Don De Dieu | Unibroue

2,885 Ratings
Don De DieuDon De Dieu

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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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Photo of trevorjn06
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is labeled by Unibroue as a "Triple wheat ale" and is 9% ABV. It may very well be the strongest wheat beer I have ever encountered.

Pours a hazy dark golden color with two fingers of white head that recedes after a minute, no lacing on the glass.

As I pour I can pick up strong scents of fresh wheat, yeast and a bit of banana. Sticking my nose in the glass I get rich, sweet honey-like malts, wheat, yeast and fruity esters (ripe apricots and bananas). I just poured the beer and it's cold so I expect even more to surface as it warms. I also detect some pear and a hint of woody/nutty aroma as it warms.

Taste is quite smooth and does not reflect the high alcohol. First sip is bready, moderately sweet, fruity and yeasty. This beer begins with a fairly thick malt and wheat flavor, moderately sweet, and this transitions into a lighter wheat taste with some fruit in the background. The finish is bready and grainy with a touch of sweetness and a mild pepper flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer blends the character of a tripel with a rich wheat base quite well, it is fairly bold with many flavors and is pleasant to drink. I would drink this again.

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

A: Hazy orange/gold color. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Lace mostly washed down the glass in sheets.

S: Very sweet; bread and fruit. Citrus rind and a light floral note. Hay and grass.

T: Malty and sweet. Prominent Belgian yeast flavors. Citrus and peppery spices come in for balance. Malt and fruit linger briefly up to a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and coating yet enough carbonation to ahead of the alcohol to be crisp and dry in the end.

D: Its a sipper, but disguises the alcohol well. Lots of flavor, good balance, slow down and enjoy.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had La Terrible from Unibroue before, and because I love that and the way the guy on their website really sells their beers I had to try more. I picked this up in a mix pack from a local beer garden with three other Unibroue's and some Belgians - Pinocchio's in Media, PA for those of you who are nearby.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange, very hazy - lots of yeast. Fluffy white head. I forgot to rinse my glass that was left in my cabinet and probably went through the dishwasher, because someone threw it in there, so the head disappeared like it was nothing and left no lacing - though I'm sure that wouldn't normally be the case.

N: Very sweet, full of wheat and yeast, some spices like maybe clove. There's some orange citrus in there with floral notes, too.

T: This is very much a blonde, though a strong blonde.This follows exactly what I expect in a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's so malty and sweet and heavy with yeast. Great overall balance of flavors, without the sweetness being overpowering. The spices and citrus come through, with orange and lemon. It tasted a bit syrupy and a little caramely too. Hints of alcohol at the finish. Lingering sweetness that doesn't overwhelm.

M: Very thick, and syrupy from all the yeast and the wheat. The carbonation was very good without being too strong - like lots of tiny little bubbles all over the place.

D: I'd take my time with this one. It's got some heft to it. It's sweet and thick - something you take your time with and only have a few over a period of time. While it went down pretty easily - easier than a number of lighter blondes I've had - I don't think I'll be trying to drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Looking forward to try the rest of my Unibroues.

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

(Served in a tulip glass) best before 1-23-11
A- This beer pours a clear apricot body with a sea of microbubbles gliding to a beige creamy head that last for a bit then fades to a thick ring.
S- A spicy alcohol note fades to a fruity slightly sweet aroma. There is a full dried light fruit note with a hint of banana ester hint.
T- This beer has a well-blended flavor of sweet clove spice mixing in with light dried fruit ester notes with honey malt and red apple qualities underneath. There is a dry wheat dough note underneath that grows but not as much as a light caramel malt note does as it warms. The dry finish has a slight carbonic acid note.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy cleaning finish. There is a very soft alcohol heat that really balances the sweetness nicely.
D- This beer is like an Imperial Weizen, with the 9% ABV well hidden. The nice complexity has a nice sweetness without being cloying and it is very easy to drink.

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

(A) pours a hazy straw gold with a tall foamy head. very little lacing, though swirling the brew left thousand of tiny bubbles momentarily clinging to the sides of the glass. very nice to look at.

(S) orange zest, cloves, and pineapple. very fruity!

