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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,373 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 161 | 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 Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours out a hazy pale yellow and sits a foggy, light golden amber in the glass with a good sized white head.

Smells quite fruity, mainly white grapes and apples. Good malty background and light hop backing.

Tastes malty at first and is absorbed by a full alcohol driven torrent of flavors. Wheat holds the base and supports an array of fruity tones. Apples, apricots, starfruit, pears and a bit of grape all blend together and give a nice, light fruity presence. Yeast on the back of the pallate and finishes mildly dry, hardly bitter at all.

Medium body, rich, smooth yet crisp. Carbonation sparkles with force. Champagne-like in feel and aftertaste.

An excellent beer all around. No harsh flavors or subdued characteristics. Everything comes out with good force.

Skidz, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of cooter
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Refermented 750mL corked bottle with yeast. Labelled an "ale on lees" which doesn't mean much to me...I bet i'd taste it if I knew what a lees was. Nice American story on the bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange, with a weak, non-lacy head that, while it disappears quickly, was puffy, flavorful, and large-bubbled while it remained. Purdy.

Nose is wheaty, with apricot and floral notes. A smooth, strong, pungent taste of more apricot, alcohol, general fruitiness, and oniongrass. Very enjoyable; the high alcohol induced a mild headiness and slow sipping behavior in me.

I wish I could say it's more drinkable, but at first this beer is heavy, flavorful, highly carbonated, and potent. I like all of those things, but it doesn't make for a high drinkability. Just thought I'd note that.

cooter, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Ubibroue puts it's dukes up, swings, and knocks out with this impressive Belgian. A shining example of how to make an impressive beer.

Pours a dirty opaque golden color. Head is probably the weakest part of this beer, sadly. A Belgian should just have more head, darn it. Smell is good, slightly fruity, yeasty, and strong. Taste is this beer's strength. Solid, bold, this could be a wheat beer, if it's flavor wasn't so strong. Big malt profile and very citrus-like, with the carbonation being integral to the flavor, along with some detectable alcohol flavor. Complex, and multi layered, but I feel it needs just a little more depth to claim the elusive 5. Still, this is surprisingly refreshing for a Belgian, which are usually too complex to be a summer beer, but this really reminds me of a wheat in terms of it's crisp favor. An excellent brew.

RocketWidget, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

This brew pours a hazy deep amber color with bursts of golden hues.. A huge white head forms over an inch high and leaves absolutely no lace. Aromas are yeasty and estery, with some banana, clove, honey, and light fruits.. Initial flavors start of with a slight peppery spice, followed by a sweet wheaty flavor and a big yeasty bite. A hint of lemony flavors work their way into the mix along with a slight clove, and bit of banana, some other fruity goodness and yet even more esters. The carbonation to this brew is quite crisp and just feel great on the pallate. The finish is smooth and yeasty, making a tasty Belgian Pale.

bigbeerdrinka, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

I don't know which is my favourite now, this or La fin du Monde. Oh Lord, what a delicious brew. Pours a pale gold with a hint of orange. Looks like a sunset. Big, fluffy head with staying power. That sucker didn't diminish at all. Stayed two fingers and remained two fingers. Bonus points for that. Such a wonderful scent. Pale malts, cloves, bananas, apricots, pears, oranges, lemons, even a bit of grapefruit and other various exotic fruits. With an alcohol kick, of course. Oh God, what a heavenly taste. Sweet, smooth and delicious. Bananas at first show up on the tongue, entering like a close friend. Then KAPOW!!! It's a mob of fruits and malts. Their having a party. But not a rowdy party, a civilized party. More of a social gathering. Crowded, but polite. And ever so good. A nice, creamy mouthfeel that coats the throat and goes down smooth. Sorry though, needs a little more thickness for a perfect score. Drinkable? Oh yeah. I could drink this all day, every day. I dunno know. I think this and La fin du Monde are now tied. Hopefully, this will now be easier to get in Ontario.

slitherySOB, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of brewer27513
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%

