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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,418 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,418
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 169 | 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 xav33
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

xav33, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of cardigan
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

cardigan, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells sweet, hints of honey, maybe banana? Hops also present to a small extent. Murky yellow body with thick, but quickly-dissipating head. Sweet with a bit of bitterness to it. Alcohol not as present as in some Unibroues or belgians in general. Very carbonated. Melon/banana/honey flavor dominates with hints of hop on the aftertaste. Not bad, but I definitely would reccomend the Maudite or Fin Du Monde before this one.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice apricot color with a decent head and nice lacing. It has a fruity smell that is sweet and inviting. The taste has a hint of honey. It is very floral and spicy. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. This beer does a great job of hiding its high alcohol content – barely noticeable. This is a delicious beer that I’d consider very drinkable and worthy of pairing with food for a magnificent feast.

barefootbrewer, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of swiftyschlifty
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

out of the unibroue line-up, which i usually love, this was a bit of a dissapointment. maybe it was the fact that I had this during the winter while this was a summer brew, but I felt the don de dieu was way to citric and almost a bit alcoholic. almost an inch of head. golden color which gave it promise. the nose had a clementine or wheat type smell. it was much different on the palate, as the alcohol (9%) came through more than the flavor. it made it a bit difficult to have more than one, rather than an easy drinking beer. the finish was tart, as citric drinks go, rather than a refreshing finish that i enjoy while drinking a tripel. enjoyable, but not desirable.

swiftyschlifty, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy light orange in color..nice head..

S-Very nice...sweet honey, fresh floral hops, green grapes, yeasty

T-Not real complex or full flavored...a mild honey like sweetness along with some yeastiness...a good splash of alchohol adds a spicer characteristic but it doesn't mesh well.

M-Good carbonation...a little gassy but not overdone....medium bodied...

D-This one just doesn't come together nicely for me. It's Ok but but near the bottom of my Unibroue favorites. Won't purchase this again with some many other standout beers available from the U.

ZAP, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color with a rocky white head that sticks well. Nose is of yeast, citrus, spices, and pineapple perhaps. Palate follws this track ... prominent yeast flavors, quite spicy and fruity. Hints of black pepper are here too. Mouthfeel is really quite dry and lively. I enjoy the "burn" in the throat with this one ... more aneffect of the carbonation than of the ABV, I'd wager. All in all, a very good offering from Unibroue ... again. Despite it's high ABV, this is a very drinkable ale. Nice.

beerphilosopher, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of phishgator
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip style glass. The color is of a deep cloudy, golden hue. The large foamy head looks like creamy frosting on top of a cake. The aroma is mixed with honey and floral tones. The taste is big honey and then sweet candy sugar, there is a wheat flavor and sweet fruit. I would say that the flavor is complex at the least. The body is full without being a lead weight. I like to have about two of these in a sitting, after that the sweetiness gets in the way. Another Unibroue offering that is great!

phishgator, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of jhollick
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a deep golden hue with a nice 1" fluffy white head. It had the usual strong effervescence and a good head retention.

Aroma was of sweet Belgian yeast, pepper, ginger, banana, citrus, and clove. That's what my humble nose was able to detect. The body was suprisingly light, and it tingled in the mouth.

The taste...very sweet. The candy flavor is the strong from the yeast and malts, with the fruity, ripened flavors coming shortly behind. The spices come out towards the end. There is a small drying effect from the fermented alcohol. Hop presence is near non-existent, with most of the flavor contrast being provided by the spicier, warmer flavors. Some more banana comes out in the aftertaste; overall a very noticably ripened flavor throughout the beer. The alcohol provides quite a punch, and the high sweetness level would limit my consumption to a single 750mL bottle in an evening.

This is the sweetest Unibroue beer I have come across. This particular one didn't match the complexity of la Maudite or la Fin Du Monde, but there were a lot of mouthwatering tastes in this beer. Very tasty.

jhollick, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of AzAleC
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden, honey like color with loads of white frothy head. Good retention, slight lacing.

S: Bright floral aroma. Champagne like with hints of citrus and pear.

T: Light fruity (pear, apple) taste, very crisp. Buttery and chardonnay like.

M: Extremely carbonated, light crisp and smooth. Like a slightly heavier champagne.

D: Very easy and pleasant to drink, at times I nearly forgot I was drinking a beer. Someone call highlife and tell them that the true champagne of beers has been found.

AzAleC, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy tan-orange hue and massive foam with great sustainability make for an excellent overall appearance. The aroma has a nice mix of citrus, clove spice, banana, and tangy melon, all with a light candy-like sweetness. Initially, the flavor has a rich and bready malt character, with light orange and grapefruit notes and mild spice. The taste quickly starts to take on a sweet corn like flavor toward the finish, however, which detracts a bit from the enjoyment. The alcohol is very well hidden for 9%. Medium body, smooth and lightly creamy on the palate. This beer is pretty decent, it started out great, but I began to tire a bit of the sweet corn finish...

bennetj17, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance disappointed me a bit. Pale, hazy color and a fluffy white head that dissapears into nothing in a matter of minutes.
The smell is much better, though. It really reminds my nose of a Belgian. Light, fruity, some banana flavour. A fun smell. Smells can be fun, can't they?
The taste is really where this beer shines. Very tasty. A fruity/sweet start that settles down into a nice mellow flavour. Plenty of taste to go around, though. Mouthfeel is rather thick, but the carbonation actually serves to smooth things out. Drinkability is quite good.

