Sunday, June 10, 2012

Unibroue- Don De Dieu Review

Unibroue- Don De Dieu Review
Description- A Belgian style strong Pale Ale with a 9% alcohol content, abbey-style triple wheat refermented in the bottle. Manufacturers Note: "Don de Dieu (Gift of God) was the name of the ship that Samuel de Champlain sailed on his mission to “explore and discover the vast and perilous land of America” in the name of the King of France. His travels led to the founding of Quebec City in 1608 (a modification of the Algonquin word “kebec” which means “where the river narrows”). Inspired by this great adventure, Unibroue created Don de Dieu an abbey-style triple wheat ale refermented in the bottle."

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Cold- Complex but well woven flavors that range from grapefruit/melon to a hint of light red pepper finish. Most of the flavor that dominates the palette is warm a tad sugary without being sweet, and pleasant from beginning to end. It's a sipper, but tastes like you could chug it with a refreshing but wobbly legged outcome.

Room Temperature- More of the same only the citrus intensity drops down about halfway and a carmelly, malty almost nutty filling begins to creep in. Spice intensifies dramatically.  Really tasty, finishes in your mouth dry but only in the center of the tongue, otherwise a juicy finish uncharacteristic for an Ale. Really dynamite at room temp.

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Cold- Light almost effervescent. Very very subtle citrus/mixed fruit and honey aroma. Clear your mind from all thoughts, put your nose up and into a Belgian style glass, and inhale repeatedly very slowly, and you'll be delighted. Get your nose way down in the glass though (mine touched the head of the beer a few times, no worries).

Room Temp- Same as cold only the fruit aroma warms up a bit and intensifies, and you definitely get a hit of spice in there.

Conclusion- This beer is a winner. It starts and finishes smooth and mellow with complex flavors that urge you to strike a thinking man pose- pondering the ingredients and where the beer originated. Cold or room temp this beer is fantastic. One will do for an evening with a pretty hefty 9% alcohol content, so drink slowly. I recommend running a sip around our mouth for a few seconds at least a few times while finishing this one off. If you like Belgian's this one will please  you.

Bottom Line- Highly Recommended, and I would definitely seek it out to drink at a brewery on a warm or colder evening- it doesn't matter. It's a year round delight. Don De Dieu definitely ranks in the top 10% of all beers I've consumed.

-Carl Garrard

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