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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.

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

I picked up a bottle of Dieu Du Ciel's Peche Mortel a couple weeks ago for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and I'm glad it's now availble here, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown `12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a half a fingers worth of dark tan brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the coffee being the first to show up and it imparts a nice black coffee like aroma. Up next comes a little bit of fruity yeast coming through impart some dark fruit like aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart a chocolate, slightly charred and roasted malt aroma. This beer has a good aroma, it's main;y what I would expect from a Coffee Stout, but the yeast holds back a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the voffee still being the first to show up and it imparts the same black coffee aspect. Up next comes that fruity yeast which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma which I like. Up next comes the malts which imparts the chocolate and charred aspects that that they did in the aroma and there's a little bit of boozy flavor coming through. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with nice coffee, chocolate and charred malt like aftertaste. This is a good tasting Coffee Stout, I like how the yeast is a little more toned down.

M- Fairly smooth, on the lighter side of being full bodied, slightl cirsp a little creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in a good Coffee stout, but in the end it was just a little rough around the edges and to me that's what held it back from being a world class coffee stout. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass is the right amount for me, no need for anymore than that. What I like the most about this beer is the how true to style it is, it's just what I look for in a coffee stout. What I like the least about this beer is the higher bitterness and fruity yeast, I wish they were both toned down a little. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I for sure wouldn't turn it down and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Coffee Stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer, but given the hype around this beer, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I might, but it's still a good beer. It made for a good first impression for this brewery and I'm interested to see what else they got and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys this is a good Coffee Stout.

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

Thick tan head that left nice lacing on top of deep rich ebony color. Tones of roasted espresso attacks the nose. Rich and a but not overpoweringly boozy. Lots of coffee and chocolate, but also some raisin and fig (port wine like notes). Really complex and rich.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review on november 16th, bottled in january.

L - Black, only black, almost no head

S - coffee but mostly dark chocolate but as it warms up: raisin and nuts

T - So much more than coffee, it is obviously an espresso stout but it's much more complex. At first dark chocolate and coffee, but with some time, the hops come along, and you can taste resin, nuts, raisin. The bitterness is really high

F - small carbonation that goes along perfectly with the taste

O - an incredible brew! With a taste that goes deeper and deeper as it warms up

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Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz snifter. Bottled in 3-15 notched on the side of the label.

Pours an onyx color (about 38-40 SRM) with a khaki colored head that hangs tough for a few minutes until dissipating. A magnificent lacing is present along the curves of the snifter as I sip. Great head retention present.

Smells of roasted barley, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, spent coffee grounds, and a subtle black licorice or fennel. Epic nose on this brew! Truly amazing!

Tastes of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roast malts, and cocoa nibs. Very complex flavor and a awesome finish. I can taste this beer minutes after by licking my lips. The severe malt profile is balanced very well with hops during the boil. My estimate is that this beer clocks in at around 50-75 IBU due to the pleasant bitterness that follows.

Feels smooth on the palate with a slight prickle from the low carbonation but balances out well. Initially this brew seems sweet, until you swallow and then you've got a case of "I just smoked 10 cigars" dry mouth from the bitterness. Definitely a party in your mouth.

Overall an awesome coffee stout that is not only well balanced, but leaves a flavorful finish after each sip that's powerful enough so that when you lick your lips 5-8 minutes after sipping while you type this review, you still pick up all the flavors. Get your hands on twelve of these and drink one a year for the next 12 years. I dare you...



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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sublimely smooth. Completely underrated, under the radar being from Montreal, Canada. I was able to get the last bottle at Crane Alley in Champaign, IL which has an incredible beer menu for being in the middle of the state. One of my top 5 stouts.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

341 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased a 4 pack from the LCBO for $13.25 CDN. Seeing as this is considered one of the best stouts in the world, finding it at the LCBO is a huge steal.

Appearance - pours an ominous black coloured beer, eradicating light along the way. Tiny head is poured that is tan coloured. Head retention is minimal and no lacing left behind.

Smell - fresh coffee dominates but there's a subtle sweet creamy aroma of some combination of caramel, cream and maybe cinnamon. Smells like a dessert on its own. Maybe a whisper of whiskey for good measure. Superb.

