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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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1,265 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,265
Hads: 2,697
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 154
Gots: 299 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in a brown 750 ml caged and corked bottle bought in B.C. (why can't we get this in Alberta anymore?!!). I love the label on this for some reason, from the faux metalworked Roman/Greco lettering, to the elegant galleon surrounded by all the First Nations long canoes, and the golden tone of it all.

Initially pours out with an aggressive foamy white head that eventually settles down to a solid creamy 1 finger cap on my chalice. Serious carbonation action within this cloudy apricot-hued body, when held up to the light it reminds me of the predominant colour scheme of the label.

The nose is light yet assertive with a parade of aromas, an underlying spiciness that reveals citrus, pepper, vanilla, clove, orange rind, candied banana and cinnamon, which gives way to the fruity esters of apple, pear and pineapple, along with a yeast and wheat presence blanketed within all of that, alcohol is very faint.

The flavour is just one big magic carpet ride, so much going on that it's like the many major cities of the Earth wizzing by beneath you too fast to completely take in, but leaving you in awe all the same. Green apples dipped in caramel at first, smothered in a cinnamon-vanilla-pear compote, rolled in bitter orange peels, cloves and pepper, and washed down with the smoothest of hefewiezens with an aged Grand Marnier chaser. And that doesn't even do it justice. A 1001 Arabian Nights of an ale.

Mouthfeel is delicate and creamy, smooth except for a bit of an alcohol bite that rubs its supple hands across your palate, a most welcome texture.

I used to be a stalwart Maudite man, but it's been so long since I've had a Don de Dieu that I have literally missed the boat on such a fine ale. I'll be heading back to B.C. soon to be picking up more of this to stockpile and cellar. This does nothing but prove the beautiful organic alchemy that Unibroue is capable of accomplishing.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great beer from a great brewer. I prefer La Fin and a couple others to this one, but it is hard to complain about it.

The beer pours a very hazy golden to orange color with a large white head but little lacing. The aroma is one of the fruits of the earth. Literally, there is an earthy aroma that is backed up by the malts and some hints of fruits that include raisins and figs.

The taste is surprising smooth with little hint that this is a 9.0% brew. The fruitiness is the first thing that I tasted, and it was almost a peach-like taste, which was followed by the malt and a hoppiness that added a little bitterness to round out the flavor.

This is light in the mouth for the type of beer that it is but also rather dry and crisp. It is another Unibroue beverage that pleads for another round.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. foil-capped bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Absolutely amazing in its appearance. Almost neon-yellow in color, this is an opaque, cloudy beer. Pours with a great head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Smells a bit like stewed bananas. Some corriander notes are picked up, as well as a musky yeast aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The body is exceptionally creamy and smooth. A fruitiness similar to bananas and nectarines is detected, coupled with some estery and almost pepper-like notes. The malts in this beer become much more noticable as the beer stands and warms up a bit.

Overall: Another top-of-the-line beer from Unibroue. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Trentonator
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of cbl2
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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?

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of necoadam
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of vwahaszee
2/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.