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 marvin213
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a murky brown beer. For a rye brew, it's really dark. I half expected this to be a chile or fruit/vegetable style beer, but I guess peppercorns are more rye than that? The head is thin but solid, and what's there at the pour remains as it sits. Big bubbles and impressive lacing make it look stronger than the 5% indicated on the bottle.

The nose leaves little doubt that this is indeed a rye beer. It's reminiscent of rye toast. Are peppercorns what make rye toast rye? Admittedly more familiar with black and white, this beverage smells a lot like green peppercorns. I wanted that DFH BA Select beer (w/ maple syrup and green peppercorns) to be called Peppergreen Forest, and that name fits here as well. It's very malty and more like candy residue (think lollipop laid down) and licorice than chocolate or caramel.

It tastes like a marzen or scotch-style ale with its malted barley predominance. The zing of its feel, however, is more like a barleywine. This beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels much stronger than it actually is. The feel is thick and chewy enough to think you're biting deer jerky. The peppercorns offer a neat sizzling sensation. The whole mouth experience with this liquid is an interwoven combo whose parts still retain identity. It tastes sweet strong and feels spicy, but its real punch (ABV) fails to justify its effect. In that regard, it's like a worst-case scenario: sizzling sweet sensations without an ability to make meaningful impact. It's like Viagra not working. Though your might respect the effot, it's not compelling enough for frequent revisiting.

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Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one. I was expecting a rye beer like Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - hoppy with rye sourness and flavor. This is completely different.

Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is malty with some rye. Prominent and pleasant smell but no hint of the spicy surprise comng up.

Taste starts out with slightly sweet malts, cut by the rye. Then the black pepper kicks in!! This is not the slight peppery taste of a complex Belgian. This is heavy-duty chew-into-a-peppercorn pepper flavor. I drank this beer with a nicely seasoned steak and it was just right as a complement. Some hoppiness and mre rye in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich and interesting as the pepper plays with the tongue and tastebuds. I found this drinkable and interesting. At 5.0 % I think I could enjoy a few of them.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky looking tarnished bronze. Thin light brown head leaves sporadic rings of lace. Kind of a sticky syrupy sweet aroma. Kind of also has a "homebrew" aroma to it. Wow, this is a hard beer to describe. Some definite peppery tones in the mix. Quite spicy and pepper actually as I advance through this. I don't mind it and find it unique. Base maltiness is solid if uneventful. Between the rye and the peppercorns, this is one of the more spicy beers I've ever had. There's a hotness to it. But it's still quite drinkable. Good for a try, but I'll not be back for a long while.

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Photo of TLove
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The peppercorns have, as the SW Chinese noted when I've travelled there, a numbing effect that allows your mouth to deal with intense spices that it would not otherwise be able to handle. While this is both interesting and unique, combined with a rye beer and a nice malty body, it is a bit perverse, because it enshrouds the structure and balance in the numbness.

The beer possesses a nice deep red/brown hue and takes on some nice grainy and raisin tones, but, unfortunately, it would take something stronger than raisin to break through the spice. Don't get me wrong. The carbonation is nice, the spice is light, and there is a lightness and a crispness to this I have yet to experience in another rye beer. But the choice of the peppercorns, while unique, inevitably numb one's mouth to the rest of the wonderful tastes.

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Photo of Brez07
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this interesting beer at Novare Res last night. Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange/cherry red hue. Not much head, maybe 1/2 finger and it doesn't last very long. Minimal lacing

S: Starts with chocolate and raisin, but then the pepper takes over. I did get more chocolate smell as the beer warmed up a bit

T: I get chocolate and a little caramel up front, followed shortly (and rather intensely) by pepper. I was not surprised at all when I read on the side of the bottle that this is brewed with black AND green peppercorn. This taste lasts on the palate for a while by the way, which I'm not sure how I feel about. Just as with the smell, the presence of chocolate increased after a little while

M: Light, not much carbonation. A spicy finish, which again, lasts for a while

D: Good, but wow does that pepper taste stay with you. Glad I was able to try this, but probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer aspiring to greatness. Poured with a small light tan head and no lace. Color is a nice, clear dark brownish amber. Aroma is mild but a little of the pepper comes out with some malt. Flavor is at first a little peppery along with caramel malt, right after that it's a little hoppy, then the pepper keeps on coming. Body and carbonatioin are average at best. Finish is pretty much just the long warming effects of the pepper. Interesting premise, nothing real special tho.

