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 JoeMayo
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber with a very light head, which recedes to a thin film of bubbles over the top.

S- The earthiness and spice of the green peppercorns hits the nose right away. The smell is pretty confusing. Crisp black pepper and rye come through very strong as well. The maltiness isn't very apparent, but mild toasty notes of caramel come through.

T- It's not that I don't LIKE the flavor, it's just that the flavor perpetually confuses me. Each sip is a maelstrom of things that shouldn't go well together, but do for some reason. It's difficult to taste anything other than the peppercorns. Green peppercorns are the spiciest variety and impart such a dominating flavor over the beer. The black peppercorns only add to the masking of the subtle flavors in the beer. With much difficulty, I forced myself to ignore the pepper to look deeper into the beer and found the rye, a slight caramel maltiness with a floral flavor and notes of bitter chocolate in the finish.

M- I like having capsaicin in beer. It's wierd, but I enjoy the tingly burn that the beer leaves behind. Aside from the burn, the rye delivers a crisp finish to the beer. The aftertaste seems to linger pleasantly forever while the burn fades.

D- I think one is enough of these. I enjoyed it but would be very sparing in buying it again. It's nice to throw you palate for a loop every so often, but I certainly would not enjoy drinking it every day.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear and dark cherry wood red and topped with a bubbly one inch off white head. Head fades into a thin white cap and leaves little lacing.

S: Strong rye notes as to be expected, nice hints of oak and mild bourbon and vanilla mixed in with an even milder bit of rum and chocolate covered cherries. Becomes almost minty as you start to drink more and more.

T/MF: Very very peppery, fresh ground black and white pepper mixed in with a mild citurs fruit and rye all balanced by a strong but not too sweet malt profile. This beer, though, is all about the spice, I mean it almost tastes like someone ground up pepper and threw it on top of this beer, my tongue is still tingling. Pepper is even more evident in the protracted finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation and spicy lingering aftertaste.

D: This beer is something else, it really really took me by suprise. If you like a spicy beer this is right up your alley. Yet for as spicy as this beer is, it also demonstrates an excellent balance, every complexity of the beer is able to be detected even though the peppery spice is laid on thick. I rate the drinkablity good only because the spiciness is something I am not all that used to. Very interesting, not to mention tasty. I would argue that this could be called an extreme beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed with an amber/reddish colour. There was a short cap from the pour that settled into a solid collar and skim of fine beige bubbles. Transient lacing clung to the glass at each sip. Big caramel aroma with some fruity esters, raisins, fairly spicy though nicely balanced. Whoa! Big time pepper in the flavour. It's pleasantly malty and fruity up front, dark fruits and raisins with some bready yeast character and caramel, but once the spice kicks in everything else fades away. Nice texture, medium bodied with soft carbonation. This is quite a good beer, but if you're not a fan of pepper then this probably isn't for you. It would go great with a lot of food, since it would have to problem holding its own against some pretty heavy flavours. By itself, it's not the most drinkable beer, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Very brown in color with minimal head.

Bone dry upfront. Very noticeable that this is a rye beer. The back end of this beer is very peppery. It creeped up on me and lingered in my mouth.

This is a weird one. The spiciness of the peppercorns takes from the drinakability and session nature of this beer. In the same right the strange spiciness on the back end really draws me to it. Reccomended.

Another innovative beer from these guys up in Montreal who in my opinion are the most cutting edge and consistent brew pub I have ever seen.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, deep orange color, decent umbre head, soon gone.

Nose is spice and dark fruit, plus Belgian yeast ...pepper, cinnamon...raisins and plum...quite lovely.

Peppers really spring forward in the taste and take over the palate, sending heat to the back of the throat. Nice, juicy bed of malt below, but the heat stays in command. It comes back and blazes anew with each new sip.

This would be quite a tasty amber ale or such without the peppercorn. Not tasting the rye, though. Oh, wait, ...there it is.

Heat maintains, but it's the unique flavor and combination of spice that draws me in. Medium bodied, long finish. Delightful.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a dark and hazy copper-brown body capped with a fine-bubbled cap of ecru foam.The head diminishes quickly to a sheet that leaves fine lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is spicy rye and cracked black peppercorns.

The taste of the drink is sweetly rye-malty and shit-hot! Holy cow, the pepper! A very surprising blast of peppery heat penetrates the formerly 'spicy' rye (now demoted to 'mellow' given the 'spiciness' of the actual 'spice' involved in this beer!), taking over, about to achieve overpowering...ness, and then, zip!, it's gone. Back to the mellow rye backbone, with the peppery heat lurking, ready to strike again.

The beer is smooth and wonderful, and really feels great in the mouth, but the pepper limits how many of these I might want in a sitting... to probably about four or five ;)

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger tan head. There was good retetion and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt with some rye spice.

The taste was upfront grainy with a light caramel sweetness. However, once swallowed an overpowering pepperiness developed. Very spicy.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with an uncomfortable heat.

Overall a very unique but difficult to drink rye beer.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Josh at Bauer for recommending this one, a rye ale brewed with peppercorn...from the same brewery that brought you Peche Mortel nonetheless. I like the artwork, reminds me of something out of a children's book.

