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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,478
Reviews:
1,314
Ratings:
2,894
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
400
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,894 |  Reviews: 1,314
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky golden body with a tall, though diminishing, white head.

Smell: Spiced wheat malts, a wide variety of fruit juices, vanilla, and clover honey.

Taste: Malted wheat with a restrained honeylike sweetness. Juiced pears, nectarines, and bananas, all a bit tangy and stirred up with a vanilla bean. Touch of spice and sourness. Maybe a few flecks of candi sugar. Warming, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate, lively carbonation. Some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad, not bad. I'm going down Memory Lane with Unibroue, and, so far, I'm leaning towards the maltier offerings, Maudite and Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/8/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing it.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice one finger head that is gone pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S: Some belgian yeast, a little apple and orange. Slight hint of spice.

T: Wheat and belgian yeast upfront, then the apple shows up. Not a whole lot going on though.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

D: Kind of a let down, overall it just seemed to be lacking something for me. Kind of boring.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 drewone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very active carbonation keeps the white lace alive, tiny particles of yeast float around the cloudy pale orange brew.

Lots in the nose … a striking ester and phenolic presence with a ripe fruity slant. Hint of powdery chalky yeast in the nose also.

Thick medium body with a layered maltiness, raw honey and ripe fruit come to mind. Higher alcohols jump out on to the taste buds with crazy estery and lightly solvent sweet and spicy flavours. More ripe fruitiness and bitter phenols battle it out and the phenols win as they clean house to make room for a semi-dry finish.

This is one wild and strong ale … Belgian style at that! This is one beer I don’t drink enough of and should.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky orange-brown color with 3 fingers of white head that lasts a few minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of apples, orange, other fruity malts, and some spice.

t - Tastes of fruit, smooth caramel malts, spices, and a hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice pale ale. Some smooth malts and fruit really come out in the taste. Would try again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect pour starts out the day with a bang. Huge head of white foam caps a bright golden and cloudy body that eventually clears and settles out to a solid light layer of golden perfection. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session that continually reinforced the already impressive look of it. Light bready notes lead the charge before some peach and pear notes start to filter in. A light note of spice is picked up as well, almost pepper like but not quite it really comes through quite nicely. First sip is again light, with a definite herbal quality to it before the light fruit notes start to percolate in and mix it up quite well. Light grasses, a touch of honey and a definite pear and apple flavor round it out quite well leaving me very happy and looking for a another sip quite readily, even before the first finishes drying out.

Overall a very solid and very well rounded pale. I had no problems putting this one down and could see it being a nice intro into the bigger styles. Really a solid offering here for sure.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up for me. Poured at cellar temp into a goblet from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A hazed amber w/ golden hues and a 2 finger pale head that arrives and vanishes in the same breath.

S - Wheat, caramel, bubblegum w/ a hint of alcohol and a light nutty spiciness

M - A lively feel w/ a moderately full carbonation and chewy grainy feel. There are tinges of sweetness and spice in the finish

T - A very light peppery taste w/ wheat creamy notes when the tasting begins. Subtle dry grainy malt as in the feel w/ a smooth caramel flavor hinted at in the aroma. The flavor is toasty and honey-like as it evolves w/ subtle spice and a caramelized sugar flavor as it finishes w/ a fruity tropical aspect.

D - I really love this beer and find it to be drinkable, but as far as overall - at 9% it is just good. I would not hestitate to pick this up anytime, it is fantastic. I would probably limit to 2 since the abv will creep up on you and you might not realize the 9% it contains at first taste.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid Belgian Strong Ale. What is most impressive is that you don't get the big alcohol taste even thou the beer is at 9% abv. The beer poured a clear golden with not much head and no lace. The scent is slightly spicy. The taste is a bold and slightly tart....bordering Chardonnayish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall its good.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a bit hazy and light orange colored, with a half inch of white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of yeast, fruit, malt, alcohol, citrus, spices.

The flavor brings malty citrus, with a light warming alcohol presence in the finish. Sweetness is present throughout, though not overbearing. Some hop bitterness would be a nice juxtaposition.

Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Lingering citrus and malt.

The flavor offers less complexity than the aroma promised. Still, a tasty brew. This is fairly easy to acquire, as it's seemingly everywhere. Not at the top of its class, yet worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Another Unibroue revisiting, this time while watching movies with a friend late at night. (Not that that really matters very much, just sayin'.) It pours a hazy pale amber-straw topped by a finger of stiff white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, light orange peel, coriander, clove, light white bread, and a touch of flowers. The taste amps the orange up significantly, joining it with some lemon zest, clove, cantaloupe, light watermelon, and bready yeast. The body is a light-ish medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, another solid outing from a Unibroue brew. I seem to recall this tasting slightly better, but it ain't at all bad right now.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Lightly hazy deep golden color with a huge frothy white head and a huge amount of stickies and carb bubbles.Fruity spicy earthy yeasty, has that Unibroue sameness but it just works, nice brew.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is immaculate the appearance is an apricot toned body with a vibrant massive white head, with fine lacing layering my tulip shaped glass. The aroma of this fine constructed brew de Chambly is layered and complex with a nose of sharply sweet malted wheat, vinous fruit tones shimmering in the distance, along with a yeast sent from the heavens to form such a piece of work. Light alchol notes can also be detected in the flavor underneath all of this making it refreshing yet warming at the same time. Sweet apple butter tones with honey drizzled on it, with the spices added by Unibroue combine so well on my palate this beer is magnificant. I am enjoying this so much, this could very well be my favorite Unibroue beer to date simply amazing. A must try for any beer enthusiast, the full body allows this beer to be slowly enjoyed the way it should be, and the high carbonation let's the flavors travel so well along the palate. Very drinkable beer one to be yearned for, but a force to be reckoned with at 9% by volume.

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,894 ratings
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