Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
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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:
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:
#1,589
Reviews:
1,322
Ratings:
2,917
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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177
Gots:
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Photo of JoBoTo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- To sounds totally cliché, a honey golden wheat harvest, honestly, is what came to mind when I saw this poured into the glass. Unfiltered with 2 ½ fingers of head, dispenses quickly maintaining a good ¼ inch of foam.

S- Good sweet barley....asters are throughout this brew, reminding of bananas....kind of. Hard to put finger on the fruit that I am tasting.

M- Carbonation is decent, not excessive. Tongue tingle is light to medium. The alcohol is suave and doesn't attack at all. Could be dangerous if used properly

T- Reminds me of a tripel. But has a cornucopia of hefe characteristics. Sweet barley, and citrus undertones.

D- Took me 3 days to get to the Don, but was happy when I finally go to this. Poured into a pint glass. Was being pestered by mother-in-law's boyfriend the whole time to finally open the La Fin Du Monde, because he loved the name, so somewhat detracted from this delightful little beer I had. I have always enjoyed the beers from unibroue, since my first trois pistoles for christmas

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pale gold with a huge creamy white head. Very fluffy. Not very clear - bottle fermented so that is to be expected. Great head retention.

S - Yeast, bananas, pear, sugars, spice.

T - Wow. Starts with a Belgian yeast flavor complemented by candied sugars and some clove spice. There is a slight hop flavor and the alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not overpowering. Finishes slightly sweet.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body.

D - Very tasty, very balanced, very drinkable.

An excellent brew - worth checking out!

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Calandro's... poured a hazy golden hue, with not a whole lot of head. Surprising considering the pressure built up behind the cork.

The smell is fantastic, maybe the best aroma I can remember on a beer. At least top 5. A sweet mix of fruit, spice, phenols, all blended nicely. The taste is more of the same, nothing really jumps out, just a phenomenal blend of taste.

Feels great in the mouth, plenty of carbonation, the tastes linger on the tongue but don't get a bad aftertaste. very nice, I could drink plenty of these.

And only $6.49 for 750 ml... not a bad price at all for such a great beer.

Had another on 1/2/10... small bottle, but still, fantastic beer. I'm picking up some caramel malt this time around, maybe even better.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a misty gold in color with with a thick crisp head. Smell has a wheaty, fruity nuttiness. Taste has an upfront wheat that ends in a fruity, but lightly bitter/sour. Mouthfeel is full, creamy with a good bite of carbonation. A good balanced ale, maybe not my alltime favorite, but one to savor.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The don pours a light golden body thats very foggy, a lot of carbonation goin on with a thin laced head that doesnt hang around long.

Great aroma's coming from this one. Smells of fruity apricots, spicey, malty with a wheat and hop presence as well. Really smells nice.

Very wheaty taste as well as fruity with a good malty undertone. Apricots taste great, little spicey, just barely a hop bitterness. Very good taste overall.

You can feel the carbonation hitting your lips your first few sips. Feels pretty light (for a 9% beer) and goes down pretty smooth. Definatly would like some of these in the summertime.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong, bready Belgian yeast flavor that is complimented by mildly sweet flavors of banana, spices and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance and there's also a hint of alcohol. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I've certainly had better in the style, but it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of brewintheLou
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a very thin white head. No Lacing left behind on the glass here.

Smell is of banana and a sweet spice.

Taste is banana up front with a clove spice. There is a sweet taste that hits the mouth as the beer goes down. Bit of a medium body with higher carbonation. nice high ABV wheat style.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass.

A - Oh so cloudy paleish orange yellow. Light head. Hardly any lace. Slight bubbling. It was a sight.

S - Fruit, malt and bile smell. Strong. Smell was complex.

T - Sweet and spicy. Smooth though. The carbonation they got correct. The spicyness reminded me of some other belgian beers I have had. Whites specially. The spicey is of corriander and some other citrus notes. Alcohol was light. Didnt taste like 9%. I dig the parts other than the corriander. Metallic.

M - Thin and metallic tasting even though it didnt come in a can.

D - Oh so high.

I like everything about this one. Except the fact that they tend to use corriander in alot of belgian beers. And I cant complain. Because when you rate one you accept that the style may have variances that you dont agree with. But I review it anyway and rate accordingly with the style. It gets a well deserved grade.

Worth every penny for it.
Drink often.

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

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: A cloudy, burnt orange color with strong effervescence. Moderate head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing down the glass.

S: Notes of wheat, bananas, sour apples, cloves, and a light touch of honey. The yeast is characteristically Unibroue.

