Route Des Épices
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Rye Beer
Ranked #190
Ranked #38,874
3.7 | pDev: 13.51%
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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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MrMonkey from Maine

1.9/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I've pretty much loved or at least enjoyed everything I've tried from these guys, but with this one I had to ask, "What the hell were they thinking?"

Pours a dark amber/light brown with a one finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

The nose has a hint of chocolate and some bready malts, before a strong smell of peppercorns.

Taste is nothing but pepper; no rye, no other malts, certainly no hops. Just pepper. Hot spicy pepper.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Sadly, a drain pour for me. I couldn't get past three sips before tossing this one in the kitchen sink.

Jul 12, 2009
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vande from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ~ kind of a dirty pond water murky brown.... an extremely light lacing huggin' the glassware

S ~ hints of pepper, barnyard straw,

T ~ touch a sweetness blended w/ that peppery seems to hit the tastebuds from back to front, working the sides of one's tongue.... leaves a bit of warmth lingering in the back of the mouth, like i poured pepper right in the beer

M ~ thinner...little grainer..maybe its my mind picturing the peppercorns ground up and place in the beer...way different then the only other beer I've had w/ peppercorn = GI Pepe

O ~ an interesting beer..One I'd bring to a tasting for discussion...see what everyone thinks of it.. something about the spiciness tells me it'd go well with Mexican food?

Apr 14, 2011
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Apr 23, 2012
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illidurit from California

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours deep amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is light, with the obvious caraway and peppercorn notes but not much else. Flavor is similar, not much of a base beer here. Grainy with a smoothly integrated pepper character that is very strong but not in a bad way. Provides a tiny bit of heat in the back of the throat. I kept waiting, thinking that some warmth would allow the base to come through and show some complexity, but it did quite the opposite. Sort of thin and watery, basic. But I do like the pepper flavor, so at least it has that. Drinkable and solid, but with the rad peppercorn notes this could have been something much better.

Feb 09, 2010
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PEIhop from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Feb 11, 2014
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 25, 2015
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CharlieMurphy from New York

4.07/5  rDev +10%
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!

Dec 23, 2011
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper bordering on brown with a huge bubbly off white head that dissipates to a cap. Bready biscuity malts, incense, and pepper make up the majority of the aroma. The smell reminds me of walking into whole foods. Taste starts off with a quick caramel and biscuit which quickly fades to a spicy rye and incense which segways into a spicy peppery finish that heats up for a minute or so after every sip. Body is medium, carbonation is high, mouthfeel is watery/spicy. This one is different! I really enjoyed this one, especially that spicy peppery finish. The incense type taste and aroma that I got from this one was a little overpowering at times.

Mar 21, 2009
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Apr 20, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooh, a rye beer!

Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of spicy rye and a bit of hops in the nose. Just a bit of sweetness as well.

Taste is smooth and spicy with a nice hint of sweetness that's reminiscent of caramel. Of course, all focus here is on the rye and it isn't shy either in making its' presence known.

Mouthfeel is fully of lingering spiciness from the rye. It's literally like drinking liquid rye bread. It's also a bit chewy as well.

If you happen to like rye beers or beers that have rye added to them, you will like this beer. It's flavorful, tasty and low in alcohol. It's pretty much the type of beer I'd drink all the time if I could brew something close enough to it. Pick up a bottle today or check out their brewpub in Montreal.

Mar 07, 2009
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jcarper from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time trying this on the first sip, you might be put off, the second sip you will begin to understand it a bit better. By the time I finished my first bottle of this I knew I would be buying it again because it was unique. Rye beer with two types of peppercorns, it leaves a spicy pepper finish (but not too overpowering) and is a great change up!

Dec 17, 2010
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gford217 from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a decent off-white head that hung around for quite a while and left very good lacing. The smell is all rye and spices, mainly pepper, on top of a caramel malt background. It definitely stings the nose a little bit. Speaking of stinging, they're not kidding around with the peppercorn. The rye and caramel malts are present but the peppercorn completely burns the tongue on the finish. I've never tasted anything like it. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with decent carbonation, but the spices are more dominant than any beer I've ever tasted. This is certainly a unique beer and one that I enjoyed trying, but the drinkability is limited a bit by the overpowering pepper.

