Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,255
Hads: 2,643
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 132
Gots: 273 | 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 Trentonator
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange, leaves a bright white head, but it is short lived. Lacing in the tulip glass is nice, and the carbonation gives the drink a lot of zest and pop. The taste is unusual, sumptuous, sweet (but not sickeningly so) and light on the palate. Lots of orange, tangerine, apricot, maybe some cloves or coriander in there, some wet wheat taste. I bought a six pack of these and experimented with them by pouring the whole bottle into the first beer (with a swirl and pour of the last 1/4 inch or so of the bottom yeast). The second beer I had I left the last 1/4 inch of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The flavor was better by leaving the last bit of yeast out, in my opinion. High ABV is masked, though, so be careful with this one. (746 characters)

Photo of oceanman
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color, big head.
Aroma is bready, medicinal, floral, with notes of apples, pears, citrus.
Taste of apple cider, baking spices, fruit.
Nice carbonation.
Easy drinking for a high abv brew. Great taste but will not replace La Fin du Monde as my Unibroue go-to. (271 characters)

Photo of greg202stewart
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- a golden orange, with a frothy head

s- smells like citrus and hops

t- This beer is very citrusy, it tastes a bit too much like orange peel. It's similar to La Fin Du Monde but with more orange peel taste that's very tart.

m- has some nice spices, but too cirtusy

d- sadly I love Unibroue but hate this beer. A La Fin Du Monde gone wrong (343 characters)

Photo of cktison
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle to chalice.
A: Hazy golden amber, creamy head that quickly dissipates. Carbonation keeps lace alive.
S: Malts, spice, toffee, fruits and yeast and alcohols
T: Excellent, fruity, malts, toffee, spicy and honey. Really a nice, clean flavor.
M: Carbonation is too much for me - but the finish and the lightness are great.
D: This is a great, flavorful, excellent ale. Wish carbonation was lighter, but really great flavor and at 9%, you will forget what you're drinking too quick! (495 characters)

Photo of likestoswallow
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle from Bevmo. Cork launched with enough force to dent my 14 foot high ceiling. Pours a hazy cloudy gold color with a huge head that receded to 1/4 inch and held. Aroma is moderate in strength and loaded with spice. Flavor is all Belgian; complex with cloves, allspice, coriander, citrus, thyme and hazelnuts. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying with lively prickly carbonation. Hops are well integrated. Finish is long and sticky-sweet. Overall an excellent beer. (478 characters)

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

Poured a cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger fizzy head that dissipated and left nothing.

Smell was light peach, coriander, apricot with a faint alcohol scent.

Taste was slight of the fruits I smelled with a wheaty coriander flavor. A bit too overcarbonated for me at the beginning but as you drink it it smooths out. One of the better Unibrou beers I've had. (362 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 beals
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plucked a single 12-oz bottle out of a 4-pack to try one out (made a self-sampler of Unibroue beers). Presentation is nice - branded gold foil wrapper, cool label art - only downside is the unexpected screwoff cap.

Poured a pale dirty-yellow, with a white 1/2" head that disappeared rapidly. No lacing to speak of. Strong aroma of floral & citrus: not quite grapefruit, not quite orange. Mouthfeel is sharp, due to a good deal of carbonation that didn't want to come out in the head. The taste starts out spicy, with notes of clove; orange-lemon moves in but is quickly wiped out by an alcoholic rush. Not surprising, given the 9% ABV. Crisp, dry finish with touches of grain.

Definitely not a session beer due to its high alcoholic content, but I like it because it has a crisp, clean finish and isn't overly sweet. (822 characters)

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

A: Golden straw/orange with a slight cloudiness. Thin, bright white head.

S: Slight fruit aroma. But, mostly spice. Good indication of the taste.

T: It tastes just like it smells (slightly fruity, mostly spicy). Very peppery, as well.

M: Given the ABV, this beer is surprisingly light and crisp. Stays smooth throughout.

D: Excellent beer. The smell and taste are incredible. Seems to taste better as it warms up. This should be on everyone's list of beers to try at least once. (490 characters)

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

My first Unibroue and my was it a treat. Poured from a 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A slightly orange yellow with a quarter inch head.
Smell: Very sweet smell, hints of lemon and orange.
Taste: Honey front which turns into a fruity middle with slight hops keeping it fron becoming too sweet. Finishes with a orange alcoholic taste, also some apples in there..
Drinkability: Give me more please! Beware this drink doesn't feel like 9%. (437 characters)

Photo of eb003
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours orange and cloudy... like wheat beers. It reminds me a bit of the Hefe Weiss style from Germany in color and smell. There is a wheat like smell and it also smells somewhat sweet. The taste is good, very clean and crisp. The first taste starts somewhat bitter and ends sweet but the more you drink, the taste is mostly sweet. I had the brew with a brat as it was recommended to be tried with meats or cheeses. I found it a truly refreshing brew. The mouthfeel is good, it feels carbonated...almost to the point of a softddrink. The drinkability is also good. I knocked a couple back (1 with each brat).

