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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,373 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 106
Gots: 161 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Picked up a couple of singles in mid-August for $2.99 each.

Beer poured a pale gold with a nice white head that is retaining well.

Nose is a large wheaty malt base.

Taste is pear and apple, lightly sweet, big wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel is classic belgian, smooth yet nicely carbonated to be refreshing.

Overall this is another outstanding brew from Unibroue. The quality is always solid. You can count on an authentic classic belgian brew from this brewery!

arizcards, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of botham
4.15/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours an apricot orange color with a golden tint, and two fingers of off white tight head that takes a few minutes to subside and leaves no lacings. wonderfully hazy.

aroma is very fruity, with fruit notes of apple, citrus, and a touch of white grape. a yeasty background with a hint of a tart spicyness rounds out the profile.

taste is fruity, with apricot, apple, citrus, and munich malts making up the main profile, with a finish of yeast and alcohol. rather clean on the finish for the flavors present.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate bite from CO2 and a mild alcoholic warming character on the way down. otherwise the alcohol is well masked.

drinkablility is good. this is a full flavored belgian style brew with a sizable alcohol tag. overall a great one to enjoy over a half an hour or so. warming it a bit will prove to make this one come alive. cheers!

botham, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of pkalix
4.15/5  rDev 0%

they call this a "triple wheat ale" on their website. that's interesting. 9.0% wow. not tasting the alcohol. what i AM tasting is a lot of fruity (undefinable) richness. much like a hefe, i suppose.
A- honey looking/ orangey, semi-cloudy lighter liquid. decent head at pour but dissipates rapidly.
S- fruity!
T- fruity! hefe-type, too. or, you can go with the website: "Smooth, complex flavor that is slightly fruity, malty, nutty, and yeasty, with a hint of unfiltered sake."
i like nutty. i dont think there is any "nutty" here. and sake?
O- way too rich for me. my favorite for a long while was the Franziskaner Hefe, but it grew very much too rich for me. i'm getting that from this brew. maybe in an earlier day, but not anymore. got a really nice smell off the cork and there is DEFINITELY no hint of the high alcohol content- maybe that's the best tribute to this brew- but it's WAY too rich for my liking. i would still recommend this heartily, though. i'm certain it's only a thing with my tastebuds....

pkalix, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of zhanson88
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: It pours a great hazy orange color with a pleasant amount of eggshell white head. Retention is fair, but nothing to write home on.

Smell: Very fruity with orange and apricot, and I also get a yeasty smell, as well as a light estery alcohol smell.

Taste: I can taste oranges/apricots up front, followed by bready yeast and then a slight kick of alcohol at the end. At 9% ABV I expected a lot more alcohol and it makes this beer extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer has a medium body and is pleasantly carbonated; the carbonation makes it a touch sharp and spicy on the palate. At 9% ABV I thought the alcohol would be easily detected in this beer....not so. The alcohol is hidden very effectively.

zhanson88, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of fastd03
4.15/5  rDev 0%

This beer was a very pleasant surprise for me. While I adore Unibroue and Belgian ales for the most part, pale ales are hardly my beer of choice. While this one is undeniably a pale ale, on a warm summer night like tonight, Don de Dieu is precisely what was called for! The color is decent, if a little light, but the smell and taste is ripely reminiscent of summer fruit. While evoking the flavor of blue moon with a slice of orange, the Don de Dieu rises above that bar classic and sits easily among the top of its style.

fastd03, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Soneast
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a golden color. Grows a 2-finger thick, white colored head that is incredibly dense. Almost looks like whipped cream floating on the beer. There is great retention to the head, and it leaves a very intricate lace pattern on the glass composed of thousands of tiny bubbles.

Very nice, clean and crisp aroma to this beer. Some light fruity character and hints of tartness tickle the nose.

The flavor is reminiscent of the aroma, with the light fruit notes being evident and a hint of bubblegum sweetness, with a light caramel background. Fairly tart on the end.

