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

Hazy orange-gold w 2 finger crackling bubbly white head, lasts as sticky lacing.
Strong aroma of banana and clove, very fruity.
Very fruity (banana, apple), sweet and herbed taste, spicy (pepper), yeast, vanilla and honey?
Smooth, medium feel, and slighty tingling with the ABV and carbonation.
Very easy to drink, this could be a dangerous one

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

The standard 750ml caged/corked, the best before date was illegible above the bar code.
It poured a light marigold color, slightly cloudy, with a nice bubbly white head that disappeared rather quickly.
Nice estery aroma, vinegar and alcohol that gave a great champagne like impression.
Taste was slightly spicy on the tongue, with a floral fruitiness. Yeast and sweet bread like flavors give way to a very slight alcohol taste.
Clean and crisp, dry wine like in finish with great carbonation. Very drinkable, especially considering the 9.0% ABV

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

Light amber color with a 2 finger head. Hints of wheat smells from the glass. First taste that occured in my mind was a honey flavor and caramel. With a 9% abv, I was expecting to taste the alcohol, but it is hidden by the delicate flavor. I have yet to be disappointed with anything from Unibroue. I could only wish that all of Canada's breweries were of the same caliber.

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

Bubbly from in-bottle fermenation; Triple filtered. Large white head. Pour in proper glass (see picture on bottle) and drink within a few minutes. Delicious, drink slowly with meal. 9% masked behind spices. Excellent substitute where you would use bubbly wine or scotch or rum.

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Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy goldenrod color with whip cream head and very slow dissipation. Aroma is of citrus, wheat and alcohol.Taste was very sweet with more citrus and a wheat finish. Mouthfeel is wheaty and fluffy with a lightly dry finish. Although 9% alcohol, this rates high in the drinkability. Not my favorite of the line, but very good nonetheless, and probably one to use for introduction into the brand.

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

Another offering from Unibroue and a fine one at that. Pours a nice glass. Good head and a straw/cloudy glass. Nice nose. Fruity and malty.Bananas etc. I love the taste of this brew, Tangy balanced fruit taste. with some malt present. I t just doesn't get any better. This beer rivals any Belgian beer. Absolutely great!!

Note: 10-08-08 This beer has an over the top yeast, bread or biscuit flavor. This is still a fine beer but not as pleasing as I originally indicated.

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

12 oz bottle. Nice foamy straw colored pour with a large white head, expected from this brewery. Bready yeast aroma, with esters lighting up the nosehairs. This is fairly clean & crisp for a belgian style. Flenty of fruity flavor, but not overpowering, making this one drinkable brew. There is welcome carbonation to dry out the tongue, making for a nice dry finish and a good fruity yet clean aftertaste. One of the best i've had from Unibroue.

Highly recommended!

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

Pours a cloudy hazy orange with a nice white head that fades to lace the top and sides for the rest of the show. Fruity alcohol, esters, and yeast on the nose. Taste is similar, big flavors of alcohol soaked fruits--apricots, raisins, and then the mouth numbing Unibroue yeast kicks in. Finally the finish is dry and alcoholic. Fantastic.

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

I do believe this is my favorite beer from Unibroue. Although I have many more to try. Dark straw yellow in color with a big fluffy white head. Smell is citrus, orange, lemon, corriandor and very sweet. The taste is very similar only a bit grassy and earthy. Very smooth. You hardly notice the 9% abv.

I would like to compare the 12 oz bottle with a 750 ml bottle. This was the 12 oz. bottle. Amazing beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange brew with a nice head that did not dissapate too quickly. Taste is very refreshing but too sweet for my own liking. The alcohol level is not detectable which is a good thing. This is not the best strong belgian ale from Unibroue. The sweetness is too present. Nice try anyway...

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a slightly hazy straw colored yellow with slow flowing bubbles floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. A nice snow white head forms on the surface, but quickly fades to a collar around the beer. An aroma of honey, toasted malt, yeast and spicy clove hovers over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied brew begins sweet with a nice honey flavor. Clove and toasted malt fill the middle and a slightly fruity alcohol flavor finishes each sip.

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

This is a lovely, highly aromatic, hedonistic beer.
It is most comparable to a Biere de Garde like 3 Monts.
For starters the head sat atop the pastel orange liquid like melting Emmenthaler. The aromas were a vagrant parade of densely sweet tropical fruits, cream, concrete, old cloth and raw sesame seed.
On the palate it was reticent, offering raw nut, aloe and blond tobacco flavors only after establishing a broad, creamy mixture of texture and minerality. Impressive.
Very buttery with the barest, driest suggestion of butterscotch and shortbread, this is a beer to age, to uncork by the fire, to relish for its history.
Steamed, sweating, decomposing elements of vegetation only make it more interesting the warmer it gets.

