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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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1,265 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,265
Hads: 2,695
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 153
Gots: 299 | 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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Photo of Aenema
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy straw with a 1.5 finger ivory white head and little lacing.
Smell - Fruity esters and pear.
Taste - Similar to the nose, but sugary yeast and some spicy notes in addition to fruit and pear.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied with fine, vigorous carbonation. Scrubs the palate nicely.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.
Overall - A good beer, but not good enough or unique enough to select over several other Unibroue beers.

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Photo of greg202stewart
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- a golden orange, with a frothy head

s- smells like citrus and hops

t- This beer is very citrusy, it tastes a bit too much like orange peel. It's similar to La Fin Du Monde but with more orange peel taste that's very tart.

m- has some nice spices, but too cirtusy

d- sadly I love Unibroue but hate this beer. A La Fin Du Monde gone wrong

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white 2 finger head, poor retention and a resulting lace that's spotty.

Smell - Aromas are sweet and fruity; banana, peach and cream.

Taste - Starts sharp and sweet with some nice spice notes of clove and coriander; by midtaste the flavor rotates to include wheat and a touch of cream. Finish has an unusual coconut quality to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Low carbonation, but it's got a sharp acidity and a creamy mouthfeel that goes well with the flavors presented.

Overall - Does well to hide the 9% ABV, but unfortunately just a tad sweet for my tastes. Good beer, but not one I couldn' t live without.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/16/12

Appearance: Cloudy, light copper/apricot in color, pours with a surprisingly minimal head (considering this is corked and caged) - keeps a little cap, minimal lacing

Smell: Typical Unibroue yeast, a floral spiciness, and a number of light fruits - tart apples, white grapes, some honey, mild citrus, some cloves - some booze

Taste: Less interesting than the smell - pale and slightly cooked malts, some caramel, a touch of wet biscuits - Unibroue yeast, but it works well here - clove, banana - floral, a little earthy, grassy - tons of light fruits, mostly apples and pears - sweet with candi sugar - some hot booze in the back

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, pretty smooth and crisp

Overall: Good, not great

I guess I shouldn't have opened this bottle expecting something at the level of Duvel. It's good, and it's a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it's a little too fruity and too sweet. This is one of the better uses of the potent Unibroue yeast strain, but it's not one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head in the beginning but it fades quickly. No lace whatsoever. The color is a cross between amber and gold. While not as cloudy as other Uniboue's, it's still true to form for a Belgian ale.

Vanilla ice cream is the first aroma note I detect. Maple syrup comes next but lightly. Smells like a dessert beer.

Maple syrup sweetness comes through in the flavor. The alcohol presense is felt with the warming sensation in the belly. No bitterness counterpoint, which I yearn for as a hop head. The aftertaste quickly fades.

This is an interesting beer but a little sweet for my palate. I don't consider this up to the superior standards of Unibroue's other offerings.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a slightly hazy straw colored yellow with slow flowing bubbles floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. A nice snow white head forms on the surface, but quickly fades to a collar around the beer. An aroma of honey, toasted malt, yeast and spicy clove hovers over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied brew begins sweet with a nice honey flavor. Clove and toasted malt fill the middle and a slightly fruity alcohol flavor finishes each sip.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter: poured a hazy apricot amber with 1.5 fingers of white head, with spotty lacing. Drank this at room temperature. Smelled of mango, apricot, pineapple, syrup, soap, and candi sugar. The taste was very syrupy and tropical fruit-based from start through the finish. Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel, but it took me a while to get past the overwhelming tropical fruit aspect. Not very sessionable for my taste.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle a cloudy pale orange with lots of carbonation; large white head; all the expected really big aromas; mouth-feel is lively and thick medium body; taste has a light note of spice, grasses, pear and apple; slight presence of alchohol

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle arrived for a birthday tasting in January 2009 & escaped the carnage of the evening, living in the dank, quiet of my cellar ever since. Until this evening. Split with my wife after an evening of mingling with the glitterati (not our choice).

Pours like an eclipse of the sun, that watery, hazy orangish yellow leaking around the edges of the moon. Smells...like...bananas. Maybe cloves. Mostly bananas.

