Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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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:
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

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Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -5.1%
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 +4.1%
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 -7.2%
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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Photo of jcpaulun
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours orangish yellow with a one-finger soapy head. Head dissapates quickly to a small cap. No lacing is left behind.

S: Green apple and a bit of pear. It is also a bit medicinal. The aroma reminds me of champange.

T: It is candy sweet. I get more of the pear on taste. A yeasty finish that tastes somewhat like caramel.

M: Crisp and dry. There is a good amount of carbonation to encourage the next sip.

D: I am about halfway through this beer and definately could drink another. The alcohol is hidden well, but I am sure I would feel it after two. An easy to drink Belgian-style pale ale that is quite refreshing.

Notes: For some reason I forget about this offering from Unibroue. It may be because La Fin Du Monde is one of my favorites. I will need to keep this in mind for the future.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is cloudy, golden (looks like a wheat beer), fizzy, large bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.

smell is yeast, ripe banana, wheat, sweet fruit, citrus, and some spice.

taste is tangy on the tongue, yeast, some wheat, very carbonated, lemon, pineapple, apple, no alcohol taste, and some spice, leaves the mouth a little dry and a touch on the bitter side.

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Photo of bwd110
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a light, fairly clear golden copper. Soapy white head.

S: Fruity, spiced and a musty clove and yeasty nose. Slighty subdued for the style, but definitely a CBSPA.

T: My best description is delicate. Lightly hopped, yet well balanced. Dark fruit notes mingled nicely with light fruit, toffee and vanilla undertones. Clove and some peppery spices are faint. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

M: Good carbonation, medium light body, very creamy and smooth with a nice crisp dry finish. A delight in the mouth!

D: Very good, Could sip on these each night.

Good show again, Unibroue.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. This beer appears cloudy, bright amber with a fizzy, off-white head. Head quickly fizzed away into nothing but reappeared as a soapy ring when I swirled the glass. Looks like apple juice!

Smell is fruit- pear, apple, banana. Also has that Belgian yeasty aroma.

Taste is sweet and fruity up front; apple, pear, grape, banana. There's a slight presence of caramelly malt. The finish is sweet with fruit, maybe even some oranges? Definite Belgian yeast and breadiness.

Lots of fizzy carbonation in the mouthfeel, helps keep the sweetness at bay. Each sip clears the way for the next. Complex and flavorful. The alcohol is well hidden until the beer starts to warm up a bit.

Nice offering from Unibroue, I would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

This beer pours a nice golden orange with some slightly pink hues. No head is visible after the pour, and no lacing is left behind. Quite a bit of effervescence as tons of carbonation bubbles rush to the top of the glass.

The smell just doesn't do it for me. Musty orange and grapefruit scents rise out of the glass. A little buttery, as well. Everything else is very subdued, with no real substance in this category.

The taste is good. Nothing stands out, but the flavors are nice and light. Really nice ripe orange carries some slight sweetness with it. A nice cherry taste rides out as well. There is a pleasant and refreshing crispness to this beer. A little bit of yeast comes out on the finish, which leaves a slightly dusty mouthfeel. Again, another valiant effort, and would definitely like to enjoy this on a hot summer day by the pool.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, mustardy gold color...not quite amber but perhaps getting close. I get a pretty fizzy 2 finger white head which very quickly fades into almost nothing. Some tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S: The first whiff really reminds me of spiced apple cider. I definitely get some cloves and coriander, and maybe just a touch of hops. Plenty of frutiness with apples and a touch of peach.

T: Spices are quite prominent in the taste, particularly coriander. I still get a little hint of apple but it's less prominent. The end is a bit bitter, I definitely taste some hops in this brew.

MF: Thin body but very prickly on the tongue. Maybe a bit too much for my taste, although fairly par for the course for the style. Warming and alcohol feel is fairly strong. Very dry, almost harsh finish...each sip leaves you needing more.

D: This is quite a nice beer, certainly on par with other good examples of the style. I feel like the carbonation and acidity of the mouthfeel detract from the flavor a bit, but it's still tasty. A refreshing brew for a summer day.

