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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

CliffBrake, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a single large patch and a ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Really enticing aromas from the citra hops used - lots of tropical fruit, primarily pineapple. Much different than I was expecting from a tripel.

T: The flavor is also really dominated by the tropical fruit + pineapple hop notes. There is a very pleasant lingering bitterness from this beer. Very little malty sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/resiny.

O: I would describe this beer as a tripel meets an American IPA. Really refreshing and something I could easily drink a couple of. Alcohol is very well hidden.

dbrauneis, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Intrinsic
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L'Herbe à Détourne is a beautiful cloudy straw coloured beer with a very creamy head and amazing retention. Just looking at this beer you know its going to be good.

I was completely blown away by the smell of this beer. So many different ingredients come into play and not one of them seems out of place. Citrus and floral tones dominate the beerscape, with notes of other sweet fruit like mango and banana.

This beer tastes incredible! It has very strong floral flavours complemented by cinnamon, perhaps even some conriander, and a definite touch of banana. Its quite sweet up front, but not in a malty way. I think its more a result of the fruit than anything else. The bitter finish complements it perfectly. It really has to be tasted to be believed.

Great mouthfeel, with great balance of sweet and bitter, relatively dry but creamy at the same time. I'd feel nervous drinking more than one at 9.5% ABV (the 10.2% listed for this beer is incorrect), but its definitely worth trying this at least once if you're lucky enough to come across it.

Intrinsic, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy dark golden, solid creamy head, left plenty of lacing as is slowly receded
S - spicy yeast, floral, citrus, and grassy with a mild earthiness, all bright aromas
T - much like the nose with stronger citrus and floral notes, finishes with a sweet and spicy kick, hop dominant for sure
M - light strongly carbonated body, finishes dry and acidic
O - this should be listed as a Belgian IPA as it is hopped up on hops, a fine example of what I love about DDC!

joemcgrath27, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a thin, but persistant white head with light lacing. Intriguing aroma of light stone and tropical fruit, estery and floral. Light citrus hops and the most distinct bubblegum aroma I've ever experienced. Wow, flavor is dense mixed tropical fruit, orange, coriander, sweet bready malt, citrus, finishing with very nice citrus hops and Belgian spicing, slightly floral. This is really tasty. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. I expect the best from Dieu Du Ciel and this one delivers. It now seems like a natural to add some flavorful hops to a tripel and it really works well. Warming, but the dense flavor covers the high ABV well. Another beer from this brewery that shoots to the top of my must buy list. Possibly one of my favorite tripel variants as well.

LiquidAmber, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle 2014/03; Poured 2014/04/03

A: Pours a hazy copper color up to 2-3 fingers of creamy, persistent head slowly falling to a thick color and curtains of lace.

S: Big hop nose: tangerines, grapefruit, lemon and spice. Some nice biscuit malt notes. Nice yeast presence. Very floral/herbal. Very intriguing!

T: Very tropical with lots of tangerine, mango, papaya; big malt presence with caramel and toffee. There is lots of yeast dancing around highlighting banana and spice. Floral on the palate as well. Some warm alcohol.

M: Medium + body and nice carbonation yields a creamy, velvety and crisp beer.

O: Just a really interesting beer! There is a lot going on; Herbe highlights the the hops, malts and yeast all i the same beer. I always look forward to this release.

mtomlins, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a nice big pillowy white head. Nose is Hoppy, fresh and a bit fruity/funky.

Taste is quite sharp and hoppy with a nice light funk. Mouthfeel is light and dry, super drinkable. There's a good light tart taste, quite good.

kingcrowing, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden in color with some orange notes. Veiled. Nice white foamy head on top of it. Dense and sticky. Very nice looking beer, almost perfect if not perfect.

The aroma is citrusy and fruity. Complex. It has some tripel aspect but the Citra hops is something totally unexpected. In the mouth, it is a tripel, very fruity with a bitter finish. Full bodied. Quite dense in the mouth. Effervescent. Refreshing and tasty. Dangerous with that high alcohol that is well hidden. Wow another big hit by DDC.

ZorPrime, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of ludachris
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Its body is a rich shade of apricot orange and partially hazed. A healthy two fingers of frothy white head waits patiently to fall. After a few swirls, alcohol film coats the sides of the glass.

Overly ripe, juicy, saliva-inducing pineapple flesh slowly oozes out of the glass. At the edges of this syrupy sweet center are more unrefined green and leafy hop notes. Sweet alcohol pulls through but its weight is masked by its tropical sweetness. Its got that classic Belgian dusty character to the nose with some spice and phenols thrown in as well.

The kick of booziness that hits the back of the palate coincides with long, sweet notes of pineapple and mango skin. The alcohol is warming everywhere it goes but is not overpowering. As it continues into the finish, it becomes more dry, spicy, and phenollic. A hint of warm biscuit closes things out.

With such a full body and high ABV, it's incredible how drinkable this is. Slightly under carbonated with some syrupy stickiness. The alcohol has a great drying effect that gives this a concise close; one of my favorite features of this beer.

Another home run for DDC. I had the privilege of having this on tap at the brewpub last summer and my eyes lit up when I saw this on the shelf. The big syrupy tropical character the citra hops impart plays so well off of the staple characteristics of the Tripel that DDC renders. It's dangerously good.

ludachris, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is amber/gold with a nice white head. Good retention and amazing lacing. Glass is just covered in white foam.

Juicy citrus fruit in the nose, and floral scents. Hop focused but with a sweet malt background and some yeast.

Wow! Tastewise, this is fantastic. A real mix of a tripel and the flavours of citra hops. Tropical fruits, yeast, caramel malt, grapefruit, mild bitterness coupled with sweet malt. There is a LOT going on here. Very complex and good. Hard to describe.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol quite well hidden. Smooth, slightly oily.