Overall I enjoyed this brew and found it fully refreshing. My only complaint is that it is somewhat pricey... $7 for a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles here in Louisville (yes a 4 pack). I'm glad I tried it, and I will consider other beers from the same brewery. (875 characters)

Photo of lionchow
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - medium white head, very slight haze, light golden color, CO2 bubbles rise playfully - very appealing.

S - Strong yeasty aroma, mild clove-like spice, a hint of orangey citrus

F - Yeasty flavor is very noticeable, perhaps too much so. Good balance of sweet and dry, just a hint of sweetness to balance it. Light citrus and grass notes.

M - pleasing medium high carbonation, and light alcohol burn make the mouthfeel effervescent and enjoyable.

Overall a good if not amazing beer. Has some good flavor. but stands out for me more in appearance and mouthfeel.

Packaging is a belgian 750ml bottle, with attractive label. I love the font used on the Unibroue beers. (671 characters)

Photo of PerroGrande
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy brownish-gold color. Aggressive pour yields aggressive foam, but this fades very quickly with little to no adhesion to the glass. Some unreleased carbonation ascends.

Smell: I had trouble with this one. I could detect a variety of aromas, but could not separate them accurately. Certainly picked up a hint of hops and spice

Taste: Certainly a good example of BSPA. For me, this beer opens with some sweetness, with hops and a light alcohol taste follows. Spice shows up in the finish for me, but I can't exactly isolate which spice I'm tasting. Nice balance, and a well crafted drinking experience overall. There is a lot going on, but nothing is out of balance or control. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Some unreleased carbonation, and a generally "light" (but not watery) mouth feel.

Drinkability: This is easily a "dangerous" beer. At 9% ABV, I'm detecting some alcohol warmth from this brew. However, it is darn tasty and refreshing, so I'd certainly be welcoming another.

Unibroue is available at The Andersons in Dublin, Ohio -- and this is a good thing! (1,101 characters)

Photo of Daniell
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3-4 finger head, very nice golden almost creamy colour, like some mango cream dessert. Some floating sediment in the glass. Head rapidly dissipates. Lacing rather temporary.

Nose: mango and paw paw mainly comprise the sulfuric tropical fruit bouquet. Also seems to have some minerally notes a la a Riesling.

Taste: also features the tropical fruits, particularly mango, and alcohol

Feel: slips down very readily like a good lager, with some syruppyness.

Drink: probably wouldn't opt for more than one of these. (526 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a huge foamy white frothy head. There is good carbonation and foamy lacing. The odor is very spicy, clove, cardamom, grassy, apricot, orange, citrus, lemon, fruity, peach, berry, slightly floral. The taste is herbal, orange, citrus, lemon, very spicy, clove, cardamom, very malty. (324 characters)

Photo of teejay76
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color. Medium snow white head.

Smell: Definite malt tones with yeasty/bread aroma. Spices of some type. Maybe a little banana?

Taste: Strong sweet malt flavor. This was pretty flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Not overpowering but had decent balance of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this was a decent offering. Due to it being an import, it isn't exactly the most cost effective drink but once in a while, I'll definitely splurge. (454 characters)

Photo of HarrySTruman
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Yellow/gold and very hazy. 2 finger white head with moderate retention. Plenty of carbonation bubbles exploding to the surface. Moderate lacing.

Smells of malt, vanilla and honey.

Taste is creamy and fruity, but not over the top. Hints of nut and apricot, with that specific Unibroue yeast flavor. Easy to drink, alcohol hidden quite well for a high ABV.

Well carbonated makes this a joy on the tongue. Finishes just a bit dry, but hardly noticeable.

This is a great take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Easy to drink, great flavor, high ABV, another great beer from Unibroue. The only real negative here would be the lack of balance. Starts and ends quite sweet and creamy. Smells the same. (735 characters)

Photo of beerboy21
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first got my hands on this brew back in '98 when it was available only in winter sampler packs. It's year round release proves me one thing, there is a god! A perfectly balanced 9% brew that can refresh you on the hottest of hot summer nights. Tasty! (252 characters)

Photo of GrimGuzzler
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The head is short lived but thick and bubbly, the lacing is clean and decent. However, I'm giving this beer high marks for its looks. Ripe orange mixes with cloudy amber to give this brew a body that glows.

