Péché Mortel - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 400
Gots: 57 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-30-2009

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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a snifter.

Nearly black in appearance, there is a vague cranberry tint that is more noticeable at the edges. A small foamy tan cap rests on top off the beer until it slowly fades away.

The aroma has a big espresso nose with subdued bourbon notes. There are some dark roasted malts and chewy fudge notes as well.

Each sip starts with fully roasted malt and some dark chocolate. It is less creamy and sweet than the regular version. The bourbon comes through along with a bit of oak and vanilla. Toward the end, a hint of coffee turns into bitter coffee grounds, which I could really do without, but this finishes the sip.

The body is a little bit lighter than what I would ideally want from a 9.5% bourbon barrel stout. There is a noticeable dry nature to this beer from the barrel, especially compared to the base beer. The coffee imparts a somewhat acrid mouthfeel as well, and it is grainy throughout.

I would have expected barrel aging Péché Mortel would have made a great beer even better, but it simply is not the case. I would rather have the regular version, and it is conveniently much easier to come by as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, thanks to rudzud for sharing this bottle as I never reviewed it from The Festival in Worcester a couple years ago.

Very small head, fades quickly, nice legs but little lacing, just about pitch black.

Nose lots of dark malts, some dark fruits, raisiny like, then fudgey cocoa, dark choc, chewy milk choc, little coffee, light bourbon and some toasted oak barrel. Lush choc too. Little oxidation.

Taste creamy choc, lush smooth rich choc, mild vanilla and light coffee, dark choc fudge with some bitter roasty char, faint faint booze warmth, little oxidation again. Light toasted oak and faint bourbon. Finish is bitter with little roast, more fudgey cocoa and mouth coating sticky lingering, little coffee and bourbon oak barrel.

Mouth is fuller bod, lighter carb, smooth creamy.

Overall great but mild oxidation due to screw cap, otherwise amazing. I remember this being ridiculously phenomenal at The Festival, so I wonder if this has dropped off, maybe I'll get to try it again someday and confirm.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of TofuDC5
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Opaque; pitch black; 1-finger tan head; thin froth. Skin of froth lingers on surface and edge of glass.

S: Equal Chocolate/coffee blend; licorice or some spicy oak. Grapefruit.

T: Awesome! Very balanced flavor of coffee, chocolate, mild grapefruit, light hops. Flavor isn't overpowering.

M: Just as awesome! Creamy and malty; full-bodied Not as hoppy as other imperial stouts; perfect.

O: If one word can describe this beer, it's balance. A friend recommended this to me, and I'd recommend this to anyone else; hands down. Smooth until the final drop. I took my time with this one; sipping slowly - definitely one to enjoy.

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to hoppypocket for this Quebec treat. I must admit that I have high expectations for this. The regular version is one of my regular favs.

Appearance. Pours thick and close to black with a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Dark, slightly sour coffee, some dark roasted malts and molasses, just a little smooth wood, vanilla, and booze.

Taste. Roasty coffee and smokey wood, caramel, smooth boozy bourbon, dark roasted malts and a little molasses.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation, slight (and nice) boozy warmth.

Overall. A very nice BBA stout from Canada!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is quite dominant with some good notes of coffee and vanilla which are really well balanced. Taste is a very nice mix between some coffee notes which are very floral and not too dry or astringent with some notes of vanilla and a bourbon finish which is quite powerful. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes from bourbon. I really enjoyed this one with a nice balance between the vanilla and the coffee – the only downside is maybe the beer spent a bit too much time in the barrel.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppypocket for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip. Bottled in 08/11. 2010 Reserve.

A - Dark black with a small amount of espresso coloured head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass. Very spotty lacing.

S - Huge dark roasted espresso up front that gives way to some bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt aromas.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee up front that gives way to charred oak and roasted malt flavours in the middle. The finish is where most of the barrel characteristics show up - with some sweet bourbon and a hint of vanilla. The flavours are very well integrated with the bourbon being present without dominating as it does in many barrel aged beers.

M - Medium body with a really nice chew. Light carbonation.

O - This was fantastic. I would have liked a little more bourbon to be present - usually my comment is that there is too much bourbon in BBA beers.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, with a finger of medium to dark coloured head. Leaves a bit of lacing and dissipates to a foamy ring.

The aroma is of glorious bourbon. Intense, but not overwhelming and not too weak at all. Vanilla, and wood mingle in as well. Though some age on this, the coffee is still there, and quite nice considering the age. There's really nothing to complain about with the aroma.

Tastes awesome. The only notch is heat is a bit up there. Very roasty, with a big bourbon note, vanilla and accompanying woodiness. There's a surprising amount of roasted coffee as well.

