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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

L'Herbe à DétourneL'Herbe à Détourne

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%


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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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 04:13:23 | More by Immortale25
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:40:30 | More by Boozecamel
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:19:05 | More by mattsander
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olivianjeremie

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:09:38 | More by olivianjeremie
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:33:20 | More by 4ster
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:01:49 | More by thagr81us
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 06:04:38 | More by Rutager
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 21:48:40 | More by korguy123
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mmapes

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:30:15 | More by mmapes
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champ103

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled as a New World Triple with Citra Hops. Awesome.

A: Pours a beautiful hazed, golden/orange. A two finger, finely packed, white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace. This is a looker.
S: Big grapefruit in the nose. Slightly soapy, but that does not ruin anything for me. Citrus, floral, grassy. Spicy and herbal aromas. Bread and biscuit malts, and finishes with a sweet touch of honey. This is great.
T: Again, the grapefruity hops are very apparent. Though never over powering. Spicy, floral, herbal notes. Bread, biscuit malts with a nice sweetness to bring everything together.
M/D: A medium body with lively carbonation. Very crisp, and clean. Smooth at the same time. So easy and enjoyable to drink.

This is a great take on a Triple. The sweetness and herbal spice is there, along with the great Citra hop bite. Very well balanced. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:26:24 | More by champ103
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 19:04:34 | More by MasterSki
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/12. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with a golden yellow glow around the edges of the glass. Half a finger of light cream coloured head.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast and tropical fruit aromas up front. Some mango, pineapple and peach notes are present. An excellent nose!

T - Bready malts, light clove and Belgian yeast flavours up front. The tropical fruit profile that was evident in the nose shows up in the middle but is not as prominent as the nose suggested. Some lighter mango and tangerine flavours come through. The ABV is slightly warming but overall it is incredibly well hidden considering the ABV. Some spice and candy sugar notes in the finish.

M - Medium, almost full body with a really big chew. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:51:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 16:57:00 | More by peensteen
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 04:08:11 | More by andrenaline
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear copper/pumpkin orange with 1 finger of creamy thick head. nice sheeting of lace across the entire tulip glass.

S: Giant grapefruit scent with sweet cream, pine and hints of yeast and sweet malt. Smells like a creamy grapefruit trifle.

T: Sweet and creamy malts with notes of dry grapefruit rind. Sweet biscuits and and creamy mild toffee. Finishes with pleasant bitter Citra hops. The taste is creamy and smooth as if it might have been aged in oak barrels.

M: Syrupy and coating in the mouth, great creamy feel with some pricks of carbonation at the front end. Mild alcohol finish to compliment the dry hops.

O: Herbe a Detourne is a contradiction of taste and smells, sweet creamy malts and dry bitter hops that compliment each other perfectly. The sweetness of the triple is present and is accented with the addition of bitter Citra hops. Complex and refined, worth trying as a sipping brew with great cheese and dried fruits.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:30:13 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:08:33 | More by Beelzebeer
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:23:47 | More by joemcgrath27
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:36:16 | More by ZorPrime
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper with decent head and lacing.

The aroma is full of citra hops, yeast, a hint of spices, and comes across very fragrant.

The taste is potent, yet refreshing as well. A good accomplishment for a beer over 10%. The citra hops really bring new balance to the tripel, yet they're subtle enough to let the tripel shine. I feel like this is like a bigger brother to Derniere Volonte, but a bit bolder and more refined.

The body is medium in terms of fullness and medium/light in terms of weight. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was a solid beer, and dare I say, one of the most refined brews I've seen from DDC. The alcohol is nearly invisible, and every aspect of this beer can shine without dominating anything else. This was a top notch brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 22:55:59 | More by BBP
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 04:39:31 | More by biboergosum
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:05:09 | More by leaddog
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 04/12.

Appearance: A gold-orange body, very hazy with 2-3 fingers of head that recedes gently and drapes itself around the glass.

Smell: Strong tangerines, citra aroma is powerful. Spicy lemon, fresh meadows, juicy citrus bursting out, mangoes, and fresh ripe fruit. Simply stunning.

Taste: Sweet citrus, mangoes are strong and a bit of herbs scratching at the back. Some lemon minus the tartness. More rough than the aroma would have me believe.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied yet not heavy and ABV is well masked.

Overall: Aroma is simply magnificent but the flavor turns out more rough around the edges. This is still a high quality brew and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 11:12:29 | More by papat444
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jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu Du Ciel never fails to impress me. Even when they dont get it right, you gotta give them credit. But this one, in my opinion is nearly perfect. The BEST "New World" triple i've ever had, hands down.

As expected, pours golden and clear with a clean dense head. The body is PERFECT in this beer, i mean you just take a sit and it coats your mouth just enough but at the same time allows the refreshing flavor to come through.

Smells of lemon, orange/citrus a touch of pine a touch of mandarin with perhaps a little pickled sushi ginger!

Taste is superb, basically all the smells with a nice malty backbone and a wonderfull lingering bitterness. The bitterness reminds of of pickled ginger and hops, its very interesting.

Superb, a new favourite.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 23:04:59 | More by jbonapar
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:15:31 | More by wordemupg
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 22:49:23 | More by flipper2gv
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.