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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbly from in-bottle fermenation; Triple filtered. Large white head. Pour in proper glass (see picture on bottle) and drink within a few minutes. Delicious, drink slowly with meal. 9% masked behind spices. Excellent substitute where you would use bubbly wine or scotch or rum.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy apple cider color with a huge beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is non existant. There is sediment present after the pour.

S - Smells of pineapple, yeast, biscuit, and spices.

T - Has a good spiced sour apple taste with a malty finish.

M - Very carbonated but easy to drink. The head was extremely fizzy when I first poured it.

D - Another great beer from Unibroue. I can see myself picking this one up again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

large format prices under 8 dollars. nice! the appearance is caramel colored and perfectly clear. a lot of tiny bubbles frantically racing to the surface, forming a big bright white head. the smell is sweet malts, bright fruity belgian yeast, and subtle alcohol. the flavor is very earthy. hay or straw flavor at first is followed by a malty sweetness in a heavier dose than i am used to in a triple. i also taste some spruce at the end, really fresh and foresty. the finish is slightly spiced and very boozy. this beer got me from moderately buzzed to shitfaced pretty quickly. it is all of 9%, thats for sure. the mouthfeel is excellent, bold carbonation and a medium body. the finish is a little sugary for me because it overtakes the grassy elements, but this is an outstanding beer overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy orange color with a white fluffy head on it. The smell of the beer was lively with yeast and citrus. The taste had the citrus too along with some spices. The mouthfeel of the beer was light enough that you could drink a few in a sitting. The abv may get to you pretty quick though. Overall it's a pretty refreshing beer and has good things going for it.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a two finger off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruit and spices in the nose—green apples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness with flavors of apples and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste, which makes this beer quite easy to drink (particularly compared to others in the style).

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Belgian Strong Pale Ale.. that's a mouthful. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with lots of ascending bubbles. Not much head or lacing going on even after an aggressive pour. Smell isn't too pleasant.. almost a rubbing alcohol kind of aroma? Taste is much better though.. nice and spicy and smooth. A nice full body with a snappy finish. Alcohol is hidden very well, but somehow it smells like it.. weird huh? Either way, a pretty good, but not great, beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, much of what I'd expect to find in a Belgian Tripel, but with much more malt character. Looks nicely copper; what you'd find in any other pale ale, just with more carbonation and looser head. Aromas are malty sweet, toasty, bready, yeasty, earthy, mildly hoppy, and spicy. You can really taste the malt. Like and all-malt Tripel. Less of a powdered sugar flavors and more malt character, more toastedness and roastedness. Not the sharp spiciness either. Milder spices from an agressive hop bill. Nicely bittered. Still grapefruity, lemony, orange-ey. Finishes alcoholic and dry, with a touch of a lingering sweetness. This is a good beer.

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

750ml bottle. Weird buying these at the local chain stores, but hey, I'm not complaining about the convenience in finding this 'gift of God'.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet somehow creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent splashes of bulbous cloud lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, orange citrus, banana chips, sweet clove, grainy pale malt, and a slight whiff of edgy alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, a hint of wheat, mildly spicy Unibroue house yeast (not helpful to the subset of beer drinkers who haven't tried this brewery, but, oh, fuck it), lemon and orange citrus, banana pudding, coriander, and a very subtle booze warming.

The carbonation is mostly moderate, if a bit spritzy up front, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry and a bit sticky, with wheat-tinged caramel, citrus, spice and some subdued yeast lingering, all.

A tasty enough Belgian-style strong pale ale, and easy drinking, if that is really a thing when it comes to offerings such as this, where the big ABV is fairly innocuous, and so many other things divert one's attention from that fact.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy, bubbly head that sticks copious lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: Floral citrus, dried pineapple, honeyed candi sugar, white pepper, clove - what a combination

Taste: Starts with a wheaty, yeasty flavor; after the swallow the banana, wheat and candi sugar flavors emerge along with a peppery clove bite

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Overall: While there are a lot of interesting things going on with this beer, I enjoyed smelling it more than drinking it; the overwhelming combination of various sweet flavor sensations is difficult to consume in much quantity

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy and amber; very bright. 3-inch frothy head with good retention.

