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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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2,604 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,604
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 128
Gots: 258 | 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: 2,604 | Reviews: 1,251
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very active carbonation keeps the white lace alive, tiny particles of yeast float around the cloudy pale orange brew.

Lots in the nose … a striking ester and phenolic presence with a ripe fruity slant. Hint of powdery chalky yeast in the nose also.

Thick medium body with a layered maltiness, raw honey and ripe fruit come to mind. Higher alcohols jump out on to the taste buds with crazy estery and lightly solvent sweet and spicy flavours. More ripe fruitiness and bitter phenols battle it out and the phenols win as they clean house to make room for a semi-dry finish.

This is one wild and strong ale … Belgian style at that! This is one beer I don’t drink enough of and should.

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DamDweller
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy yellow amber with an average white head. Nose is an amalgam of fruits and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and surprisingly thick. Taste is refreshingly well balanced with pineapples and apricots playing off pale malts and wheat. As with most Unibroue brews, this one grows more complex as it nears room temperature. This one reminds me of champagne, as it grows crisp and dry midway through. Absence of lacing is puzzling. I had a bottle of this several days ago, and found it difficult to get a handle on. Similar results tonight, but nothing negative intended. It is simply more complicated than the Belgian Strong Pale Ales I've had in the past.
This one is certainly better at near room temperature, and has a wonderful finish. High abv is well concealed, and this is highly drinkable. Unibroue continues to impress.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, with cork and cage. Poured light brown, honey in color and cloudy, Not much of an aroma and minimal lacing. Subtle flavors of spice, yeast, and some mustyness. Fruity flavors, creamcicle Ice cream comes to mind.This one was a tad dull for my tastes. I guess I prefer a BSPA with some more assertiveness and this one just seemed to be fairly understated. Anyway, its a worthwhile brew, tastefully crafted.

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: color of apple juice, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: apples, cinnamon, and cloves

Taste: malt, apples, cinnamon, cloves, and noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, moderately smooth

Drinkability: This is a tasty strong ale. I like the flavors and it is classic Unibroue. That being said, it is not interesting enough to make me want another.

Photo of uconnalum2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a slightly hazy, pale orange. It starts with a very large white head that settles a bit but lasts throughout. The smell is sweet and fruity, mostly oranges and apricots. The taste is a complex mix of several flavors. It's sweet and tart with orange, malt, yeast and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is quite good for such a high ABV. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that must be consumed in moderation.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of oranges, coriander and alcohol. The beer smells a lot like a Belgian tripel in my opinion.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange juice, alcohol, yeast and wheat, as well as some vanilla which is quite a surprise. A nice, complex Belgian ale that is easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. A lovely opaque orange brew, which leaves a thin ring of head and a few flecks of lacing. A bit of visible yeast sediment kicking about.

Nose is very wild and exciting. Notes of bread, yeast, citrus (orange, apricot, cherry), cereal and spice combine to produce an exceptional invitation to sample this brew.

Taste is very smooth - ridiculously easy to drink. Yeast, bread, apricot and spices. Only a touch of alcoholic presence is there, but certainly not enough to dissuade me. Similar flavours as in the nose - a fruity, citrussy entry and a bready, slightly dry finish. Great stuff.

Slightly undercarbonated out of the bottle, but smooth and slick.

Just a fantastic brew. Really enjoyed sipping this beer and savoring the complexity of it. This, coupled with wonderful conversation made for an excellent afternoon - exactly what beer is all about. First rate.

Photo of Byeast
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle has a boat on the label , named after Samuel de Champlain¹s boat, The Don de Dieu, which arrived in Tadoussac, June 3, 1608. He was commissioned by the King of France to pursue, by way of the great Canadian waterway, the exploration of the vast and inhospitable land called "America".
This Triple wheat beer poured a slightly hazy , orangish gold with a white head of about an inch. Aroma is of some tangy ripe fruit and spice , a hint of vanilla , and a very light hop scent. Taste is kind of sweet , full bodied , creamy fruit flavors , a sturdy spice , and some warming alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side. A very tasty and drinkable Belgian. Refreshing , but packs a punch.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with a "foiled" cap. Best before date of....10-09-05. Looks like this one is brewed to withstand the test of time.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy bright yellow with a billowing head that soon fades away to a nice finger-thick level. Lots and lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots and lots of fruity esters (bannanas dominating) mix nicely with a spicy, almost "peppery" aroma. The alcohol is noted as well.

Taste: An interesting mix of the alcohol, spicy zip, and fruit flavors make for a very different and very pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very carbonated.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Finished with a nice warming effect from the alcohol. It reminds me of an Allagash with a higher ABV kick to it. Aftertaste is dry, slightly bitter. This was quite easy to polish off.

Photo of walloon
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A lightly spiced cocktail of fruits on the palate--not to be confused with canned fruit cocktail. Apricots, pears, mangoes, a hint of cherry, a touch of clove, a faint sensation of nutmeg. A bit sweet for some tastes and probably a shock to someone expecting something Germanic. It reminded me of Renaissance cuisine--sweet, fruity, spicy, and tasty.

The nose gave little hint of what would follow and the head didn't stick around long enough.

Only faint hints of alcohol and esters in the aftertaste gave away the 9% ABV of this amazingly smooth ale. Teenage girls should drink this well-named brew instead of Boone's Farm.

So, for that matter, should everyone. The world would be a better place.

Poured from a bottle into a slightly oversized wine glass.

Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy but bright yellow with a huge white head. Lots of bubbles in this one. Banana, yeast, champagne, green apples, and bubble gum in the nose. Taste was a cross between a trippel and a German hefe. Bubblegum and banana aplenty up front. Tart pear and apple bite in the middle, and finishes with a sweet, spicy coriander, orange, yeast concoction. The over-effervescence of the carbonation detracted from this, but it was still a good brew.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,604 ratings.