What’s Behind the Good Stuff?: Sexy Blonde Edition

In this series of reviews, we take a look at the beers that make the slow, sad march from the front of the fridge into its chilly depths. The origin of many of these second-row citizens is unclear. Perhaps they were purchased on a whim or they were brought over by a friend who was cleaning out the back of their own fridge. Regardless, every beer is worth a try, even the unloved and forgotten ones.
Beer: Derniere Volonte
Brewery: Brasserie Dieu De Ciel
Origin: Montreal, Canada
Type: Abbey-Style Blonde Ale
ABV: 6.5%
The Pour
This beer pours very nicely, with a beautiful golden-blond color and a rich, foamy head that dissipates into a bubbly lattice around the top of the glass. As I look at the body of the beer, many tiny bubbles are streaming busily up to the frothy surface – looks like it’ll be quite effervescent.
The Smell
The aroma is classic blonde – a little hoppy with an undertone of orange peel and barley. So far so good – I wasn’t in the mood for a blond before I opened it (or for the past two months, which explains its position in the back of the fridge) but the smell has brought me around. I’m looking forward to the first taste.
The Taste
Very bubble on the tongue – it dances like champagne. It tastes like a classic Belgian blonde, with a crisp, acidic attack featuring hints of orange, barley, mellow hops and a very slight (and bright) trace of caramel. But what is surprising is the dry finish. The taste just evaporates, leaving a slight flavor of bitter orange in its wake. Again, it’s reminiscent of the sensation of champagne, but tastes like a classic Belgian blonde. Very clever, my Canadian friends, very clever.
The Verdict
What a pleasant little beer. If you’re in the mood for a blonde or a country “saison” ale, then this is a terrific choice. Many of these beers can be too cloying for my tastes, but this little gem represents the best of the blonde ale taste with an amazingly clean finish and easy drinkability. Refreshing and surprising.
Buy Again?
Oh those tricky French Canadians! I’d buy this beer again for sure. I bought this beer on a whim at this great new beer store I discovered, but it languished waiting for the mood to strike. I can now say with confidence that if I had two, the other wouldn’t see tomorrow’s dawn. I’ll have to check out the other offerings from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel – they really made their mark on this style of beer while keeping it true to its form. I can’t wait to taste what else they can do.
Conclusion
This is why we try random beers, although it usually doesn’t pay off this well. Yea for me – and for you if you’re wise enough to check this beer and the other offerings from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.

In this series of reviews, we take a look at the beers that make the slow, sad march from the front of the fridge into its chilly depths. The origin of many of these second-row citizens is unclear. Perhaps they were purchased on a whim or they were brought over by a friend who was cleaning out the back of their own fridge. Regardless, every beer is worth a try, even the unloved and forgotten ones.Derniere Volonte

Beer: Derniere Volonte

Brewery: Brasserie Dieu De Ciel

Origin: Montreal, Canada

Type: Abbey-Style Blonde Ale

ABV: 6.5%

The Pour

This beer pours very nicely, with a beautiful golden-blond color and a rich, foamy head that dissipates into a bubbly lattice around the top of the glass. As I look at the body of the beer, many tiny bubbles are streaming busily up to the frothy surface – looks like it’ll be quite effervescent.

The Aroma

The aroma is classic blonde – a little hoppy with an undertone of orange peel and barley. So far so good – I wasn’t in the mood for a blond before I opened it (or for the past two months, which explains its position in the back of the fridge) but the smell has brought me around. I’m looking forward to the first taste.

The Taste

Very bubble on the tongue – it dances like champagne. It tastes like a classic Belgian blonde, with a crisp, acidic attack featuring hints of orange, barley, mellow hops and a very slight (and bright) trace of caramel. But what is surprising is the dry finish. The taste just evaporates, leaving a slight flavor of bitter orange in its wake. Again, it’s reminiscent of the sensation of champagne, but tastes like a classic Belgian blonde. Very clever, my Canadian friends, very clever.

The Verdict

What a pleasant little beer. If you’re in the mood for a blonde or a country “saison” ale, then this is a terrific choice. Many of these beers can be too cloying for my tastes, but this little gem represents the best of the blonde ale taste with an amazingly clean finish and easy drinkability. Refreshing and surprising.

Buy Again?

Oh those tricky French Canadians! I’d buy this beer again for sure. I bought this beer on a whim at this great new beer store I discovered, but it languished waiting for the mood to strike. I can now say with confidence that if I had two, the other wouldn’t see tomorrow’s dawn. I’ll have to check out the other offerings from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel – they really made their mark on this style of beer while keeping it true to its form. I can’t wait to taste what else they can do.

Conclusion

This is why we try random beers, although it usually doesn’t pay off this well. Yea for me – and for you if you’re wise enough to check this beer and the other offerings from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.

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Author:Jim

Craft beer nerd, frequent beer blogger and occasional home brewer.

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