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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Photo of djcira
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of nighthawk
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear copper-red with an abundance of rocky, sticky head. Clings to the glass as it slowly settles, and as I drink.
Mainly peppercorn on the nose. Some toasted malts can be noticed, but they're pretty subdued by the onslaught of pepper.
Taste is peppercorn through and through...faint citrus bitterness on the finish, which also carries peppercorn. A bare note of rye bread is tasted in the middle, but it's hardly noticeable under the weight of pepper.
Slightly sticky mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation feels lively on the mouth.
The uber-pepper taste makes this less than idyllic to drink. It's not as overpowering as a few spicy beers I've tried, but it's not particularly pleasant either.

It's hard to recommend this beer. If you want to try something different, go for it, but unless you love pepper this beer probably won't impress you.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kevofficiel
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Route Des Épices

Look: Amber, brown color with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: Spices, pepper and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Spices, pepper, caramel.

Feel: creamy caramel and lots lots of black pepper. The more you drink it the more it is noticeable.

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes why not, but I would not buy an other one for myself.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 VeggieNugget
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Mit
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a ruby red colour with minimal head.

Peppery slightly malty bouquet. Kind of subdued actually.

Taste is again very getting pepper...but very little rye. Very surprised and will buy another to try in case I ended up with an old one.

Mouthfeel is in keeping with abv...a little flat imo.

Overall this is probably the first dissapointing ddc beer I have ever had.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BDTyre
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...interesting, but not something I'd go for on a regular basis.

Cooper-brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Smells of brown-sugar, raisins, pepper and malts. Nop hop scent.

Taste is predominantly pepper corns, with some hop bitterness. The pepper nearly overwhelms anything else.

Decent moutfeel, but the pepper presence can lend to a bit of a stinging feel. A nice sipper, but not sessionable and not something I would buy en masse.

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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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Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.68 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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