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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)

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 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 Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with a nice initial head that fades to a swirly cap. Smells somewhat fruity and with a bit of grain and a dry malt background, but quite light. The taste is far more bold and interesting! I really like this beer. Big cherry fruit flavors, some nice rye fruity/spiciness, and big, big clean tasting peppercorn flavors. The fruitiness of the peppercorns has really been preserved, and although this has a definite pepper kick, it is not all heat but lovely fruity and herbal peppercorn flavors that keep this going. A nice aged soft cheese would be lovely with this, the flavors would cut right through the cheese unctuousness. Smooth in the mouth with a very spicy finish. Very, very powerful, and best with food, Can't drink more than one of these.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark reddish brown with a rather small off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Green pepper galore! Rye and some caramell malt. A bit sweet. But the spices are truely great!

T: Again, green pepper and heavy spicyness. Rye and some semi-sweet caramell malt. Some bitterness. But also here the pepper are powerful!

M: Heat! Pepper and spices stay in your mouth forever - probably the longest aftertaste I've had in a couple of years. Body is medium and carbonation the same. Kind of smooth. Did I mention the heat?

O: The only thing that comes to mind when I'm concluding this review; COOL! This beer is one of the coolest beer experiences I've ever had. The heat from the pepper really knocked me off my feet...

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Photo of weeare138
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a semi-transparent, deep crimson toned amber with a luscious, 3 finger, light tan head that simply doesn't want to fade away...it just floats there like the head of a frothy rootbeer. Solid streams of lacing quickly rise to the top of the glass. Massive amounts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich caramel, cinnamon, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.
Taste is very spicy with a mix of peppers, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There's a burning sensation on the lips and in the back of the throat that makes me feel like I've just eaten some Atomic Hot Wings without any blue cheese to cool it off. Ouch. The mild hint of caramel that was there is buried way in the background due to this pepper blast brew.
The mouthfeel is...Burning! It's medium bodied, and smooth aside from the annoying burn that is becoming quite overkill at this point. It's like torture at points to bring it back to my lips.
Jesus...it's just too much. It started out alright until my mouth became numb. If there was that caramel sweetness in the beginning, it's way overtaken by the ocean of peppers that it becomes.
If you enjoy very spicy Asian, or Indian food, try pairing this with those foods. Otherwise, prepare yourself for the burning sensation. I couldn't even finish the whole bottle. I can't believe I paid 8 bucks for that!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Almost clear amber color. Spicy, hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is spicy, peppery with some malt, lingering pepper finish. $5.75 for a 11.5oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I do like a good Rye beer -- and one brewed with peppercorns? Well that just sets off my novelty alarm. Let's go.

Pours a pleasant deep red-brown colour, with a coarse-bubbled head of off-white foam that almost has a greenish tinge to it. Lacing is a bit foamy and loose. Body looks pretty solid and heavy for a 5% beer. Pretty decent all up.

Yup, there's pepper all over the nose, freshly cracked corns of spice, overlaid on a rather sweet smelling malt-base. Certainly not much in the way of rye, although I generally find rye giving a slightly peppery overtone to the aroma of beers in any case. It's very pleasant -- the pepper, while obvious, is a nice touch.

Taste is pleasantly done. Here, the hops come forward to add a pleasant bitterness which mingles almost indistinguishably with the pepper character. Perhaps a hint of rye astringency comes forward too. Finish is very light and dry, just leaving the prickly pepper residuals to dance across the back. Quite a sharp ending, and the more you drink, the more pepper spice builds up on the back of the throat.

Still, it is as I expected, a very interesting brew, and one which is surprisingly approachable. The bite of the pepper becomes a bit much after a while, but it's quite the unique brew. Certainly something to look out for if you're after something a bit different.

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Photo of corby112
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark amber/ brown color and a huge foamy tan head. Very spicy pepper aroma with some maltiness and dark fruit. Malty flavor with some dark fruit up-front followed by a HUGE spicy peppery lingering finish. You can feel the heat when you take a breath after drinking. This is not like a novelty beer with a green pepper floating in it. This is very coplex with an intensely spicy kick.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown body with one finger head that dies easily and leaves some lace. An overtly peppery, spicy smell that isn't exactly pleasant dominates the nose. Has a medium-bodied texture to it that passes smoothly but with the peppers in it it has a very drying quality on the tastebuds. Hops and sweet malts seem to be held in check by this, although it does have a distinct taste. Not a bad beer but I wouldn't session it due to the strong taste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, bright ruby red with subtly orange tints. The head was dirty tan, slight in statue and quick to diminish leaving a polished surface. Visible carbonation was light with but a few random scattered bubbles being noticed at any one given time moving slowly and lazily to the surface.

S: semi-sweet with caramel malting and crisp touch of whiskey rye. Some light dried cherries and sweet berry fruitiness are also well documented here. The fresh green peppercorns are detected but slight in nature adding a nice finish to the sweet and fruity aroma.

