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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 181 | 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 TheSarge
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notably malt strong when compared to other brews I’ve tried from Unibroue. However, there is the wheaty and doughy aroma that is very common in these brews. Very cloudy and produces a good head that dissipates quickly into fine lacing. Tastes very unique and is a bit complex. I find hints of doughy bread, but also a Juicy Fruit type of flavor. Feels kind of syrupy and finishes warm.

TheSarge, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice on the noste- appearance is of apple juice color. Carbonation is more subdued than other Unibroue offerings like La Fin du Monde. Taste- apple, spicy with the classic unibroue yeast flavour. A solid offering from Unibroue, just not quite up there with there flag ships like La Fin Du Monde.

oakbluff, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden body with a off white head.
S- Light spices like cloves come through the wheat and yeast. Hint of some malts. Strong wheat aroma though.
T- Big wheat flavor. Spices come through with a bit of a bread also. Nice calm warming in the back of throat from the alcohol. It is kind of like a calm wheat wine. Not as harsh as usual but still that big strong wheat flavor.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D-It is my favorite Unibroue (that I have tried). It is what I could see a aged wheat wine taste like. Just a tad bit weaker.

BlindPig, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale golden yelleow with a modest white head that dissipates slowly leaving a frothy cap.

A citrus orange aroma greets the nose before getting close to it. Closer inspection shows apple as well.

Taste is marvelous, not overly complex, just a smooth mellow totally enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is very nice with good carbonation that makes it a joy.

Drinkability is so good I wish I had more than this one sample.

techdiver, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking, golden hazy beer with a yeast sediment on the bottom that I did not add to the mix. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, makes a foamy white head that lives some lacing on its way out.
Very rich, sweet smell with mostly oranges but a mixture of other fruits is also noticeable, along with breads and a smell I tend to relate to "yeast-heavy" beers.
Taste is also very good, pleasant sweetness with hints of oranges, malts, bread and the same yeast, even though I did not mix the bottom of the bottle.
Full-bodied, a bit to sweet to have more than one at a time, but certainly worthy to have it multiple times.
Another great Unibroue offering.

brdc, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don De Dieu. Don De Dieu. Just love saying the name. Anyway, this is a pleasurable ale, balanced quite nicely and to be enjoyed at any occassion or just while watching your UCONN Huskies at home. Hold it up to the light and see the golden hue. Like pineapple juice. No, like the gold found in the colors of the St. Louis Rams. Ok, I digress. It's a lovely colored golden yellow. Cloudy from the abundant yeast, but pleasant to the view. This is also a beer bursting with aroma. Very easy to note citrus flavors ranging from clementines and tangerines to apricots and sweet raisons and then to lemons. Yeasty too, giving it a slightly bisquity mouthfeel and clouding the clarity. Bottom line; it works. Bubbly and noisy head, like the "snaps" fireworks from when you were a kid and then, just as quickly, it disappears in my tulip glass. No lace whatsoever. Light mouthfeel, particularly at the start and then the explosion of fruit and then just as quickly, gone. This is one to revisit during the spring (moreso than when it's 7 degrees outside like now in Connecticut) or summer. Buy it and embrace it's flavor.

jim102864, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque, bright hazy orange color. Head is very thick on pour, brilliant white. Head goes away at the part of the glass where I'm drinking. Very little lacing.

S - Smell is very sweet with strong orange presence. Rich bready wheat smell also.

T - Taste is also very sweet and orangey. Some spices in aftertaste. Very little alcohol detectable.

M - Smooth and slightly chewy.

D - I would probably prefer this beer over La Fin du Monde just because the alcohol presence isn't as prevalent. Both are very good though, very well crafted.

umustdrink, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of AaronRed
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer, just by pouring it you can see the yeast setiment left in the bottle. This is a beer that has been looked after and cared for. Very complex yest aroma's, almost overpowering. But as it warmed, it became a little dryer, not as fruity, but still retained a flowerly, almost sugary/honey flavor. Very warming for a light beer, one that is recommended without reservation.

AaronRed, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opening up a 750ml bottle of Unibroue's
Don de Dieu, the pour I got revealed a
fluffy head over cloudy dark gold brew.
The head doesn't last that long, though
the carbonation is quite active.

The nose is malty, fruity and yeasty. The
flavor has elements of malt and citrus, and
is quite delicate.
Mouthfeel is round, tingly, cleansing- and
there is a definite warming effect due to the
9% alcohol by volume.

Aftertaste is citrus, thought it doesn't last
long.

