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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,302 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,302
Reviews: 1,210
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 103
Gots: 140 | 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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IceAce

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with 2005 printed on the cage cap and 0502 imprinted on the cork. The rear label 'Best Before' date: 06-29-08

Pours a straw-yellow body with a rapidly dissapating collar of foam and no lacing. Aroma is lemony with alcohol esters and some yeast poking through.

Entry is fizzy with carbonation tickling the outer sides of the tongue. Midtaste features light citrus fruits and bready malts. The finish is dry with a nice yeast fade.

A nice, if nondescript Belgian from our friends at Unibroue. Reminds me of what would happen if a middle of the road Triple met with a Saison...without the cottony dryness.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 08:06:23 | More by IceAce
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audiojon

California

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

A rather typical offering from Unibroue, but one I couldn't pass up at the local BevMo after not seeing it for quite some time. Nose is of phenols and the ubiquitous Unibroue yeast. Taste is quite the same, but with a nice wheat finish. An enjoyable beer on occasion, but I quite prefer La Fin Du Monde to this. I'm admittedly not a huge fan of witbiers, but this is worth a try. I'm almost curious enough to place a lemon wedge in this, but alas I have none. Drinkability suffers a bit as this is a tad one dimensional for a Unibroue offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 04:01:43 | More by audiojon
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw color, with a frothy one finger head that fades to a thick cap and leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

Smell; very similar to a hefe-weizen. Bananas, oranges and cloves are all present, as well as some wheat.

Taste; once again, very hefe-weizenesque. The oranges, bananas and cloves are there, with a little honey sweetness, ginger and plenty of other spices. Not quites what I was expecting, but still very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and very easy to drink. This would make for a good summertime beer if the alcohol were not so high.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 23:24:46 | More by RedHaze
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour treats the eyes to golden wheat body and an icing like tight head. Nose is subdued ... lemon peel and sugary sweetness. Taste is full of lemon, sugar and tartness. After it warms substantially complex spiciness shines through in the middle, elevating the overall experience. Mouth is tickled with tiny carbonation bubbles. I suppose I will buy this again, it's pretty tasty, though not the best of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 07:41:02 | More by TheBungyo
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eb003

Kentucky

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

This brew pours orange and cloudy... like wheat beers. It reminds me a bit of the Hefe Weiss style from Germany in color and smell. There is a wheat like smell and it also smells somewhat sweet. The taste is good, very clean and crisp. The first taste starts somewhat bitter and ends sweet but the more you drink, the taste is mostly sweet. I had the brew with a brat as it was recommended to be tried with meats or cheeses. I found it a truly refreshing brew. The mouthfeel is good, it feels carbonated...almost to the point of a softddrink. The drinkability is also good. I knocked a couple back (1 with each brat).

