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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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93
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2,353 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 1,213
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
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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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generationmy

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

12-ounce bottle from a Unibroue mix-pack.

Golden hued with thin white head. Champagne bubbles steadily rising. Sweet aroma, pineapple and orange juice, ambrosia salad, little sign of alchohol. This beer tastes very good. Well-balanced profile, interesting sweetness with spicy citrus notes. Intriguing flavor, a pleasure to both taste and waft into the nose.

02-21-2007 06:01:05 | More by generationmy
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

My first time to drink this beer.
Yellow golden pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. White head sticks around for a bit but eventrually disappears and leaves minimal lacing.
Phenols on the nose, along with some yeast and some kind of sweet fruit. A bit dryer than La Fin du Monde, a little fruitier than Duvel, but still very tasty in its own way.
Tart apples, some bitter orange and alcohol dominate the flavors.
Lushly carbonated mouthfeel, but soft at the same time.
Easy to drink. The abv is not evident yet, but I'm sure that I'll feel it shortly.
My favorite beer from Unibroue is still La Fin du Monde, but this one is well worth revisiting. The more I drink it, the more it grows on me.

08-09-2009 02:39:44 | More by kwakwhore
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JoBoTo

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

L- To sounds totally cliché, a honey golden wheat harvest, honestly, is what came to mind when I saw this poured into the glass. Unfiltered with 2 ½ fingers of head, dispenses quickly maintaining a good ¼ inch of foam.

S- Good sweet barley....asters are throughout this brew, reminding of bananas....kind of. Hard to put finger on the fruit that I am tasting.

M- Carbonation is decent, not excessive. Tongue tingle is light to medium. The alcohol is suave and doesn't attack at all. Could be dangerous if used properly

T- Reminds me of a tripel. But has a cornucopia of hefe characteristics. Sweet barley, and citrus undertones.

D- Took me 3 days to get to the Don, but was happy when I finally go to this. Poured into a pint glass. Was being pestered by mother-in-law's boyfriend the whole time to finally open the La Fin Du Monde, because he loved the name, so somewhat detracted from this delightful little beer I had. I have always enjoyed the beers from unibroue, since my first trois pistoles for christmas

03-03-2009 20:04:08 | More by JoBoTo
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A massively carbonated golden beverage. A big billowing bubble head, light and non-dense. Bubbles barrage and pelt the lees and other bottle bits that hang about in the mixture. The head somehow deteriorates even though the bubbles never quit springing up. No lace. No problem.

The smell is domineered by clove and other spice layers. White grape and other subtle fruits emit faint scents to accompany the spice. Not even an inkling of alcohol here.

The taste is tastefully done. Once again, the heavily spiced nose typical of the Belgian styles I have tried made me skeptical at first. The flavor is really mild and refreshing though. Just the right components. Thankfully not a spice overload. Unibroue has renewed my faith in Belgian style ales. Nice wet finish that leaves in a crisp fashion with just a hint of spice and honey remaining on the tongue. There is an almost mead-like character to her although much more delicious. There is never any alcohol impression given off. Nicely crafted. I wouldn't have expected anything less from Unibroue at this juncture. They make some really fantastic stuff up there. The mouthfeel is like sparkling wine with the hefty carbonation effect. The effervescence lends to the crisp finish and enjoyability of the brew. I could drink these in the shade on a hot day and be in hog heaven.

04-01-2005 03:30:41 | More by SupaCelt
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JayQue

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

An excellent beer. Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a big white carbonated head. The head fades quickly due to the 9% abv. Leaves a covering on top. Some lacing at the bottom of the goblet.

Smells and tastes great - classic Belgian experience - astringent, bananas cloves an other spices. Very rich mouthfeel an very drinkable considering the high alcohol. This beer is comparable to the good Belgian versions I have tried.

Unibroue did a great job on this beer. I will be drinking this one again.

08-24-2008 03:05:08 | More by JayQue
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours cloudy orange-yellow. The head is lively when poured but there is no lacing to be found.

