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

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RATINGS: 1596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2003
A great Belgian strong ale. Mine was aged a year or so and the flavor was outstanding.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2003
What a fine beer. It is really a very strong wit. While lacking the subtlety of some of its style due to its triple fermentaion and the high abv, its flavor is great. It hits you in the face with taste but hey thats what makes it so memorable. It comes in a large bottle with a cork. A good thing as if you drink it by yourself a half a bottle will start a pleasent buzz. I bet a full bottle would get you sloshed. As most beer drinkers who would buy this drink for taste, the cork should be welcomed as it lets you enjoy it over a few days. great stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Shimmering hazy gold; nice white head but not much lace. Aromatics abound, very floral, geraniums and apple blossom pop up, plus some spices, gingerbread maybe but restrained, slight ammonia vapor to it as well. Nice prickle of carbonation on the tongue, with a mouthcoating smoothness, like mashed bannanas and honey, but with a mineral/talc backbone, with a very slightly peppery finish. Very good, my second fave Unibroue beer after Terrible.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Smells slightly musty/ corky, as well as a bit honey-ish. There is a bit of spice in the nose as well which makes one think that there are spices in this one. Pours with a medium carbonation for a Belgian ale. I taste a bit of acidity along with a bit of cider flavor to it. Nicely fruity with a wonderful woodiness. I could not perceive any bitterness in this beer. One can taste the alcohol a bit in the finish, but this is in no way distracting. There is a subtle taste of unspecified spices. Very good beer, and very interesting flavors to it. It keeps you guessing with every sip, what new flavors will you find next.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trig (4) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2003 does not count
second best only to the anniversary beer by unibroue. Not too sweet and not bitter. Enough alcohol to sneak up on you if you don't pay attention to the alcohol percentage.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1430) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Unibroue rocks! Everytime I drind one of their ales I am transported to a better place. Ale pours slightly cloudy, golden with BIG white head that mostly dissipates. There is light lacing. The aroma and the flavor are where the action is. Aroma is all the best of Belgians nice yeast, some hops. Flavor is even better. Divine yeast strain with wonderful spiciness and a nice acid kick. Really good!!!!!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Hazy golden brown body, with a surprisingly small head. Doughy, yeasty aroma. Lightly spiced, doughy, salty, yeasty flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
Another good one from Unibroue ! Hazy yellow, with nice aroma of fruit and citrus and a good taste of yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2003
This reminded me of another beer the whole time, and I just can't place it. Oh well. Unibroue does it again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2003
750 mL bottle, tulip glass. Body is a pale, hazy yellow with tiny, dense particles. Large frothy white head is not lasting and does not lace well. Strong citurs and banana notes in the aroma. Wheaty, grainy malt aroma is moderate. Moderate, lemony hops are pleasant. Earth, moldy yeast. Possibly several other light, sweet fruits in the nose. Overall, quite pleasant smelling. Moderately sweet throughout with light acidity and bitterness stepping up at the end. Fairly average duration finish with a warming feeling in the belly. Practically no alcohol taste is present. Light / medium body has a watery texture and delicate, but fizzy carbonation. Strong banana presence in the taste. Very close to what I imagine Ayinger's Brau-Weisse would taste like if it were cut with a Riesling wine. Complaints: aroma shows more depth than the flavor; no lasting head or lacing; body could stand to be a little fuller; could definitely use more citric bite. I have another page of ramblings written down - as I finished this one by myself - but let me cut to the chase; haha...yummy, yummy!


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