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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 603
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer poured a deep amber color almost a brown, with 3.5 fingers from creamy head that faded leaving a thick film and some lacing.

Aroma - There are only 3 smells im picking up, The rye smells like fresh rye bread, followed by a light sweet toffee and finishing up with pepper.

Taste - The flavor profile is similar it starts out with a nice rye bread, its followed up by a toffee sweetness. I get some banana there to if you taste carefully and its finished with a strong pepper taste.

Feel - This beer is on the verge of a full body, Its thick and creamy feeling, the finish is dry and spicy.

Overall - This is not something I'll buy again. It wasn't off putting my any means its just not for my pallet. A very interesting brew all the same.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark red or amber color with a small white head.

S: Rye brown sugar with a little bit of spicyness.

T: Bitterness with a spicyness from the peppercorns. Nice rye flavor from it and an after taste that leaves the spicyness in your mouth.

F: Light bodied with a high carbination with a nice aftertaste.

O: wasn't quite sure how I was going to like this one but I was super surprised and I really like it!

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Photo of craftcraver
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a dark amber with dark cream color head about 3 fingers high. Head holds retention quite well and leaving a good lacing.

S: Black pepper laid over a malty bed of carmel and rye.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a balance of carmel, malt and black pepper. No one flavor dominates.

F: Medium-heavy body, similar to a belgian dubbel, medium carbonation.

O: There is nothing nuanced about this beer, it is very straight forward and everything you get on the nose you get on the palate. The black pepper is a bit distracting, however I did enjoy the fact that it did not mask any of the other flavors and instead complemented the bready meal like profile of this beer.

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Photo of Tilly
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Translucent brown with a thin beige head leaving am beautiful lacing around the rim.
A: Molasses bread, caramel, malt, yeast, spice.
T: Malty, pepper and spice some toffee. Pepper after.
M: Coats the tongue, medium finish. Leaves the tongue tingling from the peppercorn.
O: Good beer, interesting. Spicey. Not quiet up to speed with the last two beers from this brewery that were fabulous.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stiegle Stange, produces a quick golden cascade that turns a 4” pail gold, creamy head. After a drawn out recession, patchy lace is left while lazy carbonation sparkles from within a clear copper brown ale (SRM 16-18).

The aroma opens with rich malt and wheat bread. Once the head yields, peppercorn dominates.

This most definitely has a rye bread flavor, and the peppercorn is unmistakable. Balanced, with a long mild pepper burn, well after other components of the finish have subsided. Lots of caramel beyond the pepper. There is a paradoxical subtlety of flavors within the pepper.

No trace of alcohol, with a texture of brushed wool in the medium to full body. Carbonation is modest, and it is fairly dry as the pepper comes back around for another shot.

This is a nice interpretation of a Rye Beer, with the spicing adding complimentary and contrasting values. While far from a sessionable beer, it is a great diversion from the path more traveled. I think it will pair nicely with chips and mango-salsa, or nacho cheese.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Harvest Wines in Dartmouth, NS.

A: medium brown, opaque.
S: molasses.
T: pretty boring except for the pepper.
F; smooth, with a peppery finish.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Veiled dark brown color with an amber hue and a moderate amount of activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with some very good legs.

Aromas of molasses, bread, and caramel. Earthy and bready flavors of toffee, molassy, roasted grains, dark fruits, strong herbal feel. Pleasant sugary feel with low sharpness but a little bitter.

Slick full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light finish of medium length, ending with a thick molassy tongue coat and a lingering peppercorn feel.

Overall very good quality craft having very nice flavors and good freshness. Nicely balanced and well rounded. Perfect black pepper finish that is well intensified and pleasant.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a muddled, opaque, brown coloring with a halo of white head and a steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of rich caramel, hints of chocolate, heavy pepper spicing, bitter toasted grains, and earthy notes. Flavors are sweet caramel and bitter grains forward, followed immediately by the pepper spice. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a tingling pepper spiced, muddled sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, and slightly watered down. Tasty beer, and an interesting twist on a rye, but just lacking something for me.

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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown with a finger of off white head. Peppercorn and a little dark fruit on the nose -- almost wine-like. Spicy tasting -- with the rye and pepper playing off nicely against each other. There's some heft to the body, with the malty, fruitiness partially masked by the spice. The pepper lingers in the aftertaste with more bite than the aroma and initial taste would suggest. The aftertaste is a little much for me, although paired with a heavy meal, it might work well. Until then, a very solid brew.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy brown body.
The aroma is spice rye bread. Nice.
The taste is muddled rye, caramel and peppers. The finish is a nice peppercorn flavor though.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's a rye bread in liquid form.

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Photo of 2Cents
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer deserves a better rating then an 83. If you warm it up a little, you get a variety of tastes. A malt profile that has a scotch ale thing, only. with rye. There's a nice caramel taste that fuses with a mild hop bitterness and a peppery rye taste. The pepper corns add a lot of heat that coats the roof of you mouth. For me, this is a delightful treat!

