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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3386) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled pale beige, almost off-white, head. Spicy aroma is like freshly-baked rye or pumpernickel bread. Lively, spicy flavor has malty and fruity undertones and leaves a spicy finish that hangs around for a while. Texture is smooth yet edgy and quite tingly.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3261) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 22, 2012
dough, banana, citrus, chocolate, soy sauce, vanilla, smoke, clove, red, sparkling, white foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, umami, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish, bitter, verry spice

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (522) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
MMMmmm Aromas to please the nose, and a taste adventure with many delicious twist and turns. Great mouth feel and the dry peppery finish is perfect. Over all it is amazing full of flavors that each take there turn never battling for you buds but passing them with perfect delivery like a relay race. The rye and peppercorns are now my third favorite taste combo behind 1) peanut butter and chocolate 2) beer and saw dust.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
Nice mild spice aroma. Slightly cloudy dark brown amber colour with excellent head. Nice spicey pepper bite with a warm finish. Med body and carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2010
This beer was everything I hoped it would be. The rye used to brew the beer gave it a great palate and character that supported the aggressive, but taseful (and tasty!) addition of peppercorns. This is the kind of beer i could drink almost any time. It has enough flavor to sip by itself, but is light enough to enjoy with many foods, and especially cheeses. Attractive amber color with decent head. Nice transition of flavors from sweet to aromatic to spicy....just like the description. I would have liked to see a more pronounced bouqet of pepper in the aroma, but otherwise a perfect peppery rye beer. If only these dieu du ciel beers weren’t so darn expensive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2008
The beer was picked up in a 330 ml. bottle, and was poured into a pint glass. The pou looked amber to orange-brown in color and the head was two finger thick. The smell was quite malty with sweet maple syrup aromas. The taste was malty up front with the spicy sweet rye grains quite apparent, some honey showed up in the middle, while the finish was pure peppercorns. I love all of these flavors so it worked for me wonderfully. The aftertaste lingered on for eternity. The body seemed sticky and creamy. This was a rare find, a beer that pushes the envelope, but still remains very drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6819) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy of Jim @ OTH. I am getting more and more suprised and pleased with every new Dieu du Ciel beers that I taste. This one pours amber color, with a little dark head. Aroma is of malt and spices. The use of black pepper is very pleasant. It takes a few sips for the actual spiciness to set in. Highly drinkable beer, something different.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Copper color with a medium head. Fresh peppercorn aroma. Holy crap! This puppy screams black pepper, and great black pepper at that. Like you just popped a couple whole corns in your mouth and started chewing. Hot. Once the burn subsides, the spicy rye and sweet malt come out. Incredibly underrated.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Bottle at Mike and Molly’s in Champaign, IL. The bar owner so kindly bought this and recommended it for me. Pours dark amber with a light tan dissipating head. Aroma of fruity esters and pepper. Medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation and a great mouthfeel. The flavor is a nice blend of dark malts and rye, countered by a bold, but great peppercorn flavor. Hints of lemon as well. This is just a great beer that is screaming to be paired with a steak. Way underrated if you love black pepper. Fuck balance, this is a spice beer and this has tons of it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlenLorGalore (2) - CANADA - JUN 24, 2010 does not count
Poured from bottle, into glass, appears cloudy copper with a medium to light head which dissipated quickly. Initially, it has a nice malty, fruity nose. Fruitiness not overpowering; hints of chocolate come together with a malty palate. A nice long peppery finish makes this beer a unique and warming experience. Medium to light bodied, well worth the try if you get the chance. Bottom line: Definitely enjoy this beer in moderation; its complexity and finish will turn many casual beer drinkers away.


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