(T) much less citrus than the nose would indicate. spiciness and a rum-soaked fresh fruit strawberry or pineapple taste predominates. there's an initial sense of sweetness which gives way to a dry finish.

(M) prickly but substantial, this brew's a little thicker than i would prefer but it's not offputting. as the beer warms the booziness becomes somewhat more apparent.

(D) i probably wouldn't drink more than one at a time, but i would enjoy every sip. i chased this one with "La Fin du Monde" - a duet I recommend.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A- A lovely honey orange color with a lasting frothy white head and good lacing.

S - Biscuits and earth up front with orange blossoms hiding underneath.

T - Taste is very smooth - ridiculously easy to drink. A spicy, fruity start and a bready, slightly dry finish. Great stuff.

M- Slightly under carbonated but smooth and creamy with a lingering finish.

D - Superb. I could easily drink a bomber of this stuff.

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

It pours out honey orange with an off-white head a little more than a finger's width. The foamy head retains nicely, bolstered by the lively carbonation. The foam does not stick and make lace and the oils from your mouth will all but kill the head by the time you get halfway done with the glass.

The yeast takes forefront in the nose. One is reminded of a baguette baking with perhaps some freshly cut oranges sitting nearby.

Biscuity malts with a nice orange flavor; these are tempered by some clove with a hint of pine nuts (pignoli), but the orange and malt dominate. Alcohol hits in the wash with not much burn.

The carbonation plays nicely in the mouth, distributing the flavors across the tongue. The wash is not as crisp as I'd like it and this beer is not exactly "dry", but it's not supposed to be.

Not as good as La Fin du Mond, but it's not far off. Color is similar and it seems as if only a few ingredients were tweaked to arrive at one from the other. But this stands on its own as another great offering from Unibroue. But do watch how much of it you 9% it will keep you from drinking too many.

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Photo of clegolfski
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Pours with a foamy head that evaporates to almost nothing. No lacing at all. Clear, bright golden color, pretty beautiful beer.

S = Very faint smell of banana, not really much there.

T = Sweet and spicy fruitiness up front. I checked out the package after and this is pretty spot on to what it is. The initial spiciness is replaced by pretty strong warming alcohol. The banana is back to finish it off.

M = This is not meant to be a knock but it is kind of a Fin du Monde light.

D = 9%? No way.... be careful... this drinks like a session beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A semi-bright golden pour, some haze--not much. Head was large, but smaller than expected. It seemed a bit loose, too. Not very tight or strong.
I get mostly biscuit and light toast in the nose. The spices are there, but are subtle and not very striking. alcohol is noticeable. So far, this is average.
And the taste follows. Malty, but not overly so. Small spice, white pepper, some clove and pumpkin? Hmm...
It's a bit disappointing; the malt is prominent but not powerful and the spice just doesn't pick up. I get the qualities of the style, but they're just present and don't accentuate much.
A bit bland feel to it
Still drank pretty well.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a golden light amber, cloudy, with plenty of yeast. Two finger bubbly white head with moderate retention. Little visible carbonation. Not much lacing.

Smell: Spicy (the zing! type) bubblegum, banana, and cinnamon/clove spices. Mild sweetness, but with a juicy character.

Taste: Spicy (zing) again, with more maltiness to the body. Still strong bubblegum and banana flavors. Typical wheat flavors, with some hop/alcohol bitterness, but not flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Smooth drinking after the initial zing.

Drinkability: An excellent Belgium strong pale ale. It has the nose and flavor of spicy wheat flavors and Belgian spices, with a very appealing mouthfeel. High alcohol content, but also very easy to drink. A must try.

Buy Again? Yes.

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

Poured into a chalice. A lovely opaque orange brew, which leaves a thin ring of head and a few flecks of lacing. A bit of visible yeast sediment kicking about.

Nose is very wild and exciting. Notes of bread, yeast, citrus (orange, apricot, cherry), cereal and spice combine to produce an exceptional invitation to sample this brew.