Overall I enjoyed this brew and found it fully refreshing. My only complaint is that it is somewhat pricey... $7 for a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles here in Louisville (yes a 4 pack). I'm glad I tried it, and I will consider other beers from the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 22:55:10 | More by eb003
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Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Don de Dieu pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The taste is strongly of wheat and maybe some apricot like flavors. This is really a tasty beer, definitely worth a try. This is the first of the Unibroue beers that I've tried, and it definitely makes me want to try some more.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 05:31:09 | More by Drew966
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Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a cloud of yeast around the glass. The head is an off white sticky lace. The aroma is a light fuity sweetness and some alcohol. Crisp medium body with a lot carbonation. The flavor has hints of ripe fruits and bready yeast. A little spicy and sweet. Finishes clean and semi-dry. Delicious pale ale with one hell of kick to it! A bit pricey but worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:26:41 | More by Luigi
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I've long been enraptured by the design of the label, with it's stylized ancient French warship accompanied by smaller native canoes. I guess Don de Dieu is a big name in Canadian history, especially Quebec, their equivilant of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, or Hudson's Half Moon, but I was ignorant until now. My Michael Jackson beer book describes this as a wheat beer beefed up to the strength of a tripel..interesting.
A cloudy light blonde color with respectable but quick disipating head and little lacing. Nose has yeast, wheat, spices, and obviously, lots of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is actually quite nice once you get past the high carbonation reminiscent of champagne. Brisk, clean finish. Taste is light, delicate, and fruity. The alcohol is surprisingly well masked and this beer hits the back of the throat in a refreshing way, 9% abv or no...
Michael Jackson also mentions this brew in the same sentence as Duvel and that's a fair comparison, although I like this one a fair bit better. Another nice try from the boys in Chambly.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 10:00:00 | More by daliandragon
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, straw color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is fruity - apples and caramel apples with hints of butter. The taste is unique with some apples and light cinnamon with a distict tartness. I expected some alcohol flavor, but, there was none that I could discern. The yeast gives it an bread-like flavor with hints of white wine tanginess. The hops are minimal. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 00:38:34 | More by abcsofbeer
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnished gold with a nice pearl white head that retains well for a BSPA. The aroma has a wheaty twang initially, followed by some citrus, white pepper, corriander, light candy sugar, typical unibroue yeast smell and a touch of alcohol, very nice. The flavor also starts out with a wheaty twang almost like a hefe, then there are some big citrus flavors (orange and lemon) followed by some spice (white pepper and corriander), candy sugar, yeast and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation; drinkability is good. Another solid offering from unibroue and the wheat adds some intrigue to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 04:18:57 | More by silver0rlead
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jettjon

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Complex flavor
Lows: Dry/alcohol notes

Pours a translucent grapefruit juice color with visible, spice-like sediment that detracts—be careful on the pour (more careful than necessary, in my opinion—there seemed to be a lot of loose sediment in the bottle). Head is one finger of attractive, fine white bubbles that fades at a moderate pace to a thin head fueled by light carbonation. Nose is initially extremely sweet, as in an apple Jolly Rancher. There’s that seemingly signature Unibroue apple/grape wine touch as well. Flavor is initially sweet and fruity, like apple or grape juice. This gives way to a strong honey mead flavor with some alcohol at the end. No evident hops. Mouth is like soda pop: bubbly and filling. The finish is dry alcohol. Drinkability is a touch above average; this is a pretty rich beer, not to mention possessing of 9% ABV.

Overall: The weakest Unibroue offering I’ve tried. Trois Pistoles blows this one away (no pun intended).

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 02:32:58 | More by jettjon
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cloudy gold...white head that settles to 1/8' and stays.
Smells wheaty....yeasty bubblegum.Tastes sweet banana...not intense, kind of mild...clove, bubblegum with a slight hop-background bitter. The alcohol comes through near the finish with a hint of apples and pears. Kind of surprized by how mild this tastes..as the 9 % ABV is starting to challenge my typing skills.
Mouthfeel is medium...high carbonation...gets velvety as it warms.
Sweet-and yeasty finish...a touch of soap...not bad, though.
I would only want one...this is good, but I think I prefer Unibroue's other brews....most of which are outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 00:17:28 | More by Hautacam
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale bright amber orange. Nice white Belgian head ultimately forms a white foam ring. Aroma of ripe banana, apple, orange, candy, yeast, and great spices. Taste is amazingly smooth with perfectly balancing good carbonation. Tastes like various fruits, banana, melon, apple, citrus, marinated in malt based honey. Very crisp and equally wholesome and satisfying. Smooth, lush, slightly syrupy mouthfeel takes over the mouth. 9% is the last thing I would have guessed after this. Goes down so easy. My beer was gone way before I expected.

MMmmm

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 02:02:41 | More by tastybeer
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a white head that fizzles down pretty quickly leaving a ring of suds and constant cloudy bubbly at the surface. The body is bright hazy orange with golden highlights.

Smell: Apples and graham crackers.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Baked apple, spicey cinnamon. Sweet malt flavor and a bitter bite comes crashing in at the finish. Strong carbonation, welcome with a beer this powerful.

