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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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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy off-white head with good retention. Good rings of lacing. Nose and taste live up to the label. Pungent rye aroma with a liberal helping of cracked pepper. As in a LOT of cracked pepper. Flattish mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long spicy finish. Taste really pops. Bitter rye and hops up front, very tangy. The black peppercorns then take over. Spicy, hot, and quite strong. Problem was after a while, it was just too much. The pepper made me kind of queasy as it built up. I can't see drinking more than one of these, and kind of hoped I had a partner to finish the last 1/3 of my 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of WesWes
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!

Photo of Rayek
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Complex amber with orange highlights. A small eggshell head has good intentions, but doesn't stick around long. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Now this is certainly different. Very spicy and minty. Heavy on the peppercorn, plus anise and peppermint. A bit of caramel provides a touch of sweetness.

T: The theme from the nose continues. Peppermint and black pepper vie for dominance. Caramel malts are there, but take a back seat to the mint and spice. As the beer lingers, the flavor starts to burn the tongue and clear the sinuses. The warmer the beer gets, the more pronounced these sensations become. Definitely a unique experience, if nothing else.

M: The medium light body feels overly carbonated.

D: One word: unique. I can safely say that I've never had a beer that tastes like this before. Not that enjoyable to me, to be honest. But I'll give bonus points for thinking outside the box.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the variety case of Dieu Du Ciel beers that I brought back with me from a recent trip to Montreal.

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a good two finger head that slowly dissipated to leave a nice lacing around my Unibroue Goblet
S - I don't really catch the peppercorn in this beer, the rye and hops stand out above most else.
T - Slightly different than most beers I have tasted. There is a strong hint of Caramel and the spices really don't stand out until you have finished the drink. They reside in your pallet long after your done drinking.
D - Enjoyable. Goes down well with the pasta my wife cooked for dinner. In fact a few of them went down well. Not too over ambitious.
M - Solid body, not overly gassy. Maintained decent carbonation throughout the life of the beer.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bottle at the downtown Capital Ale House into a standard bar glass.

Pours a dark bourbon brown. There's a mildly-sized head that goes rather quickly. It possesses sort of an ESB quality...which means dark bourbon and a little flat.

Contrary to previous reports, I do get a great deal of rye on the nose and a decent amount of black pepper intertwined with the inert British malt and hops (ahhh, nobility).

Quite comforting is said rye, noble hops and mellow malt with a very faded pepper quotient. No date visible on bottle so this one may be a little played.

All in all, palate is toasty, peppery, bready...and to sum up...decent, consistent but surprisingly mild.

This isn't the horror show that some have depicted it as, but all in all, it's merely OK.

Photo of jwc215
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!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (?) bottle w twist cap. batch labelling scheme has two rows of numbers from 0-9, with one row notched for "1" and the other "4". tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

dark amber. nearly clear, with just a few specks of sediment (perhaps i could've decanted better). 1.5-finger light tan head, shrinks to wisps and ring, replenished by duvel tulip's etching. decent lacing.

aroma: malty caramel and lots of fruity esters, including apple, pear and fresh capsicum. light vanilla. spices are gentle but fragrant, mixing with light hop note and gentle phenols. good harmony.

taste: similar maltiness and fruity apple upfront, fresh fruity bell peppers, into mild to moderate grassy hop bitterness. spice and genuine peppercorn comes out from underneath, starting in the middle, with some matching gentle phenols and vanilla notes, then producing some heat towards the back, tingling into the aftertaste.

light body but smooth. nice tingle from the moderate carbonation, also matching with the gentle heat.

Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear dark red amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, coriander, pepper and spices. The flavor was of malt, hot peppers, and some spices. The body was medium light, slightly soft and the finish was spicy/peppery. An alright beer, but not one this brewers better ones.

Photo of Voonder
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown color with bright ruby tones. Off-white bubbly head disappeared very quickly. Smell - pepper is definitely there, it hits a nose right away, then rye and malts come into play. Wonderful peppery and bready aroma. Amazing stuff!
Taste - rye, toasted bread, slightly sweet and bisquity. Pepper hidden behind at first but really comes to play after. Extreme peppery aftertaste, which is not exactly bad, very unique taste. Very good stuff! You have to try it.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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

Cute label on the bottle. This poured out a handsome dark-brown color with a dense, very white head on top of it. The nose is mild at best, with a scent of toasted malt with a light pepperiness. Wow, the pepper really comes through in the flavor, and it's delightfully unique, mixing with a good toasty malt. Any rye flavor isn't really apparent.

