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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,296 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 1,210
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 100
Gots: 139 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbly from in-bottle fermenation; Triple filtered. Large white head. Pour in proper glass (see picture on bottle) and drink within a few minutes. Delicious, drink slowly with meal. 9% masked behind spices. Excellent substitute where you would use bubbly wine or scotch or rum.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 13:48:28 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-04-2013 16:28:57 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy apple cider color with a huge beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is non existant. There is sediment present after the pour.

S - Smells of pineapple, yeast, biscuit, and spices.

T - Has a good spiced sour apple taste with a malty finish.

M - Very carbonated but easy to drink. The head was extremely fizzy when I first poured it.

D - Another great beer from Unibroue. I can see myself picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:59:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-15-2012 02:24:27 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a large white head and a good dose of lacing as it makes its way down my tulip glass. The nose is somewhat complex, with some spice, alcohol, light stone fruits, and a touch of sweetness. The taste brings light citrus and stone fruits as well as a bit of spice and yeast. Some light sugars. Good mouthfeel with carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinks well, but not as good as the prototypical Belgian examples.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 13:58:23 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty radiant amber with a copious amount of visible carbonation, capped by a cumulus cloud white head that is 'four fingers and a thumb' in size and appears too soft to result in much lace. Multiple streams of bubbles are doing their best to keep the head alive, but are slowly losing the battle. As suspected, no lace to speak of.

While the nose is unquestionably good, it won't make me forget the best of this style. The usual suspects are front and center: ripe golden fruit dusted with ground clove and white pepper. It isn't quite as spicy as some though. There's also a faint whiff of alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least since it's an integral part of the aroma.

This Canadian BSPA doesn't stray far from my palate memory of the style. Comparatively speaking, it's a little less fruity, less spicy, less flavorful in all respects, than most of the world-class Belgians that I've had over the past several months. It's also less sweet and shows it's 9% ABV a tad too much. Don't get wrong, this is still excellent beer, it's just not special beer.

The body is strictly medium, due, in part, to the relative lack of candi sugar, and the mouthfeel is lively without being chaotic. Again, ethanol creeps in on the back end, but stops just short of detracting from the experience. This just in... the beer becomes more clove-like with warming.

Don de Dieu ('Gift of God' or 'God's Gift' if my rusty French is accurate) is a fine example of the BSPA style. Its minor faults, which are really just my prejudices, may be seen as positives by many. Another quality brew from a quality brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 15:01:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a two finger off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruit and spices in the nose—green apples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness with flavors of apples and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste, which makes this beer quite easy to drink (particularly compared to others in the style).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:41:39 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy, bubbly head that sticks copious lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: Floral citrus, dried pineapple, honeyed candi sugar, white pepper, clove - what a combination

Taste: Starts with a wheaty, yeasty flavor; after the swallow the banana, wheat and candi sugar flavors emerge along with a peppery clove bite

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Overall: While there are a lot of interesting things going on with this beer, I enjoyed smelling it more than drinking it; the overwhelming combination of various sweet flavor sensations is difficult to consume in much quantity

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:02:06 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect pour starts out the day with a bang. Huge head of white foam caps a bright golden and cloudy body that eventually clears and settles out to a solid light layer of golden perfection. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session that continually reinforced the already impressive look of it. Light bready notes lead the charge before some peach and pear notes start to filter in. A light note of spice is picked up as well, almost pepper like but not quite it really comes through quite nicely. First sip is again light, with a definite herbal quality to it before the light fruit notes start to percolate in and mix it up quite well. Light grasses, a touch of honey and a definite pear and apple flavor round it out quite well leaving me very happy and looking for a another sip quite readily, even before the first finishes drying out.

Overall a very solid and very well rounded pale. I had no problems putting this one down and could see it being a nice intro into the bigger styles. Really a solid offering here for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 22:15:53 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange brew with a nice head that did not dissapate too quickly. Taste is very refreshing but too sweet for my own liking. The alcohol level is not detectable which is a good thing. This is not the best strong belgian ale from Unibroue. The sweetness is too present. Nice try anyway...

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 16:11:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, much of what I'd expect to find in a Belgian Tripel, but with much more malt character. Looks nicely copper; what you'd find in any other pale ale, just with more carbonation and looser head. Aromas are malty sweet, toasty, bready, yeasty, earthy, mildly hoppy, and spicy. You can really taste the malt. Like and all-malt Tripel. Less of a powdered sugar flavors and more malt character, more toastedness and roastedness. Not the sharp spiciness either. Milder spices from an agressive hop bill. Nicely bittered. Still grapefruity, lemony, orange-ey. Finishes alcoholic and dry, with a touch of a lingering sweetness. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 21:02:42 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2011 18:30:39 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky golden body with a tall, though diminishing, white head.

