Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Don De Dieu | Unibroue

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Don De DieuDon De Dieu
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
2,894 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
Ranking:
#1,478
Reviews:
1,314
Ratings:
2,894
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
399
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,894 |  Reviews: 1,314
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.

 512 characters

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.

 520 characters

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.

 331 characters

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.

 503 characters

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.

 373 characters

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 ;-)

 539 characters

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.

 405 characters

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.

 613 characters

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.

 644 characters

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.

 707 characters

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.

 634 characters

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.

 569 characters

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.

 303 characters

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.

 995 characters

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.

 1,401 characters

Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Unirbroue tulip glass.

Appears a cloudy dark golden color with a two finger white head. Some particulate matter floating around.

Aroma is reminding me of green grapes, plum, cloves, apples, and candi sugar.

Flavor was quite similar. Starts with a tangy apple-like flavor. Stays sweet and fruity throughout. Finishes with spice and a bit of a hops.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very creamy from the carbonation level that all Unirbroue beers seem to have.

Pretty good beer at all. Maybe a bit too much sweetness for my taste. Another solid one from Unibroue.

 587 characters

Photo of pwoods
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. gold foil capped brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a flute.

A: Pours a golden straw with plenty of yeast hazy. Enough carbonation to convect the large chunks of sediment that ended up in the glass(yay! >.> ). 2+ fingers of pearly white head forms and holds for a couple minute. Not much lacing.

S: Loads of fruity yeasty esters, big on the fresh green apples and golden raisins. A bit of zesty spice and hops.

T/M: A good malt kick, sweet and a bit wheaty. A touch of crisp and spicy hops help cut through the malts and the strong yeast. A good dose of alcohol give a depth and warmth to the drink and giving it a full flavor that makes this style more enjoyable. Body is medium light with very health carbonation to keep things alive. Finishes dry.

D: Tasty and decently drinkable even with abundant alcohol present. A dangerous brew.

 870 characters

Photo of thehosh
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - When poured into a pint glass, produced a nice, foamy 2 finger white head. Appearance is good - probably 70% opaque. Dark gold, tons of bubbles, it looks very much like something that you will want to drink.

S - Initial smell was great - you can smell the bite right alongside the applely sweetness. I expected more bite from the smell than what I tasted.

T - fantastic. Really enjoyed this. Nice and sweet. Apples for days.

M - Surpised me here. Terrific mouthfeel. Good foam paired with quite a bit of carbonation. I was surprised that there wasn't more of a backside kick (with the alc. content.)

D - Amazing. I could sit and drink this beer all day. Absolutely loved it. Goes down easy, nice and sweet. I was grateful to only have one to try. I could easily sit and drink this beer all day and with 9%, it would be a good day!

 839 characters

Photo of Douglas14
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/yellow in color and hazy (even after carefully pouring). It has a nice white head that I feel could be better....very dense with tiny bubbles though, which is nice. The aroma is heavily of ripe, tart fruit - a lot of lemon - yeast, candy, and some malt. The flavor follows the aroma almost identically, but with added spices; mainly black pepper. It is light and delicate in the mouth, yet still flavorful throughout.

Pretty good beer...Unibroue doesn't disappoint.

 480 characters

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

12 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a St. Bernardous chalice.

Appearance: A hazy golden-orange bodied beer with a decent one-finger head that survived respectfully long, given this chalice is a total head-killing glass.

Aroma: Very Saison-like - that is, light, sweet (ripe) fruity esters, Belgian spices (cloves, cinnamon), and a few light yeasty notes.

Taste: Incredibly spicy and sweet - banana esters are also incredibly strong. This is one strong-bodied brew. Lots of raw, simple sweetness throughout, particularly up front and in the aftertaste - honey and candy sugar - but there are some lightly toasty malt notes, too. A few other ripe fruit esters - I definitely taste apricots, perhaps peaches and sweet pears - and spicy white pepper and pungent cloves. Finish is a little dry, with a light, spicy, and sweet alcohol wrapped up in those same fruity esters. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Fairly large-bodied, with large but bubbles, fairly even but not perfectly so, that billow up into a big, pillowy mass. Sorta falls apart at the end there, though.

Drinkability: Where's the alcohol!?! Only sign it's there is the number on the bottle. A superbly crafted brew that doesn't really excel in any one department - it's just solid throughout. Highly recommended.

 1,304 characters

Photo of midaszero
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy yellow with 2 finger white head and no lacing

S - Pineapple, orange, and yeast

T - A little sour with yeast and little pineapple flavors. Some alcohol in the flavor but not overwhelming.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. A little chewy.

D - While pretty good I wasn't totally blown away and have other favorites in this style that I'd prefer to reach for

 374 characters

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yielded 3 fingers of pure white head. Head diminishes quickly, leaving no lacing to speak of. Color is hazy golden with a half finger of of the aforementioned pure white head. Nose is all yeast, light malt and alcohol. On the palate, very crisp and creamy. Notes of sour apple and fruit. Very fine creamy carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden despite the nose. Slightly sour in the finish. Very nice beer, recommended.

 472 characters

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

12oz bottle

Large 2-3 finger white head (wait, where did it go?) over a cloudy honey-colored body - sediment evident.

Smell was of Pineapple fuitcake, nothing more, nothing less.

Yeasty flavor, with some tart apricot and a hint of spice (don't you hate it when people like me don't identify the particular spice?).

Crisp upfront, somewhat puckering, with juicy finish.

Very drinkable, high quality BSPA. Getchu some!

 423 characters

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

A- A nice hazy golden color. Fluffy head.

S- Nice fruit smells, banana is coming though a bit more.

T- The taste is very light, refreshing. A light offering with the distinct Unibroue yeast taste.

M- A bit more on the carbinated side but good all and all.

D- Easy to drink, and refreshing.

 294 characters

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

Pours cloudy golden with a good head.

Smells like pineapple and yeast.

I get a lot of pineapple in the flavor, along with a blend of other citrus fruits with slight banana, yeast, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel very refreshing.

I didn't like this as much as Maudite or Fin, but I would certainly drink it again. Does Unibroue make a bad beer?

 363 characters

Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,894 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.