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
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#1,633
Reviews:
1,324
Ratings:
2,923
pDev:
10.12%
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4.24
 
 
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Ratings: 2,923 |  Reviews: 1,324
Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow straw colored pour with a pillow of white foam that dies much more quickly than I had expected. Pale malts, wheat, yeast, and a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

A nice tingly carbonation starts you off right with crispness. The pale malts and wheat form a great balance with the fine yeast. Then, you get a little spicy flavor and a hit of alcohol in the end. The alcohol really comes through in the aftertaste. This was strange coming from Unibroue. They usually hide the alcohol and tone it down much more. It is still excellent, and I will surely have it again as it drinks well, and has a great feel to it. An all around champ as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow before the yeast starts to slide in yeilding a cloudy straw color. Voluminous white head.
Aroma has a definite banana character. Lots of yeast with some spice.

Very good flavor. Yeast plays big in the flavor profile. Banana, fruity, spice. Bready malts. Well balanced. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation.
Very drinkable. Didn't notice the 9% ABV at all.
Overall, a very good beer. Another bottle fermented winner from Unibroue.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A crusty, white head collapses noisily. Lacing is runny. After a minute or two there's nothing but a thin white film. The beer is clear amber-gold with ample carbonation.

The smell is Unibroue spicy with fruit. The front is Sweet with a capital Swee and spicy. The middle is apples. The finish is dry and just a little chalky. This one is sweeter than the others, but with all the strong flavors, it's not bad. I wonder if I could mix this with a Blanche de Chambly.

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Photo of scottum
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice bright white head. Nice complex malt flavors build upon each others while a nice mellow fruity/spicey thing entertains your buds. The dry finish makes you coming back from more. A good belgian style brew.

Nice beer for a 100th review.

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Photo of Winter
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with a gold foil covering the cap and part of the neck. As I uncapped the bottle I could already smell the wheat and yeast. Pours a cloudy golden color with a rising delicate white foamy head. Aroma has a strong fruity essence, yeast, cloves, banana and spice. The mouthfeel is crisp with a light carbonation. The taste consists of wheat, lemony citrus, banana, spice and cloves. The alcohol warms the back of the throat and you are reminded of the 9% abv. As the beer warms, the carbonation softens and Don de Dieu becomes even more enjoyable as the flavors reveal themselves even further at this stage.

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

I bought the 12oz bottle, with the ship on the label. Poured a nice carbonated golden color. Slight sediment, more than I usually exspect from Unibroue. Nice taste, not a lot unlike Unibroue 11. Good fruity taste, but the ABV was not as hidden as I'm used too. Not Unibroue's best.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a downtown beer store I recently spied a small 12 fl.oz. bottle of this offering from Unibroue. Having tried other offerings I reckoned that the Don De Dieu would be a good bet. It comes in a brown glass bottle, which has a picture of what appears to a medieval wooden Galleon and a gold foil cap that has a ‘fleur de leys’ on it.

The beer pours an incredibly turbid orange golden color, murky and all hiding, the beer retains a mysterious depth of character masked by its hazy appearance. A thin white collared head stays constant at 1/8”. Aromas are fruity, deeply sweet and have a molasses dimension.

A treacle sponge pudding introduction has a sweet cloying entrance that is determined to entice all. I hate sweets, so it does not entice me at all. Good inherent carbonation lends to the above average mouthfeel of this beer. A yeasty doughy sticky breadiness commands this beer though. It is a little sickly and too yeasty to find it anything other than a sipping beer. Strange.

After other Unibroue offerings I was slightly disappointed with this one to be honest. But judging this beer on its own merits, I still find that it falls short of what I expected.

