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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: 554
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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 Nick3
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my rochefort chalice is burnt orange in color. No head or lacing to speak of. Nose is peppery with some caramel malt. Wow, quite interesting here. Upfront and through most of the drink the beer is thin and dominated by malts. The finish leaves a spicy tickle at the top of your throat. That tickle then morphs into a spicy and peppery lingering taste across my entire mouth. This takes some getting used to as the feeling is similar to what your mouth feels like after some spicy salsa. Only problem here is that the more beer you drink the more prounced the spicy lingering becomes. I guess I should have expected this since it's brewed with peppercorns. I enjoyed trying this unique beer but it isn't something I'd recommend to anybody unless they really want to try something different and they like spicy food.

Nick3, May 02, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was speaking to me (and by the beer man in the store) as a spice, peppercorn hinted beer. It was far from it.

This beer was not good in my opinion. It was flat and had no hints of spice whatsoever. Sweet and stale caramel dominate the palate. Syrupy finish didn't leave me wanting another, or even finish the 11oz bottle. I choked down a half pint a went for another beer.

This was just very average and had no spice, which is the reason I bought it.

Mebuzzard, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as extra in trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass. The side of the label had place for dating notches but wasn't used. It was a rich copper color with a few carb streams. No lacing. It had a barely there tan head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was heavy on the peppercorns - very spicy. Rye malt and caramel in the back. Interesting aroma. I liked peppery beers but this one almost made you want to sneeze if you got too big a whiff. The taste was again very heavy on the pepper. Also some bite from the rye. Leaves a little bit of burn in back of throat. Intriguing beer. Wouldn't want more than one in a session and probably not more than couple times a year but would definitely satisfy any peppery beer craving.

Overall, a really interesting beer from a brewery that likes to stretch boundaries. Do recommend although avoid if you don't like pepper. Not available here but I'd probably have a couple per year if it was.

[OC; tap]

TexIndy, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper. Small off-white head that leaves some nice lacing after receding to a soapy layer.

Nose is peppery for sure, over a nice toasty-caramel malt note. Interesting. I feel like I should be sneezing.

Taste - wow, certainly unique. I like this a lot. There is a sweet but spicy rye note up front, almost toffee-ish. Maybe a really faint chocolatey note, hidden within the sweetness. Fruity. And then, the pepper - almost as if the pepper totally replaces where you might expect a hops note to come in. Initially, the pepper blends with the spicy rye, but by the end, it's out in full force, leaving the back of the tongue warm and tingling. I actually really like this beer, but then, I use a lot of black pepper too, so...

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, sticky, with a moderate carbonation, and a lovely warm, peppery tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is reduced by the sweetness more than the peppery warmth I think. Bring the sweetness and stickyness back a tad bit and you'd be spot on with this one.

Edit: though, that pepper really kind of gets to you by the end.

JohnQVegas, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of WilliamD
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear amber with lots of bubbles rising and a small white, fizzy head.
Faint smell of pepper and spice. Bready and malty as well.
Very interesting taste. Slight maltiness, followed by a bold black pepper bite. I don't so much get the chocolate or caramel mentioned in the description on the bottle.
Mouthfeel is perhaps the strongest point. The spicey bite to this beer is very appealing. Crisp, spicey, and tingly--that part of the description I agree with.
Drinkability is decent, but this isn't meant to be a session beer of course.
Overall, I thought this was an interesting and tasty beer. I will probably pick up another bottle in the future.

WilliamD, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of spratmi
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - When poured into a large glass drinking goblet this beer had a dark hazy copper brown appearance with a creamy one finger head. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass to the finish.
Smell - I was simultaneously hit with the aroma of caramel, malt, and fresh pepper.
Taste - The first sip revealed a dry, bitter rye flavor with the slightest hint of malt and caramel. The beer has excellent carbonization and finishes with a burst of pepper. There is a lingering oily bitterness to the peppery aftertaste that I quite enjoyed.
Mouthful - The beer had a medium but carbonated mouthfeel with a peppery heat that touches the back of the throat.
Drinkability - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I found the bitterness to be in perfect contrast with the medium peppery heat.

spratmi, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a creamy white head that is reminicent of a Boddington's. There are some decent beads of lacing but they quickly drop back into the glass.

