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Péché Mortel - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 1,754
Hads: 4,706
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 637
Gots: 823 | FT: 75
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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 akdo
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on tap at The Only Cafe in Toronto, ON in a small Cervoise glass of 330 ml.

Look: The beer's body is pitch black and has a two-finger mocha head. The latter recedes to a half-a-finger layer. In comparison to other stouts, this beer's head retention, despite being resilient, is a notch below in that you will see some lilliputian holes on the head after five minutes. Moreover, the beer leaves creamy marks on the glass as you drink it.

Smell: The pungent nose is reminiscent of roasted arabica and robusta beans, which are combined and used to make an espresso. Moreover, the sweetness in the background has notes of vanilla.

Taste: The front-end as well as the middle have notes of coffee mixed with brief notes of chocolate and a slightly warmed vanilla because of the high percentage of alcohol, which is brilliantly playing peekaboo. Afterwards, the beer's hops manifest themselves. The vanilla takes a back seat and we are under the impression that a dark roast fair trade coffee has been poured into our mouth.

Feel: Because of the long presence of slightly warmed vanilla notes, I loved how the alcohol played peekaboo. It can be felt in that it warms our tongue and solar plexus a little bit. Although the beer is creamy on the mouth, it goes down faster than other stouts. As others rightly pointed it out, the beer is a little bit thin.

Overall: Compared to other stouts I have tried, this beer excels the most in the department of taste and aromas. It is delicious and is one of the best Quebecker beers I have drunk. However, I was expecting a beer that has a mouthfeel situated many notches above that of a brown ale. Other than that, I would have this beer again.

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Photo of Prager62
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this 11.5 ounce bottle up in Boulder Colorado on a recent visit. I'm not sure of the bottle date, but the notch code on the side of the label is 8|9 and 0. Whatever the hell that means?

Look- Pours a rather thin looking but dark black leaving a wonderful mocha head.

Smell- Espresso forward with wonderful dark roast and a hint of vanilla.

Taste- Dark roast coffee forward with a hint of smokiness. There is a touch of bakers chocolate sweetness and vanilla in the finish.

Feel- A bit thin for such a decadent beer. There is a tingly and carbonated feel that I usually don't get from this style of beer.

Overall- A very delicious coffee forward beer that is definitely one of the best. My only 'real' complaint is the thin feel, otherwise a great beer.

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

Similar to Victory at Sea and FBS. Dark roasted flavor, bitter. My kind of coffee beer. Strong and black. Wish it was distributed in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kept seeing others drinking this so I made an effort to find this.
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours black black black with a small tan head.
S - Aroma is all coffee.
T - Flavor is coffee with just a little sweetness.
M - Low carbonation. Medium mouth feel.
O - Outstanding coffee stout. Glad I bought several bottles. This is one of those great beers that is relatively easy to find.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, thick, and with a foamy, dense, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, bitter and dark, with hints of smoke and char, and highlights of cocoa nibs. Very bitter and roasted throughout. Flavors are bitter roasted coffee forward, followed immediately by rich chocolate. The chocolate notes are a nice balance of bitter/dark and sweet. Subtle highlights of smoke and char. Very balanced through and through. The body is full and smooth, but with a solid dryness in the backbone. The aftertaste is a full blend of coffee, chocolate, and smoke, lingering on past the smooth, slow, layered finish. Great beer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mschrei
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stout glass. Super dark, light foam. Strong coffee notes on the nose and taste, get more alcohol on the nose than on the taste. Very smooth drinking with slight bitterness on aftertaste, sweet mouth filling feel. Reminiscent of Founders Breakfast, but seems to fall slightly short.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.5oz bottle, 8 and 2 notched on side. Pours jet black with a medium sized brown head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells of amazingly strong roasted coffee, roasted malt, and cocoa. Taste follows exactly with a sharp coffee presence and roasted malt. Lots of bitterness. Medium carbonation and below average body. Overall, it's an abrasive and full-on coffee IS.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost black beer with a cascading tan head. Huge coffee notes on the nose with dark chocolate. Iced coffee taste with powdered sugar, dry bitter chocolate.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting to try this one for a LONG time. And so far...well, I just have one thing to ask: who melted a dark chocolate bar into my beer? This is ridiculously fudgy-smelling - and that's before I mention the black coffee notes I'm picking up. It's not a coffee bomb, it's just pure mocha goodness. This is very redolent of Founders Breakfast Stout on the aroma, and that's high praise. Tasting it, though, it's quite a bit different. The essences of coffee and chocolate open it up very well, yet it ends very roasty, charred, and smoky. The coffee here, again, is subtle (what I do pick up is gently nutty yet acidic), and it's all aided by a vaguely hoppy touch. I love how it doesn't have the slimy palate of some imperial stouts - it's soft yet dry, exactly how I like it. A touch of alcohol helps nuance the flavor nicely. I'm definitely not let down by this one, as it's rich yet easy to drink. Shame it's $6 a bottle, though it's a bargain compared to OTHER coffee stouts BEERGEEKBRUNCHWEASEL.

