chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light gold with a big white head. Fruity aroma with plenty of yeasty goodness. Apricots and apples with a touch of tangerine. Nice and spicy. Feels creamy, yet finishes dry. Mild sweetness blending into a hint of sourness on the finish. New to this style, but I must say that if this is indicative of other Belgian strong ales, I am looking forward to more of the same. Highly drinkable.
Luvystypotables (1008) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HopsandBolts (178) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Bread, Belgian yeast, clover.
Belgian yeast, lemon, baking spices.
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.
jksipa (513) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Chad9976 (1385) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
cards04 (2217) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty decent. Reminds me of a triple. Pours a nice dark golden. Effervescent. Aromas of Belgian yeast, bread, a touch of banana. Same flavour profile with a bit citrus at the end. No alcohol detected.
damzz (335) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white head. Nose is slight spice. Body is medium light. Taste is fruit
BMMillsy (1748) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid brew here with big sweet flavors balanced out by light spices. Pears, peaches, apples, candi sugar notes, honey. I like it.
Pumpkin87 (114) - - MAY 16, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy amber gold with medium bone white head that reduces quickly but retains throughout as attractive, cappuccino-esque skim.
Nose is pears, cloves, apricots, bread, white pepper, honey, yeast. There’s all that and more on the palate, with the banana and coriander notes of a classic Belgian wheat stepping forward, but accompanied by pineapple and green apple. Peppery yeasts and spicy hops add zest while doughy malt provides a gentle base.
The creamy texture and sparkling, medium body are satisfying without being too filling, but have the downside of masking the 9 percent ABV. You will want a session, but take care when you stand up.
This is a very refined Belgian-style wheat ale, the equal of anything to be found in Belgium. I think of it as a micron below La Fin du Monde and Rochefort 10, but really, I can’t point to a flaw. One of the world’s great beers.
TH28 (234) - - MAY 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 8/6/17 code date. Appearance: deep golden and hazy with a frothy white head.
Aroma: Orange, clove, pear esters dominate. Ethanol also apparent.
Taste: Rich, sweet citrus orange and clove up front, giving way to pear on the backside.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high carbonation and hint if alcohol warmth.
Finish: Dry with strong pear flavors linger with brisk bitterness.
Overall: A fuller bodied, more citrus forward version of a BGS. This one is fuller bodied and definitely a supper. Very good.
Bork (443) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another high quality brew by the folks in Chambly. Fruity, yeasty with a solid malt backbone. Not fancy but very well balanced.