Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unibroue Don de Dieu

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1381) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2015
The 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.

Score: 9/10

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