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

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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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

A - Pours a clear yellow color with a bright white head. Retention is good and a nice stream of carbonation can be seen through the glass.

S - Smells almost like a wit. Fruit mixed with light spices.

T - Sweet taste comes through first followed by a more wheat-like flavor. Hop zing in the finish adds nice balance.

M - I thought this would come off as more dry but I was dead wrong. Wet and full of flavor.

D - This is very drinkable as the alcohol is not even detectable.

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Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden body, white head with decent lacing

S- Fruitiness and some hops

T- Belgian pale ale with nice fruity notes and some spicy cloves

M- Light and very smooth

D- Would never know its high ABV which makes this dangerously drinkable and a very solid beer

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

Marked "07-08-12"

A- Cloudy pearlescent straw yellow color. Huge bright white 1-1/4" tall head settles to a persistent 1/4" with lots of lace. Copious yeast chunk particles float by like fish in a murky aquarium, and some get beached on top of the foam.

S- There is an initial blast of massive funk upon opening which gives way in a few minutes to ester aromas of dried golden fruits and phenolic spices and medicinal throat spray. The funky Belgian yeastiness has a wild Brett-like character.

T- Big, sweet honeyed puffed wheat cereal and wild yeasty flavors, with a finish of French Toast (appropriate, no?)

M, D- Palate-coating, creamy & chalky feel. Slightly syrupy. Much more interesting than La Fin.

Bold and rustic as all hell... I like it!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine goblet, monster pop on the cork that went flying all over. It has a brown/apple orange color, and a white head that dissipates FAST. Where did that head go? Is this ruined with no lacing? Well bouquet says otherwise.

Bouquet is a big fat giant apple butter smell. You could bake with this or spread it on toast. Really nice I like that a lot.

Taste comes out as average because of a high C02 component on finish and a weak bodied mouthfeel. Fizzy. But there is still apple butter component chew on this it's as if the bad knocks out the good. Really messed up beer and bizarre!

I am going to have to go straight down the middle for drinkability. The beer has fantastic components on it that are flat out fantastic, but make me wonder if it was ruined. It's almost a mix of exceptionally good and exceptionally bad. Never had anything like it before strangely... I want to try this again..

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (best by 12/16/12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice

A: Pours a light copper orange , very hazy, almost no head

S: Pear and green apple aromas come off very strong with a slight sourness. A little musty.

T: Tastes similar to the nose, starts with an almost intense sweet and sour apple and pear fruit flavors, which fades into a heavy base of Belgian yeast and toasted biscuits. I'm a little taken aback by the sour apple flavors going on in this, reminds me of a Monk's Cafe Sour, but much much better. Finish is bready, yeasty, and fairly dry. Alcohol is just barely noticeable and the finish isn't all that warm.

M: Medium carbonation (fine effervescence), medium body that seems almost syrupy. The loads of yeast and good portion of malt make the body feel bigger than it actually is. I really dig the aftertaste, seems perfect counterpoint to the sweet and sour nose.

D: I treated this as a sipper partly because I generally treat all Belgian strong ales that way, but I'll be honest, this doesn't seem like a 9%ABV beer. It's delicious flavor and fairly hidden alcohol make this easy to drink. If I wasn't so careful, my glass might have been gone in a flash.

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Photo of YouSkeete
2.44/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Extra cloudy yellow with an orange tint. Small white head, ending with lots of lacing.

S: Loads of belgian yeast and mildly sour citrus spices. Notes of bananas and raisins.

T: Not far from the nose. A sickening amount of belgian yeast and raw orange peel upfront. Lots of other lights fruits through the taste. Tangy, literally like "Tang," that awful crap i used to drink as a kid. Flat, stale aftertaste.

M: Medium carb, medium body. Sticky and tangy.

D: Good, if you are into overly citrusy-sweet Belgian's with far too much yeast. Some people are down with that.

This is the third Unibroue that i simply don't like, and find hard to truly appreciate. Sorry, guys.

