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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 tempest
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Syrdyks in Minneapolis. Poured into a Hennepin glass, it appears a hazy gold with a medium white head.

I'd like to have this next to La Fin du Monde so I could really pick apart the differences. Otherwise, it's similar for the drinkablilty and spices. This, however, is a wheat beer and when I think about it, I can see the links between this and a lesser-strength wit. There's a very smooth creamy malt flavor with spicy vanilla, orange, and lemon. Yum. If you love wit's and tripels, this is a tasty hybrid of the two.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A semi-bright golden pour, some haze--not much. Head was large, but smaller than expected. It seemed a bit loose, too. Not very tight or strong.
I get mostly biscuit and light toast in the nose. The spices are there, but are subtle and not very striking. alcohol is noticeable. So far, this is average.
And the taste follows. Malty, but not overly so. Small spice, white pepper, some clove and pumpkin? Hmm...
It's a bit disappointing; the malt is prominent but not powerful and the spice just doesn't pick up. I get the qualities of the style, but they're just present and don't accentuate much.
A bit bland feel to it
Still drank pretty well.

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Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful gold color with a bleached white head. The aroma was strong as malt, yeast, cloves, and fruit were all evident. The flavor was exceptional, full bodied malt with just the right bitterness and orange tones. The alcohol level was noticeable but it completed the perfect flavoring in my opinion.

The mouthfeel was smooth while some tingling of the mouth took place while swallowing. The aftertaste was slightly dry and the yeast and citrus tones seem to linger. This is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It is full of begian pale malts and fruity yeast. It smells spicey and refreshing. The taste is good. It is fruity and full of Belgian pale malts. It has a banana flavor to it. This is a tasty beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks great. It has good flavor and an elevated abv. that is hardly noticable.

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

The third beer here in the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational is the Gift of God (aka Don de Dieu). This beer is dedicated to Samuel de Champlain, the man who explored the Saint Lawrence River for the kingdom of France back in 1608. Enough of the history, let's move on to the beer:

Poured into an ovewrsized wine glass, the beer pours a cloudy blonde color and looks dazzling at first glance before the thick head fades away. There's some yeast sediment floating around in it. Aroma is sweet, sweet, sweet; candy sugar and fruit. The taste is quite good too. It's very smooth. This is like La Fin du Monde with pounds of sugar added. Very sweet with a light tartness. There's a small peppery note to balance it out, but the beer is already near equlibrium. There's some cloves found at the tip of the tongue. It finsihes with some dried phenolic action.

Hot damn! This really is the gift of god. While it may not enjoy the status as La Fin du Monde or Maudite, it's right up there in terms of quality. Don de Dieu scores extremely well here, and one score that's going to be mighty tough to beat. ...phémère will have its work cut out later tongiht.

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

Pours a cloudy orange amber. Nice white head and bubbles from the side of the glass, some lacing. Belgian aroma. Belgian spices, faint malt, wheat present. Wheat/malt middle and end finishing with moderate hoppy bitterness. Well integrated. Another pleasant Unibroue.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of oranges, coriander and alcohol. The beer smells a lot like a Belgian tripel in my opinion.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange juice, alcohol, yeast and wheat, as well as some vanilla which is quite a surprise. A nice, complex Belgian ale that is easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

This beer describes itself as a Triple Wheat Ale on Lees...interesting.

It pours a medium bodied and dull cloudy gold in color with a one finger, quickly dissipating head. It smells like a tripel through and through. It is incredibly yeasty, and features some citrus and spice. It's almost in the La Fin du Monde mold. The nose is very soft and near perfect for a trippel yet does feature some slight alcohol. The flavor features plenty of wheat, yeast, coriander, slight spice, and citrusy esters. The flavor is really nice. It drinks medium in body and has moderately high carbonation. Overall this is a fine Belgian and again, a great beer from Unibroue. I don't like this as much as La Fin du Monde but this is a world class beer for the style.

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

A - Best by 11-30-07, Poured into a Unibroue Trois Pistoles glass, nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, big white foamy head which lasts a few mintues, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of yeast, citrus, and some spices.

T - The taste if tangy, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation on the tongue. A very nice well rounded brew.

D - Very drinkable. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is good, lots of fruits and spices. Taste is also good, fruits and spices, some hints of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a high quality beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells slightly musty/ corky, as well as a bit honey-ish. There is a bit of spice in the nose as well which makes one think that there are spices in this one. Pours with a medium carbonation for a Belgian ale. I taste a bit of acidity along with a bit of cider flavor to it. Nicely fruity with a wonderful woodiness. I could not perceive any bitterness in this beer. One can taste the alcohol a bit in the finish, but this is in no way distracting. There is a subtle taste of unspecified spices. Very good beer, and very interesting flavors to it. It keeps you guessing with every sip, what new flavors will you find next.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A ship of conquerers on the label, inspiring me to conquer this beer.