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Photo of simonsays2k9
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

App: Medium light brown with almost no head

Nose: Bit of cereal, toffee and slight spicyness. Barely any yeast notes, maybe i didnt let it warm long enough. Very clean nose.

Taste: slightly roasted malt, cereal, mild toffee and bread notes, the spices and the pepper shines in the finish big time leaving a pleasant and very present heat on the tongue and palate.Earthy and herbal bitterness from the hops that compliment very well the pepperyness of this beer.

Pretty interesting beer. The malt profile seems a bit lackluster but it gets better in complexity if you let it warm up quite a bit. This is the perfect beer for food pairing with steak, grilled meats, etc. I will probably buy it again but it will most likely be to pair with a meal rather than drinking as a standalone beer. While its not my favorite style of all time, this beer works well for what it is. Worth a try. I recommand it.

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Photo of rain_dog
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of spicy beer, and this a solid one. Albeit, it can be overpowering if you don't like the taste of pepper. The peppercorns are right upfront front: smell and taste. Add to that some caramel and some distant chocolate, strong malt flavor. Did not detect the rye or fruit as the label implies.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Not a bad beer at all and certainly a lot better than I was expecting given the aroma of the beer, it definitely wasn't a classic but I did enjoy the spiciness to it and its fairly unique flavours. While it's not a beer I'm likely to pick up again it is one it was a decent beer and a very spicy one at that.

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Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Ruby, good lacing. Quite a strong rye component and a spicy beer, good balance, light hops but a rich earthy peppery character, good drinkability and balance. Not something I would have regularly but this was enjoyable.

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Photo of Mit
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a ruby red colour with minimal head.

Peppery slightly malty bouquet. Kind of subdued actually.

Taste is again very subdued....im getting pepper...but very little rye. Very surprised and will buy another to try in case I ended up with an old one.

Mouthfeel is in keeping with abv...a little flat imo.

Overall this is probably the first dissapointing ddc beer I have ever had.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has to be - without a doubt - the first beer I've had from the state of Quebec (the people otherwise known as "those poutine-eating surrender monkeys") and for my first Québécois brew I picked something close to my tongue/heart - rye beer, why? I love rye is why. Brewed with peppercorns as well? Sounds brilliant, let's do this!

Poured from a 341ml (what an odd size for a) bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents a cloudy light brown/rust body with a tan ring of lace.

S: Interesting, I'm not detecting any peppercorns, there is a chocolate, ginger and sweet malt fragrance, not much else. Here's hoping there is a bit more going on in the taste department.

T: Flavour is a tad disappointing - tastes like a watered down ginger beer, was expecting a bit more than that. Some mid palate caramel malt sweetness only adds to the whole "ginger beer" illusion. There is a light spicy hop bitter finish but otherwise this is one big glass full of dismay.

M: Light bodied, a lot more watery than expected with a light carbonation.

D: Usually when you add ingredients to a beer it adds to the flavour profile, in this case the rye content is decidedly weak and in the immortal words of Simpson's character Rainier Wolfcastle: "Ze peppercorns, zay do nothing" [that's not the actual quote in case you were going to call BS on me]. So many missed opportunities with this dimensionless, sad ginger beer tasting brew that my suggestion to Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel (if indeed they do read my reviews which they probably don't) would be to go back to the drawing (brewing) board and add more rye, lots more rye, right? Ryeght.

Food match: The gingerness of this brew made me think of dishes with ginger such as the Burmese "Gyin Thot" and the Thai "Gai Pad King"... now I have ginger on the brain.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date 05/16 at 45 degrees into goblet
Very slight aroma of generic spice
Head small (< 1 cm), off white, rapidly diminishing to 1.5 mm ring with small center island
Lacing poor: thin broken rings of tiny bubbles providing sparse coverage for the glass
Body medium amber, slight haze
Flavor begins slightly sweet and spicy, whether from the rye or the peppercorns in uncertain. A peppery burn begins almost immediately in the esophagus and stomach, at which time the flavor is gone with only the burn remaining. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

It’s been nearly 5 years since I’ve had this beer and there have been changes in either the beer, my palate, or both. This was fondly remembered as a very tasty treat from the exotic land of Quebec. Now I find this to be an OK beer, lacking nose and appearance, but still being spicy. Now it seems meh.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A reddish coppery bronze color with a moderate amount of beige head. Smells quite sweet but with an equal measure of earthy spice: Toffee, musty seed spice, rye bread, earthy hops ... One can tell right away that there is a rich maltiness, almost like a scotch ale, couple with some savory spice and herb flavors. Indeed, the initial taste is like raisin rye bread sprinkled with black pepper. A dry, almost salty leather note emerges over time, along with sour apple, caramel candies, and tobacco. The heat from the black pepper builds over time, with the rather dry finish evoking peppered crackers and providing an interesting contrast to the sweet beginning and middle sections. Moderate body like many red ales and pretty smooth. I am hard to pressed to complain about anything here. There's a rummy sweetness, a woody peppercorn bite, and some tangy fruit elements that all cleave together nicely. Great example of the skilled use of spices in brewing, even if you can indeed taste the pepper as such.

