Unibroue Don de Dieu
This one is brewed by Unibroue in Quebec, and you know to expect good things from Unibroue.
Great story behind it – it’s named after Samuel de Champlain’s (the founder of Quebec) boat – The Don de Dieu. Quebec came to be known as the land of the “somewhat of a great people” and the Don di Dieu is regarded as “somewhat of a great beer.” (Full story here from Unibroue’s site).
Don de Dieu, the beer, is a triple wheat ale (Belgian strong pale ale), refermented in the bottle on a yeast base (an “ale on lees” – referring to the yeast sediment). I got a 12 oz bottle sporting a 9% ABV.
I started with a golden pour with a decent 3/4″ fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly. The smell is delicious – citrus, banana, yeast and pear – some great wheat beer aromas. It smells a lot like a good white wine, but not quite as potent – more subdued.
The taste featured some spices and a mixture of other flavors like sherry, wine, honey, molasses and some florals. The mouthfeel is strong and a little thick, very nice. The overall dominant flavor is lemon – it’s a bit like a hefe but with a bit more complexity. The aftertaste is smooth and refreshing – more fruits and a little hop sharpness.
Overall I’d compare it favorably with a Duvel. Well done and another great Unibroue brew.
Unibroue Don de Dieu Rating: 7 out of 10 (?)
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