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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 181 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a disappointingly nonexistent head that dies down leaving zero retention and zero lacing.

The aroma is sweet apples, tangerines and must. Some spice. Smells a lot like cider.

Again, the taste is a musty medium-sweet cider with mild bitter hops. There's a nice orange and papaya aspect to it. There's a bit of spice to it. And yeah. It's like a cider with a big waxy funky Belgian kick to it.

It's crisp, medium bodied. Good carbonation. Slightly creamy.

At 9% you'd expect to taste some alcohol, but really, you don't. As much as I am loathe to do so, I fear I have to trot out the hoary old "dangerously drinkable" cliche for this review.

MeisterBurger, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 9-4-2011.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange color that produces an effervescent white head that dissipated almost within seconds.

(S)- Potent clove and lemon banana. Bits of biscuit and a delicate clay/yeast barnyard funk.

(T)- Splashes of banana and lemon with a very light and airy biscuit/clay combination. Very delicate and light-bodied flavors that come and go on the palate. Later on, the clay funk becomes rather potent and almost overbearing.

(M)- Very potent and fizzy carbonation level that almost nearly overpowers the great delicateness of the flavors in this beer. I think it would benefit from much less that probably has the same amount as soda.

(D)- Despite it rather extensive carbonation level, this is actually pretty good! Very light and delicate, but it gets lost in how highly carbonated this is. This could be up there with La Fin Du Monde if it werent so off centered with ridiculously high carbonation!

sweemzander, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750mL bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: attractive golden hue with white 1-finger foamy head and pronounced effervescence.

Smell: a deep aroma of sour apple and carbonation. Some bready/yeasty malt also exists. Interesting ... I like it.

Taste: tangy tree fruit with some estery alcoholic zing. Not mind-blowingly complex but not bad.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied and the fizzy side of creamy. Still, it's a fun and effervescent creaminess which makes it seem like a special occasion. Festive!

Drinkability: a fetchingly imbibable strong ale. I should watch out.

flagmantho, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours golden, honey opaque with a small head, small lacing

Smell is apricot, bannana, cloves, nutmeg

Taste is bread, more bannana awesomeness, along with some pears and tart apples

Really solid, refreshing Belgian blonde/triple, another great one from unibroue

benclimbs, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into corsendonk chalice on sept 8 2009

A A cloudy golden orange with half a glass of head after a gentle pour. The big white head falls fast and leaves little lace too my surprise.

S Mild spice and banana with some orange, booze and plenty of yeast

T It tastes as it smells only I find the booze is well hidden and I can taste some grains

M Pretty light all things considered, heavy carbonation but it works well for it

D I'm not sure if it's good or bad how easy this one is too drink. It's dangerously easy drinking for 9% be careful with this one it's deadly

Yet another winner from Unibroue, I can't think of any reason why you should not try this beer

wordemupg, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy brownish-gold color. Aggressive pour yields aggressive foam, but this fades very quickly with little to no adhesion to the glass. Some unreleased carbonation ascends.

Smell: I had trouble with this one. I could detect a variety of aromas, but could not separate them accurately. Certainly picked up a hint of hops and spice

Taste: Certainly a good example of BSPA. For me, this beer opens with some sweetness, with hops and a light alcohol taste follows. Spice shows up in the finish for me, but I can't exactly isolate which spice I'm tasting. Nice balance, and a well crafted drinking experience overall. There is a lot going on, but nothing is out of balance or control. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Some unreleased carbonation, and a generally "light" (but not watery) mouth feel.

Drinkability: This is easily a "dangerous" beer. At 9% ABV, I'm detecting some alcohol warmth from this brew. However, it is darn tasty and refreshing, so I'd certainly be welcoming another.

Unibroue is available at The Andersons in Dublin, Ohio -- and this is a good thing!

PerroGrande, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy deep golden with a little amber hue to it when held to the sun. A small foamy head that didn't last long and left a little lacing. Settled to a nice thin layer of white foam that retained throughout.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with a little clove spice.

Taste: Wow. For a Canadian made BSPA style this is right on the mark. Perfect blend of funky sweet yeast, subtle hop florals and fruits and a nice spice twist on the finish. A deceptively high ABV without a strong alcohol taste. An exceptional BSPA.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied and a nice subtle carbonation that allows the flavors to shine through.

Drinkability: Fantastic. A very easy drinking and truly delicious BSPA style. Unibroue is one of the finest breweries in the world, and that's stiff competition out there. Love this beer, it's one of my new favorites. Can't believe I haven't tried this one sooner. Simply excellent.

ChopperSmith, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of JMD
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, brownish yellow color with think white head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Yeasty, sweet fruity aroma. Fresh baked bread and ripe apples.

