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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,564
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 124
Gots: 228 | 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 dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another absolute winner from Unibroue... Every beer that I've sampled from this company has been absolute world-class, and this Belgian Strong Pale Ale fails to disappoint... living up to its reputation as an all-around outstanding brew... pours a very hazy, cloudy, off-color yellow color with decent head that soon dissipated... great smell full of sweet fruits, esters and citrus... excellent taste, sweet, rich, creamy, thick and satisfying flavor with strong, sweet aftertones coupled with an ultra vanilla, fruity palate... mouthfeel was thick, rich, and crisp, with an excellent drinkabiltiy covering a 9% ABV that is difficult to notice behind a cornucopia of amazing flavors that is above and beyond your normal, average brew... Unibroue is starting to become my favorite brewery because of all their terrific, world-class brews... Definitely recommended... One of the better depictions of the style out there... Those folks in Cananda really know their beer...

Photo of animal69
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after blowing a power steering hose, i sampled the first of my 4-pack stranded in the grocery store parking lot drinking out of a plastic cup ; pours a slightly hazy light golden-yellow color w/ a much smaller than expected head which did stick around for a bit leaving a nice lacing in my snifter ; a typical belgian nose, grainy w/ a spicy pear-like smell, some citrus hop, coriander and a bit of alcohol underneath ; a crisp, dry malty flavor w/ a tart banana taste initially followed by a wheaty flavor about midway, finishes dry w/ a pleasant warm bread-like(sourdough?) aftertaste, maybe a minimal hop presence as well ; a very dry, med (maybe a tad lighter) bodied beer, not as carbonated as most ; a very good beer i definitely will be drinking this again...

Photo of deanhead
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale colored and bubbly, with many tiny bubbles dancing around in the beer. Unfortunately there was some chillhaze evident with my serving.

Smelled yeasty and sweet, almost candy like with some earthy tones, hints of blood orange.

Tasted light, sweet and alcoholic almost solvent like, with some highly phenolic notes. Somewhat grainey with a hint light bitterness. Onthe money for the style.

Highly carbonated, and mostly light in body. Very drinkable beer, that became easier to consume as it warmed up nicely in my hands

Photo of Lukie
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big throthy head, beautiful pale orange straw with a nice cloudy body. Appearance is remarkable, possibly one of the best.

Lots of citrus tones. Orange, sweet mandarin, some lemon. The orange is the most outstanding of them. Minor cloves in the background, and the alcohol is non-existent.

Lot's of tangy citrus. Tangy orange, rounded out with some spiciness. Clove, Cinammon. It is a touch dry in the back. The alcohol again, is non-existent.

It is incredibly light, slightly watery with low carbonation. It is incredibly easy to drink, and at 9%, this big boy is going to hit me sooner then later. Amazing beer, and once again, Unibroue have shown why they are one of the best in the world.

Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright gold and non transparent. Head is 1 finger after a semi conservative pour and dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is minimal, but somewhat present on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet and sour with the alcohol present. Smells of oranges and lemons are the most prominent, with hops bringing up the rear.

T- Some citrus tastes (oranges, lemons, and limes). The Belgian candy sugar is there too. The taste is nice and sweet covering up the alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet, but lingers with a bitterness and dryness factor.

M- Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is sticky.

D- Nice drinking beer. Light enough on the palate to make you want another. Alot of that has to do with the dry finish.

Overall- It is nice and refreshing like Unibroue is good for to me. It is consistant and true to its style. Very nice!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top of the bottle reads 2005. Sampled 12-21-2006

Pours a hazy straw/amber with a white head. Nose is like a bright lemon. Has the potential to be overbearing, but does not (my definition of a bright lemon). Flavor is strong and light at the same time. Pungent sweetness combined with a heavy yeast flavor. Overall it is very smooth and even, yet powerful. Feel is slightly thin with a good carbonation on it. Extremely drinkable. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side, and too much so for some. But still. Extremely well crafted.

Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale gold with a frothy golden white head.

Smell: Citrus, yeast, banana.

Taste: Smooth citrus start with bold yeast flavors and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Acidic, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking brew. Another excellent member of the Unibroue family.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

Brr...it's really cold outside so I wanted to try something new that had a bit of strength to it. Here goes.

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy light gold with a large and firm head of foam. The final pour and it turned totally cloudy(not a bad thing, in my book) and the foam "sticks" around for the entire session. Plenty of lacing too.

The smell is all fruity and nice. Notes of apricot and some malt followed by a bit of hops and some spice.

The taste has a tarty flavour of apricots up front with some very noticeable honey flavour. After another sip, I'm getting some spice like pepper and some wheat. Pretty good tasting but I think the honey is overdone and kind of reduces the drinkability factor for me. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of beers that have a honey presence.
It has a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly high, and it finishes on a fruity note. The alcohol is hidden very well for the abv. Not a bad brew.

Thanks again, John!