T: Bready malt complemented by the fruity yeast flavors of bananas and sour apples. A strong wheat presence that prickles a little when the cloves kick in. The finish is sweet and just slightly crisp.

M: Medium-bodied, but smooth and with good carbonation. No alcohol detected, making it a very well-masked brew at 9%.

D: Don de Dieu is very drinkable. It has a nice balance, but its slight lean towards crispness makes it feel like a good summer beverage. Out of Unibroue's pale offerings, this is the standout. However, it doesn't compare against their dark ales in my mind.

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

I was a little torn on rating this beer. The Unibroue website classifies it as a Tripel Wheat Ale...BA has it as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...either way-here goes.

My glass was filled with a hazy golden ale with plenty of carbonation. There was a soft creamy white head that eventually receeded to next to nothing. There was no lacing present in the glass.

Crisp wheat and grass aromas fill the nose. There is a mustiness from the yeast and an appreciable amount of malts. I thought it seemed to smell a little fruity...close to applesauce.

My tastebuds were greeted by spicy yeast, almost peppery. There were tons of wheat flavors, crisp and grainy. A noticeable metallic feeling in my mouth that was undoubtedly due to cloves.

This is a very crisp light bodied beer that is highly carbonated and leaves the mouth feeling invigorated and clean.

I typically don't care for wheat beers and the jury is still out on BSPAs...but I did actually enjoy this beer and thought it had a pretty high drinkability. Not one of my favorite beers but I believe it is a high representation of its style.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had thanks to my friend Mitch! Poured 12os. bottle into a snifter.

This beer looks real gorgeous. It's got this great, see-thru burnt orange look about it with a pure white head. A ring of bubbles has stayed around the edge this entire time, with more bubbles causing spots in the center, looking sort of like white paint splatters.

The aroma I get off of this is heavily bubble-gummy, with a yeast sourness. It smells better than any bouquet of flowers I can ever remember (of course, I have allergies).

Taste-wise, this beer delivers on all levels. Upfront it's tastily sour, with a bit of a pleasant alcohol burn, before mellowing out into a delicious banana and bubblegum flavor. It's like a sour ale transitioning into a Grand Cru. Absolutely heavenly.

I could honestly drink this beer all day, even at its 9% abv. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, and the taste, smell, and overall presence of the beer is incredible. Another great beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. pours a cloudy yellow golden color with some orange hues. nice soapy head that faded to a nice ring of foam fairly quickly. not much lacing to speak of. in the nose their are some strong aromas of yeast (banana, clove phenolics) with some wheat and alcohol. very nice flavor going on here, im loving it! very yeasty with some wheat. hides the alcohol very well. it kind if tingles the tongue a little on the finish. carbonation is about medium, perfect for this beer. its very drinkable, but like most belgian beers with a high abv, it really creeps up on you so you have to be careful with these. unibroue makes some of the best belgian beers on the market (almost better than real belgians) and this one is definately one of their staples. this triple wheat ale is definately worth a try. i plan on getting some of this to age in the cellar for awhile.

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

A cloudy orange gold. A nice active, soapy head and retention. Streaks of lace here and there. A good amount of carbonation on my pour that settles down. A fair amount of sediment.

Smell is fragrant yeast esters and spicy phenols. Large banana with sweet malt and a touch of panetone.

Taste is malt with yeast ester fruitiness. White raisins and buttered scones. Honey with light anise. A subtle wine like touch. Some sour apples and juicy cantaloupe. Finish is mild, dry hops with light apple and toasted biscuits. A lingering light tannic sourness and buttered scone sweetness. Feel is smooth and medium weighted. A microfine tingly carbonation that has an effervescent light creaminess. Just enough chewiness to clue you in to the size of this beer as the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Smooth feel, great taste, and hidden alcohol combine to create a beer that begs you to keep taking big sips. Watchout!!

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

Poured out a hazy orangey blonde with about 2 fingers worth of foamy head resulting from a semi aggressive pour. The head dissipated quickly retreating to a thin yellowish white color head.

The nose on this one is full of orangey citrus spice (coriander) making their presence known.

The taste of this one is a little tart immediately which gives way to a well balanced warming effect due to the ABV of this beer. It goes down smooth with a nice sweet aftertaste.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very agreeable. No over carbonation here and there is no lingering bitterness to be found. Very easy on the mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer and its cirtus character as well as its extraordinary balance make it quite refreshing. This would be fantastic on a hot day. Give it a try!

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Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange, like the terrible 1970's arm chair in my living room.. A small amount of white head, Cloudy, I can see the yeast clouds swirling around in my glass.

S: That's a fragrant one... Figs, banana's bread, Coriander, nutmeg, and citrus tones.. Smells a little like spiced up banana bread.

