L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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?
05-23-2012 04:39:31 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-24-2012 19:04:34 | More by MasterSki
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-17-2013 21:29:29 | More by jlindros
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
03-19-2012 13:27:59 | More by dbrauneis
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
01-26-2014 02:08:09 | More by smakawhat
4.5/5 rDev +10%
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.
06-08-2010 00:46:23 | More by Viggo
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-21-2012 19:07:10 | More by liamt07
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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
05-08-2012 00:15:31 | More by wordemupg
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
4.41/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a thin, but persistant white head with light lacing. Intriguing aroma of light stone and tropical fruit, estery and floral. Light citrus hops and the most distinct bubblegum aroma I've ever experienced. Wow, flavor is dense mixed tropical fruit, orange, coriander, sweet bready malt, citrus, finishing with very nice citrus hops and Belgian spicing, slightly floral. This is really tasty. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. I expect the best from Dieu Du Ciel and this one delivers. It now seems like a natural to add some flavorful hops to a tripel and it really works well. Warming, but the dense flavor covers the high ABV well. Another beer from this brewery that shoots to the top of my must buy list. Possibly one of my favorite tripel variants as well.
10-10-2013 03:43:57 | More by LiquidAmber
4.5/5 rDev +10%
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.
09-04-2012 01:51:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
01-12-2013 20:01:49 | More by thagr81us
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-01-2012 00:45:18 | More by spinrsx
4.5/5 rDev +10%
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.
10-07-2012 01:26:24 | More by champ103
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
4.01/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-06-2014 03:18:05 | More by mrfrancis
3.44/5 rDev -15.9%
From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Strange dating system. I believe it put the expiration date sometime in 2014. Sampled on September 1, 2013.
It pours cloudy pale yellow with a quick head that fades as quick as it it erupts. Mildly cloudy.
The aroma does have a basic biscuit malts note with some Belgian inspired yeast, citrus, some spice, and some butter. It does smell enticing.
The body is medium and astringent.
The taste is where it all falls down unfortunately. There are some citrus notes, some biscuit I notes, and a bit of grapefruit or otherwise something tart. But the taste is not out of this world. I did not feel like I was drinking a Tripel. It seemed a little more sour than that but it also was not a sour ale. Most of this was impressive until I drank it.
09-02-2013 00:28:22 | More by puboflyons
4.54/5 rDev +11%
Picked this up at Julio's, finally. Been waiting it seems like over a year for this one and it has finally come stateside. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a one finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin blanket. Not too much lacing though.
S - Ah, I love the progression of this. Cooler, it starts off with bright tropical citra hops. Almost no tripel notes at all. As this warms though the traditional tripel notes. Nice fruity esters, wonderful banana. The tropical notes fade, unfortunately, however the alcohol is nonexistent. Quite pleasant.
T - The taste though is a solid blending of the two. You have the nice tropical citra notes of mango and the sort, followed by lovely yeasty esters and banana. Lightly sweet malts, a bit more bitter than your run of the mill tripel. Nice orange notes too. Alcohol, while warming, is not that powerful. Strong lingering flavor of orange peel here.
M - Mouthfeel is soft, lightly creamy. The ABV is hidden wonderfully.
O - Overall, this was well worth the wait. I wish there was a touch more citra but by goodness that tropical meets tripel is just delicious. Doubt this would hold up to aging, which is a damn shame as I would stock up on this one.
08-29-2013 00:02:09 | More by rudzud
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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