The True North Strong And Free!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells slightly musty/ corky, as well as a bit honey-ish. There is a bit of spice in the nose as well which makes one think that there are spices in this one. Pours with a medium carbonation for a Belgian ale. I taste a bit of acidity along with a bit of cider flavor to it. Nicely fruity with a wonderful woodiness. I could not perceive any bitterness in this beer. One can taste the alcohol a bit in the finish, but this is in no way distracting. There is a subtle taste of unspecified spices. Very good beer, and very interesting flavors to it. It keeps you guessing with every sip, what new flavors will you find next.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, it's a radiant gold with a craggy white head. The smell is a compelling mix of fruit, funky Belgian yeast, and pepper. The taste is just as intriguing. So much is going on, yet it has a surprisingly mellow flavor. This stuff is as smooth as the prom queen's thigh. It's 9% abv? I wish someone had told me that before I knocked out the entire bottle.

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Photo of byrd
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a large bubbly head that retreats to a small lace of tiny bubbles. Carbonation can be seen bubbling up from the bottom of the glass perpetuating the lace. The malt aroma with slight hops on the nose. Don de Dieu has a full mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue. There’s a warming sensation from the alcohol, but it’s not out of control. Taste is mainly of malt and spices. Clove, and I think coriander was noticeable. Some banana and citrus notes were also perceptible. There’s a slight bitter finish that balances things out nicely. My first introduction to Unibroue, and a nice intro at that!

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Photo of jcalabre
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don de Dieu is the last beer on BA's top 50 that I have yet to taste. As of right now, I've had all of them. What a great trip it's been.
Appearance: This pours a hazy golden/yellow color with an enormous white head. The head quickly dies down to nothingness.
Aroma: The nose is fruity, somewhat peach-like.
Flavor: It has some up front sting on the roof of your mouth that quickly disappears. It's a bit thick on the tongue with a malty, sweet, fruity taste. You can definitely get a 'candied' taste.
Thanks to hoprus for this one

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a Corsendonk glass (closest glass I had with the shape pictured on the back of the label and Unibroue's website). Best before date was not visible.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale orangish yellow liquid with a quickly formed head. Head is very tight and is composed of teensy weensy bubbles. Head dissapates to about a 1/4" layer of foam that laces quite nicely. Constant carbonation. This beer is like an atomic clock or something.

Smell: Very nice complexity in the nose. Spicy, fruity, yeasty, and sweet all at once. Spices I caught were coriander, pepper and traces of clove. Fruits were orange, lemon, and I swear I caught a faint whiff of strawberries. Honey and toffee aromas make up the sweetness.

Taste: The flavor regrettably does not match up to the complexity of the smell. Its mostly a combo of pepper, lemon, and pale malt flavors. Good yeasty undertones and a subtle flavor of alchohol.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean. Nice warming sensation on the palate.

Drinkability: Wonderfully potable. Does not feel like the 9% ABV this sucker packs. More rustic in character than La Fin du Monde, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I wish this beer was more readily available to me.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle. I didn't get the foil or best before date.
Aroma: The smell is quite unique. A mix of orange, yeast, and fresh apple blossoms with a very floral, strong bouquet.
Appearance: A pale gold with carbonation so active I thought the world was in a down elevator (ok, it IS 9% alcohol). The bottle actually gushed a bit when I popped the cork. The head faded very rapidly and no lacing was evident, but the carbonation was very active throughout the beer.
Flavor: The flavor is actually subdued compared to the smell. There is some banana notes in the taste, along with the yeasty smell noted earlier, but very pleasant. Perfect balance between malt and hop, so neither is very evident, allowing the more citric, floral, yeasty tastes to come through. Complex, but direct taste; I note no real difference between the first taste, and the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly cream. I know that sounds nasty, but this stuff is silky. It coats the mouth for a long aftertaste. This feels like a world-class beer.
Overall Impression: YUM! Drinkability is only impaired by the high alcohol, which is well disguised. Too many of these and you’ll start your sentences with “Hello, my name is ___ and I’m an alcoholic”. One big ole bottle is just enough. Find this beer, try it, share it with friends.

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

Huge rocky Duvel like suds head pearched atop a pale opaque body with some floaties that were much darker than the beer itself. Looked excellent though. Huge dry raison notes abound in the nose with spritzy champagne characteristics and a spicy alcohol effect tingling my nose. Taste was crisp and dry with some sweet vanilla like malts, hints of oak and a little bit of pine creamy orange (much like a creamsicle) and a huge peppery alcohol warming in the taste. That alcohol abounds everywhere and is on the verge of overmatching everything, but it is roped in by that wonderful orange and oak. Carbonation was medium to agressive making it a good high alcohol beer to drink on a summer night. Man, Unibroue does Belgian Strong Pales so damn well. This is more characteristic and assertive than La Fin. Damn tasty!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a light pale hazy cloud of yellow with a fluffy white head about a finger high, fades to a skim always present and drippy strings of lace.