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Photo of jmperez
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this delicious hazy orange hued beer into a snifter. It had a thick, creamy head. Aromas of fruity esters, yeasty, bready a bit of alcohol. First drink revealed fruityness, earthy malts. A bit spicy with an ever so slight hint of alcohol. The 9%abv is well hidden.

This has got to be one of the best beers i have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of bfflo
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbulent, cloudy apple-juice yellow, with floaties, and a full and fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing. Smell is spiced apples and cinnamon, licorice, bready and slightly pungent notes, with a diffused alcoholic undertone. Strong, strange bouquet overall. Starts off and finishes not unlike a hard apple cider of some kind, with a champagne-like prickly, punchy middle, and a dry wine/dried-apple finish. I used to absolutely love this beer -- it was one of my favorites -- but after a long fall/winter season of stouts and porters, this tastes too much like some kind of weird, spicy candy-beer. While tasty, it is too sweet and apple-juicey, coming off a little like some kind of oddball glorified wine cooler. Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty good, and there's a lot going on in it; but I am not as taken with it these days as I once was. B.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Looks kind of like marmalade, but definitely looks like yeast you might find in a wheat beer. No carbonation or foam though, but the lacing is decent.

Smell: Faint bananas, but just strong enough. A hint of cloves as well. Kind of sweet and sour smelling with a good amount of citrus.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to the smell, it comes across like bananas that gets cut into with orange fruit and peel. Nice hint of spices overall as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and you get a good deal of alcohol. I wish some thickness could help balance this out.

Drinkability: Good balance here makes this a breeze to enjoy.

Overall: Not my favorite from Unibroue, but still more than decent.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a luminous golden hue with a slim white head. Color is great, catches light fantastically, but the head is a bit of a let down - where is the voluminous tuft o' suds?

Smell -- The nose on this beer is substantial. Biscuit dough, golden raisins, coriander and white pepper. Lots of great fermentation-derived character along with a dash of spice that really hides that 9% abv.

Taste -- Base of biscuit and ripe golden fruits. More yeast flavors than the nose would suggest with clove oil and some tart and earthy yeast. Spicing is still in pleasant proportion lending a layer of depth and keeping the alcohol well hidden, aside from some dryness in the finish. Lingering flavors of biscuit and gentle spices.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, or perhaps slightly lighter, with moderate prickly carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability -- bought a 12oz bottle on a whim to put in a mix-a-six. I'm glad I did. While probably not a word-class BSPA, this still blows away nearly all of the examples from this continent. Well done, Unibroue!

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

Part of my 2010 NYE celebrations. I'm also wondering when, if ever, I'll stop seeing Unibroue in Australian bottleshops, despite the freeze on exports.

Bright but very light golden colour, with a head that would be frothy and exuberant if I allowed it, but sits firm and fine in about five millimetres of foam on the top of the glass. Decent sudsy lacing, and the body is heavy, if not sticky. Looks the part.

Nose is pleasantly blended between spicy Belgian yeast phenols, and a light and sharp Eurpoean lager character. Some lemony characters come through, which really give a lovely sharpness to the nose, and provide a pleasant counterpoint to the smooth and round characters expected of the style.

Taste is light, but very subtle and pleasant, crisp in some places but round in others. Slight phenolic characters on the front, with a lip smacking dryness that almost leads to acidity, before the slightly spicy, slightly sweet Belgian yeast characters come to balance it out. Some oaky characters present on the back. Feel is very light for 9%, in the Belgian style, but there's certainly not a lot of alcohol present.

Yep, a nice beer, without a doubt. Spicy and bold, but subtle with the big characters throughout. Probably an easy beer to get into, but one which rewards you if you're looking for complexity.

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

Hazy golden appearance with fluffy head. Picked up various fruit in the smell, such as orange, apples and citrus.

Taste is very sweet with and orange, citrus tinge to it. Grassy hops with a strong hint of wheat, yeast and various spices. Also picked up strong malts and toffee Thick bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and spicy but crisp.

