Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,603
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 128
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
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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: 2,603 | Reviews: 1,251
Photo of sporklift87
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to snifter. One finger crisp head, fades rather quickly into thin film. A ring of head around glass edge, but little lacing. Darker straw color, and quite cloudy. Lots of yeast floating throughout. Bananas and cloves on nose, with some tropical fruit and brown sugar characteristics. Hints of strawberry and clementine. Tastes very fruity, mostly bright red fruits and green grapes. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste, works well in the balance. Some spiciness. Higher carbonation and thicker, slightly syrupy body, though leaves a sparkling sensation that lingers. Does not seem like it is 9%. Delicious, complex and balanced. Though on expensive side (~$4/12 oz bottle), will certainly be buying more for special occasions.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy gold, very finely bubbled 3” cream colored foam collar that leaves spliotches of lace on the glass.
S: Banana, spice, perfume, citrus.
T: Fruit, nectarine, biscuit with some spicy herbal dryness on the finish.
F: Very creamy texture with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: This yeast driven beer features big fruit flavors with a light biscuit background and a spicy accent.

Photo of MaximalC
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent, golden amber color with a finger’s worth of fine, white froth. Aroma smells of bread, honey, clove, coriander, and caramel.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely, with bready, honeyed malt accented by clove, coriander, moscato, and zesty, slightly citric yeast. Alcohol is supremely well concealed for its weight. Medium body and high carbonation make for a vibrant, vigorous mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a no-frills Belgian ale that’s just plain good all the way around. One of my two favorites from Unibroue.

*This bottle was aged just over a year.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very quick review (will update someday). Surprisingly crisp & sleek for the style, pours straw/gold with brilliant aromatics of both the fruit & yeast components. Carb is a touch on the high side, but I personally like it that way.

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.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,603 ratings.