Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by matjack85:
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Not a cheap beer at $4.49 for a single 11.5oz bottle bought at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. Nice looking label with some information about the beer on one side, but down the other side they did something that irks me. They had freshness code markings along the side, but they never bothered to notch anything out on them. What good is it to list all the months and years on the side if you fail to mark which month and which year the beer is good for, so as far as I'm concerned, no, there is no freshness date on this beer.
The beer pours a murky brownish red color that makes a big 3 finger off white head that lasts forever and leaves an incredible amount of lacing on the glass.
Nice rye aroma with a good dose of peppery spices.
The taste starts out with a nice rye sourness and caramel malt sweetness, then all of a sudden - POW! The black and green peppercorns explode with flavor and spiciness that stay with you thru to the finish and beyond. The hot peppery flavors flow down the throat and dominate the aftertaste. This stuff had me running for a glass of water when I finished it. It's that hot. I was yearning for the rye and caramel to come back and they actually do make another appearance in the finish, but not enough to overcome the dominance of the peppercorns.
The beer has a hot and spicy, thin to medium mouthfeel to it with low carbonation.
I was actually not that crazy about the taste of this beer and couldn't down more than one of them at a sitting, but I still can appreciate its uniqueness and craftsmanship.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2009 04:59:53 | More by matjack85
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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
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
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
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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