Don De Dieu | Unibroue

2,866 Ratings
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 orfeu
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged. Golden with a massive snow white head that started to get out of control -- sipped some foam before analyzing! Nose is yeasty apples, lemons and pepper. Taste is much of the same: lots of appley white grape flavors with a lemony white pepper finish. Dry and very light bodied for such a strong abv. Mystifying stylistically. Quite a thirst-quencher considering its abv. Not my favorite from Unibroue, but definitely a choice offering.

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Photo of descartes
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Unibroue and my was it a treat. Poured from a 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A slightly orange yellow with a quarter inch head.
Smell: Very sweet smell, hints of lemon and orange.
Taste: Honey front which turns into a fruity middle with slight hops keeping it fron becoming too sweet. Finishes with a orange alcoholic taste, also some apples in there..
Drinkability: Give me more please! Beware this drink doesn't feel like 9%.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lager-like creamy golden with not much head at all. Smells like wall paper paste, apricots, chocolate, play dough and lacquer. The smell makes a lot more sense when paired with the flavor. There are tons of delightful dry fruits with a well paired dry yeast. There are smooth and creamy apricots, sweet prunes and sour plumbs. Very delicious! Mouth feel is medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

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Photo of maxpower
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a fizzy off white head that quickly disappears with no lacing either. Musty buttery aromas, lemon, pineapple, pear and pepper flavors. Medium to full bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour.

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Photo of Naes
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy golden color with a tall white head that dissapeared quickly.
The aroma is of yeast and is a bit grainy.
Its flavor has a sweet malty base and is a bit fruity with a yeast and alcohol presence.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

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Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine golden honey like the skin of an expensive south american whore, the kind that smells like peaches.

Zing zap citrus and harsh Belgian wheat smell. Sour Duvel. Very nice. Lots of fruit that's just about ripe but not quite ripe yet. Green and brown.

Sits pleasant and citrusy when it first enters your mouth. This grows, turns a little sour, and right before the fruit gets too sour it's washed away in a wave of caramel malt.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big unibroue fan here, and i've always been iffy about this beer. people think sleeman is negatively affecting u's beers.. well, this beer has improved since the take-over. here's my take on the new version:


pours a cloudy apple juice/urine color with slow moving sparse, tiny bubbles visible through the murky haze. big fluffy head condenses to a nice frothy cream layer which leaves drenching sheets of tight lace.

burnt sugar sweetness and tripel maltiness mingle aromatically with a varitable fruit basket.. green apples, bananas, lemons, and a glazed honey bun thrown in for starchy balance. dangerously sweet but nasally appealing nonetheless.

brisk, carbonated body explodes with floral honey notes finishing with a hop accent and slight abv burn. warmth evokes raspberry jam-filled donuts, lemons and poppy seeds. a plethora of sweet notes.. tripel-y in its malt/yeast character but bringing out fruits like few beers can.. barleywines or trappist dark ales usually excel here. except unibroue did it with a pale.. and they didn't produce a bitter, chalky mess like many of its brethren.

smooth, nice. great beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don De Dieu pours from the 12oz bottle a cloudy pale yellow orange hue with a billowing two finger white head on top that's quite actively bubbling. Aromas of lightly fruity pale malts along with a nice peppery spiciness. Hints of apple and bubblegum along with a touch of clove and plenty of yeast notes. Rather mellow.

First sip brings a crisp, fruity pale maltiness that has notes of apple juice and oranges. A mix of cracked white pepper spiciness, cloves and underlying hints of bubblegum work their way into the mix. Finishes with a slightly bready yeast tone. This is a crisp, tasty brew with only a slight hint of the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the light side with a fast moving carbonation that dashes across the palate. Really refreshing for a brew of this strength. I wouldn't mind having another if I had one on hand. Unibroue has not failed to impress me so far. This one is well worth checking out.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold coloration. The head was an inch thick and subsided quickly. No lacing was in evidence on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells fruity and peppery spicy.

Taste: The beer leads with a slightly peppery spicy taste. Then the taste mellows out into fruity malty sweetness and then bitter. Not even a hint of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim plus to full bodied beer. The carbonation is in tight tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. The alcohol is covered up in both taste and smell. Very smooth to drink.

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

Hazy light gold with a reasonable head, this is one of the lighter Unibroue offerings. The nose is redolent with yeasty citrus notes. The first sip is very Saison like with a fruity finish. There is gravitas in the structure but the beer is very drinkable with little indication of the high

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Photo of GClarkage
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/22/05- Purchased at Cost Plus in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy orange pour with a full inch creamy white head and bits and pieces of lace here and there. Quite a sight.

Smell- Corriander and white pepper slams you in the nose with some tropical fruit esters to follow.

