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

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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VoodooBear (49) - San Juan, - MAR 13, 2013
Presentation: 11.5 oz. brown bottle, served in a pint glass. Appearance: Deep, reddish amber color. Looks clear when held up to the light. Gets a one finger light tan head and leaves some good lacing. Smell: It’s a very strong, spicy smell, mainly of pepper. There’s some faint rye and hop aromas as well. Taste: The pepper character is right up front. There’s some rye notes and a small amount of bitterness. All that pepper leaves a spicy aftertaste that can be unpleasant to some people. Mouthfeel: Light, a bit watery even. It has low carbonation and finishes dry. Overall: This is going to be a love or hate beer for most people. The only things spicier than this are going to be beers with actual chilies in there. Overall, it’s a good rye beer, but you’ll only enjoy it if you like, or at least appreciate the overwhelming pepper character it has.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierdimpfe (349) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2016
Veiled dark brown color with an amber hue and a moderate amount of activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with some very good legs. Aromas of molasses, bread, and caramel. Earthy and bready flavors of toffee, molassy, roasted grains, dark fruits, strong herbal feel. Pleasant sugary feel with low sharpness but a little bitter. Slick full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light finish of medium length, ending with a thick molassy tongue coat and a lingering peppercorn feel. Overall very good quality craft having very nice flavors and good freshness. Nicely balanced and well rounded. Perfect black pepper finish that is well intensified and pleasant.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (7322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Clear deep Amber hue under a rocky light beige head. Semisweet bready aroma that’s got a touch of rye and light black pepper. Big rye and black pepper pop on the beginning of the flavor, then melds quickly into a semisweet bready flavor that’s more bock-like than anything else. Mellow overall, only a little nuance at the start then gets one dimensional.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleRider78 (672) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
341ml bottle. Pours a very little thin layer of head and quickly goes away. Has a reddish burnt copper colour. Has light malty aromas as well as a bit of spices. Flavour is of dark roasted malts, very strong and bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Spiced mouthfeel, not hot, just the sensation. Hint of peppercorns not overly abundant as you would be led to expect. Also in flavour are hints of malts and notes of rye. Hops are quite mild in flavour but more noticeable in aroma. Love this stuff, and quite manageable if on a binge or just for a session.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3736) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 25, 2016
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vidmidia (281) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JUN 12, 2016
Marrom, turva. Espuma rala, bege, fina, de média duração. Aroma de cravo, ameixa preta, pimenta do reino, cominho e madeira. Sabor apimentado e de amargor médio e prolongado. Acidez média. Notas defumadas, de pimenta do reino, cominho, café, chocolate e madeira.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2016
Aroma: Much malt in the smell, sweet bread, nuts, hard bread, a bit dusty.
Appearance: A brown clouded beer with a tan head that leaves little lacing, good curtains though.
Taste: The taste starts sweet and malty, brown bread with honey, then a long spicy feeling.
Palate: Little carbonation, soft and smooth texture that turns into a slightly dry and burning finish.
Overall: A well balanced, good spiced beer, the rye and pepper goes well together.
Note: Bottle at De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2011-10-29.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4059) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of toffee and malt. Cloudy amber brown color, bubbly beige head cover, sheets of lace. Taste is solid caramel malt that adds medium carbonation on the swallow before moving to a mildly hopped finish. Accent on the malt here, but very well done. Especially solid for 5.6% abv.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (698) - Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Shared 11.5 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel malts with hints of chocolate and spice. Taste is largely caramel malts, with very light chocolate notes, and dark fruit undertones. Has a lightly spicy and complementary peppercorn finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (523) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Aroma: malty and fruity; not much else; Appearance: medium-dark red with thin, white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: malty with a bit of funk -- like a sweet saison; interesting; Palate: medium body with medium, funky finish; Overall: very nice and unique; would buy again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (3487) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2016
July 20, 2015. On tap at Vices et Versa.
Clear dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, light licorice, ginger notes, allspice, black pepper and some green pepper with floral and perfume notes. Taste is medium sweet, spicy and light bitter. Finish is sweet toffee, hints of licorice, spicy pepper notes, light floral and a lasting dry spiciness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.


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