Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a dark, almost tar color with a light tan fizzy head. The head is barely there and gone as quickly as it arrived. The nose is 100% espresso as is the taste. Coffee infused at it's best!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Carley, via Kristina.

A: Deep dark black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Coffee heaven. A smoky, roasty bitterness mixed in with bittersweet chocolate.

T: Follows nose with tons of roasted bitter coffee and semi sweet chocolate. A tad of vanilla and rye is thrown in for good measure. As it warms, the tastes intensify.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: What a stout! This is one of the best coffee stouts made. Glad I finally got to try it. Share with friends and enjoy the buzz.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

**DEC 7, 2015
Bottle to goblet. Look: oily black pour, small head. Thick looking stout. Aroma : strong coffee, smoke. Coffee is a very dark aromatic. Taste is Dark coffee, deep roasted malt and roasted coffee beans....almost burnt, but enough sugars to keep it smooth. Dark chocolate. Deep down are some dark fruits and nutty flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the coffee. Feel is thick but light, minimal carbonation. Very tasty. Would love to try the bourbon barrel aged version.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally was able to track this down able long time trying to obtain this. Pours a jet black with light toffee colored head. Smell was amazing. Coffee, chocolate flavors abound. Taste while very solid slightly underwhelmed. Mouthful lighter than I expected but still appropriate for a stout.

While I was slightly disappointed in the taste, this is still a rock solid coffee stout. Just slight notch below victory at sea ( I know it's a porter) and bourbon county coffee. Not in same league as good morning though . That beer is in a class of its own

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Photo of Myotus
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from an 11.5oz bottle (I couldn't decipher the bottling date even after looking into it. My bottle has a notched 1 on the left set of numbers and 0 and 2 notched on the right set of numbers. I highly doubt that this bottle traded to me is from January of 2002) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on 03Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam. At 15 seconds, the foam changes color to khaki, but remains the same in height. Finally after 2 minutes and 5 seconds, the foam head halves itself. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a massive amount of very small rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and mainly thin with a few parts being thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of bitter roasted malts and coffee entangle with mild aromas of smoked goodness, black cherries, plums, and sweet chocolate along with subtle aromas of vanilla. A mild spicy and sour aroma similar to rye is also present.
TASTE: Strong coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate. Strong smokey flavors and subtle sweet chocolate flavors immediately follow. Mild vanilla and spicy/sour rye-like flavors continue the taste symphony. Subtle flavors of black cherries and plums enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for vanilla, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: Although this was very bitter, it was balanced out well by the coffee and vanilla. I would of liked to have tasted more chocolate and less smokiness. I love smoked flavors as much as the next guy, but they are not the best combination with the bitterness from the roasted malts in my opinion.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with about a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates to the edges slowly. The smell is coffee, chocolate, and a bit of booze. The taste is roasted coffee and malt with a good amount of chocolate. The feel is very thick almost chewy but very smooth. This is wonderful beer and I can see why it is rated the way it is. I will be getting another bottle.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a tulip glass. Nearly black brown color with 1 finger of thick tan head. Nose is strong in roasty notes and subtle coffee. More coffee comes through in the taste, one of the best coffee stouts I've had! Good body and mouthfeel, with a slight bite on the finish. My first and definitely not the last trip with this beer, damn good!

