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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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3,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 3238
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

(thanks to KR for a gift glass of this for setting up the keg - poured into a tulip)

A: jet black with a dense, creamy, tan cap of foam... fantastic retention - let the beer sit for a good 10 min before sipping and the head barely receded... somewhat surprising, damn-near perfect, contiguous lace covering from top-to-bottom.... wow!

S: huge, rich, milky, dark chocolate scent - not much more.... little-to-no booze, perhaps some mild floral highlights.... no roasty notes of note.... hmmm....

T: coffee-creme and espresso-roasty quickly emerging up front, nearly as quickly followed by a vaguely-spicy, perhaps anise-like, flowery booze, but extremely soft with a delicate warmth*... the yeast character, phenolics seem purely Belgian... not necessarily sweet, but the coffee/ milk chocolate flavors sort of fool you.... lingering patent-like roast and bitterness in the aftertaste

M: *this delicate warmth was felt, quite glowingly, in my belly... amazing how soft this... mild grainy-silky texture, but not quite viscous - similar to that of adding lactose?... i can't describe how ridiculously fast I downed this once I started sipping - 4-5 sips at most, to finish

O: wow! loved this... I held out a long time - having first heard of this beer maybe almost 6-7 years ago - before finally trying this for the first time... I feel like it has the fermentation profile, velvety smoothness, and subtle sweetness of some American-made, Belgian-style stouts I've tried, but the coffee and roast flavors seem genuinely American.... whatever, doesn't matter, why label? - this is a kick-ass creation!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 06:15:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap a few times at Avenue Pub, NOLA.

A-Nice midnight black pour with a mud colored head that quickly dissipates into a little lacing on the circumference.

S-Holy coffee. Holy dark chocolate. Holy smoked malts.

T-A dominating coffee profile that is mixed well in with the chocolate. Probably one of the more coffee forward beers I've ever had. Slight hints of tobacco. You get a bit of a lactose taste reminiscent of espresso with a splash of milk and sugar.

M-Extremely light in carbonation. Very easy to drink and forget about the ABV. Doesn't leave your stomach feeling too thick.

O-Very very good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 01:50:57 | More by kylelenk
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4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had the opportunity to have this on tap at the brewery itself, which was quite a treat.

Small pour of midnight black...small dark brown head....fairly tight. Smells nice...a lot of espresso there and some chocolate notes. Tasty and straight forward.

One thing that strikes me is how smooth and creamy the mouthfeel is. Really feels like a dessert beer here on the tongue. Taste wise, it definitely has the coffee in bunches there and the typical dark chocolate notes...but what I'm struck by is how pleasantly sweet the beer is. There aren't any real bitter notes to speak of here....it isn't really roasted....it's just smooth, creamy, and rather sweet. So tasty, this is what I wish coffee stouts were ALWAYS like!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 01:32:07 | More by NODAK
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, not only did Raul do it, Raul did it well and good.

Now, the main man himself ain't too knowledgable about anything French - poutine at that - but what Raul became well versed with tonight was Peche Mortel; and if all the homies could, they would scream, 'Oui Copain!' I mean, this thang is poppin' like it was fresh on the Oregon Trail and got lock jaw. Chocolate, coffee... and the 'roasty' flavors are subtle, yet sublime.

So, like the girl across the counter whom poured Raul his beer; I see you peepin' me girl, and just like Peche Mortel, I like you too.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 06:14:59 | More by RaulMondesi
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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black as night, it was served with a collared khaki head of thick foam and had nice lacing.

The scent is nicely varied with chocolate malt, caramel, marshmallow, light espresso and overtures of roasted coffee.

The taste is more coffee-centric, with a strong roast and char presence. Bits of dry chocolate are there but very little sweetness. The beer is smooth, with no visible alcohol presence. Very good flavor, great scent, very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 21:42:09 | More by KYGunner
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District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark chocolate with no head o speak of. Very light lacing but minimal carbonation.

Aroma is heavy coffee with secondary alcohol and malt nose. The smell is my favorite part of drinking this beer; its a great beer and well deserving of its high ratings but the smell is so uniquely good. I love holding a glass and sniffing it.