Don de Dieu has aged into a rather odd concoction of banana, cloves, with an mat of medicinal sting, which actually plays well off the flavors. Warm cane sugar drifts in, & the alcohol is distinct even after this time. Too sweet to drink much of.

Huh. This has aged into a good beer, but what I'm getting off it doesn't match up with the past several reviews, but I'm not sure I dig it enough to grab one to taste fresh. Nice brew.

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Photo of deanhead
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale colored and bubbly, with many tiny bubbles dancing around in the beer. Unfortunately there was some chillhaze evident with my serving.

Smelled yeasty and sweet, almost candy like with some earthy tones, hints of blood orange.

Tasted light, sweet and alcoholic almost solvent like, with some highly phenolic notes. Somewhat grainey with a hint light bitterness. Onthe money for the style.

Highly carbonated, and mostly light in body. Very drinkable beer, that became easier to consume as it warmed up nicely in my hands

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Photo of Avagadro
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color, and hazy as hell, DDD holds a head as good as the rest of them. Looks great!

S: Bouquet is almost silent, with only a touch of that Belgian greatness making it to the nose.

T: Dryer than LFDM, with many of the same flavors: honey, clove, and banana are most noticeable.

M: Very light in body with exceptional carbonation.

D: A superb example of the style, as Unibroue is known for.

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Photo of bfflo
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbulent, cloudy apple-juice yellow, with floaties, and a full and fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing. Smell is spiced apples and cinnamon, licorice, bready and slightly pungent notes, with a diffused alcoholic undertone. Strong, strange bouquet overall. Starts off and finishes not unlike a hard apple cider of some kind, with a champagne-like prickly, punchy middle, and a dry wine/dried-apple finish. I used to absolutely love this beer -- it was one of my favorites -- but after a long fall/winter season of stouts and porters, this tastes too much like some kind of weird, spicy candy-beer. While tasty, it is too sweet and apple-juicey, coming off a little like some kind of oddball glorified wine cooler. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty good, and there's a lot going on in it; but I am not as taken with it these days as I once was. B.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong, bready Belgian yeast flavor that is complimented by mildly sweet flavors of banana, spices and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance and there's also a hint of alcohol. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I've certainly had better in the style, but it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

A: louded gold color with a nice bone white fluffy head. Some slight residual lacing.

S: Clove-spice, slight banana yeast.

T: Same as smell with a hint of alcohol. Pretty sweet as well.

M: Very carbonated, ending dry and crisp.

D: Not bad, slightly cloying and pretty spicy. Not one of the better Unibroue's.

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Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but falls short of the last Unibroue I tried (Trois Pistoles). Pours a hazy orange color topped with a thick white head. The aroma is nice, that of a strong orange juice. Fruity, floral, yeasty and a bit sour and tangy tasting. High alcohol content, and they do a decent job hiding it. It's a good beer but not a great one.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian, not a beer. Don De Dieu, beer, not funny, and hard to say.

The pour is a pilsner lemony yellow color with very good clarity and amber carbonation in the bubbles. The foam on top shows but also activity in the beer itself. The egg-white foam lasted through out the tasting as left decent lacing.

The smell is noticeable with Belgium sweet malts and a yeast strain to kick. A strong candi note is very pronounced. There also is a bit of a fruity note that is more lemon citrus but some apple tart as well. Not much on the spice overtones.

The taste is really bubbly from high carbonation. The first real taste I get is a very smooth and sweet malt. This is a combo of the Belgium and clear candi. The fruity taste becomes more noticeable then the nose would indicate with the apple notes coming up more. A good tartness but finishes with a citrus bite at the end. The ABV phenols tastes are remarkable missing but the aftertaste has definite glows to let you know its still there.

The body is hard to trace but about the mid range. The carbonation is way too high for this and kind of masks some of the really good flavors out there. Overall this is a good beer but just like Cannonball Run, could be better.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very palish orange color with bits of yeast visibly floating around. Looks very creamy, if that is possible.

Fuity smell with a distinct ester presence. Maybe not the best smell to some people but it definitely strikes the nose.

