L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 213
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from papat444. Shared at Jason's birthday celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hops, a bit of alcohol, light spicy and estery Belgian yeast. Reminds me a bit of Soma's PATT but with less yeast presence.

T - Taste is quite sweet, with plenty of juicy citrus and stone fruits. Moderately yeasty and bready, with less overt alcohol presence here.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower carbonation, with a touch of grain to the texture. Sticky, lingering finish, and surprisingly little alcohol warmth considering the bite in the aroma.

D - It's a bit boozy, but it's not excessively so considering the 10.2% ABV. I enjoyed my 4-6oz but it's not a beer I could drink in large quantities. A good marriage of American hops to a traditional Belgian style. I'd drink this again if a fresh batch showed up locally.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep and oranging yellow, with a head of medium sized bubbles that eventually fades to a scrim. In body the beer is opaque and hazy with no sight of the other side of the glass. The beer leaves a light lacing of droopy bubbles on the glass, and a slick set of alcoholic legs. On the nose, the beer smells like a bristling DIPA. Huge, popping citrus and pine gushes over the nose with light hints of sticky, hot alcohol and a little bit of catty scents. Grapefruit pith and pine sap really stick on the nose from this beer, but I only get a light touch of pineapple funk from the Belgian yeast. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then drying and bitter with big, hot alcohol which is nicely cushioned by the other flavors. Citric acidity plays in alongside the booze, and provides a nice wetting on the tongue. The balance of this beer is a little boozy sweet, but the hop bitters do pull the beer together nicely. In the mouth the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little chewy, but bites at the start of the taste. The mouth is left sticky with a bitter, resin feeling and a dryness on the back of the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet citric grapefruit and pine resin, this unfolds into slightly cloying alcohol, spicy hops and some nice finishing bitters. Slight clove notes linger in the finish and aftertaste, reminding me that this is an American Tripel, and not a DIPA, but overall this beer is a nice blend of booze and bitters. The tripel character really comes out in the mouthfeel of this beer, but lacks a little in flavor, which isn’t horrible. I do wish the booziness was turned a little down and that I could get some banana/clove/Trappist funk and other nice phenolic notes. The phenols in this beer are gentle beneath the bitters and alcohol, but as the beer warms they do come out a bit and add a nice spice to the beer. This is a great boozy sipper that will feed your bitter-beer desires.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a creamy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, herbs, minerals, biscuit, caramel, and spicy yeast are present on the nose.

T: Flavors of lemon, lime, kumquats, grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, herbs, cream, caramel, minerals, biscuit, crackers, and funky, spicy yeast fill the mouth. The finish is fruity and warming with grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, and caramel notes gradually subsumed by peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Fairly full and silky in body, though to me, it seems somewhat thinner than some of the more traditional Belgian takes on the style. Carbonation is active, but delicate. Alcohol is pronounced, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

O: A very respectable New World take on a traditional Belgian abbey style. I could see this going over very well with hopheads open to Continental ale styles.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Marche Omni QC for 2.49$

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Hops, grapefruit, pineapple, yeast, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, grapefruit and something along the lines of pineapple/apricot. There is also strawberry, ripe banana, and a bit of a coriander/yeast spiciness. It ends with a sweet and hoppy aftertaste with a touch of a funk flavour.

Overall - It's really amazing how well the booze is hidden with this one. The taste is quite interesting and I'm sure that this beer will be a hit among craft fans. Not their best beer, but one the definitely warrants trying.

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Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent yellow. Good head/lacing.

Smells of candy. Tinned peaches. Potent candy. Little bit of Tripel mango.

Taste is more tinned peaches, but lacks a cloying quality you might expect. More mango.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy peaches with a slight alcohol bite.

Best you can hope for in a Tripel.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from an 11.5 ounce bottle a slightly hazed, sunburst orange with 1/4" off-white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Herbal, citrus (grapefruit and lemon), tropicals (passion fruit and mango), melon is present, yeast.

T: Slightly sweetish, yeasty and malty, citrus, floral and herbal. Interesting balance between the hops, yeast and sweetness.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Yeasty, malty, and faintly sweet finish.

O: An intriging hoppy tripel, but not a true tripel per the style. ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of korguy123
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super hazy orange juice coloured pour. Half finger, snow white head. Lacing is spotty at best.