For being as strong as it is, this beer feels deceptively light to medium bodied. The high carbonation probably plays a role in that. Unibroue has proven they can create strong beers that are light and refreshing and this proves to be no different. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Me likey!

Soneast, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours to an orange with a thick white head. A constant thin stream of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom.

Smells amazing! Has a distinct banana and orange smell. Also a bit of spice and a sweet alcohol aroma.

Taste is very fruity and a little sweet with an alcohol finish. Of course you can taste the banana and orange but there also seems to be a bit of apricot.

Mouthfeel is good. This has the right amount of carbonation and just a little bit of alcohol bite in it.

Any beer from Unibroue is a drinkable beer. I wish I would have had this one sooner.

meatmallet, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured into tulip...

A: pours a hazy deep golden color with a huge, white cap. doesn't leave much lacing.

S: aromas of peach, white grape, barnyard, and orange peel. very delicate and elegant.

T: mmm. peach skins, more white grape, fading to a dusty, minerally, light fruit flavor, finishing slightly bitter/tart.

M: medium body, with a fuzzy carbonation that matches up perfectly with the flavor. finish is off dry and prickly.

Overall, an amazing belgian beer. oh, wait, the bottle says Canada. If the label was gone there would be no telling. This beer is pictured in the dictionary right next to the word "balance". Every characteristic of this beer compliments the other. Definitely pick this one up if you haven't already.

OlRasputin989, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of mlichens
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Something unexpected. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian beer chalice.

The heavy carbonation left some heavy white lacings and bit of a foamy head. Not what you want from a Belgian, and not what I expect from Canadia's best brewery. Colour is golden with an orange hue.

However, wow. The carbonation might have seemed like a drawback at first. After the third sip, it starts to take on the feel of an Italian sparkling water. Very smooth, but light enough to delight the senses.

Taste, as mentioned, was unexpected. My goodness, the aftertaste of raw honey was quite noticeable. Not overly sweet, but just flavourful enough that I had to remind myself to slow down. After all, no matter how drinkable, it is a nine-pointer on the ABV level.

I can only imagine how good this would be if aged.

mlichens, May 01, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bananas, apple, malt, cloves, slight yeasty

T-bready malt, yeast, bananas, apple, cloves, coriander, slight sweetness with a mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly creamy

O-nice flavor, really enjoyed this BPA

MDDMD, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter

A: Not much of a head. Dissipated fairly quickly. Large bubbles. Golden colored and moderately hazy with not much lacing to speak of.

S: Green raisins, green apple and lemon zest. Some bread/biscuit and spicy clove. Strong Belgian yeast. I don’t think of “tart” as a scent descriptor, but it came to mind and was expected in the taste. This seems like it’s going to be somewhere between a cider and a Tripel.

T: The green apple and raisin are prominent but a little bit of banana and coriander is added to the mix. Yeast is up front and delicious.

M: Carbonation tickles the tongue but doesn’t contribute much else. Body quite thin. Easy to drink. Dry finish but not astringent.

O: This is a sneaky beer. I feel that the pieces of my review didn’t equal the sum of its parts. In other words, my review somewhat masks the enjoyment that I got out of drinking this. While no single aspect of this blows you away, you can’t help but appreciate how it all comes together. I will remember this one when I’m in the mood.

mjtiernan, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Kraken
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yielded 3 fingers of pure white head. Head diminishes quickly, leaving no lacing to speak of. Color is hazy golden with a half finger of of the aforementioned pure white head. Nose is all yeast, light malt and alcohol. On the palate, very crisp and creamy. Notes of sour apple and fruit. Very fine creamy carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden despite the nose. Slightly sour in the finish. Very nice beer, recommended.

Kraken, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a classy brew. Unibroue has a unique taste to its beers and this certainly contains. It pours mostly tranparent golden. It is quite strong and has a hint of belgian trippel to it. The pale hops are still apparent but the malty tastes make their presence known to. Good finish and smooth aftertaste. Perhaps a bit highly carbonated which takes away from the drinkability, but overall one of unibroue's better ales.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of CLBizzle
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours out with light finger width snow-white head. Golden in color with medium carbonation.

