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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Mit
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a ruby red colour with minimal head.

Peppery slightly malty bouquet. Kind of subdued actually.

Taste is again very subdued....im getting pepper...but very little rye. Very surprised and will buy another to try in case I ended up with an old one.

Mouthfeel is in keeping with abv...a little flat imo.

Overall this is probably the first dissapointing ddc beer I have ever had.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has to be - without a doubt - the first beer I've had from the state of Quebec (the people otherwise known as "those poutine-eating surrender monkeys") and for my first Québécois brew I picked something close to my tongue/heart - rye beer, why? I love rye is why. Brewed with peppercorns as well? Sounds brilliant, let's do this!

Poured from a 341ml (what an odd size for a) bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents a cloudy light brown/rust body with a tan ring of lace.

S: Interesting, I'm not detecting any peppercorns, there is a chocolate, ginger and sweet malt fragrance, not much else. Here's hoping there is a bit more going on in the taste department.

T: Flavour is a tad disappointing - tastes like a watered down ginger beer, was expecting a bit more than that. Some mid palate caramel malt sweetness only adds to the whole "ginger beer" illusion. There is a light spicy hop bitter finish but otherwise this is one big glass full of dismay.

M: Light bodied, a lot more watery than expected with a light carbonation.

D: Usually when you add ingredients to a beer it adds to the flavour profile, in this case the rye content is decidedly weak and in the immortal words of Simpson's character Rainier Wolfcastle: "Ze peppercorns, zay do nothing" [that's not the actual quote in case you were going to call BS on me]. So many missed opportunities with this dimensionless, sad ginger beer tasting brew that my suggestion to Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel (if indeed they do read my reviews which they probably don't) would be to go back to the drawing (brewing) board and add more rye, lots more rye, right? Ryeght.

Food match: The gingerness of this brew made me think of dishes with ginger such as the Burmese "Gyin Thot" and the Thai "Gai Pad King"... now I have ginger on the brain.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date 05/16 at 45 degrees into goblet
Very slight aroma of generic spice
Head small (< 1 cm), off white, rapidly diminishing to 1.5 mm ring with small center island
Lacing poor: thin broken rings of tiny bubbles providing sparse coverage for the glass
Body medium amber, slight haze
Flavor begins slightly sweet and spicy, whether from the rye or the peppercorns in uncertain. A peppery burn begins almost immediately in the esophagus and stomach, at which time the flavor is gone with only the burn remaining. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

It’s been nearly 5 years since I’ve had this beer and there have been changes in either the beer, my palate, or both. This was fondly remembered as a very tasty treat from the exotic land of Quebec. Now I find this to be an OK beer, lacking nose and appearance, but still being spicy. Now it seems meh.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A reddish coppery bronze color with a moderate amount of beige head. Smells quite sweet but with an equal measure of earthy spice: Toffee, musty seed spice, rye bread, earthy hops ... One can tell right away that there is a rich maltiness, almost like a scotch ale, couple with some savory spice and herb flavors. Indeed, the initial taste is like raisin rye bread sprinkled with black pepper. A dry, almost salty leather note emerges over time, along with sour apple, caramel candies, and tobacco. The heat from the black pepper builds over time, with the rather dry finish evoking peppered crackers and providing an interesting contrast to the sweet beginning and middle sections. Moderate body like many red ales and pretty smooth. I am hard to pressed to complain about anything here. There's a rummy sweetness, a woody peppercorn bite, and some tangy fruit elements that all cleave together nicely. Great example of the skilled use of spices in brewing, even if you can indeed taste the pepper as such.

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Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thin head that keeps a constant plate and leaves some laces.
Delicious predominant aroma of peppercorn and cocoa with sweet malt and rye on the background. Felt like in an Indian spicy street stall.
Flavor starts with caramel malt, muffled herbs and rye, dry onion bagels and finish with a predominant, fast and gradually increase of bold peppery notes. Dry and hot aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Spicy feeling that goes down the throat.
Felt like a Brown Ale made with rye with a pepper time bomb. Quite interesting beer, it should perfectly match with cold cuts or steak. Stay away if you don’t like spices.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle locally at Capone's. $9 per bottle....shit ain't cheap!