S - spicy sweet malt, syrup/honey and fruit esters

T - sweet malt, orange citrus, spicy lemon citrus with carbonation dissipation and a mellow spice finish

M - medium carbonation, medium body, smooth with a dry finish on the tongue

D - good flavor and mouthfeel

12-24-2009 10:05:35 | More by Grunewald
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellowish gold with a H-U-G-E fluffy white head (in excess of 3 fingers) that forces me to pour three times just to get the beer in to the glass, and of course, it has tremendous retention;very strong carbonatin bubbling up in steady straight lines; body is slightly hazy from the yeast.

Smell: Very yeasty, sweet and bready malts are just behind it; strong presence of spice - coriander, nutmeg, some clove; sweet and sour fruit scents are in there as well - typically I find these scents to remind me of green grapes and green apples; slight hint of alcohol coming through in the nose as well.

Taste: Intense burst of flavors right away, just waht I would want in a BSPA -- a very strong sweet and sour flavor from the fruity green apple and green grape aspects; quickly matched by spiciness of the flavors mentioned in the scent; there is also a bit of a sweet backing from the yeast and malts... One thing I love about this style is that it tastes almost just like it smells -- you really know what you're walking into with these. Slight hint of some alcohol in the mouth and on the breath, but it's very well masked, and with the ABV being 9%, that's a feat.

Mouthfeel: The potent carbonation is great, and I feel helps push the strong flavors all throughout the mouth; not much of a coating to speak of so it's really a clean, dry finish -- the alcohol leaves a bit of a warm burn and tingle in the mouth, and warms the throat, chest and belly as well.

Drinkability: A very nice beer, and this is rapidly becoming one of my favorite styles, so I may be a little impartial when it comes to this -- even with the higher ABV, I would totally sit through a couple of these in a sitting if the opportunity presented itself. Moderately high.

06-12-2009 22:57:45 | More by bamadog
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Split bottle and poured into a Deschutes Tumbler

Appearance-Hazy orange body. Head is two fingers of frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some pretty good lacing.

Smell-Apples, Bananas and that Unibroue belgian yeast that brings out some nice spices.

Taste-Huge belgian yeast which I really love from Unibroue. Nice citrus, apple, pear and banana. Spicy and Sweet throughout, really nice.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, medium bodied beer. Really drinkable.

Overall-Wouldn't expect anything less from Unibroue, another quality beer.

10-08-2011 21:21:20 | More by SWMeyer4141
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer poured out a cloudy golden color, was intensely carbonated and was topped with a small but creamy head of foam. A sweet fruity smell emanates from this beer with a strong emphasis on pineapple. Flavorful and candy sweet with a touch of tangy lemon bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden behind a wall of flavor. This is a very tasty brew. Fruity sweet, flavorful and strong, but not so heavy that would impede enjoyment.

12-20-2003 12:23:08 | More by pezoids
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A- Pours a thick semi-translucent peach yellow. Slight carbonation and minimal head. Little bits floating around in it which could be yeast.

S- Fruitiness and spiciness. Cloves definitely.

T- Sweet fruitiness from the beginning. A little bit like banana and a little bit like pear and apple at the same time. Some background yeast flavor that jumps out in the aftertaste. Bittersweet leaning more towards sweet.

M- Medium high body. Creamy, smooth, and feels pretty nice on the tongue. Carbonation suits it well.

D- At the beginning, from the look and smell, it reminded me quite a bit of a Hefeweizen, which really didn't get my hopes up, but I found that I quite enjoyed the flavor, and the belgian yeast and spiciness did wonders for it. It's not my favorite offering from Unibroue, but it's up there. Reminds me a bit of Duvel actually, but a bit lighter and more sweet.

Worth picking up. I'd grab a few more if I ever encounter them again.

10-15-2010 21:44:50 | More by BBP
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choyhosoi

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured nicely from a bomber into a glass and left a frothy head that sizzled away slowly. The color was yellow-orange and the smell was a lemon banana scent very champagne like look to this ale. The taste was great as usual another great one from Unibroue not to harsh just right. The alc/vol is a 9 so I couldnt put alot of these away all night but if you can be my guest.

08-29-2007 00:45:11 | More by choyhosoi
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PerroGrande

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy brownish-gold color. Aggressive pour yields aggressive foam, but this fades very quickly with little to no adhesion to the glass. Some unreleased carbonation ascends.

