Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by zhooker:
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
From the tap to a 12oz white wine glass. Medium dark amber color, translucent and clean. Small amount of head with little lacing.
Peppery smell that overwhelms any roasted maltiness you might expect from the appearance. Spicy!
Has a porter-type dark ale taste. Dark roasted malts are up front. Was surprised to see this is a rye beer -- I didn't feel a particular graininess in that first glass. There is a little bit of sweetness to the malts. The bartender repeatedly emphasized that the beer is brewed with green peppercorns, and you really sense this right after the swallow. The peppercorns seem to function much like hops, adding a distinctive punch that builds on the back of the tongue with each swig. The peppercorns add a spiciness and very sharp bite that really sets in as you work through the glass, without becoming overbearing or off-putting.
Very full-bodied mouthfeel, almost a tad creamy, but the peppercorns add a crisp bite that bounces off the tongue.
This was a very unique beer. Doubt I would order it again, but I'd be interested in experimenting with food pairing given its pepper spiciness. Would recommend only to adventurous beer drinkers.
Serving type: on-tap
05-24-2010 12:16:09 | More by zhooker
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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
3.79/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 16:00:22 | More by FLima
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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