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Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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Photo of paytoplay
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW brew for me. Dark rich with some coco and coffee nibs. Cleaned up with nice acidity and no noticable alcohol. I could see this brew aging quite well for a couple of years. Would seek this out again though I haven't seen it on the West Coast yet.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to session1979 for sharing this one. Poured from bottle into a nonic taster glass. Poured thick and black with a small, toffee colored head. Very small amount of lacing.

Huge coffee aroma. Where's the cream and sugar? Also had notes of vanilla and roasted grains. Very nice aroma.

Taste was big, fresh coffee with notes of vanilla and chocolate.

Very tasty beer. Definitely one I'd track down again.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to trying this beer for awhile. I loved it in the bottle but it was as close to perfect as you can get on tap. Excellent pour, jet black in color with a dark brown head thats on Viagra. Great lacing, everything you could ask for in a stout.

Smells of strong roasted coffee, bitter chocolates and more coffee!

Tastes of dark bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness (but the bitterness mostly comes from the malts) and obviously loads of coffee. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Opaque black hue. This beer looks dense and attractively opposing. Topped with a thin, though long lasting, dark tan head.

S: This beer has a huge decadent aroma. Pronounced roasted malt aroma. Has a distinct coffee and espresso character. Either the coffee or the hops add some specific bitterness in the aroma. Some perfume/floral alcohol notes, which isn't surprising in a beer of this strength. Esters add some dark fruit notes.

T: Quite boozy with perfume like fusel alcohols - but not hot. This does not get in the way of a well roasted malt flavor. Coffee like character is strong - espresso. Quite bitter on the back end. Very light but long lingering after taste that is dry.

MF: Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Very low carbonation. Dry. Alcohol warming.

D, notes: This is a serious sipping beer meant to be savored slowly. Very smooth. The coffee character enhances all aspects of the beer and through the flavor. Smooth flavor shifts. bitterness is not acrid or harsh. I think this is a beer that lives up to its substantial hype.

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Photo of Avryle
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, black, black, black, black. Humong-o four finger mocha-colored head that's foamy on the sides and puffy on top. Foamy lacing as it disipates.

S- Based on the nose and if I wouldn't be fired from my job, I would probably drink this in lieu of my coffee every morning. The nose is straight up coffee grounds.

T- (Copy the notes on the smell)Coffee + rich roasy stout = Peche Mortel. ...If I could start my day off with this, my job would be a hell of a lot more interesting.

M- Not nearly as full-bodied as I'd expected or hoped. Its like when you were a kid thinking that coffee was as thick as tar, but then you found out it was essentially just like tea, but with coffee beans. This is the one short stroke of this beer.

D- Like my coffee, I like to savor this one and enjoy it to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Just about jet black with some minor brown highlights when help up to light. Poured with about a half finger of mocha head. Decent lacing especially for the style.

S: Jesus christ this is all coffee. There is some roasted coffee behind it as well. Just kidding. Normal roast is there as well. Beyond the coffee you get espresso. I don't like the taste of coffee but I love the way it smells.

T: Starts off white a blast of chocolate which is did not see coming given the nose. Then it goes into the roasted bitterness from the coffee. Nice little sweetness break before it goes back into the bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy body. Not as thick as you would think. Carbonation is spot on.

D: Split the bottle which is fine. This is a great dessert/ eye opener beer. Not quite up to the Big Boss coffee stout but damn fine. Just want to shout out two traders who sent me this within a week as extras. RustyDiamond andswnicholson. Though the bottle I am drinking I got on my own as this is finally (sort of) available in NY. Cheers.

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Photo of smcolw
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If there is one thing I can say about these beers from Dieu, they are very well balanced. For this beer, one word: Extraordinary!

Typical black color where a slight amount of light shines through on the edge of the glass. Great lasting head which coats the glass like a blanket.

Coffee with cream is the predominant smell here...lots black patent malt.

Like the smell, this is a milked coffee beer. Great body; simply superior in every way in that it provides a blend that, at a slower pace, is exquisite.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured an 11.5oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a jet black with a big 2 inch tan head that leaves just a little lacing on the glass. This beer is really dark. It reminds me of what coffee looks like after you've left the pot on the burner for 24 hours. The aroma is straightforward espresso, with just a hint of cream. The taste is spectacular. It reminds me of Starbucks Espresso Ice Cream. Huge coffee taste with cream, chocolate and just a hint of vanilla with a slight alcohol burn at the tail. This is a great tasting brew. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, leaving a nice coating in your mouth. This beer is so drinkable, I think I'll start popping one every morning instead of the pot of coffee I normally drink. This would go perfect with any breakfast.

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Photo of Onslow
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i finally get this off my wishlist (originally put on 9/18/2006) ... from LS .. lots of chocolate, tobacco, and coffee aroma's ... great brad pitt lacing ... it really coats the mouth so wonderfully .. very nice aftertaste ... is roasty and has an espresso/ chocolate battle going on ... not overdone, but very bold .. a great brew!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: One inch thick head coffee and creme colored head that leaves some nice sticky lacing. After a bit the head fades into a thin cap and ring but the lacing still remains. Black as night what else is there to say.

