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

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RATINGS: 1602   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Solid beer - but was just looking for a bit more pronounced taste. Didnít find much íspiceí ... certainly citrus notes with a nice yeast finish. Minimal head which quickly disappeared. Its a decent beer, just not exceptional in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2002
A very nice golden ale. Fruity with light spiciness. A beer I will look forward to consuming again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppyman (34) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2002
Light and hazy brown color on side of glass.Deeper brown in the middle.Thin-medium head.Beautiful nose of mango,banana with some orange and buttery notes.Nose gets even more intense as the beer gets warmer.Goes down well with notes of cream,banana,candied sugar,wheat and an incredibly mild and spicy finish.Very silky and mellow for 9% abv.Simply amazing and widely underestimated.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulldog99 (13) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2002
Magnificent beer by Unibroue. Truely one of the worlds best brewers. Orange/peach colour. Perfect blend of fruit and spice flavours. Donít get a draught, get a bottle. Hereís the way to pour Don de Dieu and all Beers on Lees: Donít pour it all in one shot. Leave a little bit in the bottom of the bottle, swirl it around and then pour the rest in the glass. If you donít do this, youíll leave half the yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle and half the flavour as well. Thatís why bottle is better than draught. Good bartenders will rotate the kegs often but why risk getting a bad one eh!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Big yeasty aroma with some floral and wheaty traits. The pale, murky, goldenrod color was superb. Resembled a wheat in taste, but yeast and citrus (grapefruit) was noted as well. The carbonation in this brew and other higher A/C Unibroues is a little too much. It draws away from the finish too much. Still good though

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 May 2002: Well I loved it. Far from being a disappointment, this might be currently my favorite from this great brewery. Gorgeous tawny golden color, and mine had an enormous (though quick-dying) head; slightly opaque and cloudy. Yeasty, fruity nose with a dry floral underpinning; dry champagnelike body with some delicious apple and apricot bits coming through; finish is a perfect sweet/dry balance. Is it a Tripel? A Weizenbock? A Wit? Who gives a shit, its wonderful. 7/5/9/5/18=4.4

May 2004: Pale nearly clear golden, huge yeast clouds, smallish lasting head. Enormously malty, peachy aroma goes on an on. Big malt fullness in the flavor and body as well, slightly peachy and with hints of oak and vanilla at the finish. I overrated this a bit as a newbie, but it is very very good and I hope that it sticks around.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2002
Bread and yeast smells. Hazy apricot colour, huge head, a couple of floaties. Tastes of grapefruit, pears and honey. Wonderfully smooth, complex. Superb Belgian Strong.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Pretty brew. Lovely cloudy tan yellow with a thick, clumpy head. Big nose on this one, lots of lemon and spice with redolent yeastiness wafting up from the glass. Flavor is very spicy, with noticeable sugars and tartness. Pleasingly fizzy. If Dogfish Headís 90 Minute IPA can be called an imperial IPA, Iím gonna call this one an Imperial witbier--still very spicy and wheat-esque, but much bigger.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2002
Excellent! Sweet aroma and fairly fruity. Almost like a champagne with wheaty hops. Recommended. Another Unibroue classic!


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