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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,351 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,213
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 104
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
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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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

A little uninspired. Certainly a fine brew, but relatively disappointing. 750ml corked and caged. Poured a nice orange/peach combination with mild head retention; also is a bit cloudy. Smell and taste are almost identical, peach and fruity esters accompanied by a large kick of alcohol. Taste is fine, heavy carbonation, actually quite light, pretty drinkable too.

05-11-2005 03:10:21 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Thank you Unibroue pourers at the Clasic City Brewfest for throwing a couple botles of this my way.

This wheat tripel pours out a murky, fuzzy apricot color and unleashes a spectacularly dense head of pure white fluff. No lace is left as the head eventually settles in to a thin sheet that will stay till' the end.

The aroma is sweet and decadent, filled with peach, pinapple, banana, subtle spice, and a hint of citrus. It gets better as the beer warms, also letting out a hint of the alcoholic esters within.

The flavor is ripe and juicy, brimming with tropical pinapple, mango, banana, and white grape. The trademark Unibroue spicey yeast makes a statement, working toward a somewhat grainey finish, accented by a touch of hops. There is a warming sense of the alcohol within.

The body on this is medium/big, with soft flowing carbonation and a slick, coating texture that leaves a long, fruity impression on the palate.

Dedfinately a tastey and unique offering. I would call it a wheat ale on steroids. Lacks a little of the complexity of some of the better Unibroues, but still makes a pleasant after-dinner sipper.

05-05-2005 01:15:22 | More by AlexJ
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%

Nice golden/orange color with good head retention. Great fruity aroma. Peaches, pears, and oranges. Spicy flavor that leaves your mouth tingling. The alcohol is definitely noticable. Very sweet, tart finish. It went great with a grilled chicken sandwich that I made which was marinaded in honey dijon mustard.

04-12-2005 03:14:48 | More by Jacobob10
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malty

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. gold foil longneck - best before 03/07

Appearance is a cloudy golden dream. Bright white head that stood 1/2 in. all the way down.

Smell: Identical to the Little Debbie soft oatmeal cookies with the cream in the middle - yeah, exactly like that!

Taste hovered around the banana flavor the wheat malt exudes, along with vanilla, musty yeast and real cream.

Mouthfeel was very soft and a good deal of fine carbonation. Med. body with a faint dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Could be a bit higher if the beer weren't so sweet.

Overall a magnificent rendition of a Triple Wheat beer if you will. I'd like to know the % of wheat malt used (?) For such a sturdy ABV, I'm surprised the alcohol warmth is masked so well. This beer has definitely found a place in my heart and refridgerator.

04-10-2005 23:46:57 | More by malty
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A massively carbonated golden beverage. A big billowing bubble head, light and non-dense. Bubbles barrage and pelt the lees and other bottle bits that hang about in the mixture. The head somehow deteriorates even though the bubbles never quit springing up. No lace. No problem.

The smell is domineered by clove and other spice layers. White grape and other subtle fruits emit faint scents to accompany the spice. Not even an inkling of alcohol here.

The taste is tastefully done. Once again, the heavily spiced nose typical of the Belgian styles I have tried made me skeptical at first. The flavor is really mild and refreshing though. Just the right components. Thankfully not a spice overload. Unibroue has renewed my faith in Belgian style ales. Nice wet finish that leaves in a crisp fashion with just a hint of spice and honey remaining on the tongue. There is an almost mead-like character to her although much more delicious. There is never any alcohol impression given off. Nicely crafted. I wouldn't have expected anything less from Unibroue at this juncture. They make some really fantastic stuff up there. The mouthfeel is like sparkling wine with the hefty carbonation effect. The effervescence lends to the crisp finish and enjoyability of the brew. I could drink these in the shade on a hot day and be in hog heaven.

