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Don De Dieu - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,536
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 andjusticeforale
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chilled bottle of this offering from Unibroue in my Belgian chalice. The descriptin of the beer on the bottle was "strong belgian style tripel wheat ale" to paraphrase, and it was just that.

I was not disapointed by this beer. It poured a yellow-gold color with a whiter head than normal for a tripel style. Upon first pour, I immediately got a strong whiff of yeast. ONce poured, the nose is that of fruit and alcohol, and sweetness. The first sip lets you know what you are in for. this is a light to medium bodied beer with a pungency up front. There is a sweet white wine and citrus taste which is accentuated by the light mouthfeel. What brings it back and holds it together is the malty and bread-like base which is just below the tasting surface and combined with a crisp-alcohol finish. This is a beer to savor as it warms slightly and is re-swirled to form a new head.

I hate to compare but if you really like Chimay Cinq Cents(wit), you probably would find only slightly less complexity in this Canadian offering, and at about $1.50(american) less per 333ml bottle. ($2.50=Don De Dieu v. $3.99 Chimay cinq cents).

Photo of ypsifly
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 dated best before 5/10/07 poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pale gold with a huge white head (even after a gentle pour) that leaves fine lace. The head and active carbonation on this one remind me of Duvel. A truely beautiful beer.

Smells of light citrus, confectioner's sugar, chalk, cloves, a spicey alcoholic note. Overall rather sharp and tart.

At first it tastes very sweet. Almost cloying at first, but things dry off well before it crosses the line. This effect goes away as it warms a bit. There's some Belgian yeast in there as well that gives it a quick bread note towards the end. The alcohol is only noticable as I breathe after a sip. Slightly solvent, but its not prominent.

Full mouthfeel that has a good tingle from the carbonation. The only limit to the drinkability is the high abv.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a 3 fingher billowing head that falls to half a finger. The nose is peppery and lemoney with a puff of alcohol. Not bad. The flavor is mellow. The lemon is subdued and the spice is not very powerful. There is a light grainey flavor and a creamyness. No hint of the alcohol except a warming sensation in my stomach. The feel is thick with a light carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. Drinkability is huge. The alcohol in the nose is a little too strong.

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

A: Golden straw/orange with a slight cloudiness. Thin, bright white head.

S: Slight fruit aroma. But, mostly spice. Good indication of the taste.

T: It tastes just like it smells (slightly fruity, mostly spicy). Very peppery, as well.

M: Given the ABV, this beer is surprisingly light and crisp. Stays smooth throughout.

D: Excellent beer. The smell and taste are incredible. Seems to taste better as it warms up. This should be on everyone's list of beers to try at least once.

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

Pours a nice light orange with a bubbly white head. Highly active carbonation keeps some foam on the edges.

Smell is of subtle spice, yeast, and fruit. Quite pleasant.

Taste: A myriad of fruit and hop tinges coupled with a slightly spicy character. Slight yeast and bread taste from the refermented sedement. Finishes with a prickly carbonation which is very smooth on the palate. Unibroue makes some very solid brews, and this is no exception. The alcohol is well integrated into the taste as is the case with all Unibroue beers.

Photo of waughbrew
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the closest beer to a white wine that I have ever had, but it is more complex and spicy than any white that I have had.

Clear light golden-yellow with a very loud fizzy head that doesn't last too long, or lace at all. Smell tells you what you are in for - a yeast/spice showcase! Hooray! Alive and well with strawberries, marshmallow, white pepper, light citrus, and vanilla. Wow. Really superb. Big vanilla flavor reminiscent of some better white wines, with some butter, pear, and green apple present also. The pepperiness really plays off the simple malt sweetness here to make an absolute winner. Alcohol present in the perfect amount to compliment the rest. Light bodied and semi-slick despite the healthy carbonation. Finish is again wine-like, well balanced, woody, and warming. Awesome.

