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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Photo of gerardoluna
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -3.6%
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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Photo of abfraser
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A two finger effervescent head (look at the carbonation on this thing!) quickly dissipates. Milky golden haze.

S: Yeasty, fruity, estery

T: Malt hits the mouth first giving way to honey and alcohol and lemony finish

M: Good medium body, loads of carbonation

D: Very drinkable

A great strong Belgian-style ale. Really big fan of the Unibroue stuff lately. I'm glad the local market sells these things so I can have them every once in awhile.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with top/cap covered in gold 'tin foil' - date code is not readable

Since this brew has such an outstanding reputation I was wondering if it would live up to it, or if it was just "hype" - Well it sure deserves that fine rep!

Don De Dieu poured an appealing hazy orange golden hue, with a creamy head. The Belgian pale ale has a creamy head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is of vanilla, orange and fruits with very light hops present. The flavor is fruity, yeasty, spicy, clove like and a little nutty at the finish. The carbonation is fizzy, champagne like, bounces in the mouth and tingles the tongue.

This is another fine brew form a GREAT Canadian brewer!

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Photo of ectomorph
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I've waited to open this one, but here goes..

A - Pours a clear bright gold with loads of carbonation and a white head that drops to film over time.

S - Strong honey and apple plus alcohol warmth in the nose.

T - Loads of honey and raisin with a light cracker finish. Very tasty and the warmth from the smell is hardly noticeable here.

M - Light bodied as per the style and ABV.

D - Medium/Low with the high ABV and sweet bite.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall glass.

Dark goldenbrew, head raised that recedes and doesnt leave lacing. The nose is spicy and fruity and very typical Unibroue...apricot, clove. Fruitiness and an impression of sweetness up front, gives way quite quickly to a fairly bitter and tinglingly spicy experience, a little bit of alcohol too.

An excellent and extremely flavorful beer, but this version isn't one of my favorite Unibroues. Still a very nice and interesting Belgian-styled ale.

re-taste 1/26/09: Wow the apricot is super-strong here, in a good way. This is a fairly heavy beer, probably to balance the alcohol. I like it a lot but agree with myself from last year: drinkability somewhat limited (one is definitely enough, probably the last beer of the night).

re-taste 4/18/11: All that I said before holds but now I find this lighter and more refreshing and outstandingly drinkable. Did the beer change or di I change? Or is this bottle just younger? I have altered my scores to match how much I am enjoying this bottle tonight.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge fizzy white head that diminishes to a thin collar then disappears completely.

The aroma is some sweet grainy malts with a tinge of rotten fruit sourness and a little grassy bitterness and some bananas and cloves.

The flavor is some sweet and sugary malts, fruits (bananas), musty yeast, some spices and cloves, and a grassy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting Belgian. I like some aspects but not others.

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Photo of rec
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden cloudy orange with a frothy, carbonated head presents itself during the pour. It fails to lace, but remains evident for quite a time.

Heavy citrus, light fruit and aromatic spice are recognised on the nose, along with some farmyard grain.

The flavour is much like the aroma, but backing off on the citrus and following through further with the light fruit - pear and peach are noticed immediately... perhaps even a touch of honey on the more mellow than expected aftertaste.

It's one I'd certainly buy again - one of Unibroue's best.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - In a Unibroue glass: Cloudy orange/gold with a slight white head and no lacing. I see no carbonation.

S - Peach, honey, grain.

T/M - Citrus-peach, hops and marmalade; unique. There's a slight fizz to this ale that I think improves the offering but it otherwise has a mediocre frame/weight to it that falls just shy of creaminess.

D - 9% ABV? A nice ale in warm weather as it's certainly refreshing. Perhaps this was a bit too cold but I'm still searching for adjectives to describe this unusual offering.

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Photo of Zadok
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a slight haze and had a 1 and a half finger head with minimal lacing.

Very aromatic at first smell, coriander and cloves are the initial fragrance.

Very nice flavor of coriander and clove spices. Banana and bubble gum also make a showing with a slight alcoholic presence. Has a nice peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight bite on the aftertaste.

Another excellent brew from Unibroue. High ABV make for only a couple in a setting but well worth stretching the limits.

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Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but falls short of the last Unibroue I tried (Trois Pistoles). Pours a hazy orange color topped with a thick white head. The aroma is nice, that of a strong orange juice. Fruity, floral, yeasty and a bit sour and tangy tasting. High alcohol content, and they do a decent job hiding it. It's a good beer but not a great one.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent beer. Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a big white carbonated head. The head fades quickly due to the 9% abv. Leaves a covering on top. Some lacing at the bottom of the goblet.

Smells and tastes great - classic Belgian experience - astringent, bananas cloves an other spices. Very rich mouthfeel an very drinkable considering the high alcohol. This beer is comparable to the good Belgian versions I have tried.

Unibroue did a great job on this beer. I will be drinking this one again.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a big bubbly head that fully diminshed.

Aroma is orange peel, corriander, clove, wheat malt and yeast. Pear is also a big component of the aroma.

Taste: More citrus on the palate and surprisingly a bit of lime flavor. Also has a big taste of herbal bread.

mouthfeel is pleasant with big champagne-like carbonation and a smooth sweet finish.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color. Huge, foamy off-white head that settles into a stubborn cap, so much so that it barely laces. Malt and dry yeast aromas. Flavors of sweet fruits like pears and subtle hints of apricots. Like a barley wine but not so biting. In fact it's very drinkable for the alcohol percentage (9%!) and you can barely taste it until it warms up a bit. Medium body and filling without being heavy. Impresseive. The best Unibroue beer I know of for the uninitiated. It would be easy to get a couple into your friends or girlfriend ;-)

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly haze soft amber color with thin white head.

