Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,508
Reviews: 1,230
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 116
Gots: 201 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of biercycle
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Dreizhen
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: belgian yeast, funk, some apple

taste: yeasty, apple, syrup texture

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: kinda disappointing it's very blah.

the CPJ

Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Horbar
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A semi-bright golden pour, some haze--not much. Head was large, but smaller than expected. It seemed a bit loose, too. Not very tight or strong.
I get mostly biscuit and light toast in the nose. The spices are there, but are subtle and not very striking. alcohol is noticeable. So far, this is average.
And the taste follows. Malty, but not overly so. Small spice, white pepper, some clove and pumpkin? Hmm...
It's a bit disappointing; the malt is prominent but not powerful and the spice just doesn't pick up. I get the qualities of the style, but they're just present and don't accentuate much.
A bit bland feel to it
Still drank pretty well.

Photo of BWH3
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange hued golden brew which pours a big white head that vanishes quickly into a thin, white ring.

Smell: Light fruity esters of pear and apple. Mild honey notes. Rich pale malt base but very little spiciness or hops.

Taste: Rich, creamy taste rich in pale malt. Very light fruit esters and the spicy notes of La Fin du Monde are absent. No floral or mineral hops additions. Dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate density. Carbonation is fine and zaps the tongue with each sip. Head retention just too poor for the style.

Drinkability: Good not any better. Not as good as La Fin Du Monde, Maudite, or Trois Pistoles.

Photo of ChillMike
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden color with a massive bright white head, however it does not stick around and leaves not even a hint of lacing. Smells of citrus, lots of sweet mellow malts, raisins, and various other spices I can't seem to pinpoint. An overly sweet bubblegum flavor and honestly it's just too overbearing for me to really pick outany other flavors. Maybe I just got a bad bottle but it seems really flat and really overall just lacking in every department. I will say that it hides the alcohol quite well, but this (so far) is in my opinion Unibroue's worst and I really do typically like their stuff. I'll skip this one and pick up Maudite or Trois Pistoles .

Photo of Dizzy
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow, looks like a Hefeweizen. Fizzy white head recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Smell is yeasty and vaguely citrusy. Taste is cloves, spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is dominated by lots of carbonation. Like others have stated, the alcohol is well hidden, this is a very easy beer to drink.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don de Dieu is the favorite unibroue of several of my friends, I find it to be a bit too spicy and not heavy enough to sustain itself. The beer pours a wheat color and gives of strong hints of both citrus and coriander. It drinks relatively light; however, the taste is confusing and does not seem to have the cohesiveness of several other unibroue offerings.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Minimal wispy lacing with a lively carbonation. What head does form is bright-white.

Smell: Apples, white wine, grape skin. Floral. Underlying notes of clove and banana, but minimal. Unibroue house yeast is less intense. Graham cracker. Bready and floral. Some pale malts. Sweet.

Taste: Apples and Unibroue house yeast. Mega clove, banana candy, and overbearing sweetness. Sugar. Raw sugar. Honey graham crackers. Apples and raw wheat. Touch of alcohol. Pale malts are bready. Mildly floral and grassy. So much yeast.

Mouthfeel: Moderately light. Lively carbonation. Almost no aftertaste.

Overall: Smells far better than it tastes. Nice complex nose and then the Unibroue house yeast trashes it. So sweet.

Photo of smbslt
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of the Belgians but rec'd a four pack as a gift.

A - Great golden color, one finger head with initially a lot of carbonation (possibly due the flat-bottom pint glass rather than a tulip) Very clear despite the bottle fermentation (did not pay particular attention to how I was pouring it.)

S - Too subtle to make out much other than sweetness.

T - Complex start - malts, cloves and sugars on the front end changing to a grassiness and then to a champagne grape tartness but then - nothing - no hops - at least no detection of any hops I have experienced. Alcohol was dominant throughout and not enjoyable.

F - Carbonation gave it a soft, light body which complemented the taste.

D - I will give it another try (have 3 more bottles and because it is generaly well liked). Did not find much enjoyable but will have to get a better perspective on some other Belgians.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright golden-tangerine color with a very small, lackluster head. Bubbles of carbonation continually rise to the surface. I wish there was more of a head, because this one could look great with a nice cap of foam over the top.

S: Weak aroma. Sweet and fruity, with notes of apricot, orange, and some light coriander-like spices. Maybe even a hint of fermented wheat. Not quite what I was expecting in a BSPA, but still interesting.

