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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Winter Warmer: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head. Aroma of pungent hops and semi-sweet Belgian-style malt is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some pungent herbal hops with nice floral notes which are well balanced against some semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with light residual sugar notes. Body was quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This was quite a treat and something I would buy often if it was to be bottled.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of biboergosum
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?

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. I have been wanting this beer for AGES, and strangely found it not at the brewpub in Montreal no... not even in bottle shops there.. no.. but where... at State Line of course! What an irony, I didn't even have to leave my state to get this dang beer!

A nice tangerine and bright shiny but dark orange color. Head barely forms with one finger forced on an aggressive pour providing and off white colored head which manages to stay populated and settle to a half finger collar. Some large amounts of very small microscopic rising carbonation can just barely be seen. Faint spider legs of lace a well.

Nose is interesting. Quite juicy smelling and fruity for a tripel, some mellow floral earthy qualities but not much else, and an almost soapy perfume like quality but with more soap than beautiful aromatics.

Palate is quite interesting. Good juicy tropical body with a very noticeable boozy quality which is luckily not too untolerable. Hints of peach and mango, with a large stomach warming swallow. Hints of pear and apple manage to appear also. Nice depth but nothing really coating, and definitely not big on sucrose.

Overall glad to have tried this, pretty good, and definitely a non traditional spin on the style which is interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

On tap at Mondial. This is a tripel with 100% Citra hops.

Pours a lightly hazy light golden yellow, a bit of straw in the corners, thick white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, nice lacing.

Smell is great, very fruity, big citrus kick from the hops, grapefruit, oranges, some honey and toasty malt, alcohol, tropical fruit, yeast, still has that Belgian feel with a kickass hop presence.

Taste is similar, light and malty up front, some honey/caramel, biscuit, lightly sugary, fruit, alcohol, big citrus hop character, some pine, real nice finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Wow, insanely hoppy tripel that still smells/tastes/feels like a tripel. Amazing stuff.

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L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.