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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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2,420 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,420
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 113
Gots: 169 | 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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, much of what I'd expect to find in a Belgian Tripel, but with much more malt character. Looks nicely copper; what you'd find in any other pale ale, just with more carbonation and looser head. Aromas are malty sweet, toasty, bready, yeasty, earthy, mildly hoppy, and spicy. You can really taste the malt. Like and all-malt Tripel. Less of a powdered sugar flavors and more malt character, more toastedness and roastedness. Not the sharp spiciness either. Milder spices from an agressive hop bill. Nicely bittered. Still grapefruity, lemony, orange-ey. Finishes alcoholic and dry, with a touch of a lingering sweetness. This is a good beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of BigBry
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a hazy golden orange color and had a small foamy head of large bubbles. The head did shrink away rather quickly, but there was still lots of carbonation and bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Didn't leave any lacing to speak of. The complex aroma was a mix smells - sour fruits, green apple, pears, and the citrusy yeast.
The taste is similar to the smell. There were flavors of more citrus, orange and pineapple, with some sweetness mixed with the sour yeast. Reminded me of a strong witbier. The high alcohol warms in the stomach, but is well balanced and hidden beneath all the flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, a mix of the warm alcohol and tingling refreshing carbonation. Would be great with a fine meal or as an after dinner drink.

BigBry, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy and gold in the glass, with the powerful aroma of yeast and lemons. More citrus flavors (lemons and oranges) combine with spices and yeast. A nice effervescent mouthfeel to this one too. Shockingly mellow for 9%... I couldn't pick up any alcohol note in the smell or the taste. This beer is probably best described as a kind of cross between a wit and a trippel. I wish this was available locally.

fisherman34, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass from 12 oz. bottle, left yeast at bottom
pale, slightly hazy yellow with a decent head (nothing spectacular but satisfactory), thin layer of retention, spots of lacing. smell was subtle with fruit, slight clove, and yeast - pleasant, soft overall aroma. tastes of fruit at first - apple and slight pear followed closely by clove phenols that wax to a flavor stratum above but not completely obscuring the initial sweetness, all over a mellow bready yeast backdrop. rambunctious carbonation tickles the mouth while plucky spiciness asserts itself with a mild (but enjoyable) astringent quality just before evaporating into a sweet, slightly yeasty, slwoly fading finish.
drinkability is dangerously high because this brew is so delicious with little in the taste to warn of the 9% abv -- luckily the delicate complexity compels one to linger over each glass.

villainchiwwin, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a pale hazy gold with a slight yellow/greenish tinge (?). Huge frothy off-white head. Smell is spicy with nuutmeg, ginger and coriander. Yeasty. Sweet apple cider aromas. Floral.

Taste is the aforementioned spice up front, tingles on the tongue a bit, a biting wheat crispness followed by the slow alcohol burn. Peppery too as it finishes with hints of sour apple. Mouth is crisp up front with a lightly sticky finish. Damn good stuff really. One of my favorite Unibroue offerings thus far.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent Unibroue offering. Appearance is murky golden with bubbles rising in my tulip glass. The aroma is pleasant, with some yeast, spices, and a bit of sweetness evident. Taste is very complex and pleasurable, with some powdery and nutty yeast flavor complementing the ripe fruit essence. There is a bit of a toffee-type sweetness along with the oily phenolic undertones. The taste begins to become more complex as the ale warms, bringing out some very mellow and dark citrus along with the cashew nuttiness. There is ample carbonation and an excellent, light smoothness as the ale goes down. A very drinkable ale if you look past the ABV%. 2 or 3 of these and you're done. Another excellent ale from Unibroue.

kosmoraios, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy, bright white head that recedes very quickly. Very faint lacing with not much strength. Bright golden in color with shades of burnt orange.

Big tart nose; green apple, pear, apricot. Chalky, candied sweetness. Pale malts with hints of alcohol.

Candied-liquid sweetness with hints of floral esters. The sour quality is very tame compared to what the aroma leads on. Green apple, apricot. A faint astringency following the tartness that leads to an aftertaste of sweetened pear and apricot.

Light bodied; spritzy and vaporous on the palate. Unbelievably light for a Belgain Pale at 9% abv.

Definitely a session brew given how light and citrusy this one is and still clocks in at 9% abv. The citrus character is what makes this one unique. Worth a try.

