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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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2,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 187 | 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 vwahaszee
1.95/5  rDev -53%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

When I poured this, I was excited by the nice golden color. There was a moderate amount of head, which disappeared rather quickly. I didn't really like the smell, which was creamy. The taste was like the smell, creamy, with some spice as well. I did not find this to be a good combination, however, and had a hard time finishing the beer. The creaminess overwhelmed me, and I couldnt really taste anything else.

vwahaszee, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue is, undoubtably, a quality brewery. Don de Dieu is no exception. The pour had initial carbonation giving way to small yeast specs and bubbles. A fruity pungent almost white Belgian aroma with orange and clove.

Carbonation pops back out upon tasting. Complex flavor that quickly mellows to the center of the mouth. The cloves are still present with spicy malt body. Unibroue has other more flavorful entries, but this is a choice brew. 9% al-kee-hol is somehow not noticeable due to the banana, orange and detectable cinnamon or nutmeg spice flavors.

This beer has a vibrant touch that hits the tastebuds with brisk carbonation prescence.

Oh yeah...price? I picked up a mixed Unibroue 3 x 8 for a hefty $52 Georges. Overall: Decent complex brew for the discerning conniseur. There are plenty comparable brews for less price due primarily to shipping from Quebec, I'm sure, eh? Now, take off you hoser!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful gold color with a bleached white head. The aroma was strong as malt, yeast, cloves, and fruit were all evident. The flavor was exceptional, full bodied malt with just the right bitterness and orange tones. The alcohol level was noticeable but it completed the perfect flavoring in my opinion.

The mouthfeel was smooth while some tingling of the mouth took place while swallowing. The aftertaste was slightly dry and the yeast and citrus tones seem to linger. This is an exceptional beer.

Gavage, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, pours out a dark cloudy yellow. A big head at first that subsides to about 1/4 of an inch, and leaves a nice lace.

There are some great tones of apple, pear, and cider on the nose of this beer, as well as a heavy yeast consistency.

I definetely did not like the taste of this one too well, especially compared to other Unibroue beers. At first, a wave of alcohol hits you and then fades subtly into the background. Next you notice a few nice fruity and estery tones.

It has a strangely ice-creamy flavor, which is also reflected in the thick mouthfeel. There was no real wheaty-flavor, which I was looking forward to, and no real hop consistency either. There is also an overly vanilla flavor to this one. I had trouble finishing it.

GreenWBush, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Extremely pale, yet very cloudy so that you can't see through it. I love that.

Smell: Fruity and spicey. I can't smell any alcohol, but my roommate walked in the room and said he smelled alcohol.

Taste: Big spice and some fruitiness, maybe a little banana. Much like the smell, but a little rough around the edges. I can't taste any alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This part didn't quite agree with me. It seemed overcarbonated and slightly acidic.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable. It felt a little heavy in my stomach but the alcohol could not be detected.

Beef Notes: Not a bad beer from Unibroue, but I probably will not buy it again simply because I would rather have three or four of their other beers instead.

BeefyMee, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent brew, but not my favorite Unibroue. Cloudy yellow appearance with a decent head and light lacing. Smell was fruity with a hint of alcohol. Taste was strong on alcohol with slight fruity flavor. Mouthfeel full with a slightly chewy quality...not a strong finishing quality. Drinkability for high abv was fine.

edchicma, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It is full of begian pale malts and fruity yeast. It smells spicey and refreshing. The taste is good. It is fruity and full of Belgian pale malts. It has a banana flavor to it. This is a tasty beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks great. It has good flavor and an elevated abv. that is hardly noticable.

WesWes, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew pours a slightly cloudy dark yellow color with a thick white head. Fair lacing. Sugary sweet malt and fruit in the nose. Medium body with a nice blend of malt, citrus (mostly lemon) and yeast flavors. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The finish is fruity with a touch of malt. Pretty good overall.

Dogbrick, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, orange in color with a very thin head. Aroma is very tart, citric. The flavor is, well, umm, wow... very balanced. Citric flavor, with a bit of spice, over a smooth surprisingly mild, honey malty body. Bit of banana? Pepperiness is mild. This is a pretty nifty beer, albet a difficult to classify one.

mzwolinski, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer would be worth buying just for the beautiful gold foiled bottle with a glowing ship portrayed on the cover--but oh, how many more reasons beyond that there are for enjoying this fine ale.

It poured a gorgeous semitranslucent yellow-orange with a slim finger of white foam floating atop the offering. The aroma is fruity and yeasty, with slightly spicy hints here and there. The flavor is simply awesome - round and smooth, with a strong apricot element, pepper, clove and yeast sprinkled throughout, and alcoholic sweetness. The finish is dry and crisp, with a bready element from the yeast, followed by a warm afterglow.

Wow--simply another stroke of brilliance from Unibroue. An absolute gem, full-bodied yet light and crisp, with tiny bubbles that dance lightly on the tip of my tongue.


RockyTopHeel, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The hazy golden body has a crown of off-white foam that is porous and laces only lightly from the fast-receding head.

The nose is full and reminds of a sprtizy wine or sparkling beverage like champaign. Lots of nice fruit and light pale malt notes.

The flavor is peppery and spicy with plenty of floral hop notes to boot. There is a nice complexity that is hidden by the light nature of the feel.

