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Derniere Volonte by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Belgian Pale Ale
6.50 % ABV

Review by Oxymoron on 09/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 7 14 4 6 2009
How do you pronounce that? Pours a very cloudy lemony yellow color with a hay color hue to it. A big rocky head that good some time to come down and good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is soft with some Belgian characteristic. Some bready almost doughy in a way. Limited biscuit backing. Noticeable yeasty characteristic with an almost cardboard aroma. Some nice esters, citrus, banana and a touch of apricots. Notice spice, peppery mostly, but some coriander as well.

The taste is similar but more spice flavors come out. The malt is light. Some minor bready but still plays second to ester and peppery taste. Some citrus orange mixes with an odd rose-like flavor. Some off yeast notes that don't quite work. The finish leaves a peppery taste.

The body is light but highly carbonated. Leaves a strong carbonic bite that enhance the spiciness. Overall I would have like less spice and more Belgian esters.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 5 8 2008
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

Served In: Tulip

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