Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dieu du Ciel's Dernière Volonté

This bottle is from batch 3 - 0, and was bottled in October of 2010.

Translated as "Last Will", this is a crystal-clear Belgian pale ale. It has a deep honey colour and lots of active carbonation in the glass. The head is very tall, spaced-out, and lowers with lumpy patches of lace on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy - mostly citrus. Also in the aroma is some sweet toffee, apple, and a small amount of yeast / funk.

The flavour has a bit of white wine / grape juice to it. Also ripe apple, some orange peel, a hint of bubblegum, and maybe a hint of spice. It's hoppier (I get orange & tangerine) in flavour & more bitter than expected, too. The aftertaste is mostly the white wine / white grape juice aspect.

The carbonation is fairly medium, and the body light (but on the full side of that spectrum). The finish is slightly slick. Even though it's just 7% abv, there is a bit of alcohol in the feel after only the second sip (tongue and throat). There is also some kind of tingle or bitterness that lingers on tongue.

This is a bright, enjoyable Belgian pale ale. Very nice.

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