Palate is like drinking an espresso/stout shandy. Very dominant coffee flavor but very well done. Too often the coffee can taste off or stale if the flavor is too heavy but the coffee part of this stout tastes just as nice as the stout. Other flavors of chocolate, pine and roasty malts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 12:19:44 | More by girlbrew
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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at Dieu Du Ciel! Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy khaki head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is boozey with some nice coffee, roasted malts and smoke. Hints of chocolate but the main focus is the roasted coffee. The taste is no surprise, coffee, along with some sweet chocolate, roasted malts and earth. Maybe even hints of licorice. Not a huge alcohol presence. Silky and creamy. This one is almost like a delicious coffee milkshake. Good mix of roasted coffee and earthiness. Overall, outstanding brew I'm glad I got to have on tap. I look forward to drinking the bottles I grabbed as well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 01:03:54 | More by PicoPapa
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Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed this beer many times in the past in a bottle. It's a great imperial stout, I'd rate 4.25 out 5. On tap however, it's a 5 out of 5. Completely different pour and taste. In a bottle, the head is dark and has big bubbles, disappears quickly. On tap, I had it in a tulip glass and the head was over 3/4 glass until it finally settled to about 1\2. And it was not the same head at all, it was thick and creamy. I was wondering if the bar tender gave me the wrong beer but if you google it online, and look at images, you can tell the difference.

On tap, the taste in far better as well. In a bottle, this is a complex and well done imperial stout, one of my favourites. On tap it blew me away. It got better as I got to the bottom and it warmed up a little bit more.

Buy this beer in a bottle for sure but go out of your way to try this on tap. You will not regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 02:01:57 | More by Beersquad
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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at birch.

A - Pitch black, but small head.

S - Amazing aroma, including roasted coffee.

T - Sham f***ing wow. Bitter coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet cherries. Gotta bite to it. Very yummy.

M - Perfect mouth for the abv.

O - Freaking good and very substantial. A superb beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 03:33:42 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black as night, no head, at least by the time it was brought to me (the bar was packed).

S - Like somebody else said, muted aroma. Nonexistent once you taste it.

T - The best part. Coffee and chocolate. I mean, there's not much else to say. Not that it isn't complex--it is--but everything else is just accenting the two.

M - Silky smooth with light carbonation.

O - I'm glad to have tried it but also glad my friend was the one paying the $9 for it. Not really my favorite or something I'd seek out again but I definitely enjoyed this one!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 06:32:05 | More by abenf
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at the brewery, straight from the tap, during a recent trip to Montreal. Brewery Dieu du Ciel! is without question a hallowed name there, well known to any beer drinker worth his malt. But its beer is well worth the hype, and Peche Mortel proves it.

An inch of luscious, tan foam sits thick atop this opaque brew served to me in a tulip glass. The scent of coffee and dark, roasted malts comes up at me--that sweet and smoky aroma typical of strong coffee stouts--with just a hint of vanilla and chocolate. The smell alone is enough to perk you up. Sipping this beer, the first thing that stands out to me is its texture: thick, but velvety smooth and remarkably drinkable. Its taste is blissfully complex. Without dominating, the espresso flavor comes on strong, a back-of-the-mouth bitterness balanced nicely by the chocolatey, roasted flavor of the malt, a taste that lingers conspicuously on the palate.

As both a coffee and beer lover, this beer speaks to me in ways others cannot. Dieu du Ciel! isn’t shy about featuring coffee in their brew, and for such a strong one--a whopping 9.5%--they deliver a remarkably drinkable product. Peche Mortel is not a beer for the faint of heart (mortal sin in French), but for dark beer drinkers like myself, this beer’s bold, complex flavor and silky texture set it apart from other stouts. Hot or cold, rain or shine, Peche Mortel will do you right.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 16:10:49 | More by BlindProphet
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at the Brewery into tulip.
Pours an oily deep black/brown. Tan color head with stick oily bits stuck in the lacing. Fantastic aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is great, smooth chocolate coffee roasted malts, dried fruit, and boozey. A bit bitter hop, but otherwise very very drinkable. Such a fantastic brew and lucky to have on tap at the source. Deff a world class brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 23:53:24 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the good fortune of trying this from a bottle, but when I saw Beer Revolution had it on-tap I had to go. As a bonus, they had Aphrodisiac on-tap to compare side by side.

