Herbe à Détourne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to legend, Herbe à Détourne makes one lose their way should they happen upon it. This is an ale inspired by the Triples of Belgium with a new world spin by way of the American hop varieties employed. Citra hops are used unabashedly, presenting mango, cantaloupe and citrus essences, accompanied by a seriously hoppy and floral aroma.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,040
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
269
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
29
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 269
Photo of lmaduells
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a good beer! A triple very well made. I have only found one item to highlight and keep in mind: the temperature and evolution in the glass. The beer has improved me a lot with the temperature and with the oxygenation. I'll repeat surely because I liked it a lot.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle served quite cold. $2.89 can. A bargain! Less than a month old.
L: Quite hazy golden yellow with a fleeting white head.
S: Lots of grapefruit, candy sugar, tropical fruit.
T: Tastes of grapefruit, candied sugar other citrus flavors. There is lots of hops but the bitterness is balanced by the sugar.
F: Active carbonation, quite easy to drink. Mouthfeel is quite complex with the various flavors that sort of stack one after another keeping it interesting.
O: Another winner from DDC.! However it's quite sweet and at 10% abv you have watch out. I'm not sure I would drink it in summer as a thirst quencher!

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Photo of PascalMotard
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is golden with some orange reflections. Aromas are of yeast spicyness, pineapples, peaches and candi sugar. The taste is a bit too much cloying to my taste. I definetely feel apricots, peaches in syrup, mangos, green grapes, but it is not that well balanced. There is an alcohol warmth that is conforting and a subtle bitterness at the end of the sip.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark yellow/light orange with tons of head. Nose is piny hops, orange, lemon, and bread. Taste is hoppy, citrus forward, a bit sweet like candy, maybe a syrupy. Very refreshing with some nice bread and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is dry and nice.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting hoppy tripel hybrid.

Just a bit too boozy, but the hop selection matches the ester profile so much better than most hoppy Belgian hybrids.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel 'Herbe A Detourne' @ 10.02% , served from a 341 ml bottle purchased for $4.75
A-pour is gold from the bottle to glass with a medium white head leaving a spotty lace along the goblet
S-wow , boozey
T-clean , big , strong
MF-ok carbonation , full bodied
Ov-kinda liked it
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked hybrid. Really juicy, mandarin nose, some apple-y esters. Booze tempered nicely. From a brewery that seems like they can nail anything, this is still surprisingly awesome.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazed orange-ish color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like lots of tropical fruits, peaches in syrup, apricot, a little clove, and candy sugar.

This is a hoppy tripel- but the Citra hops provide more of an intense fruitiness to complement the usual fruitiness associated with tripels. There's basically no hop bitterness, with syrupy stone fruit, orange peel, clove, and simple syrup.

This is medium bodied, a tiny bit syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is definitely interesting, but it's a tiny bit too syrupy for me.

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Photo of Ui7y
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy yellow colour with medium head and adequate lacing. Smell is of pineapple and white grapes. Taste follows the smell. Reminds me exactly of a Duvel. Overall, a very drinkable beer at 10.2 ABV.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle.

Opaque gold with a moderate, quickly dissipating head. Slight funk, broad spectrum of fruit aromas. Spicy on the tongue. Bitter hops. mild tropical fruit. Warming booziness. Medium bodied. Lovely.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold color with storming multi-speed and layered activity. Thick frothy and rocky beige 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 15 minutes, with thick legs. Flavors of pineapple, mango, lemon, clove, sweet grains, honey, coriander, peppercorn, floral and herbal spices. Juicy tropical fruits sweetness with delicate grassy bitterness. Slick oily full body with prickly and zesty carbonation. Strong finish, a little dry yet the alcohol is well hidden, lingering orange and citrus hops, some grass and pine, with thick sweet malts and a floral bouquet. Delicious flavors, bold and filling, yet quite fresh. Good balance and intensity, complex, although feels more like a Belgian IPA than actual Tripel. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 341ml bottle, dated 2016-03-07. Served in a Dieu du Ciel! tulip.

Pours an unfiltered glowing gold colour with a pillowy two-finger head. Retention is good and leaves wads of thick, sticky lacing.

Smells like an entire boulangerie full of rising baguettes, chamomile, sweet herbs and apple blossoms.

Tastes mildly sweet with some biting tartness along with it. Sourdough bread and white grapes, kiwi, grapefruit pith, coriander and a clean earthiness. Finishes clean with some boozy warmth in the gullet.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied and dry with en tabernak of superfine carbonation.

