1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Not Rated.
L'Herbe à DétourneL'Herbe à Détourne

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

166 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

jrenihan, May 01, 2012
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -2.2%

kwjd, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

vermilcj, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -2.2%

jsh420, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

kaelingirl, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.11/5  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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

peensteen, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

ElGallo, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BigBry, May 11, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

schnarr84, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

joemcgrath27, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Kmat10, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

papat444, May 15, 2012
Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -2.2%

BAsbill, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

SebD, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

kingcrowing, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

chickenm, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev -2.2%

sirsteve42, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
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 neckbracesub
4/5  rDev -2.2%

neckbracesub, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +10%

polishkaz, Oct 16, 2013
L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.