Taste is very smooth - ridiculously easy to drink. Yeast, bread, apricot and spices. Only a touch of alcoholic presence is there, but certainly not enough to dissuade me. Similar flavours as in the nose - a fruity, citrussy entry and a bready, slightly dry finish. Great stuff.

Slightly undercarbonated out of the bottle, but smooth and slick.

Just a fantastic brew. Really enjoyed sipping this beer and savoring the complexity of it. This, coupled with wonderful conversation made for an excellent afternoon - exactly what beer is all about. First rate.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with gold foil and twist cap.

Served cold into a goblet, Don de Dieu is a hazy yellow-orange color with fizzy head. The head settles very quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is fruity, funky, spicy, and really enjoyable for all of those reasons. Lots of character here lets me know the taste shouldn't be a letdown.

Sure enough, it's amazing. Great pale malt backbone lets all of the intricacies shine. Fantastic yeast strain gives it spice and funk in spades. Lots of fresh mild fruit. Finishes dry and crisp begging me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation, both of which seem right for the style.

Overall another wonderful beer from Unibroue. I have yet to find a reason to expect anything less.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazy gold color with a thick layer of creamy off-white foam. Fades pretty slowly and loudly to a nice collar and sheen. Subsequent pours get progressively cloudy.

Nose is bread dough with a hint of banana, watermelon and a bit of wheat tang laced with gaseous CO2 aromas. Smells like a light tripel. Fruity and a little bit of honey-sweet graininess. Good smelling brew here and the alcohol is restrained.

Taste is deliciously sweet and a bit tart. Tangy, highly carbonated with a bit of wheatiness...I am concluding more and more that wheat is used here. Touch of tropical alcohol, but not even close to the 9% it boasts. Very drinkable, refreshing even. Some grassy hops come through in the middle-end portion of each sip and has a scrubbing bitterness to go along with some graininess on the finish. Delectable brew, another fine beverage from Unibroue.

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice with around a finger of quick fading white head. Lovely golden wheat color with just a hint of orange. Initial bouquet of dry champagne, strong aroma of sparkling apple cider.

High carbonation and a very light mouthfeel, again reminiscent of dry champagne. Not overly sweet, detected notes of lemon zest, banana, and a bit of yeasty bitterness.

The ABV is almost undetectable, and the effervescent dryness makes this one of the more refreshing Belgians I've sampled.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, tan orange color with thick white head, great retention. Major carbonation keeps it up. Smell fruity and chalky yeast, banana and sour cherry. Taste smooth fruity and yeasty, mild bitterness and sour fruity in the finish. Sweet and lighter up front. Very good, complex.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and azhy. Forms a tight white head of small and medium bubble but the head does not leave much lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is strong and estery, no alcohol but there is a yeasty breadiness to the whole thing. Smells pretty good. Almost like a tripel.

Beer finishes a bit dry, lots of carbonation in the mouth, spicy, with a slight sweetness and some fruit flavors in the palate. Overall its really good but I do feel like its slightly over carbonated. It does remind me a lot of a tripel. I would pull back on the carbonation, I feel it would improve it. It would be interesting to have this on draft.

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Photo of runner72
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serving in a 12 oz bottle.

A - blonde, clear with a nice white head. laces the glass nicely. lots of carbonantion

S - bananas, close and vanilla. very nice smell from the belgian yeast.

T - first the malt hits. tastes of bananas and cloves. a little bitter hint of hops towards the end.. very nicely balanced. the aftertaste is a little phenolic but you can barely taste the 9% alcohol.

M - Very nice. tingly from the carbonation

D - excellent drinkability

I got a 4 pack of this and am so glad that I did. I can't wait to have another!

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Photo of Dixonian
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip. Frothy white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy honey like color. Smells like bananas and clove. Pretty much tastes, looks, and smells like a belgian strong pale ale should-perfect example of the style. Hides the alcohol very well and is very smooth-could easily kill a four pack in a night.

I will and do buy this and most Unibroue beers on an almost regular basis. Their in house yeast strain is unique and complex which more often than not makes for some special brews.

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

Poured from a 750mL into a Unibroue tulip.

A - Orangey honey with the typical frothy Unibroue head. Tone of champaign like carbonation.

