Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,885
Reviews:
1,311
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
172
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394
For Trade:
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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +8.5%
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 -0.7%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -3.1%
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 -0.7%
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 -0.7%
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 -3.1%
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 +9.7%
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 +4.1%
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 +1%
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 -18.6%
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 -6.1%
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 -5.6%
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 -16.7%
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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Photo of cleeze
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd brew from Unibroue and i think this bad boy is almost perfect. Those Canucks sure can brew some damn good beer.

Appearance was a beautiful cloudy golden color. Real cloudy. It had a great frothy head on it with very sticky lacing. The head stuck around for a quick minute too.

Smell was deffinatly fruity. Oranges came to mind. I also could detect the alcohol as well.

Taste was again quite fruity. Maybe some bannana up in the mix. Again alcohol is evident but this sucker is drinkable as hell! On that note maybe I'll run and get a 4pack right now

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, tangerine orange with a huge, billowy bone white head that lasted throughout the entire course of the drink. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant with steady streams of bubbles rising upward that made the head dance.

S: yeasty with fresh bananas, oranges, and a lemony sourness. Supporting it was a big fresh wheat aroma.

T: wheaty, with oranges, zesty lemons, and a distinct yeasty sourness and fruitiness. A nice creamy wheatiness of peaches and pears is also detected. On the finish was a big dried fruitiness (pears) and a very smooth citrus tartness.

M: tingly with a strong carbonation presence and a nice creamy fullness. There was also a nice carbonation bite after the swallow, very champagne like. Bursting with a nice rounded sour fruitiness gave this beer a nice lacing on the tongue.

D: Incredibly smooth with no hints of its 9.0%abv. A crisp, thirst quenching, lemony summer time drink that is everybit as refreshing in the last sip as the first.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yet effervescent golden yellow/orange in color with a thin head. Head dissipates way more swiftly than the wonderful scent of this beer, yet lingers as a surface film and throws off artsy lacing, regenerating itself as desired.

Notes of yeast and orange/apricot on the nose, some fresh cut apple and a moderate sense of underpinning malts. Some doughy wheat in back with a tinge of sourness.

Taste offers a bit of light fruit and a malty sweetness with a firm carbonation. Very deceiving for its strength with a slightly sweet and lingering effervescent citrus finish. Carbonation is rather high as for the feel of the beer, yet seems quite appropriate for the style, lending a strong drinkability nonetheless.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/17/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow colored body, with a smallish head, that is diminishing. Has a strong aroma of hops, lavender, perfume, some alcohol, and sweetness. Has a very fizzy palate, a taste of alcohol, flowers, medium body with a clean finish.

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Photo of BierFan
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Medium white head with a cloudy golden orange body. Very lively carbonation.

Smell: Signature Unibroue yeast aroma. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Nothing spectacular about it, but it's still pretty good. It just seems like I've "been there and done that" after having a few other Unibroue beers. There beers are just too similar to each other.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Belgian Strong Pale Ale.. that's a mouthful. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with lots of ascending bubbles. Not much head or lacing going on even after an aggressive pour. Smell isn't too pleasant.. almost a rubbing alcohol kind of aroma? Taste is much better though.. nice and spicy and smooth. A nice full body with a snappy finish. Alcohol is hidden very well, but somehow it smells like it.. weird huh? Either way, a pretty good, but not great, beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- huge expansive creamy ivory head over a hazy tangerine golden body. the etchings in my duvel tulip send up clouds of tiny bubbles that look like smoke rising off the end of a fat cigar. this beautiful foam immediately forms a leathery protein skin on top but i side view reveals its aerated bubbly texture. this thing almost refuses to settle but as it does, a rolling landscape comes to form. once the yeast gets in there the body darkens slightly and becomes foggier with the swirling trails of goodies. lace is thick and phenomenal and is something i expected from a tripel/bspa/wheat beer. all is just another direct reaffirmation of unibroue's brewing integrity.

S- fruity yeast esters jump out of the bottle and as the foam settles they are intensely vaporous and thick fumes create a cloud of aroma everywhere in the beer's vicinity. mango and pineapple foremost, with banana, apple, pear, red plum, tangerine, cherries, and a wave of vodka. tart sourdough bread aromas, some clove and nutmeg, this yeast is outstanding. some floral hops and some pale malt. the fruitiness of this beer's aroma cannot be understated.

T- apple skin, citrus, banana, and bubblegum start this gift off with a hint of mineral water. spicy yeast follows with clove, pepper, and nutmeg, and a light grassy hop bitterness. creamier fruits such as pear and melon follow with mango and papaya and very sweet citrus. not so much as that of sugar, but more of a clean fructose sweetness. underlying tartness and mild bitterness prevent any sort of cloying. white grape and raisin appear with soft lightly toasted wheat flavors. everything is extraordinarily balanced and regal tasting, as if all the normal characteristics of pale belgian ales have been used here to their full potential. it's an amizing brew however it lacks that special 0.5 point to bump it up into perfect, which i also feel has to be unique. the wheat rocks but it doesn't get it quite 'there'.

MF- luscious, silky and rich, a total unity of sweet, dry, and astringent with a definite wheat thickness. more than juicy, almost creamy, but without much of a coating effect. carbonation is under medium, accentuating the full body and hefty elegance. i'm drinking something from outer space.

D- my favorite unibroue to date, this certainly is a gift from god. almost on par with my beloved duvel, yet very different. nearly irresistible once in my glass, i had plans to pair the other half of this bottle with some chorizo and locally made longhorn cheese but those dreams have been shattered.

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

750 ml. bottle poured into a tulip glass. A lovely yellow tint, a bit hazy and quite handsome. A two finger head dissipates quickly with a decent lacing.

Smell is fantastic with citrus, sweet yeast and molasses.

Taste has great follow through. Orange peel and the sweet/ spicy yeast rings true.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Crisp and tight carbonation. Dry with a great finish of a beer that is deceptively strong.

Outstanding drinkability. This is a sipper, through and through. Don't be fooled... this one will sneak up on you. I would have this again in a heartbeat. Great beer.

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Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with thick foamy head that settles into a nice lacing that lasts throughout. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up. Aroma is kind of bland consisting of crisp, light fruit and strong alcohol presence. This beer was way too carbonated and sweet tasting with a very dry finish.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,885 ratings.
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