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

Another evil brew from Unibroue. Pours hazy pale orange with a reasonably white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and estery - almost acetone in nature overlaid with hints of yeast and malt. Good carbonation and a smooth and silky mouthfeel and a finishes dry with a bit of bite from the alcohol. Ester overtones extend through the flavour, along with - of all things - a cherry tone (almost like kirsch).Very easy drinking, could easily have a few more of these but fortunately (in terms of tomorrow's hangover) I have only one bottle. Should have been called Don de Diablo!

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

Appearence: Pours a wonderufl glowing orange with a creamy, foamy bleach white head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly complex, with huge grain and oat notes. A hint of wood is present, along with a tiny bit of fruity astringency.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is not as incredibly complex as the smell. It's a rather straight forward creamy yeasty taste. There is a suprising amount of tartness at the end, along with a long lingering alcoholic feel to it. It almost tastes like a strong witbier. The mouthfeel is wonderfully full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: It's not the best tasting, but it looks wonderful, smells delicious and feels oh so good in the mouth. The drinkability is brought down by the strong lingering alcohol burn. All in all, another good beer from Unibroue, but far from thir best.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a bright white head and good carbonation throughout but it leaves almost no lace. Spicy alcohol tripel-like aroma and flavor with a nice light supporting fruitiness. The alcohol subsided a good bit with further aging. Full bodied and creamy smooth.

Per U website: Triple Wheat Ale, refermented in the bottle

Best Before: 07/12/04
Tasted: 12/20/02 and 03/09/05

($8.99 / 4-pack)

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apricot color with good head though not much retention. Smell is citrus, bread, banana and malt. Taste is malt, citrus, bready, banana with an alcohol bloom late. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and it warms the back of the mouth. Drinkability is quite high although I prefer others from this brewery more. None are bad, just not a big fan of the banana aspect.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle, this was a super clear light straw colored beer with a small white head dissolving to lace. The lace lasted throughout the tasting of the beer.

This is a smooth beer. Good balance with the light Belgian malts and the hop bitterness. I detect a slight candy sugar in the flavor.

Great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., best before 4/19/07. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Pours golden orange with a white 3 finger head that doesn't leave lacing but keeps a quarter inch of foam throughout. The carbonation is very active and the beer becomes cloudy with a hint of brown after adding the rest of the bottle. Aroma is huge and very fruity (bananas/dark fruits/a bit of citrus) with some hop spiciness and alcohol scents. The alcohol also makes itself known in the flavor and the warming sensation it leaves. Other flavors are grape, apple, wheat, yeast, other fruits, a hop spiciness I had to search for, and a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is full yet the beer is also light and incredibly refreshing for 9%. Smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of taez555
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked.

This beer poured a bright golden, slightly foggy, yellow body. The head was a choppy white and died quicker than your average bottle conditioned beer, but was by no means flat.

The nose was a mix of lemon, yeast, phenols and very clean wheat touch.

The taste was very light and medium bodied. I can’t taste the 9% at all, this is a scary beer. Orange, lemon, citrus, really mild yeast and wheat notes. Slightly medicinal with a touch pine. This beer almost reminds me of a big German weis beer. There’s a soft subtle spice and pepper taste, but it’s really in the background. There’s a very mild farmhouse sort of hop flavor as well.

Unibroue wins, give them the medal, it’s over. No one outside of Belgium makes Belgian beers as good as Unibroue. They deserve honorary citizenship. This beer can go head to head with a Duvel or La Chouffe any day of the week.

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

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed chalice glass.

Appearance: Light, cloudy gold. Small head but fine lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of vanilla, honey, banana, green apples...

Flavor: Firm maltiness, with a large bouquet of fruity esters, all those in the aroma and more (pears, satsumas, grapefruit, sage blossoms). High alcohol content is well-hidden. Finishes with a delightfully perfumy dryness.

High carbonation and a relatively light body make for a superb mouthfeel.

One of Unibroue's top offerings. It's amazing how they out-Belgian almost every other brewery in North America that tries for these styles, on such a wide range of beers.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although not the best of Unibroue, definitely a contender for a quality brew.

Pours cloudy pale honey colored, one finger frothy head that lingers a bit. Smells of yeasts and citrus with hints of alcohol. Taste is wonderfully citrusy and yeasty. Ooh, and 9% doesn't hurt. Mouthfeel is nice. It's a good beer, although I've had better from this brewery. Also, at the end I'm getting huge chunks of yeast. Yuck!

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Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ML corked and caged bottle, Best Before Date 11-20-06.

Pours a clear yellow brew with a low carbonation level. Very bright and sunny to look at.

Smell is fairly sweet and floral with a honeysuckle candy scent. Mild fruit scents are present too. Spicy scents in this too mostly ginger and cinnamon.