Smell - Spicy and zesty, notes of lemon and orange peel.

Taste & mouthfeel - Tropical fruit; banana, unripened mango, a bit of clove and apricot. Peppery, spicy finish, slightly drying. Heavy on the tongue with rather sharp carbonation.

Notes - Triple wheat ales aren't something you see very often, so I was pretty curious about this. It definitely lived up to my expectations; it's both unique and very drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange brew with a nice head that did not dissapate too quickly. Taste is very refreshing but too sweet for my own liking. The alcohol level is not detectable which is a good thing. This is not the best strong belgian ale from Unibroue. The sweetness is too present. Nice try anyway...

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden. There is a two finger white head that goes away completely.

Smell: I pick up a sweetness and Belgian spice right off the bat. There is also a banana note in the background.

Taste: A lot less sweet than the smell. There is still a heavy Belgian spice from the yeast. There is also some fruity notes, citrus and banana in the background. The finish is mildly bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with quite mild carbonation. The finish is a bit slippery.

Drinkability: I like this beer quite a bit. I'll definitely end up drinking it again in the future.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast and dried fruit. Some alcohol aroma, too.

T - A spiciness at first sip. It tasted of corriander and clove with a strong malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - Very good beer. I love the spicy/malt taste.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a large white head and a good dose of lacing as it makes its way down my tulip glass. The nose is somewhat complex, with some spice, alcohol, light stone fruits, and a touch of sweetness. The taste brings light citrus and stone fruits as well as a bit of spice and yeast. Some light sugars. Good mouthfeel with carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinks well, but not as good as the prototypical Belgian examples.

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

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass. Best before 6-28-10.

Color is a hazy pale yellow. Thin white head that dissapates fast. Little lace observed.

Smell is of cloves and bananas. Taste is similiar except some dry malts noted. The banana flavor becomes apparent heavily.

Moutfeel is great. First it is a tad bitter and then becomes smooth. Very nice aftertaste.

Overall this is a great beer and very easy to drink. Highly recommended. Great beer and the high abv isn't even noticable.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 3/18/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, lemon, pear, apple, peach, floral, honey, grass, light pepper, and earth. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of big peach, pear, apple, lemon, grape, grass, herbal, floral, earth, pepper, and honey-like sweetness. Lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, apple, honey, and floral on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slickly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong pale! Insanely complex and balanced; and extremely smooth to drink . Outstanding!

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam that rests on top of a hazy, golden-orange body. The foam fades away quite quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of pepper, coriander, and pineapple. Some soft wheat and malt in the background.

T - Peppery yeast notes up front with some sweet malt. A little bit of pear comes out in the middle with accompanying clove. The beer finishes with sweet malt and a hint of wheat that accentuates the background notes of pineapple and pear. Spicy pepper and clove linger on the palate along with some herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it finishes a little bit sweet but it has all of the right flavor characteristics. The malt sweetness helps to bring out the fruity characteristics of the yeast, while the spicy notes do just fine on their own. There is a lot of pepper and clove throughout as well as a light, spicy hop flavor in the finish. An enjoyable beer overall, though Fin Du Monde is a much better example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy yellow/orange with a great fluffy,sticky head.Aroma is very spicey and very lemony,taste is spicey and a little yeasty with a great citriusy taste in the finish the alcohol really comes thru as it warms.another great one from Unibroue as to be expected.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Somehow never got around to reviewing this, so here goes finally.

Ug, forgot they were screw caps... sad. Pours a huge fluffy 3 finger head that forces me to stop pouring early, it fades at a med pace with big air pockets forming and fizzy head popping down, some lacing, over slight hazy honey wheat orange colored beer, and lots of bubbles streaming up to reinforce the head.

Nose has the typical Unibroue Belgian yeast, fruity and effervescent, with plenty of wheat aromas, a golden Belgian malt aroma with that, apple and pear like aromas, light esters and light sweet phenolic booze, and hints of coriander wit-like spices and orange peel.

