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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
92
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1,256 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 2,656
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 139
Gots: 283 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 silverking
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a murky golden color with a coarse white head that fades fast. Runny lacing

S- Caramel, cinnamon, coriander, alcohol, dried pineapple, and a touch of clove.

T- caramel is the first flavor that comes through. Sweet dried fruits follow and eventually a dry funky yeast flavor with a touch of clove.

M- Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O- pretty good. Another solid beer from Unibroue. (403 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,709 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A decent offering! I served it in a tall glass. It has a thick white head that sits there for a few minutes. The taste is great! Making this 9% ABV is amazing because you can't even taste the alcohol. That deserves respect.

There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. On a burp I got a taste of chestnuts, that was unexpected. I enjoyed this beer and want another, unfortunately I only had one. :(

This is a very drinkable beer. (431 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - large white head over a murky golden body with a moderate amount of visible carbonation, no lace

S - wheat, Belgian yeast (with notes of clove and banana), tropical fruits, light sweetness

T - wheat, tropical fruits, peppery spice, honey sweetness; yeast, spice, and alcohol linger for a dry finish

M - smooth medium/full body, high carbonation

O - very good for a Belgian ale; complex and enjoyable (444 characters)

Photo of mlichens
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (806 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a highly carbonated golden ale with a an inch of head. This has faded to a whisp of white lace.

Subtle spice and fruit esters in the nose. Some Belgian yeast and phenols present but not overdone.

The first sip is delightful. Beautiful balance of malt and spice. Honey-like characters and a medium mouthfeel that is silky and at the same time chewy enough to keep you interested. It finishes dry as most the breweries beers do. More fruity esters and Belgian spice characters least on the tongue.

Truly a delight to drink. I really enjoy what Unibroue has to offer and need to visit their beers more often (614 characters)

Photo of redearth329
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured about ~50 into a weissen glass

A - Very effervescent right off the pour (about a half-hour later, though, I find it rather flat -a flash in the pan for carbonation). Medium cloudiness, gold color. Light colored head with medium to coarse foam. Not all that sticky.

S - Lemongrass, no detectable heat from alcohol. Not a lot offered on the nose, though.

T - Wheat malts present, with some buttery and caramel notes. Has a sour quality, and the alcohol is well disguised.

M - At first, the carbonation was crazy, almost too much. But that burned off pretty quick and now that the beer is drinking flat, I'm nostalgic for the time when it was very fizzy. I feel like the carbonation helped to balance out a sort of flabbiness that I'm feeling now. It's medium bodied, but not super well integrated.

Overall, I'm disappointed. I'm certainly not aided by the fact that my last beer was a La Fin Du Monde. Don De Dieu is still above average, but with so many amazing Belgian-style beers out there, this one struggles to hold up in my opinion. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Two finger white head, reduces to very thick clinging lacing. Lovely unfiltered deep amber color. Aroma is something I have never encountered before, herbal, yeasty, unfamiliar to me, wierd and not entirely pleasant. Flavor is a bit sour, yeasty, herbal, not fruity. I have to say here that I have not learned to appreciate wheat ales, and I don't really care for this one. Mouthfeel is medium thick, not overly carbonated. Overall I have to say that I don't care for this style of ale, and do not plan on trying it again soon. You will get more helpful reviews from those who understand and appreciate yeasty wheat ales. (669 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/yellow hue with a very healthy white foam head. Has a sweet wheat and yeast aroma, along with some hints of fruit. Taste is sweet wheat and yeast, with some apple and honey, and then a touch of bitterness in the finish. Has a full body feel as well as a little bit of carbonation. This is most definitely a "Gift of God," and is one of my favorites from Unibroue. (378 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep golden amber. The head is a thin off-white cap.

Lots of wheat maltiness with notes of bread, spice, banana, orange, apricot, clove, bubblegum, and candi sugar. A touch of honey sweetness riding alongside a flamboyant yeast element. Cake-y nose with a lot of natural esters.

Supple fruit flavors. Estery yeast offers up orange peel, treacle, wheat bread, coriander, banana, clove, and stone fruits. More of that bubblegum/tutti frutti note. Malts are rich; honeyed, cake-y, and with both wheat and barley. Some bitterness in the middle that finishes fairly clean. Sweeter in the end with some musty and nutty aftertaste.

Medium-full body. Has a great effervescence. Very good feel.

Don de Dieu is a nice strong golden ale. Familiar Unibroue yeast flavors. (763 characters)

Photo of DPJ3322
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a 25 ounce corked bottle with a best by date of 08/15/15 so I think it's reasonably fresh.

Appearance - I poured it into a tulip and it gave a nice, bubbly white head. It settled down to about one finger around the rim. The color of the body was a deep golden-light orange hue.

Smell - I get a winey, almost grape like smell pitted against coriander. It smells to me like a wine like trippel. I also get orange peels maybe.

Taste - Citrus/coriander is pretty dominant with a peculiar aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - A little bite with the carbonation, very nice.