04-01-2005 03:30:41 | More by SupaCelt
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hefevice

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Another evil brew from Unibroue. Pours hazy pale orange with a reasonably white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and estery - almost acetone in nature overlaid with hints of yeast and malt. Good carbonation and a smooth and silky mouthfeel and a finishes dry with a bit of bite from the alcohol. Ester overtones extend through the flavour, along with - of all things - a cherry tone (almost like kirsch).Very easy drinking, could easily have a few more of these but fortunately (in terms of tomorrow's hangover) I have only one bottle. Should have been called Don de Diablo!

03-25-2005 08:12:37 | More by hefevice
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearence: Pours a wonderufl glowing orange with a creamy, foamy bleach white head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly complex, with huge grain and oat notes. A hint of wood is present, along with a tiny bit of fruity astringency.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is not as incredibly complex as the smell. It's a rather straight forward creamy yeasty taste. There is a suprising amount of tartness at the end, along with a long lingering alcoholic feel to it. It almost tastes like a strong witbier. The mouthfeel is wonderfully full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: It's not the best tasting, but it looks wonderful, smells delicious and feels oh so good in the mouth. The drinkability is brought down by the strong lingering alcohol burn. All in all, another good beer from Unibroue, but far from thir best.

03-24-2005 01:27:40 | More by santoslhalper
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Bright orange with a bright white head and good carbonation throughout but it leaves almost no lace. Spicy alcohol tripel-like aroma and flavor with a nice light supporting fruitiness. The alcohol subsided a good bit with further aging. Full bodied and creamy smooth.

Per U website: Triple Wheat Ale, refermented in the bottle

Best Before: 07/12/04
Tasted: 12/20/02 and 03/09/05

($8.99 / 4-pack)

03-10-2005 17:34:48 | More by RBorsato
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a cloudy apricot color with good head though not much retention. Smell is citrus, bread, banana and malt. Taste is malt, citrus, bready, banana with an alcohol bloom late. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and it warms the back of the mouth. Drinkability is quite high although I prefer others from this brewery more. None are bad, just not a big fan of the banana aspect.

03-01-2005 04:33:31 | More by PorterLambic
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle, this was a super clear light straw colored beer with a small white head dissolving to lace. The lace lasted throughout the tasting of the beer.

This is a smooth beer. Good balance with the light Belgian malts and the hop bitterness. I detect a slight candy sugar in the flavor.

Great beer.

03-01-2005 01:08:18 | More by ncbrewerbun
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Lightly yeasty radiant amber with a copious amount of visible carbonation, capped by a cumulus cloud white head that is 'four fingers and a thumb' in size and appears too soft to result in much lace. Multiple streams of bubbles are doing their best to keep the head alive, but are slowly losing the battle. As suspected, no lace to speak of.

While the nose is unquestionably good, it won't make me forget the best of this style. The usual suspects are front and center: ripe golden fruit dusted with ground clove and white pepper. It isn't quite as spicy as some though. There's also a faint whiff of alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least since it's an integral part of the aroma.

This Canadian BSPA doesn't stray far from my palate memory of the style. Comparatively speaking, it's a little less fruity, less spicy, less flavorful in all respects, than most of the world-class Belgians that I've had over the past several months. It's also less sweet and shows it's 9% ABV a tad too much. Don't get wrong, this is still excellent beer, it's just not special beer.

The body is strictly medium, due, in part, to the relative lack of candi sugar, and the mouthfeel is lively without being chaotic. Again, ethanol creeps in on the back end, but stops just short of detracting from the experience. This just in... the beer becomes more clove-like with warming.

Don de Dieu ('Gift of God' or 'God's Gift' if my rusty French is accurate) is a fine example of the BSPA style. Its minor faults, which are really just my prejudices, may be seen as positives by many. Another quality brew from a quality brewery.

