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: 368
Hads: 588
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | 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 bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a regal dark amber with slight red undertones and active off whiteish head

rye and peppercorns dominate the palate. its like smelling a jar of peppercorns, seriously, but in a somehow mystifying and enticing way

on the palate it starts with malty sweetness followed by dry rye notes and then spicy, hot hot pepper notes for a spicy spicy finish. dry chocolate notes on the sub-palate and a touch of sweetness as well

starts malty upfront and then the hot peppercorns endure on the finish, yet still very tasty and refreshing

a beer like no other, very weird but every sip gets more interesting. oddly refreshing and extremely memorable. would be absolutely amazing with a honey baked ham, thanksgiving dinner, or big fat juicy steak (742 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a 12oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few weeks ago, bought it on the spot as I've never seen this or many others from Dieu Du Ciel before. The label states "Rye beer with peppercorns".

The beer has a murky dark copper color with a tickish spitty head. The aroma is a peppercorn cracker, strong pepper smells mixed with biscuit malt. The taste is literally pepper-like, it burns your lips and throat with each sip. It's hard to get much rye out of this beer, just pepper. It gets a bit much really, I guess it's original in its way but not my thing. (560 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer is crystal clear with a slightly dense deep auburn colored body and a thick creamy head of light beige that sticks to the glass and is supported by big bubbles of carbonation.

S- The smell of caramel and dry toast have a faint earthy hint when they warm a bit.

T- The taste of dry malt with a biscuit malt and dry toast hint give way to a chocolate malt hint. There is also some coffee malt notes that come through the chocolate malt as the beer warms. The finish is a big spicy herbal green peppercorn note that lingers on the lips as a burning sensation.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a peppercorn heat that burns the lips softly after each sip, but no alcohol heat.

D- The subtle depth of the malt is a bit overpowered by the peppercorn heat, and I could actually feel myself exhale peppercorn breath. This was interesting and not really offensive but it needed some support. I think this would be a great beer to match with a big juicy steak. (1,002 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, rusty, reddish-brown color with a creamy, off-white, three-finger head with decent retention. Unbroken sheets of lace left over in the glass.

S: This features aromas of caramel, toasted malt, apple/pear, and freshly ground peppercorn.

T: Right off the bat, I was greeted with flavors of caramel, chocolate, pear, and dry/bitter rye. Then the pepper hits. Awesome! Fresh ground pepper takes over straight away and ushers everything else, quickly, towards the finish.

M: I've described many beers as having a "peppery" mouthfeel, but this beer is, literally, peppery. Like someone took a peppermill and ground some fresh pepper into my beer. BTW, the last sip (with the swirled, peppery sediment in it) is awesome.

D: What a different and interesting beer. Certainly not for everyone's taste, but this would would be an excellent compliment to a spicy pepperoni, basil, and garlic pizza with crushed red pepper! (984 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber/orange that is rather cloudy with a 1/8 inch off white slightly tan head. The smell of piney hops is offset by the aroma of spice. First taste is bitter and peppery with the peppercorns really meshing well with the rye malts. The hops are strong enough but fortunately do not overpower the pepper and rye. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy - especially considering the low ABV of 5%. If you love peppers, this is one great beer. I love peppers. This would be a joy to have with a pepperoni pizza. (511 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured from the bottle a deep, slightly cloudy amber brown, with a delicate foamy head that released a wonderful hop-laden scent. The glass was raised and the beer tasted. It was at first rich malt with a nice hop bite--a sort of wonderful bitterness--that lingered on the tongue... and got stronger and stronger until the "bite" turned to a burn that never ended. The pepper had kicked in. I love trying new things. And I really enjoyed this beer... until I realized I couldn't turn off the searing pain in my mouth and throat. A few swallows of a nice German dunkel finally stopped the pain. But I just can't see myself drinking this one again. (655 characters)

Photo of grandq
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazelnut brown with a fluffy two finger just-off-white head. Not much scent coming off this, sweet and a little nutty. Biscuity malt, some slight belgian yeasty notes, a touch of caram... wait, it's turning a bit sour as it twsits into rye. Soon the pepper pipes up and could initially be mistaken for a hop bite, but then dials the spiciness to 11. The pepper is pretty intense but not searing, mellowed by a bit some floral hoppy notes. This coats the mouth nicely, though I can't feel it dissipate as my tongue is still being pricked by little peppery devils. After a while, this gets a little rough but its an impressive little show of brewing creativity - so boldly spiced but still pretty drinkable. Good craftsmanship that pushes just to the edge of pallate overload. Another nice one from this brewery. (818 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber color with a slight chill haze. Moderate head and lace.

Surprisingly little spice aroma. Relatively dry malt with very light hop. Frankly, small in the nose.