DaveFL1976, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours golden with little head.

Smell:
It has a pretty standard "Belgian" smell to it. Yeast, banana, earthy notes, and a touch of sour.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
One of the best non-Belgian interpretations of a Belgian I've ever had. It's very true to it's roots. It's a little astringent in the alcohol but for the most part it has a great balance of carbonation, malt, and yeast character. Not quite as full flavored as other Belgians but a good showing none the less.

Drinkability:
I've never called Belgian beer very drinkable. I love to drink it, but a high ABV and the lingering flavors keep me from wanting a lot of it.

Bottom Line:
A good Belgian for this side of the pond. Show our neighbors to the north some love and give this beer a spin.

Grundle20, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a medium copper color, with a fluffy tan head and excellent lacing about the glass. I got plenty of candy sugar in the nose, along wiht alcohol, plenty of yeast and caramel malts. Maybe a bit of sweet fruits, but nothing too strong.
Alcohol, and vanilla seemed to be the most apparent in the taste, with mild hop presence, a little banana and citrus and some caramel malts. The acrid carbonation that hits you at first fades into a semi sweet, semi tart bittersweet feel thats quite enjoyable. I'd say this was medium-bodied and very well-crafted. An excellent example of a Belgian Strong Ale.

sinistrsam, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the last glass of a 750 I have been enjoying tonight.

Appearance: Murky yellow-dark gold color, lots of sediment. Big off-white head fades fast.

Smell: Very yeasty, has that nice Belgian quality to it. Malty and lightly fruity.

Taste: Very cohesive and tasty, a highly enjoyable ale. The flavor starts out smooth, goes pretty sharp, and then fades smoothly. The yeasty, slightly metallic flavors work nicely, although the hops are not very assertive.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot, I really do. Do I think it is as good as when i originally tried it? No. Affordable, Belgian style ale, above average, and very easy to enjoy.

TastyTaste, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of bthompuz
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – straw, a lot of carbonation, thin lacy head that lingers

S – wow, very alcohol forward, fruity, phenolic, great smelling beer, very complicated aroma with a lot of layers

T – it seems like it has some wheat in it, but overall very strong alcohol flavor, particularly as it warms. Drank it out of a pint glass and probably should have put it in a snifter. Strong Belgium yeast flavors, a lot of fruity esthers that is typical of the Unibroue beers. Some green apple flavor and also some clove

M – light mouthfeel, the carbonation level really prevents this beer from seeming too thick

D – it goes down way too easily for a beer this strong. I like many of the Unibroue beers and in my opinion this is probably one of the best.

bthompuz, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For once, I must say that the BA gurus were slightly off; I took the glassware advice of an oversize wineglass for this selection & I’m afraid it killed the head a bit. That aside, it does lace quite nicely & the steady stream of bubbles in pearl necklace patterns shooting up to meet their brethren at the top is mesmerizing. The liquid is a hazy, honey-colored nectar &, when paired with the aforementioned descriptors, more than makes up for the anemic head. The next time I have this beer I’ll be sure to pour it into a slightly smaller vessel. Perhaps a score upgrade will be in order.

Cider, sour cherry, yeast, lavender & a definite alcohol aroma fill the nose setting up what could be a potentially kick-ass quaffing experience.

Before even discussing taste, I can’t help but notice the texture; creamy/feathery on the tongue, so much so that I thought it had evaporated rather than been swallowed. By the time I was able to get over this strange but lovely sensation I was struck by a sour/bitter aftertaste that seemed to owe more to malt than hops. Just ever so slightly unpleasant on this count. Subsequent sips reveal a malt/spice interplay which is interrupted every so often by a faint sweetness (apple-like in nature).

As previously noted, I ADORE the way this feels in my mouth. Creamy but light, active but not overly-carbonated. Outstanding in this area; amongst the best I’ve had.

