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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,257
Hads: 2,658
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.55%
Wants: 140
Gots: 281 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into small snifter. bottled oct 9 2014. consumed sep 1 2015

a: hazy golden yellow white bubbly white head

s: white pepper, clove, strong banana, lemon, apple, pear, orange peel, white bread, slight peach

t: tart lemon, clove, overripe banana, bready malt, dry white pepper, mild apple & pear notes, orange peel

m: bubbly belgian carbonation in a medium-bodied liquid

o: pretty standard BSPA with emphasis on the spices. tasty (445 characters)

Photo of CraftFan5
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just in time with this one, as the bottle says drink by 8/15/15. I wonder how old that makes this bottle? I had a helluva time getting the cork off. Sheesh. 750 ml bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

Anyway...

A - A bright orange with an off-white head. Head dissipates quickly, with just a few bubbles sticking around on top. Definitely hazy with a few floaties. Eh.

N - Juice, orange or grapefruit. Not a strong aroma, but a delightful one. Cheers!

T - Interesting! Has that banana-type flavor you get in a tripel, and the wheat gives it a little bit of tartness. I don't love tripels, but I grew up drinking wheat beers, so I'm enjoying this one quite a bit.

M - If you let the beer sit in your mouth for a few seconds you get this creaminess or butter-y-ness. I see no streaming bubbles, but I get plenty of carbonation on the tongue. I well-made beer.

O - First Belgian style I've had in a while, and I definitely miss them. Unibroue never fails to impress, and this one is no different. (1,008 characters)

Photo of lastmango
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 3 finger wheat head. Aroma is musty yeast. Malt forward with hint of citrus and alcohol, followed by a bit of sourness, which dissipates after more sips. This triple wheat packs a punch at 9 abv. (237 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Orange-gold in color, moderately hazy, a large amount of slightly off-white head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Belgian style wheat and spice, a tiny hint of booze.

Taste - 4.25/5
Lighty and fruity, with flavors of vanilla and angel cake. Overall the flavor is pretty complex and tasty. Hard to describe fully, but quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Slightly less than medium body. Smooth, carbonation is slight. Fairly creamy but still some crispness as well. I think the feel goes well with the rest of the beer.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this was a great wheat beer which had a lot of unique flavor, and a good feel to it. I would definitely recommend giving this a try. (672 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured from a Unibroue summer sampler pack.

A slow pour results in three fingers of pretty dense head atop a cloudy peach/orange coloured beer. The head recedes to a finger or so, but persists, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Dominant smell is the fruity, estery yeast, slight sourness, pale malt, a bit of wheat and some slight spice. Sour patch kids? Green apples? Slight grassy notes. Taste is more of the same: fruity (peach, green apple, sour fruits?), yeasty, slight sourness or tartness. Pale malt. Gentle spices (clove? coriander? orange zest?). Heavily carbonated (which I'm not crazy about, even though I acknowledge it's par for the style): very bubbly on the tongue, but with nice, full and rich body.

A very solid brew, but doesn't click for me the way Unibroue beers once did. Maybe that's on me and my taste buds, maybe that's on an entire craft beer world that's grown up around them in the five years since I last sat down and seriously sampled one of their offerings. I doubt that the beer itself has changed. Certainly still a benchmark for the style (or at least a benchmark for New World versions of the style). (1,153 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw peach color with powerful activity. Extra foamy, almost creamy, white sparkly 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of fresh apple and sweet grains, slightly metallic. Flavors of citrus lemon, coriander, apple, peach, pineapple, fruit ester, honey/caramel, floral and herbal spices. Bready and woody/oaky feel. Highly sweet but still sharp.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a slightly vinous fruity estery feel with a dash of spices.

Overall an excellent craft having good freshness and nice complex flavors, well balanced and intensified. Pretty good but not my favorite Belgian Ale. (692 characters)

Photo of joesi
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

High carbonation, and it is fine and smooth. Makes for something one can savor for quite a while.

Lots of phenolic taste, quite a lot of alcohol taste as well, but it can take quite some time to notice because it's quite well concealed. The most notable thing to me which many people don't seem to be noticing much of is an extremely strong sweet taste/sensation. It's not necessarily a normal sugary sweetness, but it's VERY present for me. I don't think I've had anything before that tastes this sweet.
The hops is definitely far in the back row here, and the good ol' Unibroue yeasts are present as usual and quite noticeable (at least after the phenolic and sweetness).