Somewhat lighter in color than expected. Malty aroma with fruity over tones and a hint of sulfur. The taste is smooth, malty and with a spicy fruitiness that blends very well. The alcohol is deceiving with this ale. A clasic example of a Belgan Golden Stong. Great beer to engoy with a friend.

brewer27513, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz. twist-off bottle best before 4-19-2007. Pours a hazy golden color with a decent white head. Soft yeasty nose and aromas of candi sugar, malt, ginger and some fruity tones. Carbonation level is good and keeps the beer crisp. Sweet fruitiness like fuzzy-skinned fruit and honey-like in its malt with some subdued wheat ale charcteristics. Yeast play a role in the flavor adding a cloviness and cideriness to the whole profile. Somewhat of a drier, phenolic and estery finish. Ethanol is noticable, but not overtaking. Worth a shot.

crookedhalo, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of pootz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a cloudy yellow with a tight sticky cap (Palest of the U-ales).Lively carbonation. Aromas of fruit, honey and spices. Starts with a light sharp prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation and hops then the large malts depart a more firm, bready, creamy body... finish lingers with the sweet malts mingleing with spice notes and a slow subtle drying accented by a very noticable warming from the alcohol. I like this ale and think it is smooth, light and the most drinkable of the Unibroue Belgians.

pootz, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of danadeny
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%

CAUTION: THIS BEER CAUSES GOOD TIMES!!!! This is an amazing beer that everyone should try no matter if you like the style or not. This beer pours a very bubbly white head on top of a murky dark golden yellow base. The yeast smell is very very strong, it overpowers any other smell that might be present, but there was a little spice to the smell. The flavor starts as sweet malt, somewhat strong but not in a bad way. There is a little spice, and just a little hint of fruit flavor at the end. The sweet alcohol is hidden very very well, I have no idea how they hide 9%, but they do. This brew goes down so smooth that you will be in trouble before you know it, all the while bubbles will tingle on your tongue. The after taste fades somewhat fast. THIS IS ADDICTIVE. Amazing is the best word to describe this beer, every sip is the same kick of sweet flavor that doesn’t seem to fade as your pallet becomes used to it. The alcohol will sneak up on you, WATCH OUT! I am very surprised this in not near the top of the BA top 100 list.

danadeny, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a nice hazy orange with a big, bubbly head.

Nose full of sweet fruits, toffee like aromas and a faint alcohol presence.

Medium body, smooth with prickly carbonation. Lots of citrusy fruit flavors mix with a yeast and bread-like flavors. Middle turns slightly dry and finishes with a light dryness with weak alcohols flavors.

Supremely drinkable for 9% alcohol and refreshing for hot summer months. My first GA legal high alcohol brew, hooray.

Southernbrew, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Golden body pure white head.
Extremely spicy aroma.
Restrained maltiness, orange rind, pepper, clove. There needs to be more malt and hops than all this spicy stuff.
Light mouthfeel, but I was too bumbed out about not hops or malt in this beer so, whatever.
Easy to drink, but nothing you would want to pay attention to.

Naerhu, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

Came in a brown 750 ml caged and corked bottle bought in B.C. (why can't we get this in Alberta anymore?!!). I love the label on this for some reason, from the faux metalworked Roman/Greco lettering, to the elegant galleon surrounded by all the First Nations long canoes, and the golden tone of it all.

Initially pours out with an aggressive foamy white head that eventually settles down to a solid creamy 1 finger cap on my chalice. Serious carbonation action within this cloudy apricot-hued body, when held up to the light it reminds me of the predominant colour scheme of the label.

The nose is light yet assertive with a parade of aromas, an underlying spiciness that reveals citrus, pepper, vanilla, clove, orange rind, candied banana and cinnamon, which gives way to the fruity esters of apple, pear and pineapple, along with a yeast and wheat presence blanketed within all of that, alcohol is very faint.

The flavour is just one big magic carpet ride, so much going on that it's like the many major cities of the Earth wizzing by beneath you too fast to completely take in, but leaving you in awe all the same. Green apples dipped in caramel at first, smothered in a cinnamon-vanilla-pear compote, rolled in bitter orange peels, cloves and pepper, and washed down with the smoothest of hefewiezens with an aged Grand Marnier chaser. And that doesn't even do it justice. A 1001 Arabian Nights of an ale.