Very crisp and spritzy finish. Good drinkability hampered by the ABV that seems less than it is.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy yellow amber with an average white head. Nose is an amalgam of fruits and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and surprisingly thick. Taste is refreshingly well balanced with pineapples and apricots playing off pale malts and wheat. As with most Unibroue brews, this one grows more complex as it nears room temperature. This one reminds me of champagne, as it grows crisp and dry midway through. Absence of lacing is puzzling. I had a bottle of this several days ago, and found it difficult to get a handle on. Similar results tonight, but nothing negative intended. It is simply more complicated than the Belgian Strong Pale Ales I've had in the past.
This one is certainly better at near room temperature, and has a wonderful finish. High abv is well concealed, and this is highly drinkable. Unibroue continues to impress.

merlin48, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange pour with a moderate foamy white head. The head fades quite fast. The nose is slightly sweet with fruity hints and a big champagne yeast type smell. The taste start dry and bready. Some wheaty and yeasty notes. Slight caramel sweetness while the beer maintains its dryness. A very lively and full mouthfeel. Lively and fresh. The finish again, dry and crisp. Very drinkable.

Popsinc, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a cloudy golden color, was intensely carbonated and was topped with a small but creamy head of foam. A sweet fruity smell emanates from this beer with a strong emphasis on pineapple. Flavorful and candy sweet with a touch of tangy lemon bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden behind a wall of flavor. This is a very tasty brew. Fruity sweet, flavorful and strong, but not so heavy that would impede enjoyment.

pezoids, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice litttle beer, much like some of Unibroue's other fare. Solid golden color with a few tiny bubbles, like a good little bottle refermented beer should. Smells crazy fruity, like the best Belgian ales always do. Goes down fairly light and smooth. A good little Belgian, and the 9% ABV comes as an almost complete shocker. One that definately needs to be tried.

SetarconeX, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-gold w 2 finger crackling bubbly white head, lasts as sticky lacing.
Strong aroma of banana and clove, very fruity.
Very fruity (banana, apple), sweet and herbed taste, spicy (pepper), yeast, vanilla and honey?
Smooth, medium feel, and slighty tingling with the ABV and carbonation.
Very easy to drink, this could be a dangerous one

mschofield, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of irishmoss
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The standard 750ml caged/corked, the best before date was illegible above the bar code.
It poured a light marigold color, slightly cloudy, with a nice bubbly white head that disappeared rather quickly.
Nice estery aroma, vinegar and alcohol that gave a great champagne like impression.
Taste was slightly spicy on the tongue, with a floral fruitiness. Yeast and sweet bread like flavors give way to a very slight alcohol taste.
Clean and crisp, dry wine like in finish with great carbonation. Very drinkable, especially considering the 9.0% ABV

irishmoss, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber color with a 2 finger head. Hints of wheat smells from the glass. First taste that occured in my mind was a honey flavor and caramel. With a 9% abv, I was expecting to taste the alcohol, but it is hidden by the delicate flavor. I have yet to be disappointed with anything from Unibroue. I could only wish that all of Canada's breweries were of the same caliber.

ALESwhatCURESya, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbly from in-bottle fermenation; Triple filtered. Large white head. Pour in proper glass (see picture on bottle) and drink within a few minutes. Delicious, drink slowly with meal. 9% masked behind spices. Excellent substitute where you would use bubbly wine or scotch or rum.

Sammy, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy goldenrod color with whip cream head and very slow dissipation. Aroma is of citrus, wheat and alcohol.Taste was very sweet with more citrus and a wheat finish. Mouthfeel is wheaty and fluffy with a lightly dry finish. Although 9% alcohol, this rates high in the drinkability. Not my favorite of the line, but very good nonetheless, and probably one to use for introduction into the brand.

dpend, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another offering from Unibroue and a fine one at that. Pours a nice glass. Good head and a straw/cloudy glass. Nice nose. Fruity and malty.Bananas etc. I love the taste of this brew, Tangy balanced fruit taste. with some malt present. I t just doesn't get any better. This beer rivals any Belgian beer. Absolutely great!!

Note: 10-08-08 This beer has an over the top yeast, bread or biscuit flavor. This is still a fine beer but not as pleasing as I originally indicated.

daledeee, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of avylover
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Nice foamy straw colored pour with a large white head, expected from this brewery. Bready yeast aroma, with esters lighting up the nosehairs. This is fairly clean & crisp for a belgian style. Flenty of fruity flavor, but not overpowering, making this one drinkable brew. There is welcome carbonation to dry out the tongue, making for a nice dry finish and a good fruity yet clean aftertaste. One of the best i've had from Unibroue.

Highly recommended!

avylover, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy hazy orange with a nice white head that fades to lace the top and sides for the rest of the show. Fruity alcohol, esters, and yeast on the nose. Taste is similar, big flavors of alcohol soaked fruits--apricots, raisins, and then the mouth numbing Unibroue yeast kicks in. Finally the finish is dry and alcoholic. Fantastic.

chaduvel, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do believe this is my favorite beer from Unibroue. Although I have many more to try. Dark straw yellow in color with a big fluffy white head. Smell is citrus, orange, lemon, corriandor and very sweet. The taste is very similar only a bit grassy and earthy. Very smooth. You hardly notice the 9% abv.

I would like to compare the 12 oz bottle with a 750 ml bottle. This was the 12 oz. bottle. Amazing beer.

CharlesRiver, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange brew with a nice head that did not dissapate too quickly. Taste is very refreshing but too sweet for my own liking. The alcohol level is not detectable which is a good thing. This is not the best strong belgian ale from Unibroue. The sweetness is too present. Nice try anyway...

Phyl21ca, Sep 30, 2003
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