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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 gameface23
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect imperial stout and possibly even the perfect beer. A deep, menacing pour with a khaki colored head. Nose of espresso and secondary hints of cafe mocha made with dark chocolate - like sitting next to coffee being roasted. Flavor is what you would expect, given the aroma. Great mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced with intermingled sweetness and bitterness that slide gracefully between each other during different parts of the sip.

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Photo of number1bum
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks man.

Pours a thick black, no light getting through this baby, with a dense and creamy tan head that fills two plus inches of the tulip and spills slightly over the sides. Settles very slowly leaving a great lace and lots of stick.

Smell has just an awesome coffee aroma, deep and powerful, along with bittersweet dark chocolate and even a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich and creamy and incredibly tasty. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors, but some roasted malt lends a bit of bitterness through the finish. There's a touch of dark fruits in there, too. Coffee is intense but the chocolate provides a great counterpart with just a bit of sweetness. It's a deep, espresso sort of coffee flavor, but it is not harsh and bitter like Beer Geek Breakfast. Awesome balance, great depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is viciously creamy, full bodied, thick and chewy, a delight on the palate.

Damn, this is an incredible beer. Between this and Founders Breakfast Stout it's pretty much a tossup, but the Founders is easier to get and more widely available, so I'm not quite sure this can knock it from its perch of best coffee stout in my book. But it's damn close. Incredible beer I will certainly seek out again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stateline in Elkton, MD. Poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a thick, deep, opaque dark brown-nearly black. Pours with a 2 finger tan (coffee colored) creamy head. One can constantly see tiny bubbles being added to it. Head retains wonderfully but eventually fades to a very thick collar and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is very rich in chocolate malt. A hint of roasted toffee and caramel sweetness can also be gathered. Smells like a good cup of blended coffee in the morning.

T-Upfront is a toffee and caramel like sweetness and a deep, rich chocolate malt backbone. Roasted malt bitterness and a touch of alcohol are added for the finish. Some alcohol warmth lingers but overall the alcohol is very well hidden.

M-Low carbonation and thick body that is smooth as silk. Its not too thick though. Perfect for the style.

D-This is a great beer and I am happy I was able to find it and have the opportunity to try it. This beer definitely gets better as it warms so give it a chance to after you pour it. I really like this stout and will have it again.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- black body with a finger sized coffee colored head that stays around and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- roasted malt, lots of coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate

T- roasty upfront with a bitter hoppy/coffee aftertaste. just a touch of alcohol

M- full bodied and very smooth

D- very easy to finish and a rather unique tasting beer. very glad i got the chance to try this one. it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of taez555
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black body with a thick dark tan head.

Nose is straight up, very intense, coffee grounds. Not brewed coffee, but like you just opened a can of coffee and are taking a huge whiff. It's a very dark espresso coffee smell. Dark dark dark chocolate. It actually has this earthiness about it, almost a green coffee sort of smell. Interesting.

Oh my god. This beer is like drinking espresso. Extreme espresso bitterness and tons and tons and tons of dark bitter chocolate and espresso beans. It literally tastes exactly like eating those chocolate covered espresso beans you get at fancy candy shops. Extremely bitter, but pure espresso bean bitterness. Bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter. Espresso, espresso, espresso, espresso. Ends with a long lingering espresso bean bitterness.

There are beers out there that taste like coffee, and others that taste like chocolate. This beer tastes like your eating espresso beans. Not drinking espresso mind you, I mean actually eating raw(well toasted dark, not green), but eating raw espresso beans. Very interesting. Could go amazingly well wtih vanilla ice-cream. Although.... chocolate or a coffee desert might pair really well, I'd just be afraid it's complete and total overload. A great beer, but it's such a one trick pony, I'd really find it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

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

Picked up this bottle from Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. Couldn't decipher a date code on this one, so not sure how old/new it is...

Pours an absolutely beautiful pitch black color with a deep tan foamy head. Aroma has lots of roasted coffee aroma, with a faint alcohol note. Wow, smells more like coffee than beer. Taste has a slight initially boozy flavor, but that quickly fades to a heavy black coffee taste. Amazing. The darkest roast coffee you can imagine. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for all the flavor that is crammed into this one. Hmm. Also seems a bit fizzy. If you like coffee stouts, then this can preety much hold it's own against the best. Well done.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Into my giant snifter, pours a nearly impenetrable DARK brown. A half-finger, tan head sits atop.

S - Coffee, and I mean coffee. Not necessarily fresh coffee, but ground coffee that's been sitting in the freezer for a couple weeks... or the bottom of a grinder. Alcohol on the back end, as well as some roasty malts that add a nice complexity.

T - Tastes a tad like the stale coffee I mentioned. Also noted is powdered cocoa, actual coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, light vanilla. Reminds me of tiramisu. Hops play lightly in the back in the form of lasting bitterness, but could also have a bit to do with the coffee and dark malts.

M - The mouthfeel sorta blows it for me. I was hoping for less-carbonated, much heavier, and creamier. What I got was a medium bodied, not-so-creamy, overly carbonated coffee drink. To its credit, when I swirl it in the glass, the carbonation is cut to the point where it's no longer sparkly.

D - Drinkability is good on this one, as it goes down easy, and has a wonderful taste. Another good transition brew for those that like coffee but don't really like beer.

Notes: I've had better coffee stouts... Not to say this one's bad, but for the price, I'll take Breakfast Stout for $12 a 4-pack as opposed to the $5 a bottle for this.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

strong coffiee, black and rich and hops with a burnt malt as the finish, this is like beer meets campfire coffiee (smud coffiee as i call it), this is like coffiee on the warmer all day, this is great i could drink this with steak and eggs. this beer makes me wonder why thay havent invented a hop flavored coffiee creamer, hell maby i have stumbled on to somthing. back to the beer at hand, this is the second best coffiee stout i have ever had, the first is wake and bake from terripin. if you can get one of theese take the oppertuinity, i wish i had goten more!!

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic for dragging this brew along to the Tyranena tasting room before the Great Taste in a trade!

I'm a big fan of stouts & coffee beers, so was looking forward to this one. Pours an expected black with a smell overwhelmingly of coffee, with a bit of vanilla as it warms a little.

Taste is large part coffee, with the vanilla underneath & not much else. I like my beers a bit more complex, & this one fell short of a couple of my favorites. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel is rich & full, with that thin coffee veneer overtop. Didn't live up to the hype for me, but a good beer, & I'm glad I got to try Peche Mortel

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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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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.