Don De Dieu | Unibroue

Don De DieuDon De Dieu
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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Jimmys
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: an attractive, hazy orange. not overly hazy, but not completely clear either. big bubbled head dies way too quickly. literally no retention and it's not the glass. otherwise bubbles come rocketing to the surface.

S: a fresh baked bread aroma. pleasant warming alcohol. pepper and spice. fruit. hop aroma is low, but not really needed here.

T: dessert-like sweetness. pears and apples. the pear is defiant. unfiltered yeast notes add peppery, bread-like attributes. sweetness is good and not overbearing. toffee and a very mild alcohol in the finish.

M: a significantly vibrant carbonation. not as effervescent as champagne, but close.

D: very tasty brew. mild sweet fruits and alcohol make this a great starter brew or after dinner drink.

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Photo of fastd03
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a very pleasant surprise for me. While I adore Unibroue and Belgian ales for the most part, pale ales are hardly my beer of choice. While this one is undeniably a pale ale, on a warm summer night like tonight, Don de Dieu is precisely what was called for! The color is decent, if a little light, but the smell and taste is ripely reminiscent of summer fruit. While evoking the flavor of blue moon with a slice of orange, the Don de Dieu rises above that bar classic and sits easily among the top of its style.

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Photo of barrenbane
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a large wine glass (the house I'm stay at doesn't have goblets or beer glasses).

A: dark orange and very hazy. Almost has a "glowing" affect. Beautiful.

S: smells of crisp fruit and a slight tang of alcohol.

T: similar to other Unibroue Belgian styles. Fruity, tangy, and a very slight bitter finish. Excellent.

M: thick and carbonated. Similar to champagne.

The liquor store warehouse had this in stock, and it was the first time I've seen it for sale. In my opinion, it's right up there with La Fin Du Monde and Maudite. I will definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter

A: clear, pale gold with an airy white head.

S: champagne-like dry fruitiness, yeast, pepper, spices.

T/M: Light mouthfeel; lively carbonation provides brightness. Malt flavors are slightly sweet and a bit crackery. Slight bitterness in the finish; hop presence is mildly citric and herbal. Strong spicy note in the middle. Champagne-like note from the aroma is present in the taste and the body.

Overall: It's a textbook strong pale ale and I like strong pale ales. End of story.

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Photo of lazjuarez
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated: J281012279, poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with about 2 fingers worth of an off white frothy head, which slowly reduces to a fine ring. Very light lacing and small carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is undoubtably Belguim. Great bouquet of fruity esters, black pepper notes, and earthy yeast as well. A bready malt is coming through as well, very nice.

T: Taste is of light fruits, lots of vinous qualities. Very similar to the nose, including the earthy notes. The spice really rounds off the sweet fruit flavors and heightens them, then the earthy notes brings them down and completes the flavors, great flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied, nice biscuity feel, coats the mouth well. Light carbonation moves the beer along, also the semi dry finish helps to renew the palate. Overall this brew is an amazing drink, highly recommend. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle best by 12-17-12, poured into tulip

A - Pours a pale, cloudy amber-orange. Nice 2-finger white head.

S - Aroma includes some tropical fruit scents, along with bready yeast and an overall sweetness. Wheat and orange are present.

T - Lots of orange/tangerine. Honey-like sweetness and the prevailing yeast flavor. Lingering taste of tangerine, apricot and honey in the finish.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation. Sharp in texture.

O - Overall a fine beer. A nice lighter alternative to other Unibroue beers. I see it as a great beer for all seasons, as it is refreshing while also robust and flavorful.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is packed with tropical fruit and a hint of booze. There is a tone of pineapple and mango...A TON! Sweet sugar aromas all around. Taste is initially slightly floral with all those tropical fruit flavors coming through. This beer is one tropical fruit bomb for sure! Very interesting. This beer is very sweet...but not too sweet. I mean, it is sweeter than most beers that I like, but it somehow works for this beer. No alcohol detected in the flavor...hints of cinnamon as it warms though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat warming. Drinkability is scary high for this beer. At 9% ABV... no one would ever know. Overall, this brewery makes amazing beers and this is one of them.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dated best before March 18, 2013.

Beer is golden orange with a thick, frothy white head. Minimal lacing. Head dissipates at a moderate pace.

The yeast is the most notable scent, but it is clear that there is wheat in the beer. An interesting mix between a wit and a triple, as far as the scent goes. Floral notes, honey, strawberry, peach and other fruit. Very nice. A really calm and beautiful scent, if that makes any sense- very serene!

Taste is a bit of a surprise after the scent. There is a bitterness that is present throughout, somewhat obscuring the honey and fruit flavours. Personally, I do not find the two streams to be particularly complimentary. Both have their merits, but are not harmonious. Nice flavours are present, and the beer has a lot going for it, but I don't think the whole package works particularly well. That being said, certainly still enjoyable.

Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, an interesting beer. The wheat addition to this style has a neat effect, but I don't think the experiment is a total success. Still, no doubt a quality beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before date 9/4/11.

A: Deep orange color, one-finger head.
S: Reminds me of a cider, along with tropical fruit and brown sugar notes.
T: Molasses, papaya, mulled citrus.
M: Medium-bodied and balanced. No alcohol comes through.
O: I really enjoyed this- very complex yet easy and fun to drink. This will definitely be a regular.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Cork, Westmont, NJ

Poured a hazed golden color with a delicate white head that fizzled out almost completely. Floral aroma, with scents of pineapple and papaya, light sugar, and a bit of spice. Yeast and sugar up front in the taste, with notes of banana and pineapple, with some spice following, and a mild hoppiness. Some alcohol warmth. Light-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden-orange with a 1-finger white head. Retention and lace is minimal.

With this brew using wheat as its main grain, I found that Unibroue's pretty unique (at least in my limited experience) yeast strain managed to infiltrate just about every part of the beer. I got an intensely herbal character to just about everything- akin to clovers and grassy, woodsy underbrush.

The nose had a light malt character with flavors of clover honey and oranges. There's some vague spice perhaps from the alcohol, and I can't seem to tell where that herbal yeastiness ends and the hoppiness begins, but the line is definitely blurred for me as I'm picking up a certain aroma of cooked peas.

The palate has a bright carbonation and, like the nose, tends to acquire most of its flavors from the yeast- clovers and dark forest greens. There's also some orange zest as well as some estery pear and subtle clove spice. The bitterness is in check, while the finish is moderately long and, once again, herbal.

This beer really threw me for a loop with that intense clover and cooked pea vibe. Honestly I didn't like it, which makes me think that I could have perhaps had a bad bottle. Although many of the fellow BAs here may not describe what they're tasting in quite the detail that I do (they probably have lives), I have complete faith in our collective palate. It's a bit strange for me to be so divergent from both the bros' and the collective grade. Especially when it comes to the world class beers. So I'm reviewing this now with the goal of giving this beer another chance in the future...

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Photo of seabass87
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 OZ bottle into glass. Best before 05-26-13.

A- Golden, cloudy, pale. Aggressive pour yields about 1 finger of fizzy head that dies quickly. A bit of sediment transfer.

S- Sweet wheat, oranges, pears, spiced bread. Backed up by peppery spices. Well balanced and inviting.

T- At first, we are given oranges, pears, and sweet wheat, but we are shortly thereafter given a nice spicy bite... Spiced oranges, sweet grains, coriander, and lemon peel. Balanced out by what tastes like Belgian yeast. Alcohol is hidden very well, but there is a burn in the finish. Aftertaste is bready, spicy, and fruity. Fantastic.

M- Medium feel with a fair amount of carbonation, which serves this summery beer well. Finish is dry and a bit sticky.

O- Fantastic beer from Unibroue - tastes like a cross between a tripel and a witbier. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of ricke49
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the best variety included in the 4-pack 12 oz. bottle sampler often available at Trader Joe's for $7.99 (equivalent to a $3.66 bomber 22 oz. bottle).

At one year out this beverage is incredibly smooth and well balanced, without any hint that it is at 9% abv. Fruity, refreshing, effervescent and downright enjoyable. A masterpiece!

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Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Mellow Mushroom in Mobile, AL.

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with lightly sugared pears and solid amounts of robust white pepper white hints of leafy hops.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Smooth light malts up front are joined quickly by booze-soaked pears with hints of white peaches. Prickly spices come into play midway along with leafy hops, tempering the fruits and carrying through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I hadn’t had this beer in quite a while and after revisiting it I realized it’d been too long. A phenomenal beer that sneaks under the radar. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque goldish color with plenty of thick white head. Head sticks around for a while, leaves satisfying lacing on the glass.

Scent is light and fruity. As it warms up, you also get a hint of spice.

Taste consists of some sweetness throughout, with some spicyness and a bit of yeast flavor near the end. Booze isn't really apparent. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Been hoping to try this for quite a while. Worth the wait, and certainly up to the caliber of Unibroue's other awesome Belgian styles.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden orange color with a 2” white creamy finely bubbled head from the active carbonation. The head recedes slowly to a thin cap that continues to leave sheets and patches of lacing while sipping. Large legs and patches of lacing cling to the sides of theglass for most of the beer.

Smell: The aromas include traces of yeast, green orchard fruits, flower and honey. There’s also a light traces of vanilla and white pepper.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s a bit of yeast, some slightly fruity character and traces of wheat and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy smooth with the finely bubbled carbonation. The finish is moderately long, starts sweet, gets a bit yeasty with vanilla undertones that persist and then whole thing becomes dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely drinkable beer that I’ve enjoyed more than once and will continue to enjoy in the future. It’s a good example of a Belgian style Strong Pale Ale with some unique character of its own that sets it apart a bit from the style.