Taste- Yum! Lots of mellow sweet fruits including banana, orange and lemon make you take notice. Large corriander taste with some light peppery flavors add together nicely with the fruit.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy and coating. Effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Wanted to just glup this down it was so good. As it warms it gets even better. Kinda tough to find around here though. One of my new favorite brews.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two years ago, I would have turned by nose and mouth away from a Don de Diue. Now, in this post-Pop the Cap, 250+review pallette, this one is a great example of the style. Clean and fresh, this one sparkles in the mouth, gives only a slight hint of its alcohol content, and retains just the slightest head and bit of carbonation to make it welcoming from first sip to last. Only $2.50 a bottle at the local gas station of all places, this one is a great introduction to those just trying this style or high gravity beers. Another great brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lived thin white head ... or a dirty beer glass, This pale gold brew has the odd floaty from this lightly sedimented brew Carbonation is initially very intense . Fruity, funky nose typical of this style. Taste is sweet pale malts, with fruity ale yeast and a short spicy hop finish. Mouth feel is smooth and light with tingly carbonation at first, though this fades as the brew warms. Very drinkable brew. Hides the 9% alcohol well!

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Photo of asabreed
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Probably the best friggin appearance I've ever seen (and I'm serious). Bubbles on a rollercoaster, going left, right, up down. Huge head that's being pushed up by the bubbles that are clamoring to get the hell out of the glass. Can I please give this a 7? One of the most active, colorful, beautiful works of art I've seen, and I just called the appearance for a beer a work of art. That alone is at least worth a 5 in giving it a score.

Smell: Lots of alcohol at first, and it's a bit overpowering. Then comes some thick yeast, faint hints of pineapple and pear, and some citrus zest at the end. Also some faint hints of candi sugar.

Taste: Where is this pineapple coming from? I don't know if I've ever tasted it in a beer before. Also some apricot, some slight cherries, and some lemon, as far as fruit goes. Some sweet malt and candi sugar also. Finishes sweet, then turns quickly to finishing dry and yeasty. Also, now I'm getting some spice like cinnamon and clove. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: For the insane amount of carbonation the mouthfeel is extremely rich, creamy, and silky. The sugar adds a significant amount of body, but goddamn is it well done. For me it couldn't get better.

Drinkability: Unibroue continues to produce amazing stuff, and this is no exception. This bottle is out of the 4-pack I just purchased, which means there are 3 bottles left, and you know what that means. I'd certainly more than recommend this.

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Photo of cracgor
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a special beer for me. It is my first belgian. My first beer that I consider exotic. It is an opaque orange to straw color. Has a white head with good retention and decent lacing. Tons and tons of carbonartion floading up out of it. This beer smells good. As soon as I open the bottle the grassy aroma hits me. It is sweet and delicious in smell-slightly fruity. When I drink this, it has tons of flavor. It has that grassy smell, it is slightly sweeter than I would expect, but it is delicious. I just cannot identify the fruity flavor, slightly citrus, slighltly spiced, and slightly like musk mellon. The beer is light to medium bodied and dry. It has no alcohol taste, but great alcohol warming. Not something I can hammer down, but not something I get tired of quickly either.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.65/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a very pale straw color with a tiny head that dissapeared immediately. Head seemed light and wispy, like a corn beer. No lacing. No other carbonation to speak of.

Smell was very unassuming. Yeasty and sweet.

Taste was pretty sweet. Almost syrupy. Alcohol wasnt very pronounced which was a saving grace with this beer. Very sweet.

Sticky mouthfeel. If this was a blind taste test, the looks and tastes of this beer seemed similar to any macro like Icehouse or one of those sweet beers. My fourth Unibroue, and definitely the worst of the four.

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Photo of tjd25
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Prominent dense and creamy head, perfectly velvety and everlasting. It is so beautiful that I don't even want to look at the body, which is just "normal", golden and slightly hazy. The smell is very enjoyable too, with a gret perfume of yeast, which develops notes of coriander, pepper, cinammon and sour cream. Broad and sweet nose. Some fermenting peaches and apples completed the nice picture painted.
The taste disappointed me. Or maybe I should have drunk something else before. It seemed so alcoholic, warm and overwhelming. Sure, apples, peaches, yeasty sour cream and peppery notes, a round creamy mouthfeel thanks to this marvelous head, but this overwhelming and somehow unbalanced alcohol feeling.
Yeasty like a weizen, dry like a triple. but with too much alcohol for me...
what to say?

