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 benzalman
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not really my style of choice, tough to drink. The pepper and spice are very, very prominent.

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Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of korguy123
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 07/2010

A- Murky brown pour, thin white ring for a head, lacing is phenomenal.

S- Fresh baked biscuits, cloves, cane sugar, the pepper is starting to tickle my nose.

T- Huge pepper tastes ravage my tongue, biscuit malts, and subtle yeast. I have to admit, that I've always hated pepper, still do, but this isn't too bad!

M- Quite smooth, the pepper leaves spices in your mouth the more you drink, making your cheeks and tongue tingle the more you sip.

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Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of elricorico
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown and fairly clear, with a thick finger of tan head. Lacing left as it recedes.

Smells of a nutty caramel, with black pepper on top. Pepper is not strong, it mixes well with the other aromas and doesn't irritate the nose. Altogether there is a faintly smokey impression.

Taste is a very interesting mix of sweet, slightly nutty caramel and black pepper. The pepper makes an impression about halfway through the mouth and gets stronger and stronger. The way the flavours mix is quite unique, it is a smooth transition from sweet to spicy.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, and eventually your tongue will start to feel the heat of the pepper.

Very much worth trying once, it is quite a unique blend of flavours. That being said, I couldn't have more than one of these, as the pepper would be far too much.

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Photo of danieelol
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice mauve colour with consistent head and a fair bit of lacing. 4

S: peppercorns are prominent and almost a pheasant pate smell (seems the umami richness coupled with the pepper evokes this smell). There's also a concealed pleasant fruity Belgian (and almost chocolatey) yeast smell. Also some sweet bubblegum and a bit of roast. The beer is best when the fruity chocolate yeast smell is breaking through, and the peppercorns are less detectable. 4

T: Similar sort of peppered pateness in the taste. Also some rye and ginger flavours. There's definitely mounting spice in the flavour. Also a bit of roast and chocolate. On the whole it's pleasant but it doesn't seem like the most well integrated beer. On the other hand the mounting heat from the peppercorns is really enjoyable. 4

M: Mouthfeel's pretty hard to fault, goes down easily. 4

D: Well, it's a pricy beer and it's quite drinkable (although at 5.3% that's not too difficult). I especially like the growing heat from the peppercorns as you drink it. But seeing as it's so expensive it's not like you're going to be drinking a heap anyway. 3.5

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze hue, almost clear wearing a thin off-white head, short-lasting, low carbonation level. It remains a beautiful shining color. Aroma is pretty much all about spices, pepper obviously and a shy note of garlic. Taste is spicy with shy hints at smokey wood powder. Easy to drink at first, smooth and not really complex, but nevertheless very well-made. I can see this doing wonders pairing with food and stinky cheeses, if only they would bottle.. The taste is actually pretty restrained, but the pepper character really shows hard in the aftertaste, it's just enough for my tastes.
I'd definitely put this in the Spiced category though.. and it should be spelled "Épices" rather than Espices

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Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice chestnut brown with flashes of light peering through the copper hues beneath the foamy off white head that leaves scattered lacing behind.

The rich aroma of peppercorns waft from the glass. As it warms the chocolate and caramel malt show as well, but the spicy peppercorn is the hero.

The chocolate and caramel malts are much more apparent in the flavor again lying beneath the abundant spicy peppercorns. I am guessing it is a product of the peppercorns, but at times this tastes quite earthy and possibly even a touch woody.

Medium in body and carbonation, this leaves quite a bite resting on the palate.

This is a very unique beer. Great flavors, unlike anything else I have sampled, this is a winner

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky mahogany with a medium head that poofs. nose; dark bread crust, hops, & dark fruit (fig?). taste; rye spiciness, caramel malt, toffee, raisin/grape, earthy hops, sugar, black peppercorn, & light ethanol. the rye & pepper sting lightly & nicely on the end. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. very interesting beer that drinks a little like a belgian strong ale with rye & peppercorn running the show. the spices here are very well done, and the overall profile is a touch vinous. delicious!

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CesarLopes
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown with a finger of off white head. Peppercorn and a little dark fruit on the nose -- almost wine-like. Spicy tasting -- with the rye and pepper playing off nicely against each other. There's some heft to the body, with the malty, fruitiness partially masked by the spice. The pepper lingers in the aftertaste with more bite than the aroma and initial taste would suggest. The aftertaste is a little much for me, although paired with a heavy meal, it might work well. Until then, a very solid brew.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" beige head which quickly dissipated. Held to the light it's a hazy auburn brown color, attractive. Cold it had pretty much no smell, and I was surprised after it warmed I still really wasn't getting any. Nice rich complex flavor. The peppercorns come through as a general exotic spiciness. There's also some caramel. But frankly I usually expect a rye to be more interesting. This is decent but not great.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red/deep caramel in color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty with a strong hint of molasses.

Taste – indeed malty with a fairly spicy feeling in the finish. The rye is evident in the sort of blanch type of taste, but the peppercorns are definitely there. They make the Mouthfeel end up being quite warming.

Mouthfeel – warming and a bit spicy (hot) feeling, but without the chemical burning of it.

Overall – very interesting in taste, and seemingly quite original. I’ve certainly never tasted anything quite like it.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single twleve ounce bottle of this at Bauer Wine and Spirits on Newbury Street. Thanks to the beer guy, Josh, for pulling a bottle of this out of the back for me. Poured in to a Stella chalice a dark copper, and a small bit of white head. Smell starts off interesting, with notes of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, sugar seems prevalent in places, and a nice cola as well. Taste has white pepper, more ginger and cola, and also just a slight hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice and spicy, and goes down in a way that is similar to ginger beer in that it gives you a minor burning sensation in the back of your throat. Given a different season, I think I might want to have a few of these, but it didn't seem all that drinkable for a hot day like today. It actually reminds me more of a spiced beer or Winter Warmer than a Rye beer. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel still deserve points for creating an interesting conversation beer. Worth a try if you see it. Cheers

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Photo of MasterPenguins
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BeccaH
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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