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

A- This beer is a yeast hazed golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation rising to the top. The head is nice and white, and has a cloud like texture that is dense. The retention factor is really good, starting out about 3 fingers worth of foam, settling down to a meringue style lid over the brew. The lacing is also excellent, with dense bubbly goodness clinging to the glass like nothing.

S- There is a dominant sweet summer fruitiness noticed immediately here...peaches, nectarine, apricot, and even some banana is present....perhaps even a bit of citrus fruit is there as well. It is really smooth smelling, with yeasty overtones in the middle and a modest spice on the finish.

T- The flavors come across on my palate much more herbal like with floral notes in the background. Apart from this, it has a buttered creaminess and the finish is a blend of citrus and fresh leafy hop cones. It's very thirst quenching with the bitterness on the end and has me quickly going back for more.

M- Solid medium body, exceptionally smooth carbonation and a buttery texture make this a pleasure to enjoy. At the same time this is slightly spicy and provides the palate with some tart zing that really helps balance out the malt sweetness.

O- So far, everything that Dieu du Ciel makes that I've tried has been excellent and this isn't an exception! Very well balanced, I think there are qualities in this beer that a wide variety of beer enthusiasts would appreciate. Another great Quebec microbrew!

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

LOOK (3/5) Pours 7-8*SRM. The head is white and very rocky - it falls quickly. Some nice lacing is left behind. Clarity is poor, almost as opaque as a witbier.

SMELL (3.5) The malt aroma is pretty subdued - especially when compared to others of this style, like Affligem. I do get some very light breadcrust and grainy notes, though. The yeast really dominates with some bubblegum and floral notes. Hops are pretty light and citric with a hint of grapefruit in there.

TASTE (4/5) the flavor is a lot hoppier than the nose. Some malts, similar to the nose were present, but the hops were really front-and-center. Their character is citric and herbal, almost like an iced tea with lemon. Some nice floral and spicy yeast. This finish is drier and a bit tart. Some moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

FEEL (4/5) The body is medium and the carbonation is medium-high. The effervescent quality this produces plays up the dry-tart finish well and really makes the transition from the tartness to a bit of hop bitterness well.

DRINK (4/5) A really drinkable BPA, well balanced and tasty. It didn't really play into style guideline; but who cares? I was tasty.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy caramel-gold. There is a very small head (was it the pour?), though it continues to linger until the very last sip.

The nose is bready and full of pepper, strawberry, and raisins. It actually reminds me of a tripel.

Very complex in the mouth, this beer manages to be both sweet and bitter at exactly the same moment. Lots of honey and plenty of hops balance each other very well.

Overall a lovely blonde, and one that I could easily drink again and again. Though a little heavier than I personally like with the style, it never really gives away its higher alcohol percentage.

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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 ikats
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow in color. Very clear at first, but I did not hold back yeast, so it became hazy (in retrospect, a mistake). Lively white head that dissipated to a solid cover. Aroma is crisp and refreshing - grassy, lemony and a bit fruity. Taste is a bit spicy, but with strong (even if very light) maltiness to balance hops and yeast. Light body especially considering its strength. I find it very drinkable. I would enjoy it on tap (and perhaps in a bottle) on a hot summer evening.

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

App: Hazy straw with hint of red or copper colored and a frothy 3 finger head. Lacing lingers the whole glass.

Aroma: Hints of honey and flora with some spicy yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: Slightly fizzy with medium body and hint of warmth.

Taste: Wonderful. Slightly sweet with mild phenolic notes. Hopping is higher than most Belgians and seems like American hops, but it works really well.

Scarily drinkable for 7%!

