Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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4.15/5
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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:
Don de Dieu (Gift of God) was the name of the ship that Samuel de Champlain sailed on his mission to “explore and discover the vast and perilous land of America” in the name of the King of France. His travels led to the founding of Quebec City in 1608.

Inspired by this great adventure, Unibroue created Don de Dieu—an abbey-style triple wheat beer refermented in the bottle. Soft and round, it has delicately nuanced fruity and hoppy notes.

Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,531
Reviews:
1,317
Ratings:
2,904
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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Ratings: 2,904 |  Reviews: 1,317
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don de dieu poured a hazy golden color with a head that lasted through out the beer. It smelt spicey and very strong. It tasted simiar to a wheat beer with a strong flavor and a strong spice flavor. It is easy to drink. Overall a fantastic beer very enjoyable.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: A lovely orangeish yellow without very little head or bubbles at all. No yeast or sediment mars the smoothness, but one can't see through the body. Very pretty.

S: A yeasty tang, like an tart mango. Nice.

T: Amazing! It's light, tart, spicy, dancing, and sweet. It's like apple cider, but with a scintillating spiciness and alcoholic kick. This beer is pretty fantastic. The aftertaste is dry, lingering, and pleasant. I am incredibly impressed.

M: Again, this is light, tantalising, practically performing pirouettes for the palette. Amazing mouthfeel.

D: The alcohol is almost undetectable, the body utterly deletable, and the beer absurdly drinkable. I definitely think this is the best effort from Unibroue I've ever tried. Magnificent.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Allen's in Toronto, while enjoying a nice medium-rare burger. Poured into branded glassware. It pours a cloudy yellow'ish-orange with tight white head. Smell has a nice fruity sweetness to it. Taste has lots of sweet fruit with a bready malt and a yeastiness to it. Some spicing too. Very nice beer and one of my go-to's. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

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

opaque golden oak color with fine white head that lingers nicely.

Pungent aromas of honey, almonds, and golden raisins that gives way to opulent versions of wit characteristics; clove, banana, and orange.

Supple texture and a clean finish despite the ripe fruit.

I'm guessing the plate of duck confit and ham tacos that just landed in front of me are going to be a nice match but I'd prefer crispy scallops with plantain puree and candied citrus vinaigrette.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into Delirium Tremens glass. Split with friends.

A: Pours a hazy honey orange with a frothy white head that reduced into a fine film that lasted the whole beer through. Great head retention. No lace.
S: Notes of bitter apple (especially right after the pour), sweet Belgian sugars and yeast, bubblegum, white wine and grapes, pepper and apricots. As the beer warms the apricot really comes out.
T: Follows the nose with big apricot and sweet fruit notes. Slight apple. Very sweet and peppery, but not much of any other spice. Slight coriander maybe.
M: Pillowy and soft ample carbonation that tapers quickly into your mouth and finishes a tad watery. Medium-full body.
D: Very easy to drink. High alcohol is almost completely masked. Not as good as Delirium Tremens or some of the other. Could use more spice. Still, delicious and recommended.

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

Vibrant orange with a strong attractive head. Very fine carbonation, champagne like. Great retention.

The nose scream fruits, tropical mainly. So very fruity - banana, mango and some sweet candied pineapple. Peppery spice comes into play as well. Some hints of cardamon. Very nice.

Strong Belgian flavours on the palate with a fair whack of the tropical fruits found on the nose. Clove, pineapple and sharp white wine/Riesling aftertaste. Peppery and hot-ish finish.

Creamy mouthfeel - very classy carbonation. A little hollow on the finish. Can get a little cloying.

Great beer, sharp and predominate yeast flavours, but well done. Gains complexity as it warms. Worthy of a high score and a try.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. The smell is licorice, honey, and alcohol. Golden color with not much, if any, head. I would compare this to Affligem Tripel with not as much head. It is between a pale ale and a rough belgium tripel. Rough meaning it is more cloudy in color than a filtered Duvel. This is a good one! If you're into this sytle try one.