A.A lively pop of carbonation and I know I'm in for a treat. Light foggy straw in color, with some lace.
S. In the nose, predominately are belgian yeast, fruity esters. Phenolys.
T. Layers of grandness. Yeast provides a dry fruitiness, tart very ripe peaches and fig. Some noble hop adds a solid citric snap and good bittering sting. Alcohal is not apparant in the flavor profile, other than a quick clean finish coupled with a slight bitterness and dryness.
M. Light and crisp. Finishes clean and dry. At the very end I feel a cooling effect on the way down the black hole that is my stomach.
D. Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 picked up over the weekend at Cost Plus for $7... poured into my Smokestack goblet.

1" head... dies back fairly quick... descent lacing.. brew is a hazy apricot gold.

nose is spicy fruits... peppery peach and apricot juice.. pale malts.. but not too sweet.

Flavor is pale malts and a spicy Belgian yeastiness.. honey and more apricot fruitiness. surprisingly rich.. nothing is really wrong with it.. finish is fairly dry despite being a little sweet midpalate.. I would assume there is quite a bit of wheat used in this brew... it's like somebody smashed a Belgian Triple and a big boned Wit together and said.. "Here you go, what do you think?" I am liking this alot more than I remember previous bottles... medium body... with good but not overwhelming carbonation.. sorta warming finish.. also spicy on the tail end.

I will slide the drinkablity down a notch.. just because while complex, I am enjoying this glass.. but I think the next may be a bit of a chore.


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

An Iowa cornfield and a drop of apple juice. Don de Dieu maintains lustrous clarity. Numerous streams of bubbles briskly fleet to the surface and appear as though in a fast-forward mode, what hasty, rapid acrobats. Ironically, the sum amounts to a very thin, albeit sustainable cloth of head. Although the beer is Quebecois, it drapes the glass like a Belgian.

Unibroue likes to define this beer as a "triple wheat ale" (take that! American 'double' ales!) and it certainly smells like one. The typical zest and tang of a Belgian wit is multiplied at least threefold. The resulting smell is one of honeyed wheat, spice seasoned barley malt and a generous inclusion of citrus peel. I definitely get the ripe fruits and yeast phenols too.

Taste follows suit with crisp wheat, grainy husks and a bit of farmhouse straw complimented by the fruity esters and spicy phenols of a well cultured yeast. Among the hints lay plenty of vanilla, banana, clove, apple, pear and white pepper. There is no shortage of flavour, that's for sure. Despite my brain pleading me to slow down, the palate keeps wanting more.

The word 'palatable' implies mediocrity, as though the beer can be drank but it isn't especially enjoyed. I would use that word to describe this mouthfeel but in a much more vivid sense. The subtle spice tickles the mouth whilst tangy flavour linger in all crevices of the tongue. It leaves a lasting impression, enough that you begin to miss it if going too long between sips.

This beer falls in a sort of catch-all category. It would appeal to fans of both bitter and sweet as well as tangy and fruity. It is refreshing but also alarmingly high in alcohol for a sessionable beer. (That said, you wouldn't really ever notice it). I've also found that it can make a wonderful accompaniment to meals, white fish in particular.

I do find that Unibroue's Belgian lineup can be, in some ways, a little monotonous. I also feel, however, that some of these Belgian style ales have been among the best that I've ever tasted. They make me grateful to have taste buds. Don De Dieu isn't my favourite of that bunch but it certainly deserves a spot on the cellar shelf just as much as the rest of them.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: A hazed light golden orange color with active carbonation and thin white head that has great retention and very little lacing.
S: Strong aroma of ripe fruit, apple like, belgian triple like smell
T: Expected Unibroue like taste, strongest flavor is ripe fruit, slightly sweet with strong, active carbonation. Very fruity and finish is very crisp and clean, alcohol is extrememley well hidden.
D: Very easy drinking, not my favorite Unibroue, but alcohol is very well hidden and overall very refreshing and easily drinkable.

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

355 mL/12 oz. bottle, it's been the longest time since I had this, but my local Trader Joe's were selling these for $2 a bottle, so I had to pick one up,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head, frothy, good retention.

S: Big nose, classic Unibroue. Big house yeast character, pear and yellow apple. How a Unibroue BSPA should smell methinks.

