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

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

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rahman done the street from DDC recently. A corriander like malty brew, other herb tea-like spices,somewhat a biere de garde resemblance. Carmel coats the tongue. Restrained bitterness. Some bubbly head on top of medium dark, spruce beer aroma. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 00:40:26 | More by Sammy
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a small 1 inch bone colored head. Nice rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark bread and malts, spices, and a subtle fruitiness. Taste is of dark rye bread, roasted malt, spices, and just as the label describes: peppercorns. The peppercorns are odd to be tasting in a beer but this is very tasty to me. There is a subtle burning in the throat after each sip. Mouthfeel is a pretty flat and it makes this beer somewhat hard to drink in a way. Overall, this is an above average beer with an interesting concept that could have been executed better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:25:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark ochre with more brick red than brown. The upper half of the glass filled with ecru colored foam following the pour. The cap looks good at the start and gains even more character as it melts. It's also nice and sticky, with pulled taffy bridges appearing between head and glass. Attractive and abundant lace.

Just as Peche Mortel smells more like coffee than any stout I have ever had, this offering smells more like pepper than any beer I can imagine. These guys don't mess around. They must have dumped the green and black peppercorns into the kettles with something approaching reckless abandon. This could be interesting.

Wow! Double Wow!! Route des Epices tastes like liquified pepper corns. While that might be appealing to some people, it isn't appealing to me. With a spice this powerful, a little restraint is called for so that all of the beer's flavors can work together in harmonious fashion. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel blew right past restraint, didn't give a second look at generous, and decided not to stop at excess.

The flavor profile includes pepper. That's it. I have no idea why the brewer(s) decided to make this a rye beer since there's no way that rye malt can be appreciated amid the blast of heat that scorches the mouth, tongue and throat each time the glass is upended. Most chile beer isn't this fiery. Not pleasant.

The mouthfeel, along with the appearance, is a highlight among lowlights. It's at least medium in heft and is as smooth as possible given the raspiness of the peppery heat. Carbonation is neither a positive nor a negative.

I enjoy hot-spicy food and use Tabasco liberally in chili and a few other things. I even like the idea of a pepper-flavored beer, as long as the pepper is an accent and not an 800 lb. gorilla, as it is in Route des Epices. Sorry, pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 13:10:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third in the lineup for the evening, there were mixed feelings on this with me not really being crazy about it, but no matter. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was decent enough, and too bad not a harbinger of things to come. Nice dark color, hazelnut tones abound with a nice off white head that peaked out at about two inches about the rim of the glass, nice touches of rocky and cratered foam hung tight to the sides of the glass and left a real mark as the rolled down the sides. Aroma was spicy, pepper and rye are hitting you right in the face. Really just an enormous amount of spice, over powering and unbalanced at times, it seemed a bit much for me. As I take the first sip it really dawns that this is just not going to work. Too much rye and pepper are drowning any hope for a better balance and taste. Light to medium body with ample carbonation is only forcing the issue harder with way too much emphasis on the spice. Warming does little to help as the end result is just a bit messy for me.

Overall by far not my favorite. It could have been worse, and I have had worse spiced beers, but it could have been a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 23:21:22 | More by mikesgroove
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2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Even without knowing this is a beer "au poivre" you would figure it out very shortly. Intense black pepper aroma which dominates all but the little hints of malt in the form of bread and toffee that you can pick up.

T: Just like with the nose, the pepper is dominant to the point of being overbearing. It's amazingly dry as a result and sort of chokes you toward the back end of the sip. Just a slight bit of toffee sweetness to help you out.

M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation.

O: I had some serious cottonmouth after drinking this. Just far too peppery to really be enjoyable as a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 05:06:42 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color with a huge head that leaves clumps of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Caramel malt and rye, with an astingent, burning sensation from the peppercorns

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, with the spicy rye and peppercorn flavors taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hot peppercorn sensation overwhelms the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation and a prickly, hot sensation that lingers across the tongue

Drinkability: Clearly a controversial and extreme brew; I can see why some like it but it doesn't do the trick for me

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:19:56 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pepper is dominating and quite intriguing. Taste is dominated with strong black pepper with a nice touch of rye as well. Body is about average with some good carbonation. This beer is probably a bit too spicy for my taste buds but very innovative; probably not something I would be everyday but might want to try this once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 19:24:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark and earthy character of the beer is shadowed closely with the assertive tone of peppercorn for a dryish and spicy taste that settles in early on and rides the wave thereafter.

Pouring a braised amber color, notions of ruby and garnet come to mind as an efforted ray of light penetrates. Well capped with a semi-dense creamy head, the beer shows certain retention and diced with lace that coats the glass afterwards.

Earthy and spicy, the nose wants to register Belgian-ale components, but the lace of sincere fruitiness and the hearty biscuit character of English ales sing another song. Rich with chocolate, toffee, and earthy black peppercorns the scent of the toasty ale is evident. Plumb, fig, and date give a sweeter nutty subsidiary note as the beer switches to aroma to flavor.

