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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2000

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

Pours hazy golden yellow with what eventually apears as a chill haze rather than yeast. Its sits quite at home in the Duvel Tulip glass with a handsome dense white head that slowly falls from three fingers to a half finger cap sustained by intense beading centered at the etching at the base of the glass just above the stem. Nice lace finishes the appearance. I hold the wheat proteins responsible for the chill haze as I notice from the web site:


Triple wheat ale
9% ABV 1

A smooth, exceptionally strong triple wheat
ale offering a complex flavor that is slightly
fruity, malty, nutty and yeasty, with a hint of
unfiltered sake.

Recommend pairing with grilled game
meats, spicy Asian or Latin cuisine, ripened
cheeses and charcuterie*.

As with all good Belgian styles, Don de Dieu stirs up my appetite. Alas the cubbard is bare of good cheese but some BBQ port steak from a recent picnic catch my eye. I feast, drink and finally swirl up the yeast and pour the remains of this "Gift from God"

thanks to Dan in St. Louis for sharing this bottle

* (from either the French chair cuite, cooked meat, or the French cuiseur de chair, cooker of meat) is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products such as sausage and confit primarily from pork. The practice goes back to ancient times and can involve the chemical preservation of meats; it is also a means of using up various meat scraps. Hams, whether smoked, air-cured, salted, or treated by chemical means, are examples of charcuterie.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very hazy straw color. Head is about one finger and disspated very rapidly. Little to no lacing to talk about.

Smell: Very fruity and earthy aroma. Fruit scents are mostly apple (perhaps pear) and banana. It's got a slightly sweet malty fragrance, but not very strong. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Initially, it has the classic Unibroue spiciness. Mostly herbal spices. Fruit flavors are banana and maybe apple. It's sweet and a bit malty. Light hops are noticeable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very smooth, light bodied, and alcohol is masked extremely well. It's very drinkable. Clearly not a session, but it's so easy to drink. Overall, very nice offering from Unibroue.

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

12 ounce bottle into a generic tulip glass.

A. Poured a delightful golden color with a large head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing.

S. Great fruity odor. Complex. Banana, clove and citrus.

T. Great tasting beer. Fruity taste with a hint of hop. Creamy aftertaste. As complex a taste as the smell.

M. Medium carbonation. Easy beer to drink.

D. A dangerous beer! So good yet the abv is well hidden. Would be easy to over imbibe, but definitely a winner!

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

Caramel color / heavy suspension / mild carbonation / moderate head

Sweet and quite tart / yeasty and a little alcoholic

Tart sour edge / acidic / sweet thick chewy toasty malt / powdery smooth / creamy wheat character / light yeasty tastes / very dry and yet still quite fruity / roasty sweetness, like honey

Fairly thick / lively carbonation - very spicy

Highly enjoyable slow drinker with a fiery spunk and chewy sweetness.

Photo of alexskovan
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold with a sturdy white head. Strong aroma of citrus, orange and lemon, and a bready yeast behind that. Taste is that familiar Unibroue kick -- sweet caramel maltyness with alcohol hot on the tongue. Taste is the opposite of the aroma, the malty notes dominating over the citrus. Goes down easy, considering the ABV.

A fine ale, but not one for a session, unless you want to get really hammered.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had other Unibroue beers in the past and this is my first taste of this fine brew. Pours a very frothy head that settles down to a nice thick lace for the remainder of the beer. This beer is a very, very hazy golden straw color, mostly due to that good ole Belgian yeast, which produces the pronounced fruity esters that is familiar with most Unibroue beers, though there is a bit of an underlying biscuity malt scent as well.

Though I find it to be similar to many other Belgian-style brews I've tried, this one is surprisingly drinkable, especially with its 9 percent hanging around. This brewery's website calls this a "triple wheat ale" and I can believe it with this beer's drinkablity. It has a peppery aftertaste in it that reminds me of some of the better hefe weizens like Weihenstephan. It's not quite that drinkable (and definitely not as refreshing), but this one damn good beer. I could sip on this one forever.

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

Aroma: Pear, banana, ripe fruity esters cascade out of the glass. No alcohol or hop aroma detected. An array of ripe fruit aromas.

Appearance: Cloudy straw golden colored pour with vibrant carbonation in the body. A sudsy and pillowy white head forms and retains classically.

Flavor: More ripe fruit flavors. Pear and banana keep coming to mind. No alcohol heat or hop flavors here either. Well-knit ripe fruit flavors make this complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, no astringency, finishes dry, and clean.

Overall impression: A light, fruity, refreshing Belgian ale. This would go well with a summer cookout or be complex enough to complement any chicken or fish entree. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, pale color. Aroma is somewhat fruity, reminiscent of apple. The taste is pretty similar, except that it's somewhat sour and a bit bland. Can taste the malt though. I think the problem is that this beer reminds me too much of Ephemere and it should not be that way. Then again, it's still a solid beer but I can't differentiate it enough from Ephemere.

