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:
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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Avg:
4.13
pDev:
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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.

Cheers!

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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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head that disappears within seconds. The aroma is of orange peel with a trace of alcohol. The taste is nice. Orange and spices. The mouthfeel is overcarbonated and gets in the way of the taste. Overall, this is a decent brew, but I would choose La Fin Du Monde over it anyday.

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Photo of longarm
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light beer with white creamy head. Citrus aroma, maybe a little phenolic, but lemons dominate.

Banana flavor, lightly balanced with malt and yeasty, ripe lemons makes this a tasty brew.

Extremely well balanced with a clean finish. Easy drinking, strong and alcoholic. Dangerous combination.

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Photo of nickss
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with big fizzy head the tells of the high levels of carbonation. A constant stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom makes it look champagne-esque.... of only the color was right =P


HUGE nose... lots of banana, fruit, and grainy wheat. Almost smells.... dry.... if that makes any sense.... guess its the wheat? dunno.

Taste: I dont know if its just me.... could be.... but this tastes an awful lot like La Fin IMO. There are obviously some differences... a bit more wheatiness in this one, and not as much of a punch, but still... alot of the same characteristics. Good thing is... a find La Fin to be quite enjoyable, so this gets two thumbs up in my book.

Mouthfeel is thick and active at the same time, as the carbonation dances across the tongue.

Pretty damn drinkable... wishin I wouldve bought the 750ml instead of the 12oz, but hell, there were so many other beers I wanted to sample, and just didn't have the cash on me :(

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

Since this is a wheat beer, I went ahead and poured the sediment in as I would with a wit. In my Allagash glass, it came out a murky orange with whitish edges, topped by a massive bleach-white head that settles to a good drinking level. Not too big, not too small.

Wow! This literally smells like a hot bowl of oatmeal with vanilla. Wheat too. I'm very impressed by the aroma. Hints of the classic Unibroue yeast spiciness in the background. A bit fruity as well.

Very interesting on the palate as well. A light citrus fruitiness (not to be confused with citrusy hop character, more like biting into a tangerine) is what I notice first. Good bit of clove and some other yeast spice subtleties all around. Great wheat malt character, especially in the middle. I'm fairly sure they didn't use oats in this, but it hits me as a little oaty. Subtle hops play cheerfully upon the tongue in unison with the yeast spices. Maybe a little pepper. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness with some fruitiness.

Great creaminess in the mouthfeel. Makes the tongue tingle, which balances the creaminess very well.

Another very impressive and unique offering from Unibroue. What would you call this, a Triple Wit? This certainly could become my favorite Unibroue beer. Insanely drinkable, it hides its 9% very well, as most Unibroue beers do. Now that it's available here in NC, I'm definitely stocking up on this. I can imagine having a good creamy cheese with this that's a little on the sharp side. In fact, I may just do so right now as I finish this gem.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Unibroue. Pours out to a nice cloudy golden color with a white cloud like head. No traces of lace around the glass. High level of carbonation. Aromas of fruits, sweetness and floral hints are abound in this well crafted beer. The taste is utterly superb. Near perfect. Flavors of sweet fruit, with a smooth tartness and elements of a dry finish are all well balanced here. Some mild hop character is also noted. Very nice. Smooth and almost champagne like mouthfeel. This brew has high drinkability, as the flavors and complexity of this beer mask the 9% ABV very well. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find this brew in our liquor store. They usually stock the usual chimay, duvel etc so for this location it was a find.

Poured into a chalice a golden/light orange color. spritzy light white head that basically surrenders. No further sightings. Unfortunately, to be consistent with other rankings I'd have to say the appearance is rather lackluster and drags down an otherwise solid brew.

Tasted sweet up front. Orange's, warming, Malt. Zippy carbonation that compliments a sour/fruity middle. Wheat/earthy finish and some citrus. Vanilla, with a spiced backer is really the essence of the brew.

Nice combination. the sour notes sit for a while and escelates as it warms. Recomended.

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

Poured a cloudy golden orange color with a just a touch of light colored head, and tons of carbonation running through the beer.

Smell was full of sweet and sour citrus notes with some yeast and wheat odors as well.

Taste had a very nice toasty maltyness to it along with some nice sublte melon flavors and some nice spices coming through as well, a bit of pepper and almost taste like just the smallest hint of mint as well.

Mouthfeel was crisp and dry with a touch of nice carbonation tinglyness.

Drinkability is great on this beer, another Unibroue Winner!

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Photo of TerryW
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft, hazy peach colour with a decent head and good lace. A comfortable looking beer.

Fruity, sweet, malty nose with maybe a hint of carmel. Yeast and spice. Interesting and unusual. Somewhat mild.

Very fruity, citrusy beer. Sweet and sour on the palate. Nice notes from yeast. Interesting, tasty.

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

Served at the Michigan house Cafe/Red Jacket Brewpub in Calumet MI in nearly the perfect tulip, very close to the image on the bottle.

Thick creamy head climbs high up the tulip and retains very long. Golden-tan wheat cololr with very prominent bubbles.

Slightly sour sweet smell.

Tastes sweet with very slight sour and (not so slight) alcohol flavors mingling very well with definite wheaty malt flavor.

Lots of carbonation and a mid-light body make a very refeshing brew.

I would love to drink these all day long, but it would be VERY short day due to the alcohol.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, much of what I'd expect to find in a Belgian Tripel, but with much more malt character. Looks nicely copper; what you'd find in any other pale ale, just with more carbonation and looser head. Aromas are malty sweet, toasty, bready, yeasty, earthy, mildly hoppy, and spicy. You can really taste the malt. Like and all-malt Tripel. Less of a powdered sugar flavors and more malt character, more toastedness and roastedness. Not the sharp spiciness either. Milder spices from an agressive hop bill. Nicely bittered. Still grapefruity, lemony, orange-ey. Finishes alcoholic and dry, with a touch of a lingering sweetness. This is a good beer.