Taste is drier than it smells, noticeable alcohol flavor present. Taste is under whelming I expected more, nearly flavorless. Some faint spice flavors in this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well I was under whelmed by this one. Looked and smelled great but just didn't deliver in the flavor department. Carbonation level seems low but the bottle is not spoiled. No off flavors or vinegarization. I hate to not give a Unibroue beer a good review but this one just didn't deliver in the taste department. Will try again and possibly revise this review.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Unibroue from my sampler pack. This poured a pale gold with a tiny head. Smelled slightly like applesauce. The taste is ok, but again - like apples and thats not exaclty what i am looking for in beer. There is too much sweetness in this beer for my taste. It lingers in the mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkablilty, hard to tell its a high abv and still goes down quite well.

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

Presentation: 750ml Unibroue thick walled brown bottle, corked and caged. Best before 3-20-03 and its February 2005.

Appearance: Very hazy straw yellow with a tint of orange. Small bone white head that fades really quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Phenolic, fruity, sweet malt, lemony acidity, and alcohol

Taste: Strong carbonation, strong phenols, spicy and peppery, granny smith apple, with a dry finish. Even at 9% ABV, alcohol is just slightly noticeable.

Notes: This bottle is very old. I wonder when it was bottled. Definitely mellowed out, no hop bitterness, flavor, or aroma left. I?ll need to get a newer bottle to make comparisons.

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Photo of foXXtail
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I’ll agree with what everyone else is saying: the La Fin Du Monde is, indeed, better. However, that doesn’t take anything away from this beer. Serena Williams may be a better tennis player than Venus, but Venus is sure as heck a better player than me, and the same can be said about Don De Dieu. Its strengths should not be overshadowed by a more talented sibling.

Is Don De Dieu a gift of God, as its name suggests? Maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but it certainly is a gift from Unibroue for which I am grateful.

This particular gift comes wrapped in a golden orange hue. There are some floating particles, but this is expected of a bottle-fermented brew and is not a defect. The head is thick and quite healthy, and easily replenished with the generous effervescence from within. The nose is quite sharp, with a strong hoppy citrus twang. Fruity sweetness backs up the nose, but is in no way overpowering.

The beer starts out vanilla sweet with a subtle spicy hop background. There are some slight hints of vodka alcohol, but these are well blended into the other flavors. The vanilla spice gives way to a smooth honey middle, and finally finishes up softly with a tad of champagne dryness. The mouthfeel is sublime: plenty of effervescence and decadently smooth.

Yes, it’s not as good as La Fin, but who cares? It drinks just fine on its own.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky tarnished gold color. No head, no lace, huge chunks of yeast (oops...). Smells of citrus, mostly lemon. Taste is pretty good, although less so than La Fin Du Monde. It has a nice lemony flavor, with wheat and a bit of (medicinal?) spice. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, and there's not much carbonation (did I get a bad bottle?).

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, although it's not as good as La Fin Du Monde. I'd buy that one first if I had a choice. This one, while good, just doesn't have enough oomph for a winter's night, despite the 9% ABV. (I have a feeling this one may taste better in the summer, so I'll retry it then.)

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

Pours out to a pastel yellow in the glass. Aroma brings forth a good dose of lemon. The taste falls in line with the Unibroue group of beers with a signature yeast doing its magic. Lemon, citrus and slight nuttiness are present. Such a well-crafted beer. It hides the ABV very well.

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Photo of Zraly
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a veil of a white head. The bubbles are compact. The overall appearance is very much like a California sparkling wine. Rich, inviting scents of melon, apricot, rum and orange. Tremendously assertive, and one of the more beautiful smelling ales I've yet to partake.

Which leads on to taste, which is also one of the more beautiful tasting beers. Honey comes forth after the ale is a bit warm, and is followed by a wheaty, dry finish. So many wonderful ripe fruit flavors (especially apple and apricot) round out the overall experiece, including a wine-like twang in the middle. Grapey and honey-like. Indulgent, creamy mouthfeel. And I really can't get over how pleasurable the mouthfeel is. It totally compliments the overall flavor. Vanilla and spice come to mind in terms of the yeasty quality.

This is an extremely wonderful ale. Farm Fresh had a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles for $4.59. I feel like a thief.

This ale would be the perfect companion to a roasted chicken stuffed with a whole head of garlic and a lemon or two. Serve it up with some roasted potatoes. It's also the perfect sipper for a cold, rainy night.

A most excellent selection.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always, Unibroue chooses an historical name which traces the history/mythology of early Canada. Hence, Don De Dieu(Gift Of God), Samuel De Champlain's ship, from France, commisioned to explore the St. Lawrence. Unibroue's beer nomenclature has always impressed me: always somewhat arcane, but eye catching; intriguing. This triple white ale was a pale murky yellow colour, an extremely light pineapple hue with brown, definitely unclear, and non-sparkling. The head is near-bright-white. I am not sure if it was this bottle or my glass, but the head was surprisingly small, bubbling quickly to a thin film, leaving poor lacing. The aroma is an impressive display of Belgian know-how. Oak wooden smells along with musty yeast and sourish fruit. I get a very aged, dusty aroma from far above the rim; in closer, the soapy, citrusy yeast arrives, along with cork and wood. Pineapple, some salinity, apple peel, spice, seasoning salt, some red wine notes. An extremely sharp fruit taste not unlike some of their Ephemere versions, but less direct and one-track. Instead, the fruit tastes are mixed well, leaving orange, green apple, some lemon, nectarine, and white grapes. The malt is not totally masked, as I could get some decent caramel/crystal malt in the middle and front of the tongue. The saltiness is felt in the finish, along with the dry yeast, hops barely being felt at all. Some numbing clove in the aftertaste. Wheat, soap, clove--all the basics of a witbier. The alcohol, felt in the middle, is well masked. The finish leaves more oak/cork tastes, some tiny malt ones, and defining salty ones, bacon-like. The mouthfeel is as good as some excellent Belgians I have tried, with perhaps more citrus, akin to a hefeweizen. Medium, bordering on high carbonation. The lees, greener and more creamy, brought less of a phenol hit and more apple than anything. Sufficiently bodied without compromising drinkability, as indeed this refreshing but heavy white ale easily slides down the gullet, 9% notwithstanding. Gift of God? Undoubtedly.

