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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,374 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 106
Gots: 161 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 jmz62565
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with a giant foamy head. The smell has lemon, coriander,pepper, and bananas. The aromas were good,but not as strong as I would have hoped. The taste has a creamy.rich mouthfeel that is very good. The taste is much like a Belgian, lemon citrus,floral,clove, bananas, coriander and pepper. The taste is very good with the alcohol hidden very well. This is a very good beer from a brewer who I'm starting to enjoy more and more.

jmz62565, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of oelergud
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Translucent sun golden body with lots of carbonation. White creamy tine bubbled head, low retention and lace.
Strong spiced sweet strong malt with almond and banana.
Taste is sweet almond as well with some citric hop flavors carrying through into the aftertaste.
Medium to full body, buttery and slick with good coating. Finishes slightly dry.
Decent drinkability for just one glass though lacking something more.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a three finger plus head that receded to surface skim, left no lacing. Body was a cloudy orange yellow.

Smell - esters and phenols, bananas.

Taste - same as the smell. Bananas and spices. Alcohol warmth lends spice, not harshness.

Mouthfeel - halfway between full and thin, very fluid, slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is very good, and goes down well. I like this a lot, but high abv limits this to one in a given session, maybe even the only thing you sip that session.

ultralarry2006, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's color is a hazy orange, huge, awesome off-white head you expect from a Belgian style beer.

The aroma is like fresh lemon grass, a citrus perfume, as well as sweet and syrupy from the malt and yeast. Delicious.

I found many levels to the taste of this beer. It starts out a lot like a witbier or saison, very spicy, of coriander and pepper, but with a lemon and other citrus-like characteristics. Then comes some tart, fruity flavors like apricot and maybe a little peach or nectarine, I thought of green grapes as well. By this time the spiciness really starts dying down, and even some apple and pear comes through. With all of this going on there are some relatively powerful, fresh floral hops always there, they even get a little musty and dank in the finish.

The mouthfeel is tangy, it has a spicy and zesty zip to it, but not in a way that keeps it from being smooth.

It's hard to even tell there is more alcohol in this than an average 5% beer, it is dangerously and delightfully drinkable. Just plain a great beer. I loved how all of the flavors melded so well.

dfried, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Unibroue Don de Dieu pours out a slightly hazy yellow color topped with a large, white head. Delicious aroma of bananas and peppery spices. Lots of malt and yeast in the flavor. Peppery spiciness. Finishes with vanilla and more spices. The 9% alcohol is very well hidden. Carbonation is a little high. Great drinkability. Unibroue makes great Belgian style beers, especially the pale beers. Don de Dieu is a fine example.

beveragecaptain, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured an orangish gold with a towering, foamy white head that quickly settled into a thick, well-retained lace.
The smell was of orange peel, fruity esters and a touch of yeast and alcohol.
The taste reminded me of a Duvel with some orange added to it. Very delicious. The fruity flavors and malt hid the alcohol taste to the end.
The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with a warming alcohol finish.
This is a great "sipping" beer.
I enjoyed it last night as a nightcap - wishing I had some good chocolate to accompany it - and was in beer heaven!

jwc215, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of ColForbin
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Don De Dieu I am drinking is from a 12oz bottle with a best before date of 2/15/09. It pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a thick white head.

Aroma is spicy with lots of coriander, some clove, and some orange peel. Basically an amped up Blanche de Chambly. Taste is more coriander, with some Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Finish is orange peel, clove and pepper. It is billed as a triple white ale on the four-pack holder, and that is pretty much exactly what it tastes like.

Highly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel for the strength. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol. A very drinkable beer, maybe a bit too spicy to have several.

Yet another fine offering from Unibroue. Doesn't quite match up to La Fin du Monde or the amazing Trois Pistoles, but tasty nonetheless.

ColForbin, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Torch
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not impressed with the appearance at all. Pretty at the pour and then the thin white head quickly disappears.

S - Good smell considering how lightly hopped this beer is and how much I enjoy the smell of hops!

T - Average taste. I must say though that the alcohol is well hidden in this beer. You can sense the alcohol, but not 9% worth of it.

M - Good mouthfeel. Not to bubbly or creamy. Again, the ABV content is well hidden in the mouthfeel.

D - Good, especially considering the alcoholic strength of this brew.

Torch, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head in the beginning but it fades quickly. No lace whatsoever. The color is a cross between amber and gold. While not as cloudy as other Uniboue's, it's still true to form for a Belgian ale.

