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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 demcorhip
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pale. Decent, tight one finger white head that is going to stick arounf for a while is enjoying the view from on top of the deep straw coloured brew. Only complaint is the impressive chunks of yeast that made their way into the Chimay chalice despite a relatively gentle pour. Lacing is damn near perfect with clingy clouds that gradually disperse only to leave behind intricate webs.

An interesting nose here, pale malts and perhaps some wheat sett the stage for an interesting array of fruity and floral aromas. The yeast has done good work producing both esters and phenolics, some apple, pear, and clove is present. The hops add a nice touch as well with grassy aromas as well as a touch of citrus.

An interesting brew, and upon the tasting the marriage of belgian and english brewing really reveals its presence. Initially clean pale malts accented with notes of banana and clove greet the palate. Then a drier flavour of biscuity malt appears with hints of apple. The finish has noticable hop bitterness and flavour, with the flavour of lemon and perhaps tangerine, as well as an earthiness with peppery notes as well as an underlying woodiness. Noble and english hops are most likely present, i would guesss something like Hallertau and Goldings.

Almost medium bodied, very creamy in feel despite the active yet very finely bubbled carbonation. A nice balance is struck between the pale malts, the yeast and the hops to showcase the contributions from the yeast and hops. Finish is quite clean and somewhat dry.

The finish, as well as great taste, makes this a dangerously drinkable brew. The alcohol manages to make its presence known with a slight warmth. This is an impressive brew that i would recommend highly to fans of pale ales in general, whether it be english, belgian, or both. I hope to find more of this soon.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy straw color with a decent cap of foam. The foam recedes to a thick ring around the rim of the glass, but leaves noteworthy lacing.

S- Sweet belgian spices with bready notes. Bright fruits, namely peaches, come through with hints of clove.

T- Slightly more complex than the nose, however the aftertaste is quite alcoholic and almost ruins the delicious flavors of the beer. To begin, a sweet yeasty, bready flavor makes its way in, introducing the spicy belgian hop profile with notes of clove, banana, and peach. All this is delicious on the tip of my tongue, but as soon as it hits the sides, harsh alcohol and an obscure bitterness (not hops) comes through.

M- Lively carbonation and a good dry finish.

D- Good. Overall I really like the flavor of this beer, but there's smoething funny at the end that I dont care for.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.99 for a 11.5 oz bottle (yikes).

Pours with almost no head to speak of. Color is a light amber with a hint of pink. The smell is the first thing that hits me after opening the bottle. Strong belgian scents, hops. This one really wafts. Taste is sharp carbonation, almost foamy. Floral honey, some musk in there too, raw sugar. This is a complex brew. Aftertaste is somewhat medicinal.

Mouthfeel is too sharp at the beginning but that does subside. Higher FG with this I think.

Nice beer, but for the price it's not worth it.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with bottled date notched on label as April 07.

Pours a hazy gold with a mid-sized, sticky rocky head with excellent retention. Sticky clumps go all the way down the glass. A beautiful beer.

Smells of banana, clove, pepper, peach, and bread, with some alcohol warming the nose.

Banana flavours are smooth, burst of pepper and clove in the middle, with a long, drying bready finish. Fruits are light banana and peach/nectarine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with the carbonation providing a nice bite that compliments the spices.

Decently drinkable, but not amazingly so. Doesn't scream "sipper", but isn't a quaffer either.

A nice belgian, one that I'll buy again, but hopefully I'll be able to get a little fresher next time. Seems to age just fine, though.

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Photo of deereless
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw with a touch of white, nice thin layer of foam that covers the entire surface area, peaks of lacing that run the edge of the foam - 4.50, S: Lots of spices, possibly orange peel, Belgian yeast 4.25, T: Some dry bitter spice, bitterness almost certainly from the significant hop load, the yeast is definitely having a say in this beer - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A pleasant beer, the first from Dieu Du Ciel - 3.75

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Photo of csmiley
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium gold in color. The white head is tight and rises to over an inch in height. Retention is nothing short of amazing. The head just does not seem to wnat to go away. Lacing is thick and plentiful. This is a very nice looking beer.

