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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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93
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2,587 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 124
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000

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Ratings: 2,587 | Reviews: 1,248
Photo of TBCE
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After one glass this quickly became one of my favorite beers, if not my favorite. Beautiful slightly cloudy yellow with 2 fingers of foam and gentle lacing. Smell was very nice, rings of cloves and citrus fruits. Taste is sweet up front, quickly shifting to a dry tartness, reminding me of Chardonnay. Mouth feel is heavily carbonated but smooth. I love this beer. I have passed it up so many times, but this will be a constant in my fridge from now on.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid Belgian Strong Ale. What is most impressive is that you don't get the big alcohol taste even thou the beer is at 9% abv. The beer poured a clear golden with not much head and no lace. The scent is slightly spicy. The taste is a bold and slightly tart....bordering Chardonnayish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall its good.

Photo of dmgeng
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have just started trying more Belgian beers and since this one is always on the shelf I figured I would give it a try.

A - Cloudy but vibrant orange. Lots of fine white head with good lacing. Perfect Belgian pale ale.

S - Lots of scents but can decipher without too much effort. There is the traditional Belgian character, sweet malt, light graininess, some lemon zest, and some alcohol.

T - Pretty soft and complex flavors with the Belgian clove character up front. Also has subtle hints of spice like cinnamon and light lemon tartness that comes through. There's a sweet malty/grain flavor that sits in the middle of the palate. The finish is clean and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty. Only a hint of alcohol on the tongue but not detracting at all.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Medium carbonation. For all of the flavors and 9% ABV it is balanced on the palate and on the finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I really love how it is square between a Triple and a Saison with some of the best flavors of each but smooth and balanced. This one truly holds up to it's reputation and the fact that you can find this in so many liquor stores is a testament to how Unibroue can make a terrific beer.

Glass- Chimay Goblet

Photo of justinjfusco
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Carmel notes subltle banana wonderful beer

Photo of Sandalwood
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a huge foamy white frothy head. There is good carbonation and foamy lacing. The odor is very spicy, clove, cardamom, grassy, apricot, orange, citrus, lemon, fruity, peach, berry, slightly floral. The taste is herbal, orange, citrus, lemon, very spicy, clove, cardamom, very malty.

Photo of founddrama
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly fruity, somewhat astringent. A good kind of sweet. Bright. And a lot of carbonation.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog chalice (BB 04-24-16 024131907QFL)

A: Hazy muddled golden brown body with a light frothy head on the pour, minimal lacing and fairly long lasting top of bubbles.
S: Bright earthen, yeasty notes like freshly risen bread dough with tinges of fruity esters.
T: Light, yeasty and with a tinge of fruity esters. Deliciously earthy.
M: Light and slightly effervescent body.
O: Reminds me a lot of La Fin Du Monde, but with more fruit notes to it. Great stuff and long-lasting.

Photo of Lochnessmonster
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not Unibroue's best. Go for La Terrible instead.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-great head retention, with a brown orange hue
- not much smell very plain smelling
- great taste smooth not to overpowering, great wheat flavor but not as predominate as a hefenwiezen
-great body not to carbonated very silk like feel
- overall a good beer but hoped for something more from unibroue, great brewery just not as much flavor or anything that stood out to me from this beer

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent example of the style, yum...

Photo of ranger7
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold. Foamy head with slow dissipation. Good carbonation. Great lacing.
S: citrus, orange
T: orange, smooth
F: medium
Very good. Unibroue does it again.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft pour resulted in carbonation that you could hear, not just see. The strong stream of bubbles from the central nucleation point persisted for a long time, even after calming down somewhat. Golden color with a touch of orange. Quite clear. Little haze. Nice aroma, in strength and quality. Touches of sweetness, vague fruitiness, and a bit of spice. Taste is similar. Some wheat characteristics. Nice balance. Feel is also good. Modestly dry. Excellent beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Lightly hazy deep golden color with a huge frothy white head and a huge amount of stickies and carb bubbles.Fruity spicy earthy yeasty, has that Unibroue sameness but it just works, nice brew.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Rusty peach colored body, white head. A wisp of film is left after recession, little or no lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, salty, malty. A little boozy, but caramel apples, pretzels, and wheat.

Taste: Very fruity with crisp apple and grapes coming out the most. Salty pretzel and pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, boozy, dry.

Overall: Very dry, spicy, salty, fruity.

Photo of ChaimS
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple. spicy hops. moderate carbonation. thick yeasty bread mouth feel.

Photo of Phocion
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a best before date of February 2017 poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy gold with a thick and retentive frothy and creamy white head. Rings of nearly white cappuccino-like lacing line the glass as the head slowly falls to a solid half finger which sticks around for the entirety.

Phenolic and estery on the nose. Clove and white pepper mingle well with a bright, tropical fruitiness, particularly pineapple and some green apple. Perfume-like herbal and slightly spicy hoppiness in the back with a bready, doughy maltiness.