Don't expect simplicity with this beer. It is strong and the variety of tastes hits you like a hammer. A very good example of Belgian style beers.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/17/2010. Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, melon, citrus, Belgian yeast. Flavor of bready malts, sweet light citrusy fruits, and Belgian yeast with a sweet finish. A pleasant surprise actually -- very tasty!

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Photo of andrenaline
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, thumb of head which quickly recedes to a thin film, no real lacing and a noticeable amount of body carbonation.

S - Scent is quite fruity, orange citrus zest, yeast esters with some grassy hops this linger on the finish.

T - A very tasty Belgian pale ale, the citrus fruit flavours come through nicely, complemented by some grassy hops, and spices linger on the finish, namely, nutmeg and cloves. The ABV is almost undetectable making it dangerously delicious.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. No complaints here.

D - Yet another winner from Unibroue. Really glad I got around to trying this one (thanks to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up!), and I would highly recommend it to any Belgian Pale Ale fan. Fruit, hops and spices come together nicely with this one!

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Photo of goldbot
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy, straw-copper beer with thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Earthy, spicy aromas; yeasty with citrus notes as well and some bready malt. As it warms it releases more citrus and spicy aromas. Flavor comes on sharp and spicy, more malty, some orange zest and coriander or other spice. Medium body, a bit on the sweet side though; crisp, silky carbonation.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden with a thin white head that settles to a ring of foam.

S - Apple, pear, spice, signature unibroue yeast, orange zest, wheat and more spice.

T - Sweet malty wheat followed by a big peppery spice, apple, apricots, maybe even plums and raisins, slightly boozy with some unibroue yeast.

M - Medium body due to sweetness with prickly carbonation and a dry lingering spicy finish.

D - Not sure unibroue makes a bad beer. Solid beer that reminds me of a homebrew tripel I made with unibroue yeast. A touch sweet.

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Photo of herman77
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy glowing yellow orange with a highly carbonated and bubbly white head. No lacing and the head dies off pretty quick.

S: Fruity! Lots of oranges mixed with sweetness, belgium yeast and other citrus goodies. Reminds me a bit of champagne. A little bit of spice. Smells amazing.

T: Light citrus and orange flavors. A little sweet, honey flavors. Belgium yeast and spice is apparent. Finishes very dry and crisp (gotta be from the wheat). Great balance between spice and sweetness, just like La Fin Du Monde. Very tasty.

M: Lighter body. Extremely high and very bubbly carbonation. Very champagne like.

D: This is vary drinkable for being 9% abv. If it wasn't for the high carbonation, it would be even easier to drink.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of oranges, coriander and alcohol. The beer smells a lot like a Belgian tripel in my opinion.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange juice, alcohol, yeast and wheat, as well as some vanilla which is quite a surprise. A nice, complex Belgian ale that is easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden orange, fluffy white head dissipated slowly
S - strong yeast smells of pineapple and light banana with a wheaty grain
T - yeasty esters of ripe pear and pineapple, grainy malt, alcohol sweetness, and subtle leafy hops
M - high carbonation with a tart tangy tingle
D - amazingly drinkable at 9%, classic belgian flavours with alcohol very well hidden

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Quickly fading head leaves a crema style covering with no lacing. The beer is honey in color with bubbles rising constantly. Opaque but no sediment.

The smell is ripened fruit, yeast and spices. No hops to speak of. The taste is far more interesting and obvious. It's sweet but not cloyingly so. Some bubble gum from the yeast and spices are present. Ripe fruit and bananas are there as well. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a delicious beer, one I will definitely come back to. I expect to get different characteristics with each beer I drink due to its complexity. I'm not even trying to completely figure this one out after only 2 beers. The folks at Unibroue are beating the Belgians at their own game. Actually, that's too strong a statement for a newbie like me to make, but they do make great "Belgian beers" and I love this one.

The mouthfeel is not too thin or heavy and the carbonation is tingly and refreshing. Way too drinkable for 9% ABV; I could get in trouble with this beer.

