L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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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
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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...
10-19-2013 03:36:14 | More by Shadman
3.54/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
10-16-2013 06:07:44 | More by falloutsnow
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
10-14-2013 05:05:21 | More by KFBR392
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
4.24/5 rDev +3.7%
Batch "04" checked off.
A: Pours a clear golden-amber. Big fluffy and dense white head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Thick walls of lacing left behind.
S: Nice. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits up front. Orange, pineapple and tangerine I would say. A little spicy and a little sweet too. Very enjoyable aroma.
T: Up front there is again some juicy citrus and tropical fruits. But a little more belgian influence now. Sweet grains throughout with some cloves. Finish is quite spicy with cloves, black pepper and some bitter dank-ish citra hops.
M: Medium bodied and smooth.
O: Interesting brew. Tastes more like an american-hopped belgian IPA than a tripel to me, but what do I know? Either way it's quite good. Nice juicy citrus notes everywhere along with proper belgian yeast characteristics. Very tasty.
10-08-2013 04:39:00 | More by Dope
3.54/5 rDev -13.4%
Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a light to medium amber which glows a light amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.
Nose- Not as strong as I had expected but still quite nice. Fairly traditional tripel scents- faint apple, banana, mild clove- alongside some new ones, orange and lemon mainly. Belgian spice from the yeast is mild. The Citra is very strong on the nose.
Taste- Starts off reflective of the nose and then the yeast runs wild. This is very phenolic and is dominated by cloves and yeasty bitterness. Starts off with orange and lemon which shift to orange and lemon peel while the cloves and spices build and build. Fairly bitter for a tripel. This is definitely a different take on the style and I can't say that I like it that much. However, it hides it heat well and I would have never guessed that this was a 10%+ beer. Little notes of banana and apple but not nearly enough to provide a counterpoint to the yeast. This interpretation is creative and in keeping with style but I'm just not finding it enjoyable. Above average to good beer. Just not my thing. Which is bad as I usually enjoy tripels. Some cinnamon on the finish.
Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a healthy zip of carbonation. Would like a drier finish though.
Drinkability- This is very yeasty which will work for some but is problematic for me. 5-6 bucks is good for a 10% tripel but I will not be buying it again.
Overall- Above average. I appreciate the creativity but the Citra is really lacking and would have provided much needed contrast to the heavy yeast. The bottle could be old but the bottle coding seems to indicate this is good until the end of the year. Definitely worth a try because it would hit the spot for many fans of Belgian styles.
09-29-2013 03:34:55 | More by artoolemomo
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
The beer pours a deep and oranging yellow, with a head of medium sized bubbles that eventually fades to a scrim. In body the beer is opaque and hazy with no sight of the other side of the glass. The beer leaves a light lacing of droopy bubbles on the glass, and a slick set of alcoholic legs. On the nose, the beer smells like a bristling DIPA. Huge, popping citrus and pine gushes over the nose with light hints of sticky, hot alcohol and a little bit of catty scents. Grapefruit pith and pine sap really stick on the nose from this beer, but I only get a light touch of pineapple funk from the Belgian yeast. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then drying and bitter with big, hot alcohol which is nicely cushioned by the other flavors. Citric acidity plays in alongside the booze, and provides a nice wetting on the tongue. The balance of this beer is a little boozy sweet, but the hop bitters do pull the beer together nicely. In the mouth the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little chewy, but bites at the start of the taste. The mouth is left sticky with a bitter, resin feeling and a dryness on the back of the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet citric grapefruit and pine resin, this unfolds into slightly cloying alcohol, spicy hops and some nice finishing bitters. Slight clove notes linger in the finish and aftertaste, reminding me that this is an American Tripel, and not a DIPA, but overall this beer is a nice blend of booze and bitters. The tripel character really comes out in the mouthfeel of this beer, but lacks a little in flavor, which isn’t horrible. I do wish the booziness was turned a little down and that I could get some banana/clove/Trappist funk and other nice phenolic notes. The phenols in this beer are gentle beneath the bitters and alcohol, but as the beer warms they do come out a bit and add a nice spice to the beer. This is a great boozy sipper that will feed your bitter-beer desires.
09-27-2013 20:11:46 | More by Maxwell
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
11.5oz bottle into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy orange with a 1-finger head.
Aroma is big tropical Citra hops and Belgian yeast. A touch of bubblegum.
Taste follows nose, led by the Citra. Fresh oranges and grapefruits abound. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Juicy and addictive, I can't stop drinking this. Almost zero alcohol detected on the palate, but I start feeling it pretty quickly.
Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied, so, so drinkable.
Overall, Citra is crack. I really like this beer. Dangerous.
09-15-2013 00:43:36 | More by draheim
4.11/5 rDev +0.5%
Nice to see a new DDC bottle on my local shelf. Love trying new beers by them and absolutely love the artwork. Reviewed from notes.
A- Crystal clear golden body (I got the first half) with a foamy, puffy white head. Foam reaches one finger high and has pretty nice retention. Spotty lace from a frothy ring.
S- Citra hops, as listed, are distinct but do not mask the base beer. Nice lime, tropical fruits, passion fruit feel from these hops. Good Belgian yeast spice and some grape/light fruits mix with the hops.
T- Changes up from the aroma with a heavier yeast influence, quite a bit spicier in flavor. Citra hops give tangerine, pineapple and stone fruit hints. Strong peppery, spicy Tripel yeast. Clove, white wine grapes and coriander too.
MF- Super highly carbonated with a creamy moderately thick body. Some alcohol warming but a pleasant amount. Slightly bitter finish.
The amount of Citra used here is quite nice. It compliments the base yeast flavors but does not over take the beer making it another IPA hybrid.
09-12-2013 00:53:33 | More by cbutova
4.26/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
09-11-2013 16:34:10 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-05-2013 23:12:54 | More by wethorseblanket
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
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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