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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,460 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 181 | 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 SaunaKing
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Unibroue from my sampler pack. This poured a pale gold with a tiny head. Smelled slightly like applesauce. The taste is ok, but again - like apples and thats not exaclty what i am looking for in beer. There is too much sweetness in this beer for my taste. It lingers in the mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkablilty, hard to tell its a high abv and still goes down quite well.

SaunaKing, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of dauss
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml Unibroue thick walled brown bottle, corked and caged. Best before 3-20-03 and its February 2005.

Appearance: Very hazy straw yellow with a tint of orange. Small bone white head that fades really quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Phenolic, fruity, sweet malt, lemony acidity, and alcohol

Taste: Strong carbonation, strong phenols, spicy and peppery, granny smith apple, with a dry finish. Even at 9% ABV, alcohol is just slightly noticeable.

Notes: This bottle is very old. I wonder when it was bottled. Definitely mellowed out, no hop bitterness, flavor, or aroma left. I?ll need to get a newer bottle to make comparisons.

dauss, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of foXXtail
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I’ll agree with what everyone else is saying: the La Fin Du Monde is, indeed, better. However, that doesn’t take anything away from this beer. Serena Williams may be a better tennis player than Venus, but Venus is sure as heck a better player than me, and the same can be said about Don De Dieu. Its strengths should not be overshadowed by a more talented sibling.

Is Don De Dieu a gift of God, as its name suggests? Maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but it certainly is a gift from Unibroue for which I am grateful.

This particular gift comes wrapped in a golden orange hue. There are some floating particles, but this is expected of a bottle-fermented brew and is not a defect. The head is thick and quite healthy, and easily replenished with the generous effervescence from within. The nose is quite sharp, with a strong hoppy citrus twang. Fruity sweetness backs up the nose, but is in no way overpowering.

The beer starts out vanilla sweet with a subtle spicy hop background. There are some slight hints of vodka alcohol, but these are well blended into the other flavors. The vanilla spice gives way to a smooth honey middle, and finally finishes up softly with a tad of champagne dryness. The mouthfeel is sublime: plenty of effervescence and decadently smooth.

Yes, it’s not as good as La Fin, but who cares? It drinks just fine on its own.

foXXtail, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky tarnished gold color. No head, no lace, huge chunks of yeast (oops...). Smells of citrus, mostly lemon. Taste is pretty good, although less so than La Fin Du Monde. It has a nice lemony flavor, with wheat and a bit of (medicinal?) spice. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, and there's not much carbonation (did I get a bad bottle?).

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, although it's not as good as La Fin Du Monde. I'd buy that one first if I had a choice. This one, while good, just doesn't have enough oomph for a winter's night, despite the 9% ABV. (I have a feeling this one may taste better in the summer, so I'll retry it then.)

skybluewater, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of proc
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a pastel yellow in the glass. Aroma brings forth a good dose of lemon. The taste falls in line with the Unibroue group of beers with a signature yeast doing its magic. Lemon, citrus and slight nuttiness are present. Such a well-crafted beer. It hides the ABV very well.

proc, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of Zraly
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a veil of a white head. The bubbles are compact. The overall appearance is very much like a California sparkling wine. Rich, inviting scents of melon, apricot, rum and orange. Tremendously assertive, and one of the more beautiful smelling ales I've yet to partake.

Which leads on to taste, which is also one of the more beautiful tasting beers. Honey comes forth after the ale is a bit warm, and is followed by a wheaty, dry finish. So many wonderful ripe fruit flavors (especially apple and apricot) round out the overall experiece, including a wine-like twang in the middle. Grapey and honey-like. Indulgent, creamy mouthfeel. And I really can't get over how pleasurable the mouthfeel is. It totally compliments the overall flavor. Vanilla and spice come to mind in terms of the yeasty quality.

This is an extremely wonderful ale. Farm Fresh had a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles for $4.59. I feel like a thief.

This ale would be the perfect companion to a roasted chicken stuffed with a whole head of garlic and a lemon or two. Serve it up with some roasted potatoes. It's also the perfect sipper for a cold, rainy night.

A most excellent selection.

