L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.16/5 rDev -22.7%
341 mL bottled on 3/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass with very tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor citrusy and herbal – more medicinal than pleasant; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation
Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25. Final weighted score: 3.1625
Well, what to say… The palate is the highlight of this ale with the medicinal flavor holding it back, although (quaff), the flavor is intriguing (quaff). This ale is growing on me (quaff). The lacing is excellent and very appealing, the nose citrusy but weak. The 10.2% ethanol is well hidden which could be dangerous (if one is inclined to drink more than one), but then if one is good, two should be better. We need a sixth judging variable – addiction potential. This one would get a 5.
08-22-2014 14:23:50 | More by Ozzylizard
3.44/5 rDev -15.9%
From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Strange dating system. I believe it put the expiration date sometime in 2014. Sampled on September 1, 2013.
It pours cloudy pale yellow with a quick head that fades as quick as it it erupts. Mildly cloudy.
The aroma does have a basic biscuit malts note with some Belgian inspired yeast, citrus, some spice, and some butter. It does smell enticing.
The body is medium and astringent.
The taste is where it all falls down unfortunately. There are some citrus notes, some biscuit I notes, and a bit of grapefruit or otherwise something tart. But the taste is not out of this world. I did not feel like I was drinking a Tripel. It seemed a little more sour than that but it also was not a sour ale. Most of this was impressive until I drank it.
09-02-2013 00:28:22 | More by puboflyons
3.5/5 rDev -14.4%
Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, wood, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, wood, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really had no idea at all what to expect going into this one if I am honest. However, having tasted quite a few brews from here that have been good I didn’t hesitate to dive right in. I definitely wasn’t disappointed at all with what I found. However, for the style this one wasn’t a standout unfortunately. It was fairly well balanced, but it just needed to bring a little more to the table to put it on another level for the style. Worth your time trying it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.
01-12-2013 20:01:49 | More by thagr81us
3.5/5 rDev -14.4%
A - Pours a pale golden color with a minimal white head.
S - yeast, lemon and mild spice ;clean.
T - lemon citrus, hop and coriander.
M - Medium body and low carbonation. Good balance.
O - Good Tripel, though lacks some complexity to among the best.
01-20-2014 03:14:54 | More by hillvt4me
3.54/5 rDev -13.4%
Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a light to medium amber which glows a light amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.
Nose- Not as strong as I had expected but still quite nice. Fairly traditional tripel scents- faint apple, banana, mild clove- alongside some new ones, orange and lemon mainly. Belgian spice from the yeast is mild. The Citra is very strong on the nose.
Taste- Starts off reflective of the nose and then the yeast runs wild. This is very phenolic and is dominated by cloves and yeasty bitterness. Starts off with orange and lemon which shift to orange and lemon peel while the cloves and spices build and build. Fairly bitter for a tripel. This is definitely a different take on the style and I can't say that I like it that much. However, it hides it heat well and I would have never guessed that this was a 10%+ beer. Little notes of banana and apple but not nearly enough to provide a counterpoint to the yeast. This interpretation is creative and in keeping with style but I'm just not finding it enjoyable. Above average to good beer. Just not my thing. Which is bad as I usually enjoy tripels. Some cinnamon on the finish.
Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a healthy zip of carbonation. Would like a drier finish though.
Drinkability- This is very yeasty which will work for some but is problematic for me. 5-6 bucks is good for a 10% tripel but I will not be buying it again.
Overall- Above average. I appreciate the creativity but the Citra is really lacking and would have provided much needed contrast to the heavy yeast. The bottle could be old but the bottle coding seems to indicate this is good until the end of the year. Definitely worth a try because it would hit the spot for many fans of Belgian styles.
09-29-2013 03:34:55 | More by artoolemomo
3.54/5 rDev -13.4%
From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None, '0' and '4' notched on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
L'Herbe à Détourne doesn't really present itself as a tripel to me, more of a dry-hopped Belgian Strong Pale Ale. While there's some estery fruit and bubblegum with phenolic spice, it's not as persistent and obvious as in many tripels, and the fruit primarily seems to derive from the dry-hopping with Citra. While it's certainly not a bad-tasting (or smelling) beer, it's also not particularly amazing, and for 11.5oz (you can't even give us a full 12oz bottle any longer?), this cost $6: not one I'd return to.
Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white bubbles, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly sponge-like effect. Retention is below average for the style, lsating around one minute as the foam declines to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is good, not great, with a moderately high density of spots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer is a medium-dark golden orange color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation slightly visible through nearly opaque body (70-80% opaque) fairly high in number and activity.
Aroma is quite fruity, giving off large quantities of pineapple, passion fruit, and guava from the Citra hops, bubblegum from the yeast, a bit of muffled yeast itself and some minor phenols.
Tastes like fruity bubblegum with modest bitterness, a bit of Belgian phenols and mustiness, and moderate ethanol. Front of palate is of tropical fruits (pineapple, passion fruit, minor guava), slightly breadlike, bubblegum esters, spicy phenols and ethanol. Mid-palate of continued tropical fruits, notable ethanol, bubblegum esters, moderate bitterness, and light bread-like characters. Back of palate is medium to medium-strong hop bitterness with ethanol obviousness, some spicy phenols, and light fruity remnants (pineapple, passion fruit). Aftertaste is of moderate bitterness, ethanol, and slightly bread-like malts in the background.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium-low carbonation that gives the beer a mostly smooth, somewhat stagnant, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips. Ethanol easily felt across the palate, burns in the back of the throat, and warms in the nostrils: most tripels I've enjoyed have managed to hide this aspect far better. For the style, this should have been much more carbonated and featured less obvious ethanol.
10-16-2013 06:07:44 | More by falloutsnow
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
Pours orange/amber with a small head.
Nose shows herbal hops, spicy Belgian phenols, booze, some light syrupy malt. Some fruit shows up later.
More spicy phenolic notes as flavours along with slightly solvent-like booze. some light fruit again. A bit too boozy.
Carbonation could be higher.
11-29-2013 06:36:44 | More by CrazyDavros
3.68/5 rDev -10%
330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Thick collar.
Smell - Citrus hops. Strong belgian yeast. Very fruity. Candy and doughy sweetness.
Taste - Orangey fruit. Sweet malts. A little yeasty. Moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Lacks a bit of crispness. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Good tripel. The hop bitterness could be higher. Just a little to heavy.
10-31-2013 02:52:32 | More by Alieniloquium
3.69/5 rDev -9.8%
A: Deep golden, decent clarity, it glows. Not much head for me when poured aggressively into a Westmalle chalice.
S: Lemon pepper, oranges and tangerine, firmly malty. Very heavy and sweet smelling.
T: Big, sweet and malty with plenty of dank citra fruitiness. I find this beer is a very slow sipper and extremely boozy.
M: I wish it was much drier, and more carbonated.
07-04-2013 03:19:05 | More by mattsander
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
On tap at the brewpub. From notes.
A - Poured a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Good carbonation and good lacing left over with an OK film of retention.
S - Mango, pineapple, yeast, apple, pear all present. Yup, this is Citra.
T - Booze with pineappple and pears. Lingers with a boozy pineapple note. A little like sherry soaked pineapple chunks or something. The booze is a little strong, especially when it warms up.
M - Strong carbonation with a medium body and a sweet finish.
O/D - Aroma was lovely but the booze is a little rough. The Citra also seems to overpower the Tripel elements as well. Good but the other elements could shine through if the hopping was toned down and the alcohol was masked better.
08-11-2011 13:25:15 | More by tbeckett
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A tripel spiked with Citra hops, this pungent brew comes decked out in rich orange garb with a dappling of white foam, releasing a strong aroma of spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, aromatic alcohol, and New World elements of pine and citrus. Tastes of candied citrus, mainly mandarins and grapefruit, passion fruit and lychee, spicy clove and ginger phenolics, vanilla custard, an earthy cigar tobacco-like floral perfume, carrots, and ample alcohol that might lean just this side of overbearing. I get more sweet dark malt character than with other tripels, some toffee that plays nicely off the fruit and spice elements from the hops and yeast. Body quite chewy and the finish is bitter, piney and medicinal like that of other highly-hopped tripels I've tried (see my review of La Chouffe Dobbelen for more on this). Moderate carbonation. There might be too much going on in this beer for some palates and it ain't for the meek. Tripels are an acquired taste period and this one is a bit iconoclastic. Rough around the edges but could be a diamond if polished a bit more.
12-01-2013 21:49:36 | More by CalgaryFMC
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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