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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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Reviews: 369
Hads: 592
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 15
Gots: 41 | 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 brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color with a huge head that leaves clumps of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Caramel malt and rye, with an astingent, burning sensation from the peppercorns

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, with the spicy rye and peppercorn flavors taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hot peppercorn sensation overwhelms the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation and a prickly, hot sensation that lingers across the tongue

Drinkability: Clearly a controversial and extreme brew; I can see why some like it but it doesn't do the trick for me (627 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

And now for something completely different...

Picked up at the Uptown Waterloo LCBO as part of their recent DDC release set. (Why wasn't Peche part of the mix? Grrr...)

Poured into a Duvel chalice because, not knowing what kind of glassware best accentuates a peppercorn beer, I stuck with my default. A rust-copper brew, chestnut when out of the light. Not much head, just some patchy streaks of lace and a few islands of foam. Not the most attractive beer, kind of looks like a limp dubbel.

The nose is caramel malts, with only the finest hint of nutmeg, cinnamon and peppercorn to be had. Remarkably deceptive.

The peppercorn taste is not entirely unlike a ninja. You don't even know it's there at first, with the less potent notes of malt, caramel and fruit providing a distraction, until POW! It hits you with a shuriken in the darkness, knocking you over! The finish is an unmistakable peppery explosion, which to me is comprised not so much of 'peppercorns', but rather 'table pepper.' The finish is incredibly bitter, spicy, lingering, and provides my esophagus with a thorough wakeup call. There might be other spices in here, but pepper really steals the show. I can't say I'm really enjoying it, but neither can I say I'm not fascinated with it.

One of the more intriguing beer experiences I've ever had. Credit to DDC for making a brew that challenges my beer perceptions by giving me something totally new. Is it a beer I'm likely to get again? Probably not; in fact, I doubt I could finish more than one bottle. Still, kudos to the brewmaster for making such a unique product.

Definitely worth trying! (1,623 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow!!, finally I get to taste one of these "new world beers" with all these freaky ingredients! Who would ever want to throw black pepper, garlic or japalenos in his beer?? Being from Europe, it's very hard to understand and I never tasted it! So here it goes...

Appearance was dark amber/brown, with a nice smooth and creamy head.

Smell was immediatly black pepper up front and in the back some maltiness and slight caramel. I love black pepper and this actually smells very good!

Taste: Wow this is actually very spicy. The first sip was rather mild and pleasant, but then it hits your tongue and it burns it's way through. Not unpleasant though. When my tongue is numb after a couple of sips, I can taste some maltiness, caramel, hopbitter and maltbitter, but everything is overruled by the spiciness.

When this beer ages, the spiciness will probably also get less. Maybe a beer to keep in stock and age for a while. (932 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of coffee-crema head with spotty lacing.

Caramel, orange peel and pine in the scent, as well as some spice hanging about in the back, but not necessarily pepper.

Opens citrussy and a little sweet, which is soon overrun with crazy spiciness - the natural, dark spiciness of rye followed by the pepper. A real taste sensation at first but the longer you drink it the more pepper you get. Starts to burn the tongue and the back of the throat. Wow.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, not a lot of carbonation. Goes down smooth with a warm (non-alcoholic) kick at the end. Right about what you want for a Winter beer... not sure if the brewery markets it as such, but it's ideal.

Drinkability is where the beer loses marks. The intense peppery heat builds as you drink and by the end your palate is just about ruined. Would be awesome to finish up a roast dinner with in the colder months, but despite it being only 5% ABV, this is one of the least sessionable beers I can think of. Delicious in it's own right, though. (1,072 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, thanks to freud for this one! Pours a clear deep brown/auburn, with little head (mostly carbonation) even as a I try to aggressively develop some. Thin layer of head retains and I'm left with almost no lacing by the end of this. Smell is malty, fruity, spicy and complex. Interesting, this is my first rye beer however. Taste is of rye and very malty, no bitterness in here at all. Peppercorn is really present, and other than being involved in some taste, leaves a strong burning sensation on my tonsils after the fact; not something I particularly enjoyed. Pretty full and warming mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, but that tingling from that pepper really takes away from it on the whole. An interesting beer to be frank, but not something I could ever have more than one of, and certainly not something I'd be looking for given the opportunity. (888 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark copper color, cap of off-white head, some small spots of retention. Scent is quite pleasent... spice from rye and pepercorns, carmel backbone with hints of vanilla and grahmn cracker, a few other spices linger in the rear that invoke cinamon and corriander... like an amped up winter warmer. Taste brings a dry rye spicyness before a huge hit of peppercorns, the pepper almost dominates only allowing touches of carmel, vanilla, brown sugar to peek through - still a good beer to his point. Falls apart as finish allows the peppercorns to burn the tongue and throat, a feeling which lingers quite long. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate until the pepper just demolishes the palate. Pepper overkill - flavors of pepper take over and do not let go of the tongue, the burning sensation was too much. I cant recall any other beer with so many good points nearly undone by one huge negative. (911 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date 05/16 at 45 degrees into goblet
Very slight aroma of generic spice
Head small (< 1 cm), off white, rapidly diminishing to 1.5 mm ring with small center island
Lacing poor: thin broken rings of tiny bubbles providing sparse coverage for the glass
Body medium amber, slight haze
Flavor begins slightly sweet and spicy, whether from the rye or the peppercorns in uncertain. A peppery burn begins almost immediately in the esophagus and stomach, at which time the flavor is gone with only the burn remaining. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