Spice Route is a murky, hazy red ale topped by a sticky, everlasting tan head. Really nice head development, and looks like sea foam popping out of the top of the tulip glass, and it leaves scars of lacing down the side of the glass. The clarity could improve, but otherwise this is a tasty looking beer.

A quick whiff of this beer and you will be whisked away to the Indian Ocean, the air filled with the scent of fresh peppercorns. It is very appetizing, and immediately makes me think of pairing this beer with some spicy salami.

It is a medium-bodied beer with smooth carbonation, and a foam head that pushes back like meringue. The beer crosses the palate with hints of baked bread, rye bread, and subtle fruitiness. It wraps up and finishes with a spicy peppercorn melee, leaving the tongue tingling. Nothing too intense, but it certainly grabs the drinkers attention! A wonderful and appropriate level of heat.

This is a very enjoyable beer, one that certainly deserves revisiting with food (esp. charcuterie). It is drinkable, well-crafted, and balanced well enough that the peppercorns don't overwhelm or the malt doesn't muddle the clean spice flavor. Really like this one...and I would say that it was worth the high price tag to try it.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep copperish brown color topped with a finger slightly beige head. Very little visible carbonation.

S: A bit of peppercorn along with some sweet , slightly caramel like, and bread malt. A faint touch of noble hops as well.

T: Peppercorns come through but the malt and hop aspects of the beer are still well established and make for nice backbone. Everything is evenly blended ,sweet malt, slight hops, and a topping of wonderfully spicy peppercorn. It's almost reminiscent of a pepper steak. The heat is not immense but its there and provides an interesting but great element to the already amazing base.

M: I'm finding , and excepting, more and more that Dieu du Ciel beers are lowly carbed. It's easy to drink and very smooth. The spice lends to a nice heat which lets you know its there but brings you back for more.

O: Just a great beer overall. I would definitely drink this again and would consider buying some more. Some BBQ'd chicken would be great with this.

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

Not quite sure how to rate this beer. After tasting it, I am not quite sure it fits into the category listed here, but I can't definitively say it doesn't.

To me, the smell, and to a certain degree the taste, is English style bitter/PA. The taste definitely has the dryness of a rye PA, but the feel (and definitely the end taste) has a strong sense of [black] pepper (hence the description on the bottle "au poivre"). With this, it is sort of more of a chile beer, or a spice beer maybe, than a rye beer.

All that being said, the taste isn't as "English" bitter as the smell. The front taste is decently a caramel-tinged maltiness (in my opinion, fitting in the English style), with just the right amount of bitterness added to ensure it's not a sweet beer. In that sense, there is some balance, but in another sense, there's nothing else special about the beer. Until...

A few seconds later the tongue tingles with the bite of freshly ground black pepper. And the bite leaves a tingle for a good while on the tongue. In this sense, it's a very interesting flavor, giving it a slight bump from being a solid mid-level beer.

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Photo of mlm5641
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Light brown and clear in color. Outstanding tan head formed when poured into glass. Low yet present carbonation.
Aroma- Sweet carmel and malt flavors with dark fruit. Slight spice, especially peppercorn.
Taste- heavy on the spice, especially the peppercorn, light on the carmel dark fruit sweet malt flavors. Very little hop flavor except you do notice a slight bitterness in the very crisp finish. Medium light body.
It's alright but not exceptional if you ask me. I would drink it again if it was offered but I doubt I would order it.

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Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Low orangey wispy head despite a vigorous pour. Opaque orangey red colored. Rich aroma of ripe fruit and dark bread. Flavor of ripe apricot and plum, bready malt, semi-sweet, no hop flavors. A peppery bite slowly builds, subtle but noticeable, just the right amount. Starts in the back of the throat, slowly moves up to the back of the tongue and rolls down to the tip, keeping the mouth warm despite the low ABV. Low carbonation, semi slick, but the heat adds to the mouthfeel. Interesting beer, worth a try, but not a quaffer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper-colored + clarified pour into a pint glass. A beige head starts at a few fingers, quickly falls to a thin yet solid cap for the duration. Some lace splotches here and there.