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Photo of beastdrink
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bright golden, slightly orange haze. One finger length of pure white head. Settles up on the side on the goblet glass with slight lacing that quickly sinks back to its creator.

S - yeasty bread dough gives way to expected Belgian fruitiness: tart green apples, ripe peach, and subtle cherry. There's a spicy, coriander note holding it all together. Very inviting.

T - sweet toasty malt with a medium body immediately submits to citrus orange and cherry. Very little bitterness is detectable and the finish is dry, dominated by fruity green apple and a slight alcohol warming.

M - medium,soft body with sprightly carbonation that tickles the tongue. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste, but still very appealing.

D - For 9% ABV, this one goes down dangerously smooth. With little residual sweetness or bitterness and a perfectly dry finish, it invites you to grab another. Definitely not a session beer, but I could easily drink a couple without flinching. This beer is one of my favorites in Unibroue's stellar lineup.

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

A: Pours a glowing, cloudy, deep orange color. The off-white head is medium sized, soft, and frothy. Retention is brief, with some spotty lacing.

S: Fruity notes - a definite white grape/champagne character. Hints of pears as well, perhaps some citrus too. Table sugar and a faintly rumlike scent. Yeasty and spicy, with hints of cloves and a soft peppery nature.

T: A fruity, somewhat spicy Belgian pale ale. White grapes and overripe pears. Some sweet table sugar, although it doesn't dominate. Some notes of cloves and white pepper lend some spice to the tangy, dusty yeastiness. Some definite alcohol into the finish.

M: Medium-sticky body. Carbonation is light but very tingly. A delicate, soft, appealing mouthfeel is this beer's best feature.

D: A very nice brew from Unibroue, although it's a notch or two below many of its more famous Belgian cousins. Good for the style, but not great, although I'd be thrilled to be drinking this most nights.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellowish gold with a H-U-G-E fluffy white head (in excess of 3 fingers) that forces me to pour three times just to get the beer in to the glass, and of course, it has tremendous retention;very strong carbonatin bubbling up in steady straight lines; body is slightly hazy from the yeast.

Smell: Very yeasty, sweet and bready malts are just behind it; strong presence of spice - coriander, nutmeg, some clove; sweet and sour fruit scents are in there as well - typically I find these scents to remind me of green grapes and green apples; slight hint of alcohol coming through in the nose as well.

Taste: Intense burst of flavors right away, just waht I would want in a BSPA -- a very strong sweet and sour flavor from the fruity green apple and green grape aspects; quickly matched by spiciness of the flavors mentioned in the scent; there is also a bit of a sweet backing from the yeast and malts... One thing I love about this style is that it tastes almost just like it smells -- you really know what you're walking into with these. Slight hint of some alcohol in the mouth and on the breath, but it's very well masked, and with the ABV being 9%, that's a feat.

Mouthfeel: The potent carbonation is great, and I feel helps push the strong flavors all throughout the mouth; not much of a coating to speak of so it's really a clean, dry finish -- the alcohol leaves a bit of a warm burn and tingle in the mouth, and warms the throat, chest and belly as well.

Drinkability: A very nice beer, and this is rapidly becoming one of my favorite styles, so I may be a little impartial when it comes to this -- even with the higher ABV, I would totally sit through a couple of these in a sitting if the opportunity presented itself. Moderately high.

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Photo of teejay76
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color. Medium snow white head.

Smell: Definite malt tones with yeasty/bread aroma. Spices of some type. Maybe a little banana?

Taste: Strong sweet malt flavor. This was pretty flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Not overpowering but had decent balance of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this was a decent offering. Due to it being an import, it isn't exactly the most cost effective drink but once in a while, I'll definitely splurge.

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

Poured from a 341ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Delicious looking, dense two-finger head looks like a white cloud with some attractive, transient lacing. This is the darkest colour I would ever call yellow before it turns into something else; dark straw-yellow on its way to being orange.

Big, sweet fruity smell; oranges and apples. The fruit is well balanced with spices (coriander, hint of cloves) along with a little yeast and hops. Smells a little like apple pie. A bit astringent in a good way.

