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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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92
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2,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 2177
Reviews: 1202
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange in color, with an impressive, big, thick, chunky whitecap of a head.

Notes of orange, other citrus, spices...that's all, but in this case, it's just right.

Taste is light, sweet, smooth, and luscious. Spicy, but uncomplicated. Well-carbonated, well-balanced, very light in body, soul, spirit. Full and substantial, with rich, yeasty flavor.

Perfect with food,either a banquet or a picnic. A lot like a witbier, but with more body, flavor, and punch.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 13:31:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong, bready Belgian yeast flavor that is complimented by mildly sweet flavors of banana, spices and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance and there's also a hint of alcohol. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I've certainly had better in the style, but it's still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 04:36:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy straw color with a efervescent (sp??) white head & body. Minimal lacing and head retention

Smell: Some spice and alcohol

Taste: Apple like tastes combine with yeast & alcohol. Dry plummy finish

MF: Syruppy but well balanced good carbonation levels

Drinkable but not moreish. two would by my max, really feel the abv. Not my cup of tea, but representative of its style. Belgian beer freaks will enjoy this

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 03:26:29 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 02:46:58 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and azhy. Forms a tight white head of small and medium bubble but the head does not leave much lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is strong and estery, no alcohol but there is a yeasty breadiness to the whole thing. Smells pretty good. Almost like a tripel.

Beer finishes a bit dry, lots of carbonation in the mouth, spicy, with a slight sweetness and some fruit flavors in the palate. Overall its really good but I do feel like its slightly over carbonated. It does remind me a lot of a tripel. I would pull back on the carbonation, I feel it would improve it. It would be interesting to have this on draft.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 02:21:52 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of oranges, coriander and alcohol. The beer smells a lot like a Belgian tripel in my opinion.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange juice, alcohol, yeast and wheat, as well as some vanilla which is quite a surprise. A nice, complex Belgian ale that is easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 07:37:16 | More by Mora2000
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Somehow never got around to reviewing this, so here goes finally.

Ug, forgot they were screw caps... sad. Pours a huge fluffy 3 finger head that forces me to stop pouring early, it fades at a med pace with big air pockets forming and fizzy head popping down, some lacing, over slight hazy honey wheat orange colored beer, and lots of bubbles streaming up to reinforce the head.

Nose has the typical Unibroue Belgian yeast, fruity and effervescent, with plenty of wheat aromas, a golden Belgian malt aroma with that, apple and pear like aromas, light esters and light sweet phenolic booze, and hints of coriander wit-like spices and orange peel.

Taste brings sweetness at first, sweet malts with a light golden Belgian candy flavor, as well as some warming booze with some esters and light phenols. Then lots of wheat, big wheat flavor with some light wit spices again, orange peel and citrus zest all around, and faint apple and pear flavors. So much carbonation it gets a little tingly on the tongue and fluffy in the mouth filling to the point where it's hard to get the beer onto my tongue. A little syrupy and sticky as well. Finish is still semi sweet but quite dry and sticky, some bitterness from the orange peel flavors, light wheat flavors and coriander like spices, more Belgian candy flavors as well.

Mouth is med bodied, some warming booze, way too much carbontion.

Overall pretty good, but not as good as I remember it being. Way too much carbonation to the point where it's hard to taste the beer. That's the only real downfall of it, otherwise a pretty good beer, nice touch of booze with some esters and faint phenols, nice orange peel, wit like spices, Belgian candy flavors and sweetness also get a little too heavy IMO, but still drinkable and tasty. Def a staple of a tripel wheat beer to try outside of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:35:03 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells slightly musty/ corky, as well as a bit honey-ish. There is a bit of spice in the nose as well which makes one think that there are spices in this one. Pours with a medium carbonation for a Belgian ale. I taste a bit of acidity along with a bit of cider flavor to it. Nicely fruity with a wonderful woodiness. I could not perceive any bitterness in this beer. One can taste the alcohol a bit in the finish, but this is in no way distracting. There is a subtle taste of unspecified spices. Very good beer, and very interesting flavors to it. It keeps you guessing with every sip, what new flavors will you find next.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 16:35:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured an orangish gold with a towering, foamy white head that quickly settled into a thick, well-retained lace.
The smell was of orange peel, fruity esters and a touch of yeast and alcohol.
The taste reminded me of a Duvel with some orange added to it. Very delicious. The fruity flavors and malt hid the alcohol taste to the end.
The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with a warming alcohol finish.
This is a great "sipping" beer.
I enjoyed it last night as a nightcap - wishing I had some good chocolate to accompany it - and was in beer heaven!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 20:15:03 | More by jwc215
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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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