Pepper stands out in the scent, kinda general spices/herbs all around. Grassiness, toast, and just a touch of caramel.

Taste is also quite peppery and spices-laden, but not overbearing. Base beer somewhat resembles a light brown ale, with some caramel, nutty malts, toasted bread.

Lower-end carbonation, could use a bit more but not bad. Malt+spice profile make this feel bigger than 5%.

The pepper does build up with time making this a spicy sipper, but I like it, i didn't find it as overbearing as many reviewers found (perhaps they've toned it down in later batches?). The beer underneath it all does a fine job too.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a medium body. Over a finger of head on the pour. Dark ruby red color when held to light. Little to no active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Smokey malt and rye on the front. Some bright hop character and slight alcohol. Leafy greens and some coriander are pronounced as well. The malt character continues to be profound throughout drinking.

Taste: The front is a ton of leafy greens and exotic spices. Really dominates the front and challenges the palate right away. Pepper and smokey rye picks up on the body. The finish continues to ride out with peppercorns and rye that the palate is left dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Some complexity but dominated by the peppercorns and rye.

Overall: A decent brew. The peppercorns really take over and kick the palates ass. Takes over the brew too much to be a really truly great brew.

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Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark copper to brown pour with some carbonation, minimal lacing and mild beige foam.

S - spicy notes in the smell and punctuated by a crisp scent of fresh rye bread.

T - Spicy rye that has strong peppery notes. Taste similar to a fresh "everything" bagel. Finish leaves a bit of hop resin in the glands.

M - Feels more robust than its style or ABV. Not particularly sessionable but easily compliments snack foods. Tends to dominate the palate.

O - Very flavorful rye beer and I'd try this again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle with 3 and 2 checked on the side, into a teku glass

Pours a light brown color with a small white head. Smell is real intriguing with a sweet caramly scent mixed with peppers. Taste follows through with a huge sweetness of caramel at front then with a huge rush of peppercorns on the backend. Real, real flavorful. This beer tastes like food..like a 5 star meal. Peppercorns linger and are superb on the palate. Mid body with light carbonation.

Overall exceptional...love it. would go superb with food pairing. Memorable.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Slightly cloudy chestnut brown with no head.

S - Date bread, malt, buttery yeast.

T - Bitter spice, herbal, rye bread with a slight peppery finish.

M - A medium body to start, followed by a warm heat, and a dry finish.

The smell and taste don't match, odd but not a bad thing. It's certainly an interesting beer, more for matching with food than drinking alone.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 2013

Beer is reddish-brown, with a very small off-white head that dissipates instantly, leaving just some bubbles.

Nose strongly contains pepper- quite in your face. The rye is there as well, but it is hard to get much past the pepper. As a pepper fan, I rather like it, but it is a bit much.

The pepper is strong in the taste as well, but not quite as dominant. The rye comes forward more, providing additional spicy notes and some malt. Caramel. Aftertaste is spice city, tonnes of pepper and the rye.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, with lots of spice tinging the mouth.

Overall, I think this is a fairly enjoyable beer, but the amount of pepper in it forces it to feel like a bit of a gimmick. Not something I can imagine anybody drinking a lot of, not having very often. That being said, I rather like it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a half pint glass.

Appearance - Amber body. Mostly clear. Excellent creamy white head. Beautiful lacing and a thin layer of foam.

Smell - Muted aroma. Might be the glass. I had this in a snifter and it smelled much better. Rye aroma is bombarded by peppercorn.

Taste - Tons of rye. No hop. Creamy rye and malt midrange. Peppercorn builds slowly and peaks in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Almost like it's on nitro. Low carbonation.