T: Big bready malt chock full of yeast esters and flavours. Complex and fruity. Pear and apple, with a hint of bubblegum at the very finish line.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation. Medium-bodied, easy drinking for it's strength, with a really light minor ethanol play.

D: This is quite a nice beer out of Unibroue. They make good beer, what's not to like.

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

Poured from corked 750mL bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: attractive golden hue with white 1-finger foamy head and pronounced effervescence.

Smell: a deep aroma of sour apple and carbonation. Some bready/yeasty malt also exists. Interesting ... I like it.

Taste: tangy tree fruit with some estery alcoholic zing. Not mind-blowingly complex but not bad.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied and the fizzy side of creamy. Still, it's a fun and effervescent creaminess which makes it seem like a special occasion. Festive!

Drinkability: a fetchingly imbibable strong ale. I should watch out.

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

Always one of my favorite beers from Unibroue. Cracked open a bottle of this stuff today...

The beer pours a very impressivel looking, bright hazy orange honey color. There's not a great deal of head, but it sticks around. Lacing is likewise pretty impressive. On the nose one gets honey, butter, melon, mango and Belgium spices. On the palate this beer is just delcious. The beer tastes sweet, but is not the least bit cloying. One gets butter, melon, mango and a hint of ranier cherries. Despite the high abv., this beer is surprisingly light on its feet. It's not the least bit heavy and tastes very drinkable. The beer has a refreshing mouthfeel and has a decent finish. Really, it's amazing how well disguised the alcohol is in this beer. The only thing that really tips you off is the warming sensation one starts to feel after a few sips.

Excellent beer from Unibroue....

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

Pours a hazy golden with a big, fine white head that settles to a thin cap and leaves some splotchy lacing. Slightly light in the nose, but with aromas of orange juice, banana, and maybe a hint of clove. Juicy and bright. Taste is somewhat similar in that it is also quite juicy, a bit sweet and tangy, and echoes the aromas of the orange and banana. Perhaps pineapple as well. A touch of light spice, mostly clove and coriander as well. Thinner in mouthfeel than some other quality Belgian Strong Pales. The body is not quite mouthcoating like some, but it also lacks that crisp zing that soem have that cut through that. This one comes off very slightly sticky. Still, quite tasty and one of the better Unibroues in my opinion. Not at all unhappy about having bought a four pack.

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

From the 355 ml. bottle with a date 12-16-12. Sampled on September 16, 2010. The pour is a very cloudy poale orange-yellow with a long-lasting, silky, floating white head. It boasts a beautiful aroma of wheat, yeast, coriander, and other spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and of medium texture. The taste has both a crispy freshness and a satisfying malt and wheat character with a hint of pear in the background followed by a modest but delightful thin hoppiness on the end. The 9% ABV is hardly noticeable at all. A true winner.

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Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date L304.

A: Hazy straw; pours with a large head; very little retention, no lace.

S: Floral; spicy; alcohol; slightly bready, tropical fruit, hints of phenolics.

T: Floral, spice, tropical fruit, bread. Modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slightly creamy.

D: Very drinkable. At 9%, it could really sneak up on you.

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out in a hazy beautiful gold/orange color with a huge head made of little bubbles. The color is almost that of a beautiful IPA.

The aroma has a bright fresh Belgian fruity yeast. There’s a sweet banana, clove, some corainder, and pepper. It reminds me of a tripel. It’s almost like a baked banana tart. There’s also a biscuity malt in there. Wonderful aroma.

The flavor is quite suprising. There’s an intial rush of juicy orange and a huge amount banana. It’s very spicy with the big clove, pepper, and then a bubble gum chewiness. Then the wheaty malt kicks in and cleans it up.

It’s so juicy and sticky and delicious that you really don’t get alcohol. It’s very smooth. This is for those who find Hefeweizens too light and gentle.

This has huge huge fruit, but also that bigger body and bite. At 9%, this is quite dangerous. This reminds me a lot of La Chouffe, but sweeter, fruitier, and stickier.

Along with their 3 other most popular beers, this brewery has continued to impress me.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 4.21.08...
Appears a semi transparent, slightly hazed, light gold with a small white head that fades into a collar. Streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of pineapple, mango, apples, doughy bread, vanilla, caramel, & spicy pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel sweetness on top of pineapple upside down cake.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, syrupy, doughy, tropical...maybe a little too sweet.

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

Another excellent Unibroue offering. Very noticable yeast smell and taste. Smooth and should be drunk slowly - very high ABV. The U.S. importer in Unibrew USA.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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