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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,502
Reviews: 1,229
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 116
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
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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Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For once, I must say that the BA gurus were slightly off; I took the glassware advice of an oversize wineglass for this selection & I’m afraid it killed the head a bit. That aside, it does lace quite nicely & the steady stream of bubbles in pearl necklace patterns shooting up to meet their brethren at the top is mesmerizing. The liquid is a hazy, honey-colored nectar &, when paired with the aforementioned descriptors, more than makes up for the anemic head. The next time I have this beer I’ll be sure to pour it into a slightly smaller vessel. Perhaps a score upgrade will be in order.

Cider, sour cherry, yeast, lavender & a definite alcohol aroma fill the nose setting up what could be a potentially kick-ass quaffing experience.

Before even discussing taste, I can’t help but notice the texture; creamy/feathery on the tongue, so much so that I thought it had evaporated rather than been swallowed. By the time I was able to get over this strange but lovely sensation I was struck by a sour/bitter aftertaste that seemed to owe more to malt than hops. Just ever so slightly unpleasant on this count. Subsequent sips reveal a malt/spice interplay which is interrupted every so often by a faint sweetness (apple-like in nature).

As previously noted, I ADORE the way this feels in my mouth. Creamy but light, active but not overly-carbonated. Outstanding in this area; amongst the best I’ve had.

Although it’s on the strong side (durrr, it’s a Belgian-style!) Don de Dieu is scary drinkable. Be careful or you could have trouble speaking English by the end of the night, let alone French!

Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a slight amber tint. Not a huge head but a nice film coats the top of the beer and leaves nice films of lacing as you drink. Smell is very spicey and yeasty. Taste is the same. High alcohol is well hidden. Very creamy lively mouthfeel. Just the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish. Overall another winner from Unibroue. Not as good as La Fin or Trois in my book but certainly a nice beer.

Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy yellow to amber with black specks floating to the bottom of the Tulip Glass. Very little suds but nice lacing.
Smell is whear and clove and cinnamon and orange with a nice yeasty aroma almost burning the nose. Beautiful aroma here. Can't smell the alcohol though.
Taste is spicy cotton candy with a clove aftertaste. There is a lot going on here. Very complex. I do get the grapefruit taste coming through.
Mouthfeel is a bit muddy but the warm aftertaste of honey and spices make up for it's shortcomings.
Unibroue is a fantastic brewery with very unique beers. Highly recommended.

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

This poured from a 750 mL bottle a cloudy gold with an apricot hue. A creamy, one-finger head topped the body, with tiny bubbles zooming to the top.

Don de Dieu smells almost like a witbier, with Unibroue's trademark yeast aroma mingling with orange peel and spicy cloves. The spice re-appears in the aftertaste, but this beer starts out with a smooth yeasty taste that gives way to a slightly astringent, dry finish. The spicy aftertaste is accompanied by a pleasant alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this beer is full-bodied and not as carbonated as some other Unibroue offerings, but it seems to work here.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden haze, not as much head as some other offerings from Unibroue. A little underwhelming.

Kind of a lot going on in the nose, I can't really make out what I think the scents are, besides lots of yeast. Smells like a European hefe, spicy and slightly fruity.

I really enjoy the taste of this beer. For 9%, this one tastes delicious, like a creamy Weihensteph with nearly twice the alcohol.. Estery, more of that fruitiness, very rich flavor.

Not quite as rich and outstanding overall as Fin du Monde, but another great Unibroue.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another awesome beer from Unibroue. Once again, though, I am having trouble distinguishing it from the other Unibroue beers. Sure, there are certain unique characteristics to each beer, but the yeast profile is so brilliant that it is hard to tell by taste alone. At least it is not a bad thing, considering how much I love the Unibroue yeast.

The beer pours to a very hazy golden yellow color. Has a decent collar of white foam with a good retention. Lacing is great. Only a few bubbles of carbonation can be seen through the haze.