I like La Resolution far better than this, but despite that, I'd still say that it is great and that it feels more like a winter beer. Overall it's quite similar to La Fin du Monde, and reminiscent (I guess the phenolic and alcohol?) of La Resolution as well.

I like other beer better than this, but for what it is I guess it's great. (1,011 characters)

Photo of TH28
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 8/6/17 code date. Appearance: deep golden and hazy with a frothy white head. Aroma: Orange, clove, pear esters dominate. Ethanol also apparent. Taste: Rich, sweet citrus orange and clove up front, giving way to pear on the backside. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high carbonation and hint if alcohol warmth. Finish: Dry with strong pear flavors linger with brisk bitterness. Overall: A fuller bodied, more citrus forward version of a BGS. This one is fuller bodied and definitely a sipper. Very good. (520 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure I'm giving this a fair rating because the bottle had been sitting for a few years - was part of a four-pack from Trader Joe's. Finally opened it for Canada Day.

Pours golden with a little bit of haze. Not much head. Aroma/taste of apple and spice (ginger?). No hops because old bottle. Dry finish, strong carbonation. Easy drinking despite 9% ABV. How can this be so heavy and so light at the same time?

Definitely would get again. (450 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty beer with a very pleasant nose. Aromas of apples, pears, oranges and spices. Mouth feel is sharp with a lingering tickle. Appearance is deep golden straw color with a hint of orange juice that gives it a nice and murky look. Taste is similar to La Fin Du Monde with a heavy amount of citrus and apple juice added. Really enjoyable beer from Unibroue. (356 characters)

Photo of MLoxxer
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding example of a Belgian strong pale. I poured mine out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. What little head was produced diminished immediately into nothing. The aroma is beautifully yeasty and becoming of the style. The flavor is muscular as it should be but not the least unpleasant. This one is on my recommended list for sure. (343 characters)

Photo of TDotScott
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

L- Light gold with a stark white head that didn't stick around long.

S- Bready malts, esters reminiscent of apple, pear, and banana. Some floral hops.

T- as the aroma, wheat bread up front, with a little acidity for balance. Fruity and bitter on the finish.

F- Very effervescent and well attenuated just as it should be.

O- a great rendition of the style, even if the wheat is a bit heavy handed. (441 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Starts off with ripe, dry grape on the nose, like a Chardonnay, with some straw yeast as well. The crispness carries over, with tart apple and grape must followed by some medium malt graininess. Perfectly carbonated, and finishes easy with some final lingering of dry fruit. (276 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that did not lace but retained decently. The body is a slightly cloudy deep gold with solid and steady carbonation.

Smell: Very nice, as fruity apple and pear is prominent to a biscuit malt background with touches of cloves. Very strong and didn't need warming which did tend to bring the malt out more.

Taste: Starts with a nice mild roasted malt kick with a slight touch of pear cider. The yeast then takes over as grape, apple and touches of corriander, cherries and cloves come forward with a touch of herbal and earth hops to finish off mildly.

Mouthfeel: Transistions masterfully and the carbonation accents all aspects of the beer. The aftertaste while slightly drier does leave you with a bit of that apple and pear yeast taste.

Drinkability: Light bodied but you feel the carbonation well after the beer has been imbibed. The dry note takes away some of the ease of drinking, but not very much. Easy to drink, and very dangerous stuff given it's high ABV

