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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
635
Reviews:
387
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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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 chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pour is hazy dark brown with an off-white head that is not durable and leaves just small spots of lacing.

Aroma: dark bread, peppercorns and surprisingly strong toffee/brown sugar notes.

Flavor: mildly bitter. Lightly spicy grains upfront. Peppercorns and spicy rye kick in lightly in the fine finish and aftertaste.

Overall: well crafted ale featuring sweet malts, rye and pepper.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iam starting to see a few of these peppercorn and or chile beers more around.This poured into a large tumbler a clear dark rust color with a large blooming almond colored head that left a smattering of lace behind as it settled slowly,the pepper is more faint in the aroma its mostly dominated by vanilla caramel,and biscuit with a tinge of hard water as well.Flavors up front are somewhat sweet with caramel and sweet biscuit mainly the peppercorns are more of a back of the throat hit and a late burn.Its pretty good but I think the peppercorns can be a bit much after drinking awhile, still something different.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep brown in color with some hints of amber and ruby red when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of peppercorns in this beer. There are some lighter aromas of rye spiciness as well as some floral and citrus hops.

T: There is spiciness from both the rye and the peppercorns which really dominate the flavor of this beer. The heat of the spice really lingers for this one - not overly hot but lingers for quite some time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is some spicy heat in the finish.

O: This beer is probably only going to find a niche of enjoyment and popularity - this is a flavor profile that I enjoy and really makes me think of steak au poivre. I enjoyed this beer but it is a little spicy to be an easier drinker. Very unique.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

First had: growler from Pinocchio's, FREE, won by Meester Lo, who guessed what was in the mystery bag (Flying Dog Disobedience). Thanks, Meester Lo!

Decanted into my City Tap House "Sour Saturday" mini-stem glass, a hazy, chestnut brown color with a small off-white head that receded to a wispy layer of bubbles; spots of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is somewhat distant, caramel malt and rye "spice," toasted bread and light peppery spice. Pale biscuity malt taste, toasted grains, a little bland and not too sweet, stiff peppercorn character, and a bitter herbal hop finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, drying. Not bad overall, but nothing great or memorable. It was free, so, giddyup.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy malt scent with only very, very minor hints of rye and pepper.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch bready, though with not much sweetness present. Though mild in the nose, the peppercorn taste is very distinct once you start drinking it down. Sure, you got your spicy rye character, but the pepper really leads the charge and lasts all the way, unyielding, till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unique and interesting in its shocking display of peppery punchiness. A beer that begs, along with the drinker, to be paired with food.

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Photo of atrocity
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber color with a slight chill haze. Moderate head and lace.

Surprisingly little spice aroma. Relatively dry malt with very light hop. Frankly, small in the nose.

Ah, the pepper really comes through in the taste. This starts as a typical malty amber ale--lots of malt with a low hop bite. But the swallow features a low burn from the peppers and crescendos to a decent spicy touch. I like this blend: It's different and satisfying. Good body and carbonation.

If you're looking for something different without going extreme, seek this beer out. It's original and not over the top.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to korguy123 for this one. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours brownish/red with a small beige head. Decent lacing.

S: Some toffee/caramel, also a hint of coffee. The rye and peppercorns play a big role here. A little bit of chocolate as it warms.

T: Got a lot of the rye upfront and the spices/pepper on the back end. After a while got a slight burning sensation in the back of my throat.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Slight burning sensation due to the spices. As it warmed I found myself liking it less. Overall it is a very interesting beer, glad to have to tried it. Not bad by any means, but not really for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark ochre with more brick red than brown. The upper half of the glass filled with ecru colored foam following the pour. The cap looks good at the start and gains even more character as it melts. It's also nice and sticky, with pulled taffy bridges appearing between head and glass. Attractive and abundant lace.

Just as Peche Mortel smells more like coffee than any stout I have ever had, this offering smells more like pepper than any beer I can imagine. These guys don't mess around. They must have dumped the green and black peppercorns into the kettles with something approaching reckless abandon. This could be interesting.

Wow! Double Wow!! Route des Epices tastes like liquified pepper corns. While that might be appealing to some people, it isn't appealing to me. With a spice this powerful, a little restraint is called for so that all of the beer's flavors can work together in harmonious fashion. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel blew right past restraint, didn't give a second look at generous, and decided not to stop at excess.

The flavor profile includes pepper. That's it. I have no idea why the brewer(s) decided to make this a rye beer since there's no way that rye malt can be appreciated amid the blast of heat that scorches the mouth, tongue and throat each time the glass is upended. Most chile beer isn't this fiery. Not pleasant.

The mouthfeel, along with the appearance, is a highlight among lowlights. It's at least medium in heft and is as smooth as possible given the raspiness of the peppery heat. Carbonation is neither a positive nor a negative.

I enjoy hot-spicy food and use Tabasco liberally in chili and a few other things. I even like the idea of a pepper-flavored beer, as long as the pepper is an accent and not an 800 lb. gorilla, as it is in Route des Epices. Sorry, pass.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at O'reilly's at the Best Western. Served chilled in a snifter.

The color is slightly hazed reddish brown with great retention and fine bead. There is a good amount of lace collecting and the carbonation is visible. The smell is like a humidor, very aromatic and slightly sweet with a woody essence...could be the pepper but almost comes off as smoky with slight peat influence a la fine single malt. The feel is good with nice amount of carbonation and subtle spice which seems to increase midway through. The dry toasty graininess comes through a little bit but the alcohol is mild and it is about medium bodied making for a nice blend of malt and spice with good balance.

The taste is not as inviting as the aroma led on, but still has some of that cedar-like sweet woodiness with a goodly amount of malt which comes off more creamy than caramel with a light toasted and dry accent that doesn't really reach any kind of roast level yet does seem to amplify the pepper flavors in the beer. The alcohol is more noticeable because of the spice I suppose but not really sharp or out of place there is a mild heat that builds in the back of the throat which lets you know what you are dealing with. The peaty tinge is a good woody compliment to the subtle rye. Overall I like the way this beer unfolds it is very aromatic even when cold and as it warms tends to come together quite well with the malt and spice in harmony. I recommend trying this if a peppery beer is your cup of tea.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, now! I seem to be delving, at least briefly, into the Rye Beer area of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog. My Achilles heel is rye, which is why I have numerous bottles of rye whisky here and very few of any other distilled spirit. Man, I am so excited that this has become both a style & a routine brew for many brewers. Rye malt is tricky since it breaks down VERY easily & quickly & can create a sticky oatmeal-like mush that requires a hammer & chisel to remove from the mash tun. I have known a couple of homebrewers who, upon having procured an upgrade system, went whole-bore & then just threw out the mash tun afterwards. The resulting beer was to die for!

From the bottle: "Rye beer brewed with peppercorns"; "Route Des Épices (French for 'Spice Route') is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavours of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavour and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue."

I Pop!ped the cap, only to realize that it was a twist-off! Quelle domage! I know, I know, all reviews MUST be done in English, but that just slipped out. Likewise, the beer just seemed to slip out of the accursed bottle & into my awaiting glass. It must have thought that it was getting off easy as it just sat there, but I gave it a hard swirl, followed by a light spanking. This raised both its ire as well as a finger of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with Deep Amber highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was a bit heavy on the caramel, but the spiciness was still evident. Mouthfeel was medium. The burning taste of the combined peppercorns with the rye malt was both unexpected and unabating! It was like of those cinnamon jaw breakers that lights you up and never stops until you spit it back into the wrapper for another try. Okay, time for a shot of Rye Whisky. OMFG! What was it that David Bowie sang about "Putting out fires with gasoline"? Whoosh! Beads of seat broke out on my forehead, my eyeballs began to tear and water uncontrollably, my tongue was rendered insensate. Yummy! Finish was dry and peppery, but it was on the finish that the cool mintiness of the rye began to shine through. The conundrum begins when I attempt to rate to style, as opposed to taste. I liked it just fine & I know a local who would really dig it, but the rye malt was wildly overshadowed by the peppercorns. Phew!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Even without knowing this is a beer "au poivre" you would figure it out very shortly. Intense black pepper aroma which dominates all but the little hints of malt in the form of bread and toffee that you can pick up.

T: Just like with the nose, the pepper is dominant to the point of being overbearing. It's amazingly dry as a result and sort of chokes you toward the back end of the sip. Just a slight bit of toffee sweetness to help you out.

M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation.

O: I had some serious cottonmouth after drinking this. Just far too peppery to really be enjoyable as a beer.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a half pint glass.

Appearance - Amber body. Mostly clear. Excellent creamy white head. Beautiful lacing and a thin layer of foam.

Smell - Muted aroma. Might be the glass. I had this in a snifter and it smelled much better. Rye aroma is bombarded by peppercorn.

Taste - Tons of rye. No hop. Creamy rye and malt midrange. Peppercorn builds slowly and peaks in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Almost like it's on nitro. Low carbonation.

Overall - Better in a more aromatic glass, but a delicious rye beer.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper bordering on brown with a huge bubbly off white head that dissipates to a cap. Bready biscuity malts, incense, and pepper make up the majority of the aroma. The smell reminds me of walking into whole foods. Taste starts off with a quick caramel and biscuit which quickly fades to a spicy rye and incense which segways into a spicy peppery finish that heats up for a minute or so after every sip. Body is medium, carbonation is high, mouthfeel is watery/spicy. This one is different! I really enjoyed this one, especially that spicy peppery finish. The incense type taste and aroma that I got from this one was a little overpowering at times.

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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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