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

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre)
637 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 637 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rahman done the street from DDC recently. A corriander like malty brew, other herb tea-like spices,somewhat a biere de garde resemblance. Carmel coats the tongue. Restrained bitterness. Some bubbly head on top of medium dark, spruce beer aroma. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a small 1 inch bone colored head. Nice rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark bread and malts, spices, and a subtle fruitiness. Taste is of dark rye bread, roasted malt, spices, and just as the label describes: peppercorns. The peppercorns are odd to be tasting in a beer but this is very tasty to me. There is a subtle burning in the throat after each sip. Mouthfeel is a pretty flat and it makes this beer somewhat hard to drink in a way. Overall, this is an above average beer with an interesting concept that could have been executed better in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

never had one quite like this. like a swig of rye pale ale with a fat bite of steak au poivre. brewed with green and black peppercorns, this is one interesting sip. pours dense and milky brown in color, slight amber hue to it, definitely full bodied, with a fluffy just off white head. the nose is really bitey from the peppercorns, which increases even more as it warms. there is also a full dose of rye malt in here, which only adds to the spicy nose. flavor is great and unique. its peppery as hell, almost hot in the finish, but its highly refined as well, carefully dosed, and I think they walked the line here without crossing it. I could have drank another bottle of this without issue. the rye has a ton of body and exacerbates the pepper intensity, I love the combination. never had one like this before at all, not aware of another out there really. creamy feel in texture but with quite bold carbonation. this is a beer you can keep on tasting for awhile after you swallow, the pepper just keeps coming. I can think of about a million food combinations id like to serve this beer with. highly recommended!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a copperish brown color, the head was pretty decent looking, didn't lace the glass too much but did hang out on top of the beer for a while. The smell of this beer was a little earthy to me, some malts and sweet dark fruits on the nose. The taste is ok at first, it's got some subtle elements of malts and hops, some butterscotch in there too. What really sets off the flavor is of course the peppercorns, The tingling heat in the aftertaste was really cool. I enjoy these kinds of beer so much and they're very rare. The mouthfeel had a good thickness to it and a little bit of carbonation. Overall this brew was nice, I really enjoy the heat in this ones aftertaste.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in color with a thin beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are strong aromas of peppercorns in the nose, along with some hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, spicy flavors of peppercorns really stand out in the overall taste and linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the finish is rather spicy, leaving some heat on your tongue.
D: This beer is very drinkable if you like spicy foods (like pepper steak). I would definitely try this again because it's unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark and earthy character of the beer is shadowed closely with the assertive tone of peppercorn for a dryish and spicy taste that settles in early on and rides the wave thereafter.

Pouring a braised amber color, notions of ruby and garnet come to mind as an efforted ray of light penetrates. Well capped with a semi-dense creamy head, the beer shows certain retention and diced with lace that coats the glass afterwards.

Earthy and spicy, the nose wants to register Belgian-ale components, but the lace of sincere fruitiness and the hearty biscuit character of English ales sing another song. Rich with chocolate, toffee, and earthy black peppercorns the scent of the toasty ale is evident. Plumb, fig, and date give a sweeter nutty subsidiary note as the beer switches to aroma to flavor.

The taste of the beer goes quickly from malty sweet caramel to slightly scorched toffee, to heavy toast with earthy rye, peppercorn, and alcohol bitterness in finish. But there's an overlying veil that waves over the mid palate with sugar plumbs, burnt currants, and grape leaves for added depth and malt complexities. Hops only support the spice in balance of the beer and is comfortable in its hardly recognizable role.

Medium bodied to start as the malty toffee richness takes hold with a creamy texture. The peppery bite of the beer tempers the malts and starts to command the beer in the mid palate and ushers in peppery dryness, alcohol warmth, and a heated addition of spice that only peppercorn can produce.

The harmony of peppercorn and rye is remarkable as each play out in an intertwined taste and texture that's as rustic as it is playful. Yet the balance is spicy and raw to the point where it becomes a bit challenging to the palate- yet curiosity resumes...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz glass at the brewpub in Montreal. A reference to the spice routes of historical trading annals, I presume.

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a single finger of reservedly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some complex rain forest pattern lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of soft, savoury black peppercorns, smoked caramel malt, spicy rye grain, generic herbal spices, and a hint of earthy yeast. The taste rather ramps up the pepper quotient, with gritty black peppercorns, augmented by a bit of vegetal green pepper, making for quite a zingy flavour, as the attempt at balance from the biscuity, grainy caramel malt is notable, if not exactly fully counteractive. The subtle rye bread character just adds to the spicy nature of it all.

The carbonation is soft, and generally just playfully frothy, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and more smooth than anything pepper-infused should be, IMHO. It finishes pretty dry, and, yep, peppery, from malt and guest ingredient alike.

As advertised, this is indeed a peppery brew, and a well-wrought one at that. Sure you have to like pepper, but hey, who doesn't? It's a shit-ton better for you than table salt, and works quite well with the multi-varied malt here. A decent beery ode to those bygone explorers who made this possible for us.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color with a huge head that leaves clumps of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Caramel malt and rye, with an astingent, burning sensation from the peppercorns

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, with the spicy rye and peppercorn flavors taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hot peppercorn sensation overwhelms the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation and a prickly, hot sensation that lingers across the tongue

Drinkability: Clearly a controversial and extreme brew; I can see why some like it but it doesn't do the trick for me

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pepper is dominating and quite intriguing. Taste is dominated with strong black pepper with a nice touch of rye as well. Body is about average with some good carbonation. This beer is probably a bit too spicy for my taste buds but very innovative; probably not something I would be everyday but might want to try this once in a while.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy red orange color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, rye, toffee, pepper, herbal, chocolate, and light plums. Very nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, pepper, rye, biscuit, toast, herbal, toffee, and light raisin. Lingering notes of pepper, rye, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Pepper heat flavors seem to build up in intensity as you drink. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice spiced rye beer. Nice balance of malty flavors with pepper; and quite smooth to drink. The pepper heat flavors build up on the palate, so I don’t see myself having more than one at a time. Very enjoyable though.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into Corsendonk Goblet.

Hardly any head on this beer. Color reminds me a quad. A dark caramelized brown. Doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Aroma: I can definitely get the rye and peppercorn out of the smell. Chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruits. A lot of the flavors the bottle has listed. Very helpful label.

Taste: Wow. the peppercorn is very present here. Chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruits, plums. A lot of matching flavors from the smell. A very spicy beer.

Mouthfeel: Very spicy. Wow, this is interesting. I have never had a beer like this. It is like putting dried peppers on my tongue. Medium-full bodied. Pretty good level of carbonation.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. I like the spices, but it is kind of giving me a headache. It isn't bad, just nothing I'd drink a lot of in a night. Give it a try if you like spicy peppers.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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