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Péché Mortel - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 1,756
Hads: 4,712
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 639
Gots: 824 | FT: 75
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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 Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended by the bartender Joe at David Copperfield's in Manhattan.

As dark as a beer can be with a quickly dissapating head. The aroma is all coffee as is the taste. Very complex and very creamy without an overwhelming roasted character. So complex, that I can't really provide details. The mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation, and the flavors get better as the beer warms. There isn't much of an alcohol presence, which along with the intense flavors, makes the drinkability ridiculous. If you enjoy coffee, this stout cannot be missed. One of my favorite Imperial Stouts so far and very unique.

Unfortunately got scammed into paying $18 for the 12oz. bottle so that's the last time I'm drinking a bottle of beer at a bar. Anywhere.

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Photo of johnd513
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go to ph2001 for this one.
This beer pours dark black with a small head that disappeared quickly. The smell and taste is overwhelming complex and it is difficult to pick out the various coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. The after taste is bitter. The drinkability is high on this one considering the high abv. I could easily see drinking two or three of these if this was readily available to me. By far my favorite coffee stout.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like that there is such a strong coffee presence in this beer.

A- Pours thick and pitch black with a thin, but persistent head.

S- Coffee! and roasted malt. Hints of unsweetened cocoa come through as well.

T- Intense roasted coffee flavor. The roasty-bitterness blends well and integrates into the mild hop bitterness. Cocoa and caramelized sugar also have a clear presence. As the beer warms, the cocoa becomes more pronounced and the flavor sweetens slightly.

M- Thick, carbonated, rich, and fantastic with a surprisingly dry finish.

D- Surprisingly drinkable, although you need to sip at it

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Photo of KaiMiller
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque jet black, with the merest hint of the suggestion of red highlights at the edges. Tan, almost reddish head that disappears into a lingering film. Aroma: notes of coffee, rum, port, roast malt, with hazelnut and dark chocolate as it warms. Flavour: strong coffee flavour, complemented by a nicely balanced sweetness. Plenty of dark roasty bite, but not unpleasantly astringent. Finishes with plenty of dark chocolate nuttiness. Port. For a beer this strong, it hides its alcohol well. Until it warms up, I would never have put this beer at 9.5. Not at all harsh, even when the alcohol starts to come out. Chocolate milkshake mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to enliven it. Wonderful.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I debated pouring it into a coffee mug, but ultimately decided on a snifter (Please note that this is extreme sarcasm). I've been looking forward to trying this one as I am a black unsweetened coffee fan.

This double stout pours an opaque motor oil black. I can clearly see a reflection of myself as I hold it up for inspection. A fairly vigorous pour releases a large frothy head that manages to hold a sharp looking cap. A good amount of thick rings left on the glass, which is rare for these big stouts.

My nose is filled of roasted malts and a bitter coffee. Further inspection reveals chocolate. The aromatic hops blend well with the coffee characteristics and it's difficult to separate the two.

Bitter coffee and roasted flavors dominate here again. Very dry taste, with a bitter cocoa quality. It must be mentioned that there is a lack of depth and complexity. The flavor is short, up front and very bold. This said it isn't some sort of coffee alcoholic drink. The hops and roasted qualities are unique and interesting, but everything happens quickly and fades fast. I did have higher expectations.

Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation consists of many fine bubbles. Really enhances the coffee bitterness. Drinkability is tough to rate for such a big and bold beer, but given the relative price and expectations the drinkability is only a shade above average. I can't complain overall, but I expected more. Worth a try for its unique qualities.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.27/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It's like pouring motor oil from a beer bottle. A bottle with a cool label I might add (artsy medusa lady on the front). Rich mocha aroma with lots of black malt in there as well. Short, dense, light brown head covers the beer. Rich, potent, bitter flavor. Lots of astringent dark malt, coffee grinds, and even some cocoa. Finishes with a bitter ashy flavor. The mouthfeel is crisp and faily light for such a strong beer. Not to be a whiner, but it's too damn bitter. It wasn't that cold, but I'm going to let it warm up and bit and see if it mellows because it's pretty harsh right now...

Ok, well it's almost an hour later and it has mellowed quite nicely. The flavors go together smoothly and don't bash your tongue. All except for that bitter/astringent flavor that still dominates and leaves an ashy aftertaste. Even without considering the price I think this will be my last Peche Mortel.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours very dark, with only a hint of light on the fringe. It also has a reasonable brown head to it. The aroma is coffee all over the place. There is some dark-malt roastiness to it as well, but strong coffee is really what this beer is all about.