S: Smells of candied apples, caramel pears, and estery spirits. Rich and ripe fruit along with candy oranges also accompany small hints of spice.

T: Pale malts and crisp apple are followed by aged pears and yeast. Reminiscent of champagne.

M: Crisp, effervescent, and loaded with miniscule bubbles, champagne comes to mind once again. It helps pick up the beer and prevent from tasting like moldy fruit. It fits the brew perfectly.

Over all: A great beer. I wish I had more time to spend on this review, there are some subtle flavours in here that I just can't quite name. Unibroue churns out some great stuff, but this one really does stand out. The 9% abv is well hidden, possibly dangerously so. I'd pair this like most white wines: with cheeses and desserts or even lighter meals. If you have the opportunity to sample this beer, I would encourage you to try it. This one is difficult not to like and appreciate. (1,130 characters)

Photo of dizknee24
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as most Unibroues light and hazy. white creamy head very light and airy. vanilla and honey fill your nose almost immediately. such a smooth not nutty but ...kinda nutty(odd i know) apparently there is supposed to be some sake in this, i smelt 0 and tasted none. alcohol is masked very well. would buy this again and again. (328 characters)

Photo of Aml42000
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Cloudy lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Layered spices and pit fruit. Coriander and clove give way to summer peach and some orange zest. Powerful and complex. As deep as one could want.

T- There is a hint of sweetness here, but more baking spice and SE Asian flavors mix beautifully with the exceptional yeast/ester flavors present. This finished beautifully and dramatically on a citrus note.

M- Soft and pretty with medium carbonation. The alcohol isn't detectable at all. There is a lingering aftertaste, but the mouth is dry and fresh and you simply want more of this. Top drawer.

O- The Unibroue lineup consistently delivers and this is one of the peaks of that group. I would recommend this beer to anyone and drink with a variety of food in any season. (819 characters)

Photo of Bisho
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Right up there with La Fin Du Monde as this brewer's best!

Cloudy golden orange appearance. Lots of lively carbonation as it pours leaving specks of yeast floating in the bubbly goodness! Leaves a thin white lace as it settles.

Very fruity on the nose with apple, apricot & peach being the most dominant. A little clove is noticible along with spicy phenols and chalky yeast.

Taste is apricot to the fore with a little apple close behind. Spice follows then a light dry hoppiness finishes. A little bit of honey and malt hits the back of the palate too when this beer warms.

The lively carbonation along with the chalky yeast bounces around in the mouth and the alcohol is always present but it never ever gets in the way.

Have had a several sessions on this but I a always the worse for it afterwards. At 9%ABV this beer punishes you without you ever realising until it's too late!

Love this beer... Nuff said! (933 characters)

Photo of MShirokov
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the same spirit as Fin du Monde, but is less intense, less sweet, a bit more bitter and carbonated. Which makes it perfect, since Fin du Monde is way too sweet and yeasty for me. If it was just a tiny bit more hoppy I'd love it, but for what it is, they did a great job. (284 characters)

Photo of 0tt0
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with a "best by" date of 12/14/08... Decanted into a Duvel glass.

Appearance is honey/orange/mango in color with a nice head and sufficient retention.

The sniff test: nose of apricot, orange peel, and white pepper. There seems to be a note of corriander popping up. Hint of pear attacks the nostrils late. A wit?

Muck like the nose, apricot and orange come to the front, with a bit of lemon on the finish. Tart and astringent, with some warming alcohol and a semi-dry finish. A short-lived toasty middle of honey? This brew is thin bodied with a nice, exciting carbonation: fizzy and tickling on the palate.

In summation, a nice, strong tart beer, like a very aggressive wit. Fruity flavors blend nicely with the hoppy, spicy punch. Nose is a bit dead, though. This beer is quenching, with a nice alcohol oomph. Would be dangerous on a warm Sunday afternoon.

This beer seems to be a wonderful cross between a wit and a saison. Amy I crazy? If so, its still terrific. (996 characters)

Photo of GoreStorm
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i don't know what's wrong, i've had this before, and found it excellent.

this bottle, however, not so much.

it pours with a small head that fades faster than it raises, leaving no head or anything. all that's left is a medium gold brew. no bueno.

the smell is here, all the typical scents you'd get out of this style but i smell something that's a bit apple-like.

i think something may be wrong here, it tastes okay, but it's lightly sweet, fruity, alcoholic but leaves a funky aftertaste that i can't put a finger on.

fizzy, normal mouthfeel.

i think i just got a bad bottle, that said, not very drinkable. (613 characters)

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.