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Photo of LAp
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an opaque black with a half finger mocha head. Nose is bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, with an almost peppery bite. Hints of black cherry linger here too. The palate opens with a peppery, bitter dark chocolate note, that sweetens as it lingers. As the beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes moderately more noticeable, and elements of oak become more prominent. Mouthfeel is medium with minimal carbonation - thickens slightly as the beer warms. Overall, an outstanding, subtle imperial stout. Stays away from the sweetness of the big American Imp Stouts and focuses much more heavily on exploring the bitter and roasted side of this style. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a tan head , nice roasted coffee aroma. Really nice semi bitter coffee/chocolate flavor with a medium mouth feel/slighty sticky.The coffee is nicely done/not over the top. Not overly complex, just simply wonderful to drink. The 9.5 abv is barely detected. Highly recommend for flavor and availability. If you like coffee stouts, this is one to try without scouring the globe trying to find the super hyped, you know the one I speak of.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottled july '15
jet black, sweet-sweet coffee nose, taste of liquid dark chocolate with a noticeable bitterness from coffee, which plays off the chocolate, making the dark chocolate "sweet" by comparison, so I get the odd sensation of "sweet dark chocolate" - impressed. Mouthfeel is incredible - off the charts smooth for a medium-bodied beer whose taste would make you expect "heaviness", yet it drinks like a standard stout. Beautiful simplicity here.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into my Dieu du Ciel teku glass. Body is pitch black, light brown bubbles that spend little time on the surface before dissipating. Minimal lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Excellent balance between the two. Taste matches the aroma. The flavors get brighter as the beer warms.

Edit, drinking 9 months from purchase, and it developed beautifully. When I first had it, it was a nice imperial stout but it didn't blow me away. Now it's fantastic. A nice smokiness now, coffee is still very forward but pleasant

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Photo of whatthehull
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass from an 11.5 oz bottle

A - A deep red/brown with one finger tan head and some sugar lacing

S - Acidic coffee, manure, soil, earthy hops, toasted/roasted everything, peat, sweet malts, dry grains, dark chocolate, rich tobacco, vanilla, anise, booze, smoke, wood and more coffee.

T - Huge smoke, peat, vanilla, coffee, booze, roasted grains/malts, sugar, anise, soil, tons of earth

M - Full bodied, nice balance, awesome complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a crazy coffee and booze finish

D/O - Really nice. The coffee is huge but tastes completely natural. While some coffee stouts have a somewhat synthetic taste behind the coffee, this one here is very nice and tastes just like you think it should. The taste profiles nearly eclipse an over the top effort but in the best of ways. Really well done and perfect for anytime of year -- especially the winter season. Start a fire, crack one of these and get that roast into the oven. Awesome.

Final Thoughts - Not sure of the price as it was a gift but the almost 10% ABV is awesome. Grab one to enjoy and one to age -- it won't disappoint.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body, medium brown head, striated levels of lace. Fresh robust coffee notes, complete with mild dark fruit and semi-sharp acidity, suggesting it was minimally roasted, rounded by well-roasted malt. The flavor is also sharp with coffee, accentuated by hops, bringing almost to a soy sauce level, but brought back from the brink by chocolaty roasted malt. Heavily coffee-dominated, yet still firmly in the beer department. Long finish is dry and bitter. Medium body, supple, perfectly inconspicuous carbonation that still livens it up.
Awesome expression of the coffee which definitely took the lead, to the point where it could replace an actual cup of joe. It was minimally roasted to give it a huge flavor profile, and supported by simple but well made roasted malt. Bordering on too acidic for my taste, but it was still firmly on the delicious side of things.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fine coffee stout. Pours a viscous, darkest night of the soul dark with nary a sliver of light. Generous, mocha tinted creamy head. It is a seriously beautiful sight. The aroma tells you this is going to be a big coffee forward beer and the nose does not disappoint. There is a sweet note to balance out the coffee bitterness. Full mouthfeel yet not cloying or sticky. Some dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Fantastic.

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Photo of kculrich
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, dated 10/26/2015, served at cellar temperature in a tulip.

Pours outerspace black with a nice, fluffy mocha head which dies back quickly leaving a tight, sturdy ring of foam which endures to the end of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Mild. Smells of roasting coffee, and spicy, unsweetened chocolate.

Espresso and molasses, roasted cocoa nibs and orchard fruits. Barely sweet at the start, dry, with a long, strong bitter finish. A delicious residue of charred malt, vanilla, tobacco and whiskey vapors lingers long after the last sip.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and oh, so creamy.