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Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thin head that keeps a constant plate and leaves some laces.
Delicious predominant aroma of peppercorn and cocoa with sweet malt and rye on the background. Felt like in an Indian spicy street stall.
Flavor starts with caramel malt, muffled herbs and rye, dry onion bagels and finish with a predominant, fast and gradually increase of bold peppery notes. Dry and hot aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Spicy feeling that goes down the throat.
Felt like a Brown Ale made with rye with a pepper time bomb. Quite interesting beer, it should perfectly match with cold cuts or steak. Stay away if you don’t like spices.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle locally at Capone's. $9 per bottle....shit ain't cheap!

Spice Route is a murky, hazy red ale topped by a sticky, everlasting tan head. Really nice head development, and looks like sea foam popping out of the top of the tulip glass, and it leaves scars of lacing down the side of the glass. The clarity could improve, but otherwise this is a tasty looking beer.

A quick whiff of this beer and you will be whisked away to the Indian Ocean, the air filled with the scent of fresh peppercorns. It is very appetizing, and immediately makes me think of pairing this beer with some spicy salami.

It is a medium-bodied beer with smooth carbonation, and a foam head that pushes back like meringue. The beer crosses the palate with hints of baked bread, rye bread, and subtle fruitiness. It wraps up and finishes with a spicy peppercorn melee, leaving the tongue tingling. Nothing too intense, but it certainly grabs the drinkers attention! A wonderful and appropriate level of heat.

This is a very enjoyable beer, one that certainly deserves revisiting with food (esp. charcuterie). It is drinkable, well-crafted, and balanced well enough that the peppercorns don't overwhelm or the malt doesn't muddle the clean spice flavor. Really like this one...and I would say that it was worth the high price tag to try it.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep copperish brown color topped with a finger slightly beige head. Very little visible carbonation.

S: A bit of peppercorn along with some sweet , slightly caramel like, and bread malt. A faint touch of noble hops as well.

T: Peppercorns come through but the malt and hop aspects of the beer are still well established and make for nice backbone. Everything is evenly blended ,sweet malt, slight hops, and a topping of wonderfully spicy peppercorn. It's almost reminiscent of a pepper steak. The heat is not immense but its there and provides an interesting but great element to the already amazing base.

M: I'm finding , and excepting, more and more that Dieu du Ciel beers are lowly carbed. It's easy to drink and very smooth. The spice lends to a nice heat which lets you know its there but brings you back for more.

O: Just a great beer overall. I would definitely drink this again and would consider buying some more. Some BBQ'd chicken would be great with this.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not quite sure how to rate this beer. After tasting it, I am not quite sure it fits into the category listed here, but I can't definitively say it doesn't.

To me, the smell, and to a certain degree the taste, is English style bitter/PA. The taste definitely has the dryness of a rye PA, but the feel (and definitely the end taste) has a strong sense of [black] pepper (hence the description on the bottle "au poivre"). With this, it is sort of more of a chile beer, or a spice beer maybe, than a rye beer.

All that being said, the taste isn't as "English" bitter as the smell. The front taste is decently a caramel-tinged maltiness (in my opinion, fitting in the English style), with just the right amount of bitterness added to ensure it's not a sweet beer. In that sense, there is some balance, but in another sense, there's nothing else special about the beer. Until...

A few seconds later the tongue tingles with the bite of freshly ground black pepper. And the bite leaves a tingle for a good while on the tongue. In this sense, it's a very interesting flavor, giving it a slight bump from being a solid mid-level beer.

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Photo of mlm5641
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Light brown and clear in color. Outstanding tan head formed when poured into glass. Low yet present carbonation.
Aroma- Sweet carmel and malt flavors with dark fruit. Slight spice, especially peppercorn.
Taste- heavy on the spice, especially the peppercorn, light on the carmel dark fruit sweet malt flavors. Very little hop flavor except you do notice a slight bitterness in the very crisp finish. Medium light body.
It's alright but not exceptional if you ask me. I would drink it again if it was offered but I doubt I would order it.

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Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Low orangey wispy head despite a vigorous pour. Opaque orangey red colored. Rich aroma of ripe fruit and dark bread. Flavor of ripe apricot and plum, bready malt, semi-sweet, no hop flavors. A peppery bite slowly builds, subtle but noticeable, just the right amount. Starts in the back of the throat, slowly moves up to the back of the tongue and rolls down to the tip, keeping the mouth warm despite the low ABV. Low carbonation, semi slick, but the heat adds to the mouthfeel. Interesting beer, worth a try, but not a quaffer.

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
83 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.