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)
BA SCORE
3.66/5
639 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#32,727
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
639
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
46
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured carfefully yielding a low boggy light brown head. Dark amber in color

S: Smells like a rich syrupy quad or dubbel. Then there's a prominent pepper aroma that starts kicking the door down halfway in that finishes as distinct peppercorns.

T: The elements in the nose are overlapped a little more and there's some salt to accompany the pepper. Wouldn't be able to tell there was rye in it if I wasn't told so, but I guess it kind of goes hand in hand with the pepper.

Edit: alcohol becomes pretty prominent towards the end and if drank too fast, especially for a 5% beer. End up tasting more like 8%+.

M: Lower carbonation is overshadowed by the pepper, although I don't think any more fizz would benefit this beer, but not sure. Pepper is left on the back of the palate.

O: This beer is about the pepper, but I love it!

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Photo of tsauce2
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is nut brown. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich malt base with spices, rye, and peppercorn.

T: Creamy maltiness followed by rye notes and a nice spice and peppercorn addition. Just a touch of spiciness from the peppercorn. Aftertaste is malty and slightly peppery.

M: Malts give a creaminess that is countered by the peppercorn additions. Rye adds a bit of texture to mf.

O: Interesting, complex, and delicious. I love the pepper additions to this beer. At 5% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep brown in color with about a finger of off-white head and some foamy lacing.

S: Nutty with hints of chocolate in the background. A little of the rye pokes through as well.

T: Nuttiness and chocolate come through up front . . . and then the peppercorn takes over! Lots of spiciness in the finish and down the back of your throat. A little earthy hop bitterness comes through as well. I think this would probably be a better beer without the peppercorn IMO - it's a flavorful rye beer with an abruptly spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied and a lot of spicy bite from the peppercorn. Mildly carbonated, but with the bite of the peppercorn you don't really need much carbonation.

O: Kind of meh for me. I'd be interested to try the base beer without the peppercorn added. At almost $5/bottle I'll probably never have this again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 brandoman63
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Oct. 2011.

Appearance: Pours a light brown, amber-red with a modest 2 finger head.

Smell: Sharp peppercorn, like a pepper steak with a strong malt profile.

Taste: Love the pepper! Sharp and spicy, especially after the finish. Caramel malt holds its own but the pepper is the main player and i love it.

Mouthfeel: Body is lively with spiciness though the smoothness is perceptible in the background. Intense but great.

Overall: While some may complain about the pepper, it comes as billed. I see no difference in the intensity of its ingredient when compared to the intensity of the hops in many IPAs. Unique and well made.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of vince4953529
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark toffee colored ale. Much darker than expected. Hazy. Thin head with minimal retention. Hints of lacing.

Primarily sweet aroma of brown sugar, dates and figs.

Sweet flavor starts it off with a complex toffee, caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar character. Wheat bread with a mild hint of rye. Almonds. Crushed pepper spice comes to life after a few seconds adding an interesting twist without overpowering the flavor. Hops are subtle with some herbal notes. Highly complex and unique while maintaining balance.

Full bodied and hearty. Finishes with a slick yet drying texture from the peppercorn. Low carbonation.

This is one interesting beer. Well worth a try if you are in the mood for something different.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown clouded beer with a tan head that leaves little lacing, good curtains though.

Much malt in the smell, sweet bread, nuts, hard bread, a bit dusty.

The taste starts sweet and malty, brown bread with honey, then a long spicy feeling.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth texture that turns into a slightly dry and burning finish.

A well balanced, good spiced beer, the rye and pepper goes well together.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly

A-dark murky brown with a thick light tan head with a decent amount of lacing

S-aged rye, pepper, and cedar. decent strength. very unique

T-comes in with a subtle but quality taste of peppercorn flavors and rye. it transforms in to a great and complex taste of cedar, rye, and peppers. the peppers are actually very spicy and good. it has a very long lasting after-taste. there's a touch of chocolate to it. the flavors are all complex and balanced. this is a high quality beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a spicy finish.