Photo of soper2000
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticking with my Canadian theme for the Trailer Park Boys marathon, I picked up a four pack of this (so they're the 12 ozer's obviously).

Best by date of 8-13-06

This one pours a little bit more restrained than I was expecting, yielding only a 2 finger white head which quickly dissolves. It did produce a nice clear golden body however. Aroma is wonderful, fruity and spicy. Apple and clove are noticable. Taste pushes that spice out to the forefront. A light maltiness is overtaken by fresh apple/pear and a subtle hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is light for a beer of this abv and its drinkability belies its strength. Phenomenal brew from a phenomenal brewery.

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

Huge off-white head is alive, both growing and "popping" at the same time. It's fed by a cloud of fine bubbles that rise through the hazy golden straw colored beer. Great aroma, a bit of yeasty goodness and some mild nectarine along with some coriander notes. Flavor is similar, some light fleshy fruit up front over a solid creamy yeasty base. It's a lot more complex then just those two, and there is a dolop of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is soft and light, just right. So much for 750ml bottle bias. This is 12oz's of heaven.

Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Don de Dieu
12 oz brown bottle
Best before 04-02-06
Served in a glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with an orange ting. Massive head on top that lingers.

Complex nose of fruits, spices, cloves and esters.

Tastes semi creamy, yet spicey and juicy. Complicated mouthfeel with spicey yeast, black pepper and sweet citrus notes. Very, very drinkable at 9.0 % ABV. Just a tad of alcohol warmth on the finish, but the overall flavors of the beer take the lead.

Super tasty Belgian pale ale. Another great beer from Unibroue. Recommended,

Photo of mgdeth
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Highly carbonated. Huge bubbly head.

Smell - Very sweet smelling, almost like some sort of a caramel candy.

Taste - Tangy and spicy, with strong phenols. This is backed by a strong malty sweetness. Hops offer some balance, but the focus here is more on the malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick body. Highly carbonated - so much so that it really makes my mouth tingle, almost burn. I can also pick up alcohol flavor, mostly toward the aftertaste.

Drinkability - There is so much flavor in this beer, so it is not an easy drinker (but easy to enjoy). Plus, the 9% alcohol slows me down a bit.

Comments - This is a great beer. I suggest that it be warmed up a little bit before drinking to let the flavors really shine through.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little uninspired. Certainly a fine brew, but relatively disappointing. 750ml corked and caged. Poured a nice orange/peach combination with mild head retention; also is a bit cloudy. Smell and taste are almost identical, peach and fruity esters accompanied by a large kick of alcohol. Taste is fine, heavy carbonation, actually quite light, pretty drinkable too.

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

Thank you Unibroue pourers at the Clasic City Brewfest for throwing a couple botles of this my way.

This wheat tripel pours out a murky, fuzzy apricot color and unleashes a spectacularly dense head of pure white fluff. No lace is left as the head eventually settles in to a thin sheet that will stay till' the end.

The aroma is sweet and decadent, filled with peach, pinapple, banana, subtle spice, and a hint of citrus. It gets better as the beer warms, also letting out a hint of the alcoholic esters within.

The flavor is ripe and juicy, brimming with tropical pinapple, mango, banana, and white grape. The trademark Unibroue spicey yeast makes a statement, working toward a somewhat grainey finish, accented by a touch of hops. There is a warming sense of the alcohol within.

The body on this is medium/big, with soft flowing carbonation and a slick, coating texture that leaves a long, fruity impression on the palate.

Dedfinately a tastey and unique offering. I would call it a wheat ale on steroids. Lacks a little of the complexity of some of the better Unibroues, but still makes a pleasant after-dinner sipper.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden/orange color with good head retention. Great fruity aroma. Peaches, pears, and oranges. Spicy flavor that leaves your mouth tingling. The alcohol is definitely noticable. Very sweet, tart finish. It went great with a grilled chicken sandwich that I made which was marinaded in honey dijon mustard.

Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. gold foil longneck - best before 03/07

Appearance is a cloudy golden dream. Bright white head that stood 1/2 in. all the way down.

Smell: Identical to the Little Debbie soft oatmeal cookies with the cream in the middle - yeah, exactly like that!

Taste hovered around the banana flavor the wheat malt exudes, along with vanilla, musty yeast and real cream.

Mouthfeel was very soft and a good deal of fine carbonation. Med. body with a faint dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Could be a bit higher if the beer weren't so sweet.

Overall a magnificent rendition of a Triple Wheat beer if you will. I'd like to know the % of wheat malt used (?) For such a sturdy ABV, I'm surprised the alcohol warmth is masked so well. This beer has definitely found a place in my heart and refridgerator.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massively carbonated golden beverage. A big billowing bubble head, light and non-dense. Bubbles barrage and pelt the lees and other bottle bits that hang about in the mixture. The head somehow deteriorates even though the bubbles never quit springing up. No lace. No problem.

The smell is domineered by clove and other spice layers. White grape and other subtle fruits emit faint scents to accompany the spice. Not even an inkling of alcohol here.

The taste is tastefully done. Once again, the heavily spiced nose typical of the Belgian styles I have tried made me skeptical at first. The flavor is really mild and refreshing though. Just the right components. Thankfully not a spice overload. Unibroue has renewed my faith in Belgian style ales. Nice wet finish that leaves in a crisp fashion with just a hint of spice and honey remaining on the tongue. There is an almost mead-like character to her although much more delicious. There is never any alcohol impression given off. Nicely crafted. I wouldn't have expected anything less from Unibroue at this juncture. They make some really fantastic stuff up there. The mouthfeel is like sparkling wine with the hefty carbonation effect. The effervescence lends to the crisp finish and enjoyability of the brew. I could drink these in the shade on a hot day and be in hog heaven.

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

Another evil brew from Unibroue. Pours hazy pale orange with a reasonably white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and estery - almost acetone in nature overlaid with hints of yeast and malt. Good carbonation and a smooth and silky mouthfeel and a finishes dry with a bit of bite from the alcohol. Ester overtones extend through the flavour, along with - of all things - a cherry tone (almost like kirsch).Very easy drinking, could easily have a few more of these but fortunately (in terms of tomorrow's hangover) I have only one bottle. Should have been called Don de Diablo!

Photo of santoslhalper
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderufl glowing orange with a creamy, foamy bleach white head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly complex, with huge grain and oat notes. A hint of wood is present, along with a tiny bit of fruity astringency.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is not as incredibly complex as the smell. It's a rather straight forward creamy yeasty taste. There is a suprising amount of tartness at the end, along with a long lingering alcoholic feel to it. It almost tastes like a strong witbier. The mouthfeel is wonderfully full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: It's not the best tasting, but it looks wonderful, smells delicious and feels oh so good in the mouth. The drinkability is brought down by the strong lingering alcohol burn. All in all, another good beer from Unibroue, but far from thir best.

Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a bright white head and good carbonation throughout but it leaves almost no lace. Spicy alcohol tripel-like aroma and flavor with a nice light supporting fruitiness. The alcohol subsided a good bit with further aging. Full bodied and creamy smooth.

Per U website: Triple Wheat Ale, refermented in the bottle

Best Before: 07/12/04
Tasted: 12/20/02 and 03/09/05

($8.99 / 4-pack)

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

Pours a cloudy apricot color with good head though not much retention. Smell is citrus, bread, banana and malt. Taste is malt, citrus, bready, banana with an alcohol bloom late. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and it warms the back of the mouth. Drinkability is quite high although I prefer others from this brewery more. None are bad, just not a big fan of the banana aspect.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle, this was a super clear light straw colored beer with a small white head dissolving to lace. The lace lasted throughout the tasting of the beer.