Bitter coffee is what this is all about as well. There is some warming alcohol to it as well especially on the finish, and a hint of sweetness underneath it all which does just enough to prevent the coffee from being too pervasive. It's definitely a good coffee stout, but it doesn't overly impress me. It has a very creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. For coffee fans, this is excellent.

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

A: Pours out inky black with a generous 1" of fluffy khaki head. The big rocky bubbles in the head show great retention with generous lacing evident as it recedes. An absolutely beautiful beer!

S: Coffee is quite strong, with hints of smokiness. There's an underlying hint of sweetness, fig perhaps?

T: Strong french press coffee flavors up front, dark malts and a hint of malt bitterness in the background.

M: Thick, velvety and creamy on the tongue with just a hint of carbonation lightening the mood.

D: Dangerously quaffable for 9.5%. Coffee is just a bit more pronounced than I would prefer, but still a great sipper.

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

11.5 oz. bottle > Chimay Goblet

Opaque darkness with a two-finger deep crown, clumpy and dense brown froth that is active in the middle, thick and rocky around the edges. Massive clumps of lacing.

The nose has peanutbutter, smokey coffee, heavy chocolate mocha with vanilla, chocolate cheesecake with a slight hint of blackberries.

The flavor is a big, chunky and sweet chocolate and peanutbutter malt at first and a big current of semi-bitter ground coffee and cream. More sweetness pops out, with honey in the malt which is balanced with subtle earthy hops. Chocolate covered coffee beans and a rather woody, smokey heat rides in at the last minute. Overall, thickly sweet and roastie around the edges.

Big-full bodied, thick and creamy with a medium middle and smooth finish.

This one has a very authentic coffee flavor that plays with the chocolate currents very well.I don't think you'll find this one hard to drink.

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

I have had this in two states (NY and PA)I've only had this from a bottle.

A: Dark as the night. Good amount of head on top, but not frothy.

S: Smells like a good stout, malt and coffee.

T: Unbelievable taste. Exactly as a stout should be. It has a nice roasted coffee blend mixture.

M: Thick. Not as thick as I was expecting however so that was a pleasant suprise.

D: I would hav two at a time max. Great for a session beer. And a great reccomendation to any stout lover.

I blame Canada for this one. And thats a good thing.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could have had a bottle of this for $2 at Whole Foods, but decided to be honest when they wanted to charge me that much and had them do a price check. Maybe wasn't "worth" it, but I probably would have felt guilty afterward.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Suitably viscous, opaque black with a wonderful mocha head that fit to the rim of the tulip perfectly. Ring of mocha maintained well and left intermittent lacing.

Very nice aroma of medium espresso, but not too acrid. Good blend of chocolate and a little smoke.

Slight bitterness up front, and again pronounced coffee flavor, but well blended with the roasted bitterness and sweetness. For a heavy brew, the mouthfeel is lighter than it looks, though not thin. After a few sips, the alcohol begins to accumulate in the esophagus, but still quite appropriate. Adds a nice layer. Finishes pretty clean all considered.

Does not require extensively slow drinking, as the balance is very nice, but obviously should be. The flavors don't "open up" as much as I might expect as it warms. Preferred the flavors on the slightly colder side on this one.

I wanted a change of pace after months of drinking lighter lagers and IPAs. This was a nice welcome interruption.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most complex smelling coffee stouts I've experienced. Quality roasted bean smell is expected. But the vanilla, cream and hit of...well I'm not sure what it is a hint of. I thought bourbon barrel. Drinking this beer reminds me of a favorite coffee drink. A smooth special dark roast, vanilla, a splash of real cream, chocolate sauce and a kick of whiskey. I wanted a square of cake. It all comes together so well.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

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

Served blind in a 5 oz taster comparing against KtG, DL, Abyss, B. Albert, Stone IRS, Ky BS and Ten Fidy.

Appearance notable by the very thick body, leaves a light brown coating on the glass as it is swirled.

This beer has a huge roast aroma, like an American stout but without the hops. Big coffee note behind the roasted malt.

This one stands out from the others in the round by the intense coffee flavor. Hard to detect anything else, and that's not in a bad way.

It's got nice, thick body and substantial carbonation, superb mouthfeel.

This beer is really a treat. Can drink it all day, despite the dense body and strong coffee dominance. A real stand-out.

