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:
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Added by Todd on 12-06-2000

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tannish yellow cloudy look with a big lasting white head. Sweet banana spice yeast smell. Taste is very similar but more fruity and juicy. Smooth medium body with mild carbonation. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of maedhros09
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy gold with a couple fingers of creamy white head that settles fairly quickly.
Smell: Sweet fruity (banana pear apple) floral wheaty and yeasty, a bit boozy and spicy as well.
Taste: Very similar to the nose, sweet and fruity - not terribly complex
Feel: nice fine carbonation - the kind that opens up in the mouth.

Overall: An enjoyable belgian style ale. A bit on the sweet side but that is expected at 9% ABV. The wheat character comes out nicely both in the aroma/taste and mouthfeel. Pretty different from Duvel even though they are both considered belgian strong pale ales. Duvel has more of a Pilsner/Helles type malt profile, whereas this one is very wheaty. Maybe I expected some more complexity from the flavor, but it is still a very enjoyable after-dinner sort of beer.

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Photo of tronester
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw, with golden highlights. Aromas of green apple, honey, and light malt. Taste begins with some more green apple jolly rancher, then some light caramel, and finishes with a hint of whisky, some funky yeast, and more tartness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall quite good.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy honey color with a magnificent head. The Aroma are of clove, cinnamon, banana, and apricot. The flavor lead with dried apricot, followed by banana bread and toffe. The mouthfeel is rather sticky and nice. Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but not quite what I am looking for. Still it is an impressive brew.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked 750 ml bottle. Hazy orange/yellow in color and the nose on it picks up faint aromas of bread, yeast, pair, white grapes, pineapple, banana. Not a heavy nose on this beer. Taste is lovely. Notes of pears, bread, apples, and pineapples. Good, crisp carbonation, and very refreshing. No detection of the 9% at all. This can get you in danger in a hurry if not careful. A lovely beer I treat myself to every blue moon.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly boozy smell, a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smooth taste with a high degree of champagne like carbonation. A fine beer, but not one for daily consumption. Strong, pairs well with roasted nuts, roasted vegetables, baba ganoush.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a hazy orange color with a white head, about a half-finger's worth of foam, lacing does occur.

S: Raisins, Banana, and orange, bready malt, and some spice as well.

T: Sweet fruit-like taste on the nose, fades into a tart maltiness, finishes semi-dry

F: Medium bodied and high carbonation

O: An excellent wheat ale, reminds me of a Hefeweizen with a bit more of a punch. Obviously this is not as good as its brother "La Fin Du Monde", but still this is an excellent brew. Would have again.

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange golden color with an enormous off white head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Caramel apple, white grapes, spices, clean yeast

Taste: Sweet apple/pear and white grape esters, slight clove, with a clean yeast finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Smooth and crisp

Overall: This is a nice beer no doubt. It has more fruit (apple/grape) esters than i prefer, but as usual with Unibroue beers, its clean and has the perfect amount of sweetness balanced with a clean yeast bill. I certainly prefer La Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles, but this is still very solid

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Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle into small snifter. bottled oct 9 2014. consumed sep 1 2015

a: hazy golden yellow white bubbly white head

s: white pepper, clove, strong banana, lemon, apple, pear, orange peel, white bread, slight peach

t: tart lemon, clove, overripe banana, bready malt, dry white pepper, mild apple & pear notes, orange peel

m: bubbly belgian carbonation in a medium-bodied liquid

o: pretty standard BSPA with emphasis on the spices. tasty

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just in time with this one, as the bottle says drink by 8/15/15. I wonder how old that makes this bottle? I had a helluva time getting the cork off. Sheesh. 750 ml bottle into a Rochefort goblet.


A - A bright orange with an off-white head. Head dissipates quickly, with just a few bubbles sticking around on top. Definitely hazy with a few floaties. Eh.

N - Juice, orange or grapefruit. Not a strong aroma, but a delightful one. Cheers!

