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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

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2,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,540
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 121
Gots: 220 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of natemort13
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a white fizzy big head.

Nose has grass and straw with candy sugar and a bit of banana. Some alcoholic tones with a clove character that undercuts the sweetness of the candy sugar. Spice is playing in the background. Slight cinnamon. Smells delicious, more like a tripel than a strong pale ale. Edit: ah...it says triple wheat on the bottle...that makes sense then!

Taste comes big with the cloves and fades into a malty sweetness with big fruitiness on the finish. Lingering notes of sweet lime and banana. Some honeyed breadiness to the malt that becomes candied bananas in the finish. The spices really complement the full flavored character of the beer. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy while maintaining a nice prickliness from the carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel for a complex beer like this.

Wow, every time I grab a unibroue beer I'm continually amazed at the complexity of it. This is the last of the sampler pack I grabbed and I sat on it for a month or two but I think I'll have to go grab another. Would have to do a sampling of all 4 but this is my favorite as of now.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a snifter

A- Super hazy yellow, 1 finger white head with little retention.

S- Very wheaty smelling, some bark fruit but a bunch of lemon zest and spicy herbs. Undeniably belgian yeast. A crisp and fruity smelling pale.

T- A lot of the lemon zest and spicyness comes through up front. A bitterness in the middle. A lot of belgian yeast characteristics come through. A full wheat body. Finishes clean and spicy.

M- Mouthfeel is smooth in this one. Leaves behind a pickling feeling in your mouth from all the spices they used. High carbonation.

O- This is a great beer, this has never been my favorite style but this one is rather impressive. It has a sense of brewing perfection with a rather impressive spiciness that makes this one stand out.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of oliverwren
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just finished one, so I thought now would be the best time to offer a review.

A - Cloudy and rustic/golden. The appearance prior to drinking implies and betrays the beer's inherent complexity and spicy quality. It dares you to drink it and offers great rewards for those who do.

S - Such a spicy aroma should be able to draw in even the most hardened of swill lovers. This aroma prepares the drinker in such a way that only a bland taste or harsh aftertaste would come as a surprise, neither of which exists here. This may be one of the finest aromas I have yet experienced.

T - Spice and pure alcohol dance together and find that rare balance similar to a well-rehearsed waltz. To be blunt, I feel that the piece requires its 9% ABV to balance the dominant spices.

M - I personally tend to favor "creamier" pieces, verging on oily, but the texture of Don de Dieu sings in the mouth. You take a drink and await the next. I must confess that my deduction of 0.5 points for mouthfeel may be purely personal taste.

O - No matter one's preferences, I can promise that this will prove an amenable experience. The spicy nature will beckon the lover of darker brews, and the texture will attract lovers of traditional ales. As with texture/mouthfeel, I believe that only personal preferences detracted from the overall score of this sensational brew. I will always be true to Trois Pistoles myself, but I salute another fine brew from Chambly's own Unibroue.

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

A: Pours a hazy (almost cloudy) golden yellow moving towards orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white fizzy head that quickly reduces to a n extremely thin and small patch in the center of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of light fruits including green apples, pears, and green grapes along with just a slight hint of citrus zest. Additionally there is a pleasant spice note to the beer that seems to be primarily coriander.

T: The taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is some light sweetness contributed from the apple/pear and a moderate presence of spice notes including but not limited to coriander.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a slightly dry finish. Very light hints of alcohol heat as the beer warms.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, which is quite a complement with the high ABV. I found the spice notes to really add to this beer and make it stand out form some others in the style. Definitely one I would have again.

Photo of gunclubchris
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preface: Re-review from my initial back on 1-28-12

Poured from a 12oz screw top(!) bottle (Best Before date: 12-06-14) into a 14oz, Riedel tulip glass

A- Pours a hazy, orange/golden hue with a 2-3" head dissipating rather quickly. Active carbonation observed from the fluid on the sides of the glass.

S- Wow! tart fruits dominate: Granny Smith apples, pears, (green) grapes, honey (with maybe a hint of lemon zest) and some spicy esters all arouse the olfactory hues. The aroma lies right between a sparkling wine, crisp hard cider and a Belgian Tripel ale. The "breadiness" that many mention comes out as the brew warms and head subsides, but fleshy fruit and some spice dominate.

T- Everything in the aroma titivates the palate. Think of the best Belgian Tripel (or hard cider) you have ever tasted but without the dominant spice and banana esters from the yeast. Everything is brought to a closure with a bready and semi-tart finish. Those who are fans of La Fin Du Monde will recognize a similarity, but this is less intense . Like the nose, the "breadiness" is apparent once the brew has time to settle in the glass. Despite the 9.0% ABV, this is one smooth and refreshing brews as the booze is nowhere to be found in either the aroma or taste.

M- Lively carbonation only adds to enhance the crispness of flavors detected in the nose. The palate dances with the fruit essence and (what I perceive to be) hop bitterness.

O- How else do I describe this...simply outstanding. Although I think I prefer the crispness of Duvel over Don Dieu, this is certainly an exquisite representation of the style. Furthermore, I suggest sampling this brew as fresh as possible, as I don't think your review will be congruent with mine when tasting an aged bottle.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden orange with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a thin film and collar

S: floral, fruitcake, honey vanilla

T: pale fruits and wheaty malts with lighter notes of yeast and white rice

M: soft like cream soda, medium-bodied, nice fizziness

O: wonderful brew - has some characteristics of a tripel. Unibroue (and Ommegang) are very adept at brewing Belgian-style beers

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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