Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,256
Hads: 2,646
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 132
Gots: 272 | 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 mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy colored off orange with white head that falls quickly. Smells of citrus, tangerines with hint of banana. Tastes sweet and fruity blend well with the malt and yeast then tartness appears along with little bubbles tantilizing your tounge finishes with touch of alcohol and spice to round out the experience.Mouthfeel starts medium heavy then carbination and alcohol lighten the feel as it goes down. Drinkability is good hardly notice the 9%. Interesting little beer not the best by Unibroue but good none the less. (528 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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


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


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. (562 characters)

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

Appearance: Pale golden in color with a moderate off-white head that collapses to a small ring around the glass walls. Prominent streams of fizzy carbonation rise quickly to the surface but cannot sustain the head. The lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity, almost wine-like aroma with notes of alcohol and spices. The fruit flavors dominate, however.

Taste: Slightly tart notes of pale malt and a palette of fruit flavors, soon followed by a surging wave of sweet alcohol. Towards the end of the taste a slightly bitter medicinal note appears, although it is quite restrained. This slight bitterness is quite pleasing, as it counter balances the sweetness of the alcohol, bringing the taste to a close.

Mouthfeel: Just a touch of zesty carbonation at the beginning of the taste, which is quite smooth and full.

Drinkability: Very pleasing, although with its very strong alcohol content, this beer is better suited to quiet, contemplative sipping, rather than quaffing, simply excellent. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, with cork and cage. Poured light brown, honey in color and cloudy, Not much of an aroma and minimal lacing. Subtle flavors of spice, yeast, and some mustyness. Fruity flavors, creamcicle Ice cream comes to mind.This one was a tad dull for my tastes. I guess I prefer a BSPA with some more assertiveness and this one just seemed to be fairly understated. Anyway, its a worthwhile brew, tastefully crafted. (418 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from one of my favorite brewers. Golden yellow with a full white head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty with a slightly musty note. Fruity flavor with orange, lemon, and other ripe fruits. Lots of malty goodness with a spicy hop and alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. I could drink this stuff all day, ABV is totally hidden. (351 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a decent pale yellow with a massive frothy head on it. The smell is strongly ester dominated with the light fruit notes that I've come to expect from Unibroue pale offerings.

Flavour is surprisingly smooth for a high ABV beer, citrus, pears, and fresh green grapes with a light touch of hops and a lingering sugary sweetness. Everything seems to be perfectly balanced; and the finish is very crisp with just a touch of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is nice medium thick, the beer gives a good mouth coating, which isn't surprising given the higher alcohol content. The crisp finish and balanced flavour make this dangerously quaffable, and it's a frequent rebuy for me.

The bottom line: While often overshadowed by more well-known and more highly regarded Unibroue regular offerings, I think Don de Dieu easily stands up there with the best of them. Honestly though, Unibroue has to be the only brewery in North America where literally 4/5 of their mainstream lineup (excluding Blanche) is easily amongst the best in its class and hence, a regular rebuy for me. Easy to find. Always tasty. Up there with the real Belgians for about 1/2 the price. What more could you ask for? (1,185 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Served pretty warm so no chill haze which is somethink I'm realizing lots of Unibroues have. The yeast is very sticky which is nice. Smell is quite nice. Some warm light caramel notes with just barely some spice and some sort of soft fruit. Flavor is nice too, but nothing like the Fin du monde. A bit of spice, peppery, but barely. A touch of caramel flavor as well, but again, barely. I also get a little bit of that gelatin flavor I tend to get now and again in light belgians...mainly tripels. The alcohol is quite warming. The mouthfell is nice...full but not fuller than a belgian should be. Ok drinkable, but the alcohol is pretty obvious which might get old. (685 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is yellow with orange accents. Hazy. Weak head that is mostly diminishing.

Mild aromatics of banana, clove, ripe fruits, yeast and orange.

So So flavor. Pretty good but nothing great here. A nice mix between traditional weizen flavors and wit flavors. Lots of dried fruits with banana, orange and just a hint of vanilla.