The smell is good. Smells a bit softer than some of the other Unibroue beers, probably from the significant amount of wheat malt. Only slightly bready, but mostly just fruity esters dominated by banana and clove.

The taste is like bubblegum, banana, and a host of other tropical fruity. Has a very pleasant clove finish. It is probably the least dry of all of the Unibroue beers I've yet tried.

The body is full and creamy. Very little carbonation on the palate, like a real ale. Still feels fairly crisp with a clean finish. Very pleasant, and one of the most drinkable 9% ales out there, in my book.

Photo of beals
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plucked a single 12-oz bottle out of a 4-pack to try one out (made a self-sampler of Unibroue beers). Presentation is nice - branded gold foil wrapper, cool label art - only downside is the unexpected screwoff cap.

Poured a pale dirty-yellow, with a white 1/2" head that disappeared rapidly. No lacing to speak of. Strong aroma of floral & citrus: not quite grapefruit, not quite orange. Mouthfeel is sharp, due to a good deal of carbonation that didn't want to come out in the head. The taste starts out spicy, with notes of clove; orange-lemon moves in but is quickly wiped out by an alcoholic rush. Not surprising, given the 9% ABV. Crisp, dry finish with touches of grain.

Definitely not a session beer due to its high alcoholic content, but I like it because it has a crisp, clean finish and isn't overly sweet.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark orange color out of a 750ml bottle, caged and corked with an expiration date of 2/7/09. The head sizzled up, never gaining much mass, dissipating almost instantly--no lacing, looking completely flat except for a cluster of swirling bubbles in the center.

The aroma offers citrus and yeast, with a pleasnt floral quality. The taste consists of strong orange and citrus flavors, plenty of spicy clove, sweet malt and grain, with a touch of hops, and an intense surge of alcohol.

The mouth is light, yet very complex, a tug of war of citrus and sweetness being pulled on by spice and alcohol. Once warmed up to the alcoholic finish, I found it highly drinkable. I have yet to find a Unibroue beer that I wouldn't drink, and then drink again.

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

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a moderate white head. The head didn't last long, although the beer appears to be highly carbonated.

Strong aroma of bubblegum, esters, butter, light toffee and a floral note typical to the Belgian style.

Sweet and grainy flavors up front seem to instantly balance each other out for a very smooth taste. There are big notes of bubblegum and esters. Mild hints of clove, ginger and other spices are also present. There is a buttery, toffee feel in the aftertaste, although not overpowering. A lightly bitter finish leaves the mouth dry. The high alcohol content is barely noticeable, except for the warming that traverses the esophagus.

The very, light syrupy consistency is aggressively carbonated for a pleasant, fizzy mouthfeel. The pleasing palate, coupled with the excellent taste makes for a highly drinkable beverage.

Unibroue has a firm grasp of the Belgian style at a fraction of the cost in the states.

Photo of Dizzy
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow, looks like a Hefeweizen. Fizzy white head recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Smell is yeasty and vaguely citrusy. Taste is cloves, spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is dominated by lots of carbonation. Like others have stated, the alcohol is well hidden, this is a very easy beer to drink.

Photo of OStrungT
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades too quickly, leaving a small lacing

This beer has a strong earthy yeasty aroma. Behind that, I smell a pleasent spicy aroma. Some citrus hops are present. Saaz? Orange and lemon primarily.

This beer has a very sour citrus fruit flavor. Lemon and orange are very present in the flavor. A slight spicy flavor is also present, but mostly just fruit.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving an orange like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer might not make the best session beer. It is too high in alcohol, and the flavor is slightly aggressive.

Overall: This beer tastes good, but I have had many better. I doubt I will spend my hard earned money on it with others so readally available.

Photo of EPICAC
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the last beer from the Unibroue mixed pack that I bought at Kappy's a month or two ago. I let this warm and served it in one of my Duvel tulip glasses.

Appearance: Pours a very lightly hazy golden witha creamy white head that thins to a persistent film. The head readily reemerges upon swirling.