Ah, the pepper really comes through in the taste. This starts as a typical malty amber ale--lots of malt with a low hop bite. But the swallow features a low burn from the peppers and crescendos to a decent spicy touch. I like this blend: It's different and satisfying. Good body and carbonation.

If you're looking for something different without going extreme, seek this beer out. It's original and not over the top. (588 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see more of these in the states! Pours into my glass a deep amber brown with hints of red as well. A creamy two finger off white head sits on top and doesn't falter. Aromas start with some toasted spicy grain and caramel. Every second sniff I get a good dose of crushed peppercorns. Somewhat fruity throughout as well. Quite interesting. Mellow cocoa underneath.

First sip brings toasted rye grain upfront that mixes in with a medley of fruit flavors. Notes of caramel and cocoa as well. The pepper comes in strong midway through with a strong spicy/hot kick. Vibrant crushed black peppercorns that leave a tingling spiciness on the back of the throat after each sip. Slightly bready. Not much bitterness here and pretty smooth. A really good pepper beer!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good steady carbonation that makes it almost seem creamy. I'm enjoying taking my time with this one and all of the flavors it contains. Overall, I couldn't drink too much in a sitting, maybe one more, but I really enjoy pepper beers and this one is a great example. I hope I can get more of this again sometime!! (1,112 characters)

Photo of sstackho
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz single bottle purchased for $2.49 from somewhere in Montreal - that "King of Beers" depanneur near the brewpub, I think. Pours a dark ruby red with little head. Not much aroma to speak of. First taste is tangy and spicy - and definitely a pepper bite going down the throat. It is difficult to discern any particular flavours while it's in the mouth - but there is an unmistakable, and unpleasant, pepperness going down the throat. I think I need another beer to have along with this in order to wash it down. I gotta say I'm surprised at some of DDC's choices of beers to bottle. (584 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.5 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors...
"Rye Beer Brewed With Peppercorns" on the front, artistic logo sticker...
A hefty pour resulted in a burgundy-red colored-hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with rye, malts, caramel, and dark spices...
Taste was truly rendolent of rye, along with a strong, pepperish essence that bit the back of the throat... A nice suggestion of malts were thrown into the mix, along with a hint of salt, and dark, spiciness...
Thick, rich, pepperish mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability, especially due to the modest ABV...
Interesting stuff, worth a try, but certainly not the best Rye beer I've encountered... (815 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was picked up in a 330 ml. bottle, and was poured into a pint glass. The pou looked amber to orange-brown in color and the head was two finger thick. The smell was quite malty with sweet maple syrup aromas. The taste was malty up front with the spicy sweet rye grains quite apparent, some honey showed up in the middle, while the finish was pure peppercorns. I love all of these flavors so it worked for me wonderfully. The aftertaste lingered on for eternity. The body seemed sticky and creamy. This was a rare find, a beer that pushes the envelope, but still remains very drinkable. (593 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with a nice initial head that fades to a swirly cap. Smells somewhat fruity and with a bit of grain and a dry malt background, but quite light. The taste is far more bold and interesting! I really like this beer. Big cherry fruit flavors, some nice rye fruity/spiciness, and big, big clean tasting peppercorn flavors. The fruitiness of the peppercorns has really been preserved, and although this has a definite pepper kick, it is not all heat but lovely fruity and herbal peppercorn flavors that keep this going. A nice aged soft cheese would be lovely with this, the flavors would cut right through the cheese unctuousness. Smooth in the mouth with a very spicy finish. Very, very powerful, and best with food, Can't drink more than one of these. (770 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light beige head, but hold perfctly to a thick film of foam. Great bubbling and a bit of lacing. The color is a great rust brown. The arom is a spicey toasted pale malt with herbal hops miced with bready malts. The taste really gives you a double whammy, wait make that triple wammy. The peppercorns, the rye, and the herbal hops. Spicey yet very balanced between the bitter rye and spicey yet a elegantly subdued peppercorns. I love how the peppercorns leave a little tingle in the back of my throat. Very comlex beer, one that needs some thought and caring attention. (577 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep copper, brown under a big slightly off white head. Good retention, little lace.

S: Smells of malt, a bit of chocolate and caramel and a hint of peppercorn.

T: Sweet up front, malty, not really getting much in the way of caramel or chocolate like the smell. Peppercorn really comes through in the end. Spicy, hot. A little too much heat.

