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 popery
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +8.4%
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 -4.8%
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 -5.5%
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 -12.5%
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 -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 +15.7%
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 +1.2%
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 -45.5%
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 -4.1%
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 +7.2%
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 -2.9%
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 -1.9%
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.


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

Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -0.7%
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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