T: Fresh fruit and spices. Hints of apple and grapes. Some bread, yeast and nutty elements. Nice flavor, much better than my ability to describe it.

M: Full bodied, tingly carbonation that coats your entire mouth. Finishes dry like a good champagne

D: Excellent brew and good interpretation of a Belgian from a Canadian brewer. At 9% ABV, these go down very smooth.

JMD, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep gold color with a very cloudy appearance. Had a massive head on it.

Smell: A wheat malt base that was accompanied by a seemingly nutty aroma.

Taste: Sweet flavor with hints of banana, nuts, and other fruits. Not too sweet though, and it finishes very smooth and nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fair body from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is another from Unibroue that blows my mind. This is definitely something I could get again.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a golden elixir, slightly hazed, with a white champagne top. head dissipated quickly.

smells sweet and champagne like. hints of fruit and malt. plenty of alcohol on the nose.

fruity esters combine with the alcohol and bubbles to create a light tasting experience. a pale malt overtone and yeast gives rise to light flavors.

crispy mouthfeel but the alcohol cannot hide. above average drinkability but not a five.

skrib09, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great carbonation leads to a white fizzy head that is constant and on top of a clear auburn body. A strong yeast smell along with a sour fruit smell of orange and pear; also hints of bread and caramel malt. Crisp carbonation and a medium body leads to a sharp sour fruit taste of orange, apple, pear and grape. Some sweetness derived from fruit notes as well as some caramel malt; beer also has a mild creamy texture as well thanks to yeast and breadiness. ABV complements beer by giving the backbite a nice, cry bite. A definite sipper and great version of this style.

clayrock81, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a generous head that instantly disappeared. Aroma, I get some fruity, particularly after Don de warms up. The taste of over ripe fruit is overwhelmed by the massive carbonation (not unusual for this style). Feel is light bodied with the above mentioned, big carbonation. Drinkability is above average for a 9.00 ABV

kegger22, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with little head retention for a belgian

smell: sweet some fruity aroma

taste: pretty solid golden belgian.. I bouught this thinking it was a dark ale. I was surprised when I poured it. S

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: overall I appreciate it and it's a solid belgian pale. Unibroue always hits their mark and sticks with the style. Another great example...

CampusCrew, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of medium browned toast with a soft white head. The beer is hazed to the point where you can only seet the hint of finger shadows from the other side of the glass. The cap fades to thin suds on the surface and a slightly thicker collar.

The scent is of ripe apples that have been slightly baked and coated in a cinnamon, clove, pepper rub. Also a bready yeast presence that smells distinctly Belgian in style/strain.

This is a more then solid brew that should be tried if your a fan of Belgian's and can get your paws on it. The 9% ABV is hidden behind layers of spiced apple flavors and peppery breads. I do think it is a little one sided in taste and doesn't really have a great amount of complexity for a BSPA style.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp partly from the flavors and also from the fine carbonation. It is delightful on the tongue and finishes with a superb fruity flavor and subtle dryness. A damn fine beer from damn fine brewers.

jbphoto88, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright golden-tangerine color with a very small, lackluster head. Bubbles of carbonation continually rise to the surface. I wish there was more of a head, because this one could look great with a nice cap of foam over the top.

S: Weak aroma. Sweet and fruity, with notes of apricot, orange, and some light coriander-like spices. Maybe even a hint of fermented wheat. Not quite what I was expecting in a BSPA, but still interesting.

T&M: Flavor features more spice and wheat, along with a noticeable citrus component. It tastes almost like a sweeter, boozier, "imperial" witbier. It's almost cloying at times and the big body is a bit unsupported by the flavor. Carbonation is very zesty, but there's no crispness to it, which (to me) is essential for these kinds of flavors to really shine.

D: Again, it's like an amped-up witbier that doesn't meld quite right. An interesting concept for a strong pale ale, but it doesn't work well in practice. Probably will steer clear of this one in the future, especially considering there are so many other strong options from this brewery.

BamaBeerBuff, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time to drink this beer.
Yellow golden pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. White head sticks around for a bit but eventrually disappears and leaves minimal lacing.
Phenols on the nose, along with some yeast and some kind of sweet fruit. A bit dryer than La Fin du Monde, a little fruitier than Duvel, but still very tasty in its own way.
Tart apples, some bitter orange and alcohol dominate the flavors.
Lushly carbonated mouthfeel, but soft at the same time.
Easy to drink. The abv is not evident yet, but I'm sure that I'll feel it shortly.
My favorite beer from Unibroue is still La Fin du Monde, but this one is well worth revisiting. The more I drink it, the more it grows on me.

kwakwhore, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color in the beer, yellowy with an intitally massive white head that disappears with no trace.

Aromas of old apples, cake, vanilla, yeasty.

