1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

544 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 544
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 544 | Reviews: 360 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jak, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

williamjbauer, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

vermilcj, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of jordanimal
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jordanimal, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of jeg518
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jeg518, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Alex5
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of discharmingly
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

discharmingly, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of crhea89
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

crhea89, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Chico1985, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

thebouch01, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Troville1990
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Troville1990, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

KFBR392, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kopfschuss, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +9.3%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of jhhollier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jhhollier, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

socon67, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Hallertau
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Hallertau, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

buckyp, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Apathetiq
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Apathetiq, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Axnjxn, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ROGUE16, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of REDAMI
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

REDAMI, Sep 14, 2013
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.