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

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Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 633 |  Reviews: 387
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of vince4953529
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 +5.4%
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 +17.7%
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%
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 +7.3%
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 smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 -9.8%
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 +29.1%
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 +17.4%
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 +8.7%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of notchucknorris
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Lots of rye bread, caramel, a little wet blanket and some black peppercorns.

T: Caramel malt and a slight rye flavor followed by a lot of peppercorn heat. The heat grew after the finish and was really unexpected. I can honestly say I've never had another beer like this.

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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 MoreThanWine
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" beige head which quickly dissipated. Held to the light it's a hazy auburn brown color, attractive. Cold it had pretty much no smell, and I was surprised after it warmed I still really wasn't getting any. Nice rich complex flavor. The peppercorns come through as a general exotic spiciness. There's also some caramel. But frankly I usually expect a rye to be more interesting. This is decent but not great.

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

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle, marked 2/9, into my Chimay goblet. Light cola colored. 1/2 finger of white head, dies quickly. A little bit of lacing. Film retains on top. Smells very caramely. Spices galore. A bit like a savory root beer. Meaty. Could be faded hops, or might be how it was intended to smell. Can't really figure out how old it is, so definitely a possibility that it's old hops. On the mouth, dry up front, a caramel flavor without being sweet. Spicy as hell, especially after being about 3/4 done. A decent hop bitterness. The burn in the back of my throat reminds me of fresh ginger. Thin mouthfeel, but smooth. Good, unique beer. Not necessarily something I need to have again though.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel in Montréal.

A: Served in a weizen glass. Beautiful ruby red color with a cream-colored two-finger head. Nice lacing all over the glass.

S: Fresh hops up front with some distinctive pepper notes in the background. Quite enticing.

T: Malty notes up front with a little bit of hoppy bitterness to follow. The finish leaves a little bit of black pepper flavor on the tongue. However, these flavors are quite muddled in my opinion and don't work together very well.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The black pepper notes leave a little bit of a tingle on the tongue and the back of the throat.

D: The mouthfeel makes this one pretty easy to drink, but I think this one is best served with food to balance the black pepper notes.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: ruby red to almost a brown bodied beer. Thin ring of white head on this beer.

Smell: Really an interesting nose on this beer. A malty sweet smell to start that reminds me of pancake syrup and caramel. i think I get a smell of Karo syrup from the malts too (never smelled that in a beer before). The malts are followed by spicy notes of cinnmon and ginger. No peppercorn or pepper in the nose to speak of... I hope this beer tastes as good as it smells! It almost smells like a Quad.

Taste: Okay there are the peppercorns. This beer is got a spiciness to it that is on the high end of moderate. The malts and hops are both quite faint in the taste. It just tastes really spicy.

Mouthfeel: Another interesting part of the beer is the mouthfeel. This beer is spicy and clean. The peppercorns act just like a beer that was brewed with hot peppers. Its acidic and spicy.

Overall: The nose and the mouthfeel keep this beer from totally bombing. It didn't taste all that great to me, but it kept me interested. I wish this beer tasted as good as it smells. More malts would do a world of good for this beer. Needs better balance because the peppercorns are pretty hardcore. Tame the peppercorns and bring some malt complexity or some hops. Worth a try anyways for a unique beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle: This one pours a very hazy, very dark amber color. There was almost no off-white head on it, and it left no lacing. Interesting aroma. Pepper, rye, and some caramel malt. The pepper is prominent, but not overpowering. A interesting taste. Rye, subdued peppery spices, malt, perhaps some hidden fruits. Interesting, but I don't think I'll be having another.

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

Dark amber colour, one finger of very white head, decent lace left behind on the glass. A little thin in the nose, rye for the most part, spice and malt, slight sweetness as well deep down. Taste is spicy and malty, fairly refreshing and earthy, spice takes over with a peppery spicy note that is prickly all over the tongue. Medium body, medium carb but the prickly spice makes is feel more effervescent, good weight. Drinks quite nicely and exceeded my expectations, great beer with corned beef or deli meats, would revisit this for sure.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Beer is lightly chilled and not refrigerated.

A: Deep brownish red. Poured a nice head which dissipated quickly. It does however leave a fairly nice lacing.

S: Pepper. Nose tickles a bit. Some rye but overpowered by the pepper, which I don't mind. Surprisingly light.

T: Rye is on the upfront. Pepper is in the middle and then there is a very spicy finish. Taste lingers. Almost feels like I poured ground pepper all over my tongue.

M: Awesome. Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Spicy tingling sensation on the tongue. Lingers for a while. By far the strong point of this beer.

O: Enjoyable enough. Not something I would probably purchase again, but I liked it enough.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a stange.

LOOK (3.5/5) Pours a copper/gold color, which looked to be about 15*SRM, with some nice auburn tones. It's hazy and not truly opaque. The head creamy and off-white; it raised to about a single finger, but it sticks around for a good while.

SMELL (4/5) The beer is surprisingly delicate for a brew spiced with black pepper. The main players are the spicing and the rye, obviously. The rye has some nice rye tartness and a hint of fruitiness (apricots or dates). The pepper comes through at the end and balances well with these other flavors. No real hopping to speak of.

FLAVOUR (4/5) Has the same balance as the nose - some frutier malts come with the rye tartness and play off each other well. The rye, though, is a bit weaker on the palate than on the nose. I'd have liked a bit more rye. The finish was filled with pepper spiciness and this was really nice. No real hop flavor and light bitterness.

FEEL (4/5) Both carbonation and body were in the medium range. The rye makes for a bit of gummy feel. The lasting spiciness is really interesting and very unique. I liked it a lot.

DRINK (3/5) This is pretty poor, despite the great flavors. The pepper, though really tasty, has a tendency to build to become pretty spicy. The real problem, however, was that I felt that entirely too much in my belly.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark copper color, cap of off-white head, some small spots of retention. Scent is quite pleasent... spice from rye and pepercorns, carmel backbone with hints of vanilla and grahmn cracker, a few other spices linger in the rear that invoke cinamon and corriander... like an amped up winter warmer. Taste brings a dry rye spicyness before a huge hit of peppercorns, the pepper almost dominates only allowing touches of carmel, vanilla, brown sugar to peek through - still a good beer to his point. Falls apart as finish allows the peppercorns to burn the tongue and throat, a feeling which lingers quite long. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate until the pepper just demolishes the palate. Pepper overkill - flavors of pepper take over and do not let go of the tongue, the burning sensation was too much. I cant recall any other beer with so many good points nearly undone by one huge negative.

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.68 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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