Pepper and spice flavors combine with banana. Slightly wheaty/grainy flavor. Interesting almost sake-like graininess. Light flavors of honey. Peppery yeast and spicy hops balance out the sweetness. No astringency.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Dry, balanced finish.

Overall, there isn't too much to say since It's from Unibroue, so it's one of the best New World Belgian-style beers out there. Excellent balance and full of flavor. An ass-kicker at 9% but easily drinkable.

Photo of EuellGophar
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic for the holidays.

Photo of chriskohlen
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted a little too sweet for me. Kind of like a cider

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don De Dieu has a medium, off-white head, a brilliant, bubbly, orange appearance, with lots of bubble streams, many white, fluffy chunks, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, very sugary, spicy, and of light fruits. Taste is of figs, dates, fruit cake, bready malt, various spices, and white cake icing. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and prickly, and Don De Dieu finishes champagne dry and quite drinkable.

RJT

Photo of Rutager
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours hazy gold with a finger of frothy white head that fades fast.
Smell. Apples and pears, light (unibroue) spicy yeast and a touch of grainy light malt.
Taste. Fairly sweet, estery, lots of mild belgian yeast flavours, some classic belgian spices.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium+ fine carbonation.
Overall. Smells nice and fruity, a little boring and not hitting the right notes for me as far as the taste goes.

Photo of Taybeh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

From a bomber into a tulip
A: white honey, some sediment, some bubbles, a huge 3 finger head that recedes down to a thin crown within a minute or two
S: Orchard fruity esters, apple, peach, some wheat and some very faint cloves. Nice and full but not overpowering.
T: like an orchard, with some yeastiness, a little chalkiness, fairly round and full flavors, not much hop bite or bitterness, and some peppery spiciness at the end.
M: smooth, full and round flavors, a little prickliness on the tongue, but only medium carbonation.
Overall: a very good beer. Not quite as lively as some in the style and not quite as interesting as some of Unibroue's other offerings, but this is very good.

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as a mixed 6pk. Bought the 6pk just to try this beer. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice high white head that stays a bit. Dark gold like a good Belgium beer would be.

S- Lots of yeast here. Fermentation continues!

T- Lots of action here. Clove, nutmeg, yeast. So much of it all though. Quality blend for sure. Bet this one would stand the test of time

M- Excellent like all Unibroue beers

O- Very good. Wish I had access here in Ontario for this one.

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with....... Thai crisp fish

Enjoy

Photo of thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 mL foil-capped bottle from the LCBO; the second of two beers in their Sommelier's Selection pack that I have yet to try. Bottled Apr 11 2014, and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-honey colour, crowned with just over one finger's worth of bubbly, white froth. It recedes steadily over the next few minutes, leaving behind a creamy cap and collar that can easily be kicked back up with a swirl or two. Beautifully enticing aroma; lots of red apple, pear, apricot, orange citrus and banana. The malts are quite wheaty, accompanied by a noticeable clove spice presence, as well as their house yeast.

This is a fabulous, strong Belgian pale ale. Wheaty malt sweetness, honey and banana get things rolling along nicely, with ripe orchard fruit such as apple, pear and apricot following up soon after. Orange citrus and bubble gum also come through, with yeast and a spicy clove/coriander note at the finish. Somewhat yeasty aftertaste, but mostly dry. Medium in body, with crisp, assertive carbonation that prickles the palate continuously, and remains strong well into the glass. Dangerously drinkable, as the alcohol is simply not a factor in this one's flavour whatsoever.

Final Grade: 4.34, an excellent A. I love me some Belgian strong pale ales, and Don de Dieu is one of the absolute best I've found. Fans of their La Fin Du Monde will find a lot to appreciate in this one, though as a BSPA it definitely lacks much of the spicy, yeasty kick found in its sister tripel. This is one of the best beers in Unibroue's (very impressive) year-round portfolio, and a definite must-try for any fan of Belgian-style beers. Hopefully this one returns to the LCBO in a more convenient format at some point.

Photo of kevofficiel
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don of god for English people ( Don De Dieu ).
The smell of it you have that fruity taste. More of the orange banana smell. A slightly apple coming in.
The look of it is really nice. Lots of carbonation.
Now the taste of it is absolutely gorgeous. You that citrus orange and apple taste with that banana on the after taste. It remind me of the taste of the Champagne. Really pleasant, goes down really smoothy. That 9% ABV you barely feel it. Really really nice. Much better than an ephemere apple beer.
So overall would I recommend it ? Damn yes ! This is a beer that you have to give it a try in your existence. You can t go wrong with Unibroue. You want a strong Blond Belgian Ale, go and grab Don De Dieu !

Photo of thadream
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Everyone seems to love their la fin de monde, with great reason, but this is my favorite beer from my favorite brewery. Ill drink this everyday and not get tired of it

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.