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Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark sludgy maroon chocolate brown. Or fudgey black unless there is strong back-lighting involved. The head is an impressively tall and thick mocha brown that dwindles semi-quickly to a lowly skimming.
Intense creamed coffee nose, with elements of acrid espresso, molten fudge confections, boozey port and Bourbon notes, and nuances of blackberries, liquorice, and charcoal.
The malt slides across the tongue. Silky at first with vanilla-tinged, caramel-chocolate candies. Coffee slinks close behind, rasping bitter beans and dark roasted suave abrasiveness. The middle finds burnt heavy cream and a coagulating dark fruit muddle, with cherries, multi-colored berries, and prunes, along with a pervasive smoked everything. This segues into a very like-minded booze-drenched closure full of whiskies of various national origins (but primarily maritime peat-rich Scotland and Kentucky, USA), and a more potent and defined port fortified grapiness. Spent coffee grounds are picked up again on the finish, and go on seemingly forever
This strikes a crucial balance amongst its bitter coffee, fruity sweet, and boozy traits. None can claim superiority or dominance, as each is given it's full turn, and each makes the most of it.
It's not the thickest of Imperial Stouts, but the nearly full body is given some lift and support by the low-level, steady carbonation. The potency of flavors (including, especially, booze) might point this towards slow, savoring, sips. But the body perks it up enough to make it nearly downable and dangerous.
This delivers the goods, and while not cheap at slightly more than $4 a bottle (11.5 oz), it's not the bankbreaker it once was when bombers pushed upwards of $15. In fact, it's close to a steal at this price, as it rivals the best in its class.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a big tan head. Lack of lacing was a little bit of a let down. As expected the smell is a big burst of coffee. Some chocolate and dark fruits manage to just barely creep in. Also some bourbon notes. Taste smacks you with coffee up front. Some burnt malt notes and some major bitterness kick in also. Big thick chewy mouth. This one smacks you across the face with the coffee smell and never lets go. Not for the faint of heart but those of you who are up for something different and in you face will want to try this one for sure.

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Photo of madking666
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serve severals times in bottle.

A: Pitch black serve in a tulip or pint. Large head that last for some time.

S: Smell like it's should be ... Café, café and more Café like we said in french.

T: Taste roasted cafee with little bit of cream and vanilla. The expresso taste is very welcome and never get bored of it.

M: Rich and just creamy enoug but no too much.

D: 3 is my maximum. After that the Coffeine
make too much effect on me !!

Well done by one of the best micro in Montréal.

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

11.5oz bottle purchased for $5.49 on 7-16-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours pitch black with a tan colored head that recedes at an average pace, leaving a thin cap on the beer till the glass is empty.

Wow. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. This might just be the strongest individual aroma I've come across in a beer. Smells like I'm walking down the coffee aisle at the market.

Same thing in the taste. This is carbonated coffee. Whatever else is in this beer is completely dominated by the coffee, including the 9.5% alcohol. Very good stuff.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and viscous, but still has a nice carbonation bite.

Overall, this is a great example of a coffee stout. Don't expect much of anything else though.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 11.5oz bottle.

The beer pours opaque black with a creamy massive tan head that holds and laces nicely. The smell is full of roasted espresso with sweet chocolate and dark fruity hints. The taste is up front with roasted espresso as well and massive chocolaty sweetness. It is amazing how well the coffee flavor comes through and integrates itself into the beer so nicely. Amazing flavor. THe beer had a full body with creamy carbonation. Effervescent without being overcarbonated. Very well done. Overall, an amazingly drinkabout 9% coffee stout. This one hides the abv quite well. I'd be tempted to have it for breakfast if it was around all the time.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

black with nice brown head and just a bit of lacing

deep aromas of dark roasted coffe a bit of bourbon and maybe hints of unsweetened coacoa

vanilla, LOTS of coffee flavor but they sit on the roasted malt and declare "I AM COFFEE" there is beautiful complexity to this beer, there is an awesome complexity to this beer. just a bit of dark chocolate. Peche is a dark and mysterious mistress, she will lure you in and then damn you to hell. Amazing

the mouthfeel is as smooth as silk, nicely carbonated, full bodied but doesn't even feel that way.

so drinkable, I wish I could wake up and drink this every morning. I would love to try pairing this up with some good breakfast items I'm thinking french toast, sausage, hashbrowns.

If I where going to go to hell for drinking this beer I don't think I would care, it's that good.

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

Coffee? You don't need coffee. It's IN this beer.