T&M: Flavor features more spice and wheat, along with a noticeable citrus component. It tastes almost like a sweeter, boozier, "imperial" witbier. It's almost cloying at times and the big body is a bit unsupported by the flavor. Carbonation is very zesty, but there's no crispness to it, which (to me) is essential for these kinds of flavors to really shine.

D: Again, it's like an amped-up witbier that doesn't meld quite right. An interesting concept for a strong pale ale, but it doesn't work well in practice. Probably will steer clear of this one in the future, especially considering there are so many other strong options from this brewery.

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine goblet, monster pop on the cork that went flying all over. It has a brown/apple orange color, and a white head that dissipates FAST. Where did that head go? Is this ruined with no lacing? Well bouquet says otherwise.

Bouquet is a big fat giant apple butter smell. You could bake with this or spread it on toast. Really nice I like that a lot.

Taste comes out as average because of a high C02 component on finish and a weak bodied mouthfeel. Fizzy. But there is still apple butter component chew on this it's as if the bad knocks out the good. Really messed up beer and bizarre!

I am going to have to go straight down the middle for drinkability. The beer has fantastic components on it that are flat out fantastic, but make me wonder if it was ruined. It's almost a mix of exceptionally good and exceptionally bad. Never had anything like it before strangely... I want to try this again..

Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly transparent pale golden; head disappears pretty quickly and there's lack of lacing and retention, but nice color. Lots of white grapes in the aroma. I'm also picking up alot of green apple and pear. All of that can be found in the flavors as well. This one's syrupy sweet and not too bitter. There's not too much funk to this one. Reminds me alot of apple or white grape juice. Mouthfeel is nice, spritzy and smooth; right on for style. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, especially in the flavors.

Not bad at all, I just wish it was more refined. It's worth checking out though..

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a rambunctious head--it's very noisy, and the fizzy static sound of the carbonation lasts almost to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of apples, pears, bananas and grains. The grains smell very clean; an odd association, maybe, but they remind me of freshly-washed fabric.

Tastes of apple, caramel, and malts. There are some hops in there, and lots of alcohol in the finish. It's a very viscous brew that feels chewy and syrupy in the mouth with a fizzy, stinging carbonation.

As for drinkablity, it doesn't sit well in my stomach, and the taste is only average, so I'm gonna have to give this one a pass.

Photo of mikereaser
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an almost clear straw yellow with 1/4 inch of foam that stuck around for quite a while

S - sour fruit and some funky yeast smells

T - i'm tasting some of that sour yeast and a bit of sour fruit, just a funky mixture

M/D - nicely carbonated and very crisp. Very easy to drink if you like the flavor and the alcohol is hardly noticable

Photo of ratrod53
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- Golden cloudy yellow not much head goes away quickly
s- vinigerie sweet some guys arround me say it smells like urine
t- fruity vinigre not many hopps cant tast them at all cant tell that it has 9%
m- good carbonation leaves nouth a little dry like you just had a hard apple cider
o- not a bad beer if someone handed it to me i would probaly drink it but wouldnt buy it

Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that has good retention. Very little lace is left on the glass.

I smell sugar that unfotunately dominates over a very nice fruit aroma.

I taste sugar to start but eventually fruit flavors come through. I do not detect any alcohol. It almost seems like the sugars did not fully ferment.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Not perfectly executed beer. Maybe I just did not get the best batch. Too sweet for my tastes and not easy to consume.

Photo of jar2574
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Honestly, not that impressed. Average head, yellow/gold beer. No lacing. Smell is bready, sweet. A little funky, really, and I'm not a fan. Taste is sweet, fruity, not a lot of hops. Enjoyable enough, I suppose, but not a session beer. Mouthfeel is OK, not watery, full enough, but nothing special.

Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy light orange in color..nice head..

S-Very nice...sweet honey, fresh floral hops, green grapes, yeasty

T-Not real complex or full flavored...a mild honey like sweetness along with some yeastiness...a good splash of alchohol adds a spicer characteristic but it doesn't mesh well.

M-Good carbonation...a little gassy but not overdone....medium bodied...

D-This one just doesn't come together nicely for me. It's Ok but but near the bottom of my Unibroue favorites. Won't purchase this again with some many other standout beers available from the U.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/8/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing it.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice one finger head that is gone pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S: Some belgian yeast, a little apple and orange. Slight hint of spice.

T: Wheat and belgian yeast upfront, then the apple shows up. Not a whole lot going on though.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

D: Kind of a let down, overall it just seemed to be lacking something for me. Kind of boring.

Photo of blabaer
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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