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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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2,496 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 115
Gots: 196 | 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 Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice hazy golden color. Fluffy head.

S- Nice fruit smells, banana is coming though a bit more.

T- The taste is very light, refreshing. A light offering with the distinct Unibroue yeast taste.

M- A bit more on the carbinated side but good all and all.

D- Easy to drink, and refreshing.

Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden with a good head.

Smells like pineapple and yeast.

I get a lot of pineapple in the flavor, along with a blend of other citrus fruits with slight banana, yeast, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel very refreshing.

I didn't like this as much as Maudite or Fin, but I would certainly drink it again. Does Unibroue make a bad beer?

Photo of Jespao
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured on a Unibroue glass

A: golden, with a nice and clear head that dissipated not too after, thin layer of head after
S: belgian tripel yeast smell. Some citric fruitness round here, specially orange. I love this citric notes
T: Belgian yeast, soft carbonation, citric (orange?) and banana (just after the first 'touch with the kid'), citrus hop.
M: Thick, I thought it would be too alcoholic but it well hidden behind it's taste, and when it's present it's warm and not harming, though the citric taste may not be too pleaseant to some people (not me)
D: I could die on a Don De Dieu pool, I simply loved this beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up for me. Poured at cellar temp into a goblet from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A hazed amber w/ golden hues and a 2 finger pale head that arrives and vanishes in the same breath.

S - Wheat, caramel, bubblegum w/ a hint of alcohol and a light nutty spiciness

M - A lively feel w/ a moderately full carbonation and chewy grainy feel. There are tinges of sweetness and spice in the finish

T - A very light peppery taste w/ wheat creamy notes when the tasting begins. Subtle dry grainy malt as in the feel w/ a smooth caramel flavor hinted at in the aroma. The flavor is toasty and honey-like as it evolves w/ subtle spice and a caramelized sugar flavor as it finishes w/ a fruity tropical aspect.

D - I really love this beer and find it to be drinkable, but as far as overall - at 9% it is just good. I would not hestitate to pick this up anytime, it is fantastic. I would probably limit to 2 since the abv will creep up on you and you might not realize the 9% it contains at first taste.

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

Poured into a 22oz tulip glass. Pours a clear, honey gold. Nice white head that eventually fully disappeared.
Smells of candy sugar, stale bread, toffee, golden raisins, spices and alcohol.
Quite sweet, but in a good way. Toffee, hints of lemon, candy sugar, dried fruit (apricots and golden raisins) and alcohol.
Medium bodied. Coats the mouth, but the small carbonation bubbles help lighten it up.
At 9%, it would be hard to have more than one, but the flavors are quite good so it's still drinkable.
Quite tasty and glad to see a North American brewery really take on a Belgian style and succeed. I have yet to have a Unibroue beer I don't like.

Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that has good retention. Very little lace is left on the glass.

I smell sugar that unfotunately dominates over a very nice fruit aroma.

I taste sugar to start but eventually fruit flavors come through. I do not detect any alcohol. It almost seems like the sugars did not fully ferment.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Not perfectly executed beer. Maybe I just did not get the best batch. Too sweet for my tastes and not easy to consume.

Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. Best by date: 3-16-09. The body was a creamy orange/yellow color. The moderate white head faded to a ring and island. It was pretty clear of sediment, which stayed in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was rich and candy-like. Unibroue yeast aroma. Slightly of moldy bread.

Taste was well balanced. The hops brightness matches well with the thick maltiness. Nicely spiced, not too overwhelming or cloying. Dried fruits.

Mouthfeel was effervescent and mouth-filling. Rich texture. It became smoother as the carbonation faded.

Photo of JayDub
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Light gold, hazy. Off-white head, a bit fizzy that disapates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S - Toffee, some biscuity yeasts.

T - Fruit, pears and apricots, some hop presence in the middle.

M - Moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry, with some alcohol warmth. Yeast at the very end.

D - Light and fresh, easy to drink, 9% is well hidden.

A great taste and aroma. I like the toffee in the smell, fruits in the taste.

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: A hazed light golden orange color with active carbonation and thin white head that has great retention and very little lacing.
S: Strong aroma of ripe fruit, apple like, belgian triple like smell
T: Expected Unibroue like taste, strongest flavor is ripe fruit, slightly sweet with strong, active carbonation. Very fruity and finish is very crisp and clean, alcohol is extrememley well hidden.
D: Very easy drinking, not my favorite Unibroue, but alcohol is very well hidden and overall very refreshing and easily drinkable.

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

A: Haz and golden-brown, with a frothy 2-finger head that dissipated quickly. A thin layer of head remains.
S: That classic yeasty belgian tripel smell. Some lemons and oranges.
T: Yeasty, light, and soft carbonation makes this beer extra tasty. Soft banana and orange fruit, with light citrus hops.
M: Thick, but the soft carbonation helps the beer to not be too coating and heavy. A touch of alcohol, but it's warm and soothing.
D: I could drink a whole 6 pack. Great stuff!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky golden body with a tall, though diminishing, white head.