It’s been nearly 5 years since I’ve had this beer and there have been changes in either the beer, my palate, or both. This was fondly remembered as a very tasty treat from the exotic land of Quebec. Now I find this to be an OK beer, lacking nose and appearance, but still being spicy. Now it seems meh. (915 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a recent trip to Premier Wine and Spirits.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with plenty of frothy, slightly dark head. Head quickly evaporates to a small covering, and some sporadic lacing.

Smell is slightly of black pepper and rye.

Taste is spicy, beyond just black pepper. The spiciness actually lingers quite a bit after you swallow. The grain from the rye is also somewhat apparent. Finally it contains a mild malt flavor in the background.

There is a surprising amount of spice to this beer. I would say this is more of a beer for to accompany a meal, rather than an extended drinking experience. (623 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt dark amber with a quickly falling head.
Huge rye on the nose. Pepper.
Rye and more rye at the front. Pepper sits on your tongue and stays. This beer has a slight kick to it.
Decent carbonation, thin, on the lighter side.
Interesting to have pepper in a beer, but kinda just one note. Cool idea though. Do like the heat on the back end, but thats about all this beer has. (387 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy chestnut brown with a weak head that soon went down to a thin set of bubbles over the entire beer.

The nose at first was all bread, then it became grainy with yeast and a little citrus. Also there is a hint of black pepper.

The taste is unusual. Rather bitter, but not like an IPA. There is some malt in the finish but this beer is rather strong. It is nothing like I have ever had. The taste seems to mellow and become more drinkable after it sat for 10 minutes or so. Pepper seems to build up on the tongue over time.

Carbonation is good, alcohol is low, but the taste makes this one difficult to drink. Not appealing to me. (655 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 11.5 oz. brown bottle, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, reddish amber color. Looks clear when held up to the light. Gets a one finger light tan head and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: It's a very strong, spicy smell, mainly of pepper. There's some faint rye and hop aromas as well.

Taste: The pepper character is right up front. There's some rye notes and a small amount of bitterness. All that pepper leaves a spicy aftertaste that can be unpleasant to some people.

Mouthfeel: Light, a bit watery even. It has low carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This is going to be a love or hate beer for most people. The only things spicier than this are going to be beers with actual chilies in there. Overall, it's a good rye beer, but you'll only enjoy it if you like, or at least appreciate the overwhelming pepper character it has. (859 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this interesting beer at Novare Res last night. Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange/cherry red hue. Not much head, maybe 1/2 finger and it doesn't last very long. Minimal lacing

S: Starts with chocolate and raisin, but then the pepper takes over. I did get more chocolate smell as the beer warmed up a bit

T: I get chocolate and a little caramel up front, followed shortly (and rather intensely) by pepper. I was not surprised at all when I read on the side of the bottle that this is brewed with black AND green peppercorn. This taste lasts on the palate for a while by the way, which I'm not sure how I feel about. Just as with the smell, the presence of chocolate increased after a little while

M: Light, not much carbonation. A spicy finish, which again, lasts for a while

D: Good, but wow does that pepper taste stay with you. Glad I was able to try this, but probably won't seek it out again. (941 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a smallish head of foam.

S - Kind of a muted spicy aroma. Maybe this one needs to be quite warm?

T - A bit of caramel and definitely spiciness that sticks around. Hops are there, but kind of generic in their bitterness.

D - The beer sans pepper a bit generic but the peppery bite is very interesting. I'd be interested in trying this at various temperatures and carbonation levels. (413 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Complex amber with orange highlights. A small eggshell head has good intentions, but doesn't stick around long. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Now this is certainly different. Very spicy and minty. Heavy on the peppercorn, plus anise and peppermint. A bit of caramel provides a touch of sweetness.

T: The theme from the nose continues. Peppermint and black pepper vie for dominance. Caramel malts are there, but take a back seat to the mint and spice. As the beer lingers, the flavor starts to burn the tongue and clear the sinuses. The warmer the beer gets, the more pronounced these sensations become. Definitely a unique experience, if nothing else.

M: The medium light body feels overly carbonated.

