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:
1,296
Ratings:
2,849
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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Photo of TDotScott
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

L- Light gold with a stark white head that didn't stick around long.

S- Bready malts, esters reminiscent of apple, pear, and banana. Some floral hops.

T- as the aroma, wheat bread up front, with a little acidity for balance. Fruity and bitter on the finish.

F- Very effervescent and well attenuated just as it should be.

O- a great rendition of the style, even if the wheat is a bit heavy handed.

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Photo of dgilks
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale gold with a fluffy white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer with very nice lacing on this Unibroue glass. Slightly hazy.

S - Quite fruity with some nice clove aroma. This is classic Belgian yeast. Plenty of phenol action as well and maybe a hint of alcohol.

T - Clove and cinnamon hit right up, some banana follows with a hint of stone fruit (maybe peach). Slightly caramely across the back palate. Plenty of nice yeasty esters and the wheat offers a nice, crisp refreshing note as well. No overpowering hotness is evident. Quite excellent.

M - Above average carbonation creates a crisp mouthfeel. A good medium body also makes this beer layer across the palate and balances out the higher carbonation levels. Very good, smooth yet still crisp and not overbearing.

D - This is quite drinkable. I want to drink more but 9% ABV makes that a bit tough. Definitely a good beer and one or two in a night would be more than welcome. There is no overbearing heat that I feared in a Wheat Tripel so it does go down well.

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Photo of TwoTrees
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 200th tasting...let's celebrate with a review! It is apropo to be enjoying Unibroue's Don De Dieu at this (albeit small) milestone, as it was Maudite which initially threw me into the craft world. Alright, enough nostalgia...to the beer!

Poured from foiled 12oz bottle into standard size snifter.

A: This pours a semi-clear, orangey hewed glassful. The head rises and dissipates slowly leaving some good lacing on the glass.

S: Hoo boy! Green apple, grass, sweet malt, faint oak, moderate spice (?) and honeysuckle are all present here.

T: Again, green apple, pear, honey...Unibroue does a great job melding fresh fruit profiles with their signature warm malt back. Very tasty...

M: This brew is on the lighter side with lively carbonation. It goes down very easily...too easily, and masks the alcohol superbly.

O: Anyone looking to try Belgian style ales would do well to sample Unibroue's lineup. And, Don De Dieu does not disappoint as it delivers a lively, fresh experience of green fruit and honey profiles. I will certainly be coming back to the Don in the future.

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Photo of stortore
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Have had many, first review.

Great color, hazy. Light head, light layer of foam remains throughout. Peppery smell, a bit of some floral hops. Taste is sweet without being cloying, malty, slight bitterness on the back end. Good body, wonderfully carbonated.

While I don't have a lot to say about this beer, I totally love it. Brings a smile to my face every time I have one. Someday I'll have to do a side-by-side with Duvel, because I think I like this better....

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A triple wheat brew at 9% and a shelf life of 3 years. The color is great giving off a deep and cloudy orange. The head dissipates too quickly. The aroma is very light but it smells sweet and hints of vanilla. Most of all though it is clean.

On the first sip I get a lot of honey and bit of vanilla. The carbonation fizzes on the tongue nicely in the middle. Towards the back the flavor really comes through. Surprisingly there is a strong flavor of ripe fruits like plums and apricots. It finishes well leaving a bit of yeasty bread on the tongue.

This is a totally unique wheat. I was expecting more bread, straw, grass, etc. Not red fruit like a porter or an imperial IPA. It's really fantastic. Refreshing, smooth, and full of flavor. How often does that happen?

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Photo of Zraly
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a veil of a white head. The bubbles are compact. The overall appearance is very much like a California sparkling wine. Rich, inviting scents of melon, apricot, rum and orange. Tremendously assertive, and one of the more beautiful smelling ales I've yet to partake.

Which leads on to taste, which is also one of the more beautiful tasting beers. Honey comes forth after the ale is a bit warm, and is followed by a wheaty, dry finish. So many wonderful ripe fruit flavors (especially apple and apricot) round out the overall experiece, including a wine-like twang in the middle. Grapey and honey-like. Indulgent, creamy mouthfeel. And I really can't get over how pleasurable the mouthfeel is. It totally compliments the overall flavor. Vanilla and spice come to mind in terms of the yeasty quality.

This is an extremely wonderful ale. Farm Fresh had a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles for $4.59. I feel like a thief.

This ale would be the perfect companion to a roasted chicken stuffed with a whole head of garlic and a lemon or two. Serve it up with some roasted potatoes. It's also the perfect sipper for a cold, rainy night.

A most excellent selection.

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Photo of leaddog
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an amber gold with three fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell - Standard Unibroue yeast (banana, clove, peppery spice), spicy hops, biscuity malt.

Taste - Spicy hops, spicy & peppery Belgian yeast with banana and clove accents. Touch of biscuity malts and fruity esters. ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied with a moderate/high level of carbonation.

Overall - A well-crafted Belgian Strong Pale Ale by Unibroue. Excellent spicy flavours coming from the hops and yeast. Doesn't drink like a 9%. Unibroue always knows how to deliver a great Belgian brew.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head. Decent lacing. The aroma is a mixture of malt, fruit, and spice with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is the same, but for a 9% beer the alcohol is well hidden. This ranks up there with the best Belgian strong ale's and, thanks to the reasonable price, will be a staple in the refrigerator.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a beautiful label and foil neck. Best before 03/09/03. "The Don de Dieu in Tadoussae, June 3, 1608, under the command of Samuel de Champlain de Brouage, commissioned by the King of France to pursue the exploration of this vast and inhospitable lancd called America."

Appearance: Golden with a magnificent orange hue. The lace is thin, white.

Smell: Light fruity esters, toffee, delicate spice and pale malts in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An outrageous fruitiness of blissful sweet apricots come to mind. A soft hop twang follows with some gentle spice, esters and pepper notes. The beer then goes crisp & dry (no doubt from the wheat). Toffee/toasted malt flavours also come forward as the beer warms, as does some honey-like qualities. Finishes with spicy alcohol notes, slightly bready, grain dryness/light grain tannins and a touch of earthy yeast flavour.

Notes: At 9% abv this beer is suprisingly light and refreshing. It's also one of the best beers that I've ever tasted.

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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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,849 ratings.
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