The taste of the beer goes quickly from malty sweet caramel to slightly scorched toffee, to heavy toast with earthy rye, peppercorn, and alcohol bitterness in finish. But there's an overlying veil that waves over the mid palate with sugar plumbs, burnt currants, and grape leaves for added depth and malt complexities. Hops only support the spice in balance of the beer and is comfortable in its hardly recognizable role.

Medium bodied to start as the malty toffee richness takes hold with a creamy texture. The peppery bite of the beer tempers the malts and starts to command the beer in the mid palate and ushers in peppery dryness, alcohol warmth, and a heated addition of spice that only peppercorn can produce.

The harmony of peppercorn and rye is remarkable as each play out in an intertwined taste and texture that's as rustic as it is playful. Yet the balance is spicy and raw to the point where it becomes a bit challenging to the palate- yet curiosity resumes...

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 07:21:14 | More by BEERchitect
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber brown with a thin off white head. Nose is fairly unique, bringing some mixed spice with rye, pepper, and others. Also present is a bt of fruit and mild caramel. Taste keeps the spicing at the front with some sweetness in back. Fairly dry. Drinkability is decent. Creative and somewhat unique. I liked this but wouldn't want to drink it frequently.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:24:39 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in color with a thin beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are strong aromas of peppercorns in the nose, along with some hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, spicy flavors of peppercorns really stand out in the overall taste and linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the finish is rather spicy, leaving some heat on your tongue.
D: This beer is very drinkable if you like spicy foods (like pepper steak). I would definitely try this again because it's unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 20:02:01 | More by metter98
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy malt scent with only very, very minor hints of rye and pepper.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch bready, though with not much sweetness present. Though mild in the nose, the peppercorn taste is very distinct once you start drinking it down. Sure, you got your spicy rye character, but the pepper really leads the charge and lasts all the way, unyielding, till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unique and interesting in its shocking display of peppery punchiness. A beer that begs, along with the drinker, to be paired with food.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 21:58:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iam starting to see a few of these peppercorn and or chile beers more around.This poured into a large tumbler a clear dark rust color with a large blooming almond colored head that left a smattering of lace behind as it settled slowly,the pepper is more faint in the aroma its mostly dominated by vanilla caramel,and biscuit with a tinge of hard water as well.Flavors up front are somewhat sweet with caramel and sweet biscuit mainly the peppercorns are more of a back of the throat hit and a late burn.Its pretty good but I think the peppercorns can be a bit much after drinking awhile, still something different.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 21:42:15 | More by oberon
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hirter stange.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber brown, with a minimal amount of off-white head that leaves a trace of lace. The smell is mostly malty toffee with a glint of pepper and breadcrust. The taste starts off with the same amltiness, but then eases into an array of spices: cracked pepper, cinnamon, mustard, even possibilities of salt and cumin. Needless to say, a unique flavor, but not all that bad. The body is nice and medium, though the carbonation is a tad high, leaving this brew to be drinkable, but not overly so.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 16:53:54 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz glass at the brewpub in Montreal. A reference to the spice routes of historical trading annals, I presume.

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a single finger of reservedly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some complex rain forest pattern lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of soft, savoury black peppercorns, smoked caramel malt, spicy rye grain, generic herbal spices, and a hint of earthy yeast. The taste rather ramps up the pepper quotient, with gritty black peppercorns, augmented by a bit of vegetal green pepper, making for quite a zingy flavour, as the attempt at balance from the biscuity, grainy caramel malt is notable, if not exactly fully counteractive. The subtle rye bread character just adds to the spicy nature of it all.

The carbonation is soft, and generally just playfully frothy, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and more smooth than anything pepper-infused should be, IMHO. It finishes pretty dry, and, yep, peppery, from malt and guest ingredient alike.

As advertised, this is indeed a peppery brew, and a well-wrought one at that. Sure you have to like pepper, but hey, who doesn't? It's a shit-ton better for you than table salt, and works quite well with the multi-varied malt here. A decent beery ode to those bygone explorers who made this possible for us.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 18:13:29 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, deep orange color, decent umbre head, soon gone.

Nose is spice and dark fruit, plus Belgian yeast ...pepper, cinnamon...raisins and plum...quite lovely.

Peppers really spring forward in the taste and take over the palate, sending heat to the back of the throat. Nice, juicy bed of malt below, but the heat stays in command. It comes back and blazes anew with each new sip.

This would be quite a tasty amber ale or such without the peppercorn. Not tasting the rye, though. Oh, wait, ...there it is.

