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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,374 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 106
Gots: 161 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 the42ndtourist
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, it's a good beer. that can certainly be said - the taste is pleasant but a bit too weak, and it fails to really mask the alcohol. I like the colour, a pale cloudy gold, but the head was rather small (especially in comparison to other beers of the type). It kind of fails to distinguish itself like fin du monde though.

the42ndtourist, Aug 30, 2002
Photo of Aesop
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer in all regards. A fruity, slightly yeasty nose, a very fine (almost champaign-like) carbonation that balances the heavy mouthfeel, leaving a light aftertaste of dried fruit (apricots). I drank this while eating a mixed-fruit salad, and it just made the picnic perfect.

Aesop, Aug 26, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy, even in a long-stored and carefully poured bottle. Orange-marmalade in color and topped by a rocky, bright-white head that eventually drops to an exceptionally creamy 1/4" covering and leaves excellent lace. The aroma is bold: quite yeasty, fruity (orange rind, dried apricot), citrusy, spicy. I keep looking for more but don't find it. The body is medium/light with a very fine, tiny bubbled and effervescent carbonation and gives a creamy texture in the mouth. The flavor is mouthfilling and extravagant, following the aroma's lead with orange, citrus, and clove atop a gentle malty sweetness awash in alcohol. It starts boldly sweet upfront, revealing soft spices as it warms, and finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of dried fruits. The spice eventually builds to leave a tingle on the tongue. Quite intense. Very enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hazy golden-orange brew throws out a nice off-white head that literally fizzes away in seconds. This beer has a nice fruity boquet, with grapes and berries being the most dominant. One of the first traits of this beer I notice on my tongue is the alcohol. A bit stinging, but not overbearing. There are also some pleasant hints of vanilla bean and cedar. Some other tastes of note are citrus fruits, slight hints of berries and yeastiness. Very fizzy and carbonated mouthfeel, but not to the extent of other Belgian beers I have had that are hard to drink because of the gas concentration. This is a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks go out to cokes for leaving me with this "Gift from God."

Bighuge, Aug 03, 2002
Photo of pbrian
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scores better than the La Fin Du Monde I just had. This thing is a virtual fruit bowl of aromas and flavors. Ripe peaches, bananas and spicy yeasties abound. Slighty sweet start, finishes drier and slightly tart. Wonderfully complex and flavorful.

pbrian, Jul 31, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a snow white head of 2 fingers. It dissipates rather quickly into lumpy leftovers. The smell is that of strong fruit and alcohol. Of the fruity flavored beers that Unibroue puts out, this one is put together well. At 9% alcohol, whew!...that's what I have to say about that. It has a slightly sticky mouthfeel, but it's drinkability doesn't suffer IMHO! A votre sante!....again and again ;-)

BeerAngel, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a monstrous pure white head, golden colored liquid with slight haze, very lively carbonation. Nose is spicy, reminiscent of Belgian witbier. Tastes great, with a nice fruity light and effervescent mouthfeel. Tropical fruit esters present, smooth going down, nice finish. Not a hint of the 9% alcohol contained within! A very decievable, yet very drinkable ale...be careful with this one.

beerluvr, Jun 22, 2002
Photo of Longstaff
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orangey appearance and fruity aroma. Sweet, fruity flavor hides some of the sharp phenols. A little too sweet for my tastes, but is good beer to have once in a while. I like the La Fin du Monde much better.

Longstaff, May 28, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Effervescent amber color, leaning toward the yellow rather than the orange. Head settles to a skim after 30 seconds. Slightly lemony sweetgrass smell, touch of candy. Taste is dense but subdued, sweet malts, lemon rind, and very enforced by aroma. Sense of alcohol warming in the back of the throat and in the stomach. Powerful impact but only medium bodied. Hops balance well in mid mouth. A well-made brew, a little too heavy duty and toward the sweet lemon side to my tastes. Prefer Maudite.

ADR, May 07, 2002
Photo of LarryV
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one great beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel, tantalizing color and aroma. The more it warmed up, the better it tasted. One of my favorite brews from Unibroue, very complex in flavor. The alcohol is subtlely disguised, this beer can kick ass!

LarryV, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Horrible!!!!! Very sweet with too much alcohol shining through, gag, gag, gag. Horrible unbalanced and syrupy, one of Unibroues worst beers, no doubt, get Maudite or trois Pistoles instead, this is junk.

rastaman, Mar 24, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has an interesting orange-golden color, with a fine white lacey head which sticks around. It's hazy, too, with lots of yeasties in the bottom of the bottle. Spiciness in the nose along with fruit. Has a really good body, but a tad rough on the tongue. All kinds of pleasant flavors come through, like fruits, spices.... My first Unibroue selection...quite nice!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bierman9, Mar 10, 2002
Photo of mophie
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an oustanding beer. It is clear that the masters at Unibroue are true artisans. Golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a beautiful white foamy head that thins but stays through the glass. Smells of spices, sweet citrus (qumquats and orange), and fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is very round, as it seems to impact just about every tastebud. Carbonation is perfect - not too much, not too little. Slightly sweet, orange and rind taste, a touch of honey, with a pleasant alcohol finish. What a treat!

