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 brewintheLou
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a very thin white head. No Lacing left behind on the glass here.

Smell is of banana and a sweet spice.

Taste is banana up front with a clove spice. There is a sweet taste that hits the mouth as the beer goes down. Bit of a medium body with higher carbonation. nice high ABV wheat style.

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

I've had La Terrible from Unibroue before, and because I love that and the way the guy on their website really sells their beers I had to try more. I picked this up in a mix pack from a local beer garden with three other Unibroue's and some Belgians - Pinocchio's in Media, PA for those of you who are nearby.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange, very hazy - lots of yeast. Fluffy white head. I forgot to rinse my glass that was left in my cabinet and probably went through the dishwasher, because someone threw it in there, so the head disappeared like it was nothing and left no lacing - though I'm sure that wouldn't normally be the case.

N: Very sweet, full of wheat and yeast, some spices like maybe clove. There's some orange citrus in there with floral notes, too.

T: This is very much a blonde, though a strong blonde.This follows exactly what I expect in a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's so malty and sweet and heavy with yeast. Great overall balance of flavors, without the sweetness being overpowering. The spices and citrus come through, with orange and lemon. It tasted a bit syrupy and a little caramely too. Hints of alcohol at the finish. Lingering sweetness that doesn't overwhelm.

M: Very thick, and syrupy from all the yeast and the wheat. The carbonation was very good without being too strong - like lots of tiny little bubbles all over the place.

D: I'd take my time with this one. It's got some heft to it. It's sweet and thick - something you take your time with and only have a few over a period of time. While it went down pretty easily - easier than a number of lighter blondes I've had - I don't think I'll be trying to drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Looking forward to try the rest of my Unibroues.

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

opaque golden oak color with fine white head that lingers nicely.

Pungent aromas of honey, almonds, and golden raisins that gives way to opulent versions of wit characteristics; clove, banana, and orange.

Supple texture and a clean finish despite the ripe fruit.

I'm guessing the plate of duck confit and ham tacos that just landed in front of me are going to be a nice match but I'd prefer crispy scallops with plantain puree and candied citrus vinaigrette.

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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 gciccarelli
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pale gold with a huge creamy white head. Very fluffy. Not very clear - bottle fermented so that is to be expected. Great head retention.

S - Yeast, bananas, pear, sugars, spice.

T - Wow. Starts with a Belgian yeast flavor complemented by candied sugars and some clove spice. There is a slight hop flavor and the alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not overpowering. Finishes slightly sweet.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body.

D - Very tasty, very balanced, very drinkable.

An excellent brew - worth checking out!

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden cloudy yellow out of the bottle ... lots of yeast particles come out on the pour. Smells very tart, with hint of wheat, fruity esters and hop flowers. Very smooth tasting a drinking. Taste really reminds me of a good sweet bread with tartness and a small hint of hop bitterness in the end. This is very drinkable but the high alcohol is well-hidden, so use caution.

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Photo of beerboy21
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first got my hands on this brew back in '98 when it was available only in winter sampler packs. It's year round release proves me one thing, there is a god! A perfectly balanced 9% brew that can refresh you on the hottest of hot summer nights. Tasty!

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

Poured a cloudy goldenrod color with whip cream head and very slow dissipation. Aroma is of citrus, wheat and alcohol.Taste was very sweet with more citrus and a wheat finish. Mouthfeel is wheaty and fluffy with a lightly dry finish. Although 9% alcohol, this rates high in the drinkability. Not my favorite of the line, but very good nonetheless, and probably one to use for introduction into the brand.

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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 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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,861 ratings.
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