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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

1,284 Reviews
Don De DieuDon De Dieu

Brewed by:
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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Photo of QXSTER1
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful white creamy head with sensational aromas of fruit and spices. Deep golden color with an unfiltered haziness. Unbelievably smooth for such a high alcohol beer.
Not as complex as Unibroue's Dubbels and Tripels but an outstanding beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, tangerine orange with a huge, billowy bone white head that lasted throughout the entire course of the drink. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant with steady streams of bubbles rising upward that made the head dance.

S: yeasty with fresh bananas, oranges, and a lemony sourness. Supporting it was a big fresh wheat aroma.

T: wheaty, with oranges, zesty lemons, and a distinct yeasty sourness and fruitiness. A nice creamy wheatiness of peaches and pears is also detected. On the finish was a big dried fruitiness (pears) and a very smooth citrus tartness.

M: tingly with a strong carbonation presence and a nice creamy fullness. There was also a nice carbonation bite after the swallow, very champagne like. Bursting with a nice rounded sour fruitiness gave this beer a nice lacing on the tongue.

D: Incredibly smooth with no hints of its 9.0%abv. A crisp, thirst quenching, lemony summer time drink that is everybit as refreshing in the last sip as the first.

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Photo of MShirokov
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the same spirit as Fin du Monde, but is less intense, less sweet, a bit more bitter and carbonated. Which makes it perfect, since Fin du Monde is way too sweet and yeasty for me. If it was just a tiny bit more hoppy I'd love it, but for what it is, they did a great job.

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Photo of geetlord
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden brown full of yeast with a tall foamy head. It smelled of fresh berries and slightly yeasty. The taste was sweet, fruity, mildly spicy, a little bitter and alcoholic but not unpleasantly so. It was thick and smooth, almost creamy. Overall I felt that it was a good somewhat sweet and full bodied beer.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The standard 750ml caged/corked, the best before date was illegible above the bar code.
It poured a light marigold color, slightly cloudy, with a nice bubbly white head that disappeared rather quickly.
Nice estery aroma, vinegar and alcohol that gave a great champagne like impression.
Taste was slightly spicy on the tongue, with a floral fruitiness. Yeast and sweet bread like flavors give way to a very slight alcohol taste.
Clean and crisp, dry wine like in finish with great carbonation. Very drinkable, especially considering the 9.0% ABV

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another awesome beer from Unibroue. Once again, though, I am having trouble distinguishing it from the other Unibroue beers. Sure, there are certain unique characteristics to each beer, but the yeast profile is so brilliant that it is hard to tell by taste alone. At least it is not a bad thing, considering how much I love the Unibroue yeast.

The beer pours to a very hazy golden yellow color. Has a decent collar of white foam with a good retention. Lacing is great. Only a few bubbles of carbonation can be seen through the haze.

The smell is good. Smells a bit softer than some of the other Unibroue beers, probably from the significant amount of wheat malt. Only slightly bready, but mostly just fruity esters dominated by banana and clove.

The taste is like bubblegum, banana, and a host of other tropical fruity. Has a very pleasant clove finish. It is probably the least dry of all of the Unibroue beers I've yet tried.

The body is full and creamy. Very little carbonation on the palate, like a real ale. Still feels fairly crisp with a clean finish. Very pleasant, and one of the most drinkable 9% ales out there, in my book.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright golden liquid with a one finger head in my wide mouth goblet. The smell seemed to contain mellow but pronounced, fruity but not citrusy, esters followed by an underlying malt aroma. The taste is defined by the fruit esters: grape, pear, plum, etc. The fruit esters are beautifully balanced by the spicy phenols of Belgian yeasts and the absence of a stronger malt sweetness (I dare not call it tart). A soft carbonation gives way to a crisp and clean, light to medium body that disguises the alcoholic content in a spectacular way. This smooth golden nectar cascades down the delicious decent to your throat unhindered by the typical grimace of high alcohol beers. What adjuncts do they use to make this beer? Honey? Candied sugar? Both? Whatever they use the ratio seemed damn near perfect to me. Awesome beer.