Smell: Spiced wheat malts, a wide variety of fruit juices, vanilla, and clover honey.

Taste: Malted wheat with a restrained honeylike sweetness. Juiced pears, nectarines, and bananas, all a bit tangy and stirred up with a vanilla bean. Touch of spice and sourness. Maybe a few flecks of candi sugar. Warming, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate, lively carbonation. Some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad, not bad. I'm going down Memory Lane with Unibroue, and, so far, I'm leaning towards the maltier offerings, Maudite and Trois Pistoles.

Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very lively pour... Cloudy gold color with slight orange hue... Head quickly disipates but there is still very vibrant carbonation... Sediment floats...

S - Powerful... Sweet fruit (apricot, peach, and cranberry) and malt... Wheat is present... Perhaps a bit smoky in nature... Faint trace of alcolhol...

T - Fruit and malt up front... Quite the pepper quick at the end... Definately has a quick...

M - Medium bodied and dry from the get go... Lively carbonation... Tart on the finish...

D - A little too harsh for my liking... Too much going on for my liking... I like complexity, but this is a little too chaotic...

Photo of KoG
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden liquid adorned by a quickly fading head, leave no lacing however.

Smell is a bit sweet, full of slightly sour fruit and light malt.

Tastes a bit tart on top and wheaty, followed by light fruits, possibly pear and apricot. Finishes with a spicy note, peppery almost.

Goes down easy, almost wish I had another on hand.

Photo of treyrab
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. into a chalice

A...Great pale gold color with yeast particulates swirling around. Head is thick and creamy

S...Smell of immense pale malts and yeast, with a bit of a sweet fruit smell as well

T...Sweet, very sweet pale malts. A flavor of light fruits or bananas and pears as well. Excellent

M,D...Mouthfeel is perfect, mildy heavy due to the triple wheat, which leads to a drinkability that i would not push past 2

RJR

Photo of gpogo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy pale golden color with white head

A- Fruity aroma, hints of apple

T- Slightly sour fruit flavor. Malty flavor stands behind this. I think Ive had a fresher bottle of Don de dieu and found it to taste not as sour. I'm now interested to review this again with a newer bottle. Spicy and finishes semi-dry.

M- Medium-light body, high carbonation.

D- It's amazing how light and drinkable this beer is at 9% alcohol. Very refreshing. Though I find I like other Unibroue beers over this.

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

Cloudy pale orange with lots of particulate yeast and a healthy, large white head.

Aroma, not untypical to Unibroue with tons of fruity yeast phenols, touches of chalk, and hints of clove and pepper.

Medium bodied with assertive carbonation, some booze bite, lots of fruit flavor, some honey and citrus, quite spicy with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkable but not in my top 5 Unibroue beers for sure.

Photo of katan
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle, trade from DLD 08.

A - Pours a light golden color. An extreme amount of carbonation is present, evidenced by the large 3/4" head that dissipated very slowly. A hair of haze which is mainly yeast.

S - A combination of malt and yeast. I'd say mainly the yeast owns this one.

T - Starts with the yeast - which owns the flavor through the mid-finish of this beer. The alcohol warming is certainly present. Finishes with an interesting creamy and sweet flavor. Seems like its a combination of some barley and wheat malts.

M - Extreme carbonation leads towards a sharpness in the mouthfeel. Although, it is surprisingly creamy once you get past those strong bubbles. I'd say this is one of the high points of this beer.

D - The beer is easy drinking enough that I wouldn't know what 9% had done to me before a few were down. The carbonation is a downside as it tends to be more filling however.

A solid offering from north of the border. Would not probably seek out on my own.

Photo of yelterdow
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle that I've had in the cellar for almost two years. Served at between fridge and cellar temperature (about 40 minutes out of the fridge) in the brewery's large tasting glass. Paired with a hefty wedge of Raclette cheese and some ciabatta bread. Best Before 12-14-08.

Appearance- A quite nice, and quite loud medium gold beer flows out from the bottle. The head expands rather quickly to three full fingers, then down almost as fast to a thin mat, and finally disappears altogether. Not even the etching in the glass can create (never mind replenish) even a thin film. No lacing at all here.

Smell- The malts and hops come together amongst a boozy, spicy, almost vanillalike aroma. No doubt of the alcohol strength here, as the first whiff sent me backwards... I think the time spent in the cellar really allowed the bottle conditioning to fully take its course.

