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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,266
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 94
Gots: 128 | 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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mithrascruor

California

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, glowing apricot color with a nice creamy white head.

Smell: Has an aroma of fruits, especially ripe pear and a hint of apples, as well as some mild spices and yeast.

Taste: The first taste to hit the mouth is great. Lightly-spiced ripe fruits, such as pears, apricots, and apples. There's a bit of wheat present too. I've seen stores describe this as tasting "tropical," but I think that is a bit off the mark. "Late summer harvest" might be a bit more appropriate.

Mouthfeel: Soft and viscous, though I would say this is a light- to medium-bodied beer. Very smooth (though some grains are present) and with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: This is a bit deceptive alcohol-wise, as it's very strong but doesn't taste it! It's very drinkable, though possibly not quite as much as some other Unibroue beers.

Unibroue does it again. An excellent Belgian strong pale ale that competes nicely with some of their other beers. Crisp, refreshing, soft, and elegant. Recommended to both those who enjoy, and those interested in, this style of beer. I will get this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 20:34:42 | More by mithrascruor
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked and caged 750ml bottle makred B076, which should be feb 7/06. shared with biegaman at volo.

pours a nice orangey amber colour with a very thin white head.

aroma is good. light sweetness. bit of spice. burnt caramel. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. bit of yeast and alcohol. very light spice. very fresh. light bitterness. crackery malt. light lingering sweetness. bit of fruityness. really nice.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 17:22:06 | More by grub
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Pinto21

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with white white head

smelled of malty sweetness and apple/ pear

tasted really sweet and a bit of pear as well. the alcohol warms you up nice but the taste isnt noticeable.

mouthfeel was good and so is the drinkability. Im not a huge fan of belgians but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 03:01:53 | More by Pinto21
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auntfloyd

New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a bright, hazy orange color, with a large amount of fluffy white head. The nose is fairly sweet, with fruit and yeast notes. The taste is yeasty and slightly bitter up front, followed by a generous amount of sweetish fruitiness, with slight amounts of spiciness. The mouthfeel is good, though a bit fizzy, and drinkability is good, especially for the style.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 00:38:53 | More by auntfloyd
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SacoDeToro

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a brilliant golden with a nice orange hue. The head was a generous mound of white foam.

The aroma of the beer was bursting with fruits, most notably pear and apple. The fusel alcohols were especially volatile and very apparent on the nose.

The flavor of the beer had a nice sweet maltiness, but still managed to dry out in the finish so as not be cloying at all. There were intense flavors of pear and apple. There were also notes of biscuit. The hops were floral, but subdued.

The carbonation of the beer was high and appropriate for the style. Unibroue seems to be very consistent with the bottle conditioning of their beers. The mouthfeel was medium light and had a good creaminess to it.

Overall the flavors were very rich, but the beer was dry enough to be very drinkable and refreshing. This is an excellent beer. Not quite as dry and spicy as its cousin, La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 19:08:52 | More by SacoDeToro
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite, if not my favorite offering from Unibroue.

It's not the greatest looking beer. Poured into a tulip, quickly receding head that formed into a paper thin layer after a few sips. Cloudy golden orange. Much like you would expect it to look.

Smell is fantastic, a fruity bouquet. I'm smelling orange, unibroue yeast, pineapple (!), citrus and a lot of sweet goodness.

Taste is very similar to smell except a bit maltier, and finishes dry. No noticeable alcohol bite, but definitely a tummy warmer. Just a fruity, sweet wonderful drink... perfect for SUMMER. Too bad it's 0 degrees today.

Mouthfeel is thicker than most Unibroue's, but just as sparkly. The wheat plays a role in giving it a full body, and the heavy carbonation may be a little off in here.

I'll definitely finish this 750ml bottle, and make sure to pick up more the next time I'm at the store. I love this beer and can't wait to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 01:04:49 | More by SaucyA
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notably malt strong when compared to other brews I’ve tried from Unibroue. However, there is the wheaty and doughy aroma that is very common in these brews. Very cloudy and produces a good head that dissipates quickly into fine lacing. Tastes very unique and is a bit complex. I find hints of doughy bread, but also a Juicy Fruit type of flavor. Feels kind of syrupy and finishes warm.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 22:23:42 | More by TheSarge
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice on the noste- appearance is of apple juice color. Carbonation is more subdued than other Unibroue offerings like La Fin du Monde. Taste- apple, spicy with the classic unibroue yeast flavour. A solid offering from Unibroue, just not quite up there with there flag ships like La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 03:14:36 | More by oakbluff
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden body with a off white head.
S- Light spices like cloves come through the wheat and yeast. Hint of some malts. Strong wheat aroma though.
T- Big wheat flavor. Spices come through with a bit of a bread also. Nice calm warming in the back of throat from the alcohol. It is kind of like a calm wheat wine. Not as harsh as usual but still that big strong wheat flavor.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D-It is my favorite Unibroue (that I have tried). It is what I could see a aged wheat wine taste like. Just a tad bit weaker.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 07:06:44 | More by BlindPig
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale golden yelleow with a modest white head that dissipates slowly leaving a frothy cap.

