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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:
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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,488
Reviews:
1,315
Ratings:
2,899
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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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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Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep orange, 1.5 fingers of head, some nice lacing on the glass. Nice yeasty scent up front, leafy hop, honey like notes, banana, spice and champagne like notes come out. Taste is yeasty with notes of honey, light alcohol, sweet notes, vanilla and toffee in the finish. Big feel, high carbonation, full body, syrupy in the finish. Solid brew for sure that I will revisit as often as possible.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Another Unibroue revisiting, this time while watching movies with a friend late at night. (Not that that really matters very much, just sayin'.) It pours a hazy pale amber-straw topped by a finger of stiff white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, light orange peel, coriander, clove, light white bread, and a touch of flowers. The taste amps the orange up significantly, joining it with some lemon zest, clove, cantaloupe, light watermelon, and bready yeast. The body is a light-ish medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, another solid outing from a Unibroue brew. I seem to recall this tasting slightly better, but it ain't at all bad right now.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours hazy gold with a creamy white head with lacing that lasts well throughout the drinking session. Aroma is herbal, lots of coriander, Unibroue yeast, a hint of something honey-chamomile and wheat. Taste is quite fruity, lots of orange, spicey too with the coriander and yeast, some bubble gum, no real alcohol flavors. Palate is smooth, very fine carbonation, a bit of a warm finish.

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

Cork/Cage -> Unibroue

A ~ Opaque Pale-Pumpkin with nice tiny bubbles that are characteristic of Unibroue

S ~ Vanilla, Appleskin, Wet Hay, White Pepper. Faint Oak and Apricot

T ~ Cantaloupe, Peach, Oatmeal, Yeast, Juicyfruit Gum, Overripe Banana, Preserved Lemons. Some various "Barnyard" notes and a hint of Fennel.

M ~ Textured mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Reminds me of a good Sais

D ~ This company just gets it right. Good late night after dinner brew.

PROST!

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Photo of ludachris
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its glowing peachy orange hued body is made murky by the yeast sediment that once sat at the bottom of the bottle. A creamy white cap of head sits on top. Despite being so hazy, strong levels of carbonation can still be seen crawling up the sides of the glass.

Sweet and zesty pineapple is the main feature of the nose. Dried apricots and a bit of orange creamsicle make my mouth water. I still get a pronounced spicy sweet character as well as some ripe banana; both imparted by Unibroue's Belgian yeast strain.

Wow. Juicy and incredibly fruity. The bouquet of fruit in the nose has expanded to include ripe peaches and Anjou pears. A spiciness from the yeast as well as a faint damp wheat note form the edges around the beer. A very delicate bitterness meets with the the sweetness in the finish. A subtle, frothy breadiness lingers on the tongue.

The feel is frothy and rich; something I've come to associate with Unibroue. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The ABV is masterfully hidden.

This makes me say with confidence that Unibroue is my favourite Canadian brewery. For me, this is near perfect from start to finish. Its beautifully rendered juicy fruitiness makes this beer world class and places it at the very top of the style. I'll be sure to buy some for the cellar.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and gold, with limited foam and no lace.

Aroma is a nice, dried apricot with some citrus and yeast.

Tastes similar, with a trace of alcohol at the finish. A lovely and complex Belgian-style golden ale. Very faithful to the style, and a treat for the tastebuds.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a St Bernardus snifter. Bottle reads "best by 12/17/12.

A - The beer itself is a orange-gold with a fluffy 1 inch white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweetness like that of green apple with some spicy alcohol scents and slight yeastiness.

T - More green apple and slightly tangy fruits, accompanied by honey and peppery flavors. There's a nice grassy aftertaste and spicy alcohol. Tasty and dangerously drinkable.

M - Crisp and dry with a medium body.

O - A very tasty and drinkable brew. With such a boastful alcohol content, you need to watch yourself as its difficult to keep the glass down.

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

poured into chimay glass

Color: pours a vibrant golden color. It really glows and looks beautiful in the glass. At top of this beer forms a 2 finger head that is a nice frothy white.

Nose: Sweetness and citrus with semi sweet malt. The scent of orange lemon zest. In the background of this beer you also get some notes of sweet bread and banana.

