Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Don de Dieu
12 oz brown bottle
Best before 04-02-06
Served in a glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with an orange ting. Massive head on top that lingers.

Complex nose of fruits, spices, cloves and esters.

Tastes semi creamy, yet spicey and juicy. Complicated mouthfeel with spicey yeast, black pepper and sweet citrus notes. Very, very drinkable at 9.0 % ABV. Just a tad of alcohol warmth on the finish, but the overall flavors of the beer take the lead.

Super tasty Belgian pale ale. Another great beer from Unibroue. Recommended,

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Photo of mgdeth
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Highly carbonated. Huge bubbly head.

Smell - Very sweet smelling, almost like some sort of a caramel candy.

Taste - Tangy and spicy, with strong phenols. This is backed by a strong malty sweetness. Hops offer some balance, but the focus here is more on the malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick body. Highly carbonated - so much so that it really makes my mouth tingle, almost burn. I can also pick up alcohol flavor, mostly toward the aftertaste.

Drinkability - There is so much flavor in this beer, so it is not an easy drinker (but easy to enjoy). Plus, the 9% alcohol slows me down a bit.

Comments - This is a great beer. I suggest that it be warmed up a little bit before drinking to let the flavors really shine through.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little uninspired. Certainly a fine brew, but relatively disappointing. 750ml corked and caged. Poured a nice orange/peach combination with mild head retention; also is a bit cloudy. Smell and taste are almost identical, peach and fruity esters accompanied by a large kick of alcohol. Taste is fine, heavy carbonation, actually quite light, pretty drinkable too.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Unibroue pourers at the Clasic City Brewfest for throwing a couple botles of this my way.

This wheat tripel pours out a murky, fuzzy apricot color and unleashes a spectacularly dense head of pure white fluff. No lace is left as the head eventually settles in to a thin sheet that will stay till' the end.

The aroma is sweet and decadent, filled with peach, pinapple, banana, subtle spice, and a hint of citrus. It gets better as the beer warms, also letting out a hint of the alcoholic esters within.

The flavor is ripe and juicy, brimming with tropical pinapple, mango, banana, and white grape. The trademark Unibroue spicey yeast makes a statement, working toward a somewhat grainey finish, accented by a touch of hops. There is a warming sense of the alcohol within.

The body on this is medium/big, with soft flowing carbonation and a slick, coating texture that leaves a long, fruity impression on the palate.

Dedfinately a tastey and unique offering. I would call it a wheat ale on steroids. Lacks a little of the complexity of some of the better Unibroues, but still makes a pleasant after-dinner sipper.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden/orange color with good head retention. Great fruity aroma. Peaches, pears, and oranges. Spicy flavor that leaves your mouth tingling. The alcohol is definitely noticable. Very sweet, tart finish. It went great with a grilled chicken sandwich that I made which was marinaded in honey dijon mustard.

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Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. gold foil longneck - best before 03/07

Appearance is a cloudy golden dream. Bright white head that stood 1/2 in. all the way down.

Smell: Identical to the Little Debbie soft oatmeal cookies with the cream in the middle - yeah, exactly like that!

Taste hovered around the banana flavor the wheat malt exudes, along with vanilla, musty yeast and real cream.

Mouthfeel was very soft and a good deal of fine carbonation. Med. body with a faint dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Could be a bit higher if the beer weren't so sweet.

Overall a magnificent rendition of a Triple Wheat beer if you will. I'd like to know the % of wheat malt used (?) For such a sturdy ABV, I'm surprised the alcohol warmth is masked so well. This beer has definitely found a place in my heart and refridgerator.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massively carbonated golden beverage. A big billowing bubble head, light and non-dense. Bubbles barrage and pelt the lees and other bottle bits that hang about in the mixture. The head somehow deteriorates even though the bubbles never quit springing up. No lace. No problem.

The smell is domineered by clove and other spice layers. White grape and other subtle fruits emit faint scents to accompany the spice. Not even an inkling of alcohol here.

The taste is tastefully done. Once again, the heavily spiced nose typical of the Belgian styles I have tried made me skeptical at first. The flavor is really mild and refreshing though. Just the right components. Thankfully not a spice overload. Unibroue has renewed my faith in Belgian style ales. Nice wet finish that leaves in a crisp fashion with just a hint of spice and honey remaining on the tongue. There is an almost mead-like character to her although much more delicious. There is never any alcohol impression given off. Nicely crafted. I wouldn't have expected anything less from Unibroue at this juncture. They make some really fantastic stuff up there. The mouthfeel is like sparkling wine with the hefty carbonation effect. The effervescence lends to the crisp finish and enjoyability of the brew. I could drink these in the shade on a hot day and be in hog heaven.

