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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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2,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 1,213
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 104
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
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 abcsofbeer


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

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).

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


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

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.


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


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -6%

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.

03-29-2006 01:48:07 | More by Byeast
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3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

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

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

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.


03-24-2006 02:34:12 | More by fingolfin72
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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

3.9/5  rDev -6%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-06-2006 01:46:26 | More by akorsak
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

03-03-2006 03:07:18 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

02-27-2006 02:27:08 | More by Oxymoron
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

02-27-2006 01:58:27 | More by nouseforotacon
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

had this in a tahoe, a few weeks back and just found the napkin i wrote the reveiew on.

appearance: the head is gone so fast, never seen a beer with so little head as this beer. And yet there is still lot's of carbination. light orange color

smell: peaches and pears

taste:more peaches and pears and nice blend of dry/sweet. That said a hair one-dimesinal
mouthfeel:drinks light
drinkability: quite high actually, pretty easy drinker.

A nice beer, but that said, not quite as awsome as some other Unibroue beers. Fun, in a simple kind of way.

02-26-2006 23:33:38 | More by pjwilson
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Best by 11-30-07, Poured into a Unibroue Trois Pistoles glass, nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, big white foamy head which lasts a few mintues, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of yeast, citrus, and some spices.

T - The taste if tangy, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation on the tongue. A very nice well rounded brew.

D - Very drinkable. Will definitely buy again.

02-26-2006 19:29:01 | More by Wasatch
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Very fruity aromas. Pours a nice thick head that lingers in the glass and leaves nice lacing. This brew has a higher alcohol content which is slightly present in the smell and the taste.

The color is a yellow-orange and slightly cloudy. I recommend this brew to anyone wanting to try something different and new.

02-26-2006 15:58:03 | More by greenjeff4141
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

2/14/99, 750 ml bottle with cork and cap, 6.99 at the local Bevmo. “Best by” date is 6/29/08; cork reads 0502. Pours a cloudy golden color, about a 3/4” white head. Beautiful smell, yeasty and dry, but with some citrus notes, grass, graperfruit. Tastes incredible, dry and subtle but very complex – bread, hard water, cloves, champagne. Lots of carbonation right to the end of the bottle; that and the buttery finish belie the 9% abv. This is a great tasting beer that gets more interesting as it warms a little, revealing oak and walnut notes.

02-22-2006 04:39:40 | More by hamletmachine72
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle - the cork seemed stuck and I noticed a bit of 'sludge' around bottle lip. Was worried about it being bad...

...but it wasn't (thankfully)!

A: A nice blonde, clear and with a frothy white head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Delicious spiciness. Mildly sweet and citrus.

T & M: Nice textured flavors. Nothing overpowering but hints of orange & lemon, clove, bread. Somewhat sour at the start - mellow finish.

D: Absolutely want this beer again. Got nicer the warmer it became. Very little of the alcohol strength came through - just a well-made tasty beer. Both my wife & I approve!

02-21-2006 18:02:54 | More by msubulldog25
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

750ml corked bottle, pours light and golden with lots of carbonation. Nice white head with a bit of lacing. Stong vanilla and ester smell, tons of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel hides the 9% alchohol very well. There is a bit of spice on the tip and a slightly Belgium sour aftertaste but generally very smooth from front to back. Made with wheat so flavor is much like a wit beer but much more potent and complex. For a strong beer this is really nice to drink, smooth yet full of complex flavors. Another awesome beer from Unibroue.

02-20-2006 05:37:12 | More by kgotcher
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a 12 ozer into an Arby's Christmas Collection glass, because I realize Arby's is synonymous with Belgium/Canada on many different levels. Pour is hopeful with a nice white head, but pulls a Saint Arnold's fizzy soda dance and eventually recedes to the side of the glass. The beer itself offers a hazy and vaguely translucent orange with a few streams of carbonation to keep me interested.

Smell is very close to a mix Pineapple-Orange and subtle alcohol.

I decided to leave the yeast in the glass for this one, and I think I like it better this way. Taste is very close to what the smell promises, but a lot more subtle. Can't believe this is 9%. Citrus sweetness on the edges of the tongue while the mild carbonation hits the middle. I almost feel bad for calling this a lawnmower beer, but it would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel is good, mentioned the carbonation earlier and it's not too sweet. I kind of expected this to be syrupy but it's very drinkable. Only downside for me is it kind of sits in my stomach, but at 9% maybe it's better to keep this one a sipper.

Maybe not the best of Unibroue's lineup, but it is a solid contender. Triple wheat indeed.

02-20-2006 00:48:29 | More by jwff
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

pours a hazy straw color with a efervescent (sp??) white head & body. Minimal lacing and head retention

Smell: Some spice and alcohol

Taste: Apple like tastes combine with yeast & alcohol. Dry plummy finish

MF: Syruppy but well balanced good carbonation levels

Drinkable but not moreish. two would by my max, really feel the abv. Not my cup of tea, but representative of its style. Belgian beer freaks will enjoy this

02-19-2006 03:26:29 | More by russpowell
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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