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Photo of elliot23
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6/12/10. Finally getting notes up.

A. Pale golden yellow Eggshell colored head. Nice retention. Very cloudy with a good amount of sediment floating

S. Strong smell of wheat right away, hint of citrus and spice. Faint grass.

T. Wheat again. Super slight taste of a biscuit with lemon marmalade in their somewhere, when I start getting deeper into I begin to pick up on the yeast. Very faint bitterness at the finish

MF. Incredibly smooth, some nice lingering flavors. Very crisp beer with good carbonation.

D. I could drink a couple of these no problem. The 9% ABV is non-existent until I feel it after the bottle has been killed. Wow, almost too easy to put back on a warm day.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a sampler pack. Very nice beers.

A: Very cloudy, yellow-amber. Head pours thick, then fades quickly leaving no lacing. Some sediment to be roused from bottom of bottle.

S: Wheat grain, fruity. Lemon & peach(?)

T: Nice flavor. Sweet lemon apparent, some pepper. Bitterness, but not too much. Aftertaste mild. Maybe too much lemon for some.

M: Crisp and light. Well carbonated. Alchohol apparent.

D: Nicely drinkable, but I probably wouldn't have a second right away. Sweetness builds.

All in all a very nice wheat beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: huge head, outstanding lacing; pours a slight-orange yellow
S: very light sweet smell of lemon
T: apple cider overtones; approaches the character of a dry champagne; sweet light taste that fills the entire palate
M: very good carbonation
D: one of Unibroue's more drinkable beers

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very nice strong straw golden color with a mild .75 inch head that is white and recedes quickly. It is a pretty hazy color as well.

S - Immediate vinous character pops up with some nice malty sweetness and good spice backbone. Nice bready grain aromas as well. Phenols are present as well as some nice clove.

T - Starts of with some nice malt sweetness and a very intense spicy character. Quit vinous and nice boozy flavors as well. Very balanced with the spices and sweet malt. Finishes with a nice dry hop character and there are some nice hints of citrus hints.

M & D - Nice fluffy and CO2 mouthfeel. Very delicious and Unibroue is a nice North American example of of Belgian beers.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on March 26, 2009, at 9:32 AM in Quebec, apparently.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fizzy white head that dissipates at a steady pace, popping as it does so. The head leaves no lacing, but collects a fair amount of froth on the surface of the glass that stays around. Pours a hazy yellow orange, has good legs and occasionally arches of lacing.

Smell: Strong Belgian yeast, lots of esters (apple, banana, melon), a little sourness and a little citrus.

Taste: Follows the nose, with mildly sour apple, other sweet fruits (apple, banana, melon, strawberry), very faint hints of clove, and some sugary Belgian yeast, with a dry finish. The mild tartness and dry finish keep the sugary flavors in check, resulting in a very finely balanced beer. Mild alcohol warmth at the end. The flavors could be a lot brighter and cleaner, but the balance is great and overall the beer is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Creamy, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Well-hidden alcohol, with pleasant, refreshing flavor. The dryness doesn't completely work for me, and I'm not dying for another bottle, but I'll have it again.

Unibroue's Belgian style ales always deliver high quality at relatively low prices. I've been drinking their beer for years, and Don de Dieu is one of my favorite offerings. I like all the apple and other fruit that gets kept in check by the great balance of the flavor overall. In some ways, the flavor feels like it could be a lot more adventurous or delicious, but it's definitely a solidly above average beer on all fronts.

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Photo of Briken
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange with white foamy head and light lacing. Aromas of apple and yeast with wheat. Very complex taste, variables of fruit like apricot and apple with yeasty spices and light bready influences. Sharp refreshing carbonation yet a very silky feel.

My favorite unibroue yet. Wonderful flavors and silky feel made this an excellent sipping beer outside on a sunny evening. The beer seems to evolve continuously as you finish the bottle with the end being much more yeasty, of course but still retains much of the flavors. Very enjoyable.