A citrus orange aroma greets the nose before getting close to it. Closer inspection shows apple as well.

Taste is marvelous, not overly complex, just a smooth mellow totally enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is very nice with good carbonation that makes it a joy.

Drinkability is so good I wish I had more than this one sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 04:34:08 | More by techdiver
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking, golden hazy beer with a yeast sediment on the bottom that I did not add to the mix. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, makes a foamy white head that lives some lacing on its way out.
Very rich, sweet smell with mostly oranges but a mixture of other fruits is also noticeable, along with breads and a smell I tend to relate to "yeast-heavy" beers.
Taste is also very good, pleasant sweetness with hints of oranges, malts, bread and the same yeast, even though I did not mix the bottom of the bottle.
Full-bodied, a bit to sweet to have more than one at a time, but certainly worthy to have it multiple times.
Another great Unibroue offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 00:11:27 | More by brdc
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jim102864

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don De Dieu. Don De Dieu. Just love saying the name. Anyway, this is a pleasurable ale, balanced quite nicely and to be enjoyed at any occassion or just while watching your UCONN Huskies at home. Hold it up to the light and see the golden hue. Like pineapple juice. No, like the gold found in the colors of the St. Louis Rams. Ok, I digress. It's a lovely colored golden yellow. Cloudy from the abundant yeast, but pleasant to the view. This is also a beer bursting with aroma. Very easy to note citrus flavors ranging from clementines and tangerines to apricots and sweet raisons and then to lemons. Yeasty too, giving it a slightly bisquity mouthfeel and clouding the clarity. Bottom line; it works. Bubbly and noisy head, like the "snaps" fireworks from when you were a kid and then, just as quickly, it disappears in my tulip glass. No lace whatsoever. Light mouthfeel, particularly at the start and then the explosion of fruit and then just as quickly, gone. This is one to revisit during the spring (moreso than when it's 7 degrees outside like now in Connecticut) or summer. Buy it and embrace it's flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 01:11:51 | More by jim102864
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque, bright hazy orange color. Head is very thick on pour, brilliant white. Head goes away at the part of the glass where I'm drinking. Very little lacing.

S - Smell is very sweet with strong orange presence. Rich bready wheat smell also.

T - Taste is also very sweet and orangey. Some spices in aftertaste. Very little alcohol detectable.

M - Smooth and slightly chewy.

D - I would probably prefer this beer over La Fin du Monde just because the alcohol presence isn't as prevalent. Both are very good though, very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 01:50:32 | More by umustdrink
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AaronRed

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer, just by pouring it you can see the yeast setiment left in the bottle. This is a beer that has been looked after and cared for. Very complex yest aroma's, almost overpowering. But as it warmed, it became a little dryer, not as fruity, but still retained a flowerly, almost sugary/honey flavor. Very warming for a light beer, one that is recommended without reservation.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:38:00 | More by AaronRed
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opening up a 750ml bottle of Unibroue's
Don de Dieu, the pour I got revealed a
fluffy head over cloudy dark gold brew.
The head doesn't last that long, though
the carbonation is quite active.

The nose is malty, fruity and yeasty. The
flavor has elements of malt and citrus, and
is quite delicate.
Mouthfeel is round, tingly, cleansing- and
there is a definite warming effect due to the
9% alcohol by volume.

Aftertaste is citrus, thought it doesn't last
long.

As I understand it, what Unibroue was up to
with this beer was to create a wheat beer with
a kick like a trippel, and they certainly succeeded.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:43:38 | More by shadow1961
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Unibroue beer, this one pours a coppery orange color with far less head than I was expecting. Every other BSPA I've had showed huge frothy white heads, but oh well. Smells citrusy, lightly hopped and very crisp. Taste more of the same, got some lemon rind and some orange flavors. It is a good beer, but still can't beat that La Fin Du Monde, which is my standard for Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 23:42:04 | More by bluegrassbrew
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

A- Decent white head and goos effervescence. Cloudy orange colour with yellow highlights.

S- Complex mix of fruit and yeast. Quite nice.

T- Nice Belgian character with fruit and yeast prevalent. Slight bitter finish. Well balanced. Described as a "Triple Blanche" on the bottle, so not surprising that it comes across as something between a witbier and a Belgian strong pale ale. Some sour notes on the end of the middle. Alcohol well hidden considering abv.

MF- Full bodied. Pleasant.

