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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,539
Reviews: 1,232
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 220 | 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 Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Advocate calls this one a Belgian Strong PA. The thing I love about Unibroue (and their website), is that they aren't shy about giving you more info than you ever wanted to know about their beers. I guess they call this one a Triple Wheat Ale.

Here goes...

A: Wheat is right. It poured a beautiful cloudy, straw color, with a massive solid cloud white head that lingered throughout the session.

S: Spicy! Coriander, honey, pears, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. There was an overall floral arch as well.

T: Same as the nose, only more intense. The sugar content was a bit on the high side, but nothing too offensive. The rose petals I got on the finish was definitely interesting.

M: Very well carbonated, organic and in-your-face sweetness, and the liquid itself was plenty thick for the style. The lacing left on the glass was minimal.

D: The sweetness got very cloying as I got to the bottom of the glass, but it was still a nice beer from Unibroue nonetheless.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold/yellow w/ a solid three finger white head. The smell is that of sweetness- pears, apples, spice, peach. A little on the sweet side smell-wise for my liking. The taste is nice. Pear, apple, spice... but something's missing. This beer is solid, but there's something missing, maybe a little more body to the flavor- and a slight hint of alcohol. At 9%, I don't get any alcohol at all, which is surprising. Most of my favorite Belgians in this style have a taste of alcohol to them, as well as a fuller body to the taste. Mouthfeel is nice- very smooth. Kind of like eating a sweet piece of bread. Drinkability is really good- you could have several of these and not know you were drinking a 9% beer. Good beer overall.

Photo of silentjay
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very hazy golden straw color with a dense pure white head that retains and laces well.

lots of banana, tropical fruit, candi sugar, some light breads, a touch of clove.

flavor similar to the aroma, but a bit of honey on white bread added in as well. banana, clove, tropical fruits and some fruity alcoholic esters work their way in there as well. not bad.

a bit sticky and prickly and not as smooth as most other Unibroue offerings. still nice, though.

drinks ok. alcohol apparent throughout, but never takes over a very good beer, but not a great one.

Photo of Avagadro
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color, and hazy as hell, DDD holds a head as good as the rest of them. Looks great!

S: Bouquet is almost silent, with only a touch of that Belgian greatness making it to the nose.

T: Dryer than LFDM, with many of the same flavors: honey, clove, and banana are most noticeable.

M: Very light in body with exceptional carbonation.

D: A superb example of the style, as Unibroue is known for.

Photo of alkemy
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the 12oz. bottle...

A - Cloudy yellow pour with a few chunks...I think I "disturbed" the yeast on the bottom a bit too much. Nice fluffy white head doesn't hold up real well.

S - Grassy and doughy. Quite a bit of lemon and a touch of pineapple. There seems to be a cheesy sharpness to the aroma.

T - Apples and white grapes first, then that cheese note that I can't really place comes in. A hint of bubblegum before you really get hit with pepper towards the back end.

M - Lightish medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Really matched the flavor well and was probably my favorite part of the beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink. The lively feel really helps here. Alcohol wore on me a bit as I got through this one.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy yellow, bubbles, orange hue, 1 finger head

S: wheat, citrus (orange peel, coriander, lemon zest).

T: sweet citrus, firm wheat in middle, mild boozy finish. Very refreshing!

M: medium/heavy body, good carbonation, slight prick on front of tongue, mild sticky

D: I love this beer! Unibroue is excellent and I forgot how amazing this brew is, you must try it!

Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a hazy gold color with decent visible carbonation. There's about 1/4" of soft white head that laces decently. The head fades to a thin layer within a minute or so.

S: It has a strong malty scent, with some alcohol burn. I don't get any "popping" carbonation.

T: It tastes smooth and a little citrus-like with a sweet vanilla quality. There is a little alcohol flavor. It isn't that strong at first, but the more you drink it the more you can taste it

M: It's pretty smooth so it has a great mouthfull. It doesn't mask the alcohol very well so you can feel it a bit.

D: It is very drinkable. Again, the smoothness makes it a comfortable drink.

Photo of Morey
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a fluffy white head that stood about an inch and a half tall for about 1 minute or so. Head settled rather quickly, but there's still a ring of foam with lots of carbonation bubbles rushing up towards it. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell is fruity (apples?) and sweet, but on the mellow side.

Good tasting beer here. Little bit of everything....sweet, fruity, carbonated and smooth.

Medium body with heavy carbonation.

Where is this 9% alcohol??? For what it is, drinkability is pretty high.

Morey's Bottom Line: I drink them from time to time, but Belgians just aren't my bag. The high carbonation just reminds me of champagne of which I'm not a huge fan. That being said, this is a good one. I really enjoy the taste on this one.