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Photo of hefevice
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another evil brew from Unibroue. Pours hazy pale orange with a reasonably white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and estery - almost acetone in nature overlaid with hints of yeast and malt. Good carbonation and a smooth and silky mouthfeel and a finishes dry with a bit of bite from the alcohol. Ester overtones extend through the flavour, along with - of all things - a cherry tone (almost like kirsch).Very easy drinking, could easily have a few more of these but fortunately (in terms of tomorrow's hangover) I have only one bottle. Should have been called Don de Diablo!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderufl glowing orange with a creamy, foamy bleach white head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly complex, with huge grain and oat notes. A hint of wood is present, along with a tiny bit of fruity astringency.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is not as incredibly complex as the smell. It's a rather straight forward creamy yeasty taste. There is a suprising amount of tartness at the end, along with a long lingering alcoholic feel to it. It almost tastes like a strong witbier. The mouthfeel is wonderfully full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: It's not the best tasting, but it looks wonderful, smells delicious and feels oh so good in the mouth. The drinkability is brought down by the strong lingering alcohol burn. All in all, another good beer from Unibroue, but far from thir best.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a bright white head and good carbonation throughout but it leaves almost no lace. Spicy alcohol tripel-like aroma and flavor with a nice light supporting fruitiness. The alcohol subsided a good bit with further aging. Full bodied and creamy smooth.

Per U website: Triple Wheat Ale, refermented in the bottle

Best Before: 07/12/04
Tasted: 12/20/02 and 03/09/05

($8.99 / 4-pack)

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apricot color with good head though not much retention. Smell is citrus, bread, banana and malt. Taste is malt, citrus, bready, banana with an alcohol bloom late. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and it warms the back of the mouth. Drinkability is quite high although I prefer others from this brewery more. None are bad, just not a big fan of the banana aspect.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle, this was a super clear light straw colored beer with a small white head dissolving to lace. The lace lasted throughout the tasting of the beer.

This is a smooth beer. Good balance with the light Belgian malts and the hop bitterness. I detect a slight candy sugar in the flavor.

Great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty radiant amber with a copious amount of visible carbonation, capped by a cumulus cloud white head that is 'four fingers and a thumb' in size and appears too soft to result in much lace. Multiple streams of bubbles are doing their best to keep the head alive, but are slowly losing the battle. As suspected, no lace to speak of.

While the nose is unquestionably good, it won't make me forget the best of this style. The usual suspects are front and center: ripe golden fruit dusted with ground clove and white pepper. It isn't quite as spicy as some though. There's also a faint whiff of alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least since it's an integral part of the aroma.

This Canadian BSPA doesn't stray far from my palate memory of the style. Comparatively speaking, it's a little less fruity, less spicy, less flavorful in all respects, than most of the world-class Belgians that I've had over the past several months. It's also less sweet and shows it's 9% ABV a tad too much. Don't get wrong, this is still excellent beer, it's just not special beer.

The body is strictly medium, due, in part, to the relative lack of candi sugar, and the mouthfeel is lively without being chaotic. Again, ethanol creeps in on the back end, but stops just short of detracting from the experience. This just in... the beer becomes more clove-like with warming.

Don de Dieu ('Gift of God' or 'God's Gift' if my rusty French is accurate) is a fine example of the BSPA style. Its minor faults, which are really just my prejudices, may be seen as positives by many. Another quality brew from a quality brewery.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., best before 4/19/07. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Pours golden orange with a white 3 finger head that doesn't leave lacing but keeps a quarter inch of foam throughout. The carbonation is very active and the beer becomes cloudy with a hint of brown after adding the rest of the bottle. Aroma is huge and very fruity (bananas/dark fruits/a bit of citrus) with some hop spiciness and alcohol scents. The alcohol also makes itself known in the flavor and the warming sensation it leaves. Other flavors are grape, apple, wheat, yeast, other fruits, a hop spiciness I had to search for, and a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is full yet the beer is also light and incredibly refreshing for 9%. Smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of taez555
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked.

This beer poured a bright golden, slightly foggy, yellow body. The head was a choppy white and died quicker than your average bottle conditioned beer, but was by no means flat.

The nose was a mix of lemon, yeast, phenols and very clean wheat touch.

The taste was very light and medium bodied. I can’t taste the 9% at all, this is a scary beer. Orange, lemon, citrus, really mild yeast and wheat notes. Slightly medicinal with a touch pine. This beer almost reminds me of a big German weis beer. There’s a soft subtle spice and pepper taste, but it’s really in the background. There’s a very mild farmhouse sort of hop flavor as well.