I was going to give the drinkability a 4, but after getting close to the bottom of the glass, I gotta say the pepper does not grow on you. It's still unique, and could be a great accompaniment to certain meals (hopefully not peppered food, though, lest you get overwehelmed.)

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep ruby with a two inch head with some serious staying power. Great lacing and retention.

Smells mildly sweet, with a hint of milk chocolate and fresh ground black pepper.

Taste is grainy, chocolatey, sweet juicy caramel malt with a slight white pepper, and starts off nice but the more I drink it the more I get hot peppers and hot peppers and more hot peppers and boy is it peppery. I like eating spicy food with a cold beer to cool me down, but I've never drank a beer before that made me wish I was drinking another beer with it just to cool me down until now.

As for drinkablilty, I like a lot of spicy foods that are traditionally spicy (wasabi is like crack to me, and I could eat a vindaloo for breakfast) but I don't like making food hot for the sake of making it hot (I can't stand hot peppers on a burger or spicy hummus, for instance) and this beer kind of falls into the latter category for me. It's heat that doesn't belong. Heat for heat's sake.

I can certainly see how this beer might appeal to pepperheads who like their mouth to burn like molten lava no matter what they consume, because, underneath the heat are some really nice malt flavors. Too bad the pepper all but completely stomps them out.

Photo of KarlHungus
1.95/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer pours a hazy amber color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost nothing. The aroma is pepper, and some light caramel malt. But really it is all pepper, and that is not pleasing to me. The taste is much the same, and just as repugnant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is a drain pour. I can think of no ideas as to how someone could possibly like it. It is straight up nasty.

Photo of taez555
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a mahogany, dark ruby colored body. Very clear, almost like a brownish cranberry juice.

Nose is hands down the most unique beer I've ever smelled. Peppercorns, wood and spice. It's a potpourri of spices. Like walking into a Pensey's store. It's a mix of every spice imaginable. Simply amazing, but unless you've walked into a spice store, you'd have no idea what this smells like.
It's a mixture of peppers, black, green, red with a west indies trade route of coriander and other freshly crushed spices. Simply amazing.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate hit of a sharp rye and spice flavor. It's like drinking super spicy rye bread. There's some heat to this beer, not in alcohol terms, but actually scoville unit spice flavor. The peppercorns are adding heat much like hot pepper beers, crazy. There's a strong potpourri, coriander flavor as well. The malt base is very nicely placed, but very non distinct. It ends with spicy note and s slight tingle on the tongue. Damn this beer is cool.

The bottle is right, the spice flavor leaves a tingle on the tongue. I've had beers that have pepper in them before, but this takes the cake. Rye and peppercorns work amazingly well together. Not everyone's cup of tea, or the perfect beer for every occasion, but I totally dig this beer.

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into Corsendonk Goblet.

Hardly any head on this beer. Color reminds me a quad. A dark caramelized brown. Doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Aroma: I can definitely get the rye and peppercorn out of the smell. Chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruits. A lot of the flavors the bottle has listed. Very helpful label.

Taste: Wow. the peppercorn is very present here. Chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruits, plums. A lot of matching flavors from the smell. A very spicy beer.

Mouthfeel: Very spicy. Wow, this is interesting. I have never had a beer like this. It is like putting dried peppers on my tongue. Medium-full bodied. Pretty good level of carbonation.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. I like the spices, but it is kind of giving me a headache. It isn't bad, just nothing I'd drink a lot of in a night. Give it a try if you like spicy peppers.

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

This beer pours a deep clear amber with a minimal offwhite head to it, receded relatively quickly, not much lacing to speak of. Nose is of spices upfront, though blended that it's hard to decipher which spices are present in it, as the beer warms peppercorn is distinctive in the nose, and good presence of carmel in the nose as well. Taste is where all really comes through. The peppercorn gets you up front - yet not overpowering, strong presence but backs off enough to not take over the entire beer. Blended nicely is some caramel and bready malts that really even this beer out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, goes down pretty easily, thick and sticky. This is a fun beer to dry, or to have as a one off beer, would be good with a steak.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear deep amber color with about an inch of off white foam. The label does not lie. Yeah, there's peppercorns in this beer. A very nice compliment to the spiciness usually associated with a rye beer. Nice toasted bread and sweet caramel comes through as well. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Tasty and unique, but I'm not sure I could get through more than one bottle at a time due to the pepper notes.

