Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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1,289
Ratings:
2,820
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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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
long.

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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Photo of sdmrtn
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangish golden color nice lathery 3 finger head

Smell: delicious fruity yeasty

Taste: Nice burst of fruity apricots the some alcohol then honey
very interesting and quite good.

Mouth-feel: medium body

Drinkability: good but the 9.0 abv make it a nice treat to drink 1 or 2 of once in a while.

Notes: This is amazing and special brew I highly recommend trying it. Really, seek it out.

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Photo of mooseo
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Hazy light golden brown with an average head. Not much retention, little to no lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus, bread, and yeast immediately stand out. Peppery spices and other floral scents are present.

T - Bready malts with strong honey and green apple citrus flavors. Some yeast and grain are present throughout. The finish is spicy, crisp and slightly dry. The alcohol just barely comes through.

M - Smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied.

D - A satisfying Belgian pale ale. The drinkability is high for such a strong ABV. Yet again, another solid offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of Naes
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy golden color with a tall white head that dissapeared quickly.
The aroma is of yeast and is a bit grainy.
Its flavor has a sweet malty base and is a bit fruity with a yeast and alcohol presence.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

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Photo of andyj
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale on lees, which is a fancy term for bottled conditioned ale, has a wonderful spice kick to it that I just can't place. Maybe a touch more coriander or cardamon? It has a cloudy appearance, so I assume they use some wheat adjuncts as they do with some of their other beers. Then again perhaps that spicey kick is from rye? It had a nice foamy and a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. It went down well on a humid Saturday below the Mason-Dixon Line!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

Brr...it's really cold outside so I wanted to try something new that had a bit of strength to it. Here goes.

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy light gold with a large and firm head of foam. The final pour and it turned totally cloudy(not a bad thing, in my book) and the foam "sticks" around for the entire session. Plenty of lacing too.

The smell is all fruity and nice. Notes of apricot and some malt followed by a bit of hops and some spice.

The taste has a tarty flavour of apricots up front with some very noticeable honey flavour. After another sip, I'm getting some spice like pepper and some wheat. Pretty good tasting but I think the honey is overdone and kind of reduces the drinkability factor for me. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of beers that have a honey presence.
It has a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly high, and it finishes on a fruity note. The alcohol is hidden very well for the abv. Not a bad brew.

Thanks again, John!

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Photo of sstackho
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from La Trappe A Fromage in Gatineau. Pours a cloudy light beige with mounds of head. Yeasty aroma, but not as strong as some other Unibroue beers. Flavour also feels a bit restrained as compared to some of the other Unibroue upfront wallops. The spiciness is what is most noticeable about this brew, but the typical yeasty Unibroue flavours are not evident in their typical strengths. That can be OK, as some of the Unibroue beers taste somewhat similar, yet awesome, to me. This is an enjoyable beer, but I don't think it offers anything better than Maudite or Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of denjen
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dennis: It's not very often that I comment on a beer carbonation, but pouring this out of the bottle resulted in what I can only describe as a "mini hot tub" effect in the glass. Once that show was over and I took a sip I was very shocked to find how well the alcohol (9%) is hidden in this brew. There's a little tartness to it from it, but really it's blended so well you can't tell, and it's hidden with carbonation and a slight sweetness. Basically this tastes to me like what I imagine a triple light would. It's not overly complex, but it is easy to drink.
Jen: I find this to be a decent Unibroue, as is most of their brews. This is quite a smooth beer with an almost creamy mouthfeel. The taste is of mild citrus fruits with a caramel sweetness to it (without the overwhelming maltiness lingering). None of the flavors are too overwhelming, but are mild and well balanced.For a 9% ABV, this beer is quite easy to drink without the alcohol taste.

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Photo of grannaniwa
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with no haze. Head has some of the finest (smallest) bubbles I have ever seen. Very fruity nose, with some yeast aromas. Apricot notes especially evident.

Yeasty first sip, ends with a fruity tang and a bit of alcohol bite. More alcohol than I like at the end. Nice medium-to-high carbonation with small bubbles. Lip-smacking yeasty bitterness left throughout your mouth well after you've finished your most recent sip, and the aftertaste becomes more prominent while working your way through the glass.

Overall: B+, would like to enjoy again

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Photo of flip387
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Beer Review, I've recently had the urge to try new
beers that aren't your standard run of the mill.

This beer was pulled from the fridge and allowed to cool for about 30 minutes,
it was then pour in to a tulip glass.

A: Golden in color, transparent when poured, opaque and dull in the glass.

S: Hints of spices and sweetness, vague fruity smell. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Mild bitter taste, deep flavors that don't jump out, not quite crisp.

M: Slightly carbonate and bubbly, medium body and smooth.

O: Smooth beer with not as much flavor as expected. Expected
more of the wheat flavors to be present. Overall was a decent beer,
but I probably will not buy it again.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a nice though short-lived white head.

Smells of pear and light spicy hops, along with a bready Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is of green apple or pear, with a hint of hop spice. Finishes dry with a slight alcohol burn.

Very light bodied, which definitely belies the 9% alcohol. It'd be easy to drink a couple of these before you realized they are fairly strong.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in the style.

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Photo of Aenema
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy straw with a 1.5 finger ivory white head and little lacing.
Smell - Fruity esters and pear.
Taste - Similar to the nose, but sugary yeast and some spicy notes in addition to fruit and pear.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied with fine, vigorous carbonation. Scrubs the palate nicely.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.
Overall - A good beer, but not good enough or unique enough to select over several other Unibroue beers.

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Photo of greg202stewart
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- a golden orange, with a frothy head

s- smells like citrus and hops

t- This beer is very citrusy, it tastes a bit too much like orange peel. It's similar to La Fin Du Monde but with more orange peel taste that's very tart.

m- has some nice spices, but too cirtusy

d- sadly I love Unibroue but hate this beer. A La Fin Du Monde gone wrong

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white 2 finger head, poor retention and a resulting lace that's spotty.

Smell - Aromas are sweet and fruity; banana, peach and cream.

Taste - Starts sharp and sweet with some nice spice notes of clove and coriander; by midtaste the flavor rotates to include wheat and a touch of cream. Finish has an unusual coconut quality to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Low carbonation, but it's got a sharp acidity and a creamy mouthfeel that goes well with the flavors presented.

Overall - Does well to hide the 9% ABV, but unfortunately just a tad sweet for my tastes. Good beer, but not one I couldn' t live without.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,820 ratings.
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