A masterfully-executed stout, hits all the right notes for me: balanced, slightly bitter rather than sweet, dry rather than syrupy. One of my all time favorites. I've stocked up on it when I've been in Montréal and I'm dreading a day when it's all gone.

Note: I've had Péché Mortel on draft at Dieu du Ciel in Montréal and it is a religious experience - much as I love Péché from the bottle, comparing it to what comes from the tap is like comparing skim milk to whipping cream. 5's across the board there.

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

Poured chilled into a snifter, motor oil color. Thick brown head, stayed there a bit. Smelled of roasted coffee. Taste had a touch of vanilla sweetness and dark chocolate but not overbearing. The coffee was king, this dog'll hunt. A non coffee lover may be turned off (or someone who can't drink coffee without +++cream&sugar) but I found the coffee taste to be direct and less of a booze bomb even with the 9.5%. Good mouthfeel but with less booziness, the complexity of the beer was evident. Certainly a refreshing quality with many of today's BBaged stouts getting completely out of hand these days and masking imperfections. I'd drink this any day of fall/winter, it's that good.

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Photo of justinp444
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass it has a black body with a creamy beige of 2 and a half inches. Smell of fresh coffee, fruit-y esters, slight chocolate, and a good amount of roasted malt. Taste is black coffee, some milk chocolate, and roasted malt. Mouth feel is a full and just a tad bit dry with a bit of burn, body is full as well. The stout is sweet and bitter with a ton of flavor, a lot like FBS but way more coffee forward and it beats BBB in coffee flavor. A fantastic coffee stout.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong coffee, great mouthfeel - carb was decent, but was a little on the sweet side for me. Otherwise, an excellent beer. The smell was fantastic, and the finish was strong, but stable.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a rich tan head. The aroma isn't overwhelming but there is some coffee and baker's chocolate. Coffee, chocolate, and some oat-y roast and booze on the finish. A very nice coffee stout. For a 9.5% beer, the booze is hidden well.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Pitch black with small but thick dark brown head on top, with very good retention. Aroma has coffee, roasted malts, nice chocolate notes. Taste chocolate and fudge, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee. Very nice.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A jet black stout with little head even when poured. has a halo of deep brown head that stayed. little lacing

smells of coffee and deep roasted malts

taste bold coffee slight chocolate. taste lingers wonderfully in your mouth. no taste of the alcohol

soft feel, little carb, smooth and thick

great beer, good portion size well worth the $ paid

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great coffee stout. It has a fantastic coffee aroma and the taste is very well balanced. I loved the iced coffee feel, but the mouthfeel was still good. Not too thin, but not too thick. The finish was a little too bitter for my taste, but still very good.

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Photo of hardysf
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is good and all but I was expecting so much more. Much better on the market at this price range. Lots of coffee, lots of bitterness, and well balanced. Hints of roasted malts and chocolate. Probably won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of Crawfish61
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an expensive beer at 5 dollars for 12 oz but it is worth it. Dark fruit, coffee forward, and fudge flavors dominate. This is my favorite coffeee beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Kinda disappointing. Dark black, not much head going on. Aroma was largely absent of coffee and chocolate. Was expecting more from such a higher rated beer. This was just pretty standard and a little boozy. Wish I could tell how old the bottle is.

More alcohol warmth, good chewiness, coffee still largely absent (although I did have this after the excellent Sumatra stout coffee beer). . . some chocolate. Wondered about oats or honey in this. Seemed to be a coffee beer for people who don't like coffee. Simplistic, not aggressive. Did hide the alcohol, which is at a level which could be described as aggressive. A solid beer, but you can get Sierra Nevada stout, an entire 6 pack for about what this costs, and SN to me, is better.

At $6 a 12oz, there's so many better options out there. Thought the same brewery's aphrodite was superior to this one in almost every aspect, if not every. Would revisit if I was certain it was a fresh ass bottle.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.