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

Poured from 11.4oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 03-25-12 on back label. Purchased as 4-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Beautiful honey-gold with foamy, frothy white, tightly-bubbled 2-finger head with excellent retention and leaving spots of lace.

S: Delicious aroma of pale malts, orange blossom hops, clove, and candi sugar with a splash of alcohol berriness

T: Sumptuous flavors of sweet apple, pear, peach, and apricot meshing with lightly spiced clove and finished masterfully with orange, floral hops. Alcohol is only detectable after 15-20 minutes of warming, and then it lends some cherry-berry character which only adds another complexity to this exceptional BSPA.

M: Velvety and soft with light carbonation and a caressing overall feel. Aftertastes is short and lightly spiced with clove.

D: I think I just found my new favorite BSPA: this one blows the wheels off of Duvel with its light spice and wonderful orange citrus character. One of the most underrated beers out there. I love Terrible and Trois Pistoles, but after aged La Fin du Monde, this one is next best in the Unibroue lineup.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Trappist glass. Pours a lazy golden hue with a fizzy head that immediately disappears almost as soon as you pour it. Dry yet sweet aroma with some maltiness in the background. Very complex taste of cloves, fruit, raisin, and some yeast. Starts out dry - almost woody, more oak than pine, but finishes sweetly. Some alcohol heat in the middle. No real malt to speak of. The finish to this beer is incredible - it's almost arresting, at once sweet but not overly so, almost like a lemonade flavor. Very nice beer and not like anything else I've had.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky orange-brown color with 3 fingers of white head that lasts a few minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of apples, orange, other fruity malts, and some spice.

t - Tastes of fruit, smooth caramel malts, spices, and a hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice pale ale. Some smooth malts and fruit really come out in the taste. Would try again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle arrived for a birthday tasting in January 2009 & escaped the carnage of the evening, living in the dank, quiet of my cellar ever since. Until this evening. Split with my wife after an evening of mingling with the glitterati (not our choice).

Pours like an eclipse of the sun, that watery, hazy orangish yellow leaking around the edges of the moon. Smells...like...bananas. Maybe cloves. Mostly bananas.

Don de Dieu has aged into a rather odd concoction of banana, cloves, with an mat of medicinal sting, which actually plays well off the flavors. Warm cane sugar drifts in, & the alcohol is distinct even after this time. Too sweet to drink much of.

Huh. This has aged into a good beer, but what I'm getting off it doesn't match up with the past several reviews, but I'm not sure I dig it enough to grab one to taste fresh. Nice brew.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of head. has good carbonation as evident by the bubbles throughout the glass.

Smell - has a malty smell to it, not too strong of a smell

Taste - its has a booming taste, wasn't expecting much from the smell but there was a strong spice taste, kinda sweet and has not bitter taste to it. I don't taste the 9 % at all. it wasn't what i was expecting but it still taste good. It would be nice if it had a little more hops to it though.

Mouthfeel - smooth and refreshing with high carbonation so be prepared to burp while drinking this beer.

Drinkability - very drinkable, although not my favorite beer and i would definitely choose the la fin du monde if I was going for a unibroue it was still a very enjoyable 4 pack.

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

A 750ml bottle into a tulip glass yields a hazy, light yellow/orange pour with a fluffy, white two finger head, which receded a little more quickly than I was expecting. I suspect it was a glass that had not been rinsed properly.

Nose is pungently fruity-apples, pears, and a touch of banana. Sweet and yeasty with a little bit of clove.

Taste follows the nose quite nicely. A little breadiness, sweet malts, and the fruits from the nose.

Mouthfeel is very good. Thick and sweet, nicely carbonated, very crisp, finishes dry.

This is a very drinkable beer that hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Will certainly buy this again.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.8%
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%
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 +16.4%
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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Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,904 ratings