Smell: I had trouble with this one. I could detect a variety of aromas, but could not separate them accurately. Certainly picked up a hint of hops and spice

Taste: Certainly a good example of BSPA. For me, this beer opens with some sweetness, with hops and a light alcohol taste follows. Spice shows up in the finish for me, but I can't exactly isolate which spice I'm tasting. Nice balance, and a well crafted drinking experience overall. There is a lot going on, but nothing is out of balance or control. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Some unreleased carbonation, and a generally "light" (but not watery) mouth feel.

Drinkability: This is easily a "dangerous" beer. At 9% ABV, I'm detecting some alcohol warmth from this brew. However, it is darn tasty and refreshing, so I'd certainly be welcoming another.

Unibroue is available at The Andersons in Dublin, Ohio -- and this is a good thing!

09-02-2009 00:50:12 | More by PerroGrande
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aubuc1

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Cloudy light orange with a thin white head.

Smells of light fruit (banana)and chalky yeast

Nice, smoothe taste of tangy fruit with warm alcohol

Nice unibroue carbonation that lightens the high alcohol

Light taste and feel for strong beer makes this great.

08-01-2008 22:23:00 | More by aubuc1
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Very nice looking, golden hazy beer with a yeast sediment on the bottom that I did not add to the mix. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, makes a foamy white head that lives some lacing on its way out.
Very rich, sweet smell with mostly oranges but a mixture of other fruits is also noticeable, along with breads and a smell I tend to relate to "yeast-heavy" beers.
Taste is also very good, pleasant sweetness with hints of oranges, malts, bread and the same yeast, even though I did not mix the bottom of the bottle.
Full-bodied, a bit to sweet to have more than one at a time, but certainly worthy to have it multiple times.
Another great Unibroue offering.

01-30-2007 00:11:27 | More by brdc
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bahumutx

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with a head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Yeast, Sugar, Coriander, Pepper, Very slight alcohol

Taste: Starts with a yeast flavor and then move on to a sweetness and finished with a coriander and peeper taste. There is also a citrus and banana taste occasionally in this beer.

Mouthfeel: A very tangy Mouthfeel due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: Lower drinkability due to the high alcohol content.

This is my first beer from Unibroue. I look forward to trying there other offerings.

07-15-2006 00:54:24 | More by bahumutx
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Hazy, caramel straw color with some orange notes. Poured without much head, and the carbonation chases suds across the top of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready aroma with golden raisins, apple skins, hints of banana, cloves and orange. Yeasty finish with a faint hint of booze.

Taste: Lovely bready malts, with golden raisins, caramel, and cloves. A little boozy. Hints of lemon peel, a little orange. Perfect balance between caramel and fruit. Great flavor, but lacking the development of Unibroue's more impressive options (Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles).

Mouthfeel: Low constant carbonation, light body - smooth malt finish. A little booze tickle. Awesome.

Drinkability: Great - balanced, malty, with a little booze and some compelling fruits. Everything I've come to expect from Unibroue.

08-06-2006 03:27:09 | More by expatsteve
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BeerManDan

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

This Belgian-Style Strong Ale poured a pale golden color. Aroma of yeast, hops and fruit with a hint of spices. Taste was very pleasant, although high in alcolhol, it didn't mask the true flavor of the Ale!

10-31-2002 09:04:52 | More by BeerManDan
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

As always, Unibroue chooses an historical name which traces the history/mythology of early Canada. Hence, Don De Dieu(Gift Of God), Samuel De Champlain's ship, from France, commisioned to explore the St. Lawrence. Unibroue's beer nomenclature has always impressed me: always somewhat arcane, but eye catching; intriguing. This triple white ale was a pale murky yellow colour, an extremely light pineapple hue with brown, definitely unclear, and non-sparkling. The head is near-bright-white. I am not sure if it was this bottle or my glass, but the head was surprisingly small, bubbling quickly to a thin film, leaving poor lacing. The aroma is an impressive display of Belgian know-how. Oak wooden smells along with musty yeast and sourish fruit. I get a very aged, dusty aroma from far above the rim; in closer, the soapy, citrusy yeast arrives, along with cork and wood. Pineapple, some salinity, apple peel, spice, seasoning salt, some red wine notes. An extremely sharp fruit taste not unlike some of their Ephemere versions, but less direct and one-track. Instead, the fruit tastes are mixed well, leaving orange, green apple, some lemon, nectarine, and white grapes. The malt is not totally masked, as I could get some decent caramel/crystal malt in the middle and front of the tongue. The saltiness is felt in the finish, along with the dry yeast, hops barely being felt at all. Some numbing clove in the aftertaste. Wheat, soap, clove--all the basics of a witbier. The alcohol, felt in the middle, is well masked. The finish leaves more oak/cork tastes, some tiny malt ones, and defining salty ones, bacon-like. The mouthfeel is as good as some excellent Belgians I have tried, with perhaps more citrus, akin to a hefeweizen. Medium, bordering on high carbonation. The lees, greener and more creamy, brought less of a phenol hit and more apple than anything. Sufficiently bodied without compromising drinkability, as indeed this refreshing but heavy white ale easily slides down the gullet, 9% notwithstanding. Gift of God? Undoubtedly.

