Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.88/5 rDev +6%
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.
04-02-2014 14:16:40 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.79/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-23-2014 16:00:22 | More by FLima
4.04/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
03-04-2014 19:51:03 | More by MusicaleMike
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
03-04-2014 02:14:01 | More by Haydn-Juby
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-15-2014 04:16:42 | More by cjgiant
3.19/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
02-13-2014 06:18:09 | More by mlm5641
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
01-01-2014 21:12:53 | More by far333
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.