Smells like orange blossums more than anything else, flowers and fruit.

A soft creamy fruit taste and something else... Ginger? I don't know for sure, but it's good.

The palate is given a creamy beer with a carbonation level that seems a bit higher than it needs to be.

Certainly a drinkable beer; one I'd purchase again. Not quite a session beer.

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Photo of GoreStorm
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i don't know what's wrong, i've had this before, and found it excellent.

this bottle, however, not so much.

it pours with a small head that fades faster than it raises, leaving no head or anything. all that's left is a medium gold brew. no bueno.

the smell is here, all the typical scents you'd get out of this style but i smell something that's a bit apple-like.

i think something may be wrong here, it tastes okay, but it's lightly sweet, fruity, alcoholic but leaves a funky aftertaste that i can't put a finger on.

fizzy, normal mouthfeel.

i think i just got a bad bottle, that said, not very drinkable.

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Photo of BWH3
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange hued golden brew which pours a big white head that vanishes quickly into a thin, white ring.

Smell: Light fruity esters of pear and apple. Mild honey notes. Rich pale malt base but very little spiciness or hops.

Taste: Rich, creamy taste rich in pale malt. Very light fruit esters and the spicy notes of La Fin du Monde are absent. No floral or mineral hops additions. Dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate density. Carbonation is fine and zaps the tongue with each sip. Head retention just too poor for the style.

Drinkability: Good not any better. Not as good as La Fin Du Monde, Maudite, or Trois Pistoles.

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

Twelve-ounce bottle with a twist-off cap poured into my Duvel glass yields a hazy orange-gold body with a finger of grainy white foam that quickly recedes to a ragged, swirling sheet. A wide band of lacing slides down the glass, barely breaking contact with the liquid below before slumping to rejoin it.

The smell of the drink is fruity and mellow with notes of overripe apple, crisp pear and soft banana with a bit of floral spice.

The taste is very similar to the nose, but with brighter, crisper apple flavors, a rich and mellow yeasty tang, and a bit of bitterness in the finish.

The drink is crisp with an aggressive palate wash of zippy carbonation. Light and refreshing with superb drinkability.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhere between straw and golden, slightly hazy. White head wasn't around long, leaving just a tiny thin strip of lacing behind.

S: Mature apple, some hints of pear, minimal caramel notes and a nice spiciness.

T: Fruity esters and spice dominate the flavours, blended quite nicely. Apple, citrus, banana... a nice little medley of taste. Alcohol comes through on the end, bringing a spicy finish.

M: Wet, with a crisp and sharp carbonation, and a semi-dry finish. Snappy and nice.

D: Deceivingly easy, especially given the ABV. It will surely catch up quickly, but it's certainly worth it in this case. Quite a nice brew.

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

Pours to an orange with a thick white head. A constant thin stream of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom.

Smells amazing! Has a distinct banana and orange smell. Also a bit of spice and a sweet alcohol aroma.

Taste is very fruity and a little sweet with an alcohol finish. Of course you can taste the banana and orange but there also seems to be a bit of apricot.

Mouthfeel is good. This has the right amount of carbonation and just a little bit of alcohol bite in it.

Any beer from Unibroue is a drinkable beer. I wish I would have had this one sooner.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Cloudy light orange with a thin white head.

Smells of light fruit (banana)and chalky yeast

Nice, smoothe taste of tangy fruit with warm alcohol

Nice unibroue carbonation that lightens the high alcohol

Light taste and feel for strong beer makes this great.

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Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet it's a hazy golden color with a bit of yeast sediment floating around and a fizzy but somewhat creamy off-white head. Head settles down to a pretty full lace and stays that way all the way to the last sip.

Smell is quite sweet with the typical Unibroue yeast aroma. Also some tropical fruit and a whiff of spice and alcohol. A nice nose, although not terribly complex. As it warms the peppery note really starts to come out more, though.

Taste is sweet malt, pineapple and tropical fruit, along with some yeast. There's some white pepper that mixes with some alcohol to make it a little hot in the back of the throat. The pepper makes it dry out a bit into the finish.

Similar to my experience with other Unibroue beers, carbonation is too forward in the mouthfeel. It's close to a full body but could be much smoother if it were softer in the mouth.

This is a tasty, solid brew. I would be quite happy if I had a glass of this in front of me on any given night.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 1/23/11

A: Pours a clear and light golden yellow, about the same color as the prima pils from my previous review of the night. Head is foamy white and bubbles away rather quickly into nothing, no carbonation bubbling up from the bottom either. No lacing.

S: Smells a bit like La Fin du Monde but a bit stronger and sweeter with more of a dried fruit kick. Mildly grassy with a lemony zest with a nice bouquet of honey, apricot and yeast goodness.

T/MF: First impressions: Candied fruits, apricots dominate, quite yeasty, very carbonated with a mild alcohol heat in the finish. Want to go back again for another sip. Additional sips open up banannas coupled mild grassy, hay and baryard flavors, while the finish takes on a floral and yeasty composition with a slight drying hoppy sensation on the tongue. Body seems to establish itself well, not imposing especially for a beer this size, is able to remain rather light and crisp despite itself.

D: Makes you a bit burpy and the appearance leaves something to be desired but I couldn't stop myself from drinking this one. Very complex without being overwhelming and muted. Something about this beer with stand out to whoever drinks it and what that is may change from person to person. Good exapmle of for the style and another well crafted beer from the folks at Unibroue.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,904 ratings