When shopping at one of my favorite local stores for unusual beers (Plump Jack in Noe Valley), the manager pointed out a beer which had just arrived from Canada. Route des Epices from Brasserie Dieu Ciel in Montreal.
Unusually this beer is a rye based beer flavored with black and green peppercorns.
Being a big fan of both rye and pepper, I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
The first thing that surprised me about it was how dry a beer it was. It’s pretty dark in color, so I was expecting something a bit sweeter.
Next thing I got was a bit of black pepper burn at the back of my throat.
I continued to puzzle over the combinations of flavors. As it warmed, more of the black and green pepper flavor expressed themselves in the beer. Almost a woody, musty, earthy flavor.
Nice tingle on the tongue, as well, from the heat of the peppercorns.
Certainly like no other beer I’ve ever tried before, but on the whole, I’d rate it more as interesting than outstanding.
Brasserie Dieu Ciel makes another beer which they flavor with Hibiscus Flowers. Also an interesting enough idea that I’d try it at least once.