This beer is black as black can get. Pours with a nice thick tan head, that stuck around quite a while, and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells like coffee. And not Folgers Crystals. This smells like good roasted coffee beans. I smelled this for a good full minute before I even managed a sip.

Tastes like coffee, with stout in it, but not in a bad way. In the way that they belong together perfectly. This is the best coffee stout I've ever had, by a landslide.

After I was finished with this one, I didn't want to lose the flavor in my mouth. I waited a good half hour before finally moving on to something else. I put a few of these in the cellar, and can't wait to pour another one of these on a cold winter's day.

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Photo of westweasel
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer pours out a very dark brown that is almost opaque expect for the edges. There is a fairly substantial medium brown head that later falls to a thin beige layer of bubbles. Belgian lace is left all along the glass. The aroma is all about coffee and roasted grains.

The taste is smooth and creamy dark fruit and bitter chocolate up front with a strong roasted grain and coffee bitterness at the back of the swallow. Even though coffee stouts are not my favorite, this one does not blast you with so much coffee that you lose everything else. This beer has a nice mix of coffee and roasted flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable and pleasing coffee stout. I remember this going down easy last April on a cold Dark Lord morning at Three Floyds. Very nice.

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

I've wanted this beer for a long time, much to my surprise I just happened to run into it at a favorite store. It's great to see this in Ohio & it's even better to see it in my beer cellar.
This pours a deep pitch black with a finger of beige head when poured into a large snifter. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass like boil over foam on the sides of a brew kettle. Head dissipates down to swirls and contrails of bubbles. The aroma is of sweet malts and iced Sumatra coffee; it's like mixing sweet wort with your morning brew then throwing it in the fridge to enjoy once it's cooled. The taste is like the aroma, sweet coffee with bitter hints of espresso. I pick up very faint chocolate flavor, but for only a split second then it evaporates away like somebody threw a quad shot of espresso at an ethereal apparition. This is outstandingly well balanced between the caramelized sugar flavor & coffee, with the coffee riding out the taste buds for an outstanding aftertaste. Wow, it's hard to imagine that there's any alcohol in this brew, let alone 9.5%. This is one of the smoothest drinking stouts that I've had, and that's helped with a nice medium mouthfeel and light effervescent carbonation that sticks around till the end. This amazing stout has truly lived up to my anticipation, it's not just hype, it's damn near perfect in my opinion.

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Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

been after this one for a while, and from beginning to end, it was wonderful. jet black coming out of the bottle, and the way the head rose was just amazing. black beer with a coffee 'n' cream colored head and ruby slippers. lace was great. this is how i want my stouts to look. scents of coffee, milk duds, root beer barrel candy, a hint of booze and faint musty herbalness are what i get from the nose. nice complex mix in the taste with bitter, roasty, smoky coffee up front, myriad of stuff in the middle, and back to smoky, roasty bitter in the creamy warming finish. wonderful. a real treat. in my top five best stouts of all time, maybe top three. i need more....

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

couldn't pick out the date on the bottle. poured into snifter.

opaque black with decent tan head that slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing.

coffee aroma very strong. maybe a hint of earthy hop and charred malts. whiff of wood smoke and alcohol.

coffee much more subdued in the flavor, as it gives way to other complexities. dried currants, molasses. a good melding of roasted coffee with roasted malts. mildly bitter into a smooth, earthy, coffee/chocolate finish.

fluffy and smooth with gentle carb.

very nice.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating this one for a little while now. Traded one in person with CBA while up in Canada, and then ended up finding a bottle while in DC, so I've cracked that one for review while the other sits in the cellar.

A: Jet black... suitable for a 'coffee stout.' Head on here is HUGE and lasts into eternity. Medium sized bubbles are the only thing that keep it from being a silky cream. Very nice.

S: A nice, smooth, iced French Roast. A nod towards espresso aromas, and a fine, creamy chocolate scent.

T: A prime example of what a coffee stout should be, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know if I'd go QUITE so far as to say espresso, but certainly a fine dark roasted coffee. Little hints of the malts beneath it all sneak through, offering a touch of flavour diversity. Some hints of raisin sweetness and a light chocolate to top it off. Outstanding.

M + D: Rich, and just creamy enough for the style / flavours. The finish lingers on the palate forever, allowing each sip to be savoured for quite some time. An excellent beer, I prefer it over some others of a similar style such as Alesmith's Speedway Stout or Southern Tier's Jah-va. ABV makes it a sipper, but it's a challenge!

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.