Brewed since 1998, 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.
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.
STYLE: Unibroue-style Imperial Witbier. 9% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Deep golden color, with an extremely dense 3-finger height white colored head. Dense lacing on the sides of the glass as the liquid is consumed.
AROMA: Sweet golden malt, honey, vanilla, white cake, bready yeast, strong wheat.
FLAVOR: Bready yeast flavors follow, along with tropical fruit (banana, sugar poached plantains), honey, gentle hop bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Carbonation level is moderate to high. The effervescence tickles the sides of the mouth and the soft palate. The flavors linger for a long time.
IMPRESSION: I’ve enjoyed young and aged versions of Don de Dieu (8 years) and this beer ages fantastically beyond what the label suggests (1-3 years), with the bready yeast character intensifying and its effervescence level remaining very well intact. Buy some bottles now, and age some. Do yearly tastings and keep careful notes. You’ll be awarded for your patience.
Santé mes amis!
Gordon A. Ponce
CEO – Bières de Chambly.com