1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

532 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 532
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 359 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to raider for getting his dad to bring this back from la belle province...

A half finger sudsy off white head formed on a somewhat aggressive pour into my pint glass, and broke down to leave a very thin collar. Pretty clear, chestnut in hue ale. Mildly carbonated.

Pretty light on the nose, a hint of spicy grain from the rye as well as nutty malts. A nice floral presence from the hops and a hint of peppery spice.

Wow, either my nose isnt working very well today or this brew hides its flavour well. Nice combo of rye and lightly roasted malts give this brew a solid malt/grain backbone, and a tasty one too as described above. The rye is more apparent upon tasting than smelling. Big peppery kick almost provides some heat, and goes really nicely with the slightly spicy and earthy rye grain. I love my rye beers, and this one does not disappoint, and its nice to see one with something other than a big dose of hops to provide complimentary yet contrasting flavours.

Almost medium bodied. Nicely balanced between the grains, earthy and slightly floral hops, and a big pepper kick. As a fan of fresh ground pepper im getting into this. If you don't like pepper its probably best to avoid this one. Light yet persistent carbonation works well with the peppery kick.

Was this beer brewed to go along with a smoked meat sandwich on rye? It would make a great pairing. Anyways this is pretty drinkable, although perhaps too bold due to the pronounced peppery flavours for sessioning. Highly recommended to fans of rye beers as well as pepper. If readily available this would be something that i would keep in a regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 22:25:46 | More by demcorhip
More User Reviews:
Photo of doktorhops
doktorhops

Australia

2.78/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 09:31:19 | More by doktorhops
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-26-2014 02:40:39 | More by DrBier
Photo of d_brommer_nh
d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-23-2014 01:55:11 | More by d_brommer_nh
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

07-20-2014 21:41:24 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of cwxc818
cwxc818

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-13-2014 14:14:08 | More by cwxc818
Photo of WckdVbz
WckdVbz

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-13-2014 03:40:34 | More by WckdVbz
Photo of Socialiste
Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-10-2014 20:30:46 | More by Socialiste
Photo of EpicHobo1
EpicHobo1

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

07-10-2014 01:18:50 | More by EpicHobo1
Photo of ToddMopps
ToddMopps


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-06-2014 22:58:02 | More by ToddMopps
Photo of sammyg832
sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-27-2014 18:55:34 | More by sammyg832
Photo of nyrblue2
nyrblue2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-19-2014 00:43:19 | More by nyrblue2
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-17-2014 15:47:29 | More by wrightst
Photo of _I_C_E_M_A_N_
_I_C_E_M_A_N_


4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-12-2014 20:46:14 | More by _I_C_E_M_A_N_
Photo of Ozzylizard
Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 12:37:28 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of Inimik
Inimik

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-28-2014 21:07:42 | More by Inimik
Photo of RazorX67
RazorX67

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.4%

05-17-2014 20:30:21 | More by RazorX67
Photo of navin
navin

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-15-2014 00:13:52 | More by navin
Photo of IanSpindler
IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-13-2014 13:33:59 | More by IanSpindler
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-07-2014 23:30:08 | More by afsdan
Photo of 22Blue
22Blue

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-01-2014 22:28:46 | More by 22Blue
Photo of MarkJBurch
MarkJBurch

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-18-2014 01:20:54 | More by MarkJBurch
Photo of DrunkinYogi
DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-17-2014 03:11:01 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of CalgaryFMC
CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 14:16:40 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of BVukelich
BVukelich

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-30-2014 22:35:36 | More by BVukelich
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.