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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev -2%

TT--Cashout, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -2%

kwjd, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A tripel spiked with Citra hops, this pungent brew comes decked out in rich orange garb with a dappling of white foam, releasing a strong aroma of spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, aromatic alcohol, and New World elements of pine and citrus. Tastes of candied citrus, mainly mandarins and grapefruit, passion fruit and lychee, spicy clove and ginger phenolics, vanilla custard, an earthy cigar tobacco-like floral perfume, carrots, and ample alcohol that might lean just this side of overbearing. I get more sweet dark malt character than with other tripels, some toffee that plays nicely off the fruit and spice elements from the hops and yeast. Body quite chewy and the finish is bitter, piney and medicinal like that of other highly-hopped tripels I've tried (see my review of La Chouffe Dobbelen for more on this). Moderate carbonation. There might be too much going on in this beer for some palates and it ain't for the meek. Tripels are an acquired taste period and this one is a bit iconoclastic. Rough around the edges but could be a diamond if polished a bit more.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

vermilcj, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

superdoopersauce, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/amber with a small head.
Nose shows herbal hops, spicy Belgian phenols, booze, some light syrupy malt. Some fruit shows up later.
More spicy phenolic notes as flavours along with slightly solvent-like booze. some light fruit again. A bit too boozy.
Carbonation could be higher.

CrazyDavros, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of ThirstyMavros
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ThirstyMavros, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Edgerrin32
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Edgerrin32, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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..

eric5bellies, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2%

Kegatron, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -2%

Azpittil57, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

danieelol, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of slainte35
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

slainte35, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cam477, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Shadman
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this in the singles section of Trackside's beer fridge here in The 'Hat. Poured into chalice. Nice apricot colour, cloudy, with a rich head that only settles into a nice cap.

Can definitely smell the advertised citric hops. Definite pale malts and some spiciness as the beer warms.

Lot's of flavours goin' on here. Citrus hops in front followed by a major pale malt bombshell...alcohol warms up the palate before this finishes dry with some serious lingering hop bitterness.

Medium to full mouthfeel..somewhat sticky

A very good "New World" tripel...

Shadman, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None, '0' and '4' notched on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

L'Herbe à Détourne doesn't really present itself as a tripel to me, more of a dry-hopped Belgian Strong Pale Ale. While there's some estery fruit and bubblegum with phenolic spice, it's not as persistent and obvious as in many tripels, and the fruit primarily seems to derive from the dry-hopping with Citra. While it's certainly not a bad-tasting (or smelling) beer, it's also not particularly amazing, and for 11.5oz (you can't even give us a full 12oz bottle any longer?), this cost $6: not one I'd return to.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white bubbles, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly sponge-like effect. Retention is below average for the style, lsating around one minute as the foam declines to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is good, not great, with a moderately high density of spots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer is a medium-dark golden orange color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation slightly visible through nearly opaque body (70-80% opaque) fairly high in number and activity.

Aroma is quite fruity, giving off large quantities of pineapple, passion fruit, and guava from the Citra hops, bubblegum from the yeast, a bit of muffled yeast itself and some minor phenols.

Tastes like fruity bubblegum with modest bitterness, a bit of Belgian phenols and mustiness, and moderate ethanol. Front of palate is of tropical fruits (pineapple, passion fruit, minor guava), slightly breadlike, bubblegum esters, spicy phenols and ethanol. Mid-palate of continued tropical fruits, notable ethanol, bubblegum esters, moderate bitterness, and light bread-like characters. Back of palate is medium to medium-strong hop bitterness with ethanol obviousness, some spicy phenols, and light fruity remnants (pineapple, passion fruit). Aftertaste is of moderate bitterness, ethanol, and slightly bread-like malts in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium-low carbonation that gives the beer a mostly smooth, somewhat stagnant, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips. Ethanol easily felt across the palate, burns in the back of the throat, and warms in the nostrils: most tripels I've enjoyed have managed to hide this aspect far better. For the style, this should have been much more carbonated and featured less obvious ethanol.

falloutsnow, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

polishkaz, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light golden glow to this beer very different from other tripels. Low head on the pour and retained while drinking. Medium amounts of active carbonation.

Smell: nice subtle fruity citra hop tones. Medium to light yeast backbone. Buttery and doughy bread also present. Definitely a hop dominated aroma which is unique but very enjoyable.

Taste: the front is a combination of traditional tripel characteristics and bright citra hops. The body continues to showcase earthy hops. The finish is slightly dry with plenty of yeasty creaminess.

Mouthfeel: a unique combination of bright hops and tripel characteristics.

Overall: interesting and tasty brew. A pretty rare beer to find in the states. Incredibly easy drinking for 10.2% abv.

KFBR392, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 10, 2013
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.