T: The beer starts out spritzy with some sweet dried caramel and a spicy tingly sensation. Theres some sweeted dried apple slices with a nice spicy hopping. The peppercorns (black) really kick in on the finish providing a strong display of peppery flavor, especially if you let it sit on the tongue for a minute or two. A nice faint dried caramel apple sweetness does its best to be noticed adding subtle hints to the huge peppery finish. Starts out sweet and fruity and ends dry and spicey.

M: light, exceptionally smooth and builds rather quickly to a hot and spicey peppery coating. Really nice mouthful here and one that just keeps getting better the longer you hold it.

D: Good drinkability, a great lingering peppercorn fade for a finish makes this a hot and spicey treat that is one not to be missed. Unique and well flavored and definitely comes highly recommended.

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer is crystal clear with a slightly dense deep auburn colored body and a thick creamy head of light beige that sticks to the glass and is supported by big bubbles of carbonation.

S- The smell of caramel and dry toast have a faint earthy hint when they warm a bit.

T- The taste of dry malt with a biscuit malt and dry toast hint give way to a chocolate malt hint. There is also some coffee malt notes that come through the chocolate malt as the beer warms. The finish is a big spicy herbal green peppercorn note that lingers on the lips as a burning sensation.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a peppercorn heat that burns the lips softly after each sip, but no alcohol heat.

D- The subtle depth of the malt is a bit overpowered by the peppercorn heat, and I could actually feel myself exhale peppercorn breath. This was interesting and not really offensive but it needed some support. I think this would be a great beer to match with a big juicy steak.

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Photo of akorsak
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Capone's a long time ago.

A: The ale is a red ale, amber to orange in reality. A thick head erupted on pour, overflowing the glass. Lots of lace.

S: The nose is pepper and not just a little bit. We're talking freshly ground peppercorns. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't taken a sip of the overflowing head.

T: Sometimes the term hot is used to describe a very hoppy ale. That term appears to be blatantly misused after the first sip of this beer. Freshly ground black peppercorns make this ale hot, lively and biting on the tongue. Each sip reignites the heat. Bready rye appears on the back end of a sip, but only if you look for it. I just can't get over the pepper. This ale is almost too hot to rationally enjoy.

M: You better like fresh pepper! My tongue burns for a few minutes after each sip.

D: One and done. Too much heat for me.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Rye beer brewed with peppercorns, sounds interesting! Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head.

S- The aroma is very bready with a lot of malt, caramel and hints of rye.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously bready with a lot of malt flavors. There is also a very nice tingling spiciness on the tongue in the finish from the peppercorns.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very interesting brew that is definitely worth picking up! Recommended!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy amber red/orange colour with a good size foamy/fizzy off white head. Can't see much carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell - It has a woody and smoky scent. It also smells like it packs a spicy punch; perhaps black pepper and cinnamon and cloves.

Taste & Mouth - wow, another Dieu Du Ciel beer that has a taste that I've never encountered before in a beer. This beer has a musty ,smoky ,warming flavor. At first I can pick up on some hops, and then the beer has a full flavor taste, but before you know it the spicy flavour kicks in and takes you to the finish. Even minutes after the sip, the warming feeling is still there.

Drink - I can applaud the fact that this beer is different, and also could possible see myself enjoying this at a ski chalet in the winter, but for the most part; it is not my sort of thing.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle with 3 and 2 checked on the side, into a teku glass

Pours a light brown color with a small white head. Smell is real intriguing with a sweet caramly scent mixed with peppers. Taste follows through with a huge sweetness of caramel at front then with a huge rush of peppercorns on the backend. Real, real flavorful. This beer tastes like food..like a 5 star meal. Peppercorns linger and are superb on the palate. Mid body with light carbonation.

Overall exceptional...love it. would go superb with food pairing. Memorable.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass jan30 2010

A a clear reddish brown with lots of bubbles and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S peppery with some chocolate and some spicy earth and I'm guessing that smell I can't place is the rye

T not far from the smell but it has a lingering pepper flavor that grows on you as you drink it, unique

M a little thin and fairly light in the mouth

D I liked this beer it's something different and I could see my self drinking this again

well worth trying and I'm a little disappointed I'm not having this with a meal because it would pair well with most meals

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

A - Pours fairly thick, a mohogany color with hints of crimson when held to the light. This beer does not settle well; no head of any significance forms despite extensive carbonation bubbles rising to the top, and at rest it looks much thinner than the pour seemed to indicate. It resembles ginger soda more than anything. Decent lacing is left behind as I drink, though.

S - Molasses, dark rye bread, a hint of allspice.

T - Very complex at first, with the rye and syrupy molasses rising quickly, but just as quickly replaced by hot, burning spice that is not very pleasant. The peppercorn dominates the finish, leaving an aftertaste similar to a middle-shelf bloody mary.