Vanilla ice cream is the first aroma note I detect. Maple syrup comes next but lightly. Smells like a dessert beer.

Maple syrup sweetness comes through in the flavor. The alcohol presense is felt with the warming sensation in the belly. No bitterness counterpoint, which I yearn for as a hop head. The aftertaste quickly fades.

This is an interesting beer but a little sweet for my palate. I don't consider this up to the superior standards of Unibroue's other offerings.

smcolw, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. This was my first Unibroue experience and will certainly not be my last. This poured a gorgeous hazy golden-orange color with a nice white head that forms a kickass dome. Good lacing. The smell is definately belgian. Nice and sweet. Clove and banana are there but even more so in the taste. Yeasty goodness. The mouthfeel was almost creamy, but prickly from the carbonation. I can't believe this is a 9% alcohol beer. You can't taste it. It definately hits you like a strong beligian pale but goes down more like a smooth wheat beer. An incredible drinking experience.

kbnooshay, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden yellow in color that poured a small fuzzy head that you could watch disappear in a few seconds.
Smell: Light and sweet with a peppery yeast aroma. Fruit notes of apple and apricot.
Taste: Sweet with some alcohol notes, but not overpowering. Quite peppery, but otherwise very well balanced. Fruit flavors of apricot, apple and lemon rind fade as the pepper bitterness attacks the palate. Some herbal notes in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly.
Drinkability: Great to drink and it seems to release another quality after every sip.

Schwarzbart, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from at 12 ounce bottle into a clear 12 ounce beer mug. This beer pours a very cloudy somewhat dark golden color. Unfortunately not much of a head to speak of and very poor head retention. Nice funky aromas of citrus,malt, fruit and a touch of spice make up an excellent smell. A sweet taste of fruit, wheat, malt and a bit of alcohol. I am surprsied the taste of alcohol is more present than it is considering this beer's 9% ABV content. A smooth yet crisp and frothy mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Surprisingly I find this very complex beer to be highly drinkable as it goes down very easy. The 9% ABV content would make this beer a difficult one to be a session beer for me though. This is the one and only small drawback though. An excellent Belgian style beer indeed. Almost as good as a lot of actual belgian ales I have had the pleasure of drinking.

Eric

neenerzig, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 4.6.06

A pale golden yellow, clear and bright resides below a fizzy head of tight bubbles. The head hangs for a bit, but fades to a lace in a crackly gasp.

The aroma is of the typical Unibroue Belgian style funk. Deeper whiffs as the brew rises to closer and closer to room temp reveal sweet candy sugars.

The taste is sweet malt, nothing overly complex. It has the typical Unibroue strong pale ale flavor as well. Certainly delicious, but not much sets it apart from any other (i.e. - La Fin Du Monde) in their line of beers. Despite it’s 9% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden in a highly carbonated fuzz that tingles the tongue on each sip.

It’s pretty easy to drink considering, but should be moderated as I’m sure the ABV and the bubbles would go right to the skull if proper procedures were not followed.

GolgiIPAratus, May 26, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy, bubbly head that sticks copious lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: Floral citrus, dried pineapple, honeyed candi sugar, white pepper, clove - what a combination

Taste: Starts with a wheaty, yeasty flavor; after the swallow the banana, wheat and candi sugar flavors emerge along with a peppery clove bite

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Overall: While there are a lot of interesting things going on with this beer, I enjoyed smelling it more than drinking it; the overwhelming combination of various sweet flavor sensations is difficult to consume in much quantity

brentk56, May 26, 2006
Photo of kpwill07
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong belgian from Unibroue. Has a golden look to it, lightly cloudy. Decent sized head.

Smells great; spicy, fruity, and I swear I thought I caught some vanilla in there.

T&M: A nice, strong taste, citrus-like spice is dominant. Again, I could swear I tasted a lingering vanilla in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well in my opinion, as it stands at 9% and does not feel that way at all.

Drinkability, I would say is decent, for a beer running at 9.0% ABV. Something about this beer keeps me coming back, but it's hard to put my finger on it.

kpwill07, May 25, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 Fl Oz. (2005) consumed 5/24/06.
AP: Amazingly clear pale gold with a champagne-esque look and big carbonation that creates a soft bubbly all-white head.

Smell: A fruity, yeastie and Wheaty malted scent with some mild citrus currents and an herbalized and spicey hop scent.

