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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Routes 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.


Lady_Bastet's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, - SEP 28, 2010
Bread, caramel and subtle coffee notes greet the nose. Pours deep amber with a minimal, creamy head. Medium body with light bitterness that is tempered by a decent amount of malty sweetness, but not too much. More bitter than sweet. A fascinating peppery finish. Unique and very delicious...


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpkinhead2 (302) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Bière orangée cuivrée, parfaitement limpide, belle effervescence soutenue, homogène, et constituée de toutes petites bulles, surmontée d’un col couleur crème, plutôt mince, mais tout de même dense, collant et persistant. Arômes de céréales et de poivre, grain, seigle… le poivre n’a rien de subtil, on croirait humer une poivrière (on se demande si on ne va pas éternuer!). Derrière ces odeurs dominantes, on peut percevoir du pain grillé, du caramel, et même une touche de malt fumé. Nez tout de même agréable, très bonne intensité, complexité un peu faible cependant, le poivre prend trop de place. En bouche, pétillement plutôt faible sur la langue, breuvage bien mousseux par contre, onctuosité intéressante au palais, belle rondeur. Au goût, entré en bouche bien malté, pain grillé, caramel, grain. On note ensuite des saveurs plus herbacées et rappelant un peu les agrumes provenant probablement du houblon. Mais, comme le nez le laissait présager, le poivre finit par dominer sans partage, menant à une finale très poivrée laissant une forte sensation de chaleur et de piquant en bouche et sur les lèvres. Une pointe d’amertume semble vouloir percer à travers ce poivre, mais ça lui est difficile! Je suis pourtant du style à aimer l’épicé et le poivré, mais cette bière goûte définitivement trop le poivre, ça mène à un mauvais équilibre des saveurs. Mais, ça a bon goût tout de même, très intense, complexité intéressante en bouche, produit original. Une bien bonne bière en définitive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parnsi (11) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours chestnut brown with little head. Aroma immediately of peppercorns with a hint of fruit. Taste is smooth of chocolate and fruits than that peppercorn hits nicely with a beautiful aftertaste. Another great beer from a great brewery. Dieu du ciel ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (664) - Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Pours a clear chestnut color with a small off white head that settles to a ring and leaves little lacing. Aroma is floral with a hint of dandelion and you get a little malt sweetness and a dose of pink peppercorn spiciness. Taste of rye bread and surprisingly a hint of chocolate then everything is overwhelmed by the peppercorn spiciness and earthiness. There is even some building warmth as you continue to drink and it coats your tongue and throat with peppercorn flavor. Finishes dry with a restrained bitterness and the pepper spiciness and warmth. Mouthfeel somewhere between crisp and slick with a lighter body and medium/high carbonation. This is definitely about the spicy and earthy pepper and rye flavors. Regardless of it’s lower ABV, lighter body and higher carbonation, this is still a sipper because of the warmth and aggressive spicing. I liked it but it was even a little much for someone who likes those flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (561) - - JUN 25, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a clear brown/bet color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt with the grain, molasses and a faint hint of the peppercorn at the end. Taste is similar with the peppercorn being slightly more pronounced, but not overpowering. Tastes are pretty well balanced. Has a slightly slick, medium mouthfeel. Peppercorn make it seem semi-dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiereLuc (868) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
Bière cuivrée aux reflets rougeâtres, à peine voilée, coiffée d’une mince mousse blanche. Le nez offre de l’herbe mouillé, un peu de caramel et du poivre. En bouche, la bière nous offre un joli rappel des premières impressions que nous ont laissées les parfums. Le poivre, légèrement piquant, se dévoile à la toute fin – comme une belle surprise – sur une trame légèrement fumée. Une bière agréable qui sort de l’ordinaire.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (1706) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Hint of pepperyness on nose, taste is dry, peppery, quite sweet, light fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hkrivera (92) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - MAY 30, 2014
This one won't disappoint you! The aroma is spicy, the peppercorn flavor predominates aftertaste. Dieu du Ciel brewery is one of the best craft beers in the market. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hidden_Pooch (276) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle. A curious brew indeed. Taste of fruit and caramel, and spice. It finishes with a twang of spice, but nothing too crazy, like some pepper beers where it is just jalapeno water. This beer does the spice thing right.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (599) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Aroma is of sweet malts and dry rye malts. Also loads of peppercorn. Taste is roasty malts and a quite dry rye presence. There is a fairly potent bitterness that carries to finish- quite tarty. Appearance is a clear amber body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (6881) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2014
Rötlichbraunes Bier mit ordnentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, fruchtig, Gewürze, Pfeffer. Geschmack scharf würzig, fruchtig, Kräuter, malzig.


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