Don De Dieu | Unibroue

2,875 Ratings
Don De DieuDon De Dieu

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great carbonation leads to a white fizzy head that is constant and on top of a clear auburn body. A strong yeast smell along with a sour fruit smell of orange and pear; also hints of bread and caramel malt. Crisp carbonation and a medium body leads to a sharp sour fruit taste of orange, apple, pear and grape. Some sweetness derived from fruit notes as well as some caramel malt; beer also has a mild creamy texture as well thanks to yeast and breadiness. ABV complements beer by giving the backbite a nice, cry bite. A definite sipper and great version of this style.

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Photo of kegger22
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a generous head that instantly disappeared. Aroma, I get some fruity, particularly after Don de warms up. The taste of over ripe fruit is overwhelmed by the massive carbonation (not unusual for this style). Feel is light bodied with the above mentioned, big carbonation. Drinkability is above average for a 9.00 ABV

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

appearance: golden with little head retention for a belgian

smell: sweet some fruity aroma

taste: pretty solid golden belgian.. I bouught this thinking it was a dark ale. I was surprised when I poured it. S

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: overall I appreciate it and it's a solid belgian pale. Unibroue always hits their mark and sticks with the style. Another great example...

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of medium browned toast with a soft white head. The beer is hazed to the point where you can only seet the hint of finger shadows from the other side of the glass. The cap fades to thin suds on the surface and a slightly thicker collar.

The scent is of ripe apples that have been slightly baked and coated in a cinnamon, clove, pepper rub. Also a bready yeast presence that smells distinctly Belgian in style/strain.

This is a more then solid brew that should be tried if your a fan of Belgian's and can get your paws on it. The 9% ABV is hidden behind layers of spiced apple flavors and peppery breads. I do think it is a little one sided in taste and doesn't really have a great amount of complexity for a BSPA style.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp partly from the flavors and also from the fine carbonation. It is delightful on the tongue and finishes with a superb fruity flavor and subtle dryness. A damn fine beer from damn fine brewers.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright golden-tangerine color with a very small, lackluster head. Bubbles of carbonation continually rise to the surface. I wish there was more of a head, because this one could look great with a nice cap of foam over the top.

S: Weak aroma. Sweet and fruity, with notes of apricot, orange, and some light coriander-like spices. Maybe even a hint of fermented wheat. Not quite what I was expecting in a BSPA, but still interesting.

T&M: Flavor features more spice and wheat, along with a noticeable citrus component. It tastes almost like a sweeter, boozier, "imperial" witbier. It's almost cloying at times and the big body is a bit unsupported by the flavor. Carbonation is very zesty, but there's no crispness to it, which (to me) is essential for these kinds of flavors to really shine.

D: Again, it's like an amped-up witbier that doesn't meld quite right. An interesting concept for a strong pale ale, but it doesn't work well in practice. Probably will steer clear of this one in the future, especially considering there are so many other strong options from this brewery.

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

My first time to drink this beer.
Yellow golden pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. White head sticks around for a bit but eventrually disappears and leaves minimal lacing.
Phenols on the nose, along with some yeast and some kind of sweet fruit. A bit dryer than La Fin du Monde, a little fruitier than Duvel, but still very tasty in its own way.
Tart apples, some bitter orange and alcohol dominate the flavors.
Lushly carbonated mouthfeel, but soft at the same time.
Easy to drink. The abv is not evident yet, but I'm sure that I'll feel it shortly.
My favorite beer from Unibroue is still La Fin du Monde, but this one is well worth revisiting. The more I drink it, the more it grows on me.

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Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color in the beer, yellowy with an intitally massive white head that disappears with no trace.

Aromas of old apples, cake, vanilla, yeasty.

The flavors are familiar, with apricot, apple, with a huge alcohol overtone. I really like it but the alcohol flavor bombs the slight bitterness.

A fizzy, lucious feel.

Pretty damn good, but nowhere near the levels of near perfection some Unibroue beers are.

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

12oz brown bottle with a best before date. The label advertises "bottle conditioning" and includes pouring instructions to keep sediment out of your glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a tight carbonation. Capped nicely by a tiny bubbled white head.

S: Biscuity yeasts, a nice dose of spices, and mild fruit esters in the form of banana and apples. And this nose does not hide the fact that this is a "Strong" pale ale.

T/M: A crisp beer that bites back. Lots of carbonation keep it tingling and complement the thick body nicely. Flavors settle in with a lot of the nose. Fruity esters although it is more of a sweet fruit salad than anything identifiable. Malt is much more pronounced on the palate. Alcohol comes through in the end to dry out the palate. Nice!

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

750 bottle split with jessethehutt into two Duvel tulips. Best before 10/15/11.

Murky orange in color with billowing head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma of orange rind is overwhelming. Not picking up much else. Maybe some sweetness due to alcohol.

