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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 123
Gots: 228 | 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 Byeast
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle has a boat on the label , named after Samuel de Champlain¹s boat, The Don de Dieu, which arrived in Tadoussac, June 3, 1608. He was commissioned by the King of France to pursue, by way of the great Canadian waterway, the exploration of the vast and inhospitable land called "America".
This Triple wheat beer poured a slightly hazy , orangish gold with a white head of about an inch. Aroma is of some tangy ripe fruit and spice , a hint of vanilla , and a very light hop scent. Taste is kind of sweet , full bodied , creamy fruit flavors , a sturdy spice , and some warming alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side. A very tasty and drinkable Belgian. Refreshing , but packs a punch.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just wasn't too excited about this beer. It was clear yellow color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated. It had a grainy, fresh aroma with a little bit of spiciness. It tasted sweet and spicy, light on the hops. An OK beer, but not very inspiring. I've enjoyed othe Unibroue products more.

Photo of fingolfin72
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, almost luminescent gold. The head is tall, white and fine. It last a while.

The nose is a wonderful swirl of lemony, sugary, yeasty goodness with an exotic, spicy tinge.

The flavors are abundant, bright and delicious. More importantly, they are in balance. Lemon, sugar, spice, mineral and alcohol play their parts. There is a butterscotch note lurking around as well. I always love a beer with big flavors and elusive ones also.

The alcohol asserts itself the most in the finish, and it doesn't take long to feel warm and fuzzy when drinking this one.

Dee-friggin-licious.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with the huge wooden sailing ship label (very cool), purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $6.99 in March, 2006. Best before date of 06-29-08. The cage holding the cork on states that it's a 2005 vintage.

On opening, a nice gentle gunshot and gunsmoke effect- I always like that. Pours a surprisingly pale golden yellow (rather than the typical rich golden that I usually see for this style) with a nice frothy white head that drops rather quickly. Almost the color of a wit. A steady stream of carbonation keeps the head around for a bit. OK looking, but not as classy as some.

Aroma- coriander. Sharp spiciness. Some sweet undertones, but the herbal notes are dominant.

Flavor. What did I say before? Coriander. Spiciness (not quite so sharp as the aroma). Something else- licorice? Anise? Caroway seed? A honey malt/sweet base keep these together. Decent enough, and interesting to be able to pull out these distinct flavors. Not sure it's an incredible flavor, though, as I ask myself a basic question- does it taste good? It's decent enough is the best answer I can give.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, leaves a bit of film on my tongue. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Photo of carln26
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy gold color and was topped by a bubbly white head. Even with a load of champagne bubbles, rising to the top, the head receded pretty quickly. Lots of fresh bread in the nose. There is citrus there too lemon/orange and even a little pear. Just a touch of caramel on the finish. The flavor has a lot of lemon citrus, a light yeast character. The finish has a lot of apple cider. Just a touch of alcohol. Great carbonation, full mouth feel. Great beer. Unibroue’s beers really propelled me into Advocacy when I experience them for the first time a few years ago. I can’t believe I’m just getting around to reviewing them.

Photo of rodrot
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don De Dieu pours a hazy, darkish gold color with a pillowy head that lingers. Aroma was sweet, malty and spicy(cloves?). Taste was quite sweet with notes of malt, cloves, spices, ripe fruit and honey. There was a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol was barely noticeable and can be deceiving for such a strong beer. I gave this beer a 3.5 for drinkability because the sweetness was a little overpowering. It was just too damn sweet for my tastes. Not a bad beer, but it's my least favorite of Unibroue so far.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a rich, foamy head which turns to a very well-sustained and sprawling lace. Sweet, fruity aroma with some lemon and hay. The palate features a sweet, lemony citrus flavor, some grassy grain, and a distinct but gentle fruitiness. The finish has a mild hop bitterness and some smooth fruitiness, though it’s all a bit weak. Light mouthfeel with active carbonation.

I’ve reviewed a number of beers from this brewery and I’m starting to notice a trend: all of their beers (except for the dark brews) have one mild, though consistent flaw, a somewhat weak finish. Other than that, they’re drinkable and refreshing, even with high alcohol contents. Recommended.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale has an off-yellow color a a hint of haziness from the wheat presence. The ale poured with moderate carbonation, leaving a small ring around the glass, but no lace.

Smell: The ale has a definitive aroma of wheat. There are also orange peel and yeast notes.

Taste: The ale's wheat character gives it a smooth, well-balanced flavor. Underlying the wheat is a heavy alcohol presence. While the alcohol makes itself known, it does not overpower the wheat. In terms of spices, I taste peppers, curacao (orange peels) and even some hefeweizen-like esters.

