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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,577
Reviews: 1,244
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

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series tulip glass.

The color is a clear amber with three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a touch of fruit flavors with a clove aroma sitting amongst the Belgian flavors. There is also a aged cheese flavor as well.

The taste has a fantastic zing that has a bundle of bubbles and a nice sweet malty flavor. Some small bitterness there pulling things back level. There seems to be a melon-like flavor that is keep a tart but juiciness that is very appealing.

The feel of this beer is quite smooth and sting retains a bit of a sweet sting as well. The carbonation is welcomed for the type of beer this is and goes well to spread the flavor around. This goes down quite well and is quite enjoyable.

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

A - Pours a hazy tan orange color with a two finger creamy white head initially which subsides after five minutes and has moderately strong carbonation.

S - Not as aromatic as I anticipated. Nose is mostly cloves, mild spicy, and with a little coriander.

T - Has a wheat-like character in the malt, spicy coriander, cloves, and some pear. There's a bready caramel malt backing. ABV is fairly well hidden and doesn't create much burn for a 9% monster. Leaves a mildly spicy finish with peppers, pears, and a little sour zest on the palette. Also has a little amount of honey in the far background.

Prickly on the tongue while the medium body flows like velvet and is a little chewy.

D - Probably this beer's best asset. Nice balance, has depth, and is very drinkable.

Overall, I prefer it's cousin, La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a golden color with a slight orange hue. Very hazy and turbid. (Tried not to pour the lees into the glass) Very spicy aroma with hints of a caramel sweetness. Not very large nose but very nice.

Taste is incedible. Spicy notes with a lot of fruity esters going on. Alcohol is definitely hidden but the body is so great you have to assume it's high in alcohol. Also has some sweetness of a caramel nature with some butterscotch.

Overall it's a really awesome beer. Definitely a sipping beer and not one that you can drink a lot of. Would recommend it to other people. But drinkers beware of the high alcohol, it'll jump up and bite ya.

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

A - pours a cloudy gold color with lots of fluffy white head. This seems really carbonated; I can clearly hear the beer fizzing as the head dissipates. Lots of bubbles coming up the sides. No lacing.

S - Great sweet smell: lemongrass, honey, candy sugar, apricots, orange.

T - Orange/tangerine citrus flavors up front, followed by those signature Belgian yeast flavors. A good amount of pear flavor, followed by a bit of booziness, then a mildy tart and bitter finish.

M - fairly light body. Well carbonated. Feels good, man.

D - dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Aside from a tiny bit of alcohol flavor you wouldn't know. It's quite refreshing, which I think comes from the high carbonation.

Unibroue can do no wrong in my book. This beer was great with some crackers; it seems like salty foods bring out the sweetness more. I was going to steal my roommate's crackers but then I saw he only had a few left, and he likes his cracker breaks, but I fortunately had a box lying around. Anyways, great beer. Definitely pick up that Unibroue tasting pack if you see it... for me it was only $7 for 4 great high ABV beers!

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

750mL bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big white head that gradually dissipates and leaves no lacing. Aroma has yeast, ripe fruits, and some mustiness. Nice flavor with yeast, spices, honey, lemon, and sweet malt. Only a little alcohol is noticeable. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body, crisp, and a dry finish. Drinkability is above average for a 9% abv beer.

Photo of zhanson88
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a great hazy orange color with a pleasant amount of eggshell white head. Retention is fair, but nothing to write home on.

Smell: Very fruity with orange and apricot, and I also get a yeasty smell, as well as a light estery alcohol smell.

Taste: I can taste oranges/apricots up front, followed by bready yeast and then a slight kick of alcohol at the end. At 9% ABV I expected a lot more alcohol and it makes this beer extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer has a medium body and is pleasantly carbonated; the carbonation makes it a touch sharp and spicy on the palate. At 9% ABV I thought the alcohol would be easily detected in this beer....not so. The alcohol is hidden very effectively.

Photo of impending
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy light dirty orange straw. Unexceptional dense head settled rather quickly.

Aroma is sweet. Lots of different light ripe fruits, apples, apricots and pears with bready yeast. Very nice nose, lots of subtleties backed by Unibroue's signature yeast.

