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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:
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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,478
Reviews:
1,314
Ratings:
2,894
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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Ratings: 2,894 |  Reviews: 1,314
Photo of cvfish
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy orange-gold color that produced a white head that laced the glasss and retained well

S - Light fruits, possibly apricots and peaches, slight yeast

T - Yeast and malts, along with fruit blend of apricots, apples, and peaches

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, and some gritiness

D - Great beer from the Unibroue family

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - standard look for a pale ale. Opaque. Not much lacing.

s - Strawberries and yeast? No alcohol hints for its ABV, even on tilting. Nice job.

t - Nothing punchy or standing out. Just a quality even taste of sweet yeast with a little tang and a little bitter. ABV is very well hidden.

m - Smooth, medium body. Good carbonation

d - Huge drinkability. Just a goblet of 9% ABV smoothness. This stuff is well rounded and goes down very easy.

Notes: It's very interesting to read other reviews - a lot of which center on overpowered carbonation. I am usually the first person to complain about that but I don't see it here. I did the standard BA pour - 50% at 45-degrees, 50% at 90% for head. The carbonation is subdued and perfect from my 750ml bomber pours. I bought this on a lark and can't wait to stock up on more.

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

Full, if delicate, one finger head of tiny cream white bubbles, minimal lacing. Cloudy zinc orange to yellow squash in color, just light enough to allow you to view tiny bubble streams within. Clove, licorice, cinnamon, ginger spice form the backbone of the nose with plenty of flesh to be found in the orange, tangerine citrus and banana, pear, apricot scents, some yeasty softness but that's about it. Medium-bodied and actually less dense and more openly constructed than the sweetness of the flavors might suggest. The same array of spices appear here, the orange citrus joined by a brush of lemon. The yeast, raw pie dough starts to take on a honeyed feel before notes of straw and wheat balance them out. The carbonation is subtly aggressive and lengthens the whole, particularly the banana, peach, pear, red cherry fruit.

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Photo of thekanna
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, clear yellow with decent head. Slightly disappointing from Unibroue as most of their beers practically sparkle and radiate energy.

S: Strongly smells of apricots and nectarines. Fruit scent is quite amazing without being overpowering.

T: Fruits are pretty dominant: peaches and apricots with a lemony zest. Apples are there too. Esters shine through very prominently.

M: A bit too carbonated for me; for lesser beers, carbonation usually seeks to mask the (lack of) taste. If they toned it down, the fruity taste would come out more fully.

D: Decent sipping beer.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Unibroue flute. Pale in color, straw orange. very good head retention due to ALOT of carbonation. Did I mention this has ALOT of carbonation? Too much, actually.

Orange and banana, other light fruits, with yeast. light notes of grass.

banana and cloves? BA describes this beer as a belgian pale but it has alot of wheat beer characteristics... slightly tart, but dry

A ton of carbonation, light on the palate, bright.

This beer has a nice balance of sweetness up front and dryness at the end. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of bheilman
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like a tripel to me, but maybe that's not so far from a belgian strong pale ale. The beer is a nice light golden straw color. I love the smell, reminiscent of apricots with a cinnamonish glance. The taste is very quality. Rich smooth maltiness with a bit of that fruit coming through, so although it's a pale ale, I don't taste too much hops influence. Reminds me a bit of Leffe Blonde, but with a little more juice/flavor profile. The aftertaste is nice and smooth and I find this beer extremely drinkable. I could easily drink 2-3 in a sitting, but I will hold back because of the strength and move on to something a bit more moderate.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Don de Dieu is a murky gold with a very creamy ivory head that's long lasting and leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, fruity esters and a pithy mineral bite, some sour wheat, saison like, very nice

Taste is full and estery, with a similar profile to La Fin Du Monde, but with more body, a bit yeastier. Really fantastic BSPA, a rustic earthy feel balanced by the fruit sweetness, with a touch of citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very finely carbonated, but on the thicker side, lots of wheat and yeast haze hits the digestibility a tad, although it still has a lighter effervescence in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good, a tasty beer and a fantastic value, this is one of the reasons that Unibroue arguably the best brewery out there, pumping out beers like this year round for only $3.50/750ml!!!