D: One word: unique. I can safely say that I've never had a beer that tastes like this before. Not that enjoyable to me, to be honest. But I'll give bonus points for thinking outside the box. (903 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a thick creamy head.
Nose shows peppery, spicy, bready notes in copious quantities. Pepper is over the top. Sweet caramel detectable underneath along with some light floral hops.
Flavours are quite malty, with more bready notes before a bold bitterness makes itself known. After a few sips the pepper shows through, both as a flavour and as an annoying, prickly, tingling heat on the sides of the tongue and palate. Good creamy carbonation though, and smooth body.
10/10 for creative thinking... but really the pepper is too dominant and doesn't really blend with the rest of the beer. (608 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Not a bad beer at all and certainly a lot better than I was expecting given the aroma of the beer, it definitely wasn't a classic but I did enjoy the spiciness to it and its fairly unique flavours. While it's not a beer I'm likely to pick up again it is one it was a decent beer and a very spicy one at that. (349 characters)

Photo of Med
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color. Very clear. Nice white 2 finger head doesn't last. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Fairly subtle with a sweet apple or pear smell.

T - If nothing else it's different! Starts slightly sweet like a bock. Odd (but not unpleasant) hard water taste then PEPPER. The finish is actually like putting a little too much black pepper on mashed potatoes. Mind you, I like pepper, and I like this beer.

M - Neither good nor bad. Reasonable carbonation. Perhaps a little watery.

D - The pepper tastes good and is a nice change of pace, but I can't see myself having more than one in an evening. (611 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" beige head which quickly dissipated. Held to the light it's a hazy auburn brown color, attractive. Cold it had pretty much no smell, and I was surprised after it warmed I still really wasn't getting any. Nice rich complex flavor. The peppercorns come through as a general exotic spiciness. There's also some caramel. But frankly I usually expect a rye to be more interesting. This is decent but not great. (419 characters)

Photo of dardan
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear, darker than expected, similar color of a barley wine.
S: Very slightly fruity, dominated by spice/peppercorn, not malty
T: Initially semi-sweet/neutral followed quickly by the pepper heat and bite, no alcohol bite detected
M: Moderate, neither heavy nor overly light, appropriate
D: Heat from the peppercorns reduces the enjoyability, too much lingers for too long

Give it a try - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel makes an unusual set of beers that, if not perfect, are at the very least novel and perfectly drinkable. If the peppercorn heat drops out with age, this has the potential to be a very enjoyable beer a year or two out from now. (641 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin shortly liivws head on a brown base. Collar left.

Not getting a lot from the nose, maybe some malt sweetness.

Faint rye notes...Loving the peppercorn "hot" finish. Would guess this one at around 6%abv

Medium mouthfeel and adequate carbonation, very fitting.

A bit one dimensional...peppercorns pretty much steal the show from any other flavor. Worth a try if you're looking for something different, otherwise pass. Thanks for the bday want fdkayti! (457 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a very dark red brown colour with a little amount of head. This tastes just like hot spices...wow. Makes your tongue tingle, thats for sure. That takes away from the drinkability, but its kinda cool that it could make your tongue tingle in that way. Very interesting beer though. Just the flavour isn't all that impressive. (336 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brownish red color with a small amount of tannish colored head that isn't there very long.

S: Not much else in the does but peppercorns. Black peppercorns and white peppercorns. A small amount of spice In the background.

T: Wow. This is like liquid pepper. Pretty tasty though. A tiny amount of rye spice but mostly nothing but pepper.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. The pepper/spice
make the finish a bit "hot".

Overall: Ive heard so pretty bad reviews about this beer. Is it a verygood beer? No. Is it drinkable and unique? Yes. This beer would be kicked up a few notches paired with a nice steak or roastbeef dinner. I'm not much into food pAirings but this beer just screams Steak! (710 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. hazy mahogany color, mostly brown with some red hues. Nice tan head with a rather nice retention level and moderate lacing.

S: some serious pepper aromas, more than any beer I have smelled. hints of rye malts followed by some fruit tones and some tobacco.

T: Wow! Tons of pepper in this, with a nice rye backbone. Not much else, but it seriously tastes like I just consumed freshly ground peppercorns. very interesting.

M: the pepper burns the back of the throat. High carbonation level. Huge peppery mouthfeel that lingers for a while.

D: such a unique flavor. Rye with pepper is different and enjoyable. One of these is all I can do though. (658 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hirter stange.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber brown, with a minimal amount of off-white head that leaves a trace of lace. The smell is mostly malty toffee with a glint of pepper and breadcrust. The taste starts off with the same amltiness, but then eases into an array of spices: cracked pepper, cinnamon, mustard, even possibilities of salt and cumin. Needless to say, a unique flavor, but not all that bad. The body is nice and medium, though the carbonation is a tad high, leaving this brew to be drinkable, but not overly so. (539 characters)

Photo of Levich
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.5 ounce bottle into a shaped pint glass.

Route des Epices pours a rich red tinged brown color with two fingers of light beige head that settles leaving half of an inch and a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is delicate with hints of maltiness as well as apple cider. The initial flavor is mildly sweet with hints of rye bread flavor. This is followed by a bit of relatively nondescript bitterness and finally a lingering peppery tingle on the back of the tongue. This beer has a thin mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation, although the peppery finish beefs up the body a little. The pepperorns seem to work in this beer, giving an otherwise bland beer some character without overpowering the subtleness of the rye.

Overall, this is a pretty interesting beer. I would drink it again, but I wish it had more powerful carbonation. I think that would play nicely with the peppercorns. (907 characters)

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.