Péché Mortel - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 333
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 3.39%
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Gots: 59 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

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

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Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-30-2009

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of lgmol
3.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a fresh 2014 keg at Bar Stillwell in Halifax.

I love the standard Péché Mortel and had high expectations for this brew. Sadly, the barrel character was overpowering for my tastes. The coffee was almost completely hidden to me, and only really came through at the very end of the taste. For big fans of bourbon though, I would imagine that this is a real treat. A vintage bottle might be more to my liking. (424 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baybum for this bottle that arrived late this winter, which I am taking down while my wife is off drinking – sorry, at book club. 341 ML bottle from November 2013 (but released in 2014?).

The pour is sordid black with a spiffy head that doesn’t last long. The nose is surprisingly light, with only a bit of coffee & whiff of sweetness even after sitting out for several minutes. Huh.

Peche Mortel – Bourbon Barrel Aged is a serious mouthful. The base beer is huge, filling up the crevassi in my mouth like a good pothole filler. Beyond that, the coffee remains sharp & acrid, slightly bitter. The barrel is a let down. It seems to add only a touch of creaminess & a drop or two of vanilla, with no bourbon taste at all (though a bit of an afterimage, kind of like Predator). Mouthfeel saves this, it’s rich & full & lovely. I could drink plenty, or as much as my internal gyroscope would allow, anyways.

Really not much of an improvement, if any, on the base beer, despite the nirvanaesque feel of this lovely burrito in my mouth…but that’s no insult. Still a good brew. (1,098 characters)

Photo of dtmets84
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom10101 something like that.

Hand delivered from the great country of Canada

Appearance. Pours a murky black with a nice 2 inch tan head.

Smell. Dark, booze and some coffee

Taste. Roasted coffee and a sour twang to it? Smooth for a 9+ ABV beer

Mouthfeel. low carbonation and rather thin more flavor comes out as it warms.

Overall. A very nice BBA stout from Canada

Prefer the non BA version though. (416 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sharing this one, served in a goblet right after the non-barrel aged version. Big want of mine. At the time of this review, this is #28 on the 'Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" and #11 on the "Top Beers - Canada" list.

Beer is black and has a smaller head than the original but it is there, brown small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, mildly bourbon.

Beer is oakier and less bitter than the original, it is good though, but the barrel / bourbon character is really low. Vanilla and oak on the end, dryer on the finish. Decent but not excellent, I'd have it again. (651 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to BlogueDeBieres. Thanks a ton. Bottled 08/11 I think. Neck label reads: Reserve speciale 2010, vieillie 1 an en fut de Bourbon.

A - Pours black with one finger of creamy medium brown head. Lot's of carbonation coming up. Great thick lace around with a film of head left over.

S - Wood and coffee. Espresso. Chocolate is there too. Bourbon is pretty strong.

T - Woah. The barrel aging is clear here. Tons of oaky/woody notes and a huge bourbon character. The chocolate and coffee blend in but are mostly taken over by the spirits. There's definitely some roasty/coffee/chocolate notes there but the bourbon is really taking the wheel. All said, it's delicious.

M - Good carbonation, full body with a bit of an alcoholic whisky note and bitterness.

O/D - It's hard to find notes of the original Peche in the BA version. I'm torn on this. With more evidence of the original, it would be a tremendous beer. Yet with the dominance of the barrel aging, it gains something, but loses something as well. It's delicious, complex, and very drinkable, so I can't really complain. A delicious offering from DDC. I just wish the bourbon wasn't so dominant. (1,164 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1824th Review on BA
Bottle to Dieu du Ciel Snifter
341 Ml bottle (November 13 notched)

Thank Jon for this one!

App- For a stout and one that I liked so much with the base version, this is just off on appearance for me. Inky black but doesnt create a good head even with a solid pour. No cling or lace. Falls and looks like a bit of flat soda IMO. Was expecting more.

Smell- I get faint smells on this one. The coffee is there, but more of a cold pressed aroma. The barrel comes after with a strong whispy bourbon with oak, vanilla and booze. Not the most upfront booze but well layered and a bit sweet.

