Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,875
Reviews:
1,308
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
171
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390
For Trade:
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Photo of n2185
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a finger of white head that quickly recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Spices, bananas, and clove up front followed by some light fruit notes. The finish has strong Belgian yeast as well as some hearty wheat bread aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get spices and light fruit notes up front. The Belgian yeast flavors kick in after that and are accompanied by a nice, hearty wheat bread flavor.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty light and crisp while being full of flavor. Very well attenuated. Nice, dry finish with no alcohol burn.

O: A very good BSPA--definitely better than most non-Belgian versions of the style. Unibroue nails the attenuation like always, which is one of the most important factors. This beer definitely holds its grounds among the best of the style.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A This one pours out a honey yellow type of color with some white lacing.

S The nose is sweet with an almost apple cider like smell that I seem to get from all of Unibroue's beers.

T The taste follows the nose pretty closely with sweet fruits being the focal point followed by some spicyness.

M This is a very crisp refreshing beer to drink. It's light but not to light and it has the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought that this was a good enjoyable beer to drink, but it seems to me to be like all of Unibroues other beers.

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Photo of ratrod53
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- Golden cloudy yellow not much head goes away quickly
s- vinigerie sweet some guys arround me say it smells like urine
t- fruity vinigre not many hopps cant tast them at all cant tell that it has 9%
m- good carbonation leaves nouth a little dry like you just had a hard apple cider
o- not a bad beer if someone handed it to me i would probaly drink it but wouldnt buy it

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

A nice golden yellow with some cloudiness (bottle conditioned). Quickly dissapating head.

Aroma of a dry sweet belgian pale ale type, possibly a slight grassy smell.

Really nice crisp-tart-dry mouthfeel initially with a front of tongue sweetness. Leaves me wanting another sip.

I prefer the crispy briskness of this Belgian Pale Ale over Ommegang's offering. Really nice balance between the horse/must flavor of belgian yeast and the refreshing balance of a pale ale. Lingering aftertaste of green apple. Reminiscent of a nice pinot grigio actually. A slight boozy heat as it is imbibed reminds of it's 9% abv. Recommended for a change of pace.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: pours a hazy deep golden color with a huge, white cap. doesn't leave much lacing.

S: aromas of peach, white grape, barnyard, and orange peel. very delicate and elegant.

T: mmm. peach skins, more white grape, fading to a dusty, minerally, light fruit flavor, finishing slightly bitter/tart.

M: medium body, with a fuzzy carbonation that matches up perfectly with the flavor. finish is off dry and prickly.

Overall, an amazing belgian beer. oh, wait, the bottle says Canada. If the label was gone there would be no telling. This beer is pictured in the dictionary right next to the word "balance". Every characteristic of this beer compliments the other. Definitely pick this one up if you haven't already.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: belgian yeast, funk, some apple

taste: yeasty, apple, syrup texture

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: kinda disappointing it's very blah.

cheers,
the CPJ

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

Review from notes 4/8/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing it.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice one finger head that is gone pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S: Some belgian yeast, a little apple and orange. Slight hint of spice.

T: Wheat and belgian yeast upfront, then the apple shows up. Not a whole lot going on though.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

D: Kind of a let down, overall it just seemed to be lacking something for me. Kind of boring.

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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a massive foamy 2 finger head that fades very slowly, leaving decent lacing and a creamy layer on top; a lot of bubbles and carbonation race up the beer, which looks like champagne.

Smells of yeast, clove, bubblegum, coriander, banana, orange peel, lemon, pepper, wet bread, light spices, grass, light grains, light fruit like sour apple, and of course the funky metallic odor from the yeast; this smells exactly like a Belgian ale, so you'd never know it's from Canada - this is a perfect smell for this style.

Tastes of yeast, clove, sweet malt, bubblegum, coriander, banana, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, pepper, bread, spices, floral hops, flowers, grass, light grains, wheat, sour apple, and some light heat from the alcohol; there is just a little bite from the alcohol and hops, and they both blend nicely with the yeast and malt to produce a fine balance with a nice tart fruit finish on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation which borders on flat, a medium body that's almost chewy, and a very dry finish that leaves a tart fruity pucker with a little yeast funky-ness.

This beer feels lighter than it is and has a crispness up front that makes it easy to drink; to me this seems like a hybrid between a true Belgian Strong Ale and a Hefeweizen, and it has all the makings to be a session beer for me, even with the 9% ABV. A really tasty beer that I highly recommend as I've enjoyed it for many years.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed deep yellow with a white head that thinned to a ring but was revived with every swirl of the glass.

S - sweet honeysuckle along with yeast and other earthy aromas.

T - many flavors come out with each sip - yeast, sour white grape, hazel nut and some sweet malt.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, lightly carbonated feel.

O - a fine after supper sipper.