Mouthfeel: The ale's wheat content gives the ale a sweet tinge that sits well on the tongue. The high alcohol is a little troublesome, but it does not sully the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The drinkability is hindered by the abv. Outside of that, the ale is good and makes me wonder if Unibroue can do no wrong.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue, an awsome brewery and a great beer from them. Pours a hazy golden color. Smells quite sweet. Taste is quite sweet but not sickly sweet, an odd yogurty taste with a bit of yeasty flavor too. Very drinkable, it's a bit powerful but this is another winner from Unibroue.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian, not a beer. Don De Dieu, beer, not funny, and hard to say.

The pour is a pilsner lemony yellow color with very good clarity and amber carbonation in the bubbles. The foam on top shows but also activity in the beer itself. The egg-white foam lasted through out the tasting as left decent lacing.

The smell is noticeable with Belgium sweet malts and a yeast strain to kick. A strong candi note is very pronounced. There also is a bit of a fruity note that is more lemon citrus but some apple tart as well. Not much on the spice overtones.

The taste is really bubbly from high carbonation. The first real taste I get is a very smooth and sweet malt. This is a combo of the Belgium and clear candi. The fruity taste becomes more noticeable then the nose would indicate with the apple notes coming up more. A good tartness but finishes with a citrus bite at the end. The ABV phenols tastes are remarkable missing but the aftertaste has definite glows to let you know its still there.

The body is hard to trace but about the mid range. The carbonation is way too high for this and kind of masks some of the really good flavors out there. Overall this is a good beer but just like Cannonball Run, could be better.

Photo of nouseforotacon
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't mean to sound like a Unibroue groupie, but they make some of the best beers I've had. Don de Dieu does not disappoint!

This one was dated best before 28-06-07. Poured out in a tulip glass it left a very thick foam of tiny, sparkling bubbles, lots of air pockets, with a beautiful golden orange, reflective bottom. Tiny trace of sediments visible in the bottom. A small group of sediments on top of my foam too, speckled brown powder, reminded me of cinnamon. Warm and inviting apperance.

Aroma was both heavy on the fruits and the malts. Berries and peaches, some yeast presence, and spicy/peppery notes linger in the background. Warm alcohol in the nose, too.

Initial taste is very cider-like with noticeable carbonation and a dry finish. Taste is of lemons and berries, some white grapes, with a very slick and pleasant mouthfeel. Spicy hops and a slightly peppery aftertaste. This one is a true treat to drink, SO refreshing with a nice, light body.

This review is done, and so is my beer. Highly recommended, and I'll definitely return for this one again and again. Santé!

Photo of pjwilson
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this in a tahoe, a few weeks back and just found the napkin i wrote the reveiew on.

appearance: the head is gone so fast, never seen a beer with so little head as this beer. And yet there is still lot's of carbination. light orange color

smell: peaches and pears

taste:more peaches and pears and nice blend of dry/sweet. That said a hair one-dimesinal
mouthfeel:drinks light
drinkability: quite high actually, pretty easy drinker.

A nice beer, but that said, not quite as awsome as some other Unibroue beers. Fun, in a simple kind of way.

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Best by 11-30-07, Poured into a Unibroue Trois Pistoles glass, nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, big white foamy head which lasts a few mintues, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of yeast, citrus, and some spices.

T - The taste if tangy, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation on the tongue. A very nice well rounded brew.

D - Very drinkable. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of greenjeff4141
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fruity aromas. Pours a nice thick head that lingers in the glass and leaves nice lacing. This brew has a higher alcohol content which is slightly present in the smell and the taste.

The color is a yellow-orange and slightly cloudy. I recommend this brew to anyone wanting to try something different and new.

Photo of hamletmachine72
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/14/99, 750 ml bottle with cork and cap, 6.99 at the local Bevmo. “Best by” date is 6/29/08; cork reads 0502. Pours a cloudy golden color, about a 3/4” white head. Beautiful smell, yeasty and dry, but with some citrus notes, grass, graperfruit. Tastes incredible, dry and subtle but very complex – bread, hard water, cloves, champagne. Lots of carbonation right to the end of the bottle; that and the buttery finish belie the 9% abv. This is a great tasting beer that gets more interesting as it warms a little, revealing oak and walnut notes.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle - the cork seemed stuck and I noticed a bit of 'sludge' around bottle lip. Was worried about it being bad...

...but it wasn't (thankfully)!

A: A nice blonde, clear and with a frothy white head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Delicious spiciness. Mildly sweet and citrus.

T & M: Nice textured flavors. Nothing overpowering but hints of orange & lemon, clove, bread. Somewhat sour at the start - mellow finish.

D: Absolutely want this beer again. Got nicer the warmer it became. Very little of the alcohol strength came through - just a well-made tasty beer. Both my wife & I approve!

Photo of kgotcher
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, pours light and golden with lots of carbonation. Nice white head with a bit of lacing. Stong vanilla and ester smell, tons of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel hides the 9% alchohol very well. There is a bit of spice on the tip and a slightly Belgium sour aftertaste but generally very smooth from front to back. Made with wheat so flavor is much like a wit beer but much more potent and complex. For a strong beer this is really nice to drink, smooth yet full of complex flavors. Another awesome beer from Unibroue.