The taste is a very complex one. The high alcohol content becomes present as does its honey and fruit elements. The taste leaves almost as fast as the the sip was, with a nice dry finish.

I wouldn't add this to my regular drinking schedule, but is a nice and exciting beer to expand ones pallet.

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Photo of jettjon
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Complex flavor
Lows: Dry/alcohol notes

Pours a translucent grapefruit juice color with visible, spice-like sediment that detracts—be careful on the pour (more careful than necessary, in my opinion—there seemed to be a lot of loose sediment in the bottle). Head is one finger of attractive, fine white bubbles that fades at a moderate pace to a thin head fueled by light carbonation. Nose is initially extremely sweet, as in an apple Jolly Rancher. There’s that seemingly signature Unibroue apple/grape wine touch as well. Flavor is initially sweet and fruity, like apple or grape juice. This gives way to a strong honey mead flavor with some alcohol at the end. No evident hops. Mouth is like soda pop: bubbly and filling. The finish is dry alcohol. Drinkability is a touch above average; this is a pretty rich beer, not to mention possessing of 9% ABV.

Overall: The weakest Unibroue offering I’ve tried. Trois Pistoles blows this one away (no pun intended).

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Photo of prandolph
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting good things from this beer. Poured nicely from a 750ml into a goblet, with a nice, lingering head. The aroma was nearly non-existent, which was a little disappointing. Nice carbonation and had nice body to it. I detected a bit of a sour, almost metallic aftertaste which, frankly, turned me off a bit. Overall, it was good, but not as good as I was expecting. I could see it paired with perhaps a spicy dish, with the brew's sweetness a nice complement to the spice.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow gold with intense carbonation and monstrosity of a head which dissipates to nothingness in little time. No lacing remains.

S - Fruity, very tart smelling, but not sour, apples and white peach mostly, some coriander and light bodied malt as well.

T - Tart and sweet with an apple (McIntosh) presence, this whole flavor lingers very long. A bit of light malty backbones joins the aftertaste. It isn't very deep though.

M - Carbonation is too high, thick, pretty smooth and very refreshing.

D - Pretty easy to drink. It is way too strong and a bit too sweet for long term consumption. I wouldn't mind enjoying this again, but I would likely choose another Unibroue offering ofer this.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy straw color with a efervescent (sp??) white head & body. Minimal lacing and head retention

Smell: Some spice and alcohol

Taste: Apple like tastes combine with yeast & alcohol. Dry plummy finish

MF: Syruppy but well balanced good carbonation levels

Drinkable but not moreish. two would by my max, really feel the abv. Not my cup of tea, but representative of its style. Belgian beer freaks will enjoy this

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Photo of BierFan
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Medium white head with a cloudy golden orange body. Very lively carbonation.

Smell: Signature Unibroue yeast aroma. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Nothing spectacular about it, but it's still pretty good. It just seems like I've "been there and done that" after having a few other Unibroue beers. There beers are just too similar to each other.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow. Looks like apple juice. No noticable carbonation and a thick and fluffy white head.

S - Lot's of yeast and fruit.

T - Same as the aroma with lot's of nice light fruity flavours sort of like peaches. Yeastiness there as well.

M - Light body which is odd. Minimal carbonation. Goes down smooth and nicely.

D - High drinkability on this. Not the most complex thing in the world but nice and tasty.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam that rests on top of a hazy, golden-orange body. The foam fades away quite quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of pepper, coriander, and pineapple. Some soft wheat and malt in the background.

T - Peppery yeast notes up front with some sweet malt. A little bit of pear comes out in the middle with accompanying clove. The beer finishes with sweet malt and a hint of wheat that accentuates the background notes of pineapple and pear. Spicy pepper and clove linger on the palate along with some herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it finishes a little bit sweet but it has all of the right flavor characteristics. The malt sweetness helps to bring out the fruity characteristics of the yeast, while the spicy notes do just fine on their own. There is a lot of pepper and clove throughout as well as a light, spicy hop flavor in the finish. An enjoyable beer overall, though Fin Du Monde is a much better example of the style.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.