S: At first sort of just smells like wet coffee grounds but opens up a bit and lets loose with some nice vanilla and chocolate notes hints of nutmeg brown sugar and molasses, really some amazing stuff.

T/MF: Wonderful blend of vanilla chocolate and fresh coffee, mouthfeel is just heavenly, creamy but balanced with the perfect amount of carbonation and coffee bitterness. The finish is almost as good as the initial taste and brings fresher and even chocolaty goodness. The longer you let this sit and breath the more these flavors become pronounced, the coffee becomes fresher and richer as does the chocolate and vanilla, a smoothed over beer geek breakfast and a much better beer in my opinion.

D: Just and amazing beer, not a five in taste as I feel there is just a pinch of room for improvement but it is something to behold and to drink, incredibly tasty and only Founders Kentucky Breakfast surpasses it for sheer coffee goodness. Just a joy to drink.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 finger head with good retention and a very nice dark brown color. The retention is pretty exceptional as well.

Huge whiff of coffee on the nose that overpowers the dark malts underneath. There is a tiny bit of mint and citrusy underneath.

There is a pale sweetness and citrusyness/ minty throughout this beer. With that there is a swet chocolatey flavor and a roasted malt characteristic as well that provides a bittersweet chocolate flavor. There is a caramel malt sweetness in there too that creeps up as the beer warms. On the finish is a coffee bean bitterness and a bit of citrusy hops. The citrusy minty sweetness does die out a little bit, but I'd prefer a more robust characteristic to dominate.

There is a tiny bit of astringency to this beer. I want a more robust and creamy malting. There is too much citrusy/minty characteristic going on.

This beer is a good double stout, but I would like to have more robust malts and maybe more coffee going on. That's two for two on this style that I've had this problem with. Still it's not overly bad and I'd have this beer again.

Thanks to Deuane for the sample.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin, creamy tan head and virtually opaque ruby-black color. Aroma is of freshly ground dark-roasted coffee, roasted barly and caramel malts. There is also vanilla and yeast esters peeking through in the smell. Flavor is coffee and chocolate malt dominant with some hop and roast bitterness balancing the sweetness of the generous portions of malt in this recipe. the flavors work well together and are very strong. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. aModerately low CO2 enhances the coffee experience. Finishes with a strong espresso aftertaste. This is s beer for coffee-lovers and one of the finest beers to have with dessert, or as a dessert itself.

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Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a Belgian style wine glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a just brighter than black brown tone with a substantial one and a half finger head of creamy mocha foam. Lacing clings to the sides like nobody's business. Foam looks to be a bit darker round the edges than in the middle.

Smell- Lots of high quality coffee esters in there, they must have used a more premium blend of coffee than most java stouts. Rich milk chocolate (plausibly Belgian chocolate), Dark chocolate as well, hints of vanilla and coconut as well strangely enough.

Taste- Oh, god in heaven. Creamy coffee and chocolates are amplified much more than in the smell. Hints of caramel linger at the back of the tongue. Bitter hoppiness that is not overdone, very smooth, I clearly chilled it too much, it tastes better the longer I hold it in my mouth. Slight vanilla bean and some sweetness, almost lactic? Perhaps raisins.

Mouthfeel- Thick and sticky, but I would still like to see it a little thicker. Still, the carbonation levels are excellent, and the body is full and big.

Drinkability- This is a great and drinkable beer, and worth the hype here on BA. If I had many more, I would drink many more. It's almost a perfect excuse to go to Quebec.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured a oily black with a cafe au lait colored head which was present for the life of the beer. Nice lacing rings present after each sip.

Smell- COFFEE. The coffee aroma dominated but there were slight hints of chocolate.

Taste- Again with the coffee. More pronounced as an espresso style coffee with subtle hints of chocolate and perhaps raisins and toffee. Had a nice smokey flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy. Little to no carbonation.

Overall- A great brew that is well suited as an after dinner beer. I don't like coffee but I couldn't let that cloud my judgement of this beer. Overall this beer was fantastic but something I wouldn't drink again because of my personal dislike of coffee.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much for this bottle Kegatron! I did not expect this one to show up!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45 degrees. Deep dark abyss of black coffee with dark tan tiny bubbled head. Very frothy and pillowy. Good lacing with a small ring of lace that stays present all the way through.

The aroma is quite simply AMAZING. Coffee is in the forefront, but there is more depth. We get roasted malt and smoke here as well, with a bit of a sting from the hops. There's some alcoholic cherries here as well.

Tastes outstanding. I am very impressed with the complex nature of this beer. Yes, there is a ton of coffee, it's true! I love bitter coffee, but it's not all bitterness! There is a lovely sweetness up front like a mocha, followed by smoke that melds things into the coffee bitterness. This combines with the alcohol taste to form a tart cherry vanilla finish.

