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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,540
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 121
Gots: 220 | 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 Vancer
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -2.7%
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
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of soultrain
2.92/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best by 3/2/07. 12 oz. bottle. Poured into a Koenigshoeven chalice.

A-Hazy golden peach beer. No head, just a thin, thin layer of foam slick, yet has incredible, streaming, over-eager carbonation.
S-Fruity, fruit-cocktail esters. Bit of booze, bit of candy.
T-Like a champagne/burbon cocktail. Boozy 9% is very apparent.
M-This is the most champagne-like beer I have ever come across. A very dry champagne. Brut. Unstoppable carbonation; a miracle really.
D-One is enough for me.

CRUX: THIS IS THE REAL "CHAMPAGNE OF BEERS." Different take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale, that's for sure. For that alone it's worth the sample.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold, cloudy from the yeast pour. Two and a half finger head, fizzles out quickly and leaves almost no lace. Complex yeast nose consisting of Unibroue's signature phenolics, heavy pilsener malt, and estery notes of apple, apricot and rose-like alcohol. Sweet high-gravity pilsener malt taste upfront followed by a barrage of belgian phenols. Dry and spicy aftertaste with fusels that pack a wallop. Tiny and abundant streaming carbonation in a med-full body- crisp yet with a thickish texture. The boozey characteristics help liven up the mouthfeel and the result is entertaining. Subdued and indistinct hops, but balanced none-the-less. Finishes dry and tart but mellow, with the alcohol and phenols lingering a bit. A real "sipper"; and a fascinating interpretation of the style.

Photo of lpayette
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale straw color, pretty big and white head (although perhaps not as big as many in this style). Disipates quickly, but good lacing.

Smell- bold and sweet alcohol. Typical belgian smells. Some tartness.

Taste + Mouthfeel- good amount of carbonation helps to produce a well-balanced, and tingly mouthfeel. Some distinctive "pale" flavors like a typical pale ale are in the background, hidden behind alcohol, tart fruity flavors, and sugary notes.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with a giant foamy head. The smell has lemon, coriander,pepper, and bananas. The aromas were good,but not as strong as I would have hoped. The taste has a creamy.rich mouthfeel that is very good. The taste is much like a Belgian, lemon citrus,floral,clove, bananas, coriander and pepper. The taste is very good with the alcohol hidden very well. This is a very good beer from a brewer who I'm starting to enjoy more and more.

Photo of oelergud
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Translucent sun golden body with lots of carbonation. White creamy tine bubbled head, low retention and lace.
Strong spiced sweet strong malt with almond and banana.
Taste is sweet almond as well with some citric hop flavors carrying through into the aftertaste.
Medium to full body, buttery and slick with good coating. Finishes slightly dry.
Decent drinkability for just one glass though lacking something more.


Photo of ultralarry2006
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a three finger plus head that receded to surface skim, left no lacing. Body was a cloudy orange yellow.

Smell - esters and phenols, bananas.

Taste - same as the smell. Bananas and spices. Alcohol warmth lends spice, not harshness.

Mouthfeel - halfway between full and thin, very fluid, slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is very good, and goes down well. I like this a lot, but high abv limits this to one in a given session, maybe even the only thing you sip that session.

Photo of dfried
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's color is a hazy orange, huge, awesome off-white head you expect from a Belgian style beer.

The aroma is like fresh lemon grass, a citrus perfume, as well as sweet and syrupy from the malt and yeast. Delicious.

I found many levels to the taste of this beer. It starts out a lot like a witbier or saison, very spicy, of coriander and pepper, but with a lemon and other citrus-like characteristics. Then comes some tart, fruity flavors like apricot and maybe a little peach or nectarine, I thought of green grapes as well. By this time the spiciness really starts dying down, and even some apple and pear comes through. With all of this going on there are some relatively powerful, fresh floral hops always there, they even get a little musty and dank in the finish.

The mouthfeel is tangy, it has a spicy and zesty zip to it, but not in a way that keeps it from being smooth.

It's hard to even tell there is more alcohol in this than an average 5% beer, it is dangerously and delightfully drinkable. Just plain a great beer. I loved how all of the flavors melded so well.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Unibroue Don de Dieu pours out a slightly hazy yellow color topped with a large, white head. Delicious aroma of bananas and peppery spices. Lots of malt and yeast in the flavor. Peppery spiciness. Finishes with vanilla and more spices. The 9% alcohol is very well hidden. Carbonation is a little high. Great drinkability. Unibroue makes great Belgian style beers, especially the pale beers. Don de Dieu is a fine example.

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured an orangish gold with a towering, foamy white head that quickly settled into a thick, well-retained lace.
The smell was of orange peel, fruity esters and a touch of yeast and alcohol.
The taste reminded me of a Duvel with some orange added to it. Very delicious. The fruity flavors and malt hid the alcohol taste to the end.
The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with a warming alcohol finish.
This is a great "sipping" beer.
I enjoyed it last night as a nightcap - wishing I had some good chocolate to accompany it - and was in beer heaven!

Photo of ColForbin
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Don De Dieu I am drinking is from a 12oz bottle with a best before date of 2/15/09. It pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a thick white head.

Aroma is spicy with lots of coriander, some clove, and some orange peel. Basically an amped up Blanche de Chambly. Taste is more coriander, with some Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Finish is orange peel, clove and pepper. It is billed as a triple white ale on the four-pack holder, and that is pretty much exactly what it tastes like.

Highly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel for the strength. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol. A very drinkable beer, maybe a bit too spicy to have several.

Yet another fine offering from Unibroue. Doesn't quite match up to La Fin du Monde or the amazing Trois Pistoles, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Torch
3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not impressed with the appearance at all. Pretty at the pour and then the thin white head quickly disappears.

S - Good smell considering how lightly hopped this beer is and how much I enjoy the smell of hops!

T - Average taste. I must say though that the alcohol is well hidden in this beer. You can sense the alcohol, but not 9% worth of it.

M - Good mouthfeel. Not to bubbly or creamy. Again, the ABV content is well hidden in the mouthfeel.

D - Good, especially considering the alcoholic strength of this brew.

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head in the beginning but it fades quickly. No lace whatsoever. The color is a cross between amber and gold. While not as cloudy as other Uniboue's, it's still true to form for a Belgian ale.

Vanilla ice cream is the first aroma note I detect. Maple syrup comes next but lightly. Smells like a dessert beer.

Maple syrup sweetness comes through in the flavor. The alcohol presense is felt with the warming sensation in the belly. No bitterness counterpoint, which I yearn for as a hop head. The aftertaste quickly fades.

This is an interesting beer but a little sweet for my palate. I don't consider this up to the superior standards of Unibroue's other offerings.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 2,540 ratings.