Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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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 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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Photo of fdrich29
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Dieu du Ciel Tuesday, August 5th, 2008. At 9.5% alcohol it's served in a tulip glass.

I arrived in Montreal at 11:30pm Tuesday night and after checking in to my hotel headed right over to DDC, hoping with all hope that this was on tap. Sure enough, beer number 15 out of 15 was Peche Mortel. This was the first time in many trips to DDC that they had the Peche running, and I wasn't about to squander my chance to thoroughly enjoy this beer.

Poured pitch black with the thickest, heaviest head I've ever had the privelidge of seeing atop a beer. The head stayed perfectly intact for what seemed an eternity, even as I swirled the beer around and took a few sips. Rich coffee aroma with some deep malt and tastes much the same. Mouthfeel was very smooth with some alcohol at the end. Very easy to drink, which was pretty dangerous due the high alcohol content and me coming off a five hour drive. A few hours of drinking these at the bar hit me pretty hard come last call, but it was all well worth it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with a dark tan head. In the aroma, big roasty malt and big coffee. In the taste, just like the smell, big roasty malt and coffee, yet coffee being quite smooth. A light bitterness and bg mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty coffee aftertaste. Nice big beer, big flavor and a nice smoothness.

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

A - Pours black and opaque. No light is able to get through on the sides. The tan head rose to just over half inch in height and stuck around for a bit. The resulting lace was nice. Looks like a good stout but could use a little more retention.

S - First to hit the nose is a a mix of espresso, smoke, and bittersweet chocolate. Once those start to fade, some roasted aromas make an appearance. The chocolate and coffee seamlessly blend to more of a latte aroma toward the end. Not very complex but quite pleasant.

T - Starts out big with coffee and a smooth smokiness. Roasted flavors are also big and contribute alot to this beer. Bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit show up midway. Picked up some dried cherries. Warming alcohol finishes up the flavor.

M - Pushing full bodied with good carbonation. Finish is thick, dry, and sticks around for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. It goes down easy enough for a beer this "big". Limit for me would be one bottle at a time given the abv. The alcohol could stand to be hidden a little more - which would shoot drinkability through the roof. Still, This is a very tasty brew that I will have again and again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of everetends
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle I purchased at Marché Vaillancourt
today. Poured into a chalice (all I got).

A: Poured a thick, beautiful, black pour of goodness. This looks amazing. Got a burnt caramel colored head that has amazing retention and the damned stickiest lacing I have ever seen. This is all I ever wanted and more.

S: Smells of deeply, carefully roasted malt, great rich coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of hops and molasses. Good Christ.

T: Almost exactly like the nose. The big player here is the coffee. Stout coffee flavor well rounded with hops, semi sweet chocolate, honey, molasses, malt. This is truly great.

M: This is the definiton of a full bodied brew, made with love. Thick as oil, with a great after taste of coffee and chocolate. Can't taste an ounce of alcohol. The balance is damned perfect.

D: I could drink many of these right now, but I feel that may be a mistake. This beer is damned near perfect. If this beer was a woman, I would ask her out. She would absolutely turn me down, but I would buy her a car for her time. Ridiculous.

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

Bottle from ryscott in a trade - thanks! Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A gorgeous, deep black brew - perhaps some hints of brown - with a fairly fast-fading, deep, coffee-colored head. Very inviting (especially since I didn't have my coffee this morning!).

Aroma: Pungent. Grassy in places - either from the hops or the lightly roasted coffee beans - and chocolatey in others - not sweet, milky chocolate but also not bitter chocolate, just a really nice in-between chocolate flavor. Everything reeks of coffee, however, in a good way. Light alcohol notes.

Taste: Heeere's coffee! A full range of notes, really: light, grassy, acidic, and citric half-roast; slightly darker, fuller, Viennese roast; and smoky, highly roasted (even burnt) Italian overtones. Some sweet chocolate bitterness, but it's also milky and creamy in places. No alcohol, no bitter astringencies - like a delicious coffee java milkshake in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied and fluffy, even and creamy. Medium-sized bubbles. Near perfect.

Drinkability: Turns out I didn't need my coffee this morning! The best coffee-infused beer I've ever had. Absolutely delicious, and it really covers the full range of potential coffee notes you can get from a beer, from dark to light, sweet to bitter, refreshing to warming. A really excellently crafted beer.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Was expecting much more. Poured very thin and syrupy. Not much head to speak of at all, maybe half a finger at most. Beer is a midnight black with a tan miniature topping. Small circles of lacing cling to the glass when you tilt.