Photo of khiasmus
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- A sickly yellow/orange color with three fingers of head that take a couple of minutes to settle to a mild lace on top.

S- Coriander, yeast, clove, dried orange peel, nutmeg, white pepper. Wonderful sweet bouquet.

T- Initially fruit juice... apple? pear? then comes the yeast, some spice, including clove, lemon juice, white bread, then some clove and nutmeg, as well as some faint malt... no hops... very, very complicated.

M- Thick, chewy, and smooth, with a clean, light finish. the best aspect of the beer.

D- For the style, there are better beers out there. Still, at $5 a bottle, this is excellent.

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

Don de Dieu pours a golden orange color with a white head that disappears rather quickly. The aroma and taste are dominated by citrus (orange) and spice with a bit of hops in the taste. The Mouthfeel is good for the style - relatively full feeling on the tongue and a moderately crisp finish. Pleasant aftertaste.

This is a good sipping beer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

Fizzy and active head that rises up and falls rather quickly. Pale yellowish-orange color with a yeasty haze to it. The smell is very strong with orange peels, coriander, and peppery yeast. The taste is fresh and light with tons of flavor. Pineapple, candi sugar, sweet green grapes, and melon. Huge amounts of orange peel with spices and a faint hop background and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and active on the tongue, completely covering every bit of the 9% ABV.

This one is a silent killer.

Photo of cktison
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle to chalice.
A: Hazy golden amber, creamy head that quickly dissipates. Carbonation keeps lace alive.
S: Malts, spice, toffee, fruits and yeast and alcohols
T: Excellent, fruity, malts, toffee, spicy and honey. Really a nice, clean flavor.
M: Carbonation is too much for me - but the finish and the lightness are great.
D: This is a great, flavorful, excellent ale. Wish carbonation was lighter, but really great flavor and at 9%, you will forget what you're drinking too quick!

Photo of roblowther
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged bottle. Pours a clear golden hue with a thin, rocky head that dissipates quickly. Smells of bubblegum, peaches, apricots and a hint of malt. Taste is bubblebum and ripe fruits. Nice balance of sweet & tart. Doesn't have the soapiness I've come to associate with the style, almost more like a triple. The mouthfeel is silky & nicely carbonated. The drinkability is wonderful. I could sip on this all night. And now I'm going to do exactly that.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very nice. Cloudy pale yellow body with thick white foamy head.

S- pretty good. A little overpowering with the citrus. Some spices and wheat noted.

T- heavenly. heavy smooth yeast with citrus and spice accents. yeast remains in the aftertaste. The yeasty aftertaste makes me yearn for another sip.

M- medium carbonation and yeasty body. quite smooth.

D- you can't even detect the high ABV of this one. I reccomend it to any fan of belgians. It has the keynotes of a good belgian. I will definately have this one again. great example from unibroue. My favorite so far.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle (Best By of 6/21/08) in a small snifter

Poured with a gurgle and a lot of life.

Crisp, lite, dry fruity nose, strong with apple, pear, golden raisins, faint banana, chewy caramels, slight clove...nice. With some bloom bread & crackers are noticeable, the banana tones grow as well as some alcohol. Head was an almost violent fat finger of lively, agitated, loud n' crackin' loose pearl white bubbles that faded very quickly to...nada...which obviously didn't lace at all. A veritable parade of bubbles rise fiercely from the glass middle, creating an amusing surface disturbance above the clouded, murky, warm honey amber hued ale.

Nice and crisp, a semi-dry spicy, yeasty quality takes the point. Strong clove & soft banana, coyly bittersweet, faint traces of the nose's fruits such as pear & apple are also up front. It settles down and grows duller and more malted, thicker on the palate. A little more syrupy, the bready (bready?) qualities become more apparent. The finish is hopped, spicy, a little peppery and dry, and the 9% ABV rises up, biting your sinuses and numbing the teeth with a alcoholic tingle only intensified by the hops, dryness & spicy qualities. It certainly does not go quietly! A bittersweet coating remains along with the buzziness.

This was good. A nicely crisp, dry, spicy ale. Its not the best of the style I've had, but it was certainly good. Could easily hold up to a spicy, fleshy fish, chicken or even pork dish. A nice example of the the genre...check it out.

Photo of prandolph
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting good things from this beer. Poured nicely from a 750ml into a goblet, with a nice, lingering head. The aroma was nearly non-existent, which was a little disappointing. Nice carbonation and had nice body to it. I detected a bit of a sour, almost metallic aftertaste which, frankly, turned me off a bit. Overall, it was good, but not as good as I was expecting. I could see it paired with perhaps a spicy dish, with the brew's sweetness a nice complement to the spice.

