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

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 591
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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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: An interesting muddy brown with a tiny off-white head. Very nice lacing.

S: Caramel malts, sweetened coffee, milk chocolate.

T: At first it tastes like a brown ale with caramel malts being dominant, but then all of a sudden your tongue starts to tingle from the peppercorns and you get a punch of heat. Definitely the spiciest beer I've ever had.

M: Capsaicin burn lingers on your palette and keeps on kicking the back of your throat. It's an interesting feeling to get from a beer.

O: I couldn't finish this one, the spiciness was just too much for me. I can appreciate it for what it is, and I can enjoy the aftertaste when drank in slow sips, but this one isn't for me. (713 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short review because I have chores (unfortunately!)

A: After a vigorous pour only two fingers of tan fluffy head. It already looks like retention will be an issue. Color is a really deep caramel with lighter brown notes but mostly dark. It's tough to tell the clarity and I don't have a laser pointer on me. Nice action from the carbonation.

S: Peppercorns are really apparent in... you guessed it a peppercorn way. Really deeply spicy. More chocolate than I would have thought with some caramel. It's hard to pin down the rye because it normally comes out as spicy.

T: The beginning of the beer is mostly caramel maltiness with some chocolate. Then it goes to what I believe is the rye spiciness. Finally it finishes straight up spices in a way some pepper beers do. The kind that confuses my tongue if it's the carbonation or bitterness... but no it's the spicy quality you get when you eat spicy food.

M: Really creamy, in a great way. Leaves your tongue feeling like you just ate a mild salsa. Tight carbonation.

O: An interesting beer, although not nearly as big as a hit as the hibiscus beer they brew. This isn't' something I would get normally but it's definitely worth a try. (1,189 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 DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Medium brown plum color. Just one fingers of beige creamy/frothy head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Wow, this is peppery. Well, there's peppery and then there's PEPPERY and this is the latter. Rye earthy spiciness underneath. Toasty malts with notes of caramel. I dig this.

3.5 T: It's still peppery, damn peppery, but only a fragment of what the nose presented. Still, it adds a touch of heat on the finish. Rye is appreciated again. Toasty, grainy malts with caramel. Tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but okay.

4.0 D: The drinkability for this becomes greater as you drink it. The reasoning is that the peppery heat builds up after every sip. By the end, I had a nice warming going on in my mouth and I loved it. Would drink again. (868 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy brown/amber color to it. It has a small off-white head after a strong pour that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of peppercorn, caramel, toffee and rye.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant peppery spiciness, with some rye and a caramel/toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas but not quite what I expected. (550 characters)

Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes
Appearance-Poured beer into a pint glass minimal head does cling to edge of glass
Smell-Malt, rye and peppercorns
Taste-If you're a chili-head or heat seeker like me (chili peppers, peppercorns) this is where this beer excels. I did enjoy the subdued use of hops and low bitterness (IBUs).
Mouthfeel-Full bodied. I really enjoyed how the peppercorn taste builds as you drink this.
Overall-At 5.49/bottle kind of pricey. Think if I have again I'll try to pair with a peppered steak or other spicy dish (Thai or Mexican). Do recommend and will buy again. (573 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam collar. The body is a clear amber brown with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Light lacing can be seen between sips but seems to have trouble clinging to the glass.

Pouring the beer releases great malt aromas carrying lots of caramel and toffee notes. Getting in closer to the beer reveals an overpowering pepper aroma that stings the nostrils when breathed in too deeply. The rye really gives this beer a bready quality in the nose.

Each sip starts with light flavors of caramel and toffee with an overlying herbal character. Swallowing the beer allows the rye to come out along with more herbal flavors. As these fade, the spiciness from the peppercorns sets in, stinging the sides and tip of the tongue.

The medium body and moderate carbonation give this beer a drinkable, but not quite refreshing quality. The body is like that of an American Brown Ale, which really lets the malt flavors come out. The carbonation is somewhat fizzy and foams up only slightly in the swallow. (1,192 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown/amber color with a finger of dense white head. Retention is solid.

S: Spicy rye mixed with peppercorns are dominant in the aroma of this beer. Slight fruity hops and bready malts are in the background. A get a bit of malt sweetness. Very nice.

T: Spicy rye and peppercorns absolutely dominate the front of this beer. I get slight hoppy bitterness after that with a bit of caramel sweetness, but not much. The end is all peppercorn. It stops just short of being extreme, but that is coming from someone who loves peppercorns.

M: Medium to full bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation. Great for the style.

O: I'm very impressed by this beer and a bit dumbfounded by the low scores. Yes, peppercorns are strong so maybe the beer is a bit polarizing. However, I find it complex and full bodied, yet easy to drink. I really love how the rye and peppercorn flavors work together - so tasty. Highly recommended. (985 characters)

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

Brought back from Montreal, bottled in December 2011.

