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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,356 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,356
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 104
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000)
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01121987

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%

pours hazy golden with an initial spiral of sediment swirling in the glass. hardly any head retention despite high carbonation level.
banana and bubble gum esters dominate the aroma from the second the bottle is opened.
maybe this beer just isn't my schtick. the sharp esters and phenols are crashing on my tongue and clashing with what too much hop bitterness. lots of alcohol warmth.
the high alcohol gives the perception of full body, but the beer is quite dry. im left with a rather pleasant aftertaste.
i find this beer too strong in many aspects to be very drinkable and i will make a point to not buy it again.
i am surprised by how much i dont like this beer because i love most of their other products.

04-05-2009 00:46:01 | More by 01121987
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

A - poured a light cloudy orange with a quick head and much bubbling in a chalice.

S - bubblegum, cloves, banana, estery with a touch of yeast.

T - Fruity and sweet, some grapes, orange peel, and fresh apples. The alcohol is apparent. However, still quite good.

M - medium bodied and well carbonated

D - very drinkable minus the alcohol

Overall - Unibroue never fails to make a good Belgian interpretation and this is no exception. Nearly reminiscent of a tripel, but a huge touch of light fruits. A very good brew by a very good brewery.

04-03-2009 06:21:26 | More by DmanGTR
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RickKrumenacker

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Hazy, golden-orange in color...fluffy head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass...swirling leaves lacing up to the top

S: Spices and yeast...some cloves...banana bread

T: A sweeter, banana flavor up front...candied sugars...definitely some ground pepper flavors going on...a little spicy but not over the top...there is so much more that I can't really put my finger on

M: Light prickly carbonation, but lots of it...nice warming from the alcohol sticks with you at the back of your mouth...smooth drinking and fairly dry finish

D: Very nice, although I seemed to notice the ABV in this one more than the other Unibroue beers that I have had

One word sums it up: pleasurable. It has heart and soul of a filling tasty Belgian style beer while also being truly refreshing. Came in with no expectations or preconceived notions, walking away impressed.

04-02-2009 01:53:38 | More by RickKrumenacker
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mattffrost

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

750ml bottle poured into glass.

Beer is a cloudy unfiltered orangish/yellowish color. Head is white that lasts well.

Smell Baked bread, banana, cloves.

Taste Very fruity with nice taste. Beer to me starts and finishes with the same taste. Maybe a hint of tingyness on the finish. I like the unfiltered taste. Nice Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability. The 9% alcohol is masked very well. Be careful to sip it and not drink it to fast.

03-30-2009 02:46:59 | More by mattffrost
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

It pours almost orange with an ivory head. The carbonation holds up for a good fifteen minutes. This is one delicious beer. The aroma just jumps out as you before the glass gets near your mouth. And what an aroma - full of ripe peaches and home made toffee but not the least artificial - somehow clean on top of the fruitiness. The taste is even better -round and malty with just the right hints of fruit and spices to make every mouthful a joy. There certainly is some alcohol and wheatiness that give it spunk. The name means something like gift of God and that would be silly for most beers but not this one.

03-29-2009 04:40:20 | More by dennarb
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jsp2

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz bottle bought as part of a 4 pack from my local whole foods. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a dense white head. Aroma is very intense. Cloves, bananas, nutmeg? yeast?
Taste is enormously complex with a fruity tartness balancing sweet banana and yeast flavors. Difficult to describe. Carbonation seems high yet somehow doesn't interfere but complements the flavors.

Incredible in all aspects. It will be a tough decision whether to buy this one or La Fin Du Monde when I am in the mood for unibroue

03-29-2009 01:33:26 | More by jsp2
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle poured stiffly into a Weyerbacher tulip.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Can't stand this brewery's graphics- who cares though- they have been pummeling me with solid beers.

A: Vigorous pour gave me lots of haze on the yellow-orange body and a marshmallow fluff head. Speckles of lacing and never ending carbonation. A thing of beauty- wish I poured into into Duvel glass for full enjoyment.

S: Wheat, yeast, and burnt charred bananas. Lemongrass and pungent spices that were thankfully not carried over too heavily into the flavor.

T: Toasty flavors melded underneath the fruit- bananas and citrus zest. Sweet and wheaty, bears some characteristics of a wheatwine in a weird way. The sweet banana had a roasted flavor along the path of good Mexican hot tamales that have the cornmeal infused with the banana leave bite.

I find the taste of this to be among the most unique out of these Canadian cats and another declicious part of their arsenal. I always anticipate over use of cloves in these beers but they are not guilty.