As I understand it, what Unibroue was up to
with this beer was to create a wheat beer with
a kick like a trippel, and they certainly succeeded.

shadow1961, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Unibroue beer, this one pours a coppery orange color with far less head than I was expecting. Every other BSPA I've had showed huge frothy white heads, but oh well. Smells citrusy, lightly hopped and very crisp. Taste more of the same, got some lemon rind and some orange flavors. It is a good beer, but still can't beat that La Fin Du Monde, which is my standard for Belgians.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

A- Decent white head and goos effervescence. Cloudy orange colour with yellow highlights.

S- Complex mix of fruit and yeast. Quite nice.

T- Nice Belgian character with fruit and yeast prevalent. Slight bitter finish. Well balanced. Described as a "Triple Blanche" on the bottle, so not surprising that it comes across as something between a witbier and a Belgian strong pale ale. Some sour notes on the end of the middle. Alcohol well hidden considering abv.

MF- Full bodied. Pleasant.

D- Very good strong beer. Overall balance make this one to go back to.

JOaikido, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of bucko
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don pours a light golden color with a small rocky head that slowly slips away to something closer to a quarter of an inch. The aroma is that of apple, lemon and other fruit with hints of alcohol hidden behind the esters. The flavor is dry and cidery with hints of apple (duh) and subtle spice. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a tiny bit of alcohol bite. For a 9% abv beer, this is quite drinkable, though one is probably enough for me.

bucko, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of VelvetMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Poured with a snow-white head that quickly dissipated. It's urine-collored and slightly cloudy with a moderate production of small champagne-like bubbles.

S--Really delicious of cut apples and baking bread.

T--A mild apple juice sweetness through and through. Very pleasant on a hot day like today (yeah, it's January in Florida).

M--Somewhat thin but with a mild carbonation tingle that is nice.

D--This is my second.

VelvetMonkey, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of bgraney
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden & sparkly like ginger ale with a huge fast dissolving head. The head took up about 3/4 of the glass and was completely gone in about two seconds. It looked like a chemistry experiment.
Strong alcohol aroma; raisins and holiday spices.
Smooth, not much of a flavor expansion and an alcohol follow through. Surprisingly unimpressive.
Thin, flat mouthfeel, not much after taste. Dies out after the initial flavor.
Not bad, but not great, expecially considering who makes it. You cold probably keep drinking this but I don't know why you'd want to.

bgraney, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of ChillMike
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden color with a massive bright white head, however it does not stick around and leaves not even a hint of lacing. Smells of citrus, lots of sweet mellow malts, raisins, and various other spices I can't seem to pinpoint. An overly sweet bubblegum flavor and honestly it's just too overbearing for me to really pick outany other flavors. Maybe I just got a bad bottle but it seems really flat and really overall just lacking in every department. I will say that it hides the alcohol quite well, but this (so far) is in my opinion Unibroue's worst and I really do typically like their stuff. I'll skip this one and pick up Maudite or Trois Pistoles .

ChillMike, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours with a foamy, white head that disappears very quickly. The body is a very clear amber and pale orange displaying moderate carbonation.

The nose of this beer starts sweet and flowery with constant fruit aroma as well. Apricots and blood oranges mix with a pleasant nutmeg spice for a solid, complex smell. A bread dough smell of flour and yeast mix with some sharper notes to finish strong.

A smooth presentation of peppery spice and medium strength fruit flavors start this ale wonderfully. A buttery, popcorn flavor with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar describe the flavors well. The Unibroue yeast flavors is more subdued than expected but it still provides wonderful flavors. Alcohol content appears in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel is quite spicy, higly carbonated and moderately dry. Enjoyable to sip.

Drinkability is quite good but the much of the Unibroue line-up is far more appealing.

Budlum, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of 86sportster883
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer replaced La Fin Du Monde as my favorite beer from Unibroue, and that was a tall order to fill. Don De Dieu is a very strong Belgian-style wheat beer that is very drinkable, despite its high alcohol content.

I poured a 12 oz bottle of this into a tulip glass and it dissapeared faster than I would like to admit. Despite the bottle conditioning, my beer poured clear and golden yellow with a white head that quickly faded into just a ring of foam. It has a sweet, aromatic nose that is pleasant, but hard for me to discern. The carbonation is very fine and fizzy on the front of your tongue. The body is light to medium and definitely warming. The taste is what you might expect from mixing a good Belgian Triple with a good Bavarian wheat. The beer tends to be on the sweet side, but the sweetness is nicely counterbalanced by the high ABV. The beer finishes with a little heat, but not nearly as much as you would expect from a 9 percenter.

If you like Belgian triples, you will almost certainly like this beer too.

86sportster883, Dec 17, 2006
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
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.