Route Des Épices
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Rye Beer
Ranked #187
Ranked #38,407
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: The Routes des Épices is a rye beer in which pepper has been added during the brewing process, lending it wonderful peppery flavours and aromas. The beer also reveals flavours of malt, fresh cereal, chocolate, caramel and a hint of fruit. In the aftertaste, the pepper flavour is once again revealed in full strength and it leaves a pleasing spicy tingling sensation on the tongue. A nice balance is attained between its spiciness and its multitude of other flavours.
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janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at The Situation, served in a trappist glass.
Red colour, no head, small lacing.
Aroma of caramel, rye, dried fruits, ginger, hints of chocolate and spices.
Medium body, creamy texture, normal carbonation. Spicy finish.
Taste of pepper, caramel, fruits, spices and hints of chocolate.

Feb 12, 2020
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the spicy rye and the peppercorn work well together. it is a nicely created beer that should be paired with some food I guess. It will easily stand up to even heartier dishes and is low abv.

Mar 31, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light mahogany coloration with an amber tinge and a medium, fizzy head. Smells of light caramel malt, rye grain and and a certain green pepper note. Taste is dominated by caramel malt, and dark bread crust, with a strong rye grain character that is complemented very nicely by a mellow pepper note. A hint of dark fruit and toffee in there as well. Finishes bittersweet, with quite a bit more pepper coming through in the aftertaste that pleasantly lingers on the tongue. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

One of the better pepper beers I've had, I think the pepper complements the rye character very well here, which already has peppery undertones. Notes of toffee and dark fruit create additional complexity.

Mar 29, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. Playing Cafe 0. The peppermint, although not excessive, its still too tiresome and hot for me. In any case, it can be finished without disgust but slowly

Sep 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt dark orange close to bronzed amber. A little white foamy head started and dissipated at a nice pace. Thin stringy lacing spider webbed around the glass. The smell started off with strong spicy peppercorn up front and then the rye malt amplifying the spice. Delicate breadiness underneath. The taste was mainly spicy pretty much all of the way through. Spicy peppercorn to rye aftertaste. Smooth grassiness combines in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the spiciness to hit my tongue with some nice harshness. Overall, I say this was a pretty good rye beer. It’s pretty spicy all around, so don’t expect it to be balanced. I think I could still have it again.

Jun 16, 2017
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Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely reddish brown colour topped with a tan evanescent head.
Smells of rye and malt.
Starts off with a typical red ale flavor to which the presence of peppercorn slowly creeps in and overtakes the original ale flavor.
A pleasant ale with an extra kick from the pepper. Works well when paired with roasted meats and salty chips!

Jun 05, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, now! I seem to be delving, at least briefly, into the Rye Beer area of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog. My Achilles heel is rye, which is why I have numerous bottles of rye whisky here and very few of any other distilled spirit. Man, I am so excited that this has become both a style & a routine brew for many brewers. Rye malt is tricky since it breaks down VERY easily & quickly & can create a sticky oatmeal-like mush that requires a hammer & chisel to remove from the mash tun. I have known a couple of homebrewers who, upon having procured an upgrade system, went whole-bore & then just threw out the mash tun afterwards. The resulting beer was to die for!

From the bottle: "Rye beer brewed with peppercorns"; "Route Des Épices (French for 'Spice Route') is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavours of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavour and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue."

I Pop!ped the cap, only to realize that it was a twist-off! Quelle domage! I know, I know, all reviews MUST be done in English, but that just slipped out. Likewise, the beer just seemed to slip out of the accursed bottle & into my awaiting glass. It must have thought that it was getting off easy as it just sat there, but I gave it a hard swirl, followed by a light spanking. This raised both its ire as well as a finger of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with Deep Amber highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was a bit heavy on the caramel, but the spiciness was still evident. Mouthfeel was medium. The burning taste of the combined peppercorns with the rye malt was both unexpected and unabating! It was like of those cinnamon jaw breakers that lights you up and never stops until you spit it back into the wrapper for another try. Okay, time for a shot of Rye Whisky. OMFG! What was it that David Bowie sang about "Putting out fires with gasoline"? Whoosh! Beads of seat broke out on my forehead, my eyeballs began to tear and water uncontrollably, my tongue was rendered insensate. Yummy! Finish was dry and peppery, but it was on the finish that the cool mintiness of the rye began to shine through. The conundrum begins when I attempt to rate to style, as opposed to taste. I liked it just fine & I know a local who would really dig it, but the rye malt was wildly overshadowed by the peppercorns. Phew!