Served in a snifter, jet black with a thick, brown head.
Smell has lots of chocolate, and even more coffee and cocoa, espresso was the dominant aroma. Also could smell vanilla, and some smoke to finish.
Complex flavor profile, with all the same tastes as smells. Coffee was the dominant flavor, but cocoa and chocolate, vanilla, oak barrel, all come through.
Thick and creamy mouthfeel, smooth and not too sweet or cloying. Flavors hid the alcohol, you might think it was a bit higher, but not double strength of an average beer.
Well worthy of its World Class designation.
Very comparable to Aphrodisiac

Note to Self: Ranked #1 Top Beer in Canada, #16 American Double / Imperial Stout, #53 Top Beers - Popular when I tried it on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 21:00:58 | More by BigBry
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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the new Beer Revolution here in Calgary. Served in a 12oz pockal.

Visual (4.5): Dark, dark, dark brown with an espresso froth head. The head is extremely creamy looking with tight bubbles that just sit beautifully atop the midnight beer. Perfect lacing coats the interior of the glass.

Aroma (5): Sweet chocolate espresso grind that intermingles with the smell of alcohol. A perfect blend that entices the nose before the beer touches your lips.

Taste (4.5): Roasted coffee malt flavour and the sweetness of dark chocolate. The coffee malt flavour dominates as it should and sticks in the mouth and throat after the swallow. Whatever slight hop they used, is used beautifully as the savoury malt coffee is perfectly balanced with a touch of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel (5): In a few words, perfectly fitting. The creamiest beer I've ever had, with a coffee grind roughness that beautifully emulates the style. The thick, chewy body more than anything screams "coffee stout". Strangely enough though, doesn't leave an alcoholic lingering.

Overall (5): Exactly what you would want and expect in an Imperial Coffee stout: stark coffee malt flavour, a touch of dark chocolate, an amazingly creamy mouthfeel and a coffee grind aftertaste all tied up with nice hop balancing, alcoholic touches, and a dark dark body. Couldn't ask for better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 23:23:35 | More by tonyf55
Photo of WillCarrera


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option in Chicago.

A- Pours jet black with a finger of creamy coffee colored head.

S- Smells exactly like an iced coffee, some nice creamy dark chocolate in the back.

T- Coffee. I mean loads of it. The coffee flavor tastes most like raw, unroasted beans, which blends with some roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Light milk and vanilla flavors as well. The malt provides a bit of bitter flavor but hop presence is minimal.

M- Medium to full bodied, has a nice smooth creamy feel, carbonation is moderate to light.

O- A really great stout, one of the best coffee flavored stouts I've had, it really packs in the coffee flavor, I think I liked it a bit better from the bottle, but this is still an amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 05:50:10 | More by WillCarrera
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a tan head that retains for an absurd amount of time with nice lacing.

Robust mocha aroma follows in the taste along with layers of milk and dark chocolate. Some hints of candied plum with clean, fresh roasted coffee coming through strong in the finish. Full, hefty body with a low carbonation level makes it velvety smooth across the palate. Some tastes of chocolate milk come out as it warms with the abv staying well hidden.

O - Exceeded my expectations, this was a fabulous coffee stout. Seek it out if that's your thing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 01:40:55 | More by garuda
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

'10 vintage, consumed Jan. '12.

Poured an opaque black with a moderate tan head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, dark malts, some dark dried fruits. Big coffee/espresso taste, but decently balanced with sweet malts, caramel, dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits, ash, and light indistinct spice. Pretty nice. Full-bodied and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 04:47:27 | More by Rifugium
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New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap in a tasting glass at the DDC brewpub in Montreal. From notes:

A: Pitch black with a creamy mocha 1-finger head. Solid retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate malt and strong roasted espresso.

T: Mild coffee flavor rounds complements the dark roasted malts. Nice and bitter. Slightly earthy, almost woody.

M: Very little carbonation. Slight alcohol kick but not offensive at all. Long, strong finish.