The flavors are familiar, with apricot, apple, with a huge alcohol overtone. I really like it but the alcohol flavor bombs the slight bitterness.

A fizzy, lucious feel.

Pretty damn good, but nowhere near the levels of near perfection some Unibroue beers are.

cnally, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of FleeVT
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a best before date. The label advertises "bottle conditioning" and includes pouring instructions to keep sediment out of your glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a tight carbonation. Capped nicely by a tiny bubbled white head.

S: Biscuity yeasts, a nice dose of spices, and mild fruit esters in the form of banana and apples. And this nose does not hide the fact that this is a "Strong" pale ale.

T/M: A crisp beer that bites back. Lots of carbonation keep it tingling and complement the thick body nicely. Flavors settle in with a lot of the nose. Fruity esters although it is more of a sweet fruit salad than anything identifiable. Malt is much more pronounced on the palate. Alcohol comes through in the end to dry out the palate. Nice!

FleeVT, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of JRhode
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle split with jessethehutt into two Duvel tulips. Best before 10/15/11.

Murky orange in color with billowing head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma of orange rind is overwhelming. Not picking up much else. Maybe some sweetness due to alcohol.

Taste of bitter orange, but sweet alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy for the style. Carbonation is prickly yet not lively. Flavors bog down a little. Lacks the crispness/dryness that I associate with the style.

Drinkability is solid for 9% abv.

JRhode, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden yellow/orange with a very fizzy three finger head that disappears instantly. No lacing is left behind at all, a very clean looking beer. Smell is a good example of a strong belgian pale ale. Smells of belgian yeast, fruits, citrus, bread and spices. Smells like a german meets a belgian and makes a beer, has that german banana smell. Taste is basically the same as the nose, a good example of a belgian beer. Might have a bit too much banana in here from the german influence, still good though. Got belg yeast, spices, citrus, and fruits too. Mouthfeel fits the style here, pretty light with a high (good) amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a bit lowrr here for me because of the strong german influence but its 9% abv is very well hidden, impressive.

cbutova, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of nickynick
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue Don de Dieu poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head. Smell was of yeast, with some citrus hints. The taste was sweet, hints of citrus and hints of warming alcohol. Hints of white sugar in the flavor. Mouthfeel was good, very nice carbonation. Drinkability was ok, lost a little for me because the high ABV hit me a little quick. Overall this was a wonderful beer, great flavor, very well done.

nickynick, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat cloudy orange / yellow with a large off white head. Head disappears quickly to nothing and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Sweet apple, clove, banana, spice and Belgian yeast.

T- Taste follows the nose. Fruits upfront apple, orange, some banana. A little hop twang in the middle mixed with clove and spice. Finish is clean and semi-dry with a final note of yeast and a little Belgian funk.

M- Light in body and highly carbonated, but not overly so.

D- Very drinkable the 9.0% ABV is well hidden only noticed by it's warming effects. I would like to drink a lot of this but I'm not going to try to.

Find it, try it , and enjoy it.

ToddT, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with lots of bubbles rising. Head is a big 2 fingers and white. Head retention and lacing were good.

Smell is of wheat, spice, and Belgian yeast. There is also citrus in there like coriander or orange peel. Hops and alcohol are pretty much not there at all

Taste is lots of phenols and bananas. It's like a mix between a hefeweizen and a Belgian ale. Beer is pretty sweet, like green apples and spiciness mixes in nice. Very refreshing, hops aren't really present. For 9% abv the alcohol is hidden very well. The after taste is of clove and that unique Belgian yeast flavor, sort of like bubblegum but not really.

The mouth feel is of high carbonation but not overly carbonated. Body is very light but not watery. Through half of the beer the head provided some light creaminess I wish would have stayed the whole way.

Drink ability for this beer was pretty high. The alcohol wasnt even noticed until the beer warmed up a bit. I could go through the whole 750 ml bottle in one sitting which is pretty rare for such a strong ale. Only downside to beer was the overly phenolic after taste that the beer had but it was still very good, would buy again

angelmonster, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: color of apple juice, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: apples, cinnamon, and cloves

Taste: malt, apples, cinnamon, cloves, and noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, moderately smooth

Drinkability: This is a tasty strong ale. I like the flavors and it is classic Unibroue. That being said, it is not interesting enough to make me want another.

tigg924, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Buggies
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish gold color. Big head that fades to a thin one fast. Smells of yeast and fruit. Some malt and spice there too. Taste is great. Yeast and citrus up front. Slight hint of caramel malt too, but balanced. Bitterness is barely present, but noticeable. Good crisp carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and a little warming, but it isn't too overwhelming.

Another solid beer by Unibroue. Simply a treat to drink.

Buggies, Jul 26, 2009
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.