Spicy yeast, sweet cookies, oranges, lemon rinds and coriander.

Belgian yeast, slight pepper taste, lemon rind and a bright grapefruit from the citra.

Light body, slightly dry with a lingering finish.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, in a tulip

A - dark straw yellow. Darker than your average tripel. 1" head which dissipates quickly

S - Citra! Holy cow. Grapefruit explosion. A little sugar, maybe some bubblegum, Mountain Dew, a little uric acid.

T - Alot of citra in there. Grapefruit, passionfruit. A little pine. Boozy finish. Definitely taste the ABV

M - Very nice. Medium body, medium carbonation

O - More so a Belgian IPA rather than a tripel. Not a terribly huge fan. Good, but would like more malt, less hops.

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Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at WVRST for the DDC party. Into a tulip.

Hazy bright orange with a white head. Good retention and sheets of lacing. Nose has some grains, spice, yeast, light citrus and some understated sweetness. Citra was as prominent as expected. Taste reflects this again, with the Citra not being as central as I had anticipated. Some juicy hop notes however and general fruitiness. Quite malty, some yeast and white pepper. A good suggestion of alcohol as well, but this doesn't affect the feel. Medium carbonation and thick body. A maltier tripel, quite good however I wish the Citra was more overt in the nose and flavour.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Duvel pilsen

A - Pours a clear beautiful pale golden colour with a pure white fluffy head that just looks so inviting. This beer says drink me !

S - heavy yeast and bread with some lemon and some German frankfurter.

T - Up front some very nice lemon citrus flavours with a nice hop backbone. The true Tripel flavour kicks in before this frankfurter thing kicks in and I actually quite like it !

M - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth !

O - I loved this Tripel. It has something different whilst retaining the classic Tripel aspects..

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new DDC bottle on my local shelf. Love trying new beers by them and absolutely love the artwork. Reviewed from notes.

A- Crystal clear golden body (I got the first half) with a foamy, puffy white head. Foam reaches one finger high and has pretty nice retention. Spotty lace from a frothy ring.

S- Citra hops, as listed, are distinct but do not mask the base beer. Nice lime, tropical fruits, passion fruit feel from these hops. Good Belgian yeast spice and some grape/light fruits mix with the hops.

T- Changes up from the aroma with a heavier yeast influence, quite a bit spicier in flavor. Citra hops give tangerine, pineapple and stone fruit hints. Strong peppery, spicy Tripel yeast. Clove, white wine grapes and coriander too.

MF- Super highly carbonated with a creamy moderately thick body. Some alcohol warming but a pleasant amount. Slightly bitter finish.

The amount of Citra used here is quite nice. It compliments the base yeast flavors but does not over take the beer making it another IPA hybrid.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem courtesy of joemcgrath27... Mad props...

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange colour with a brown hue, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus notes, lemon iced tea, bubble gum and cloves with some honey and cane sugar on the finish.

T - The citrus hops come through nicely, reminiscent of a DIPA, but the fruity Belgian notes coming through with hints of clove and toffee. A touch of ABV sweetness with a bitter citrus flavour that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth with a touch of dryness and a hint of ABV heat.

O - This stuff is potent, yet smooth and creamy. Loads of flavour and surprisingly drinkable. I would love to see this available through the LCBO in their signature 4-packs as this is something I would treat myself to frequently. Any fan of the style may be a bit confused with the citrus hop kick but will surely not be disappointed.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale orange with an off-white slight head and a ring of retention. A little clingy lace.

Citric hops and boozy tropical fruit in the nose.

Citric ring happiness up front. Peaches, tropical fruit and booze and yeast. Bitterness comes thru later. Nice citric rind hop bitterness in a long finish.

Fuller bodied, modest carbonation.