S - The peppercorns are heavy in the nose. There is some malt and rye notceable but the smell of freshly cracked pepper dominates.

T - Creamy malt upfront gives way to a somewhat sour rye blend. The peppercorns are noticeable in the finish and leave a spicy taste. This is almost too spicy though as I feel I need to take a drink of water after every sip.

M - This might be the best part of the beer. High carbonation but extremely creamy, almost velvet-like on the tongue.

D - This would be quite low in my opinion due to the high spiciness. I would imagine I could get a bad case of heartburn from a couple of these.

CMW, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a very small head that quickly disapeared. No lacing and almost totally devoid of carbonation. I detect a caramel malt base with some spice from rye and pepper. The flavor is good but I have a hard time connecting this with a rye beer. This has more of a sweet caramel malt base. The peppercorns gives the beer a bite and warmth in the finish. Leaves a warming affect in the throat as well. The body is thin and waterly. Almost completely flat as well. Not a well put together ale. I do like the pepper and warmth though. I would be willing to give this beer another try someday.

morimech, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper bordering on brown with a huge bubbly off white head that dissipates to a cap. Bready biscuity malts, incense, and pepper make up the majority of the aroma. The smell reminds me of walking into whole foods. Taste starts off with a quick caramel and biscuit which quickly fades to a spicy rye and incense which segways into a spicy peppery finish that heats up for a minute or so after every sip. Body is medium, carbonation is high, mouthfeel is watery/spicy. This one is different! I really enjoyed this one, especially that spicy peppery finish. The incense type taste and aroma that I got from this one was a little overpowering at times.

johnnnniee, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep topaz into a stange, topped with a billowing off-white head. Quite nice looking

S: A little faint, really. Malt and rye notes are quite subdued, with the aroma being predominately pepper, without a whole lot more.

T: Like the aroma, the taste is rather mild, which surprised me. There are some pleasant subtle notes of rye and biscuity malt. The pepper comes through after a few sips, post finish, getting a little spicier as the drink goes down.

M + D: Carbonation has a little sparkle to it... and then there's that bit of a burn brought on by the pepper. It is much more pleasant than a lot of 'chili beers' or similar, though it could have used a little more sting to the carbonation to help deliver. I wasn't hugely impressed by this one in a way I thought I might be. It's still a decent beer... I just don't know if it will be memorable enough to pick up again.

Proteus93, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany/red amber colour, with a light tan thick head, which partially diminishes within minutes. The carbonation is quite high and visible in the beginning.

S: Moderately sweet, malty scent, with hints of peppercorn, subtle at first, then more apparent. Also hints of apple and pear and a touch of citrus.

T: Biscuity malts, caramel, and, of course, pepper. Starts out smooth and sweet, moderately spritzy. The pepper flavour does not really leave out any room for bitterness in the finish.

M: Overall light-bodied, but quite smooth. A nice tingling sensation is achieved due to the pepper. Becomes moderately spicy after; that spiciness lingers. Very drinkable.

D: A very distinctive brew, like most other DDC beers. Definitely worth checking out if you like spicy beers. Could be well fitting with less zesty food.

NightINgale, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooh, a rye beer!

Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of spicy rye and a bit of hops in the nose. Just a bit of sweetness as well.

Taste is smooth and spicy with a nice hint of sweetness that's reminiscent of caramel. Of course, all focus here is on the rye and it isn't shy either in making its' presence known.

Mouthfeel is fully of lingering spiciness from the rye. It's literally like drinking liquid rye bread. It's also a bit chewy as well.

If you happen to like rye beers or beers that have rye added to them, you will like this beer. It's flavorful, tasty and low in alcohol. It's pretty much the type of beer I'd drink all the time if I could brew something close enough to it. Pick up a bottle today or check out their brewpub in Montreal.

Brad007, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, bright ruby red with subtly orange tints. The head was dirty tan, slight in statue and quick to diminish leaving a polished surface. Visible carbonation was light with but a few random scattered bubbles being noticed at any one given time moving slowly and lazily to the surface.