01-14-2005 10:17:15 | More by Cwrw
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Cloudy golden beer with an amber tint. Two-finger, white head of very fine bubbles. Thick lacing recedes quickly.

Yeast is obvious in the smell. Otherwise, it's pasture, pears, vanilla, oak, and applesauce. Fresh (and spiced) applesauce bread.

Very sweet with a very subtle herbal hop note. Drinks like a concentrated apple puree with an oaky dryness. Slight tartness to it. Full and creamy with subtle complexities that follow the sweetness. Yum. Leaves a sticky residue in the mouth. Tastes like mid-summer.

03-26-2011 23:44:14 | More by birderbeerer
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Jmamay22

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

This Ale on Lees pours a hazy gold orange. It also sports a good sized white head, but doesn't quite rival Duvel's rocky white mountain. Regardless, this head is here to stay, but provides no lacing.

Smells of hop and spice. I'm picking up on clove and pepper mostly. There is also a slight hint of alcohol and lemon lurking in the background.

Smooth and light mouthfeel is supported by ultra fine carbonation. Tastes of spiced hops, but there is greater depth than in the nose as the malts make themselves known. The flavor progresses from almost candy sugar and malt to a drying hop spice. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Highly refreshing and drinkable. Enjoyable from cool to warm and very well done. It seems I enjoy about half of Unibroue's beers.

09-10-2007 01:00:17 | More by Jmamay22
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ectomorph

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Not sure why I've waited to open this one, but here goes..

A - Pours a clear bright gold with loads of carbonation and a white head that drops to film over time.

S - Strong honey and apple plus alcohol warmth in the nose.

T - Loads of honey and raisin with a light cracker finish. Very tasty and the warmth from the smell is hardly noticeable here.

M - Light bodied as per the style and ABV.

D - Medium/Low with the high ABV and sweet bite.

09-08-2008 21:46:08 | More by ectomorph
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thierrynantes

France

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : orange color, with white creamy foam head (lacing).
Smell : malty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and yeasty flavours, fruity notes.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Belgian strong ale.

09-20-2008 20:10:03 | More by thierrynantes
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop. Poured into my Duvel tulip and appears a cloudy (I stirred up the yeast) golden apricot color with about an inch of fluffy light ecru foam. The head lasts through nearly the entire glass. Smells and tastes of fall fruits such as apples, citrus, orange, lemon, a touch of pineapple (a liquid fruitbowl), spicy yeast with a nice dose of sweet malt to tie it all toghther. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with lively carbonation. Great stuff.

05-07-2009 23:11:26 | More by ClockworkOrange
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astrasday

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

750 ml. bottle poured into a tulip glass. A lovely yellow tint, a bit hazy and quite handsome. A two finger head dissipates quickly with a decent lacing.

Smell is fantastic with citrus, sweet yeast and molasses.

Taste has great follow through. Orange peel and the sweet/ spicy yeast rings true.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Crisp and tight carbonation. Dry with a great finish of a beer that is deceptively strong.

Outstanding drinkability. This is a sipper, through and through. Don't be fooled... this one will sneak up on you. I would have this again in a heartbeat. Great beer.

12-03-2008 04:57:14 | More by astrasday
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proc

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours out to a pastel yellow in the glass. Aroma brings forth a good dose of lemon. The taste falls in line with the Unibroue group of beers with a signature yeast doing its magic. Lemon, citrus and slight nuttiness are present. Such a well-crafted beer. It hides the ABV very well.

01-27-2005 01:12:11 | More by proc
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.