Not bad, but not my favorite Unibroue beer.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The stiff, dense, slowly settling tremendously thick porcelain white head tops a lightly hazy dark golden hued brew. Amorphous, sparse foam aggregates are left. Sweet, slightly acidic ripe tropical fruit notes including Guava and Kiwi hit the nose at first, then are ensued by mellow pearish and green apple tartness. Subtle hint of bready pilsner malt. Trace clove adds a slightly herbal component. Very appetizing aromawise. Flavorwise, juicy, fruity sweetness continues where the aroma left off, albeit with an herbal, more pronounced phenolic tinge. Impression of sugary jackfruit and clove, w/ a hint of citric tartness. Light must and cidery beet sugar notes emerge mid palate. Moderate in body, with an agreeably smooth mouthfeel partially aided by carbonation lower than the norm. Light hop bitterness leaves the fruit drenched residual sweetness mostly unhindered. Finishes with a grainy dryness, accompanied by a brief surge of orange peel like citrus and phenol. Don de Dieu is delicious strong w/ a pronounced moist, ripe tropical fruit character. Devoid of any ethanol harshness. It's reminescent of Tripel Karmeliet, although not quite as complex.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange in color, with an impressive, big, thick, chunky whitecap of a head.

Notes of orange, other citrus, spices...that's all, but in this case, it's just right.

Taste is light, sweet, smooth, and luscious. Spicy, but uncomplicated. Well-carbonated, well-balanced, very light in body, soul, spirit. Full and substantial, with rich, yeasty flavor.

Perfect with food,either a banquet or a picnic. A lot like a witbier, but with more body, flavor, and punch.

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

This may be my favorite beer from Unibroue, but that is a very difficult choice. There is just something a little unique about the flavor, smell, and potency that stands out. I've tried many strong beers, and (for whatever reason) I FEEL this one more than any other beer I've had (and it goes down SO easy!). Pours a nice, carbonated golden glass of beer with a nice, fluffy head (a small amount remains throughout). A little spicier than La Fin Du Monde or Chimay Cinq cents, but very refreshing and smooth. I've enjoyed every SIP of this beer, every time I've had it. I would give it perfect 5's, but I don't do that (but, you get the point).

(For whatever reason, the last couple of times I've had this, it hasn't appealed to me quite as much as before. I had it last night between a La Fin and a Duvel, and it wasn't quite as tasty as the other two. Still a great beer, but somehow, it has dropped a notch for me).

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

Wow. Quite an impressive brew. I could smell the spicy, fruity aroma the second I cracked the cap off. It smells absolutely wonderful. The appearance is a cloudy off-yellow with a thin white head that retains well. Mouthfeel is quite bubbly, almost champagne-like, and the flavors come flying out the moment you sip it. A bit of grassy spiciness follows the yeasty, fruity, nearly sweet beginning. One of the best Belgian strong pales I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Simply put, a delectable brew. And 9%? You'd never know it.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite Unibroue product so far. The appearance is golden with a white medium head and constant bubbles. The smell is of fruit, mostly white grapes and apple. The taste also includes these flavors with a heavy emphasis on apple. The mouthfeel is good with the flavor being emphasized by the carbonation (alot of bubbles in this brew). This is the smoothest and lightest 9.0 ABV I have tasted. Really good.

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Photo of Wildman
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color and formed a bubbly white head. An aroma of citrus, yeasts and spices. Some carbonation is present. A flavor of spice with some bready elements. The finish is a touch tart and reflects some of the alcohol present. A good beer for this style.

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Photo of Kwak
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent head nice and full kind of fluffy a little rocky.

Great body hazy orange / yellow color.

I loved the taste you had your white beer and your wheat beer together. A lot of flavor And plenty of aftertaste with hints of clove and other spices.

This is something I could get into drinking, very tasty!

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Photo of doerickson
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden with a frothy white head and a fair amount of visible flaky suspended particulate matter left over from the bottle refermentation. Sweet smelling, with aromas of apple and cotton candy. Active carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Not as rich in flavor as I expected, with some orange, sour apple, and confectioner's sugar-type sweetness. Warming alcohol presence. A nice North American Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of MJR
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale, haystack yellow with a foamy head that shrinks a bit throughout the drinking of the 750ml bottle. The head starts out quite aggressive, but quickly goes to a 1/4" ring around the edge.

Smell: Ripe fruit, pale malt, and a fruity sweetness...maybe pear, apple, and/or apricot. A lot going on in the aroma department here.