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Photo of elmore
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured golden orange murky color with scattered suspended yeast sediment from a 12oz bottle into a maudite snifter. Thick fluffy head with an easy pour. Head gradually receded and left minimal lacing.

S: pears, spices, coriander, citrus, yeast, minimal sweetness.

T: Similar to smell. Reminds me of La Fin Du Monde without the sweetness and more of a tart peppery aftertaste. no real detectable alchohol, no warmness - I'm always amazed at how Unibroue hides the alcohol content.

M: effervescent, light.

D: Very drinkable. Very smooth, light and refreshing. A little tart, but overly sweet brews usually limit drinkabilty for me. Not a lot of sweetness here, more of a clean spicy taste uprfront with a dry tart aftertaste.

Love it. Another great Unibroue brew. IMHO similar to La Fin Du Monde with less sweetness and more of a tart peppery aftertaste. Amazingly drinkable for the alcohol content as most of the brews from this brand are.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An above average to stellar brew all the way around. milky orange, yellow in color with a nice wheaty head. The nose is deep with roasted aromas dominating. These aromas follow through on the palate with an almost wine-like taste profile. Roasted red fruits, and an almost chianti-like taste intermingle with over-ripe banana and sweet bread dough flavors. A nice grainy wheat flavor is present throughout. Some subtle spice in the way of clove and vanilla are also in the mix. This is a big warming offering that is oh soooo drinkable and easy to like. A fine offering indeed!!

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a huge, 4-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong alcoholic yeasty aroma .

T: Sweet, strong and smooth brew. Very zesty and spicy with a good yeast background. Lots of complex flavors here.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – this beer kicked some ass. Very complex aroma and flavor and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep gold color with a very cloudy appearance. Had a massive head on it.

Smell: A wheat malt base that was accompanied by a seemingly nutty aroma.

Taste: Sweet flavor with hints of banana, nuts, and other fruits. Not too sweet though, and it finishes very smooth and nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fair body from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is another from Unibroue that blows my mind. This is definitely something I could get again.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with freshness date on back label. Poured golden honey colored with abundance of head that took a few minutes to fade to about an inch. Scents of cloves, honey. Well flavored yeasts upfront with sweet grass hops flavors. Smooth drink able nature and slighty warm alcohols make this very awesome beer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold coloration. The head was an inch thick and subsided quickly. No lacing was in evidence on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells fruity and peppery spicy.

Taste: The beer leads with a slightly peppery spicy taste. Then the taste mellows out into fruity malty sweetness and then bitter. Not even a hint of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim plus to full bodied beer. The carbonation is in tight tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. The alcohol is covered up in both taste and smell. Very smooth to drink.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a semi-clear golden yellow color with a creamy off-white head. In the aroma there is a mixture of banana, yeast, and spices. The taste is very much along the lines of a classic Belgian beer with yeast and banana flavors. Another very enjoyable brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of lazjuarez
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated: J281012279, poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with about 2 fingers worth of an off white frothy head, which slowly reduces to a fine ring. Very light lacing and small carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is undoubtably Belguim. Great bouquet of fruity esters, black pepper notes, and earthy yeast as well. A bready malt is coming through as well, very nice.

T: Taste is of light fruits, lots of vinous qualities. Very similar to the nose, including the earthy notes. The spice really rounds off the sweet fruit flavors and heightens them, then the earthy notes brings them down and completes the flavors, great flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied, nice biscuity feel, coats the mouth well. Light carbonation moves the beer along, also the semi dry finish helps to renew the palate. Overall this brew is an amazing drink, highly recommend. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +9%

You want to know what this tastes like, well, the brewery's notes cover it all. This beer is phenomenal. It is a bit pricey, but oh so worth it. I found it very light in mouth-feel and quite drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top of the bottle reads 2005. Sampled 12-21-2006