Aug 08, 2008
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afsdan from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

May 08, 2014
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tykechandler from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 19, 2015
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3SH33TS from California

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Dec 24, 2012
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tikk from Canada (YT)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jan 03, 2014
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throwback from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Feb 04, 2013
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jan 09, 2014
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TheBeeraholic from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Jun 16, 2013
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jan 13, 2012
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doktorhops from Australia

2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has to be - without a doubt - the first beer I've had from the state of Quebec (the people otherwise known as "those poutine-eating surrender monkeys") and for my first Québécois brew I picked something close to my tongue/heart - rye beer, why? I love rye is why. Brewed with peppercorns as well? Sounds brilliant, let's do this!

Poured from a 341ml (what an odd size for a) bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents a cloudy light brown/rust body with a tan ring of lace.

S: Interesting, I'm not detecting any peppercorns, there is a chocolate, ginger and sweet malt fragrance, not much else. Here's hoping there is a bit more going on in the taste department.

T: Flavour is a tad disappointing - tastes like a watered down ginger beer, was expecting a bit more than that. Some mid palate caramel malt sweetness only adds to the whole "ginger beer" illusion. There is a light spicy hop bitter finish but otherwise this is one big glass full of dismay.

M: Light bodied, a lot more watery than expected with a light carbonation.

D: Usually when you add ingredients to a beer it adds to the flavour profile, in this case the rye content is decidedly weak and in the immortal words of Simpson's character Rainier Wolfcastle: "Ze peppercorns, zay do nothing" [that's not the actual quote in case you were going to call BS on me]. So many missed opportunities with this dimensionless, sad ginger beer tasting brew that my suggestion to Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel (if indeed they do read my reviews which they probably don't) would be to go back to the drawing (brewing) board and add more rye, lots more rye, right? Ryeght.

Food match: The gingerness of this brew made me think of dishes with ginger such as the Burmese "Gyin Thot" and the Thai "Gai Pad King"... now I have ginger on the brain.

Jul 29, 2014
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webmanspidey from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, light bodied and fizzy. Smell is very sweet... molasses, honey, and maple syrup. Taste is mellow and sweet at first, not much spiciness but the finish is very peppery and spicy. The spiciness at the end is very prevalent and burning.. a characteristic I haven't seen much in a beer before. This isn't very strong.. the only thing hindering drinkability is the pepper which would be tough to overcome if you're not one for spices.

This is an interesting beer.. I can't say its something I love but it is unique and give credit to the brewer for trying something different.

May 03, 2009
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calcio360jrd from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at WOB Clematis.

Now this beer is one of the reasons i love dieu du ciel. This is a rye beer brewed with peppercorns, pretty interesting sounding when i read the bottle. Taste was traditional rye style beers i've had in past, but the peppercorns stole the show as the beer passed to the throat, almost felt like i just had a big bit of a steak au poivre!

Will for sure be having this one again.

Jun 22, 2011
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sennin from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazey, reddish brown. The foam gives off a light hazelnut brown color. Nothing all that special.

S: Pepper rams the nasal cavity up front, I can minutely detect something like a tomato smell and maybe some raisin- dark fruits.

T: Follows the nose pretty well, but there is definitely a large amount of a somewhat unpleasant tomato-like taste. Sort of reminds me of Short's Bloody Brew, but a better brew over all. Pepper hits later and hits hard, but I wouldn't necessarily say it is super spicy. Somewhat of a bitter after-taste on the back-end but it works with the other flavors quite well (I'm assuming this comes from the rye). As it warms though, it does lose a lot of its character and the taste leaves with it. Alcohol is mostly non-existent in taste.

M: the mouthfeel can only be described as fun- the beer comes in silky smooth but causes the tongue to tingle a bit from the peppercorn later on. The flavors in the beer dance on your tongue long after swallowing- something I really admire about this brew. It almost has the mouthfeel that you get after tasting a very spicy salsa, but its not harsh by any means.

Overall, this brew is not bad, but quite average by Dieu Du Ciel standards. And the rather acrid tomatoey taste can be rather off-putting.

Aug 02, 2012
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