Don De Dieu | Unibroue

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4.15/5
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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,578
Reviews:
1,319
Ratings:
2,912
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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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.

3.5/4/4.5/4/3.5

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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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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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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,912 ratings