Taste is indeed sweet and the ripe light fruit is particularly an apricot. Upfront sweetness is perfectly balanced by spices in the middle and ending with a tiny bitterness and the alcohol finish which is just slightly warm. The pleasant aftertaste fades quickly. Full bodied mouthfeel.


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

From the 355 ml. bottle with a date 12-16-12. Sampled on September 16, 2010. The pour is a very cloudy poale orange-yellow with a long-lasting, silky, floating white head. It boasts a beautiful aroma of wheat, yeast, coriander, and other spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and of medium texture. The taste has both a crispy freshness and a satisfying malt and wheat character with a hint of pear in the background followed by a modest but delightful thin hoppiness on the end. The 9% ABV is hardly noticeable at all. A true winner.

Photo of xrdsci
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Hazy, pale orange. Quickly fading head.

S: Orange/citrus, spicy, maybe some pear.

T: Orange/citrus dominates, hints of pear and honey. Spicy clove towards the middle, and a nice hop presence on the back end. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Tingly carbonation.

D: Almost dangerously easy to drink at such a high ABV.

Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow. Looks like apple juice. No noticable carbonation and a thick and fluffy white head.

S - Lot's of yeast and fruit.

T - Same as the aroma with lot's of nice light fruity flavours sort of like peaches. Yeastiness there as well.

M - Light body which is odd. Minimal carbonation. Goes down smooth and nicely.

D - High drinkability on this. Not the most complex thing in the world but nice and tasty.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz foiled bottle.

Pours a golden color with a fair sized white head, fades at a fast rate and doesn't leave any lacing along the glass.

Smell has a yeasty aroma with a hint of apple fruitiness and citrus.

Taste is highly carbonated and crisp, the yeast presence is a bit high for my liking, the fruit aspect is refreshing and well done in this beer though, some nice spiciness lingers about.

Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky golden yellow with a moderate head, the head recedes a ¼" and remains. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity with mostly citrus and maybe some pear, also notes of spice, interesting for a pale ale.

Taste: Spicy pear, very clean & crisp, pleasantly dry on the palate. Yet another well crafted Unibroue offering with great hop balance and a nice amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Perfectly carbonated, smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and sessionable beer.

Once again, Unibroue offers a great example of a Belgian style. The pear flavor really differentiates this one for me making me want to keep it on hand with alongside my Duvel.

Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best name for a beer I've ever seen, especially to say it loud. Weird fruity, kind of sweet nose, but pleasant. There are berries and other dark fruits, and alot of tropical lighter fruits. Overripe mango. A lot of honey in the flavor, and mango again, almost too sweet but just enough bitterness to balance that. Very good offering, one of the best from Unibroue.

Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 750mL bomber purchased in Montreal, and contrasting it somewhat with a bottle of 2008 Quatre Centieme I reviewed the other night.

Pours a semi opaque golden colour. The white head recedes to a small ring of foam and leaving behind a slight trail of lacing.

The smell is pears, apples, yeast alcohol and some light spice.

Taste is an interesting mix of pears, apples, dry alcohol, yeast with a lightly spicey finish. It's complex but a touch on the sour side for my tastes, reminding me somewhat of a white wine. Alcohol is present but not disturbing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. Drinkability is good, finishing the bottle was not a problem - but another was not what I was reaching for.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! When I think of products from the Great White North I think of Labbats, hockey pucks, and syrup. They're nice, but this is one of the best beers I've had lately.

It's a dark orange brew that's cloudy and bubbly. For the first 8 minutes or so it's capped with a finger of white foam. The aroma is mostly orange and very pleasant. The taste has orange with some heffeweisen-type wheat, it's sweet and very smooth and goes down easy, even when that 9% abv hits. This is not a definite repeat, it's an absolute repeat.


Photo of Franz4
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lovely appearence with a nice head on it after an aggressive pour. Nice strawberry blonde color to it that appears just translucent enough to cause anticipation.

S- slightly citrus with some other spices as well, although my nose isn't adept enough to name them, very promising.

T- Pleasant orange/citrus taste that carmalizes in the back of the mouth, also hints of elusive spices are also noted here.

M- light carbonation and it gives you something to chew on, just what I'm looking for in a BSPA, I have not idea how you'd make this better.

D- probably more drinkable than it should be @ 9%, could easily get carried away with this one, which is a pleasant surprise.