M: Fairly full body, nice carbonation. Lightly crisp from the carbonation and a complete dry finish.

D: One word sums it up: pleasurable. It has heart and soul of a filling tasty Belgian style beer while also being truly refreshing. Came in with no expectations or preconceived notions, walking away impressed.

03-22-2009 19:40:09 | More by marcpal
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%

An Iowa cornfield and a drop of apple juice. Don de Dieu maintains lustrous clarity. Numerous streams of bubbles briskly fleet to the surface and appear as though in a fast-forward mode, what hasty, rapid acrobats. Ironically, the sum amounts to a very thin, albeit sustainable cloth of head. Although the beer is Quebecois, it drapes the glass like a Belgian.

Unibroue likes to define this beer as a "triple wheat ale" (take that! American 'double' ales!) and it certainly smells like one. The typical zest and tang of a Belgian wit is multiplied at least threefold. The resulting smell is one of honeyed wheat, spice seasoned barley malt and a generous inclusion of citrus peel. I definitely get the ripe fruits and yeast phenols too.

Taste follows suit with crisp wheat, grainy husks and a bit of farmhouse straw complimented by the fruity esters and spicy phenols of a well cultured yeast. Among the hints lay plenty of vanilla, banana, clove, apple, pear and white pepper. There is no shortage of flavour, that's for sure. Despite my brain pleading me to slow down, the palate keeps wanting more.

The word 'palatable' implies mediocrity, as though the beer can be drank but it isn't especially enjoyed. I would use that word to describe this mouthfeel but in a much more vivid sense. The subtle spice tickles the mouth whilst tangy flavour linger in all crevices of the tongue. It leaves a lasting impression, enough that you begin to miss it if going too long between sips.

This beer falls in a sort of catch-all category. It would appeal to fans of both bitter and sweet as well as tangy and fruity. It is refreshing but also alarmingly high in alcohol for a sessionable beer. (That said, you wouldn't really ever notice it). I've also found that it can make a wonderful accompaniment to meals, white fish in particular.

I do find that Unibroue's Belgian lineup can be, in some ways, a little monotonous. I also feel, however, that some of these Belgian style ales have been among the best that I've ever tasted. They make me grateful to have taste buds. Don De Dieu isn't my favourite of that bunch but it certainly deserves a spot on the cellar shelf just as much as the rest of them.

03-22-2009 00:45:23 | More by biegaman
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Wow. I knew right when I cracked this one that I was in for some fun.

Pours a light yellow color with a solid finger of white head on top that dissolves down to a fairly thick film. Slightly opaque. No real lacing on this one, but looks solid nonetheless.

Nose is what you'd expect - strong Belgian candy sweetness. Definite spiciness and fruit in there as well. Nice smell to it - this would be a great intro to lighter Belgians.

Flavor is likewise, and is delicious. Strong spicy candy malt up front. Maybe a touch of Belgian yeast. A touch of alcohol at the back of the mouth, especially as the beer warms up. Nice of sweeter date-flavors and some more citrusy fruit - oranges - in there too. Hops create some neat pepper in there, especially at the back. Honey as it warms up.

A very nice and light BSPA - not a syrupy one. Nice, busy carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, and one that exemplifies the style.

03-16-2009 00:25:20 | More by soupyman10
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

This is easily my favorite of the Unibroue offerings. I could drink this all the time.
Pours a dark gold in color, with a highly carbonated head forming on top. Smell is floral and fruity. Plenty of ripe fruit, mostly lighter fruits. Taste is delicious juicy fruits, some noticeable, typical unibroue yeast. Very bubbly mouthfeel and very easy drinking. Could drink a lot of this.

03-14-2009 01:26:45 | More by FtownThrowDown
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

This poured a murky orange color with a two inch head that leaves a top layer of foam throughout the beer making it look delecious and creamy.

Very fruit like smell comes to the nose, dried fruit like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, pears, a hint of spices and peperness, phenols. Lots of smells coming from this beer, its amazing.

Spicy peperness hits the front with a hoppy biterness and that sweet citrusy taste of honey, ripe fruit,also good amount of carbonation tickles your tounge.

Medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation, mildy sweet citrusy aftertaste. For 9% alc this surely does hide it well making this very drinkable. Overall another great beer from Unibroue

03-13-2009 23:57:38 | More by tr4nc3d
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jlb307

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pale, almost clear gold with a bubbly white head which didn't retain for very long. Little carbonation.

S: Nice blend of ripe fruit, maybe banana, and mild spices. No alcohol smell at all and mildly floral.

