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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
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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 4ster
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large wine glass, bottled 04/2013.

A: Golden honey colour, clear, micro bubbles rising to the top, quick white frothy head on pour, fairly quick die down, nice lacing sitting on top and sticking to the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malts, apple cider, peach and some tropical fruit sweetness, light undertones of citrus and spice....

T: Starts pretty malt forward, not overly sweet, yeasty, some citrus and fruit in the middle, then moves into very spicy, bitter grapefruits, not what you expect with a standard triple, and it finishes with a bit of a spicy alcohol aftertaste.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, nice overall balance, light-med carbonation, resinous and quite drying.... not as much alcohol in the body as in the taste....

O: A nice modified Triple style... not as sweet and yeasty as a traditional triple, but starts out that way and then you start to get this interesting mix of spicy hop punch in the face that is also creamy smooth at the same time... Much like the duality of the flavours I am also mixed in my liking of it.... overall it's nice, but there are moments when you're like... mmmm, I really am enjoying this triple and then you get a face full of hops and get angry, and then at other times you're like, wow, this would make a really interestingly complex IPA.... I guess in the end, this is almost what DDC is all about... making you question what beer styles mean in the New World...

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque orange glow, with a 1 finger slightly offwite head. Really inviting looking beer.

Smell: Definitely picking up a nice Citra aroma. Tropical fruits, mellony, orange, passionfruit. Would have rated it higher if the Citra was even stronger, but it may have faded a tad.

Taste: Wow, a really tasty beer. A little booziness, orangey, black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a decent body, not too thick.

Overall: A really great beer. Will make my DDC purchasing decisions tougher in the future. I used to head straight for the Peche Mortel, but after this I may grab this on occasion.

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Photo of korguy123
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super hazy orange juice coloured pour. Half finger, snow white head. Lacing is spotty at best.

Spicy yeast, sweet cookies, oranges, lemon rinds and coriander.

Belgian yeast, slight pepper taste, lemon rind and a bright grapefruit from the citra.

Light body, slightly dry with a lingering finish.

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Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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...

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Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead goblet.
A - Translucent honey colored, gentle trail of carbonation fights its way to surface. Coaxing can deliver a thin crest of off white froth, lasting some time. Sticky lacing clings to the sides slowly meandering back, returning to the source, not unlike a a rich white wine.
S - Orange, passion fruit lead the way, dried Papaya and honey on warm white toast follow. A thickness, sweet in body run through the nostrils. The tropical candied fruitiness dominates, with some warming the alcohol is gently released.
T - Warm notes of Orange blossom honey lead the way, sweet candied sugars, and the cornucopia of tropical fruits. Oh those Citra hops hold nearly everything at bay. The base malts try to stand up, and are quickly accosted by the sweet tropical, sugary fruits in the best ways.
M - Oily richness frost the entire palate. Slick, sweet and delightful. There is no hiding the Tripel style in this fine offering. The palate remains coated for a long while, gently, slowly receding. The final notes are slight hop bitterness across the top of the tongue and its tip.
O - New world Tripel, hopped up while maintain the styles light sweetness. That very sweetness is rich and complex in this beers. Over the entire experience, at no point was it to sweet. I applaud the challenging approach to the style by Dieu du Ciel.
This has been a real treat to be sipped, explored and enjoyed.


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Photo of ZorPrime
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden in color with some orange notes. Veiled. Nice white foamy head on top of it. Dense and sticky. Very nice looking beer, almost perfect if not perfect.

The aroma is citrusy and fruity. Complex. It has some tripel aspect but the Citra hops is something totally unexpected. In the mouth, it is a tripel, very fruity with a bitter finish. Full bodied. Quite dense in the mouth. Effervescent. Refreshing and tasty. Dangerous with that high alcohol that is well hidden. Wow another big hit by DDC.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle 2014/03; Poured 2014/04/03

A: Pours a hazy copper color up to 2-3 fingers of creamy, persistent head slowly falling to a thick color and curtains of lace.

S: Big hop nose: tangerines, grapefruit, lemon and spice. Some nice biscuit malt notes. Nice yeast presence. Very floral/herbal. Very intriguing!

T: Very tropical with lots of tangerine, mango, papaya; big malt presence with caramel and toffee. There is lots of yeast dancing around highlighting banana and spice. Floral on the palate as well. Some warm alcohol.

M: Medium + body and nice carbonation yields a creamy, velvety and crisp beer.

O: Just a really interesting beer! There is a lot going on; Herbe highlights the the hops, malts and yeast all i the same beer. I always look forward to this release.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear copper/pumpkin orange with 1 finger of creamy thick head. nice sheeting of lace across the entire tulip glass.

