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)
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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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Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 637 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of Parrotshake
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of coffee-crema head with spotty lacing.

Caramel, orange peel and pine in the scent, as well as some spice hanging about in the back, but not necessarily pepper.

Opens citrussy and a little sweet, which is soon overrun with crazy spiciness - the natural, dark spiciness of rye followed by the pepper. A real taste sensation at first but the longer you drink it the more pepper you get. Starts to burn the tongue and the back of the throat. Wow.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, not a lot of carbonation. Goes down smooth with a warm (non-alcoholic) kick at the end. Right about what you want for a Winter beer... not sure if the brewery markets it as such, but it's ideal.

Drinkability is where the beer loses marks. The intense peppery heat builds as you drink and by the end your palate is just about ruined. Would be awesome to finish up a roast dinner with in the colder months, but despite it being only 5% ABV, this is one of the least sessionable beers I can think of. Delicious in it's own right, though.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a thick creamy head.
Nose shows peppery, spicy, bready notes in copious quantities. Pepper is over the top. Sweet caramel detectable underneath along with some light floral hops.
Flavours are quite malty, with more bready notes before a bold bitterness makes itself known. After a few sips the pepper shows through, both as a flavour and as an annoying, prickly, tingling heat on the sides of the tongue and palate. Good creamy carbonation though, and smooth body.
10/10 for creative thinking... but really the pepper is too dominant and doesn't really blend with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a dark caramel/amber. A finger plus of light mocha, hangs on nicely and lays down lots of fine lacing.

Aroma - a lot of caramel and orange presence; a light backdrop of pepper, probably would not have picked up on it without being tipped off by the label. It does come out better with a little set up time.

Taste - caramel, twangy grains make the rye statement. Seems innocuous enough, but wait for the swallow. The peppercorns start out slowly but continually build. Wow, the aftertaste has continued pepper, this baby is really heating up! Some great spiciness that is tasty as well as *warm*. Ends all peppery and dry. Easily the spiciest rye beer I've had. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - smooth, a touch thick. Good crispness.

Drinkability - pretty much a sipper for a 5% brew due to the unusual heat. Gotta let the palate cool down a bit at times. Great spin on a rye beer.

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

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pepper strongly, slight cinnamon, slight sweet malt, and slight tomato. This does not seem to be a Rye beer to me, but perhaps it is. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pepper, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight other spice. Overall, a rather interesting beer, but the rye is too little.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Rye beer as we dont see many of this style in AUSTRALIA if any at all to be honest if i think back correctly so im definately interested in tasting it and this addition of peppercorns has got me even more keen on trying it as its two firsts for me as ive never heard of a brew using peppercorns and succeeding anyway onto the beer it pours a burnt amber,copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a tanned two finger head that retains for a little while and leaves some sticky lacing here and there,the smell is almost like a normal malty lager only more sweeter with hints of toffee malts,barley and some spices,it has a nice medium bodied mouthstyle which starts out medium and finishes thin which works well for this brew and has tastes of burnt toffee,caramel malts,bitter coffee and finishes with a nice spicy,peppery dry finish obviously due to the use of peppercorns and quite simply in this brew it really does work even though i wouldnt recommend this brew as a session beer,thirst quencher or a companion to hot curries it really is an interesting brew that i would buy again and could see myself eating a big juicy steak with it, definately recommend.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love Dieu du Ciel beers, although this may be one of their lesser awesome beers, it's def worth a review at least.

A: Light semi fluffy 1 finger head which fades slowly, with super hazy dark maroon molasses brown colored beer.

N: Wow, lot going on there. Lots of dark malts, crystal malt, some porter-esque roast, little coffee, lots of spicy rye, and even a touch of chocolate. Some slight earthy spicy hops also dangle in it.

T: Starts similar to the nose, with some dark rich malts. Lots of roast and porter like flavors, some coffee, crystal malt, even a touch of chocolate again. Then quickly comes a really spicy bright rye character. I even feel like I'm chewing on rye seeds. It's got a lot of pepper, black pepper, hot pepper, and decent amount of spice heat. SLightly syrupy sweet flavor with a little molasses.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation, and spicy hot.

F: Finish is very spicy with a lingering slowly fading heat, like i just sucked back a slightly spicy hot pepper. Dries pretty well but leaves a slight sweet syrupy flavor. More malts late on the finish as well with a little roast and coffee and even slight creamy chocolate.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

So I found this beer and thought it would be a departure from the pilsners and ipas I have been drinking lately. So here goes...

From a 12 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde Tulip. A rather red and dark beer, though quite clear. The head is just off white and i am surprised considering how dark the beer itself is.

The nose has lots of sweet malts, belied by the color, and definite black pepper. I am really intrigued by the olfactory palate here. The balance struck by the pepper against the sweetness of the grain bill seems to illicit smells of oaked spirits.

Taste is rather unique. The base beer is much sweeter and maltier than I would usually go for but the rye and pepper bites balance that and make for a more interesting beer than it would otherwise be. There is a lingering spice just in the back of the tongue, almost unnoticeable but there. I am enjoying this beer and I would like to try it with a nice beef dish.

