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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,353 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 1,213
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 156 | 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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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

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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pjwilson

California

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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Wasatch

Utah

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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greenjeff4141

Florida

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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hamletmachine72

California

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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msubulldog25

Oregon

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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kgotcher

Colorado

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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jwff

Alaska

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Corked and caged 750mL. Light haze in a golden straw coloured beer with a fluffy, bright white head. Minimal lace and the foam reduced quickly to a thin wisp. Sweet malt aroma with a great combination of lemon, bready yeast, light spice and alcohol. Bready sweet with mild bitterness to start, followed by citrus fruit (mostly lemon). Sweetness increases towards the end and it finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth and spice. Medium/high carbonation, medium bodied with some creaminess. Alcohol is a bit drying and there's light slickness. Great balance between malt, alcohol, and spice. Easy to drink given the high abv.

02-17-2006 02:46:50 | More by DrJay
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snilsen13

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

It pours yellow orange with a quick to fizz away white head. Looks a little cloudy. The high point is the smell: raspberries and citrus dominate with a muskiness beneath. The taste is very mild fruity emphasizes berries and ends with the warmth of the alcohol. THe aftertaste is nearly absent, pretty smooth. Mouthfeel is fair, seems a little flat as time passes on, but a drinkable brew nonetheless. I would reinvest my money for that smell. It could be a good summer evening drink.

02-09-2006 02:51:05 | More by snilsen13
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

This Unibroue product grows on you, real fast, an exellent sipping brew.
A clear yellow in colour with a two finger crown leading to a thick glass cling with a wafer thick island.
The body is a medium +.
Carbonation is light.
The nose is of apricot.
The taste is a variety of fruits, primarily apricot>orange>yeast, not overpowering, just refreshing.
Well done.

02-04-2006 23:06:55 | More by Shiloh
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

(05-02) Pours out into my tulip a mostly clear color of appple cider with a siignificant orange tinge - apricot and tangerine juice? A fizzy belgian-style head rizes up, pure white and cola-looking, and hangs out for a minute before dissappearing almost completely, to my dissappointment. Lots and lots of rising bubble streams try to refill the head but don't quite make it.

The scent is oh-so-Belgian and oh-so-Unibroue - I LOVE the yeast they use! It's so deliciously multi-flavored - nut, bread, fruit, earth, honey. The scent is all yeast and gets the mouth watering for the flavor...

Oh, my, what flavor! This gets so nice as it warms up! be sure to drink this at the proper temperature. There are significant notes of apricot and peach, soft and sugary fruits on the tip of the tongue, with a gorgeous fruity-bready yeast middle and a small perky fizz on the back of the tongue that isn't bitter whatsoever but balances out the delicious flavors on the front. Damn, this is good! The more I sip and savor it, the more delicious it tastes. Significant apricot flavors are well-balanced and.. well... Pretty much perfect!

Slightly fizzy carbonation for an instant, then suddenly it becomes smooth, very creamy, with a slight balancing tang. Feels very good in the mouth, leaving behind a wonderfullly unobtrusive aftertaste/afterfeel that lingers the final flavors on the back of the tongue.

You know, after drinking this, I've come to the conclusion that Unibroue is absolutely my favorite brewer of Belgian-style ales. Every single one I've had is wonderful.

02-04-2006 05:39:09 | More by Tupperwolf
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a snow-white head, looks good at first but settles to a weak head too soon. Beautiful clear golden color with a slight haze...reminds me of mead in a way.

Smell is absolutely pleasant, some pear, white grape, spice, inviting alcohol, various citrus, even a black licorice hint in the background.

Tastes like it smells basically, maybe just a little too sharp on the spice and not bold enough with the fruity elements. But it doesn't disappoint, every sip is a good one. Somewhat thinner mouthfeel for the style and alcohol content, tingly, alive with carbonation.

At 9%, it's good for sipping. There are better Belgian and Belgian-style ales of similar profile, but Unibroue gets close enough once again.

02-03-2006 22:27:11 | More by Metalmonk
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a half-inch head of active white beads at first pour. There are many bubbles rising to maintain at least a 1/8" head for quite some time.

Aroma: Bready yeast and citrus are the most noticeable aspects of the aroma at first. The citrus has a real orange-lemon presence. There is a little bit of spiciness lurking somewhere in there that I think is a mixture of hops and a contribution from the alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is really bready also. If you stretch it, it almost tastes a bit like those little white lemon cookies that you find for 50 cents at a convenience store. The flavor is pretty sweet and malt balanced the entire time. There is a lot of carbonation, so the middle of the profile is a bit hard to discern, but the finish is definitely dry and well attenuated. As the beer warms up some, there is a noticeable spiciness coming out to be a much bigger player in the flavor profile.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer! I don't really know where the distinction between a Strong Pale and a Tripel are...but this one walks the line. I would guess that since the alcohol is "only" 9%, that is what makes this Pale.

01-31-2006 23:08:44 | More by SkeeterHawk
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Clear with golden color, can see some light yeast sediment swirling in the glass. The aroma is really good, kind of Belgiany with the Unibroue yeast. I think they use the same yeast for many of their beers (Don de Dieu, La Fin Du Monde, Maudite, Trois Pistoles, etc).

This stuff is awesome. Flavor is fruity and yeasty, but not too agressive. Likewise it's not too strong in alcohol so you can drink several in a row.

One of the best.

01-28-2006 16:33:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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skillerified

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Very dark (for a pale ale) golden-yellow orangish color. About a finger head that faded quickly leaving a nice little cap and big sheets of lacing. Little hazy with some visible yeast.

Fruity and flowery scents hit the nose first. It's banana and citrus on the fruit side. A delicious spicy caramel yeast smell hits on the second whiff. Not getting much beyond that, but this is a delicious and well-balanced bouquet.

Caramel, spices, and maybe a little fruity banana on the first sip. Really nice. The spiciness seems to be growing with each sip. There's definitely a well rounded malt characteristic here too.

Smooth and creamy. Thick textured. Very nice mouthfeel. That jumped out at me before the actual flavor of the beer. Long finish too. A little on the sweet side, but that seems okay with this beer.

This is really nice. I'm really diggin' the spiciness of this brew. Maybe it just fits well for tonight, but I like this one a lot.

01-27-2006 09:21:12 | More by skillerified
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geetlord

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer poured a cloudy golden brown full of yeast with a tall foamy head. It smelled of fresh berries and slightly yeasty. The taste was sweet, fruity, mildly spicy, a little bitter and alcoholic but not unpleasantly so. It was thick and smooth, almost creamy. Overall I felt that it was a good somewhat sweet and full bodied beer.

01-25-2006 02:33:32 | More by geetlord
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -24.1%

Don de Dieu is the favorite unibroue of several of my friends, I find it to be a bit too spicy and not heavy enough to sustain itself. The beer pours a wheat color and gives of strong hints of both citrus and coriander. It drinks relatively light; however, the taste is confusing and does not seem to have the cohesiveness of several other unibroue offerings.

01-23-2006 00:49:40 | More by chugamugofsud
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of fizzy white head that vanishes almost immediately, no real lacing. Nose is candi sugar, apricot, and slightly spicey yeast. Taste is nice and yeasty, a slightly sweet candi sugared malt, plenty of fruit--tangerine, banana, apricot, pear, orange; and some coriander spiciness. Full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a smooth dry feel. This is a pretty good beer, but not even close to La Fin du Monde, the same style from the same brewery, which I think I'll stick with.

01-22-2006 03:33:55 | More by cubedbee
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours slightly hazy golden-yellow with an impressive creamy head.

Aroma is citrusy with a nice yeasty spiciness.

Taste is malty sweetness competing with the citrus flavor. A touch of vanilla and fruit. Cloves take up the finish. Very smooth and tasty. Alcohol flavor is definitely there, but it seems to complement the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is rather light.

I found this brew to be very enjoyable and easy to drink (especially for the high ABV).

01-18-2006 23:00:28 | More by Blakaeris
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Presented in a 12oz, foil-wrapped bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color topped by a pretty, 2-finger white head that dissipates a bit too quickly. Beautiful, clean aroma of Belgian yeast, wheat, light citrus, and some piney hops. Palate is intriguing - light sweet malt, some wheat, citrus tang, and a touch of astringency. Some piney Euro hops come through on the finish. Body is a bit too foamy, but still holds the flavor well. A bit lighter than some of the other Unibroue offerings, and very drinkable.

01-17-2006 05:44:17 | More by ElGordo
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nathanho

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

750 ML bottle. Opened slowly, left to sit a few minutes. 2 fingers of creamy champagne head. Cloudy golden honey color. Lots of carbonation. Head flattens out and displays wonderful whorls when left to sit and then sipped.

Smells like coriander and light alcohol. Tastes of apple, coriander, honey, yeast. Mouthfeel very smooth and slightly astringent.

Compares well with Duvel...I think this one is more drinkable for me right now. I like this beer better than Duvel, but will give Duvel another try...I think I had a bad open and pour with it...blahblahblah.

01-12-2006 03:01:41 | More by nathanho
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance- Poured only a sparse head that went away to nothing, not even leaving a film. Only a bubble or two of lace. Had an appealing hazy golden, straw color.

Smell- Smelled of yeast, a little candi sugar and malt.

Tatse- Reminded me of hay, very earthy mix of malts and light hops. Tried to swirl the brew around and open up a few more flavors, but to no avail.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but a good kind of dry. A slightly muddy palate that reminded me of gardening.

01-11-2006 19:48:57 | More by scruffwhor
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

750 mL corked and caged. Golden with a massive snow white head that started to get out of control -- sipped some foam before analyzing! Nose is yeasty apples, lemons and pepper. Taste is much of the same: lots of appley white grape flavors with a lemony white pepper finish. Dry and very light bodied for such a strong abv. Mystifying stylistically. Quite a thirst-quencher considering its abv. Not my favorite from Unibroue, but definitely a choice offering.

01-05-2006 04:26:09 | More by orfeu
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.