Don De Dieu | Unibroue

2,881 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 cheezdawg
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I ever had this beer was on a visit to Montreal at a festival. I loved it then. The next day I hiked up Mount Royal on a hot summers day, afterwards I hydrated with one of these. I was possibly the best beer I have ever had, I'm sure the fact that I was serverly dehydrated had something to do with this. It was great to revisit this beer here about a year later. When I revisit a beer I often come back to find myself disappointed, I am happy to report that is not the case with this beer.

it pours a nice bubbly yellow, looks great poured in my unibroue tulip. The nose is a sweet, but not overly sweet smell. The taste is fantastic only rivaled by true authentic Belgian pale ales. I personally love a nice carbonated beer, it's a nice change from a flat stouts, plus BPAs are traditionally pretty well carbonated. This beer is dangerously drinkable. I put back an entire 4 pack of 12oz'ers without a problem. I could have had more. Drinking a bomber alone would be a simple task, this is a beer I will always keep on hand, just like La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of colts9016
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Poured into a snifter at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A firm two finger head that is foamy and creamy with an off white color.The color of the beer is a hazy orange with a reddish copper orange hue. There is yeast suspended, in turn make the clarity somewhat hazy. There is beautiful lacing left behind on the glass.

Nose: a very spicy floral, woody and citrus ( grapefruit, oranges and lemons). A very rich malt that has a touch of sweetness. There are also aromas of yeast, bread, white pepper, phenols and solvents.

Taste: A very firm rich malt, yeasty, bready and toasty beer. There is a good floral esters, pine, citrus, pine, white pepper, solvents, and phenols.

Overall: The mouthfeel is carbonated creamy and astringent. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This is a really good beer. There are a lot of flavor compounds.

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Photo of tworollsbeatone
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is good, with a nice rich color.

The smell has a subtle fruitiness that got my hopes up for an excellent beer.

The taste and feel left something to be desired. It is overly carbonated in my opinion which ruins much of the flavor.

As for drinkability...high carbonation plus 9% ABV should get you drunk fast but I don't see another reason to drink this beer. Especially when Unibroue has other much better offerings.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, slightly orange gold color with plenty of carbonation. A nice frothy two finger head sticks around and leaves pretty mediocre lace on my DFH signature glass. Smell is sweet yet tart with orange, coriander and some alcohol. Flavor is very unique with a nice slightly tart wheat backbone and what I perceive to be a fairly firm bitterness for the style. Various spice notes such as coriander, orange peel and a touch of clove swirl around with a perceivable alcohol presence. None of these flavors overpower though. All in all a very delicate tasting beer, something I can appreciate in a style that I enjoy, but is not my favorite. The mouthfeel is medium and very creamy with a nice tart finish. Quite drinkable, but you can definitely tell it is 9% ABV.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fin Du Monde tulip...

A - pours a mostly clear (but very slightly cloudy) golden color with two fingers of white rocky head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves lace that hangs momentarily
S - belgian yeast, tangerine/citrus, orange peel, light apple hints
T - same as the nose plus more: big yeast flavor, tangerine/citrus, orange peel, a hint of apple, spiciness for sure, and not-too-present alcohol warmth
M - light bodied, highly carbonated (a bit too high), smooth malty finish
D - not much getting in the way of drinkability here...great flavor, light body, well-disguised abv...

Another great beer from Unibroue

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

Bottle to oversize wine glass. Best before date of 3/20/11. So explosive on the opening that the pressure sent the cap, ALONG WITH THE RIM OF THE BOTTLE, flying upwards through the foil wrap & ricocheting off of the ceiling. That's right, the top of the bottle broke off and hit my ceiling. WTF Unibroue?

A: Large, super bright white and fizzy head that erupts from the body. Quickly fizzes out. Active streamers along the glasses edge. The body is lightly cloudy, medium intensity and golden honey colored.

S & T: Light hay malts. Average floral/perfumey hop content mixed with lemon and orange citrus. Leafy yeast. Light apple and grape aroma and flavor rounded out with a dusty, peppery component. Moderately sweet. The flavor duration is semi long.

M: Medium body with the typical Unibroue carbonation: Lively and super fizzy.

D: The drinkability score would have suffered severely had a trip to the emergency room been required. Luckily the flying glass debris only grazed my face and I could proceed with the tasting. Fine brew from a solid lineup by Unibroue.

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Photo of sdmrtn
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangish golden color nice lathery 3 finger head

Smell: delicious fruity yeasty

Taste: Nice burst of fruity apricots the some alcohol then honey
very interesting and quite good.

Mouth-feel: medium body

Drinkability: good but the 9.0 abv make it a nice treat to drink 1 or 2 of once in a while.

Notes: This is amazing and special brew I highly recommend trying it. Really, seek it out.

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Photo of brewbasterd
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white foamy head the dissappears quite swiftly leaving almost no lacing. Belgian yeast is definately present on the nose giving off a sweet fruity aroma. Sweet malts give a backbone to more fruity notes upfront, a touch of hop bitterness is present and candied sugars play a roleas well as tastes of alcohol. Medium bodied and a little thick, it will coat your palate. Over all a decent beer, not a favorite.