02-26-2005 15:01:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

12 oz., best before 4/19/07. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Pours golden orange with a white 3 finger head that doesn't leave lacing but keeps a quarter inch of foam throughout. The carbonation is very active and the beer becomes cloudy with a hint of brown after adding the rest of the bottle. Aroma is huge and very fruity (bananas/dark fruits/a bit of citrus) with some hop spiciness and alcohol scents. The alcohol also makes itself known in the flavor and the warming sensation it leaves. Other flavors are grape, apple, wheat, yeast, other fruits, a hop spiciness I had to search for, and a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is full yet the beer is also light and incredibly refreshing for 9%. Smooth and very drinkable.

02-25-2005 02:26:11 | More by mmmbeer
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

750ml caged and corked.

This beer poured a bright golden, slightly foggy, yellow body. The head was a choppy white and died quicker than your average bottle conditioned beer, but was by no means flat.

The nose was a mix of lemon, yeast, phenols and very clean wheat touch.

The taste was very light and medium bodied. I can’t taste the 9% at all, this is a scary beer. Orange, lemon, citrus, really mild yeast and wheat notes. Slightly medicinal with a touch pine. This beer almost reminds me of a big German weis beer. There’s a soft subtle spice and pepper taste, but it’s really in the background. There’s a very mild farmhouse sort of hop flavor as well.

Unibroue wins, give them the medal, it’s over. No one outside of Belgium makes Belgian beers as good as Unibroue. They deserve honorary citizenship. This beer can go head to head with a Duvel or La Chouffe any day of the week.

02-14-2005 07:55:53 | More by taez555
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allengarvin

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice glass.

Appearance: Light, cloudy gold. Small head but fine lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of vanilla, honey, banana, green apples...

Flavor: Firm maltiness, with a large bouquet of fruity esters, all those in the aroma and more (pears, satsumas, grapefruit, sage blossoms). High alcohol content is well-hidden. Finishes with a delightfully perfumy dryness.

High carbonation and a relatively light body make for a superb mouthfeel.

One of Unibroue's top offerings. It's amazing how they out-Belgian almost every other brewery in North America that tries for these styles, on such a wide range of beers.

02-09-2005 15:59:21 | More by allengarvin
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aquatonex

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Although not the best of Unibroue, definitely a contender for a quality brew.

Pours cloudy pale honey colored, one finger frothy head that lingers a bit. Smells of yeasts and citrus with hints of alcohol. Taste is wonderfully citrusy and yeasty. Ooh, and 9% doesn't hurt. Mouthfeel is nice. It's a good beer, although I've had better from this brewery. Also, at the end I'm getting huge chunks of yeast. Yuck!

02-08-2005 03:21:25 | More by aquatonex
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Zorro

California

2.65/5  rDev -36.1%

750 ML corked and caged bottle, Best Before Date 11-20-06.

Pours a clear yellow brew with a low carbonation level. Very bright and sunny to look at.

Smell is fairly sweet and floral with a honeysuckle candy scent. Mild fruit scents are present too. Spicy scents in this too mostly ginger and cinnamon.

Taste is drier than it smells, noticeable alcohol flavor present. Taste is under whelming I expected more, nearly flavorless. Some faint spice flavors in this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well I was under whelmed by this one. Looked and smelled great but just didn't deliver in the flavor department. Carbonation level seems low but the bottle is not spoiled. No off flavors or vinegarization. I hate to not give a Unibroue beer a good review but this one just didn't deliver in the taste department. Will try again and possibly revise this review.

02-08-2005 02:32:19 | More by Zorro
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%

Another Unibroue from my sampler pack. This poured a pale gold with a tiny head. Smelled slightly like applesauce. The taste is ok, but again - like apples and thats not exaclty what i am looking for in beer. There is too much sweetness in this beer for my taste. It lingers in the mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkablilty, hard to tell its a high abv and still goes down quite well.

02-06-2005 19:33:25 | More by SaunaKing
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dauss

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Presentation: 750ml Unibroue thick walled brown bottle, corked and caged. Best before 3-20-03 and its February 2005.

