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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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1,282 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Ratings:
2,795
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
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Don De DieuDon De Dieu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Reviews: 1,282 | Ratings: 2,795
Reviews by ruckus232:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Photo of thadream
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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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Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured a cloudy yellow orange, with a thick white foam head. I noticed the smell of apples, and something mysterious. (a good mysterious) it had a sweet and citrusy warming taste. a very bubbly light champagne and smooth feel to it. Very tasty brew. Somthing to enjoy and relax with or have with a hearty meal

cheers!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Lots of spice and fruitiness from the yeast up front, along with some light floral notes, some wheat, and overall general sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mellow fruity sweetness, followed by light spices and floral notes. Goes into some very light wheat notes before finishing with more fruity sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fine and bubbly

O: A very nice BSPA (classified as a triple wheat ale on their website) with a nice sweet overtone that pairs nicely with the fruity and spicy yeast. Very easy to drink, and potentially dangerous at 9%. Definitely worth giving this one a shot, especially at the price point

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked 750 ml bottle. Hazy orange/yellow in color and the nose on it picks up faint aromas of bread, yeast, pair, white grapes, pineapple, banana. Not a heavy nose on this beer. Taste is lovely. Notes of pears, bread, apples, and pineapples. Good, crisp carbonation, and very refreshing. No detection of the 9% at all. This can get you in danger in a hurry if not careful. A lovely beer I treat myself to every blue moon.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tbryan5
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of sprestridge
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.)

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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