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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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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

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#1,478
Reviews:
1,314
Ratings:
2,895
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
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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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Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy apricot golden, with a thin head and no real lacing. lots of carb bubbles.
S- ripe fruit, definite apricots and apples. Some minor spice clove and white pepper.
T- same fruit and spices as the aroma. A bit understated. very slight alcohol presence.
M- lively carbonation, just slight of prickly. slightly light body. just a slight alcohol warming in the finish that sort of throws it a little off.
D- Not the best from the brewery, but it's still a good beer. Slight flaws to it, but still a highly regarded beer.

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

Unibroue is rapidly becoming one of my favorite brewers. And delicious beers like this bad boy is reason why.

Coming in a gold foiled bottle with a huge wooden ship on the cover...you just know you're in something serious. Seriously fucking awesome that is!

The appearance is a strong golden, caramel color that delivers a fizzy head which disappears rather fast. A good swirl resurrects it in a flash.

Sniffin' will wield strong results. A mix of spice and fruit....a heavy smell. This has never been my specialty and probably...*sniff* never will.

Like the nose, it's strong with it's fruit and spice. Dry, and peppery...with hints of apple, apricots....strong fruit....raisiny. Good.

Probably the strongest aspect to the beer. Medium body with a quick bite. Creamy yet alcoholic. Crisp and refreshing.

Like his/her Unibroue brothers and sisters, this beer is very drinkable. It's definitely a beer you don't want to have only one of. Bring this to gatherings.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours an oragey slightly hazey colour with a white head that reduces to a film.

S - Plenty of bread and some spice.

T - Plenty of apricot and some honey flavours finishing with a boozey spice.

M - Light to medium body with low carbonation.

D - A very nice beer that moves into the Imperial wit category.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours hazy sun-bronzed orange color. 1.5 fingers of off-white head sit on top all creamy looking. Lacing is abundant; small arches of foam stick to the glass like fishscales. If the head retention were better this would get a 4.5 from me.

Solid aroma here, though it is solid for a different style. I get an abundance of orange zest and wheat, with a bit of brewing spice. This smells like a witbier. An imperial witbier, actually. It isn't too far off from the aromas of American double wits (like Boulevard Two Jokers or Southampton). Some sweet syrup smell peeks out with warmth. I am choosing to review this beer as a witbier now, and this earns an above average grade as a witbier.

Don de Dieu tastes like a good [imperial] witbier. As a BSPA? Not as much. There is so much orange peel flavor, so much wheat, so much coriander that I can't help but perceive this as a wit. If you think of it as a wit, though, you can see how sharp the flavors are, how they have an intensity to them that most wits don't. What holds this beer back is the perceptible alcohol; it is pretty boozy, which clashes with the refreshing nature that this beer's flavors usually indicate when found in other beers.

The body size is appropriate, especially for a heavier [imperial] witbier. The carbonation is off, though. Whereas Belgian wits will be well-attenuated and balanced, this offering from Unibroue is just too harsh with its carbonation.

Again, I am reviewing this as a witbier. It compares very favorably to most imperial/double witbiers out there. Belgian Strong Pale Ale my ass. If you like wits then you will love this. Hand a glass to your Blue Moon-drinking friends.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Augustijn goblet

A: Cloudy golden orange with barely any head. A little bit of sediment

S: Yeasty with a fruity crispness. Nice, but not great.

T: Wow. This is crisp and citrusy with malts and honey, and fruits -apricots? little apple? Delicious. I was forewarned about how good this is, but I was still surprised.

M: Smooth, bubbly, clean. I quite like it.

D: Very much so. It is all around pleasant. You don't even notice the alcohol. Delightful.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel color with tons of carbonation.

Smell: Spice, sweet orange peel, and a little malt. Typical Belgian strong pale ale.

Taste: Very complex. light yeast flavor, some spiciness. Not a lot of Hop flavor present. Sweet orange peel that finishes a little dry with some bitterness. The alcohol is a little present but not overwhelming. Everything is well balanced.