A- Pours a dark amber-brown hue into my mini 12oz pint shaped glass. A light tan head forms to about a finger in size and retains decently. Lace blanket begins to form at the top of the glass and continues down the glass.

S- Fresh cracked peppercorns right of the bat, like I am about to dry rub some pork or something. Underneath that is some dark caramel malts.

T- Zing of peppercorn flavor right up front, it is quite intense. I even get a bit of the warm spicy feeling you get from nice pepper. The base beer is like a lighter brown ale with caramel, toasty, dark fruit and a slight rye profile. The pepper dominates the flavor though.

MF- Silky lighter-end body that foams up when it hits the palate. Pepper actually gets fairly spicy after a few sips in a row, nice warming feeling.

I don't mind peppercorn in my beer but this might be just a bit over the top. Expect it to taste like pepper straight from the mill with some caramel. I am almost deceived into thinking I just ate a pepper-crusted steak or something. Intense. (1,090 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottled August 2011.

Appearance - Pours a dark, murky brown (almost mahogany) with a very thin line of bubbles for head.

Smell - Peppercorns, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits.

Taste - Starts off with the sweet flavours (picked up in the aroma), and then transforms into a spicy, peppery finish and aftertaste. Not overly spicy hot, just a pleasant black pepper flavour.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Tingly on the tongue due to the light bubbles and pepper.

Overall - This beer takes your tastebuds down an interesting path. I was surprised by the sweet start that turned into a peppery finish. Hats off to Dieu du Ciel for creating such a unique beer. (693 characters)

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

341mL bottle served into a tulip glass. 5.3%ABV, bottled in October 2011.

A - Pours a clear red/amber color with a 1-finger, white, creamy head which disappears rather quickly (~2min).

S - Nice blend of peppercorn and red fruits. Malt and herbal notes are also present besides.

T - Taste is really intense! I pick out some cereals up front with a relative sweetness, but hops and pepper give this brew a very spicy finish... it's really HOT! Rather than the feeling of peppercorn, the spiciness is close to chili pepper as it stays on the tongue for a long time.

M - Light to medium bodied, this beer has a very dry finish due to the spices. I would like to feel a sweeter feeling up front to balance the pepper. Other than that, the carbonation is absolutely perfect in my opinion.

O - This brew is such an experience! It is very unusual and I love it! You certainly need to like hot meals to appreciate its taste, but if you do just seek it out! (952 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Mike, served in a snifter.

Beer is brownish with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention but low carbonation.

Aroma is yeast and peppery.

I didn't know this beer had pepper in it before it was served to me, it was served blind, but I called it from a goddamn mile away. The pepper wins in the palate and the nose. Rye? For reals? I couldn't tell. This beer was a pretty big let down, very peppery, and that's all. Nope, not again. (466 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured carfefully yielding a low boggy light brown head. Dark amber in color

S: Smells like a rich syrupy quad or dubbel. Then there's a prominent pepper aroma that starts kicking the door down halfway in that finishes as distinct peppercorns.

T: The elements in the nose are overlapped a little more and there's some salt to accompany the pepper. Wouldn't be able to tell there was rye in it if I wasn't told so, but I guess it kind of goes hand in hand with the pepper.

Edit: alcohol becomes pretty prominent towards the end and if drank too fast, especially for a 5% beer. End up tasting more like 8%+.

M: Lower carbonation is overshadowed by the pepper, although I don't think any more fizz would benefit this beer, but not sure. Pepper is left on the back of the palate.

O: This beer is about the pepper, but I love it! (834 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is nut brown. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich malt base with spices, rye, and peppercorn.

T: Creamy maltiness followed by rye notes and a nice spice and peppercorn addition. Just a touch of spiciness from the peppercorn. Aftertaste is malty and slightly peppery.

M: Malts give a creaminess that is countered by the peppercorn additions. Rye adds a bit of texture to mf.

O: Interesting, complex, and delicious. I love the pepper additions to this beer. At 5% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable. (641 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep brown in color with about a finger of off-white head and some foamy lacing.

S: Nutty with hints of chocolate in the background. A little of the rye pokes through as well.

T: Nuttiness and chocolate come through up front . . . and then the peppercorn takes over! Lots of spiciness in the finish and down the back of your throat. A little earthy hop bitterness comes through as well. I think this would probably be a better beer without the peppercorn IMO - it's a flavorful rye beer with an abruptly spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied and a lot of spicy bite from the peppercorn. Mildly carbonated, but with the bite of the peppercorn you don't really need much carbonation.

O: Kind of meh for me. I'd be interested to try the base beer without the peppercorn added. At almost $5/bottle I'll probably never have this again. (838 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at O'reilly's at the Best Western. Served chilled in a snifter.

The color is slightly hazed reddish brown with great retention and fine bead. There is a good amount of lace collecting and the carbonation is visible. The smell is like a humidor, very aromatic and slightly sweet with a woody essence...could be the pepper but almost comes off as smoky with slight peat influence a la fine single malt. The feel is good with nice amount of carbonation and subtle spice which seems to increase midway through. The dry toasty graininess comes through a little bit but the alcohol is mild and it is about medium bodied making for a nice blend of malt and spice with good balance.