S - Citrusy Unibroue yeast smell. Banana. Coriander. Orange peel.

T - A bit sour tasting. Very apple juice like. All the usual suspects in the flavor dept for a BSPA.

M - Kind of thick and rich. Carbonation isn't all that present. Leaves a tingly after feel.

D - Super easy drinker. No bite at all.

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Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

A: pours a beautifully cloudy golden/orange-ish haze with two full fingers of creamy head. Pretty good retention, but minimal lacing.

S: full of malt, esters, & wheat. A bit of funky yeast in the background. Would love if everything were more pronounced.

T: in a word...delicious! Fruit, spices, wheat, and yeast all come together perfectly to create one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Finishes rather dry and totally refreshing. Definitely my favorite Unibroue brew, and one of my top 5 favorite beers period.

M: full-bodied and creamy with higher than avg carbonation. Slightly less carbonation would be nice.

D: I could drink this one all day. Absolutely one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy gold with fluffy off-white head. It smelled like lemon zest and waxy hops, with sweet candi sugar and sour Belgian yeast. It tasted like fresh apricots with candi sugar and some sour yeast and lemon zest. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and refreshing brew, with nice taste (although not super delicious). The body is good not great, but the alcohol is very well hidden, so this was quite easy to drink. Very enjoyable and true to style, but not terribly complex and doesn't rival the best in class.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy pale amber color with a thinner bubbly head that has pretty solid retention as it fizzles away. Lots off bubbles rising on the side of the glass with a light lace trailing quickly behind the head.

S-phenols and yeast set in right up front but are not overpowering. Notes of bananas and a touch of clove take over throughout the middle with some lemon coming in right behind. Hints of fruity goodness lie in the back, pear and a hint of plum.

T-the taste is extremely nice, well blended, sweet but tasty and soft. The banana and clove set in first. A fair level of spice. Soft pears and white grapes lie behind the banana adding some nice golden fruitiness with a hint of sour adding to the complexity. A hint of plum and appricot comes in at the finish. Some faint belgian yeast seems to lie underneath the flavors, but doesn't detract from any of the delicious flavors.

M-the feel is smooth and creamy on the palate, prickly in the back from all of the carbonation. The body is medium and delightfully so with a soft feel throughout and a dry finish.

D-this is a fantastic beer, great complexity with some very nice soft golden fruits and an excellent feel on the palate. What an insanely drinkable beer especially at such a high abv, give me more!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy apple cider color with a huge beige head that fades to nothing. Lacing is non existant. There is sediment present after the pour.

S - Smells of pineapple, yeast, biscuit, and spices.

T - Has a good spiced sour apple taste with a malty finish.

M - Very carbonated but easy to drink. The head was extremely fizzy when I first poured it.

D - Another great beer from Unibroue. I can see myself picking this one up again.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don De Dieu (0807) 750mL into pinot glass

Five finger pillow of cream colored head on a clear dark gold body. Some tracks of lace.

Big fruity aroma on the pour. Pears, peaches, bananas, house yeast, spicy wheat.

Soft and light, raw wheat, ripe light fruits, honey, yeast, hop twang, a touch of musky earthyness. Initially sweet with a dry and chalky finish.

Light and thin in the mouthfeel, with a mild carbonation. A bit of a heavier carbonation seems to be missing, after all, it is a BSPA. Not bad, I was just expecting a bit more.

Easy to drink, the alcohol doesn't kick hard but flushes the senses a bit. The quaff level is super high, but I was hoping for more substance overall.

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

355 mL/12 oz. bottle, it's been the longest time since I had this, but my local Trader Joe's were selling these for $2 a bottle, so I had to pick one up,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head, frothy, good retention.

S: Big nose, classic Unibroue. Big house yeast character, pear and yellow apple. How a Unibroue BSPA should smell methinks.

T: Big bready malt chock full of yeast esters and flavours. Complex and fruity. Pear and apple, with a hint of bubblegum at the very finish line.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation. Medium-bodied, easy drinking for it's strength, with a really light minor ethanol play.

D: This is quite a nice beer out of Unibroue. They make good beer, what's not to like.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,885 ratings.
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