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Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of dickieb
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw in color with a big head right off the bat that works down to a foamy ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of. The smell is a bit fruity, mostly wheat and the Belgian yeast is noticeable. The flavor is tart with pear and apple flavoring and the distinct Unibroue yeast and spice flavorings are apparent. A lingering yeasty bite is present as well. The mouthfeel is exceptionally light and the drinkability is criminal. If I was told this was 4% I would believe it. This is a brewery I feel would have a hard time brewing a bad beer.

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Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaah Unibroue, you rarely let me down. CLoudy honey colour with a tight persistent head which endured but unfortunately didn't leave much lacing. On the nose I straight away think Duvel, followed by a sip and I think Duvel. And there is nothing wrong with that. Not that this is a carbon copy, it isn't. It is in that vein of spicy strong golden ale but it a robustness that separates it. Probably because hardly anyone seems to be able to do a good version of a Duvel style beer when one comes along it sticks out. Great beer.

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Photo of Aenema
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy straw with a 1.5 finger ivory white head and little lacing.
Smell - Fruity esters and pear.
Taste - Similar to the nose, but sugary yeast and some spicy notes in addition to fruit and pear.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied with fine, vigorous carbonation. Scrubs the palate nicely.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.
Overall - A good beer, but not good enough or unique enough to select over several other Unibroue beers.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. "Best before 09-04-11" on the label

Appearance: Very strange apearance. Disappointingly thin and weak head which looks very atypical. But an absolutely beautiful golden amber colour. A decent amount of fine sediment, mostly towards the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Sour and fruity, almost like apples, bannanas. Also a strong and distinct yeastyness to it, probably some order of Belgian yeast. Lesser notes of clove. However, has a very strong wheatiness, and reminds me of how Affligem Blond smells. It almost smells like fermented apple juice

Taste: Tart, and a little sour. Very powerful yeast flavour. Surprisingly not as much depth to this beer as i thought. The effervesence reminds me of champagne, but unfortunately doesnt do a whole lot for the character of this beer. Very fruity; along with the ale-ish banana/clove flavours, there is also an apple and peach quality to this. This reminds me of when i tried to ferment apple juice in my dorm room; it was very sweet, golden in colour, and tasted very tart. I perhaps shouldnt be as harsh on this beer, because Ive been drinking stouts, lagers and darker ales lately (in addition to this being around october/november so its not really the right time to drink something this light imo). I feel like I would want this beer a little sweeter. The tasters pack said it was similar to sake, and suddenly I'm completely tasting that. To summarize, this beer is like if you took cheap champagne, sake, apple juice and an unfiltered wheat beer and combined them into one very strange brew.

Mouthfeel: Very sharply carbonated probably from the secondary fermentation. A slightly unpleasant mouthfeel for what I'm used to, but definitely seems like champagne.

Drinkability: This is 9%?? But I dont taste any alcohol...This beer does a truly amazing job of hiding any hint of booziness. It's very drinkable, but I wouldnt necessarily want to have a bunch of these in one night. Especially because I'm definitely feeling a little buzzed already. Damn you Unibroue, conspiring to get me tipsy without even realizing it!

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Photo of Rayek
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Deep gold, with very good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. A soapy white cap starts huge before disappearing to a small ring at the beer's edge. Leaves occasional spots of lace. The beer's weak spot.

S: Very fruity and slightly boozy. Pears, apples and green grape are out front. Coriander and a touch of cinnamon add a nice spiciness. Alcohol adds a warm tingle.

T: The pale fruits and alcohol mix to create a white wine theme. A spicy coriander, clove and cinnamon bite adds to the mix. Finishes dry and sweet, with a lingering grape skin flavor.

M: The light body belies the beer's strength. The carbonation started out strong, but mellowed out fairly quickly.

D: The light body makes this beer go down easily. It has a strong spicy white wine character that I liked. A very nice match for a cold autumn evening.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, hazy, straw. Very cloudy. Poured into a tulip (as suggested by the bottle). Forms a large airy head that recedes quickly to just around the rim. No lacing.

S: Pungent and strong. Light lemon, Champagne. Flowery.

T & M: Dry, crisp. Grainy malt. Light body with a little hot alcohol or spiciness on the tongue. High carbonation. Again I feel this is very reminiscent of Champagne or maybe tart, dry apple cider.

D: Very good. This beer is not too "user friendly" and maybe it's not one I'd like to have again and again in one sitting, but the flavors and aromas are strong and complex, allowing it to pair perfectly with certain foods or stand on its one. Very unique and interesting.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy light amber. 1 finger of head which almost disappeared.

Smell - Plenty of spices, with an unexpected sherry-like character in the background.

