Sunday, July 8, 2012

Unibroue Don De Dieu

Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Origin: Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Price: $8.49/4-pack (sampler)
ABV: 9.0%
NSP: 15.07 (unscaled)

Picked myself up a little Unibroue sampler pack at Trader Joe's the other day, much as Brendan did for the first few Unibroue reviews here (though the price has gone up...SOBs).  I figured that this way I get 48 oz of beer for the same price as a single bottle of La Fin du Monde, plus I get to try more stuff, and I also get to subject all of you to more of tripe I spew up on a regular (regurgular?) basis.  Anyway, this sampler was very different from the one Brendan had, containing La Fin du Monde (which I can just drink because I already reviewed it), Maudite, Trois Pistoles, and Don De Dieu, the last of which I am currently enjoying.  Don De Dieu means "Gift of God" ...I'm going to assume that they named it after one of the ships that assisted in the founding of Quebec City and not that Unibroue is bunch of cocky, pretentious bastards that think they have some sort of mandate of heaven.

It looks like a Belgian ale, but a filtered one, because it's not nearly as cloudy as most of them.  This is maybe a bit surprising, given that the bottle says it's a triple wheat ale, and most joints gleefully avoid filtering their wheat beers and advertise that fact on their labels.  But whatever.  It smells really nice, Belgian fruit, wheaty funk, and citrus, but somehow it's all soft, if that makes sense.  It's floral and lemony enough that it almost seems like it could've been a collaboration with Bath And Body Works, but in a good way.

The flavor deviates from the smell just a touch, if only because the lemony citrus prevails more than it did on the nose.  The Belgian yeastiness is relatively delicate, and takes a bit of a backseat to the citrus.  But that's by no means a weakness and was clearly the intent- you don't get a flavor like this by accident.  The carb is pretty strong and body's really light (=buuuuuuuurp), and the 9% is completely undetectable.  This seems like it'd be a great beer to session by the pool, except that after four or five of them you'd be facedown in the deep end.  Deliciously dangerous, and I'd definitely buy it again.

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