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 bminor7
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Craftedanddrafted
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This is one of the most interesting beers that I've had in a long time. It has a truly unique flavor. Admittedly, I am a sucker for all beers and wines with big pepper tones. This would be just perfect with a seasoned steak. I will be finding it again to do just that. However it is only a September to December availability. I might stock it for the winter.

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Photo of grayburn
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent rye beer, I love the peppery bite, further enhanced by the peppercorns. I must also throw in that Dieu Du Ciel knows how to market a beer, beautiful labels abound.

She pours a light amber with a nice thick head that lasts nicely and laces too.

The smell and taste are dominated by this crisp spiciness that never completely blows the malt away, very nice job with the peppercorns.

The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied, a nice base with good carbonation. This all adds up to some very nice drinkability. Delicious.

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Photo of oggg
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber, copious offwhite foamy head

hint of chocolate, hint of lavender on the nose

taste of chocolate
mildly bitter finish, extremely drying, turning to pinpoint tingling
late in the finish it's black pepper spiciness that lasts minutes, but take note, it's really subtle and if you're half drunk you won't taste it at all. It warms the whole mouth over

after half a bottle, the finish leaves a slight cloying stickiness.

Overall: got a little sticky at the end, but otherwise an excellent quaffer with some good flavor

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the tasting.

A - dark amber with a soft, white layer of head

S - bread, pie crust, apples, faint sugar

T - bread, sweet, spicy, peppery, rye, faint citrus

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an enjoyable, complex, smooth offering with great drinkability. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, foggy with very little head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - The peppercorns are immediately noticeable, but can also smell some chocolate malts.

T - Peppercorns... There isn't the heat from the peppercorns, but the flavour is rather overwhelming. The chocolate malts come through with a bit of sweet caramel as well. The finish is rather bitter.

M - Quite light and bubbly on the palette. Goes down smooth.

D - Definitely could not toss back a 6-er of this stuff, but it was good for a taste. Would recommend this one to anyone searching for a unique and memorable experience, but wouldn't recommend it as a sessionable beer.

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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 ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the DDC feature at the LCBO - bottled on 07/10, label reads 5.3% ABV. Pours a dark auburn with hints of ruby, a finger of creamy khaki head on top.

Nose is a little uninspiring, earth and caramel malt, a hint of pepper. A touch of cocoa and nut, a'la an English Brown.

This is obviously an unique beer and it's a little hard to rate. Personally, I love the burn that is growing in my mouth, the nice touch of green peppercorn, a balanced sweet maltiness with a hint of metallic twang, a touch of rye, earth, cocoa. I can also see how others wouldn't.

Smooth carbonation, a real earthy dry finish blended with the heat, but still surprisingly easy drinking. It makes me excited to see what it will pair well with. Superbly crafted, unique - going back for more.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep copperish brown color topped with a finger slightly beige head. Very little visible carbonation.

S: A bit of peppercorn along with some sweet , slightly caramel like, and bread malt. A faint touch of noble hops as well.

T: Peppercorns come through but the malt and hop aspects of the beer are still well established and make for nice backbone. Everything is evenly blended ,sweet malt, slight hops, and a topping of wonderfully spicy peppercorn. It's almost reminiscent of a pepper steak. The heat is not immense but its there and provides an interesting but great element to the already amazing base.

M: I'm finding , and excepting, more and more that Dieu du Ciel beers are lowly carbed. It's easy to drink and very smooth. The spice lends to a nice heat which lets you know its there but brings you back for more.

O: Just a great beer overall. I would definitely drink this again and would consider buying some more. Some BBQ'd chicken would be great with this.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color of this one resembles a Diet Coke with melted ice, or a really really sweet iced tea, making it a light cola color. Slightly frothy top with a small amount of lacing.

Definitely pepper and rye in the nose. I think the pepper is more pronounced but the rye adds an extra spiciness to the aroma. I almost feel as though I need to sneeze after getting a big huff of this one. A large amount of carmel malts and a touch of biscuit as well.

Immediately sweet due to the big malt contribution, but then turns spicy due to the peppercorns. Really good caramel flavor to start. The finish is filled with a tingly pepper, just like fresh ground black pepper. Very interesting.

The spiciness of the pepper lingers on the palate for quite a while. I actually enjoyed this one. I love spicy food and this one had a nice spiciness to it without being hot or overdone. Almost full bodied and sticky on the toungue.

I really enjoyed this one. Very interesting and different. IF the price werent so extravagant, ($4.50 per 11.5oz) I would have this again. As it stands, this will probably be the last time I try this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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 papat444
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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 leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottled August 2011.