T: Pow! This one has got a bite to it. Crisp and tart at the beginning, this comes on aggressive, but then settles into mellow familiar flavors in the aftertaste.

M: Crisp, and quite carbonated.A little slick on the finish.

D: This is a hard one, not something I would drink a lot of while hanging out. But something that is fantastic for a night cap, or an afternoon beer. Maybe I should get a meat and cheese plate to go with it.

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

Served from a 22 oz. Bomber. Poured a blond color with 2 fingers worth of nice, light head. Faded without any real lacing. Has a slightly sweet, almost cidery or campaigny aroma. Also a lot of fruity aromas mixing in.

The first sip lets you know this is a good bear. Starts off dry with some grassy malt flavor that turns into a sweet, lingering finish. Not much bitterness, but great balance and character. A very lively and refreshing beer. I like this better than Duvel; it's not quite as drying.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an almost clear straw yellow with 1/4 inch of foam that stuck around for quite a while

S - sour fruit and some funky yeast smells

T - i'm tasting some of that sour yeast and a bit of sour fruit, just a funky mixture

M/D - nicely carbonated and very crisp. Very easy to drink if you like the flavor and the alcohol is hardly noticable

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

Brewed November '07, consumed with an Ontario fresh water perch dinner, coated in milk and free range egg, my own crushed crackers concoction and pan fried in olive oil. My Canada includes Unibroue, white foamy head and a clear gold beer clouded by lees at last pour, honey murky colour. Head shrunk to a thin film with very nice lacing and a solid ring. Smell of tangerine, clementine, citrusy nose carries over to the taste. Effervescent mouthfeel, refreshing, alcohol well hidden, muted bitter, understated malt, big time yeast is well received. This is truly delicious. With warming, the ABV is a bit more apparent , bitterness more pronounced, smack of lemon-lime in the finish, but still exceedingly drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew, excellent example of the style IMHO, thanks for sharing biegaman.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Slightly hazy orange. Pours with 2+ fingers of white head, which fade quickly into a thin, sparse cap.

S- Slightly sour fruitiness couples with a slightly wild yeastiness.

T- Bit of green apple/pineapple. Slightly sour yeastiness. Flavors all meld nicely, and the alcohol is concealed astonishingly well.

M- Crisp with very lively carbonation. Smooth.

D- Considering the 9% ABV, extraordinarily easy drinking. I could easily throw back multiple of this, and pay the price in the morning....

Future outlook: Another rock-solid offering from Unibroue. I'm sure I'll be back....

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Photo of Stunner97
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Beautiful golden beer with heavy bubble and carbonation leading up to a beautiful white head, I love how this beer looks

Smell- Wheat yeast with citrus y wheat all mixed in one, nice smell

Taste- Yummy wheat beer, all that you would hope or expect for in a good wheat beer lemon banana citrus and all those great flavors just impressing you

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated and great feel and body

Drinkabilty- THIS beer is dangerously drinkable with having a 9.0 alcohol percentage. A REALLY GOOD BEER OF ITS STYLE. My degen bro is having with Mexican food and says it killer, great beer.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thick, frothy three-finger head. The head subsided pretty rapidly, but a thin layer remained for the duration of the beer. Left surprisingly little lacing.

Smell: Honey, vanilla, caramel - a bubblegum-esque sweetness. No noticeable hop presence. Smells very similar to a tripel.

Taste: An alcohol bite behind the sweetness present in the smell. Honey/banana notes are the most present. I didn't detect alcohol in the smell, but it's definitely present in the taste. It's a harshness that clashes with the sweetness, and I can't tell if I like it or not. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and nicely carbonated. The high carbonation provides a bite of its own that helps to slightly mask the alcohol.

Drinkability: Enjoyable...tastes like a tripel with much more alcohol burn. It does taste a little...unrefined, is the best word I can come up with. I definitely know I'm drinking something strong with this one. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a huge billowy white head. Aroma is a delightful combination of yeast, bubblegum, banana, and green apples. Taste is very clean and refreshing with a tart finish and some spiciness. Body is light with a almost excessive amount of carbonation. A very good brew to just savor.

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with a head that fizzes like soda. Nose consists of light fruit aromas, cloves, and maybe yeast. Taste begins with a healthy dose of the clove and spice, with lighter notes of coriander, yeast, and mild hop. Slight boozy alcohol warmth is present if you drink quickly (I had a hard time putting the glass down). Light on the palate in spite of it's carbonation, also, the ABV is not really prominent here. Nice beer. I'm still kinda hit-or-miss on Belgian styles, but this brewery in particular is impressive.

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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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Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,917 ratings