Drinkability: This is another winner from Unibroue. Unibroue hasn't let me down yet. This isn't quite as good as their tripel la fin du monde, but definitely one of the better belgian strong pale ales.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a large white head and a good dose of lacing as it makes its way down my tulip glass. The nose is somewhat complex, with some spice, alcohol, light stone fruits, and a touch of sweetness. The taste brings light citrus and stone fruits as well as a bit of spice and yeast. Some light sugars. Good mouthfeel with carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinks well, but not as good as the prototypical Belgian examples.

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

i had high hopes for this one. I really like La Fin Du Monde so trying another brew from Unibroue was very exciting. The pour was nice and the fluffy head lasted for a long time in my favorite snifter. Smell was fruity and delicious as was the taste. I was expecting a big difference from La Fin but thought it was about the same only not as delicious. The mouthfeel was nice as was the easy drinkability. I'd go for the La Fin Du Monde when given a choice...

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Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color with quite a bit of haze, even without stirring up much yeast. Capped by a soft and creamy looking bright white head, which slowly thins out to about a 1/4inch crown.

Aroma is strong and upfront with lots of fruity estery aromas. Bold with notes of citrus and yeast. A bit behind, there are hints of pepper and maybe some clove, but they are quickly overshadowed.

Taste was not nearly as bold and decisive as the aroma, with lots of little delicate flavors mixing around. Again the citrus and esters are the first to show, but they are balanced by a notable peppery spice flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a dry crisp feel. Overall, this is a solid example of a BSPA, and as with all Unibroue beers, has a nice price point to help.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. Best before 12-16-12 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light caramel color with a 1 finger bubbly white head. No lacing.

Smell: Florals, citrus, pear, honey, clove and light phenols. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Sweet Belgian yeast up front followed by nice combination of fruits and spices in the middle then ending with a light bready flavor. The aftertaste is fairly dry and phenolic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. The alcohol is masked very well so this one could sneak up on you.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Another strong offering from Unibroue. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of BBP
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick semi-translucent peach yellow. Slight carbonation and minimal head. Little bits floating around in it which could be yeast.

S- Fruitiness and spiciness. Cloves definitely.

T- Sweet fruitiness from the beginning. A little bit like banana and a little bit like pear and apple at the same time. Some background yeast flavor that jumps out in the aftertaste. Bittersweet leaning more towards sweet.

M- Medium high body. Creamy, smooth, and feels pretty nice on the tongue. Carbonation suits it well.

D- At the beginning, from the look and smell, it reminded me quite a bit of a Hefeweizen, which really didn't get my hopes up, but I found that I quite enjoyed the flavor, and the belgian yeast and spiciness did wonders for it. It's not my favorite offering from Unibroue, but it's up there. Reminds me a bit of Duvel actually, but a bit lighter and more sweet.

Worth picking up. I'd grab a few more if I ever encounter them again.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky yellow colour with a massive frothy white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer. There is some outstanding lacing and the head lasted for a long time before it dissipated.

Smell - pears (bubblegum/juicy fruit), a peppery spice mix, wheat, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation, but the beer feels nice and smooth. It could perhaps benefit from a little more carbonation.. The most noticeable flavours are the pears/apples, also some wheat and a spice mix mixed in. It has a nice full bodied taste and the alcohol is well hidden. It finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another world class beer from Unibroue. Not their best, but right up there for sure. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Don De Dieu

Appearance: Orange, medium pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, wheat, and a subtle coriander.

Taste: Yeast, wheat, malty, candy sugar, slight spice, subtle dark fruit, and a slight alcohol tinge.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice brew. It is similar to many Trappist brews, but with a malty smoothness.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series tulip glass.

The color is a clear amber with three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a touch of fruit flavors with a clove aroma sitting amongst the Belgian flavors. There is also a aged cheese flavor as well.

The taste has a fantastic zing that has a bundle of bubbles and a nice sweet malty flavor. Some small bitterness there pulling things back level. There seems to be a melon-like flavor that is keep a tart but juiciness that is very appealing.