Taste- Spicy and very Belgian in character, especially with regard to the hops. The initial taste is sweet, but with a tangy twist... after that, the spicy hop profile kicks in and finishes with a pleasant, flowery bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Surprisingly (in a good way), this beer is mellow and reserved... the usual bombastic carbonation from Unibroue's lineup is nowhere to be found... perhaps time has tamed this one. For the final glass, I've poured all yeast sediment in... the appearance is of course completely opaque now, and the flavor is far less "hot"... smooth and slithery, this drops a sack kick to the brain... time for bed.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a cloudy body and little bits of yeast floating around. A bone white head bubbled up, made a lot of noise, and collapsed quickly.

Smells of sour fruit, biscuits, belgian malt and booze. Soft bitter hops are holding strong on the back end. A very well-rounded smell. The sour dominates a bit, but everything else shows up in equal parts.

Has a biting lemon/citrus zest flavor balanced with clean belgian malt. The sour that dominates the nose, takes a backseat in the flavor. An excellent balance makes this beer a great example of the style. Nothing fancy, right there (and then some) where it needs to be.

Very smooth and crisp with a full-body, but really comes off as being light.

Scary drinkable.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden cloudy yellow out of the bottle ... lots of yeast particles come out on the pour. Smells very tart, with hint of wheat, fruity esters and hop flowers. Very smooth tasting a drinking. Taste really reminds me of a good sweet bread with tartness and a small hint of hop bitterness in the end. This is very drinkable but the high alcohol is well-hidden, so use caution.

Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent gold with dense white head and lots of lacing. Smell: pear and apple, phenolic, wheaty, floral hops, cracker like malts. Taste: pear, wheaty, yeasty, big time dried apricots at the end of the sip. Alcohol warmth pops up after the sip. Medium bodied with a dry wheaty finish. Good beer with a cool label... natives in canoes greeting Champlain in his gift from god?

Photo of gory4d
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a good beer. The three-finger head in my tulip glass quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing. The color is robust golden. The smell is huge but delicate: floral notes and fresh ripe apricot predominate, with some malty undertones. The taste is rich, sharp, sweet, and bitter, all in the space of a couple of seconds. Apricots again, with maybe some hibiscus tang, rounding out into a malty aftertaste that finishes with a mild hop punch. It feels great in the mouth: perfect viscosity to mask the alcohol burn that grows as you get deeper into the glass. I'd drink this all night, but for the rather heavy alcohol hit. This is my favorite Unibroue beer; too bad it's hardest to find around here.

Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a cloudy straw colored yellow. It poured with a big foamy white head. Good lace and retention.

s: Big wheaty banana aromas here. Small amounts of floral hops and alcohol. Smells somewhat sour overall.

t: This tastes like a big wit beer. Sour grains, bananas, peppery cloves, and a dry, floral finish. There is a little alcoholic heat as well.

m: This super thick and silky, it is superbly carbonated as well.

d: This might be my favorite from Unibroue. A superb warm weather sipper.

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

From what unibroue says this is actually a Belgain Imperial Witbeer.

Pours a hazy yellowish orangish yellow. Big head that dissipates down to a half inch film on top of this ale. Aroma of acidic fruit and tartness... reminds me of a milder sour ale. Flavor is wheat malt, unibroue yeast and spice.

Quite enjoyable brew, will seek this one out more often!

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

I'm on a huge Unibroue kick right now. It took me a while to be brave enough to try their offerings, for a few reasons:

1) It's Canadian. How many fine Canadian craft brews do YOU know of? (Moosehead? What?)

2) It's FRENCH Canadian - the intimidation factor is high. Sure, I've stumbled upon French bière de garde, but that ALSO had a huge intimidation factor.

3) All of their offerings are styled, "Ale on Lees," which is intimidating until your wine friends tell you that just means "yeast is present in the bottle."

4) My first experience with them was largely forgettable. I had a Blanche de Chambly at a billiard bar in Martinsville, VA (Sandy Whitesides' wedding eve) and just didn't know what to do with it. I was expecting a Hoegaarden clone, I think, and it wasn't that.

I rediscovered this brewery at the 2006 Durham Beer Festival, and gave La Fin du Monde a 2nd-place, and Blanche de Chambly a 3rd-place. Again, like the Flemish Red, these beers don't do well at festivals because they're so damn different from everything else. The way to sample beers like these is either a) try them first, or b) try them first right after lunch. Subsequent outings with La Fin du Monde have skyrocketed it in my book.

So, Don de Dieu. Remarkable. The closest thing to a Belgian Triple Ale that I've found that's not actually a Belgian. The Quebeçois have managed somehow to retain a bit more old-worldness to their brews than have the USA craft-brewers. Don de Dieu has a slight roasted-nut quality blending in with that great fruit-malt-yeast quality that I love about farmhouse-style brews. This beer would be fantastic with anything grilled (especially game), even more fantastic with spicy Latin or Asian dishes, and remarkable with artisan cheese. It's 9%, so watch yourself.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.