The taste is not as inviting as the aroma led on, but still has some of that cedar-like sweet woodiness with a goodly amount of malt which comes off more creamy than caramel with a light toasted and dry accent that doesn't really reach any kind of roast level yet does seem to amplify the pepper flavors in the beer. The alcohol is more noticeable because of the spice I suppose but not really sharp or out of place there is a mild heat that builds in the back of the throat which lets you know what you are dealing with. The peaty tinge is a good woody compliment to the subtle rye. Overall I like the way this beer unfolds it is very aromatic even when cold and as it warms tends to come together quite well with the malt and spice in harmony. I recommend trying this if a peppery beer is your cup of tea. (1,505 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Oct. 2011.

Appearance: Pours a light brown, amber-red with a modest 2 finger head.

Smell: Sharp peppercorn, like a pepper steak with a strong malt profile.

Taste: Love the pepper! Sharp and spicy, especially after the finish. Caramel malt holds its own but the pepper is the main player and i love it.

Mouthfeel: Body is lively with spiciness though the smoothness is perceptible in the background. Intense but great.

Overall: While some may complain about the pepper, it comes as billed. I see no difference in the intensity of its ingredient when compared to the intensity of the hops in many IPAs. Unique and well made. (664 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark toffee colored ale. Much darker than expected. Hazy. Thin head with minimal retention. Hints of lacing.

Primarily sweet aroma of brown sugar, dates and figs.

Sweet flavor starts it off with a complex toffee, caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar character. Wheat bread with a mild hint of rye. Almonds. Crushed pepper spice comes to life after a few seconds adding an interesting twist without overpowering the flavor. Hops are subtle with some herbal notes. Highly complex and unique while maintaining balance.

Full bodied and hearty. Finishes with a slick yet drying texture from the peppercorn. Low carbonation.

This is one interesting beer. Well worth a try if you are in the mood for something different. (717 characters)

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

A brown clouded beer with a tan head that leaves little lacing, good curtains though.

Much malt in the smell, sweet bread, nuts, hard bread, a bit dusty.

The taste starts sweet and malty, brown bread with honey, then a long spicy feeling.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth texture that turns into a slightly dry and burning finish.

A well balanced, good spiced beer, the rye and pepper goes well together. (411 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly

A-dark murky brown with a thick light tan head with a decent amount of lacing

S-aged rye, pepper, and cedar. decent strength. very unique

T-comes in with a subtle but quality taste of peppercorn flavors and rye. it transforms in to a great and complex taste of cedar, rye, and peppers. the peppers are actually very spicy and good. it has a very long lasting after-taste. there's a touch of chocolate to it. the flavors are all complex and balanced. this is a high quality beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a spicy finish.

O-now THIS is how a rye beer should be. I've had so many different rye beers, but this is finally one I can distinguish from an IPA. The only other rye beer I've had that compares is The Bruery Rogbrod. for being as complex and balanced as it was, the tastes and flavors all held up extremely well throughout the experience. it seemed to get spicier and spicier as well. i really enjoyed this one, and I felt lucky to try it. maybe not something i'll be wanting again and again though. (1,056 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown color with a orange bottom. 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Caramel and some floral hops

Taste: Caramel is upfront and it is nice and sweet. The peppercorns show up on the backend and add a nice spice note to the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to low carbonation and some heat and tingle from the peppercorns

Overall: Pretty nice little beer it had some things about it that I didn't like but I really enjoyed the flavor of the beer and I would recommended this (500 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red/deep caramel in color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty with a strong hint of molasses.

Taste – indeed malty with a fairly spicy feeling in the finish. The rye is evident in the sort of blanch type of taste, but the peppercorns are definitely there. They make the Mouthfeel end up being quite warming.

Mouthfeel – warming and a bit spicy (hot) feeling, but without the chemical burning of it.

Overall – very interesting in taste, and seemingly quite original. I’ve certainly never tasted anything quite like it. (637 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real tiny bubbled and creamy off tan head is made through the pour. It forms very creamy like. Body is a dark amber red and somewhat clear. Real nice color and great head formation. Some real nice lacing of claw like.clumps while always keeping a solid puck. Just lovely.

Nose is green peppercorn sense kind of soft with a good malt backbone. Pepper at first pour is not as strong or noticeable, but after sitting it clearly dominates.

Wonderful spice finish and pepper in the palate. At first it seems like that is all there is to this beer as the pepper lingers constantly after the swallow. Slowly though the malt creeps in with sweetness and baked bread. Body though is a little wet just a bit watery.

This is a great combination and use of rye with pepper. This is a hot beer but tolerable without an alcohol burn. I really like this it is soa far thefor best example of pepper dominance in a beer that I really enjoyed. (979 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)

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.