S: Light yeast smell with hint of apples.

T: Slight sweet citrus taste. Medium-bodied with great mouthfeel. Finishes crisp but not too dry.

O: Great for a sunny afternoon lunch or hell just anytime. I would not believe it was 9% if it wasn't on the bottle. The beer has a complex profile but then finishes with a solid refreshing finish. I would love to try this same beer with some age on it and see if the profile changes at all.

CLBizzle, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber with a not too fluffy white head.

S: Funk, a bit of hop bitterness and fruity tropical aromas on the finish.

T: Fresh hops, yeasty funkiness and fruity esters. Lots of balance makes for a good drinking beer.

D: Alcohol is completely hidden and the flavours are interesting. Be careful with this one, like all of Unibroue's it'll sneak up on you.

Overall: A good BSPA. This has all the requirements for the style and the flavours are complex and tasty.

JohnnyChicago, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

The appearance disappointed me a bit. Pale, hazy color and a fluffy white head that dissapears into nothing in a matter of minutes.
The smell is much better, though. It really reminds my nose of a Belgian. Light, fruity, some banana flavour. A fun smell. Smells can be fun, can't they?
The taste is really where this beer shines. Very tasty. A fruity/sweet start that settles down into a nice mellow flavour. Plenty of taste to go around, though. Mouthfeel is rather thick, but the carbonation actually serves to smooth things out. Drinkability is quite good.

DaveFL1976, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of soupyman10
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Wow. I knew right when I cracked this one that I was in for some fun.

Pours a light yellow color with a solid finger of white head on top that dissolves down to a fairly thick film. Slightly opaque. No real lacing on this one, but looks solid nonetheless.

Nose is what you'd expect - strong Belgian candy sweetness. Definite spiciness and fruit in there as well. Nice smell to it - this would be a great intro to lighter Belgians.

Flavor is likewise, and is delicious. Strong spicy candy malt up front. Maybe a touch of Belgian yeast. A touch of alcohol at the back of the mouth, especially as the beer warms up. Nice of sweeter date-flavors and some more citrusy fruit - oranges - in there too. Hops create some neat pepper in there, especially at the back. Honey as it warms up.

A very nice and light BSPA - not a syrupy one. Nice, busy carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, and one that exemplifies the style.

soupyman10, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of beastdrink
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A - bright golden, slightly orange haze. One finger length of pure white head. Settles up on the side on the goblet glass with slight lacing that quickly sinks back to its creator.

S - yeasty bread dough gives way to expected Belgian fruitiness: tart green apples, ripe peach, and subtle cherry. There's a spicy, coriander note holding it all together. Very inviting.

T - sweet toasty malt with a medium body immediately submits to citrus orange and cherry. Very little bitterness is detectable and the finish is dry, dominated by fruity green apple and a slight alcohol warming.

M - medium,soft body with sprightly carbonation that tickles the tongue. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste, but still very appealing.

D - For 9% ABV, this one goes down dangerously smooth. With little residual sweetness or bitterness and a perfectly dry finish, it invites you to grab another. Definitely not a session beer, but I could easily drink a couple without flinching. This beer is one of my favorites in Unibroue's stellar lineup.

beastdrink, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of karst
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours hazy golden yellow with what eventually apears as a chill haze rather than yeast. Its sits quite at home in the Duvel Tulip glass with a handsome dense white head that slowly falls from three fingers to a half finger cap sustained by intense beading centered at the etching at the base of the glass just above the stem. Nice lace finishes the appearance. I hold the wheat proteins responsible for the chill haze as I notice from the web site:

DON DE DIEU
(dohn-deh-dyeuh)

Triple wheat ale
9% ABV 1

A smooth, exceptionally strong triple wheat
ale offering a complex flavor that is slightly
fruity, malty, nutty and yeasty, with a hint of
unfiltered sake.

