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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
81 88 74 4 16 16
Don de Dieu by Unibroue
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
9.00 % ABV


 
Review by duhast500 on 10/07/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series tulip glass.

The color is a clear amber with three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a touch of fruit flavors with a clove aroma sitting amongst the Belgian flavors. There is also a aged cheese flavor as well.

The taste has a fantastic zing that has a bundle of bubbles and a nice sweet malty flavor. Some small bitterness there pulling things back level. There seems to be a melon-like flavor that is keep a tart but juiciness that is very appealing.

The feel of this beer is quite smooth and sting retains a bit of a sweet sting as well. The carbonation is welcomed for the type of beer this is and goes well to spread the flavor around. This goes down quite well and is quite enjoyable.


Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2009
750ml

A big thank you goes out to russpowell for this brew, thanks Russ! Don de Dieu has a surprisingly clear, straw golden body with tiny carbonation bubbles exploding to the surface. The head grew to two fingers of loosely packed bubbles that quickly fizzle out to a thin head and moderate collar. Intricate, although thin, lacing sticks to the glass after each drink.

I'm not sure if Unibroue uses spice in this beer but I am sure that as soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm smacked by copious amounts of coriander. This beer is a coriander bomb like I've never come across and I have to admit, I'm digging it. Sugar cookie malts, white pepper spice, and green apple all come along...after the coriander of course.

The flavor doesn't quite reach the aromas standards but it's not far enough off to dock points. Coriander still leads the way but the sugar cookie sweetness makes a larger appearance with a note of caramel here and there. Green apple comes along mid-palate with the usual Unibroue spiciness. The coriander pops on the finish and is incredibly vibrant with all the other characteristics falling to the background but keeping the complexity in place.

The carbonation is lacking when compared to the best of the style and could use a touch more liveliness. Of course this is just me being picky. The body is moderate and the carbonation light with a pretty substantial dryness on the swallow.

If the carbonation had the liveliness I'd like the drinkability would be ridiculously high, as it is, it's merely good. Although, I could drink this all night with no problem besides public drunkenness.

Don de Dieu is my favorite from Unibroue yet, although I haven't sampled a great deal. That coriander note really does me right. Thanks for the bottle Russ, this is some good beer!

Reviewed: 5/31/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by flyingtaco on 10/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Originally reviewed on 10-14-2009 22:45:26. 750 C&C with BBD 6/8/2012. Wait, is that June 8 or August 6? Who gives a rat's ass, the shit's in the glass...

I like the way this looks. Egg-white head that's over a finger; it reduces to a single finger with a huge, uneven chunky seam. Body color is apricot-honey - very bright. A fair amount of cascading carbonation moves slowly up the glass; lacing is moderate to solid.

Scent is exceptionally fruity from the excellent yeast electricity - maybe peaches and the aforementioned apricots with a tinge or orange zest. Slight, slight hop pine doesn't disappoint. Sweetness in a bit of a boozy burn.

Now the spice comes out - a little ginger, clove and coriander...y'know, the usual suspects...along with that bitter orange zest and light malts...along with some mellow Styrian Goldings. This is exceptionally clean and the ample carbonation aids the spice profile immensely.

Probably one of the most well-balanced Belgian ales I've encountered in a while - it has some spring in its step, along with some mild malt and hop profile. Finishes very evenly and calmly, yet full of life.

I've had this before but haven't taken the time to really think about it. This is really an excellent brew that's one of the most enjoyable to drink - it isn't pretending to be anything but very good, yet it can be enjoyed by n00bs and true beer geeks alike. Awesome!

Price: $7.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 7 16 4 8 0
Review from 11/20/06

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Best before 11-20-06

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden body. Little bit of fizz on the pour, but absolutely no head whatsoever.

S - Smells of sweet belgian yeast. Banana, clove, citrus. Slightly fruity.

T - Sweet pale malt and belgian yeast. Cloves, coriander, and a little citrus. Big time banana finish.

M - Medium bodied. Despite the lack of any head whatsoever, carbonation isn't bad, albeit a little light.

D - Not a bad beer. Given the look and smell, I wasn't expecting too much, but it was pretty good.

Served In: Pint Glass

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