T - Interesting! Has that banana-type flavor you get in a tripel, and the wheat gives it a little bit of tartness. I don't love tripels, but I grew up drinking wheat beers, so I'm enjoying this one quite a bit.

M - If you let the beer sit in your mouth for a few seconds you get this creaminess or butter-y-ness. I see no streaming bubbles, but I get plenty of carbonation on the tongue. I well-made beer.

O - First Belgian style I've had in a while, and I definitely miss them. Unibroue never fails to impress, and this one is no different.

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Photo of lastmango
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 3 finger wheat head. Aroma is musty yeast. Malt forward with hint of citrus and alcohol, followed by a bit of sourness, which dissipates after more sips. This triple wheat packs a punch at 9 abv.

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Photo of mchegash
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Orange-gold in color, moderately hazy, a large amount of slightly off-white head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Belgian style wheat and spice, a tiny hint of booze.

Taste - 4.25/5
Lighty and fruity, with flavors of vanilla and angel cake. Overall the flavor is pretty complex and tasty. Hard to describe fully, but quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Slightly less than medium body. Smooth, carbonation is slight. Fairly creamy but still some crispness as well. I think the feel goes well with the rest of the beer.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this was a great wheat beer which had a lot of unique flavor, and a good feel to it. I would definitely recommend giving this a try.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured from a Unibroue summer sampler pack.

A slow pour results in three fingers of pretty dense head atop a cloudy peach/orange coloured beer. The head recedes to a finger or so, but persists, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Dominant smell is the fruity, estery yeast, slight sourness, pale malt, a bit of wheat and some slight spice. Sour patch kids? Green apples? Slight grassy notes. Taste is more of the same: fruity (peach, green apple, sour fruits?), yeasty, slight sourness or tartness. Pale malt. Gentle spices (clove? coriander? orange zest?). Heavily carbonated (which I'm not crazy about, even though I acknowledge it's par for the style): very bubbly on the tongue, but with nice, full and rich body.

A very solid brew, but doesn't click for me the way Unibroue beers once did. Maybe that's on me and my taste buds, maybe that's on an entire craft beer world that's grown up around them in the five years since I last sat down and seriously sampled one of their offerings. I doubt that the beer itself has changed. Certainly still a benchmark for the style (or at least a benchmark for New World versions of the style).

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw peach color with powerful activity. Extra foamy, almost creamy, white sparkly 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of fresh apple and sweet grains, slightly metallic. Flavors of citrus lemon, coriander, apple, peach, pineapple, fruit ester, honey/caramel, floral and herbal spices. Bready and woody/oaky feel. Highly sweet but still sharp.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a slightly vinous fruity estery feel with a dash of spices.

Overall an excellent craft having good freshness and nice complex flavors, well balanced and intensified. Pretty good but not my favorite Belgian Ale.

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Photo of joesi
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

High carbonation, and it is fine and smooth. Makes for something one can savor for quite a while.

Lots of phenolic taste, quite a lot of alcohol taste as well, but it can take quite some time to notice because it's quite well concealed. The most notable thing to me which many people don't seem to be noticing much of is an extremely strong sweet taste/sensation. It's not necessarily a normal sugary sweetness, but it's VERY present for me. I don't think I've had anything before that tastes this sweet.
The hops is definitely far in the back row here, and the good ol' Unibroue yeasts are present as usual and quite noticeable (at least after the phenolic and sweetness).

I like La Resolution far better than this, but despite that, I'd still say that it is great and that it feels more like a winter beer. Overall it's quite similar to La Fin du Monde, and reminiscent (I guess the phenolic and alcohol?) of La Resolution as well.

I like other beer better than this, but for what it is I guess it's great.

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Photo of TH28
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 8/6/17 code date. Appearance: deep golden and hazy with a frothy white head. Aroma: Orange, clove, pear esters dominate. Ethanol also apparent. Taste: Rich, sweet citrus orange and clove up front, giving way to pear on the backside. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high carbonation and hint if alcohol warmth. Finish: Dry with strong pear flavors linger with brisk bitterness. Overall: A fuller bodied, more citrus forward version of a BGS. This one is fuller bodied and definitely a sipper. Very good.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure I'm giving this a fair rating because the bottle had been sitting for a few years - was part of a four-pack from Trader Joe's. Finally opened it for Canada Day.

