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

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

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 603
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Reviews: 375 | Hads: 603
Photo of mhewes
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a brown with a two-finger eggshell white head. Leaves some spotty lacing behind.

S : Some really interesting aromas....lots of spice, pepper, tobacco, hints of juniper

T : Starts of sweet with some rye malt flavor to begin with but quickly switches to the peppercorn flavor which has such a huge taste that it just stays with you.

M : It's got a good solid body to it. Has a dry finish from the peppercorn flavor.

D : This is an interesting beer. I'm not sure it's one that I'd drink a lot of but if paired with the right food, it could work well.

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Photo of jakon
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle purchased $4.49 on 7-23-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours a brownish/garnet color with an ample tan colored head.

The aroma brings spiced marshmallow, rye, and just a hint of pepper.

Upon tasting, I still don't get much pepper until the finish. And wow is it most definitely there. I knew there was peppercorns in this beer, but I didn't expect it to come through so cleanly and meld so beautifully with the other ingredients. Rye was the perfect choice to complement the pepper.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Above average carbonation mixes with the peppery feel to create a very light pop-rocks type effect on the tongue.

There's a "sweet spot" temperature-wise that I'd estimate was between 50-55 degrees. If consumed too cold, you'll miss out on a great beer. As it got toward room temperature, the overall flavor declined.

If this beer weren't so expensive, I'd buy as much as I could find. Truly unique, great stuff.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. hazy mahogany color, mostly brown with some red hues. Nice tan head with a rather nice retention level and moderate lacing.

S: some serious pepper aromas, more than any beer I have smelled. hints of rye malts followed by some fruit tones and some tobacco.

T: Wow! Tons of pepper in this, with a nice rye backbone. Not much else, but it seriously tastes like I just consumed freshly ground peppercorns. very interesting.

M: the pepper burns the back of the throat. High carbonation level. Huge peppery mouthfeel that lingers for a while.

D: such a unique flavor. Rye with pepper is different and enjoyable. One of these is all I can do though.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single twleve ounce bottle of this at Bauer Wine and Spirits on Newbury Street. Thanks to the beer guy, Josh, for pulling a bottle of this out of the back for me. Poured in to a Stella chalice a dark copper, and a small bit of white head. Smell starts off interesting, with notes of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, sugar seems prevalent in places, and a nice cola as well. Taste has white pepper, more ginger and cola, and also just a slight hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice and spicy, and goes down in a way that is similar to ginger beer in that it gives you a minor burning sensation in the back of your throat. Given a different season, I think I might want to have a few of these, but it didn't seem all that drinkable for a hot day like today. It actually reminds me more of a spiced beer or Winter Warmer than a Rye beer. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel still deserve points for creating an interesting conversation beer. Worth a try if you see it. Cheers

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Photo of YankChef
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.5 OZ bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Looks very murky out of the bottle and in the glass. Deep brownish amber with some blood red hues when held up to the light. Leaves mediumish lacing

Smell: Surprisingly fruity on the aroma, berries and what not although the aroma is very mild from this beer.

Taste: At first sweet and juicy and malty then it leaves a finish that is piny and slightly bitter and thats when the pepper hits you. Peppery flavor coats your palate and gives you that sting, almost like an ipa but with an added physical sensation that isnt over whelming. freakin cool

Overall: A very well crafted beer that is tastefully executed and a pleasure to drink. If you can find it buy it and try it for the experience.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is extreme beer! Pours a cooper color with a good head, no lacing. Aroma is clean, nothing predomimant, mostly a light rye and a delice malt aroma. Also, a faint aroma of spice.

Taste is where everything is happening, man alive. Pepper! Pepper in the first sip then a solid malt profile and then more pepper in the finish... it lingers around and makes you want to drink another sip to calm you senses down.

I love it! A steak would go great with this one!

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a regal dark amber with slight red undertones and active off whiteish head

rye and peppercorns dominate the palate. its like smelling a jar of peppercorns, seriously, but in a somehow mystifying and enticing way

on the palate it starts with malty sweetness followed by dry rye notes and then spicy, hot hot pepper notes for a spicy spicy finish. dry chocolate notes on the sub-palate and a touch of sweetness as well

starts malty upfront and then the hot peppercorns endure on the finish, yet still very tasty and refreshing

a beer like no other, very weird but every sip gets more interesting. oddly refreshing and extremely memorable. would be absolutely amazing with a honey baked ham, thanksgiving dinner, or big fat juicy steak

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a 12oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few weeks ago, bought it on the spot as I've never seen this or many others from Dieu Du Ciel before. The label states "Rye beer with peppercorns".