O: A great, great beer. I'll admit that I'm not a big stout kind of guy, but I found this to be a tiiiiny bit overrated. Delicious in every way shape and form, but not necessarily world class. Still, as my first coffee stout, I'll give it the benefit of a doubt. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 17:17:28 | More by BMoldy
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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on draft- 10oz into a snifter at Teresa's Next Door. Review from notes....

A: Black and when held up to the sun it is completly devoid of light. Brown head with excellent retention and the lacing rivaling the best i have ever seen.

S: coffee, molasses and toasty. No hop character. Slightly sweet.

T: Rich roast espresso flavors, coffee, very smooth- amazingly so for 9.5%. Slight alcohol is evident on the finish as the beer warms in the glass. Very restrained hop bitterness balances this nicely. Amazing!

M: clean. Leaves coffee flavor in my pallet

O: Exceptional. One of the better beers i reviews that night.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 21:47:34 | More by scinerd3000
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at Teresa's Next Door. Poured into a 10 oz tulip glass.

Obsidian black in color, this beer comes to me with a creamy espresso-like head with some fine bubbles. This head fades to a thin layer of bubbles that covers the whole surface of the beer, though as I sip, it gets slurped right up. Only a little bit of lace, but honestly, how much lacing do you expect out of an imperial stout?

The aroma is full of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. There are some hints of caramel and sweet, rich vanilla extract. On the palate, the bitterness fades a touch and yields to sweetness, but the coffee counteracts this nicely. The best thing about the flavor is that the coffee character is not fake-tasting. In the finish, I get some of that vanilla from the aroma, which adds a decent amount of depth to this beer.

Peche Mortel has a creamy and silky consistency with a medium to full texture. Very good level of carbonation in this one too, as it is evident, but just a footnote to the overall feel. A bit too sweet in the finish, which knocks the flavor and feel down a little, but this is a great coffee stout. Unfortunate that it's so damn expensive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 22:15:36 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In Montreal in the brewery. Very excited. Pours a black, but takes some time for the bubbles to dissipate. Head is thick, creamy, and ever present. I almost have difficulty getting through the head. Scent is of roasted vanilla, roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate on the tongue. Heavy doses of vanilla and warming and super creamy mouthfeel. Overall, unbelievable!

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 21:11:13 | More by gskitt
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red's, reviewed from notes.

A: Color is absolutely pitch black and opaque, with not much head but very good lace.

S: Roasted aromas with some chocolate. I am surprised not to detect any coffee here, however.

T: Wow. Sweet, smooth chocolate, very rich, with the slightest tinge of alcohol that enhances the bitter chocolate. The coffee notes are very faint on the finish at first, but they do emerge as the beer warms. Some mellow vinous flavors as well.

M: Medium heavy mouthfeel and smooth going down.

O: This was a very tasty beer and a slow sipper for sure. Without a doubt, I'm looking forward to the next time it comes to town.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 22:07:07 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Red's Ale House in North Liberty.

A-Poured dark as midnight, kind of a mocha/caramel colored head. It looks like a coffee stout should look

S-fresh roasted coffee...a touch of dark chocolate, but mostly just fresh roasted coffee

T/M- Like its nose. Which is a good thing. A very very good thing. Silky yet thick, sweet yet roasted. Balanced and harmonious. The aftertaste stays with you, but not in a bad way. It is just like a lingering memory of the pure bliss you just drank.
I highly recommend this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 19:12:03 | More by bismarksays
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Poured into a snifter a dark, black oily pour with a half finger of mocha cream head that leaves excellent, heavy side lacing as well as a great mocha blanket.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate as well as some coffee. Bitter espresso notes, really nice.

T - Oh so heavy on the espresso. Rich, roasty notes and a bitter espresso finish.

M - Nice and creamy, just as a stout should be.

O - This is a really, really good stout. While it was delicious on tap I found the bottle to be just a few hairs better than this. Still, its worth seeking out!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 16:10:08 | More by rudzud
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's Black Friday Event - taken from notes

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin khaki-mocha colored head.

Smell: Heavy roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a nice burnt malt aroma.

Taste: Bitterness from the dark chocolate and roasted malt mixed with a complete coffee bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I always seem to order this whenever I see it on draft, it's that good. Definitely my favorite Canadian beer by far.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 22:50:22 | More by Axic10
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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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