Dernière Volonté | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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.

Added by francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely perfect. Hazy dark golden body with a 2 finger off white head that has great retention. Good lacing down the glass as well.

S: Spicy with some hints of Belgian yeast, peach skin and a faint bit of banana.

T: Takes a little while to develop. The taste starts with some Belgian yeast and then moves to some fruity esters, white pepper and earthy hops. Finish has a touch of stone fruit sweetness alongside a definite earthiness. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of wrycon
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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 whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BoringBunny
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of patm1986
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of vince4953529
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into Dupont wide-mouth glass.

Great looking beer. Foamy white head that sticks around forever, and stays on as a film. Tons of lacing. Cloudy golden body w/plenty of floaties.

Aromas are light, but that's the style. Real sweet citrus quality, along with some apple skins.

SMOOTH on the palate, bringing flavors of Belgian yeast, fresh gala apples, lemons, and grape skins. As it warms, you get more of the hay, flowers, and peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is terrific as well... may be a touch undercarbonated relative to some in the style, but it is so damn smooth, that it's hard not to give it a great score. Finishes dry.

Overall, this is a great beer, and one of the most flavorful you'll find in the style.

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Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Impressive pour of golden color with a soapy thick white foam. Lacing is consistent. A bit of yeasty sediment is noted.

S - Scents of fresh bread & apples\pears is what I get. Almost has a cider semll.

T - I found it sort of bland. Scents don't translate to the taste. There is an acidic finish to this. While crisp, it just isn't all that noteworthy.

M - Feels medium bodied. Minimal carbonation. The diacetyl burn at the end is a bit intrusvie.

O - For those that love belgian pales, this is worth trying. I like many of the Dieu De Ciel offerings, but this one didn't do much for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.5 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: golden hue with a bit of haze and a two-finger cap of frothy white foam which seems to be dissipating somewhat quickly. There are also a fair number of floaties in the beer, despite a gentle decanting.

Smell: musty, fruity aroma of plum and pear. Aroma is rather sweet and somewhat tart. Not bad, but if a BPA is going to be this fruity I prefer a fresher and less muddled fruit character.

Taste: tart and not as sweet as the aroma. A relatively strong malt character comes through, and there is a little bit of a hop flavor and bitterness toward the end. There was a slightly overwhelming flavor of overripe fruit when I took the first sip, but that seems to be subsiding. Again, not bad, but this beer is a bit muddled and all over the place.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer doesn't greatly appeal to me, but it definitely has some good characteristics which seem ill-executed or simply not well put together. Not bad, but I won't be going after this beer again anytime soon.

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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 ctgui
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in april 2011, poured on 06/10/2011 from a 341 mL bottle

A- Yellow/gold haze color with a big foamy white head leaving a little lace.

S- Perfumed yeasts, malt and sweets. Alcohol is also present. A nice smell overall.

T- Follows the nose, quite fruity on the palate with some acidity. Yeasts are really present and tasty. Hops leave some welcomed bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation for the style. Some dryness.

D/O - Very drinkable as the 7% ABV shows but is not overpresent. Another great beer by Dieu Du Ciel, not my fav, but I will be going for this one again in the future.

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

Poured into a Heineken glass for lack of glassware since Im drinking this at work. First off I must say I was shocked to find this was a screw top.

A - Golden sort of orange in color with a thick purely white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Smells of a spicy yeasty mixture. Hints of coriander spices and some citrus.

T - Good blend of spices and citrus. A small hint of alcohol on the tongue but not much and it disapeers as the beer warms up. Solid Belgian Pale style. Good yeasty character.

M - This beer is so freaking smooth. I mean its like drinking silk if you could do such a thing. Just remarkably smooth and rich.

O - This was my first Brasserie Dieu du Ciel and its a good one. Solid beer here. I particuarly loved the yeasty characteristic. I will be looking for more beers from Dieu du Ciel. Good beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a big finger-plus of frothy white head. The head fades super slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong yeast notes with some fruity esters and biscuit, alongside some sweet caramel malt, and some spices and floral notes.

T - Starts out with some sweet caramel malts and some yeast flavor with a mix of banana and biscuit. Through the middle, the yeast flavors get a bit stronger with some floral notes and spices coming through. The finish is a mix of yeast, sweet caramel malt, and hops that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Nice mix of Belgian and American elements. The caramel malts do a nice job of balancing out the strong yeast elements.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a candy orange color with a awesome 2 inch head and tons of carbonation bubbles going crazy. Ok retention and some spotty lace

Smell: Biscuit and bready yeast rule the nose. Has some fruity and spicy notes in the background

Taste: Reminds me alot of the nose just a more muted version which actually kind of let me down but overall the flavor was solid

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with tons of carbonation that creates a nice sting on the palate

Overall: I actually really like this beer and I am becoming more impressed with brasserie dieu du ciel. Highly recommended

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Photo of Crossmd
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 40 degrees into a tulip glass. Born on 03/11.

Pours an opaque orange gold with a massive, fluffy four finger head. Gorgeous, a pour and a swirl can barely keep it in the glass. Lots of visible, whitish sediment swirls around under the head. Tiny champagne bubbles collect on the outside under the rim, sliding shimmering down the glass into a frothy lace after a tilt.

Smells of honey and citrus, maybe a touch of coriander, not really any projection.

Taste is a smoothly blended mixture of citrus, creme, and coriander with a fairly significant alcohol bite (that it either loses as it warms, or as I get used to it.) Round and full with a perfect weight about it.

Pleasantly effervescent, understanding of the smoothness of the style- seeking to be delightfully expressive rather than texturally supportive.

Overall, a beautiful and elegantly made offering that absolutely does justice to the style. A little bit less alcohol in the taste would be okay, but not especially a distraction, especially as I get through the glass. If found, don't hesitate. Pair with maybe something like a croissant-chicken salad sandwich and field greens.


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

33cl into a tulip. Pours a heavy hazed butterscotch orange, dense pure white head retains nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is full of esters from orange/lemon and apricots to green apples backed by pleasant peppery spices.

Taste is much less sweet than the nose indicated but perfectly balanced against the little bitters. Fairly strong dry finish joined by mild bitterness and a phenolic touch for the length of the aftertaste which fades away softly. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

Avoids the wateriness found so often in pale ales, a robust flavor.

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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 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 MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" soap suds bubbles head. Hazy yellow verging on apricot appearance. Smells strongly of malt. Taste is same plus has caramel. The body is rich and oppulent, almost a blond barleywine. And I'd say it fairly lives up to it's Abbey-style labelling, in a blind tasting I'm pretty sure I'd guess it was a Belgian Abbey. Nice beer.

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