Drinkability: I would enjoy this ale in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 23:57:50 | More by MrSeth
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Byeast

Florida

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

My bottle has a boat on the label , named after Samuel de Champlain¹s boat, The Don de Dieu, which arrived in Tadoussac, June 3, 1608. He was commissioned by the King of France to pursue, by way of the great Canadian waterway, the exploration of the vast and inhospitable land called "America".
This Triple wheat beer poured a slightly hazy , orangish gold with a white head of about an inch. Aroma is of some tangy ripe fruit and spice , a hint of vanilla , and a very light hop scent. Taste is kind of sweet , full bodied , creamy fruit flavors , a sturdy spice , and some warming alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side. A very tasty and drinkable Belgian. Refreshing , but packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 01:48:07 | More by Byeast
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

I just wasn't too excited about this beer. It was clear yellow color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated. It had a grainy, fresh aroma with a little bit of spiciness. It tasted sweet and spicy, light on the hops. An OK beer, but not very inspiring. I've enjoyed othe Unibroue products more.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 15:37:42 | More by lordofthewiens
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fingolfin72

North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy, almost luminescent gold. The head is tall, white and fine. It last a while.

The nose is a wonderful swirl of lemony, sugary, yeasty goodness with an exotic, spicy tinge.

The flavors are abundant, bright and delicious. More importantly, they are in balance. Lemon, sugar, spice, mineral and alcohol play their parts. There is a butterscotch note lurking around as well. I always love a beer with big flavors and elusive ones also.

The alcohol asserts itself the most in the finish, and it doesn't take long to feel warm and fuzzy when drinking this one.

Dee-friggin-licious.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:34:12 | More by fingolfin72
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Dukeofearl

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with the huge wooden sailing ship label (very cool), purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $6.99 in March, 2006. Best before date of 06-29-08. The cage holding the cork on states that it's a 2005 vintage.

On opening, a nice gentle gunshot and gunsmoke effect- I always like that. Pours a surprisingly pale golden yellow (rather than the typical rich golden that I usually see for this style) with a nice frothy white head that drops rather quickly. Almost the color of a wit. A steady stream of carbonation keeps the head around for a bit. OK looking, but not as classy as some.

Aroma- coriander. Sharp spiciness. Some sweet undertones, but the herbal notes are dominant.

Flavor. What did I say before? Coriander. Spiciness (not quite so sharp as the aroma). Something else- licorice? Anise? Caroway seed? A honey malt/sweet base keep these together. Decent enough, and interesting to be able to pull out these distinct flavors. Not sure it's an incredible flavor, though, as I ask myself a basic question- does it taste good? It's decent enough is the best answer I can give.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, leaves a bit of film on my tongue. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 02:04:34 | More by Dukeofearl
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carln26

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy gold color and was topped by a bubbly white head. Even with a load of champagne bubbles, rising to the top, the head receded pretty quickly. Lots of fresh bread in the nose. There is citrus there too lemon/orange and even a little pear. Just a touch of caramel on the finish. The flavor has a lot of lemon citrus, a light yeast character. The finish has a lot of apple cider. Just a touch of alcohol. Great carbonation, full mouth feel. Great beer. Unibroue’s beers really propelled me into Advocacy when I experience them for the first time a few years ago. I can’t believe I’m just getting around to reviewing them.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 00:12:58 | More by carln26
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rodrot

North Carolina

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

Don De Dieu pours a hazy, darkish gold color with a pillowy head that lingers. Aroma was sweet, malty and spicy(cloves?). Taste was quite sweet with notes of malt, cloves, spices, ripe fruit and honey. There was a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol was barely noticeable and can be deceiving for such a strong beer. I gave this beer a 3.5 for drinkability because the sweetness was a little overpowering. It was just too damn sweet for my tastes. Not a bad beer, but it's my least favorite of Unibroue so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 13:24:03 | More by rodrot
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arguemaniac

Virginia

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

Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a rich, foamy head which turns to a very well-sustained and sprawling lace. Sweet, fruity aroma with some lemon and hay. The palate features a sweet, lemony citrus flavor, some grassy grain, and a distinct but gentle fruitiness. The finish has a mild hop bitterness and some smooth fruitiness, though it’s all a bit weak. Light mouthfeel with active carbonation.

