Route Des Épices
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Rye Beer
Ranked #69
Ranked #25,044
3.67 | pDev: 13.62%
Apr 19, 2022
Jun 10, 2003
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
341 ml bottle, merci to my Quebecois colleague Louis. ABV is 5.3%. Brown colour, minimal off-white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and over-ripe fruits, just a hint of pepper. Low carbonation. The flavour is distinctly malty, with plenty of caramel, but is not too sweet. A moderate bite of pepper in the finish, becomes very distinct in the aftertaste, and leaves a warming mouthfeel. Moreish.
Apr 19, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Purchased from Beer360 in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, in Australia.

The beer poured a bright, metallic brown with golden glints as the light caught the beer, and an off-white, thin head that lingered throughout the drink.

The aroma was classic rye beer, with a strong spicy note, and some bready malt. There were some metallic notes on the nose as well, presumably from the pepper, and that showed through in the taste.

In the mouth, the beer had the classic rye spiciness that was foretold by the aroma, backed up by a creamy, metallic, green pepper taste that complemented the rye spice very well. There was also a fruity, almost ginger and bready undertone that balanced out the spice and worked as a perfect accompaniment to it. in fact typing that sentence made me think that there was an element of ginger in the beer, along the lines of a Stone's Green Ginger Wine.

The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly thick, accentuating the spices and rounding out the slight metallic taste from the pepper.

Overall I think this beer perfectly balanced rye's penchant to want to take a beer down a sharp, tangy road by matching the creaminess of the green pepper with the mellow, fresh fruit/ginger and bready base. For mine, this worked really well and created a very enjoyable experience.

Apr 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thick brown color, very cloudy. No head. Bread, malt caramel flavors coming out first. Didn't get the pepper in the initial sip but that fully appeared soon after. This is quite good even though a bit unusual because of the pepper but I'm liking the malty / bready side of it. The pepper is a good twist. Approved !
Note: I dont like rye bread but this doesn't taste anything like it. Should try another rye beer to compare.
Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -18.3%
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
Rated: 3.79 by BlueSpader from Washington

May 10, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

Apr 14, 2018
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Reviewed by safaricook from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Rated: 3.52 by Samact from Vermont

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Oct 21, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Oct 20, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
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
Rated: 3.69 by HopBelT from Belgium

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jul 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Reviewed by Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Rated: 3.32 by ILOVEHAM from Canada (BC)

May 07, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by BeccaH from Florida

Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Feb 03, 2017
Route Des Épices from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 644 ratings