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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.43%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-30-2009)
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 18:39:21 | More by mtomlins
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:10:47 | More by SebD
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:01:51 | More by FrostBlast
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zhivago373

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a bottle at Dieu Du Ciel's brewpub. the bottles we got were aged from 2013 for a year in bourbon barrels.

pouring, this beer is black with a small, dense dark brown head that dissipates quickly. on the nose, there's plenty of trace bourbon with coffee and even dark chocolate. the taste contains a load of bourbon bite at the front and then transitions into dark coffee and chocolate. at 10% (i believe this is the percent of the beer; it is 9.5 aged for a year so i would guess it goes up a bit), there is a definite warming sensation but no overpower booze flavours. as the beer warms, the bourbon taste becomes a bit more subdued, letting the coffee come out more. this beer feels a thinner than the normal peche mortel in the mouth.

overall, a great beer that is a slight improvement upon the usual Peche Mortel, which is already a fantastic beer. at 6.5$ for a 341ml bottle, a bit pricey, but glad i got to try it. well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:14:31 | More by zhivago373
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unclejazz

New York

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in the West Village. Poured a jet-black with solid 1 finger tan head that hung around for most of the time. Solid espresso and dark chocolate notes with a hint of barrel and sweet note rounding things out. Taste matches nose with solid chunky mouthfeel with a hint of burn. Solid carbonation, overall slight improvement on a fantastic coffee IRS. Try it if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 20:02:56 | More by unclejazz
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:37:31 | More by MarcWP
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koopa

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with a generous BA from up north thanks!

Appearance: Pours black as night, opaque, with a 2 finger light brown crown that shows some retention and nice lace.

Smell: From greatest to least = Roast malt (a touch black patent ashy, although it could be from the coffee roast), Vanilla cream, coffee, and bourbon. Think iced coffee with a dash of ashtray and trace of bourbon.

Taste: Vanilla cream and ashtray.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but it vacillates btw creamy and watery at times...weird!

Overall: This was probably a very good beer 1-2 years ago. I'm late to the game on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:46:04 | More by koopa
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:18:54 | More by spinrsx
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Insane props goes out to Rutager for hooking me up with both a 2012 and a 2010 of this baby. I couldn't believe my eyes. Very generous of you, and I was stoked to get to try these both.

From a bottle into a snifter
November 2012 and August 2010
Review is for the 2012 with comments on the 2010 for comparison purposes

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a one finger, looser looking, fizzy, light mocha colored head with lousy retention. Head quickly fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. A ring and swirly wisp remain with light dots of lacing down the glass. The 2010 was exactly the same. Lousy, fizzy head with an okay body.

SMELL: Lots of coffee and burnt espresso beans on the nose. Some sweet cream as well, with mild bourbon barrel, oak and vanilla notes. Very bold nose with the coffee still the main act of the show. The 2010 was much different. While it is still a decadent treat, the added time has allowed the coffee to fade and made the nose more mellow overall. More bourbon on the 2010 in comparison, though it is still forthcoming enough to make it enticing.

TASTE: Very potent and bold flavors for sure. Roasted coffee beans, sweet cream and more potent bourbon barrel up front. Caramel, oak, vanilla and alcohol into a bold and lingering finish. Lots of bitter, burnt coffee beans, sweet cream and caramel, bitter dark chocolate, bourbon barrel and some booze. Very bold and strangely balance; this is still a coffee stout first with a well-measured bourbon barrel as a supporting act. The 2010 has less coffee, so it's much more a bourbon barrel stout. Still, the 2010 is very flavorful and bold, but the emphasis is just a little difference.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down slightly abrasive and finishes sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers. The 2010 is lighter and harsher going down.

OVERALL: Really good. Huge and flavorful. The nose needs to hold back a touch on the coffee and the feel needs to be a bit fuller to support the flavors, which would make this unreal. The vintages are definitely different, with the 2012 still being a coffee stout first and the 2010 being more of a bourbon barrel stout at this stage, but either way, both are excellent, excellent beers. Thanks again for this opportunity Rutager. World class stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 20:08:52 | More by Jeffo
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:31:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:44:55 | More by mattsander
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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....

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 02:04:33 | More by rudzud
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to tom10101 for this bottle...

A: Pours pitch black with about a half finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam dissipates very quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is wood, vanilla, mild roast, and mild bourbon heat. It's so woody. It smells great.

T: It starts out sweet light roast, vanilla, and milk chocolate. The barrel ageing comes through immediately after. It's super woody, with vanilla and caramel playing off each other perfectly. As the beer moves to the back end it gets bitter with roast, toast, and dark chocolate. The bourbon notes shine through as well.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating to start, sits on the palate for a bitas the flavors shift, then lingers long after the beer is gone. The finish is wood, bitters, and bourbon.

