Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,621
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 128
Gots: 267 | 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 Mitchster
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous looking brew! Slightly cloudy straw golden with orange accents. Adding the yeast forms a murky concoction resembling 75% raw apple cider, and 25% milk. The white head is large, sitting atop medium-sized bubbles. The head continues to form outside the rim of the glass, forming a peak with a light meringue texture. Retention is superior with good lacing. Aroma is awesome...Dry, sweet, yeasty with a note of sour Belgian funk, sour green apples, lemon, bananas and a hint of clove. Carbonation is medium-strong. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a lightly tart, semi-dry finish and light body. Taste...where to begin? Begins sweet and fruity...notes of apricots, and green apples...there is a brief surge in some sourness with a hint of funk, followed by the taste of French bread dipped in honey. There is a warming surge of alcohol, but otherwise it is never noticed in flavor or aroma... a consistency among Unibroue's beers, and a true mark of quality at 9.0% ABV. The finish is sweet, malty and full of yeast, with a perceptable vinous astringency from the alcohol. The hops are expertly balanced, adding to the complexity of this brew while making it dangerously drinkable. A 750ml bottle will give one a very sustained buzz.

This is my favorite Unibroue product. I have not been unimpressed by any of their brews, and I would highly recommend this to anyone. Makes Westmalle, Duvel Red, Chimay White, and La Trappe look like ugly red-headed bastard stepchildren. On with the beatings!

Photo of 86MonteSS
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, tangy, spicey. Pale head and light golden hue. I think this beer sums Unibroue up in a single bottle, though it may be a little more on the fruitier side. These crazy Canadians are on to something, and it's something we should pay close attention to. If you see a 750, buy it and drink it. It's refreshing and warming at the same time. You'll be tipsy and satisfied.

Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very yellow with some gold, a good bubbly head, some steady tiny carbonation but not much, and good lace. Very nice stringy looking stain (like that). Nose was zingy yet full-bodied: wheat and sweet, quiet cloves, some hops (Styrian?) Scents were very clean, and in time some wine-like esters started popping up. The taste was a typical golden pale ale: light wheat and malt, lemony hops but not much, moderate in profile. I experienced a light honey taste developing around my tongue with time, as well as a wine-tasting burp. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, with little finish. Good beer, ain't no Duvel, though.

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

Pours to a deep golden color with a creamy white head. Leave a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is sweet candi sugar, spicy, and medicinal. The Unibroue products seem to all smell the same. I need to try all the Unibroue beers together. It has a sweet, medicinal flavor; hay-like as well. It is full-bodied, smooth with a sweet finish. It has a strength that will sneak up on you.

Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow gold, as if you were mixing a mimosa and had put too much champagne in the orange juice. Forms a thick head, composed of the most even bubbles, top to bottom, that I've ever seen in a beer head. But the head dissipates quickly, with almost no lacing. Aroma is hops and spice.

Creamy, chewy, spicy and malty. This is like a chewier Duvel with a bit more creamy sweetness. Lingering taste of malt, just a bit of coppery hops at the base of the tongue.

I've had more than one Duvel at a time, but cannot imagine having more than one of these. A very full, complex, and creamy beer. Wonderful, but really more of a cap to an evening.

Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a tough decision I had to make for my first beer of the day Don De Dieu, Allagash Grand Cru, Fish Tale Poseidon Imperial Stout or last but not least Fish Tale Leviathan Barley Wine. Well, I opted for Don De Dieu, but what the hell should I do for the second beer of the day?

As the beer sets in its especially chosen glass the color is a bemused lemon yellow with the head elephantine In size, creamy in consistency and the color a brilliant white, as it dissolves, a fine sheet of lace forms to conceal the glass. Big hit of yeast at the front, slightly malt sweet, a bit of pineapple, crisp, fresh and a real treat for the senses with the start rich in malt, somewhat sweet, the top middling in the feel upon the palate. Finish has perseverant hop spiciness, the acidity pointful, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long and lovingly, another fine beer from a “World Class” brewery that is a long time favorite.
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Photo of Ahhdball
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little too much like it's cousin La Fin Du Monde. I liked this beer but it had a little too much citrus and a little too much sweetness. This was more of a wine cooler than a beer. It had a larger head that dissapeared rather quickly, and an almost overpowering yeast smell. Heavy on the fruity taste with slight caramel and or honey overtone. I liked this but it doesn't go in my top ten. It is easy to drink however due to the sweetness and with it's 9% ABV one ight tend to go overboard and not know it.

Photo of shirfan
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This almost transcends beer...gift of God indeed.

