Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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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:
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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Drogon
4.75/5  rDev +15%

It's hard to describe this, but it is a unique Belgian ale with a sweet coriander malt richness, smells great tastes great, So for all the ales from Uniboue are excellent. I'm seeking out there other offereings as well to try them out.

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Photo of dennarb
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours almost orange with an ivory head. The carbonation holds up for a good fifteen minutes. This is one delicious beer. The aroma just jumps out as you before the glass gets near your mouth. And what an aroma - full of ripe peaches and home made toffee but not the least artificial - somehow clean on top of the fruitiness. The taste is even better -round and malty with just the right hints of fruit and spices to make every mouthful a joy. There certainly is some alcohol and wheatiness that give it spunk. The name means something like gift of God and that would be silly for most beers but not this one.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(05-02) Pours out into my tulip a mostly clear color of appple cider with a siignificant orange tinge - apricot and tangerine juice? A fizzy belgian-style head rizes up, pure white and cola-looking, and hangs out for a minute before dissappearing almost completely, to my dissappointment. Lots and lots of rising bubble streams try to refill the head but don't quite make it.

The scent is oh-so-Belgian and oh-so-Unibroue - I LOVE the yeast they use! It's so deliciously multi-flavored - nut, bread, fruit, earth, honey. The scent is all yeast and gets the mouth watering for the flavor...

Oh, my, what flavor! This gets so nice as it warms up! be sure to drink this at the proper temperature. There are significant notes of apricot and peach, soft and sugary fruits on the tip of the tongue, with a gorgeous fruity-bready yeast middle and a small perky fizz on the back of the tongue that isn't bitter whatsoever but balances out the delicious flavors on the front. Damn, this is good! The more I sip and savor it, the more delicious it tastes. Significant apricot flavors are well-balanced and.. well... Pretty much perfect!

Slightly fizzy carbonation for an instant, then suddenly it becomes smooth, very creamy, with a slight balancing tang. Feels very good in the mouth, leaving behind a wonderfullly unobtrusive aftertaste/afterfeel that lingers the final flavors on the back of the tongue.

You know, after drinking this, I've come to the conclusion that Unibroue is absolutely my favorite brewer of Belgian-style ales. Every single one I've had is wonderful.

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Photo of challenja
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Total Wine Fairfax, VA

A: Orange clouded haze with light bubbling up gesturing to the open air. White sticky backed bread broth.

S: Orange spiced yellow white pepper and lemon rinds. Nice barley breaded malts. Sun ripened honey suckle.

T: Orange spice, white pepper forward. Loaded wheat barley, toasted barley seeds, toffee cake. Hot and tongue tingling spice box. Intense and powerful. Cardamon yellow dandelions. Lemon peel and bakers yeast.

M: Fully high acidity. Tingling Pop Rocks mouth explosion! WOW! Citrus wheat heavy.

O: Another stellar offering from Unibroue! A must try for all spiced Belgian Wheat beer fans!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! When I think of products from the Great White North I think of Labbats, hockey pucks, and syrup. They're nice, but this is one of the best beers I've had lately.

It's a dark orange brew that's cloudy and bubbly. For the first 8 minutes or so it's capped with a finger of white foam. The aroma is mostly orange and very pleasant. The taste has orange with some heffeweisen-type wheat, it's sweet and very smooth and goes down easy, even when that 9% abv hits. This is not a definite repeat, it's an absolute repeat.

Cheers!

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Photo of descartes
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Unibroue and my was it a treat. Poured from a 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A slightly orange yellow with a quarter inch head.
Smell: Very sweet smell, hints of lemon and orange.
Taste: Honey front which turns into a fruity middle with slight hops keeping it fron becoming too sweet. Finishes with a orange alcoholic taste, also some apples in there..
Drinkability: Give me more please! Beware this drink doesn't feel like 9%.

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Photo of hyuga
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since this is a wheat beer, I went ahead and poured the sediment in as I would with a wit. In my Allagash glass, it came out a murky orange with whitish edges, topped by a massive bleach-white head that settles to a good drinking level. Not too big, not too small.

Wow! This literally smells like a hot bowl of oatmeal with vanilla. Wheat too. I'm very impressed by the aroma. Hints of the classic Unibroue yeast spiciness in the background. A bit fruity as well.

Very interesting on the palate as well. A light citrus fruitiness (not to be confused with citrusy hop character, more like biting into a tangerine) is what I notice first. Good bit of clove and some other yeast spice subtleties all around. Great wheat malt character, especially in the middle. I'm fairly sure they didn't use oats in this, but it hits me as a little oaty. Subtle hops play cheerfully upon the tongue in unison with the yeast spices. Maybe a little pepper. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness with some fruitiness.

