Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,293
Ratings:
2,842
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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Photo of BierRunner
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color with bright white head. A malty yeasty funk on the nose. Same on the taste with a little lemon coming through. Well carbonated and refreshing.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What do you say about Unibroue? 95% of what they do is superb and this Don De Dieu is no different....While La Fin Du Monde might be the most popular (so popular, that Trader Joe's worked out a deal to sell their Belgian style ales nationally in a generic Trader Joe's bottle), Don De Dieu is no slouch...Something is going right in Chambly, Canada... Very right. Pours a beautiful looking golden color that is reminiscent of a triple, with a massive puffy head. Mucho lacing, but not all of it sticks. The yeast, sugars and bubble-gum are the star here right off the bat, with the malts hanging in there to provide a tiny bit of bitterness that doesn't linger...There is a hint of white beer acidity, tartness and citrus but everything is so well balanced that the flavor is a wonderful totality of all its parts. It finishes with the classic Unibroue sizzle--that champagne-like dry champagne finish--but not too dry. I could drink this all day, but at 9%ABV, that probably would be a bad idea....Wonderful ale. A must have.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once the cork is started, it pretty much uncorks itself. Pours a hazy but pretty shade of golden orange. Pretty white head that is short lived. It's aroma is of Belgium yeast with some banana & other fruity flavors. Nice bready flavor, with some fruity flavors, very slightly sweet. More than enough carbonation. It's 9% is well hidden. An excellent tripel.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque, deep orange body with lots of creamy, pearly white head at the top. The aroma is rich with wheat and soft floral features, a very subtle spice and faint candy-like sweetness can also be detected. The taste is sweet and fruity at the front of the palette with flavours branching out towards spiciness and mildly earthy hop bitterness at the sides and back respectively. Smooth taste with prickly carbonation and an otherwise silky smooth mouthfeel, with a finish that echoes out wonderfully. Unibroue, you're doing my Qu├ębecois heart proud!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color with a finger of white head
S: a ton of wheat, sweet Belgian yeast
T: huge sweetness, and wheat. Overly sweet
F: super thin, drinks easy, no sign of 9%abv

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Photo of dcotom
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy, dark orange in color, one-finger white head that left minimal lacing. Aromas typical of the Belgian pale (banana, coriander, yeast funk, a little clove) with a pronounced phenolic character. These carry over to the palate, with a good bit of alcohol warmth and an exceptionally clean and dry finish. This is a real gem, and a real bargain at the price. Well done, Unibroue!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, white head, 3/5". Aroma was apple and light fruit, non citrus variety, lots of alcohol.

More alcohol burn in the taste. Heat and green apple. High carbonation. Lots of yeast mouthfeels. Expensive stuff. Lots of clove and spice rack in here.

I just can't. Some of this belgian stuff is just so pronounced alcohol and yeast wise. Malt and hops are an afterthought for style. Tasted like a yeasty tripel to me, the only nice thing was the apple impressions.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - 3.5 | clear amber colour, very small head with large bubbles that disappears almost instantly

Smell - 4.75 | clove, orange, banana, caramel, pepper, apricot, pear, honey

Taste - 5 | fresh bread, honey, caramel, pear, orange, clove, banana,

Feel - 5 | medium-plus body, creamy character, light carbonation

Overall - 4.5

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep gold with a frothy, modest for the style head. Plenty of lace patches drape the glass on the way down. Spices, clove, lemon meringue pie in the nose. Fruity, lemon, green apple, bubblegum, cookie dough malts, floral notes. Hop bitterness is very minimal. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with champagne like carbonation.