Pours into a snifter without much foam to speak of, even with a quick snap of the bottle at the end. A thin ring does remain, however, and hangs on for the ride.

Dark amber with good clarity. Looks like it could be a liqueur or a dark rum.

Smells a bit spicy, an intermingling of the hops and pepper, perhaps? Malt is there too which gives it a sweet character in conjunction with the spicy aroma.

Taste - typical malt/breadiness up front and then finishes off with the spice of the black and green peppercorns which are certainly well balanced and not overdone. Aside from the interesting sensation from the pepper in here, not much really jumps out to wow me...

Mouthfeel is smooth with the slight spicy pepper bite at the end.

Drinkability, for me is mediocre. I might have it again if the mood strikes but won't rush out to grab another one.

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Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a decent off-white head that hung around for quite a while and left very good lacing. The smell is all rye and spices, mainly pepper, on top of a caramel malt background. It definitely stings the nose a little bit. Speaking of stinging, they're not kidding around with the peppercorn. The rye and caramel malts are present but the peppercorn completely burns the tongue on the finish. I've never tasted anything like it. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with decent carbonation, but the spices are more dominant than any beer I've ever tasted. This is certainly a unique beer and one that I enjoyed trying, but the drinkability is limited a bit by the overpowering pepper.

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Photo of akahn
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red-brown, as you would expect a sweetish rye beer to pour. Head fades quickly. Malty sweet nose. Also malty sweet in the flavor, but not cloying. This beer shines in the mouthfeel and in the long, spicy aftertaste. It doesn't hit you at first, but then, after a few sips: BAM, spicy and peppery as hell. It's hard to distinguish rye from pepper, but I can tell there is a good harmony going on here. A really interesting beer.

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Photo of mhewes
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a brown with a two-finger eggshell white head. Leaves some spotty lacing behind.

S : Some really interesting aromas....lots of spice, pepper, tobacco, hints of juniper

T : Starts of sweet with some rye malt flavor to begin with but quickly switches to the peppercorn flavor which has such a huge taste that it just stays with you.

M : It's got a good solid body to it. Has a dry finish from the peppercorn flavor.

D : This is an interesting beer. I'm not sure it's one that I'd drink a lot of but if paired with the right food, it could work well.

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Photo of jakon
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle purchased $4.49 on 7-23-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours a brownish/garnet color with an ample tan colored head.

The aroma brings spiced marshmallow, rye, and just a hint of pepper.

Upon tasting, I still don't get much pepper until the finish. And wow is it most definitely there. I knew there was peppercorns in this beer, but I didn't expect it to come through so cleanly and meld so beautifully with the other ingredients. Rye was the perfect choice to complement the pepper.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Above average carbonation mixes with the peppery feel to create a very light pop-rocks type effect on the tongue.

There's a "sweet spot" temperature-wise that I'd estimate was between 50-55 degrees. If consumed too cold, you'll miss out on a great beer. As it got toward room temperature, the overall flavor declined.

If this beer weren't so expensive, I'd buy as much as I could find. Truly unique, great stuff.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. hazy mahogany color, mostly brown with some red hues. Nice tan head with a rather nice retention level and moderate lacing.

S: some serious pepper aromas, more than any beer I have smelled. hints of rye malts followed by some fruit tones and some tobacco.

T: Wow! Tons of pepper in this, with a nice rye backbone. Not much else, but it seriously tastes like I just consumed freshly ground peppercorns. very interesting.

M: the pepper burns the back of the throat. High carbonation level. Huge peppery mouthfeel that lingers for a while.

D: such a unique flavor. Rye with pepper is different and enjoyable. One of these is all I can do though.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single twleve ounce bottle of this at Bauer Wine and Spirits on Newbury Street. Thanks to the beer guy, Josh, for pulling a bottle of this out of the back for me. Poured in to a Stella chalice a dark copper, and a small bit of white head. Smell starts off interesting, with notes of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, sugar seems prevalent in places, and a nice cola as well. Taste has white pepper, more ginger and cola, and also just a slight hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice and spicy, and goes down in a way that is similar to ginger beer in that it gives you a minor burning sensation in the back of your throat. Given a different season, I think I might want to have a few of these, but it didn't seem all that drinkable for a hot day like today. It actually reminds me more of a spiced beer or Winter Warmer than a Rye beer. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel still deserve points for creating an interesting conversation beer. Worth a try if you see it. Cheers

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Photo of YankChef
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.5 OZ bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Looks very murky out of the bottle and in the glass. Deep brownish amber with some blood red hues when held up to the light. Leaves mediumish lacing

Smell: Surprisingly fruity on the aroma, berries and what not although the aroma is very mild from this beer.

Taste: At first sweet and juicy and malty then it leaves a finish that is piny and slightly bitter and thats when the pepper hits you. Peppery flavor coats your palate and gives you that sting, almost like an ipa but with an added physical sensation that isnt over whelming. freakin cool

Overall: A very well crafted beer that is tastefully executed and a pleasure to drink. If you can find it buy it and try it for the experience.