I’ve reviewed a number of beers from this brewery and I’m starting to notice a trend: all of their beers (except for the dark brews) have one mild, though consistent flaw, a somewhat weak finish. Other than that, they’re drinkable and refreshing, even with high alcohol contents. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 02:01:46 | More by arguemaniac
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale has an off-yellow color a a hint of haziness from the wheat presence. The ale poured with moderate carbonation, leaving a small ring around the glass, but no lace.

Smell: The ale has a definitive aroma of wheat. There are also orange peel and yeast notes.

Taste: The ale's wheat character gives it a smooth, well-balanced flavor. Underlying the wheat is a heavy alcohol presence. While the alcohol makes itself known, it does not overpower the wheat. In terms of spices, I taste peppers, curacao (orange peels) and even some hefeweizen-like esters.

Mouthfeel: The ale's wheat content gives the ale a sweet tinge that sits well on the tongue. The high alcohol is a little troublesome, but it does not sully the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The drinkability is hindered by the abv. Outside of that, the ale is good and makes me wonder if Unibroue can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 01:46:26 | More by akorsak
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue, an awsome brewery and a great beer from them. Pours a hazy golden color. Smells quite sweet. Taste is quite sweet but not sickly sweet, an odd yogurty taste with a bit of yeasty flavor too. Very drinkable, it's a bit powerful but this is another winner from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 03:07:18 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian, not a beer. Don De Dieu, beer, not funny, and hard to say.

The pour is a pilsner lemony yellow color with very good clarity and amber carbonation in the bubbles. The foam on top shows but also activity in the beer itself. The egg-white foam lasted through out the tasting as left decent lacing.

The smell is noticeable with Belgium sweet malts and a yeast strain to kick. A strong candi note is very pronounced. There also is a bit of a fruity note that is more lemon citrus but some apple tart as well. Not much on the spice overtones.

The taste is really bubbly from high carbonation. The first real taste I get is a very smooth and sweet malt. This is a combo of the Belgium and clear candi. The fruity taste becomes more noticeable then the nose would indicate with the apple notes coming up more. A good tartness but finishes with a citrus bite at the end. The ABV phenols tastes are remarkable missing but the aftertaste has definite glows to let you know its still there.

The body is hard to trace but about the mid range. The carbonation is way too high for this and kind of masks some of the really good flavors out there. Overall this is a good beer but just like Cannonball Run, could be better.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:27:08 | More by Oxymoron
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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't mean to sound like a Unibroue groupie, but they make some of the best beers I've had. Don de Dieu does not disappoint!

This one was dated best before 28-06-07. Poured out in a tulip glass it left a very thick foam of tiny, sparkling bubbles, lots of air pockets, with a beautiful golden orange, reflective bottom. Tiny trace of sediments visible in the bottom. A small group of sediments on top of my foam too, speckled brown powder, reminded me of cinnamon. Warm and inviting apperance.

Aroma was both heavy on the fruits and the malts. Berries and peaches, some yeast presence, and spicy/peppery notes linger in the background. Warm alcohol in the nose, too.

Initial taste is very cider-like with noticeable carbonation and a dry finish. Taste is of lemons and berries, some white grapes, with a very slick and pleasant mouthfeel. Spicy hops and a slightly peppery aftertaste. This one is a true treat to drink, SO refreshing with a nice, light body.

This review is done, and so is my beer. Highly recommended, and I'll definitely return for this one again and again. Santé!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 01:58:27 | More by nouseforotacon
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 2,302 ratings.