A fantastic strong Belgian ale. Noticeably drier than Fin Du Monde, but jst as complex and full of the Belgian estery goodness. A must try.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

a: super-clear pale orange color with some slight amber notes. pours a rather large white marshmellow head, but that fades slowly but settles as a thin film on top

s: banana, pear, green apples, citrus zest, sweet caramel malts, clove, some slightly zesty peppery yeast. something almost funk-like in here as well

t: ripe pear and green apple right away followed by that sweet malt. behind that i'm picking up a little bit of that Belgian yeast spice - a bit peppery, and just a touch of clove...maybe some cardamom as well. the yeast is providing a light floral presence which is nice. there is just a touch of citrus zest and that slight funk presence in here as well. finishes sweet and not too dry

m: its a medium mouthfeel, however the carbonation level is a bit low for a BPA, and thats my biggest criticism of this beer. is not terribly under-carbonated, but it could definitely use more

o: aroma and taste are nice. i'd like a bit more pop from the pears and apples, and perhaps if the carbonation level was a little higher we'd get that. but, still worth a purchase and a drink. i'm enjoying it for sure, and the carbonation isn't enough to knock off serious points. a really nice beer

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Photo of Burrlicious
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: medium to darker golden color with suds on one side of the cup. Head was thick, but no lacing left behind as it dissipated.

Smell: Fruity, aromatic and spicy. Fruitfulness just enough to overpower the alcohol as it seeps into your nostril membranes.

Taste: I can taste some apricots. I guess if you want to call them pepper notes then that is there as well mixed with the fruitiness. You can definitely taste the dry and crispness of the ale as it sinks in to the back of the mouth. The alcohol smell is perfectly balanced with the amount of fruit and spice mixture for a B.S.P.A.

Feel: Goes down with some earthy notes and a little alcohol flavor mixed with some honey notes.

Overall: Great representation of a Belgium Strong Pale Ale. Can definitely taste the fruitfulness mixed with just the right amount of spiciness. Also, Leaves a feeling in the mouth that makes you wanting more... If you're into that sort of thing, (Alcohol/fruitiness/Banana Bread)

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Photo of Havardjc
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pale yellow, hazy and turbid, thick foamy head retention

S: fruity and spicy

T: toasty malt, fruit, pepper and spice

M: smooth carbonated

O: love the fruit and spice flavors

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange tinged gold with a thick sudsy white head. Head dissipates leaving no lacing but a thin white film covering the whole beer.

Smell has aromas of orange, orange zest, belgian yeast, and straw. Touch of spices at the back end as the aromas settle on your nose.

Taste has notes of straw and wheat ... almost reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Notes of orange zest, orange, banana, and apricot come through before giving way to a very spicy finish - again, reminiscent of a hefeweizen in the spice profile on the finish. Slight sweetness throughout from a honey like flavor.

Feel is guided by medium carbonation providing a slightly noticeable tingle on the tongue. There is a slight heft and density to the feel on this beer that is quite noticeable (especially following a Trois Pistoles as this is much heftier than that one.)

Overall a nice strong pale ale. Really enjoyed the combo of the hefeweizen like wheat/spice combo with the orange notes.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Hazy golden/orange in color, and topped with 3 fingers of soapy, bubbly white foam that quickly fizzed down into a thin lacing. Lots of sweet wheat, ripened banana, honey, caramel, and a touch of spice on the nose. The taste follows right along. Just wheat and banana, with a pleasant amount of caramel and toffee on the finish. Very smooth, and surprisingly dense. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Very tasty.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again, Unibroue take its inspiration from the Belgians brews. And success at it. Don de dieu is a balanced bitter sweet strong pale ale... well worth the try

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Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours cloudy honey colored with a big white head. smells of ripe fruit and spices, ripe banana, sweet smelling like rock candy. taste is very complex and I pickup something new with each sip, yeast, ripe fruits honey and spices. mouthfeel was light and good carbonation. buy it try it.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy Orange-ish yellow. LOADS of head. Seriously, no matter how controlled my pour was, the beer was super active and created so much head that my pour was a quite long process; although, pretty to look at.