The feel is good, creamy, somewhat slick. Not quite as full bodied for the style.

Overall, it's fantastic. Other than a less than perfect mouthfeel, this thing is the whole package! Wish it wasn't so limited!

Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Peche Mortel from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

Score: 95

2011 vintage bottle served in a Cigar City snifter and enjoyed on 04/20/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a thin layer of pale tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, slightly below average retention. 4/5

Smell: Coffee grounds, chocolate, vanilla and smooth bourbon with no alcohol bite. Some roast, a little leather too. A really balanced, inviting nose. 4.5/5

Taste: Vanilla, balanced and not overpowering bourbon flavor and roasty coffee. Bitter coffee, roast and vanilla aftertaste for the finish. Not very complex, but boy is this tasty! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation. Bittersweet. 4.5/5

Overall: While not the most complex beer, this one absolutely delivered. Roasty and chocolatey with a nice bourbon complexity that does not smack you in the face with bourbon. I'll need to hunt this down again in the future!

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
2013 Vintage

Pours pitch black with a short, dark mocha head fading quickly back into the glass leaving no apparent lacing. The nose is dominated by dark roasted malt with lots of subtleties: lots of coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some boozy bourbon. On the palate, the beer again is dominated by dark, sweet roasted malt, espresso and dark chocolate. The boozy bourbon is present but in the background not overpowering other notes in the brew (vanilla, cocoa nibs, molasses). The body is big with just enough carbonation for a silky smooth and rich mouthfeel. Overall, this is an outstanding BA coffee RIS with a lot of complexity; it is not overpowered by any single feature be it coffee, hops, malts or barrel.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

Appearance: Similar to regular Peche Mortel, pouring an impenetrable pitch black. Carbonation is at a lower-moderate level, and the head doesn't linger long.

Smell: Great barrel aromatics, a huge caramel and vanilla bourbon presence that wafts above the strong coffee and char foundation. The intense coffee character of Peche Mortel hasn't faded in the slightest despite time spent in barrels.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee is even bigger on the palate, with a bittersweet espresso flavor that works well with the richness the barrel provides. This is quite a bit sweeter than regular Peche, it's vanilla, cocoa and caramel laden, though the finish remains fairly dry and coffee-forward with a bit of ashy bitterness.

Overall: Excellent, up there with KBS and other greats of the style.

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jimmy's No. 43, New York, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and has traces of amber near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin ring around the edge.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose, even before the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste has a great balance between flavors of bourbon and coffee beans, both of which are prominent but neither of which are overpowering. As the beer begins to warm up the bourbon flavors become stronger.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol in the finish; this becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
O: This is a very nice barrel aged beer. The alcohol is well hidden, except for that which comes through from the bourbon barrel aging.

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a couple 4 packs today and decided to crack one open. Tasting it along side the regular Peche Mortel.

Bottled November 2012
Bourbon barrel aged for 1 year.

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

A: Poured dark with a reddish brown tinge. In the glass, it is midnight black. 1/4 finger of off white, brownish head (lighter than the regular Peche) that dissipated fairly quickly. When the glass is held up to the light, there are blood red notes on the curves of the glass.

S: A non-overpowering but very upfront note of bourbon and vanilla. Followed by coffee and way in the back, a little chocolate. Solid nose.

T: Interesting. Only when I put it up against the regular Peche did I notice the differences. The barrel has seemed to subdue the "brightness" of the coffee and chocolate of the regular Peche. The chocolate seems to be sweeter, and the coffee notes not as fresh, or pungent. The coffee bitterness definitely seems to be turned down by the barrel, and the sweetness is turned up. A slight bit of vanilla becomes apparent in the back of the pallet.

M: Great, medium to full bodied mouth feel. On the lower side of carbonation is expected for spending a year in the barrel and contributes to the sweetness.

O: A great beer that is not your typical barrel aged bourbon bomb. The bourbon is there, but it contributes to accenting and altering the characteristics found in the regular Peche. To be honest, when I was first sipping on the 2013 BA Peche, I was searching for the barrel. It's subtle, but there if you look for it. This beer, for me, is not a "punch you in the face" bourbon forward imperial stout. Very interesting and not necessarily what I was expecting. Very different from the previous bottled batch. A beer to seek out and see how it compares to the likes of BCBCS or BA Speedway.

Cheers.

Photo of BigMurph
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Excellent stout only wish it was more readily available in my my area

Photo of papat444
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FOLLOWING SAMPLED NOV. 18, 2011
***2011 Vintage (aged 9 months)***

Had this at the International Péché Mortel day at the brewpub.

Appearance: A really black body with no head. Thick & opaque.

