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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 1621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Don de Dieu means "Gift of God". The Don de Dieu was the ship of Samuel de Champlain as he was commissioned by the King of France to explore the vast and inhospitable land called America.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
(Bottle-conditioned) Cloudy, light orange-yellow color with a small white head. Good tasting and very refreshing ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Murky yellow witbier appearance. Smells of lemon and bananas; like a dubbel, but very fruity and sweet and crisp. Does not have the big rush of carbonation and alcohol that’s common in Belgian strongs, hides the alcohol very well under a spicey sweet flavor.
8/4/9/4/17 = 4.2

Rerate: Rated blind. Soft medium dark yellow colored body, cloudy, delicate look, nice off-white to tan head on top, ringed out into a swirl, looks like art. Intense nose, half sweet (melon, sweet lemon), half sticky/crackers, alcohol noticed, not boozy but still heavy… phenols have a huge presence, spicy, bready, peppery lemon and orange… sticky sweet up front, tripel-like, hints at some saison yeast but it’s too sweet and too boozy, so I’d guess tripel or generic Belgian-style strong golden. Not great, but tasty enough. Sweetness up front gets to me, as does the alcohol in the nose. 12oz bottle.
7/5/7/4/14 = 3.7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Cloudy straw orange color.medium sized white head with a decent staying power that left a floating hill of foam in the midlle of the glass.Yeasty sweet and sour aroma,fruity and mildly spiced.Nice fruity taste with a mild yeast tone to it,there is no sour side detected in the flavor just in the nose.Over all it stays fairly sweet and quite carbonated,slight amount of alcohol at the back of the pallate and a nicely done spice tone to it as well.The after taste is sweet with a mild bitterness at the tail end and fairly fruity.This is a very nice brew and i have to Thank Mr_Kimchee for providing this fine tasting brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6141) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2003
Spice, fruit and yeast aroma. Orange cloud low head. Fruity flavors (peaches and oranges) dominate and a little bit alcohol. Medium to light body. Strangly refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
10/17/03: bottle.
golden orange-yellow body. nice amount of head, white in colour. strong aroma of bread yeast with some honey as well. bread yeast flavors with a touch of honey, spice and citrus. slight hints of alcohol once the beer warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Hazy golden body with a thin white head. No lacing.
Wheat, yeast and alcohol in the aroma.
Malt with the unibroue yeast flavor. Spicy, phenols, fruity. Lemon. Alcohol is hidden well.
Full-bodied. Smooth and rich on the tongue.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2004 cloudy, medium yellow; very nice aroma - flowers and lemon; medium texture with a lot of carbonation; nice fresh, citrus taste; probably in or near my top 10 so far (rerated 2/29/2004 - clearly the best of the Unibroues I've tried so far - also the best of the Belgian strong ales I've tried; complex taste with the alcohol well hidden)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough, cobwebs), with notes of pear syrup, apple butter, candy sugar, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Kinda weird apple butter odor is off-putting (and has always been a feature of this beer) but otherwise it’s a decent enough Belgian-ish brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5215) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
Golden orange brew with a nice head that did not dissapate too quickly. Taste is very refreshing but too sweet for my own liking. The alcohol level is not detectable which is a good thing. This is not the best strong belgian ale from Unibroue. The sweetness is too present. Nice try anyway...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
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.


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