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Beer #99 – April 12, 2010: Route des Epices

April 28, 2010

Beer: Route des Epices

Brewery: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, Montreal, Canada

Style: Rye Beer / Spiced Beer

Serving Type: 11.5 oz bottle

Price: $4.99 / bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Interesting and intense.  Very tasty, though it gives your tastebuds a workout, so one pint is just enough.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Chestnut-reddish-brown hue with a big and frothy off-white head, and serious lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet molasses and spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with peppy carbonation.

Taste: An initial mild sweetness, just a little green, melds into a spicy rye bread middle, with hints of dark pumpernickel and tangy sourdough.  The spiciness builds into a zesty peppercorn finish that lingers on the palate.

Pairing: Cracked-pepper turkey and pepper-jack cheese on Russian rye.

Trivia: “Route des Epices” is French for Spice Route or Spice Trail.  In the era of the European explorers, routes around the Horn of Africa to India and Southeast Asia were the Spice Routes where ships traveled to trade for valuable and intriguing spices to bring exotic flavors back to Europe.  It was Christopher Columbus’ misguided attempt to find a more direct route to the lands that were home to these spices that lead to his “discovery” of America.  No longer so difficult to obtain, brewers today take full advantage of the global marketplace of spices available to create new and exciting flavors in their beers.

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