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Péché Mortel - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 1,726
Hads: 4,583
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 614
Gots: 802 | 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 Chincino
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times before and I absolutely love it. I had this beer again this evening and I poured it into a clear pint glass. It poured to be very dark and also very thick with a very thin dark tan head which dissipated quickly.

I was happy to read in one of the other reviews that this beer is brewed with fair trade coffee. The smell was both of coffee and chocolate. It's a thick smooth stout which may be my favorite of it's kind (Founders Imperial Breakfast stout is a close second).

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Photo of AMo
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel pours a dense pitch black with a multi minute lasting thick foamy tan head. Carbonation bubbles are very compact. Smell is strong of roasted coffee beans, malt, chocolate, with a touch of tartness. First taste bolts out huge expresso flavors with a slight coffee ground bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel has an oil like film on a dense, viscous dark liquid. There is a medium and somewhat sharp carbonation. Sticky bitter coffee chocolate like resin lingers on the gums. This is extemely sticky and dense. Overall this is an exceptional brew at the top of its class. Tons of coffee expresso flavor with a fantastic finish.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It's a beautiful May evening in Chicago and I'm enjoying this brew on my patio.

A: Jet black with about a finger of fluffy brown foam. Foam settles quickly into a solid ring around the glass with a decent amount of lacing. The lacing becomes more and more abundant as it warms.

S: Fresh roasted coffee. Period. I'm really not getting much else. Perhaps a bit of that smoke / tobacco flavor, but I only notice the aroma after having detected the flavor.

T: when still near fridge temps this brew tastes like an iced coffee with a half shot of alcohol- just enough to notice but not so much to make you cringe. As it warms I am getting hints of smoke and tobacco, akin to the taste of the wrapper on a fine cigar just before you light it.

M: thick, creamy and smooth- definitely a full-bodied brew. When still near fridge temps a pleasant prickle of carbonation helps to balance out the viscosity of the beer. The finish is long and dry with a satisfying bitterness that lingers throughout the entire glass.

D: Coffee stouts, for me, represent yet another example of a strange dichotomy I've noticed in my taste for certain foods and beverages- I hate olives, yet I love olive oil; I enjoy tomatoes and but I can stand tomato juice. I'm a big fan of a well-crafted coffee stout but black coffee is not my thing. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm not going to think much about that now- I'm too busy enjoying the heck out of this Peche Mortel. I'm not familiar with this brewery at all, but if Peche Mortel is any indication of their brewing prowess, I'll be on the lookout for more examples of their work.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle shared with a friend in exchange for half of his Heady. Great night.

Appearance: Pours out real smooth, pitch black, with a mocha head that stuck around for a while. Not too much lacing.

Smell: Hershey's chocolate syrup. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Very sweet and sticky. Hard sniff gives way to a tiny bit of alcohol on the back end. I couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Taste: The best coffee stout I've had to date. From front to back: roasted malt, fresh roasted coffee beans, chocolate syrup, bitter hops, clean finish. Wow. I could easily drink this for breakfast and be satisfied. No alcohol, impressive for 9.5%.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, chewy. Feels almost like chocolate milk on the tongue. Bittering hops on the back end keep everything smooth and not cloying.

Overall: Great stout, found the last bottle in my local shop, lucky to have picked it up. This one will knock your socks off.

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Photo of grandq
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours nigh-completely black - just a touch of brown visible underneath the dark tan head. The scent that wafts up consists of coffee grounds, cocoa, faint cinnamon, and black bread. Taking a sip, the inital flavors are surprisingly understated and sweetly matly. Nothing too bold, for a second or so. A roasty base opens up for the topliner - and coffee makes a big entrance, taking the floor the way the bourbon flavors in Bourbon County do. Really dominant, like biting into an espresso bean, but balanced sufficiently, though by no means completely, by some dark fruit and cocoa touches. The bitter coffee aftertaste is just a touch astringent and takes on some similarity to cola on the back of the tongue and back teeth, which gets in the way, especially at warmer temps. In spite of this, the mouthfeel is close to perfect - rich, creamy and coating, but doesn't linger longer than welcome. Overall, this is a great entry in the style. I'll be sipping the remaining while watching Lord Stanley's Cup being handed around this eve - fittingly a Canadian beer for the national sport.

Edit - My S.O. was cooking wings while I was drinking this and the smell of the chicken mingling with the flavor of the coffee made it start to taste like bacon. Which is awesome, IMO, though not entirely apropos of the beer review... digression apologies.

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

Trying a bottle stored away since December 2009. Best before 30 September 2012.

A: Pours a pitch black liquid into the glass. The one finger high head is colored light brown with some nice curtains on the glass. The head dissolves rather quickly leaving lacings on the glass.

S: The smell is dominated by a fresh grinded coffee and dark roasted malts. There are also a very pleasant smell of dry and dark chocolate. I can also find some dark fruits, vanilla, smoked ham, oatmeal and oak flavors.