Smell is bright and spicy, lots of yeastyness and complex dullish citrus fruits of lemon, orange, pineapple, and banana, has a light bread dough quality coming through which is really nice. The spicy clove comes through quite a bit once its poured but seems to fade in strength as it sits where some bubble gum notes poke through. Its an interesting spicy, citrusy nose to say the least. Almost to complex, if there can be such a thing.

Taste has alot of dulled lemony citrus kinda sugary with layers of other fruits, orange and maybe green apple, kinda like those lemon drop candies but with a kick. Light & sweet frothy malts in the background. Complex yeast and spice flavors abound coming through just past halfway, mostly cloves and a touch of pepper, alot more in the mix that I can't put a finger on as it really starts filling up the spectrum of flavors and the mouthfeel seems beyond full from that point on.

It begins with a favorable medium body feel, and as mentioned, it gains alot of hold and texture just past the midway point and becomes super, super full right into the finish ending with a sharp crispness and lingering notes of citrus and pepper.

Big time sipper with this one. The alcohol is masked wonderfully and really snuck up on me in a hurry. Overall it's not as smooth or as drinkable IMO as the other Unibroue brother/sister brews La Fin du Monde and Maudite. But still its a keeper.

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Photo of alexgash
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More hats off to Kluk. There once was a time when I could purchase this beer myself. But now I am a hostage in the Deseret land of scarce beer selection and high prices. Hazy pale orange with a large frothy white head. I followed Unibroue's airline evacuation instruction card style drawings to the hilt. Smell is peppery, spicy Unibroue yeast, cloves, sweet malts, and estery alcohol. Taste starts with spciy-sweet malts, bubblegum, banana, with a naturally bitter, warming finish. Pretty syrupy on the palate, and big! This truly is a gift from Dieu. Man, I really wish Unibroue would stop using so much wussy French on their bottles. Use a manly language like Euskadi or Mongolian.

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

Pours a beautiful honey golden color with a champagne-like white head and some rings of lace. The fading aroma is mildly bread dough, cloves, yeast and a faint citrus whiff. The alcohol fuminess becomes more prominent as the glass warms. A hint of honey barely counters a very spicy, dry clove, coriander, orange zest and somewhat citrusy bitterness. A distinct banana flavor emerges, creating a nice mellowing effect. The complexities of this ale blend and meld, creating a big one-of-a-kind flavor and aroma sensation. I'll buy another and try it directly on its Best Before: 03/19/05.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Nice head that left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange.

Smell – Malt aroma with various types of sweetness. I detected straight orange and tangerine along with some table sugar.

Taste – An orangish-malt flavor came first, along with several different layers of hops. The big show here though is in the finish, which kicks in early. Quality hops jump in the mix, along with the announcement of the 9 ABV and some yeast.

Mouthfeel – The live carbonation was the highlight (for me) for this brew. It was very mature, not bubbly, and played well on the tongue. This wasn’t the smoothest Unibroue offering though, and I was somewhat disappointed by the awkward mix of flavors.

Drinkability – Again, I didn’t think that this was up to par with some of the other creations from this fine brewery. The tart orange flavor along with the alcohol presence made me think I was sipping a screwdriver.

Comments – Talk about love it or hate it! The veteran John from Rochester fived this beer and two of our most venerated BAs, Rastaman & (the ever articulate) TheLongBeachBum, canned it (2 & 3, respectively). My overall rating is middle of the road but the individual scores reflect my confusion with this tasting.

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Photo of dmarch
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous looking beer. Hazy and golden in color with a large white head that diminishes into a fine lace. Alcohol in spices in the aroma. The tast is more fruity with characteristics od a wheat beer. Lots of bananna and tropical fruit. A very light bodied beer that makes it highly drinkable dispite it's strength.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Don de Dieu

Presentation: 12 oz. gold foil top bottle poured into goblet.

This beer pours a deep apricot with a big creamy white head that lasts for several minutes. There is no clarity through the glass, although a pour of the yeast in the bottom yielded a "peppered" look with particles suspended in a thick liquid gold. Smells sweet, ripe apricots and some spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied and almost creamy--very very very smooth despite the high ABV. Tastes are sweet with a variety of fruits--apples, apricots, and peaches. There is a very slight bite from the carbonation and alcohol, but this is barely noticeable.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers. A PERFECT example of how a strong belgian pale ale (9%) can be so balanced and incredibly drinkable. I could drink this until the room started spinning.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,865 ratings.
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