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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: 539
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:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
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Photo of zachariaIPA

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

A very nice dark rye ale. Amber, deep red in color. A thin layer of white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

A sweet smell that bites you with peppercorn and spices right at the end, almost like cinnamon.

Lots of peppercorn in the aftertaste. It's not a burn, it's a tickle. It's hot. I'm feeling the heat. When you exhale you can feel it, like hot wings! Would also go quite well with a Montreal smoked meat sandwich. It's a steaky beer that would be excellent for all kinds of food pairing.

Nice carbonation. Not too bitter. Spicy, meaty, overall very pleasant mouthfeel.

Could definitely drink a couple of these at a nice steak dinner, just not on the regular.

09-27-2010 22:22:41 | More by zachariaIPA
Photo of WilliamD


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

03-28-2009 03:10:27 | More by WilliamD
Photo of JoeMayo


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

A- Pours a dark amber with a very light head, which recedes to a thin film of bubbles over the top.

S- The earthiness and spice of the green peppercorns hits the nose right away. The smell is pretty confusing. Crisp black pepper and rye come through very strong as well. The maltiness isn't very apparent, but mild toasty notes of caramel come through.

T- It's not that I don't LIKE the flavor, it's just that the flavor perpetually confuses me. Each sip is a maelstrom of things that shouldn't go well together, but do for some reason. It's difficult to taste anything other than the peppercorns. Green peppercorns are the spiciest variety and impart such a dominating flavor over the beer. The black peppercorns only add to the masking of the subtle flavors in the beer. With much difficulty, I forced myself to ignore the pepper to look deeper into the beer and found the rye, a slight caramel maltiness with a floral flavor and notes of bitter chocolate in the finish.

M- I like having capsaicin in beer. It's wierd, but I enjoy the tingly burn that the beer leaves behind. Aside from the burn, the rye delivers a crisp finish to the beer. The aftertaste seems to linger pleasantly forever while the burn fades.

D- I think one is enough of these. I enjoyed it but would be very sparing in buying it again. It's nice to throw you palate for a loop every so often, but I certainly would not enjoy drinking it every day.

09-28-2008 03:53:53 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of kegger22


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Dieu du Ciel! Route des Epices poured a reddish brown in color with a small off-white head that showed little retention.

The aroma was earthy with dark fruit.

The taste does smack of peppercorn, or should I have said burns of peppercorn. Well, it has some heat all right, but it's not bad; you can still taste some of the malt sweetness, any caramel flavor is covered though.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was fair, the ABV is OK, but the strong pepper flavor and high price conspire against having another.

A good beer with interesting flavor but not nearly up to Dieu du Ciel's standards or justified in cost.

02-07-2010 01:37:19 | More by kegger22
Photo of mikereaser


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

11-23-2008 19:17:42 | More by mikereaser
Photo of LittleDon


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Nice thick off white head with great retention. Cloudy red amber color with little visible carbonation. Malty, slightly sweet aroma. Malty, slightly sweet up front with no noticeable rye flavor. Medium bodied through the middle. Finish is similar to start except a peppery burn that builds to a mild intensity. Couldn't tell this was a rye beer, struck me more as a malty pale ale (with the exception of the pepper).

09-09-2010 20:53:51 | More by LittleDon
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

12-16-2008 22:36:40 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Dark amber colour, one finger of very white head, decent lace left behind on the glass. A little thin in the nose, rye for the most part, spice and malt, slight sweetness as well deep down. Taste is spicy and malty, fairly refreshing and earthy, spice takes over with a peppery spicy note that is prickly all over the tongue. Medium body, medium carb but the prickly spice makes is feel more effervescent, good weight. Drinks quite nicely and exceeded my expectations, great beer with corned beef or deli meats, would revisit this for sure.

08-04-2011 00:02:24 | More by peensteen
Photo of Kraken


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass (really need some nice glass wear) . Standard pour yielded one finger head with decent lacing . Head diminishes to a thin frothy top. Beer is a nice earthy top soil brown. Complex malt characteristics and pepper are evident in the nose immediately. Taste is initially all malt with virtually no hop character. Very finely carbonated. Pepper corns really come out, and bite the back of your mouth and throat. This doesn't diminish from the beer but rather adds to its unique character. Beer finishes dry with a slight malty sweetness . Over all this is a very unique beer and is probably best consumed in colder months as the pepper corns used in breweng provide a nice warming effect.