Smell: Spiced wheat malts, a wide variety of fruit juices, vanilla, and clover honey.

Taste: Malted wheat with a restrained honeylike sweetness. Juiced pears, nectarines, and bananas, all a bit tangy and stirred up with a vanilla bean. Touch of spice and sourness. Maybe a few flecks of candi sugar. Warming, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate, lively carbonation. Some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad, not bad. I'm going down Memory Lane with Unibroue, and, so far, I'm leaning towards the maltier offerings, Maudite and Trois Pistoles.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 05:33:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2013 02:43:02 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-14-2013 01:08:57 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 19:54:09 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-06-2014 14:45:06 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:38:08 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Another Unibroue revisiting, this time while watching movies with a friend late at night. (Not that that really matters very much, just sayin'.) It pours a hazy pale amber-straw topped by a finger of stiff white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, light orange peel, coriander, clove, light white bread, and a touch of flowers. The taste amps the orange up significantly, joining it with some lemon zest, clove, cantaloupe, light watermelon, and bready yeast. The body is a light-ish medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, another solid outing from a Unibroue brew. I seem to recall this tasting slightly better, but it ain't at all bad right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:41:41 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast and dried fruit. Some alcohol aroma, too.

T - A spiciness at first sip. It tasted of corriander and clove with a strong malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - Very good beer. I love the spicy/malt taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 04:30:51 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-18-2011 21:56:47 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy and amber; very bright. 3-inch frothy head with good retention.

Smell - Spicy and zesty, notes of lemon and orange peel.

Taste & mouthfeel - Tropical fruit; banana, unripened mango, a bit of clove and apricot. Peppery, spicy finish, slightly drying. Heavy on the tongue with rather sharp carbonation.

Notes - Triple wheat ales aren't something you see very often, so I was pretty curious about this. It definitely lived up to my expectations; it's both unique and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 00:34:35 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Weird buying these at the local chain stores, but hey, I'm not complaining about the convenience in finding this 'gift of God'.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet somehow creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent splashes of bulbous cloud lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, orange citrus, banana chips, sweet clove, grainy pale malt, and a slight whiff of edgy alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, a hint of wheat, mildly spicy Unibroue house yeast (not helpful to the subset of beer drinkers who haven't tried this brewery, but, oh, fuck it), lemon and orange citrus, banana pudding, coriander, and a very subtle booze warming.

The carbonation is mostly moderate, if a bit spritzy up front, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry and a bit sticky, with wheat-tinged caramel, citrus, spice and some subdued yeast lingering, all.

A tasty enough Belgian-style strong pale ale, and easy drinking, if that is really a thing when it comes to offerings such as this, where the big ABV is fairly innocuous, and so many other things divert one's attention from that fact.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:04:25 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy, even in a long-stored and carefully poured bottle. Orange-marmalade in color and topped by a rocky, bright-white head that eventually drops to an exceptionally creamy 1/4" covering and leaves excellent lace. The aroma is bold: quite yeasty, fruity (orange rind, dried apricot), citrusy, spicy. I keep looking for more but don't find it. The body is medium/light with a very fine, tiny bubbled and effervescent carbonation and gives a creamy texture in the mouth. The flavor is mouthfilling and extravagant, following the aroma's lead with orange, citrus, and clove atop a gentle malty sweetness awash in alcohol. It starts boldly sweet upfront, revealing soft spices as it warms, and finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of dried fruits. The spice eventually builds to leave a tingle on the tongue. Quite intense. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 04:04:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam that rests on top of a hazy, golden-orange body. The foam fades away quite quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of pepper, coriander, and pineapple. Some soft wheat and malt in the background.

T - Peppery yeast notes up front with some sweet malt. A little bit of pear comes out in the middle with accompanying clove. The beer finishes with sweet malt and a hint of wheat that accentuates the background notes of pineapple and pear. Spicy pepper and clove linger on the palate along with some herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it finishes a little bit sweet but it has all of the right flavor characteristics. The malt sweetness helps to bring out the fruity characteristics of the yeast, while the spicy notes do just fine on their own. There is a lot of pepper and clove throughout as well as a light, spicy hop flavor in the finish. An enjoyable beer overall, though Fin Du Monde is a much better example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 04:56:43 | More by nickfl
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