Mouthfeel is delicate and creamy, smooth except for a bit of an alcohol bite that rubs its supple hands across your palate, a most welcome texture.

I used to be a stalwart Maudite man, but it's been so long since I've had a Don de Dieu that I have literally missed the boat on such a fine ale. I'll be heading back to B.C. soon to be picking up more of this to stockpile and cellar. This does nothing but prove the beautiful organic alchemy that Unibroue is capable of accomplishing.

IronDjinn, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

This is another great beer from a great brewer. I prefer La Fin and a couple others to this one, but it is hard to complain about it.

The beer pours a very hazy golden to orange color with a large white head but little lacing. The aroma is one of the fruits of the earth. Literally, there is an earthy aroma that is backed up by the malts and some hints of fruits that include raisins and figs.

The taste is surprising smooth with little hint that this is a 9.0% brew. The fruitiness is the first thing that I tasted, and it was almost a peach-like taste, which was followed by the malt and a hoppiness that added a little bitterness to round out the flavor.

This is light in the mouth for the type of beer that it is but also rather dry and crisp. It is another Unibroue beverage that pleads for another round.

rdrummer, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Presentation: 12 oz. foil-capped bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Absolutely amazing in its appearance. Almost neon-yellow in color, this is an opaque, cloudy beer. Pours with a great head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Smells a bit like stewed bananas. Some corriander notes are picked up, as well as a musky yeast aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The body is exceptionally creamy and smooth. A fruitiness similar to bananas and nectarines is detected, coupled with some estery and almost pepper-like notes. The malts in this beer become much more noticable as the beer stands and warms up a bit.

Overall: Another top-of-the-line beer from Unibroue. Highly recommended!

TagoMago, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a dark orange, leaves a bright white head, but it is short lived. Lacing in the tulip glass is nice, and the carbonation gives the drink a lot of zest and pop. The taste is unusual, sumptuous, sweet (but not sickeningly so) and light on the palate. Lots of orange, tangerine, apricot, maybe some cloves or coriander in there, some wet wheat taste. I bought a six pack of these and experimented with them by pouring the whole bottle into the first beer (with a swirl and pour of the last 1/4 inch or so of the bottom yeast). The second beer I had I left the last 1/4 inch of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The flavor was better by leaving the last bit of yeast out, in my opinion. High ABV is masked, though, so be careful with this one.

Trentonator, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a creamy colored off orange with white head that falls quickly. Smells of citrus, tangerines with hint of banana. Tastes sweet and fruity blend well with the malt and yeast then tartness appears along with little bubbles tantilizing your tounge finishes with touch of alcohol and spice to round out the experience.Mouthfeel starts medium heavy then carbination and alcohol lighten the feel as it goes down. Drinkability is good hardly notice the 9%. Interesting little beer not the best by Unibroue but good none the less.

mntlover, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

Appearance:

Slightly hazy liquid gold with an abundance of carbonation leading to 2 inches of head that has good retention.

Smell:

Dried apricots with honey are the flavor combo that can't wait to be tasted by my tongue.

Taste/Moutfeel:

The only thing that could make me believe in God is the taste of this beer! Unibroue has done it again with this one. It starts off super sweet, then it shifts to tart, and as the carbonation seeps off in your mouth this deliscious fruit salad emerges. Extremely well balanced, this is not a beer to be missed.

cbl2, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pale golden in color with a moderate off-white head that collapses to a small ring around the glass walls. Prominent streams of fizzy carbonation rise quickly to the surface but cannot sustain the head. The lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity, almost wine-like aroma with notes of alcohol and spices. The fruit flavors dominate, however.

Taste: Slightly tart notes of pale malt and a palette of fruit flavors, soon followed by a surging wave of sweet alcohol. Towards the end of the taste a slightly bitter medicinal note appears, although it is quite restrained. This slight bitterness is quite pleasing, as it counter balances the sweetness of the alcohol, bringing the taste to a close.

