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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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 assurbanipaul
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light, bottle-conditioned wheat beer, very slightly sweet with a citrus nose. Triple fermented but not as strong as you would expect. Almost but not quite tastes like its European counterparts -- still can't shake the Canadien out of it.

Unibroue tries and tries but I've yet to find them producing a truly outstanding beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just wasn't too excited about this beer. It was clear yellow color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated. It had a grainy, fresh aroma with a little bit of spiciness. It tasted sweet and spicy, light on the hops. An OK beer, but not very inspiring. I've enjoyed othe Unibroue products more.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle with expiration 3/27/2012

Smell: Green apple/pear cider, coriander. Nice toasted honey/toffee note. Light banana and pepper.

Taste: Very fruity and ripe, with overwhelming apple cider notes. Both slightly sweet and tart. Full, thick body, smooth malt flavor with some wheat and yeast notes. Dark and ripe, some honey. Malts are really complex. Alcohol is not noticeable and I'm not getting the spice that others mention.

Notes: Complex malts and very drinkable and refreshing. Slightly above average, but not one of my favorite Unibrou beers.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange that pours with thick creamy head that moderates but is maintained with consistent carbonation.
Aroma: Sour aroma with hints of fruit, spice and green apple.
Taste: Sweet and sour with flavors of honey, yeast, and sour fruit.
Texture: Light body and warmness, with the help of 9% ABV
Drinkability: Not my favorite on its own, but paired well with spicy Asian food as suggested on the label.
Notes: Served in a tulip glass as recommended.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don de Dieu is a crystal clear coppery gold ale that is very sparkling. Its white head diminishes quickly and becomes turbulent. The aroma is light and of peach, white wine, black pepper, and something herbal. It is light-to-medium bodied and very dry. The carbonation is soft and fizzy. The flavor is surprisingly stronger than the light aroma. It is acidic, starts a little bitter and ens a little acetic. It has a lot of Pinot Blanc qualities. Not incredibly exciting, but a good sipper.
(rated Jul 17, 2007)

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Unibroue from my sampler pack. This poured a pale gold with a tiny head. Smelled slightly like applesauce. The taste is ok, but again - like apples and thats not exaclty what i am looking for in beer. There is too much sweetness in this beer for my taste. It lingers in the mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkablilty, hard to tell its a high abv and still goes down quite well.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild orange with a popping fizzy white head that leaves quickly. No lacing or webbing present on the glass edge. Smells of pineapple, banana, and spices.

Carbonation level is high in this one. Very crisp and fizzy in the mouth. I'd prefer it a tad smoother. Flavor is of pineapple, banana, vanilla, with a slight hop kick in the end. Finishes bready and leaves a tart aftertaste. Not bad. Drinkability is alright on this one, but there's a few things they could improve on for sure.

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Photo of mat5175
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NIce cloudy appearance. Lots of small bubbles that seems to translate into a very lively carbonation and light and crisp mouthfeel.

A nice clean and yeasty nose. Again comes across very crisp.

A nice head when poured. A good deal of that head seems to last most of the glass. As strong as it seems, it leaves a clean, slick glass with no lacing.

A nice light flavor, very true to the type. The high alcohol is as well disguised as any i have tried. Even as it approaches room temperature, this beer beer continues to be a well balanced and civilized belgian, with little to none of its 9% coming through in the flavor.

Even given the high alcohol content, this is a very friendly offering from Unibroue. Great beer!

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Photo of katan
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle, trade from DLD 08.

A - Pours a light golden color. An extreme amount of carbonation is present, evidenced by the large 3/4" head that dissipated very slowly. A hair of haze which is mainly yeast.

S - A combination of malt and yeast. I'd say mainly the yeast owns this one.

T - Starts with the yeast - which owns the flavor through the mid-finish of this beer. The alcohol warming is certainly present. Finishes with an interesting creamy and sweet flavor. Seems like its a combination of some barley and wheat malts.

M - Extreme carbonation leads towards a sharpness in the mouthfeel. Although, it is surprisingly creamy once you get past those strong bubbles. I'd say this is one of the high points of this beer.

D - The beer is easy drinking enough that I wouldn't know what 9% had done to me before a few were down. The carbonation is a downside as it tends to be more filling however.

A solid offering from north of the border. Would not probably seek out on my own.

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Photo of brewbasterd
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white foamy head the dissappears quite swiftly leaving almost no lacing. Belgian yeast is definately present on the nose giving off a sweet fruity aroma. Sweet malts give a backbone to more fruity notes upfront, a touch of hop bitterness is present and candied sugars play a roleas well as tastes of alcohol. Medium bodied and a little thick, it will coat your palate. Over all a decent beer, not a favorite.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had been languishing in my fridge for a bit, and i regret that I'd overlooked it. It is spicey, full-bodied, tripel-like, and pretty good, despite the unknown age of this particular example.