D- Very good strong beer. Overall balance make this one to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:50:00 | More by JOaikido
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bucko

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don pours a light golden color with a small rocky head that slowly slips away to something closer to a quarter of an inch. The aroma is that of apple, lemon and other fruit with hints of alcohol hidden behind the esters. The flavor is dry and cidery with hints of apple (duh) and subtle spice. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a tiny bit of alcohol bite. For a 9% abv beer, this is quite drinkable, though one is probably enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 00:53:11 | More by bucko
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VelvetMonkey

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Poured with a snow-white head that quickly dissipated. It's urine-collored and slightly cloudy with a moderate production of small champagne-like bubbles.

S--Really delicious of cut apples and baking bread.

T--A mild apple juice sweetness through and through. Very pleasant on a hot day like today (yeah, it's January in Florida).

M--Somewhat thin but with a mild carbonation tingle that is nice.

D--This is my second.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 22:31:48 | More by VelvetMonkey
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bgraney

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden & sparkly like ginger ale with a huge fast dissolving head. The head took up about 3/4 of the glass and was completely gone in about two seconds. It looked like a chemistry experiment.
Strong alcohol aroma; raisins and holiday spices.
Smooth, not much of a flavor expansion and an alcohol follow through. Surprisingly unimpressive.
Thin, flat mouthfeel, not much after taste. Dies out after the initial flavor.
Not bad, but not great, expecially considering who makes it. You cold probably keep drinking this but I don't know why you'd want to.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 15:39:50 | More by bgraney
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ChillMike

Alabama

3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden color with a massive bright white head, however it does not stick around and leaves not even a hint of lacing. Smells of citrus, lots of sweet mellow malts, raisins, and various other spices I can't seem to pinpoint. An overly sweet bubblegum flavor and honestly it's just too overbearing for me to really pick outany other flavors. Maybe I just got a bad bottle but it seems really flat and really overall just lacking in every department. I will say that it hides the alcohol quite well, but this (so far) is in my opinion Unibroue's worst and I really do typically like their stuff. I'll skip this one and pick up Maudite or Trois Pistoles .

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 09:31:24 | More by ChillMike
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Budlum

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours with a foamy, white head that disappears very quickly. The body is a very clear amber and pale orange displaying moderate carbonation.

The nose of this beer starts sweet and flowery with constant fruit aroma as well. Apricots and blood oranges mix with a pleasant nutmeg spice for a solid, complex smell. A bread dough smell of flour and yeast mix with some sharper notes to finish strong.

A smooth presentation of peppery spice and medium strength fruit flavors start this ale wonderfully. A buttery, popcorn flavor with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar describe the flavors well. The Unibroue yeast flavors is more subdued than expected but it still provides wonderful flavors. Alcohol content appears in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel is quite spicy, higly carbonated and moderately dry. Enjoyable to sip.

Drinkability is quite good but the much of the Unibroue line-up is far more appealing.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 23:38:32 | More by Budlum
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86sportster883

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer replaced La Fin Du Monde as my favorite beer from Unibroue, and that was a tall order to fill. Don De Dieu is a very strong Belgian-style wheat beer that is very drinkable, despite its high alcohol content.

I poured a 12 oz bottle of this into a tulip glass and it dissapeared faster than I would like to admit. Despite the bottle conditioning, my beer poured clear and golden yellow with a white head that quickly faded into just a ring of foam. It has a sweet, aromatic nose that is pleasant, but hard for me to discern. The carbonation is very fine and fizzy on the front of your tongue. The body is light to medium and definitely warming. The taste is what you might expect from mixing a good Belgian Triple with a good Bavarian wheat. The beer tends to be on the sweet side, but the sweetness is nicely counterbalanced by the high ABV. The beer finishes with a little heat, but not nearly as much as you would expect from a 9 percenter.

If you like Belgian triples, you will almost certainly like this beer too.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 05:25:19 | More by 86sportster883
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xav33

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Don De Dieu
12 oz bottle
Slow pour in a tulip glass
Best before 06/08

Poured a hazy golden with a large fizzy white quickly diminishing head with lotsa bubbles.

Smelt of strong honey, apples, lemons doughy bread.

Taste was upfront strong sweet honey, bitter mold or sweat yeast and some sour apple followed by a moderate bread and sweat bitterness on a pungent alcoholic long rotten mushroom yeast finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, fizzy, oily and strongly astringent on the finish and moderately alcoholic.

Overall, a light feeling strong ale, that reminds me of a moldy gym sock.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 05:31:19 | More by xav33
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cardigan

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may just be my favorite of Unibroue's offerings, if only for its drinkability. This is the closest thing to a session beer I've found from them. It's a great tasting beer that goes down well .

While it won't knock your socks off with an incredible array of flavors, it's not lacking, either. It's slightly fruity, citrusy, and only a bit tart. Very smooth. Lovely aroma and, of course, a great head. Very drinkable. Hard to tire of, from my perspective.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 18:17:17 | More by cardigan
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 2,266 ratings.