Overall - A nice beer, basically to me it's a Trippel crossed with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Quite enjoyable and refreshing. I like it a bit more than Duvel and Local 1. (769 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an amber gold with three fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell - Standard Unibroue yeast (banana, clove, peppery spice), spicy hops, biscuity malt.

Taste - Spicy hops, spicy & peppery Belgian yeast with banana and clove accents. Touch of biscuity malts and fruity esters. ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied with a moderate/high level of carbonation.

Overall - A well-crafted Belgian Strong Pale Ale by Unibroue. Excellent spicy flavours coming from the hops and yeast. Doesn't drink like a 9%. Unibroue always knows how to deliver a great Belgian brew. (593 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy gold color with a big white head that lingered for a while and left some lace
S-wheat, malt spices, and pears
T-Wheat, and malt with a spice and hop bitterness that fades to a very spice finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-outstanding beer, with plenty of aroma and taste. (289 characters)

Photo of Aaron_James
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer.
Have tried everything from Unibroue, and this is my favorite beer so far.
It has a beautiful pour; however, the head was quick to dissipate.
Full body, flavor is similar to other unibroue beer but greater presence of wheat.
Smell is sweet, but again similar to other unibroue beers.
Served in a tulip glass this is an attractive beer.
Only wish they sold 750ml in Victoria. (392 characters)

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

Not completely sure why it took me so long to get to sampling this unibroue standard, but here we are now. Poured into Duvel tulip...attractively, I might add. Big buy not huge white head that settles out rather quickly with minimal lacing. Beautiful golden body, slightly cloudy.
Best before 8-15-15. That's a year and 1/2 away, so reasonably fresh I'd say.
Definitely with that sweet/sour unibroue yeast that I haven't whiffed in a long time, but is quite familiar, if I don't say. Mild malt and decent spiciness.
The nucleation on bottom of glass sends up a nice stream of bubbles through the middle of the drink.
Nice, but not quite a bold or sweet as some others. A little more subdued but pleasant nonetheless. Well blending with less distinct flavors. Took a couple of drinks before the drying really kicked in, but nearly astringent in the finish and leaving me wanting to clean my teeth. Smooth malt flavors with a smooth alcohol flavor starts the drink - with hints of perfume and some nice fruit flavors in time. The sweet/sour (more on later) yeast flavors follow before the big kick drying finish. Yummy.
Full soft carbonation lend a very soft feel, but a gassy after effect.
This is really good and really enjoyable. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue's "wheat triple". Knowing/remembering only that this ale was of triple strength (having last had it likely over 7-8 years ago), I came away with these observations:

The clarity of the liquid was a bit cloudier than their La Fin Du Monde, leading me to wonder whether the grain bill included an increased or majority portion of wheat, which it in fact does. One is able to taste it as well in the mildly doughy, vaguely cookie-ish malt profile. This doesn't drink with quite as light a body as the La Fin...

Flavor-wise, typical Unibroue profile of coriander and spicy yeast, perhaps mellowed through the balance of the wheat. Very satisfying flavor, if not as vibrantly fruity as La Fin or Eau Benite.

The foam stand on this, if fortunately-poured, is absolutely fantastic as well - tall, dense, steadfast, and curvy. I was able to induce what looked to me like a belly button atop the head (a co-worker said with a shrug that she was once complimented on pulling off the feat).

Nice to re-discover this and I'm looking forward to being able to pair it with some cheeses and sausages in the near future. (1,116 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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! (461 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a thick head with low retention.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, oranges, banana, bubblegum, pineapple and just a hint of funkiness. Déjà vu from other of their line up.
Flavor of peaches, oxidized oranges, sweet melon, herbal hops, lactic acid, cloves, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, on a wheaty malt base. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation and an effervescent sensation. The 9% alcohol was fully disguised.
Good beer with great complexity, though inherits the usual "defect" of several Belgians, it is overly sweet. (545 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wines and Spirits in Kennewick, Washington, for $2.75. According to the bottle, this is “Best Before: 11-06-15.,” so there should be no age issues. Been a while since I’ve had a Unibroue beer. Although listed on BA as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the label identifies it as a “Triple Wheat Ale on Lees.”

Poured a hazy apricot color with lots of tiny bubbles (apologies to Don Ho). Big, creamy, bone-white head atop the beer, which hung around for quite a while before receding to reveal sticky lace on the sides of a Chimay glass.

Big, earthy malt aroma. Not surprising when one considers this is billed as a Triple ale brewed with wheat. Some sugar and pear notes as well.

The earthy flavor noted in the aroma is present in the taste as well. There’s also a sugary fruit flavor that reminds me of pears. There’s also a smooth boozy flavor in the background. Slightly dry at the finish.

Light bodied, with that authentic Belgian mouthfeel that often doesn’t make it to North American Belgian-style beers..

