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Péché Mortel - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 1,728
Hads: 4,597
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 612
Gots: 808 | FT: 76
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.
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Photo of Aaron58
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on sale, 3.99 a bottle. I Bought lots!

A-Black, like a Black Coffee with a nice creamy tan head. Good lacing,

S-Coffee, burnt. Smells a little sweet, a little chocolate backing to the coffee. Very roasty.

T-Like an alcoholic cup of coffee. It has a nice balance of sweetness and dry roasted coffee. I could put this on ice cream and it would be delicious.

M-Creamy, Boozy.

D-Scary good. If i found a place with this on tap, it would be a scary night.

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Photo of papat444
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get around to reviewing this. Thanks to Seany for this particular bottle.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 04/12.

Appearance: A thick and dark brown body is poured. A (not too) huge light brown head forms and the bottom cascades and reminds me of someone shaking out a sheet for some reason. Spidery lacing merges seamlessly with the head.

Smell: Just popping the cap unleashes the aroma. Freshly grinded coffee mixed with raw coffee beans, a type of buttery chocolate and some nuts.

Taste: First sip is all about the creamy yet robust coffee (think espresso), some nutty chocolate, roasted beans, milky and macadamia nuts.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation could be a tad lower but that's just a quibble. Starts velvety and smooth but the coffee bitterness creeps up midway and asserts itself right through the finish.

Overall: This one never disappoints. One of my all-time favorite beers (if not THE favorite).

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Photo of stangelj
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dieu Du Ciel served in a tulip glass. Just exceptional appearance, black body with a dark brown head that persists, beautiful. Smells of roasted coffee. Taste, well let's just say it hits with a bang, what flavor! Very rich espresso flavor with a hint of caramel. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation, very smooth. I found this beer quite drinkable despite the richness and high alcohol. It didn't take long to go through 2 glasses along with a nice cheese plate of assorted Quebec cheeses. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a frothy, cappucino-like head that stuck around to the last drop. Just a gorgeous-looking stout.

Smell: Like a bag of fresh coffee beans.

Taste and mouthfeel: Wow. Like a iced espresso with an infusion of dark chocolate, which tempered the intense bitterness an espresso can have a bit. The bitterness was more akin to a truffle liqueur. Intensely flavored, but not so much that it numbs your palate, and the flavor lasts throughout. Finished surprisingly dry, with only a vague hint of smoke. Mouthfeel was creamy at the start and went down silky smooth - just enough carbonation to let you know it's there.

Drinkability: Where was the 9.5 ABV? Seriously. For a sipping beer, I was sippng pretty fast and felt no ill effects afterward. Only thing holding this one back is availability.

Notes: Damn, this beer is gonna haunt me. So good that I went back to have it again the next night, but they were out of it. Searched for bottles before I left town, but came up empty. Not only one of the best stouts I've had, but one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of ILessThan3Brett
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Everything a strong coffee stout should be. Poured slowly into goblet: viscous, very dark brown, with one finger medium brown head that slowly recedes to lacing. Very mild smell of burnt malt.

Tastes of espresso and toasty malts predominate, with more minor burnt, vanilla, and chocolate flavors. Nice, fine carbonation. This stout is indeed heavy on the coffee, but I think it's blended in very naturally and it doesn't seem at all out of place. This is an excellent, complex, and well-balanced stout, and I will certainly buy it again at the first opportunity.

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Photo of DrJay
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black beer topped by a thick, fluffy, chocolate coloured head. Superb head retention that resulted in thick clumps of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Absolutely gorgeous. The aroma can be summed up as espresso with some other stuff thrown in, like bitter chocolate, rich malty sweetness, and a bit of ripe, dark fruits. But it's mostly about the espresso, just like the flavour. Espresso and roasted grains dominate, with bitter chocolate and hop bitterness providing balance, along with sweet maltiness. The finish is dry and roasty with some alcohol warmth that lingers and is a bit peppery to start. The moderate carbonation melded perfectly with the rich, full body, creating a creamy texture that provides a nice contrast to the roasted dryness. As bold as the flavours and aromas are, it is remarkably well-balanced and highly drinkable. The surprising part for me is that I'm not a coffee drinker at all, but I really enjoyed this beer. If Dieu du Ciel only offered this one beer, it would be well worth a trip to the brewpub (even from Toronto).

Enjoyed at the brewpub after an afternoon at the Mondial. Aged for one year, labeled as #42 from Avril, 2004.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, almost black. How do you give appearance a 5? Alcohol tears and spots of lace draining down from each sip. The slightest ring of tan foam for head, but it leaves a ring each time.

Coffee, charred malt, burnt bitter chocolate, earth, alcohol in the nose. Smells rich.