Pours yellow-orange and cloudy, with yeast particulate matter floating around.

Smell is mild, estery, hints of wheat, honey, marshmallows, and fruit.

Taste makes no indication of the ABV present. I only sampled a 12 oz bottle, a bomber of this nectar would make for a fine evening.

Taste is incredibly sweet but not sticky or cloying. Monsterous drinkability, notes of dried apricot, wheat, estery yeast, cloves, bananas. Much more emphasis on fruit flavors than spices. Finish is crisp and inviting and smooth as silk.

I may have a new favorite beer.

Photo of kwill
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a thin white head that quickly disappeared to laces around the edge of the glass. Smells sweet with a bit of spice and hints of the 9% ABV.

Taste is remarkably sweet and malty. The flavor makes it seem like the beer would leave a thick, syrupy aftertaste, but it finishes clean and dry.

This beer is a lot like Unibroue's excellent La Fin Du Monde, but with a bit more (too much) sweetness. Like all of the offerings from Unibroue, this one hides its considerable alcohol content very well and is a real pleasure to drink. A very good beer, but it is a bit too sweet to have more than one or two in a night.

Photo of mjohn27603
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been spending all winter long drinking heavy barley wines and thick high ABV warmers. It is more than time to start having some of the fine Unibroue beers which are lighter and more refreshing on the palate. This one poured out the lightest of yellows from the bottle. It left a brilliant white head with the tiniest bubbles of carbonation.

The smell is wonderful and is hard to identify. I want to say it reminded me of some kind of flower - tulips? The flavor is very unique and very delicate. It has a slight sourness/tartness that is subtle. I also want to describe the taste as floral too though I can't say I've chewed on flower petals lately. The flavor reminds me more a white wine without all the acidity. Only a slight bite of alcohol on the tip of the tongue. 9% hid very well as normal for Unibroue. Fits in well with the character of their brand. Some wheat flavor coming on. I can't get over how delicate the flavor is. An antidote when you've been hopped out.

OK, call me crazy. I don't see anyone else in the reviews who picked up anything floral. That's my first reaction and I'll stick to it!

Photo of jtw5877
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden hue with a fluffy white head. An excellent beer. A good deal of yeast coupled with a peppery spiciness. Smooth as hell and really tasty. this is an excellent beer. Unibroue never ceases to amaze me two thumbs up for an excellent ale.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow straw colored pour with a pillow of white foam that dies much more quickly than I had expected. Pale malts, wheat, yeast, and a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

A nice tingly carbonation starts you off right with crispness. The pale malts and wheat form a great balance with the fine yeast. Then, you get a little spicy flavor and a hit of alcohol in the end. The alcohol really comes through in the aftertaste. This was strange coming from Unibroue. They usually hide the alcohol and tone it down much more. It is still excellent, and I will surely have it again as it drinks well, and has a great feel to it. An all around champ as far as I am concerned.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow before the yeast starts to slide in yeilding a cloudy straw color. Voluminous white head.
Aroma has a definite banana character. Lots of yeast with some spice.

Very good flavor. Yeast plays big in the flavor profile. Banana, fruity, spice. Bready malts. Well balanced. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation.
Very drinkable. Didn't notice the 9% ABV at all.
Overall, a very good beer. Another bottle fermented winner from Unibroue.

Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A crusty, white head collapses noisily. Lacing is runny. After a minute or two there's nothing but a thin white film. The beer is clear amber-gold with ample carbonation.

The smell is Unibroue spicy with fruit. The front is Sweet with a capital Swee and spicy. The middle is apples. The finish is dry and just a little chalky. This one is sweeter than the others, but with all the strong flavors, it's not bad. I wonder if I could mix this with a Blanche de Chambly.

Photo of scottum
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice bright white head. Nice complex malt flavors build upon each others while a nice mellow fruity/spicey thing entertains your buds. The dry finish makes you coming back from more. A good belgian style brew.

Nice beer for a 100th review.

Photo of Winter
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with a gold foil covering the cap and part of the neck. As I uncapped the bottle I could already smell the wheat and yeast. Pours a cloudy golden color with a rising delicate white foamy head. Aroma has a strong fruity essence, yeast, cloves, banana and spice. The mouthfeel is crisp with a light carbonation. The taste consists of wheat, lemony citrus, banana, spice and cloves. The alcohol warms the back of the throat and you are reminded of the 9% abv. As the beer warms, the carbonation softens and Don de Dieu becomes even more enjoyable as the flavors reveal themselves even further at this stage.

