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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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2,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,539
Reviews: 1,232
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 120
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 SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a half-inch head of active white beads at first pour. There are many bubbles rising to maintain at least a 1/8" head for quite some time.

Aroma: Bready yeast and citrus are the most noticeable aspects of the aroma at first. The citrus has a real orange-lemon presence. There is a little bit of spiciness lurking somewhere in there that I think is a mixture of hops and a contribution from the alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is really bready also. If you stretch it, it almost tastes a bit like those little white lemon cookies that you find for 50 cents at a convenience store. The flavor is pretty sweet and malt balanced the entire time. There is a lot of carbonation, so the middle of the profile is a bit hard to discern, but the finish is definitely dry and well attenuated. As the beer warms up some, there is a noticeable spiciness coming out to be a much bigger player in the flavor profile.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer! I don't really know where the distinction between a Strong Pale and a Tripel are...but this one walks the line. I would guess that since the alcohol is "only" 9%, that is what makes this Pale.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear with golden color, can see some light yeast sediment swirling in the glass. The aroma is really good, kind of Belgiany with the Unibroue yeast. I think they use the same yeast for many of their beers (Don de Dieu, La Fin Du Monde, Maudite, Trois Pistoles, etc).

This stuff is awesome. Flavor is fruity and yeasty, but not too agressive. Likewise it's not too strong in alcohol so you can drink several in a row.

One of the best.

Photo of skillerified
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark (for a pale ale) golden-yellow orangish color. About a finger head that faded quickly leaving a nice little cap and big sheets of lacing. Little hazy with some visible yeast.

Fruity and flowery scents hit the nose first. It's banana and citrus on the fruit side. A delicious spicy caramel yeast smell hits on the second whiff. Not getting much beyond that, but this is a delicious and well-balanced bouquet.

Caramel, spices, and maybe a little fruity banana on the first sip. Really nice. The spiciness seems to be growing with each sip. There's definitely a well rounded malt characteristic here too.

Smooth and creamy. Thick textured. Very nice mouthfeel. That jumped out at me before the actual flavor of the beer. Long finish too. A little on the sweet side, but that seems okay with this beer.

This is really nice. I'm really diggin' the spiciness of this brew. Maybe it just fits well for tonight, but I like this one a lot.

Photo of geetlord
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden brown full of yeast with a tall foamy head. It smelled of fresh berries and slightly yeasty. The taste was sweet, fruity, mildly spicy, a little bitter and alcoholic but not unpleasantly so. It was thick and smooth, almost creamy. Overall I felt that it was a good somewhat sweet and full bodied beer.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don de Dieu is the favorite unibroue of several of my friends, I find it to be a bit too spicy and not heavy enough to sustain itself. The beer pours a wheat color and gives of strong hints of both citrus and coriander. It drinks relatively light; however, the taste is confusing and does not seem to have the cohesiveness of several other unibroue offerings.

Photo of cubedbee
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of fizzy white head that vanishes almost immediately, no real lacing. Nose is candi sugar, apricot, and slightly spicey yeast. Taste is nice and yeasty, a slightly sweet candi sugared malt, plenty of fruit--tangerine, banana, apricot, pear, orange; and some coriander spiciness. Full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a smooth dry feel. This is a pretty good beer, but not even close to La Fin du Monde, the same style from the same brewery, which I think I'll stick with.

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

Pours slightly hazy golden-yellow with an impressive creamy head.

Aroma is citrusy with a nice yeasty spiciness.

Taste is malty sweetness competing with the citrus flavor. A touch of vanilla and fruit. Cloves take up the finish. Very smooth and tasty. Alcohol flavor is definitely there, but it seems to complement the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is rather light.

I found this brew to be very enjoyable and easy to drink (especially for the high ABV).

Photo of ElGordo
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz, foil-wrapped bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color topped by a pretty, 2-finger white head that dissipates a bit too quickly. Beautiful, clean aroma of Belgian yeast, wheat, light citrus, and some piney hops. Palate is intriguing - light sweet malt, some wheat, citrus tang, and a touch of astringency. Some piney Euro hops come through on the finish. Body is a bit too foamy, but still holds the flavor well. A bit lighter than some of the other Unibroue offerings, and very drinkable.

Photo of nathanho
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle. Opened slowly, left to sit a few minutes. 2 fingers of creamy champagne head. Cloudy golden honey color. Lots of carbonation. Head flattens out and displays wonderful whorls when left to sit and then sipped.