mophie, Mar 09, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent Unibroue offering. Very noticable yeast smell and taste. Smooth and should be drunk slowly - very high ABV. The U.S. importer in Unibrew USA.

jdhilt, Mar 01, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It goes without saying that this is a great brew from a truely wonderful brewery. DdD pours a nice yellow orange body with a magnificent pure white head. Spices and fruits dominate the taste buds. It is beer that must be tasted to be believed (much like all Unibroue's creations). Truely unique and wonderful. The 9.0% abv creep up slowly to assassinate your brain cell. Not a problem thought...I would gladly sacrifice a few for a liquid of this magnitude. On the upper tier of beer I have ever had (along with Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde...which I like slightly better, if that is possible).
Caveat: I generally like to pour the yeast sediment directly into the glass to add to the flavor of most beers. DdD is the exception, I would recommend decanting this, as the yeast seems to "muddy-up" the spicyness of the beer. Either way, however, you are in for a treat.

cokes, Feb 21, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow........I had read a lot of the reviews for this brew and it certainly lived up to the expectations. It pours a beautiful golden yellow with a nice frothy head that slowly dissipates to about 1/2 in. thick and then even more slowly goes to a nice retaining lace. The smell is very fruity and complex. Due to my winter long stuffed nose I wasn't able to fully interpret it. The taste is...wonderful. Creaminess dominates throughout with traces of fruit (bananas?), biscuits, and subtle spices. It finishes very crisp. Smooth creaminess is what the mouthfeel is all about with the perfect carbonation. Not too intrusive but just enough to let you know it is there and to enhance the taste. A very drinkable beer for its 9.0 % ABV. Another amazing beer from Unibroue. Currently my favorite of theirs, although, my favorite seems to be whatever is in my glass at the time.

Murph, Feb 18, 2002
Photo of QXSTER1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful white creamy head with sensational aromas of fruit and spices. Deep golden color with an unfiltered haziness. Unbelievably smooth for such a high alcohol beer.
Not as complex as Unibroue's Dubbels and Tripels but an outstanding beer.

QXSTER1, Nov 24, 2001
Photo of mmthompson33
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have one with the meal, then one for dessert, and it makes for the perfect warm, culinary experience. Definitely a beer to be reckoned with.

mmthompson33, Nov 04, 2001
Photo of ThreePistols
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color, medium head. Fruity sweet malty aroma. Sweet, malty, buttery, spicy citrus taste. It's fairly effervescent with a spicy finish. Alcohol is well balanced. A pleasure to drink, down to the last drop.

ThreePistols, Nov 02, 2001
Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a beautiful label and foil neck. Best before 03/09/03. "The Don de Dieu in Tadoussae, June 3, 1608, under the command of Samuel de Champlain de Brouage, commissioned by the King of France to pursue the exploration of this vast and inhospitable lancd called America."

Appearance: Golden with a magnificent orange hue. The lace is thin, white.

Smell: Light fruity esters, toffee, delicate spice and pale malts in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An outrageous fruitiness of blissful sweet apricots come to mind. A soft hop twang follows with some gentle spice, esters and pepper notes. The beer then goes crisp & dry (no doubt from the wheat). Toffee/toasted malt flavours also come forward as the beer warms, as does some honey-like qualities. Finishes with spicy alcohol notes, slightly bready, grain dryness/light grain tannins and a touch of earthy yeast flavour.

Notes: At 9% abv this beer is suprisingly light and refreshing. It's also one of the best beers that I've ever tasted.

Todd, Oct 17, 2001
Photo of BKotch
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my mind (?), this is not a strong Belgian golden ale a la Duvel, nor is it a tripel. It's a pumped-up wit. A very, very good pumped-up wit, mind you. This ale is to Blanche de Chambly (Unibroue's wit) as de Koninck Grand Cru is to regular de Koninck; i.e. a beer to be sipped and not guzzled. I believe Hoegaarden has a Grand Cru version of their wit but I've never tried it. I bet they're similar.

BKotch, Oct 12, 2001
Photo of John
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gratification in a bottle. Some of Unibroue's finest work.

John, Sep 27, 2001
Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Curiously fruity, in that I could not put a name to the fruit notes. Apricot? I let it warm a bit and almost dunked my nose in the beer trying to figure it out. 9% alc. was nicely balanced. Would have rated it higher, but it got just a tad too sweet at the finish.

Brent, Sep 26, 2001
Photo of beerboy21
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first got my hands on this brew back in '98 when it was available only in winter sampler packs. It's year round release proves me one thing, there is a god! A perfectly balanced 9% brew that can refresh you on the hottest of hot summer nights. Tasty!

beerboy21, Dec 06, 2000
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