The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation quite present. The lingering peppery bite is a true departure from any beer I have had save for one of the nasty chile beers I had somewhere unmemorable (I think the beer would've been nasty without the chiles).

Drinkability for this one is higher than I expected when I saw it. The malts are sweet enough to be off-putting for me but the allure of the pepper is enough to keep me coming back for more.

At more than $5 for a 12oz sample I will not be rushing out to get more of this, but I will keep an eye out for a deal, some on tap, or an appropriate occasion to share this one with others.


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Photo of DawnL
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a nice off-white head that crackles as it dissipates to lace.

Malt and pepper on the nose - lots of sweet malt and rye character in the intial whiff - spicy on the end.

The palate has malt and chocolate as the first two characteristics on the attack. It finishes with a green peppercorn flavor that gradually ends in black peppercorn bite. Slight burnt coffee character hits the tongue. Great pepper kick - not overwhelming in the least!

As I drink this, I really want to have pappadums, samosas and all sorts of good Indian snack foods. Sev poori would be delicious with this beer!

I could easily drink this beer all night!

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tight and creamy tan colored head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma is slightly sour and spicy, has a detectable rye bread presence. The taste is that of an amber ale, not much hop presence, with a nice sour and spice punch. There is a bit of a zest with this one. Doesn't hit right away but pops up like tobasco, though not hot. Seems to be a true rye beer without the high hop profile like most rye beers have. A very solid body, chewy, but has nice carbonation. Finishes spicy and a bit hot from that spice. A differnt take on the rye beer. Not so much hoppy but really focuses on the rye.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazed, red color, and is topped by a beige head that fades to a ring. The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate and caramel. There's a mild spiciness: pepper and an almost cinnamon character, and some herbal hops.

A chocolate, malty sweetness is first evident, which mellows and thins to a grassy and herbal hop finish with a strong peppery bite. This beer is full-bodied, and strongly carbonated with a hot finish.

This was a very tasty beer, but it's a bit spicy.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, peppery, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would not seek out again.

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Photo of parris
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Couldy brown appearance, almost no head. I'm not well versed with spice beer, but it looks pretty average.

Peppery, meaty aroma. The pepper might be more noticible since the label says it's made from peppercorns.

Sweet flavor up front, almost no bitter, but definitely a spice that leaves a slight burn on your throat and lips. Sweet flavor otherwise.

Carbonation as you'd expect, light bodied. The hot spice kind of distracts from the rest of the mouthfeel.

I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, but would definitely order another for a special occasion.

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Photo of bminor7
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz from Pearl St Beverage in Burlington VT.

Huge rye smell, caramel, almost a sour odor. I like my rye whiskey, but I haven't had a beer with flavor like this before. Very interesting compared to other beers that have claimed to be rye-based. Strong caramelly-rye malt flavor, but still a little dry overall. Honey ham. Otherwise the taste unfortunately thins out at the end, but not before the nice peppery burn shows up, and lingers for a while (almost like eating thai/indian food). This contributes to MF as well. This is a pretty interesting beer, and I would recommend to anyone looking for something different. Super smooth, goes down really easy, even moreso than my old crusher standby, PBR.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled pale beige, almost off-white, head. Spicy aroma is like freshly-baked rye or pumpernickel bread. Lively, spicy flavor has malty and fruity undertones and leaves a spicy finish that hangs around for a while. Texture is smooth yet edgy and quite tingly.

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Photo of brc
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, off white head with nice lacing.

There's a hint of peppercorn in the nose, but it's faint.

The beer has some definite waves of flavors, starting with a quite sweet caramel or milk flavor, with some toasted bread alongside. Then you get spice notes - black pepper with just a hint of cayenne, perhaps, maybe caraway. The rye flavor is somewhat unusual, almost a bit sour. A medium sweet finish. No apparent bitterness, but there is balance from the pepper notes.

It's on the thin side, although you get a bit of spicy tingle in the mouthfeel.

The flavor doesn't build on you and tire your palate like some spice beers. It's unusual, probably not for everyone, but it's actually very drinkable for a spiced beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing, either. The aroma is malty and spicy, the beer smells like toffee, pepper, caramel and chocolate. The taste is the pretty much similar to the aroma, but the pepper flavor is much stronger compared to the aroma. Also, there's a bit of dark fruit I can taste, too. The peppercorns linger quite a while in the finish. It gets spicier and spicier the longer I drink it. I know there is rye in this beer, but I think the pepper overpowers the rye, or that the combination of the 2 makes this nice and spicy. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good too, I think it's easy enough to drink. It's a unique brew, but I like it. I could session this on occasion too. I think it's better than the label makes it sound, and I know I'll be buying this again the next time I find it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third in the lineup for the evening, there were mixed feelings on this with me not really being crazy about it, but no matter. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was decent enough, and too bad not a harbinger of things to come. Nice dark color, hazelnut tones abound with a nice off white head that peaked out at about two inches about the rim of the glass, nice touches of rocky and cratered foam hung tight to the sides of the glass and left a real mark as the rolled down the sides. Aroma was spicy, pepper and rye are hitting you right in the face. Really just an enormous amount of spice, over powering and unbalanced at times, it seemed a bit much for me. As I take the first sip it really dawns that this is just not going to work. Too much rye and pepper are drowning any hope for a better balance and taste. Light to medium body with ample carbonation is only forcing the issue harder with way too much emphasis on the spice. Warming does little to help as the end result is just a bit messy for me.