Another "ho hum" Unibroue. (368 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head jumps right up in this fine beer from Unibroue. I considered leaning into the glass and having my forehead touch the beer; the result would have been a beer foam unibrow from Unibroue.

The beer is a rich, dirty yellow color. Smells are a combination of hops and grapefruit. The taste matches this smell...hops, grapefruit - very complicated beer actually. There is a sort of struggle for dominance between the two flavors and, should they choose your tongue as the battlefield, consider yourself lucky.

While this beer feels a little thin, the flavor is so 'big bodied' that you'll hardly notice. (612 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Beer is heavy and cloudy, like a thick green tea. Spiced orange and lemon smell, slightly giving off alcohol--intense. Taste is incredibly smooth for its high octane, sweet and mellow, tastes of citrus fruits. Hops follow later on. I could trink, I mean drink another 3 or 4 of these. It was gone before I knew it. (314 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice hazy golden color with a generous head whose departure pretty much carries most of the hop presence. Spicy and fruity aroma of lemon, pears, apples, mango, orange. The taste is cut in 2 parts, in mouth entrance, you assist to a sweet light fruity and very very yeasty beer, rapidly replaced by a tasteful bitter taste, somewhat a little tart. Very nice! (358 characters)

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

Pours a deep hazy yellow/orange with a great fluffy,sticky head.Aroma is very spicey and very lemony,taste is spicey and a little yeasty with a great citriusy taste in the finish the alcohol really comes thru as it warms.another great one from Unibroue as to be expected. (271 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don de Dieu was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was lovely hazed rich apple juice yellow, with mega effervescent bubbling, topped with an ample rocky white head that left excellent lacing. The enticing nose spoke of spices such as bitter orange peel, coriander, and zippy lemon. Tasting the attractive brew revealed a moderately sweet honey malt base, infused with assertive flavors of dried apple, peach, and fresh bread. Flavors of apple and dried fruit persist nicely in the finish. However, the sweetness level remained too high at the end, and excessive apparent alcohol dimished from the overall enjoyment. The body was appropriately full and smoothly satisfying for the flavors, as was the ample carbonation. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the above flaws. (806 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like Unibroue brews. Their brews are just full of flavor that really stands out. So far, Don Dieu is one of their best offerings. It poured out a pale yellow/lemony color with some huge carbonation that settled down later on. Smell consists of some pears and apples mostly. Umm..some oranges too. Taste is just wonderful. Nice notes of citrus fruits and some hints of vanilla. Yummy! Going down it's so silky and smooth. 9%? It only warms your throat and tummy. Go get a few of these. Excellent brew. (509 characters)

Photo of vwahaszee
2/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

When I poured this, I was excited by the nice golden color. There was a moderate amount of head, which disappeared rather quickly. I didn't really like the smell, which was creamy. The taste was like the smell, creamy, with some spice as well. I did not find this to be a good combination, however, and had a hard time finishing the beer. The creaminess overwhelmed me, and I couldnt really taste anything else. (411 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue is, undoubtably, a quality brewery. Don de Dieu is no exception. The pour had initial carbonation giving way to small yeast specs and bubbles. A fruity pungent almost white Belgian aroma with orange and clove.

Carbonation pops back out upon tasting. Complex flavor that quickly mellows to the center of the mouth. The cloves are still present with spicy malt body. Unibroue has other more flavorful entries, but this is a choice brew. 9% al-kee-hol is somehow not noticeable due to the banana, orange and detectable cinnamon or nutmeg spice flavors.

This beer has a vibrant touch that hits the tastebuds with brisk carbonation prescence.

Oh yeah...price? I picked up a mixed Unibroue 3 x 8 for a hefty $52 Georges. Overall: Decent complex brew for the discerning conniseur. There are plenty comparable brews for less price due primarily to shipping from Quebec, I'm sure, eh? Now, take off you hoser!