Unibroue wins, give them the medal, it’s over. No one outside of Belgium makes Belgian beers as good as Unibroue. They deserve honorary citizenship. This beer can go head to head with a Duvel or La Chouffe any day of the week.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice glass.

Appearance: Light, cloudy gold. Small head but fine lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of vanilla, honey, banana, green apples...

Flavor: Firm maltiness, with a large bouquet of fruity esters, all those in the aroma and more (pears, satsumas, grapefruit, sage blossoms). High alcohol content is well-hidden. Finishes with a delightfully perfumy dryness.

High carbonation and a relatively light body make for a superb mouthfeel.

One of Unibroue's top offerings. It's amazing how they out-Belgian almost every other brewery in North America that tries for these styles, on such a wide range of beers.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although not the best of Unibroue, definitely a contender for a quality brew.

Pours cloudy pale honey colored, one finger frothy head that lingers a bit. Smells of yeasts and citrus with hints of alcohol. Taste is wonderfully citrusy and yeasty. Ooh, and 9% doesn't hurt. Mouthfeel is nice. It's a good beer, although I've had better from this brewery. Also, at the end I'm getting huge chunks of yeast. Yuck!

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Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ML corked and caged bottle, Best Before Date 11-20-06.

Pours a clear yellow brew with a low carbonation level. Very bright and sunny to look at.

Smell is fairly sweet and floral with a honeysuckle candy scent. Mild fruit scents are present too. Spicy scents in this too mostly ginger and cinnamon.

Taste is drier than it smells, noticeable alcohol flavor present. Taste is under whelming I expected more, nearly flavorless. Some faint spice flavors in this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well I was under whelmed by this one. Looked and smelled great but just didn't deliver in the flavor department. Carbonation level seems low but the bottle is not spoiled. No off flavors or vinegarization. I hate to not give a Unibroue beer a good review but this one just didn't deliver in the taste department. Will try again and possibly revise this review.

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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 dauss
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml Unibroue thick walled brown bottle, corked and caged. Best before 3-20-03 and its February 2005.

Appearance: Very hazy straw yellow with a tint of orange. Small bone white head that fades really quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Phenolic, fruity, sweet malt, lemony acidity, and alcohol

Taste: Strong carbonation, strong phenols, spicy and peppery, granny smith apple, with a dry finish. Even at 9% ABV, alcohol is just slightly noticeable.

Notes: This bottle is very old. I wonder when it was bottled. Definitely mellowed out, no hop bitterness, flavor, or aroma left. I?ll need to get a newer bottle to make comparisons.

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Photo of foXXtail
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I’ll agree with what everyone else is saying: the La Fin Du Monde is, indeed, better. However, that doesn’t take anything away from this beer. Serena Williams may be a better tennis player than Venus, but Venus is sure as heck a better player than me, and the same can be said about Don De Dieu. Its strengths should not be overshadowed by a more talented sibling.

Is Don De Dieu a gift of God, as its name suggests? Maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but it certainly is a gift from Unibroue for which I am grateful.

This particular gift comes wrapped in a golden orange hue. There are some floating particles, but this is expected of a bottle-fermented brew and is not a defect. The head is thick and quite healthy, and easily replenished with the generous effervescence from within. The nose is quite sharp, with a strong hoppy citrus twang. Fruity sweetness backs up the nose, but is in no way overpowering.

The beer starts out vanilla sweet with a subtle spicy hop background. There are some slight hints of vodka alcohol, but these are well blended into the other flavors. The vanilla spice gives way to a smooth honey middle, and finally finishes up softly with a tad of champagne dryness. The mouthfeel is sublime: plenty of effervescence and decadently smooth.

Yes, it’s not as good as La Fin, but who cares? It drinks just fine on its own.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky tarnished gold color. No head, no lace, huge chunks of yeast (oops...). Smells of citrus, mostly lemon. Taste is pretty good, although less so than La Fin Du Monde. It has a nice lemony flavor, with wheat and a bit of (medicinal?) spice. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, and there's not much carbonation (did I get a bad bottle?).

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, although it's not as good as La Fin Du Monde. I'd buy that one first if I had a choice. This one, while good, just doesn't have enough oomph for a winter's night, despite the 9% ABV. (I have a feeling this one may taste better in the summer, so I'll retry it then.)

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a pastel yellow in the glass. Aroma brings forth a good dose of lemon. The taste falls in line with the Unibroue group of beers with a signature yeast doing its magic. Lemon, citrus and slight nuttiness are present. Such a well-crafted beer. It hides the ABV very well.

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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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,865 ratings.
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