Smell: Wonderfully fruity, mostly bananas. There are also notes of yeast, light alcohol and graininess.

Taste: A light citric tartness becomes evident upfront. The fruitiness builds in the center with hints of sour apple, banana and apricot. The finish is peppery spice with a crisp grainy finish with hints of alcohol and sour apples.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious and full-flavored, yet still light and refreshing.

Overall: Another excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Unibroue. This one is much fruitier than the others.

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A solid brew from Uni – nice bright lemon yellow pour to start – changed to hazy amber with the sediment addition towards the end of the bottle. Massive foamy white head with sheet lacing. BB6/21/08.

Citrus and lemon in the aroma, the tastes added a firm malt backbone with hints of winter spices. A light bodied brew, fairly fizzy in the mouth. Dry and crisp, the 9% is very well hidden.

But the drinkability just isn’t there as a bottle goes for $2.50, just too pricey to enjoy many of these plain and simple brews.

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

Dennis: It's not very often that I comment on a beer carbonation, but pouring this out of the bottle resulted in what I can only describe as a "mini hot tub" effect in the glass. Once that show was over and I took a sip I was very shocked to find how well the alcohol (9%) is hidden in this brew. There's a little tartness to it from it, but really it's blended so well you can't tell, and it's hidden with carbonation and a slight sweetness. Basically this tastes to me like what I imagine a triple light would. It's not overly complex, but it is easy to drink.
Jen: I find this to be a decent Unibroue, as is most of their brews. This is quite a smooth beer with an almost creamy mouthfeel. The taste is of mild citrus fruits with a caramel sweetness to it (without the overwhelming maltiness lingering). None of the flavors are too overwhelming, but are mild and well balanced.For a 9% ABV, this beer is quite easy to drink without the alcohol taste.

Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a short-lived one finger head, off white. Lacing is very poor, as well. The beer's color is a somewhat transparent deep gold. Smells of caramel, a bit of grass, yellow raisins, a bit of citrus, and some peppery alcohol. The taste leads in with a bit of citric acid, has a candi-caramel flavor, with spicy alcohol, has a sweet middle, finishes medium-dry and not bitter. Medium mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. This is a smooth, enjoyable beer, but nothing too terribly special.

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

This pours a nice golden color with little visible carbonation. It was semi-transparent with about 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. It smelled great, with strong notes of citrus and spice, and tasted similar. Basically tasted like a really strong witbier, with lots of orange and coriander present, but also with a noticible yeast character. Quite refreshing, despite the high alcohol level and the maltiness of it. It was rather viscous in the mouth, but with a nicely refreshing acidity.

This is very drinkable, and I could see downing it a lot faster than intended!

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, $2.99, Riley's, best by 2/15/09, enjoyed while preparing dinner

appearance: pours into a chalice a brilliant glowing apricot-copper, foamy white-beige head with great lacing...hazy body, very lovely beer indeed

smell: strong sweet fruit aromas...fresh orange/citrus, pear, white grape...very potently spiced, clove

taste: a very solid unibroue beer but i'm not as impressed by this as other unibroue offerings...very sweet fruity body - white grape, pear, apricot, orange. spice characteristic is strong as is clove, big sweet malt backbone...pretty refreshing and well made

mouthfeel: sparkling mouthfeel, medium-light, alcohol hidden very well, spice felt on the tongue

drinkability: pretty drinkable, nice canadian-belgian

Photo of ragekage23
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A great orange/ deep yellow haze

S: Slight hint of fruit mostly citrus

T: Like the smell suggested, there is a great taste of citrus fruits along with some pear and apricot, a very balanced brew considering the ABV.

M: light carbonation, smooth, kinda likes to just stick

D: A great example of a belgian strong pale ale should be, strongly recommend

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

Perhaps my favourite strong belgian from Unibroue. Pours a golden orange body with sediment clouding its appearance. Ripe mangos and apricots in the nose, with a slight alcoholic/phenol aroma. Some soothing spiciness in the back and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and this is extremely drinkable. Wonderfully crafted by Uniborue. This bottle was 2 years old and it was a very well balanced, mellow beer.