Beer is good. Happy beering. (953 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful gold color with a bleached white head. The aroma was strong as malt, yeast, cloves, and fruit were all evident. The flavor was exceptional, full bodied malt with just the right bitterness and orange tones. The alcohol level was noticeable but it completed the perfect flavoring in my opinion.

The mouthfeel was smooth while some tingling of the mouth took place while swallowing. The aftertaste was slightly dry and the yeast and citrus tones seem to linger. This is an exceptional beer. (520 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, pours out a dark cloudy yellow. A big head at first that subsides to about 1/4 of an inch, and leaves a nice lace.

There are some great tones of apple, pear, and cider on the nose of this beer, as well as a heavy yeast consistency.

I definetely did not like the taste of this one too well, especially compared to other Unibroue beers. At first, a wave of alcohol hits you and then fades subtly into the background. Next you notice a few nice fruity and estery tones.

It has a strangely ice-creamy flavor, which is also reflected in the thick mouthfeel. There was no real wheaty-flavor, which I was looking forward to, and no real hop consistency either. There is also an overly vanilla flavor to this one. I had trouble finishing it. (757 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Extremely pale, yet very cloudy so that you can't see through it. I love that.

Smell: Fruity and spicey. I can't smell any alcohol, but my roommate walked in the room and said he smelled alcohol.

Taste: Big spice and some fruitiness, maybe a little banana. Much like the smell, but a little rough around the edges. I can't taste any alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This part didn't quite agree with me. It seemed overcarbonated and slightly acidic.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable. It felt a little heavy in my stomach but the alcohol could not be detected.

Beef Notes: Not a bad beer from Unibroue, but I probably will not buy it again simply because I would rather have three or four of their other beers instead. (729 characters)

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

A decent brew, but not my favorite Unibroue. Cloudy yellow appearance with a decent head and light lacing. Smell was fruity with a hint of alcohol. Taste was strong on alcohol with slight fruity flavor. Mouthfeel full with a slightly chewy quality...not a strong finishing quality. Drinkability for high abv was fine. (317 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It is full of begian pale malts and fruity yeast. It smells spicey and refreshing. The taste is good. It is fruity and full of Belgian pale malts. It has a banana flavor to it. This is a tasty beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks great. It has good flavor and an elevated abv. that is hardly noticable. (447 characters)

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

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew pours a slightly cloudy dark yellow color with a thick white head. Fair lacing. Sugary sweet malt and fruit in the nose. Medium body with a nice blend of malt, citrus (mostly lemon) and yeast flavors. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The finish is fruity with a touch of malt. Pretty good overall. (363 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, orange in color with a very thin head. Aroma is very tart, citric. The flavor is, well, umm, wow... very balanced. Citric flavor, with a bit of spice, over a smooth surprisingly mild, honey malty body. Bit of banana? Pepperiness is mild. This is a pretty nifty beer, albet a difficult to classify one. (308 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer would be worth buying just for the beautiful gold foiled bottle with a glowing ship portrayed on the cover--but oh, how many more reasons beyond that there are for enjoying this fine ale.

It poured a gorgeous semitranslucent yellow-orange with a slim finger of white foam floating atop the offering. The aroma is fruity and yeasty, with slightly spicy hints here and there. The flavor is simply awesome - round and smooth, with a strong apricot element, pepper, clove and yeast sprinkled throughout, and alcoholic sweetness. The finish is dry and crisp, with a bready element from the yeast, followed by a warm afterglow.

Wow--simply another stroke of brilliance from Unibroue. An absolute gem, full-bodied yet light and crisp, with tiny bubbles that dance lightly on the tip of my tongue.

Awesome. (817 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The hazy golden body has a crown of off-white foam that is porous and laces only lightly from the fast-receding head.

The nose is full and reminds of a sprtizy wine or sparkling beverage like champaign. Lots of nice fruit and light pale malt notes.

The flavor is peppery and spicy with plenty of floral hop notes to boot. There is a nice complexity that is hidden by the light nature of the feel.

Very crisp and spritzy finish. Good drinkability hampered by the ABV that seems less than it is. (504 characters)

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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