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)

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.3%
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 brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber brown with a thin off white head. Nose is fairly unique, bringing some mixed spice with rye, pepper, and others. Also present is a bt of fruit and mild caramel. Taste keeps the spicing at the front with some sweetness in back. Fairly dry. Drinkability is decent. Creative and somewhat unique. I liked this but wouldn't want to drink it frequently.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, reddish-brown body topped with a small, light brown head. Low retention but good lace.

S - Aromas of pepper and brown sugar with some molasses. Some mango and toasted malt with a little bit of caramel.

T - Brown sugar with toast and dry carmel. Spicy pepper and earthy rye in the middle. Finishes with mild earthy hops and pepper as well as phenolic yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice and spicy, this is a solid brown ale with unique contributions of rye and hot black pepper. The black pepper is strong enough to warm the throat on the way down, but also lends the beer an earthiness that works very well with the rye. I wouldn't want more than one of these, but it was very interesting and well worth trying.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iam starting to see a few of these peppercorn and or chile beers more around.This poured into a large tumbler a clear dark rust color with a large blooming almond colored head that left a smattering of lace behind as it settled slowly,the pepper is more faint in the aroma its mostly dominated by vanilla caramel,and biscuit with a tinge of hard water as well.Flavors up front are somewhat sweet with caramel and sweet biscuit mainly the peppercorns are more of a back of the throat hit and a late burn.Its pretty good but I think the peppercorns can be a bit much after drinking awhile, still something different.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love Dieu du Ciel beers, although this may be one of their lesser awesome beers, it's def worth a review at least.

A: Light semi fluffy 1 finger head which fades slowly, with super hazy dark maroon molasses brown colored beer.

N: Wow, lot going on there. Lots of dark malts, crystal malt, some porter-esque roast, little coffee, lots of spicy rye, and even a touch of chocolate. Some slight earthy spicy hops also dangle in it.

T: Starts similar to the nose, with some dark rich malts. Lots of roast and porter like flavors, some coffee, crystal malt, even a touch of chocolate again. Then quickly comes a really spicy bright rye character. I even feel like I'm chewing on rye seeds. It's got a lot of pepper, black pepper, hot pepper, and decent amount of spice heat. SLightly syrupy sweet flavor with a little molasses.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation, and spicy hot.

F: Finish is very spicy with a lingering slowly fading heat, like i just sucked back a slightly spicy hot pepper. Dries pretty well but leaves a slight sweet syrupy flavor. More malts late on the finish as well with a little roast and coffee and even slight creamy chocolate.

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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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep brown in color with some hints of amber and ruby red when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of peppercorns in this beer. There are some lighter aromas of rye spiciness as well as some floral and citrus hops.

T: There is spiciness from both the rye and the peppercorns which really dominate the flavor of this beer. The heat of the spice really lingers for this one - not overly hot but lingers for quite some time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is some spicy heat in the finish.

O: This beer is probably only going to find a niche of enjoyment and popularity - this is a flavor profile that I enjoy and really makes me think of steak au poivre. I enjoyed this beer but it is a little spicy to be an easier drinker. Very unique.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: growler from Pinocchio's, FREE, won by Meester Lo, who guessed what was in the mystery bag (Flying Dog Disobedience). Thanks, Meester Lo!

Decanted into my City Tap House "Sour Saturday" mini-stem glass, a hazy, chestnut brown color with a small off-white head that receded to a wispy layer of bubbles; spots of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is somewhat distant, caramel malt and rye "spice," toasted bread and light peppery spice. Pale biscuity malt taste, toasted grains, a little bland and not too sweet, stiff peppercorn character, and a bitter herbal hop finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, drying. Not bad overall, but nothing great or memorable. It was free, so, giddyup.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy malt scent with only very, very minor hints of rye and pepper.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch bready, though with not much sweetness present. Though mild in the nose, the peppercorn taste is very distinct once you start drinking it down. Sure, you got your spicy rye character, but the pepper really leads the charge and lasts all the way, unyielding, till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unique and interesting in its shocking display of peppery punchiness. A beer that begs, along with the drinker, to be paired with food.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark ochre with more brick red than brown. The upper half of the glass filled with ecru colored foam following the pour. The cap looks good at the start and gains even more character as it melts. It's also nice and sticky, with pulled taffy bridges appearing between head and glass. Attractive and abundant lace.

Just as Peche Mortel smells more like coffee than any stout I have ever had, this offering smells more like pepper than any beer I can imagine. These guys don't mess around. They must have dumped the green and black peppercorns into the kettles with something approaching reckless abandon. This could be interesting.