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

Pours a fogged amber brown with a crème head. The flavor has quite a bit of pepper influencing things. At first it seems not so abrasive, but it really builds up over time. Eventually there is a pretty constant burn going on in the mouth. It causes the feel to be impacted by it as well. By the end, the carbonation (and not much else) is un-noticeable from the pepper burn. This beer shouldn't be enjoyed on its own. Pair it with a steak I say.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is extreme beer! Pours a cooper color with a good head, no lacing. Aroma is clean, nothing predomimant, mostly a light rye and a delice malt aroma. Also, a faint aroma of spice.

Taste is where everything is happening, man alive. Pepper! Pepper in the first sip then a solid malt profile and then more pepper in the finish... it lingers around and makes you want to drink another sip to calm you senses down.

I love it! A steak would go great with this one!

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a regal dark amber with slight red undertones and active off whiteish head

rye and peppercorns dominate the palate. its like smelling a jar of peppercorns, seriously, but in a somehow mystifying and enticing way

on the palate it starts with malty sweetness followed by dry rye notes and then spicy, hot hot pepper notes for a spicy spicy finish. dry chocolate notes on the sub-palate and a touch of sweetness as well

starts malty upfront and then the hot peppercorns endure on the finish, yet still very tasty and refreshing

a beer like no other, very weird but every sip gets more interesting. oddly refreshing and extremely memorable. would be absolutely amazing with a honey baked ham, thanksgiving dinner, or big fat juicy steak

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

I picked up a 12oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few weeks ago, bought it on the spot as I've never seen this or many others from Dieu Du Ciel before. The label states "Rye beer with peppercorns".

The beer has a murky dark copper color with a tickish spitty head. The aroma is a peppercorn cracker, strong pepper smells mixed with biscuit malt. The taste is literally pepper-like, it burns your lips and throat with each sip. It's hard to get much rye out of this beer, just pepper. It gets a bit much really, I guess it's original in its way but not my thing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer is crystal clear with a slightly dense deep auburn colored body and a thick creamy head of light beige that sticks to the glass and is supported by big bubbles of carbonation.

S- The smell of caramel and dry toast have a faint earthy hint when they warm a bit.

T- The taste of dry malt with a biscuit malt and dry toast hint give way to a chocolate malt hint. There is also some coffee malt notes that come through the chocolate malt as the beer warms. The finish is a big spicy herbal green peppercorn note that lingers on the lips as a burning sensation.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a peppercorn heat that burns the lips softly after each sip, but no alcohol heat.

D- The subtle depth of the malt is a bit overpowered by the peppercorn heat, and I could actually feel myself exhale peppercorn breath. This was interesting and not really offensive but it needed some support. I think this would be a great beer to match with a big juicy steak.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, rusty, reddish-brown color with a creamy, off-white, three-finger head with decent retention. Unbroken sheets of lace left over in the glass.

S: This features aromas of caramel, toasted malt, apple/pear, and freshly ground peppercorn.

T: Right off the bat, I was greeted with flavors of caramel, chocolate, pear, and dry/bitter rye. Then the pepper hits. Awesome! Fresh ground pepper takes over straight away and ushers everything else, quickly, towards the finish.

M: I've described many beers as having a "peppery" mouthfeel, but this beer is, literally, peppery. Like someone took a peppermill and ground some fresh pepper into my beer. BTW, the last sip (with the swirled, peppery sediment in it) is awesome.

D: What a different and interesting beer. Certainly not for everyone's taste, but this would would be an excellent compliment to a spicy pepperoni, basil, and garlic pizza with crushed red pepper!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber/orange that is rather cloudy with a 1/8 inch off white slightly tan head. The smell of piney hops is offset by the aroma of spice. First taste is bitter and peppery with the peppercorns really meshing well with the rye malts. The hops are strong enough but fortunately do not overpower the pepper and rye. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy - especially considering the low ABV of 5%. If you love peppers, this is one great beer. I love peppers. This would be a joy to have with a pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured from the bottle a deep, slightly cloudy amber brown, with a delicate foamy head that released a wonderful hop-laden scent. The glass was raised and the beer tasted. It was at first rich malt with a nice hop bite--a sort of wonderful bitterness--that lingered on the tongue... and got stronger and stronger until the "bite" turned to a burn that never ended. The pepper had kicked in. I love trying new things. And I really enjoyed this beer... until I realized I couldn't turn off the searing pain in my mouth and throat. A few swallows of a nice German dunkel finally stopped the pain. But I just can't see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of grandq
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazelnut brown with a fluffy two finger just-off-white head. Not much scent coming off this, sweet and a little nutty. Biscuity malt, some slight belgian yeasty notes, a touch of caram... wait, it's turning a bit sour as it twsits into rye. Soon the pepper pipes up and could initially be mistaken for a hop bite, but then dials the spiciness to 11. The pepper is pretty intense but not searing, mellowed by a bit some floral hoppy notes. This coats the mouth nicely, though I can't feel it dissipate as my tongue is still being pricked by little peppery devils. After a while, this gets a little rough but its an impressive little show of brewing creativity - so boldly spiced but still pretty drinkable. Good craftsmanship that pushes just to the edge of pallate overload. Another nice one from this brewery.

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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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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.68 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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