The feel of this beer is quite smooth and sting retains a bit of a sweet sting as well. The carbonation is welcomed for the type of beer this is and goes well to spread the flavor around. This goes down quite well and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy tan orange color with a two finger creamy white head initially which subsides after five minutes and has moderately strong carbonation.

S - Not as aromatic as I anticipated. Nose is mostly cloves, mild spicy, and with a little coriander.

T - Has a wheat-like character in the malt, spicy coriander, cloves, and some pear. There's a bready caramel malt backing. ABV is fairly well hidden and doesn't create much burn for a 9% monster. Leaves a mildly spicy finish with peppers, pears, and a little sour zest on the palette. Also has a little amount of honey in the far background.

Prickly on the tongue while the medium body flows like velvet and is a little chewy.

D - Probably this beer's best asset. Nice balance, has depth, and is very drinkable.

Overall, I prefer it's cousin, La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a golden color with a slight orange hue. Very hazy and turbid. (Tried not to pour the lees into the glass) Very spicy aroma with hints of a caramel sweetness. Not very large nose but very nice.

Taste is incedible. Spicy notes with a lot of fruity esters going on. Alcohol is definitely hidden but the body is so great you have to assume it's high in alcohol. Also has some sweetness of a caramel nature with some butterscotch.

Overall it's a really awesome beer. Definitely a sipping beer and not one that you can drink a lot of. Would recommend it to other people. But drinkers beware of the high alcohol, it'll jump up and bite ya.

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

A - pours a cloudy gold color with lots of fluffy white head. This seems really carbonated; I can clearly hear the beer fizzing as the head dissipates. Lots of bubbles coming up the sides. No lacing.

S - Great sweet smell: lemongrass, honey, candy sugar, apricots, orange.

T - Orange/tangerine citrus flavors up front, followed by those signature Belgian yeast flavors. A good amount of pear flavor, followed by a bit of booziness, then a mildy tart and bitter finish.

M - fairly light body. Well carbonated. Feels good, man.

D - dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Aside from a tiny bit of alcohol flavor you wouldn't know. It's quite refreshing, which I think comes from the high carbonation.

Unibroue can do no wrong in my book. This beer was great with some crackers; it seems like salty foods bring out the sweetness more. I was going to steal my roommate's crackers but then I saw he only had a few left, and he likes his cracker breaks, but I fortunately had a box lying around. Anyways, great beer. Definitely pick up that Unibroue tasting pack if you see it... for me it was only $7 for 4 great high ABV beers!

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

750mL bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big white head that gradually dissipates and leaves no lacing. Aroma has yeast, ripe fruits, and some mustiness. Nice flavor with yeast, spices, honey, lemon, and sweet malt. Only a little alcohol is noticeable. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body, crisp, and a dry finish. Drinkability is above average for a 9% abv beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a great hazy orange color with a pleasant amount of eggshell white head. Retention is fair, but nothing to write home on.

Smell: Very fruity with orange and apricot, and I also get a yeasty smell, as well as a light estery alcohol smell.

Taste: I can taste oranges/apricots up front, followed by bready yeast and then a slight kick of alcohol at the end. At 9% ABV I expected a lot more alcohol and it makes this beer extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer has a medium body and is pleasantly carbonated; the carbonation makes it a touch sharp and spicy on the palate. At 9% ABV I thought the alcohol would be easily detected in this beer....not so. The alcohol is hidden very effectively.

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Photo of impending
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy light dirty orange straw. Unexceptional dense head settled rather quickly.

Aroma is sweet. Lots of different light ripe fruits, apples, apricots and pears with bready yeast. Very nice nose, lots of subtleties backed by Unibroue's signature yeast.

Taste is indeed sweet and the ripe light fruit is particularly an apricot. Upfront sweetness is perfectly balanced by spices in the middle and ending with a tiny bitterness and the alcohol finish which is just slightly warm. The pleasant aftertaste fades quickly. Full bodied mouthfeel.

Delicious!
cheers
jd

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,895 ratings
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