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

Appearance: A slightly cloudy straw yellow with a snow white head. Really looks like a wit.

Smell: Lots of fruit & spice. Fruit notes are green apple, green grape, and banana...in that order. Also a good deal of spiciness. Clove and white pepper. Maybe a bit of nutmeg. (That typical Unibroue yeast smell)

Taste: Very nice. All the aromas come through on the flavor. Very well balanced. This is a nice white wine disguised as a beer!

Mouthfeel: For such a light looking beer....this is extremely smooth and creamy. Ample carbonation.

Overall: My favorite beer from this brewer. This is a great Strong Pale Ale. Hard top believe that they hide 9% abv in such a pale beer that looks like a standard wheat beer. This goes down way too easy and you do feel it as a result. Thumbs up.

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

Cloudy golden beer with an amber tint. Two-finger, white head of very fine bubbles. Thick lacing recedes quickly.

Yeast is obvious in the smell. Otherwise, it's pasture, pears, vanilla, oak, and applesauce. Fresh (and spiced) applesauce bread.

Very sweet with a very subtle herbal hop note. Drinks like a concentrated apple puree with an oaky dryness. Slight tartness to it. Full and creamy with subtle complexities that follow the sweetness. Yum. Leaves a sticky residue in the mouth. Tastes like mid-summer.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel Tulip.

A: It pours a lovely clouded orange color with a finger of egg shell colored head that recedes slowly into a thin film with good lacing.

S: Typical Unibroue yeastiness, lots of coriander and clove spicing, under-pronounced citrus, and some earthiness.

T: Citrus, coriander, pepper, and sweet apricot-like maltiness coming in late. It is pretty mild overall.

M: It stays light and fluffy on the palate with heavy carbonation and a lightly sticky finish.

O: This is good but certainly not as dynamic as Duvel and some of the other true Belgians.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, fruity and yeasty with a hint of malt. It pours a clear yellow with a thick and not persistent head - not promising, but at least there are plenty of bubbles. Fortunately, the flavor is impressive and pleasing - malty, yeasty, fruity, slightly sweet, rather lip-smacking. Texture is fizzy and smooth, leaving a fruity and slightly tingly finish.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber with a not too fluffy white head.

S: Funk, a bit of hop bitterness and fruity tropical aromas on the finish.

T: Fresh hops, yeasty funkiness and fruity esters. Lots of balance makes for a good drinking beer.

D: Alcohol is completely hidden and the flavours are interesting. Be careful with this one, like all of Unibroue's it'll sneak up on you.

Overall: A good BSPA. This has all the requirements for the style and the flavours are complex and tasty.

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

Unibroue's Don De Dieu
9.0% ABV

C: 4.5 - Pale yellow hazy color. It has a light pink tone. Pours with about 1 and 1/2 inches of white head. The beer shows substantial rising carbonation. The head leaves behind nice thin layer of lacing.

S: 4.5 - Wheat. Spices. Citrus/lemon. Smells really good.

T: 4.5 - Sweet citrus flavor. Light bitter finish. Aftertaste of wheat and spices.

M: 4 - Carbonation is a little high and gives a little sting to the tongue. Alcohol is noticable but not a dominant presence.

D: 4 - Easy to drink. The high carbonation is a negative in my book, but the overall experience of the beer is exceptional.

OVERALL GRADE: A

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

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's Unibroue 4 pack...Poured into a wine glass.

A: Very nice cloudy golden looking ale. Nice thin head, looks very inviting and authentic to the style.

S: Refreshing sharp yeasty scent. A bit metallic and salty. Some orange peel and lemon zest., spice and a bit of licorice at the close.

T: Extremely tasty and refreshing. Almost tastes like a good German wheat beer in its refreshing zestyness. It is tasty but it lacks the second overture of greatness such as la fin du monde has. A very spicy beer with a nice dryness which I like in a Belgian ale. I am tempted to give it a 4.5 but it is not quite as good as La Fin Du Monde so Ill give it a 4. A high 4! I'd give it 4.25 if I could. Sometimes I wish there was a rating between 4 and 4.5 , this is one of those times.

M: Highly carbonated, almost champagne like in its effervescence. A bit chalky due to the dryness, but in a pleasant way.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Extremely refreshing, tasty and invigorating. This would be a great strong beer for the summertime. I look forward to popping open one of these outdoors at a picnic etc. Well done!

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

Near perfect pour starts out the day with a bang. Huge head of white foam caps a bright golden and cloudy body that eventually clears and settles out to a solid light layer of golden perfection. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session that continually reinforced the already impressive look of it. Light bready notes lead the charge before some peach and pear notes start to filter in. A light note of spice is picked up as well, almost pepper like but not quite it really comes through quite nicely. First sip is again light, with a definite herbal quality to it before the light fruit notes start to percolate in and mix it up quite well. Light grasses, a touch of honey and a definite pear and apple flavor round it out quite well leaving me very happy and looking for a another sip quite readily, even before the first finishes drying out.