05-04-2008 22:23:39 | More by Kraken
Photo of eclaycamp


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

12 ounce bottle. Picked this up on a whim because I've been on a bit of a rye beer kick lately and I really liked the label design. Pours a darkened amber with little to no head whatsoever. Spicy nose with a clear chocolate and caramel rye smell. Raw black pepper hits your tongue first, and rye makes the beer quite hot. The pepper gives way to some smooth caramel malt character, but there's no hops there to back it up. A huge, almost overwhelming, burst of pepper finishes the entire experience. As you continue to drink the pepper just lingers on the palate. This is a very complex and very interesting beer but the pepper aspect will likely turn away the casual drinker. That said, I enjoyed it quite a bit and wouldn't mind it again - though it's one I'd have to have a single of, any more and the pepper would be just too much.

07-24-2010 02:17:52 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

08-14-2009 04:22:04 | More by Voonder
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

for a beer promising rye and peppercorns the aroma is eminently malty. smells like a wee heavy, actually. i docked points for the guest ingredient not appearing in the aroma

tastes like a scotch with peppercorns! cool! the spice is nearly more tactile than tastebud-centric and provides a familiar variety of heat. rye is hardly a conspicuous ingredient, though i don't not see it

06-09-2011 02:51:28 | More by bruachan
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

A- Pour was nice and loose large bubbled head. Nice lacing that lingered around the top of the pint glass.

S- The smell is very fragrant and hints of fruits.

T- The pepper is very present, this beer has a nice spice. The spice lingers on the tongue for quite a while. As you drink the beer the spice starts to overwhelm the palate and all you start to taste is just the pepper. I think this would go great with a nice steak or burger. Would this make a good beer to marinade meat with?

M- My mouth is starting to feel a bit on fire now that I have half the bottle gone. I think the spice is nice, but over time can be a bit too much.

D- Same as above. But I'm still thinking it would be good with steak.

06-04-2008 00:20:28 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of webmanspidey


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Dark brown, light bodied and fizzy. Smell is very sweet... molasses, honey, and maple syrup. Taste is mellow and sweet at first, not much spiciness but the finish is very peppery and spicy. The spiciness at the end is very prevalent and burning.. a characteristic I haven't seen much in a beer before. This isn't very strong.. the only thing hindering drinkability is the pepper which would be tough to overcome if you're not one for spices.

This is an interesting beer.. I can't say its something I love but it is unique and give credit to the brewer for trying something different.

05-03-2009 02:39:35 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Nipitato


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

My 300th beer review!

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: This beer and all the beers by Dieu Du Ciel have kick ass labels. The beer looks dark but when held up to light reveals a beautiful copper hue. Good clarity. Dark tan, almost grey head.

S: Malt is prominent with caramel character. The pepper is noticeable in the background but quite subtle and not overpowering. Some cola character.

T: Just a touch of sourness from the rye as well as a touch of bitterness. Pepper is done very well, its spicy character comes on at the end and adds a little heat. Malt up front with some chocolate character.

MF: Some warmth from the pepper is noticeable and is decidedly unlike alcohol warmth. Light body. Kind of dry. Lightly carbonated but the pepper pays on the tongue.

D, notes: I liked this beer. Well done pepper addition. The warmth from the pepper adds significantly to the mouthfeel. I would not call this beer highly sessionable but I would not define it as a one-off novelty either.

10-17-2008 18:14:07 | More by Nipitato
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

12-11-2008 17:50:23 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tight and creamy tan colored head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma is slightly sour and spicy, has a detectable rye bread presence. The taste is that of an amber ale, not much hop presence, with a nice sour and spice punch. There is a bit of a zest with this one. Doesn't hit right away but pops up like tobasco, though not hot. Seems to be a true rye beer without the high hop profile like most rye beers have. A very solid body, chewy, but has nice carbonation. Finishes spicy and a bit hot from that spice. A differnt take on the rye beer. Not so much hoppy but really focuses on the rye.

04-11-2010 05:02:39 | More by Gmann
Photo of TexIndy


3.88/5  rDev +6%

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]

04-18-2009 22:22:54 | More by TexIndy
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Bottle from the LCBO. Bottled July 2010.

A: A sort of mahogany colored beer with not much going on for a head or lacing. I really wish appearance wasn't worth %20.

S: Wow. first thing you smell - and I think because its not a normal beer smell, is the pepper. Its not enough to make you sneeze, but it reminds me of smelling one of those little pepper packets. Very unique.

T: As other reviewers wrote; the pepper burn really builds up... Sort of like a good Indian curry. Aside from the pepper, there is a taste of the rye, and some fruit. hops seems to be present but mostly concealed by the spice.

M: Mouth feel is spicy of course. slightly dry, but a little sticky on the lips.

D: Well this is an interesting and unique beer, but unfortunately not the most pleasant one to get through. A curious and gimicky beer.... however - it is well executed.