Big coffee and charred malt up front. Bitterness, some acid, and a hint of sweetness. Alcohol kicks in, and brings the coffee. Astringent alcohol helps the palate along. Some cassis, vanilla, and charred wood. Boozy bite of bitterness in the finish. Wow.

Full bodied, acidic, and tingly carbonation.

One of the last from this brewer to be tried by me (that I can find). Why did I wait? Amazing beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber

Bottled 3/2005

I bought this bottle about one year ago and have cellered since. This bad boy hasn't lost any carbonation in the 2+ years since bottling. Opens with a nice pffftt and pours black as the devils soul. This black hole of a beer swallows every ray of light that dares venture near. A two finger creamy brown head appeared on the pour and became craggy before slowly falling to a thick crown. Leaves some great sheet lacing as it settles and then after each drink. World class looking stout.

Although this beer is a couple years old the coffee is by far first and foremost in the aroma. There's not just a hint of coffee here and there but a couple shots of espresso. The espresso still dominates. Once I get past the coffee there's a solid dose of dark chocolate with a slight bitter character and roasted barley. Peche Mortel is one of those beers that get your heart beating faster from the first inhale.

Well, the flavor manages to outdo even the aroma. This is a coffee bomb yet somehow, as strong as it is, doesn't overpower you in the least. While the coffee shows off it's greatness throughout there's a great wave of dark chocolate on the swallow. This manages to balance things out perfectly before the espresso takes over the entire profile. Roasted barley makes itself known quietly in the background.

The mouthfeel is perfect on this beer. The body is big boned but not heavy which makes this beer go down incredibly smooth. The carbonation is actually slightly higher (moderate in this case) than expected which keeps things moving nicely.

I find it extremely hard giving such a big stout a perfect score for drinkability. While this is about as close as you can get for such a big beer the alcohol and caffeine keep it from getting that 5. If you drank the night away with this beer you'd be bouncing off walls one minute and falling asleep the next. Well, maybe not but you catch my drift right?

Peche Mortel is a stout of the highest quality. I don't drink coffee very often but I love me a good coffee infused beer. This is one if not the best coffee infused beer I've ever had. Not only that but it's one of the best stouts I've ever expierenced. I only wish I had a few more bottles sitting aside. This is a must try lie, cheat, or steal do whatever it takes to get yourself a bottle of Peche Mortel.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle; served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

Awesome black pour with a very generous head that is almost chocolate in smell and dark tan in color. Wonderful smell and bittersweet taste at the opening.

Incredible lacing on the glass, very sticky head and frothy like a cappuccino - quite nice. Taste is intense coffee and large notes of chocolate and mild bitterness followed by strong bitterness. Hops barely present, unless they used coffee as their hops. This is truly an excellent stout.

Overall – strong coffee tastes, with a wild chocolate aroma that comes through as a dark/bittersweet flavor. This is a bit hard to drink a lot of; especially without food as it is intense and very sweet. However, this would compliment a nice dessert or be a great after dinner beer to enjoy.

I would strongly advice coffee/stout drinkers alike to look beyond the price and give this a shot. I think this is outstanding and look forward to having another one in the near future. This does have a ridiculous amount of coffee flavor - and when you are in the mood for a nice dark chocolate/coffee stout - this is flawless.


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Photo of coldmeat23
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to upsjeff for this bottle!

No light can penetrate the blackness that this liquid has. Truly black. Very nice dark tan colored thick two-fingered head of dense foam. Good retention. Excellent 'curtain-like' lacing. Not so much 'lace', as it is more like a solid sheet of film. Excellent!

Very nice hefty malt nose. A small swirl brings out notes of dark fruit. Light coffee scent is present, though not as much as expected.

Big dark malts mixed with espresso shots hit you first. Chocolate notes mingle with dark fruit sweetness. An ever so light hint of vanilla kind of levels things out to a very nice balance.

Very nice and silky in the mouth. Creamy smooth, yet light.

Excellently drinkable. I can't argue with so many before who have rated this brew so highly. It truly is worthy of it's praise.

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Photo of JeremyK
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet. Color is deep dark chocolat brown with a slight head. A rich roasted aroma in the nose. This beer is creamy in the mouth, full bodied, with a bitterness of coffee subtely lurking behind a creamy mouthfeel of cocoa and roasted barley. This beer has a long finish and bitterness is well controlled, not overpowering. This stout is a mouthful and very approachable.

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Photo of manchester81
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a 341 ml bottle, poured into a glass mug.
Intense coffee aroma upon opening! The beer pours pitch black with a small head and leaves minimal lacing. The taste is suprisngly sweet up front, but the coffee hits soon afterwards. Bitter espresso finish. The beer hides it's alcohol well, but it is detectable. This beer is possibly to strong in taste and alcohol to be a session beer. One will do me for tonight, but I look forward to returning to this one.

