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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,373 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 161 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown, foiled pop top bottle, nice lable. Best by 4-12-15. Poured into a Chimay chalice. Thanks to my wife for picking me this up (among others) for Christmas! Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, dark straw-gold beer with high levels of carbonation. A big, fluffy white head which fades a bit sooner than I'd hoped to a thick, sticky patchwork of foam. Still, nice looking beer.

Smell: Big, sweet and spicy yeast presence, with sugared pineapple, golden fruit, and perhaps a touch of vanilla? Maybe a hint of cotton candy? The aromas are vibrant, but constantly changing, melding together, and it's kind of hard to peg anything specific. Either way, nice.

Taste: More malt presence than I was expecting from the aromas, though it's still overshadowed by the spice character. The flavors don't show quite as much depth as the aromas, but they're still quite pleasant. Light sugar-cookie malt, a refreshing, clean bitterness (though their website says only 10.5 IBUs??), a hint of candied citrus, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Definitely more of a tripel for me (the bottle says 'triple wheat ale') than a BSPA. Ends with a hint of some spice that I can't quite peg (MAYBE cinnamon?). Restrained alcohol for 9% abv.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't feel like 9% (in a good way), with a pleasantly springy carbonation.

Overall: Overall, this is definitely a good tripel, especialy at around $10.00 for a 4-pk and considering the brewery advertises that their beers age well. I don't QUITE love it, though. The spice/yeast character is just slightly bigger than I like in my tripels, but I think my main complaint is that it doesn't end QUITE dry enough for me. That being said: for half the price of a Chimay White 4-pk or 4 bottles of Westmalle, this is the tripel I'm likely going to pick up 8 out of 10 times if I'm in the mood for the style.

86-87 (solid B)

BedetheVenerable, Jan 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a deep hazy yellow/orange with a great fluffy,sticky head.Aroma is very spicey and very lemony,taste is spicey and a little yeasty with a great citriusy taste in the finish the alcohol really comes thru as it warms.another great one from Unibroue as to be expected.

oberon, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A cloudy orange pour with a moderate foamy white head. The head fades quite fast. The nose is slightly sweet with fruity hints and a big champagne yeast type smell. The taste start dry and bready. Some wheaty and yeasty notes. Slight caramel sweetness while the beer maintains its dryness. A very lively and full mouthfeel. Lively and fresh. The finish again, dry and crisp. Very drinkable.

Popsinc, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Appearance – Nice head that left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange.

Smell – Malt aroma with various types of sweetness. I detected straight orange and tangerine along with some table sugar.

Taste – An orangish-malt flavor came first, along with several different layers of hops. The big show here though is in the finish, which kicks in early. Quality hops jump in the mix, along with the announcement of the 9 ABV and some yeast.

Mouthfeel – The live carbonation was the highlight (for me) for this brew. It was very mature, not bubbly, and played well on the tongue. This wasn’t the smoothest Unibroue offering though, and I was somewhat disappointed by the awkward mix of flavors.

Drinkability – Again, I didn’t think that this was up to par with some of the other creations from this fine brewery. The tart orange flavor along with the alcohol presence made me think I was sipping a screwdriver.

Comments – Talk about love it or hate it! The veteran John from Rochester fived this beer and two of our most venerated BAs, Rastaman & (the ever articulate) TheLongBeachBum, canned it (2 & 3, respectively). My overall rating is middle of the road but the individual scores reflect my confusion with this tasting.

RoyalT, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

cam477, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Cloudy pale orange with lots of particulate yeast and a healthy, large white head.

Aroma, not untypical to Unibroue with tons of fruity yeast phenols, touches of chalk, and hints of clove and pepper.

Medium bodied with assertive carbonation, some booze bite, lots of fruit flavor, some honey and citrus, quite spicy with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkable but not in my top 5 Unibroue beers for sure.

DaPeculierDane, May 23, 2008
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

A decent offering! I served it in a tall glass. It has a thick white head that sits there for a few minutes. The taste is great! Making this 9% ABV is amazing because you can't even taste the alcohol. That deserves respect.

There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. On a burp I got a taste of chestnuts, that was unexpected. I enjoyed this beer and want another, unfortunately I only had one. :(

This is a very drinkable beer.

Fear4Beer, May 30, 2014
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

LOOK (3/5) ~ pours a rich gold with some nice orange tones. The head is really nice: it comes up large on a good pour; it falls at a usual pace with little lacing to a cap that lasts; the texture is fairly mousse-like. Clarity is very poor for the style, it’s almost totally opaque. Some nice visible carbonation.

SMELL (4/5) ~ fairly mild aroma, actually. There’s not a whole lot going on with the grain bill here. The main player seems to be yeast: it was a somewhat cidery character with a lot of light fruit (especially orange and a bit of pear); some spice, but not as strong as some of this style that I’ve encountered. Perfumy and floral alcohols round out the flavor with a mild hop note that blends in well with the finish (its hard to identify where the yeast stops and hop and alcohols begin).