Taste brings sweetness at first, sweet malts with a light golden Belgian candy flavor, as well as some warming booze with some esters and light phenols. Then lots of wheat, big wheat flavor with some light wit spices again, orange peel and citrus zest all around, and faint apple and pear flavors. So much carbonation it gets a little tingly on the tongue and fluffy in the mouth filling to the point where it's hard to get the beer onto my tongue. A little syrupy and sticky as well. Finish is still semi sweet but quite dry and sticky, some bitterness from the orange peel flavors, light wheat flavors and coriander like spices, more Belgian candy flavors as well.

Mouth is med bodied, some warming booze, way too much carbontion.

Overall pretty good, but not as good as I remember it being. Way too much carbonation to the point where it's hard to taste the beer. That's the only real downfall of it, otherwise a pretty good beer, nice touch of booze with some esters and faint phenols, nice orange peel, wit like spices, Belgian candy flavors and sweetness also get a little too heavy IMO, but still drinkable and tasty. Def a staple of a tripel wheat beer to try outside of Belgium.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy, even in a long-stored and carefully poured bottle. Orange-marmalade in color and topped by a rocky, bright-white head that eventually drops to an exceptionally creamy 1/4" covering and leaves excellent lace. The aroma is bold: quite yeasty, fruity (orange rind, dried apricot), citrusy, spicy. I keep looking for more but don't find it. The body is medium/light with a very fine, tiny bubbled and effervescent carbonation and gives a creamy texture in the mouth. The flavor is mouthfilling and extravagant, following the aroma's lead with orange, citrus, and clove atop a gentle malty sweetness awash in alcohol. It starts boldly sweet upfront, revealing soft spices as it warms, and finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of dried fruits. The spice eventually builds to leave a tingle on the tongue. Quite intense. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 7-9-12.

Pours a clear golden/orange color that shows ample carbonation, then turns hazy as (if) the sediment-laden portion at the bottom of the bottle is also added. {I did}. The head is white, has good duration but in not at all dense. Plenty of sediment left in the bottom of the glass.

The Belgian style is immediately obvious in the nose where one finds clove, yeast, banana and a general fruitiness. Some traces of the high ABV are here but this is rather hidden.

The flavor largely follows the nose, with lots of fruitiness. I'd like more hops in here, although this beer is only mildly sweet. Still, little if any hops flavor or bitterness but some fruity tartness.

The mouthfeel is rather unremarkable, although there are no complaints about a watery feel or imperfect carbonation.

O - A good BSPA but a bit disappointing given my {limited} experience with other Unibroue brews and other BSPA's.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong, bready Belgian yeast flavor that is complimented by mildly sweet flavors of banana, spices and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance and there's also a hint of alcohol. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I've certainly had better in the style, but it's still a decent beer.

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

First had: bottle at Cork, Westmont, NJ

Poured a hazed golden color with a delicate white head that fizzled out almost completely. Floral aroma, with scents of pineapple and papaya, light sugar, and a bit of spice. Yeast and sugar up front in the taste, with notes of banana and pineapple, with some spice following, and a mild hoppiness. Some alcohol warmth. Light-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden in the long Stella goblet. Pleasant foam which subsides into a champagne appearance in the glass. Very sprightly on the tongue. Aroma is woody and honey-like.

Full of intriguing flavors. Starts with some mellow malts and banana, but moves into bright and sharp flavors. Some sweetness in the initial taste. Very interesting for seeming to be brewed without any detectable hops. Quite yeasty with just a little of the Belgian bitterness. Certainly nothing like you'd find in a Saison.

Thoroughly intense in the classic Unibroue style. Complex and totally drinkable, sip by pensive sip. From a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy (almost cloudy) golden yellow moving towards orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white fizzy head that quickly reduces to a n extremely thin and small patch in the center of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of light fruits including green apples, pears, and green grapes along with just a slight hint of citrus zest. Additionally there is a pleasant spice note to the beer that seems to be primarily coriander.

T: The taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is some light sweetness contributed from the apple/pear and a moderate presence of spice notes including but not limited to coriander.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a slightly dry finish. Very light hints of alcohol heat as the beer warms.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, which is quite a complement with the high ABV. I found the spice notes to really add to this beer and make it stand out form some others in the style. Definitely one I would have again.

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