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)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 635 |  Reviews: 387
Photo of jcarper
5/5  rDev +35.9%
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!

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Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of abriggs1
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers in the world. I have to admit when I heard about a beer brewed with peppercorns I was not expecting good things. They do it so tastefully that the rye flavors give way to the tingly aftertaste in a way that is sublime and near perfect. I paid just over $4 for an 11.5 oz bottle and I think it is worth the premium price. This is my favorite beer from Du De Ciel and I think it blows Peche Mortel out of the water. Have this beer with a good steak and you will be in heaven.

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Photo of TheBeerGulper
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Weekiwachee
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark reddish brown with a rather small off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Green pepper galore! Rye and some caramell malt. A bit sweet. But the spices are truely great!

T: Again, green pepper and heavy spicyness. Rye and some semi-sweet caramell malt. Some bitterness. But also here the pepper are powerful!

M: Heat! Pepper and spices stay in your mouth forever - probably the longest aftertaste I've had in a couple of years. Body is medium and carbonation the same. Kind of smooth. Did I mention the heat?

O: The only thing that comes to mind when I'm concluding this review; COOL! This beer is one of the coolest beer experiences I've ever had. The heat from the pepper really knocked me off my feet...

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Mitchster
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 for a 11.5 bottle at Merchants. Pours out to a slightly hazy dark chestnut, forming a modest light tan head with poor retention and decent lacing. Moderate to mild carbonation. Brewed with black and green peppercorns. 5% ABV. The aroma is really nice...there is definitely the smell of rye bread and pepper, and when swirled, a ting of sweet grain husk, dates and vanilla. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and pillowy soft with a medium body. The taste is exceptional. I love the peppercorns which sit perfectly balanced with some darker malts, the spiciness and earthy character of the rye, and a nice lingering sweetness. Bitterness is mild, but is perfectly balanced. The big rich aftertaste has notes of tobacco and rye bread, and the pepper produces some pleasant heat as it goes down.

I love this beer. Exceptional. I would love to drink this all night long, but it's exceptionally rich considering it's ABV. My frist beer from Dieu du Ciel and I couldn't be more impressed. Looking forward to the other two.

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Photo of taez555
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a mahogany, dark ruby colored body. Very clear, almost like a brownish cranberry juice.

Nose is hands down the most unique beer I've ever smelled. Peppercorns, wood and spice. It's a potpourri of spices. Like walking into a Pensey's store. It's a mix of every spice imaginable. Simply amazing, but unless you've walked into a spice store, you'd have no idea what this smells like.
It's a mixture of peppers, black, green, red with a west indies trade route of coriander and other freshly crushed spices. Simply amazing.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate hit of a sharp rye and spice flavor. It's like drinking super spicy rye bread. There's some heat to this beer, not in alcohol terms, but actually scoville unit spice flavor. The peppercorns are adding heat much like hot pepper beers, crazy. There's a strong potpourri, coriander flavor as well. The malt base is very nicely placed, but very non distinct. It ends with spicy note and s slight tingle on the tongue. Damn this beer is cool.

The bottle is right, the spice flavor leaves a tingle on the tongue. I've had beers that have pepper in them before, but this takes the cake. Rye and peppercorns work amazingly well together. Not everyone's cup of tea, or the perfect beer for every occasion, but I totally dig this beer.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle into fluted glass.

had this beer on draft sometime ago at Julian's in Providence, RI, and fell in love. Let's see how it holds up in the bottle...

A. deep bronze, a bit hazy. white head fades to lace.
S. rich caramel and roasted grain notes. gives the impression of an old ale because of the fruit/raison, maybe this is the rye?
T. mmmm, soul melt, its so good. barleywine flavors, cut through by the ambient heat from the peppercorns. Its like fresh ground pepper without the bite. the finish is a great balance of sweet residuals and heat from the pepper
M. full bodied, but carbonation sneaks though.
D. Its a perfect beer for food, so drink many and often. the spice cleanses other flavors and the carbonation cleans up the spice, leaving just the perception of heat.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled pale beige, almost off-white, head. Spicy aroma is like freshly-baked rye or pumpernickel bread. Lively, spicy flavor has malty and fruity undertones and leaves a spicy finish that hangs around for a while. Texture is smooth yet edgy and quite tingly.

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Photo of jakon
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle purchased $4.49 on 7-23-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours a brownish/garnet color with an ample tan colored head.

The aroma brings spiced marshmallow, rye, and just a hint of pepper.

Upon tasting, I still don't get much pepper until the finish. And wow is it most definitely there. I knew there was peppercorns in this beer, but I didn't expect it to come through so cleanly and meld so beautifully with the other ingredients. Rye was the perfect choice to complement the pepper.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Above average carbonation mixes with the peppery feel to create a very light pop-rocks type effect on the tongue.

There's a "sweet spot" temperature-wise that I'd estimate was between 50-55 degrees. If consumed too cold, you'll miss out on a great beer. As it got toward room temperature, the overall flavor declined.

If this beer weren't so expensive, I'd buy as much as I could find. Truly unique, great stuff.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

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Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of lgmol
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of bruindre
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Wordslinger
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rude ruby colour, with great beige head, visible bubbles, but nicely fluffy on top. Body is clear, showing steady thin bead, while head sinks slowly, leaving some nice - but thin - trails of lace around. Pretty damned nice.

Pleasant nose. Quite sour with that definitely-tart-but-beer character. Not sour like a lambic but that tart gristy grain character. The peppercorns definitely hit you on there, green and mildly spicy with a nice piquancy, a slight briney note to the spice, also kind of chilli-esque. Very intriguing, but also very pleasant.

Taste begins largely malty with a fair caramel and barley grain flavour on the front-to-mid, just a slight acidity from the rye that becomes more prominent towards the back. Some slight cocoa notes and vanilla sweetness takes us through to the finish. Now the main event - the pepper. Starts late-mid and complements the slight gherkiny tartness wonderfully, then gives a noticeable peppery bite right at the end that remains as a slight heat, just pleasantly spicy. This is my kind of beer; I love that spice sensation, and the rye gives it a great bite that really develops the palate well toward that end. Great and interesting flavours, used well, balanced, very enjoyable beer.

The mouthfeel is moderate, and sadly a little flat. Most of the sensations are that spice at the end - which I enjoy, but it could use a little more body and a little bit more sparkle from carbonation.

A bold flavour like this I can imagine putting people off, but I am a spicehead and it's just a hugely enjoyable, unusual sensation to me. I just love this beer to bits and could drink it all night.

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Photo of 2Cents
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer deserves a better rating then an 83. If you warm it up a little, you get a variety of tastes. A malt profile that has a scotch ale thing, only. with rye. There's a nice caramel taste that fuses with a mild hop bitterness and a peppery rye taste. The pepper corns add a lot of heat that coats the roof of you mouth. For me, this is a delightful treat!

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