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

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RATINGS: 1603   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1922) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2003
A somewhat cloudy straw yellow color. A fairly good copy of a Belgian Tripel. It has the same aroma & taste of banana that you would expect of this style. Not quite as good as Allagash, but still enjoyable. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Pours a cloudy golden with thin fizzy head. Aroma of malted wheat, banana and clove. Tastes a lot like a thin weissbock. Has light fruity esthers, but not very much complexity. Goes down very smooth though, and has a very light alcohol burn in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Unibroue is rapidly becoming a favorite brewery. These folks just can't miss. Wonderful wheaty character and subtle alcohol warmth mingled in a tight-lipped forbidden dance (not sure where that came from, just transcribing last night's notes). Evervescent and complex, this beer is deceptively drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5393) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2003
A tale of two glasses. I poured half in a goblet, thinking that the Bride was going to drink the other half. It was clear, finely carbonated, and a fruity (banana) flavor and crisp, dry finish. The bride decided she didn't want any, so I poured the rest. this glass was cloudy, a much fuller flavor and messier finish. What a difference the sediment makes.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Unibroue knows how to do it right. This is like a cloudier version of its wonderful Fin du Monde. Both are perfectly brewed in the true Belgian style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Glowing golden color. Light, crisp, and champagne-like on the palate. After the pour you can hear the crisp cracking sound of the bubbles. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Almost don't need to taste the beer to rate it. Another flawless copy of a Belgian abbey tripel ale from Unibroue in Quebec. Golden orange cloudy yeasty triple, with white head. Mine was so carbonated that instead of a large head I got a large puddle and a small head. Usual combination of bread, wheat, yeast, dough, coriander, orange peel and wheat beer lemon; I would prefer more hops and more acid bite and less yeasty doughy taste and aroma, but then it would not be a Belgian abbey tripel. So ... with individual scores this high, why isn't the overall rating higher? Partly despite how good the beer is, it does not deliver any surprise ... after seeing the label and looking at the pour, I could have written the same review that I ended up writing after actually drinking the beer. Partly the pieces just don't work together perfectly. Is it too much alcohol? Or is there some other VOC at work with a throat-cloying effect most extreme in a Piraat? And as good as the beer is, at 9% I can't imagine sitting down to too many of them during the week!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2003
This orangey, gold beer has a substantial white head and is cloudy. The aroma greets me before my nose reaches the glass; it has nuances of orange peel and coriander with a dense underpinning of sweet, toasty malt. The rich, creamy body bolsters the palate of malty sweetness and soft fruit. The finish brings the palate full circle with some light, hoppy astringency and subtle coriander spiciness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Sweet citrus,fruit cake aroma.flavors of lemon zest and bread dough with a little alcohol burn at the end.


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