Nov 04, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pour is hazy dark brown with an off-white head that is not durable and leaves just small spots of lacing.

Aroma: dark bread, peppercorns and surprisingly strong toffee/brown sugar notes.

Flavor: mildly bitter. Lightly spicy grains upfront. Peppercorns and spicy rye kick in lightly in the fine finish and aftertaste.

Overall: well crafted ale featuring sweet malts, rye and pepper.

Oct 16, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The notches in the bottle are marked 10 and 13 for October 2013 at the bottle date.

Appearance: Very little head. It has larger sized bubbles with a brown and tobacco stained color but they fade out quickly. The body is opaque and it has a brown tea color.

Aroma: I am getting a bit of a woody oak aroma, a bit of chocolate, and the scent of caramel. The beer mentions that it is made with both rye and peppercorns. It doesn't really showcase these in the aroma but the overall aroma has a very prestigious quality about it. It almost has an English Barleywine aroma without the high alcohol scent.

Taste: Up front I get this burnt toast and light caramel character. There actually is a bit of a peppery character to it and it has just a little bit of heat at the end. Before that pepper hits there is a moment where some plum comes through. It has a nice combination of flavors. I am not getting any rye here.

Mouthfeel: It is very drinkable. It has a body that borders on the lower edge of medium and light. The beer has enough bite from the peppercorns to cut that light sweet caramel flavor.

Overall: This doesn't really showcase any rye character but the beer is still very good. The one I bought is about three years old, so while I can't comment on the beer young, as an aged beer it does very well and it retains a good deal of heat. While I wouldn't recommend it as a rye beer I would recommend the beer on its own merits and I would certainly drink it again.

Oct 04, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very interesting beer, however I cannot get past the amount of pepper in it. Strong rye flavors, with notes of toffee, dark fruits and coffee. This is clearly a beer that needs to be enjoyed with a hearty meal, unfortunately I did not pair it with any food.

Sep 02, 2016
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Craftedanddrafted from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This is one of the most interesting beers that I've had in a long time. It has a truly unique flavor. Admittedly, I am a sucker for all beers and wines with big pepper tones. This would be just perfect with a seasoned steak. I will be finding it again to do just that. However it is only a September to December availability. I might stock it for the winter.

Jul 11, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky mahogany with a medium head that poofs. nose; dark bread crust, hops, & dark fruit (fig?). taste; rye spiciness, caramel malt, toffee, raisin/grape, earthy hops, sugar, black peppercorn, & light ethanol. the rye & pepper sting lightly & nicely on the end. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. very interesting beer that drinks a little like a belgian strong ale with rye & peppercorn running the show. the spices here are very well done, and the overall profile is a touch vinous. delicious!

Jun 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darkish amber appearance, the head formed around that 1/4" mark, mostly white. Aroma was interesting, earthy, tobacco, pepper, rye, toffee.

The rye? and pepper goes the biggest of anything in the taste, some coffee note to it as well. This really should be drank slowly, there is definitely a lot going on.

Well carbonated. This was a strange one. If you're totally some rye geek, I would check it out.

May 30, 2016
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.3 oz bottle poured into pint glass, picked up at CBX for $4.59
A: pours a nice golden amber body, +1 finger off white foam head, a little stringy lacing
S: caramel malt, pepper,
M: medium body
T: caramel, blast of pepper, slight grain flavor
O: cool brew

May 20, 2016
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MojitoCheesecake from California

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer and quite a nice surprise as i had my reservations in trying this beer. Pours a rich copper color. Lots of spices , but especially black peppercorns can be detected on the nose.

Pairs well with sliders ( especially bison or other non traditional meats), Moroccan and Indian food.

Feb 20, 2016
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kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Route Des Épices

Look: Amber, brown color with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: Spices, pepper and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Spices, pepper, caramel.

Feel: creamy caramel and lots lots of black pepper. The more you drink it the more it is noticeable.

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes why not, but I would not buy an other one for myself.