S: Giant grapefruit scent with sweet cream, pine and hints of yeast and sweet malt. Smells like a creamy grapefruit trifle.

T: Sweet and creamy malts with notes of dry grapefruit rind. Sweet biscuits and and creamy mild toffee. Finishes with pleasant bitter Citra hops. The taste is creamy and smooth as if it might have been aged in oak barrels.

M: Syrupy and coating in the mouth, great creamy feel with some pricks of carbonation at the front end. Mild alcohol finish to compliment the dry hops.

O: Herbe a Detourne is a contradiction of taste and smells, sweet creamy malts and dry bitter hops that compliment each other perfectly. The sweetness of the triple is present and is accented with the addition of bitter Citra hops. Complex and refined, worth trying as a sipping brew with great cheese and dried fruits.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mondial beer festival. Belgian tripel with Citra!!! (my favorite hop). Intense, funky, earthy. I assume the earthiness comes mainly from the use of citra. These intense flavors blend beautifully with the complexity of a Belgian yeast. Add to this a flavor that I simply can't describe. Never tasted anything similar, ever. Lingering sweetness, maybe candi sugar and papaya? Awesome.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-10-2015

Pours a sunny golden orange with a half finger of bright white foam that dwindles to a film with a ring around the glass. Meh retention; good medium lacing. (3.75)

Super bright and fruity. Grapefruit, green grapes, sweet dough, floral/slightly herbal hops; really even, round smell. (4.25)

Earthy and fresh. Dry, dusty yeastiness, some bittering lemon zest, candied grapefruit, tiny, drying alcoholic tingle at the end. (4)

Fuzzy-feeling and slightly warm with a medium body and a lingering finish. (4)

Very good example of a tripel.
This is a pretty solid beer to begin with but I feel that the addition of citra hops really compliments the floral qualities and alcoholic bitterness in the beer. It is an easy drinker that I think is best described as 'bright' with a slight boozy fuzz to it and a nice floral/citrus aroma.
The only thing I feel could be better would be for it to be a little richer and bigger (more like a Belgian) without having any more alcohol. I let it warm for about 30 minutes out of the fridge and I still felt like it smoothed out as it warmed in the glass. Try it at cellar temp or a touch cooler.
Will have again; worth finding to try. (4.25)

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Photo of ludachris
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Its body is a rich shade of apricot orange and partially hazed. A healthy two fingers of frothy white head waits patiently to fall. After a few swirls, alcohol film coats the sides of the glass.

Overly ripe, juicy, saliva-inducing pineapple flesh slowly oozes out of the glass. At the edges of this syrupy sweet center are more unrefined green and leafy hop notes. Sweet alcohol pulls through but its weight is masked by its tropical sweetness. Its got that classic Belgian dusty character to the nose with some spice and phenols thrown in as well.

The kick of booziness that hits the back of the palate coincides with long, sweet notes of pineapple and mango skin. The alcohol is warming everywhere it goes but is not overpowering. As it continues into the finish, it becomes more dry, spicy, and phenollic. A hint of warm biscuit closes things out.

With such a full body and high ABV, it's incredible how drinkable this is. Slightly under carbonated with some syrupy stickiness. The alcohol has a great drying effect that gives this a concise close; one of my favorite features of this beer.

Another home run for DDC. I had the privilege of having this on tap at the brewpub last summer and my eyes lit up when I saw this on the shelf. The big syrupy tropical character the citra hops impart plays so well off of the staple characteristics of the Tripel that DDC renders. It's dangerously good.

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Photo of mattsander
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden, decent clarity, it glows. Not much head for me when poured aggressively into a Westmalle chalice.

S: Lemon pepper, oranges and tangerine, firmly malty. Very heavy and sweet smelling.

T: Big, sweet and malty with plenty of dank citra fruitiness. I find this beer is a very slow sipper and extremely boozy.

M: I wish it was much drier, and more carbonated.

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Photo of BBP
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper with decent head and lacing.

The aroma is full of citra hops, yeast, a hint of spices, and comes across very fragrant.

The taste is potent, yet refreshing as well. A good accomplishment for a beer over 10%. The citra hops really bring new balance to the tripel, yet they're subtle enough to let the tripel shine. I feel like this is like a bigger brother to Derniere Volonte, but a bit bolder and more refined.