Mouthfeel: Just a touch of zesty carbonation at the beginning of the taste, which is quite smooth and full.

Drinkability: Very pleasing, although with its very strong alcohol content, this beer is better suited to quiet, contemplative sipping, rather than quaffing, simply excellent.

Pegasus, May 30, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Large bottle, with cork and cage. Poured light brown, honey in color and cloudy, Not much of an aroma and minimal lacing. Subtle flavors of spice, yeast, and some mustyness. Fruity flavors, creamcicle Ice cream comes to mind.This one was a tad dull for my tastes. I guess I prefer a BSPA with some more assertiveness and this one just seemed to be fairly understated. Anyway, its a worthwhile brew, tastefully crafted.

Billolick, May 30, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Another great beer from one of my favorite brewers. Golden yellow with a full white head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty with a slightly musty note. Fruity flavor with orange, lemon, and other ripe fruits. Lots of malty goodness with a spicy hop and alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. I could drink this stuff all day, ABV is totally hidden.

Sixpack595, May 05, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours out a decent pale yellow with a massive frothy head on it. The smell is strongly ester dominated with the light fruit notes that I've come to expect from Unibroue pale offerings.

Flavour is surprisingly smooth for a high ABV beer, citrus, pears, and fresh green grapes with a light touch of hops and a lingering sugary sweetness. Everything seems to be perfectly balanced; and the finish is very crisp with just a touch of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is nice medium thick, the beer gives a good mouth coating, which isn't surprising given the higher alcohol content. The crisp finish and balanced flavour make this dangerously quaffable, and it's a frequent rebuy for me.

The bottom line: While often overshadowed by more well-known and more highly regarded Unibroue regular offerings, I think Don de Dieu easily stands up there with the best of them. Honestly though, Unibroue has to be the only brewery in North America where literally 4/5 of their mainstream lineup (excluding Blanche) is easily amongst the best in its class and hence, a regular rebuy for me. Easy to find. Always tasty. Up there with the real Belgians for about 1/2 the price. What more could you ask for?

CortexBomb, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Nice looking beer. Served pretty warm so no chill haze which is somethink I'm realizing lots of Unibroues have. The yeast is very sticky which is nice. Smell is quite nice. Some warm light caramel notes with just barely some spice and some sort of soft fruit. Flavor is nice too, but nothing like the Fin du monde. A bit of spice, peppery, but barely. A touch of caramel flavor as well, but again, barely. I also get a little bit of that gelatin flavor I tend to get now and again in light belgians...mainly tripels. The alcohol is quite warming. The mouthfell is nice...full but not fuller than a belgian should be. Ok drinkable, but the alcohol is pretty obvious which might get old.

cerevisiaephilus, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

The color is yellow with orange accents. Hazy. Weak head that is mostly diminishing.

Mild aromatics of banana, clove, ripe fruits, yeast and orange.

So So flavor. Pretty good but nothing great here. A nice mix between traditional weizen flavors and wit flavors. Lots of dried fruits with banana, orange and just a hint of vanilla.

Another "ho hum" Unibroue.

Crosling, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

The head jumps right up in this fine beer from Unibroue. I considered leaning into the glass and having my forehead touch the beer; the result would have been a beer foam unibrow from Unibroue.

The beer is a rich, dirty yellow color. Smells are a combination of hops and grapefruit. The taste matches this smell...hops, grapefruit - very complicated beer actually. There is a sort of struggle for dominance between the two flavors and, should they choose your tongue as the battlefield, consider yourself lucky.

While this beer feels a little thin, the flavor is so 'big bodied' that you'll hardly notice.

GuinnessSmurf, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Beer is heavy and cloudy, like a thick green tea. Spiced orange and lemon smell, slightly giving off alcohol--intense. Taste is incredibly smooth for its high octane, sweet and mellow, tastes of citrus fruits. Hops follow later on. I could trink, I mean drink another 3 or 4 of these. It was gone before I knew it.

donnebaby, Mar 01, 2004
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.