Route des épices – Dieu du ciel (Quebec, Canada)

Route des épices – Dieu du ciel, 5% ABV, (Quebec, Canada)

On the side label:

“La Route des épices est une bière de seigle à laquelle le poivre, ajouté durant le brassage, procure un arôme agréable et des saveurs relevées. En bouche, on retrouve aussi des saveurs de malt, de céréales fraîches, et des notes de fruits, de chocolat et de caramel. En arrière-goût, le poivre revient en force et laisse une agréable sensation épicée sur la langue et l’arrière du palais, permettant d’attendre le juste équilibre entre le piquant et les autres saveurs. La Route des épices est née à notre brasserie artisanale de Montréal en mai 2002.”

Quick translation via Babelfish.com:

“The road of spices is a rye beer which pepper, added during the brewing process, provides a pleasant aroma and flavours identified.” In the mouth, there are also flavors of malt, fresh cereals, with notes of fruit, chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste, pepper is back and leaves a pleasant feeling spicy on the tongue and the back of the Palace, to wait for the right balance between the spice and other flavours. “The road of spices was born in our craft brewery in Montreal in May 2002.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: clean peppercorn flavour, superb balance
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: ~$3, 341
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes, in a cocktail
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy caramel brown, minimal head, minor ringed retention, micro CO2, very slow moving sporadic CO2 streams, minimal runny lacing. Malts and a bit of caramel on the nose. Thinnish viscosity upon sipping, immediate black and green peppercorns in the background but never overpowering, side-by-side with 2/10 sweet light chocolate, creamy CO2 mouthfeel, and a long 7/10-spiciness finish with some bitter orange peel and off-dryness. Medium-high complexity, long length, medium depth, good carry, fab transitions, splendid drinkability. A lovely beer and and ever better since I love pepper.