Photo of scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came in the 750ml. corked and caged brown bomber with a best before : 09-07-08 on the typical (dark) Unibroue label, depicting an old sailing vessel on the Hudson Bay ? Whatever, it's not a flying canoe, the ship is in the water.

With a very gentle pour comes a very carbonated, clean gold with amber highlights and a white two-finger head of bubble, that turns to froth. The froth subsides to a 1/4 inch blanket after ten minutes, leaving some lace behind.

Sweet and spicy malt nose with some sweet fruit, as well as citric and some musty notes of yeast (almost dusty) give it a very Belgian aroma. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more pronounced giving it a light and earthy appeal. Smell's pretty damn tasty!

Sweet malty ripe fruit intro, mainly of apricot, some plum and into some citrus...pink grapefruit and valencia oranges that eventually goes musty and peppery from the yeast (and hops), to a semi-dry and warming finish. A very, very Belgian flavor indeed...nice!

Good healthy body with the active carbonation never letting up, this one has a smooth, yet lively mouthfeel. The rather high ABV is apparant, but sits rather low with all the complexity of this brew.

Highly drinkable with loads of flavor, sip too fully enjoy this ale. Highly recommended !

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

As all Unibroue, this beer is great.

A: Pours a nice orange/unfiltered color with a thin lacy head.

S: Nose is fruity with hints of citrus

T: As with most of Unibroue's styles, the alcohol definitely let's you know its there. At nine percent, it's surprising how smooth it finishes. Hints of citrus, bubblegum, and a strong presence of bitter orange peel(?) flavor this beer.

MF: Smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated

D: A great Belgian style ... as with most Belgians, it is a little on the sweet side, but the orange peel rounds out the sweetness with a nice tart snap. This is definitely one to savor.

Photo of expatsteve
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, caramel straw color with some orange notes. Poured without much head, and the carbonation chases suds across the top of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready aroma with golden raisins, apple skins, hints of banana, cloves and orange. Yeasty finish with a faint hint of booze.

Taste: Lovely bready malts, with golden raisins, caramel, and cloves. A little boozy. Hints of lemon peel, a little orange. Perfect balance between caramel and fruit. Great flavor, but lacking the development of Unibroue's more impressive options (Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles).

Mouthfeel: Low constant carbonation, light body - smooth malt finish. A little booze tickle. Awesome.

Drinkability: Great - balanced, malty, with a little booze and some compelling fruits. Everything I've come to expect from Unibroue.

Photo of andythejerk
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells sweet--like a Riesling or a very citrusy sauvignon blanc. I'm salivating. Beautiful, beerish orange with slight head. It foamed up big upon pouring, but soon receded to thin, spotty bubbles on the beer surface. I may have let it warm up a bit too much before drinking, bit it's pretty straight-forward. I think the notion of orange in the flavor must me mostly due to my perceptions being swayed by the color. It's sweet and has slight remembrances of banana as well. Good, but far from my favorite Unibroue offering.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with a head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Yeast, Sugar, Coriander, Pepper, Very slight alcohol

Taste: Starts with a yeast flavor and then move on to a sweetness and finished with a coriander and peeper taste. There is also a citrus and banana taste occasionally in this beer.

Mouthfeel: A very tangy Mouthfeel due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: Lower drinkability due to the high alcohol content.

This is my first beer from Unibroue. I look forward to trying there other offerings.

Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

man, the head on this stuff couldn't have fled any faster than it did...fizzled like a soft drink. a collar persists around and above the hazy peachy gold liquid, but that's it

sweet wit-ish coriander, apricots, peach aromas. light fruit scents and spice, though i'm confident with my coriander diagnosis. plenty of musty hop too

it's got a thick feel (though well carbonated), that lets the flavors stick around. nice bright fruity flavors and a brief look at some alcohol spice. good balance: fruity & hop

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,502 ratings.