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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 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 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 bwd110
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a light, fairly clear golden copper. Soapy white head.

S: Fruity, spiced and a musty clove and yeasty nose. Slighty subdued for the style, but definitely a CBSPA.

T: My best description is delicate. Lightly hopped, yet well balanced. Dark fruit notes mingled nicely with light fruit, toffee and vanilla undertones. Clove and some peppery spices are faint. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

M: Good carbonation, medium light body, very creamy and smooth with a nice crisp dry finish. A delight in the mouth!

D: Very good, Could sip on these each night.

Good show again, Unibroue.

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Photo of Soozy
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, a yellow beer with a big frothy head. Smells of sour cherries, some malt and clove spice to it but really a great sour smell. Has a sour taste with a big clove and yeast presence. Alcohol is present, but not over powering. Some hints of pepper as well and a little bit of vanilla in the aftertaste. A bit too over carbonated for my liking.

This goes down really easily.

Definitely recommend, a solid offering from Unibroue, will try again.

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Photo of Tifore
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a tulip.

A - Pours a yellow, light golden color that is hazy and can't really see through it. There is a dense white head that reaches about 1 finger tall and then quickly turns into a small cap.

S - The smell of this beer is complex. Almost has the smell of a white wine. Fruity, citrusy, and bitter sweet. Has a twinge of alcohol smell as well. Lots of apples, and orange hues, also lemon.

T - Taste is complex as well. Apples and grapes come off first. White wine again. It has this sharp frontal taste of a white wine. Pineapple and faint booze at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy and lots of carbonation, little bubbles through. Very crisp on the mouth.

D - A drinkable beer for only one or two. Not sure I'd want to have more than that in one serving. Always happy with Unibroue's stuff though.

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

Sampled: 4.6.06

A pale golden yellow, clear and bright resides below a fizzy head of tight bubbles. The head hangs for a bit, but fades to a lace in a crackly gasp.

The aroma is of the typical Unibroue Belgian style funk. Deeper whiffs as the brew rises to closer and closer to room temp reveal sweet candy sugars.

The taste is sweet malt, nothing overly complex. It has the typical Unibroue strong pale ale flavor as well. Certainly delicious, but not much sets it apart from any other (i.e. - La Fin Du Monde) in their line of beers. Despite it’s 9% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden in a highly carbonated fuzz that tingles the tongue on each sip.

It’s pretty easy to drink considering, but should be moderated as I’m sure the ABV and the bubbles would go right to the skull if proper procedures were not followed.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A decent offering! I served it in a tall glass. It has a thick white head that sits there for a few minutes. The taste is great! Making this 9% ABV is amazing because you can't even taste the alcohol. That deserves respect.

There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. On a burp I got a taste of chestnuts, that was unexpected. I enjoyed this beer and want another, unfortunately I only had one. :(

This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. foil-capped bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Absolutely amazing in its appearance. Almost neon-yellow in color, this is an opaque, cloudy beer. Pours with a great head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Smells a bit like stewed bananas. Some corriander notes are picked up, as well as a musky yeast aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The body is exceptionally creamy and smooth. A fruitiness similar to bananas and nectarines is detected, coupled with some estery and almost pepper-like notes. The malts in this beer become much more noticable as the beer stands and warms up a bit.

Overall: Another top-of-the-line beer from Unibroue. Highly recommended!

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Photo of ablaze
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle with a tulip glass.

Golden yellow with hazy clarity, foamy white head that settles quickly with average lacing.

Nose is pears, apples, vanilla bean, and light spice. Soft Unibroue yeast smell that goes well.

Light bodied, crisp and clean. Juicy tart golden delicious apples (like the real thing, I swear), light pears, somewhat spicy and creamy finish. A bit watery and feels like something is missing texture-wise. Carbonation is mild.

Very quaffable, tasty, and refreshing. Nice beer, and it seems a lot lighter than it actually is (9%). Lots of apples...