I went on a coffee stout/porter kick a couple of years ago, but eventually got tired with the mediocre options available. This beer is excellent, however. For coffee lovers in Alberta, this is the one! The sweetness provides some balance, but the taste if you don't enjoy coffee, avoid.

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Photo of Tony49er
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Black motor oil color, cant see anything at all just black as night, no light showing through this beer, thick mocha color head but goes away fast and tons of alcohol legs, pretty much a perfect imperial stout...just EPIC

Smell- Tons of coffee bitterness, roasted malts, dark roasted chocolate, espresso notes, a perfect nose on this imperial stout AMAZING stuff..wow

Taste- Tons of roasted coffee notes and bitterness in the front of the palate, rich dark chocolate cotes the back of the tongue and mouth, you don't really taste the alcohol at all in this beer, mostly a warming sensation in the mouth

Mouthfeel- Normal smooth and thick as an imperial stout should be

Overall- An A+ beer for sure just AMAZING stuff...WOW...one of the best beers I have ever had and easily one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had for sure...just epic...If you can get this beer you should...CHEERS

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Photo of avaldivia
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For months I have been begging my buddy who orders beer for a local Whole Foods to bring this in. He finally did, and I picked up a few.

A: Very dark. Great milk chocolate colored head. Decent lacing all the way down.

S: Perfection. Dark roasted coffee. Some nice sweet malts. A bit of tannins and dark fruit.

T: Again, perfection. This flavors are wonderfully complex. The coffee is prominent. There are some fruity notes that remind me of fig.

M: Medium to heavy. Low carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

O: I have a tumultuous relationship with coffee stouts. Too many simply taste like stale coffee, which could be an issue with freshness, but this is as perfect as you can get.

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Photo of Zraly
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Dark as night with a brown head. Bad-ass, heady coffee/espresso smell - smells like the container on my coffee grinder after a week of grinding french roast beans. Fantastic smell.

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Dark, french pressed coffee. Not Maxwell House coffee. Not "water dressed in brown" coffee (to quote Ani DiFranco). Not Starbucks House Blend coffee - but COFFEE. This tastes and smells as if it were a very well-made, french pressed, "french roast" cup of coffee. Slick and smooth, with a an oily presence, as it should because it tastes like dark, french pressed coffee. A hint of smoke, which makes sense, because it tastes like dark, french pressed coffee. Slight bitter finish with a presence of dark chocolate -- like a good french pressed coffee. Have I said that this tastes like good, dark, french pressed coffee?

It's not something to drink all night. It's not something to drink all day. It's just something to drink at a point in time and that point in time is the present moment in which you drink it. It's very zen...and it tastes like damn good coffee!

I love this.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a tan head that lingers

S: At first, a whiff of cherries, plums, and dark berries, which is quickly followed by rich, creamy coffee and caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Almost like a french toast and maple syrup aroma as well. Excellent.

T: Lots of sweet coffee up front, followed by caramel and vanilla that blends into a french toast/bread pudding kind of taste, followed by a woody/oakey, slightly dry finish with just a hint of grassy hops. Amazing.

O: This was one amazing find. I got 3 bottles automatically, and in retrospect, I should've gotten the other 2 without thinking twice. If I see this again, I'll snatch it away like a thief in the night.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark crimson black with a light tannish colored head, with large carbonation bubbles. Smells of sweet java, coffee beans, espresso, maybe some chocolate burried beneath all of the coffee aromas. Taste is pure coffee. There is a definite nutty background to the brew. You can almost literally taste the caffeine in this beer. This thing definitely packs two buzzs at once. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would prefer for a stout like this. Make this puppy a little creamier and I would lap it up all the time. A nicely drinkable stout, they didnt over do this one. The price definitely hurts. I could get a lot more breakfast stout for the same price. A worthwhile try definitely, especially if you are into coffee.

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Photo of JasonA
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just received in a trade from marvin, thanks bud!

A pet peeve of mine is getting a nice craft brew that comes in a twist top. Worst part was opening my last 22oz which was a twistie. I mean, if you brew craft beer, you more than likely home brewed at some point. If you home brew, you know you keep your bottles. So craft brewers, please oh please, no more twisties!!

Oil slick baclk black hole light muncher. WHoa thats a lot of head. Maybe it was my anxious pour. Solid and think mocha head. I bet I could lay a quarter on this. Lacing present. All looks great.