The beer has a murky dark copper color with a tickish spitty head. The aroma is a peppercorn cracker, strong pepper smells mixed with biscuit malt. The taste is literally pepper-like, it burns your lips and throat with each sip. It's hard to get much rye out of this beer, just pepper. It gets a bit much really, I guess it's original in its way but not my thing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer is crystal clear with a slightly dense deep auburn colored body and a thick creamy head of light beige that sticks to the glass and is supported by big bubbles of carbonation.

S- The smell of caramel and dry toast have a faint earthy hint when they warm a bit.

T- The taste of dry malt with a biscuit malt and dry toast hint give way to a chocolate malt hint. There is also some coffee malt notes that come through the chocolate malt as the beer warms. The finish is a big spicy herbal green peppercorn note that lingers on the lips as a burning sensation.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a peppercorn heat that burns the lips softly after each sip, but no alcohol heat.

D- The subtle depth of the malt is a bit overpowered by the peppercorn heat, and I could actually feel myself exhale peppercorn breath. This was interesting and not really offensive but it needed some support. I think this would be a great beer to match with a big juicy steak.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, rusty, reddish-brown color with a creamy, off-white, three-finger head with decent retention. Unbroken sheets of lace left over in the glass.

S: This features aromas of caramel, toasted malt, apple/pear, and freshly ground peppercorn.

T: Right off the bat, I was greeted with flavors of caramel, chocolate, pear, and dry/bitter rye. Then the pepper hits. Awesome! Fresh ground pepper takes over straight away and ushers everything else, quickly, towards the finish.

M: I've described many beers as having a "peppery" mouthfeel, but this beer is, literally, peppery. Like someone took a peppermill and ground some fresh pepper into my beer. BTW, the last sip (with the swirled, peppery sediment in it) is awesome.

D: What a different and interesting beer. Certainly not for everyone's taste, but this would would be an excellent compliment to a spicy pepperoni, basil, and garlic pizza with crushed red pepper!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber/orange that is rather cloudy with a 1/8 inch off white slightly tan head. The smell of piney hops is offset by the aroma of spice. First taste is bitter and peppery with the peppercorns really meshing well with the rye malts. The hops are strong enough but fortunately do not overpower the pepper and rye. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy - especially considering the low ABV of 5%. If you love peppers, this is one great beer. I love peppers. This would be a joy to have with a pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured from the bottle a deep, slightly cloudy amber brown, with a delicate foamy head that released a wonderful hop-laden scent. The glass was raised and the beer tasted. It was at first rich malt with a nice hop bite--a sort of wonderful bitterness--that lingered on the tongue... and got stronger and stronger until the "bite" turned to a burn that never ended. The pepper had kicked in. I love trying new things. And I really enjoyed this beer... until I realized I couldn't turn off the searing pain in my mouth and throat. A few swallows of a nice German dunkel finally stopped the pain. But I just can't see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of grandq
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazelnut brown with a fluffy two finger just-off-white head. Not much scent coming off this, sweet and a little nutty. Biscuity malt, some slight belgian yeasty notes, a touch of caram... wait, it's turning a bit sour as it twsits into rye. Soon the pepper pipes up and could initially be mistaken for a hop bite, but then dials the spiciness to 11. The pepper is pretty intense but not searing, mellowed by a bit some floral hoppy notes. This coats the mouth nicely, though I can't feel it dissipate as my tongue is still being pricked by little peppery devils. After a while, this gets a little rough but its an impressive little show of brewing creativity - so boldly spiced but still pretty drinkable. Good craftsmanship that pushes just to the edge of pallate overload. Another nice one from this brewery.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see more of these in the states! Pours into my glass a deep amber brown with hints of red as well. A creamy two finger off white head sits on top and doesn't falter. Aromas start with some toasted spicy grain and caramel. Every second sniff I get a good dose of crushed peppercorns. Somewhat fruity throughout as well. Quite interesting. Mellow cocoa underneath.

First sip brings toasted rye grain upfront that mixes in with a medley of fruit flavors. Notes of caramel and cocoa as well. The pepper comes in strong midway through with a strong spicy/hot kick. Vibrant crushed black peppercorns that leave a tingling spiciness on the back of the throat after each sip. Slightly bready. Not much bitterness here and pretty smooth. A really good pepper beer!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good steady carbonation that makes it almost seem creamy. I'm enjoying taking my time with this one and all of the flavors it contains. Overall, I couldn't drink too much in a sitting, maybe one more, but I really enjoy pepper beers and this one is a great example. I hope I can get more of this again sometime!!