Photo of jwff
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ozer into an Arby's Christmas Collection glass, because I realize Arby's is synonymous with Belgium/Canada on many different levels. Pour is hopeful with a nice white head, but pulls a Saint Arnold's fizzy soda dance and eventually recedes to the side of the glass. The beer itself offers a hazy and vaguely translucent orange with a few streams of carbonation to keep me interested.

Smell is very close to a mix Pineapple-Orange and subtle alcohol.

I decided to leave the yeast in the glass for this one, and I think I like it better this way. Taste is very close to what the smell promises, but a lot more subtle. Can't believe this is 9%. Citrus sweetness on the edges of the tongue while the mild carbonation hits the middle. I almost feel bad for calling this a lawnmower beer, but it would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel is good, mentioned the carbonation earlier and it's not too sweet. I kind of expected this to be syrupy but it's very drinkable. Only downside for me is it kind of sits in my stomach, but at 9% maybe it's better to keep this one a sipper.

Maybe not the best of Unibroue's lineup, but it is a solid contender. Triple wheat indeed.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy straw color with a efervescent (sp??) white head & body. Minimal lacing and head retention

Smell: Some spice and alcohol

Taste: Apple like tastes combine with yeast & alcohol. Dry plummy finish

MF: Syruppy but well balanced good carbonation levels

Drinkable but not moreish. two would by my max, really feel the abv. Not my cup of tea, but representative of its style. Belgian beer freaks will enjoy this

Photo of DrJay
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL. Light haze in a golden straw coloured beer with a fluffy, bright white head. Minimal lace and the foam reduced quickly to a thin wisp. Sweet malt aroma with a great combination of lemon, bready yeast, light spice and alcohol. Bready sweet with mild bitterness to start, followed by citrus fruit (mostly lemon). Sweetness increases towards the end and it finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth and spice. Medium/high carbonation, medium bodied with some creaminess. Alcohol is a bit drying and there's light slickness. Great balance between malt, alcohol, and spice. Easy to drink given the high abv.

Photo of snilsen13
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours yellow orange with a quick to fizz away white head. Looks a little cloudy. The high point is the smell: raspberries and citrus dominate with a muskiness beneath. The taste is very mild fruity emphasizes berries and ends with the warmth of the alcohol. THe aftertaste is nearly absent, pretty smooth. Mouthfeel is fair, seems a little flat as time passes on, but a drinkable brew nonetheless. I would reinvest my money for that smell. It could be a good summer evening drink.

Photo of Shiloh
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Unibroue product grows on you, real fast, an exellent sipping brew.
A clear yellow in colour with a two finger crown leading to a thick glass cling with a wafer thick island.
The body is a medium +.
Carbonation is light.
The nose is of apricot.
The taste is a variety of fruits, primarily apricot>orange>yeast, not overpowering, just refreshing.
Well done.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(05-02) Pours out into my tulip a mostly clear color of appple cider with a siignificant orange tinge - apricot and tangerine juice? A fizzy belgian-style head rizes up, pure white and cola-looking, and hangs out for a minute before dissappearing almost completely, to my dissappointment. Lots and lots of rising bubble streams try to refill the head but don't quite make it.

The scent is oh-so-Belgian and oh-so-Unibroue - I LOVE the yeast they use! It's so deliciously multi-flavored - nut, bread, fruit, earth, honey. The scent is all yeast and gets the mouth watering for the flavor...

Oh, my, what flavor! This gets so nice as it warms up! be sure to drink this at the proper temperature. There are significant notes of apricot and peach, soft and sugary fruits on the tip of the tongue, with a gorgeous fruity-bready yeast middle and a small perky fizz on the back of the tongue that isn't bitter whatsoever but balances out the delicious flavors on the front. Damn, this is good! The more I sip and savor it, the more delicious it tastes. Significant apricot flavors are well-balanced and.. well... Pretty much perfect!

Slightly fizzy carbonation for an instant, then suddenly it becomes smooth, very creamy, with a slight balancing tang. Feels very good in the mouth, leaving behind a wonderfullly unobtrusive aftertaste/afterfeel that lingers the final flavors on the back of the tongue.

You know, after drinking this, I've come to the conclusion that Unibroue is absolutely my favorite brewer of Belgian-style ales. Every single one I've had is wonderful.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a snow-white head, looks good at first but settles to a weak head too soon. Beautiful clear golden color with a slight haze...reminds me of mead in a way.

Smell is absolutely pleasant, some pear, white grape, spice, inviting alcohol, various citrus, even a black licorice hint in the background.

Tastes like it smells basically, maybe just a little too sharp on the spice and not bold enough with the fruity elements. But it doesn't disappoint, every sip is a good one. Somewhat thinner mouthfeel for the style and alcohol content, tingly, alive with carbonation.

At 9%, it's good for sipping. There are better Belgian and Belgian-style ales of similar profile, but Unibroue gets close enough once again.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.