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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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2,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,575
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 126
Gots: 232 | FT: 1
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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 BeerBoss
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clean beer.

Appearance is somewhat of an initial turnoff...a bit murky which is expected for a beer of this type.

Has a very pleasant aroma of orange, coriander and a distinct alcoholic smell present with beers with a high alcoholic content.

Feels a bit bubbly on the tongue with a semi sweet start and finishes with a satisfying crisp clean orange notes and a hint of bitterness.

Good very cold.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky gold with a white head building which dissipates very fast leaving a little ring of white around the glass.
With the exception of the head the color of the beer reminds me if a nice Hefeweizen.
The smell is bread, citrus, orange and yeast.
Tasting the beer, again a very strong similarity to the feel of a cold Hefeweizen. Very fresh feel, orange notes up front, noticeable yeast and some honey In the middle, and mild weak hops at the back.
Very fresh mouthfeel due to good carbonation. Leaves a nice tingle as aftertaste.
Very drinkable beer. Great job.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't had this brew in some time - I think I had decided I'd rather drink a Leffe but I think my tastes have changed. In either case, here goes.

Pale yellow straw color into my Fin Du Monde glass, nice amount of light white head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving a thin ring of tight bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The nose is lightly citric with some grains, and a deep sip reveals the strong apple and citrus notes alongside the yeastiness. The mouthfeel is appreciable - nice carbonation and a bit chewier than one might expect from a pale.

I don't even question Unibroue anymore - they make solid beers, end of story. This is by no means my favorite, but a nice warm-weather quaffer.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by 11/17/13) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer is a bright mostly translucent golden yellow with a 1/4" white head upon pouring that dies down a bit to a ring at the edge and a think skin across the top. Looking deep into the beer I see a nice column of bubbles coming up from the middle of the beer. Very nice. Lacing is here and there - mostly little islands but the great color and appearance makes up for the lack of lacing in my opinion.

Smell: Nice and strong with yeasty and orange rind smells combined with fruit-like notes. As it warms up there is something a bit musty at the end, but not bad.

Taste: Sweet, but balanced. Honey, orange, and bready/yeasty all at the same time with a very mild bitter finish. The bitterness at the end it citrus like, and it's a crisp clean finish - no lingering taste here. Each sip is like a brand new one. Very nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Despite all the carbonation in the glass, the carbonation on the tongue is just right. Cleanses the palate, but in a gentle way, and lets the thicker and juicier beer settle in, but then it's gone leaving that crisp clean finish again. Outstanding!

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper and a beer for savoring. While fantastic in smell, taste, and mouthfeel, and nice to look at as well, that higher ABV shows up quickly for me, telling me that this a one beer per evening drink. Still, if offered I would take it every time - a great beer.

Photo of dizknee24
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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

App - color somewhere between straw and gold, fairly clear, pours a whitish head that lingers a bit.

Aroma is a bit peppery, with a clove-like smell as well. No hop, and honestly no alcohol at least when poured fairly cool (<45 F)

Initial flavor is some of the peppery/clove evident in the aroma. Not bitter, but not overly sweet, either. Finishes fairly dry with a slight bit of alcohol bitterness. Has a slight lingering spiciness into the finish. Flavor profile overall quite nice.

MF - Medium body and med-high carbonation. Carbonation is definitely noticeably, but not overly harsh. Alcohol warming is quite soothing and nice.

Carbonation and high alcohol might limit its drinkability, but given the wonderful flavor I think I'd be willing to take the risk!

Photo of SirSketch
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer with alight yellow color, a bit cloudy, and a bright white, soft, pillowy head. Light, fruity aroma of apples, bananas and an acidic lemon character. Straw and wheat-like grain profile and just a touch of alcohol makes for a great smelling beer.

The flavor is not as delicate with a robust raw sugar sweetness and yeast-driven spice making up the majority taste. The fruitiness is still there, along with a bit of heat. The mouth is thicker than I would have guessed. Still effervescent enough to drink a bit before getting bogged down. I'll take this over Duvel anyday!

Photo of EkimGram
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into snifter. Clear, golden color. Fluffy white head dissipates quickly. Not too many bubbles.

Smell: Moderate alcohol scent with some dark fruits. Yeasty and malty, but not overly so.

Taste: Light, carbonated, citrusy and bready. Nothing overpowering. Refreshing. Slight bitterness balanced by yeast.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated with a small bite. Thin but lingers in the mouth. Light-bodied.

Drinkability: Light and drinkable with a refreshing overall character. I would enjoy drinking this beer outside in warmer weather. Complex but not overpowering.

Photo of Vixie
2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with just a hint of orange. There is also a large white head that slowly dissipates, but doesn't last nearly as long as the head on Duvel. Very few bubbles as well.

Not a lot going on in the smell, malt, citrus fruit, and a touch of grass.

Mainly fruit here, maybe a hint of pepper. Not much complexity here, the layers of flavor I was expecting just aren't here.

Feels thin to me, and the lack of carbonation enforces that.

Normally I love Unibroue beers, but this has to be the weakest entry from them I have tried. While it goes down easy considering the abv, there just isn't much going on. I guess this shows that even the best don't always produce something amazing, if you want a much better similar beer from Unibroue, try La Fin Du Monde instead.

Photo of Geuzedad
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a snifter. Poured a cloudy yellow with a white head that quickly dissipitated leaving some lacing which also dissipitated.

Smell was spicey with hints of lemon and coriander, also a slight floral note.

Taste was a a mix of wheat, hop, and spice, with alcohol in the forefront. A good warm zesty finish.

I usually stay away from Pale Ales but this is a definite exeption. Very drinkable. This beer is definitely being added to my list of favorites.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy yellow, white head. Quickly dissipates, only slight lacing.

smell; pretty weak, some wet malts and metallic hops. Some floral notes to the hops and sour grape skins.

taste; spicey alcohol blends with hop bitters. Wheat bread with a bit of honey. Finishes with lemon rind notes and pears, quite zesty.

mouthfeel; piercing, spikey, carbonation that burns a bit but finishes warm and smooth. Leaves a slick feeling in the mouth.

drinkability; the alcohol is no joke, a tasty treat but to be respected and sipped. Really nice to relax with on a cold evening.

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -8.4%
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 -10.4%
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 -11.8%
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 -7.7%
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 +5.3%
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 -16.6%
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 -1.2%
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.

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +4.8%
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 +5.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -23.9%
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.

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