L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
04-30-2012 23:56:34 | More by jrenihan
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-21-2012 16:57:00 | More by peensteen
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
07-07-2012 04:23:47 | More by joemcgrath27
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
05-15-2012 11:12:29 | More by papat444
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
02-16-2011 23:24:30 | More by kingcrowing
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
4.51/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-28-2014 19:49:29 | More by SebD
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
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
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.