Appearance wasn't great. There was a lot of Sprite/7-Up looking head initially, which quickly faded to a scummy coating. Aroma is quite spicey, like clove and coriander. Flavor is a bit over-sweet, but offers nice spiciness and some zesty citrusness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I believe I bought this bottle on New Year's Day at Koppa's Food on Farwell Ave in Milwaukee (across from Comet Cafe).

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Photo of AzAleC
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden, honey like color with loads of white frothy head. Good retention, slight lacing.

S: Bright floral aroma. Champagne like with hints of citrus and pear.

T: Light fruity (pear, apple) taste, very crisp. Buttery and chardonnay like.

M: Extremely carbonated, light crisp and smooth. Like a slightly heavier champagne.

D: Very easy and pleasant to drink, at times I nearly forgot I was drinking a beer. Someone call highlife and tell them that the true champagne of beers has been found.

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Photo of bucko
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don pours a light golden color with a small rocky head that slowly slips away to something closer to a quarter of an inch. The aroma is that of apple, lemon and other fruit with hints of alcohol hidden behind the esters. The flavor is dry and cidery with hints of apple (duh) and subtle spice. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a tiny bit of alcohol bite. For a 9% abv beer, this is quite drinkable, though one is probably enough for me.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with blonde highlights. 1 finger of loose, bubbly head quickly dissipates to nothing. Weak lacing.

N: Golden delicious apple, banana, some orange citrus, light clove spice and mild funk.

T: Golden delicious apple, pear and light lemon citrus upfront. This is followed by wheat, orange citrus, light candy sugar, coriander and mild funk. Finishes with banana, coriander and clove.

M: Light bodied, sudsy, prickly with carbonation and semi-dry with a hind of stickiness.

O: Another solid offering from Unibroue but this wouldn't be my first pick among their excellent beer portfolio. Tastes like a citrusy Tripel. Flavorful, packed with banana, wheat, citrus and spices. No alcohol presence.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells sweet--like a Riesling or a very citrusy sauvignon blanc. I'm salivating. Beautiful, beerish orange with slight head. It foamed up big upon pouring, but soon receded to thin, spotty bubbles on the beer surface. I may have let it warm up a bit too much before drinking, bit it's pretty straight-forward. I think the notion of orange in the flavor must me mostly due to my perceptions being swayed by the color. It's sweet and has slight remembrances of banana as well. Good, but far from my favorite Unibroue offering.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice on the noste- appearance is of apple juice color. Carbonation is more subdued than other Unibroue offerings like La Fin du Monde. Taste- apple, spicy with the classic unibroue yeast flavour. A solid offering from Unibroue, just not quite up there with there flag ships like La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of philbe311
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very lively pour... Cloudy gold color with slight orange hue... Head quickly disipates but there is still very vibrant carbonation... Sediment floats...

S - Powerful... Sweet fruit (apricot, peach, and cranberry) and malt... Wheat is present... Perhaps a bit smoky in nature... Faint trace of alcolhol...

T - Fruit and malt up front... Quite the pepper quick at the end... Definately has a quick...

M - Medium bodied and dry from the get go... Lively carbonation... Tart on the finish...

D - A little too harsh for my liking... Too much going on for my liking... I like complexity, but this is a little too chaotic...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip

A - Murky gold, small white head. Some lacing.

S - Apples and yeast, mostly. Unusual for the beers I normally drink. Definitely define the Belgian aspect from the sweet smell.

T - Familiar Belgian malt flavor, hops very subdued. Would have like more balance at the finish - almost a little cloying.

M - Medium body with LOTS of carbonation. Alcohol warmth evident.

D - A fine beer, just not by favorite style or presentation. A little too sweet and carbonated for me.

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Photo of redearth329
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured about ~50 into a weissen glass

A - Very effervescent right off the pour (about a half-hour later, though, I find it rather flat -a flash in the pan for carbonation). Medium cloudiness, gold color. Light colored head with medium to coarse foam. Not all that sticky.

S - Lemongrass, no detectable heat from alcohol. Not a lot offered on the nose, though.

T - Wheat malts present, with some buttery and caramel notes. Has a sour quality, and the alcohol is well disguised.