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours hazy blond with a bountiful, foamy white head that slowly pops away.

S - Bready, sweet, yeasty, mild fruit and spice.

T - Pears, green apples, yeast, sugar, malt, dried orange peel.

M - Creamy, low carbonation.

Notes - It just tastes like Belgian sunsets over golden wheat fields. That or I'm just high as giraffe pussy.

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Photo of champ103
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to a rim. Light lace is left behind.
S: Ripe fruits of apples and pears. Some doughy yeast, and some alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of apples and pears. A biscuit and buttery malt taste with some yeast. Peppery spices as well.
M/D: A medium to full body, but over carbonated for my tastes. Fairly easy to drink. Some prickly heat from the alcohol and carbonation that make this a sipping beer though.

A good beer from a great brewery. Everything the style should be, but it is not my favorite of the style or brewery. Something I would recommend though.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured about 1 1/2 inches of sharp white head of mostly large bubbles. The head dissipated quickly leaving very minimal lacing. A deep, hazy, straw color. A sharp, spicy aroma. Taste follows aroma very closely. The spicieness mellows and leaves a very pleasant tartness on the tongue. Smooth, full body that is still light and not at all sticky. Very drinkable, but use caution because this beer hides its alcohol very well. An excellent example of the style from a brewery that does a wonderful job with their whole line.

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Photo of damienblack
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours honey golden-brown, with an absolutely massive, giantly foamy head. Reminds me of Duvel, so merengue like in consistency. When the glass is held to the ear, it sounds like white noise from all the carbonation rushing up. Beautiful retention and lacing. Has the standard smell of belgian sugars/yeasts, up front with citrus and banana, and a pale spiciness that is something like clove.

First impression: like a less-sweet apple pie in a glass. Lightly tart. Has some hefe taste to it, definite citrus presence, but apple is the fruit that dominates instead of banana, a nicely baked apple without the overbearing sweetness from pie filling with processed sugar. A little bit heavier than a hefe, also. It's got that creaminess to it though, that makes for a very pleasant consistency. Lightly spiced. Also tastes some of honey, adding to the smoothness. Little bit of hops to cleanse the palate, keeps things from getting to cloying. Medium bodied, yet high carbonation makes for a pleasantly crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. No trace of the alcohol makes for incredible drinkability. It's giving me great burps, too.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this offering. I know different styles and whatnot, but I'm liking this more than the other Unibroue offerings I've had, LFDM and TP. I need to buy more, now.

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Photo of TheLocust830
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into .5L beer mug a cloudy, glowing gold with a quickly dissipating head of extremely tiny bubbles. Recedes to a thin layer but never disappears.

Sweet and fruity, and bready aroma, almost like a hefe with maybe apple instead of lemon or banana. Tastes like apples dipped in honey, followed by a little hop bite, ending in malt and honey.

As is common with Unibroue, a find the carbonation to be a little over the top. But while i usually find that this diminishes the mouthfeel and enhances the drinkability, it was the opposite for this one. The crispness really balances out the sweetness and brings out the hops. But it puts a little too much gas in the stomach.

Overall a really good beer. I can foresee the 4-pack being gone before the night grows old.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pumpkin orange.

Wheat, smooth wheat on the nose. Just a hint of sour funk. Apricots and minor citrus. Bread.

The taste is very inviting. Bathes your tongue in wheat and a bit of banana. Very smooth, very refreshing.

Leaves an excellent taste behind. This beer for a 9% is extremely easy to drink and extremely delicious. What a solid beer.

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Photo of erikm25
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a golden and burnt light yellow coloring. Aggressive pour yields a nice bright white head. Not that foamy after the pour but still a solid fluffy mound with good retention. Tiny bubbled lacing spotted around the glass.

S: This has the smell of yeasts and ripe fruits. Baked bread and apricots with a nice citrus undertone. Tinge of honey sweetness. Bananas and pears with sprinkle of nutmeg. Massive aromas but still gently balanced.