NEhophead, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of bditty187
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale gold in hue. I love how this beer looks when backlit. Splendid; the liquid is beautiful. The head was two fingers in height at its apex. It was noisy as it rapidly dissipated to a slender cap. I’m a tad disappointed with the head retention. The thin collar was lame; the lack of widespread lacing was a let down. Still, when it is all said and done, this is a good-looking beverage.

The yeast heavily influences the nose; I easily detected aromas of banana, cloves, apples, spiced pears, dried apricots, and a spicy/peppery essence. There is also a chalky, bready, wheaty yeasty vibe. The nose lacks depth but it has good potency and, overall, the articulation is interesting. I find this beer is inviting… maybe I am spoiled but I am not “wowed” by the bouquet. Shit. Why am I complaining? It is engaging.

Whatever the appearance and nose lacks (which is not much, just some “details”) the palate makes up for it. I really love how this beer tastes. I’ve only purchased one “bad bottle” of Unibroue and it was Don de Dieu. The 750ml was flat and lifeless but it tasted really damn good. I almost reviewed it with that major flaw and all. Well, I jumped at the chance to buy a four-pack. The palate is spicy and hot and fruity and oh so Belgian! I love the rounded fruitiness that offers suggestions of apple, melon, oranges, lemon zest, and apricots. These flavors are bookend by alcohol heat on one side and pepper/spice on the other side. There is no start or finish to the flavor profile; it is a circle of goodness! The alcohol was just warm enough. Really the palate is not forceful but there is definitely some craftsmanship here. It really hits all the right notes and I can’t ask for nothing more.

Medium/medium-light in body. The carbonation is quite active but not overly aggressive. The mouthfeel is very fitting. It is relaxing yet assertive. For some reason this beer makes my hungry for angel food cake!

Hell yes this beer is drinkable. It is liquid cocaine, tasty to the nth degree. This is truly lovely stuff. I have no grievances. I was very happy to purchase a four-pack in St. Joseph, MO. Unibroue is so close… yet so far away! Awesome. Recommended.

bditty187, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazey golden with decent headt that doesn't stick around long. Little to no lacing. Smells very fruity and sweet. Tastes very sweet fruitiness with alcohol and a bit of bitterness in the end. Some lingering vanilla is present. Light carbonation and full body gives it a nice mouth feel. Strong alc

This is definatly something I'm going to buy again.

NiceGuyMike, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chilled bottle of this offering from Unibroue in my Belgian chalice. The descriptin of the beer on the bottle was "strong belgian style tripel wheat ale" to paraphrase, and it was just that.

I was not disapointed by this beer. It poured a yellow-gold color with a whiter head than normal for a tripel style. Upon first pour, I immediately got a strong whiff of yeast. ONce poured, the nose is that of fruit and alcohol, and sweetness. The first sip lets you know what you are in for. this is a light to medium bodied beer with a pungency up front. There is a sweet white wine and citrus taste which is accentuated by the light mouthfeel. What brings it back and holds it together is the malty and bread-like base which is just below the tasting surface and combined with a crisp-alcohol finish. This is a beer to savor as it warms slightly and is re-swirled to form a new head.

I hate to compare but if you really like Chimay Cinq Cents(wit), you probably would find only slightly less complexity in this Canadian offering, and at about $1.50(american) less per 333ml bottle. ($2.50=Don De Dieu v. $3.99 Chimay cinq cents).

andjusticeforale, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 dated best before 5/10/07 poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pale gold with a huge white head (even after a gentle pour) that leaves fine lace. The head and active carbonation on this one remind me of Duvel. A truely beautiful beer.

Smells of light citrus, confectioner's sugar, chalk, cloves, a spicey alcoholic note. Overall rather sharp and tart.

At first it tastes very sweet. Almost cloying at first, but things dry off well before it crosses the line. This effect goes away as it warms a bit. There's some Belgian yeast in there as well that gives it a quick bread note towards the end. The alcohol is only noticable as I breathe after a sip. Slightly solvent, but its not prominent.

Full mouthfeel that has a good tingle from the carbonation. The only limit to the drinkability is the high abv.

ypsifly, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a 3 fingher billowing head that falls to half a finger. The nose is peppery and lemoney with a puff of alcohol. Not bad. The flavor is mellow. The lemon is subdued and the spice is not very powerful. There is a light grainey flavor and a creamyness. No hint of the alcohol except a warming sensation in my stomach. The feel is thick with a light carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. Drinkability is huge. The alcohol in the nose is a little too strong.

kmpitz2, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of BassAssassin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw/orange with a slight cloudiness. Thin, bright white head.