Recommend pairing with grilled game
meats, spicy Asian or Latin cuisine, ripened
cheeses and charcuterie*.

As with all good Belgian styles, Don de Dieu stirs up my appetite. Alas the cubbard is bare of good cheese but some BBQ port steak from a recent picnic catch my eye. I feast, drink and finally swirl up the yeast and pour the remains of this "Gift from God"

thanks to Dan in St. Louis for sharing this bottle

* (from either the French chair cuite, cooked meat, or the French cuiseur de chair, cooker of meat) is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products such as sausage and confit primarily from pork. The practice goes back to ancient times and can involve the chemical preservation of meats; it is also a means of using up various meat scraps. Hams, whether smoked, air-cured, salted, or treated by chemical means, are examples of charcuterie.

karst, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Bright golden in the long Stella goblet. Pleasant foam which subsides into a champagne appearance in the glass. Very sprightly on the tongue. Aroma is woody and honey-like.

Full of intriguing flavors. Starts with some mellow malts and banana, but moves into bright and sharp flavors. Some sweetness in the initial taste. Very interesting for seeming to be brewed without any detectable hops. Quite yeasty with just a little of the Belgian bitterness. Certainly nothing like you'd find in a Saison.

Thoroughly intense in the classic Unibroue style. Complex and totally drinkable, sip by pensive sip. From a 12 oz bottle.

mactrail, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of rodney45
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Hazy straw color, with yeast sediment in suspension. Long lasting creamy white head.

S: Wheat and sour apple.

T: Big vanilla notes, plum, fig and cherry. Malt backbone is a combination of caramel and crystal malts. Hints of roasted barley and pecans. Hop character is light, and bitterness is light too. Belgian yeast imparts a citrusy sourdough

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation, light to medium body.

O: I like the whole bottle conditioned real ale, but im turned off slightly when i actually see yeast floculation in suspension. A good solid belgian strong ale, but lets tone it down with the sediment unibroue.

rodney45, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Deep yellowy orange color with lots of foamy white head and some lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with a little bit of fruit and slight alcohol.

A little malty up front, followed by some fruitiness. Next is a pepper yeast. Finishes with an alcohol warmness. Very good for a 9% ABV.

Good mouth feel. Thick enough to do the strong flavor and alcohol justice.

Very drinkable. For a 9% Belgian Pale it is exceptional. I could drink this all night, and not realize what I was doing until I was wasted. Good Stuff.

I love Unibroue stuff, for the price it cannot be beaten, and Don De Deiu is no exception.

Hojaminbag, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a golden yellow with a slight haze and had a 1 and a half finger head with minimal lacing.

Very aromatic at first smell, coriander and cloves are the initial fragrance.

Very nice flavor of coriander and clove spices. Banana and bubble gum also make a showing with a slight alcoholic presence. Has a nice peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight bite on the aftertaste.

Another excellent brew from Unibroue. High ABV make for only a couple in a setting but well worth stretching the limits.

Zadok, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Crossmd
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured 50 degrees into a tulip glass. Best before date of 09.28.13

Pours a opaque-hazy tanned orange with a fluffy, two finger offwhite head.

Smells of orange peel, coriander, and a little bit of allspice.

Taste is a smooth, pillowy orange and creme and dries down into a hint of the Unibroue "meatiness" (that I can find no better way to describe.) finish isnt the longest in the world, but remains pleasant and consistent with the mouth.

Overall, a deliciously elegant, even opulent brew with an incredibly tasty mouthfeel, well worth the rather hefty price tag.

95.

Crossmd, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

This beer poured out as a hazy orange color with a white fluffy head on it. The smell of the beer was lively with yeast and citrus. The taste had the citrus too along with some spices. The mouthfeel of the beer was light enough that you could drink a few in a sitting. The abv may get to you pretty quick though. Overall it's a pretty refreshing beer and has good things going for it.

Knapp85, Jun 08, 2011
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.