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


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RATINGS: 1618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

Ughsmash's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle BB 2008. Poured a rather bright golden with a 1" cap of white head... lots of visible carbonation. Significant amount of lighter fruits (Chardonnay grapes come to mind), spices, and Belgian-style yeast in the aroma. Flavors of clove, apricot, and musty yeast. Carbonation was higher than I’d like, which didn’t allow the flavors to flow so well. Finish was lengthy and carried through the flavors well. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (1476) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours a hazy darker shade of golden, topped with an average sized white head. Malty aroma, some fruity notes and yeasty. Taste is sweet and malty, fruity a bit and yeasty, wit hearthy feel. Some presence of alcohol. Not really my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (558) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Bière jaune tirant sur l’orangée, parfaitement voilée, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’un large col blanc immaculé, moyennement dense et pétillant, qui se réduit tout doucement. Arômes de pain frais, grain, léger malt mielleux, léger fruits du verger (pêche, pomme…), avec la levure belge typique de Unibroue, beaucoup de phénols épicés (clou de girofle, poivre…) et notes d’un houblon qui semble plutôt herbacé en trame de fond. Nez agréable, bonne intensité, belle complexité. En bouche, pétillement assez élevé sur la langue, avec une belle rondeur au palais, on note un certain moelleux, un certain velouté. Au goût, pain frais, grain, léger malt mielleux, sucre brut, et c’est beaucoup plus fruité qu’au nez, beaucoup de fruits du verger (pêche, pomme, abricot…), et bonne tendance vers les fruits tropicaux également (mangue, cantaloup, ananas…). On retrouve également bien la levure belge et les phénols épicés, ainsi qu’une pointe herbacée en finale (houblon?), amertume faible mais tout de même bien sentie. L’alcool est fort bien intégré, légèrement goûteux, on ressent surtout son agréable effet chaleureux en gorge. Très bon goût, excellente intégration générale des différentes saveurs, complexité et intensité élevée. Une autre excellente offrande de Unibroue! Selon moi, elle est dans la catégorie des Trois-Pistoles, Fin de Monde, et compagnie…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (388) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2015
Bière blanche voilée présentant un collet blanc comme neige et mousseux à souhait. Nez complexe de banane mais surtout de jus de pomme, de levure et d’épices. Du clou de girofle. Une grande quantité de levures belges, mais doit-on être surpris; Unibroue dont la vocation initiale était de brasser des bières locales "à la Belge". En bouche la bière est ronde et mielleuse. Présence importante de malts mélangés à la levure. Saveurs d’oranges et de fruits. Un dépôt de matière brunâtre me déplaît dans le fond de mon verre. Pour le reste, je demeure à chaque fois agréablement surpris des produits Unibroue que je ne bois finalement jamais.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (272) - - JUL 6, 2015
Hazy light orange body. Lacy thick white head. Aroma of yeast. Taste is yeasty with hints of apples. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (769) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2015
A brilliant orange in the glass with a thin crown of foam on the surface. The nose is deep yeast. It’s more yeast on the tongue, with a peach juice meets fresh granny smith apples with a hint of light spice in the front & squeezed lemon & tangerine on the finish. Has the classic profile that you find in the Unibroue stable of beers. Annoying -- to say the least -- to see that Helsdon squirted his review out a day before mine & of course he’s all over this like its the second coming. A fantastic sipper on an early summer Friday afternoon. Overheard on the chorus of the country song on the jukebox: "If I’m going down tonight / I’m going down drinking".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015
Always something irksome about the lack of availability for many Unibrou beers in Ontario. Especially when you’re faced with such an exceptional beer like this one. Cloudy blonde pour with way too much head - like it wants me to have to wait. Nose full of yeasty spiciness, bready malts, and some sweetness. The taste is that Flemish yeast-rich fullness that Unibrou does better than anyone else in Canada, wheaty cereal malts, peach and a mild sweetness. Exceptional. Thank you Sleemans and Sapporo for not wrecking this brewery. Now get more bottles into the province, you own a part of the Beer Store for god’s sakes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1057) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Aroma of Belgian yeast, cloves and banana, pours a hazy golden color with a thick white well laced head of moderate duration. Tastes of banana and cloves with a lasting Belgian yeast finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (191) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
750 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow colour with a huge amount of billowing white head. Average retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Bread, Belgian yeast, clover.

Flavours: Belgian yeast, lemon, baking spices.

Mouthfeel: Full with lots of carbonation. Very crisp almost refreshing finish.

Overall: Fantastic is my best descriptor for this. I’m not the biggest fan of Belgian ales but this beer takes those characteristics and does wonderful things with them. The finish is very crisp which is not something I was expecting in this style but was something I found quite enjoyable. You really don’t notice the 9.0% abv as everything comes together so well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (529) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Cloudy pale orange under a large white cap that fades quickly. Nose is yeast, bananas, spice and generous citrus undertones and some pear. Light honey sweetness with some light citrus bitterness and a medium spiciness. Medium oily mouth with prickly carbonation. Complex and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2015
The Unibroue brewery of Quebec is one of the best North American breweries that specializes in Belgian-style beers. I don’t drink their beers that often because they’re expensive, but when I do it’s a nice treat. Don de Dieu certainly is a refreshing take on the umbrella “Belgian Strong Pale Ale” style. Like a witbier, but much stronger; though it doesn’t seem to be a tripel per se. It is very delectable and fun to drink and that’s what makes it so enjoyable.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 11/28/17 and cost $4.49 ($0.37 per ounce).

Appearance: Extremely hazy body with a light orange shade. Pours to a two-finger, bright white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong orange aroma and other citrus pith spices. Very sweet, clean, and bright. Inviting.

Taste: The label indicates this beer is brewed with spices, but doesn’t specify which spices. Neither does the website. It’s also described as “triple wheat”. Between the aroma and the taste I’m inclined to believe this is a very strong witbier of some sort. Orange is definitely a dominate characteristic; sweet orange juice on the first half, but also slightly zesty orangepeel on the second. Not much in the way of traditional brewer’s spices, though (i.e. coriander, grains of paradise, etc.). The wheat gives it a slight tartness and a general wheaty flavor, though it’s not nearly as strong as the orange. Noticeable bitterness through the middle – light dryness at the apex with a clean finish. Alcohol creates for very minor vanilla notes as well. Overall, it’s quite delectable; though this is a bit sweeter than your average Belgian (that’s fine by me, though!).

Drinkability: It’s actually surprising that this beer weighs in at 9% ABV as it drinks and feels like something much lower. It has a standard bottle-conditioned Belgian mouthfeel with fine carbonation, though it’s quite comfortable and smooth going down. Alcohol does create for some warmth, but it’s in no way distracting. I’d probably prefer more complexity for the weight, but what’s here is quite drinker-friendly.

Score: 9/10

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