I love the feel as well. It's a little fizzy at first, but quickly fades into a smooth and robust feel without being overly oily. Feels soft in the mouth almost like velvet.

Drinkability is quite good. It's a very strong flavor so it's nice to savor it slowly, but the alcohol flavor is never apparent in raw form. The finishing swallow is surprisingly roasty and there is almost no sting or warming sensation here.

A real winner of an Imperial Stout!

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz bottle into my new Duvel tulip. Pours an oily, pitch black with beautiful LOOKING body. Opaque ~ no light passes through this beer when back lit. Solid, foamy coffee colored 2 finger head that sticks to the side of the glass. Drippy, oily lacing..

S ~ Coffee, roasted coffee beans, coffee, espresso, coffee followed by dark chocolate, sweet malt, & smokey vanilla bean.

T ~ Spot on. Possibly the zenith of Imperial Coffee Stouts. A potent alcohol presence without the burn. BOLD, dark roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. For me ~ everything I was hoping for. Lots of depth.

M ~ Smooth & Creamy - Thick & Chewy.
Slightly bitter, with an astringent finish like a French Roast coffee. Ample carbonation with a touch of lingering resin or smokey oil on the lips.

D ~ Very pleasant & approachable for anyone who appreciates good coffee & good beer. Unfortunately, The ABV limits the drinkability.
I'll be revisiting this often (when I can get it) Sinfully good....& highly recommended.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with 2 fingers of bubbly brown head with big bubbles.

S - Milk chocolate, burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts with some smokiness.

T - Chocolate and burnt coffee with heavily roasted malt. Some smoke mixed with bitterness and a touch of alcohol. It sounds like a mess but is nicely complex.

M - Thick and creamy with a bit of alcohol warming.

D - I have had this before and at time it seems very smoky and at others it is a nice complex RIS.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a crème head. Malty coffee nose. Just an insane flavor. A mass of thick coffee with a firm malty backbone. Intense, but not overdone at all. Just a great flavor ride. Feel is smooth on liquid. Even better than I remember it being on-tap.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. obsidian in color with a huge tan head. great retention level with a decent amount of lacing.

S: tons of cherry aromas. rich roasted malt aroma, tons of coffee, chocolate and toffee.

T: tons of coffee off the bat., huge roasted malts with a hint of cherries, great flavors, some vanilla as well. I can taste the fair-trade difference.

M: good carbonation level, with a huge palate. full bodied brew.

D: I finally got this, and such a well worth it wait. absolutely amazing. well worth a try.

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Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Black. Very opaque this one is, with a huge brown, creamy head that lasts

S: Tons of coffee beans! The coffee scent is so fresh and accompanies the dark cocoa scents well.

T: The flavors are so complex with coffee, dark fruits, dark cocoa, and taste of vanilla

M,D. The mouthfeel is quite thick, which leaves the drinkability low, but quite a fantastic beer, one of the best RIS!

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one and a half finger creamy light tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a pronounced coffee and roasted grain aroma.

The taste consisted of a robust roasted coffee with a growing bitterness. No alcohol detected.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with some chewiness.

Overall a superior coffee stout.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

340 reviews as of this writing. I picked up a few of these as they have started showing up in MA more and more as of late. So, I'm a fan of starbucks coffee. This beer is like going to starbucks and drinking thick black coffee with a side of alchohol. In the words of a friend, wow, that's what's for breakfast these days. If you like the idea of a strong dark roast coffee layered over a dark beer go for it. If any of the above doesn't work for you, try another stout.

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Photo of jojox
3.21/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - very black. Light whispy tan head, quickly gone except the edges. It's a twist top bottle?!

s - JAVA! Wow, a bit like the air on the top of an esspresso. All the raspberry red fruit associated therewith. It's cold.

t - I think the water profile is a bit weird. A lot of Gypsum-like flavor?
I think it relys a bit too much on the coffee and not so much on the malt.
I think the coffee is too weak for coffee but too strong for beer.

m - Nice CO2

d - I could drink a lot, but I'm not really diggin it all that much.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with brown highlights. Head is a thick coffee brown. It really looks like coffee... actually looks exactly like coffee.

I found the aroma a little toned down for the actual flavours in the beer. Mostly you get a deep, burnt roasted aroma. Coffee certainly, but I found there was alot of roasted malt in there as well.

Flavour is a bitter french roast. Coffee beans burnt to a crisp releasing a pungent roasted flavour. Amazingly the malt is able to poke its head through, providing a surprisingly fruity (albeit dark) backbone. The blend produces a pleasant almost vanilla flavour that brings everything together.

Excellent mouth feel. Carbonation was surprisingly high. Quite creamy and full bodied.

Right on stylistically no doubt... unfortunately the style isn't my favourite. Even so, I wouldn't turn this one down.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.