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Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 214
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 29
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010

New World Tripel with Citra hops.
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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 214
Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a semi-murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly bumpy surface foam.

S- Earthy, grassy hops with a solid malt backbone and a bit of alcohol fume.

T- Pretty bitter for a triple but not overly so. Has some spice to it plus a yeasty fruit dimension. Very balanced overall with the hops, yeast and spice commingling in a pleasant way. Just a tad bit on the boozy side but I'm not complaining.

M- Soft, borderline creamy with medium carbonation and a kind of thick body.

O- Man, DDC never disappoints. I swear, if it weren't for the cold weather and French-speaking, I'd be so happy living in Montreal so I could have constant access to these guys and Unibroue.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks papat444 and Jayhoop!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold amber with a finger of thick, almost white head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Awesome. Candied fruits, mainly citrus, papaya, and other tropicals. Some nice spicy and fruity belgian yeast and citrusy hops. Yum.

Taste. Spicy Belgian yeast, some citrus fruit, mainly lemons and oranges, sweet light malts, grassy hops and booze. Doesn't live up to the smell, but not bad.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, a little sticky, medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Someone told me this was one amazing smelling beer and they were right. The taste didn't quite live up, but still an interesting and flavourful beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 04/12.

Appearance: A gold-orange body, very hazy with 2-3 fingers of head that recedes gently and drapes itself around the glass.

Smell: Strong tangerines, citra aroma is powerful. Spicy lemon, fresh meadows, juicy citrus bursting out, mangoes, and fresh ripe fruit. Simply stunning.

Taste: Sweet citrus, mangoes are strong and a bit of herbs scratching at the back. Some lemon minus the tartness. More rough than the aroma would have me believe.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied yet not heavy and ABV is well masked.

Overall: Aroma is simply magnificent but the flavor turns out more rough around the edges. This is still a high quality brew and worth checking out.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem courtesy of joemcgrath27... Mad props...

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange colour with a brown hue, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus notes, lemon iced tea, bubble gum and cloves with some honey and cane sugar on the finish.

T - The citrus hops come through nicely, reminiscent of a DIPA, but the fruity Belgian notes coming through with hints of clove and toffee. A touch of ABV sweetness with a bitter citrus flavour that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth with a touch of dryness and a hint of ABV heat.

O - This stuff is potent, yet smooth and creamy. Loads of flavour and surprisingly drinkable. I would love to see this available through the LCBO in their signature 4-packs as this is something I would treat myself to frequently. Any fan of the style may be a bit confused with the citrus hop kick but will surely not be disappointed.

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is amber/gold with a nice white head. Good retention and amazing lacing. Glass is just covered in white foam.

Juicy citrus fruit in the nose, and floral scents. Hop focused but with a sweet malt background and some yeast.

Wow! Tastewise, this is fantastic. A real mix of a tripel and the flavours of citra hops. Tropical fruits, yeast, caramel malt, grapefruit, mild bitterness coupled with sweet malt. There is a LOT going on here. Very complex and good. Hard to describe.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol quite well hidden. Smooth, slightly oily.

Overall, excellent. My favourite beer that I had while at Dieu du Ciel, for sure. A real winner.

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Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head with lots of lace all the way down the glass. Smell has some belgian yeast and a whole bunch of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, some spicy points, cloves and some alcohol, malty wheat notes as well, but fairly fruity and hoppy. Taste is a little more tripel than the nose suggests, lightly sweet belgian yeast, fruity, candy apple, some citrus fruit and a pretty big bitterness, spicy clove, touches of alcohol, dry in finish with a bit of doughy malt. Medium carbonation, medium full body, some resiny and slick at points nice drying feel. A really nice American style tripel, hoppy, complex and flavourful.

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Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mondial, and I think my first encounter with citra hops. This one came heavily recommended by a friend, and turned out to be a very tasty pick.