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Photo of beergod1
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden orange with a moderate white head that diminished slowly. Aroma is fruity, with orange and other citrus notes, apricot, yeasty bread and a touch of Alcohol. The taste is yeasty with that famous "Unibroue Yeast". Sweet with oranges and juicy tangerines. Quite complex and interesting and difficult to pin down. I need to get caught up on all my Unibroue Ratings.
Well....time to buy more.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge pillowy white foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- A touch of ripe fruit and spice. Some banana and pear are noticeable.

T- Very similar to the nose with banana and spicy yeast flavors dominating. Some black pepper and very little alcohol warmth despite the 9% ABV.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Spritzy and effervescent with very little alcohol presence.

O- Overall a very solid example of the style. Its easy to notice that signature Unibroue yeast flavor which I happen to like quite a bit.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Westy chalice. It poured a dull amber color with a little bit of a gold tint to it. A thin white head was scattered across the top of the beer and concentrated around the edges of the glass. For having a small head to start off with I was surprised at how well it stuck around throughout drinking it.

The aroma has a crisp, slightly tart fruity flavor to it in addition to some sweeter, malty, candi sugar and wheat like flavors. A lighter belgian yeast spice is present as well.

The taste starts off with more of the sweeter, malty, candi sugar as well as some crisp, tart fruity flavors. Midway more of the Belgian yeast spice starts to come out with some notes clove, nutmeg and cinnamon notes. I get some dry bitterness in the finish helping balance out all the malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being high. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer and probably one of the Unibrue beers I've enjoyed the most so far. Nice range of flavors, they kept the yeast spice in check and while they showed off some nice sweet flavors, they didn't let it get overly sweet. Pretty nice beer overall.

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Photo of jpro
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle in the Unibroue Sampler Pack. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A: Pours, a dusty, yet bright bronze; a two-finger head of snow white foam builds, looking pretty impressive; no lace.

S: Sweet breads; some caramelized pineapple and touches of banana; a touch of hotness, especially as it warms.

T: Sugary, sweet malts; spicy; banana bread; some pepper towards the finish, with a touch of alcohol. Pretty complex, yet not quite overwhelming.

M: FULL-bodied; lower carbonation than I was expecting; I normally like full-bodied brews, but this one’s near syrupy - a bit much.

O: An interesting brew - don’t know if it’s something I’d frequent - especially over Unibroue’s other offerings (ie, Trois Pistoles, La Fin du Monde, and Maudite), but its a flavorful and interesting beer for sure. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip

A: Very light yellow color with an abundant, spongy head.

S: Aroma is light but potent with peaches, apricots, apples and some fizzy alcohol.

T/M: Has low to medium carbonation with tangy granny smith apples, some pineapple, and a very slight alcohol burn in the finish. It’s much more tropical than more traditional Belgians but is still very good.

It’s a great balance between more champagne like Belgian brews and heavier tripels.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a one finger sized white bubbly head, which dissipated very quickly; very active carbonation; cloudy yet semi-clear golden/orange colored body; beer looks alive and inviting; not much lacing stuck to the sides of the glass; plenty of yeast on the bottom of the bottle

S - Yeast, both fruity and sour; semi-sweet malty backdrop; hints of spices and lemon (though subtle); crisp scents; aromatic;. tangerine; banana and some apple

T - Yeast flavor; sweet and fruity; flavor blast reaches past the nasal cavity and tingles the nose; high ABV flavors creep in a bit; spicy bite of rinds and Christmas beer

M - Slightly syrupy, probably due to its high alcohol content; rinse flavor and can be a bit astringent if you wash it around your mouth a bit; very active with bite and flavor

D - I like this beer; one that can be enjoyed slowly and with a good meal; great for conversation; more importantly, the folks at Unibroue have done it again, great beer after great beer; can't get enough of their Belgian, monk-based classics; keep them coming

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Photo of Long813
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden-orange body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is decent as is the lacing.

S: Interesting aroma consisting of unibroue yeast, apples, banana and spice.

T: Same as the aroma, there is a nice blend of pale fruits, apples, peaches pinapples etc. Mixed with some spice and yeast. Quite tasty.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth texture, a sweet aftertaste and no notes of alcohol.

O: Great pale ale brew. Would be nice to have if there was some good weather.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

Cloudy golden-orange color, small head, some lacing.

Smells like bananas, apples, spice and wheat.

Taste is robust and fruity without being overpowering. ABV pretty much undetectable. Flavor is a bit spicy and full of the fruits in the aroma. Very flavorful for a "wheat beer."

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

Pretty much what I was expecting. I like the way Unibroue does beers. They're all pretty fruity, but top-notch.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy orange color with a white fluffy head on it. The smell of the beer was lively with yeast and citrus. The taste had the citrus too along with some spices. The mouthfeel of the beer was light enough that you could drink a few in a sitting. The abv may get to you pretty quick though. Overall it's a pretty refreshing beer and has good things going for it.

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