Don De Dieu - Unibroue
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4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I'm on a huge Unibroue kick right now. It took me a while to be brave enough to try their offerings, for a few reasons:
1) It's Canadian. How many fine Canadian craft brews do YOU know of? (Moosehead? What?)
2) It's FRENCH Canadian - the intimidation factor is high. Sure, I've stumbled upon French bière de garde, but that ALSO had a huge intimidation factor.
3) All of their offerings are styled, "Ale on Lees," which is intimidating until your wine friends tell you that just means "yeast is present in the bottle."
4) My first experience with them was largely forgettable. I had a Blanche de Chambly at a billiard bar in Martinsville, VA (Sandy Whitesides' wedding eve) and just didn't know what to do with it. I was expecting a Hoegaarden clone, I think, and it wasn't that.
I rediscovered this brewery at the 2006 Durham Beer Festival, and gave La Fin du Monde a 2nd-place, and Blanche de Chambly a 3rd-place. Again, like the Flemish Red, these beers don't do well at festivals because they're so damn different from everything else. The way to sample beers like these is either a) try them first, or b) try them first right after lunch. Subsequent outings with La Fin du Monde have skyrocketed it in my book.
So, Don de Dieu. Remarkable. The closest thing to a Belgian Triple Ale that I've found that's not actually a Belgian. The Quebeçois have managed somehow to retain a bit more old-worldness to their brews than have the USA craft-brewers. Don de Dieu has a slight roasted-nut quality blending in with that great fruit-malt-yeast quality that I love about farmhouse-style brews. This beer would be fantastic with anything grilled (especially game), even more fantastic with spicy Latin or Asian dishes, and remarkable with artisan cheese. It's 9%, so watch yourself.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2008 19:17:49 | More by drperm
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