Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Perfectly bubbling light straw yellow brew with a little dark depth to it. Couple of bubbly fingers of white head settled quickly to an 1/8th inch constant layer of foam due to its powerful carbonation that continues in the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Bready... yeasty... golden ale.. smell is bliss. Wonderful light esters, banana, clove, and herbal notes above a subtle bready and clean grainy sweetness that seems to have been taken care of by the yeast.

Taste: (3.5)
- Sweet biscuit and malt base. Seems like a lot of a single grain.. and a lot.. no adjuncts. Sugary grain, bread, yeast, and biscuit. Subtle grassy and herbal hop notes play well and slowly balance out the flavors. Woody aged yeast flavors really lend a dry and spicy flare to this.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Because the sweetness and dryness is so balanced, this leaves my mouth with a film, and a chewy quality that lingers for some time. It's a touch cloying, and not really sticky at all. It does contain a subtle creamy quality. Only downside like most of theirs for me... over carbonated.. and very bubbly.

Overall: (3.5)
- Not my favorite from Unibroue overall from the regulars around these parts, but it is a fantastic beer, and seems to be made with great old-time quality. We all know they make great beers at a great price, and even brew some for Trader Joe's. I just never had this one, and had to jump on it. It had been in the fridge for a couple weeks. It's solid, but not really worth the super high marks.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a large white head and a good dose of lacing as it makes its way down my tulip glass. The nose is somewhat complex, with some spice, alcohol, light stone fruits, and a touch of sweetness. The taste brings light citrus and stone fruits as well as a bit of spice and yeast. Some light sugars. Good mouthfeel with carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinks well, but not as good as the prototypical Belgian examples.

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Photo of oelergud
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Translucent sun golden body with lots of carbonation. White creamy tine bubbled head, low retention and lace.
Strong spiced sweet strong malt with almond and banana.
Taste is sweet almond as well with some citric hop flavors carrying through into the aftertaste.
Medium to full body, buttery and slick with good coating. Finishes slightly dry.
Decent drinkability for just one glass though lacking something more.


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Photo of kegger22
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a generous head that instantly disappeared. Aroma, I get some fruity, particularly after Don de warms up. The taste of over ripe fruit is overwhelmed by the massive carbonation (not unusual for this style). Feel is light bodied with the above mentioned, big carbonation. Drinkability is above average for a 9.00 ABV

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.76/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a thick head with low retention.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, oranges, banana, bubblegum, pineapple and just a hint of funkiness. Déjà vu from other of their line up.
Flavor of peaches, oxidized oranges, sweet melon, herbal hops, lactic acid, cloves, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, on a wheaty malt base. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation and an effervescent sensation. The 9% alcohol was fully disguised.
Good beer with great complexity, though inherits the usual "defect" of several Belgians, it is overly sweet.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - large white head over a murky golden body with a moderate amount of visible carbonation, no lace

S - wheat, Belgian yeast (with notes of clove and banana), tropical fruits, light sweetness

T - wheat, tropical fruits, peppery spice, honey sweetness; yeast, spice, and alcohol linger for a dry finish

M - smooth medium/full body, high carbonation

O - very good for a Belgian ale; complex and enjoyable

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to my Chimay goblet, yes I know that the back of the bottle recommends a tulip...
Yellow-orange color, a touch cloudy. Good head then fades.
A- very yeasty, some sweet lemon candy aromas, not sharp citrus, but sweet. A bit musty, with soem dry grassy notes.
Mouthfeel-sweet and I get some wheat malt flavors that are quite tasty with the yeast here. Not too rich, finishes with a little tartness on the palate. A swirl and froth on the palate gets the alcohol to come out, which for 9% is well-hidden. Nothing spectacular, but I have had three of their brews lately for the first time and I enjoy the bottle conditioned flavors of all so far.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden with light white head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring and consistent effervescing. Nose is yeast, banana, lemon, and clove; not terribly complex but very good. Taste is much the same but is also vaguely reminiscent of apple sauce. Tart, with some honey sweetness, and plenty of herbal spice. Very faint note of boozey warmth. Mouthfeel is pretty good, lots of carbonation, slightly stick from the sweet but not badly so. Overall a very good beer, and one of the most accessible from Unibroue. Clean, crisp, and good all around.

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Photo of scoots511
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight amber color, pours nice small foam bubble head.

S: Subtle apple/lemon yeast smell, some minor spice notes. No powerful smell of hops or any other notes

T: Slight lemon taste, very clean no sugar residues flavors with this 9% beer. A little tart aftertaste remains on the back half of the tongue.

M: Highly carbonated, nice belgian carbonation.

D: Smooth and very drinkable for a 9% beer. Feels like a much lower alcohol beer. This would be an excellent brunch beer.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Date: 18 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Pours a 2-finger head, reduces to a srong film, lacing is average, color cloudy yellow-orange. Aroma is heavily Belgian like Duvel, with lemon and orange peels, ending with apples and a super crisp finish on the nose.

