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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,834
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
616
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
52
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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 GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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 nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -12.8%
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 -6.3%
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 emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 oline73
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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 Kurmaraja
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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