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

Chill hazed golden straw. Big frothy mountainous near-white head. Great Retention. Some small sticky particles of lacing.

Lemon grass, spicy herbal. Apple/pear Yeast esters. White grape. Honey. Biscuits. Touch of Alcohol.

Lemon peel. grassy. spicy herbal. Clove. Bread and honey. dry white wine, apple and pear esters. Enough bitterness to balance, but not overly so.

Lively carbonation. crisp and refreshing. Lighter body than expected for style. Drying.

Very drinkable for abv. Tastes lighter than abv. Very tasty, but only something I'd drink on occasion.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Nice two finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving a creamy film on top of a hazy dark yellow/orange body.

Great aroma blending some citrusy notes upfront with some spiciness following. Orange, lemon, clove, yeast, wheat, are among the aromas.

Delicious flavors following the aroma. The belgian yeast carries the day. Near perfect balance of the tart and the sweet.

Scary drinkable for the high abv. A must have.

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a radiant orange that bubbles like champagne. has a light fluff finger length head that gently fades into a light lace.
Has a nice pear or fruitish fragrance. a slight balm of wheat. smells almost warm. the hidden 9% is there. not very typical of pale ales.
taste is a very compounded malt. with a luscious beginning. the alcohol makes its presence in the middle of all the blast of flavors. it has a tart to it. that is smoothened out with almost a taste of bananas.
very soft on the palate. has a very present carbonation that is wonderful on the tongue. the warmth from the alcohol is not over powering at all and actually makes you want to taste it again to see if its different at all.
is a pleasent pale ale that drinks generous. not full bodied like some other ales out there. not as yeasty as other unibroue beers that i have had.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange brown color. Head didn't last long and there are only splotches of lacing. The nose is very fruity. Apples, pears and peaches are coming through with spice and Belgian yeasty characters. Lots of fruit in the taste as well mainly apples and peaches with white grape acidity. Picking up the alcohol on this as well. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter. Mouth feel is very soft and smooth. Like fruit juice. Carbonation is medium, just right. This beer is f%*# delicious. So damn drinkable. I can't put my glass down. Unibroue impresses me yet again.

Photo of Swedes21
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - hazy ale coloured beer with a nice foamy white head. u can see some min carbonation happening and there is some nice lacing occurring.

Smell - i can smell some peach, green apple. Not much citrus but its hidden in there. there is also some wheat tucked deep in the beer.

Taste - very interesting tasting, starts off sweet the finishes with a nice bitterness. I find the end comes with a lot of earthy tones to it, i cant taste the apple as much.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation actually hides the bitterness near the end a lot more. The beer is full and complex, lot of taste and great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - id say this is a good beer to have tried, nothing that blows my mind. Very happy and would seek again.

Photo of smbslt
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of the Belgians but rec'd a four pack as a gift.

A - Great golden color, one finger head with initially a lot of carbonation (possibly due the flat-bottom pint glass rather than a tulip) Very clear despite the bottle fermentation (did not pay particular attention to how I was pouring it.)

S - Too subtle to make out much other than sweetness.

T - Complex start - malts, cloves and sugars on the front end changing to a grassiness and then to a champagne grape tartness but then - nothing - no hops - at least no detection of any hops I have experienced. Alcohol was dominant throughout and not enjoyable.

F - Carbonation gave it a soft, light body which complemented the taste.

D - I will give it another try (have 3 more bottles and because it is generaly well liked). Did not find much enjoyable but will have to get a better perspective on some other Belgians.

Photo of beerlove82
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orangish almost honey like color, heavily carbonated appearance with a white medium head that doesn't stay too long. Smells covey, yeasty, very pleasing. First taste I taste almost a hint of orange in the end of the drink, sweet start with a satisfying not too dry finish. Alcohol flavor is present but not prevalent.
Overall a good beer, wish I could cone it!

Photo of lionchow
3.56/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of scoots511
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight amber color, pours nice small foam bubble head.

S: Subtle apple/lemon yeast smell, some minor spice notes. No powerful smell of hops or any other notes

T: Slight lemon taste, very clean no sugar residues flavors with this 9% beer. A little tart aftertaste remains on the back half of the tongue.

M: Highly carbonated, nice belgian carbonation.

D: Smooth and very drinkable for a 9% beer. Feels like a much lower alcohol beer. This would be an excellent brunch beer.

Photo of CMW
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear yellow color with a bright white head. Retention is good and a nice stream of carbonation can be seen through the glass.

S - Smells almost like a wit. Fruit mixed with light spices.

T - Sweet taste comes through first followed by a more wheat-like flavor. Hop zing in the finish adds nice balance.

M - I thought this would come off as more dry but I was dead wrong. Wet and full of flavor.

