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

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RATINGS: 892   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Sample at the 2008 VT Brewers Fest - Poured a dark amber in color with a hefty light tan head. Aroma was malty with fruity esters and accompanied by the spiciness of the peppercorns. Flavor was also malty with hefty amounts of dark fruits and, again, the distinct flavor of the peppercorns. The rye adds a ice creamy texture to the beer. I liked this one...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arcanor (407) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2017
On tap at Boswell and a couple of bottles in the past. Brownish color with minimal foam. Aroma is spicy, pepper and caramel notes. Same for the taste. Medium body and low carbonation. Slick with a long spicy mix finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2874) - Tuusula, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle from slow beer, melbourne. Dark reddish brown color, tanned head. Aroma has peppercorns, caramel malts, hint of chocolate. Caramel malts on taste, peppercorns, hint of chocolate. Nice and interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (623) - - JAN 13, 2017
Pours a dark brown body with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is rather flat and dominated by malty flavours. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AssKicker (429) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - DEC 9, 2016
Couleur rouge/brune bien propre, mousse onctueuse qui tient le coup. Au nez ça fait un peu penser à du bâton de cannelle. En bouche les poivres viennent directement chatoyer les papilles pour ensuite leur donner de bonnes grosses bouffées de chaleur. C’est assez dingo comme sensation pour une bière, et ça donne envie d’en boire en compagnie d’une bonne viande. Pour le reste, c’est pas amère pour un sou, c’est relativement rond et légèrement malté avec une petite note de caramel en fin de bouche. Une bière bien surprenante.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of malt, caramel, some fruit, & spice; Flavor of slight sweet malt, caramel, fruit, peppercorns, and spice; Fairly well balanced; Pretty aggressive pepper flavor - but I enjoyed it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Pour is medium brown. Aroma of grain, malt, chocolate and caramel. Some faint pepper hints on finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4824) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2016
11.5 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pour is hazy dark brown with an off-white head that is not durable and leaves just small spots of lacing. Aroma: dark bread, peppercorns and surprisingly strong toffee/brown sugar notes. Flavor: mildly bitter overall. Lightly spicy grains and sweet upfront. Peppercorns and spicy rye kick in lightly in the fine finish and aftertaste. Overall: well crafted ale featuring sweet malts, rye and pepper.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1794) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2016 La Route Des Épices est la première bière de microbrasserie que j’ai bue de ma vie. Je n’avais même pas 20 ans à l’époque. Mon ami Raphaël m’a traîné à la brasserie à une époque où je ne savais même pas ce qu’était une microbrasserie - ce mot pré ère hypster qui à mes oreilles annonçait un estaminet destiné à demeurer petit. Abruti devant cette ardoise dont je ne comprenais pas un traître mot, alors que j’étais moi-même le traître en ces lieux, j’ai commandé une route des épices - seul nom de bière qui contenait un nom commun auquel je pouvais m’accrocher. J’ai bu mon verre, je m’en souviens. J’ai d’ailleurs détesté chaque seconde de cette expérience en microbrasserie mais comme nous étions attablés pour rester un long moment sur place, j’ai pris mon mal en patience, et j’ai bu. J’ai bu ce verre. Je l’ai bu au complet, par amitié pour Raphaël, avant de passer à autre chose. Je n’ai jamais bu cette bière depuis cette fameuse soirée où microbrasserie rimait avec douleur. Aujourd’hui je fais la paix, tant avec le passé qu’avec cette bière. Aujourd’hui je vois clair. Vive la vie! Vive Dieu Du Ciel!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1925) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 14, 2016
backlog. Somewhat brown in colour, spicy notes. Dry finish, very nice and fairly complex

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierdimpfe (633) - 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.


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