Smell - This beer does not hold back in the aroma catagory. Huge boot to the head with an espresso shoe. Chocolate flavors are noticeable as well, but it's a very bitter chocolate.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A surprising amount of layers to this one if you can somehow make it past the robust and palate crushing espresso taste. Very tight amount of carbonation gives a nice bite before the sweet smoothness wins out. The longer it warms it balances out to intertwine with the sweet chocolate very well. Don't get me wrong the bitter espresso never leaves, but it does have a nice sweet side to it. Awesome as hell how the burnt taste numbs the tongue after awhile.

Drinkability - There is no doubt that this beer achieves it goal as the mother of all coffee stouts. Yeah it can be overwhelming at times, but thats exactly what this beer is about. Could I have one every night? No, but when the mood strikes for a coffee infused beer there are no substitutes.

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

A-Pours a dark black color with a thin tan halo around the glass as it settles. Nice lacing that clings to the glass.

S-The aroma of coffee is the very intense A little dark fruit and alcohol as well..

T-Bitter coffee is what this beer is made for. Very strong coffee taste but very tolerable. A nice bitterness as well. Some dark fruits, a little cherry maybe? A little dark botter chocolate as well. A slight alcohol bite at the end.

M-Very smooth and creamy. Not very carbonated, but just enough. A little alcohol burn but not to harsh. Quite smooth.

D-An excellent beer that lived up to the hype. It's very complex and a great beer that you can't get enough of.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black, 1/4" caramel colored head that dissipates. No lacing.

S-Great aroma. Stouty alcohol with a light hint of coffee.

T-Can definitely taste the coffee. Bitter.

M-Smooth and clean. Nice stickiness at the end as it goes down your throat.

D-Would drink this one all night all. Great at all temps, cold to almost room temp.

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

Not sure when it was brewed; just says "Peche Mortel was born in a Montreal brewpub in 2001."

Pours pretty much black as can be, no hints or hues, a huge fluffy three inch head, slightly bubbly, lacing in bubbles and blobs. The first hit in aroma is fresh roasted coffee beans, and very good ones too. Add in some milk chocolate, some more roasted malt, a shade of caramel, and you've got aromatic wonder.

The mouth is nicely carbonated, yet smooth and silky, works just right with the roasted malt and coffee interplay. And its just slightly warm, just a hint. The bitterness of the roasted malt and coffee jumps out at first, then settles in with the milky chocolates rolling past the palate, and some faint, sweet caramels coating, and the bittering never quite ceasing, but leaving its impression.

My impression is that its just a tad too bitter for its own good. I like it a ton, but it just isn't quite right for me. But, for all the effort it took to finally haul in this one, it was worth it. A fine, fine beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of bottles in Maine when I was there, JUST before they became available in Georgia. Oh well. Poured black with a healthy dark tan head that settled to a cap. Some lacing as well. Nice aroma of ground coffee in the nose, as well as a touch of dark fruit. Taste is similar- lots of ground coffee, some dark fruit, and a tiny bit of molasses sweetness. Overall, though, this is more bitter than sweet, and much more like black coffee than some with cream. That is unfortunate, because I really like the coffee stouts with a touch of creaminess to round out the coffee bitterness and acidity, and because the quality of the coffee used in coffee stouts, while often good is not always absolutely top notch. I'll drink my coffee black if it is something like Batdorf and Bronson Sumatra Tarwar, but if it is something less robust and more acidic, I like a little cream. Perhaps it is that the freshness of the aromatics in coffee are even more fleeting than those in hops, and that almost no one gets it just right and captures the balance and complexity of a really great cup of coffee in a stout. Those that do tend to have a creamy finish and more noticeable malt than this one has, or to have a winey complexity that goes beyond just "dark fruit". This is good, but for me it is not the alpha and omega of coffee stouts. Mouthfeel is substantial, but overall this brew is a bit too one dimensional- though it does have power. It also nicely disguises the alcohol.

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

Black with brown edges and a creamy, foamy light brown head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt and burnt sugar. Really good flavors of the same too. I turned my back on my beer for two minutes (to go get some French Vanilla ice cream for this beer) and the only roach that lives in my apartment had already started climbing the glass. He only comes out when I leave the good stuff unattended. Full bodied with a roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This cockroach is fearlessly hanging around on the table waiting for me to turn my back again, but I don't think so - not this time.