4.18/5: It's a sin that I only have another bottle of this

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally a bottle of this long wanted beer makes it my way. For $7 a bottle it was probably worth it too. Everything about this beer is darn near perfect. The flavors and aromas are right up there with the best coffee infused stouts I've had.

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Photo of Chris912
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A_ Pours quick and black with brown head, a finger. Subtle sinking lacing

S/ coffee and espresso mixed with bitterness.

T\ roasted malt, coffee, slight hop presence, The coffee is balanced.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too sticky but thick enough to know it exists. Low carbonation.

O; I’d drink this again. At $6 a pop, might not be drinking too many of them, however.

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

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours very dark and opaque. one finger head of dark tan foam, lots of foamy cling. Smell brings big coffee, really great aroma, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste continues the coffee, just a terrific flavor to it, bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, little molasses. Bitterness front to back, but not distracting at all. Truly great flavor, here. Smooth, creamy, taste lingers on the tongue.

Think this just became my favorite coffee stout, and there's a whole lot of really good ones. Taste is well blended, the coffee is awesome, this is one everybody needs to try.

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

Bottle poured into chalice

Black liquid, dense billowy brown and taupe foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate

Taste of smooth roasted coffee, espresso bean roast

Smooth but you feel the alcohol, full presence on the tongue, lingering coffee flavor with a slight roast bitterness

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with dark khaki foam; thick lacing with thin cap as liquid reduces and good carbonation. Strong roasted coffee bean aroma; a little chocolate malt as it warms. Toasted malt and strong espresso flavors, bittersweet dark chocolate, a little vanilla on the exhale; dark fruit (cherry) middle; still, a coffee finish. Medium light mouthfeel with a little stickiness as it opens up. Overall, coffee from beginning to end; simply excellent.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Pours jet black with a dark khaki head that recedes. Smell is chocolate and coffee, pretty good, but does no justice to what is about to come. First sip hits you with toasty semi sweet chocolate, followed by a wave of espresso that hits you in the face. Just an amazingly powerful expresso finish, really. Top ten beers I've ever had.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured a pitch black color with an initial 2 inch creme colored head that settled into and creamy half inch head with nice lacing on the glass. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Tastes of the coffee, Dark chocolate and toffee. The coffee is more like a rich espresso, very strong espresso taste. This is an exceptional brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of Alequine
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Intensely black and dense beer with a light tan which is attractive to look at. Very pronounced roasted malt and coffee aromas. Intensifying coffee bitterness offset by the chocolate notes in the coffee. Finish is strong coffee with burnt notes and mildly bitter dark chocolate. Soft, smooth but not creamy. This is a top five coffee stout.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pitch black with thick tan head, slowly dissipates and coats the glass with lace. Aroma is coffee, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate. The flavor is strong coffee with burnt notes and bitter dark chocolate. The finish has a mild bitterness and booziness. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth but not creamy. Overall a very good coffee stout, strong, not sweet.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of caramel. Taste is heavy on chocolate up front, but finishes with a rich espresso-like flavor and coffee acidity bitterness. Really drinkable for 9.5%.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours black with a 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly
It has a big coffee aroma that dominates the nose
Tastes like 4 day of strong coffee, with very bittering coffee aftertaste.
A thin fell, but coats well
Big coffee, just not a good coffee.

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Photo of lic217
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark black, little head, almost no lacing
Smell: almost entirely coffee, a little chocolate
Taste: Little chocolate, little alcohol, lots of coffee, and bitter on the back end
Feel: too thin
Overall: a well made stout with a lot of coffee flavor. It would make a great compliment to many desserts

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Photo of Bogart2930
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not good but great coffee stout. This thing sits on shelves around here and I dont understand why. Seriously if you like the coffee bourbon county, then this will have you wanting to do a blind taste to see which one you truly prefer.

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Photo of ccg
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost jet black. Small amount of head, but it sticks around. Smell is just about perfect for a (non-barrel-aged) coffee stout. Coffee smell is strong but also sweet and roasty. Taste also has strong coffee flavors, but a mildly sweet chocolate flavor also emerges and balances the potential bitterness of the coffee. Unlike many other coffee stouts I've had, it does not leave a bitter aftertaste. Very well done. Mouthfeel is satisfying; I only wish it were a little more viscous and chewy. Overall: it lives up to the hype. This is close to perfection for a coffee stout that has not seen the inside of a bourbon barrel.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,754 ratings.