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

Poured from 11.5 ounce bottle into Unibroue tulip. Head quickly fades and not much lacing to speak of. Sweet malts dominate the nose and maybe some coffee notes and sweet fruits. Not picking up the peppercorns in the nose, maybe they are dominated by the sweet aromas. Upon tasting, the spice is felt and tasted for sure on the back of the tongue after the swallow. Correction...actually I am picking up the peppercorn aromas as the beer warms...interesting. Taste is dominated by the sweet malts and the peppercorns on the back end, especially upon warming. A unique beer and a pleasant experience.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel Route des épices pours a finger of quickly-receding foam over a deep amber brew. Nose is sweetish malts, butterscotch, yeast funk, and peppercorn. The flavor is likewise spicy rye malt with notes of fruit and butterscotch, balanced by fresh ground peppercorn off the back. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with the ground pepper adding some warmth in the aftertaste. Pepper seems to be taking the place of hops in this particular brew- very very interesting stuff!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 for a 11.5 bottle at Merchants. Pours out to a slightly hazy dark chestnut, forming a modest light tan head with poor retention and decent lacing. Moderate to mild carbonation. Brewed with black and green peppercorns. 5% ABV. The aroma is really nice...there is definitely the smell of rye bread and pepper, and when swirled, a ting of sweet grain husk, dates and vanilla. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and pillowy soft with a medium body. The taste is exceptional. I love the peppercorns which sit perfectly balanced with some darker malts, the spiciness and earthy character of the rye, and a nice lingering sweetness. Bitterness is mild, but is perfectly balanced. The big rich aftertaste has notes of tobacco and rye bread, and the pepper produces some pleasant heat as it goes down.

I love this beer. Exceptional. I would love to drink this all night long, but it's exceptionally rich considering it's ABV. My frist beer from Dieu du Ciel and I couldn't be more impressed. Looking forward to the other two.

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Photo of deathdealer666
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep Mahagony with a small, tightwhite head.

Slightly fruity on the nose. A little rose bush and yes, a metric F ton of pepper.

Sweet and roasty upfront and then the pepper completely mouth rapes you (in a very pleasant way). I am however missing the rye in all of this. Kind of disappointed in that.

The body is light and airy. Pretty decieving of it's color.

Don't plan on tasting ANYTHING for a while after this. Your palate will be destroyed. The lingering pepper is intense and leaves you thirsty for more, only to repeat it's vicious cycle.

Quite unique. I've had a handful of pepper beers in the past, but nothing like this. Check it out if you have a chance.

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Photo of matjack85
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a cheap beer at $4.49 for a single 11.5oz bottle bought at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. Nice looking label with some information about the beer on one side, but down the other side they did something that irks me. They had freshness code markings along the side, but they never bothered to notch anything out on them. What good is it to list all the months and years on the side if you fail to mark which month and which year the beer is good for, so as far as I'm concerned, no, there is no freshness date on this beer.

The beer pours a murky brownish red color that makes a big 3 finger off white head that lasts forever and leaves an incredible amount of lacing on the glass.

Nice rye aroma with a good dose of peppery spices.

The taste starts out with a nice rye sourness and caramel malt sweetness, then all of a sudden - POW! The black and green peppercorns explode with flavor and spiciness that stay with you thru to the finish and beyond. The hot peppery flavors flow down the throat and dominate the aftertaste. This stuff had me running for a glass of water when I finished it. It's that hot. I was yearning for the rye and caramel to come back and they actually do make another appearance in the finish, but not enough to overcome the dominance of the peppercorns.

The beer has a hot and spicy, thin to medium mouthfeel to it with low carbonation.

I was actually not that crazy about the taste of this beer and couldn't down more than one of them at a sitting, but I still can appreciate its uniqueness and craftsmanship.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great provocative brew. Pepper over a nicely crafted rye backbone. Unusual and stimulating.

Presentation: 11.5 oz bottle. Another retro fantasy design and illustration, here around the image of sailboats and a character withe the boat as a hat. Short front description and brief side narrative generally noting main ingredients and intent. Does not show a clear date of bottling (there seems to be a side numbered calendar with the faintest of scratches on 1 and 4 but it is not clear), and shows Alc. by Vol. (5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber color with a generous if weak foamy head, that leaves generous lacing.

S - Extraordinary ranges of aromas. The initial whiff is of subtle caramel, dark fruit maltiness with the faintest of pepper notes. As soon as the beer settles the pepper takes the driving seat and the aroma is predominantly of fresh grounded peppercorns with distant memories of other subtleties.