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

BB 11-15-07. Good white head and a very foggy pale golden colored beer. Nose is (buck)wheat, alcoholic and yeast phenolic. Strawberry fruithint and overal interesting nose. Tste is strongly alcoholic, dry but with sweet candyhint. Yes this is a lot like a good Belgium beer and has fine mouthfeel with good taste, well dosed but not to high bitterness and good carbonisation. Fine brew that I enjoyed all the way.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to get myself into the Belgian game, it's a little difficult because I really don't know what is what, how to even pronounce these beers and they're all a bit pricey so it's hard for me to break down and get a bottle.

I picked the Don De Dieu for no reason one night and I consider myself pretty lucky, this one was really good.

After I removed the cork, poured a bright, hazy, golden yello. Nice frothy white head. Fizzy lacing.

Smells really good, I smell banana, coriander, yeast, and some other spices I really can't put my finger on. Reminds me of a hefeweizen.

Very nice beer. It had a very light fizzy texture, fruity and spicy. Lots of yeast. Crisp and refreshing.

Very light finish, I couldn't taste the alcohol content, but I cool feel a slight head change after one glass.

I really liked it, After this bottle I will experiment with more belgians.


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Photo of scooter231
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy rusty golden color- loads of white head screaming to stick around forever- and then disappates far, far too quickly.

Smell is champagne- like- lightly sweet, floral. Fruity and a tich spicey. A lot going on. Tastes champagney, as well. Spicey, fruity, sweet- nutmeg, pepper, some lemon, some peach, malty and barely bready at the end. A lot of flavors that blend well.

Mouthfeel is carbonated feeling and slightly slick near the end. Ultimately, a tasty brew. And at 9 %... a sneaky one. Unibroue makes me a happy beer drinking lady.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown glass bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - A pale orange that approaches a golden color. It looks the color grapefruit juice with a two finger foamy white head. Lots of tiny bubbles feeding the head.

S - Belgian yeast along with some fruitiness. I think I want to say a citrusy smell, like grapefruit perhaps.

T - A very nice taste. A bit of a spiciness with a minimal hop taste that's just right for this beer's flavor. Slightly spicy/peppery. A dry beer with no aftertaste at all to speak of.

M - Very nice, a good amount of carbonation with a smooth touch on the tongue.

D - Very good. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more.

Notes: Overall this is probably the least favorite of the Unibroues I've tried so far. Of course it's still better than the vast majority of other beers I've tasted in my life, I just prefer their more flavorful offerings that I've tried. However I'll definitely never complain about drinking this one.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is truley a great tasting Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
Color was a pale golden color with a slight haze. Nice thick frothy head that was developing like a cumulus cloud on a hot summer day. If you know what that looks like. The smell was just what I thought from this style beer. A fruity and floral like scent, a nice balance. Not overpowering very subtle and pleasant. Tatste was spicy at first with a slight citrus zing. A nice dry aftertaste rounds out this well balanced and not so overpowering beer. The ABV is powerfull but you cant taste it. Its an amazingly smooth beer.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beltway here in Baltimore as a 12 oz. offering. Haven't seen this one mixed up with the various Unibroue offerings in the state, and I hadn't had it yet. The familiar great labeling and foil top. Best by April 2008 clearly ink jet labeled on the back.

Beautiful orange tinged peach with slight haze. Erupting, tight white head with long staying power and excellent lacing along my Unibroue tulip glass. Aromas are of citrus and yeast.

Very light and dry citrus flavored beer. I believe that you could wait for the head to die down and then serve it as white wine at parties. Very light hints of lemon, bananas and cloves from the yeast, yet muted.

Smooth and tart mouthfeel with excellent light body from the carbonation. High ABV is hidden. Dangerously drinkable.

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

Pours a real hazy golden orange, big white head forms, laces well and has some nice legs. Smell is sweet, orange peel and coriander, some spicy hops, very nice. Taste is sweet honey like malt, orange peel and coriander again, some yeast and bread. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. Smooth beer and great orange peel flavour, one of Unibroues best.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale orange amber (light tea color) with a light and wispy head which fell in an instand to the edges of the surface of the liquid.

The aroma was fruity and bready with a nice citrusy component. The aroma became bread and orange peel as the beer warmed and was slightly earthy in nature. A light candy sweetness resided just behind the other aromatics.

The flavor was crisp with a nice carbonation bite followed by a sweetness from malt that was cut quickly with a nice Belgian yeast spice and a light citrusy flavor. The beer was slightly earthy and nice to consume.

The finish was dry with a lasting yet slight earthiness and peppery spice. The body was medium and the carbonation rounded out the flavor. A nice brew, some alcohol warming after consumption, but no overpowering alcohol aromas nor flavors.

12 ounce bottle. Code on back 050814. My 1000th consecutive review, but not the 1000th different beer review.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,866 ratings.
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