Don De Dieu | Unibroue

BA SCORE
92
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2,875 Ratings
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:
2,875
Reviews:
1,308
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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171
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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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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Syrdyks in Minneapolis. Poured into a Hennepin glass, it appears a hazy gold with a medium white head.

I'd like to have this next to La Fin du Monde so I could really pick apart the differences. Otherwise, it's similar for the drinkablilty and spices. This, however, is a wheat beer and when I think about it, I can see the links between this and a lesser-strength wit. There's a very smooth creamy malt flavor with spicy vanilla, orange, and lemon. Yum. If you love wit's and tripels, this is a tasty hybrid of the two.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Duluth as part of a Unibroue mixed 8 pack. Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a small head that quickly settles to a ring around the rim and a slight cover of bubbles. That ring does leave a little bit of lace as the beer is consumed. Bubbles are constantly coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: A fruity aroma that reminds me a bit of apple juice. The malt aroma comes through a bit as well. There is a lot more going on in the aroma, but I will admit I can not put my finger on what it is. It does smell good to me though.

T: Wow, not what I was expecting based on the aroma. It is initially sweet but it is very balanced. Classic Belgian yeast taste, fruity hints, and spicy notes mix together perfectly for me in this one. The finish is nice and dry. Very clean with no hint of the ABV in the taste at all. An excellent brew.

M: A medium body with a nice creaminess due to a perfect level of in mouth carbonation. The finish is so clean you wonder if you actually took a sip or not.

D: This one is almost scary drinkable. It is so creamy smooth with such a clean finish it is easy to really knock these back. I wish I had another so I could knock it back.

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Photo of kinger
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/07, this one is well aged. Poured into a small tulip glass and was given a vibrant light golden ale with a huge white head, serious lacing, and intense carbonation. Light fruity aroma with some spicy notes and that signature Unibroue yeastiness. Light and fizzy on the palate, mellow going down. Flavor is light and malty with lots of fresh fruits blended with a medium spiciness. Hides the sturdy alcohol content real well. Unibroue's underlying yeasty flavor is well present, this is a refreshing tasty brew with a quick kick. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 picked up over the weekend at Cost Plus for $7... poured into my Smokestack goblet.

1" head... dies back fairly quick... descent lacing.. brew is a hazy apricot gold.

nose is spicy fruits... peppery peach and apricot juice.. pale malts.. but not too sweet.

Flavor is pale malts and a spicy Belgian yeastiness.. honey and more apricot fruitiness. surprisingly rich.. nothing is really wrong with it.. finish is fairly dry despite being a little sweet midpalate.. I would assume there is quite a bit of wheat used in this brew... it's like somebody smashed a Belgian Triple and a big boned Wit together and said.. "Here you go, what do you think?" I am liking this alot more than I remember previous bottles... medium body... with good but not overwhelming carbonation.. sorta warming finish.. also spicy on the tail end.

I will slide the drinkablity down a notch.. just because while complex, I am enjoying this glass.. but I think the next may be a bit of a chore.

3.5/4/4.5/4/3.5

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this beer has nice carbonation. So much so that I lost a few ounces because it exploded on me. Smell is yeasty, fruity, honey and alcohol. The taste is sweet, yeasty, honey raisins and banana. The mouthfeel is crisp with great carbonation and a dry finish. This beer has a light taste for such a strong beer which makes its drinkability exceptional. This beer is a must try.

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Photo of gerardoluna
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Eyes] Medium golden yellow color, opaque with a very creamy and long-lasting foamy head.
[Nouse] Notes of banana, lemon, cloves, spicy, hops, vanilla, floral, and malt sweetness.
[mouth] Flavor is medium and gentile, fresh and fruity, spicy, sweet. Aftertaste is malty and yeast in deep. Body is medium-full and palate is very creamy. gooood beeer!

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Orval chalice, best before 07-08-11

Pours a hazy light golden orange in color with about a finger of rocky white head that doesn't quite have the retention one would expect. Aroma is fairly soft, light fruits (apple, pear, a touch on banana) and a light spicynesss. Taste is much like the aroma. At first there is a very soft malt character but that is replaced by fruity esters, in this case apples, pears, and some oranges. The esters slowly segue into spicy/peppery phenols. The finish is relatively dry with only a light alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is good with medium-light body and high-ish carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer, fairly well balanced in terms of flavor but sometimes the flavors seem a bit too separate. I'd score this a bit higher if the flavors came together a bit better, a longer conditioning might do the trick.

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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : orange color, with white creamy foam head (lacing).
Smell : malty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and yeasty flavours, fruity notes.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with gold foil over the twist-off cap drink by 9/12/09. Served into a tulip glass Nice clear golden color with autumn like hues,very effervesent stringing from the bottom and sides of the glass. A generous light fluffy head that diminished quickly into a mere coating with slurries of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Had a look remisent of champagne.

Clean,lots of yeast aromas with a dry spicyness dominated by clove and a touch of mint.

Clean taste at the start with a peppery spicyness and lots of flavor from the Belgian yeast. Has a tangy slightly soury sharp clean tart finish. The alcohol at 9% is very subdued.A refeshing beer that goes down easily,almost sessionable.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,875 ratings.
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