T: Nice combination of sweet and spicy. Bananas and brown sugars. Apples and peaches coupled with crisp black peppered spine. Robust quality but still very refreshing. Spiced vanilla with a lemon and clove backdrop. Complex but smooth and seamless all the way through.

M: Medium to full body with impressive carbonation. Creamy and delicious.

D: First review since the new year. I picked up a four pack of this, La Fin Du Monde, Maudite, and Trois Pistoles for under 15 bucks at Costco. This is very drinkable and at 9% it will still disappear quickly. I've seen this around constantly and I wish I would have tried it a lot sooner.

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

First of all, this is standard solid unibroue, through and through. It's got their propietary yeast, in all its powdery belgiany goodness, and i've never had a brew from these guys I didnt like.

Cloudy orange with a humongous rocky head that is almost chewed through.

As with moth unibrous, I find the differences not to noticable between eachother. Its not a bad thing, its just their style. Raw honey, complex malt, and ample yeast flavors. Alcohol is a bit solventy, but is accompanied by a clovelike spiciness. All together a great drinker/sipper and a brew that any good beer geek must try.

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Shared a bottle of this, back to back with a Maudite tonight. It's a tough one to pick a favorite, but I did go with the Maudite in the end, just a sucker for the darker belgians.

Beautiful pour, pillow head and a rick enticing golden haze, just brimming with delicious yeasties.

Unibrou's propietary yeast in the forground, as expected. Powdery and smooth, floral and bready.

Spicing is balanced, nutmeg, clove, orange peel.

Alcohol pop in there, but oh so drinkable. This one will sneak up and ninja your sobriety before you expect it. Whack!

Great belgian funk, great beer all around.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky cider colored copper with a big, fizzy white head. The head only lasts a moment, leaving a small ring and very little lacing.

It smells fruity. That's the best I can come up with. I've been trying my damndest to figure out *what* fruit ever since I had my first bottle earlier in the week. I cannot place it for the life of me. Perhaps grapes, as the smell is champagne-like in some respects.

The flavor is very subtle as well. There is absolutely no booze to be found. None. At 9%, one would suspect a bit of bite from the alcohol, but it is impeccably well hidden. Yeast and the light fruitiness dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation and a medium body. Dry to finish, as well.

Drinkability is off the goddamn charts. As I said, the 9% abv is so wholly unapparent that one could easily attempt to take on an entire four-pack in one sitting. I'm sure that would lead to a decent headache, but I'm just saying that this stuff makes it a possibility.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- light golden amber color, cloudy, but no floaties. Translucent ranging to a bit dark. Head is frothy, full and snow white.

Smell- pears, apples, yeast and spices, in that order. This smells like it should be a delicious, sweet, fruity flavorful beer, completely hiding the 9%. Pretty much exactly what I hoped it would smell like.

Taste- a little less fruity than the nose; also apples are center-stage, flavor-wise, where pears were in the nose. Spice lurks around the edges, and creeps in when the fruit is done. Swallow is yeasty and bready, and the aftertaste is the same. Over all, a bit more spice and less fruit than some other beers in this style, but over all a good balance of the two. Fairly light on the hops.

Mouthfeel- fairly light, juicy, but also a bit dryer and more acidic than many of its fellow Belgian Strong Pales, leaving the mouth with a bit of a tingle.

Drinkability- pretty good, but not the best of the type. I could comfortably have this again tonight, this week, or whenever, really. Some Belgian Strong Pales are incredibly drinkable, though, so this suffers by comparison.

Notes- over all, I find I am really enjoying this beer. I like Unibroue, but for some reason I came into Don de Dieu with low expectations. Happily, I was met with a very respectable beer.

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Photo of praufs01
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Murky yellow color with a head frothy whitehead.

Aroma - Zesty citrus aroma. Lemon, clove, and baby aspirin.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied brew with fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Banana and lemon zest dominate the palate.

Overall - Very nice brew that finishes crisp and dry.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A ship of conquerers on the label, inspiring me to conquer this beer.

