Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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 arizcards
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of singles in mid-August for $2.99 each.

Beer poured a pale gold with a nice white head that is retaining well.

Nose is a large wheaty malt base.

Taste is pear and apple, lightly sweet, big wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel is classic belgian, smooth yet nicely carbonated to be refreshing.

Overall this is another outstanding brew from Unibroue. The quality is always solid. You can count on an authentic classic belgian brew from this brewery!

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a thick head with low retention.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, oranges, banana, bubblegum, pineapple and just a hint of funkiness. Déjà vu from other of their line up.
Flavor of peaches, oxidized oranges, sweet melon, herbal hops, lactic acid, cloves, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, on a wheaty malt base. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation and an effervescent sensation. The 9% alcohol was fully disguised.
Good beer with great complexity, though inherits the usual "defect" of several Belgians, it is overly sweet.

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Photo of woemad
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wines and Spirits in Kennewick, Washington, for $2.75. According to the bottle, this is “Best Before: 11-06-15.,” so there should be no age issues. Been a while since I’ve had a Unibroue beer. Although listed on BA as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the label identifies it as a “Triple Wheat Ale on Lees.”

Poured a hazy apricot color with lots of tiny bubbles (apologies to Don Ho). Big, creamy, bone-white head atop the beer, which hung around for quite a while before receding to reveal sticky lace on the sides of a Chimay glass.

Big, earthy malt aroma. Not surprising when one considers this is billed as a Triple ale brewed with wheat. Some sugar and pear notes as well.

The earthy flavor noted in the aroma is present in the taste as well. There’s also a sugary fruit flavor that reminds me of pears. There’s also a smooth boozy flavor in the background. Slightly dry at the finish.

Light bodied, with that authentic Belgian mouthfeel that often doesn’t make it to North American Belgian-style beers..

This is a beer that initially seems simple, yet the more you taste it, seems more and more complex. I agree with the label that this is more like a Triple than anything else. This French-Canadian Belgian was a nice beer to accompany college football on a freezing December day in eastern Washington.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Rich golden pour, bright and slightly cloudy. Thick head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. Considerable stream of bubbles from the bottom.
Smell: Slightly lactic, both sweet and savory like good, norwegian washed-rind cheese. Complicated esters, with a warm, baked smell. Apricot, cream, vanilla and banana.
Taste: Fat like creaminess, apricot flavors, lemon meringue. Very fruity and floral. Noticeable alcohol kick with a dry finish.
Mouth: Little bit carbonated, heavy bodied but not too heavy.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No idea when I exactly bought this, but the freshness date is at least listed as "01/30/16." I'm guessing it's about 6 months old at this point.

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color complete with a rather modest amount of fizzy foam that initially rises about 4 fingers high in the glass, only to dissipate rather rapidly. About a half hour later the head is all but gone, and no stickiness or major rim variation is visible. It's not a bad looking beer, but it could work on resembling the eye candy that these kinds of beers tend to be.

The aroma is what I'd expect given the past joyful experiences with this brewery - spicy, earthy, yeasty notes combined with a crisp, slightly sweetened bready backbone and fruitiness. Notes of apricots, pears, ripe melon, and a little bit of lemon balm immediately wafted to my nose, followed by well accentuated toffee and caramel. There's a slight spiciness given the yeast, with some notes of white pepper, slate, and ginger. A little boozy at the nostrils, with a bit of sting that doesn't necessarily hide itself fully. I really like the overall flavor here, however - reminds me of a good quality Gewürztraminer right off the bat.

The flavor is an immediate rush of the same fruits mentioned above, as well as some slight spiciness and dryness at the finish. Very ripe cantaloupe (the kind you leave out for a few days), apricots, yellow apples, as well as some pineapple, combined with a brief peppery spiciness and dried floral (rose-like) finish. Caramel, toffee, and a slight nuttiness round the flavor up. Finishes dry, with minimal acidity and little bit of booziness, but it's overall quite balanced and marvelously fruity. My only complaint is the lack of extra carbonation, as well as the mild thinness that makes itself noticeable the more this warms up. The melon flavor lingers for a good long while, and makes the overall experience refreshing. Quite a good beer from Unibroue, yet again.