Taste - starts with fresh black coffee then turns vaguely sweet acknowledging the creamy, caramel aromas on the nose. Perhaps some vanilla and cinnamon too. Then reverts back to a black coffee flavor, very bitter with a trace of charcoal. Some alcoholic warmth on the close. Complex and delicious. Dark chocolate starts showing up big time as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth with modest carbonation and a robust but light mouthfeel. Alcoholic warmth kisses the tongue and slides down the hatch so easy. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall - a phenomenal imperial stout that doesn't disappoint. Closest approximation to another beer is Founders breakfast stout in terms of coffee intensity, with some delicious and subtle other flavours kicking around to give it a second and third layer of depth that most stouts can't match. Near perfection.

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4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick stout with extremely strong coffee flavor, almost overpowering. Awesome smelling stout that has a very chocolatey aftertaste. Nice lacing on glass. Solid overall but the coffee was intense as stated on bottle. Worth trying but not sure it lives up to the super high ratings. Would like to try a BBA version.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$5.49 single 11.5oz bottle poured into an oversized Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Decided to dive in and see what all the fuss is about with this beer ... seems to be universally loved, so why not. I'm curious though -- why the hell did this beer have a twist top? Bizarre.

Appearance: Hard pour gave a slow forming, creamy brown head that settled in at about half a finger, surprisingly. This is a pitch black beer with no floaters or sediment. Not a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Well damn. Seriously deep, dark roasted coffee and malt: nearly burned. Really like fresh roasted dark roast coffee. There might be the absolute faintest bit of alcohol, but it's very slight. There's a bit of a chocolate vibe in there as well, which seems inevitable in most stouts this big. I don't get any dark fruit or anything like that out of Peche Mortel though.

Taste/feel: If you don't love the darkest of black coffees, don't bother with this beer -- it's intense, intense coffee throughout with a rich bitterness. The roasted malt gives it a little "extra something" so it doesn't taste just like a 10%, $5.49 cup of alcoholic coffee. As it warms up, the flavors becomes more discernible, and the beer tastes different from the start of the sip, to the end, to the finish. No doubt about it it's a whole lot of coffee, but with the malt... I don't know what it is. Something's magical about this beer. I really can't fathom its awesomeness if it were bourbon barrel aged. The feel is moderate in body, with a surprisingly light, but actively prickly carbonation, which accentuates the coffee very nicely.

To be honest, this reminds me quite a bit of Founders Breakfast Stout, with less of a chocolate presence, less sweetness, and a less full mouthfeel ... but a couple bucks more expensive per bottle. Comparing it to that beer, since I see a lot of similarities, this beer falls short, but it is still damn awesome and nearly as good for different reasons. Worth a try for sure, despite the premium pricetag.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Especially excited I finally get to try this and am glad I have another bottle, extreme gracious thank you to Shelly!
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Thin stringy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell has a super nice blend of dark roasted cocoa beans to a nice sweet milk chocolatey goodness. Light coffee beans enter in a subtle bitter yet roasty balanced way.
The taste started off sweet and warmed into a nice blend with the roasty and the bitter components. Cocoa lends a hand to the aftertaste nicely and leads into a dry sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sharpens with the roast and the bitter to eloquently deliver a quick punch on my tongue, still showing a medium body with a fantastic sipping quality. Carbonation feels subtle.
Overall, wow, what a fantastic Double/Imperial stout, now this one really delivers in all aspects. I'm really gonna savor that other bottle and hopefully open it up for a special occasion.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.5 oz. bottle aged for at least 1 year

Pours dark with a small brown head. Smells of rich roasted coffee. Tastes very rich, with strong coffee flavors melded with a little dark chocolate and roasted malt. This one felt light-medium with low carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy for 9.5%. Overall a good, rich, and not too bitter coffee stout!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 7/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Large amount of herbal/pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly silky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into tulip. Minimal head/lacing, huge roasted coffee notes, minimal burn for the ABV but a hint of bitterness from the coffee...one of the best (relatively) widely available non-BA coffee stouts.

