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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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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | 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)
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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer aspiring to greatness. Poured with a small light tan head and no lace. Color is a nice, clear dark brownish amber. Aroma is mild but a little of the pepper comes out with some malt. Flavor is at first a little peppery along with caramel malt, right after that it's a little hoppy, then the pepper keeps on coming. Body and carbonatioin are average at best. Finish is pretty much just the long warming effects of the pepper. Interesting premise, nothing real special tho.

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Pours a ruby red colour with minimal head.

Peppery slightly malty bouquet. Kind of subdued actually.

Taste is again very subdued....im getting pepper...but very little rye. Very surprised and will buy another to try in case I ended up with an old one.

Mouthfeel is in keeping with abv...a little flat imo.

Overall this is probably the first dissapointing ddc beer I have ever had.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The peppercorns have, as the SW Chinese noted when I've travelled there, a numbing effect that allows your mouth to deal with intense spices that it would not otherwise be able to handle. While this is both interesting and unique, combined with a rye beer and a nice malty body, it is a bit perverse, because it enshrouds the structure and balance in the numbness.

The beer possesses a nice deep red/brown hue and takes on some nice grainy and raisin tones, but, unfortunately, it would take something stronger than raisin to break through the spice. Don't get me wrong. The carbonation is nice, the spice is light, and there is a lightness and a crispness to this I have yet to experience in another rye beer. But the choice of the peppercorns, while unique, inevitably numb one's mouth to the rest of the wonderful tastes.

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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...interesting, but not something I'd go for on a regular basis.

Cooper-brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Smells of brown-sugar, raisins, pepper and malts. Nop hop scent.

Taste is predominantly pepper corns, with some hop bitterness. The pepper nearly overwhelms anything else.

Decent moutfeel, but the pepper presence can lend to a bit of a stinging feel. A nice sipper, but not sessionable and not something I would buy en masse.

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3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Some beers are just for very particular occassions. This is one of those beers, although I have no idea when I would want one of these beers again except to show someone else that this kind of beer exists. This is sooo peppery it's insane. I'm halfway through but I'm starting to worry about messing up my palate for the rest of the evening. This burns. There are some other light dried fruit like aromas and soft malt flavours but pepper is right there at the front-and back for that matter. It's not terrible; it's the red-headed step-child of the Dieu Du Ciel brand for me.

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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy amber red/orange colour with a good size foamy/fizzy off white head. Can't see much carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell - It has a woody and smoky scent. It also smells like it packs a spicy punch; perhaps black pepper and cinnamon and cloves.

Taste & Mouth - wow, another Dieu Du Ciel beer that has a taste that I've never encountered before in a beer. This beer has a musty ,smoky ,warming flavor. At first I can pick up on some hops, and then the beer has a full flavor taste, but before you know it the spicy flavour kicks in and takes you to the finish. Even minutes after the sip, the warming feeling is still there.

Drink - I can applaud the fact that this beer is different, and also could possible see myself enjoying this at a ski chalet in the winter, but for the most part; it is not my sort of thing.

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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a creamy white head that is reminicent of a Boddington's. There are some decent beads of lacing but they quickly drop back into the glass.

S - The peppercorns are heavy in the nose. There is some malt and rye notceable but the smell of freshly cracked pepper dominates.

T - Creamy malt upfront gives way to a somewhat sour rye blend. The peppercorns are noticeable in the finish and leave a spicy taste. This is almost too spicy though as I feel I need to take a drink of water after every sip.

M - This might be the best part of the beer. High carbonation but extremely creamy, almost velvet-like on the tongue.

D - This would be quite low in my opinion due to the high spiciness. I would imagine I could get a bad case of heartburn from a couple of these.

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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third in the lineup for the evening, there were mixed feelings on this with me not really being crazy about it, but no matter. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was decent enough, and too bad not a harbinger of things to come. Nice dark color, hazelnut tones abound with a nice off white head that peaked out at about two inches about the rim of the glass, nice touches of rocky and cratered foam hung tight to the sides of the glass and left a real mark as the rolled down the sides. Aroma was spicy, pepper and rye are hitting you right in the face. Really just an enormous amount of spice, over powering and unbalanced at times, it seemed a bit much for me. As I take the first sip it really dawns that this is just not going to work. Too much rye and pepper are drowning any hope for a better balance and taste. Light to medium body with ample carbonation is only forcing the issue harder with way too much emphasis on the spice. Warming does little to help as the end result is just a bit messy for me.

Overall by far not my favorite. It could have been worse, and I have had worse spiced beers, but it could have been a lot better.

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.