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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,575
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 126
Gots: 232 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of gory4d
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Portertime
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very smooth pale for its elevated alcohol content. I enjoyed this one chilled in my Duvel bubbler. Poured a brilliant sunset golden color. Nose had a mixture of floral hops and a hint of apple. Taste of tree fruit with a good balance of floral hop flavor and a dry finish. The alcohol warmth is noticable though.

Photo of Hujak22
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from bottle.

A- This poured with a small and quickly dissapating head that ends in a thin halo. Has a gorgeous golden blonde color and is slightly cloudy with a lot of carbonation.

S- I'm picking up hints of apple on top of a hoppy nose that is slightly astringent.

T- Quite fruity on the front with flavors of pear and apple. It feels warm through the sip, then comes back with a hoppy bite. Hoppy and a bit dry on the back, with a clean finish. When getting down the bottom of the glass, the alcohol plays a bigger part in the flavor. Not too complex, but just complex enough to be a very balanced beer.

M- One of the best feeling beers I've had, I can feel light carbonation in the beginning that leads into a smooth and warming sensation throughout the sip. Has a highly dry finish, and is light in body.

D- My first impression was that this could easily be a sessionable beer, due to its light body, great flavor and ability to go down easy. It is deceptive, however; an ABV of 9% makes this a double-edges sword if too many are consumed.

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

a: Clear yellow-gold body, white head fades to a handful of token bubbles.

s: Fruity, spicey, maybe some honey.

t: Light malt profile, honey, semi-sweet fruit, a complex belgian ale to be sure. Reminds me of a VERY dry cider.

m: A light body, exceptional smoothness, refreshing feel, inspite of its high abv and dryness.

d: Wow, why don't i drink this more often? A light and refreshing beer with a complex flavor profile. Wine-like. Good stuff.

Photo of botham
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours an apricot orange color with a golden tint, and two fingers of off white tight head that takes a few minutes to subside and leaves no lacings. wonderfully hazy.

aroma is very fruity, with fruit notes of apple, citrus, and a touch of white grape. a yeasty background with a hint of a tart spicyness rounds out the profile.

taste is fruity, with apricot, apple, citrus, and munich malts making up the main profile, with a finish of yeast and alcohol. rather clean on the finish for the flavors present.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate bite from CO2 and a mild alcoholic warming character on the way down. otherwise the alcohol is well masked.

drinkablility is good. this is a full flavored belgian style brew with a sizable alcohol tag. overall a great one to enjoy over a half an hour or so. warming it a bit will prove to make this one come alive. cheers!

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

A friend of mine who isn't really a beer connoisseur recommended this beer to me after I turned him on to Belgian Trippels. Being that this friend's idea of a good beer is Corona, I reluctantly purchased a 4-pack on my latest trip to my favorite beer store. It's been sitting in my fridge for the past two weeks, waiting for me to get "desperate" enough to drink it. I'm sorry I waited so long. The smell is sweet and enjoyable. I poured it into my favorite Leffe ale glass and boy was I surprised. The taste is sweet and the high alcohol content is barely noticeable. I have another friend who is as big of a fan of Belgium Trippels as I am and I can't wait to share some with him. I would highly recommend this beverage. Well done, especially for a Canadian brewer.

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

I don't think this one should be classified as a "Blegian Strong Pale Ale" and is more closely related to a wheat. A wheat ale with loads of alcohol!

Great, hazy golden color. Very nice for a wheat. Strong yeast scent with hints of wheat malt, spice and orange peel.

Delicious. Simply put, this beer is outstanding. Good carbonation, great flavor, a must try for wheat beer enthusiasts.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had been languishing in my fridge for a bit, and i regret that I'd overlooked it. It is spicey, full-bodied, tripel-like, and pretty good, despite the unknown age of this particular example.

Appearance wasn't great. There was a lot of Sprite/7-Up looking head initially, which quickly faded to a scummy coating. Aroma is quite spicey, like clove and coriander. Flavor is a bit over-sweet, but offers nice spiciness and some zesty citrusness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I believe I bought this bottle on New Year's Day at Koppa's Food on Farwell Ave in Milwaukee (across from Comet Cafe).

Photo of RickSawyer
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey maple amber with a big pillowy head. Head quielty recedes to a simple ring. Smell is big fresh pears, green apples, white bread, honey, and some floral fruit (mango / papaya) finish. Taste is apple, a bit of green grape, overly ripe pear, honey wheat and that wonderful unibroue belgian yeast spotted with some spicy alcohol finish that warms the stomach. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and champaignesque. Very nice.

Photo of ROMER79
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to the Unibroue glass this beer poured a murky gold with a frothy three finger head. It had aromas of citrus, hops, and honey. Grapefruit, citrus, honey, hops, wheat, and orange were all present in the taste. It had a good mouthfeel and it was refreshing, but I had to sip this guy to enjoy it.

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

Had this one from a 12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip glass...

A= This brew pours a slighly pale orange color with a fine white head of 1/2 inch. The head eventually settles to a skim, but the super high active carbonation kept it alive throughout. A bit of yeast cloud moved throughout the glass. No lacing to speak of...

S= There is a lot going on in the nose. The top three aromas I get are dried fruits, "old" yeast, and alcohol.

T= This beer is truly exceptional. There is a heady sweetness of dried and candied fruits, chalky yeastiness, and a warming alcohol finish. The maltiness is way in front of seemingly absent hops (right on for the style).

MF= This ale is thick feeling, with a heavy-ish body. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of some Belgian style barleywines I have had. The finish is surprisingly dry considering the sweetness up front.