Great creaminess in the mouthfeel. Makes the tongue tingle, which balances the creaminess very well.

Another very impressive and unique offering from Unibroue. What would you call this, a Triple Wit? This certainly could become my favorite Unibroue beer. Insanely drinkable, it hides its 9% very well, as most Unibroue beers do. Now that it's available here in NC, I'm definitely stocking up on this. I can imagine having a good creamy cheese with this that's a little on the sharp side. In fact, I may just do so right now as I finish this gem.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle with best before 06/05/10, poured into chalice.

A: Golden orange with slight cloudiness. White head that falls back quickly and slight lace retention.

S: Light fruity, toffee, and spice aromas with heavy phenols present.

T&M: Smooth with fruitiness and floral flavors. Slight sweetness and soft hop fizz follows with some spice and esters. Very mild oily aftertaste on the pallette.

Very good beer. It is definitely top of the Unibroue's I've tasted.

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Photo of ludachris
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its glowing peachy orange hued body is made murky by the yeast sediment that once sat at the bottom of the bottle. A creamy white cap of head sits on top. Despite being so hazy, strong levels of carbonation can still be seen crawling up the sides of the glass.

Sweet and zesty pineapple is the main feature of the nose. Dried apricots and a bit of orange creamsicle make my mouth water. I still get a pronounced spicy sweet character as well as some ripe banana; both imparted by Unibroue's Belgian yeast strain.

Wow. Juicy and incredibly fruity. The bouquet of fruit in the nose has expanded to include ripe peaches and Anjou pears. A spiciness from the yeast as well as a faint damp wheat note form the edges around the beer. A very delicate bitterness meets with the the sweetness in the finish. A subtle, frothy breadiness lingers on the tongue.

The feel is frothy and rich; something I've come to associate with Unibroue. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The ABV is masterfully hidden.

This makes me say with confidence that Unibroue is my favourite Canadian brewery. For me, this is near perfect from start to finish. Its beautifully rendered juicy fruitiness makes this beer world class and places it at the very top of the style. I'll be sure to buy some for the cellar.

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Photo of SebD
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in 22oz snifter.

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy fruit, some banana, lemon spices and some Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice soft citrusy/fruity taste, getting some apple, some nice lemony spice, floral notes and Belgian yest. Overall great sweetness and the alcohol taste is unnoticeable.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice creamy and fruity balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. Another great ale from Unibroue!

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Photo of cbl2
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Slightly hazy liquid gold with an abundance of carbonation leading to 2 inches of head that has good retention.

Smell:

Dried apricots with honey are the flavor combo that can't wait to be tasted by my tongue.

Taste/Moutfeel:

The only thing that could make me believe in God is the taste of this beer! Unibroue has done it again with this one. It starts off super sweet, then it shifts to tart, and as the carbonation seeps off in your mouth this deliscious fruit salad emerges. Extremely well balanced, this is not a beer to be missed.

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Photo of Kwak
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent head nice and full kind of fluffy a little rocky.

Great body hazy orange / yellow color.

I loved the taste you had your white beer and your wheat beer together. A lot of flavor And plenty of aftertaste with hints of clove and other spices.

This is something I could get into drinking, very tasty!

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 750ml bottle at cellar temperature

A: Thick 2.5 finger head with some lacing. Bubbles streaming up the glass making it look almost champagne like. Nice opaque blonde color due to the yeast being poured into my glass.

S: A little bit of honey, cloves and coriander.

T: Quiet similar to Fin Du Monde. Rather sweet with little hop character and relies mostly on Belgian style malts and yeast. Delicious clove and coriander flavors fill the mouth with a nice spiciness. Pears and apple flavors are also present as well. Beautifully refreshing despite the high alcohol content. Perhaps some honey too.

M: Crisp finish due to the high carbonation and the alcohol tends to dry the palate a tad. Bubbles tickle your tongue on the way in and throat on the way down. Alcohol content is barely noticeable making this beer dangerously drinkable.

O: Very good beer. Unibroue is my favorite brewery and this just strengthened that bond. Will buy again. I will probably buy a mixed 341 pack though instead of having to sit down and drink a 750 by myself.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a nice fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is very sweet and fruity, sweet sugars and yeast.

The taste is of sweet fruit, spice, toasted malt, some notes of toffee.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This is a delicious beer, full of flavor and very well balanced.