If I remember well, however, this is far better fresh, especially with the herbal, citrus dried hop experience, that is all but missing here at its current age. However, it's quite nice to sip on, and paired so well with a pork stew and stilton cheese for the night. While I usually don't drink beers of this style so much anymore, it's a very welcome addition in my fridge for the future.

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

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip

a: Translucent dark gold with an inch tall white head which dissipated quickly and almost completely to a patch of surface foam and slight lacing.

s; Ripe fruit.

t: Ripe apricot, sourness leavened with slight soapiness.

m: Moderate, good body, lots of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: Typically Belgian, outstanding for the pleasant overall flavor and the fact the 9% ABV is so well covered.

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

I had never seen this beer from Unibroue before and decided to buy a bomber and check it out. Glad I did! Great way to celebrate my TWO HUNDREDTH beer review on beeradvocate! Thanks to THE BROS for providing us the forum in which to review.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a hazy, orangey-golden color. Nice 1/2" head slowly shrunk down to a thick but thin head of about 1/8" that stuck around the entire session.

Smell 4.0: Very pleasant bouquet of honey, cardamon, cloves and a very slight hint of banana.

Taste 4.0: Front is pleasantly smooth and treacley sweet. This quickly fades into a middle that is somewhat dry, but features a big hit of malty/corny sweetness which then almost immediately transcends into a finish that is dry, pleasant and focused almost entirely on the spiciness of Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is long and hits you with a very pleasant alcohol/benzine taste mixed with a slight yeastiness.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, dry and balanced. Certainly enhances the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Another triumph from the screwtop kings at Unibroue. Light, dry and very well measured, this beer would be fantastic with food and would make a lovely session beer. However, even though it feel like a light beer, it is a mighty 9% ABV. Be aware! Let someone else drive the hovercraft if downing more than one of these.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pale orange amber, translucent, light airy eggshell head
S: fresh yeast, citrus fruit, orange, apricot, whiff of alcohol
T: spiced, clove, yeasty, fruit/floral, sour, alcohol
M: light-cloudy, tangy, dry finish
O: perhaps a bit too astringent owing to the high alcohol content and light body, but excellent consistency, and a solid triple wheat pale ale

750mL / $8.99

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Photo of ISmith87
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Nice golden amber cloudy color with a 2 finger white head that dissipates down to a very thick (still 1 finger) head of foam that leaves really good lacing on the glass. bottle looks like a standard Unibroue bottle. Very nice overall.

S - 4.00 - Nice peach and banana smell. Some bubblegum in there too. Very sickeningly sweet, but balanced out by some bready and peppery tones.

T - 4.25 - Same peach, banana notes come out in the taste. Bubblegum. Bread. White pepper. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon? Tastes really good for a Belgian Pale Ale which is definitely not my favorite kind of beer.

M - 4.25 - Medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is bready belgian yeast.

O - 4.25 - Great beer. Very smooth. I'd like to compare Le Fin Du Monde (their triple) and this and see which I like better.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with best before date of 08/15/2015 printed on the bottle. I believe this is my first beer review of a Unibroue beer, and it's been a long time coming since I've drank something of theirs. I'm going in unbiased; I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - After I damn near killed myself getting the cork out, the beer pours a nice light cloudy golden lemon colored body with about five fingers of big fluffy white foam. No lacing sticks.

S - The aroma of peaches and fresh sliced pineapples hits your nose immediately. A bit of lemon, honey, some earthy grass, and must. Some pepper and cloves begin to come out as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose: a lot of yeast derived fruitiness like peaches, apricots, and pineapple. Bready wheat presence. Some dry alcohol presence. Bubblegum, cloves, and some white pepper spice in there also. Very creamy.

M - Feel is extremely smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with nice crisp carbonation and a drying finish.

Overall, while I am not usually the biggest fan of Belgian style beers, I actually really enjoyed this beer. Very smooth and easy-drinking, with an extremely well-masked 9.00% abv. An excellent beer from Unibroue; this has me intrigued enough to check out more from them. Recommended.