The flavour is both light and complex at the same time. Refreshing and yet packed with flavour. Banana comes out more in the taste along with a solid presence of citrus. The spices are light and well balanced with the dominant sweet fruit flavours. A little wheat, yeast and the tiniest bit of hops to dry out the finish just a bit. The 9% ABV is noticeable only in a warming feeling as it's going down into your stomach. This beer tastes best pretty cold, it's losing tastiness as it warms.

Medium bodied with a light carbonation pairs with the summery fruit and spices to make for a smooth, refreshing brew but it's a little on the watery side. I'd prefer a thicker mouth feel.

The only thing holding back the drinkability here is the ABV. If this was a standard 5% I would be happy to drink this all night. Very smooth and refreshing, I'd love to finish off a big 750ml on a nice summer day. Much lighter than the other strong Unibroues I've had.

It's funny that I thought this would be my least favorite of the four Unibroue beers I was reviewing but I rated it the highest. I'm not sure how that happened. I think I actually prefer Maudite and Fin du Monde. Maybe I was just more in the mood for this type of beer tonight.

(After drinking this a few more times, I was correct in my review: I think this is my favorite standard Unibroue. Better than Fin du Monde and Maudite in my opinion.)

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Don de Dieu poured a golden hue with a quickly dissipating 1 finger foam head. It had the center spring from middle of glass.

The aroma was of apples and spice. The taste a wheat malt with a fruity finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and left a nice apple taste in the back of your throat. Overall a wonderful BSPA.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a pretty solid head of foam that seems to dissipate a bit too quickly. Nose is yeasty, spicy Belgianness, and syrupy, bready Belgian waffles. Also hints of vanilla and cream. Ouch. A bit sharp on the tongue. First impression is a bit of creamsicle with bite. Neither sweet nor style with a little bit of up-front acidity and a touch of astringency as well. Alcohol is very well hidden. Fairly complex with a bunch of tiny flavours I can't seem to get a handle on. The big ones though, are some orange and a chalky earthiness. Not bad drinkability for a big beer.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to my Chimay goblet, yes I know that the back of the bottle recommends a tulip...
Yellow-orange color, a touch cloudy. Good head then fades.
A- very yeasty, some sweet lemon candy aromas, not sharp citrus, but sweet. A bit musty, with soem dry grassy notes.
Mouthfeel-sweet and I get some wheat malt flavors that are quite tasty with the yeast here. Not too rich, finishes with a little tartness on the palate. A swirl and froth on the palate gets the alcohol to come out, which for 9% is well-hidden. Nothing spectacular, but I have had three of their brews lately for the first time and I enjoy the bottle conditioned flavors of all so far.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear golden/orange pour with an attractive fine head.
Aromas are the typical Unibroue doughy yeast, some very faint pears and apples and some soapy/wheaty notes.
Flavours are somewhat interesting with vanilla, spices, lemon, more doughy yeast and a hint of sharp lemon. A bit too sweet though, which, when combined with the soapiness, becomes almost cloying.
High carbonation, but not over the top.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Best by date of Mar 2011. It was a hazy golden honey color. Tons of carbonation from the laser etched D on the bottom of the glass. Sliding lace. I did a slowish pour so only a small white head that quickly settled to a collar. The carb geyser fed a constant center foam.

The aroma was excellent. Fruity sweet and spicy with I believe clove. Great balance and a pleasure to sniff. Love the spices in it. The taste was also exceptional. Starts out with the sweet base and then finishes with the spices. A slightly dry finish to offset the sweet. Goes down too smooth for a 9% ABV. The alcohol never really shows in the aroma or the taste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend. Been several years since I'd had this one and so glad I tried it again as I've grown into the style and can appreciate more than I remember. Good for a couple times a year in the rotation.


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

Poured a cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger fizzy head that dissipated and left nothing.

Smell was light peach, coriander, apricot with a faint alcohol scent.

Taste was slight of the fruits I smelled with a wheaty coriander flavor. A bit too overcarbonated for me at the beginning but as you drink it it smooths out. One of the better Unibrou beers I've had.

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