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)
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
Ratings:
636
Reviews:
387
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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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!

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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 Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 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.

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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

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Photo of kristinc
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die," this one will have to wait for my review as I can't find my notes.

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Photo of alucard
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MetalCath
1.47/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mademers
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deg
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of CesarLopes
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Max8787
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Huffs
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.68 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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