Herbe à Détourne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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.

Added by Viggo on 06-08-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,918
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
265
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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34
Gots:
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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 95
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 shanny_koenig
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ZachT
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of talbotjf99
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sathanas
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersfan1
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toothirsty
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D_Min
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 SteveOOO
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zhivago373
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 yeaprolly
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. The hop aroma comes through nicely and add an interesting twist. A little on the dark side for a tripel, but it plays well.

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

Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 265 ratings