Taste- The flavors of this one are much more subdued but just so well integrated and create great pockets of flavors. Opening sips of a bit of the coffee with a bit of bitter. The vanilla and bourbon flavors come next with some smooth oak with a bit of a whispy booze on the finish.

Mouth- A smooth and creamy drinking stout with a thinner mouth feel with a bit of a prickly mouth feel. The bourbon isnt bold and in your face but so much layers on this one. Like the before mentioned pockets of flavors. This mouthfeel builds on this one.

Drink- Its been a want for a long time. I was lucky enough to finally land one and not at a tasting where 2oz, just wouldnt cut it. This was a good beer. Every Dieu Du Ciel beer I have had is a winner. They do great beers. (1,370 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.16/5  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. (2,365 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This lacing is thick, long lasting, inky darkness. Very great light bread body.

Sweet vanilla acting like cream right before the huge coffee nose. Big espresso bitterness, oh my gosh espresso. It also has.... A shockingly roasted grain to complement the bitterness of coffee. Gosh. Light vegetation on the last note...

Tastes creamy smooth finishes bourbon heat without the sharpness. The coffee is light, folgers, oxidized. This barrel gives great vanilla, vegetal bite, hut not much else.

Pretty solid, some claim not as good as base beer, I like it for what it is. (572 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Carl for bringing this!
Pours very dark brown. Almost black. Thick. Nice tan head. Yellowish tint on the edges.
Smells like fuck you coffee! Holy cow. Touch of barrel peaking through. Very nice earthy coffee aroma...
Tastes a bit bitter but very nice. Tons of coffee... Light barrel characteristics. Like peche mortel but with a bourbon kick.
Nice mouthfeel. Overall very nice (383 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from recent trip to the Montreal Dieu du Ciel brewpub. (6/9/09)

6 months in bourbon barrel.
Black with red hues. Rich creamy tan head. Coffee grounds and sweet vanilla on the nose, some earthy notes. Medium bodied and round, slick and smooth with slippery alcohol on the finish. Sweet vanilla, fresh cream, tree bark, charcoal, coffee and oak flavors. Smooth and delicious. Smells like espresso grounds but not much of the grit on the palate. Better than the original. Less harsh. (490 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  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. (2,005 characters)

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

On tap at the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival. Pours such a dark brown it is verging on jet black. Very thin mocha head. Aromas are of coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Tastes are identical. It tastes like it smells. Overall, I like the regualr Peche Mortel a bit better, as I found the booziness of the bourbon overwhelmed some of the things I really liked in the original, like the coffee and dark chocolate combination. (414 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened this two year old bottle at foofaa's while he smoking a whole bunch of chicken for dinner. Thanks for hosting buddy.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a thin film, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Rather dead if I'm honest.

S - Smells of deeply roasted coffee, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malt, warm bourbon booze. Still has quite a bit of coffee for its overall age, pretty impressive aroma.

T - Starts off with a mild coating sweetness - mainly the chocolate, vanilla and fresh toffee - quickly being joined by the warm bourbon, woody oak and plenty of dark roast. Finish is pretty dry thanks to all the roast and booze, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. This is definitely a big beer but the feel kind of got away from it. If it could be bumped up a bit this one would be money.

O - I had wanted to try this one for awhile and I am glad I finally got to try it. It still packs plenty of the base flavors and the bourbon is a complement rather than the star, as it always should be. I would love to have this again. (1,158 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a decent light mocha rim. Nose is a ton of fesh coffee beans with some chocolates and a touc of vanilla. Opens up with chocolates that move into a lot of coffee flavors. These transition into some subtle vanilla and bourbon flavors. The coffee comes back and ends this beer. Mouth is medium and smooth - the loads of coffee gives it a dry finish. Overall, this is a really nice bourbon barrel aged beer. It complements, rather than overpowers, the base beer. Highly recommended if you are a fan of th regular version. (543 characters)

Photo of jdprmd
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (803 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (411 characters)

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