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

750ml bottle from the QFC near Alaska Junction in West Seattle. poured into Weizen glass.

pours a fizzy swirl explosion even when poured slowly. great creamy, three finger head with heavy, coated lacing. plenty of haze and bubbles to the buttery golden color of the body, with a light amber tint.

evergreen and coriander aroma. apricot, banana, very floral hops, cinnamon overtones.

heavy wheat on-bringing, very herbal and slightly citrus agents arrive on the taste buds. unfiltered-ness of the beer seem to heavily expand the palette throughout. clean, dry finish. 9% alc./vol. is well hidden, until it goes down of course.

it is said God was there when they sailed the Don De Dieu, the same must be true when they made this brew.

**best before date: 02-07-14

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Photo of viverlee
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well-deserving of the high praise that follows. Literally a “gift of god,” it warms this atheist’s heart.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9%

LOOK: Cantaloupe orange and dark honey. Hazy copper, murky. There are clouds inside these colors.

NOSE: Belgian yeast strain, Indian spices, orange peel.

MOUTH: Toffee, seasoned butter, fresh-cut green apple, white pepper. Unsalted almonds set the stage for a chewy tap dance, belied by the thin head and thinner lacing. It’s pretty much impossible to hold that against this remarkably complex and balanced brew.

BA Rating: 92

Hayward Abbey Rating: 96

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a 16 ounce Goose Island Glass

Appearance: dark, murky yellow, light amber colored with a thin white head--pretty much non existent. It looks very bubbly.

Aroma: This beer smells like a classic Belgian style Ale. Fruity, yeasty, sweet.

The taste is sweet like bananas, apple and peaches on the forefront. I can taste the belgian yeast, giving it that classic Trappist characteristic.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it is highly carbonated. Very bubbly and tingly to the palate.

Overall I think this is a classic Belgian style Ale. It is very bubbly and so fruity that it doesn't really taste like beer. It tastes more like a soda.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bomber for $6.99 plus tax.

Poured kind of orange but couldn't really see cuz i drank it from an opaque mug. not that the color matters much. pretty hefty head, didn't take too long to settle down. Smells very zesty. Impressions of orange peels, maybe slight lemon but with only small fraction of the bitterness. Taste reminded me a little of chardonnay, and also a lot of southampton double white, but thankfully with less sour bitterness and more akin to a strong pale belgian. i can't say ive had very many of those but this is definitely a unique interpretation of the style not lacking in complexity. It was so drinkable I found myself drinking it a bit to quickly despite the alcohol level. alcohol was a bit more prevalent as it warmed up but the taste also blossomed making it more delicious. Not really sure where hops come into play in all this because there's so many other spicy things going on but I couldn't imagine it any other way. I could easily see how people might find this beer a bit too outrageous, however I found it quite agreeable.

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Photo of jsp2
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bought as part of a 4 pack from my local whole foods. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a dense white head. Aroma is very intense. Cloves, bananas, nutmeg? yeast?
Taste is enormously complex with a fruity tartness balancing sweet banana and yeast flavors. Difficult to describe. Carbonation seems high yet somehow doesn't interfere but complements the flavors.

Incredible in all aspects. It will be a tough decision whether to buy this one or La Fin Du Monde when I am in the mood for unibroue

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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 JonMich13
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Pours golden almost orange. Cloudy appearance. One finger white head - brief life. Little to no lacing.

S = Smell of yeast and spices, maybe coriander and slight pepper. Some sweet and sour fruit notes as well.

T = Excellent combination of wheat and yeast, with candied fruit sweetness, balanced against the spicy notes of the pepper and maybe coriander.

M = Nice full mouthfeel. Finishes clean and slightly dry. Good carbonation but not overwhelming.

D = Excellent drinkability given the ABV. Nice taste and clean mouthfeel have me wanting another.

Overall, the best Unibroue I've had. Maudite and Trois Pistoles both disappointed me. Had La Fin before but don't remember if I liked it. This brew keeps Unibroue in the game for me.

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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 micmillon18
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a St Bernardus snifter. Bottle reads "best by 12/17/12.

A - The beer itself is a orange-gold with a fluffy 1 inch white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweetness like that of green apple with some spicy alcohol scents and slight yeastiness.

T - More green apple and slightly tangy fruits, accompanied by honey and peppery flavors. There's a nice grassy aftertaste and spicy alcohol. Tasty and dangerously drinkable.

M - Crisp and dry with a medium body.