Overall, other than the label itself, there is nothing about this beer that would alert you that it is over 10% abv until you actually try to get up off of the couch to rinse out your glass. The citra bitterness is an interesting and effective foil to what might otherwise have been too sweet for my tastes. Very nice tripel!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Dapanneur AS in Montreal for $3.50 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that films out within a minute or so. Medium gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Nice yeast. Has that familiar Tripel scent

T- Boozy. Really hot. Touch bitter. Can't get over the heat. It just overpowers. Has some flowery aftertaste

M- Dry. Very dry.

O- Not the best beer. This one was super hot. It just killed the flavor badly. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This hot brew went well with....... Butter chicken! The buttery texture with heavy spice goes well together.

Enjoy

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sensational Belgian style Triple-IPA cross brew.
Has an almost indistinguishable nose. The head turns into a gentle lace, soon after pouring.
Instantly satisfying taste. Starts with a crisp grapefruity bitterness that switches to a velvety soft and creamy feel as it goes down your throat, with a strong mango flavour and dry finish. Mid level carbonation.
The alcohol is well disguised.
One of the best brews I had the pleasure of supping.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves some lacing down the side. The head itself stayed for a while before disappearing leaving a small layer. Has some small chunks floating around in it as well.

S: Very citrusy, orange peels and slightly sweet, expected from a triple but a nice surprise with the Citra hops.

T: Very strong amount of Citra hops without the bitterness which is nice, it doesn't have a sweet taste when your drinking it and you can't tell the alcohol content in the beer either. Once s walled it has a slight sweetness that stays around for a little while but it's a nice sweetness not a bad one.

F: very light bodied leaving a good flavor in your mouth has a small amount of carningayion but the perfect amount to make thsee beer amazing.

O: Probably one of the better beers I've had in a long time, happy I got the chance to buy and try this beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alcohol is warming but it's not overwhelmed with phenolics... Lots of tropical fruit, balanced bitterness, drying finish. A solid triple that really grew on me as it warmed.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really cloudy straw color with a very small head. Smell of wheat and yeast mostly, some citrus aromas too and very floral. Nice flavor, you get citrus and yeast, with some hops too, spiciness, wheat, oranges also. Nice feel, goes down quickly but a nice hoppy aftertaste and some burn in the throat from the 10.2% alcohol. Not bad at all, really good even, but I expected something even better from what I've heard.

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Photo of jo99
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, en bouche, les saveurs se dispersent aux 4 points cardinaux! Quelle merveille! Ma préférée dans le style. Désormais dans mon top 3. viva DDC!

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

pours a deep, murky peachy tan with a small head. nose; band-aid, belgian yeast, very light citra hop, orange & banana esters. taste; funky malt & yeast, soapy coriander, lemon & orange zest, herbal citrus pulp, earthy hops, light banana & that lingering band-aid aftertaste. some grape white wine notes on the finish as well. very highly carbonated, lending an active velvety heavy mouthfeel. the bretty band-aid character is always a big detraction for me, but this is otherwise a very fruit-juicy, floral and earthy take on a tripel.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-10-2015


A:
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. (4.25)

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

T:
Earthy and fresh. Dry, dusty yeastiness, some bittering lemon zest, candied grapefruit, tiny, drying alcoholic tingle at the end. (4.25)

M:
Fuzzy-feeling and slightly warm with a medium body and a lingering finish. (4.25)

O:
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)

EDIT:
After having this one multiple times over three years, it is without a doubt my favorite beer from DDC. Just a nearly perfect balance of fruity hop brightness and boozy, floral tripel goodness. I have raised a few of my scores from 2015 based on these repeated samplings. My original scores are below. The updated ones are in the text above and entered in the system. My updated comments, without going too nuts are here:

It consistently looks great, tons of lace, white jello head. Gorgeous spiderweb lacing. The aroma is everything you'd hop citrusy rum flowers. The flavor follows with a great balance of clean malt, alcohol and sweet, aromatic hops. On the overall I also obviously bumped it because it is flat out one of my favorite beers and probably the one that I most look forward to every year.
2015: 3.75--4-25--4--4--4.25

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Photo of SSS
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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 smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head, but excellent webby lace. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Relatively dry with a distinct floral hop smell. Well-balanced and very attractive.

I note plum with a subtle sweetness. There's the slightest of soft sour, citrus touch. The swallow and finish are of sweetened grapefruit. Well-balanced and easy to drink. The body is rich but the carbonation high. I would not guess this to be a Tripel, but all of the elements are present. It is far more balanced with a higher level of hop than I expected.

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Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Cheers

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