T: Ah, here's the alcohol. Flavors were the same as the aroma, but almost bordered on sour. Sweet with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Light mouthfeel, but the carbonation was a bit much and kind of harsh.

D: Tasty, but it feels like there's something missing. Could use a bit more complexity.

03-10-2009 00:31:12 | More by jlb307
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UA8

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

A- Pours a clear golden with a tall white head of bubbly head.

S- Scents of lightly roasted malts, a touch of rind, tangy yeast, and touch of boozy alcohol.

T- Starts slightly sweet with pear-ish flavors, mid palate is filled with yeast tang and spice, finishes with a touch of a high gravity American adjunct boozyness.

M- Over carbonated the bubbles burn the tongue and a bit thin.

D- Its fine but its just fine I'm not sure if its a belgian beer thing but the beers I've tried so far seem to be way over carbonated.

03-09-2009 02:01:03 | More by UA8
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%

Pours a mild orange with a popping fizzy white head that leaves quickly. No lacing or webbing present on the glass edge. Smells of pineapple, banana, and spices.

Carbonation level is high in this one. Very crisp and fizzy in the mouth. I'd prefer it a tad smoother. Flavor is of pineapple, banana, vanilla, with a slight hop kick in the end. Finishes bready and leaves a tart aftertaste. Not bad. Drinkability is alright on this one, but there's a few things they could improve on for sure.

03-08-2009 21:38:41 | More by Onenote81
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JoBoTo

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

L- To sounds totally cliché, a honey golden wheat harvest, honestly, is what came to mind when I saw this poured into the glass. Unfiltered with 2 ½ fingers of head, dispenses quickly maintaining a good ¼ inch of foam.

S- Good sweet barley....asters are throughout this brew, reminding of bananas....kind of. Hard to put finger on the fruit that I am tasting.

M- Carbonation is decent, not excessive. Tongue tingle is light to medium. The alcohol is suave and doesn't attack at all. Could be dangerous if used properly

T- Reminds me of a tripel. But has a cornucopia of hefe characteristics. Sweet barley, and citrus undertones.

D- Took me 3 days to get to the Don, but was happy when I finally go to this. Poured into a pint glass. Was being pestered by mother-in-law's boyfriend the whole time to finally open the La Fin Du Monde, because he loved the name, so somewhat detracted from this delightful little beer I had. I have always enjoyed the beers from unibroue, since my first trois pistoles for christmas

03-03-2009 20:04:08 | More by JoBoTo
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gciccarelli

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pale gold with a huge creamy white head. Very fluffy. Not very clear - bottle fermented so that is to be expected. Great head retention.

S - Yeast, bananas, pear, sugars, spice.

T - Wow. Starts with a Belgian yeast flavor complemented by candied sugars and some clove spice. There is a slight hop flavor and the alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not overpowering. Finishes slightly sweet.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body.

D - Very tasty, very balanced, very drinkable.

An excellent brew - worth checking out!

02-27-2009 23:26:20 | More by gciccarelli
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Calandro's... poured a hazy golden hue, with not a whole lot of head. Surprising considering the pressure built up behind the cork.

The smell is fantastic, maybe the best aroma I can remember on a beer. At least top 5. A sweet mix of fruit, spice, phenols, all blended nicely. The taste is more of the same, nothing really jumps out, just a phenomenal blend of taste.

Feels great in the mouth, plenty of carbonation, the tastes linger on the tongue but don't get a bad aftertaste. very nice, I could drink plenty of these.

And only $6.49 for 750 ml... not a bad price at all for such a great beer.

Had another on 1/2/10... small bottle, but still, fantastic beer. I'm picking up some caramel malt this time around, maybe even better.

02-27-2009 03:00:35 | More by theboozecruise
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Appearance is a misty gold in color with with a thick crisp head. Smell has a wheaty, fruity nuttiness. Taste has an upfront wheat that ends in a fruity, but lightly bitter/sour. Mouthfeel is full, creamy with a good bite of carbonation. A good balanced ale, maybe not my alltime favorite, but one to savor.

02-27-2009 02:15:43 | More by Bookseeb
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

The don pours a light golden body thats very foggy, a lot of carbonation goin on with a thin laced head that doesnt hang around long.

Great aroma's coming from this one. Smells of fruity apricots, spicey, malty with a wheat and hop presence as well. Really smells nice.

Very wheaty taste as well as fruity with a good malty undertone. Apricots taste great, little spicey, just barely a hop bitterness. Very good taste overall.