What a delicious beer. I am falling in love with Belgian style beers and I love everything I've tried from Unibroue.

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

This is a bottle of bubbling Belgian goodness. The label on the 750 mL bottle depicts a scene of yore: crews in canoes greeting a beautifully crafted French exploration ship. Now to the beer.

A careful pour into a tulip glass revealed a cloudy orange-amber hued brew with a pillowy white head meeting the air. The bouquet is bursting with waves of spice, yeast, malt, and fruit. Clove orchard fruit, and rustic earthiness greet the nose, along with a nip of alcohol, and invite a sip.

The sip doesn't disappoint. A nimble, but substantial brew, pleasures the taste buds. The sweet bready malt beautifully melds with the spices and alcohol. Fruitiness overlays everything. Earthy and boozy--just enough to let you know its strength--at the end.

Paradoxically warming and refreshing. A wonderfully constructed, complex brew.

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

This brew pours a raw honey color that fully clouds the glass, but deposits no sediment. It supports a one and a half finger white head, that lingers for a few moments before dissipating to faintly coat the liquid's surface. The aroma is complex, with spice and clove, bananas and esters, alcohol, yeasts, and an earthy nuttiness on the tail. The taste shoots off with sweetness not unlike a browned apple. This then mixes with the spice rack from the nose, and invites in a bready maltiness that dominates the center of the flavor. In place of any strong hops to balance these flavors through, we get a bite of alcohol on the back end, which is just enough to perfectly curtail the brew's sweetness. The aftertaste is calm and malty, and the mouth is left watering from the creaminess and medium to thick body of the beer. With an abv of 9.00% this is certainly a strong beer, but the flavoring and inviting mouthfeel make it quite an easy beverage to consume.

Overall, we were impressed by this brew. What we liked most about this brew was its creamy feel, and the unique blend of tastes that, while lacking any hop flavoring, nicely control the beer. When you first bite into it, it seems as if the sweetness will be overwhelming, but the other characteristics quickly lend a hand to make this a delicious and balanced find.

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Photo of Tifore
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a tulip.

A - Pours a yellow, light golden color that is hazy and can't really see through it. There is a dense white head that reaches about 1 finger tall and then quickly turns into a small cap.

S - The smell of this beer is complex. Almost has the smell of a white wine. Fruity, citrusy, and bitter sweet. Has a twinge of alcohol smell as well. Lots of apples, and orange hues, also lemon.

T - Taste is complex as well. Apples and grapes come off first. White wine again. It has this sharp frontal taste of a white wine. Pineapple and faint booze at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy and lots of carbonation, little bubbles through. Very crisp on the mouth.

D - A drinkable beer for only one or two. Not sure I'd want to have more than that in one serving. Always happy with Unibroue's stuff though.

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

Unibroue Don de Dieu,

Nice cloudy golden copper color. Initial thick white head that quickly receded. On the nose there are hints of mango citrus and a sweet buttery smell like kettle cooked popcorn. Tastes very fruity. There are notes of bananas, peaches, mangos coupled with a hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer has a decent body with considerable carbonation. It is definitely a beer one can drink any time of year, but drinker be wary, the alcohol is not obvious.

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Photo of jlandis
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and straw golden in color with a thin white head that slowly dissolves into a light rim around the side of the glass.

There is a clean crisp spice right up front followed by sweet grapes and cloves. There is also a slight trace of alcohol.

Fresh crisp golden fruits right up front. I can taste apples, grapes, and pears right away. After the initial fruits there comes the clove and pepper, and in the finish I'm brought back to the sweet ripe fruits.

Solid carbonation with a moderate body.

This is an amazing beer that I had no idea existed. Whenever you think of a Belgian Strong Pale Duvel is what comes to mind, but I think our friends from Canada are beating them in a run for the title with this one. The fruits and spices are fresh and strong without being overwhelming. And for a 9% alcohol I can't taste it at all. I really don't hear much about this beer, but it is definitely one of my new favorite "Belgians".

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,871 ratings.
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