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Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours cloudy honey colored with a big white head. smells of ripe fruit and spices, ripe banana, sweet smelling like rock candy. taste is very complex and I pickup something new with each sip, yeast, ripe fruits honey and spices. mouthfeel was light and good carbonation. buy it try it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a cloudy, amber appearance with a thick head, which disappeared after awhile.

Gave off a very fruit aroma. Rich with citrus and some yeast. Actually, quite a strong aroma.

The taste was exceptional. Had lots of orange and lemon, along with the aforementioned yeast. A complex flavor that never overreaches.

Highly carbonated quality gave a good, prickly mouthfeel.

This is an intensely drinkable beer. Not my favorite of Unibroue's (that's still La Fin du Monde), but it's an exceptional beer.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Don de Dieu

Presentation: 12 oz. gold foil top bottle poured into goblet.

This beer pours a deep apricot with a big creamy white head that lasts for several minutes. There is no clarity through the glass, although a pour of the yeast in the bottom yielded a "peppered" look with particles suspended in a thick liquid gold. Smells sweet, ripe apricots and some spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied and almost creamy--very very very smooth despite the high ABV. Tastes are sweet with a variety of fruits--apples, apricots, and peaches. There is a very slight bite from the carbonation and alcohol, but this is barely noticeable.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers. A PERFECT example of how a strong belgian pale ale (9%) can be so balanced and incredibly drinkable. I could drink this until the room started spinning.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, glowing apricot color with a nice creamy white head.

Smell: Has an aroma of fruits, especially ripe pear and a hint of apples, as well as some mild spices and yeast.

Taste: The first taste to hit the mouth is great. Lightly-spiced ripe fruits, such as pears, apricots, and apples. There's a bit of wheat present too. I've seen stores describe this as tasting "tropical," but I think that is a bit off the mark. "Late summer harvest" might be a bit more appropriate.

Mouthfeel: Soft and viscous, though I would say this is a light- to medium-bodied beer. Very smooth (though some grains are present) and with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: This is a bit deceptive alcohol-wise, as it's very strong but doesn't taste it! It's very drinkable, though possibly not quite as much as some other Unibroue beers.

Unibroue does it again. An excellent Belgian strong pale ale that competes nicely with some of their other beers. Crisp, refreshing, soft, and elegant. Recommended to both those who enjoy, and those interested in, this style of beer. I will get this again for sure.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber. Thick white clumpy/rocky head that gives way to sparse but dramatic lacing

S - Nose is fruit esters and alcohol. Honey and yeast.

T - Divine (get it?). Fruits and sweet malts. Spices both mask and yet accentuate the high ABV%. Robust and yet light. Truly a champagne of a beer. As the beer warms the honey flavor becomes more prominent as does the fertile yeast.

M - Medium. Lush with effervescent carbonation.

D - As many other have stated, amazingly refreshing and drinkable; esp. with a 9.0 ABV%.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Gold/orange with a strong head. The bubbles make it look like there's a volcano inside the glass.

Smell: Yeast, banana, cloves and other spices, bubblegum.

Taste: Banana, clove, yeast, bubblegum, wheat, orange, pepper, coriander...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bubbly, smooth, with just a hint of bittersweet aftertaste.

The Verdict: Excellent. You can call it a Belgian strong pale ale or a Tripel Wheat or just call it delicious. I'm becoming a big fan of Unibroue. Complex, balanced, and full of flavor.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smuggled out of Quebec thanks to A.T., we sampled Unibroue's Don De Dieu ("DDD") in a corked and caged 750 ml bottle with a production date of November 23, 2011 printed on the neck. DDD is billed by Unibroue as a Triple Wheat Ale, and is 9.0% alcohol by volume. Unibroue has produced this beer since 1998.

DDD poured a lightly cloudy orange/golden colour that took on more of a peach hue when held up to the light. Pouring produced a 2" bubbly white head that receded fairly quickly and left no spotting or lacing down the glass. Despite the cloudiness of the beer, a steady stream of fine bubbles was visible. The beer's aroma was nothing short of wonderful...a big aroma of cloves, with banana, apricot and yeast evident. I think I spent more time smelling this beer than drinking it. The taste began with cloves and banana, giving way to the apricot and yeast, finishing with a modestly sour note which lingered for a few seconds as an aftertaste. As the beer warmed, the apricot aroma grew stronger, and an alcohol aroma became noticeable...not surprising at 9.0% ABV. Warming also enhanced the taste, with the apricot again becoming stronger, and orange, plus a warming alcohol taste emerging. The further down the glass I drank, the better this beer became. DDD had a lively carbonation that contributed to a crisp mouthfeel, and I would describe the beer as light to medium bodied.

