Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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Don De DieuDon De Dieu

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Quebec, Canada

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

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Ratings: 2,908 |  Reviews: 1,317
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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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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