Péché Mortel - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 401
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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Photo of flipper2gv
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black, with mocha colored head. Head volume and retention is decent considering the beer has been aged. Very thick, lots of alcohol legs and lacing.

S: Exactly like I imagined my favorite beer to age (the regular version in bottles gets very very good after 6 months in the cellar). Lots of smoke, pepper and vanilla from the bourbon. Definitely still is the Peche Mortel I love. Lots of powdered cacao, dark dried red berries, coffee. Maybe a subtle hint of citruses coming from the hops.

T: Lots of good things, just like the smell. Powdered cacao, vanilla, smoke, pepper, dark red berries, coffee and citruses make for the perfect smelling beer. This is fantastic stuff, highly recommended.

M: Just what you'd expect, big, bold, sticky, with smooth carbonation.

O: Fantastic brew, definitely worth the 16$ for the 4 pack. Really really good stuff.

Photo of rudzud
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice super rich dark black hue with a good creamy one finger mocha head that leaves thick side lacing. So, so good.

S - Aroma is just bourbon and chocolate The bourbon and chocolate and barrel lends a nice coconut aroma here. Super, super rich with awesome espresso notes here. An already epic peche mortel made even better with bourbon. Argh!

T - Taste is just as epic. I could drink this all day. Tons of bourbon, espresso, chocolate, barrel, roast malts, light coconut. Unfathomably good. Great vanilla notes too!

M - Mouthfeel is so silky smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated, soo velvety.

O - Overall this beer is well worth the hype. So freaking good here. The bourbon makes this incredible and the vanilla and chocolate..gah...I need some bottles....

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 korguy123
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 release. Bottled August 2011 as per label notches.
Special thanks to Hoppypocket for this, and special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for facilitating this.

A- What is there to say? It's black as black can be. No light escaping and you are presented with a booming three finger dark tan head that slowly drops to a thin cap with chunky lacing everywhere. Looks almost creamy.

S- Booming assault of espresso and bourbon. Brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, oak, and a touch of brewers licorice. There is a touch of booziness in the nose that warms the nostrils a little bit but I don't mind!

T- Bourbon right up at the front, followed by a nice char taste, than vanilla, a little booze and finishing off with coffee and chocolate. This is magnifiient, I enjoy how the bourbon is there but not overbearing that you can't pick out the finer things in it. The coffee really shines and that is a great thing.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy with a touch of carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth follows close by.

O- How do you perfect the most perfect coffee stout ever made? Throw it in a bourbon barrel and let it sit. I'm glad to have tried this, will definitely seek again and I even happier such a renowned beer is a product of Canada!

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 Ozzylizard
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of 2013 vintage at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee and bourbon
Head average (2.5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – multiple rings of tiny bubbles
Body very dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor of coffee, bourbon, a little vanillin, and light chocolate predominate. It ends with a light bitterness, but is not unpleasant.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer, one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s so good I don’t want to drink it because I only have one bottle and if I drink it, it’ll be gone.

Photo of andrenaline
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Props to peensteen for hooking up this treat. A whale that I thought I never would get to sample...

A - Pours pitch black, two thumbs of dark mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of cocoa, raw coffee grinds, wooden oak, sweet bourbon and burnt sugar and boozy notes also come through.

T - Much like the nose with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa, solid coffee presence, raw espresso and burnt toast, bourbon aging comes through nicely with a solid dose of sweet bourbon booziness, wooden oak notes and toasted grains and burnt caramel lingers alongside a solid dose of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness. Surprisingly not overly heavy or sticky.

O - A world class brew taken to the next level with a solid bourbon flavour profile. One of the best bourbon barrel aged brews to hail from Canada and a pleasure to have had the opportunity to try. Definitely a priviledge to try and not surprisingly one of the top rated Canadian beers.

Photo of KornWallace
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Unibroue4ever for this fantastic beer.

Date: 6/4/14
Location: Montreal Trade
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Black to Dark Brown in coloring with a nice mocha head. The carbonation evaporates quite quickly. The beer has a nice viscous ring along its edge.
Aroma: Strong aromas of coffee that clearly comes from the base. But the coffee smell is not nearly as strong as regular Pêché Mortel. Malted caramel and some vanillas can be found along with a modest touch of the bourbon that I was looking for.
Taste: This is clearly amongst the most well balanced of the bourbon barrel stouts I've ever had. The coffee flavor is even lighter on the flavor but the caramel, vanilla and even some marshmallow sugars come out a touch stronger. There is a hint of booziness from the bourbon which again isn't overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body.There is some coarseness from the coffee but the booze really seems to mellow it out. Little carbonation aides in the smoothness of the beer.

Notes: Bottled 2013

Photo of MarcWP
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/12, making this a little over a year old. Poured into snifter.

Pours black with small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Lots of alcohol legs on sides of glass.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, and oak. Aroma is a bit reminiscent of KBS. Lovely!

On the palate you get that Peche strong coffee flavor mixed with rich dark chocolate notes and a rounding bourbon oak character. Freshly brewed black coffee, dark cocoa nibs, peaty molasses, grade b maple syrup, vanilla bean, oak, and caramelized dark dry fruit poking in gently. This is delicious. So smooth and drinkable. No flavor dominates though the coffee is still the front runner.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things for an Imperial Stout. You can expect that when they are brewed with coffee though. Mouthfeel is Black Note body all the way with a bit less creaminess. Good carbonation for the style.