FLAVOUR (4.5/5) ~ A great flavour. Really nice fruit and spice characters come together here. The malt character is very mild, but I do get a hint of crystal and maybe a bit of melanoidin in there; there may also be some wheat, but I can’t be sure. Again, the yeast character seems fairly cidery with some nice orange and pear notes in there as well; some peppery phenols come in at the end and last right into the finish in a really nice way. Some nice alcohol flavours that are floral and actually seem a bit sweet. Lower hop flavor is citrus and spices (I think, it might be blending in with the yeast a bit too much to tell. Moderate hop bitterness is a perfect balance for the lighter fruity notes.

FEEL (3.5/5) ~ medium carbonation ( I would usually expect a bit higher carb) with a medium body. Some alcoholic warmth on the finish. Decent, for style , but not really that great.

I like this style a lot and I’d say that this was a really good example, but I’d also say that this one really flirts with the boundary between a Tripel and a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. I found that it was a touch sour for my tastes, but very good overall.

This was also cellared for about a year and a half prior to drinking.

Rijtjeshuis, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours and opaque orange with some gold highlights around the edges.

The nose is bright and wheaty. Somewhat spicy with clove, orange, banana and slight toffee. Very clean, reminds me a little of a hefeweizen taken to another planet and bred with a wit.

Subtle fruit flavors on the palate, could use a touch less carbonation for me. Lemon and apple citrus, with a brisk carbonation.

At 9% this beer is gulpable. Amazing in so many ways.

brownbeer, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Tiernan, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sprestridge, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -27.7%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of skybluewater
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a murky tarnished gold color. No head, no lace, huge chunks of yeast (oops...). Smells of citrus, mostly lemon. Taste is pretty good, although less so than La Fin Du Monde. It has a nice lemony flavor, with wheat and a bit of (medicinal?) spice. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, and there's not much carbonation (did I get a bad bottle?).

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, although it's not as good as La Fin Du Monde. I'd buy that one first if I had a choice. This one, while good, just doesn't have enough oomph for a winter's night, despite the 9% ABV. (I have a feeling this one may taste better in the summer, so I'll retry it then.)

skybluewater, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Don De Dieu pours from the 12oz bottle a cloudy pale yellow orange hue with a billowing two finger white head on top that's quite actively bubbling. Aromas of lightly fruity pale malts along with a nice peppery spiciness. Hints of apple and bubblegum along with a touch of clove and plenty of yeast notes. Rather mellow.

First sip brings a crisp, fruity pale maltiness that has notes of apple juice and oranges. A mix of cracked white pepper spiciness, cloves and underlying hints of bubblegum work their way into the mix. Finishes with a slightly bready yeast tone. This is a crisp, tasty brew with only a slight hint of the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the light side with a fast moving carbonation that dashes across the palate. Really refreshing for a brew of this strength. I wouldn't mind having another if I had one on hand. Unibroue has not failed to impress me so far. This one is well worth checking out.

orbitalr0x, Dec 05, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bulldogg915, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

I just wasn't too excited about this beer. It was clear yellow color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated. It had a grainy, fresh aroma with a little bit of spiciness. It tasted sweet and spicy, light on the hops. An OK beer, but not very inspiring. I've enjoyed othe Unibroue products more.

lordofthewiens, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DaftPatrick, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of DamDweller
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Unibroue Don de Dieu,

Nice cloudy golden copper color. Initial thick white head that quickly receded. On the nose there are hints of mango citrus and a sweet buttery smell like kettle cooked popcorn. Tastes very fruity. There are notes of bananas, peaches, mangos coupled with a hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer has a decent body with considerable carbonation. It is definitely a beer one can drink any time of year, but drinker be wary, the alcohol is not obvious.

DamDweller, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a beautiful label and foil neck. Best before 03/09/03. "The Don de Dieu in Tadoussae, June 3, 1608, under the command of Samuel de Champlain de Brouage, commissioned by the King of France to pursue the exploration of this vast and inhospitable lancd called America."

Appearance: Golden with a magnificent orange hue. The lace is thin, white.

Smell: Light fruity esters, toffee, delicate spice and pale malts in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An outrageous fruitiness of blissful sweet apricots come to mind. A soft hop twang follows with some gentle spice, esters and pepper notes. The beer then goes crisp & dry (no doubt from the wheat). Toffee/toasted malt flavours also come forward as the beer warms, as does some honey-like qualities. Finishes with spicy alcohol notes, slightly bready, grain dryness/light grain tannins and a touch of earthy yeast flavour.

Notes: At 9% abv this beer is suprisingly light and refreshing. It's also one of the best beers that I've ever tasted.

Todd, Oct 17, 2001
Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge fizzy white head that diminishes to a thin collar then disappears completely.

The aroma is some sweet grainy malts with a tinge of rotten fruit sourness and a little grassy bitterness and some bananas and cloves.

The flavor is some sweet and sugary malts, fruits (bananas), musty yeast, some spices and cloves, and a grassy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting Belgian. I like some aspects but not others.

Beaver13, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nstroup, Aug 24, 2014
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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.