Don De Dieu | Unibroue

Don De DieuDon De Dieu
2,890 Ratings
Don De DieuDon De Dieu

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,890 |  Reviews: 1,313
Photo of jmperez
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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 -11.8%
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 -5.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -3.6%
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 +4.1%
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 -10.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -3.6%
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 -1.2%
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%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.3%
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 +12.5%
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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Photo of nhindian
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Pours from the bottle a straw colored body that culminates in 2-fingered off white head, but it has minimal retention and reduces to mere wisps on the top. Body is cloudy and full of yeast sediment. Absolutely no lacing to be seen on the glass.

S - Smell is strong and sweet. Most noticeable in the nose is grape, apple, Belgian yeast, and honey. Also a presence of breadlike malts and a little bit of alcohol. As it warms the honey really shines and imparts flavors of vanilla as well.

T - The taste is very refreshing. The honey really shines here and the fruits and malts play around it, but there is little discussion as to who's the main protagonist in this beer. Getting some grape bubblegum flavor usual to the pale Belgians. Alcohol is prominent in the finish and aftertaste, but not too distracting at all. Spices are abundant and noticeable throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The alcohol, spices, and carbonation all come together to tantalize the mouth and keeps everything active.

D - Drinkability is high. The alcohol in this doesn't hinder, and the beer is expertly balanced where the malts, honey, and fruit doesn't overwhelm and the finish is nice, dry, and crisp to keep the mouth from being destroyed.

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

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with minimal head of champagne like bubbles and very little retention. Nose is heavy on the yeast with notes of watery fruit such as apple and grape, a hint of light sweet malt and even a hint of alcohol. Taste brings the strong yeast and alcohol tastes to he front, easing into the watery fruits and lightly sweet malts. Highly active, bubbly carbonation, bone dry finnish. A very stong flavored Belgian Pale with lots of yeast and alcohol throughout.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, a souvenir from volunteering at this year's Belgian Beer Fest, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Don de Dieu pours a something between a burnt yellow and a tangerine, and it's quite hazy. A billowing four finger bone colored head comes together, filling the top half of the glass. It doesn't stick around for very long though, and there's barely a suggestion of lacing left behind... very disappointing. Nose is a little better, but not great. It's largely pale, sweet malts. There's just a hint of clove and pepper from the yeast, and nothing really added from the wheat. Everything comes much more into balance in the flavor, to great effect. There's still the same, expected green apples and pears sweetness, but it's accompanied by a noticeable vanilla note from the wheat. The counterpoint to all those malt flavors is a big punch of clove and black pepper, with just a hint of coriander thrown in the mix as well. No one flavor dominates, each take a turn as the star of the show, and the blend of everything is delicious. Unibroue nailed both the body and carbonation. The byueer is surprisingly light for its heft, with just a hint of a velvety texture from the wheat. It's quite bubbly, but falls short of being over the top. There's no alcohol burn at all, always appreciated from a 9% beer. Don de Dieu and I started off on the wrong foot, but it really is a very good beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a decent white head. No real lacing, and a skim of retention.

Sweet orchard fruit, pear, some tart apple, some honeyed sweetness and yeast.

Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Light grain, yeast, wheat, fruit, honey, nicely layered with a lingering sweet and light bitter husk finish.

Lighter than expected body, but it is the carbonation. Appropriate.

Easy to drink, well constructed brew. Love this one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden color with less than half a finger of white head. Really nice clarity for the style. Also the head did not take a half hour before the beer was drinkable.

S: Kind of a tight nose all things considered. Little bit of an Apple/Pear nose going on. Little bit of candi sugar the their very distinctive house yeast. The nose is probably the worst part of this beer.

T: Nice mix of grain yeast and sweetness. It is quite complicated without being overwhelming. This would really be a nice beer as an intro into craft beer.

M: Little dry in the finish. Has a little more to go and it would be a little more enjoyable if it were a touch more dry. Well carbonated.

D: A very easy drinking beer with enough complexity to make you come back. I have not had this beer in quite a few years but it is solid. One of those beers you see on the shelf all the time and ignore but probably should not.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. 9% Abv

Picked up a 4-pack of Unibroue brews from Rays in Wauwatosa. Don de Dieu pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger head. Has a crisp, light feel with great tones of orange, lemon, yeast, and malt. D-train recommends.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,890 ratings
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