Although it’s on the strong side (durrr, it’s a Belgian-style!) Don de Dieu is scary drinkable. Be careful or you could have trouble speaking English by the end of the night, let alone French!

malcontent, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a slight amber tint. Not a huge head but a nice film coats the top of the beer and leaves nice films of lacing as you drink. Smell is very spicey and yeasty. Taste is the same. High alcohol is well hidden. Very creamy lively mouthfeel. Just the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish. Overall another winner from Unibroue. Not as good as La Fin or Trois in my book but certainly a nice beer.

beermanbrian, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy yellow to amber with black specks floating to the bottom of the Tulip Glass. Very little suds but nice lacing.
Smell is whear and clove and cinnamon and orange with a nice yeasty aroma almost burning the nose. Beautiful aroma here. Can't smell the alcohol though.
Taste is spicy cotton candy with a clove aftertaste. There is a lot going on here. Very complex. I do get the grapefruit taste coming through.
Mouthfeel is a bit muddy but the warm aftertaste of honey and spices make up for it's shortcomings.
Unibroue is a fantastic brewery with very unique beers. Highly recommended.

peabody, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from a 750 mL bottle a cloudy gold with an apricot hue. A creamy, one-finger head topped the body, with tiny bubbles zooming to the top.

Don de Dieu smells almost like a witbier, with Unibroue's trademark yeast aroma mingling with orange peel and spicy cloves. The spice re-appears in the aftertaste, but this beer starts out with a smooth yeasty taste that gives way to a slightly astringent, dry finish. The spicy aftertaste is accompanied by a pleasant alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this beer is full-bodied and not as carbonated as some other Unibroue offerings, but it seems to work here.

vanrassel, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden haze, not as much head as some other offerings from Unibroue. A little underwhelming.

Kind of a lot going on in the nose, I can't really make out what I think the scents are, besides lots of yeast. Smells like a European hefe, spicy and slightly fruity.

I really enjoy the taste of this beer. For 9%, this one tastes delicious, like a creamy Weihensteph with nearly twice the alcohol.. Estery, more of that fruitiness, very rich flavor.

Not quite as rich and outstanding overall as Fin du Monde, but another great Unibroue.

BretSikkink, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another awesome beer from Unibroue. Once again, though, I am having trouble distinguishing it from the other Unibroue beers. Sure, there are certain unique characteristics to each beer, but the yeast profile is so brilliant that it is hard to tell by taste alone. At least it is not a bad thing, considering how much I love the Unibroue yeast.

The beer pours to a very hazy golden yellow color. Has a decent collar of white foam with a good retention. Lacing is great. Only a few bubbles of carbonation can be seen through the haze.

The smell is good. Smells a bit softer than some of the other Unibroue beers, probably from the significant amount of wheat malt. Only slightly bready, but mostly just fruity esters dominated by banana and clove.

The taste is like bubblegum, banana, and a host of other tropical fruity. Has a very pleasant clove finish. It is probably the least dry of all of the Unibroue beers I've yet tried.

The body is full and creamy. Very little carbonation on the palate, like a real ale. Still feels fairly crisp with a clean finish. Very pleasant, and one of the most drinkable 9% ales out there, in my book.

neonbrown82, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of beals
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plucked a single 12-oz bottle out of a 4-pack to try one out (made a self-sampler of Unibroue beers). Presentation is nice - branded gold foil wrapper, cool label art - only downside is the unexpected screwoff cap.

Poured a pale dirty-yellow, with a white 1/2" head that disappeared rapidly. No lacing to speak of. Strong aroma of floral & citrus: not quite grapefruit, not quite orange. Mouthfeel is sharp, due to a good deal of carbonation that didn't want to come out in the head. The taste starts out spicy, with notes of clove; orange-lemon moves in but is quickly wiped out by an alcoholic rush. Not surprising, given the 9% ABV. Crisp, dry finish with touches of grain.

Definitely not a session beer due to its high alcoholic content, but I like it because it has a crisp, clean finish and isn't overly sweet.

beals, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark orange color out of a 750ml bottle, caged and corked with an expiration date of 2/7/09. The head sizzled up, never gaining much mass, dissipating almost instantly--no lacing, looking completely flat except for a cluster of swirling bubbles in the center.

The aroma offers citrus and yeast, with a pleasnt floral quality. The taste consists of strong orange and citrus flavors, plenty of spicy clove, sweet malt and grain, with a touch of hops, and an intense surge of alcohol.

The mouth is light, yet very complex, a tug of war of citrus and sweetness being pulled on by spice and alcohol. Once warmed up to the alcoholic finish, I found it highly drinkable. I have yet to find a Unibroue beer that I wouldn't drink, and then drink again.

Osiris9588, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a moderate white head. The head didn't last long, although the beer appears to be highly carbonated.

Strong aroma of bubblegum, esters, butter, light toffee and a floral note typical to the Belgian style.

Sweet and grainy flavors up front seem to instantly balance each other out for a very smooth taste. There are big notes of bubblegum and esters. Mild hints of clove, ginger and other spices are also present. There is a buttery, toffee feel in the aftertaste, although not overpowering. A lightly bitter finish leaves the mouth dry. The high alcohol content is barely noticeable, except for the warming that traverses the esophagus.

The very, light syrupy consistency is aggressively carbonated for a pleasant, fizzy mouthfeel. The pleasing palate, coupled with the excellent taste makes for a highly drinkable beverage.

Unibroue has a firm grasp of the Belgian style at a fraction of the cost in the states.

Estarrio, Sep 07, 2006
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,418 ratings.