S: semi-sweet with caramel malting and crisp touch of whiskey rye. Some light dried cherries and sweet berry fruitiness are also well documented here. The fresh green peppercorns are detected but slight in nature adding a nice finish to the sweet and fruity aroma.

T: The beer starts out spritzy with some sweet dried caramel and a spicy tingly sensation. Theres some sweeted dried apple slices with a nice spicy hopping. The peppercorns (black) really kick in on the finish providing a strong display of peppery flavor, especially if you let it sit on the tongue for a minute or two. A nice faint dried caramel apple sweetness does its best to be noticed adding subtle hints to the huge peppery finish. Starts out sweet and fruity and ends dry and spicey.

M: light, exceptionally smooth and builds rather quickly to a hot and spicey peppery coating. Really nice mouthful here and one that just keeps getting better the longer you hold it.

D: Good drinkability, a great lingering peppercorn fade for a finish makes this a hot and spicey treat that is one not to be missed. Unique and well flavored and definitely comes highly recommended.

beerthulhu, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of akorsak
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Capone's a long time ago.

A: The ale is a red ale, amber to orange in reality. A thick head erupted on pour, overflowing the glass. Lots of lace.

S: The nose is pepper and not just a little bit. We're talking freshly ground peppercorns. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't taken a sip of the overflowing head.

T: Sometimes the term hot is used to describe a very hoppy ale. That term appears to be blatantly misused after the first sip of this beer. Freshly ground black peppercorns make this ale hot, lively and biting on the tongue. Each sip reignites the heat. Bready rye appears on the back end of a sip, but only if you look for it. I just can't get over the pepper. This ale is almost too hot to rationally enjoy.

M: You better like fresh pepper! My tongue burns for a few minutes after each sip.

D: One and done. Too much heat for me.

akorsak, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours bright, crystal clear amber with a thin tan head.

S - Sweet malt mixing with rye, maybe just a really faint hint of spices.

T - The frontend consists of sweet, almost biscuity malt blended with rye, then the distinct piquant spice of peppercorns sinks in. This is capped off by a really nice, lingering, warm white pepper finish.

M - Medium bodied, average carbonation.

Notes - I really wasn't sure whether to give the taste a 5 or a 4.5, but end the end it really is exceptional. The peppercorns are an integral part of the beer, yet not overpowering. Nor do they distract from the malty rye base. Additionally the pepper is complex and takes on different characteristics throughout the tasting.

HeyItsChili, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a nice cotton candy head. light cream tan, cappuccino in color. dark mahogany amber body. good carbonation. nice lace. smell is a very consistent rye. great malt character and light peppercorn on the nose. peppercorn seems to fade as it breathes. wonderful body. great feel. taste with a nice malt backbone. peppercorn is definitely prevalent warming indeed but not astringent hoppy pepperiness. smooth, robust, absolutely perfect with Cajun food... like soul mates. and seitan too.

rtepiak, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber color with a rich beige meringue head. Beautiful lacing all around the glass.

Malty with a blast of black pepper in the aroma.

The taste reflects the maltiness and black pepper of the aroma and is really quite enjoyable. The black pepper dances on the tongue with every sip. The rye is present in the finish but so is the pepper.

Medium bodied, rich and spicy, and moderately carbonated.

I like this one. This beer is different. Rye beer? Not really. Pepper beer? Hells yeah! The pepper spiciness is big and bold, but it's still an enjoyable drinker. I don't know if I'd want more than a couple at a sitting.

Monkeyknife, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of jwjon1
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man what an unexpected brew. I thought I was trying this for the rye component, but that was lost on me. I get spicy black pepper, dried blood, and malt in this one. Minus the malt, the aroma reminds me of a spicy syrah and I cannot help but to think how well this would go with a pepper crusted steak. Maybe some pulled pork or other smoked meat. This is definitely one to pair with spicy food, and would be fun to serve with bbq. Gotta find the right food to stand up to the spice though: it is omnipresent, but by no means a palate wrecker like many IPAs on the market.

