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: 567
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark amber/ brown color and a huge foamy tan head. Very spicy pepper aroma with some maltiness and dark fruit. Malty flavor with some dark fruit up-front followed by a HUGE spicy peppery lingering finish. You can feel the heat when you take a breath after drinking. This is not like a novelty beer with a green pepper floating in it. This is very coplex with an intensely spicy kick.

Photo of Reino
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured into a long-stemmed wine glass, I'm greeted by a 1 1/2 finger head that lingers for awhile and leaves decent lacing on the way down. The beer's color looks like a watered down mash up of red, burgundy, and brown.

Smell- Pretty much nothing but pepper. I thought that I could smell some malt sweetness for a second, but no, just pepper.

Taste- Surprisingly, this beer starts out with sweet caramel, doughy, malty amber/red ale flavors. Those flavors do not stay around once the peppercorn comes into play. Wow...they really brought the pepper. This is not a half-assed spiced beer, or a rye beer with nuances of pepper. The pepper flavors take over your mouth and every time I take a sip I'm amazed at how peppery it is. After getting half way through my glass, I decided to pair it with some shaved turkey deli meat and aged Irish sharp cheddar. The sharp cheddar is pretty intense, but the pepper in the beer is still able to get through it and make it's presence felt.

MF- The body is nice and full, and the carbonation is low-medium. This would be a very high score if not for the way the pepper lingers and wears on the tongue, and burns the throat. Food definitely helped fix this, but not quite enough and I don't like feeling like I HAVE to have food with my beer.

Drinkability- I could drink a couple of these with a nice meat and cheese platter, but by itself it's just too much. I appreciate what they are trying to do, and would recommend this to anyone who likes intense/unique beers. A very good beer to have with certain foods, and I bet it'd be great to cook with.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like. And, I applaud the brewers for "going for it".

The appearance is half way between a brown and an amber. The head is creamy white. The malt is offset more by the peppercorns than by any hop signature, resulting in more of a heat to the palette than a bitterness.

Glass matters. I got a different experience with drinking from a pint, tasting and rock glass.

This beer begs for a good pairing. Pulled pork (any bbq), smoked meats (including poultry) and pineapple/dessert cheese. Salmon or crab legs.

This is not a beer to session. This one is for food.

Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into my yuengling pint glass

A - pours a murky brown color with 2 inches of foam that dissolves into a light layer of bubbles

S - malty, spicy earthiness

T - a nutty flavor with a strong pepper finish

M/D - this one was very dry. although i thought it was very good, the peppercorn finish didn't let up and by the end of the bottle, it was just too much. But it was a very enjoyable brew, just not more than one to try.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rather muted coppery color. Slight haze to it. Aroma is somewhat peppery and earthy. Great blast of spice right up front-huge pepper flavor. As big as it is I kind of like it. Very sharp and acrid. Has a mellow heat to it. Black pepper and spicy red peppers combined-very unigue. Definate maltiness to it-a tad sweet. Great "hot" mouthfeel to it. If only the famous Ed's Cave Creek was this balanced he would have gone far! I couldnt do a lot of this that is for sure. Still very interesting and a well done beer. Cetainly pushes the rye beer envelope.

Photo of mrmanning
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A boost bottle- Pours a murky copper with an off white cap of foam. nice pretty lace. Nose is a blast of peppercorn with caramel and burnt malts, also a bit nutty with dark fruits. Tastes sweet, of caramel, toffee and dark pit fruits, with a nice peppery burn that does well alongside said sweetness. Rye and vanilla round out the flavour profile. A nice beer to be sipped and enjoyed. Thanks boost.

Photo of weeare138
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a semi-transparent, deep crimson toned amber with a luscious, 3 finger, light tan head that simply doesn't want to fade just floats there like the head of a frothy rootbeer. Solid streams of lacing quickly rise to the top of the glass. Massive amounts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich caramel, cinnamon, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.
Taste is very spicy with a mix of peppers, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There's a burning sensation on the lips and in the back of the throat that makes me feel like I've just eaten some Atomic Hot Wings without any blue cheese to cool it off. Ouch. The mild hint of caramel that was there is buried way in the background due to this pepper blast brew.
The mouthfeel is...Burning! It's medium bodied, and smooth aside from the annoying burn that is becoming quite overkill at this point. It's like torture at points to bring it back to my lips.'s just too much. It started out alright until my mouth became numb. If there was that caramel sweetness in the beginning, it's way overtaken by the ocean of peppers that it becomes.
If you enjoy very spicy Asian, or Indian food, try pairing this with those foods. Otherwise, prepare yourself for the burning sensation. I couldn't even finish the whole bottle. I can't believe I paid 8 bucks for that!

Photo of erikm25
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thick brown with mahogany and darkened red highlights. Ample and ambered orange head. Retention and lacing are moderate.

S: Spicy, grainy, and earthy nose. Paprika and brown sugars with subtle citric hints. Spicy rye dough roundness with slight caramel and basil aromas.

T: This beer is nutty, spiced, and consists of pure peppers. Tastes like liquid rye bread sprinkled with ginger and Louisiana spices. I would love to solidify this and douse it on top of sausage or salmon. The finish is actually a very strong and sharp black peppercorn taste. I was blown away at how peppery and numbing this was.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The peppery tastes sting all through the tongue and throat. Even despite the lack of alcohol there is a warming quality.

D: I found this to be a quite surprising and innovative beer from our friends to the North. I appreciate the power of pepper and for that reason I really enjoyed it. Knowing what I know now I would couple this beer with some Cajun or Mexican food to destroy any sense of tastes I have.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color of this one resembles a Diet Coke with melted ice, or a really really sweet iced tea, making it a light cola color. Slightly frothy top with a small amount of lacing.

Definitely pepper and rye in the nose. I think the pepper is more pronounced but the rye adds an extra spiciness to the aroma. I almost feel as though I need to sneeze after getting a big huff of this one. A large amount of carmel malts and a touch of biscuit as well.

Immediately sweet due to the big malt contribution, but then turns spicy due to the peppercorns. Really good caramel flavor to start. The finish is filled with a tingly pepper, just like fresh ground black pepper. Very interesting.

The spiciness of the pepper lingers on the palate for quite a while. I actually enjoyed this one. I love spicy food and this one had a nice spiciness to it without being hot or overdone. Almost full bodied and sticky on the toungue.

I really enjoyed this one. Very interesting and different. IF the price werent so extravagant, ($4.50 per 11.5oz) I would have this again. As it stands, this will probably be the last time I try this.

Photo of nighthawk
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear copper-red with an abundance of rocky, sticky head. Clings to the glass as it slowly settles, and as I drink.
Mainly peppercorn on the nose. Some toasted malts can be noticed, but they're pretty subdued by the onslaught of pepper.
Taste is peppercorn through and through...faint citrus bitterness on the finish, which also carries peppercorn. A bare note of rye bread is tasted in the middle, but it's hardly noticeable under the weight of pepper.
Slightly sticky mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation feels lively on the mouth.
The uber-pepper taste makes this less than idyllic to drink. It's not as overpowering as a few spicy beers I've tried, but it's not particularly pleasant either.

It's hard to recommend this beer. If you want to try something different, go for it, but unless you love pepper this beer probably won't impress you.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with a friend. The body is a clear, darker amber with a short, white head.

Man, this beer is all about peppercorns. I can tell there's a bit of rye and hops in the background, but it mostly just a big pepper flavor and aroma. It's a good taste, but there's just way too much of it. Call this a pepper beer, it just happens to have rye in it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.