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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,420 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,420
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 113
Gots: 169 | 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color into my Maudite glass. White bubbly head with light rockiness, on the small side and goes away with little delay. Very active carbonation, lots of bubble trails from the glass bottom. Yeasty and peppery spices on the nose.

Yeast flavors are most prevalent on the taste, intensified by the bubbliness of the brew, Belgian sugars coming through after that. Ends with moderate alcohol presence and a slightly winy aftertaste.

Average bodyfeel in the mouth, very smooth, though. Carbonation and alcohol combine with the sweetness for a champagne feel.

Not a session brew by any stretch, but always a good pick for a special occasion or when you want something a little 'extra' in your glass.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew in a 12oz. bottle poured into my new Unibroue tulip glass. It pours a light orange color with 2 fingers of foam that are gone quickly. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of fruit, mostly a grape aroma. The smell is very sweet. The taste is also sweet. There is a bit of apple taste and some clove spice. There are a few hops to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is a little light and carbonated. The drinkability is fairly good, even at 9%.

SheepNutz, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is immaculate the appearance is an apricot toned body with a vibrant massive white head, with fine lacing layering my tulip shaped glass. The aroma of this fine constructed brew de Chambly is layered and complex with a nose of sharply sweet malted wheat, vinous fruit tones shimmering in the distance, along with a yeast sent from the heavens to form such a piece of work. Light alchol notes can also be detected in the flavor underneath all of this making it refreshing yet warming at the same time. Sweet apple butter tones with honey drizzled on it, with the spices added by Unibroue combine so well on my palate this beer is magnificant. I am enjoying this so much, this could very well be my favorite Unibroue beer to date simply amazing. A must try for any beer enthusiast, the full body allows this beer to be slowly enjoyed the way it should be, and the high carbonation let's the flavors travel so well along the palate. Very drinkable beer one to be yearned for, but a force to be reckoned with at 9% by volume.

WVbeergeek, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Strong Ale poured a large invigorating white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. The body had a cloudy yellow appearance. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma was that of apples and grapes. There was yeast and carbonation observed with this brew. The taste was very smooth in my opinion.

hotstuff, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dissapointing pour and not what I've come to expect from Unibroue.Poured a quick fizzy white head that dissolved to nothing.Tons of bubbling carbonation.It looks like a glass of alka-seltzer with the bubbles rising from the bottom.Bottle left sediment at the bottom.The color looks lke a gold to yellow and a touch cloudy.Extremely crisp mouthfeel almost harsh on the finish.Alcohol seems to be well-hidden but I'm sure it will catch up to me soon.Feel a warming sensation in the stomach so the alcohol is kicking in.No real distinct aroma or tastes that stand out.Faint lingering bitterness in the throat but nothing too strong.A sweet light caramel malt aroma.Very dry finish probably due to the high ABV.Between the high alcohol and the extreme carbonation it makes the mouthfeel harsh and the drinker quick to swallow.I was not impressed with this offering from Unibroue and will not try it again.

kelticblood, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a large head of fine white bubbles that leaves no lacing and a cloudy dark yellow body with a lot of dark brown particles floating in it. There were a lot more particles in the bottom of the bottle. It has a nice banana malt aroma about it. The flavor of this brew is complex with notes of butter, banana, spice and mild clove. It is a very smooth brrew that leaves a slight tingling mouthfeel in tits finish. The alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor.

TheDM, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's hazy yellow/orange with a damn huge whipped head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rise up. Very enjoyable aroma od sweetness and lemon/citrus zest. This is very smooth on the palate, with a strong twang throughout. Fruity notes and spicy notes are there in abundance. The finish is super dry and crisp. I can't believe how refreshing this beer seems to be for 9% ABV. The alcohol level of highness is non-existent until it warms to room temperature. Wonderful stuff from a brewery that never seems to go wrong.

AudioGilz, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light, bottle-conditioned wheat beer, very slightly sweet with a citrus nose. Triple fermented but not as strong as you would expect. Almost but not quite tastes like its European counterparts -- still can't shake the Canadien out of it.

Unibroue tries and tries but I've yet to find them producing a truly outstanding beer.

assurbanipaul, May 28, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold body with slightly fizzy white head. Despite excessive carbonation, head stays relatively small (for style). The aroma is pleasantly yeasty and the flavor is nicely fruity with bananas and pears. Could use a little less carbonation however. For the lightness of the beer, it covers the 9% extremely well, although I did pick up a hint of alcohol (and an unfortunately medicinal quality) as the beer warmed in the finish.

aracauna, May 24, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very light yellow, almost white. You can see some sediment inside it. Thin, pure white head. A little lingers for the length of the beer. Decent lacing. Fantastic aroma! Smells of apples, some vanilla, some wheat. This is a very good tasting brew. Can still taste those apples. A little sweet at first, but it turns creamy at last. Some citrus flavors as well.

