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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Ratings: 2,908 |  Reviews: 1,317
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.

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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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Photo of Aesop
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer in all regards. A fruity, slightly yeasty nose, a very fine (almost champaign-like) carbonation that balances the heavy mouthfeel, leaving a light aftertaste of dried fruit (apricots). I drank this while eating a mixed-fruit salad, and it just made the picnic perfect.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy, even in a long-stored and carefully poured bottle. Orange-marmalade in color and topped by a rocky, bright-white head that eventually drops to an exceptionally creamy 1/4" covering and leaves excellent lace. The aroma is bold: quite yeasty, fruity (orange rind, dried apricot), citrusy, spicy. I keep looking for more but don't find it. The body is medium/light with a very fine, tiny bubbled and effervescent carbonation and gives a creamy texture in the mouth. The flavor is mouthfilling and extravagant, following the aroma's lead with orange, citrus, and clove atop a gentle malty sweetness awash in alcohol. It starts boldly sweet upfront, revealing soft spices as it warms, and finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of dried fruits. The spice eventually builds to leave a tingle on the tongue. Quite intense. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hazy golden-orange brew throws out a nice off-white head that literally fizzes away in seconds. This beer has a nice fruity boquet, with grapes and berries being the most dominant. One of the first traits of this beer I notice on my tongue is the alcohol. A bit stinging, but not overbearing. There are also some pleasant hints of vanilla bean and cedar. Some other tastes of note are citrus fruits, slight hints of berries and yeastiness. Very fizzy and carbonated mouthfeel, but not to the extent of other Belgian beers I have had that are hard to drink because of the gas concentration. This is a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks go out to cokes for leaving me with this "Gift from God."

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Photo of pbrian
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scores better than the La Fin Du Monde I just had. This thing is a virtual fruit bowl of aromas and flavors. Ripe peaches, bananas and spicy yeasties abound. Slighty sweet start, finishes drier and slightly tart. Wonderfully complex and flavorful.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a snow white head of 2 fingers. It dissipates rather quickly into lumpy leftovers. The smell is that of strong fruit and alcohol. Of the fruity flavored beers that Unibroue puts out, this one is put together well. At 9% alcohol, whew!...that's what I have to say about that. It has a slightly sticky mouthfeel, but it's drinkability doesn't suffer IMHO! A votre sante!....again and again ;-)

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Photo of beerluvr
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a monstrous pure white head, golden colored liquid with slight haze, very lively carbonation. Nose is spicy, reminiscent of Belgian witbier. Tastes great, with a nice fruity light and effervescent mouthfeel. Tropical fruit esters present, smooth going down, nice finish. Not a hint of the 9% alcohol contained within! A very decievable, yet very drinkable careful with this one.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orangey appearance and fruity aroma. Sweet, fruity flavor hides some of the sharp phenols. A little too sweet for my tastes, but is good beer to have once in a while. I like the La Fin du Monde much better.

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Photo of ADR
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Effervescent amber color, leaning toward the yellow rather than the orange. Head settles to a skim after 30 seconds. Slightly lemony sweetgrass smell, touch of candy. Taste is dense but subdued, sweet malts, lemon rind, and very enforced by aroma. Sense of alcohol warming in the back of the throat and in the stomach. Powerful impact but only medium bodied. Hops balance well in mid mouth. A well-made brew, a little too heavy duty and toward the sweet lemon side to my tastes. Prefer Maudite.

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Photo of LarryV
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one great beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel, tantalizing color and aroma. The more it warmed up, the better it tasted. One of my favorite brews from Unibroue, very complex in flavor. The alcohol is subtlely disguised, this beer can kick ass!

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Horrible!!!!! Very sweet with too much alcohol shining through, gag, gag, gag. Horrible unbalanced and syrupy, one of Unibroues worst beers, no doubt, get Maudite or trois Pistoles instead, this is junk.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has an interesting orange-golden color, with a fine white lacey head which sticks around. It's hazy, too, with lots of yeasties in the bottom of the bottle. Spiciness in the nose along with fruit. Has a really good body, but a tad rough on the tongue. All kinds of pleasant flavors come through, like fruits, spices.... My first Unibroue selection...quite nice!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of mophie
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an oustanding beer. It is clear that the masters at Unibroue are true artisans. Golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a beautiful white foamy head that thins but stays through the glass. Smells of spices, sweet citrus (qumquats and orange), and fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is very round, as it seems to impact just about every tastebud. Carbonation is perfect - not too much, not too little. Slightly sweet, orange and rind taste, a touch of honey, with a pleasant alcohol finish. What a treat!

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

Another excellent Unibroue offering. Very noticable yeast smell and taste. Smooth and should be drunk slowly - very high ABV. The U.S. importer in Unibrew USA.

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Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It goes without saying that this is a great brew from a truely wonderful brewery. DdD pours a nice yellow orange body with a magnificent pure white head. Spices and fruits dominate the taste buds. It is beer that must be tasted to be believed (much like all Unibroue's creations). Truely unique and wonderful. The 9.0% abv creep up slowly to assassinate your brain cell. Not a problem thought...I would gladly sacrifice a few for a liquid of this magnitude. On the upper tier of beer I have ever had (along with Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde...which I like slightly better, if that is possible).
Caveat: I generally like to pour the yeast sediment directly into the glass to add to the flavor of most beers. DdD is the exception, I would recommend decanting this, as the yeast seems to "muddy-up" the spicyness of the beer. Either way, however, you are in for a treat.

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

Wow........I had read a lot of the reviews for this brew and it certainly lived up to the expectations. It pours a beautiful golden yellow with a nice frothy head that slowly dissipates to about 1/2 in. thick and then even more slowly goes to a nice retaining lace. The smell is very fruity and complex. Due to my winter long stuffed nose I wasn't able to fully interpret it. The taste is...wonderful. Creaminess dominates throughout with traces of fruit (bananas?), biscuits, and subtle spices. It finishes very crisp. Smooth creaminess is what the mouthfeel is all about with the perfect carbonation. Not too intrusive but just enough to let you know it is there and to enhance the taste. A very drinkable beer for its 9.0 % ABV. Another amazing beer from Unibroue. Currently my favorite of theirs, although, my favorite seems to be whatever is in my glass at the time.

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