Appearance - Pours a dark, murky brown (almost mahogany) with a very thin line of bubbles for head.

Smell - Peppercorns, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits.

Taste - Starts off with the sweet flavours (picked up in the aroma), and then transforms into a spicy, peppery finish and aftertaste. Not overly spicy hot, just a pleasant black pepper flavour.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Tingly on the tongue due to the light bubbles and pepper.

Overall - This beer takes your tastebuds down an interesting path. I was surprised by the sweet start that turned into a peppery finish. Hats off to Dieu du Ciel for creating such a unique beer.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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 bobsy
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dieu de Ciel deserves its impressive reputation - their newly bottled brews tick all of my boxes, and if they were more readily available it would be tough to buy something else.

Sweet, spicy coriander aroma wafts upwards from this ruby red liquid, and its medium white cap. Good retention and lace is left behind on the glass. Initial taste is fruity and malty with only the slightest hint of spice, and even some mint lingering at the back end. After a few more sips this transitions into a warmer pepper profile. Holy crap, it was good before, but this development makes it one interesting brew. The mouthfeel is perfect - quite thick and with medium carbonation delivering an explosion of flavour and heat to the tongue.

A pint would definitely be enough as the pepper intensity increases with each sip, but I'd love to have a sixer of this in the fridge.

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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 drperm
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark siena brown, similar to an American Brown or a dark Pumpkin ale. Lots of light-tan foamy head.

Aroma: Enticing! Dark, deep malt; black and white pepper leads into shades of cocoa, cardamom, salt, coriander, and rye, with an earthy-floral (is that basil?) finish.

Taste: Rich and complex: this is truly a caravan-journey across the Spice Road. Dark tones of rye and bourbon, with a flashy peppercorn showing and a spicy finish. Dandelion shows up, as well as (again) cardamom, with slight hints of white chocolate.

Palate: A strong pepper finish -- almost hot on the throat, and yet I want to sip again and again...

Overall: Very unusual! Very pleasant, too...Dark, mysterious, appropriately bitter. Great with (I would imagine) a whole array of foods -- peppery steak for sure; smoked cheeses; anything grilled. I had it alongside a chicken-gorgonzola-walnut pasta: it was *almost* too strong for the dish, but in the end it did work well together, thanks to that gorgonzola-blue cheese. I'd try this one with mole sauce in a heartbeat. Or, for that matter, curry fries.

My only advice: don't drink it too cold. You'll miss out.

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Photo of shamus
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a unique head that is slightly darker where it meets the body and is lighter at the top. It smells of pepper, cinnamon and roasted malt (Shreddies?). If they put a pumpkin on the label and called a pumpkin spiced beer it would be one of the better of that sort I have had. It has a cumulative pepper effect which I like but for those who are adverse to such spice " Beware!"

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a mild off-white head, solid retention.

S: Definite pepper smell (did someone slip Cornas in my beer?), grassy herbal notes and nice malt character.

T: Dark Belgian style malt with lot of pepper flavour which I really enjoyed, spicy and delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, easy spicy aftertaste, smooth light carbonation.

D: As for the pepper beers that I have had, this one is definitely the most overt. Nice brew.

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

Pours a deep brown colour with thick head. Ok lacing down the side of the glass. The smell of peppercorns is huge, but I love pepper so this is great. Some bready malts compliment the pepper. Flavour has a little dash of hop bite, but the pepper is the star of this beer. I could see this being too much pepper for some, but I enjoy it. I wouldn't want to have several of these in a row because of the intense spicing, but I certainly enjoy sipping this.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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 calcio360jrd
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at WOB Clematis.

Now this beer is one of the reasons i love dieu du ciel. This is a rye beer brewed with peppercorns, pretty interesting sounding when i read the bottle. Taste was traditional rye style beers i've had in past, but the peppercorns stole the show as the beer passed to the throat, almost felt like i just had a big bit of a steak au poivre!

Will for sure be having this one again.

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

Reviewed from notes
Appearance-Poured beer into a pint glass minimal head does cling to edge of glass
Smell-Malt, rye and peppercorns
Taste-If you're a chili-head or heat seeker like me (chili peppers, peppercorns) this is where this beer excels. I did enjoy the subdued use of hops and low bitterness (IBUs).
Mouthfeel-Full bodied. I really enjoyed how the peppercorn taste builds as you drink this.
Overall-At 5.49/bottle kind of pricey. Think if I have again I'll try to pair with a peppered steak or other spicy dish (Thai or Mexican). Do recommend and will buy again.

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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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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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