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

I bought the 12oz bottle, with the ship on the label. Poured a nice carbonated golden color. Slight sediment, more than I usually exspect from Unibroue. Nice taste, not a lot unlike Unibroue 11. Good fruity taste, but the ABV was not as hidden as I'm used too. Not Unibroue's best.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a downtown beer store I recently spied a small 12 fl.oz. bottle of this offering from Unibroue. Having tried other offerings I reckoned that the Don De Dieu would be a good bet. It comes in a brown glass bottle, which has a picture of what appears to a medieval wooden Galleon and a gold foil cap that has a ‘fleur de leys’ on it.

The beer pours an incredibly turbid orange golden color, murky and all hiding, the beer retains a mysterious depth of character masked by its hazy appearance. A thin white collared head stays constant at 1/8”. Aromas are fruity, deeply sweet and have a molasses dimension.

A treacle sponge pudding introduction has a sweet cloying entrance that is determined to entice all. I hate sweets, so it does not entice me at all. Good inherent carbonation lends to the above average mouthfeel of this beer. A yeasty doughy sticky breadiness commands this beer though. It is a little sickly and too yeasty to find it anything other than a sipping beer. Strange.

After other Unibroue offerings I was slightly disappointed with this one to be honest. But judging this beer on its own merits, I still find that it falls short of what I expected.

Not bad, but not my favorite Unibroue beer.

Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The stiff, dense, slowly settling tremendously thick porcelain white head tops a lightly hazy dark golden hued brew. Amorphous, sparse foam aggregates are left. Sweet, slightly acidic ripe tropical fruit notes including Guava and Kiwi hit the nose at first, then are ensued by mellow pearish and green apple tartness. Subtle hint of bready pilsner malt. Trace clove adds a slightly herbal component. Very appetizing aromawise. Flavorwise, juicy, fruity sweetness continues where the aroma left off, albeit with an herbal, more pronounced phenolic tinge. Impression of sugary jackfruit and clove, w/ a hint of citric tartness. Light must and cidery beet sugar notes emerge mid palate. Moderate in body, with an agreeably smooth mouthfeel partially aided by carbonation lower than the norm. Light hop bitterness leaves the fruit drenched residual sweetness mostly unhindered. Finishes with a grainy dryness, accompanied by a brief surge of orange peel like citrus and phenol. Don de Dieu is delicious strong w/ a pronounced moist, ripe tropical fruit character. Devoid of any ethanol harshness. It's reminescent of Tripel Karmeliet, although not quite as complex.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite beer from Unibroue, but that is a very difficult choice. There is just something a little unique about the flavor, smell, and potency that stands out. I've tried many strong beers, and (for whatever reason) I FEEL this one more than any other beer I've had (and it goes down SO easy!). Pours a nice, carbonated golden glass of beer with a nice, fluffy head (a small amount remains throughout). A little spicier than La Fin Du Monde or Chimay Cinq cents, but very refreshing and smooth. I've enjoyed every SIP of this beer, every time I've had it. I would give it perfect 5's, but I don't do that (but, you get the point).

(For whatever reason, the last couple of times I've had this, it hasn't appealed to me quite as much as before. I had it last night between a La Fin and a Duvel, and it wasn't quite as tasty as the other two. Still a great beer, but somehow, it has dropped a notch for me).

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Quite an impressive brew. I could smell the spicy, fruity aroma the second I cracked the cap off. It smells absolutely wonderful. The appearance is a cloudy off-yellow with a thin white head that retains well. Mouthfeel is quite bubbly, almost champagne-like, and the flavors come flying out the moment you sip it. A bit of grassy spiciness follows the yeasty, fruity, nearly sweet beginning. One of the best Belgian strong pales I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Simply put, a delectable brew. And 9%? You'd never know it.

Photo of doho95fu
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite Unibroue product so far. The appearance is golden with a white medium head and constant bubbles. The smell is of fruit, mostly white grapes and apple. The taste also includes these flavors with a heavy emphasis on apple. The mouthfeel is good with the flavor being emphasized by the carbonation (alot of bubbles in this brew). This is the smoothest and lightest 9.0 ABV I have tasted. Really good.

Photo of Wildman
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color and formed a bubbly white head. An aroma of citrus, yeasts and spices. Some carbonation is present. A flavor of spice with some bready elements. The finish is a touch tart and reflects some of the alcohol present. A good beer for this style.

Photo of Kwak
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent head nice and full kind of fluffy a little rocky.

Great body hazy orange / yellow color.

I loved the taste you had your white beer and your wheat beer together. A lot of flavor And plenty of aftertaste with hints of clove and other spices.

This is something I could get into drinking, very tasty!

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,621 ratings.