Smells like coriander and light alcohol. Tastes of apple, coriander, honey, yeast. Mouthfeel very smooth and slightly astringent.

Compares well with Duvel...I think this one is more drinkable for me right now. I like this beer better than Duvel, but will give Duvel another try...I think I had a bad open and pour with it...blahblahblah.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured only a sparse head that went away to nothing, not even leaving a film. Only a bubble or two of lace. Had an appealing hazy golden, straw color.

Smell- Smelled of yeast, a little candi sugar and malt.

Tatse- Reminded me of hay, very earthy mix of malts and light hops. Tried to swirl the brew around and open up a few more flavors, but to no avail.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but a good kind of dry. A slightly muddy palate that reminded me of gardening.

Photo of orfeu
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged. Golden with a massive snow white head that started to get out of control -- sipped some foam before analyzing! Nose is yeasty apples, lemons and pepper. Taste is much of the same: lots of appley white grape flavors with a lemony white pepper finish. Dry and very light bodied for such a strong abv. Mystifying stylistically. Quite a thirst-quencher considering its abv. Not my favorite from Unibroue, but definitely a choice offering.

Photo of descartes
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Unibroue and my was it a treat. Poured from a 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A slightly orange yellow with a quarter inch head.
Smell: Very sweet smell, hints of lemon and orange.
Taste: Honey front which turns into a fruity middle with slight hops keeping it fron becoming too sweet. Finishes with a orange alcoholic taste, also some apples in there..
Drinkability: Give me more please! Beware this drink doesn't feel like 9%.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lager-like creamy golden with not much head at all. Smells like wall paper paste, apricots, chocolate, play dough and lacquer. The smell makes a lot more sense when paired with the flavor. There are tons of delightful dry fruits with a well paired dry yeast. There are smooth and creamy apricots, sweet prunes and sour plumbs. Very delicious! Mouth feel is medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Photo of maxpower
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a fizzy off white head that quickly disappears with no lacing either. Musty buttery aromas, lemon, pineapple, pear and pepper flavors. Medium to full bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour.

Photo of Naes
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy golden color with a tall white head that dissapeared quickly.
The aroma is of yeast and is a bit grainy.
Its flavor has a sweet malty base and is a bit fruity with a yeast and alcohol presence.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine golden honey like the skin of an expensive south american whore, the kind that smells like peaches.

Zing zap citrus and harsh Belgian wheat smell. Sour Duvel. Very nice. Lots of fruit that's just about ripe but not quite ripe yet. Green and brown.

Sits pleasant and citrusy when it first enters your mouth. This grows, turns a little sour, and right before the fruit gets too sour it's washed away in a wave of caramel malt.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big unibroue fan here, and i've always been iffy about this beer. people think sleeman is negatively affecting u's beers.. well, this beer has improved since the take-over. here's my take on the new version:


pours a cloudy apple juice/urine color with slow moving sparse, tiny bubbles visible through the murky haze. big fluffy head condenses to a nice frothy cream layer which leaves drenching sheets of tight lace.

burnt sugar sweetness and tripel maltiness mingle aromatically with a varitable fruit basket.. green apples, bananas, lemons, and a glazed honey bun thrown in for starchy balance. dangerously sweet but nasally appealing nonetheless.

brisk, carbonated body explodes with floral honey notes finishing with a hop accent and slight abv burn. warmth evokes raspberry jam-filled donuts, lemons and poppy seeds. a plethora of sweet notes.. tripel-y in its malt/yeast character but bringing out fruits like few beers can.. barleywines or trappist dark ales usually excel here. except unibroue did it with a pale.. and they didn't produce a bitter, chalky mess like many of its brethren.

smooth, nice. great beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don De Dieu pours from the 12oz bottle a cloudy pale yellow orange hue with a billowing two finger white head on top that's quite actively bubbling. Aromas of lightly fruity pale malts along with a nice peppery spiciness. Hints of apple and bubblegum along with a touch of clove and plenty of yeast notes. Rather mellow.

First sip brings a crisp, fruity pale maltiness that has notes of apple juice and oranges. A mix of cracked white pepper spiciness, cloves and underlying hints of bubblegum work their way into the mix. Finishes with a slightly bready yeast tone. This is a crisp, tasty brew with only a slight hint of the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the light side with a fast moving carbonation that dashes across the palate. Really refreshing for a brew of this strength. I wouldn't mind having another if I had one on hand. Unibroue has not failed to impress me so far. This one is well worth checking out.

Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold coloration. The head was an inch thick and subsided quickly. No lacing was in evidence on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells fruity and peppery spicy.

Taste: The beer leads with a slightly peppery spicy taste. Then the taste mellows out into fruity malty sweetness and then bitter. Not even a hint of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim plus to full bodied beer. The carbonation is in tight tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. The alcohol is covered up in both taste and smell. Very smooth to drink.

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

Hazy light gold with a reasonable head, this is one of the lighter Unibroue offerings. The nose is redolent with yeasty citrus notes. The first sip is very Saison like with a fruity finish. There is gravitas in the structure but the beer is very drinkable with little indication of the high

Photo of GClarkage
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/22/05- Purchased at Cost Plus in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy orange pour with a full inch creamy white head and bits and pieces of lace here and there. Quite a sight.

Smell- Corriander and white pepper slams you in the nose with some tropical fruit esters to follow.

Taste- Yum! Lots of mellow sweet fruits including banana, orange and lemon make you take notice. Large corriander taste with some light peppery flavors add together nicely with the fruit.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy and coating. Effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Wanted to just glup this down it was so good. As it warms it gets even better. Kinda tough to find around here though. One of my new favorite brews.

Photo of Backer2004
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two years ago, I would have turned by nose and mouth away from a Don de Diue. Now, in this post-Pop the Cap, 250+review pallette, this one is a great example of the style. Clean and fresh, this one sparkles in the mouth, gives only a slight hint of its alcohol content, and retains just the slightest head and bit of carbonation to make it welcoming from first sip to last. Only $2.50 a bottle at the local gas station of all places, this one is a great introduction to those just trying this style or high gravity beers. Another great brew from Unibroue.

Photo of Citadel82
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lived thin white head ... or a dirty beer glass, This pale gold brew has the odd floaty from this lightly sedimented brew Carbonation is initially very intense . Fruity, funky nose typical of this style. Taste is sweet pale malts, with fruity ale yeast and a short spicy hop finish. Mouth feel is smooth and light with tingly carbonation at first, though this fades as the brew warms. Very drinkable brew. Hides the 9% alcohol well!

Photo of asabreed
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Probably the best friggin appearance I've ever seen (and I'm serious). Bubbles on a rollercoaster, going left, right, up down. Huge head that's being pushed up by the bubbles that are clamoring to get the hell out of the glass. Can I please give this a 7? One of the most active, colorful, beautiful works of art I've seen, and I just called the appearance for a beer a work of art. That alone is at least worth a 5 in giving it a score.

Smell: Lots of alcohol at first, and it's a bit overpowering. Then comes some thick yeast, faint hints of pineapple and pear, and some citrus zest at the end. Also some faint hints of candi sugar.

Taste: Where is this pineapple coming from? I don't know if I've ever tasted it in a beer before. Also some apricot, some slight cherries, and some lemon, as far as fruit goes. Some sweet malt and candi sugar also. Finishes sweet, then turns quickly to finishing dry and yeasty. Also, now I'm getting some spice like cinnamon and clove. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: For the insane amount of carbonation the mouthfeel is extremely rich, creamy, and silky. The sugar adds a significant amount of body, but goddamn is it well done. For me it couldn't get better.

Drinkability: Unibroue continues to produce amazing stuff, and this is no exception. This bottle is out of the 4-pack I just purchased, which means there are 3 bottles left, and you know what that means. I'd certainly more than recommend this.

Photo of cracgor
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a special beer for me. It is my first belgian. My first beer that I consider exotic. It is an opaque orange to straw color. Has a white head with good retention and decent lacing. Tons and tons of carbonartion floading up out of it. This beer smells good. As soon as I open the bottle the grassy aroma hits me. It is sweet and delicious in smell-slightly fruity. When I drink this, it has tons of flavor. It has that grassy smell, it is slightly sweeter than I would expect, but it is delicious. I just cannot identify the fruity flavor, slightly citrus, slighltly spiced, and slightly like musk mellon. The beer is light to medium bodied and dry. It has no alcohol taste, but great alcohol warming. Not something I can hammer down, but not something I get tired of quickly either.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 2,539 ratings.