Smell: If i thought the special edition smelled like coffee liquor, this even more. Blurs the line between a beer and a spirit. Bourbon yet never boozy with traces of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon leaves the heat a bit. While i get some coffee, the bourbon completely overtakes and subdues it. They mesh well but it's clear who's in control.

Mouthfeel: Surprised by its mellowness. No carbonation, a bit viscous but not overly so. Very mouth coating.

Overall: I wasn't blown away by it. A great beer for sure but not as good as the regular or special edition IMO. Hope to see them bottle this to compare.

Serving type: cask

FOLLOWING REVIEWED AUG. 20, 2012:

***2010 Vintage (aged 1 year in bourbon barrels)***

First beer that i review twice with two different serving types.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 08/11.

Appearance: A dense brown body with 1-2 fingers of creamy head the color of espresso foam. Retention is average. probably due to barrel-aging. Some lacing is evident.

Smell: Oh my! Simply stellar. Roasted coffee and nuts, chocolate mixed with oak & vanilla. Bourbon soaked wood that melds perfectly with the coffee/dark chocolate. Charred wood as well.

Taste: Intense chocolate, coffee beans lined with bourbon. Vanilla notes as well as oak appear in the finish. At no point does this feel harsh. Like liquid candy.

Mouthfeel: Initial sip is smooth, slight alcohol kick appears but then reverts back to a creamy smoothness. The aftertaste has a bit of bourbon sting but feels mellow.

Overall: Remarkably well balanced and drinkable. Enjoyed it more than on cask. Sublime and doesn't hit you over the head with intensity.

Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an improvement over the base beer.

Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341ml Bottle from Brouehaha - part of a special 2 pack for $20

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and bitter coffee. There is also some boozy bourbon flavours and a light woodiness.

Overall - Bitter yet smooth. I really enjoy the regular peche and this is even better. I'd like to have access to this beer all year long. A great sipper and the perfect end to a crappy week.

Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at WVRST for the DDC party. Into a tulip.

Black with a brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Nose is similar to the regular Peche, coffee, espresso and cocoa. Light oak and the bourbon character is modest enough to let the base Peche still remain prominent. Taste has bourbon, espresso, cocoa. Alot of Peche character still remains, and the bourbon wraps itself in and around it - doesn't dominate the beer but does it's best to compliment. More oak, brown sugar and a bit of bourbon in the finish. Medium heavy body, viscous but not overbearing. Low carbonation elevates the drinkability of this. Brilliant BBA beer, really lived up to the hype for me.

Photo of mattsander
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a chestnut head that lasts and laces. Tiny bubbles. Beautiful beer.

S: Rich dark chocolate, a perfect cup of coffee, flaky dessert pastry, sweet vanilla. Earthy, complex, wonderfully nuanced.

T: Earthy/fruity coffee first, then intense bittersweet chocolate, caramelized buttery dark fruit. Long finish of bourbon barrel vanilla and coffee. The coffee's acidity brings a beautiful 'brightness' to this. Rich and intensely satisfying. Full mouthfeel without being syrupy. The barrel character is so well integrated, it doesn't dominate the other elements.

This is easily my favorite beer with coffee in it. Better in bottle than on tap.

Photo of SebD
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review # 600!

Appearance: It has a nice deep jet black color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some espresso and woody oak. Fantastic

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of rich coffee, espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, smooth bourbon and oak. Wow, so complex!

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Peché Mortel was already one of the best Imperial Stout I've ever tried but this just beats them all.

Photo of LampertLand
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel 'Peche Mortel BA in Bourbon for 12 months' 2013 special reserve @ 9.5% , served from a couple of 341 ml bottles purchased for $4 each

A-pour is brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a thin tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along my VBW taster

S-bourbon & coffee

T-extremely smooth tasting with a slight bitter finish

MF-low mild carbonation , big full body , easy sipping beer

Ov-good/great beer , worthy of of it's place in Canadian beer , one of the best

prost LampertLand

Photo of dbrauneis
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black in color with some hints of reddish brown when held up to the light. The beer has a thin tan head that reduces to some thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing is observed.

S: Lots of coffee/espresso notes with more subtle hints of the dark roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and hints of oak. There are light hints of bourbon that become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Follows the aroma of the beer...starts with the dark roasted malts and some sweetness upfront, then moved into the coffee/espresso flavors which are very strong, followed by the bittersweet chocolate + vanilla, and the finish is all bourbon. The flavors of the bourbon and the charred oak definitely get stronger as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Didn't think that one of my favorite beers could be improved upon or get any better but the bourbon barrel aging made this one even more excellent. I wish I had access to this beer all the time because I could be content to sip on it every evening. Great balance of flavor between the coffee and the bourbon.

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Péché Mortel - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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