Pours a hazy straw/amber with a white head. Nose is like a bright lemon. Has the potential to be overbearing, but does not (my definition of a bright lemon). Flavor is strong and light at the same time. Pungent sweetness combined with a heavy yeast flavor. Overall it is very smooth and even, yet powerful. Feel is slightly thin with a good carbonation on it. Extremely drinkable. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side, and too much so for some. But still. Extremely well crafted.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden body with a off white head.
S- Light spices like cloves come through the wheat and yeast. Hint of some malts. Strong wheat aroma though.
T- Big wheat flavor. Spices come through with a bit of a bread also. Nice calm warming in the back of throat from the alcohol. It is kind of like a calm wheat wine. Not as harsh as usual but still that big strong wheat flavor.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D-It is my favorite Unibroue (that I have tried). It is what I could see a aged wheat wine taste like. Just a tad bit weaker.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.5/5  rDev +9%


Poured into a tulip

A = hazy honey color with lots of effervescent bubbles racing up the side of the glass. Initial pour creates a 2 finger head that soon dissipated into a thin film. Despite vigorous carbonation, the head fades.

S = Belgian yeasts, sweet fruity esters of peaches, banana, and pear, some citrusy hop character comes to the nose as well. Bready malts and a peppery spice linger.

T = Slightly chalky Belgian yeasts at the forefront, followed by citrus and sweet esters. The beer has the flavor profile of a good belgian with some IPA characteristics. Bitterness is present, but nowhere near IPA levels. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes quite noticeable, and is warming, fruity, and spicy.

M = Slick, with a creamy texture from the carbonation.

O = Delicious example of a Belgian Pale Ale, and another great beer from Unibroue. This will be a regular addition to my mix-sixes from now on. :)

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +9%

12/19/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Now this is a beer. Mid-December cold as a... outside but this cool, low alcohol beverage hits the spot. Welcoming spiciness greet me on the nose & tongue. The familiar yeasty aroma of Unibroue adds to this homecoming. I don't know whoever made this, but they know me & I thank you one and all. XXOO

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do believe this is my favorite beer from Unibroue. Although I have many more to try. Dark straw yellow in color with a big fluffy white head. Smell is citrus, orange, lemon, corriandor and very sweet. The taste is very similar only a bit grassy and earthy. Very smooth. You hardly notice the 9% abv.

I would like to compare the 12 oz bottle with a 750 ml bottle. This was the 12 oz. bottle. Amazing beer.

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Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this beer has nice carbonation. So much so that I lost a few ounces because it exploded on me. Smell is yeasty, fruity, honey and alcohol. The taste is sweet, yeasty, honey raisins and banana. The mouthfeel is crisp with great carbonation and a dry finish. This beer has a light taste for such a strong beer which makes its drinkability exceptional. This beer is a must try.

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Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle sourced by Michael. Reviewed from notes from tasting on February 19.

Pours a hazy golden hue, with a creamy foamy head. Very little retention, head disappears quickly.

Smells of hay and wheat with a sweet undertone.

Taste is more of the same with bubble gum, banana, cloves and other spices. Sweet, smooth, spicy. Great mouthfeel, alcohol is well hidden with this one.

Finishes smooth, lingering spicy aftertaste. This is a great brew, especially aged for a year or so. Careful to let the beer sit upright for at least one week and pour carefully to avoid the yeasty slurry at the bottom.

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Photo of walloon
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A lightly spiced cocktail of fruits on the palate--not to be confused with canned fruit cocktail. Apricots, pears, mangoes, a hint of cherry, a touch of clove, a faint sensation of nutmeg. A bit sweet for some tastes and probably a shock to someone expecting something Germanic. It reminded me of Renaissance cuisine--sweet, fruity, spicy, and tasty.

The nose gave little hint of what would follow and the head didn't stick around long enough.

Only faint hints of alcohol and esters in the aftertaste gave away the 9% ABV of this amazingly smooth ale. Teenage girls should drink this well-named brew instead of Boone's Farm.

So, for that matter, should everyone. The world would be a better place.

Poured from a bottle into a slightly oversized wine glass.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.
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