M/D: About an average mouthfeel. Drinkability is so-so. An interesting beer but just a little too much. Almost like a chille beer with the heat. (514 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (710 characters)

Photo of Slynger
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1


Slightly hazy orange amber with a fizzy head of light tan. Smells fruity with very light caramel sweetness and toasted grains with rye and distinct peppercorn. Tart aspects of dark fruit in the flavor, with some toasted grains and spicy rye. Lots of fresh green and black pepper spiciness. Unspectacular medium body. Very unique, and probably enjoyable for some. I however found the pepper a bit overwhelming. (416 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy malt scent with only very, very minor hints of rye and pepper.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch bready, though with not much sweetness present. Though mild in the nose, the peppercorn taste is very distinct once you start drinking it down. Sure, you got your spicy rye character, but the pepper really leads the charge and lasts all the way, unyielding, till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unique and interesting in its shocking display of peppery punchiness. A beer that begs, along with the drinker, to be paired with food. (682 characters)

Photo of IdleAaron
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Ruby red hue, very nice looking beer. A slight head.

Smell: Hmmm... well the first thing that comes to mind is sweet urine. Not too promising at first sniff. My second sniff shows a hint of raspberry.

Taste: A nice spicy start which builds into a burn. This gets hotter with each drink. It's a little like drinking a good malty ale mixed with Tabasco sauce. Not my idea of good but it is interesting.

Mouth Feel: Highly carbonated but that could be the Tabasco sauce tricking my mouth. All is lost once the burn is on.

Drinkability: Not too great. Too spicy for beer, but on the other hand this could go really well with spicy Chinese food. I'm not sure how I feel about this beer.

I wasn't going to try another until I thought of the food paring potential. Maybe it's a bad sign that I'm looking for something to offset the taste of this beer??? (864 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. screw-top poured into my Deschutes snifter, the Route Des Épices is a dark, hazy ruby with large, very dense and long lasting light tan head, that leaves incredibly thick, gorgeous lace.

Smell is heavy on the peppercorn, with a sweet, nutty caramel backbone. Overall a bit thick

Taste is predominantly spicy, from the first sniff to the lingering finish, this is more of a pepper then rye beer, a sharp, ginger ale like brown ale. The label and name make it pretty clear what your in for.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, starting very smooth but with a sharp, lingering spiciness on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really appreciate it's rich, full flavor and low ABV. This would be great with some cheese, but I'm not in the mood for some now (and ironically have a good amount of Tillamook Black Pepper White Cheddar, which would be overkill). A lingering, nutty finish makes this one worth revisiting, but it's boarderlilne gratuitous with the spices. Combined with the $4.50 price tag means this ones is not going to get much rotation. Probably a good marinade for steak and brie. (1,113 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My second encounter with the five new Dieu du Ciel beers that arrived in Oregon this week. Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep amber color, topped by a finger's worth of creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy on the peppercorns, with a light malt base and a hint of spicy, grassy hops.
Palate is lightly sweet malt up front for just a second before the spiciness of the peppercorns comes through. A bit of grassy hops picks up before the finish, which leaves a long-lingering peppery spiciness. Body is medium and a touch creamy, with a dry finish that complements the spiciness of the beer nicely. A tasty offering, but I wouldn't want to have more than one in an evening. (701 characters)

Photo of Kraken
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of santa109
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at 46 degrees. Bottled: December 2007.

A: Poured a semi-opaque reddish brown with 1 finger of thick looking (like a nitro-can) cream colored head into a pint. The head sticks around throughout really looking like something out of a nitro-can. It also leaves nice lacing that really sticks to the glass.

S: Initial fruity pear aroma followed by some spicy bread dough and then peppery notes. Pretty subtle aromas. Doesn't really prepare you for what's coming.

T: Interesting initial caramel and bread maltiness. Already after the first sip, a slight pepper taste comes from the vapors. It feels like I'm eating a spicy pretzel. Hops are nowhere to be found, totally hidden by the pepper.

M: Feels fairly thick and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation seems fine although the pepper numbs the tongue a bit and it makes it hard to know what's going on. Leaves the mouth feeling like you just ate something covered with chipotle pepper; warm, but not burning.

D: I don't think this was meant to have more than 1. At least I couldn't. The taste is bit too overwhelming but its not hard to finish by any means.

Overall, an interesting brew that was nice to have on this rainy and cold day. Would be nice after a day of snowboarding for it's warming qualities. (1,262 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a headless cloudy blood orange rouge with a trhin white collar.

Doughy bready scents with some almond aspects and a hint of Dr. Pepper. (Maybe its the pepper corn sub-context)

First swigs: Cough! Pepper corns! They are in there big time! Wow! Like a Salt & Pepper potato chip bag from Herrs. A tad of Atlantic Ocean water went down the pipe. Seems like a touch of tobasco spice in there that is translate via peppercorns. Rye is understated.

Feel is light bodied middle of the road with a root beer linger.

Last swigs: Pepper and more pepper! If Clara Peller drank this she would ask "Where's the Rye?" This is an anomaly beer. Intricacies are subtle. Who said "Cave Creek?"

Beer is good. Happy beering. (720 characters)

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