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Friday, September 19, 2008

Beer pick of the week: Dernière Volonté

Dernière Volonté

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

St. Jerome, Quebec, CAN

6.5% ABV

This abbey-style blond ale from north of the border is a crisp, spicy, refreshing beer that shows a thorough understanding of the best characteristics of a Belgian ale. The color is a cloudy, dull gold from the yeast added for bottle fermentation. The aroma is a lovely mélange of Belgian yeast, flower, and spice. The taste follows the nose closely with some lemony tartness, white pepper, and coriander. Some fruitiness is present as well, with apple, pear, and a hint of green banana. The pale malts are merely propping up the hop and yeast flavors with some light grains and honey sweetness. The body is well-attenuated and dry throughout, with a lively, refreshing mouthfeel. The finish is clean and tart. If you haven’t tried it, sneak this one in before the warm weather ends.

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