Overall, excellent. My favourite beer that I had while at Dieu du Ciel, for sure. A real winner.

jrenihan, May 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jimmy's No. 43, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues. It poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles and has relatively good retention properties as the head never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of tropical fruits in the nose—pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits and a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spices and no sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes strong but for the most part the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The amount of hops seems to be very unique for the style, which almost tastes more like a hybrid between a tripel and an IPA.

metter98, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for a new beer from these guys for a while as I love all their beers pretty much. Just trying to get a trip up there.

The screw cap is still a little disappointing, but it pours a decent smaller creamy 1/2 finger head that fades fairly slowly at least, nice lacing too, hazy bright honey orange colored beer.

NOse brings lots of nice mixed aromas, some citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, melon like too, very bright fruit, little orange juice, hint rind, etc. All that mixing with a nice tripel, somewhat sweet malty base, some blond malt, toasty like, bringing a bit of a sweet smelling aroma with Belgian esters there, fruity esters, hint phenols, little booze, maybe a touch of a wheat or straw malt like character too.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, big malts, sweet malts with some blond slightly toasty characters, juicy malt as well, and bit grainy, with some light syrupy flavors, a hint of booze warmth and even tingle bringing more light phenols, and there are more fruity esters. Hops start as an after thought at first, fair bitterness with more spicy like hops, as well as mild citrus and just a hint of a grapefruit pith. As it warms and I leave it to settle in my mouth, the tropical fruits come through a bit, as well as a mild dank resin, light papaya and mango, some fruity hops, bit of tangerine and melon as well. The hops eventually turn chewy and spicy as the finish gets fairly dry, quite bitter too, bit more lingering citrus, more blond malt characters and light phenols as well as booze lingering. The more it warms the more that nice Citra hop comes through, more mango, tangerine, and bit of grapefruit.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, nice carb, some warming tingly booze too.

Overall pretty nice, I like the Belgian malt and yeast characters blended with a nice hop array of citrus, tropical fruit, and spicy characters that balance the esters, phenols, sweet malts, and esp the booze warmth. Quite tasty, not really drinkable per se, but I would drink a few of these.

jlindros, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy orange with a 1-finger head.

Aroma is big tropical Citra hops and Belgian yeast. A touch of bubblegum.

Taste follows nose, led by the Citra. Fresh oranges and grapefruits abound. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Juicy and addictive, I can't stop drinking this. Almost zero alcohol detected on the palate, but I start feeling it pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied, so, so drinkable.

Overall, Citra is crack. I really like this beer. Dangerous.

draheim, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head with lots of lace all the way down the glass. Smell has some belgian yeast and a whole bunch of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, some spicy points, cloves and some alcohol, malty wheat notes as well, but fairly fruity and hoppy. Taste is a little more tripel than the nose suggests, lightly sweet belgian yeast, fruity, candy apple, some citrus fruit and a pretty big bitterness, spicy clove, touches of alcohol, dry in finish with a bit of doughy malt. Medium carbonation, medium full body, some resiny and slick at points nice drying feel. A really nice American style tripel, hoppy, complex and flavourful.

peensteen, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that craft brewer creativity was running out, we get the masterful brewers at Dieu Du Ciel splicing together the time honored Abbey-style Tripel with trendy Citra hops. Its results really bring to life the fruit-forward and acute bitterness that which Tripel Ales are well known.

Pouring a hazy gold color with a peach tinge, its opaque sheen gleams like a nightlight when back lit. As the beer settles, a vibrant cotton-white froth pulls from the beer's body and adorns it with a cap of sturdy foam. Retaining solidly, the foam does settle but is quickly regenerated with a gentle swirl, leaving waves of lace on the glass at each turn.

Bright fruit aromas pull ahead of its balancing spice with ease. Ripe oranges and tangerines fuse with ruby red grapefruit for a full citrus scent. There's an element of tropical passion fruit and mango that contributes to the nose but its the citrus that takes center stage. A background set of notes from yeast and hops peak through with white wine acidity, white pepper, clove, coriander, white pepper, fresh cut grass and a slim glimmer of cannabis.

Flavors are straight up of freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juices. Nearly overtaking the 'beer' components, its fruitiness dominates it taste. But it does so with the teeth churning combination of confectioner's sugar in maltiness and pleasant acidity. Its balance of vinous white wine, light straw, grass and hay support the fruit well but hardly rival its intensity. Its dry taste in finish allows a slight biscuit sweetness to remind the palate that this is still ale.

Medium-bodied, the favors early creaminess over any champagne-like zestiness. But the ale relies on its exorbitant strength and high hop rates to assist in dryness, cleanliness and crispness. The ale trails with citrus and white grape acidity before a medium-dry closure.

Dieu Du Ciel really knows how to build a beer! Every risk they take pans out spectacularly. And that's exactly what they do here. They completely rip apart the balance that makes Tripels so great, but they put it back together with the citrusy American hops at the forefront and it doesn't just remember the base style, it might actually reinvent it!

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cam477, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

chickenm, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of slainte35
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

slainte35, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of pnihan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

pnihan, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BigBry, May 11, 2013
Photo of olivianjeremie
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer! I had it by the bottle, poured golden color with a great smell. Nice Belgian IPA flavor, hoppy, strong, full flavored. I have had a lot of beer from Dieu du Ciel and it would be one of my favorites. I want to go and have this on tap at the brewer next.

olivianjeremie, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

AgentZero, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Zorak
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zorak, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

superdoopersauce, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

oldp0rt, Mar 17, 2012
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.