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

Dark body, no real head or lacing. Nose big with roasted malts. Chocolate taste, coffee feel and bitter hints, some hints of burnt sugar and molasses, with a lovely, full body that hides the serious ABV with the exception of a mild warmth in the close. Rock solid stout, with a refined profile and great taste.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this one has been on my must list for awhile. great smell and the color was perfect. very smooth. not overly boozy and no aftertaste. best canadian beer i've had

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Photo of DrSpaceman
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into tulip. Pitch black crowned with little to no head. Smells strongly of dark roasted grain and black coffee. Taste is a bitter chocolate punch of dark malt and strong coffee. Very nicely balanced, not a hint of sweetness! Body is thick and chewy, a fantastic bottle.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow this is my first. I hope it's gentle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black, with mahogany edging and a cappuccino head that quickly recedes into a filmy cap. Extensive lacing is left behind on the glass.

S - Hazelnut coffee in abundance. Wow, absolutely redolent of coffee beans and caramel macchiato and creme brulee. This is the best-smelling coffee beer I've encountered.

T - Not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests, this actually brings the bitter coffee, which nicely compliments the roasted malts and earthy hops. The hazelnuts and some bittersweet morsels and torched brulee add some depth, and the finish is lingering, but not at all cloying.

M - Lively carbonation props up the medium body, and keeps the sips coming.

There's a large disconnect between the nose and the palate here, but it works and this one is worth the hype.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous black with a dark brown finger of creamy foam.

Heavily roasted malt, fresh ground coffee, and a subtle burnt/toasted aroma.

Huge coffee flavor blasts through with roasty bitterness on the backend.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, bitter, thick, not as "chewy" as I was hoping.

Overall, this is a truly outstanding beer and a must for any coffee fan. I just wish this had a chewier mouthfeel.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: intensely dark brown, bordering on black but not as deathly oily as some imperial stouts. Still, very obsidian color.

Aroma: layer upon layer of the typical stout scents.....espresso roast, chocolate, amongst other rich, decadent layers. Really appetizing and dessert-y smelling.

Taste: terrific notes of coffee, which is easily the dominant flavor here. Not much sweetness, but the beer isn't "hot" like some higher percentage brews. The focus is coffee, and the beer delivers in that regard...tons of roastiness and complexity, with a nice bitter finish. Not nearly as sweet as the predominant flavors in imp. stouts that are popular today, but delicious and extremely well-balanced.

Feel: thick and smooth, but not sticky. Really grew into a delicious, decadent experience as it warmed. Heavy body with only mild carbonation.

Overall: an incredible stout, one of the best non-BA stouts available. Wish it was more readily available in New England.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-Looks like black roasted coffee with mocha lacing
-Roasted coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate, slight alcohol
-Again...roasted coffee with slight bitter chocolate notes, espresso, not picking up any sweetness
-Full mouthfeel and creamy.
-Great brew for a breakfast or a cold winter's night. Definitely let this warn up to experience the bold qualities it has to offer.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L: Nice, mocha, lacy head. Doesn't hang long in any meaningful way, but lingers around the edge.

S: My girlfriend and I both detected chiles, like it was a Mexican stout, at first. But that's not an adjunct used, it seems. Definitely some kind of spice. Coffee is there too, obviously.

T: Roasty, roasty, roasty. Bitter coffee finish. Tastes less like brewed coffee, more like coffee beans before the brew with all that bitterness intact. All the bitterness of the beer tastes like it's from the coffee rather than the hops.

F: That bouncy, liquid metal feel that I look for in an American style stout.

O: Very good. Not hugely memorable, but very good.

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

I got four bottles of this "Mortal Sin" at the release date 2015-07-03 at Systembolaget, Sweden.
Dieu du Ciel says at the bottle: ABV: 9.5% Extra strong stout brewed with coffee - Just what I like!

The beer pours pitch black with a two finger high, mocca head.

Nose: Beatiful! Coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, sweet caramel and fudge.
Taste: Arabica coffe beans, espresso, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate cake and dark syrup.
Body: Full body with a complex structure. Light carbonation. Dry ending.


If you like imperial stout and coffee this is fo you! It's definitely for me!

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Photo of ELS
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the most enjoyable imperial stout's I've ever had. It starts out pretty typical with some nice chocolate and coffee notes on the nose. I started drinking this beer too cold at 45 degrees and wasn't getting much flavor. As the beer warmed though it was like an awakening of the dead. All sorts of coffee, chocolate and hop flavors were coming out with such a smooth mouthfeel that before I knew it, it was gone.

So glad I was able to pick up this beer while travelling. It was my first beer from DDC and it was very impressive!

Update - Had it again and it didn't live up to my first review. Brought some of the numbers down a bit.

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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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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
97 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.