Taste - Very yeasty and spicy. Not a great deal of other flavours.

Mouthfeel - Not quite as lively as most Belgians, but pretty smooth.

Drinkability - A little bit challenging.

Overall - My least favourite of the Unibroues I have tried so far. This is a fair way off the quality of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

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Photo of oceanman
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color, big head.
Aroma is bready, medicinal, floral, with notes of apples, pears, citrus.
Taste of apple cider, baking spices, fruit.
Nice carbonation.
Easy drinking for a high abv brew. Great taste but will not replace La Fin du Monde as my Unibroue go-to.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice.

A. 1 finger light head. Head disappeared rather fast. Not much lacing. Nice golden orange color.

S. Fruit, malt, yeast, sourness, spices, apricot, citrus fruit, pineapple.

T. Fruity, sweet maly, spice, citrus and tropical fruit.

M. Medium/light. Good carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. ABV is almost indistinguishable. Nice combination of fruit and spice. Glad I have 3 more to drink!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 C&C with BBD 6/8/2012. Wait, is that June 8 or August 6? Who gives a rat's ass, the shit's in the glass...

I like the way this looks. Egg-white head that's over a finger; it reduces to a single finger with a huge, uneven chunky seam. Body color is apricot-honey - very bright. A fair amount of cascading carbonation moves slowly up the glass; lacing is moderate to solid.

Scent is exceptionally fruity from the excellent yeast electricity - maybe peaches and the aforementioned apricots with a tinge or orange zest. Slight, slight hop pine doesn't disappoint. Sweetness in a bit of a boozy burn.

Now the spice comes out - a little ginger, clove and coriander...y'know, the usual suspects...along with that bitter orange zest and light malts...along with some mellow Styrian Goldings. This is exceptionally clean and the ample carbonation aids the spice profile immensely.

Probably one of the most well-balanced Belgian ales I've encountered in a while - it has some spring in its step, along with some mild malt and hop profile. Finishes very evenly and calmly, yet full of life.

I've had this before but haven't taken the time to really think about it. This is really an excellent brew that's one of the most enjoyable to drink - it isn't pretending to be anything but very good, yet it can be enjoyed by n00bs and true beer geeks alike. Awesome!

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

Pours a hazy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus (banana), yeast, and slight tart malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus (banana), and slight hops. Overall, a good blend, body, complexity, and mouth feel.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours light golden color with large head that quickly dissipates to one finger . lacing is present but not clumpy.

S- very sweet and fruity. vinegar or ciders. carmalized candy.

T- instant fruitstand. Tastes like white grapes. some charcoal in the back.

M- pretty thin with little carbonation. little residue leftover.

D- had to give Unibroue another try after La Terrible. The strong cidery fruit presense just may not be for me in these belgian strongs. For what its worth I enjoyed it.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a two finger foamy head. Smells of spice, malt, and fruit. The taste is sweet fruit and spices. Oranges, apricots, and pineapple flavor are present. This beer is medium bodied with high, fizzy carbonation. The drinkability is good, and the 9% alcohol is well hidden. Best before date: 12-03-11. Nicely made.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown orange color. This beer is very cloudy with a decent white head and pretty good lacing

S: Sweet malts and pale hops come through. Citrus and floral notes are detectable as well as a slight spirityness.

T: This beer tastes great, sweet, floral and citrusy with pleasant hop character alcohol is extremely well masked

M: Highly carbonated with a creamy medium body alcohol thins the body a bit

D: This beer goes down extremely smooth this thing is deff dangerously drinkable

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a disappointingly nonexistent head that dies down leaving zero retention and zero lacing.

The aroma is sweet apples, tangerines and must. Some spice. Smells a lot like cider.

Again, the taste is a musty medium-sweet cider with mild bitter hops. There's a nice orange and papaya aspect to it. There's a bit of spice to it. And yeah. It's like a cider with a big waxy funky Belgian kick to it.

It's crisp, medium bodied. Good carbonation. Slightly creamy.

At 9% you'd expect to taste some alcohol, but really, you don't. As much as I am loathe to do so, I fear I have to trot out the hoary old "dangerously drinkable" cliche for this review.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 9-4-2011.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange color that produces an effervescent white head that dissipated almost within seconds.

(S)- Potent clove and lemon banana. Bits of biscuit and a delicate clay/yeast barnyard funk.

(T)- Splashes of banana and lemon with a very light and airy biscuit/clay combination. Very delicate and light-bodied flavors that come and go on the palate. Later on, the clay funk becomes rather potent and almost overbearing.