09-16-2010 23:05:25 | More by uno99
Photo of jwc215


3.88/5  rDev +6%

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!

08-21-2009 18:12:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of jlindros


3.88/5  rDev +6%

Love Dieu du Ciel beers, although this may be one of their lesser awesome beers, it's def worth a review at least.

A: Light semi fluffy 1 finger head which fades slowly, with super hazy dark maroon molasses brown colored beer.

N: Wow, lot going on there. Lots of dark malts, crystal malt, some porter-esque roast, little coffee, lots of spicy rye, and even a touch of chocolate. Some slight earthy spicy hops also dangle in it.

T: Starts similar to the nose, with some dark rich malts. Lots of roast and porter like flavors, some coffee, crystal malt, even a touch of chocolate again. Then quickly comes a really spicy bright rye character. I even feel like I'm chewing on rye seeds. It's got a lot of pepper, black pepper, hot pepper, and decent amount of spice heat. SLightly syrupy sweet flavor with a little molasses.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation, and spicy hot.

F: Finish is very spicy with a lingering slowly fading heat, like i just sucked back a slightly spicy hot pepper. Dries pretty well but leaves a slight sweet syrupy flavor. More malts late on the finish as well with a little roast and coffee and even slight creamy chocolate.

04-19-2010 01:15:50 | More by jlindros
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.88/5  rDev +6%

I do like a good Rye beer -- and one brewed with peppercorns? Well that just sets off my novelty alarm. Let's go.

Pours a pleasant deep red-brown colour, with a coarse-bubbled head of off-white foam that almost has a greenish tinge to it. Lacing is a bit foamy and loose. Body looks pretty solid and heavy for a 5% beer. Pretty decent all up.

Yup, there's pepper all over the nose, freshly cracked corns of spice, overlaid on a rather sweet smelling malt-base. Certainly not much in the way of rye, although I generally find rye giving a slightly peppery overtone to the aroma of beers in any case. It's very pleasant -- the pepper, while obvious, is a nice touch.

Taste is pleasantly done. Here, the hops come forward to add a pleasant bitterness which mingles almost indistinguishably with the pepper character. Perhaps a hint of rye astringency comes forward too. Finish is very light and dry, just leaving the prickly pepper residuals to dance across the back. Quite a sharp ending, and the more you drink, the more pepper spice builds up on the back of the throat.

Still, it is as I expected, a very interesting brew, and one which is surprisingly approachable. The bite of the pepper becomes a bit much after a while, but it's quite the unique brew. Certainly something to look out for if you're after something a bit different.

09-15-2010 05:54:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Slatetank


3.88/5  rDev +6%

I had this on tap at O'reilly's at the Best Western. Served chilled in a snifter.

The color is slightly hazed reddish brown with great retention and fine bead. There is a good amount of lace collecting and the carbonation is visible. The smell is like a humidor, very aromatic and slightly sweet with a woody essence...could be the pepper but almost comes off as smoky with slight peat influence a la fine single malt. The feel is good with nice amount of carbonation and subtle spice which seems to increase midway through. The dry toasty graininess comes through a little bit but the alcohol is mild and it is about medium bodied making for a nice blend of malt and spice with good balance.

The taste is not as inviting as the aroma led on, but still has some of that cedar-like sweet woodiness with a goodly amount of malt which comes off more creamy than caramel with a light toasted and dry accent that doesn't really reach any kind of roast level yet does seem to amplify the pepper flavors in the beer. The alcohol is more noticeable because of the spice I suppose but not really sharp or out of place there is a mild heat that builds in the back of the throat which lets you know what you are dealing with. The peaty tinge is a good woody compliment to the subtle rye. Overall I like the way this beer unfolds it is very aromatic even when cold and as it warms tends to come together quite well with the malt and spice in harmony. I recommend trying this if a peppery beer is your cup of tea.

12-08-2011 17:13:54 | More by Slatetank
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.88/5  rDev +6%

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.

07-17-2009 04:23:50 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Bighuge


3.88/5  rDev +6%

Murky looking tarnished bronze. Thin light brown head leaves sporadic rings of lace. Kind of a sticky syrupy sweet aroma. Kind of also has a "homebrew" aroma to it. Wow, this is a hard beer to describe. Some definite peppery tones in the mix. Quite spicy and pepper actually as I advance through this. I don't mind it and find it unique. Base maltiness is solid if uneventful. Between the rye and the peppercorns, this is one of the more spicy beers I've ever had. There's a hotness to it. But it's still quite drinkable. Good for a try, but I'll not be back for a long while.

11-21-2009 05:09:39 | More by Bighuge
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.