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

hazey golden with decent headt that doesn't stick around long. Little to no lacing. Smells very fruity and sweet. Tastes very sweet fruitiness with alcohol and a bit of bitterness in the end. Some lingering vanilla is present. Light carbonation and full body gives it a nice mouth feel. Strong alc

This is definatly something I'm going to buy again.

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

I had a chilled bottle of this offering from Unibroue in my Belgian chalice. The descriptin of the beer on the bottle was "strong belgian style tripel wheat ale" to paraphrase, and it was just that.

I was not disapointed by this beer. It poured a yellow-gold color with a whiter head than normal for a tripel style. Upon first pour, I immediately got a strong whiff of yeast. ONce poured, the nose is that of fruit and alcohol, and sweetness. The first sip lets you know what you are in for. this is a light to medium bodied beer with a pungency up front. There is a sweet white wine and citrus taste which is accentuated by the light mouthfeel. What brings it back and holds it together is the malty and bread-like base which is just below the tasting surface and combined with a crisp-alcohol finish. This is a beer to savor as it warms slightly and is re-swirled to form a new head.

I hate to compare but if you really like Chimay Cinq Cents(wit), you probably would find only slightly less complexity in this Canadian offering, and at about $1.50(american) less per 333ml bottle. ($2.50=Don De Dieu v. $3.99 Chimay cinq cents).

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

750 dated best before 5/10/07 poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pale gold with a huge white head (even after a gentle pour) that leaves fine lace. The head and active carbonation on this one remind me of Duvel. A truely beautiful beer.

Smells of light citrus, confectioner's sugar, chalk, cloves, a spicey alcoholic note. Overall rather sharp and tart.

At first it tastes very sweet. Almost cloying at first, but things dry off well before it crosses the line. This effect goes away as it warms a bit. There's some Belgian yeast in there as well that gives it a quick bread note towards the end. The alcohol is only noticable as I breathe after a sip. Slightly solvent, but its not prominent.

Full mouthfeel that has a good tingle from the carbonation. The only limit to the drinkability is the high abv.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a 3 fingher billowing head that falls to half a finger. The nose is peppery and lemoney with a puff of alcohol. Not bad. The flavor is mellow. The lemon is subdued and the spice is not very powerful. There is a light grainey flavor and a creamyness. No hint of the alcohol except a warming sensation in my stomach. The feel is thick with a light carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. Drinkability is huge. The alcohol in the nose is a little too strong.

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

A: Golden straw/orange with a slight cloudiness. Thin, bright white head.

S: Slight fruit aroma. But, mostly spice. Good indication of the taste.

T: It tastes just like it smells (slightly fruity, mostly spicy). Very peppery, as well.

M: Given the ABV, this beer is surprisingly light and crisp. Stays smooth throughout.

D: Excellent beer. The smell and taste are incredible. Seems to taste better as it warms up. This should be on everyone's list of beers to try at least once.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light orange with a bubbly white head. Highly active carbonation keeps some foam on the edges.

Smell is of subtle spice, yeast, and fruit. Quite pleasant.

Taste: A myriad of fruit and hop tinges coupled with a slightly spicy character. Slight yeast and bread taste from the refermented sedement. Finishes with a prickly carbonation which is very smooth on the palate. Unibroue makes some very solid brews, and this is no exception. The alcohol is well integrated into the taste as is the case with all Unibroue beers.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the closest beer to a white wine that I have ever had, but it is more complex and spicy than any white that I have had.

Clear light golden-yellow with a very loud fizzy head that doesn't last too long, or lace at all. Smell tells you what you are in for - a yeast/spice showcase! Hooray! Alive and well with strawberries, marshmallow, white pepper, light citrus, and vanilla. Wow. Really superb. Big vanilla flavor reminiscent of some better white wines, with some butter, pear, and green apple present also. The pepperiness really plays off the simple malt sweetness here to make an absolute winner. Alcohol present in the perfect amount to compliment the rest. Light bodied and semi-slick despite the healthy carbonation. Finish is again wine-like, well balanced, woody, and warming. Awesome.

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Photo of soper2000
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticking with my Canadian theme for the Trailer Park Boys marathon, I picked up a four pack of this (so they're the 12 ozer's obviously).

Best by date of 8-13-06

This one pours a little bit more restrained than I was expecting, yielding only a 2 finger white head which quickly dissolves. It did produce a nice clear golden body however. Aroma is wonderful, fruity and spicy. Apple and clove are noticable. Taste pushes that spice out to the forefront. A light maltiness is overtaken by fresh apple/pear and a subtle hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is light for a beer of this abv and its drinkability belies its strength. Phenomenal brew from a phenomenal brewery.

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

Huge off-white head is alive, both growing and "popping" at the same time. It's fed by a cloud of fine bubbles that rise through the hazy golden straw colored beer. Great aroma, a bit of yeasty goodness and some mild nectarine along with some coriander notes. Flavor is similar, some light fleshy fruit up front over a solid creamy yeasty base. It's a lot more complex then just those two, and there is a dolop of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is soft and light, just right. So much for 750ml bottle bias. This is 12oz's of heaven.

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

Unibroue Don de Dieu
12 oz brown bottle
Best before 04-02-06
Served in a glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with an orange ting. Massive head on top that lingers.

Complex nose of fruits, spices, cloves and esters.

Tastes semi creamy, yet spicey and juicy. Complicated mouthfeel with spicey yeast, black pepper and sweet citrus notes. Very, very drinkable at 9.0 % ABV. Just a tad of alcohol warmth on the finish, but the overall flavors of the beer take the lead.

Super tasty Belgian pale ale. Another great beer from Unibroue. Recommended,

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Photo of mgdeth
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Highly carbonated. Huge bubbly head.

Smell - Very sweet smelling, almost like some sort of a caramel candy.

Taste - Tangy and spicy, with strong phenols. This is backed by a strong malty sweetness. Hops offer some balance, but the focus here is more on the malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick body. Highly carbonated - so much so that it really makes my mouth tingle, almost burn. I can also pick up alcohol flavor, mostly toward the aftertaste.

Drinkability - There is so much flavor in this beer, so it is not an easy drinker (but easy to enjoy). Plus, the 9% alcohol slows me down a bit.

Comments - This is a great beer. I suggest that it be warmed up a little bit before drinking to let the flavors really shine through.

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

A little uninspired. Certainly a fine brew, but relatively disappointing. 750ml corked and caged. Poured a nice orange/peach combination with mild head retention; also is a bit cloudy. Smell and taste are almost identical, peach and fruity esters accompanied by a large kick of alcohol. Taste is fine, heavy carbonation, actually quite light, pretty drinkable too.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,861 ratings.
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