You can feel the carbonation hitting your lips your first few sips. Feels pretty light (for a 9% beer) and goes down pretty smooth. Definatly would like some of these in the summertime.

02-26-2009 19:04:10 | More by Stockfan42
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -12%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong, bready Belgian yeast flavor that is complimented by mildly sweet flavors of banana, spices and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance and there's also a hint of alcohol. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I've certainly had better in the style, but it's still a decent beer.

02-26-2009 04:36:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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brewintheLou

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a cloudy gold with a very thin white head. No Lacing left behind on the glass here.

Smell is of banana and a sweet spice.

Taste is banana up front with a clove spice. There is a sweet taste that hits the mouth as the beer goes down. Bit of a medium body with higher carbonation. nice high ABV wheat style.

02-22-2009 03:22:14 | More by brewintheLou
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Clockwork420

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle to glass.

A - Oh so cloudy paleish orange yellow. Light head. Hardly any lace. Slight bubbling. It was a sight.

S - Fruit, malt and bile smell. Strong. Smell was complex.

T - Sweet and spicy. Smooth though. The carbonation they got correct. The spicyness reminded me of some other belgian beers I have had. Whites specially. The spicey is of corriander and some other citrus notes. Alcohol was light. Didnt taste like 9%. I dig the parts other than the corriander. Metallic.

M - Thin and metallic tasting even though it didnt come in a can.

D - Oh so high.

I like everything about this one. Except the fact that they tend to use corriander in alot of belgian beers. And I cant complain. Because when you rate one you accept that the style may have variances that you dont agree with. But I review it anyway and rate accordingly with the style. It gets a well deserved grade.

Worth every penny for it.
Drink often.

02-21-2009 06:08:18 | More by Clockwork420
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Arbitrator

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: A cloudy, burnt orange color with strong effervescence. Moderate head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing down the glass.

S: Notes of wheat, bananas, sour apples, cloves, and a light touch of honey. The yeast is characteristically Unibroue.

T: Bready malt complemented by the fruity yeast flavors of bananas and sour apples. A strong wheat presence that prickles a little when the cloves kick in. The finish is sweet and just slightly crisp.

M: Medium-bodied, but smooth and with good carbonation. No alcohol detected, making it a very well-masked brew at 9%.

D: Don de Dieu is very drinkable. It has a nice balance, but its slight lean towards crispness makes it feel like a good summer beverage. Out of Unibroue's pale offerings, this is the standout. However, it doesn't compare against their dark ales in my mind.

02-18-2009 22:42:06 | More by Arbitrator
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

I was a little torn on rating this beer. The Unibroue website classifies it as a Tripel Wheat Ale...BA has it as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...either way-here goes.

My glass was filled with a hazy golden ale with plenty of carbonation. There was a soft creamy white head that eventually receeded to next to nothing. There was no lacing present in the glass.

Crisp wheat and grass aromas fill the nose. There is a mustiness from the yeast and an appreciable amount of malts. I thought it seemed to smell a little fruity...close to applesauce.

My tastebuds were greeted by spicy yeast, almost peppery. There were tons of wheat flavors, crisp and grainy. A noticeable metallic feeling in my mouth that was undoubtedly due to cloves.

This is a very crisp light bodied beer that is highly carbonated and leaves the mouth feeling invigorated and clean.

I typically don't care for wheat beers and the jury is still out on BSPAs...but I did actually enjoy this beer and thought it had a pretty high drinkability. Not one of my favorite beers but I believe it is a high representation of its style.

02-18-2009 18:14:19 | More by ncstateplaya
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Andrewtherooster

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Had thanks to my friend Mitch! Poured 12os. bottle into a snifter.

This beer looks real gorgeous. It's got this great, see-thru burnt orange look about it with a pure white head. A ring of bubbles has stayed around the edge this entire time, with more bubbles causing spots in the center, looking sort of like white paint splatters.

The aroma I get off of this is heavily bubble-gummy, with a yeast sourness. It smells better than any bouquet of flowers I can ever remember (of course, I have allergies).

Taste-wise, this beer delivers on all levels. Upfront it's tastily sour, with a bit of a pleasant alcohol burn, before mellowing out into a delicious banana and bubblegum flavor. It's like a sour ale transitioning into a Grand Cru. Absolutely heavenly.

I could honestly drink this beer all day, even at its 9% abv. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, and the taste, smell, and overall presence of the beer is incredible. Another great beer from Unibroue.

02-18-2009 02:37:36 | More by Andrewtherooster
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,356 ratings.