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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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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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Photo of Naugros
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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 drink...at 9% it will keep you from drinking too many.

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Photo of clegolfski
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -26.5%
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 +11.8%
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 +6.5%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,895 ratings
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