O-now THIS is how a rye beer should be. I've had so many different rye beers, but this is finally one I can distinguish from an IPA. The only other rye beer I've had that compares is The Bruery Rogbrod. for being as complex and balanced as it was, the tastes and flavors all held up extremely well throughout the experience. it seemed to get spicier and spicier as well. i really enjoyed this one, and I felt lucky to try it. maybe not something i'll be wanting again and again though.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown color with a orange bottom. 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Caramel and some floral hops

Taste: Caramel is upfront and it is nice and sweet. The peppercorns show up on the backend and add a nice spice note to the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to low carbonation and some heat and tingle from the peppercorns

Overall: Pretty nice little beer it had some things about it that I didn't like but I really enjoyed the flavor of the beer and I would recommended this

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red/deep caramel in color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty with a strong hint of molasses.

Taste – indeed malty with a fairly spicy feeling in the finish. The rye is evident in the sort of blanch type of taste, but the peppercorns are definitely there. They make the Mouthfeel end up being quite warming.

Mouthfeel – warming and a bit spicy (hot) feeling, but without the chemical burning of it.

Overall – very interesting in taste, and seemingly quite original. I’ve certainly never tasted anything quite like it.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real tiny bubbled and creamy off tan head is made through the pour. It forms very creamy like. Body is a dark amber red and somewhat clear. Real nice color and great head formation. Some real nice lacing of claw like.clumps while always keeping a solid puck. Just lovely.

Nose is green peppercorn sense kind of soft with a good malt backbone. Pepper at first pour is not as strong or noticeable, but after sitting it clearly dominates.

Wonderful spice finish and pepper in the palate. At first it seems like that is all there is to this beer as the pepper lingers constantly after the swallow. Slowly though the malt creeps in with sweetness and baked bread. Body though is a little wet just a bit watery.

This is a great combination and use of rye with pepper. This is a hot beer but tolerable without an alcohol burn. I really like this it is soa far thefor best example of pepper dominance in a beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt dark amber with a quickly falling head.
Huge rye on the nose. Pepper.
Rye and more rye at the front. Pepper sits on your tongue and stays. This beer has a slight kick to it.
Decent carbonation, thin, on the lighter side.
Interesting to have pepper in a beer, but kinda just one note. Cool idea though. Do like the heat on the back end, but thats about all this beer has.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark reddish brown with a rather small off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Green pepper galore! Rye and some caramell malt. A bit sweet. But the spices are truely great!

T: Again, green pepper and heavy spicyness. Rye and some semi-sweet caramell malt. Some bitterness. But also here the pepper are powerful!

M: Heat! Pepper and spices stay in your mouth forever - probably the longest aftertaste I've had in a couple of years. Body is medium and carbonation the same. Kind of smooth. Did I mention the heat?

O: The only thing that comes to mind when I'm concluding this review; COOL! This beer is one of the coolest beer experiences I've ever had. The heat from the pepper really knocked me off my feet...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich chestnut color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of rye and sweet roasted caramel malts with peppercorns and other spices mixing in.

T - The beer starts off with a mix of rye and some lightly roasted sweet caramel malts. The peppercorn flavor starts off mild and grows gradually on the tongue. Through the middle, the peppercorn and other spices grow quite a bit alongside the rye and a touch of brown sugar. The finish is a mix of rye and spices with a bit of caramel that lingers forever.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth, with the spices and peppercorn really ticking the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. The peppercorn is a great addition that really works well in this beer. The spices are quite bold, but I really like that.

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

Fairly mirky mahogany color with an avg. bubbly tan head with medium retention and lacing.

Nose is pretty nice with dark rustic spiciness and notes of peppercorn, bacon and a fairly rich dark maltiness.

Flavor has a robust earthy spiciness with a peppercorn character and mild spice that definitely for me dominates the flavor. I do not get the maltiness and chocolate like the bottle suggests. The peppercorns overshadow those characteristics although very nice peppercorn flavor.

Mouthfeel is Light to medium bodied with the earthy palate coating spiciness and medium carbonation.

Overall I like it because it's different and the peppercorn flavor and character is really nice. I recommend giving this a try with an open mind especially if you dig peppercorns.

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Photo of Klym
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a surly nonic.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer and I got a surprise both for good and bad. For one thing, this beer is much closer to a lager in taste and character than I expected. The core of this beer is laggerish and the rye is more around the edges than I expected. At the same time, I'm really impressed by how spicy and bold in flavor the peppercorns came through. I love the back-of-the-throat spicy hit fromt he peppercorns. That alone floats this ale as really unqiue and enjoyable.

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 639 ratings
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