Wow! Double Wow!! Route des Epices tastes like liquified pepper corns. While that might be appealing to some people, it isn't appealing to me. With a spice this powerful, a little restraint is called for so that all of the beer's flavors can work together in harmonious fashion. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel blew right past restraint, didn't give a second look at generous, and decided not to stop at excess.

The flavor profile includes pepper. That's it. I have no idea why the brewer(s) decided to make this a rye beer since there's no way that rye malt can be appreciated amid the blast of heat that scorches the mouth, tongue and throat each time the glass is upended. Most chile beer isn't this fiery. Not pleasant.

The mouthfeel, along with the appearance, is a highlight among lowlights. It's at least medium in heft and is as smooth as possible given the raspiness of the peppery heat. Carbonation is neither a positive nor a negative.

I enjoy hot-spicy food and use Tabasco liberally in chili and a few other things. I even like the idea of a pepper-flavored beer, as long as the pepper is an accent and not an 800 lb. gorilla, as it is in Route des Epices. Sorry, pass.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to korguy123 for this one. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours brownish/red with a small beige head. Decent lacing.

S: Some toffee/caramel, also a hint of coffee. The rye and peppercorns play a big role here. A little bit of chocolate as it warms.

T: Got a lot of the rye upfront and the spices/pepper on the back end. After a while got a slight burning sensation in the back of my throat.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Slight burning sensation due to the spices. As it warmed I found myself liking it less. Overall it is a very interesting beer, glad to have to tried it. Not bad by any means, but not really for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber color with a slight chill haze. Moderate head and lace.

Surprisingly little spice aroma. Relatively dry malt with very light hop. Frankly, small in the nose.

Ah, the pepper really comes through in the taste. This starts as a typical malty amber ale--lots of malt with a low hop bite. But the swallow features a low burn from the peppers and crescendos to a decent spicy touch. I like this blend: It's different and satisfying. Good body and carbonation.

If you're looking for something different without going extreme, seek this beer out. It's original and not over the top.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third in the lineup for the evening, there were mixed feelings on this with me not really being crazy about it, but no matter. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was decent enough, and too bad not a harbinger of things to come. Nice dark color, hazelnut tones abound with a nice off white head that peaked out at about two inches about the rim of the glass, nice touches of rocky and cratered foam hung tight to the sides of the glass and left a real mark as the rolled down the sides. Aroma was spicy, pepper and rye are hitting you right in the face. Really just an enormous amount of spice, over powering and unbalanced at times, it seemed a bit much for me. As I take the first sip it really dawns that this is just not going to work. Too much rye and pepper are drowning any hope for a better balance and taste. Light to medium body with ample carbonation is only forcing the issue harder with way too much emphasis on the spice. Warming does little to help as the end result is just a bit messy for me.

Overall by far not my favorite. It could have been worse, and I have had worse spiced beers, but it could have been a lot better.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at O'reilly's at the Best Western. Served chilled in a snifter.

The color is slightly hazed reddish brown with great retention and fine bead. There is a good amount of lace collecting and the carbonation is visible. The smell is like a humidor, very aromatic and slightly sweet with a woody essence...could be the pepper but almost comes off as smoky with slight peat influence a la fine single malt. The feel is good with nice amount of carbonation and subtle spice which seems to increase midway through. The dry toasty graininess comes through a little bit but the alcohol is mild and it is about medium bodied making for a nice blend of malt and spice with good balance.

The taste is not as inviting as the aroma led on, but still has some of that cedar-like sweet woodiness with a goodly amount of malt which comes off more creamy than caramel with a light toasted and dry accent that doesn't really reach any kind of roast level yet does seem to amplify the pepper flavors in the beer. The alcohol is more noticeable because of the spice I suppose but not really sharp or out of place there is a mild heat that builds in the back of the throat which lets you know what you are dealing with. The peaty tinge is a good woody compliment to the subtle rye. Overall I like the way this beer unfolds it is very aromatic even when cold and as it warms tends to come together quite well with the malt and spice in harmony. I recommend trying this if a peppery beer is your cup of tea.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Even without knowing this is a beer "au poivre" you would figure it out very shortly. Intense black pepper aroma which dominates all but the little hints of malt in the form of bread and toffee that you can pick up.

T: Just like with the nose, the pepper is dominant to the point of being overbearing. It's amazingly dry as a result and sort of chokes you toward the back end of the sip. Just a slight bit of toffee sweetness to help you out.

M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation.

O: I had some serious cottonmouth after drinking this. Just far too peppery to really be enjoyable as a beer.

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