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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: 554
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Weekiwachee, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

RyanOooh, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Lare453, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not quite sure how to rate this beer. After tasting it, I am not quite sure it fits into the category listed here, but I can't definitively say it doesn't.

To me, the smell, and to a certain degree the taste, is English style bitter/PA. The taste definitely has the dryness of a rye PA, but the feel (and definitely the end taste) has a strong sense of [black] pepper (hence the description on the bottle "au poivre"). With this, it is sort of more of a chile beer, or a spice beer maybe, than a rye beer.

All that being said, the taste isn't as "English" bitter as the smell. The front taste is decently a caramel-tinged maltiness (in my opinion, fitting in the English style), with just the right amount of bitterness added to ensure it's not a sweet beer. In that sense, there is some balance, but in another sense, there's nothing else special about the beer. Until...

A few seconds later the tongue tingles with the bite of freshly ground black pepper. And the bite leaves a tingle for a good while on the tongue. In this sense, it's a very interesting flavor, giving it a slight bump from being a solid mid-level beer.

cjgiant, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of mlm5641
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Light brown and clear in color. Outstanding tan head formed when poured into glass. Low yet present carbonation.
Aroma- Sweet carmel and malt flavors with dark fruit. Slight spice, especially peppercorn.
Taste- heavy on the spice, especially the peppercorn, light on the carmel dark fruit sweet malt flavors. Very little hop flavor except you do notice a slight bitterness in the very crisp finish. Medium light body.
It's alright but not exceptional if you ask me. I would drink it again if it was offered but I doubt I would order it.

mlm5641, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

PEIhop, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tikk, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Low orangey wispy head despite a vigorous pour. Opaque orangey red colored. Rich aroma of ripe fruit and dark bread. Flavor of ripe apricot and plum, bready malt, semi-sweet, no hop flavors. A peppery bite slowly builds, subtle but noticeable, just the right amount. Starts in the back of the throat, slowly moves up to the back of the tongue and rolls down to the tip, keeping the mouth warm despite the low ABV. Low carbonation, semi slick, but the heat adds to the mouthfeel. Interesting beer, worth a try, but not a quaffer.

far333, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jak, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

williamjbauer, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

vermilcj, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jordanimal, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jeg518, Dec 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

discharmingly, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

crhea89, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper-colored + clarified pour into a pint glass. A beige head starts at a few fingers, quickly falls to a thin yet solid cap for the duration. Some lace splotches here and there.

Pepper stands out in the scent, kinda general spices/herbs all around. Grassiness, toast, and just a touch of caramel.

Taste is also quite peppery and spices-laden, but not overbearing. Base beer somewhat resembles a light brown ale, with some caramel, nutty malts, toasted bread.

Lower-end carbonation, could use a bit more but not bad. Malt+spice profile make this feel bigger than 5%.

The pepper does build up with time making this a spicy sipper, but I like it, i didn't find it as overbearing as many reviewers found (perhaps they've toned it down in later batches?). The beer underneath it all does a fine job too.

Chico1985, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

thebouch01, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Troville1990, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a medium body. Over a finger of head on the pour. Dark ruby red color when held to light. Little to no active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Smokey malt and rye on the front. Some bright hop character and slight alcohol. Leafy greens and some coriander are pronounced as well. The malt character continues to be profound throughout drinking.

Taste: The front is a ton of leafy greens and exotic spices. Really dominates the front and challenges the palate right away. Pepper and smokey rye picks up on the body. The finish continues to ride out with peppercorns and rye that the palate is left dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Some complexity but dominated by the peppercorns and rye.

Overall: A decent brew. The peppercorns really take over and kick the palates ass. Takes over the brew too much to be a really truly great brew.

KFBR392, Nov 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.