Appearance: Very hazy straw yellow with a tint of orange. Small bone white head that fades really quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Phenolic, fruity, sweet malt, lemony acidity, and alcohol

Taste: Strong carbonation, strong phenols, spicy and peppery, granny smith apple, with a dry finish. Even at 9% ABV, alcohol is just slightly noticeable.

Notes: This bottle is very old. I wonder when it was bottled. Definitely mellowed out, no hop bitterness, flavor, or aroma left. I?ll need to get a newer bottle to make comparisons.

02-05-2005 02:21:07 | More by dauss
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foXXtail

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

First of all, I’ll agree with what everyone else is saying: the La Fin Du Monde is, indeed, better. However, that doesn’t take anything away from this beer. Serena Williams may be a better tennis player than Venus, but Venus is sure as heck a better player than me, and the same can be said about Don De Dieu. Its strengths should not be overshadowed by a more talented sibling.

Is Don De Dieu a gift of God, as its name suggests? Maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but it certainly is a gift from Unibroue for which I am grateful.

This particular gift comes wrapped in a golden orange hue. There are some floating particles, but this is expected of a bottle-fermented brew and is not a defect. The head is thick and quite healthy, and easily replenished with the generous effervescence from within. The nose is quite sharp, with a strong hoppy citrus twang. Fruity sweetness backs up the nose, but is in no way overpowering.

The beer starts out vanilla sweet with a subtle spicy hop background. There are some slight hints of vodka alcohol, but these are well blended into the other flavors. The vanilla spice gives way to a smooth honey middle, and finally finishes up softly with a tad of champagne dryness. The mouthfeel is sublime: plenty of effervescence and decadently smooth.

Yes, it’s not as good as La Fin, but who cares? It drinks just fine on its own.

02-02-2005 21:05:31 | More by foXXtail
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skybluewater

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a murky tarnished gold color. No head, no lace, huge chunks of yeast (oops...). Smells of citrus, mostly lemon. Taste is pretty good, although less so than La Fin Du Monde. It has a nice lemony flavor, with wheat and a bit of (medicinal?) spice. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, and there's not much carbonation (did I get a bad bottle?).

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, although it's not as good as La Fin Du Monde. I'd buy that one first if I had a choice. This one, while good, just doesn't have enough oomph for a winter's night, despite the 9% ABV. (I have a feeling this one may taste better in the summer, so I'll retry it then.)

01-29-2005 05:54:31 | More by skybluewater
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proc

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours out to a pastel yellow in the glass. Aroma brings forth a good dose of lemon. The taste falls in line with the Unibroue group of beers with a signature yeast doing its magic. Lemon, citrus and slight nuttiness are present. Such a well-crafted beer. It hides the ABV very well.

01-27-2005 01:12:11 | More by proc
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Zraly

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a cloudy gold with a veil of a white head. The bubbles are compact. The overall appearance is very much like a California sparkling wine. Rich, inviting scents of melon, apricot, rum and orange. Tremendously assertive, and one of the more beautiful smelling ales I've yet to partake.

Which leads on to taste, which is also one of the more beautiful tasting beers. Honey comes forth after the ale is a bit warm, and is followed by a wheaty, dry finish. So many wonderful ripe fruit flavors (especially apple and apricot) round out the overall experiece, including a wine-like twang in the middle. Grapey and honey-like. Indulgent, creamy mouthfeel. And I really can't get over how pleasurable the mouthfeel is. It totally compliments the overall flavor. Vanilla and spice come to mind in terms of the yeasty quality.

This is an extremely wonderful ale. Farm Fresh had a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles for $4.59. I feel like a thief.

This ale would be the perfect companion to a roasted chicken stuffed with a whole head of garlic and a lemon or two. Serve it up with some roasted potatoes. It's also the perfect sipper for a cold, rainy night.

A most excellent selection.

