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:
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
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#1,587
Reviews:
1,322
Ratings:
2,917
pDev:
10.12%
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4.24
 
 
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Ratings: 2,917 |  Reviews: 1,322
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz foiled bottle.

Pours a golden color with a fair sized white head, fades at a fast rate and doesn't leave any lacing along the glass.

Smell has a yeasty aroma with a hint of apple fruitiness and citrus.

Taste is highly carbonated and crisp, the yeast presence is a bit high for my liking, the fruit aspect is refreshing and well done in this beer though, some nice spiciness lingers about.

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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky golden yellow with a moderate head, the head recedes a ¼" and remains. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity with mostly citrus and maybe some pear, also notes of spice, interesting for a pale ale.

Taste: Spicy pear, very clean & crisp, pleasantly dry on the palate. Yet another well crafted Unibroue offering with great hop balance and a nice amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Perfectly carbonated, smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and sessionable beer.

Once again, Unibroue offers a great example of a Belgian style. The pear flavor really differentiates this one for me making me want to keep it on hand with alongside my Duvel.

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

Probably the best name for a beer I've ever seen, especially to say it loud. Weird fruity, kind of sweet nose, but pleasant. There are berries and other dark fruits, and alot of tropical lighter fruits. Overripe mango. A lot of honey in the flavor, and mango again, almost too sweet but just enough bitterness to balance that. Very good offering, one of the best from Unibroue.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 750mL bomber purchased in Montreal, and contrasting it somewhat with a bottle of 2008 Quatre Centieme I reviewed the other night.

Pours a semi opaque golden colour. The white head recedes to a small ring of foam and leaving behind a slight trail of lacing.

The smell is pears, apples, yeast alcohol and some light spice.

Taste is an interesting mix of pears, apples, dry alcohol, yeast with a lightly spicey finish. It's complex but a touch on the sour side for my tastes, reminding me somewhat of a white wine. Alcohol is present but not disturbing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. Drinkability is good, finishing the bottle was not a problem - but another was not what I was reaching for.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! When I think of products from the Great White North I think of Labbats, hockey pucks, and syrup. They're nice, but this is one of the best beers I've had lately.

It's a dark orange brew that's cloudy and bubbly. For the first 8 minutes or so it's capped with a finger of white foam. The aroma is mostly orange and very pleasant. The taste has orange with some heffeweisen-type wheat, it's sweet and very smooth and goes down easy, even when that 9% abv hits. This is not a definite repeat, it's an absolute repeat.

Cheers!

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Photo of Franz4
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lovely appearence with a nice head on it after an aggressive pour. Nice strawberry blonde color to it that appears just translucent enough to cause anticipation.

S- slightly citrus with some other spices as well, although my nose isn't adept enough to name them, very promising.

T- Pleasant orange/citrus taste that carmalizes in the back of the mouth, also hints of elusive spices are also noted here.

M- light carbonation and it gives you something to chew on, just what I'm looking for in a BSPA, I have not idea how you'd make this better.

D- probably more drinkable than it should be @ 9%, could easily get carried away with this one, which is a pleasant surprise.

Overall quite an excellent brew, I have to give credit to my girlfriend who picked it out on a recent trip.

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Photo of johnwarne
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Belgian from the North;
A Canadian taste treat.
Not world class? Take off!"

For a Belgian fan, there are several ales 'pretending' to be equal to the world's finest from the Low Countries. Actually, this one comes pretty close: a nice taste treat that qualifies nicely for the Belgian aficionado.

Cheers!

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Photo of NODAK
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of fruity sweetness and spice...I like it quite a bit.

Taste is quite an explosion in the mouth. Carbonation is pretty prickly. Very sweet, full of fruity esters....peppery and clove spices abound. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting or astrigent. There's a lot of sweetness through the finish. There's also some aftertaste, as the sweetness sticks around for a bit.

This is one of my favorite beers. Sweet and spicy. A definite favorite for me. Packs quite a punch, too.

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

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip

A: golden straw color with a slight haze, 1-finger white head.
S: peppery spice along with a little graininess.
T: classic Belgian flavor, definite spicyness, a little sweetness, a little bitterness in the background, no hint of alcohol.
M: tingley carbonation, high attenuation, very crisp and refreshing.
D: an excellent example of the style, it would be very easy to reach for another 750, but that would probably be a mistake. Highly recomended.

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

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Don de Dieu pours a hazy orange gold with about a fingertip thick ring of white light foam. A swirl of the glass leaves thin lacing which sticks the sides for about 30 seconds. When held to the light, Don de Dieu's color becomes more orange, like an orange creamsicle. On the bottom, sediment is noticeable and also a pillar of steady carbonation.

S: Yeasty bread, citrus fruit, spice, and toffee.

T: Lots of fruity notes upfront give way to a dryer twinge of citrus from the hops.The finish offers mild spice, toffee, honey, slight bread, and some alcohol warmth.

M: Creamy and smooth with a bit of dryness at the finish.

D: Smooth and delicious, it would be tough to know that this beer is 9% abv.

Overall: This is a great beer and well worth every cent. Though it has high alcohol, great carbonation and expressive taste make the beer not only balanced, but elegant. To be honest, elegant is the word to describe most of the beers Unibroue makes.

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Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange/ gold with a large white head which dissipated rather quickly into a thin circle.
Citrus aroma with some spice. The sweet fruitiness, apple and pineapple dominated the taste with some clove. The alcohol was well masked for a 9% ABV beer.
Medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation.
This is a very smooth drinkable beer and you have to remind yourself of the high ABV.

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Photo of brouwer
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This opaque golden brown ale from Unibroue does not disappoint. After uncorking, and pouring into a fluted glass the 3 inch head quickly formed. Smell was less than inspiring with rather flat aroma of mild (I tried so much to smell I inhaled) typical yeast/fruit. The taste improves the character significantly with above average but not complex taste. The mouthfeel was good with appropriate carbonation and clean aftertaste. This was an overall good but underwhelming "strong" Belgian pale Ale.

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Photo of beyah
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden in color, Cloudy, in appearance, thanks to being unfiltered.
Smells wonderful, a nice alcohol smell with a bit of a citrus. A slight spicy flavor in the background. Deceivingly smooth and creamy, but be warned this is 9% beer. It's wonderful one of my favorites from Unibroue

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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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,917 ratings