Tasty and different. Nice blend of styles.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-10-2015

Pours a sunny golden orange with a half finger of bright white foam that dwindles to a film with a ring around the glass. Meh retention; good medium lacing. (3.75)

Super bright and fruity. Grapefruit, green grapes, sweet dough, floral/slightly herbal hops; really even, round smell. (4.25)

Earthy and fresh. Dry, dusty yeastiness, some bittering lemon zest, candied grapefruit, tiny, drying alcoholic tingle at the end. (4)

Fuzzy-feeling and slightly warm with a medium body and a lingering finish. (4)

Very good example of a tripel.
This is a pretty solid beer to begin with but I feel that the addition of citra hops really compliments the floral qualities and alcoholic bitterness in the beer. It is an easy drinker that I think is best described as 'bright' with a slight boozy fuzz to it and a nice floral/citrus aroma.
The only thing I feel could be better would be for it to be a little richer and bigger (more like a Belgian) without having any more alcohol. I let it warm for about 30 minutes out of the fridge and I still felt like it smoothed out as it warmed in the glass. Try it at cellar temp or a touch cooler.
Will have again; worth finding to try. (4.25)

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Photo of 4ster
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large wine glass, bottled 04/2013.

A: Golden honey colour, clear, micro bubbles rising to the top, quick white frothy head on pour, fairly quick die down, nice lacing sitting on top and sticking to the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malts, apple cider, peach and some tropical fruit sweetness, light undertones of citrus and spice....

T: Starts pretty malt forward, not overly sweet, yeasty, some citrus and fruit in the middle, then moves into very spicy, bitter grapefruits, not what you expect with a standard triple, and it finishes with a bit of a spicy alcohol aftertaste.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, nice overall balance, light-med carbonation, resinous and quite drying.... not as much alcohol in the body as in the taste....

O: A nice modified Triple style... not as sweet and yeasty as a traditional triple, but starts out that way and then you start to get this interesting mix of spicy hop punch in the face that is also creamy smooth at the same time... Much like the duality of the flavours I am also mixed in my liking of it.... overall it's nice, but there are moments when you're like... mmmm, I really am enjoying this triple and then you get a face full of hops and get angry, and then at other times you're like, wow, this would make a really interestingly complex IPA.... I guess in the end, this is almost what DDC is all about... making you question what beer styles mean in the New World...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy, bright orange. Small head, especially for a style than often brings forth huge head.

S-I like the aroma. Not heavy in the Tripel yeast which I find rather unappetizing. The Citra hops lay down some cool peach, melon and mango aromas. Fruit juice hops. Smells more like a Belgian IPA.

T-The flavor is also pretty delectable. It's hops forward, and I even think the bottle has a bit too much age on it. It's got a lot of liquor-soaked peach, apricot and mango notes with citrusy flavors coming in the same march. A hint of Belgian spice and yeast.

M-Hot but still drinkable.mnot as bitter as I was expecting. A sipper but easier to drink than almost every Tripel I have had.

O/D-Tripels are among my most disliked styles of beer. I only shell out greenbacks when I really am interested by the beer's specs or I trust the brewery. Well a Tripel with Citra brewed by Dieu Du Ciel is worth a spend. Great brewery with a cool take on the style. And it was one of the two or three best Tripels I have had. As it warms it gets funkier and all around tastier.i would preferably serve this far warmer than fridge temp. It really opens up and gets better and better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a fantastic beer, but everything these guys make is that good. its a tripel, but only loosely here. so much hops, all citra, as to almost render it not recognizable to its original style base. the color is a hazy straw, with a short lived less than an inch of white head. the nose is all citra, i mean, there isnt even a chance that its another hop, its pure citra, bitter and oily both, and the taste agrees, all citra here. lemon curd and tang and bitterness, in with a grain bill thats fairly complex, and a belgian yeast strain that has some fruit, but cant touch the fruitiness of the hops themselves. easily the fruitiest example of the style i have ever seen, and as good as all of the beers are from these guys, now in my mind one of the premier brewers in the world. i never really loved tripel ales, but this is a game changer.

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Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, label as below. I tried this at a Beerfest 3 or 4 years ago, finally able to revisit this one.
Hazy golden orange color, with a thick off white head. Good retention this chunky lace.
The smell has some yeast aromas, slightly peppery, but a ton of hops on top.
Taste has lots of citrus fruitiness, more yeast, and finishes with some spiciness. Lots of hoppy aroma and bitter flavors. A bit of warming from the high alcohol, but not a distraction.
It has a low level of carbonation, medium body and mouth feel.
Smooth and drinkable, way more hoppiness than expected from a tripel.