Taste of bitter orange, but sweet alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy for the style. Carbonation is prickly yet not lively. Flavors bog down a little. Lacks the crispness/dryness that I associate with the style.

Drinkability is solid for 9% abv.

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

Pours a beautiful golden yellow/orange with a very fizzy three finger head that disappears instantly. No lacing is left behind at all, a very clean looking beer. Smell is a good example of a strong belgian pale ale. Smells of belgian yeast, fruits, citrus, bread and spices. Smells like a german meets a belgian and makes a beer, has that german banana smell. Taste is basically the same as the nose, a good example of a belgian beer. Might have a bit too much banana in here from the german influence, still good though. Got belg yeast, spices, citrus, and fruits too. Mouthfeel fits the style here, pretty light with a high (good) amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a bit lowrr here for me because of the strong german influence but its 9% abv is very well hidden, impressive.

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

Unibroue Don de Dieu poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head. Smell was of yeast, with some citrus hints. The taste was sweet, hints of citrus and hints of warming alcohol. Hints of white sugar in the flavor. Mouthfeel was good, very nice carbonation. Drinkability was ok, lost a little for me because the high ABV hit me a little quick. Overall this was a wonderful beer, great flavor, very well done.

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Photo of ToddT
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat cloudy orange / yellow with a large off white head. Head disappears quickly to nothing and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Sweet apple, clove, banana, spice and Belgian yeast.

T- Taste follows the nose. Fruits upfront apple, orange, some banana. A little hop twang in the middle mixed with clove and spice. Finish is clean and semi-dry with a final note of yeast and a little Belgian funk.

M- Light in body and highly carbonated, but not overly so.

D- Very drinkable the 9.0% ABV is well hidden only noticed by it's warming effects. I would like to drink a lot of this but I'm not going to try to.

Find it, try it , and enjoy it.

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

Pours a golden honey color with lots of bubbles rising. Head is a big 2 fingers and white. Head retention and lacing were good.

Smell is of wheat, spice, and Belgian yeast. There is also citrus in there like coriander or orange peel. Hops and alcohol are pretty much not there at all

Taste is lots of phenols and bananas. It's like a mix between a hefeweizen and a Belgian ale. Beer is pretty sweet, like green apples and spiciness mixes in nice. Very refreshing, hops aren't really present. For 9% abv the alcohol is hidden very well. The after taste is of clove and that unique Belgian yeast flavor, sort of like bubblegum but not really.

The mouth feel is of high carbonation but not overly carbonated. Body is very light but not watery. Through half of the beer the head provided some light creaminess I wish would have stayed the whole way.

Drink ability for this beer was pretty high. The alcohol wasnt even noticed until the beer warmed up a bit. I could go through the whole 750 ml bottle in one sitting which is pretty rare for such a strong ale. Only downside to beer was the overly phenolic after taste that the beer had but it was still very good, would buy again

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: color of apple juice, huge head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: apples, cinnamon, and cloves

Taste: malt, apples, cinnamon, cloves, and noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, moderately smooth

Drinkability: This is a tasty strong ale. I like the flavors and it is classic Unibroue. That being said, it is not interesting enough to make me want another.

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

Pours a nice reddish gold color. Big head that fades to a thin one fast. Smells of yeast and fruit. Some malt and spice there too. Taste is great. Yeast and citrus up front. Slight hint of caramel malt too, but balanced. Bitterness is barely present, but noticeable. Good crisp carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and a little warming, but it isn't too overwhelming.

Another solid beer by Unibroue. Simply a treat to drink.

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

Apperance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of foamy white head, which quickly reduced over a gold to amber coloured body with a little suspended sediment.

Smell - 4.0
Sweetish, slightly spicy aroma with notes of clove and candy cane.

Taste - 4.5
Like a Duvel but with greater malt and alcohol presence. Biscuity malt backbone, hard plain candy, light spice, slightly fruity (apricot) with a moderate bitterness that lingers nicely in the dry finish. Tastier if you add the yeast sediment which softens the beer, giving it a lovely toffeeish character.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine, lively carbonation, a little coarse in the mouth with warming alcohol.

Drinkability - 4.0
I'll definitely come back to this one.

OVERALL - 4.25
A nice beer, possibly overachieving a little as it only just achieved a 4.5 for taste, raising its score from a 4.05. Unibroue is a truly great brewery, to the best of my knowledge they do not make a bad beer, and this is certainly no exception. Would make great drinking any time of the year.

