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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Belgian Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This special release is aged in an oak barrel that was previously used to mature a pinot noir.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papat444 (24) - Mercier, Quebec, - JAN 16, 2010
***2009 Vintage (bottled Aug. 2009)*** Despite what the label says, the ABV is 7.5% as per JF Gravel of DDC. I’m kind of excited as this is my first local barrel-aged beer. Poured from a 341ml. bottle. Appearance: A slightly clear, gold body fills the glass that gets decidedly hazier as i pour the last of the bottle and the yeast mixs in. A thick and insistent head that gradually receds leaving lots of lacing. A good start for sure. Smell: Citrus & yeast that come out at first followed by some funk & bubblegum. Bananas & cloves are present as well. At first i don’t smell the Pinot but later on i get a whiff of wine. Very nice indeed. Taste: I’m struck as to how the Pinot aspect is quite present in the first sips. Has a slight vinegar edge, not unpleasant, with a dose of funk and an overall dryness to it. Definite wood presence also. Some banana flavor mixed in there as well as a spicy clove finish. Though there is a definite Belgian influence, the Pinot is the prime player here. Mouthfeel: The best feature of this beer IMO. Very low carbonation which makes this beer just glide in my mouth with effortless ease. Though the Pinot is strong, i find the body quite literally amazing. So very good. Drinkability: Drinks quite well with an ABV that is not easily perceptible in the taste. Though the strength of the barrel-aged Pinot took me some getting used to, i grew accustomed to it and ended up loving the taste. Overall: While drinking this beer, i could sense that this was an experiment but i believe that they pulled it off quite well. Too bad not many people will get a chance to try it but worth the effort to acquire IMO.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LouisP (47) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
Bouteille de 341 mL, version 2015 Couleur : Belle robe dorée, mince couche de mousse indiquant une faible carbonatation, et faible effervescence. Arôme : Sent l’aspect vineux et vinaigré du vieillissement en barriques de vin rouge, les levures sauvages et le sucre. Goût : Ce qui me frappe d’emblée, c’est principalement les levures sauvages, et l’aspect vinaigré du vin rouge, assez fidèle à l’arôme en fait. Un peu de sucre en arrière-plan. Appréciation: Je dois admettre que je m’attendais à quelque chose de différent. On retrouve très peu la Dernière Volonté originale. C’est loin d’être mauvais, pas du tout, mais une version vieillie en fût d’une bière devrait, selon moi, être une extension de la bière originale, au lieu d’être quelque chose de complètement différent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 9/29/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : dorée. Apparence : voilée.
Arôme : Levures fruitées (agrumes, traces d’abricots), pain, légèrement boisé vineux, notes de houblon herbeux et floral.
Goût : En entrée de bouche : Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes, faibles notes de fruits tropicaux et de poires) Aux petites notes épicées. Un léger support malté est également présent avec un goût assez boisé (vineux), un léger goût de pain ainsi que des notes de houblon floral.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement huileuse. Finale : moyenne et un peu sèche, composée d’un léger goût de levures fruitées avec un léger goût boisé vineux.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottled Jan 2015, drunk 2/20/16. Apples, grapeskins, light pear and some mushy cereal grains behind it. Not a huge aroma but pretty mellow. Hazy goldenrod with a small white head that fades to bubbles. Soft, creamy rather grapey texture with vanilla, wood, nectarine, butter, and gooseberry/cloudberry. Other than the cloudberry thing going on, its very muddled and i have no idea what was intended here. Dont think the barrel did much here but it has been a while since ive had the base beer. But its still pleasant enough

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (5661) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
12 oz. bottle thanks to Adam C. Slightly hazy gold, thin head. Aroma a light white grape, oak, and light floral and notes of citrus.

The flavor is really damn nice. The wine barrel is light but lingers through the sip. Slightly tart with a floral and Yeast is noticeable with a slight alcohol hint. Light floral notes after the sip. Really enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1993) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
12oz shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours golden with a noff white head. Aroma is dank, lemony, oak. Flavor is caramel, a bit of lemon, cat piss, oak. A bit of clove spice and mild hint of dark fruits with the oak at the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (865) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler hazy orange with a light white head. Aromas of fruit belgian candy and oak. Taste is nice and follows aroma with a nice balanced finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2564) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 17, 2016
Really awesome. Thanks Dominic! Pours a hazy orange with aromas of tropical fruit, Belgian candy, and oak. Similar flavours with a nice oaky dry wine finish. So smooth and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QcBeer (81) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
De couleur orangé/pale. On ressent ici en premier plan le pinot noir, suivi de note fruité (mangue et poire). Une mince mousse beige vient glisser sur la paroi du verre. En bouche, un goût vineux vient s’entremêler avec son côté fruité de mangue et d’orange. Une finale assez soutenu par sa présence vineuse et sucré! Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (1117) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
341ml bottle. Hazy orange with a foamy white head. Flavors are bread, oak, grapes, butterscotch, apricot, grapefruit, honey, vanilla and alcohol with earthy and vinous notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (778) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
Des effluves vineuses juste bien dosées en début d’olfactif avec une explosion de fruits tels poire, cantaloup et banane confite, avec des accents de vanille, de coriandre et de fleurs en prime. Superbe olfactif. Le liquide se présente doré avec une belle mousse blanche crémeuse qui persiste bien. Les accents vineux reviennent en entrée de bouche mais les fruits sont cependant plus sobres. On dénote également une certaine acidité et une finale fortement herbacée qui traine assez longtemps. Les saveurs perçues sont: vin rouge vinaigré, boisé de barrique (léger), poire, melon au miel, vanille (léger) herbes aromatiques frisant le persil et alcool en finale. Une bière d’une complexité remarquable qui s’éloigne du style de par sa maturation en fût et de par sa texture, mais ô combien délicieuse.


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