Overall quite an excellent brew, I have to give credit to my girlfriend who picked it out on a recent trip.

Photo of johnwarne
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Belgian from the North;
A Canadian taste treat.
Not world class? Take off!"

For a Belgian fan, there are several ales 'pretending' to be equal to the world's finest from the Low Countries. Actually, this one comes pretty close: a nice taste treat that qualifies nicely for the Belgian aficionado.


Photo of NODAK
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of fruity sweetness and spice...I like it quite a bit.

Taste is quite an explosion in the mouth. Carbonation is pretty prickly. Very sweet, full of fruity esters....peppery and clove spices abound. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting or astrigent. There's a lot of sweetness through the finish. There's also some aftertaste, as the sweetness sticks around for a bit.

This is one of my favorite beers. Sweet and spicy. A definite favorite for me. Packs quite a punch, too.

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

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip

A: golden straw color with a slight haze, 1-finger white head.
S: peppery spice along with a little graininess.
T: classic Belgian flavor, definite spicyness, a little sweetness, a little bitterness in the background, no hint of alcohol.
M: tingley carbonation, high attenuation, very crisp and refreshing.
D: an excellent example of the style, it would be very easy to reach for another 750, but that would probably be a mistake. Highly recomended.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Don de Dieu pours a hazy orange gold with about a fingertip thick ring of white light foam. A swirl of the glass leaves thin lacing which sticks the sides for about 30 seconds. When held to the light, Don de Dieu's color becomes more orange, like an orange creamsicle. On the bottom, sediment is noticeable and also a pillar of steady carbonation.

S: Yeasty bread, citrus fruit, spice, and toffee.

T: Lots of fruity notes upfront give way to a dryer twinge of citrus from the hops.The finish offers mild spice, toffee, honey, slight bread, and some alcohol warmth.

M: Creamy and smooth with a bit of dryness at the finish.

D: Smooth and delicious, it would be tough to know that this beer is 9% abv.

Overall: This is a great beer and well worth every cent. Though it has high alcohol, great carbonation and expressive taste make the beer not only balanced, but elegant. To be honest, elegant is the word to describe most of the beers Unibroue makes.

Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange/ gold with a large white head which dissipated rather quickly into a thin circle.
Citrus aroma with some spice. The sweet fruitiness, apple and pineapple dominated the taste with some clove. The alcohol was well masked for a 9% ABV beer.
Medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation.
This is a very smooth drinkable beer and you have to remind yourself of the high ABV.

Photo of brouwer
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This opaque golden brown ale from Unibroue does not disappoint. After uncorking, and pouring into a fluted glass the 3 inch head quickly formed. Smell was less than inspiring with rather flat aroma of mild (I tried so much to smell I inhaled) typical yeast/fruit. The taste improves the character significantly with above average but not complex taste. The mouthfeel was good with appropriate carbonation and clean aftertaste. This was an overall good but underwhelming "strong" Belgian pale Ale.

Photo of beyah
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden in color, Cloudy, in appearance, thanks to being unfiltered.
Smells wonderful, a nice alcohol smell with a bit of a citrus. A slight spicy flavor in the background. Deceivingly smooth and creamy, but be warned this is 9% beer. It's wonderful one of my favorites from Unibroue

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don de dieu poured a hazy golden color with a head that lasted through out the beer. It smelt spicey and very strong. It tasted simiar to a wheat beer with a strong flavor and a strong spice flavor. It is easy to drink. Overall a fantastic beer very enjoyable.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: A lovely orangeish yellow without very little head or bubbles at all. No yeast or sediment mars the smoothness, but one can't see through the body. Very pretty.

S: A yeasty tang, like an tart mango. Nice.

T: Amazing! It's light, tart, spicy, dancing, and sweet. It's like apple cider, but with a scintillating spiciness and alcoholic kick. This beer is pretty fantastic. The aftertaste is dry, lingering, and pleasant. I am incredibly impressed.

M: Again, this is light, tantalising, practically performing pirouettes for the palette. Amazing mouthfeel.

D: The alcohol is almost undetectable, the body utterly deletable, and the beer absurdly drinkable. I definitely think this is the best effort from Unibroue I've ever tried. Magnificent.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.