Dernière Volonté | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

very good
614 Ratings
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.

Added by francisweizen on 06-23-2004

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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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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This was a rather dull orange in color with a head that blew up in the bottle.

Smell - The super-candied sugars are a bit too much and dominate this nose.

Taste - The sugars overpower everything here at the taste. I can get some light orange and the alcohol is like a medicine cabinet.

Mouthfeel - This is on the big side of medium-bodied with too much carbonation.

Drinkability - The lack of balance in this ale resulted in what could have been a good beer land right at average.

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

Huge foamy head is three fingers plus and sticks around forever in my Chimay goblet. Carbonation is very active, furious in a Belgian Pale Ale way and very representative of the style. Honey golden colour with orange highlights, nice lace.

The nose is tangerine peel, peach, mango and citrus fruit rind. Moderately dense body, smooth texture, sharp flavours, tart and bitter, spicy clove, marjoram, a touch sour in the long finish that lingers for some time accentuated by lemon rind. This is a complex and interesting offering from Dieu Du Ciel! and up to the high standards set by one of Canada's best breweries, what a pleasure to sip and savour.

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

I never noticed how creepy this label was until I started drinking this one.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden colour, two solid thumbs of big bubbly head, solid retention (5+ minutes), big bubbled sticky lacing which settles to a smooth mountain terrain.

S - Cloves, bananas, chalky lemon and citrus, bitter apple and some soapy hops. Complex indeed.

T - Spices and fruit dominate the palette. Peppery cloves, cinnamon, apples, pear, bit of peach and some sour lemon. Has a bit of a salty finish with the alcohol slightly detectable.

M - Nothing wrong in this department, medium bodied, goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - Overall a very tasty offering from DDC and I can understand why this one is so well rated/respected. A great example of the style and highly recommended to any Belgian fan.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single-- $5.45 sticker on the cap.

Appearance: Well, I could see a ton of yeast on the bottom, so I poured slowly. That really hurt the head formation, and I still f'ed up and got a ton of floaty yeast particles. So, hazy orange, thin head is what I got. There is good lacing though.

Smell: Sweet smelling fruity esters and a surprising amount of citrus/herbal hops aromas. Yeasty and spicy.

Taste: Wow. This is a damn hoppy BPA. Dry citrusy and grassy hops. The sweet, fruity esters and spicy hops really make this a tasty and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth feeling with tingly carbonation. Slick and oily hops on the finish.

Drinkability: This is a really great beer. Big Belgian flavors and big hops.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most memorable beers I tried (on draft) during my recent trip to Montreal, this review is on a bottle purchased here.

Rocky head with good lace on a slightly hazy orange body. Citrusy hops, pine and estery yeasty notes share the nose. Both the hops and yeast contribute to a strong fruity character - at once mango, then orange - lots to contemplate. These flavors continue in the taste, sharing the palate with a nice bready malt sweetness.

A great marriage of big hops and Belgian yeast. Maybe bettter classified as a Belgian IPA? Regardless, I will be sure to reach for this one whenever it is available!

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Photo of fastsrt
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce in a tulip

A:huge head with mountainous peaks. thick lacing around the glass better head than duvel.

S: smells of english style malts right up front and belgian yeast in the back, lots of hops for the style

T: american hop style english malts, Belgian yeasts, good combo of complex flavors this is a tasty and unique beer

M: milder carbonation, then belgian style pale ales.

D: smooth drinking as always dieu du ciel has the ability to make beers come together, am going to pick a few of these up they are on sale.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of fruity citrusy orange aromas are pretty dominate with a little belgian yeast character, spice, corinader, and sweet malty notes are also coming through.

T: the citrusy orange and belgian yeast are pretty dominate on the palate alongside some spice, corinader, but had sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, spice, and prickly finish.

D: it drank good and was really tasty easily making it one of my new favorite belgian style pale ale.

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

Beer bottle (342 ml.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : orange color with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : spicy and coriander aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, with alcohol presence and a dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

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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 megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Dernière Volonté (Derniere Volonte)
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Orange-grapefruit citrus, slight yeast, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

This is easily drank. It is very well balanced.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a ring of frothy head.

The smell is of honey, ginger, hayloft, florals, banana and orange. Total bomb of the characteristic Belgian aromas.

The taste has similar herbal/floral, tropical orange, spicy clove, apple, yeastiness, honey and a hoppy finish. Again, dead-on Belgian-style goodness.

In the mouth this beer shows a lush feel dominated by carbonation and chewy dryness with a lingering sour-sweet finish. Really shines here. Drinkability is not bad either, especially considering that to get this much flavour and freshness from another beer you might bump up to a Tripel with its considerably higher ABV.

A solid Belgian-style pale from one of my favourite breweries!

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dernière Volonté (Last Will) isn't at all like those bright, clear, Belgian-style golden ales; rather, it has a flush and icy complexion, bland spaghetti squash colouring and isn't the least bit transparent. The only similarity seems to be its head which, like all great Belgian ales, spans the entire surface of the beer with a bleached, exaggeratedly mossy texture.

The aroma smells of one part Orval and one part Westmalle Tripel (or like caliber Belgian tripel); the fact that it smells like a blend of two of Belgium's finest beers is a very good sign. Frankly, it stinks. It reeks of yeast-derived esters and phenols which are emphatically suggestive of banana, cardamon, pear, apple, oregano, pea-pods and lemon rind.

The nuances run as deep as a coal mine as new and continuous notes of all varieties of things herbaceous, fruity and spicy keep seeping out of both the bouquet and flavour. All of these flavours - whether they be the more vegetal notes of fresh, spring-time peas or the musty note of spice-rack, dried herbs - are grounded in a doughy maltiness.