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

750ml bottle. Weird buying these at the local chain stores, but hey, I'm not complaining about the convenience in finding this 'gift of God'.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet somehow creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent splashes of bulbous cloud lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, orange citrus, banana chips, sweet clove, grainy pale malt, and a slight whiff of edgy alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, a hint of wheat, mildly spicy Unibroue house yeast (not helpful to the subset of beer drinkers who haven't tried this brewery, but, oh, fuck it), lemon and orange citrus, banana pudding, coriander, and a very subtle booze warming.

The carbonation is mostly moderate, if a bit spritzy up front, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry and a bit sticky, with wheat-tinged caramel, citrus, spice and some subdued yeast lingering, all.

A tasty enough Belgian-style strong pale ale, and easy drinking, if that is really a thing when it comes to offerings such as this, where the big ABV is fairly innocuous, and so many other things divert one's attention from that fact.

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Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange in body with frothy head. A pungent aroma of booze, citrus, and hop resin. Tastes of booze, citrus, hop resin, and acids. Medium carb stings the palate and the acidic qualities make this beer difficult to drink for a while. Unfavorably acidic and pungent.

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

Unibroue always seems to surprise me. This poured with a deep peach to amber color. It was very haze and had a nice head. I got wheat and lemon smell as I poured. It has a nice wheaty taste and there is citrus present, primarily lemon. It finished with a honey taste. I thought this beer might be sweeter than I prefer but it is not. It has a pleasant tart taste as well.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Situation: Summer school kicks off--with only seven students.A good situation gets better--one gift from God deserves another?
Glassware: La Fin du Monde snifter...
Appearance: pours a soft peach hue that is indeed hazy with a white head that fades rather hastily...
Aroma: light, fruity accents of lemon, corriander and fragrant spices play delicately; wheaty, yes, but the "strong" is not detectable through the comforably contained...
Palate: smooth, light-bodied (!) ale; acidic in the throat but gentle, almost apologetically retreating--and little alcohol presence...
Taste: light, bright wheat sensibility, with a balance of hops that doesn't overwhelm--again, the "strength" of Unibroue is in its flavorful approach and delayed punch...
Overall: A clean, pleasant vibe emanates from this brew, from the bottle art (which looks great blown up on a wall-hang) to the presentation to the final sedimental sip; dangerously drinkable, with a complexity of spices that had me drink each one in the case before I trusted my senses...

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Photo of Soneast
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color. Grows a 2-finger thick, white colored head that is incredibly dense. Almost looks like whipped cream floating on the beer. There is great retention to the head, and it leaves a very intricate lace pattern on the glass composed of thousands of tiny bubbles.

Very nice, clean and crisp aroma to this beer. Some light fruity character and hints of tartness tickle the nose.

The flavor is reminiscent of the aroma, with the light fruit notes being evident and a hint of bubblegum sweetness, with a light caramel background. Fairly tart on the end.

For being as strong as it is, this beer feels deceptively light to medium bodied. The high carbonation probably plays a role in that. Unibroue has proven they can create strong beers that are light and refreshing and this proves to be no different. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Me likey!

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Photo of grayburn
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don de Dieu pours a tawny amber with some nice cloudiness from the yeast. The head is pretty close to white, starts with about two fingers and fades to a resilient ring that laces nicely.

The smell is a bit more muted than I would like, but there are some nice apricot yeast offshoots that dominate nicely.

The taste is quite delicate but the malt backbone really lets Unibroue's house yeast play with itself. Nice. Again, the fruitiness dominates.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are Unibroue's specialties....excellent. Nice clean and crisp finish from a medium body. Good carbonation brings it all together into a damn drinkable product.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue- Don de Dieu

A- Light clear golden orange with a frothy head that quickly disappears and no lacing.
S- Big sugary sweet fruits; orange, grape, lemon. Light touch of honey.
T- Sweet sugary citrus with a light caramel malt. Lightly toasted grains, honey, and wheat make up the rest.
M- Very sweet and tangy. Good fruity center with alc. well hidden. Tangy and tart finish.

Overall- A good Unibroue offering. Solid throughout!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/orange with a thin white head, sort of murky.

Smells very fruity, sour, banana, apples, pear, some slight citrusy hops maybe..

Just tastes wonderful, like a typical Belgian pale ale! Pretty sweet and fruity, some vanilla, many spices, cloves, banana, and slight hop finish, very nice.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, highly drinkable at 9%.Very typical Unibroue beer, they never let me down!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent yellow with about an inch of white head. Head sticks around for a while. Laces well.

S- Tart apples, cloves, yeast. Smells nice.

T- Again, apples, some yeastiness, slight hop bitterness. Slightly hot. Slightly vinous. Some peppery bite from wheat? Some caramel sweetness in the background. Not exactly as robust as I'd hoped.

M- A bit over-carbonated, IMO. Dry finish.

D- Drinkable, but the flavor isn't interesting enough to keep me on it for a while. Worth trying, but not the best I've had from Unibroue.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,875 ratings.
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