Taste is far more Belgian in flavor, but only for a brief moment. Slight hints of clove but all of these flavors are peculiarly brief. Majority of the flavor lies in the Belgian yeast flavor, and the taste is entirely too brief, but not in any bad way.

Mouthfeel? Hardly any flavor sticks to the palate...just a mild Belgian yeast with wheat flavors. Overall? Subtle Belgian style beer.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is of a pale apple cider, with a thin white lacing. Its ok
the smell is vibrant with floral hoppiness and mostly fruit sweet/tartness.
there is a malty fruit tart flavor that is very strong. a slight hop, not much with a crsip fruit flavor
the mouth feel is what gets me, i like a smooth beer and this beer is very carbonated, or at least i get that "tingle" could be fromt he tart fruit flavor. either way if that is a sensation you like, this beer is great, if not its a little over the top for me.

good brew worth a try

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Photo of RandomExile
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pale orange amber, translucent, light airy eggshell head
S: fresh yeast, citrus fruit, orange, apricot, whiff of alcohol
T: spiced, clove, yeasty, fruit/floral, sour, alcohol
M: light-cloudy, tangy, dry finish
O: perhaps a bit too astringent owing to the high alcohol content and light body, but excellent consistency, and a solid triple wheat pale ale

750mL / $8.99

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Photo of Naerhu
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body pure white head.
Extremely spicy aroma.
Restrained maltiness, orange rind, pepper, clove. There needs to be more malt and hops than all this spicy stuff.
Light mouthfeel, but I was too bumbed out about not hops or malt in this beer so, whatever.
Easy to drink, but nothing you would want to pay attention to.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a tripel-hefeweizen hybrid, this yeasty sweet bottle hails from a Unibroue mixed pack. Pours extremely fizzy, nearly fills a glass with white foam but settles quite quickly. Aroma is banana, other fruity notes that recall apple and citrus, strong Unibroue yeast and peanut butter. Palate is suitably complex, spicy even by Unibroue standards with some candied ginger and nutmeg, a caramel banana richness, orange marmalade, pound cake and perfumy bubble gum like Thrills (look it up). Strong alcohol character that is more assertive than in some other Belgian style offerings where the booze is stashed away. Rather sweet but some bitterness reveals itself over time, and there is a background apple sourness that adds an extra dimension. Not the most complex Unibroue beer but light years ahead of most other wheat beers in this regard.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy and amber; very bright. 3-inch frothy head with good retention.

Smell - Spicy and zesty, notes of lemon and orange peel.

Taste & mouthfeel - Tropical fruit; banana, unripened mango, a bit of clove and apricot. Peppery, spicy finish, slightly drying. Heavy on the tongue with rather sharp carbonation.

Notes - Triple wheat ales aren't something you see very often, so I was pretty curious about this. It definitely lived up to my expectations; it's both unique and very drinkable.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours hazy sun-bronzed orange color. 1.5 fingers of off-white head sit on top all creamy looking. Lacing is abundant; small arches of foam stick to the glass like fishscales. If the head retention were better this would get a 4.5 from me.

Solid aroma here, though it is solid for a different style. I get an abundance of orange zest and wheat, with a bit of brewing spice. This smells like a witbier. An imperial witbier, actually. It isn't too far off from the aromas of American double wits (like Boulevard Two Jokers or Southampton). Some sweet syrup smell peeks out with warmth. I am choosing to review this beer as a witbier now, and this earns an above average grade as a witbier.

Don de Dieu tastes like a good [imperial] witbier. As a BSPA? Not as much. There is so much orange peel flavor, so much wheat, so much coriander that I can't help but perceive this as a wit. If you think of it as a wit, though, you can see how sharp the flavors are, how they have an intensity to them that most wits don't. What holds this beer back is the perceptible alcohol; it is pretty boozy, which clashes with the refreshing nature that this beer's flavors usually indicate when found in other beers.

The body size is appropriate, especially for a heavier [imperial] witbier. The carbonation is off, though. Whereas Belgian wits will be well-attenuated and balanced, this offering from Unibroue is just too harsh with its carbonation.

Again, I am reviewing this as a witbier. It compares very favorably to most imperial/double witbiers out there. Belgian Strong Pale Ale my ass. If you like wits then you will love this. Hand a glass to your Blue Moon-drinking friends.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don de Dieu was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was lovely hazed rich apple juice yellow, with mega effervescent bubbling, topped with an ample rocky white head that left excellent lacing. The enticing nose spoke of spices such as bitter orange peel, coriander, and zippy lemon. Tasting the attractive brew revealed a moderately sweet honey malt base, infused with assertive flavors of dried apple, peach, and fresh bread. Flavors of apple and dried fruit persist nicely in the finish. However, the sweetness level remained too high at the end, and excessive apparent alcohol dimished from the overall enjoyment. The body was appropriately full and smoothly satisfying for the flavors, as was the ample carbonation. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the above flaws.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/17/2010. Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, melon, citrus, Belgian yeast. Flavor of bready malts, sweet light citrusy fruits, and Belgian yeast with a sweet finish. A pleasant surprise actually -- very tasty!

