Sunday, January 29

Beer Review: Unibroue Brewing Don De Dieu


The meaning or name of this beer means, "Gift from God" in French. This is a Belgian-style strong golden pale from a very well known brewery in Quebec, Canada.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Perfectly bubbling light straw yellow brew with a little dark depth to it. Couple of bubbly fingers of white head settled quickly to an 1/8th inch constant layer of foam due to its powerful carbonation that continues in the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Bready... yeasty... golden ale.. smell is bliss. Wonderful light esters, banana, clove, and herbal notes above a subtle bready and clean grainy sweetness that seems to have been taken care of by the yeast.

Taste: (3.5)
- Sweet biscuit and malt base. Seems like a lot of a single grain.. and a lot.. no adjuncts. Sugary grain, bread, yeast, and biscuit. Subtle grassy and herbal hop notes play well and slowly balance out the flavors. Woody aged yeast flavors really lend a dry and spicy flare to this.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Because the sweetness and dryness is so balanced, this leaves my mouth with a film, and a chewy quality that lingers for some time. It's a touch cloying, and not really sticky at all. It does contain a subtle creamy quality. Only downside like most of theirs for me... over carbonated.. and very bubbly.

Overall: (3.5)
- Not my favorite from Unibroue overall from the regulars around these parts, but it is a fantastic beer, and seems to be made with great old-time quality. We all know they make great beers at a great price, and even brew some for Trader Joe's. I just never had this one, and had to jump on it. It had been in the fridge for a couple weeks. It's solid, but not really worth the super high marks.

3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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