dwarbi, May 17, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass a milky lemon colored, that seemed to have a darker core that looked to be either burnt orange or brown in color. It was opaque but you could see carbonation bubbles present. The head was thick and rich, white in color and well lasting to mid glass then subsiding to a respectable top covering and ring as it sat on top of the brew. The lace that it left behind was watery in texture but very present. The aromas that seemed to come from the glass were of sweet malts, caramel, fruits, alcohol, spicy hops, roasted nuts, yeast and a small hint of coconut. Generally sweet in nature that I noticed. The flavors that jumped out at me and all over my tongue were pretty consistent with the nose. Flavors of caramels, sweet malts, warming alcohols, big fruits, roasted nuts, grapefruit, spicy hops, and yeast were all blended together nicely. This beer was medium bodied. All the complex flavors that were in this bottle seemed to match very well with each other and the high alcohol content that is produced. Nothing out did each other which makes this a top notch brew. Smooth, rich and BIG are three words that I would use to describe this beer. I liked it a lot and will keep a few bottles around for a special treat on special days.

Jarod, May 10, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous looking brew! Slightly cloudy straw golden with orange accents. Adding the yeast forms a murky concoction resembling 75% raw apple cider, and 25% milk. The white head is large, sitting atop medium-sized bubbles. The head continues to form outside the rim of the glass, forming a peak with a light meringue texture. Retention is superior with good lacing. Aroma is awesome...Dry, sweet, yeasty with a note of sour Belgian funk, sour green apples, lemon, bananas and a hint of clove. Carbonation is medium-strong. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a lightly tart, semi-dry finish and light body. Taste...where to begin? Begins sweet and fruity...notes of apricots, and green apples...there is a brief surge in some sourness with a hint of funk, followed by the taste of French bread dipped in honey. There is a warming surge of alcohol, but otherwise it is never noticed in flavor or aroma... a consistency among Unibroue's beers, and a true mark of quality at 9.0% ABV. The finish is sweet, malty and full of yeast, with a perceptable vinous astringency from the alcohol. The hops are expertly balanced, adding to the complexity of this brew while making it dangerously drinkable. A 750ml bottle will give one a very sustained buzz.

This is my favorite Unibroue product. I have not been unimpressed by any of their brews, and I would highly recommend this to anyone. Makes Westmalle, Duvel Red, Chimay White, and La Trappe look like ugly red-headed bastard stepchildren. On with the beatings!

Mitchster, May 06, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, tangy, spicey. Pale head and light golden hue. I think this beer sums Unibroue up in a single bottle, though it may be a little more on the fruitier side. These crazy Canadians are on to something, and it's something we should pay close attention to. If you see a 750, buy it and drink it. It's refreshing and warming at the same time. You'll be tipsy and satisfied.

86MonteSS, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very yellow with some gold, a good bubbly head, some steady tiny carbonation but not much, and good lace. Very nice stringy looking stain (like that). Nose was zingy yet full-bodied: wheat and sweet, quiet cloves, some hops (Styrian?) Scents were very clean, and in time some wine-like esters started popping up. The taste was a typical golden pale ale: light wheat and malt, lemony hops but not much, moderate in profile. I experienced a light honey taste developing around my tongue with time, as well as a wine-tasting burp. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, with little finish. Good beer, ain't no Duvel, though.

nomad, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden color with a creamy white head. Leave a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is sweet candi sugar, spicy, and medicinal. The Unibroue products seem to all smell the same. I need to try all the Unibroue beers together. It has a sweet, medicinal flavor; hay-like as well. It is full-bodied, smooth with a sweet finish. It has a strength that will sneak up on you.

BeerBuilder, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow gold, as if you were mixing a mimosa and had put too much champagne in the orange juice. Forms a thick head, composed of the most even bubbles, top to bottom, that I've ever seen in a beer head. But the head dissipates quickly, with almost no lacing. Aroma is hops and spice.

Creamy, chewy, spicy and malty. This is like a chewier Duvel with a bit more creamy sweetness. Lingering taste of malt, just a bit of coppery hops at the base of the tongue.

I've had more than one Duvel at a time, but cannot imagine having more than one of these. A very full, complex, and creamy beer. Wonderful, but really more of a cap to an evening.

Darkale, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a tough decision I had to make for my first beer of the day Don De Dieu, Allagash Grand Cru, Fish Tale Poseidon Imperial Stout or last but not least Fish Tale Leviathan Barley Wine. Well, I opted for Don De Dieu, but what the hell should I do for the second beer of the day?