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Photo of shadow1961
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opening up a 750ml bottle of Unibroue's
Don de Dieu, the pour I got revealed a
fluffy head over cloudy dark gold brew.
The head doesn't last that long, though
the carbonation is quite active.

The nose is malty, fruity and yeasty. The
flavor has elements of malt and citrus, and
is quite delicate.
Mouthfeel is round, tingly, cleansing- and
there is a definite warming effect due to the
9% alcohol by volume.

Aftertaste is citrus, thought it doesn't last

As I understand it, what Unibroue was up to
with this beer was to create a wheat beer with
a kick like a trippel, and they certainly succeeded.

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Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is murky orangey-golden with a small whitish head that settles quickly.

S: Sweet -- fruit (oranges), cloves and a bit of mustiness. Baseball card bubblegum as it warms.

T: Like the nose, I'm thinking citrus fruit, specifically, oranges. Not the citrusy flavor you get from some hops, but rather more of an orange candy, sugary sweetness. Also a hint of vanilla in there somewhere, more as it warms. There's a bit of spice at the back of the sip and alcohol warmth on the way down as the 9% ABV makes itself known.

M: Finely carbonated means it's pretty creamy and smooth. Nice clean finish in the mouth.

D: Good. A little too sweet for my preferences, but not in a cloying way.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: huge head, outstanding lacing; pours a slight-orange yellow
S: very light sweet smell of lemon
T: apple cider overtones; approaches the character of a dry champagne; sweet light taste that fills the entire palate
M: very good carbonation
D: one of Unibroue's more drinkable beers

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Photo of MrSeth
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a white head that fizzles down pretty quickly leaving a ring of suds and constant cloudy bubbly at the surface. The body is bright hazy orange with golden highlights.

Smell: Apples and graham crackers.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Baked apple, spicey cinnamon. Sweet malt flavor and a bitter bite comes crashing in at the finish. Strong carbonation, welcome with a beer this powerful.

Drinkability: I would enjoy this ale in moderation.

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Photo of silentjay
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very hazy golden straw color with a dense pure white head that retains and laces well.

lots of banana, tropical fruit, candi sugar, some light breads, a touch of clove.

flavor similar to the aroma, but a bit of honey on white bread added in as well. banana, clove, tropical fruits and some fruity alcoholic esters work their way in there as well. not bad.

a bit sticky and prickly and not as smooth as most other Unibroue offerings. still nice, though.

drinks ok. alcohol apparent throughout, but never takes over a very good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. "Best before 09-04-11" on the label

Appearance: Very strange apearance. Disappointingly thin and weak head which looks very atypical. But an absolutely beautiful golden amber colour. A decent amount of fine sediment, mostly towards the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Sour and fruity, almost like apples, bannanas. Also a strong and distinct yeastyness to it, probably some order of Belgian yeast. Lesser notes of clove. However, has a very strong wheatiness, and reminds me of how Affligem Blond smells. It almost smells like fermented apple juice

Taste: Tart, and a little sour. Very powerful yeast flavour. Surprisingly not as much depth to this beer as i thought. The effervesence reminds me of champagne, but unfortunately doesnt do a whole lot for the character of this beer. Very fruity; along with the ale-ish banana/clove flavours, there is also an apple and peach quality to this. This reminds me of when i tried to ferment apple juice in my dorm room; it was very sweet, golden in colour, and tasted very tart. I perhaps shouldnt be as harsh on this beer, because Ive been drinking stouts, lagers and darker ales lately (in addition to this being around october/november so its not really the right time to drink something this light imo). I feel like I would want this beer a little sweeter. The tasters pack said it was similar to sake, and suddenly I'm completely tasting that. To summarize, this beer is like if you took cheap champagne, sake, apple juice and an unfiltered wheat beer and combined them into one very strange brew.

Mouthfeel: Very sharply carbonated probably from the secondary fermentation. A slightly unpleasant mouthfeel for what I'm used to, but definitely seems like champagne.

Drinkability: This is 9%?? But I dont taste any alcohol...This beer does a truly amazing job of hiding any hint of booziness. It's very drinkable, but I wouldnt necessarily want to have a bunch of these in one night. Especially because I'm definitely feeling a little buzzed already. Damn you Unibroue, conspiring to get me tipsy without even realizing it!

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,865 ratings.
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