Yeah. When a brewery has the guts to name itself Dieu du Ciel!*, they’d better deliver some serious beer.
Name: Dernière Volonté (translation: Last Wish)
Origin: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (translation: God in Heaven), Montréal, Quebec, Canadialand**
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
IBU: not given that I’ve found
I drank this: on tap at Waldo Pizza, Kansas City
I have to start by giving you people a pair of pictures of this glorious beer. The first one displays the color fairly accurately. Huge head, yellow-golden ale:
And in the second picture, it’s glowing. For seriously. The reason I’m showing you the glowing picture (as opposed to chalking it up to bad photography on my part) is because the light was hitting it just right and it really *was* glowing the entire time I was drinking it. See?
It’s like God wanted me to have this beer and be happy with it.*** And I was happy. And I will get on with the review now, promise.
This is a beer to be tasted in moments. The first moment is pink grapefruit, right at the tip of the tongue, followed by a touch of sweet and a touch of sour. After that, there’s a rush of pale malts before it finishes with a touch of yeast. It was super-complex, the sort of beer that required me breaking it down over the course of about half a glass (by way of comparison, I can nail most beers in about three sips anymore).
One of the things I loved about this beer (other than that it was glowing) was that it had a definite sort of Belgian yeast flavor to it, but without going into Belgian bananayeast territory. I’m not a huge fan of the bananayeast flavor – it’s one of the reasons I tend not to be huge on many American-made Belgian-style beers – so I was thrilled not to run into it here. That said, the yeast is a noticeable (if small) part of the flavor.
Overall, this was a lovely beer, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to have one. I like Belgian style beers when I’m in the mood – the really good ones have intricate, elegant flavors. This was a good one. I hope you can find one too.
*Yes, the exclamation point is there. No, I don’t know why. Yes, I think it’s extraneous, but that’s my personal opinion.
My actual guess is that they’re intending the brewery name to be read as an oath – the translation is “God in heaven!” – and that the exclamation point is the visual reminder that you should be excited while saying it. Or potentially that their beers are so amazingly amazing that “God in heaven!” (or Dieu du Ciel! for the Frenchies out there) will be the only thing you’re able to think when you try one.
… that said, I hope I’m not wrong, because I’m attributing to them one hell of a boast. I can say that this is the second beer I’ve had from them (the first being a Péché Mortel (Mortal Sin), a fan-flipping-tastic Coffee Imperial Stout), and they’re rapidly climbing my “these guys make interesting, worth-searching-for stuff” list.
**This is my preferred epithet for our neighbors to the North. It makes Canada sound like a theme park. I will return to taking Canada seriously when they get rid of Stephen Harper.
***Had to get some Mardi Gras sacrilege in while I could.
That said, being Mardi Gras, if I have a good day today, I’ll be able to find myself a Sazerac.
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