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is lightly hazed golden color with an orange undertone and a 2” head that is ivory in color and fluffy enough that it almost looks like whipped cream. The head recedes slowly leaving patches and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. At one point there is a small ring of foam around the glass and a “whipped cream” island covering part of the surface. Though out the beer, sipping leaves foam and lacing on the sides of the glass, some of which slides back down to the liquid, some of which remains clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a faint yeasty character to it that underlies some green orchard fruits like pears and green apples and a bit of citrus zest and white pepper.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted from the nose, with green orchard fruits showing and a trace of yeasty flavor. There is also some nice spiciness with white pepper, maybe a touch of cloves and the lemon zest all playing around in the mouth. The sweetness and bitterness play off of each other nicely with out either over powering the other.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit. The finish is on the long side of medium and basically ends with a dry, peppery and bitter flavor that begins about mid-way through and tapers off to the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Sipping this one is quite easy to do and one sip follows another perhaps a bit too quickly. When looking for a Belgian Pale that asserts itself and leaves a strong impression this is one I’ll return to again. My overall impression is of a well-made beer that is complex enough to be interesting and has enough strength of flavors to assert itself and make itself known. I’m thinking that this would make a nice companion to certain types of foods as it would not get lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very cloudy yellow color and formed a nice huge off white head that refused to go away and coated the glass with lace when it finally did much like a float. A heavy amount of carbonation present and some sediment and particles floating about. The aroma was Belgian yeasts, lemon, spices and pepper. The flavor was of bread, citrus and pepper. The body was fairly light and the finish was sprite.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my Allagash stemmed tulip.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice fluffy 1" white head. The head stayed around a while and left some great Belgian lace down my glass.

S= I found aromas of fruity Belgian yeast esters, sweet grassy malt, some phenolic spice, and hops (both noble/European and American).

T= Much like the aroma. Sweet and grassy malt base underlying big fruity esters, spicy phenolics, and firm bitterness. The hop flavor again indicated this is a slightly "Americanized" Belgian ale. Finished dry and delicious.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft carbonation feel despite the large and evident amount of carbonation.

D= Damn good beer here. I think its their nod toward the hoppy Belgian ales being made by Urthel and Chouffe, with some citrusy American hops blended in with the European. Tasty enough that I will be buying more of this when I see it.

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

attractive orangey-golden color with great head retention and lacing. smells fruity, citrusy, herbaceous. bubblegum, lemons, apricots, and that strange "aspiriny" smell i get from sorachi ace hops (don't know if they are used here though). great smell.

bitter up front, a juicy/fruity middle--oranges, citrusy hops. dry throughout.

light on the tongue, smooth and tightly-carbonated.

nice, dry, fruity, refreshing belgian blonde here. somehow, doesn't quite come together harmoniously. additionally, though i love dry beers (see de ranke, for example), there is a bit of an astringency here that needs smoothing out. still, i'd recommend it.

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

Bottle dated June 2010.

Pours a cloudy orangey-yellow (almost marmalade coloured), with a thick (2+ fingers) of billowy white head.

Scent contains orange, peach and other light fruit. Also floral notes and good ol' belgian yeast. Nice smell.

Taste is very smooth, and peach is the standout flavour for me, but light fruits generally are present. Fairly bitter, especially for a belgian-style beer, particularly at the end.

Feel is ok. Nice medium bodied beer, but too carbonated- very active in the mouth, to the point of being slightly irritating.

Overall, a good beer. Nice version of a belgian pale, but not a standout.

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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 OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dirty orange with a foamy white head with some initial lace. Bottle-conditioned with tons of floaties.

Floral aromas. Honeysuckle, dusty yeast, peach nectar, some toasted grain.

Initial part of the sip is immediately bitter, which is cleansed by alcohol (mildly), leading to some fruit, some leafy elements, and yeasty grain in the finish that is a bit coarse but quite enjoyable.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, a little oily in the mouth. It works.

Great beer. Toned down the booze, gave us grain and malt and hops and fruit. Great balance -- nothing outdoes the other. More than worthy.

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

Really enjoyed this one from Dieu du Ciel, picked up at Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquors. Another awesome lighter bodied brew from this brewery. Kind of reminds me of Rosee d'hibiscus, but as if it were mixed with Nogne-o's imperial brown ale. It's got some more force to it than that more floral beer, but a similar body and feel.

Lighter color, but very cloudy. Wheaty and hoppy... floral as well, but in a way that's rougher than with the rosee d'hibiscus. Sweet and fruity, but surprisingly, these tastes of dark fruits come through in a great way. Like peach with plum or something like that. Really complex and interesting. I've probably missed a lot, but I'll just have to wait until next time. Hopefully on draft...