T: The taste has a lot of coffee in it. Espresso. Particularly at the end. There are also a lot of dark chocolate, dark fruits, red fruits (cherries, raspberries), oak staves, vanilla and finally some bitter sweet nutty flavor. The aftertaste is bitter with a hint of sour. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9.5 % ABV beer.

M: It has a medium to full body with medium carbonation. The texture is a bit oily and it feels smooth and very well balanced to drink.

O: All in all a fantastic beer! I A must try.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Its rare I give a beer such a high rating all around but this one earned it. my bottle was 4 months old not that it matter much with such a high percentage beer. but here it goes.

Appearance - Poured into a tulip glass, completely black with 2 fingers creamy head. cant see anything through it even in light.

Aroma - Some very roasted malts, coffee, more coffee, light hops, alcohol did i mention coffee. whew.

Taste - coffee on the tongue to start followed by some malt and hops, more coffee. bitter but balanced soo well!

Mouth feel - medium bodied, medium carbonation not creamy but not prickly.

Overall - what a brew, and to think a corner store near my house sells it 15$ for a 6 pack.(not so bad for craft in canada) ill definitely get it again. cheers

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

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Poured a pitch black coffee color, with a beautiful looking 1 1/2 finger dark brown head
Aroma was intense and wonderful...freshly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malts and the smallest amount of cream.
Taste was amazing, bitter roasted coffee dominates the taste, with some undertones of dark chocolate, roasted malt, some cream and a small amount of alcohol.
I had tried this a few months ago and was not impressed at all, but im glad i gave this another chance, it was wonderful. One of the best coffee stouts out there.

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

12oz bottle. '09 vintage. Poured in a Founders Black Party pint glass, which unbelievably survived that night somehow... Long story, maybe another time.

A: Pitch black pour. Very small amount of tan head that fades. Really stellar lacing

S: Huge wave of coffee and roasted malts. Some small amount of chocolate present along with a smidge of alcohol.

T: Almost spot on to the taste. Big coffee flavor with ample roastiness. Followed up by sweet bitter chocolate and molasses. Also present are some faint hints of vanilla and caramel. There is some bitter hop/alcohol bite on the finish, but it's not out of control. Overall very nice and balanced. Perhaps a tad too much coffee for my liking.

M: Very good carbonation helps make this a creamy delight. Not too thick, but not too thin. Just right for this style of stout.

D: Very easy drinker for a big stout. This is a pretty fresh bottle, and it's still a little hot. Other than that these 12oz went like Flo-Jo on Blow.

A very nice offering from our neighbors to the north. This one easily lives up to it's reputation. I think it'll be even more up my alley with a year or so on it. Looking forward to revisiting it.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. The color is opaque with a decent tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing down the glass. Tons of sediment, as it is bottle conditioned.

The smell is really good with a roasted bitterness, a touch of caramel sweetness, tons of coffee and a touch of alcohol character. The aromas are pretty balanced and don't seem to be confused or competing.

The taste is great with a really nice mouth feel. Creamy and sweet up front with a big coffee flavor following close after and lingering long into the finish. Hints of dark fruit and roasted malt also tease the palate. The finish is bitter with lots of coffee and a generous amount of alcohol.

Very enjoyable, the alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. The coffee flavor mixes well with the full mouth feel, giving the beer a balanced bitterness. If it wasn't almost $6 a bottle I'd look forward to having this again!

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, thick viscous black as an imperial stout should be. Light cocoa head that recedes to a gentle layer of bubbles that linger on top for quite some time.

S - Roasty and delicious, sweet and hot coffee dominates.

T - Yep, definitely a coffee stout maybe too harshly so. Not too hot for 10% ABV, its well hidden behind the sweetness which is almost a bit cloying.

M - a little over-carbonated, which causes a bit of an acrid bite.

D - Not something I'd go to regularly, but good nonetheless. Light for the style.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at just under room temp into a room temp pub glass (this is the second time around, so I'm trying it at room temp).

A: Pours thick and black; the Absence of Light. A gorgeous gingerbread head that maintains nicely with great lacing throughout.

S: Smells like Navy black coffee. Nothing but coffee, overpowering, indomitable. As someone who doesn't drink coffee, I was highly intimidated.

T: The coffee and toast are there, but aren't overpowering. Chocolate and toffee notes help round out the flavor nicely. There is a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste on the palate, but not an unpleasant one. Alcohol is there but hardly noticeable under the barrage of coffee and toast.

M: Rich, malty and smooth, you usually have some of the frothy head adding to the carbonation of each pull.

O: This is one of my all-time favorite stouts. I can't say enough about it. While the intense coffee smell is daunting to me, the flavors are incredibly well-balanced and the mouth feel is consistently inviting, making this a delicious and dangerous brew at 9.5%. I'm enjoying it at room temp and recommend others try it that way, especially in the colder months.

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

Pour into a standard pint glass, a dark chocolate. Slight tan head.