M - The one strength this beer has. Very creamy and full-bodied, with moderate to high carbonation. Not at all what I expected given the pour.

D - A real chore. The lingering pepper aftertaste just gets worse as I drink

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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 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 rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darkish amber appearance, the head formed around that 1/4" mark, mostly white. Aroma was interesting, earthy, tobacco, pepper, rye, toffee.

The rye? and pepper goes the biggest of anything in the taste, some coffee note to it as well. This really should be drank slowly, there is definitely a lot going on.

Well carbonated. This was a strange one. If you're totally some rye geek, I would check it out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light beige head, but hold perfctly to a thick film of foam. Great bubbling and a bit of lacing. The color is a great rust brown. The arom is a spicey toasted pale malt with herbal hops miced with bready malts. The taste really gives you a double whammy, wait make that triple wammy. The peppercorns, the rye, and the herbal hops. Spicey yet very balanced between the bitter rye and spicey yet a elegantly subdued peppercorns. I love how the peppercorns leave a little tingle in the back of my throat. Very comlex beer, one that needs some thought and caring attention.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: ruby red to almost a brown bodied beer. Thin ring of white head on this beer.

Smell: Really an interesting nose on this beer. A malty sweet smell to start that reminds me of pancake syrup and caramel. i think I get a smell of Karo syrup from the malts too (never smelled that in a beer before). The malts are followed by spicy notes of cinnmon and ginger. No peppercorn or pepper in the nose to speak of... I hope this beer tastes as good as it smells! It almost smells like a Quad.

Taste: Okay there are the peppercorns. This beer is got a spiciness to it that is on the high end of moderate. The malts and hops are both quite faint in the taste. It just tastes really spicy.

Mouthfeel: Another interesting part of the beer is the mouthfeel. This beer is spicy and clean. The peppercorns act just like a beer that was brewed with hot peppers. Its acidic and spicy.

Overall: The nose and the mouthfeel keep this beer from totally bombing. It didn't taste all that great to me, but it kept me interested. I wish this beer tasted as good as it smells. More malts would do a world of good for this beer. Needs better balance because the peppercorns are pretty hardcore. Tame the peppercorns and bring some malt complexity or some hops. Worth a try anyways for a unique beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark copper color, cap of off-white head, some small spots of retention. Scent is quite pleasent... spice from rye and pepercorns, carmel backbone with hints of vanilla and grahmn cracker, a few other spices linger in the rear that invoke cinamon and corriander... like an amped up winter warmer. Taste brings a dry rye spicyness before a huge hit of peppercorns, the pepper almost dominates only allowing touches of carmel, vanilla, brown sugar to peek through - still a good beer to his point. Falls apart as finish allows the peppercorns to burn the tongue and throat, a feeling which lingers quite long. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate until the pepper just demolishes the palate. Pepper overkill - flavors of pepper take over and do not let go of the tongue, the burning sensation was too much. I cant recall any other beer with so many good points nearly undone by one huge negative.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A - This meets the definition of crayola brown. Minimal carbonation and minimal head.

S - Pepper. Pure pepper. Slight malt too. I sure as hell don't pick up any rye.

T - Malt up front then smack with pepper that doesn't go away. It lingers for literally five minutes. Pepper all the way.

M - Medium body with minimal carbonation. Feels nice.

D - Woah, no way. Just give me the pepper shaker instead. I respect the effort but damn, this is too peppery for me.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed with an amber/reddish colour. There was a short cap from the pour that settled into a solid collar and skim of fine beige bubbles. Transient lacing clung to the glass at each sip. Big caramel aroma with some fruity esters, raisins, fairly spicy though nicely balanced. Whoa! Big time pepper in the flavour. It's pleasantly malty and fruity up front, dark fruits and raisins with some bready yeast character and caramel, but once the spice kicks in everything else fades away. Nice texture, medium bodied with soft carbonation. This is quite a good beer, but if you're not a fan of pepper then this probably isn't for you. It would go great with a lot of food, since it would have to problem holding its own against some pretty heavy flavours. By itself, it's not the most drinkable beer, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooh, a rye beer!

Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of spicy rye and a bit of hops in the nose. Just a bit of sweetness as well.

Taste is smooth and spicy with a nice hint of sweetness that's reminiscent of caramel. Of course, all focus here is on the rye and it isn't shy either in making its' presence known.

Mouthfeel is fully of lingering spiciness from the rye. It's literally like drinking liquid rye bread. It's also a bit chewy as well.

If you happen to like rye beers or beers that have rye added to them, you will like this beer. It's flavorful, tasty and low in alcohol. It's pretty much the type of beer I'd drink all the time if I could brew something close enough to it. Pick up a bottle today or check out their brewpub in Montreal.

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