The body is medium in terms of fullness and medium/light in terms of weight. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was a solid beer, and dare I say, one of the most refined brews I've seen from DDC. The alcohol is nearly invisible, and every aspect of this beer can shine without dominating anything else. This was a top notch brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter
A - Pours an opaque soft orange with small head
S - Aroma is muted, a little malt, just a little hops and citrus
T - Interesting flavor, sweet, some hops, citrus and a little pepper.
M - Low carbonation and medium mouth feel.
O - Very interesting beer, unique flavor for a Tripel. Citra hops dominate. Does not drink like a 10.2% ABV beer. If this was on tap you could get into some serious trouble. I like it and you should try it!

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange and brownish color with a nice foamy egg shell white head. Retention is good.

S: The citra hops are definitely there. There is a sweet grapefruit juice, orange juice, mango and pineapple. It's weird to mix this with a belgian yeast but it's definitely working. The coriander, cloves and light honey makes up the tripel part of the beer.

T: Just like the smell: coriander, cloves, honey for the Belgian part and exotic fruits with light pine notes for the hops.

M: Quite bigger than expected. Medium to heavy body, pretty sticky, medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is an interesting beer from DDC and it works pretty well. Would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L'Herbe à Détourne is a beautiful cloudy straw coloured beer with a very creamy head and amazing retention. Just looking at this beer you know its going to be good.

I was completely blown away by the smell of this beer. So many different ingredients come into play and not one of them seems out of place. Citrus and floral tones dominate the beerscape, with notes of other sweet fruit like mango and banana.

This beer tastes incredible! It has very strong floral flavours complemented by cinnamon, perhaps even some conriander, and a definite touch of banana. Its quite sweet up front, but not in a malty way. I think its more a result of the fruit than anything else. The bitter finish complements it perfectly. It really has to be tasted to be believed.

Great mouthfeel, with great balance of sweet and bitter, relatively dry but creamy at the same time. I'd feel nervous drinking more than one at 9.5% ABV (the 10.2% listed for this beer is incorrect), but its definitely worth trying this at least once if you're lucky enough to come across it.

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Photo of SSS
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow with a white head that lingers
S-Citra, yum, with a hint of yeast and some background malt flavors
M-Carbonation spot on
T-Citra comes out strong, the fruitiness (Citra-tropical fruit) from the chosen malt are a nice forward and good balance to the subtle bitterness.
O-Great beer, it is on the sweet side for my palate, but became a roller coaster from sweet to bitter on the finish.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu Du Ciel never fails to impress me. Even when they dont get it right, you gotta give them credit. But this one, in my opinion is nearly perfect. The BEST "New World" triple i've ever had, hands down.

As expected, pours golden and clear with a clean dense head. The body is PERFECT in this beer, i mean you just take a sit and it coats your mouth just enough but at the same time allows the refreshing flavor to come through.

Smells of lemon, orange/citrus a touch of pine a touch of mandarin with perhaps a little pickled sushi ginger!

Taste is superb, basically all the smells with a nice malty backbone and a wonderfull lingering bitterness. The bitterness reminds of of pickled ginger and hops, its very interesting.

Superb, a new favourite.

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Photo of thebeers
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange gold with big white head and lots of lacing. Effervescent, too. Strong hop aroma, with citrus and fresh cut grass. Similar hops in taste, but less pronounced. Hints of caramel or even honey to make a creaminess, along with a slight warming alcohol and scraping on tongue if you don't swallow right away. Pretty smooth all things considered. Delicious and unique.

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with a minimal white head.

S - yeast, lemon and mild spice ;clean.

T - lemon citrus, hop and coriander.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. Good balance.

O - Good Tripel, though lacks some complexity to among the best.

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Photo of mmapes
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded from Andrew in Ontario (thanks!). Bottle date looks like April of this year (6 months cellar).

Poured into tulip glasses. Tried not to disturb the yeast layer. Smells of apple/pear, and a bready note, and alcohol. Long lasting wet layer of foam. Mostly clear golden orange color.

A little hot (alcoholic) on the first taste. Not as sweet as it smells. Very hop forward for a Belgian. Subsequent sips are still hot and sharp, especially for the style, but the balance works pretty well.

Agitated the yeast and poured into the glasses. With the yeast it's a smoother beer, the hops fade back. An improvement over the "clean" pour, in my opinion.

Depending on the price, I'd buy a little more, or order it on tap, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, in a tulip

A - dark straw yellow. Darker than your average tripel. 1" head which dissipates quickly

S - Citra! Holy cow. Grapefruit explosion. A little sugar, maybe some bubblegum, Mountain Dew, a little uric acid.

T - Alot of citra in there. Grapefruit, passionfruit. A little pine. Boozy finish. Definitely taste the ABV

M - Very nice. Medium body, medium carbonation

O - More so a Belgian IPA rather than a tripel. Not a terribly huge fan. Good, but would like more malt, less hops.

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