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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

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

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with a "foiled" cap. Best before date of....10-09-05. Looks like this one is brewed to withstand the test of time.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy bright yellow with a billowing head that soon fades away to a nice finger-thick level. Lots and lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots and lots of fruity esters (bannanas dominating) mix nicely with a spicy, almost "peppery" aroma. The alcohol is noted as well.

Taste: An interesting mix of the alcohol, spicy zip, and fruit flavors make for a very different and very pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very carbonated.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Finished with a nice warming effect from the alcohol. It reminds me of an Allagash with a higher ABV kick to it. Aftertaste is dry, slightly bitter. This was quite easy to polish off.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, peach? Malty and fruity. Lots of flavors; yeasts, banana and cloves, vanilla?. It is quite carbonated and fizzy. Also so spice action as well. It hides the 9% alcohol well. A nice drinkable Belgian Strong Ale. Mouthfeel is soft and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight alcohol bite.

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Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a dark yellow color with very little head. The head dissapeared instantly but left nice lacing. Small bubbles quickly rose with a fury showing me this one was well carbonated. The aroma seemed a bit weak and left me wondering what this beer would taste like. It has a very strong alcholic flavor to it. Fruit accompanies the alcohol, not one certain fruit but rather a bunch of fruits mixed. The fruit flavor is very sweet. Bready malts create a dry feeling in it. Finishes with more alcohol flavor. I could see how someone might not like this, but I thought it was excellent. Improved the more I drank it.

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

An above average to stellar brew all the way around. milky orange, yellow in color with a nice wheaty head. The nose is deep with roasted aromas dominating. These aromas follow through on the palate with an almost wine-like taste profile. Roasted red fruits, and an almost chianti-like taste intermingle with over-ripe banana and sweet bread dough flavors. A nice grainy wheat flavor is present throughout. Some subtle spice in the way of clove and vanilla are also in the mix. This is a big warming offering that is oh soooo drinkable and easy to like. A fine offering indeed!!

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

The beer is a somewhat cloudy straw yellow color, with a touch of haze to it. This is a fairly good copy of a Belgian Tripel. It has the same aroma & taste of banana that you would expect of this style. Not quite as good as Allagash, but still enjoyable. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bowed to the wisdom of the B.A.'s who answered my "Drink or Age" question last week and got my first taste of a beer from Unibroue.

Appearance: came in a 750ml bottle w/ a "best before" date of 05-08-04. Poured a hazy golden color w/ a creamy white head and columns of carbonation rising to the surface.

Smell: sweet w/ cloves and faint banana aroma to start. Aggitation brought out hints of apples, pears and citrus layered over a slight alcohol scent.

Taste: very complex. A variety of fruit flavors (pears, plums, raisins, and citrus) produce a sweet taste blended with the spicy clove and hint of pepper taste as it lingers on the palate. Nice faint warming alcohol kick at the finish.

Feel: dry, smooth, refreshing.

Drinkability: smoothness and wide variety of tastes plus a deceptive %ABV (wouldn't believe it's 9% if you didn't check the label) make this a dangerous beer to drink. High %ABV the only reason to lower this category from a "5". Complexity and sheer volumn of tastes make Don de Dieu a real treat.

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

Golden yellow in appearance and almost lemony at the edges. Hazy upon pouring but clears up. Average amount of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly but shows a tight cling on the side of the glass. Malty, honey-sweet smell with crispness and grains present as well. Taste starts out with an immediate crash of crisp carbonation (particularly in the back half of the mouth) and malty sweetness. A certain spiciness makes itself known, as the smooth but strong warmth gradually takes over. Particularly given the alcohol content, this is wonderfully smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Loki
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz. bottle

Poured a golden yellow with streams of tiny bubbles like you would see in champagne with a big, white head that fades to a thin covering and leaves wonderful lacing.

Aromas of malt, yeast, honey, and coriander with other spices. I can't pick all the flavors out, too complex for my nose to pick all the flavor, but they draw me in. Wonderful

The first taste is sweet malt, honey, citrus fruit, spices like coriander. Medium body with bubbly carbonation that tickles the tongue. Wonderful beer, so far Unibroue can do no wrong.

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Photo of andyj
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale on lees, which is a fancy term for bottled conditioned ale, has a wonderful spice kick to it that I just can't place. Maybe a touch more coriander or cardamon? It has a cloudy appearance, so I assume they use some wheat adjuncts as they do with some of their other beers. Then again perhaps that spicey kick is from rye? It had a nice foamy and a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. It went down well on a humid Saturday below the Mason-Dixon Line!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color into my Maudite glass. White bubbly head with light rockiness, on the small side and goes away with little delay. Very active carbonation, lots of bubble trails from the glass bottom. Yeasty and peppery spices on the nose.

