Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
83
good
385 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
627
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
43
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 385 | Ratings: 627
Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

 2,549 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 435 characters

Photo of teromous
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 1,474 characters

Photo of EMH73
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

 261 characters

Photo of Craftedanddrafted
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 364 characters

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!

 507 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

 410 characters

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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

 258 characters

Photo of MojitoCheesecake
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 304 characters

Photo of kevofficiel
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

 347 characters

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

 765 characters

Photo of Trosevear
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

 410 characters

Photo of craftcraver
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

 684 characters

Photo of Tilly
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

 392 characters

Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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.

 1,055 characters

Photo of souvenirs
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 150 characters

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Veiled dark brown color with an amber hue and a moderate amount of activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with some very good legs.

Aromas of molasses, bread, and caramel. Earthy and bready flavors of toffee, molassy, roasted grains, dark fruits, strong herbal feel. Pleasant sugary feel with low sharpness but a little bitter.

Slick full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light finish of medium length, ending with a thick molassy tongue coat and a lingering peppercorn feel.

Overall very good quality craft having very nice flavors and good freshness. Nicely balanced and well rounded. Perfect black pepper finish that is well intensified and pleasant.

 704 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

 589 characters

Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

 512 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

 244 characters

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!

 362 characters

Photo of simonsays2k9
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

App: Medium light brown with almost no head

Nose: Bit of cereal, toffee and slight spicyness. Barely any yeast notes, maybe i didnt let it warm long enough. Very clean nose.

Taste: slightly roasted malt, cereal, mild toffee and bread notes, the spices and the pepper shines in the finish big time leaving a pleasant and very present heat on the tongue and palate.Earthy and herbal bitterness from the hops that compliment very well the pepperyness of this beer.

Pretty interesting beer. The malt profile seems a bit lackluster but it gets better in complexity if you let it warm up quite a bit. This is the perfect beer for food pairing with steak, grilled meats, etc. I will probably buy it again but it will most likely be to pair with a meal rather than drinking as a standalone beer. While its not my favorite style of all time, this beer works well for what it is. Worth a try. I recommand it.

 901 characters

Photo of rain_dog
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of spicy beer, and this a solid one. Albeit, it can be overpowering if you don't like the taste of pepper. The peppercorns are right upfront front: smell and taste. Add to that some caramel and some distant chocolate, strong malt flavor. Did not detect the rye or fruit as the label implies.

 301 characters

Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Not a bad beer at all and certainly a lot better than I was expecting given the aroma of the beer, it definitely wasn't a classic but I did enjoy the spiciness to it and its fairly unique flavours. While it's not a beer I'm likely to pick up again it is one it was a decent beer and a very spicy one at that.

 349 characters

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Ruby, good lacing. Quite a strong rye component and a spicy beer, good balance, light hops but a rich earthy peppery character, good drinkability and balance. Not something I would have regularly but this was enjoyable.

 219 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.68 out of 5 based on 627 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe