Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dieu Du Ciel Dernière Volonté


This is another Dieu Du Ciel beer I got when I was down in Poughkeepsie a few weeks ago. I've never seen it around Albany so I thought I should pick it up while I had the chance. Honestly, I had no idea what the style or ABV was until about 10 minutes before I shot this review. I also give my YouTube friend http://youtube.com/PlatypusGuitar a shout-out :D

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (644) - Albany, USA - OCT 27, 2011

I poured an 11.5oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Dark gold/orange hue; hazy but opaque if the yeast is added. Forms a large, Duvel-like frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Sweet, light fruits and some farmhouse funk, coupled with subtle spice notes.

Taste: Belgian pale ales or blondes or singles rarely wow me. Dieu Du Ciel Dernière Volonté didn’t either, but unlike most it didn’t let me down. It’s much stronger and fruitier than your average non-Belgian made take on the style. It begins fairly juicy and refreshing with orange peel and juice-like flavor and taste. There’s a slight hop spice through the middle, although it’s not a very bitter beer per se. It ends with a kick of black pepper and spice and a very drying sensation. It’s interesting how a beer can be both refreshing and dry at different stages of the swig.

While not as big and bold as Duvel, this beer definitely isn’t as mild and ho-hum as most Belgian pales. It’s in that strange void that few beers occupy with genuine flavor and reserved intensity. Nothing about the palate is amazing or unique, but it’s definitely more than just satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Thick, soft but fizzy. Relatively clean aftertaste with minor spice dryness.

Drinkability: This is a bottle-conditioned, Belgian-style beer (probably brewed with Belgian yeast), so it’s no surprise Dieu Du Ciel Dernière Volonté is quite bubbly. Carbonation does get stuck in the throat, although there’s not a whole lot of spice dancing on the tongue - just a quick pepper bite. The 6.5% ABV seems dead-on as it has enough flavor and weight to do the job, but not something you’d want to session or make a meal out of.

Grade: 7/10