O: This beer is pretty excellent, but I do have one complaint. I get zero coffee out of this beer. It's like the barrel aging of this beer dominates the rich coffee notes in the base beer. I get a massive amount of wood, and almost no coffee at all. The beer is still quite good, it's just not what I was expecting to taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 19:36:03 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Fux

France

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Franck during a nice visit to Lille
A: Black, almost no head. Pours very dense.
S: Nose is on coffee and chili pepper, which is quite surprising because this is completely absent from the regular version. Spices, light vanilla, but overall the bourbon is not much present.
T: The palate is very much on coffee with a light woody sweetness, notes of bitter chocolate; with chili and spices. Finishes on coffee bitterness.
M: Thick, not much carbonated. Finishes warmth but with a welcome dryness.
O: A very good version of the Péché Mortel. I really can't know why there were those chilies in this bottle as it doesn't appear in other reviews but we all got this from the nose and palate. Anyway it was still really drinkable and enjoyable. Thanks Franck!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 15:49:57 | More by Fux
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TofuDC5

California

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:02:11 | More by TofuDC5
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks seblp for the hook up

The beer pours a deep dark black with 1/2 an inch of a dense tan head that fades into nothing more than a thin blanketing within a minute. Mild lacing. The nose is definitely still the potent coffee-forward imperial stout I expected with little from the bourbon barrels except for an aromatic woodiness. The taste is definitely still a hardcore coffee stout with a touch of bitterness, molasses, and bourbon in the finish. It's obviously full bodied, but not too boozy. The coffee bitterness clashes against the big malty, slightly caramely sweetness. However, I'm not seeing the bourbon nearly as much as expected compared to the non-BA version. It's certainly a delicious beer, but I don't think it's worth the USA-Canada trade if you're able to get the regular version easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:33:09 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jegross2

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:28:15 | More by jegross2
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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Ryan, thanks!

Very dark with a medium head. Very very strong on coffee and not anywhere close on bourbon/barrels. Taste is dominated by smooth coffee with some sweetness. A strong tobacco note is present but I wouldn't guess that this was -bal aged. Very different from other barrel coffee stouts but good in its own way.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 05:16:21 | More by tewaris
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Burnduri

Quebec (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 17:38:29 | More by Burnduri
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:09:46 | More by flipper2gv
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 05:44:37 | More by montrealbcr89
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 04:43:10 | More by biboergosum
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jdprmd

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in snifter

A - Light tan head ... good lacing, black in color, with light only coming through the edges

S - Rich dark coffee grinds, very roasty, truly fantastic

T - Like a roasted dark chocolate coffee. Not tasting much bourbon, a bit of an acidic taste from oak aging... I am sharing this with a friend and he thinks it it is a perfect blend of coffee and light bourbon characteristics, of which provide very subtle dark fruit tastes

M - Silky smooth

O - I was glade I sought this out... thanks for the trade BlogueDeBieres!! I was however expecting a bit more from this beer being aged in bourbon barrels. I am thinking this should have been aged for a year but I only had one... However, If you are looking for a fantastic coffee beer this is in my top 2 next to bourbon county coffee

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:48:06 | More by jdprmd
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a mini snifter. Pours very dark brown with a thin mocha head that recedes fairly quickly into a thin collar. The nose brings a good amount of oak alongside bourbon and some backing vanilla. Touch of coffee remains along with some chocolate and roast. Flavor is heavy toward the bourbon, and specifically the oak barrel. Background stout is nice, though I think I prefer the base beer. Body is medium and a bit tannic. Not much booze. Pretty good, though not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:38:02 | More by Thorpe429
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Thanks Huskermike12 for the trade. I'd been holding it to share with some other guys but got impatient and ended up opening it at home during a sunday night Packers/NYG game. It pours a dark brown color, opaque with a mocha colored foam that laces intermittently.

There's a surprising amount of coffee in the aroma, given the barrel aging I'd expect the coffee to be mellowed. The bourbon comes through with a light touch, giving an aroma more-or-less reminiscent of BA Speedway. Lots of dark sweet malts giving a sweet smell throughout, but the primary olfactory attributes are from the coffee and the bourbon (mixing in a very good way). Maybe just a hint of a sour note in the background, worrying me into thinking there might be an infection starting...

It tastes awesome, again similar (although not quite identical) to BA Speedway. Initial bourbon flavors give way to sweet roasted malts, with a lasting coffee flavor providing the aftertaste (with a little belly burn). No infection in the taste thank God.

The beer is thinner than I'd like, nearly medium bodied but I'd have liked more viscosity to match the flavors. I'm nitpicking here though, as the standard Peche Mortel isn't any thicker than this barrel aged version, so what should I expect? A little higher in carbonation than expected too (again nitpicking).

Thanks very much Mike, I'm really glad to have tried this! Too bad I didn't share it with anyone, but really with a 12oz bottle I kinda want it all to myself anyway.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:18:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.