S - Comes across as earthy (hop leaf maybe?) with a bit of yeast thrown in. Some warmer peppery type spices are smack in the middle of the aroma. Pale malt and honey come in towards the end. Alcohol is barely perceptible on the end of the aroma.

T - Stays earthy in the flavors. Some pine and leaf from the hops really stand out. Very spicy midway with pepper and something I just can't put my finger on. The bitterness level is amazing in this brew. Malt backbone is nice and provides a nice background to the other flavors that are going on here. Getting honey and a touch of bread. Yeasty at the very end with some alcohol.

M - Lighter bodied with a hefty amount of carbonation that keeps going and going. Finish is a combination of sweet and bitter. Sweet is first followed by a mild bitterness that only sticks around for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is really good for this brew. I pretty much like everything about this one and could easily see myself revisiting it again in the future. Stays pretty smooth throughout and has a big enough flavor to really grab you by the taste buds. Alcohol is covered well. Dieu Du Ciel really hit the mark with this version of the Belgian Pale Ale. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a single of this at Marty's in Newton. Poured in to a snifter a brilliant murky orange, with two fingers of white head. I poured the sediment from the bottle in to the glass at the end, wasn't really meaning to, but oh well. Cream and orange come to mind in the aroma. Taste is a bit odd. Lots of carbonation, an almost chalky medicinal presence, bitter hops. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and very in your face with a range of complexities. Not bad as far as drinking goes, but one is enough for me. This one ranks as one of the more fascinating Belgian Pales I have had. I think I will pick another bottle up to see how it compares.

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

Big head and a nice cloudy orange colour top this beer off. The nose is both yeasty and redolent of blood oranges. This a refined tripel that has well balanced flavours that are not in your face. Unibroue may be the go to Canadian brewer for Belgium style beers but these guys seem to know their way around a brew kettle.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a dense white head about half an inch thick. Clumpy yeast sediment settles to the bottom. Excelent sticky lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Perfume like yeast smells, almost more akin to a hefe, definite pale malts as well, pumpkin, paper, and some faint hop hints way in the background.

T: Light crisp malty flavors, with a definite spice, slightly skunky hop taste, pepper notes, grassy hop finish.

M: Thin crisp, and very carbonated, lots of very tiny bubbles here (reflects in the head density), slick in the mouth with a surprisingly dry finish.

D: Another fine beer in this style I could drink a lot of this very easily, especially on a hot day. This is a fine beer, one of my new favorites.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy blond bordering orange (like an american wheat beer) with a nice 2 finger foam head that quickly dissipates and leaves behind some patchy lacing.

Smell: Lots of yeast and citrus. The smell is quite Belgian but it also reminds me of many of the Unibroue Belgian Style brews. Sweet pale malts, spicy but soft yeast, and lots of orange goodness. Intoxicating smell!

Taste: Grain up front, yeast in the middle, and some hop bitterness in the finish. Some floral qualities from the yeast, some orange and lemon qualities and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good due to the mouthfeel.

I'm liking this brew but my liquor store charges $6 for a 11.5oz bottle and I won't be returning to it at that price.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - exits the bottle with a dirty strawberry blonde color. Three fingers of dense white foam set up, resting above a churning volume of beer below. Bits of sediment are being tossed about by the heavy beading action, my bad on not decanting. Puts full curtains of lace on the far edge of the glass; thick, shiny, and cool-looking.

Aroma - a bit of a floral scent while pouring. That fades and the more classic Belgian yeast flavor sets in. It has a soft, breadiness to it, very approachable.

Taste - starts with a robust grain, the yeast playing catch-up. It turns quickly bitter and slightly warm on the swallow. Some interesting orange notes on the aftertaste. This has the character that I would expect a Belgian pale to have, the citrus and bitterness making quite a hop show in the face of the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel - bubbly stuff, creamy and mouthfilling. A touch weighty with the smoothness.

Drinkability - tasty but at $6 a bottle I'll seek out a cheaper alternative when I want a Belgian pale.

