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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 123
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 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

cheers!

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.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don De Dieu comes out of the bottle with a very strong sweet citrus fragrance that is very pleasing to the senses and its hazy golden color matches its aroma perfectly. It has a very thin white head that quickly disappears into almost nothing and has some very mild lacing and carbonation. It has a strong fresh and crisp taste when it hits your tongue and is accompanied by a semi-sweet aftertaste that seems resemble bananas mixed in with a hint of alcohol, this is a very good tasting ale wont let you down.

Photo of nortmand
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear with a very slight chill haze.

Very phenolic nose, with clove and bananas dominating and a very subtle hop resin. Also a little bit of alcohol.

Clean and fruity flavor. Tropical fruits and christmas spices. A bit of hop bitterness and funky tart on the back of the tongue. Very complex.

Medium bodied and extremely effervescent. Light enough to be very drinkable, yet also quite complex and interesting.

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Clear bubbly golden hue with thick white head that explodes, then slowly settles to a thin cap. Strongy and spotty lacing along the glass.

Light fruit flavors with a subtle creaminess. A little bit of banana and grape mixed with a touch of spicy alcohol.

Smooth and creamy esters mixed with the sharp tinge of the carbonation and alcohol. Cracker like malts mix with a little bit of repeated creamy banana and clove. Medium bodied with high carbonation, giving a bite on the tongue with each sip. The finish is creamy with little bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

I found this Belgian Strong Pale Ale very easy to drink. The only thing that slows you down is the sharp bite from the carbonation. Recommended.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hue with an enormous champaign-like head.

The smell if of ripe fruit, mostly apricot with a bit of alcohol on the front.

The initial taste is definitely the apricot in a big way. Other light fruits are also present as it rolls on the tongue. The alcohol is present in the finish, and adds to the flavor and keeps it balanced.

This brew is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation which is done just right.

This is definitely an excellent sipping brew. More than one at a time I think would be a bit too much for the taste buds. I like my palate to be nice and clean to pick up all of it's fine subtleties. Not the best of the style in my opinion, but is is definitely a great brew that I would gladly try again if it was around.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Somewhere between orange and yellow, and quite cloudy. Decent pure white head, but (so far) poor retention.

Smell: Nice, but pretty simple. Sugar cookie, clove, sweet citrus and slightly floral.

Taste: Again, pretty basic. Sweet cake batter, cake spice, clove/allspice, dense citrus, hint of pear, and finishes surpringly light and dry with more tart citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, but perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

Drinkability: It's a nice beer, granted, but it's pretty ordinary and not one of Unibroue's best. Good if it's what you have in front of you, but I'd definitely go with Fin du Monde if I had a choice.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very attractive and sparkling bright gold in color with very noticable carbination. Posesses a fizzy white head with only a couple minutes of retention. Nose is quite nice, reminds me of a dry hard cider, wafts of apples and white wine. Taste is at first tart, again like a cider but with many layers of complexity, slight cherry flavor, a hint of cinnamon and a quite dry white wine type of finish. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, full but not overly so. This reminds me very much of some sort of wine and liquor mutation, fairly alcoholic and rich for a pale style Belgian. I quite liked it overall, but it was a bit challenging to partake of, the different elements combine for a quite powerful brew, I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting.

Slàinte!

Photo of david131
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear gold liquid. The head that forms settles to a decent one finger thick mass on top.

S- A very clean smelling beer. A good lighter fruit aroma, i.e. pears and apples. A little bit of spiciness to it as well and a good dose of Unibroue blegiany yeast to boot.

T- A good sweet fruit flavor to it. Not overwhelming at all. Good amount of spice. The more I drink of it, the more the sweetness becomes apparent, but it is enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Lighter on the palate with the amount of carbonation. A lit bit dry on the palate which I found to be a bit distracting.

D- A good Belgian beer for when the mood strikes. Not overwhelming, but not a lot of wow factor here either. A quality beer from a quality brewery.

Photo of tgbljb
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with massive chunky white head. Great retention. Many champagne-like bubbles present.
Smell is an enjoyable combuination of spices, yeast, and some light summer fruits (apricots, peaches)
Taste has a frim spiciness, the fine carbonation feels perfect in the mouth. Some banana-like flavors also present.
Very easy to drink. Great example of the style.

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

12-ounce bottle from a Unibroue mix-pack.

Golden hued with thin white head. Champagne bubbles steadily rising. Sweet aroma, pineapple and orange juice, ambrosia salad, little sign of alchohol. This beer tastes very good. Well-balanced profile, interesting sweetness with spicy citrus notes. Intriguing flavor, a pleasure to both taste and waft into the nose.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, glowing apricot color with a nice creamy white head.

Smell: Has an aroma of fruits, especially ripe pear and a hint of apples, as well as some mild spices and yeast.

Taste: The first taste to hit the mouth is great. Lightly-spiced ripe fruits, such as pears, apricots, and apples. There's a bit of wheat present too. I've seen stores describe this as tasting "tropical," but I think that is a bit off the mark. "Late summer harvest" might be a bit more appropriate.

Mouthfeel: Soft and viscous, though I would say this is a light- to medium-bodied beer. Very smooth (though some grains are present) and with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: This is a bit deceptive alcohol-wise, as it's very strong but doesn't taste it! It's very drinkable, though possibly not quite as much as some other Unibroue beers.

Unibroue does it again. An excellent Belgian strong pale ale that competes nicely with some of their other beers. Crisp, refreshing, soft, and elegant. Recommended to both those who enjoy, and those interested in, this style of beer. I will get this again for sure.

Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked and caged 750ml bottle makred B076, which should be feb 7/06. shared with biegaman at volo.

pours a nice orangey amber colour with a very thin white head.

aroma is good. light sweetness. bit of spice. burnt caramel. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. bit of yeast and alcohol. very light spice. very fresh. light bitterness. crackery malt. light lingering sweetness. bit of fruityness. really nice.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very enjoyable.

Photo of Pinto21
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with white white head

smelled of malty sweetness and apple/ pear

tasted really sweet and a bit of pear as well. the alcohol warms you up nice but the taste isnt noticeable.

mouthfeel was good and so is the drinkability. Im not a huge fan of belgians but not bad.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.