D= This is an outstanding ale and I highly recommend it as a great tasting sipper for after dinner!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before 2/15/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. It smells like peppery spice, pineapple, yeast and citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, it starts off fruity but has a bitter and spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium with above average zippy carbonation. Drinkability is good, even with the higher carbonation the beer goes down smooth and it's not hard to drink at all. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, I'd pick it up again.

Photo of JJJ22
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian ale glass.

Appearance: Golden, bordering on amber. Very slight chill haze. Beautiful white head that quickly drops from 2" to 1/2".

Aroma: Yeasty, followed by strong, but not unpleasant pineapple. Very, very slight hint of sulfur.

Taste: Peppery carbonation. Citrus and pineapple, with a hint of alcohol bite and a light tartness that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lightly chewy. Just right.

Drinkability: I could easily drink 3 or 4 of these. Only downside is at 9%, it'd be hard to do anything else afterwards.

Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold, very slight haze, thin layer of white foam that quickly dissipates to nothing

Aroma: canned pineapple, honey, malt, alcohol

Flavor: lagery malt profile with a mellow sweetness; hints of pineapple, sultanas, nutmeg, and mead; finishes semisweet with a papery aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Other comments: I haven't had a Unibroue beer in a long time (since I left the US in 2003). Really liked this brewery then, still do, but this beer was somewhat disappointed in that it didn't blow my socks off.

Photo of GRPunk
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- The beer poured a bright golden color with a 1-1/2 finger fluffy white head. There was plenty of carbonation and large sediments floating in the beer. With a gentle swirl, a trickle of brown yeast poured onto the head.

S- It had sweet candy smell with hints of Granny Smith apples and other fruity yeast accents.

T- There were more suggestions of green apple in the flavor. The somewhat sour flavor really dries the finish.

M- It was a little chewy, had a lot of carbonation, and a dry mouthfeel.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker considering the high ABV.

Overall- Don de Dieu is a great example of the style. I'd drink it again.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little less "active" looking than other Unibroue beers, but still pretty impressive.

Has a mostly fruity smell and taste, with some tame spices floating around there.

Dominant flavor I noticed was banana, but there are a lot of underlying flavors as well. Some spices, and a herbal leaf like taste accompany the fruits, and there are some sweet caramels and honeys as well.

This one is oh so smooth, almost creamy feeling. The alcohol is noticeable, but so clean that it just adds a general warmth.

Not their best beer, but very solid.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellowy orange color with lots of foamy white head and some lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with a little bit of fruit and slight alcohol.

A little malty up front, followed by some fruitiness. Next is a pepper yeast. Finishes with an alcohol warmness. Very good for a 9% ABV.

Good mouth feel. Thick enough to do the strong flavor and alcohol justice.

Very drinkable. For a 9% Belgian Pale it is exceptional. I could drink this all night, and not realize what I was doing until I was wasted. Good Stuff.

I love Unibroue stuff, for the price it cannot be beaten, and Don De Deiu is no exception.

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

This is a really nice, strong Belgian pale ale that was quite refreshing (especially for my friend) after a more "out there" beer that kind of put him off a little. I didn't enjoy it much as some of the more widely available Unibroues (Trois Pistoles, Maudite, and Fin du Monde) but it was extremely drinkable for the ABV, quite refreshing, quite highly carbonated, and dominated by the classic Unibroue yeast, light fruity notes, some sugary malts, and a bit of a spicy hop backbone. Wish this were available regularly in Ontario!

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a big, fine white head that settles to a thin cap and leaves some splotchy lacing. Slightly light in the nose, but with aromas of orange juice, banana, and maybe a hint of clove. Juicy and bright. Taste is somewhat similar in that it is also quite juicy, a bit sweet and tangy, and echoes the aromas of the orange and banana. Perhaps pineapple as well. A touch of light spice, mostly clove and coriander as well. Thinner in mouthfeel than some other quality Belgian Strong Pales. The body is not quite mouthcoating like some, but it also lacks that crisp zing that soem have that cut through that. This one comes off very slightly sticky. Still, quite tasty and one of the better Unibroues in my opinion. Not at all unhappy about having bought a four pack.

Photo of jonworth
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

High, dense head that dissipates quickly leaving very minute traces of lacing. Opaque amber body, yet very little yeast residue despite being bottle conditioned. Citrus and floral on the nose, strong citrus punch on the tongue. ABV (9%) well-concealed in this one, very pleasant--easy to overdo! This is one of my favorites, a leader of the pack, which I cannot recommend highly enough.

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

Poured into chalice with very lively carbonation, gorgeous foamy two-finger head, moderate retention. Lively,fruity, brut champange-like on the nose. Tart citrus notes, yeasts,apples, ethers, slight alcohol on the nose. Taste is very appley(if thats a word)fruity, delicious. Damn good!. Medium mouthfeel, not too sweet, not alot of candi sugars to be found here. Seriously if you want a nice tart glass of champagne to begin your evening, consider this instead. The nose is slightly watery, but excellent flavor, mouthfeel, and drinkability make this a highly recommended BSPA.

Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed yellow-gold with vigorous carbonation creating a large, crackling white head that remains a nice quarter-inch topping. Aromas of dough, vanilla, and a ripe fruit sweetness...uncomplicated but very nice. Creamy, tart fruity flavors and dry yeast. Plenty of citrus sweetness. Smooth, coating mouthfeel with a gentle, prickly carbonation.

Overall, not very complicated and this isn't a bad thing at all, because what it does, it does very well. Dangerous too, I could easily kill a 4-pack and probably regret it in the morning. Excellent.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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