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Photo of mjryan
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! A hopped up Belgian Blonde Ale. A: Hazy yellow, with a huge, spritzy head. Lumpy patches of foam stuck around till the glass was finished. A: Smells like earthy Belgian type yeast and citrusy American hops. F: Big citrus hops hit first, then a peppery yeast note, some delicate bready malt finished with ample hop bitterness. The yeast is rather subdued, which helps the hops shine through. B/M: Very light bodied and effervesent. Full carbonation that makes for a thirst quenching ale. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a long time. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: yeast, ripe fruits, and a floral bitterness is easy to detect.

Taste: nice bready malt base with yeast, lemon zest, ripe fruits, and a floral bitterness make up one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: crips and lightly dry throughout. Aftertaste was relatively short. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a great version of a belgian blonde that everyone should try. Easy to drink this one despite the bold flavors.

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Photo of requiem960
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a beer with a lable stating, Abbey Style Blonde Ale, I was expecting something different, but was impressed nonetheless!

Dernière Volonté pours a hazy golden/orange colored beer with a small foamy head. The smell was a bit more hoppy than I was expecting with some spicey and citrus. Honestly, I thought American (citrus) pale ale.

As mentioned in another review, the taste definitely is similar to the smell, yet it's a very tasty beer. I found this beer to be very drinkable, and it could be a session beer. I'd definitely go out of my way to pick up another bottle or two.

Overall, I found Dernière Volonté to be a great beer, but more of a pale ale than Abbey Style Blonde. That alone made the beer a little more appealing to me!

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

Pours a cloudy pale gold in color with about an inch or more of pillowy white head. Smell is slight citrus and lemon zest. There is a bit of yeast in there as well. Just noticed some yeasties as I set down my beer as well. There is quite a bit of hops and biting citrus in the taste. Pretty hoppy belgian.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is Belgian yeast, pepper, spicy hops, lemon, and tropical fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's also a little bit bready and the hops are stronger in the taste compared to the other flavors. Mouthfeel is medium, it has a bit of a dry finish and above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it has a bit too much carbonation for me, but it is smooth and not hard to drink. However, I don't think I could drink more than 1 at a time. Overall I think this is a decent brew, it's not a bad beer but it's not something I'd pick up very often either.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty well carbonated as a regular pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The head is quite fluffy and creates ample lacing and a nice rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The beer is an amber tinged gold color, but shows a lightly hazy, orange-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma, noticeable as I visually inspect this beer, smells of grassy hops. A closer inspection yields aromas of orange zest, ginger, piquant white pepper and an herbal grassy note. As I begin to notice the hops a bit more some aromas of tropical fruit (lychee, apricot) become more noticeable and compete equally with the herbal and grassy notes. Towards the finish grassy grain notes, dusty crushed pale malt aromas and some crushed cracker notes become noticeable. I really like the combination of vibrant hop aromatics and spicy yeast character and this beer definitely achieves that nicely.

Lightly sweet grain character mixes with the hops to produce some aromatic honey-like flavors. The hop character at first contributes flavors of lychee, apricot and orange zest, but then towards the middle and into the finish picks up some herbal notes of lemon verbena, pine and a light, green grassy note, all the while retaining a lingering hop fruitiness. The bitterness, for all of the hop character is fairly light; in fact there is more astringent, fresh green hop character in the finish than there is clean, biting bitterness. This has a certain heft to it that is lightly viscous and of a light medium body; this still manages to be quite a bit more quaffable than the body might suggest (perhaps the hop character makes this more drinkable). Fermentation character, while secondary to the hop character, still plays a significant role with flavors of clove, musty crushed pale malt, piquant-slightly-woody pepper, young ginger (accented by the hops) and some sharp phenolics that are more than clove but not quite into the cured plastic category.

My second pour sees an increase in a clean bitterness that is quite ample and seems accentuated by the zippy carbonation. This is quite a tasty beer and I am really wishing this was a 750ml bottle that I was enjoying. I definitely wish I had more of this beer as I am definitely a sucker for beers like this.

Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO

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Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5-ounce bottle with a twist-off top, poured into a large tulip glass yields a sunny yellow body thick with haze and quite a bit of sediment. The drink is capped with a grainy finger of white foam that recedes to a thin sheet, leaving very little lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is perfumey, with sweet floral hops, with a satisfying heft of bread dough and a bit of spice.

The taste evolves by the swallow. Each sip is super-sweet, floral and fruity before progressing toward spicy, bready, lightly nutty, floral... terminating in a dry, earthy, doughy finish that lingers.

Sizzling carbonation, airy feel, quite refreshing and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy white head. Large gobs of lacing cling to the glass, great retention and a hazy yellow color. This beer looks awesome.

Smells of Belgian yeast (spices), pale malts, grassy hops and fruits (bananas mostly).

Tastes of spice, fruits, alcohol, hop bitterness and a nice smooth malt presence.

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Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a slightly hazed light golden color with two plus inches of white, fizzy head. Head is pretty foamy and settles down to a full lace with a dollop in the middle, and also leaves a good amount of stick.

Smells of yeast, some pale malt sweetness, spice and floral hops.

Taste has a bready base with a little bit of sweetness to it. Good dose of white pepper spicing, as well, as well as a good amount of hops. Hops are herbal in flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness, but more than a typical Belgian pale for sure. The spice and herbal bitterness really linger on the palate which makes the mouthfeel finish quite dry. It's a medium body and is pretty creamy.

This is a really solid, tasty brew. Quite drinkable. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow orange with a rocky white head that shows very good retention and sporadic lacing. The aroma starts much like a typical Belgian pale with yeast and sweet fruits, but there is a big pepper presence that stings the nostrils a bit. The taste has an even bigger peppery spice presence on top of the fruity hops up front and the yeast in the background. There is also a bit of bananas in the taste as well. The mouthfeel is pretty dry and peppery for the style with a bit less sweetness than I would expect. This is another unique offering from Dieu Du Ciel and one that has a strong spice presence to mix it up a bit. Very good.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this and peche mortal up at Stateline Liquors in MD. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Pours with a 1/2 finger creamy white head that has perfect retention. Body is a beautiful translucent gold. Cloudiness is very dense and yeast sediment can be seen floating throughout along with bubbles steadily rising to the top.

S- Nose is soft and floral hops, peppery spice. and sweet yeast are detectable with a light scent of fruits too. Very nice.

T- Dry apple, pear, and citrus upfront with a soft,smooth, yeasty backbone. Bitter floral hops and a good dose of peppery spice kick in for the finish and do not overpower what was already present. Soft hop bitterness and all the characteristics mentioned before linger on the back of the palate long after each swallow.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a light smooth and yeasty body.

D- Well here you have it. I haven't sampled much from this style considering we like our big beers-and BSPA is my favorite style. The other pale Abbey Ales I have tried don't measure up to this one though. This has everything I like about BSPAs and Tripels w/o as much Alcohol...therefore perfect drinkability. French Canadians sure do know how to make their Belgians.

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Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from BlackForestCO. Thanks!<BR>
Pours a nice yellowish gold with big lasting soapy white head. Smell is lemon, some peppery spice and belgian yeast. Taste starts hoppy, lightly bittered, and clean with orange peel and lemon, and then finishes a bit yeasty and musty. The hops give a nice citrusy quality that brightens the belgian yeasty flavor I'm not typically crazy about, and makes this a pretty solid beer for me. Nice and crisp and lively mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep gold with a constant stream of bubbles supporting a dense, fine cap of off-white bubbles. After slowing settling to a thick collar, foam clung to the glass and stuck there through to the end. Aromas of honey and spice, wheat crackers and lemon were evident, along with notes of fruit, bread and floral hops. Sweet honey malt flavour too, with spice growing into the finish. Light lemon character, wheat and bread, some fruity esters. Medium to light bodied with a rich, creamy texture. Quite dry in the finish. Great stuff, very refreshing with enough complexity to stay interesting.

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Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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