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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: 563
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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 EPICAC
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazed, red color, and is topped by a beige head that fades to a ring. The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate and caramel. There's a mild spiciness: pepper and an almost cinnamon character, and some herbal hops.

A chocolate, malty sweetness is first evident, which mellows and thins to a grassy and herbal hop finish with a strong peppery bite. This beer is full-bodied, and strongly carbonated with a hot finish.

This was a very tasty beer, but it's a bit spicy.

EPICAC, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thin head that keeps a constant plate and leaves some laces.
Delicious predominant aroma of peppercorn and cocoa with sweet malt and rye on the background. Felt like in an Indian spicy street stall.
Flavor starts with caramel malt, muffled herbs and rye, dry onion bagels and finish with a predominant, fast and gradually increase of bold peppery notes. Dry and hot aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Spicy feeling that goes down the throat.
Felt like a Brown Ale made with rye with a pepper time bomb. Quite interesting beer, it should perfectly match with cold cuts or steak. Stay away if you don’t like spices.

FLima, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iam starting to see a few of these peppercorn and or chile beers more around.This poured into a large tumbler a clear dark rust color with a large blooming almond colored head that left a smattering of lace behind as it settled slowly,the pepper is more faint in the aroma its mostly dominated by vanilla caramel,and biscuit with a tinge of hard water as well.Flavors up front are somewhat sweet with caramel and sweet biscuit mainly the peppercorns are more of a back of the throat hit and a late burn.Its pretty good but I think the peppercorns can be a bit much after drinking awhile, still something different.

oberon, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Popsinc
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A spiced offering from the great brewers of Dieu Du Ciel. This particular beer poured a very light brown and had a small white head. The nose, although subtle, was obviously spicey but nothing really stood out.

The mouthfeel was very smooth. Tastes of black pepper and paprika automatically jumped out at me. So much so that i was suprised and couldn't wait to take another sip. Yup, pepper and paprika alright!

The spiciness didn't fade either but it moved toward the back of the throat where i detected a touch of heat that i could only attribute to cayanne pepper.

A spicey long finish that awoke my sense but didn't overpower my taste buds!

Popsinc, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy off-white head with good retention. Good rings of lacing. Nose and taste live up to the label. Pungent rye aroma with a liberal helping of cracked pepper. As in a LOT of cracked pepper. Flattish mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long spicy finish. Taste really pops. Bitter rye and hops up front, very tangy. The black peppercorns then take over. Spicy, hot, and quite strong. Problem was after a while, it was just too much. The pepper made me kind of queasy as it built up. I can't see drinking more than one of these, and kind of hoped I had a partner to finish the last 1/3 of my 12 oz. bottle.

magictrokini, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Rye beer brewed with peppercorns, sounds interesting! Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head.

S- The aroma is very bready with a lot of malt, caramel and hints of rye.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously bready with a lot of malt flavors. There is also a very nice tingling spiciness on the tongue in the finish from the peppercorns.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very interesting brew that is definitely worth picking up! Recommended!

cjgator3, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy amber orange in color with a one finger head.

Smell: rye and pepper spice is easy to detect.

Taste: rye, honey, green grapes, and huge pepper presence. Nice bitterness here too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Super long pepper filled aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: the heavy pepper spice grows a bit tiring after a pint of this. Not a session beer but it has a unique flavor.

Gavage, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a think white head, some lacing.

Smells of pepper and various spices, sweet caramel malts, somewhat nutty. Not a very interesting aroma.

Tastes nutty and malty upfront with a nice spicy bite too finish it off. Very interesting, not sure if I like it though, somewhat bland if a bit too spicey.

Thin carbonated mouthfeel, not very drinkable a bit too spicey.

GodOfBeer, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cute label on the bottle. This poured out a handsome dark-brown color with a dense, very white head on top of it. The nose is mild at best, with a scent of toasted malt with a light pepperiness. Wow, the pepper really comes through in the flavor, and it's delightfully unique, mixing with a good toasty malt. Any rye flavor isn't really apparent.

I was going to give the drinkability a 4, but after getting close to the bottom of the glass, I gotta say the pepper does not grow on you. It's still unique, and could be a great accompaniment to certain meals (hopefully not peppered food, though, lest you get overwehelmed.)

allengarvin, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of SilentSabre
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish-bronze coloured body with a nice finger and a half khaki coloured head. Thick foam laces the sides of the glass heavily when tipped. Looks good.

Smell is very malty. You can certainly smell the rye and to a (much) lesser degree, the peppercorns and a handful of other spices. There's also a nice sweet, brown-sugary, caramel aroma.

This seems to be quite malty all the way through. A touch of earthy hops towards the beginning, then sweet malts with the rye starting to show up toward the finish. Then, to my surprise, the peppercorns really showed up! A few seconds after you swallow a sip, the unmistakable flavour of black pepper strikes your palate. Not so much that it is offensive, but just enough to be readily identified and make for a rather interesting beer, to say the least.

Mouthfeel seemed to be about average in regards to style and abv. Carbonation, too, seemed to be about where it should be to make for a lively brew, but not over doing it.

Certainly a very interesting and well crafted brew. I really enjoyed this one.

SilentSabre, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of JG_brew
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pepper! Very nice pepper taste. A bit of pepper in the aroma but Really hits you at the end of the palate. Really nice copper color. Fairly dry. Descent mouthfeel. Nice different beer. Pepper is not over powering, definately taste it but complements beer nicely.

JG_brew, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of cyrenaica
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle
5.3% ABV

I tried this beer on May 18, 2012 at "C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark brown into the tulip glass with very little head. The aroma was sweet malt, grains, and molasses, with some floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. the flavour was grains, pepper, molasses, and some berryish notes, followed by a bitter finish. the pepper notes, while non-existent in the aroma were very pronounced in the flavour.

cyrenaica, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of bassmantin
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a nice golden red/orange with very small head into my Darkness goblet.

The aroma and taste have a lot of interesting flavors, although imo, they are too subdued. I can barely detect the malts, but they seem very floral and little Belgian. The promised peppercorn in the finish is also barely there.

This beer has a lot of delicious flavors but they are all hidden. Too bad. I do like the low 5% abv, though.

bassmantin, Jun 03, 2009
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 StarshipPoopers
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, dark copper appearance. Not much head forms with a hard pour, not a lot of retention either. The lacing is decent though.

S - Very sweet. Smells dominated by malts, with a sweet caramel and rye smell. Hints of spices as well, though no particular one comes to mind.

T - Not a whole lot of complexity in the taste, but it's not nearly as sweet as the smell had led me to believe. There doesn't seem to be a uniform taste to this drink, each sip presents slight variations. The dominant flavours are the rye and peppercorns. The rye malt provides some slight sweetness, and the peppercorns are nice and even. Spicy but not aggressive, which helps the drinkability.

M/D - Surprisingly drinkable. Light bodied.

Didn't know how much I would like this, but it's a great beer.

StarshipPoopers, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

zachariaIPA, Sep 27, 2010
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 JoeMayo
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoeMayo, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kegger22, Feb 07, 2010
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.

mikereaser, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of LittleDon
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

LittleDon, Sep 09, 2010
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 peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

peensteen, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Kraken
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kraken, May 04, 2008
Photo of eclaycamp
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

eclaycamp, Jul 24, 2010
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.