The verdict...brilliant stuff from the folks at Unibroue. My only complaints would be the relatively poor head retention, and DDD's $9.99 per bottle price tag which cost it a couple of points on the 'value for money' factor. This definitely goes onto my 'special treat' list, and becomes a must buy when in Montreal.

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Photo of Aml42000
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Cloudy lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Layered spices and pit fruit. Coriander and clove give way to summer peach and some orange zest. Powerful and complex. As deep as one could want.

T- There is a hint of sweetness here, but more baking spice and SE Asian flavors mix beautifully with the exceptional yeast/ester flavors present. This finished beautifully and dramatically on a citrus note.

M- Soft and pretty with medium carbonation. The alcohol isn't detectable at all. There is a lingering aftertaste, but the mouth is dry and fresh and you simply want more of this. Top drawer.

O- The Unibroue lineup consistently delivers and this is one of the peaks of that group. I would recommend this beer to anyone and drink with a variety of food in any season.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A classic Unibroue label with beautiful artwork depicting a ship in calm waters with the rays of light showing that the storm is over and all is safe. I think that Don de Dieu means "gift of god" or "day of god" and I imagine that the ships crew has been given a gift from god in that the waters have calmed and the storm has passed. Whatever. Lets look at the beer. A massive, massive, massive, four finger plus head rises above a clear bright marigold brew that shines like a Spanish doubloon minted from the gold of El Dorado! This is a beautifully hued brew with a really nice and thick head that recedes to a solid cap and gets a little bit rocky on it's way down. Some sea foam lace is left on the glass.

S - The top note is a dead ringer for Dewar's, and I loves me some Dewars! I smell rich sweet scotch-esque malt from afar, but getting closer I smell more vibrant fruit. Banana baby-food, mango, peach, and cantaloupe. There are also some sweet-potato with marshmallows and brown sugar notes that really add complexity. Maple syrup, some muddy earth-tones, and a bit of alcohol are there too. Damn...good stuff!

T - Initially very sweet with huge maple syrup and fruit-syrup flavors (like the apricot pancake syrup at IHOP). Some green grass hops make an appearance in the mid-palate, and make me think of a horse barn or a dry prairie in the fall.

M - Creamy, rich, sugary, and ridiculously full-bodied. Very little carbonation, which is surprising given the gun-shot pop and massive head when pouring. Maybe it expended all of the gas on the head formation and has nothing left for my tongue. That's fine by me, the almost complete lack of carbonation adds to the scotch vibe of this excellent brew. The finish is extraordinarily dry! It wicks the moisture out of my mouth faster than a big tannic cabernet or a mouthful of sand! The desert-dry finish is really great and it helps to clear the sweet sugar from my mouth before the next sip. This is really one of the most unique mouthfeels that I've ever experienced. Note: as suspected a gentle pour results in much more carbonation and a slightly smaller head...pour slowly if you like tingly bubbles, and dump this stuff in the glass if you like smoother low-key carbonation.

D - This stuff is outstanding. Unibroue is quickly becoming my favorite brewer, and this is one of it's better beers. It doesn't quite stand up to the shinning example set forth by it's "apocalyptic" sibling, but it is much different than that outstanding brew and some may like it better. This one deserves world-class status for it's phenomenal mouthfeel alone.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy, even in a long-stored and carefully poured bottle. Orange-marmalade in color and topped by a rocky, bright-white head that eventually drops to an exceptionally creamy 1/4" covering and leaves excellent lace. The aroma is bold: quite yeasty, fruity (orange rind, dried apricot), citrusy, spicy. I keep looking for more but don't find it. The body is medium/light with a very fine, tiny bubbled and effervescent carbonation and gives a creamy texture in the mouth. The flavor is mouthfilling and extravagant, following the aroma's lead with orange, citrus, and clove atop a gentle malty sweetness awash in alcohol. It starts boldly sweet upfront, revealing soft spices as it warms, and finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of dried fruits. The spice eventually builds to leave a tingle on the tongue. Quite intense. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Loki
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz. bottle

Poured a golden yellow with streams of tiny bubbles like you would see in champagne with a big, white head that fades to a thin covering and leaves wonderful lacing.

Aromas of malt, yeast, honey, and coriander with other spices. I can't pick all the flavors out, too complex for my nose to pick all the flavor, but they draw me in. Wonderful

The first taste is sweet malt, honey, citrus fruit, spices like coriander. Medium body with bubbly carbonation that tickles the tongue. Wonderful beer, so far Unibroue can do no wrong.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.