Smell: Lots of spices you would expect in a tripel along with some fermented white grape and apricot -- not much else.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell. With more of the fruit in the front followed by the spices. Bready and a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: A little denser than I like for this flavor profile -- makes it feel a bit syrupy. The activity in the carbonation lead me to believe I'd feel it more than I did as well and becomes flat, almost watery in the finish.

O: Although not my ideal for its implied style, it's still a pretty tasty beer; although, I'm unsure if I'll have it again without some more age on it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma has wheat and Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet and yeasty with wheat and lemon notes. Medium body with high effervescence. Not bad but it's really not my style of beer.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Provencal orange body. Marvelously vibrant. Thin white lace given off the magnificent 2 finger fluffy beige head.

s: Lovely apricot jam aroma, green apple and pear, honey sweetness.

t: Up front fruity esters. Apricot, pear, grape and apple skin fades into delicate spice that mingles with the malts.

mf: Creamy medium heavy body, good carbonation. Nice dry wheaty finish with a bit of the alcohol coming through.

o: This is top tier. I have had this before but I have also ignored it at times in favor of Maudite and La Fin Du Monde. It is a testament to this brewery that something this good can be over looked in favor of the breweries other beers. World Class.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Lots of spice and fruitiness from the yeast up front, along with some light floral notes, some wheat, and overall general sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mellow fruity sweetness, followed by light spices and floral notes. Goes into some very light wheat notes before finishing with more fruity sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fine and bubbly

O: A very nice BSPA (classified as a triple wheat ale on their website) with a nice sweet overtone that pairs nicely with the fruity and spicy yeast. Very easy to drink, and potentially dangerous at 9%. Definitely worth giving this one a shot, especially at the price point

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey-like golden yellow, clear at first but incredibly dulled by last part of pour, giving it marble-like swirls of fine sediment. Fine, whitish head. Small, goes down slowly, and lasts as film and legs. Boozy and peach-like aromas, not much else. Sweet but balanced to the taste, tart along the lines of both fruit and vinegar, spirit-boozy, white wine, bready, yeast-spicy. Peppery retro-olfaction. Medium to full bodied, soft but dense and thick effervescence. Definite alcohol burn on cheeks, sides of tongue, and nostrils.

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Photo of kevanb
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter glass.

The beer pours a hazy and bright copper color, gold hues when struck by the light with a foamy white head, about a finger high that has great retention and loads of lace. The aroma is nice, big yeasty banana and clove, spice, wheat with light alcohol warmth. The flavors are right in line with the nose, fruit, spice, grain, loads of yeast character, crisp wheat and assertive alcohol sharpness at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body, crisp carbonation, prickly body, very lively with a sharp finish.

Verdict: A nice Tripel from Unibroue, not my favorite style, but this is a well built beer. There is a bit too much alcohol and more yeast than I'd like, but overall a very nice beer to sip on.

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Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter. Look is hazy light orange. Smell is banana yeast esters and a touch of sour funk. Taste is a lot more of the smell. On first taste I would have described as a here on steroids, but subsequent sips are more peachy fruit but on the sour end. Feel is strong effervescent but the 9% is really well hidden. Overall not in my wheelhouse, but I can appreciate the style

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking hefeweizen style body. Wheaty goodness on the nose with some apricot and sweet Tripel style yeast. Unibroue beers have a uniqueness you cannot even compare to beers from Belgium, because it's arguably better. Pleasant scents. Undetectable alcohol. Slight cloves, apricots, banana with a golden style Belgian twinge to it. Medium bodied. An all-time classic.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BB 04-23-18
A - effervescent golden body capped with a small-bubbled, creamy, white head
S - spicy and fruity yeast, wheat, alcohol
T - typical Unibroue yeast flavors with wheat, pale malt, peachy fruit flavors, quite sweet
M - medium body, effervescent, finishes spicy and semi-dry; alcohol is warming
O - overly sweet at times, but still very delicious. It's been awhile since I had this one, and it's always nice to come back around to the Unibroue collection. They're all high quality beers.

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