01-14-2005 23:51:23 | More by Zraly
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

As always, Unibroue chooses an historical name which traces the history/mythology of early Canada. Hence, Don De Dieu(Gift Of God), Samuel De Champlain's ship, from France, commisioned to explore the St. Lawrence. Unibroue's beer nomenclature has always impressed me: always somewhat arcane, but eye catching; intriguing. This triple white ale was a pale murky yellow colour, an extremely light pineapple hue with brown, definitely unclear, and non-sparkling. The head is near-bright-white. I am not sure if it was this bottle or my glass, but the head was surprisingly small, bubbling quickly to a thin film, leaving poor lacing. The aroma is an impressive display of Belgian know-how. Oak wooden smells along with musty yeast and sourish fruit. I get a very aged, dusty aroma from far above the rim; in closer, the soapy, citrusy yeast arrives, along with cork and wood. Pineapple, some salinity, apple peel, spice, seasoning salt, some red wine notes. An extremely sharp fruit taste not unlike some of their Ephemere versions, but less direct and one-track. Instead, the fruit tastes are mixed well, leaving orange, green apple, some lemon, nectarine, and white grapes. The malt is not totally masked, as I could get some decent caramel/crystal malt in the middle and front of the tongue. The saltiness is felt in the finish, along with the dry yeast, hops barely being felt at all. Some numbing clove in the aftertaste. Wheat, soap, clove--all the basics of a witbier. The alcohol, felt in the middle, is well masked. The finish leaves more oak/cork tastes, some tiny malt ones, and defining salty ones, bacon-like. The mouthfeel is as good as some excellent Belgians I have tried, with perhaps more citrus, akin to a hefeweizen. Medium, bordering on high carbonation. The lees, greener and more creamy, brought less of a phenol hit and more apple than anything. Sufficiently bodied without compromising drinkability, as indeed this refreshing but heavy white ale easily slides down the gullet, 9% notwithstanding. Gift of God? Undoubtedly.

01-14-2005 10:17:15 | More by Cwrw
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revdrjbob

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Bought this bottle from Thirroul Cellars, a great bottlo, and one that will be visited again.
The bottle describes the beer as a "triple white beer", not a Belgian Stron pale. Poured a dense, cloucly orange colour, with a thick white head, that dissapeared quickly (dirty glass?). Had nice little yeast floaties.
Smelt of intense orange, coriander, spicy fruit from the Unibroue house yeast, and a strong wheat characteristic. Yummy. I think we (Teaser and I) just sat there smelling this beer for ages before tasting it. It was awsome!
The taste was perfect to complement the heady aroma of the triple white, thick malt in the mouth, a hint of hop, warming alcohol, spices - orange, coriander, clove(?), banana, vanilla, and a lingering fruityness and wheat flavour.
Overall, this is another excellent beer from a great Canadian brewery. I love them.

12-29-2004 06:54:52 | More by revdrjbob
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amicar

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Purchased from whole foods market in st. louis for (i think) 6.99; 750mL bottle; it was an accompaniment for a NY strip steak seasoned with sea salt and crushed black pepper, seared on the outside and cooked to a (perfect) medium rare.

Pours with a nice, large head that disspates fairly quickly and stealthily leaves little trace. A color that I would describe as straw with a touch of extra orange. Happy mild esters in the nose, with a little hint of spiciness; the first tase fills the mouth with a little stronger spiciness and the citrus becomes more apparent. A very little touch of vanilla (very little). Sits in the mouth for a good minute after the sip. When several sips in a row are taken, there is actually a very subtle ? chocalate taste- very faint, though.

As for a pairing with the steak, although it wasn't disappointing, it could've been better. I think this beer would be perfect with a gamey fowl such as pheasant, game hen, or quail, and quite good with roast herbed chicken. Also would be nice with a sharp cheddar. I would probably pick a different drink for my next steak.

Overall, excellent and easy to drink. Definitely gets put on the "frequent purchase" list.

11-15-2004 02:16:35 | More by amicar
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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