Note to self: Ranked #21 Tripel when I reviewed it, #36 Beer in Canada.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. "A diversion via the herb" - so I can only expect and heavily anticipate.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy white head, which leaves some broken honeycomb lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of strong citrus hops, lesser, but still hefty pine oil, a bit of earthy yeast, savoury spices - clove and nutmeg, primarily, with a sugary pale malt backbone, adrift in a pool of alcohol serenity. The taste is more zingy orange/pineapple/kiwi citrus goodness, a continuing moderate spiciness, some persistent grainy pale malt, and a nice simmering booziness.

The carbonation is a bit prickly, but hardly distracting in this mealy morass, the body a sturdy medium weight, a bit airy from the lingering bubbles and hovering alcohol, which casts a dull shadow over any claims to outright smoothness. It finishes sweet from the antagonized malt, warm, and still agreeably hoppy from the workaholic guest star.

Hmmm, take a Belgian standard, and hop it to the nuts with a sexy New World varietal? The result: damned fine, I must say, but, riddle me this - why is this not a Belgian IPA?

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mondial beer festival. Belgian tripel with Citra!!! (my favorite hop). Intense, funky, earthy. I assume the earthiness comes mainly from the use of citra. These intense flavors blend beautifully with the complexity of a Belgian yeast. Add to this a flavor that I simply can't describe. Never tasted anything similar, ever. Lingering sweetness, maybe candi sugar and papaya? Awesome.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque orange glow, with a 1 finger slightly offwite head. Really inviting looking beer.

Smell: Definitely picking up a nice Citra aroma. Tropical fruits, mellony, orange, passionfruit. Would have rated it higher if the Citra was even stronger, but it may have faded a tad.

Taste: Wow, a really tasty beer. A little booziness, orangey, black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a decent body, not too thick.

Overall: A really great beer. Will make my DDC purchasing decisions tougher in the future. I used to head straight for the Peche Mortel, but after this I may grab this on occasion.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a semi-murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly bumpy surface foam.

S- Earthy, grassy hops with a solid malt backbone and a bit of alcohol fume.

T- Pretty bitter for a triple but not overly so. Has some spice to it plus a yeasty fruit dimension. Very balanced overall with the hops, yeast and spice commingling in a pleasant way. Just a tad bit on the boozy side but I'm not complaining.

M- Soft, borderline creamy with medium carbonation and a kind of thick body.

O- Man, DDC never disappoints. I swear, if it weren't for the cold weather and French-speaking, I'd be so happy living in Montreal so I could have constant access to these guys and Unibroue.

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Photo of leaddog
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale amber yellow with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Tangerine/orange, yeast, cloves/spices, other citrus fruits.

Taste - Earthy hops along with tangerine and citrus flavours. A touch of the yeast and spice flavour in the middle - spices leave a little tingle behind. ABV is well hidden. Pleasant bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice tingly bubbles.

Overall - An excellent tripel by Dieu du Ciel. The ABV is well masked, making this a true representation of the style. Nice touch with the tangerine. Well balanced in hops and malts.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange and brownish color with a nice foamy egg shell white head. Retention is good.

S: The citra hops are definitely there. There is a sweet grapefruit juice, orange juice, mango and pineapple. It's weird to mix this with a belgian yeast but it's definitely working. The coriander, cloves and light honey makes up the tripel part of the beer.

T: Just like the smell: coriander, cloves, honey for the Belgian part and exotic fruits with light pine notes for the hops.

M: Quite bigger than expected. Medium to heavy body, pretty sticky, medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is an interesting beer from DDC and it works pretty well. Would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 7/5/12

A clear golden orange with lots of tiny suspended particles with only a few bubbles moving it around, not much visible carbonation but a thumbs width of dense foam hold on for a few sips leaving random lace

S Belgian yeast at first then a bunch of tropical fruits, mango, passion-fruit, melon, pineapple and lemon just a little clove, faint cat tinkle and a hint of booze but would never guess its over 10%

T some peppery spice I didn't smell and the yeast is somehow stronger with less of the beautiful tropical notes from the smell, still very good but I loved the smell

M low carbonation but not flat, has more body then one would guess from the color and very little heat, finish is spicy and lingers

O very solid stuff, well concealed booze great smell and good taste, I cracked my second bottle well before I got to this point in my review, perhaps too easy too drink

I don't think I'd bother aging one of these because its drinking great fresh and the booze is already hidden quite well. yet another winner from DDC and I just cant wait too see what they come up with next

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L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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