Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
Copper-colored + clarified pour into a pint glass. A beige head starts at a few fingers, quickly falls to a thin yet solid cap for the duration. Some lace splotches here and there.
Pepper stands out in the scent, kinda general spices/herbs all around. Grassiness, toast, and just a touch of caramel.
Taste is also quite peppery and spices-laden, but not overbearing. Base beer somewhat resembles a light brown ale, with some caramel, nutty malts, toasted bread.
Lower-end carbonation, could use a bit more but not bad. Malt+spice profile make this feel bigger than 5%.
The pepper does build up with time making this a spicy sipper, but I like it, i didn't find it as overbearing as many reviewers found (perhaps they've toned it down in later batches?). The beer underneath it all does a fine job too.
11-29-2013 23:12:42 | More by Chico1985
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Pours with a medium body. Over a finger of head on the pour. Dark ruby red color when held to light. Little to no active carbonation in the glass while drinking.
Smell: Smokey malt and rye on the front. Some bright hop character and slight alcohol. Leafy greens and some coriander are pronounced as well. The malt character continues to be profound throughout drinking.
Taste: The front is a ton of leafy greens and exotic spices. Really dominates the front and challenges the palate right away. Pepper and smokey rye picks up on the body. The finish continues to ride out with peppercorns and rye that the palate is left dry.
Mouthfeel: Dry. Some complexity but dominated by the peppercorns and rye.
Overall: A decent brew. The peppercorns really take over and kick the palates ass. Takes over the brew too much to be a really truly great brew.
11-17-2013 05:18:33 | More by KFBR392
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
A - Dark copper to brown pour with some carbonation, minimal lacing and mild beige foam.
S - spicy notes in the smell and punctuated by a crisp scent of fresh rye bread.
T - Spicy rye that has strong peppery notes. Taste similar to a fresh "everything" bagel. Finish leaves a bit of hop resin in the glands.
M - Feels more robust than its style or ABV. Not particularly sessionable but easily compliments snack foods. Tends to dominate the palate.
O - Very flavorful rye beer and I'd try this again.
10-17-2013 02:19:25 | More by socon67
4.23/5 rDev +15.6%
11.5oz bottle with 3 and 2 checked on the side, into a teku glass
Pours a light brown color with a small white head. Smell is real intriguing with a sweet caramly scent mixed with peppers. Taste follows through with a huge sweetness of caramel at front then with a huge rush of peppercorns on the backend. Real, real flavorful. This beer tastes like food..like a 5 star meal. Peppercorns linger and are superb on the palate. Mid body with light carbonation.
Overall exceptional...love it. would go superb with food pairing. Memorable.
09-23-2013 00:03:20 | More by Axnjxn
3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from 11.5oz bottle into Chimay goblet.
A - Slightly cloudy chestnut brown with no head.
S - Date bread, malt, buttery yeast.
T - Bitter spice, herbal, rye bread with a slight peppery finish.
M - A medium body to start, followed by a warm heat, and a dry finish.
The smell and taste don't match, odd but not a bad thing. It's certainly an interesting beer, more for matching with food than drinking alone.
09-14-2013 16:51:59 | More by REDAMI
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Bottled June 2013
Beer is reddish-brown, with a very small off-white head that dissipates instantly, leaving just some bubbles.
Nose strongly contains pepper- quite in your face. The rye is there as well, but it is hard to get much past the pepper. As a pepper fan, I rather like it, but it is a bit much.
The pepper is strong in the taste as well, but not quite as dominant. The rye comes forward more, providing additional spicy notes and some malt. Caramel. Aftertaste is spice city, tonnes of pepper and the rye.
Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, with lots of spice tinging the mouth.
Overall, I think this is a fairly enjoyable beer, but the amount of pepper in it forces it to feel like a bit of a gimmick. Not something I can imagine anybody drinking a lot of, not having very often. That being said, I rather like it.
09-06-2013 02:37:44 | More by jrenihan
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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