Zraly, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always, Unibroue chooses an historical name which traces the history/mythology of early Canada. Hence, Don De Dieu(Gift Of God), Samuel De Champlain's ship, from France, commisioned to explore the St. Lawrence. Unibroue's beer nomenclature has always impressed me: always somewhat arcane, but eye catching; intriguing. This triple white ale was a pale murky yellow colour, an extremely light pineapple hue with brown, definitely unclear, and non-sparkling. The head is near-bright-white. I am not sure if it was this bottle or my glass, but the head was surprisingly small, bubbling quickly to a thin film, leaving poor lacing. The aroma is an impressive display of Belgian know-how. Oak wooden smells along with musty yeast and sourish fruit. I get a very aged, dusty aroma from far above the rim; in closer, the soapy, citrusy yeast arrives, along with cork and wood. Pineapple, some salinity, apple peel, spice, seasoning salt, some red wine notes. An extremely sharp fruit taste not unlike some of their Ephemere versions, but less direct and one-track. Instead, the fruit tastes are mixed well, leaving orange, green apple, some lemon, nectarine, and white grapes. The malt is not totally masked, as I could get some decent caramel/crystal malt in the middle and front of the tongue. The saltiness is felt in the finish, along with the dry yeast, hops barely being felt at all. Some numbing clove in the aftertaste. Wheat, soap, clove--all the basics of a witbier. The alcohol, felt in the middle, is well masked. The finish leaves more oak/cork tastes, some tiny malt ones, and defining salty ones, bacon-like. The mouthfeel is as good as some excellent Belgians I have tried, with perhaps more citrus, akin to a hefeweizen. Medium, bordering on high carbonation. The lees, greener and more creamy, brought less of a phenol hit and more apple than anything. Sufficiently bodied without compromising drinkability, as indeed this refreshing but heavy white ale easily slides down the gullet, 9% notwithstanding. Gift of God? Undoubtedly.

Cwrw, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle from Thirroul Cellars, a great bottlo, and one that will be visited again.
The bottle describes the beer as a "triple white beer", not a Belgian Stron pale. Poured a dense, cloucly orange colour, with a thick white head, that dissapeared quickly (dirty glass?). Had nice little yeast floaties.
Smelt of intense orange, coriander, spicy fruit from the Unibroue house yeast, and a strong wheat characteristic. Yummy. I think we (Teaser and I) just sat there smelling this beer for ages before tasting it. It was awsome!
The taste was perfect to complement the heady aroma of the triple white, thick malt in the mouth, a hint of hop, warming alcohol, spices - orange, coriander, clove(?), banana, vanilla, and a lingering fruityness and wheat flavour.
Overall, this is another excellent beer from a great Canadian brewery. I love them.

revdrjbob, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of amicar
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from whole foods market in st. louis for (i think) 6.99; 750mL bottle; it was an accompaniment for a NY strip steak seasoned with sea salt and crushed black pepper, seared on the outside and cooked to a (perfect) medium rare.

Pours with a nice, large head that disspates fairly quickly and stealthily leaves little trace. A color that I would describe as straw with a touch of extra orange. Happy mild esters in the nose, with a little hint of spiciness; the first tase fills the mouth with a little stronger spiciness and the citrus becomes more apparent. A very little touch of vanilla (very little). Sits in the mouth for a good minute after the sip. When several sips in a row are taken, there is actually a very subtle ? chocalate taste- very faint, though.

As for a pairing with the steak, although it wasn't disappointing, it could've been better. I think this beer would be perfect with a gamey fowl such as pheasant, game hen, or quail, and quite good with roast herbed chicken. Also would be nice with a sharp cheddar. I would probably pick a different drink for my next steak.

Overall, excellent and easy to drink. Definitely gets put on the "frequent purchase" list.

amicar, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a tall head that fades really fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a strong wheat character with some fruits and floral hops. The alcohol comes out in the flavor. Yeast provides a certain spice and clove to the taste. Has a bit of the wheat flavor. This one is good, but not great. A little too heavy.

clvand0, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/straw color, transparent, with a full white fluffy head. Co2 was light and head retention was low, but leaves a respectable level. Aroma is of fruity esters, malt, yeast, sour apples and citrus fruits. Flavor has a sweet start, tart middle and a tart and lightly dry finish. Palate is medium bodied and lively with lots of activity. An interesting balance of tart to sweet, and an unusual representation of the style. Worth another try.

SeanChouffe, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle with a 03-20-2006 best before date.
Straw colored with a white head. Smells of orange peels, spices. Taste is tart wheat malts, breads, and spicy yeast. Has a clean, zesty mouthfeel. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite to remind you of it's 9% nature.
Very drinkable, this brew raises the bar for wheat beers.

beerceller99, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 14, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.