M - At first, the carbonation was crazy, almost too much. But that burned off pretty quick and now that the beer is drinking flat, I'm nostalgic for the time when it was very fizzy. I feel like the carbonation helped to balance out a sort of flabbiness that I'm feeling now. It's medium bodied, but not super well integrated.

Overall, I'm disappointed. I'm certainly not aided by the fact that my last beer was a La Fin Du Monde. Don De Dieu is still above average, but with so many amazing Belgian-style beers out there, this one struggles to hold up in my opinion.

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Photo of clickpush
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Big 3.5 finger white head foams quickly over pale apricot beer. Tons and tons of bubbles in the body of the beer, though the head recedes quickly, a cotton mass with infrequent craters appearing then refilling. Healthy halo and lace cap remain.

Nose: Rich fruity aroma, full of Belgian yeast and caramel, lemons, cherries, bananas, spices, and candi sugar.

Mouth: As rich as it smells, accented by a slight touch of alcohol (it's 9% after all). Not tons of complexity: fruity esters are all over the place, a touch of walnut dryness, but for the most part sweeter finish. Mostly malt and yeast, no hop character at all. Too much alcohol present for my taste. Lingering sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated.

An underwhelming example of the style. Easy to finish the bottle, but not something I'll be buying again.

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Photo of popery
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong spiced wheat beer from Unibroue. I'm running out of ways to describe these Unibroue beers with their similar yeast flavor. They're all certainly good beers, but the signature flavor comes through better in some versions than others. Don de Dieu is not Unibroue's best beer but it's an interesting spin on their style nonetheless.

The beer is gold-colored with a fizzy head that disappears quickly and entirely. There was just about no lacing. All of the Unibroue beers seem to pour better out of the 750ml bottles than the small bottles. This was a small bottle from the sampler pack, so I'll try to pick it up again later and revisit the appearance, particularly. Anyway, the aroma was the high point of the beer. There's plenty of spicy wheat notes in the aroma with alcohol, fruit and bread coming along as well. Unfortunately, these flavors don't all come through in the flavor. The wheat flavor should be amped up because the Unibroue yeast tends to dominate over much. The feel is nice and sparkly with lots of good carbonation.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold, very slight haze, thin layer of white foam that quickly dissipates to nothing

Aroma: canned pineapple, honey, malt, alcohol

Flavor: lagery malt profile with a mellow sweetness; hints of pineapple, sultanas, nutmeg, and mead; finishes semisweet with a papery aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Other comments: I haven't had a Unibroue beer in a long time (since I left the US in 2003). Really liked this brewery then, still do, but this beer was somewhat disappointed in that it didn't blow my socks off.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is cloudy, golden (looks like a wheat beer), fizzy, large bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.

smell is yeast, ripe banana, wheat, sweet fruit, citrus, and some spice.

taste is tangy on the tongue, yeast, some wheat, very carbonated, lemon, pineapple, apple, no alcohol taste, and some spice, leaves the mouth a little dry and a touch on the bitter side.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am trying to get into the Belgian styles of beers. I have had quite a few before, but none of them really clicked for me. They taste more like a carbonated wine than beer to me. I don't know. Maybe I am crazy. I bought some samplers of the Unibroue beers, 8 in all. They may change my outlook on Belgian beers when I am though with them. We'll see. Here's the review:

A: Pours a nice straw color. Very carbonated. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Pretty cloudy looking. Head does not last long due to the massive carbonation.

S: I get alot of wheat on the nose. Some banana, and apple. Some tartness as well.

T: This is very prickly, but there is alot of flavor here. Banana, grapes, apple, and lots of Belgian yeast. Some wheat. This kinda reminds me of a Saison. Not bad.

M: Like I said before, this is very prickly and bubbly due to the carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

D: This beer goes down easy. Its not thick and cloying like some Belgian ales I have had. Pretty clean finish. But the excessive carbonation prevents this one from being an all night drinker.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer. Like I said before, this reminds me alot of a Saison. If you are a fan of those, check this beer out. I got seven more beers from Unibroue to review, so we'll see how this one stacks up. Cheers y'all!

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Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a hazy gold color with decent visible carbonation. There's about 1/4" of soft white head that laces decently. The head fades to a thin layer within a minute or so.

S: It has a strong malty scent, with some alcohol burn. I don't get any "popping" carbonation.

T: It tastes smooth and a little citrus-like with a sweet vanilla quality. There is a little alcohol flavor. It isn't that strong at first, but the more you drink it the more you can taste it

M: It's pretty smooth so it has a great mouthfull. It doesn't mask the alcohol very well so you can feel it a bit.

D: It is very drinkable. Again, the smoothness makes it a comfortable drink.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,829 ratings.
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