Hazy golden pour with a thick creamy head that left rings of lace on the glass as it settled to a heavy film. The aroma is awesome, with a boatload of sweet juicy citrus, tropical fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Its like some sort of delicious, juicy hop perfume. The flavour profile puts this more towards the more honey inclined tripels than the grainy ones. Its got a good dose of honey malt, biscuit and caramel, but really the hops are the star. Lots of sweet orange, pineapple and mango with a whack of pine, which provides an assertive bitterness. Nice phenolic yeast too. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This is one hopped-up tripel, and true to form DDC nail it. Bravo fellas!

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Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, label as below. I tried this at a Beerfest 3 or 4 years ago, finally able to revisit this one.
Hazy golden orange color, with a thick off white head. Good retention this chunky lace.
The smell has some yeast aromas, slightly peppery, but a ton of hops on top.
Taste has lots of citrus fruitiness, more yeast, and finishes with some spiciness. Lots of hoppy aroma and bitter flavors. A bit of warming from the high alcohol, but not a distraction.
It has a low level of carbonation, medium body and mouth feel.
Smooth and drinkable, way more hoppiness than expected from a tripel.

Note to self: Ranked #21 Tripel when I reviewed it, #36 Beer in Canada.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy dark golden, solid creamy head, left plenty of lacing as is slowly receded
S - spicy yeast, floral, citrus, and grassy with a mild earthiness, all bright aromas
T - much like the nose with stronger citrus and floral notes, finishes with a sweet and spicy kick, hop dominant for sure
M - light strongly carbonated body, finishes dry and acidic
O - this should be listed as a Belgian IPA as it is hopped up on hops, a fine example of what I love about DDC!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice fluffy lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, peppery spices and some breadiness. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it's very citrus forward (grapefruit, orange & lemon zest), a touch of grass, yeast, some peppery spices and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Wow, what an outstanding Tripel! Dieu du ciel never ceases to amaze me.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%

341 mL bottled on 3/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma citrusy
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass with very tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor citrusy and herbal – more medicinal than pleasant; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25. Final weighted score: 3.1625
Well, what to say… The palate is the highlight of this ale with the medicinal flavor holding it back, although (quaff), the flavor is intriguing (quaff). This ale is growing on me (quaff). The lacing is excellent and very appealing, the nose citrusy but weak. The 10.2% ethanol is well hidden which could be dangerous (if one is inclined to drink more than one), but then if one is good, two should be better. We need a sixth judging variable – addiction potential. This one would get a 5.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Steve000 (thanks!). As with all Dieu du Ciel beers I can't decipher their "dating" system. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, murky orange with about two fingers of near-white head. Excellent retention with fairly consistent surface haze and a healthy collar that deposits several large swaths of lace.

Aromas of fresh citrus, yeast, floral notes, bread and an almost clove-like spice. Not necessarily vibrant but it is certainly pleasant enough.

Taste follows the nose. Grapefruit peel, must, flower petals, honey, bready malts, grass, mild pepper, a little clove and intermediate doses of booze. The Citra hops play beautifully with the base tripel and seem to balance the taste in such a way as to mitigate the double digit abv.

Dry, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is floral with some candied citrus peel.

I'm well aware that the addition of Citra hops may bend the style a bit but Herbe à Détourne is a freakin delicious tripel. The citrus boost from the hops compliment rather than cover the base tripel to fantastic results. I'd recommend this one to tripel lovers and hopheads alike.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a nice big pillowy white head. Nose is Hoppy, fresh and a bit fruity/funky.

Taste is quite sharp and hoppy with a nice light funk. Mouthfeel is light and dry, super drinkable. There's a good light tart taste, quite good.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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..

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale amber yellow with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Tangerine/orange, yeast, cloves/spices, other citrus fruits.

Taste - Earthy hops along with tangerine and citrus flavours. A touch of the yeast and spice flavour in the middle - spices leave a little tingle behind. ABV is well hidden. Pleasant bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice tingly bubbles.

Overall - An excellent tripel by Dieu du Ciel. The ABV is well masked, making this a true representation of the style. Nice touch with the tangerine. Well balanced in hops and malts.

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Photo of kingmaker
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one is a disappointment from a great brewery. It probably should have been advertized as a Belgian strong pale ale, not a tripel. Color was too dark and murky. The smell indicated a sweet hop but the taste revealed a harsh unpleasant overripe lemon tone that's just too much for me

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Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.