Overall by far not my favorite. It could have been worse, and I have had worse spiced beers, but it could have been a lot better.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hirter stange.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber brown, with a minimal amount of off-white head that leaves a trace of lace. The smell is mostly malty toffee with a glint of pepper and breadcrust. The taste starts off with the same amltiness, but then eases into an array of spices: cracked pepper, cinnamon, mustard, even possibilities of salt and cumin. Needless to say, a unique flavor, but not all that bad. The body is nice and medium, though the carbonation is a tad high, leaving this brew to be drinkable, but not overly so.

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Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours deep amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is light, with the obvious caraway and peppercorn notes but not much else. Flavor is similar, not much of a base beer here. Grainy with a smoothly integrated pepper character that is very strong but not in a bad way. Provides a tiny bit of heat in the back of the throat. I kept waiting, thinking that some warmth would allow the base to come through and show some complexity, but it did quite the opposite. Sort of thin and watery, basic. But I do like the pepper flavor, so at least it has that. Drinkable and solid, but with the rad peppercorn notes this could have been something much better.

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Photo of kegger22
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dieu du Ciel! Route des Epices poured a reddish brown in color with a small off-white head that showed little retention.

The aroma was earthy with dark fruit.

The taste does smack of peppercorn, or should I have said burns of peppercorn. Well, it has some heat all right, but it's not bad; you can still taste some of the malt sweetness, any caramel flavor is covered though.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was fair, the ABV is OK, but the strong pepper flavor and high price conspire against having another.

A good beer with interesting flavor but not nearly up to Dieu du Ciel's standards or justified in cost.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass jan30 2010

A a clear reddish brown with lots of bubbles and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S peppery with some chocolate and some spicy earth and I'm guessing that smell I can't place is the rye

T not far from the smell but it has a lingering pepper flavor that grows on you as you drink it, unique

M a little thin and fairly light in the mouth

D I liked this beer it's something different and I could see my self drinking this again

well worth trying and I'm a little disappointed I'm not having this with a meal because it would pair well with most meals

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Photo of THORN
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 Fl. OZ. bottle poured into DT snifter. Served 40-45 F.
A: Pours a cloudy Mahogany brown. Thin brown lacing with small bubbles. Small blotches of lace left behind.
S: Peppercorn dominates, but rye is slightly noticeable. Sweet brown, cocoa,and sugar. Fades with a peppery warmth
M: Medium light on tongue. The warming sweeps across mouth and extends to throat. Leaves tongue dry and ready for more.
D: A very interesting take on the style. It is intense in flavor, but doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark dingy brown (Lipton tea) with a decent beige head. Pretty unique, if not all that appealing a color. Clumpy foam is well-retained.

S: Earthy rye smell, with a little malted barley. I caught a few whiffs of green peppercorn at one point, but was unable to smell it later. Also smells a little sweet, like mrs. butterworth's syrup with spices. I would say this is closest in smell to certain winter warmers.

T: Wow, that's different. Some sweet caramel malt followed by a serious shot of peppercorns and herbal flavor. Plenty of malt to hold up to all that pepper. The finish is long and almost as intensely spicy as some chile beers, although there really isn't a burn.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated about right.

Very unique beer. I enjoy pepper/chile beers once in awhile, so this was up my alley. No way I'd be putting down more than one or two of these though unless there was some kind of juvenile bet on the table.

If you think the spice is overdone in this beer, I recommend Futhermore's Knot Stock as a more subtle option for a pepper beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a caramel color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy head and OK lacing.

S: Peppercorns dominated the aroma, with traces of sweet malt and other spices.

T: Tastes of peppercorns, especially in the finish, but also sweet malt, a little hoppy quality, rye, and a few other spices.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, fiery finish (thanks to the peppercorn). Light- to medium-bodied.

D: I liked this beer much than I thought I would. Drinkable.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to pieper for this 11.5 ounce bottle ('08 vintage), poured into a small snifter.

Pours a muddy caramel color, with a skim of off-white head that almost immediately disappears, leaving behind only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

At first (poured cold out of the fridge), there's a prickly peppercorn presence that provides an interesting contrast to baked apples/pears and sweet caramel. As it begins to warm up, though, the pepper begins to drown out everything else.

The pepper is even more powerful in the mouth. There's some sweet, plain malt presence and no discernible hop flavor, but the pepper simply overpowers any other qualities this brew may have. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation and an incredibly long (and distracting pepper finish. Flirting with drainpour territory here.

Overall impression: Interesting beer, but the overwhelming pepper severely limits enjoyment. Would love to try this same beer with about half the spice.

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 53.1% out of 100 with 637 ratings
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