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Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is good, lots of fruits and spices. Taste is also good, fruits and spices, some hints of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a high quality beer.

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A triple wheat brew at 9% and a shelf life of 3 years. The color is great giving off a deep and cloudy orange. The head dissipates too quickly. The aroma is very light but it smells sweet and hints of vanilla. Most of all though it is clean.

On the first sip I get a lot of honey and bit of vanilla. The carbonation fizzes on the tongue nicely in the middle. Towards the back the flavor really comes through. Surprisingly there is a strong flavor of ripe fruits like plums and apricots. It finishes well leaving a bit of yeasty bread on the tongue.

This is a totally unique wheat. I was expecting more bread, straw, grass, etc. Not red fruit like a porter or an imperial IPA. It's really fantastic. Refreshing, smooth, and full of flavor. How often does that happen?

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Photo of cratez
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with my girlfriend at Chancey Smith's. I've sampled Don de Dieu on a few occasions now, and it tastes different every time. Might have something to do with the bottle re-fermentation. Anyhow, it's a good but inconsistent beer.

Mango yellow orange with two fingers of foamy white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. No lace on this pour. Smell and taste are ripe anjou pears, yeast esters, cookie dough, pie crust, apple cider, cinnamon, and other spices. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with medium carbonation and some fruity tang, but thins out toward the end, adopting a pop-like texture. Soothing alcohol accompanies the finish. There's enough going on here to keep things interesting, and it's definitely a flavourful and aromatic offering. I could just use more body and a better appearance. Not one of Canada's best, but still a tasty Belgian.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man these beers are awesome! Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass (my tasting glass)

"best before 5 -31-10"

A - Hazy yellow orange in color with no head due to this bottle being over a year old.
S - Fruits like apples and mango tickle the nose.
T - Man big fruit and bread flavor! Slight bitter bite at the end with mild alcohol burn.
M - Smooth and tasty. Easily finish the bottle.
D - I may find this fresh but since the variety case only had one it looks like I will have to enjoy the other 9 beers!

Overall I don't know if this is better with age but it is delicious!

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Photo of taigor
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A - Poured clear golden yellow body with huge white head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Yeast upfront with hints of pears, apricots, apples and some nuts.

T - Sweet fruits upfront followed by bready yeast and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - ABV is well masked and with great taste this pale ale is great and will be consumed in the future.

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Photo of Daniell
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3-4 finger head, very nice golden almost creamy colour, like some mango cream dessert. Some floating sediment in the glass. Head rapidly dissipates. Lacing rather temporary.

Nose: mango and paw paw mainly comprise the sulfuric tropical fruit bouquet. Also seems to have some minerally notes a la a Riesling.

Taste: also features the tropical fruits, particularly mango, and alcohol

Feel: slips down very readily like a good lager, with some syruppyness.

Drink: probably wouldn't opt for more than one of these.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL A classic Quebec brew.

A- While cold looked like a hazy mango but turned to a hazy gold colour. Looks great, Head was nice but receded to a thin layer, still nice though. I am pretty sure my glass was clean but this gave me what I would call temporary lacing. Nice lacing that just slides down the glass (it sometimes left some spotting).

S- Mango juice. Light citrus like "Five Alive". Belgian yeast. Maple sugar. Soft. pleasant alcohol.

T- Mint. Cream. Alcohol. Banana. A little marzipan. Carrot juice once it warms up. Slight grassy boiled greens background. While warm it reminds me of St-Ambroise Apricot ale. Marmelade. Particularly enjoyable yeast taste.

M- Next to perfect mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively but smooth. Lightest you can get without feeling, well... "light" but still maintaning a great level of carbonation and frothiness.

D- If it wasn't for the 9% alcohol level this would be an incredible session brew. Recommend this. Drink again.

Don-de-dieu i a pretty good name for this. With a bit of tweaking, this would really feel like a god-given brew. If you don't mind the high ABV this is great.

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Photo of kjyost
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and slightly cloudy with a puffy white head that looks like it will not be long lasting. Yup, it is gone now, but it leaves light lacing throughout the drink. The beer has a wonderfully complex nose with coriander, citrus and fruit overtop a light malt. A nice beer, but not terribly complex. Tastes like a slightly better Hoegaarten, with the same flavours on the nose within the beer. The 9% ABV is not evident in the beer, and it feels light on the palate. A nicely drinkable Belgian ale.

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Photo of Bisho
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Right up there with La Fin Du Monde as this brewer's best!

Cloudy golden orange appearance. Lots of lively carbonation as it pours leaving specks of yeast floating in the bubbly goodness! Leaves a thin white lace as it settles.

Very fruity on the nose with apple, apricot & peach being the most dominant. A little clove is noticible along with spicy phenols and chalky yeast.

Taste is apricot to the fore with a little apple close behind. Spice follows then a light dry hoppiness finishes. A little bit of honey and malt hits the back of the palate too when this beer warms.

The lively carbonation along with the chalky yeast bounces around in the mouth and the alcohol is always present but it never ever gets in the way.