T - While peppers are more predominant early on than on the aroma the rhythm is similar. First the malty backbone, and a bit of sweetness with the finishing pepper hint arrives. As the beer goes down the pepper takes an assertive first line without being overwhelming. Rye notes are more noticeable early on but remain as a subtle note later in the tasting.

M - Medium body with a great mouthfeel and good carbonation. It holds a great sense of freshness around the pepper and the rye texture, while the latter is not too predominant.

D - If you don´t have an aversion to pepper or beers that break the mold this one will feel rather drinkable. It feels fresh, assertive and well made, and while maybe having many could be an excess it calls to having a second one very easily.

Notes: Beers willing to dare and provoke like this have to be cherished and advocated for. Surely they are not for everybody or anytime but are a great addition to craft beer diversity. This one in particular offers a notable punch in a rather drinkable brew with an admirable balance for such a loud beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle into half pint on 10/19/09.

A - Poured a hazy copper-colored body with very minimal carbonation and a thin, off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and spotty lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toasted grains, peppercorns, spicy rye notes, fruit and some toffee sweetness, with perhaps even some cinnamon in the mix.

T - Peppercorns are quite obvious in the initial flavor and really jump out ahead of everything else. I also detect a bit of mint, which adds an interesting twist to the spiciness of this brew. Some earthy hop notes emerge in the middle, while the heat from the peppercorns really picks up steam in the backend. Finishes with subtle herbal hop notes and a touch of sweetness.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and ample carbonation. Spicy, warm finish with a hint of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Route Des Épices is quite an interesting beer that definitely goes against the norm. The peppercorn character really stands out and works well with the spicy nature of the rye, resulting in an extremely flavorful and unique beer.

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Photo of Long813
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pint Glass

A: Semi opaque dark red-brown body with minimal head and minimal lacing.

S: Strong peppercorn upfront with some sweet malts. Hints of rye and other spices.

T: Caramel, rye bread, strong peppers.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Leaves a strong peppery finish all the way down the throat along with sweet malts.

D: It's surprising what a beer can taste like. The peppers open up the senses to taste ans smell everything else. This would be great with a food pairing.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a La Chouffe glass.

Pours a dark red/light brown color. With an aggressive pour, the head was decent...about one finger...but has quickly fallen to less than half a finger.

Smells of pepper...really...quite present in the nose. The first smell to appear is very sweet, but is quickly followed by a distinct peppercorn aroma. There are some sweet malty notes, along with some other subtle spice notes.

Wow...that is unique. The taste is very flavorful...lots of stuff going on here. At first the sweetness of the malts hits you...and from that there are some sugary elements. Then the rye takes shape on the palate, providing a bitter flavor. On the finish, it is all pepper...and that isn't bad at all. It's a very nice spicy flavor, that seems to compliment the rather malty elements of the beer...and really compliments the rye.

What is left, however, is pure pepper. As I breathe I can feel that spicy pepper coating on my throat. I wonder if I'm going to sneeze? Probably not.

Overall, this beer is very interesting, and is one that is actually quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is quite and experience, and the beer itself is palatable.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers in the world. I have to admit when I heard about a beer brewed with peppercorns I was not expecting good things. They do it so tastefully that the rye flavors give way to the tingly aftertaste in a way that is sublime and near perfect. I paid just over $4 for an 11.5 oz bottle and I think it is worth the premium price. This is my favorite beer from Du De Ciel and I think it blows Peche Mortel out of the water. Have this beer with a good steak and you will be in heaven.

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

A - A clear, reddish-brown body topped with a small, light brown head. Low retention but good lace.

S - Aromas of pepper and brown sugar with some molasses. Some mango and toasted malt with a little bit of caramel.

T - Brown sugar with toast and dry carmel. Spicy pepper and earthy rye in the middle. Finishes with mild earthy hops and pepper as well as phenolic yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice and spicy, this is a solid brown ale with unique contributions of rye and hot black pepper. The black pepper is strong enough to warm the throat on the way down, but also lends the beer an earthiness that works very well with the rye. I wouldn't want more than one of these, but it was very interesting and well worth trying.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very pleasing golden brown color. Over a fingers worth of light tan foam makes the head. Retention is good. Lacing is fluffy and a bit slick.

A nice, mild, malty smell. Hints of vague spices. Pepper and rye are noticeable, but not really prominent.