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Photo of BigBry
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a hazy golden orange color and had a small foamy head of large bubbles. The head did shrink away rather quickly, but there was still lots of carbonation and bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Didn't leave any lacing to speak of. The complex aroma was a mix smells - sour fruits, green apple, pears, and the citrusy yeast.
The taste is similar to the smell. There were flavors of more citrus, orange and pineapple, with some sweetness mixed with the sour yeast. Reminded me of a strong witbier. The high alcohol warms in the stomach, but is well balanced and hidden beneath all the flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, a mix of the warm alcohol and tingling refreshing carbonation. Would be great with a fine meal or as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy and gold in the glass, with the powerful aroma of yeast and lemons. More citrus flavors (lemons and oranges) combine with spices and yeast. A nice effervescent mouthfeel to this one too. Shockingly mellow for 9%... I couldn't pick up any alcohol note in the smell or the taste. This beer is probably best described as a kind of cross between a wit and a trippel. I wish this was available locally.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass from 12 oz. bottle, left yeast at bottom
pale, slightly hazy yellow with a decent head (nothing spectacular but satisfactory), thin layer of retention, spots of lacing. smell was subtle with fruit, slight clove, and yeast - pleasant, soft overall aroma. tastes of fruit at first - apple and slight pear followed closely by clove phenols that wax to a flavor stratum above but not completely obscuring the initial sweetness, all over a mellow bready yeast backdrop. rambunctious carbonation tickles the mouth while plucky spiciness asserts itself with a mild (but enjoyable) astringent quality just before evaporating into a sweet, slightly yeasty, slwoly fading finish.
drinkability is dangerously high because this brew is so delicious with little in the taste to warn of the 9% abv -- luckily the delicate complexity compels one to linger over each glass.

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

750ml bottle.

Pours a pale hazy gold with a slight yellow/greenish tinge (?). Huge frothy off-white head. Smell is spicy with nuutmeg, ginger and coriander. Yeasty. Sweet apple cider aromas. Floral.

Taste is the aforementioned spice up front, tingles on the tongue a bit, a biting wheat crispness followed by the slow alcohol burn. Peppery too as it finishes with hints of sour apple. Mouth is crisp up front with a lightly sticky finish. Damn good stuff really. One of my favorite Unibroue offerings thus far.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent Unibroue offering. Appearance is murky golden with bubbles rising in my tulip glass. The aroma is pleasant, with some yeast, spices, and a bit of sweetness evident. Taste is very complex and pleasurable, with some powdery and nutty yeast flavor complementing the ripe fruit essence. There is a bit of a toffee-type sweetness along with the oily phenolic undertones. The taste begins to become more complex as the ale warms, bringing out some very mellow and dark citrus along with the cashew nuttiness. There is ample carbonation and an excellent, light smoothness as the ale goes down. A very drinkable ale if you look past the ABV%. 2 or 3 of these and you're done. Another excellent ale from Unibroue.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy, bright white head that recedes very quickly. Very faint lacing with not much strength. Bright golden in color with shades of burnt orange.

Big tart nose; green apple, pear, apricot. Chalky, candied sweetness. Pale malts with hints of alcohol.

Candied-liquid sweetness with hints of floral esters. The sour quality is very tame compared to what the aroma leads on. Green apple, apricot. A faint astringency following the tartness that leads to an aftertaste of sweetened pear and apricot.

Light bodied; spritzy and vaporous on the palate. Unbelievably light for a Belgain Pale at 9% abv.

Definitely a session brew given how light and citrusy this one is and still clocks in at 9% abv. The citrus character is what makes this one unique. Worth a try.

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Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale gold in hue. I love how this beer looks when backlit. Splendid; the liquid is beautiful. The head was two fingers in height at its apex. It was noisy as it rapidly dissipated to a slender cap. I’m a tad disappointed with the head retention. The thin collar was lame; the lack of widespread lacing was a let down. Still, when it is all said and done, this is a good-looking beverage.

The yeast heavily influences the nose; I easily detected aromas of banana, cloves, apples, spiced pears, dried apricots, and a spicy/peppery essence. There is also a chalky, bready, wheaty yeasty vibe. The nose lacks depth but it has good potency and, overall, the articulation is interesting. I find this beer is inviting… maybe I am spoiled but I am not “wowed” by the bouquet. Shit. Why am I complaining? It is engaging.

Whatever the appearance and nose lacks (which is not much, just some “details”) the palate makes up for it. I really love how this beer tastes. I’ve only purchased one “bad bottle” of Unibroue and it was Don de Dieu. The 750ml was flat and lifeless but it tasted really damn good. I almost reviewed it with that major flaw and all. Well, I jumped at the chance to buy a four-pack. The palate is spicy and hot and fruity and oh so Belgian! I love the rounded fruitiness that offers suggestions of apple, melon, oranges, lemon zest, and apricots. These flavors are bookend by alcohol heat on one side and pepper/spice on the other side. There is no start or finish to the flavor profile; it is a circle of goodness! The alcohol was just warm enough. Really the palate is not forceful but there is definitely some craftsmanship here. It really hits all the right notes and I can’t ask for nothing more.

Medium/medium-light in body. The carbonation is quite active but not overly aggressive. The mouthfeel is very fitting. It is relaxing yet assertive. For some reason this beer makes my hungry for angel food cake!

Hell yes this beer is drinkable. It is liquid cocaine, tasty to the nth degree. This is truly lovely stuff. I have no grievances. I was very happy to purchase a four-pack in St. Joseph, MO. Unibroue is so close… yet so far away! Awesome. Recommended.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,285 ratings.
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