Photo of stephens101
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light orange with a big two-finger white, bubbly head that fades quickly into a 1-2cm fluffy topping for a while before settling down with no lacing left behind. Swirl it around a bit in the tulip and a sweet, mildly tart and bready aroma arises. Tastes of bananas and pineapples up front with some bready maltiness, coriander and spice in the back and subtle alcohol heat to bring up the rear. Reflecting, after a few drinks, there's some delicate hops that go almost unnoticed, but serve to furtively embolden this beer. This medium bodied, fullfilling and smooth beer is my new favorite among one of my favorite styles.

Photo of dogger6253
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Milky-honey in color, swirls of yellow and severely hazy. The head is about an inch thick, very foamy. It doesn't last long, though, falling to about 1/2 inch and slowing down its descent.

First thing that comes to mind is lemongrass. Overall, I'd say this is pretty citrusy, with orange and lemon zest coming in the mix. There are bits of pears and hops coming in and out. Bringing everything together, mild banana and coriander with a hint of green apple.

Well, my first thought is "whoa...spicy" but after a moment, the heavy clove and coriander taste morph into a lemon zestiness. Banana makes its presence known as do hops. The hops are very soft, slightly floral with a hint of pine needles mixed in. The whole thing is held together by a strong yeast flavor, very bready. Very strong flavors in here, but remarkably balanced.

A little more than moderately carbonated with a light-to-medium body. Each sip is incredibly crisp. This is one of the more refreshing and accessible Unibroue offerings I've had. This definitely isn't my favorite, but that's only due to style preference. I'd recommend this to people looking for something more than the beer your grandpa has in his fridge. Great taste and easily drinkable. Way to go guys...

Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright hazy orange-ish color with a large foamy head which stayed around forever and left a small amount of lacing. Huge amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smelled of citrus (maybe grapefruit) and banana, slighty bready.

Tasted of a banana/citrus mix with plenty of yeast.

Excellent mouthfeel. Smooth and satisfying with some carbonation bite. Somewhat thick bodied.

This was a very enjoyable beer which hid the alcohol content very well, making it quite easy to drink in large quantities. I'll definitely be back for more of this one. Another great brew from Unibroue.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ahhh another belgian strong ale, one of my new favorite styles, really been emjoying these recently. has a pretty cloudy golden color with a mild head, lots of carbonation. the smell is awesome, banana, citrus, yeast, just fantastical amazingness. the taste is just as great. first the mouthfeel is like a bubbly champaign like beer. has a slight alcohol tingliness at first but is followed by a cider like taste. easy drinking and smooth. another great belgian style ale

Photo of danielharper
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Riverside Beverage, Chattanooga, TN.

A: Yellow-orange body, thin head. Leaves wisps of white on the top of the beer.

S: Sweet, heavily yeasty with that Belgian "funk". Hints of citrus, perhaps coriander?

T: Very citrusy. Slightly astringent. A bit like orange juice.

M: Moderate, goes down smooth. Mild carbonation.

D: Overall fairly drinkable. Cloys a bit, but overall quite nice.

Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is murky orangey-golden with a small whitish head that settles quickly.

S: Sweet -- fruit (oranges), cloves and a bit of mustiness. Baseball card bubblegum as it warms.

T: Like the nose, I'm thinking citrus fruit, specifically, oranges. Not the citrusy flavor you get from some hops, but rather more of an orange candy, sugary sweetness. Also a hint of vanilla in there somewhere, more as it warms. There's a bit of spice at the back of the sip and alcohol warmth on the way down as the 9% ABV makes itself known.

M: Finely carbonated means it's pretty creamy and smooth. Nice clean finish in the mouth.

D: Good. A little too sweet for my preferences, but not in a cloying way.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a classy brew. Unibroue has a unique taste to its beers and this certainly contains. It pours mostly tranparent golden. It is quite strong and has a hint of belgian trippel to it. The pale hops are still apparent but the malty tastes make their presence known to. Good finish and smooth aftertaste. Perhaps a bit highly carbonated which takes away from the drinkability, but overall one of unibroue's better ales.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright golden liquid with a one finger head in my wide mouth goblet. The smell seemed to contain mellow but pronounced, fruity but not citrusy, esters followed by an underlying malt aroma. The taste is defined by the fruit esters: grape, pear, plum, etc. The fruit esters are beautifully balanced by the spicy phenols of Belgian yeasts and the absence of a stronger malt sweetness (I dare not call it tart). A soft carbonation gives way to a crisp and clean, light to medium body that disguises the alcoholic content in a spectacular way. This smooth golden nectar cascades down the delicious decent to your throat unhindered by the typical grimace of high alcohol beers. What adjuncts do they use to make this beer? Honey? Candied sugar? Both? Whatever they use the ratio seemed damn near perfect to me. Awesome beer.

Photo of brendan13
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very hazy orange golden colour poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass with an inch of fluffy white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Belgian yeast esters dominate - spicy phenols, light citrus fruit notes.
T - The is similar to the smell with belgian yeast flavours still dominating.
M - Medium bodied with quite a tart mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation.
D - It is alright but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

Photo of elmore
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured golden orange murky color with scattered suspended yeast sediment from a 12oz bottle into a maudite snifter. Thick fluffy head with an easy pour. Head gradually receded and left minimal lacing.

