with light malty finish, dries a bit, and leaves a long bitter grassy nectar and resinous hop.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied nice a crisp with good carbonation.

Drinability is pretty good with some hoppy resin and little astringency but finishes clean and crisp and very drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours murky golden amber color with a nice 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, honey, grape, orange, herbal, grass, bread, earth, floral, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of orange, lemon, pear, bread, herbal, grass, floral, pepper, earth, candi sugar, light caramel, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, floral, grass, bread, candi sugar, light caramel, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice Belgian/hop flavor balance with good complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy blond ale! Great flavor balance and complexity; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with about a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a tight ½ finger, which leaves some thick stiff lacing down the sides of the glass. This stays rich the whole way through. Great look on this. The aroma is spicy and floral in the nostrils, with a deep blast of orange citrus coming out that mixes with the breadiness of the malts to impart a rich tanginess to the nose. Some musty yeast accents and gentle warmth help add a certain amount of sharpness and thickness to this.

The taste is big sweet base of toasted bread and thick citrus flavor to it, which is nicely balanced by that strong spicy bitterness from the hops. This finishes with a light blast of residual sweetness before settling into a bit of dirty finale and lingering yeasty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy carbonation that sits with a mellow feel in the mouth despite the higher ABV. Speaking of which, the alcohol is just expertly hidden here, with a just a touch of warmth towards the swallow and that's about it.

I'm always down for a tasty Belgian Pale Ale and this one delivered. Well balanced and flavorful with a creamy easy drinking body here that really set this apart. Nice offering here from Dieu Du Ciel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -16%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of spices and floral hops along with light malts and Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is likewise spicy with flavors of coriander & pepper and hoppier than most beers in the style. There's a decent Belgian yeast background and the malt character is on the thin side, but it's still pretty well-balanced. The hops flavor creeps back into the finish creating a slightly bitter and slightly bready finish.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style while adding a bit more hops than usual, I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of this beer but I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. It's a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-orange body with a large, fizzy white head.

Smell: All the components of the aroma are certainly clear and distinct - banana, citrus, coriander, dough.

Taste: Banana bread dough mixture. Citric and exceptionally spicy throughout. Malts and even some sugary sweetness try to emerge but soon fade back into the spice. Bitter, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sharp, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: In an attempt to fit in more around these parts, I've given more and more Belgian ales a try. Sadly, though, this one failed to win me over.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling honey with lemonade trim. The beer is crystal clear initially, becoming a fraction more hazy each time the glass is topped up. The alabaster colored cap is a Belgianesque thing of beauty. It's hugely rocky and is absolutely slathering the glass with all sorts of attractive lace.

Speaking of Belgianesque, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel must have picked a quality yeast strain because the beer is rife with the sort of fruit and spice that is the hallmark of a well-brewed Belgian pale ale. This could be pretty impressive stuff.

Although I've had better, Derniere Volonte is good... and it certainly isn't lacking in terms of flavor or boldness. Trouble is, slightly too noticeable alcohol (for the ABV) is holding it back just a bit. It should soften up with warming, so I'm not too worried.

Flavors include crisp pears macerated in Poire Williams (pear eau de vie), lemon zest and a considerable spiciness reminiscent of cloves and white pepper. Since it's doubtful that either of the last two were added, the yeast strain must be a real humdinger.

Forget subtlety, this is one of the most 'in your face' versions of the style that I've ever had. And that's just where I'll continue to pour it. The addition of the final three ounces creates a murky opacity and cranks up the flavor knob an extra quarter turn. Given the impressive rate of disappearance, it appears the drinkability score needs a boost.

The mouthfeel isn't quite Belgianesque. That said, it's still worthy. It just does manage to reach medium for the style and is zestily carbonated without being buzzy. A little more creamiliciousness would have brought the next highest score into play.

Derniere Volonte (Last Will) is one of the best non-Belgian Belgian pale ales that I've had. Although it falls a little short in the depth and complexity departments, it comes close to compensating completely by being so bold and spicy. Other than the legendary Peche Mortel, this is BDDC's best (easily obtainable) beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final pairing of the night went to the blond ale. I am normally not a fan of the style but I had to give it a try, I just had to. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was bright, light golden in color and nearly white as it shined through. Really amazing color here or lack there of I should say. Big white fizzy head of foam then rises up two fingers high and settles down quickly leaving only a light bit of lacing on the sides but tons of carbonation bubbling toward the surface. Aroma is light, fresh grass, lemon zest, hints of grain and light pear all come out but you have to search for them to find them. As I take a sip though a clean, crisp and refreshing ale reveals itself, Very nicely done here on the taste. Light, airy, with a light bitter back to it. It had a touch of bite. Nice clean, easy carbonation and light dry finish, I could have had a sixer of this one.

Overall very session able, the light fruit notes and the nice easier feel really worked. For a blond ale, I was impressed.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at State Line after mughugger shared hers w/ me and others. Poured at 40degrees into a goblet from a 11.5oz brown bottle.

A - A volatile amount of carbonation as the bone white head pushes up the rim of the glass making 3 1/2 finges of dense bubbles. The ale is a gnetly hazed amber w/ golden highlights.

S - Pleasant hoppy herbal smell w/ a slightly spicy yeast fragrance and a touch of pale malt odors.

M - Slight fruit not is matched/ a sweet toasted feel and a somewhat spiced hop tinge. The spice is a nice accent presumably from the yeast w/ a touch of tropical fruit tanginess and tea-like herbal sweetness w/ med full carbonation.

T A very decent Belgian Pale w/ a dry flavor and mild warming from spice and a bit from 6.5% abv too. The flavor is sweet w/out any sticky qualities - a touch on the dry side, but mostly pils type malt flavor w/ grainy taste. There is a mild white grape flavor w/ a nice tea-like tannic element from the hops -a really pleasurable brew.

D - A pretty easy drinking beer, slightly strong at 6.5%, but delightful and worth a try to anyone considering a taste. A style I feel is so easy to drink when done well-especially in summer. This is no exception.

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