Yeast flavors are most prevalent on the taste, intensified by the bubbliness of the brew, Belgian sugars coming through after that. Ends with moderate alcohol presence and a slightly winy aftertaste.

Average bodyfeel in the mouth, very smooth, though. Carbonation and alcohol combine with the sweetness for a champagne feel.

Not a session brew by any stretch, but always a good pick for a special occasion or when you want something a little 'extra' in your glass.

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

I had this brew in a 12oz. bottle poured into my new Unibroue tulip glass. It pours a light orange color with 2 fingers of foam that are gone quickly. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of fruit, mostly a grape aroma. The smell is very sweet. The taste is also sweet. There is a bit of apple taste and some clove spice. There are a few hops to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is a little light and carbonated. The drinkability is fairly good, even at 9%.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is immaculate the appearance is an apricot toned body with a vibrant massive white head, with fine lacing layering my tulip shaped glass. The aroma of this fine constructed brew de Chambly is layered and complex with a nose of sharply sweet malted wheat, vinous fruit tones shimmering in the distance, along with a yeast sent from the heavens to form such a piece of work. Light alchol notes can also be detected in the flavor underneath all of this making it refreshing yet warming at the same time. Sweet apple butter tones with honey drizzled on it, with the spices added by Unibroue combine so well on my palate this beer is magnificant. I am enjoying this so much, this could very well be my favorite Unibroue beer to date simply amazing. A must try for any beer enthusiast, the full body allows this beer to be slowly enjoyed the way it should be, and the high carbonation let's the flavors travel so well along the palate. Very drinkable beer one to be yearned for, but a force to be reckoned with at 9% by volume.

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

This Belgian Strong Ale poured a large invigorating white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. The body had a cloudy yellow appearance. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma was that of apples and grapes. There was yeast and carbonation observed with this brew. The taste was very smooth in my opinion.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dissapointing pour and not what I've come to expect from Unibroue.Poured a quick fizzy white head that dissolved to nothing.Tons of bubbling carbonation.It looks like a glass of alka-seltzer with the bubbles rising from the bottom.Bottle left sediment at the bottom.The color looks lke a gold to yellow and a touch cloudy.Extremely crisp mouthfeel almost harsh on the finish.Alcohol seems to be well-hidden but I'm sure it will catch up to me soon.Feel a warming sensation in the stomach so the alcohol is kicking in.No real distinct aroma or tastes that stand out.Faint lingering bitterness in the throat but nothing too strong.A sweet light caramel malt aroma.Very dry finish probably due to the high ABV.Between the high alcohol and the extreme carbonation it makes the mouthfeel harsh and the drinker quick to swallow.I was not impressed with this offering from Unibroue and will not try it again.

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Photo of TheDM
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a large head of fine white bubbles that leaves no lacing and a cloudy dark yellow body with a lot of dark brown particles floating in it. There were a lot more particles in the bottom of the bottle. It has a nice banana malt aroma about it. The flavor of this brew is complex with notes of butter, banana, spice and mild clove. It is a very smooth brrew that leaves a slight tingling mouthfeel in tits finish. The alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor.

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

It's hazy yellow/orange with a damn huge whipped head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rise up. Very enjoyable aroma od sweetness and lemon/citrus zest. This is very smooth on the palate, with a strong twang throughout. Fruity notes and spicy notes are there in abundance. The finish is super dry and crisp. I can't believe how refreshing this beer seems to be for 9% ABV. The alcohol level of highness is non-existent until it warms to room temperature. Wonderful stuff from a brewery that never seems to go wrong.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light, bottle-conditioned wheat beer, very slightly sweet with a citrus nose. Triple fermented but not as strong as you would expect. Almost but not quite tastes like its European counterparts -- still can't shake the Canadien out of it.

Unibroue tries and tries but I've yet to find them producing a truly outstanding beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold body with slightly fizzy white head. Despite excessive carbonation, head stays relatively small (for style). The aroma is pleasantly yeasty and the flavor is nicely fruity with bananas and pears. Could use a little less carbonation however. For the lightness of the beer, it covers the 9% extremely well, although I did pick up a hint of alcohol (and an unfortunately medicinal quality) as the beer warmed in the finish.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
92 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.
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