Nov 30, 2015
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer poured a deep amber color almost a brown, with 3.5 fingers from creamy head that faded leaving a thick film and some lacing.

Aroma - There are only 3 smells im picking up, The rye smells like fresh rye bread, followed by a light sweet toffee and finishing up with pepper.

Taste - The flavor profile is similar it starts out with a nice rye bread, its followed up by a toffee sweetness. I get some banana there to if you taste carefully and its finished with a strong pepper taste.

Feel - This beer is on the verge of a full body, Its thick and creamy feeling, the finish is dry and spicy.

Overall - This is not something I'll buy again. It wasn't off putting my any means its just not for my pallet. A very interesting brew all the same.

Nov 17, 2015
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Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark red or amber color with a small white head.

S: Rye brown sugar with a little bit of spicyness.

T: Bitterness with a spicyness from the peppercorns. Nice rye flavor from it and an after taste that leaves the spicyness in your mouth.

F: Light bodied with a high carbination with a nice aftertaste.

O: wasn't quite sure how I was going to like this one but I was super surprised and I really like it!

Oct 08, 2015
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craftcraver from California

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a dark amber with dark cream color head about 3 fingers high. Head holds retention quite well and leaving a good lacing.

S: Black pepper laid over a malty bed of carmel and rye.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a balance of carmel, malt and black pepper. No one flavor dominates.

F: Medium-heavy body, similar to a belgian dubbel, medium carbonation.

O: There is nothing nuanced about this beer, it is very straight forward and everything you get on the nose you get on the palate. The black pepper is a bit distracting, however I did enjoy the fact that it did not mask any of the other flavors and instead complemented the bready meal like profile of this beer.

Oct 04, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Translucent brown with a thin beige head leaving am beautiful lacing around the rim.
A: Molasses bread, caramel, malt, yeast, spice.
T: Malty, pepper and spice some toffee. Pepper after.
M: Coats the tongue, medium finish. Leaves the tongue tingling from the peppercorn.
O: Good beer, interesting. Spicey. Not quiet up to speed with the last two beers from this brewery that were fabulous.

Oct 01, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stiegle Stange, produces a quick golden cascade that turns a 4” pail gold, creamy head. After a drawn out recession, patchy lace is left while lazy carbonation sparkles from within a clear copper brown ale (SRM 16-18).

The aroma opens with rich malt and wheat bread. Once the head yields, peppercorn dominates.

This most definitely has a rye bread flavor, and the peppercorn is unmistakable. Balanced, with a long mild pepper burn, well after other components of the finish have subsided. Lots of caramel beyond the pepper. There is a paradoxical subtlety of flavors within the pepper.

No trace of alcohol, with a texture of brushed wool in the medium to full body. Carbonation is modest, and it is fairly dry as the pepper comes back around for another shot.

This is a nice interpretation of a Rye Beer, with the spicing adding complimentary and contrasting values. While far from a sessionable beer, it is a great diversion from the path more traveled. I think it will pair nicely with chips and mango-salsa, or nacho cheese.

Sep 12, 2015
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souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Harvest Wines in Dartmouth, NS.

A: medium brown, opaque.
S: molasses.
T: pretty boring except for the pepper.
F; smooth, with a peppery finish.

Sep 11, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a muddled, opaque, brown coloring with a halo of white head and a steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of rich caramel, hints of chocolate, heavy pepper spicing, bitter toasted grains, and earthy notes. Flavors are sweet caramel and bitter grains forward, followed immediately by the pepper spice. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a tingling pepper spiced, muddled sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, and slightly watered down. Tasty beer, and an interesting twist on a rye, but just lacking something for me.

Jun 04, 2015
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown with a finger of off white head. Peppercorn and a little dark fruit on the nose -- almost wine-like. Spicy tasting -- with the rye and pepper playing off nicely against each other. There's some heft to the body, with the malty, fruitiness partially masked by the spice. The pepper lingers in the aftertaste with more bite than the aroma and initial taste would suggest. The aftertaste is a little much for me, although paired with a heavy meal, it might work well. Until then, a very solid brew.

May 31, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy brown body.
The aroma is spice rye bread. Nice.
The taste is muddled rye, caramel and peppers. The finish is a nice peppercorn flavor though.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's a rye bread in liquid form.

May 13, 2015
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 642 ratings