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Don de Dieu

Fact Sheet

Fermentation

Top

Style

Strong white
(wit impérial)

Color

Blonde

SRM

5

Clarity

Lightly cloudy

Head

White, creamy

Bubbles

Fine

Effervescence

Slow and sustained

IBU

10.5

Body

Medium

Aftertaste

Medium

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Don de Dieu

9% ALC./VOL.

Serve at

°C 6 10
°F

Fermentation: Top

Brewed since 1998
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
This was the first strong white beer brewed in Canada. When it launched, it was meant to be seasonal but, due to high consumer demand, it became a year-long item.

History

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.

Inspired by this great adventure, Unibroue created Don de Dieu—an abbey-style triple wheat beer refermented in the bottle. Soft and round, it has delicately nuanced fruity and hoppy notes.

Color

Blonde

Nose

Aromas of vanilla and fruitcake, beeswax, flowers and honey.

Flavor

Sweet alcohol flavour with notes of banana, hops and spices.

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Aging process

Potential

Like good wine, Unibroue’s fine beers have flavors that develop with age. Over time they become smoother, sometimes revealing notes of honey and candied fruit and developing a more assertive and lasting flavor. This phenomenon is known as “maderization” and is similar to the aging process of dessert wines like port.

Preservatives

Oxygen is the mortal enemy of beer because oxidation creates a stale, flat flavor. The yeast added to the bottle of Unibroue products triggers natural fermentation, consuming excess oxygen and preventing the beer’s CO2 from oxidizing. This enhances the beer’s aging potential. The high alcohol content of certain Unibroue products also lends itself well to aging by acting as a natural preservative.

Preservation methods

Store bottles upright in a cool dark place at a stable temperature between 46ºF and 61ºF.

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Format

Don de Dieu

341 ml

Don de Dieu

750 ml

Aging process

1 to 3 years

20 Awards

  • 16
  • 4
  • World Beer Awards (London, UK)
    • 2017
    • 2017
    • 2015
    • 2012
    • 2011
    • 2010
    • Category
      World’s Best Strong Wheat Beer
    • Category
      Canada’s Best Strong Wheat Beer
  • World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute
    • 2017
    • 2016
    • 2015
    • 2014
    • 2013
    • 2012
    • 2011
    • 2010
    • 2005
    • 2001
  • Denver International Beer Competition
    • 2015
    • 2010
  • Canadian Brewing Awards
    • 2011
  • Mondial de la bière (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
    • 2011

Tasting

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Beer and food pairings

meat
  • White meat
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Croque-monsieur
fish
  • White fish
salad
  • Spinach salad
  • Cauliflower gratin
cheese
  • Artisanal farmhouse cheddar
  • Blue-veined cheese
  • Fresh goat cheese with herbs
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