Have had a several sessions on this but I a always the worse for it afterwards. At 9%ABV this beer punishes you without you ever realising until it's too late!

Love this beer... Nuff said!

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Photo of TommyW
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy gold with a tall white head made of lots of tiny bubbles.

S- Apricot, peach and other ripe fruity sweetness with a touch of powdery yeast.

T- Fruity (peach) sweetness with some pale malt flavors, nice phenolic presence with some medicinal qualities. The fruity sweetness lingers for a bit but is balanced nicely with some dry yeasty flavors.

M- Slick, medium mouthfeel.

D-A very nice strong pale; a touch fruitier than some I've had before (like Duvel), but this is not really a bad thing.

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Photo of aristeros
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the pack. I'm a big fan of Unibroue. Poured into a goblet. Pours golden, moderately cloudy, with heavy carbonation visible. Almost two fingers of white head with moderate retention and heavy lacing. A yeasty nose, with apple and light citrus. Cloves and alcohol less up-front but present.

Surprising spices up front along with red fruit and sweet malts. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't quite feel like a 9% ABV. Pleasant warmth, and hops for balance.

Moderate drinkability. No issues, but a high ABV and the carbonation, although appropriate and leaving it a lively, effervescent mouthfeel, slows your pace and keeps this from being as sessionable as other Unibroue offerings.

I've had both Belgian pales and darks from Unibroue and they are, overall, comparable. They're my go-to beers when I want a Belgian and can't get anything from Belgium.

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Photo of vishneda
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the best looking of the Unibroue "High ABV" collection. It really stands out in the glass with a perfect golden color, properly cloudy complextion, classy thin white head and tiny lacing as the beer descends. The nose is nice and strong with lots of fruitiness (apple, peach, toasted banana) along with the proper clove presence. The flavor is delicately balanced between fruit and spice and contributes just a slight hop presence to keep things in control. The ABV clocks in a little higher than some of the best known beers in this style, but still very drinkable. A great selection in this class.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a snifter & water glass.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, bone-white head. Dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Sweet honey smells, slightly floral, spice and orange. A hint of alcohol and raisins.

Tangy, sweet, wheaty grain, floral and buttery.

Tangy aftertaste.

Full, clean mouthfeel -dry up front with a soft, lingering finish.

Moderate-high drinkability. A bit fuller than lends toward super-high quaffability.

I would say this is my favorite wheat beer and a good tripel. Kudos to Unibroue for another really good beer. I like the brightness of this beer and the buttery/tangy finish.

Serve with crab legs as the finish is very lemon-butter.


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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle shows a "best by" date of 08-07-2012.

Pours a hazy golden color, and even with a careful pour yields two fingers of crisp white head. This beer has a beautiful effervescence, bubbly like champaigne. Good retention of the head, but no lacing.

Smells of ripe bananas, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is citrusy, moderate hops, just a little bit bready. Alcohol and fruit on the finish. Medium body, but huge amount of carbonation.

Always impressed with the belgian inspired offerings from the team at Unibroue. Don de Dieu is no exception!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a christmas present from my fiance's sister.

Appearance- golden color, nice thick head

Smell- fruit, spice

Taste- mostly spices and fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Excellent, Unibroue always does a great job and they did again.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass

Appearance: The pour is from a twelve ounce bottle. It's a light amber and chrome yellow color, with two fingers of fluffy white foam sitting on top. The head retention is low, the head is gone within a dozen seconds. It's quite clear, I was expecting a little more haziness, although I'm not sure why. As expected, it's quite effervescent, with a constant stream of bubbling reaching the top of the glass. The lacing is nowhere to be found.

Smell: The nose is yeasty, spicy and fruity. There is a little dash of clove, but mostly pepper and yeast on the spiciness front. There is some orange peel and a little bit of apricot for the citrus.

Taste: The first flavor to cross the palate is spicy pale malt. Some yeast is then thrown into the mix, and it comes to a close with some citrus fruit. More orange and apricot on the finish. A moderate about of hop bitterness, and the finish is moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I must admit, Belgian pale ale's are not my first choice for a drink. I did enjoy this beer though, but it wouldn't be something I have very often. The nose and and flavor all seemed to follow the style quite well, and it was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, best by 10/08/11, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, golden-amber body with some yeast sediment floating around in and out of the steady stream of carbonation that rises from the nucleation site; two fingers of white foam show good retention but only light lacing.

S: Plenty of spiciness from the wheat and yeast, but not much else. A little bit of graininess. Underwhelming.

T: Far, far better than the smell: big wheat sharpness, plenty of yeasty spice, and some nice fruit flavors as well (apricot and lemon); some cinnamon on the finish, and just a bit of booze on the aftertaste.. Quite complex and thoroughly enjoyable.

M: Fairly light body with an explosion of bright carbonation.

D: Simply unbelievable for the strength - I genuinely thought that this was 6% until I glanced up to fill out this category. Now that's dangerous. And awesome.

Notes: Aside from the disappointing lack of any meaningful complexity from the nose, this is an extremely impressive beer. Another great offering from Unibroue.


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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,881 ratings.
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