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Photo of mhewes
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a pitch black with a good tan head that leaves some good lacing behind

S : An overwhelming fresh ground coffee aroma which drowns out any other aromas.

T : Huge coffee flavor, so much so that it really drowns out everything else.

M : Creamy, smooth, bitterness on the finish

D : Not a bad stout but I would have preferred the coffee to have been toned down some.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a fluffy tan head. Coffee, coffee and more coffee on the nose. Some burnt sugar smell as well. Taste is the same. Magnificent flavor. I love coffee anything, and I have said it before, but this one is my new fave for extreme coffee flavor. It may have to do with the extremely full and creamy mouthfeel to go with it. Amazing beer.

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

Dark black with a good head that lingers forever.

A nice roasted burnt aroma, some coffee, aroma is not strong though.

Nice roasted flavors and burnt flavors in this. Coffee, dark chocolate and roastedness abound. A bit of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel smooth and silky.

The tastes and mouthfeel come together for a really pleasurable experience here. However I wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be considering how highly this beer is rated. On par with some other excellent stouts I've had, actually reminded me of Bell's Java Stout, which I also enjoyed immensely.

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

Pitch black with a big milk chocolate colored head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee & a distinct cocao aroma. Nice.

Rich chocolate flavor & a huge coffee presence. Nice bitterness balanced by the roasted/toasted flavors. Delicious.

A bit more carbonated than I expected. Doesn't effect the feel for me. Still quite smooth with a lingering bitterness.

A fine example of a coffee stout. From Montreal huh? Look forward to trying more from this brewery. Seek this on eout. Stands up to all from the style IMO.

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Photo of klewis
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to johnd513 for this one!

A: Pours midnight black with a big foamy head. Great sustain and lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and espresso aromas swirl together to create one hell of an awesome smell. Outstanding.

T: Just like the smell. Chocolate flavors up front followed by a smooth transition to a coffee-like finish. Impeccably balanced with a crisp hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: They don't get much better than this. A must have if you are a stout lover.

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

Thanks to Yankee Spirits for getting this one in

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-- Pours BLACK with a fluffy mocha colored head
S-- COFFEE- COFFEE - COFFEE (bury your face in the grids) slight smokiness
T-- Follows the nose roasted coffee like a strong espresso slight sweetness of fruits and hints of cocoa
M-- The coffee bitterness lingers and the 9.5% warms
D-- for the coffee enthusiast you have a beer that nails it. For a curious individual like myself, I have tried the "mortal sin" and have a new appreciation for it

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Photo of YankChef
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a val-dieu goblet. Thanks Mike @ Brawley's!!!

Appearance: Foamy thick tan head that looks like froth almost, concentration of bubbles in the center, slowly bubbling almost looks like its alive. pitch black, medium looking viscosity and somewhat thin lacing.

Smell: The smell of coffee is overwhelming, the first noticable thing like raw grinds fresh out of the grinder. THere is also some tobacco in here, a little smoke. im not getting any fruit at all.

Taste: Extremely rich and dark, big time coffee obviously this tastes like a dark coffee beer shake. Well balanced with coffee throughout the whole experience then some leathery flavors on the finish.

Overall: This is a hell of a coffee beer, it reeks of coffee and coffee flavor just runs throughout it. As one of the best in the world.... well it is if you like coffee, I do so I found it very enjoyable.

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

A - Black, black, black. Large light mocha head. Clingy resilient small beaded lacing.

S - Espresso and Dark bitter chocolate.

T - Wow. Same as smell, but add chocolate milk to the mix.

M - Full bodied, great coating and good carbonation.

D - Beautiful beer.

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

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/28/08

Pours thick and pitch black, producing nearly two fingers of soft chocolate brown head. The head receded slowly leaving behind some nice lacing around the glass. Intense aromas of chocolate (both milk and dark) and roasted coffee/espresso. Incredible.

The taste follows the aroma quite nicely. Up front are flavors of sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee. The back end is bitter dark chocolate, more roasted coffee, and a faint bitter hop presence. The coffee flavor really is quite amazing, as is the chocolate that joins in.

The feel is also very nice. The carbonation is a tad high, and it's slightly thin. But it's still very smooth and creamy with a fairly full body. As it warmed, it got smoother and didn't seem as thin. Drinkability is also great. The high ABV (9.5%) is very well hidden, and the bitterness doesn't overwhelm.

Excellent coffee stout. The only downsides are the feel (when cold) and the high price (~$5). If you like coffee or stouts at all, definitely try this - it's amazing.

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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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