Taste: Tangy, tart, sour yeast and fruity hop with wheat flavor that mellows to a velvety subtle vanilla current with a spicey and herbal hop finish.

MF:Highly carbonated (Bottle refermentation)t champagne style.
Crisp, carbonated and pretty refreshing, pops on the palate.

DA: Pretty drinkable, High Alcohol content limits this, but I could easily have one more.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 25, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow with shades of orange. Thick fizzy head appears quickly after pour but dimininshes within seconds. Smells spicy with fruits such as apples, lemon peel and slight notes of bananas. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and crisp. Taste consists of spicy notes (possibly clove) with other fruits to make a very crisp taste. Another great brew from Unibroue.

cjgator3, May 22, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a straw yellow with a white head that fizzles out kind of fast leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is of some fruit with some mild spiciness. I pick up on some citrus like lemon and orange mixed with maybe some apple.

The flavor is estery at first. The flavor basically follows the nose into the apple, orange, and then the lemony fruit carries it nicely into a spiciness that starts with some citrusy spice like coriander that toughens into more of a peppery but subtle flavor. It has a nice fruity afterflavor that coats the mouth nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer in my opinion. I wish I could still get in in my area. I haven't seen it in a while where I live.

Brian700, May 21, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow gold with intense carbonation and monstrosity of a head which dissipates to nothingness in little time. No lacing remains.

S - Fruity, very tart smelling, but not sour, apples and white peach mostly, some coriander and light bodied malt as well.

T - Tart and sweet with an apple (McIntosh) presence, this whole flavor lingers very long. A bit of light malty backbones joins the aftertaste. It isn't very deep though.

M - Carbonation is too high, thick, pretty smooth and very refreshing.

D - Pretty easy to drink. It is way too strong and a bit too sweet for long term consumption. I wouldn't mind enjoying this again, but I would likely choose another Unibroue offering ofer this.

mrasskicktastic, May 21, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- good appearance thinner head, that dissapated quickly, little lacing- had some unknown blackish chunks in it
S- smells excellent, very complex, citrus a lot of different peach, orange, banana- some yeast smell
T- initial two tastes are average, but after it warms a bit, it is very good, very subtle alcohol taste, a lot of banana and orange
M,D- goes down easy

supercolter, May 08, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a sailing vessel on the label.

A: Thin, fizzy head. Dried apricot in color. Hazy.

S: Pie crusts. Cinnamon. Bananna. Clove. A touch of tangerine. Nutmeg.

T: Begins a little toasty. Gives way quickly to jucy fruits. Orange. Lemon. Pear. Apricot. White grapes. Segues into a spice. Some clove or allspice and a bit of pepper, but the spiciness is not overblown. Ends warming with lingering esters.

M: Effervescent carbonation. Nice body. Gives the feeling of being very light and almost like a wheat beer.

Overall: A very nice beer. Great balance of spice and esters combined with a great mouthfeel. Really easy drinker, this one. The flavor is quite bouyant and really evolves not only with each sip but as you finish the bottle. Unlike some beers that develop a flavor that builds to something unbearable by the time you finish, this beer has flavors that compound into some pretty sweet things by the end of the glass. Glad I have more than one bottle.

sevineyes, May 07, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber picked up at Mall Discount liquors for $6.49. Poured in a Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden yellowish color with a one finger fizzy white head with a ton of movement going on in the glass. Love the fizziness coming from the bottom like a geyser. Dissipates quickly leaving no lace.
S: Aromas of spicy and fruity, mostly bananas and orange peels, belgian style notes.
T: Tastes of wheat, spices, bananas, orange peels, etc. Very tasty offering though not a full bodied as la fin du monde. The fizziness kind of takes over and gives off a slightly seltzerish type of flavor. Not extra huge in the flavor department like I was hoping for, but still tasty.
M & D: Stinging carbonation up front on the tip of the tongue. Fizzy mouthfeel with a slight dry wheaty finish on the sides and back of the mouth. Very good offering from Unibroue, but I'm more a fan of la fin du monde, which has more spicyness and flavor, etc. Nice high abv warms the tummy as it goes down. I give two thumbs up for this one. Defiantely drinkable, but there are others out there that are better.

bjohnson, May 06, 2006
Photo of IceAce
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

IceAce, May 04, 2006
Photo of audiojon
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

audiojon, May 04, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

RedHaze, May 01, 2006
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.