Wow. Deep, deep malt. Prolly the darkest ive smelt. Alcohol with some twist, cant make it out. Light, but rich espresso smell, no real sweet flavor which is nice. Smells ridiculously rich. Im getting anxious

My oh my. Now thats some coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Malt, alcohol, and some rum raisin present. Alcohol is very warmimg. I made sure to have this at a solid temp of 50F and its paying off. Finishing hops, slight stoutish dry finish. Amazing

BTW ... the head ... still there.

Not perfectly balanced. Might be a little over the top alchol bite for the body. Sits well, great carbonation. Flavor lasting.

I could see some folks thinking the coffee is too much. Maybe it is, but I tell you, this beer is amazing. One of a kind in my book. I want more.

Ok, now its time to hit the cellar for marvins box!

Edit: Almost an hour later (yes im still drinking it), and I still have a 1/2 finger of head.

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Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Just by smelling this you can tell it is a world class beer. If you like coffee stouts, this is where its at. The coffee is so smooth and flavorful that it makes me rate this higher than FBS, which just doesn't have enough coffee in it for my taste.

If you can get your hands on this, get as much as you can!

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Photo of badbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in April of 2005.

Pours out black with a creamy off-white head that leaves very good lacing. A little more head and I'd have given it a 5. Smell is full of coffee, hints of nuts and cocoa are present as well. To be honest, this one smells and tastes of a Christmas morning breakfast one could conceivably only think about. Waking up to the perfect blend of coffee with some vanilla whipping on top. That's what this beer is; don't let it fool you, there is a lot of coffee, but this is no simple beer for simple-minded folk. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, I wanted more and more but I had to pace myself or Christmas would go by much too fast. An exceptional beer for sure, one I will be seeking out again. I can only imagine a fresher bottle would show me how badass this beer really is.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just purchased a case of this fine beer at the Beeryard in Wayne. Cheers to Matt!

Pours thick & black with a thin head. Big roasted coffee smell. Tastes mosty of the rich coffee with a hint of chocolate. Not as bitter as most coffee stouts which is a good thing IMO. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. The ABV is well hidden and this is very drinkable. This is a wonderful beer and worth hunting for.


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Photo of BenHesk12
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found a 12oz bottle of Peche Mortel at a local high quality bottle shop in San Francisco. Poured into a snifter, the brew had no head whatsoever, and amazed me with its pure thick dark black color. Carbonation is medium-strong and offers contrast to the thickness of the beer. Peche Mortel smells like espresso more than it smells like beer. No strong recognizable hop aromas come through, just the beautiful dense smell and flavor of pure dark chocolate and espresso. The beer truly hides the 9.5% alcohol well, even while warming. Toffee is also the only recognizable third flavor besides chocolate and coffee. This is a deep dark imperial espresso blast; a complex offering that is a peak example of the style.

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Photo of mikeale
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Coffee beer!

A. Pours black with beige head

S. espresso, strong roasted coffee beans (very strong coffee), chocolate.

T. Roasted coffee right up front, sweet cocoa, robust malt.

M. Creamy, smooth, ABV 9.5% very well hidden, lingering coffee finish. mmm

D. I enjoy this very much, after it warms a bit. Not a session beer for sure, or for new beer drinkers. If you don't like coffee beers, leave this for someone that does. I was suprised that it was a twist-off bottle.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating this one for a little while now. Traded one in person with CBA while up in Canada, and then ended up finding a bottle while in DC, so I've cracked that one for review while the other sits in the cellar.

A: Jet black... suitable for a 'coffee stout.' Head on here is HUGE and lasts into eternity. Medium sized bubbles are the only thing that keep it from being a silky cream. Very nice.

S: A nice, smooth, iced French Roast. A nod towards espresso aromas, and a fine, creamy chocolate scent.

T: A prime example of what a coffee stout should be, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know if I'd go QUITE so far as to say espresso, but certainly a fine dark roasted coffee. Little hints of the malts beneath it all sneak through, offering a touch of flavour diversity. Some hints of raisin sweetness and a light chocolate to top it off. Outstanding.

M + D: Rich, and just creamy enough for the style / flavours. The finish lingers on the palate forever, allowing each sip to be savoured for quite some time. An excellent beer, I prefer it over some others of a similar style such as Alesmith's Speedway Stout or Southern Tier's Jah-va. ABV makes it a sipper, but it's a challenge!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger and a half of thick tan head that slowly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves a bit of lacing
S: smells of coffee, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate
T: taste is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Swallow brings more coffee, chocolate, and roast malt with a bit of cocoa powder.
M: thick and velvety on the mouth with soft carbonation that is a bit prickly. finish is
O: This beer is very smooth with good flavors and nice complexity. I can't find any faults with it and it is an absolute pleasure to drink.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,728 ratings.