Final Thoughts: Another great brew from Unibroue which sets the standard for excellence in Canadian beer. It honestly makes me wish more competent Canadian brewers took on Belgian styles. I guess though, if you had to be compete with this stuff, you'd be hard pressed to make a better product. Two thumbs up. (1,318 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour from 750 ml into oversized snifter. Great amber color with a small, finger-width head. Plenty of fruit smells -- banana and apple prominent -- with a sweet side as well. Apple fruit flavor, meaning tartness, with plenty of spice notes throughout. Mouthfeel is very smooth, quite light on the tongue. Overall very good beer, though I preferred La Fin Du Monde. (364 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to snifter. One finger crisp head, fades rather quickly into thin film. A ring of head around glass edge, but little lacing. Darker straw color, and quite cloudy. Lots of yeast floating throughout. Bananas and cloves on nose, with some tropical fruit and brown sugar characteristics. Hints of strawberry and clementine. Tastes very fruity, mostly bright red fruits and green grapes. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste, works well in the balance. Some spiciness. Higher carbonation and thicker, slightly syrupy body, though leaves a sparkling sensation that lingers. Does not seem like it is 9%. Delicious, complex and balanced. Though on expensive side (~$4/12 oz bottle), will certainly be buying more for special occasions. (742 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy gold, very finely bubbled 3” cream colored foam collar that leaves spliotches of lace on the glass.
S: Banana, spice, perfume, citrus.
T: Fruit, nectarine, biscuit with some spicy herbal dryness on the finish.
F: Very creamy texture with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: This yeast driven beer features big fruit flavors with a light biscuit background and a spicy accent. (401 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent, golden amber color with a finger’s worth of fine, white froth. Aroma smells of bread, honey, clove, coriander, and caramel.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely, with bready, honeyed malt accented by clove, coriander, moscato, and zesty, slightly citric yeast. Alcohol is supremely well concealed for its weight. Medium body and high carbonation make for a vibrant, vigorous mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a no-frills Belgian ale that’s just plain good all the way around. One of my two favorites from Unibroue.

*This bottle was aged just over a year. (602 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very quick review (will update someday). Surprisingly crisp & sleek for the style, pours straw/gold with brilliant aromatics of both the fruit & yeast components. Carb is a touch on the high side, but I personally like it that way. (233 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After one glass this quickly became one of my favorite beers, if not my favorite. Beautiful slightly cloudy yellow with 2 fingers of foam and gentle lacing. Smell was very nice, rings of cloves and citrus fruits. Taste is sweet up front, quickly shifting to a dry tartness, reminding me of Chardonnay. Mouth feel is heavily carbonated but smooth. I love this beer. I have passed it up so many times, but this will be a constant in my fridge from now on. (455 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid Belgian Strong Ale. What is most impressive is that you don't get the big alcohol taste even thou the beer is at 9% abv. The beer poured a clear golden with not much head and no lace. The scent is slightly spicy. The taste is a bold and slightly tart....bordering Chardonnayish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall its good. (372 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have just started trying more Belgian beers and since this one is always on the shelf I figured I would give it a try.

A - Cloudy but vibrant orange. Lots of fine white head with good lacing. Perfect Belgian pale ale.

S - Lots of scents but can decipher without too much effort. There is the traditional Belgian character, sweet malt, light graininess, some lemon zest, and some alcohol.

T - Pretty soft and complex flavors with the Belgian clove character up front. Also has subtle hints of spice like cinnamon and light lemon tartness that comes through. There's a sweet malty/grain flavor that sits in the middle of the palate. The finish is clean and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty. Only a hint of alcohol on the tongue but not detracting at all.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Medium carbonation. For all of the flavors and 9% ABV it is balanced on the palate and on the finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I really love how it is square between a Triple and a Saison with some of the best flavors of each but smooth and balanced. This one truly holds up to it's reputation and the fact that you can find this in so many liquor stores is a testament to how Unibroue can make a terrific beer.

Glass- Chimay Goblet (1,235 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a huge foamy white frothy head. There is good carbonation and foamy lacing. The odor is very spicy, clove, cardamom, grassy, apricot, orange, citrus, lemon, fruity, peach, berry, slightly floral. The taste is herbal, orange, citrus, lemon, very spicy, clove, cardamom, very malty. (324 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog chalice (BB 04-24-16 024131907QFL)

A: Hazy muddled golden brown body with a light frothy head on the pour, minimal lacing and fairly long lasting top of bubbles.
S: Bright earthen, yeasty notes like freshly risen bread dough with tinges of fruity esters.
T: Light, yeasty and with a tinge of fruity esters. Deliciously earthy.
M: Light and slightly effervescent body.
O: Reminds me a lot of La Fin Du Monde, but with more fruit notes to it. Great stuff and long-lasting. (517 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-great head retention, with a brown orange hue
- not much smell very plain smelling
- great taste smooth not to overpowering, great wheat flavor but not as predominate as a hefenwiezen
-great body not to carbonated very silk like feel
- overall a good beer but hoped for something more from unibroue, great brewery just not as much flavor or anything that stood out to me from this beer (388 characters)

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.