Those flavours, real and substantial enough to induce stimulation overload on the palate, make for a multi-faceted mouthfeel as well: the herbal element is brittle but savory like a bay leaf, the maltiness stiff and fleshy like an almond, the fruitiness becomes citric whilst simultaneously the yeast also evinces thoughts of mildew and undergrowth.

I challenge anyone who tries a beer which offers so many aromas and flavours and textures to stop at just one. How can you? I owe it to the brewery to buy plenty more; after all, you wouldn't listen to a Stravinsky sonata but once, or simply glance at a Klimt, or read one of García Márquez's tomes for the first time and just assume you understood it all and can appreciate it to its fullest. No, works of art, such as this, deserve deliberation.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful orange golden color, with a light frothy white head on top, subtle but substantial lacing down the glass.

S- Funky fruity yeasty notes up front, some light citrusy orange notes.

T- Some tropical fruit notes up front, cantaloupe, orange, and banana, with a light candy sugar sweetness, but with a very dry finish.

M- Dry, and crisp with a bubbly effervescent carbonation.

D- Exceptionally drinkable, definitely a very nice Belgian Golden, great beer.

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

poured into a pint glass.


pours a dark cloudy orange. a nice thick dense head. a lot of lancing in there.


fruity and malty. can't really narrow down the fruit flavors. almost like a combo of some orange and banana in there..perhaps some pear or apple. get a little yeast smell in there as well.


malty with a little of those fruity tones to it. a little spice and a little bitterness. slightly tart at the end.


medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. a nice tingling effect in the mouth.


pretty good IMO. this one isn't that cold but I think would taste great a little colder than what it is now. good tasting, refreshing, an overall good beer.

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

11.2 ounce bottle enjoyed at the Blue Bird Tavern in Burlington , VT
Poured yellowy and hazed amber under a large and lasting off white head.
Subtle flowery nose.
Dry, yeasty Belgian style brew, ample lime notes, dry hops and wheat infused intrigue. Enjoyable and flavorful Canadian take on a sturdy and classic style. More quality brew from BDDC

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange with a white bubbly head. Very fine bubbles. Great lacing, my glass might as well be half opaque thanks to all of it.

S - Definite citrus and grapefruit, other earthy smells in there as well. Smells like both hops and malts will be strong, and also the citrus. Has the Belgian smell of spices too.

T - It has the essence of a Belgian-style ale that lingers in the back of the mouth, but I enjoy how it introduces some other flavours to the forefront. The hops aren't overly strong but are definitely pronounced in the flavour. Just before and during swallowing you can definitely taste some alcohol. It isn't strong and doesn't sting or anything, but the taste of it is quite clear. Aside from that I also get quite a bit of the citrus taste as well.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty fair. Not overly smooth as is normal for the style, carbonation is lower than some that i have tried which is certainly welcome.

D - Fair. It's a little sweet for me to have many of these, the taste is nice for a single beer but I find these styles to be better enjoyed over the course of a while, not to be had in very large quantities. I'm sure many would disagree.

A nice take on the style, I like it. Traditional Belgian style with some added citrus and hops. It's nice to have a Belgian style where the hops and spices aren't the only thing getting all of the attention.

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

11.5 fl. oz. bottle served cool into a chalice.

Dernière Volonté pours a pale copper orange color with hazy clarity. The head is thick and forms easily. It settles very slowly and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy. It's filled with lemons, oranges, and grapefruit as well as more earthy grassy hop notes. There is an underlying sweet and sour character that has my taste buds jumping in my mouth.

The flavor of this beer is as powerful as it is unique. There is a world of depth going on that is really something. It has great tart and sour citrus, some sweetness in the form of vanilla and caramel, and it ends with big bitterness and Belgian yeast funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Balance leans towards the bitter but it still maintains its equilibrium.

Overall a really fantastic surprise of a beer. Then again, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel seldom fails to disappoint.

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Photo of davod23
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a very slightly hazy pale golden color. A thin white cap. Seems to be amply carbonated.

Smell is nice. Pears and apples, apple skin, and a shocking amount of spiciness. A bit yeasty. Pretty authentic Belgian pale here, I'm impressed..

The Belgian spiciness carries over into the taste. As prominent as any BPA I've experienced. The fruitiness is there too, but it serves more as a backdrop to the yeast and spice components. Hop bitterness on the back end seems a tad heavy-handed. Though not overly complex, this is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Medium-bodied, fairly dry, with no shortage of carbonation. Very drinkable, and a nice choice on a 110 degree day here in SoCal.

Nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of TerryW
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a rather good beer. A great nose as soon as you pop the bottle. Lots of delicious fruit, hops, and a hint of cloves. Moderate head that settles to a 1/4" and leaves good lace throughout. Hazy peach-pale orange colour. Handsome.

Taste is hops, orange peel, and fruit. Very interesting, lots of stuff happening. Clearly a Belgian style brew, but at the same time reminds you of a good weiss. 7% alcohol very nicely handled. Perhaps a bit too bitter on finish, but overall a really well made beer. Perfect for settling into the comfy chair with.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect appearance for an abbey beer. Hazy and golden. Complexion is reminiscent of a cocktail enjoyed on the beach.

Fruity and aromatic. Peaches and mango are noticed in the scent. It truly smells like the notable brands originating from Belgium. Very inviting to all.

This is a brilliantly disguised 7% ABV. I love every aspect of the taste as it truly replicates a Belgium brew without the peppery additives that most North American imitations have included by mistake.

Very nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Effervescent all over. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue, but it is pleasant.

Let me put it this way; I'd bring a case of this to a party if I wasn't worried I'd give too many away to curious friends. Thankfully, I have no problem drinking a bunch at home with the Inner Circle.

One for the Ages.

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Dernière Volonté from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.99 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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