This is a beer that initially seems simple, yet the more you taste it, seems more and more complex. I agree with the label that this is more like a Triple than anything else. This French-Canadian Belgian was a nice beer to accompany college football on a freezing December day in eastern Washington. (1,362 characters)

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

App: Rich golden pour, bright and slightly cloudy. Thick head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. Considerable stream of bubbles from the bottom.
Smell: Slightly lactic, both sweet and savory like good, norwegian washed-rind cheese. Complicated esters, with a warm, baked smell. Apricot, cream, vanilla and banana.
Taste: Fat like creaminess, apricot flavors, lemon meringue. Very fruity and floral. Noticeable alcohol kick with a dry finish.
Mouth: Little bit carbonated, heavy bodied but not too heavy. (521 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No idea when I exactly bought this, but the freshness date is at least listed as "01/30/16." I'm guessing it's about 6 months old at this point.

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color complete with a rather modest amount of fizzy foam that initially rises about 4 fingers high in the glass, only to dissipate rather rapidly. About a half hour later the head is all but gone, and no stickiness or major rim variation is visible. It's not a bad looking beer, but it could work on resembling the eye candy that these kinds of beers tend to be.

The aroma is what I'd expect given the past joyful experiences with this brewery - spicy, earthy, yeasty notes combined with a crisp, slightly sweetened bready backbone and fruitiness. Notes of apricots, pears, ripe melon, and a little bit of lemon balm immediately wafted to my nose, followed by well accentuated toffee and caramel. There's a slight spiciness given the yeast, with some notes of white pepper, slate, and ginger. A little boozy at the nostrils, with a bit of sting that doesn't necessarily hide itself fully. I really like the overall flavor here, however - reminds me of a good quality Gewürztraminer right off the bat.

The flavor is an immediate rush of the same fruits mentioned above, as well as some slight spiciness and dryness at the finish. Very ripe cantaloupe (the kind you leave out for a few days), apricots, yellow apples, as well as some pineapple, combined with a brief peppery spiciness and dried floral (rose-like) finish. Caramel, toffee, and a slight nuttiness round the flavor up. Finishes dry, with minimal acidity and little bit of booziness, but it's overall quite balanced and marvelously fruity. My only complaint is the lack of extra carbonation, as well as the mild thinness that makes itself noticeable the more this warms up. The melon flavor lingers for a good long while, and makes the overall experience refreshing. Quite a good beer from Unibroue, yet again.

If I remember well, however, this is far better fresh, especially with the herbal, citrus dried hop experience, that is all but missing here at its current age. However, it's quite nice to sip on, and paired so well with a pork stew and stilton cheese for the night. While I usually don't drink beers of this style so much anymore, it's a very welcome addition in my fridge for the future. (2,387 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip

a: Translucent dark gold with an inch tall white head which dissipated quickly and almost completely to a patch of surface foam and slight lacing.

s; Ripe fruit.

t: Ripe apricot, sourness leavened with slight soapiness.

m: Moderate, good body, lots of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: Typically Belgian, outstanding for the pleasant overall flavor and the fact the 9% ABV is so well covered. (450 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never seen this beer from Unibroue before and decided to buy a bomber and check it out. Glad I did! Great way to celebrate my TWO HUNDREDTH beer review on beeradvocate! Thanks to THE BROS for providing us the forum in which to review.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a hazy, orangey-golden color. Nice 1/2" head slowly shrunk down to a thick but thin head of about 1/8" that stuck around the entire session.

Smell 4.0: Very pleasant bouquet of honey, cardamon, cloves and a very slight hint of banana.

Taste 4.0: Front is pleasantly smooth and treacley sweet. This quickly fades into a middle that is somewhat dry, but features a big hit of malty/corny sweetness which then almost immediately transcends into a finish that is dry, pleasant and focused almost entirely on the spiciness of Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is long and hits you with a very pleasant alcohol/benzine taste mixed with a slight yeastiness.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, dry and balanced. Certainly enhances the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Another triumph from the screwtop kings at Unibroue. Light, dry and very well measured, this beer would be fantastic with food and would make a lovely session beer. However, even though it feel like a light beer, it is a mighty 9% ABV. Be aware! Let someone else drive the hovercraft if downing more than one of these. (1,330 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pale orange amber, translucent, light airy eggshell head
S: fresh yeast, citrus fruit, orange, apricot, whiff of alcohol
T: spiced, clove, yeasty, fruit/floral, sour, alcohol
M: light-cloudy, tangy, dry finish
O: perhaps a bit too astringent owing to the high alcohol content and light body, but excellent consistency, and a solid triple wheat pale ale

750mL / $8.99 (371 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Nice golden amber cloudy color with a 2 finger white head that dissipates down to a very thick (still 1 finger) head of foam that leaves really good lacing on the glass. bottle looks like a standard Unibroue bottle. Very nice overall.

S - 4.00 - Nice peach and banana smell. Some bubblegum in there too. Very sickeningly sweet, but balanced out by some bready and peppery tones.

T - 4.25 - Same peach, banana notes come out in the taste. Bubblegum. Bread. White pepper. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon? Tastes really good for a Belgian Pale Ale which is definitely not my favorite kind of beer.

M - 4.25 - Medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is bready belgian yeast.

O - 4.25 - Great beer. Very smooth. I'd like to compare Le Fin Du Monde (their triple) and this and see which I like better. (815 characters)

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.