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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,583
Reviews:
1,322
Ratings:
2,917
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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Ratings: 2,917 |  Reviews: 1,322
Photo of JRhode
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.1%
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 -1.2%
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 +5.3%
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 +3.6%
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 -12.8%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.4%
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 -3.6%
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 -15.7%
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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,917 ratings