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Rye beer brewed with peppercorns, sounds interesting! Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head.

S- The aroma is very bready with a lot of malt, caramel and hints of rye.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously bready with a lot of malt flavors. There is also a very nice tingling spiciness on the tongue in the finish from the peppercorns.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very interesting brew that is definitely worth picking up! Recommended!

Photo of Orbo
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

First review. Easing in with the five-step method.

A: Deep amber

S: Lots of sweet caramel and ripe fruits (banana?) followed by a tidal wave of spicy black pepper. Delicious.

T: Bready, rye bready. Sweet and slightly tangy. The black pepper is incredibly prominent and lingers with the finish. Definitely doesn't skimp on that pepper, whew.

M: Lightly carbonated and a little creamy.

D: Definitely a beer to share with friends. I appreciate how unique this is, but the pepper is by far the dominant flavor. Dieu du Ciel nailed the aroma on this one, but the pepper needs to be toned down.

Photo of oggg
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber, copious offwhite foamy head

hint of chocolate, hint of lavender on the nose

taste of chocolate
mildly bitter finish, extremely drying, turning to pinpoint tingling
late in the finish it's black pepper spiciness that lasts minutes, but take note, it's really subtle and if you're half drunk you won't taste it at all. It warms the whole mouth over

after half a bottle, the finish leaves a slight cloying stickiness.

Overall: got a little sticky at the end, but otherwise an excellent quaffer with some good flavor

Photo of MrMonkey
1.78/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I've pretty much loved or at least enjoyed everything I've tried from these guys, but with this one I had to ask, "What the hell were they thinking?"

Pours a dark amber/light brown with a one finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

The nose has a hint of chocolate and some bready malts, before a strong smell of peppercorns.

Taste is nothing but pepper; no rye, no other malts, certainly no hops. Just pepper. Hot spicy pepper.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Sadly, a drain pour for me. I couldn't get past three sips before tossing this one in the kitchen sink.

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

woah. almost didn't review this one after reading the review before mine. enough said... "brown ale on drugs". black pepper, white pepper, caramel and earth. touch of hop in the finish, but the bitter and acid may be the peppercorn. sneaks up on ya. unique. one of a kind. well done. love this brewery.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper color with one finger of khaki head. The retention was very good as a collar and the lacing impressive in curtains. The aroma was unique and unusual, both white and black pepper along with toasted malt and a little caramel malt tucked underneath. The flavors were also unique, with the peppercorns being clearly defined. The caramel and toasted malt provided a nice backbone though the hops profile was difficult to detect. The pepper and spice elements added to the acidity of the beer and I couldn't imagine going through a few in a row without heartburn. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation light/medium. For those looking for an unique beer experience that is still done with finesse, look no further; this one was like a brown ale on drugs.

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark and hazy copper color. A small white head forms and recedes in an instant. Not much lace.
S: Citrus fruits and a spiciness from the rye and peppercorn. Some sweet caramel malt. Also a dry wood and almond aroma.
T: This has a great balance of citrus and passion fruit flavors with sweet caramel malt. At first the spicy peppercorn is a shock to the taste buds. Though as the beer breaths the spiciness becomes more manageable. A dry wood flavor and some distinct almonds again. Very complex.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and dry. Very easy to drink. I would have no problems quaffing several of these.

I can't really tell if the spicy peppercorn flavor fades, or I just get use to it after my taste buds are attached. Either way it is a great beer. Lots of subtle flavors. Recommended.

Photo of grayburn
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent rye beer, I love the peppery bite, further enhanced by the peppercorns. I must also throw in that Dieu Du Ciel knows how to market a beer, beautiful labels abound.

She pours a light amber with a nice thick head that lasts nicely and laces too.

The smell and taste are dominated by this crisp spiciness that never completely blows the malt away, very nice job with the peppercorns.

The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied, a nice base with good carbonation. This all adds up to some very nice drinkability. Delicious.

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.