S: pears, spices, coriander, citrus, yeast, minimal sweetness.

T: Similar to smell. Reminds me of La Fin Du Monde without the sweetness and more of a tart peppery aftertaste. no real detectable alchohol, no warmness - I'm always amazed at how Unibroue hides the alcohol content.

M: effervescent, light.

D: Very drinkable. Very smooth, light and refreshing. A little tart, but overly sweet brews usually limit drinkabilty for me. Not a lot of sweetness here, more of a clean spicy taste uprfront with a dry tart aftertaste.

Love it. Another great Unibroue brew. IMHO similar to La Fin Du Monde with less sweetness and more of a tart peppery aftertaste. Amazingly drinkable for the alcohol content as most of the brews from this brand are.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C%C

A: Hazy golden-orange, with large frothy white head that sttles to a healthy half finger. Nice lacing.

S: Candied orange peel, coriander, leamon, and a spicy peppery aroma i can't quite put a finger on. There is a also a bready malt smell.

T: Sour, tart lemon, pepper, and some yeasty funkiness. There is malts and alcohol at the end.

M: Tingly, tiny bubbles that get engulfed by a malt thickness. Tart and slightly sour but not in a bad way.

D: A fine beer that I would have a few of but the sourness would probably need either some food with it or I would have to switch over to something else. The alcohol though not overly powerful in the taste does warm the face a bit.

Photo of uconnalum2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a slightly hazy, pale orange. It starts with a very large white head that settles a bit but lasts throughout. The smell is sweet and fruity, mostly oranges and apricots. The taste is a complex mix of several flavors. It's sweet and tart with orange, malt, yeast and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is quite good for such a high ABV. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that must be consumed in moderation.

Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 4.21.08...
Appears a semi transparent, slightly hazed, light gold with a small white head that fades into a collar. Streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of pineapple, mango, apples, doughy bread, vanilla, caramel, & spicy pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel sweetness on top of pineapple upside down cake.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, syrupy, doughy, tropical...maybe a little too sweet.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden peach body with an excellent foamy head. Looks simply beautiful in the chalice. Loads of carbonation visible though the hazy gold. Head retention is great and leaves some beautiful lace.

Aroma is very rich, very full, sweet and fruity. The second I popped the cork I was assaulted by the aroma. As it sits in the glass a bit a more sour fruit element begins to form, and some spices begin to come through. Hints of ginger.

Flavor is of sour fruit and heavy spices. Very smooth, yet with a sharp spicy kick. Apricot, wheat, pepper, even some light hops. Alcohol is virtually unnoticeable for a 9% ABV beer.

Photo of redmagik99
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bomber for $6.99 plus tax.

Poured kind of orange but couldn't really see cuz i drank it from an opaque mug. not that the color matters much. pretty hefty head, didn't take too long to settle down. Smells very zesty. Impressions of orange peels, maybe slight lemon but with only small fraction of the bitterness. Taste reminded me a little of chardonnay, and also a lot of southampton double white, but thankfully with less sour bitterness and more akin to a strong pale belgian. i can't say ive had very many of those but this is definitely a unique interpretation of the style not lacking in complexity. It was so drinkable I found myself drinking it a bit to quickly despite the alcohol level. alcohol was a bit more prevalent as it warmed up but the taste also blossomed making it more delicious. Not really sure where hops come into play in all this because there's so many other spicy things going on but I couldn't imagine it any other way. I could easily see how people might find this beer a bit too outrageous, however I found it quite agreeable.

Photo of Shadman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a cold night I was in the mood for a good, strong, Belgian beer...this one was new to me. Another funky, new world as utopia type label from Unibroue. Bottle was one of their corked big boys...750ml.

Lot's of frothy head as I've come to expect from this brewer, but it fizzled quickly. Other than that, a hazy aprocot-hued brew that looks as a good Belgian should IMO.

Faint floral esters and fruits, mostly aprocot with a musty yeastiness present as well.

Once the heavy carbonation settles, this becomes a very easy-to-drink ale. Nothing overpowers as all the flavours work in near perfect harmony. Some muted fruitiness, very nice alchol esters, rich maltiness. Mr. Hop even makes an appearance over the 9% ABV to nip at your tongue ever so slightly. All with a nice, dry finish.

As mentioned in the above paragraph, after the intial fizziness of the carbonation settles down a bit, this is a very, very smooth, full-bodied ale.

Wishing I would have bought a couple of more as the store that carries this is across the city..but the pilgrimage will be worth it.

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy and amber; very bright. 3-inch frothy head with good retention.

Smell - Spicy and zesty, notes of lemon and orange peel.

Taste & mouthfeel - Tropical fruit; banana, unripened mango, a bit of clove and apricot. Peppery, spicy finish, slightly drying. Heavy on the tongue with rather sharp carbonation.

Notes - Triple wheat ales aren't something you see very often, so I was pretty curious about this. It definitely lived up to my expectations; it's both unique and very drinkable.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,564 ratings.