Photo of Redwood21
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is of a pale apple cider, with a thin white lacing. Its ok
the smell is vibrant with floral hoppiness and mostly fruit sweet/tartness.
there is a malty fruit tart flavor that is very strong. a slight hop, not much with a crsip fruit flavor
the mouth feel is what gets me, i like a smooth beer and this beer is very carbonated, or at least i get that "tingle" could be fromt he tart fruit flavor. either way if that is a sensation you like, this beer is great, if not its a little over the top for me.

good brew worth a try

Photo of guinnessfan
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

A: louded gold color with a nice bone white fluffy head. Some slight residual lacing.

S: Clove-spice, slight banana yeast.

T: Same as smell with a hint of alcohol. Pretty sweet as well.

M: Very carbonated, ending dry and crisp.

D: Not bad, slightly cloying and pretty spicy. Not one of the better Unibroue's.

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

12 oz. bottle with the usual scenic, slightly evil-looking Unibroue label; surprised to find it was a twist-off. Pours cloudy golden with a moderate head. Smells like a less spicy version of Duvel, with mild banana esters, light malts, and strong Belgian yeast character. Like Duvel, if I tasted it blind I might have called this a wheat beer, even though I'm pretty sure it isn't one.

Tastes like it smells, with light banana custard-type esters, light malts, and a shit-ton of yeast. Alcohol is undetectable, as are hops.

The beer is medium-bodied, with just enough mouthfeel to match the flavor without impacting drinkability.

Drinkability is huge.

Photo of gottajiboo2
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured a cloudy yellow orange, with a thick white foam head. I noticed the smell of apples, and something mysterious. (a good mysterious) it had a sweet and citrusy warming taste. a very bubbly light champagne and smooth feel to it. Very tasty brew. Somthing to enjoy and relax with or have with a hearty meal


Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast and dried fruit. Some alcohol aroma, too.

T - A spiciness at first sip. It tasted of corriander and clove with a strong malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - Very good beer. I love the spicy/malt taste.

Photo of udubdawg
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours a hazed golden orange color. The white head is thin but never quite disappears - lots of lines of carbonation breaking on the surface feeding it I guess.

Nose is typically pleasant. Some phenolics immediately noticeable, and sweet candied fruit - citrus, and what I'd call pineapple. ABV goes nearly unnoticed in the aroma.

Not the sweetest beer I've had, but I think this is nearly cloying for me - I say nearly, because I still quite enjoy it. Overall the profile seems filled with more fruit, some wheat, and tries to be a little tart - maybe that is what saves it. The alcohol is much more noticeable in the taste, and surprisingly I'm tasting some spices that I didn't smell either.

Starts typically too carbonated, but after dying down a medium bodied crispness and pleasant citric aftertaste make for a good mouthfeel.

I enjoy this less than the other Unibroue strong belgian ales, which only means I rate it Very Good instead of Great. Sure, I'll have another.

Photo of clickpush
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Big 3.5 finger white head foams quickly over pale apricot beer. Tons and tons of bubbles in the body of the beer, though the head recedes quickly, a cotton mass with infrequent craters appearing then refilling. Healthy halo and lace cap remain.

Nose: Rich fruity aroma, full of Belgian yeast and caramel, lemons, cherries, bananas, spices, and candi sugar.

Mouth: As rich as it smells, accented by a slight touch of alcohol (it's 9% after all). Not tons of complexity: fruity esters are all over the place, a touch of walnut dryness, but for the most part sweeter finish. Mostly malt and yeast, no hop character at all. Too much alcohol present for my taste. Lingering sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated.

An underwhelming example of the style. Easy to finish the bottle, but not something I'll be buying again.

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

Bottle date L304.

A: Hazy straw; pours with a large head; very little retention, no lace.

S: Floral; spicy; alcohol; slightly bready, tropical fruit, hints of phenolics.

T: Floral, spice, tropical fruit, bread. Modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slightly creamy.

D: Very drinkable. At 9%, it could really sneak up on you.

Photo of 0tt0
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with a "best by" date of 12/14/08... Decanted into a Duvel glass.

Appearance is honey/orange/mango in color with a nice head and sufficient retention.

The sniff test: nose of apricot, orange peel, and white pepper. There seems to be a note of corriander popping up. Hint of pear attacks the nostrils late. A wit?

Muck like the nose, apricot and orange come to the front, with a bit of lemon on the finish. Tart and astringent, with some warming alcohol and a semi-dry finish. A short-lived toasty middle of honey? This brew is thin bodied with a nice, exciting carbonation: fizzy and tickling on the palate.

In summation, a nice, strong tart beer, like a very aggressive wit. Fruity flavors blend nicely with the hoppy, spicy punch. Nose is a bit dead, though. This beer is quenching, with a nice alcohol oomph. Would be dangerous on a warm Sunday afternoon.

This beer seems to be a wonderful cross between a wit and a saison. Amy I crazy? If so, its still terrific.

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