Overall - Better in a more aromatic glass, but a delicious rye beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 330 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark caramel brown with 1/2 inch light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Grains (rye), sweet caramel malt, and a hint of black pepper.
T: Rye with overly sweet caramel malt and off-putting peppery spice...not a fan.
M: Light body. Oily feel. This one is too sweet and when combined with the peppery spice becomes just not good.
D: I guess a redeeming quality here is that this beer is at least interesting...but that's about it. Poor balance, oddly constructed, and just doesn't taste good. DP.

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Photo of lsummers
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fantastic amber reddish brown. A darker amber at that. Poured initially with a one finger head that diminishes with some nice subtle lacing.

Smells of a nutty peppery wheat and caramel. There's a creamy chocolate in there as well.

Tastes of a creamy nutty character with some somewhat strong spice. There's some chocolate, toffee notes coming through as well. A bready biscuit flavor comes through to help mellow out the spice, nut, and chocolate/toffee/caramel/malt.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, somewhat light and sharp. A fair amount of carbonation that helps pull out it's rye spice flavor notes.

Overall, I am a huge fan of rye beers and this one didn't disappoint. I do plan on trying this again. From it's darker nutty notes from the darker grains used when brewing to it's spicy rye, it is an interesting beer to at least try.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A-Dark amber-reddish brown color with a big, lasting head that leaves lots of lacing. This brew certainly appealed to my eye.

S- Strong peppery spice out of the box. Then come the bready malt and rich chocolatey aromas as it warms.

T- Some caramel and strong chololate along with pungent black peppery spice.

M- It has body and carbonation, is long lasting and not sweet. The deal breaker is the overpowering pepper, it lines the throat and increases in strength as I drink.

O- I enjoy pepper in general and peppery-spiced beers ( like rye porters), this beer is simply too peppery strong for my tastes, thus keeping the feel and taste ratings in check.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wine glass.

This beer starts out very smooth, easy drinking, satisfying. As it warms, it gets more complex, the peppercorns start to shine through, and it really gets interesting. For a 5.00% beer, this is way more than a session beer with mild abv. It's a really interesting and flavorful beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will have again and again. If you like rye beers, peppery wines, or just complex ales in general, give this a try.

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

341ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: First of all, perfect beer art. Dieu du Ciel makes, IMHO, the most beautiful beer labels ever! Pours a beautiful deep amber color forming a medium to small bubbled slightly yellow head which dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer that remains for a long time. Many lingering lacings are left in the glass

S: Great nose. Strong notes of black pepper, chocolate, toffee, caramel malts and bready yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of black pepper and caramel malts. Notes of rye, chocolate and cinnamon. Slightly bitter and peppery end

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Chocolate, caramel and peppery aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great Spicy beer. Unique experience

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 11.5 oz. brown bottle, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, reddish amber color. Looks clear when held up to the light. Gets a one finger light tan head and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: It's a very strong, spicy smell, mainly of pepper. There's some faint rye and hop aromas as well.

Taste: The pepper character is right up front. There's some rye notes and a small amount of bitterness. All that pepper leaves a spicy aftertaste that can be unpleasant to some people.

Mouthfeel: Light, a bit watery even. It has low carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This is going to be a love or hate beer for most people. The only things spicier than this are going to be beers with actual chilies in there. Overall, it's a good rye beer, but you'll only enjoy it if you like, or at least appreciate the overwhelming pepper character it has.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wifey picked up a 11.5oz bottle for me for Valentine's Day - poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber hue with a decent off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam, with real nice lacing in the glass from start to finish.

S: Sweet carmel malt, roasted coffe, fresh baked bread and molasses.

T: Earthy toasted grain, black molasses, sweet taffy, mild bitter hop, light hint of spices - almost curry like - great balance of odd flavor combinations that play off one another nicely.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation for the style, crisp pepper bight that lingers a while.

Overall tasty and enjoyable beer - I have yet to be disappointed by any of this brewers offerings - they are always original and unique in style.

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