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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Ratings: 635 |  Reviews: 387
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the tasting.

A - dark amber with a soft, white layer of head

S - bread, pie crust, apples, faint sugar

T - bread, sweet, spicy, peppery, rye, faint citrus

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an enjoyable, complex, smooth offering with great drinkability. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real tiny bubbled and creamy off tan head is made through the pour. It forms very creamy like. Body is a dark amber red and somewhat clear. Real nice color and great head formation. Some real nice lacing of claw like.clumps while always keeping a solid puck. Just lovely.

Nose is green peppercorn sense kind of soft with a good malt backbone. Pepper at first pour is not as strong or noticeable, but after sitting it clearly dominates.

Wonderful spice finish and pepper in the palate. At first it seems like that is all there is to this beer as the pepper lingers constantly after the swallow. Slowly though the malt creeps in with sweetness and baked bread. Body though is a little wet just a bit watery.

This is a great combination and use of rye with pepper. This is a hot beer but tolerable without an alcohol burn. I really like this it is soa far thefor best example of pepper dominance in a beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fogged amber brown with a crème head. The flavor has quite a bit of pepper influencing things. At first it seems not so abrasive, but it really builds up over time. Eventually there is a pretty constant burn going on in the mouth. It causes the feel to be impacted by it as well. By the end, the carbonation (and not much else) is un-noticeable from the pepper burn. This beer shouldn't be enjoyed on its own. Pair it with a steak I say.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a tan head that becomes wispy.

The smell is of black peppercorn and caramel/toffee.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a hint of smoke. Black peppercorn starts off relatively mild, but soon grows to give a strong spiciness, reminiscent of Montreal Steak Seasoning, remaining strong through aftertaste...This would pair well with a good steak, I'm thinking...

It has a creamy medium body.

A zesty little brew here - very spicy/peppery with caramel...A unique brew that works well... I'll have to grab another bottle to put my steak pairing theory to work!

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Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin shortly liivws head on a brown base. Collar left.

Not getting a lot from the nose, maybe some malt sweetness.

Faint rye notes...Loving the peppercorn "hot" finish. Would guess this one at around 6%abv

Medium mouthfeel and adequate carbonation, very fitting.

A bit one dimensional...peppercorns pretty much steal the show from any other flavor. Worth a try if you're looking for something different, otherwise pass. Thanks for the bday want fdkayti!

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pepper strongly, slight cinnamon, slight sweet malt, and slight tomato. This does not seem to be a Rye beer to me, but perhaps it is. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pepper, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight other spice. Overall, a rather interesting beer, but the rye is too little.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a muddled, opaque, brown coloring with a halo of white head and a steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of rich caramel, hints of chocolate, heavy pepper spicing, bitter toasted grains, and earthy notes. Flavors are sweet caramel and bitter grains forward, followed immediately by the pepper spice. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a tingling pepper spiced, muddled sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, and slightly watered down. Tasty beer, and an interesting twist on a rye, but just lacking something for me.

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

Hazed, deep orange color, decent umbre head, soon gone.

Nose is spice and dark fruit, plus Belgian yeast ...pepper, cinnamon...raisins and plum...quite lovely.

Peppers really spring forward in the taste and take over the palate, sending heat to the back of the throat. Nice, juicy bed of malt below, but the heat stays in command. It comes back and blazes anew with each new sip.

This would be quite a tasty amber ale or such without the peppercorn. Not tasting the rye, though. Oh, wait, ...there it is.

Heat maintains, but it's the unique flavor and combination of spice that draws me in. Medium bodied, long finish. Delightful.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber, slight head and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and pepper. Sweet malt changing to dry, spicy, earthy rye and light fruit. Definite pepper aftertaste is interesting, but overall flavor is somewhat muted. Light to medium bodied with some creaminess. Interesting to try, but fairly light flavored for the complexity.

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

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, peppery, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would not seek out again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy amber orange in color with a one finger head.

Smell: rye and pepper spice is easy to detect.

Taste: rye, honey, green grapes, and huge pepper presence. Nice bitterness here too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Super long pepper filled aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: the heavy pepper spice grows a bit tiring after a pint of this. Not a session beer but it has a unique flavor.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Mike, served in a snifter.

Beer is brownish with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention but low carbonation.

Aroma is yeast and peppery.

I didn't know this beer had pepper in it before it was served to me, it was served blind, but I called it from a goddamn mile away. The pepper wins in the palate and the nose. Rye? For reals? I couldn't tell. This beer was a pretty big let down, very peppery, and that's all. Nope, not again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt dark orange close to bronzed amber. A little white foamy head started and dissipated at a nice pace. Thin stringy lacing spider webbed around the glass. The smell started off with strong spicy peppercorn up front and then the rye malt amplifying the spice. Delicate breadiness underneath. The taste was mainly spicy pretty much all of the way through. Spicy peppercorn to rye aftertaste. Smooth grassiness combines in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the spiciness to hit my tongue with some nice harshness. Overall, I say this was a pretty good rye beer. It’s pretty spicy all around, so don’t expect it to be balanced. I think I could still have it again.

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Photo of liamt07
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, thanks to freud for this one! Pours a clear deep brown/auburn, with little head (mostly carbonation) even as a I try to aggressively develop some. Thin layer of head retains and I'm left with almost no lacing by the end of this. Smell is malty, fruity, spicy and complex. Interesting, this is my first rye beer however. Taste is of rye and very malty, no bitterness in here at all. Peppercorn is really present, and other than being involved in some taste, leaves a strong burning sensation on my tonsils after the fact; not something I particularly enjoyed. Pretty full and warming mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, but that tingling from that pepper really takes away from it on the whole. An interesting beer to be frank, but not something I could ever have more than one of, and certainly not something I'd be looking for given the opportunity.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a reddish brown with brown highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing as well.

S: you can definitely smell some spice, rye, peppercorn, and brown sugar but also had some underlying caramel toffee in the background.

T: there was also spice notes in the taste but not as potent alongside, brown sugar, rye, earthy, and caramel accents but was also a little pepper spicey as well; very intresting.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a spice, sweet, spicy, and herby finish.

D: it drank good and liked how the peppercorn add some dimension to this rye style beer. I'm glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was speaking to me (and by the beer man in the store) as a spice, peppercorn hinted beer. It was far from it.

This beer was not good in my opinion. It was flat and had no hints of spice whatsoever. Sweet and stale caramel dominate the palate. Syrupy finish didn't leave me wanting another, or even finish the 11oz bottle. I choked down a half pint a went for another beer.

This was just very average and had no spice, which is the reason I bought it.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with a friend. The body is a clear, darker amber with a short, white head.

Man, this beer is all about peppercorns. I can tell there's a bit of rye and hops in the background, but it mostly just a big pepper flavor and aroma. It's a good taste, but there's just way too much of it. Call this a pepper beer, it just happens to have rye in it.

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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