Heat maintains, but it's the unique flavor and combination of spice that draws me in. Medium bodied, long finish. Delightful.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 08:41:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome!!! It has a wonderful mix of rye and crystal malts along with a kick ass peppercorn aroma; very unique indeed. The taste is good. This is some kind of weird ass beer. I like it, but it's way out there. It has a solid rye beer flavor of spicey rye and caramel malts. It goes down smooth and finishes with an excellent peppery taste. It really hits you in the finish like having someone crack black pepper in your beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is truely unchartered territory. Big ups for the effort on this one. I'm in!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:27:27 | More by WesWes
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3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Mike, served in a snifter.

Beer is brownish with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention but low carbonation.

Aroma is yeast and peppery.

I didn't know this beer had pepper in it before it was served to me, it was served blind, but I called it from a goddamn mile away. The pepper wins in the palate and the nose. Rye? For reals? I couldn't tell. This beer was a pretty big let down, very peppery, and that's all. Nope, not again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:31:01 | More by drabmuh
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. A very spicy, inviting smelling beer. The flavor is heavy on the white pepper. I get a little bit of heat from the pepper - which mainly shows up in the aftertastes - but what really stands out is the great pepper flavor that is the beer has. I also get some caramel malt and some other spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 05:14:01 | More by Mora2000
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love Dieu du Ciel beers, although this may be one of their lesser awesome beers, it's def worth a review at least.

A: Light semi fluffy 1 finger head which fades slowly, with super hazy dark maroon molasses brown colored beer.

N: Wow, lot going on there. Lots of dark malts, crystal malt, some porter-esque roast, little coffee, lots of spicy rye, and even a touch of chocolate. Some slight earthy spicy hops also dangle in it.

T: Starts similar to the nose, with some dark rich malts. Lots of roast and porter like flavors, some coffee, crystal malt, even a touch of chocolate again. Then quickly comes a really spicy bright rye character. I even feel like I'm chewing on rye seeds. It's got a lot of pepper, black pepper, hot pepper, and decent amount of spice heat. SLightly syrupy sweet flavor with a little molasses.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation, and spicy hot.

F: Finish is very spicy with a lingering slowly fading heat, like i just sucked back a slightly spicy hot pepper. Dries pretty well but leaves a slight sweet syrupy flavor. More malts late on the finish as well with a little roast and coffee and even slight creamy chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 01:15:50 | More by jlindros
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a copperish brown color, the head was pretty decent looking, didn't lace the glass too much but did hang out on top of the beer for a while. The smell of this beer was a little earthy to me, some malts and sweet dark fruits on the nose. The taste is ok at first, it's got some subtle elements of malts and hops, some butterscotch in there too. What really sets off the flavor is of course the peppercorns, The tingling heat in the aftertaste was really cool. I enjoy these kinds of beer so much and they're very rare. The mouthfeel had a good thickness to it and a little bit of carbonation. Overall this brew was nice, I really enjoy the heat in this ones aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 14:49:15 | More by Knapp85
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a tan head that becomes wispy.

The smell is of black peppercorn and caramel/toffee.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a hint of smoke. Black peppercorn starts off relatively mild, but soon grows to give a strong spiciness, reminiscent of Montreal Steak Seasoning, remaining strong through aftertaste...This would pair well with a good steak, I'm thinking...

It has a creamy medium body.

A zesty little brew here - very spicy/peppery with caramel...A unique brew that works well... I'll have to grab another bottle to put my steak pairing theory to work!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 18:12:40 | More by jwc215
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fogged amber brown with a crème head. The flavor has quite a bit of pepper influencing things. At first it seems not so abrasive, but it really builds up over time. Eventually there is a pretty constant burn going on in the mouth. It causes the feel to be impacted by it as well. By the end, the carbonation (and not much else) is un-noticeable from the pepper burn. This beer shouldn't be enjoyed on its own. Pair it with a steak I say.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 18:28:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy amber orange in color with a one finger head.

Smell: rye and pepper spice is easy to detect.

Taste: rye, honey, green grapes, and huge pepper presence. Nice bitterness here too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Super long pepper filled aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: the heavy pepper spice grows a bit tiring after a pint of this. Not a session beer but it has a unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 17:41:20 | More by Gavage
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber color with a slight chill haze. Moderate head and lace.

Surprisingly little spice aroma. Relatively dry malt with very light hop. Frankly, small in the nose.

Ah, the pepper really comes through in the taste. This starts as a typical malty amber ale--lots of malt with a low hop bite. But the swallow features a low burn from the peppers and crescendos to a decent spicy touch. I like this blend: It's different and satisfying. Good body and carbonation.

If you're looking for something different without going extreme, seek this beer out. It's original and not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 21:58:21 | More by smcolw
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a mild off-white head, solid retention.

S: Definite pepper smell (did someone slip Cornas in my beer?), grassy herbal notes and nice malt character.

T: Dark Belgian style malt with lot of pepper flavour which I really enjoyed, spicy and delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, easy spicy aftertaste, smooth light carbonation.

D: As for the pepper beers that I have had, this one is definitely the most overt. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 06:21:11 | More by Halcyondays
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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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