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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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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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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of Shadman
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to have this brewer readily available in Alberta...

Dark cloudy brown with a nice tan head that receeds slowly into a tan cap.

Nice rye & crystal malts with a very fragrant peppercorn aroma. Never have I experieince such a beer aroma.

Peppercorn flavour is quite a shocker @ first. Luckily smooth rye malts help wash that away. Finish is slick and peppery.

Nice medium body. Carbonation is lower which helps with the pepper heat.

Interesting take on a beer. I like peppercorn sauces so I found this to be quite an enjoyable experienc, but I can see others being turned off.

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Photo of dbossman
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Redish brown; quite red when held in the light; thin head that dissipates almost immediately

S: Rye graininess as well as a spicy black pepper quality do permeate as the name of the beer would suggest; a sweet citrus quality pervades as well

T: Pleasantly peppery and spicy--actually lots of black peppercorn paired well with the rye; the peppers tend to dominate a bit much, however

F: A tad thin but fairly decent mouth coating

D: Good for what it is; though I really like the peppercorn flavor paired with the rye, the pepper proves to be a tad much after a few sips

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Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass that left nice lacing and sheeting throughout. the head also billowed nicely. the body was a dark mahogany color.
s - peppery with a hint of raisins or red grapes.
t - very spicy and peppery.
m - bubbly. a little thinner than i would have liked.
o - really interesting take on a rye beer. much more spicy than others i have had.

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Photo of Troville1990
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SilentSabre
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish-bronze coloured body with a nice finger and a half khaki coloured head. Thick foam laces the sides of the glass heavily when tipped. Looks good.

Smell is very malty. You can certainly smell the rye and to a (much) lesser degree, the peppercorns and a handful of other spices. There's also a nice sweet, brown-sugary, caramel aroma.

This seems to be quite malty all the way through. A touch of earthy hops towards the beginning, then sweet malts with the rye starting to show up toward the finish. Then, to my surprise, the peppercorns really showed up! A few seconds after you swallow a sip, the unmistakable flavour of black pepper strikes your palate. Not so much that it is offensive, but just enough to be readily identified and make for a rather interesting beer, to say the least.

Mouthfeel seemed to be about average in regards to style and abv. Carbonation, too, seemed to be about where it should be to make for a lively brew, but not over doing it.

Certainly a very interesting and well crafted brew. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of kguard
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of benzalman
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
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 +2.5%

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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 Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -4.4%

Photo of elricorico
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +6.6%
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 nyrblue2
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +36.6%

Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 +23%

Photo of CesarLopes
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A-Dark amber-reddish brown color with a big, lasting head that leaves lots of lacing. This brew certainly appealed to my eye.

S- Strong peppery spice out of the box. Then come the bready malt and rich chocolatey aromas as it warms.

T- Some caramel and strong chololate along with pungent black peppery spice.

M- It has body and carbonation, is long lasting and not sweet. The deal breaker is the overpowering pepper, it lines the throat and increases in strength as I drink.

O- I enjoy pepper in general and peppery-spiced beers ( like rye porters), this beer is simply too peppery strong for my tastes, thus keeping the feel and taste ratings in check.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BeccaH
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Route Des Épices (Ale Rousse Au Poivre) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 639 ratings
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