Unibroue Don De Dieu ---4/5.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color. Bit cloudy. Forms a solid thin bubbled white head that dissipates quickly leaving very few spotty lacings

S: Very fruity and nutty. Strong notes of grapes, vanilla, toffee, caramel malts and nuts. Spicy and a bit peppery too: Unibroue trademark. Flowery hops in the end which is also a bit booze

T: Sweet upfront. Strong Belgian character. Very spice and complex. As suggested by the nose, strong notes of grapes, vanilla, toffee, caramel malts and nuts. In overall, a sweet and malty beer. Yeasts profile is Belgian, as expected. Mild hoppy bitterness in the very end

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Malty, fruity and nutty aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Just another Unibroue masterpiece. No mistake!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is poetic bliss. Pours a pale straw color with champagne carbonation and an adamant, tall head of creamy white foam. The nose sparkles with crisp wheat, flaked grain,pale malt scents and decadent ripe fruit. Apricots and honey. It's an earthy yeast with a delicate spice. Taste is full of sensation. The terrible sweetness, the chalky dryness, the spice and bit of pepper. It has just enough alcohol to warm you gently in your chest as the dry finish clears your senses in anticipation of the next sip.

Bravo!

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 1/30/16

A: Clear amber pour. Tall, light and fizzy white head. Head fades slowly with good retention, oddly enough there is no lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and melon. Yeasty with cloves. Has a real sugary aroma to it, typical belgian candi sugar IMO. Hint of apple when swirled.

T: Fruity up front once again. Sugary citrus, melons and again apple. A bunch of banana joins it now. Lots of apple in the middle. Mild yeasty bread in the finish with some spices backing it up. Cloves for sure with more banana in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and nicely smooth.

O: Despite Unibroue's general popularity I've never been a huge fan of their beers. This one is different however. A very fruity and crisp BSPA. Sugary sweet in all the right ways with just enough spicy belgian yeast to mix it up and balance it out. Easy drinking. Very nice.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a tripel-hefeweizen hybrid, this yeasty sweet bottle hails from a Unibroue mixed pack. Pours extremely fizzy, nearly fills a glass with white foam but settles quite quickly. Aroma is banana, other fruity notes that recall apple and citrus, strong Unibroue yeast and peanut butter. Palate is suitably complex, spicy even by Unibroue standards with some candied ginger and nutmeg, a caramel banana richness, orange marmalade, pound cake and perfumy bubble gum like Thrills (look it up). Strong alcohol character that is more assertive than in some other Belgian style offerings where the booze is stashed away. Rather sweet but some bitterness reveals itself over time, and there is a background apple sourness that adds an extra dimension. Not the most complex Unibroue beer but light years ahead of most other wheat beers in this regard.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light orange yellow colour. Nose has notes of tart fruit, yeast and spice. Taste is dry and tart with a lots of apple and tangy citrus fruit notes. There's a hint of boozy sweetness as well. Very big, complex beer with ample palate-scrubbing carbonation.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A foamy white head sits on top of a hazy orange-gold body. Thin white lacing throughout.

Smell: The nose is fruity and malty.

Taste: An initial fruity taste is taken over by a warm alcohol finish. The malts breakthrough in the aftertaste and leave a grainy toasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation. Fitting for the flavors. The body is smooth and creamy but the carbonation leaves a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great beer. I really cannot think of any other way to describe it... it is just, great!

Bottom Line: Try this.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden with light white head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring and consistent effervescing. Nose is yeast, banana, lemon, and clove; not terribly complex but very good. Taste is much the same but is also vaguely reminiscent of apple sauce. Tart, with some honey sweetness, and plenty of herbal spice. Very faint note of boozey warmth. Mouthfeel is pretty good, lots of carbonation, slightly stick from the sweet but not badly so. Overall a very good beer, and one of the most accessible from Unibroue. Clean, crisp, and good all around.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head. Decent lacing. The aroma is a mixture of malt, fruit, and spice with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is the same, but for a 9% beer the alcohol is well hidden. This ranks up there with the best Belgian strong ale's and, thanks to the reasonable price, will be a staple in the refrigerator.

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Photo of Beric
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 14 September 2013

Appearance: A hazy brownish-yellow with a two finger head that collapses down to a slight ring of bright white bubbles on the sides of the glass. Looks like a hefeweizen with no head. Color almost has a sickly tint to it.

Smell: Banana, clove, and slight alcohol taste.

Taste: Tastes like a sweeter, less bready hefeweizen. I think that the high ABV here helps add to the 'sweetness' of the whole experience, but otherwise else it doesn't taste much different than a hefeweizen to me. Some of the white-wine fruitiness (grape, apple, peach?) from other Belgian beers. Unibroue lables this 'triple wheat' so imagine a combination of a tripel and hefeweizen. Finishes sweet, unlike a hefeweizen, which finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Especially silky. This one goes down very smoothly- the carbonation, though evident, does not play a huge role and really makes this brew feel smooth--not prickly-- on the tongue.