Taste: The flavor really follows up on what I'd sensed in the smell. A great fruit flavor, along with a malty sweetness. They use Belgian candi sugar here to boost the alcohol without adding body. Finishes with a nice, crisp hop bite and a dry alcohol note. Good amount of spicyness as well. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: A solid, medium mouthfeel that combines the thickness of the yeast sediment and the crispness of wheat. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Fairly high...for a 9% brew. I couldn't drink this all night, but it does go down easy for such a strong beer.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bad boy in the Unibroue variety case. I didn't like a single beer in the case upon my initial tasting until I found out they haven't gone bad, they're supposed to taste like that. After overcoming that hurdle, they began to grow on me. It's funny how fast unfamiliar styles of beer can grow on someone after they get taken to school. Thanks to the fellow BA's who helped me out. Don de Dieu is a very carbonated medium bodied Belgian style pale ale that tastes like an overripe bananna. I also detected some notes of other ripe fruit like pear and apple, but overall, the yeast character plays the leading role in this one. The finish is very dry. Although this is by no means a mediocre beer, it tastes like slightly watered down La Fin to me. If I could get this but not La Fin, I would definfitely go for this but La Fin is just so much better.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: still waiting to sample this in the 750ml size...

A great tasting bew! This beer poures a wonderfully brilliant bright gold colour! It has a crazy head of bubbles that just wont quit, and it looks marvelous(like the previous reviewer mentioned the Tornado effect is wonderful...)This smells of alcohol esters, cloves, spice, and fruit. A wonderful smelling beer that you expect to be very rich on the palate(especially for the 9% ABV)but it is not! A light mouthfeel and a very easy to drink beer. A good unibroue offering for sure.
Cheers!
-F

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

This Belgian-Style Strong Ale poured a pale golden color. Aroma of yeast, hops and fruit with a hint of spices. Taste was very pleasant, although high in alcolhol, it didn't mask the true flavor of the Ale!

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Photo of MAB
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find Don de Dieu,"(given) from the Gods", I believe, is too much like Unibroue's other middle of the road offerings.
Like Eau Benite or Blanche de Chambly, it is yeasty and foamy but it may be too well balanced- I find nothing distinctive about it.
Not to say it is bad beer, far from it. It's just that there are better choices. 10, Maudite, and Fin de Monde are much better, and even the Quelque Chose (their cherry beer) at least tried to be different.

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

This beer pours a pale golden color with a huge, bubbly head that retains very well. Smell is heavy on yeast, hops and fruit. The taste is somewhat sweet and a little tart with lingering notes of apple and apricot. Mouthfeel is fitting with a carbonated backbone that provides a very welcomed prickliness on the tongue. For a beer of 9% ABV, this is incredibly easy to drink and the presence of the alcohol is hard to detect. A true winner.

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Photo of aaronh
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very good. It pours with a nice white head that fades quickly. The body is a nice hazy yellow. The aroma is complex and difficult to describe, as is the spicy flavor. Fruity sweetness is balanced by a nice malt flavor. The alcohol is detectable, but the beer still remains remarkably drinkable. Definitely one of the better beers I've had the priveledge to enjoy.

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Photo of whit
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very spicy beer, reminiscent of a German weiss. Cloudy gold/orange and well carbonated. Spicy/phenolic aroma and taste. Quite drinkable for a high alcohol beer. Solid beer, but it really doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very active carbonation keeps the white lace alive, tiny particles of yeast float around the cloudy pale orange brew.

Lots in the nose … a striking ester and phenolic presence with a ripe fruity slant. Hint of powdery chalky yeast in the nose also.

Thick medium body with a layered maltiness, raw honey and ripe fruit come to mind. Higher alcohols jump out on to the taste buds with crazy estery and lightly solvent sweet and spicy flavours. More ripe fruitiness and bitter phenols battle it out and the phenols win as they clean house to make room for a semi-dry finish.

This is one wild and strong ale … Belgian style at that! This is one beer I don’t drink enough of and should.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, it's a good beer. that can certainly be said - the taste is pleasant but a bit too weak, and it fails to really mask the alcohol. I like the colour, a pale cloudy gold, but the head was rather small (especially in comparison to other beers of the type). It kind of fails to distinguish itself like fin du monde though.

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Don De Dieu from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,923 ratings