O - A very tasty and drinkable brew. With such a boastful alcohol content, you need to watch yourself as its difficult to keep the glass down.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a goblet

Pours in a cloudy pale golden color with lots of residue floating. It sounded like a soda when I was pouring and the head dissipated similarly.

Aroma of fruit and yeast, as well as some spice.

The flavor of fruits are evident. I thought this was peppery.

Lots of carbonation, the ABV is quite evident.

Not the best I've had from Unibroue, but still rates well

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Photo of johnwarne
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Belgian from the North;
A Canadian taste treat.
Not world class? Take off!"

For a Belgian fan, there are several ales 'pretending' to be equal to the world's finest from the Low Countries. Actually, this one comes pretty close: a nice taste treat that qualifies nicely for the Belgian aficionado.


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Photo of fingolfin72
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, almost luminescent gold. The head is tall, white and fine. It last a while.

The nose is a wonderful swirl of lemony, sugary, yeasty goodness with an exotic, spicy tinge.

The flavors are abundant, bright and delicious. More importantly, they are in balance. Lemon, sugar, spice, mineral and alcohol play their parts. There is a butterscotch note lurking around as well. I always love a beer with big flavors and elusive ones also.

The alcohol asserts itself the most in the finish, and it doesn't take long to feel warm and fuzzy when drinking this one.


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Photo of gerardoluna
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Eyes] Medium golden yellow color, opaque with a very creamy and long-lasting foamy head.
[Nouse] Notes of banana, lemon, cloves, spicy, hops, vanilla, floral, and malt sweetness.
[mouth] Flavor is medium and gentile, fresh and fruity, spicy, sweet. Aftertaste is malty and yeast in deep. Body is medium-full and palate is very creamy. gooood beeer!

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-orange in color...fluffy head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass...swirling leaves lacing up to the top

S: Spices and yeast...some cloves...banana bread

T: A sweeter, banana flavor up front...candied sugars...definitely some ground pepper flavors going on...a little spicy but not over the top...there is so much more that I can't really put my finger on

M: Light prickly carbonation, but lots of it...nice warming from the alcohol sticks with you at the back of your mouth...smooth drinking and fairly dry finish

D: Very nice, although I seemed to notice the ABV in this one more than the other Unibroue beers that I have had

One word sums it up: pleasurable. It has heart and soul of a filling tasty Belgian style beer while also being truly refreshing. Came in with no expectations or preconceived notions, walking away impressed.

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Photo of jhollick
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a deep golden hue with a nice 1" fluffy white head. It had the usual strong effervescence and a good head retention.

Aroma was of sweet Belgian yeast, pepper, ginger, banana, citrus, and clove. That's what my humble nose was able to detect. The body was suprisingly light, and it tingled in the mouth.

The taste...very sweet. The candy flavor is the strong from the yeast and malts, with the fruity, ripened flavors coming shortly behind. The spices come out towards the end. There is a small drying effect from the fermented alcohol. Hop presence is near non-existent, with most of the flavor contrast being provided by the spicier, warmer flavors. Some more banana comes out in the aftertaste; overall a very noticably ripened flavor throughout the beer. The alcohol provides quite a punch, and the high sweetness level would limit my consumption to a single 750mL bottle in an evening.

This is the sweetest Unibroue beer I have come across. This particular one didn't match the complexity of la Maudite or la Fin Du Monde, but there were a lot of mouthwatering tastes in this beer. Very tasty.

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Photo of soultrain
2.92/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best by 3/2/07. 12 oz. bottle. Poured into a Koenigshoeven chalice.

A-Hazy golden peach beer. No head, just a thin, thin layer of foam slick, yet has incredible, streaming, over-eager carbonation.
S-Fruity, fruit-cocktail esters. Bit of booze, bit of candy.
T-Like a champagne/burbon cocktail. Boozy 9% is very apparent.
M-This is the most champagne-like beer I have ever come across. A very dry champagne. Brut. Unstoppable carbonation; a miracle really.
D-One is enough for me.

CRUX: THIS IS THE REAL "CHAMPAGNE OF BEERS." Different take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale, that's for sure. For that alone it's worth the sample.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,827 ratings.
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