D - This is very drinkable as the alcohol is not even detectable.

Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden body, white head with decent lacing

S- Fruitiness and some hops

T- Belgian pale ale with nice fruity notes and some spicy cloves

M- Light and very smooth

D- Would never know its high ABV which makes this dangerously drinkable and a very solid beer

Photo of WhiteOak
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marked "07-08-12"

A- Cloudy pearlescent straw yellow color. Huge bright white 1-1/4" tall head settles to a persistent 1/4" with lots of lace. Copious yeast chunk particles float by like fish in a murky aquarium, and some get beached on top of the foam.

S- There is an initial blast of massive funk upon opening which gives way in a few minutes to ester aromas of dried golden fruits and phenolic spices and medicinal throat spray. The funky Belgian yeastiness has a wild Brett-like character.

T- Big, sweet honeyed puffed wheat cereal and wild yeasty flavors, with a finish of French Toast (appropriate, no?)

M, D- Palate-coating, creamy & chalky feel. Slightly syrupy. Much more interesting than La Fin.

Bold and rustic as all hell... I like it!

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine goblet, monster pop on the cork that went flying all over. It has a brown/apple orange color, and a white head that dissipates FAST. Where did that head go? Is this ruined with no lacing? Well bouquet says otherwise.

Bouquet is a big fat giant apple butter smell. You could bake with this or spread it on toast. Really nice I like that a lot.

Taste comes out as average because of a high C02 component on finish and a weak bodied mouthfeel. Fizzy. But there is still apple butter component chew on this it's as if the bad knocks out the good. Really messed up beer and bizarre!

I am going to have to go straight down the middle for drinkability. The beer has fantastic components on it that are flat out fantastic, but make me wonder if it was ruined. It's almost a mix of exceptionally good and exceptionally bad. Never had anything like it before strangely... I want to try this again..

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

12 oz bottle (best by 12/16/12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice

A: Pours a light copper orange , very hazy, almost no head

S: Pear and green apple aromas come off very strong with a slight sourness. A little musty.

T: Tastes similar to the nose, starts with an almost intense sweet and sour apple and pear fruit flavors, which fades into a heavy base of Belgian yeast and toasted biscuits. I'm a little taken aback by the sour apple flavors going on in this, reminds me of a Monk's Cafe Sour, but much much better. Finish is bready, yeasty, and fairly dry. Alcohol is just barely noticeable and the finish isn't all that warm.

M: Medium carbonation (fine effervescence), medium body that seems almost syrupy. The loads of yeast and good portion of malt make the body feel bigger than it actually is. I really dig the aftertaste, seems perfect counterpoint to the sweet and sour nose.

D: I treated this as a sipper partly because I generally treat all Belgian strong ales that way, but I'll be honest, this doesn't seem like a 9%ABV beer. It's delicious flavor and fairly hidden alcohol make this easy to drink. If I wasn't so careful, my glass might have been gone in a flash.

Photo of YouSkeete
2.44/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Extra cloudy yellow with an orange tint. Small white head, ending with lots of lacing.

S: Loads of belgian yeast and mildly sour citrus spices. Notes of bananas and raisins.

T: Not far from the nose. A sickening amount of belgian yeast and raw orange peel upfront. Lots of other lights fruits through the taste. Tangy, literally like "Tang," that awful crap i used to drink as a kid. Flat, stale aftertaste.

M: Medium carb, medium body. Sticky and tangy.

D: Good, if you are into overly citrusy-sweet Belgian's with far too much yeast. Some people are down with that.

This is the third Unibroue that i simply don't like, and find hard to truly appreciate. Sorry, guys.

Photo of jmperez
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this delicious hazy orange hued beer into a snifter. It had a thick, creamy head. Aromas of fruity esters, yeasty, bready a bit of alcohol. First drink revealed fruityness, earthy malts. A bit spicy with an ever so slight hint of alcohol. The 9%abv is well hidden.

This has got to be one of the best beers i have had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of bfflo
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbulent, cloudy apple-juice yellow, with floaties, and a full and fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing. Smell is spiced apples and cinnamon, licorice, bready and slightly pungent notes, with a diffused alcoholic undertone. Strong, strange bouquet overall. Starts off and finishes not unlike a hard apple cider of some kind, with a champagne-like prickly, punchy middle, and a dry wine/dried-apple finish. I used to absolutely love this beer -- it was one of my favorites -- but after a long fall/winter season of stouts and porters, this tastes too much like some kind of weird, spicy candy-beer. While tasty, it is too sweet and apple-juicey, coming off a little like some kind of oddball glorified wine cooler. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty good, and there's a lot going on in it; but I am not as taken with it these days as I once was. B.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 2,539 ratings.