Pours golden with a little bit of haze. Not much head. Aroma/taste of apple and spice (ginger?). No hops because old bottle. Dry finish, strong carbonation. Easy drinking despite 9% ABV. How can this be so heavy and so light at the same time?

Definitely would get again.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty beer with a very pleasant nose. Aromas of apples, pears, oranges and spices. Mouth feel is sharp with a lingering tickle. Appearance is deep golden straw color with a hint of orange juice that gives it a nice and murky look. Taste is similar to La Fin Du Monde with a heavy amount of citrus and apple juice added. Really enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding example of a Belgian strong pale. I poured mine out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. What little head was produced diminished immediately into nothing. The aroma is beautifully yeasty and becoming of the style. The flavor is muscular as it should be, but not the least unpleasant. This one is on my recommended list for sure.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

L- Light gold with a stark white head that didn't stick around long.

S- Bready malts, esters reminiscent of apple, pear, and banana. Some floral hops.

T- as the aroma, wheat bread up front, with a little acidity for balance. Fruity and bitter on the finish.

F- Very effervescent and well attenuated just as it should be.

O- a great rendition of the style, even if the wheat is a bit heavy handed.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Starts off with ripe, dry grape on the nose, like a Chardonnay, with some straw yeast as well. The crispness carries over, with tart apple and grape must followed by some medium malt graininess. Perfectly carbonated, and finishes easy with some final lingering of dry fruit.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that did not lace but retained decently. The body is a slightly cloudy deep gold with solid and steady carbonation.

Smell: Very nice, as fruity apple and pear is prominent to a biscuit malt background with touches of cloves. Very strong and didn't need warming which did tend to bring the malt out more.

Taste: Starts with a nice mild roasted malt kick with a slight touch of pear cider. The yeast then takes over as grape, apple and touches of corriander, cherries and cloves come forward with a touch of herbal and earth hops to finish off mildly.

Mouthfeel: Transistions masterfully and the carbonation accents all aspects of the beer. The aftertaste while slightly drier does leave you with a bit of that apple and pear yeast taste.

Drinkability: Light bodied but you feel the carbonation well after the beer has been imbibed. The dry note takes away some of the ease of drinking, but not very much. Easy to drink, and very dangerous stuff given it's high ABV

Final Thoughts: Another great brew from Unibroue which sets the standard for excellence in Canadian beer. It honestly makes me wish more competent Canadian brewers took on Belgian styles. I guess though, if you had to be compete with this stuff, you'd be hard pressed to make a better product. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of frozyn
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour from 750 ml into oversized snifter. Great amber color with a small, finger-width head. Plenty of fruit smells -- banana and apple prominent -- with a sweet side as well. Apple fruit flavor, meaning tartness, with plenty of spice notes throughout. Mouthfeel is very smooth, quite light on the tongue. Overall very good beer, though I preferred La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy gold, very finely bubbled 3” cream colored foam collar that leaves spliotches of lace on the glass.
S: Banana, spice, perfume, citrus.
T: Fruit, nectarine, biscuit with some spicy herbal dryness on the finish.
F: Very creamy texture with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: This yeast driven beer features big fruit flavors with a light biscuit background and a spicy accent.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent, golden amber color with a finger’s worth of fine, white froth. Aroma smells of bread, honey, clove, coriander, and caramel.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely, with bready, honeyed malt accented by clove, coriander, moscato, and zesty, slightly citric yeast. Alcohol is supremely well concealed for its weight. Medium body and high carbonation make for a vibrant, vigorous mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a no-frills Belgian ale that’s just plain good all the way around. One of my two favorites from Unibroue.

*This bottle was aged just over a year.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
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