Overall a very solid and very well rounded pale. I had no problems putting this one down and could see it being a nice intro into the bigger styles. Really a solid offering here for sure.

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Photo of animalchin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the mix and match your own six pack section in Wegmans! Couldn't believe they had this up for grabs.

Freshness date says good until 2013

A - Served in a chalice, very highly active carbonation rushing towards the top. This is slightly blurred from the very yeasty and hazy orange body. A very loose head stays for a bit, then fades to nothing, except for some action around the glass.

S - Very pale yet fruity aroma assisted by honey and a little clove spice. Follows through with some banana lingering in the back.

T - A nice and aggressive introduction on the tongue with some upfront honey sweetness (not too sweet mind you). The strength really comes out when lingering in the mouth, with ample spice and controlled bitterness.

M - Not surprised at the coarse feeling based on the clear appearance of carbonation. Give it a while and it smooths out though. Finishes nice and easy as well.

O - I may have had some high expectations with this beer, and I am not dissapointed. All the talk is true - Unibroue does it right. A very adventurous work.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow/orange with loads of visible carbonation. Head is small, not long lasting, creamy texture, & white color. I know some people say hazy or cloudy, but I didn't pour the last inch of fluid in so I don't know if that made any difference.

S: A nice, soft nose of Belgian yeast, spices, fruity esters like banana & citrus, & sweet grainy malts.

T: A nicely balance Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Flavors of Belgian yeast and spices (pepper & clove) are upfront, followed by a slight fruitiness and bready malts, and ends dry.

M: Lively carbonation, light-medium body, crisp & light texture.

D: This one is extremely refreshing and not too overpowering in the taste department. This one is easy to drink, but a bit expensive for a day to day beer. Nice little treat and finished the 4 pack by the end of the night.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Date: 18 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Pours a 2-finger head, reduces to a srong film, lacing is average, color cloudy yellow-orange. Aroma is heavily Belgian like Duvel, with lemon and orange peels, ending with apples and a super crisp finish on the nose.

Taste is far more Belgian in flavor, but only for a brief moment. Slight hints of clove but all of these flavors are peculiarly brief. Majority of the flavor lies in the Belgian yeast flavor, and the taste is entirely too brief, but not in any bad way.

Mouthfeel? Hardly any flavor sticks to the palate...just a mild Belgian yeast with wheat flavors. Overall? Subtle Belgian style beer.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle. Finding Unibroue at local store in 4 packs was the revelation of 2010.

Pours an apricot golden haze, great looking beer. Smell is very floral, with notable yeast and tartness similar to a saison, with a slightly nutty smell.

One sip is all you need to prove once again that this is one of the best breweries there is. Slightly sour tart with malt and bready finish. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering by any stretch. Nice carbonation. I'm no pro, but to me this is more like a heavy saison, amplified in every respect. This is a really great beer.

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

I poured this into my glass tulip...

The liquid is a hazy, golden, orange color, there was a thin, filmy, white head and some sediment floating around. The smell consists of sour orange, lemon, spice and yeast. The taste is crisp and tart, the flavors that stand out most are lemon, grass, yeast and orange. For the ABV this is incredibly light, the carbonation bites the tongue and the tart aftertaste really compliments the beer. Don De Dieu is a top notch brew, the alcohol is hidden very well and the tartness with the fruity flavors make it very enjoyable.

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

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber. Thick white clumpy/rocky head that gives way to sparse but dramatic lacing

S - Nose is fruit esters and alcohol. Honey and yeast.

T - Divine (get it?). Fruits and sweet malts. Spices both mask and yet accentuate the high ABV%. Robust and yet light. Truly a champagne of a beer. As the beer warms the honey flavor becomes more prominent as does the fertile yeast.

M - Medium. Lush with effervescent carbonation.

D - As many other have stated, amazingly refreshing and drinkable; esp. with a 9.0 ABV%.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden. There is a two finger white head that goes away completely.

Smell: I pick up a sweetness and Belgian spice right off the bat. There is also a banana note in the background.

Taste: A lot less sweet than the smell. There is still a heavy Belgian spice from the yeast. There is also some fruity notes, citrus and banana in the background. The finish is mildly bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with quite mild carbonation. The finish is a bit slippery.

Drinkability: I like this beer quite a bit. I'll definitely end up drinking it again in the future.

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

Pours a cloudy golden/yellow with a fluffy white foam that recedes to a thin layer.

Aroma is a typical Belgian profile..yeasty, wheat, banana.

Mildly bitter, very yeasty and bready with a hint of the fruity aspects..citrus and banana.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is definitely felt, but not overpowering. Medium body.

Good taste and mouthfeel. Masks the relatively high ABV. Highly drinkable and recommended.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,875 ratings.
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