A.A lively pop of carbonation and I know I'm in for a treat. Light foggy straw in color, with some lace.
S. In the nose, predominately are belgian yeast, fruity esters. Phenolys.
T. Layers of grandness. Yeast provides a dry fruitiness, tart very ripe peaches and fig. Some noble hop adds a solid citric snap and good bittering sting. Alcohal is not apparant in the flavor profile, other than a quick clean finish coupled with a slight bitterness and dryness.
M. Light and crisp. Finishes clean and dry. At the very end I feel a cooling effect on the way down the black hole that is my stomach.
D. Thank you sir, may I have another?

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

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass. Best before 6-28-10.

Color is a hazy pale yellow. Thin white head that dissapates fast. Little lace observed.

Smell is of cloves and bananas. Taste is similiar except some dry malts noted. The banana flavor becomes apparent heavily.

Moutfeel is great. First it is a tad bitter and then becomes smooth. Very nice aftertaste.

Overall this is a great beer and very easy to drink. Highly recommended. Great beer and the high abv isn't even noticable.

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Photo of Hokies
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Pours a golden orange hue with a fizzy white head with a very thin lace on the glass.

Awesome aroma of sweet fruits, esters, peppery spice and some yeast.

Ripe fruits with some banana and clove. Their is not that much in the way of hops as the estery and sweetness from the malt take over coupled with a powdery yeast flavor.

A nice sipper and a fine example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don de Dieu is a crystal clear coppery gold ale that is very sparkling. Its white head diminishes quickly and becomes turbulent. The aroma is light and of peach, white wine, black pepper, and something herbal. It is light-to-medium bodied and very dry. The carbonation is soft and fizzy. The flavor is surprisingly stronger than the light aroma. It is acidic, starts a little bitter and ens a little acetic. It has a lot of Pinot Blanc qualities. Not incredibly exciting, but a good sipper.
(rated Jul 17, 2007)

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

Poured into a snifter. By the way, these Unibrou labels are some of the most attractive labels I've seen.

A-The pale golden, glowing bright beer poured slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning. A bright white head topped this brew and retained nicely at around 1cm for a few minutes. Streaming bubbles of carbonation continued to replenish it for awhile.

S-Largely clove-like and other phenols, with a pronounced spice. Not much in the way of malts. There was almost a hint of a slightly sour (though non-offensive) aroma, maybe somewhat fruity?

T-Taking from the aroma, an initial sourness hits my tongue initially, then instantly fades to usher in cloves and spices on top of a sweet malty backbone. Some alcohol flavors emerge in the end and remain into the semi-sweet finish.

M-Nearly effervescent carbonation, as was evident off of the pour. Otherwise, the body is a solid medium, with an almost sticky feel. Some warmth in my belly from the higher alcohol content, but it was not at all harsh, but instead provided much flavor and sensation.

D-Enjoyable. A good Belgian pale, tasty and smooth, but also quite complex.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy but bright yellow with a huge white head. Lots of bubbles in this one. Banana, yeast, champagne, green apples, and bubble gum in the nose. Taste was a cross between a trippel and a German hefe. Bubblegum and banana aplenty up front. Tart pear and apple bite in the middle, and finishes with a sweet, spicy coriander, orange, yeast concoction. The over-effervescence of the carbonation detracted from this, but it was still a good brew.

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Photo of popery
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong spiced wheat beer from Unibroue. I'm running out of ways to describe these Unibroue beers with their similar yeast flavor. They're all certainly good beers, but the signature flavor comes through better in some versions than others. Don de Dieu is not Unibroue's best beer but it's an interesting spin on their style nonetheless.

The beer is gold-colored with a fizzy head that disappears quickly and entirely. There was just about no lacing. All of the Unibroue beers seem to pour better out of the 750ml bottles than the small bottles. This was a small bottle from the sampler pack, so I'll try to pick it up again later and revisit the appearance, particularly. Anyway, the aroma was the high point of the beer. There's plenty of spicy wheat notes in the aroma with alcohol, fruit and bread coming along as well. Unfortunately, these flavors don't all come through in the flavor. The wheat flavor should be amped up because the Unibroue yeast tends to dominate over much. The feel is nice and sparkly with lots of good carbonation.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,894 ratings
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