This is a smooth beer. Good balance with the light Belgian malts and the hop bitterness. I detect a slight candy sugar in the flavor.

Great beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty radiant amber with a copious amount of visible carbonation, capped by a cumulus cloud white head that is 'four fingers and a thumb' in size and appears too soft to result in much lace. Multiple streams of bubbles are doing their best to keep the head alive, but are slowly losing the battle. As suspected, no lace to speak of.

While the nose is unquestionably good, it won't make me forget the best of this style. The usual suspects are front and center: ripe golden fruit dusted with ground clove and white pepper. It isn't quite as spicy as some though. There's also a faint whiff of alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least since it's an integral part of the aroma.

This Canadian BSPA doesn't stray far from my palate memory of the style. Comparatively speaking, it's a little less fruity, less spicy, less flavorful in all respects, than most of the world-class Belgians that I've had over the past several months. It's also less sweet and shows it's 9% ABV a tad too much. Don't get wrong, this is still excellent beer, it's just not special beer.

The body is strictly medium, due, in part, to the relative lack of candi sugar, and the mouthfeel is lively without being chaotic. Again, ethanol creeps in on the back end, but stops just short of detracting from the experience. This just in... the beer becomes more clove-like with warming.

Don de Dieu ('Gift of God' or 'God's Gift' if my rusty French is accurate) is a fine example of the BSPA style. Its minor faults, which are really just my prejudices, may be seen as positives by many. Another quality brew from a quality brewery.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., best before 4/19/07. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Pours golden orange with a white 3 finger head that doesn't leave lacing but keeps a quarter inch of foam throughout. The carbonation is very active and the beer becomes cloudy with a hint of brown after adding the rest of the bottle. Aroma is huge and very fruity (bananas/dark fruits/a bit of citrus) with some hop spiciness and alcohol scents. The alcohol also makes itself known in the flavor and the warming sensation it leaves. Other flavors are grape, apple, wheat, yeast, other fruits, a hop spiciness I had to search for, and a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is full yet the beer is also light and incredibly refreshing for 9%. Smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of taez555
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked.

This beer poured a bright golden, slightly foggy, yellow body. The head was a choppy white and died quicker than your average bottle conditioned beer, but was by no means flat.

The nose was a mix of lemon, yeast, phenols and very clean wheat touch.

The taste was very light and medium bodied. I can’t taste the 9% at all, this is a scary beer. Orange, lemon, citrus, really mild yeast and wheat notes. Slightly medicinal with a touch pine. This beer almost reminds me of a big German weis beer. There’s a soft subtle spice and pepper taste, but it’s really in the background. There’s a very mild farmhouse sort of hop flavor as well.

Unibroue wins, give them the medal, it’s over. No one outside of Belgium makes Belgian beers as good as Unibroue. They deserve honorary citizenship. This beer can go head to head with a Duvel or La Chouffe any day of the week.

Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice glass.

Appearance: Light, cloudy gold. Small head but fine lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of vanilla, honey, banana, green apples...

Flavor: Firm maltiness, with a large bouquet of fruity esters, all those in the aroma and more (pears, satsumas, grapefruit, sage blossoms). High alcohol content is well-hidden. Finishes with a delightfully perfumy dryness.

High carbonation and a relatively light body make for a superb mouthfeel.

One of Unibroue's top offerings. It's amazing how they out-Belgian almost every other brewery in North America that tries for these styles, on such a wide range of beers.

Photo of aquatonex
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although not the best of Unibroue, definitely a contender for a quality brew.

Pours cloudy pale honey colored, one finger frothy head that lingers a bit. Smells of yeasts and citrus with hints of alcohol. Taste is wonderfully citrusy and yeasty. Ooh, and 9% doesn't hurt. Mouthfeel is nice. It's a good beer, although I've had better from this brewery. Also, at the end I'm getting huge chunks of yeast. Yuck!

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 2,536 ratings.