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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel)Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel)

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 310
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-30-2009)
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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by FrostBlast:
Photo of FrostBlast
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

341mL bottle

2013 VINTAGE, 12 MONTHS IN BOURBON CASKS

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Looks thick coming out of the bottle. Pitch black body, dark mocha head that barely rises and then falls back into the brew within a couple of minutes. Definitely what you'd expect from a barrel-aged imperial stout.

SMELL : First nose is straight to the point - coffee, burnt malt, bourbon aromas. Bam. Second nose adds in some dark fruits, like over-ripe prunes or dates. Some molasses as well. Third nose is a melting pot of all these, plus a healthy dose of yeast aromas, and the wood comes out a lot more as well. Barely any smoke, I did expect some, but it's almost completely absent.

TASTE : Molasses, coffee, prunes, dates, bourbon wood, burnt wood, scalded malts, more coffee, hint of vanilla. Dense but stays fresh and not too heavy, Most pleasing. Add in some smoke and this would be very close to being as good as Hill Farmstead's bourbon aged Damon.

MOUTHFEEL : The carbonation surprised me, considering the near-absence of a head. Had to give it a few swirls to bring it down to something more to my liking in this style of beer (I like my fat stouts with barely any carbonation at all). Texture is thick but not cloying or overwhelming. It coats the mouth pleasingly but doesn't overstay its welcome. It knows when it's time to let go. I just wish this alcohol warmth stayed with me for longer than it does - for the whole night, if possible, or maybe better still, that I woke up to it the next morning - among the best cosy alcohol warmth I've had the pleasure of feeling in a beer. And this brew's length is pretty impressive, it lasts and lasts. I could've gone for something a bit more on the oily side, but definitely not by much - say, never as much as Hardknot's Vitesse Noire, but somewhere on the way there.

OVERALL : Among the very best barrel aged imperial stouts I've had. I stand much impressed with this brew and I'll age the others I got my paws on, see what they have to say in a few years' time. I'd fallen out of DDC's products lately, and I still do believe that most of their products, while being very, very good, are not *outstanding* in a world-class sense, they did hit the nail solidly on the head with this particular brew.

FrostBlast, Mar 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So smooth and very drinkable. Smells great, with lots of bourbon, bitter coffee, pepper, and oakiness. Not as full bodied as BCBS, but extremely drinkable, with just the right amount of mild sweetness. A very nice compliment to the regular Peche Mortel. I could drink this every day. And you could too. Delicious.

Beer-A-Lot, Jul 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

tectactoe, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Jared14, Aug 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

andrewdanks, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Pier-luc
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%

Pier-luc, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

bpfrush, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

chickenm, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of beenitty
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

beenitty, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

JonnyBeers, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, 2010 edition, aged 1 year in the wood. Belated big ups are in order to Mike ('hoser', on this site) from Artisan Ales, the rep for this venerable Quebecois brewery, out he-air in Alberta, who flipped me a single of this after a rather enjoyable and random run-in at a new-ish Edmonton hipster (I was only there for the beer, I swear!) resto-pub back in the summer of oh-twelve. Mad, silly props, my man.

This beer pours a dark, ill-boding colourless mire, with the slightest of forced basal mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, densely foamy dark tan head, which leaves some randomly spectral swaths of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of astringently woody oak barrels - soused 2x4s, for starters, a seemingly dry vanillan and dusty caramel candy sucker essence, muffled spiced whisky, subtle coffee grounds, and some singed, oily bar-top nuts. The taste is bittersweet medium chocolate, softly spicy bourbon barrel notes - wet wood, thin caramel, muted vanilla, and perky alcohol the most prominent - semi-sweet morning after coffee, sturdy, if a bit inherently confused toffee malt, and rather muted earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is pretty much drowned and lost in the sands of time, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth, in that heavy, hearty whisky sense of things. It finishes on the sweet side, predictably, as the booze, wood, malt, and fruit esters all conspire to keep the aspirant dry coffee and bitter hops in check.

A bit of a changeling of an affair - first it's a whisky, then it's a strong beer, and then it's a... well, you get the point. Overall, it blends ably enough, and yet maintains a stellar heft, insomuch as to conflate the average ingenue as to its actual origins - an effect sought after by any and all brewers, I would surmise. A pleasure to experience, and while maybe not appropriate for all comers, I am now more than enthused to have seen what the top rated Canadian-made stout can do when upwardly challenged.

biboergosum, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

alamode, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely smooth, bringing out coffee and bourbon. Black and lacey, coffee without sugar bitterness all the way through. Coconut, chocolate and vanilla. A sipper. Not noticeably boozy. Understated carbonated. Tastes as if aged a couple of years or more.

Sammy, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Lucho, May 25, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Small khaki head. Not quite inky black.

Smell - Bourbon. Lots of coffee. Fudgy chocolate. Very nice.

Taste - Sharp bourbon. Coffee is sharp too. Works well together. Fudgy and chocolatey. Light coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little boozy. Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Awesome stuff. Hard to decide if it's better than the base.

Alieniloquium, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mobius387, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Jayhoop, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

dsgolovin, Mar 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

eat, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

elricorico, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

seblp, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

apasternak, Mar 26, 2014
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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.