(M)- Very potent and fizzy carbonation level that almost nearly overpowers the great delicateness of the flavors in this beer. I think it would benefit from much less that probably has the same amount as soda.

(D)- Despite it rather extensive carbonation level, this is actually pretty good! Very light and delicate, but it gets lost in how highly carbonated this is. This could be up there with La Fin Du Monde if it werent so off centered with ridiculously high carbonation!

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

Poured from corked 750mL bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: attractive golden hue with white 1-finger foamy head and pronounced effervescence.

Smell: a deep aroma of sour apple and carbonation. Some bready/yeasty malt also exists. Interesting ... I like it.

Taste: tangy tree fruit with some estery alcoholic zing. Not mind-blowingly complex but not bad.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied and the fizzy side of creamy. Still, it's a fun and effervescent creaminess which makes it seem like a special occasion. Festive!

Drinkability: a fetchingly imbibable strong ale. I should watch out.

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

pours golden, honey opaque with a small head, small lacing

Smell is apricot, bannana, cloves, nutmeg

Taste is bread, more bannana awesomeness, along with some pears and tart apples

Really solid, refreshing Belgian blonde/triple, another great one from unibroue

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into corsendonk chalice on sept 8 2009

A A cloudy golden orange with half a glass of head after a gentle pour. The big white head falls fast and leaves little lace too my surprise.

S Mild spice and banana with some orange, booze and plenty of yeast

T It tastes as it smells only I find the booze is well hidden and I can taste some grains

M Pretty light all things considered, heavy carbonation but it works well for it

D I'm not sure if it's good or bad how easy this one is too drink. It's dangerously easy drinking for 9% be careful with this one it's deadly

Yet another winner from Unibroue, I can't think of any reason why you should not try this beer

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

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy brownish-gold color. Aggressive pour yields aggressive foam, but this fades very quickly with little to no adhesion to the glass. Some unreleased carbonation ascends.

Smell: I had trouble with this one. I could detect a variety of aromas, but could not separate them accurately. Certainly picked up a hint of hops and spice

Taste: Certainly a good example of BSPA. For me, this beer opens with some sweetness, with hops and a light alcohol taste follows. Spice shows up in the finish for me, but I can't exactly isolate which spice I'm tasting. Nice balance, and a well crafted drinking experience overall. There is a lot going on, but nothing is out of balance or control. Excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Some unreleased carbonation, and a generally "light" (but not watery) mouth feel.

Drinkability: This is easily a "dangerous" beer. At 9% ABV, I'm detecting some alcohol warmth from this brew. However, it is darn tasty and refreshing, so I'd certainly be welcoming another.

Unibroue is available at The Andersons in Dublin, Ohio -- and this is a good thing!

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy deep golden with a little amber hue to it when held to the sun. A small foamy head that didn't last long and left a little lacing. Settled to a nice thin layer of white foam that retained throughout.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with a little clove spice.

Taste: Wow. For a Canadian made BSPA style this is right on the mark. Perfect blend of funky sweet yeast, subtle hop florals and fruits and a nice spice twist on the finish. A deceptively high ABV without a strong alcohol taste. An exceptional BSPA.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied and a nice subtle carbonation that allows the flavors to shine through.

Drinkability: Fantastic. A very easy drinking and truly delicious BSPA style. Unibroue is one of the finest breweries in the world, and that's stiff competition out there. Love this beer, it's one of my new favorites. Can't believe I haven't tried this one sooner. Simply excellent.

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

A: Hazy, brownish yellow color with think white head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Yeasty, sweet fruity aroma. Fresh baked bread and ripe apples.

T: Fresh fruit and spices. Hints of apple and grapes. Some bread, yeast and nutty elements. Nice flavor, much better than my ability to describe it.

M: Full bodied, tingly carbonation that coats your entire mouth. Finishes dry like a good champagne

D: Excellent brew and good interpretation of a Belgian from a Canadian brewer. At 9% ABV, these go down very smooth.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep gold color with a very cloudy appearance. Had a massive head on it.

Smell: A wheat malt base that was accompanied by a seemingly nutty aroma.

Taste: Sweet flavor with hints of banana, nuts, and other fruits. Not too sweet though, and it finishes very smooth and nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fair body from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is another from Unibroue that blows my mind. This is definitely something I could get again.

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Photo of skrib09
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a golden elixir, slightly hazed, with a white champagne top. head dissipated quickly.

smells sweet and champagne like. hints of fruit and malt. plenty of alcohol on the nose.

fruity esters combine with the alcohol and bubbles to create a light tasting experience. a pale malt overtone and yeast gives rise to light flavors.

crispy mouthfeel but the alcohol cannot hide. above average drinkability but not a five.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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