Mild maltiness is still present. A good level of yeastiness, fairly bread-like. Good presence of rye in the taste, with quite a good showing from the peppercorn in the finish. The pepperiness stays active on the tongue and in the throat for a good long while.

Medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation, which is comprised of those tiny little bubbles that I love so much. This gives the beer a fair amount of creaminess, along with a very nice smoothness.

I imagine that more than a couple of these would provide some serious heartburn effects, if one were prone to such things. Other than that though, it's tasty and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy auburn with a thick white head that hangs around.

Aroma is mild malty sweetness, rye, and surprisingly strong peppercorn.

Taste is bready caramel malt, cracked black pepper, red pepper, and cinnamon. Hints of ripe dark fruit. Finishes with with lingering herbal rye character.

Mouthfeel i medium bodied.

There is a lot of spicy heat in this brew. Would be wonderful with the proper food pairing. This is something off the beaten path, and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a recent trip to Premier Wine and Spirits.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with plenty of frothy, slightly dark head. Head quickly evaporates to a small covering, and some sporadic lacing.

Smell is slightly of black pepper and rye.

Taste is spicy, beyond just black pepper. The spiciness actually lingers quite a bit after you swallow. The grain from the rye is also somewhat apparent. Finally it contains a mild malt flavor in the background.

There is a surprising amount of spice to this beer. I would say this is more of a beer for to accompany a meal, rather than an extended drinking experience.

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Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with a touch of haze. An almost perfect nitro like 2 inch head with great retention.

The smell was great with the peppercorn very noticeable along with a deep bread quality.

The flavor is pretty good with a nice fresh ground pepper flavor complementing the fresh bready rye base very nicely. Some slightly bitter lemony hops in the finish give it a nice balance. I really like the aggressiveness of the pepper in this.

The mouthfeel is light and spicy with a bit of heat from the pepper and a touch of oil from the hops makes the flavors linger nicely.

Overall a pretty solid rye, Dieu Du Ciel is doing a great job of making beers that are different from most everyone else, yet are still very good.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy off-white head with good retention. Good rings of lacing. Nose and taste live up to the label. Pungent rye aroma with a liberal helping of cracked pepper. As in a LOT of cracked pepper. Flattish mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long spicy finish. Taste really pops. Bitter rye and hops up front, very tangy. The black peppercorns then take over. Spicy, hot, and quite strong. Problem was after a while, it was just too much. The pepper made me kind of queasy as it built up. I can't see drinking more than one of these, and kind of hoped I had a partner to finish the last 1/3 of my 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome!!! It has a wonderful mix of rye and crystal malts along with a kick ass peppercorn aroma; very unique indeed. The taste is good. This is some kind of weird ass beer. I like it, but it's way out there. It has a solid rye beer flavor of spicey rye and caramel malts. It goes down smooth and finishes with an excellent peppery taste. It really hits you in the finish like having someone crack black pepper in your beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is truely unchartered territory. Big ups for the effort on this one. I'm in!

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Photo of Rayek
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Complex amber with orange highlights. A small eggshell head has good intentions, but doesn't stick around long. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Now this is certainly different. Very spicy and minty. Heavy on the peppercorn, plus anise and peppermint. A bit of caramel provides a touch of sweetness.

T: The theme from the nose continues. Peppermint and black pepper vie for dominance. Caramel malts are there, but take a back seat to the mint and spice. As the beer lingers, the flavor starts to burn the tongue and clear the sinuses. The warmer the beer gets, the more pronounced these sensations become. Definitely a unique experience, if nothing else.

M: The medium light body feels overly carbonated.

D: One word: unique. I can safely say that I've never had a beer that tastes like this before. Not that enjoyable to me, to be honest. But I'll give bonus points for thinking outside the box.

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

Part of the variety case of Dieu Du Ciel beers that I brought back with me from a recent trip to Montreal.

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a good two finger head that slowly dissipated to leave a nice lacing around my Unibroue Goblet
S - I don't really catch the peppercorn in this beer, the rye and hops stand out above most else.
T - Slightly different than most beers I have tasted. There is a strong hint of Caramel and the spices really don't stand out until you have finished the drink. They reside in your pallet long after your done drinking.
D - Enjoyable. Goes down well with the pasta my wife cooked for dinner. In fact a few of them went down well. Not too over ambitious.
M - Solid body, not overly gassy. Maintained decent carbonation throughout the life of the beer.

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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.68 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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