Smack of dark roasted expresso aroma right away.

Dark chocolate somewhat masks the coffee flavor at first, although it becomes very present on the back end. Candied fruit, and slight bitterness blended nicely throughout.

Creamy and viscous, this coats your tongue and goes down smoothe as can be, with only a little sharpness at the back.

Arguably the most drinkable Imperial Stout I have ever had. Was gone before I knew it. Alchohol is very well masked. Pissed I only bought one. Simply amazing.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Beautiful black with a creamy chocolaty head. The aroma and taste are full of sweet coffee - really nice blend with the other ingredients. Alcohol is hidden perfectly. This was more carbonated than most really good stouts I've had, but it was still really full-bodied. Straight 5s for me - one of the few best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of atremains
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had you make the trip out to julios lately to get this one. Vigorous pour create a creamy looking 1 finger tan-mocha head that leaves behind some frothy lacing. Big coffee bean nose with some alcohol in there. Taste is an amazing espresso chocolate rollercoaster with a roasted coffee bean aftertaste that leaves the tongue satisfied yet thirsty for more. Complimented by the rich mouthfeel with hint of carbonation and an extremely masked 9.5 the beer easily sits atop my list. Save it for a good day.

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Photo of beerdedking
5/5  rDev +13.9%

This is a 5. I can't find a thing wrong with it. Aged for sure, but the brewed in year is indeterminate.
Label is quite faded and dating is checked 7, 5. Nose reveals Sumatran coffee, milk chocolate, and
hints of light caramel. Perfectly balanced, these scents become flavors in your mouth that waltz across
the roof of your mouth. The finish doesn't bitter, just more smooth unburned coffee. You'd be
hard pressed to find a better coffee double stout. FBS, which I love, is in the backseat here....

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Photo of sgameroz
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tons of roasted coffee on the nose which continues with every sip. Very smooth and well balanced with no [bitter] bite caused by the roasted grains. Excellent value.

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

I was quite looking forward to trying this beer, and I was pleased when I did. It poured a deep black color with almost no head. I was looking forward to the coffee aspect of it, and I didn't note very much coffee on the nose, but when I started to drink it, and especially as it warmed the roasted coffee really started to come through. Although I was sharing the bottle after dinner and some other drinks, I found it highly drinkable and will look forward to enjoying it again soon.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as hell. Dark tan head that hangs around forever. Smell is rich, dark roast coffee. Really exceptional.

Taste is bold and creamy. Rich dark roast malts combine with distinct coffee flavors. Some bittersweet chocolate as well. Semi-sweet up front with a somewhat dry finish. Slight alcohol in the finish, too.

Mouthfeel is insanely creamy and chewy. Perfect match to the flavors. A nearly 10% ABV beer should not drink this easy. Incredibly smooth.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with Djan he included it as an extra. It was waxed tipped and i believe he said it was an 07

A - black with a nice tan foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin ring around the edge.

S - Coffee, espresso, chocolate, little vanilla and a little bit of soy sauce

T - Vanilla, Coffee, espresso, chocolate the flavors mix nicely

M - Medium bodied.

D - This beer tastes pretty damn good, even at 9.5% i would like a few more.

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

A: Good carbonation, brown head. Black body. Good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, booze, dark black coffee, LOTS of black coffee. Hints of smoke.

T: Dark coffee, dark chocolate, light smokiness, cocoa powder.

M: Very nice. Not too thick.

D: I could drink a lot more of this.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

by outer edges line a fine line of mahogany brown that gradients from a pitch black core. A tight brown head lurks atop a motor oil underbelly.

dark, roasted, acrid, charcoal aromas emanate from the beer. I very very minor downfall comes about that a faint malt aroma linger between coffee aromas.

sweet almost bready malt character clings to an eye awakening fresh pot of coffee taste. no detectable hop flavor but a bitterness protrudes through layers of sweet malt and dark roasted coffee.

boarderline thick almost viscous put the mouthfeel in a category that i would call a RIS. possibly due to lower attenuation, but i really don't mind, this beer is neither cloying or too sweet, it is however a complete experience.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Like motor oil. No light can bee seen through this bad boy. Nice small head. Medium lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Dried Raisins. Slight booze. Really nice, sweet notes.

T: the smell on this one is really misleading. Coffee and toasty characters dominate this brew. Slighty boozy but no bad. Some dark chocolate on the back end. Not as sweetl as the nose would lead you to believe. Slightly rich mild hop bitterness.

M: light carbonation. Smooth. Heavy and lightly creamy.

O: Go for it!

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Photo of kylelenk
4.43/5  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.

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Photo of JWD
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- black coffee

S- more roasted coffee and dark chocolate

t- AMAZING chocolate mocha, this is like a starbucks drink.

M- thick but not too thick, just right, amazing!!

D- outstanding i wish this came in a bigger bottle and was easier to get. onwe of my favorites to date.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.