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

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RATINGS: 1565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 22, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 Yeasty, citrus nose that doesn’t bloom much as it warms. Good color and stable small-medium head. It’s fairly effervescent with a spicy finish but there’s not much malt complexity here.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Cloudy, tangy, spicy, fruity, yeasty... another winner from Unibroue, though i found it a step below La fin du monde and trois pistoles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 Intriguing aroma, with notes of banana, faint lemon, cloves, vanilla, floral, spicy hops and malt sweetness. Medium golden in color, opaque (bottle conditioned) with a very ample and long-lasting head. Flavor is lightly tart and fruity, spicy, yeasty and sweet. Aftertaste is malty and has some pleasant yeast esters. Body is medium-full and palate is very creamy and smooth. This is an interesting and enjoyable beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2001
Smooth taste with a hint of citrus. Another fine effort from Unibroue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2001
Like a supercharged Blanche de Chambly. Wheaty at first with a very strong finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergeek (2) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2001 does not count
A surprise from start to finish. Wonderful bouquet. Great taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2001
My first taste of Unibroue brewery. This beer rivals many Belgian tripels I have had in the past. Definite winner!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2001
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Rerate. My previous notes I argued for this as a weizenbock. I'm still not sure what to call it, other than that Belgian Strong Ale is generically sufficient. In any case, this is a wonderful and lively, entertaining fun beer. Maybe not the most attractive, but still appropriate appearance, a heavily cloudy milky-gold, with a firm meringue of white foam. Aroma is quite lively and curious - even lambic like. There's a possible but unlikely hint of brett., some cherry, some wheaty malt, and raspberry notes. Surprisingly the flavor bears little resemblence to the nose, with a moderately tart, lightly sweet body leading to a balanced mildly fruity finish. Sufficient carbonation prevents any hint at cloying. Outstanding, fun.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 20, 2001
Belgian-style golden ale in the ilk of Duvel, whereas Duvel is pear-flavored, this one is apricot. Highly drinkable for a 9% beer, it is fairly smooth, and medium-bodied. Not as good as Unibroue’s other masterpieces, but certainly worth trying.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2001
You gotta love Unibroue. This is my second favorite, to La Maudite. Color was odd - if held up to my computer screen, it was somewhat yellowish. When held up to regular light, it was coppery colored. As for my rating, see mike mcneil’s - exact same sentiments.


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