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

Bought this bottle from Thirroul Cellars, a great bottlo, and one that will be visited again.
The bottle describes the beer as a "triple white beer", not a Belgian Stron pale. Poured a dense, cloucly orange colour, with a thick white head, that dissapeared quickly (dirty glass?). Had nice little yeast floaties.
Smelt of intense orange, coriander, spicy fruit from the Unibroue house yeast, and a strong wheat characteristic. Yummy. I think we (Teaser and I) just sat there smelling this beer for ages before tasting it. It was awsome!
The taste was perfect to complement the heady aroma of the triple white, thick malt in the mouth, a hint of hop, warming alcohol, spices - orange, coriander, clove(?), banana, vanilla, and a lingering fruityness and wheat flavour.
Overall, this is another excellent beer from a great Canadian brewery. I love them.

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

Purchased from whole foods market in st. louis for (i think) 6.99; 750mL bottle; it was an accompaniment for a NY strip steak seasoned with sea salt and crushed black pepper, seared on the outside and cooked to a (perfect) medium rare.

Pours with a nice, large head that disspates fairly quickly and stealthily leaves little trace. A color that I would describe as straw with a touch of extra orange. Happy mild esters in the nose, with a little hint of spiciness; the first tase fills the mouth with a little stronger spiciness and the citrus becomes more apparent. A very little touch of vanilla (very little). Sits in the mouth for a good minute after the sip. When several sips in a row are taken, there is actually a very subtle ? chocalate taste- very faint, though.

As for a pairing with the steak, although it wasn't disappointing, it could've been better. I think this beer would be perfect with a gamey fowl such as pheasant, game hen, or quail, and quite good with roast herbed chicken. Also would be nice with a sharp cheddar. I would probably pick a different drink for my next steak.

Overall, excellent and easy to drink. Definitely gets put on the "frequent purchase" list.

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a tall head that fades really fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a strong wheat character with some fruits and floral hops. The alcohol comes out in the flavor. Yeast provides a certain spice and clove to the taste. Has a bit of the wheat flavor. This one is good, but not great. A little too heavy.

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

Pours a light amber/straw color, transparent, with a full white fluffy head. Co2 was light and head retention was low, but leaves a respectable level. Aroma is of fruity esters, malt, yeast, sour apples and citrus fruits. Flavor has a sweet start, tart middle and a tart and lightly dry finish. Palate is medium bodied and lively with lots of activity. An interesting balance of tart to sweet, and an unusual representation of the style. Worth another try.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle with a 03-20-2006 best before date.
Straw colored with a white head. Smells of orange peels, spices. Taste is tart wheat malts, breads, and spicy yeast. Has a clean, zesty mouthfeel. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite to remind you of it's 9% nature.
Very drinkable, this brew raises the bar for wheat beers.

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy pale yellow and sits a foggy, light golden amber in the glass with a good sized white head.

Smells quite fruity, mainly white grapes and apples. Good malty background and light hop backing.

Tastes malty at first and is absorbed by a full alcohol driven torrent of flavors. Wheat holds the base and supports an array of fruity tones. Apples, apricots, starfruit, pears and a bit of grape all blend together and give a nice, light fruity presence. Yeast on the back of the pallate and finishes mildly dry, hardly bitter at all.

Medium body, rich, smooth yet crisp. Carbonation sparkles with force. Champagne-like in feel and aftertaste.

An excellent beer all around. No harsh flavors or subdued characteristics. Everything comes out with good force.

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

Refermented 750mL corked bottle with yeast. Labelled an "ale on lees" which doesn't mean much to me...I bet i'd taste it if I knew what a lees was. Nice American story on the bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange, with a weak, non-lacy head that, while it disappears quickly, was puffy, flavorful, and large-bubbled while it remained. Purdy.

Nose is wheaty, with apricot and floral notes. A smooth, strong, pungent taste of more apricot, alcohol, general fruitiness, and oniongrass. Very enjoyable; the high alcohol induced a mild headiness and slow sipping behavior in me.

I wish I could say it's more drinkable, but at first this beer is heavy, flavorful, highly carbonated, and potent. I like all of those things, but it doesn't make for a high drinkability. Just thought I'd note that.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,862 ratings.
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