S: Slight fruit aroma. But, mostly spice. Good indication of the taste.

T: It tastes just like it smells (slightly fruity, mostly spicy). Very peppery, as well.

M: Given the ABV, this beer is surprisingly light and crisp. Stays smooth throughout.

D: Excellent beer. The smell and taste are incredible. Seems to taste better as it warms up. This should be on everyone's list of beers to try at least once.

BassAssassin, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light orange with a bubbly white head. Highly active carbonation keeps some foam on the edges.

Smell is of subtle spice, yeast, and fruit. Quite pleasant.

Taste: A myriad of fruit and hop tinges coupled with a slightly spicy character. Slight yeast and bread taste from the refermented sedement. Finishes with a prickly carbonation which is very smooth on the palate. Unibroue makes some very solid brews, and this is no exception. The alcohol is well integrated into the taste as is the case with all Unibroue beers.

sinistermadman, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the closest beer to a white wine that I have ever had, but it is more complex and spicy than any white that I have had.

Clear light golden-yellow with a very loud fizzy head that doesn't last too long, or lace at all. Smell tells you what you are in for - a yeast/spice showcase! Hooray! Alive and well with strawberries, marshmallow, white pepper, light citrus, and vanilla. Wow. Really superb. Big vanilla flavor reminiscent of some better white wines, with some butter, pear, and green apple present also. The pepperiness really plays off the simple malt sweetness here to make an absolute winner. Alcohol present in the perfect amount to compliment the rest. Light bodied and semi-slick despite the healthy carbonation. Finish is again wine-like, well balanced, woody, and warming. Awesome.

waughbrew, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticking with my Canadian theme for the Trailer Park Boys marathon, I picked up a four pack of this (so they're the 12 ozer's obviously).

Best by date of 8-13-06

This one pours a little bit more restrained than I was expecting, yielding only a 2 finger white head which quickly dissolves. It did produce a nice clear golden body however. Aroma is wonderful, fruity and spicy. Apple and clove are noticable. Taste pushes that spice out to the forefront. A light maltiness is overtaken by fresh apple/pear and a subtle hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is light for a beer of this abv and its drinkability belies its strength. Phenomenal brew from a phenomenal brewery.

soper2000, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge off-white head is alive, both growing and "popping" at the same time. It's fed by a cloud of fine bubbles that rise through the hazy golden straw colored beer. Great aroma, a bit of yeasty goodness and some mild nectarine along with some coriander notes. Flavor is similar, some light fleshy fruit up front over a solid creamy yeasty base. It's a lot more complex then just those two, and there is a dolop of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is soft and light, just right. So much for 750ml bottle bias. This is 12oz's of heaven.

HappyHourHero, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Don de Dieu
12 oz brown bottle
Best before 04-02-06
Served in a glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with an orange ting. Massive head on top that lingers.

Complex nose of fruits, spices, cloves and esters.

Tastes semi creamy, yet spicey and juicy. Complicated mouthfeel with spicey yeast, black pepper and sweet citrus notes. Very, very drinkable at 9.0 % ABV. Just a tad of alcohol warmth on the finish, but the overall flavors of the beer take the lead.

Super tasty Belgian pale ale. Another great beer from Unibroue. Recommended,

Hibernator, May 30, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Highly carbonated. Huge bubbly head.

Smell - Very sweet smelling, almost like some sort of a caramel candy.

Taste - Tangy and spicy, with strong phenols. This is backed by a strong malty sweetness. Hops offer some balance, but the focus here is more on the malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick body. Highly carbonated - so much so that it really makes my mouth tingle, almost burn. I can also pick up alcohol flavor, mostly toward the aftertaste.

Drinkability - There is so much flavor in this beer, so it is not an easy drinker (but easy to enjoy). Plus, the 9% alcohol slows me down a bit.

Comments - This is a great beer. I suggest that it be warmed up a little bit before drinking to let the flavors really shine through.

mgdeth, May 22, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 11, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AlexJ, May 05, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jacobob10, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

malty, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SupaCelt, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of hefevice
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

hefevice, Mar 25, 2005
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,420 ratings.