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Photo of sstackho
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz single bottle purchased for $2.49 from somewhere in Montreal - that "King of Beers" depanneur near the brewpub, I think. Pours a dark ruby red with little head. Not much aroma to speak of. First taste is tangy and spicy - and definitely a pepper bite going down the throat. It is difficult to discern any particular flavours while it's in the mouth - but there is an unmistakable, and unpleasant, pepperness going down the throat. I think I need another beer to have along with this in order to wash it down. I gotta say I'm surprised at some of DDC's choices of beers to bottle.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.5 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors...
"Rye Beer Brewed With Peppercorns" on the front, artistic logo sticker...
A hefty pour resulted in a burgundy-red colored-hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with rye, malts, caramel, and dark spices...
Taste was truly rendolent of rye, along with a strong, pepperish essence that bit the back of the throat... A nice suggestion of malts were thrown into the mix, along with a hint of salt, and dark, spiciness...
Thick, rich, pepperish mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability, especially due to the modest ABV...
Interesting stuff, worth a try, but certainly not the best Rye beer I've encountered...

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was picked up in a 330 ml. bottle, and was poured into a pint glass. The pou looked amber to orange-brown in color and the head was two finger thick. The smell was quite malty with sweet maple syrup aromas. The taste was malty up front with the spicy sweet rye grains quite apparent, some honey showed up in the middle, while the finish was pure peppercorns. I love all of these flavors so it worked for me wonderfully. The aftertaste lingered on for eternity. The body seemed sticky and creamy. This was a rare find, a beer that pushes the envelope, but still remains very drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with a nice initial head that fades to a swirly cap. Smells somewhat fruity and with a bit of grain and a dry malt background, but quite light. The taste is far more bold and interesting! I really like this beer. Big cherry fruit flavors, some nice rye fruity/spiciness, and big, big clean tasting peppercorn flavors. The fruitiness of the peppercorns has really been preserved, and although this has a definite pepper kick, it is not all heat but lovely fruity and herbal peppercorn flavors that keep this going. A nice aged soft cheese would be lovely with this, the flavors would cut right through the cheese unctuousness. Smooth in the mouth with a very spicy finish. Very, very powerful, and best with food, Can't drink more than one of these.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light beige head, but hold perfctly to a thick film of foam. Great bubbling and a bit of lacing. The color is a great rust brown. The arom is a spicey toasted pale malt with herbal hops miced with bready malts. The taste really gives you a double whammy, wait make that triple wammy. The peppercorns, the rye, and the herbal hops. Spicey yet very balanced between the bitter rye and spicey yet a elegantly subdued peppercorns. I love how the peppercorns leave a little tingle in the back of my throat. Very comlex beer, one that needs some thought and caring attention.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep copper, brown under a big slightly off white head. Good retention, little lace.

S: Smells of malt, a bit of chocolate and caramel and a hint of peppercorn.

T: Sweet up front, malty, not really getting much in the way of caramel or chocolate like the smell. Peppercorn really comes through in the end. Spicy, hot. A little too much heat.

M/D: About an average mouthfeel. Drinkability is so-so. An interesting beer but just a little too much. Almost like a chille beer with the heat.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour was nice and loose large bubbled head. Nice lacing that lingered around the top of the pint glass.

S- The smell is very fragrant and hints of fruits.

T- The pepper is very present, this beer has a nice spice. The spice lingers on the tongue for quite a while. As you drink the beer the spice starts to overwhelm the palate and all you start to taste is just the pepper. I think this would go great with a nice steak or burger. Would this make a good beer to marinade meat with?

M- My mouth is starting to feel a bit on fire now that I have half the bottle gone. I think the spice is nice, but over time can be a bit too much.

D- Same as above. But I'm still thinking it would be good with steak.

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Photo of Slynger
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1


Slightly hazy orange amber with a fizzy head of light tan. Smells fruity with very light caramel sweetness and toasted grains with rye and distinct peppercorn. Tart aspects of dark fruit in the flavor, with some toasted grains and spicy rye. Lots of fresh green and black pepper spiciness. Unspectacular medium body. Very unique, and probably enjoyable for some. I however found the pepper a bit overwhelming.

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
83 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.