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.