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

348th review on BA
bottle to snifter
11.2 oz (2 & 3 are notched on label)

App- A vibrant golden orange. A great two finger puffy white head that lasted quite a long time. Some pretty good lacing on this as well.

Smell- Granny smith green apples with sweet floral notes and some tingy banana esters.

Taste- A mix of apricots and peaches and some dry hopped backend. A bit chalky but doesnt kill the taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb level. Creamy and chalky. A little hop spice as well.

Drink- A little let down by the taste. Probably wont have this again but it was pretty decent.

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Photo of veinless
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a healthy orange, with a heavy brown sediment that looks like pollutant, consuming the top half of the beer. I normally like sediment in beer, but in this case it looks absolutely toxic. Head is frothy white, dissipates quickly and leaves some large-bubbled lacing.

Nose is of caramel malt, roasted toasted flavors, and full-flavored grains and cereals. Not what I was expecting from the style; there are some nutty banana scents to be had here too which save the day.

Taste starts nutty, has a very nice banana bread taste, and some decent fruity hop flavors to go with an estery middle. Spices remind me of cinnamon and clove, with a dash of brown sugar coming from the malt to make that fresh-baked taste. This beer combines tastes very effectively, so high marks for that, but tends on the estery side, which kind of kills the bready malt a bit prematurely. Tasty beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is very, very creamy aside from a brief chalky interlude that appears to be random. Drinkability is solid, as the beer doesn't really offend, but isn't phenomenal due to the sub-par finish of unintelligible hop bitterness. The bitterness is not as strong as I'd have liked, nor is it distinctive in any way. This beer is worth it for the taste though, I really enjoyed it.

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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 aasher
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter and is several months past it's "recommended drink date". It pours a beautiful, murky muddied apricot in color with a root beer float like, pork rhine looking cream colored head. There is a wicked amount of sediment floating around. This beer smells like an orange tree with a little mint added. How is this? It smells delicious, mouthwateringly so. The flavor is very malty and of subdued citrus fruits but has the sweetest of an orange with a light minty after taste. I'm guessing it's not supposed to be, or drink like this but I'm loving it. Because it's a little past its date it is exceptionally smooth and very drinkable. This aged bottle is superb. I was lucky enough to snag it for only $1.49, so it looks like I'll be grabbing some more. I do wonder how it is fresh though. Yet another good beer from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel.

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

11.5 oz poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: golden straw with thick, white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: citrus, apples, pear, and floral.

Flavor: floral, vanilla, banana, and herbal.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: interesting yet complex flavor. worth a try but i can't have a second.

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight smoke, slight hops, earthy malt, slight Belgian yeast, hint of citrus, hint of floral, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, hops, earthy malt, floral notes, Belgian yeast, slight pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend, but while the body is good it is also too weak for my preference.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange with a massive sandy colored head. Excellent head retention and loads of lacing.

Pineapple and grapefruit juice fill the nose. Floral and hoppy.

Lots of citrus, some floral notes, but very generously hopped. A nice malt backbone and some spicy notes from the yeast. Some noticeable alcohol comes through. Very flavorful.

Medium bodied, mostly smooth with a lightly dry finish. Lots of frothy carbonation.

A very nice example of the style. The hops are pretty americanized for the style which I enjoy. Well done and worth trying.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a tulip glass

Apperance - beer pours with a good 3 fingers of head (with an aggressive pour). Head is white and fluffy. Beer is a hazy ale colour with a decent amount of carbonation up the middle. There is some ok lacing occurring.

Smell - Very nice smelling beer, i can pick up some hops, banana, spices and possibly a hint of caramel. Overall, very dominating smell to this beer.

Taste - I found this to be a very smooth beer, velvety actually in my mouth. The beer spices come through early with hints of the banana. I am also picking up some citrus tones in the tasting.

Mouthfeel - huge value added with the amount of carbonation. The spices and banana/caramel come through real nice. I am pleased with the aftertaste, its actually kind of sweet.

Drinkability - Another Dieu du Ciel masterpiece, this is a great beer that offers so much to the beer drinker. I am very impressed and will stock for sure.

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