As the beer sets in its especially chosen glass the color is a bemused lemon yellow with the head elephantine In size, creamy in consistency and the color a brilliant white, as it dissolves, a fine sheet of lace forms to conceal the glass. Big hit of yeast at the front, slightly malt sweet, a bit of pineapple, crisp, fresh and a real treat for the senses with the start rich in malt, somewhat sweet, the top middling in the feel upon the palate. Finish has perseverant hop spiciness, the acidity pointful, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long and lovingly, another fine beer from a “World Class” brewery that is a long time favorite.
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Gusler, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of Ahhdball
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little too much like it's cousin La Fin Du Monde. I liked this beer but it had a little too much citrus and a little too much sweetness. This was more of a wine cooler than a beer. It had a larger head that dissapeared rather quickly, and an almost overpowering yeast smell. Heavy on the fruity taste with slight caramel and or honey overtone. I liked this but it doesn't go in my top ten. It is easy to drink however due to the sweetness and with it's 9% ABV one ight tend to go overboard and not know it.

Ahhdball, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of shirfan
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This almost transcends beer...gift of God indeed.

Pours yellow-orange and cloudy, with yeast particulate matter floating around.

Smell is mild, estery, hints of wheat, honey, marshmallows, and fruit.

Taste makes no indication of the ABV present. I only sampled a 12 oz bottle, a bomber of this nectar would make for a fine evening.

Taste is incredibly sweet but not sticky or cloying. Monsterous drinkability, notes of dried apricot, wheat, estery yeast, cloves, bananas. Much more emphasis on fruit flavors than spices. Finish is crisp and inviting and smooth as silk.

I may have a new favorite beer.

shirfan, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of kwill
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a thin white head that quickly disappeared to laces around the edge of the glass. Smells sweet with a bit of spice and hints of the 9% ABV.

Taste is remarkably sweet and malty. The flavor makes it seem like the beer would leave a thick, syrupy aftertaste, but it finishes clean and dry.

This beer is a lot like Unibroue's excellent La Fin Du Monde, but with a bit more (too much) sweetness. Like all of the offerings from Unibroue, this one hides its considerable alcohol content very well and is a real pleasure to drink. A very good beer, but it is a bit too sweet to have more than one or two in a night.

kwill, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of mjohn27603
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been spending all winter long drinking heavy barley wines and thick high ABV warmers. It is more than time to start having some of the fine Unibroue beers which are lighter and more refreshing on the palate. This one poured out the lightest of yellows from the bottle. It left a brilliant white head with the tiniest bubbles of carbonation.

The smell is wonderful and is hard to identify. I want to say it reminded me of some kind of flower - tulips? The flavor is very unique and very delicate. It has a slight sourness/tartness that is subtle. I also want to describe the taste as floral too though I can't say I've chewed on flower petals lately. The flavor reminds me more a white wine without all the acidity. Only a slight bite of alcohol on the tip of the tongue. 9% hid very well as normal for Unibroue. Fits in well with the character of their brand. Some wheat flavor coming on. I can't get over how delicate the flavor is. An antidote when you've been hopped out.

OK, call me crazy. I don't see anyone else in the reviews who picked up anything floral. That's my first reaction and I'll stick to it!

mjohn27603, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden hue with a fluffy white head. An excellent beer. A good deal of yeast coupled with a peppery spiciness. Smooth as hell and really tasty. this is an excellent beer. Unibroue never ceases to amaze me two thumbs up for an excellent ale.

jtw5877, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow straw colored pour with a pillow of white foam that dies much more quickly than I had expected. Pale malts, wheat, yeast, and a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

A nice tingly carbonation starts you off right with crispness. The pale malts and wheat form a great balance with the fine yeast. Then, you get a little spicy flavor and a hit of alcohol in the end. The alcohol really comes through in the aftertaste. This was strange coming from Unibroue. They usually hide the alcohol and tone it down much more. It is still excellent, and I will surely have it again as it drinks well, and has a great feel to it. An all around champ as far as I am concerned.

ElGuapo, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow before the yeast starts to slide in yeilding a cloudy straw color. Voluminous white head.
Aroma has a definite banana character. Lots of yeast with some spice.

Very good flavor. Yeast plays big in the flavor profile. Banana, fruity, spice. Bready malts. Well balanced. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation.
Very drinkable. Didn't notice the 9% ABV at all.
Overall, a very good beer. Another bottle fermented winner from Unibroue.

PhantomVodoo, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A crusty, white head collapses noisily. Lacing is runny. After a minute or two there's nothing but a thin white film. The beer is clear amber-gold with ample carbonation.

The smell is Unibroue spicy with fruit. The front is Sweet with a capital Swee and spicy. The middle is apples. The finish is dry and just a little chalky. This one is sweeter than the others, but with all the strong flavors, it's not bad. I wonder if I could mix this with a Blanche de Chambly.

kbub6f, Mar 10, 2003
Don De Dieu from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 2,420 ratings.