Palate: Nice and crisp with a gentle softness. Explodes with flavors and for the high alcohol content in this beer its not evident what so ever.

Finish: medium finish with an array of complexity and sophistication.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don de Dieu | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Unibroue
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: pint

Appearance:
Really beautiful golden-orange, hazy and bubbly.

Aroma:
Tropical fruits, orange peal, apricot, faint spices, and rum.

Taste:
The flavor is lavish and full. Pineapple and cumquats dance around orange peal and fresh apricots amidst a flurry of light spices. A wheat taste, like lightly toasted bread, is evident midsip. The alcohol is only evident towards the finish, and it comes across tasting like a high quality white rum.

Mouthfeel:
Joyous in the mouth — carbonation has just enough bounce and the fresh rush of liquid has oomph without being languid.

Harmony:
I really like what's going on with Don de Dieu. In a sense it is not the middle-of-the-road Belgian Strong Pale Ale (BSPA). It's too fruity, bouncy, and lush. However, this imbalance in favor of fresh tropical fruit and light spicing is something I really appreciate in the style. Unibroue has done such a good job of brewing this beer, the imbalance works to its advantage.

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Bottled: ? (best before June 8, 2012)
Served: May 17, 2011

Price: $9.99 at Witherspoon Wines

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Photo of rundocrun
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich yellowy straw color with a cloudy, honey character. Minimal head that fades quickly to nothing with no lacing on the glass.

S - Rich, sweet malt is prominent. Slight floral hop aroma is there too. Smells clean and crisp with no real hint of the 9% ABV.

T - Sweet and yet slightly bitter up front. Malty sweetness follows through the middle. A drier, grainy taste is detectable toward the finish with some subtle tang and spiciness on the sides of the tongue. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden unlike Unibroue's Trois Pistoles (same ABV but much more noticeable).

M - Perfection. Not watery, but not overly syrupy. Carbonation is dazzlingly refreshing, but it doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a chalice. Purchased from Lowes Foods in Apex from a discount bin for $5.50 a four pack (I got two four packs!). Bottle said best by 4/19/13 so I'm not sure why.

A - Golden and clear with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly. A limited but continual rise of tiny bubbles.

S - Belgian spice with pepper and a touch of honey.

T - Spicy and crisp with a hint of sweetness. Lots of flavor without being over the top. Very well balanced and smooth. The alcohol is a little more apparent at first but then blends into the background.

M - Very light and airy with a high carbonation.

D - Smooth, flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of Erish
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by 11-16-13.

A: cloudy yellow color, sparse head, decent cap and lacing.

S: lemon, clove, cardamon, floral esters, light to moderate levels of Belgian funk.

T: the fruit and sour flavors dominate up front, the middle has a bit of a barnyard character to it, and the spices really open up, the finish is dry, citrusy, lightly sour, with a whisper of herbal hop.

M: medium-bodied, velvety texture, moderate carbonation.

O: A very drinkable Belgian-styled ale, and it hides its 9% ABV quite well.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam that rests on top of a hazy, golden-orange body. The foam fades away quite quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of pepper, coriander, and pineapple. Some soft wheat and malt in the background.

T - Peppery yeast notes up front with some sweet malt. A little bit of pear comes out in the middle with accompanying clove. The beer finishes with sweet malt and a hint of wheat that accentuates the background notes of pineapple and pear. Spicy pepper and clove linger on the palate along with some herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it finishes a little bit sweet but it has all of the right flavor characteristics. The malt sweetness helps to bring out the fruity characteristics of the yeast, while the spicy notes do just fine on their own. There is a lot of pepper and clove throughout as well as a light, spicy hop flavor in the finish. An enjoyable beer overall, though Fin Du Monde is a much better example of the style.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented at Cafe Hollander Tosa in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slim head that dissipates to a thin rimming of white foam. Quite striking. Aromas of coriander, wheat, yeast, citrus and pear.

Opens with delicate spice and pale malts, followed by suggestions of dried apricot, apple and juicy pear. Highly effervescent with a crisp mouthfeel. A subtle hint of banana emerges. Finishes dry with a scratch of grain, tang of wheat and spike of white pepper.

ABV is extremely well concealed. Quite sessionable at 9.00%

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Photo of n2185
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,899 ratings
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