Overall: An excellent beer especially when I'm looking for the comfortable, refreshing flavors of a hefeweizen, but the alcohol punch and increased complexity of stronger beers in fall/winter. Would buy again.

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Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thick foamy head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, fruity, spices, bit of citrus and a hint of booze.

T: Taste of malt sweetness, spices, fruity with a bit of brandy. Light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Has a fairly moderate body, smooth, almost silky, and a bit sweet.

O: Nice offering for the style and enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle to tulip. Best by 1-30-2016. Consumed on 9-6-2013.

Hazy orange appearance. 1-finger white head dissipates within a minute, leaving a thin cap. Most of the lacing induced by swirl retreats within ten seconds.

The Belgian yeast imparts a musty aroma of apple, banana, spice. Very faint biscuity malt and wheat underneath.

Yeast spice predominant in the flavor, with tart vinous qualities and candied sugar coming through as well.

Well-carbonated, sticky mouthfeel and finish.

To me, this is a typical Belgian strong pale / tripel. Enjoyable Belgian, if that's your thing.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bananas, apple, malt, cloves, slight yeasty

T-bready malt, yeast, bananas, apple, cloves, coriander, slight sweetness with a mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly creamy

O-nice flavor, really enjoyed this BPA

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a semi-clear golden yellow color with a creamy off-white head. In the aroma there is a mixture of banana, yeast, and spices. The taste is very much along the lines of a classic Belgian beer with yeast and banana flavors. Another very enjoyable brew from Unibroue.

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

August 21st, 2013 - This was one of the very first craft beers I tried back when I was still largely ignorant of the majesty of the marvelous world of craft beer. I thus didn't yet possess the proper palate to fully appreciate something like this back then... but I've now been acclimated and I'm ready... for Don De Dieu revisited. I don't even remember how I drank it the first time... probably wrongly. Never fear, though... this time I did right and drank at cellar temperature out of my good old snifter.

A very effervescent and evanescent white head and a moderately hazy straw-gold color. Lookin' golden. Lookin' good. As I made my way through the bottle, it became contradictorily clear that this is one of those beers that gets progressively hazier as you get closer to the bottom.

It smells of green apples, sweet, doughy yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. QIUTE nice.

All those things in the bouquet? Pretty much describes the taste as well. Ah yeah, I'm enjoying this. The tart green apples and the sweet doughiness are coming through especially. Those spices are subtle, yet apparent throughout every sip.

As one would expect, the carbonation is appropriately cranked up for a Belgian ale.

It was a good idea to revisit this one. I definitely didn't enjoy it this much the first time. A highly recommendable Belgian strong golden ale!

June 25th, 2014 - And as an update on aging potential for this one, I popped the cork of a bottle that was just shy of two years old. It smelled and tasted of green apples and grapes, lemon, pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, ripe peach, and sweet bread dough or sourdough pancake batter. There was also a peppery spiciness with accents of cloves and ginger. Bravo. I think the age enhanced it. A prime cellaring candidate.

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Photo of TwoTrees
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 200th tasting...let's celebrate with a review! It is apropo to be enjoying Unibroue's Don De Dieu at this (albeit small) milestone, as it was Maudite which initially threw me into the craft world. Alright, enough nostalgia...to the beer!

Poured from foiled 12oz bottle into standard size snifter.

A: This pours a semi-clear, orangey hewed glassful. The head rises and dissipates slowly leaving some good lacing on the glass.

S: Hoo boy! Green apple, grass, sweet malt, faint oak, moderate spice (?) and honeysuckle are all present here.

T: Again, green apple, pear, honey...Unibroue does a great job melding fresh fruit profiles with their signature warm malt back. Very tasty...

M: This brew is on the lighter side with lively carbonation. It goes down very easily...too easily, and masks the alcohol superbly.

O: Anyone looking to try Belgian style ales would do well to sample Unibroue's lineup. And, Don De Dieu does not disappoint as it delivers a lively, fresh experience of green fruit and honey profiles. I will certainly be coming back to the Don in the future.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,821 ratings.
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