Overall this is outstanding. You get big coffee, rich dark chocolates, smooth vanilla and bourbon characters, and a nice faint smokey flavor that makes this stand apart from a lot of other barrel aged stouts. Definitely up their with my favorite bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts which includes the likes of BCBCS, KBS, and BA Speedway. Only wish this was more available.

Photo of larryi86
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BlogueDeBieres for this
341 ml bottle, dated Novmember 2012, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, fudge, dark chocolate, very rich.

T- Coffee, bourbon, some vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, rich big flavors and well balanced.

M- Smooth, thick, full body.

O- Excellent, even better than the regular version, very, very happy I got to try this. Very well done and balanced.

Photo of Viggo
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for black Wednesday at the brewpub.

Pours a dark and opaque blackish red, no light gets through, thin light brown head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots and legs stick, looks nice.

Smell is really intense, huge toffee and caramel, vanilla, coffee and espresso roast, biscuit, insane malty, some raisin and sweet fruit through the middle, lightly buttery wood, oaky, alcohol, prunes, more coffee, chocolate milk, crazy.

Taste is similar, sweet toffee, treacle, chocolate milk with an espresso shot, a bit boozy but super smooth through the middle, biscuit, vanilla, oak, nice woody character, not overdone, more coffee and caramel, more vanilla and oak, intense finish, smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, buttery smooth, with low carbonation. Bit of warmth from the alcohol but super smooth. Wow, didn't think Peche Mortel could get better but I was wrong, this is a masterpiece.

Photo of Franck
4.75/5  rDev +7%

2014 vintage. Labeled as 2013 on the bottle but according to Dieu du Ciel, it's a new batch.
Smell of coffee beans, vanilla, bourbon, wood and toffee.
Taste of intense bourbon, wet wood, coffee and aromas of chocolate milk and small spicy notes from alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Warm and round. Very complex and well-balanced. The strong aroma of coffee doesn't taste as much as the original version.
Bitterness is long and sweet. Hints of chocolate and bourbon. Very nice beer from DDC, again.

Photo of Fibrillator
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exceptional bourbon stout.

Embarrassed that I actually got some.

Ha a slight bit of spice that was refreshing, similar to chicory type.

Had some last year on tap, this was better.

Tough food match, good on its own.

The beer is special, not watery, not sticky.

HEAVY

Photo of mothman
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Sean for sharing this!

Pours a tan head. Color is black. Some lace left.

Aroma: Strong coffee. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa. Light roast. Creamy. Awesome nose.

Taste: Fresh coffee roast. Bourbon up front. Nice and warming. Vanilla and oak flavors. Creamy. Chocolate, cocoa, and caramel. A little more roast here.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly roasted, and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with coffee flavors.

Overallm this beer was incredible. I'd take this over a kbs any day... too bad this is stupid hard to find. Extremely drinkable. This beer is awesome.

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 gford217
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to unibroue4ever for sending this bottle, one I've been wanting to try for a while. 2010 version.

Pours pitch black with a small fizzy tan head that recedes quickly to nothing.

Aroma is excellent, reminds me of KBS, with lots of freshly ground coffee still evident but blending nicely with vanilla and bourbon. Some chocolate, rich dessert-like nose.

Oh wow, thick molasses, bakers chocolate, fresh coffee, vanilla, and a perfect mixture of bourbon and oak. A little bit of acidic bitterness going down from the coffee and lots of dark roasted malts

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and close to full bodied. Decadent feel overall.

A fantastic BA stout. I love coffee stouts and subtle barrel treatments and this has both. Really happy to have tried this one.

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.

Photo of Devman171
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

13 bottle, pours black with low tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is thick rich bourbon and roasted coffee, dry roast finish, well done

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 Burnduri
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A rich, creamy moka smell, light vanilla notes, no doubt from the 1 year bourbon aging.

The creamy head immediately brings a café latté to mind, has a deep brown color, almost mahagony. The taste is very deep, complex and layared. First, the toasted malts and coffee beans assault the palate, leaving a dry yet rich mouthfeel. After the second sip, the bourbon aging becomes apparent, vanilla tastes and a sublte tang pile on, staying slightly longer than the coffee taste.

Absolutely delicious. Try with a very dark chocolate, maybe some dried fruit like cranberries.

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 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 Sean9689
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, light mocha-colored head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Excellent combo of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. The coffee is right up front and stands out the most, while the chocolate and bourbon are less intense and create an excellent level of complexity. There's also notes of vanilla, light roast, cream, and oak. Such good stuff!

T - The coffee isn't as pronounced here, instead, melding with the sweetness of burnt sugars and chocolate and light bourbon barrel notes. All very-well done and simply stunning. Other notes of vanilla, burnt sugars, and coffee beans. When all combined together, this stuff is just lovely. Finish is bitter coffee and dark chocolate with light creamy bourbon barrel.

M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This is a stunner. Dieu Du Ciel has created one helluva beer that surprisingly beats out the non-barrel aged version. I didn't think the regular Péché Mortel could be improved upon, but I was wrong. This stuff is ready to drink now, no need to age. One of the best bourbon barrel-aged beers in recent memory. Get this.

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

Nearly jet black with some brown around the top, half a finger of tan coloured head with some light lace. Smell is like the original, coffee and chocolate come through, bourbon oak is present as well, a nice roasted presence and very nicely put together overall. Taste has lots of espresso and bourbon, oak, roast and a nice vanilla and chocolate flavour that is like fudge cake, finishes bitterswee with coffee and bourbon in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated and very creamy and smooth, full body. This was incredible stuff, something I wish I can come across again at some point, outstanding really.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.56/5  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.

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Péché Mortel - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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