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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 22
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 75
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +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?

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Kegatron
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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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 smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head, but excellent webby lace. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Relatively dry with a distinct floral hop smell. Well-balanced and very attractive.

I note plum with a subtle sweetness. There's the slightest of soft sour, citrus touch. The swallow and finish are of sweetened grapefruit. Well-balanced and easy to drink. The body is rich but the carbonation high. I would not guess this to be a Tripel, but all of the elements are present. It is far more balanced with a higher level of hop than I expected.

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

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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