Not at all what I was expecting, but that is not a bad thing in the slightest. Only my second beer from DDC, and I am loving the creativity I'm seeing. I only wish they were a little more affordable to pull out en mass at my next cook out.

jwjon1, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured brownish red color which produced a small white head that had some retention and left a decent amount of lacing in the glass

S - The aromas, or should I say aroma, that I detect from this beer is peppercorn, maybe some of the green and some of the black, but wow, it is just pepper

T - The taste of this beer is like my Peche Mortal Anti-Christ, lots and lots of peppercorns, no restraint was given to the amount of peppercorns dumped in this brew

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had light to moderate body with a slight amount of carbonation

D - This beer really was a miss for one of my favorite breweries, if you like the idea of peppercorn infused beer, give this a try, but a huge disappointment seeing how much I love Rye Ales

cvfish, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of midaszero
1.95/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A - Hazy deeper amber with one finger of tan head that leaves okay lacing

S - Pepper ... with some nice malts in the back

T - Some maltiness up front and then all of sudden in the back you get hit by a pepper bomb which crawls back up your throat and insist on burning you. This is not the after taste I want

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - No no no no. I don't see why you would buy this unless you just had an unusual love affiar with pepper

midaszero, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of tbeck
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/brown with little clarity. Two finger white/brown head that develops a nice collar and some laciness. Aroma is yeasty with a mix of malt and cereal grains. Taste was all pepper with some malt. The taste was not overdone, but any other flavors are drowned out. Decent body and average texture. The beer was enjoyable and different. The taste was not one I enjoyed and would not pick this beer up as a session beer.

tbeck, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Sea Bass for this one.

A: Pours a nice bright golden hue with a light tan head. Zero retention.

S: Nice light sweet malt and grains up front. Just as I was enjoying the light sweetness the pepper hits in the upper part of the nose. From there it is pepper, pepper, and more pepper.

T: Like the aroma it starts off a bit sweet. Light caramel sweet malt hits the tongue, then boom....PEPPER. Fresh cracked black pepper fills the mouth and throat. With each sip the pepper bites at your mouth as if you are chewing on peppercorns, it is very unique. There are some hops as well. The bitterness plays with with the pepper, but the pepper still dominates. I am going to give this a good in taste with a note that it is to be drank in very small servings.

M: Medium in body with okay carbonation.

D: Not real drinkable. The small sampe was nice, it is a very unique brew that is worth a try, but not one I would sit down with and drink a whole bottle.

tpd975, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick syrupy body, peppery on the nose and tongue. Reminiscent of spiced meat; proscuitto, corn beef, smoked ham. Major malt dominance, hops hiding as an undertone. Thick, pillowy head sits atop and oil spill of toasted rye grain. A warming ale with a smoky attitude and some aged wood to top it off. A delicious change-it-up ale but can't session it or lay back and refresh.

SeanRedd, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Almost clear amber color. Spicy, hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is spicy, peppery with some malt, lingering pepper finish. $5.75 for a 11.5oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a copper beer, attractive and clear. Topped with a tan head, which reduces slowly to a persistent, uniform layer.

S-As expected, I got a whiff of fresh black pepper corns. However, this aroma was not entirely dominant, just the most noticeable on first sniff. Aroma also included some chocolatey and cocoa smells.

T-As with the smell, the taste has a definite peppercorn spiciness and flavor, but it is not overwhelming. Once the initial pepper flavor subsided, some light chocolatiness built up much of the malt flavors. Some rye-malty flavors are also able to emerge. Overall, the pepper flavor hits immediately, fades to linger in the background, then comes through distinctly again in the finish, lingering for a while after swallowing.

M-Medium to medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body, this beer slides around easily in my mouth. The pepper character also provides somewhat of a tingle of peppery spiciness.

D-The great thing about this pepper beer, compared to some others I've sampled in the past, is that Route de espices does not overly molest my mouth with pepperiness. The pepper is present and distinct, at times very noticeable, but it didn't seem overbearing. Very good, and an enjoyable diversion from the norm.

CHSLBrew, Dec 11, 2008
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.