L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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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
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
Appearance: light golden glow to this beer very different from other tripels. Low head on the pour and retained while drinking. Medium amounts of active carbonation.
Smell: nice subtle fruity citra hop tones. Medium to light yeast backbone. Buttery and doughy bread also present. Definitely a hop dominated aroma which is unique but very enjoyable.
Taste: the front is a combination of traditional tripel characteristics and bright citra hops. The body continues to showcase earthy hops. The finish is slightly dry with plenty of yeasty creaminess.
Mouthfeel: a unique combination of bright hops and tripel characteristics.
Overall: interesting and tasty brew. A pretty rare beer to find in the states. Incredibly easy drinking for 10.2% abv.
10-14-2013 05:05:21 | More by KFBR392
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
Traded from Andrew in Ontario (thanks!). Bottle date looks like April of this year (6 months cellar).
Poured into tulip glasses. Tried not to disturb the yeast layer. Smells of apple/pear, and a bready note, and alcohol. Long lasting wet layer of foam. Mostly clear golden orange color.
A little hot (alcoholic) on the first taste. Not as sweet as it smells. Very hop forward for a Belgian. Subsequent sips are still hot and sharp, especially for the style, but the balance works pretty well.
Agitated the yeast and poured into the glasses. With the yeast it's a smoother beer, the hops fade back. An improvement over the "clean" pour, in my opinion.
Depending on the price, I'd buy a little more, or order it on tap, but wouldn't seek it out.
10-11-2012 23:30:15 | More by mmapes
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
very good, on tap at WVRST. Really hoppy and drinkable, the combination making for a great Belgian IPA. Funky aroma. Orange colour. Thick lace sheet.Above average mouthfeel from the significnat yeast, that adds sweetness and does not track from the edgy citrus hops.
06-18-2012 13:24:10 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks papat444 and Jayhoop!!
Appearance. Pours a hazy gold amber with a finger of thick, almost white head that leaves some great lacing.
Smell. Awesome. Candied fruits, mainly citrus, papaya, and other tropicals. Some nice spicy and fruity belgian yeast and citrusy hops. Yum.
Taste. Spicy Belgian yeast, some citrus fruit, mainly lemons and oranges, sweet light malts, grassy hops and booze. Doesn't live up to the smell, but not bad.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, a little sticky, medium amount of smooth carbonation.
Overall. Someone told me this was one amazing smelling beer and they were right. The taste didn't quite live up, but still an interesting and flavourful beer.
12-15-2012 06:04:38 | More by Rutager
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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