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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 350
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 436
Gots: 61 | 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 rogerdandy
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only thing that could make Peche Mortel better would be to barrel age it. Oh snap! here it is. I was lucky enough to get a few tastes of this during Journee Peche 2015. Left me absolutely lusting for more.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really an incredibly complimentary mix of both the strong coffee flavors in the stout and the mellow bourbon flavors from the wood. Absolutely excellent. Lots 'softer' to my tongue than the non-BA version (especially in the coffee department). Molasses-ey, thick, smooth, round, creamy. I have tried older ones, too, and it definitely ages gracefully. Over three years is incredible. Would never turn it down; find it.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Beervana
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that snaps back into place when agitated. The nose is deep chocolate fudge, vanilla bean, a bit of dried dark fruit (Glosette raisins almost), some bourbon sweetness, and just a touch of dark roast coffee. Taste is full blown dessert; chocolate brownie, espresso, more vanilla, more bourbon, exceedingly delicious. Mouthfeel is thick but silky smooth, light on carbonation, perfect in my books.

Overall, one of my all time favourite stouts. Removes a lot of the roast/bitter characteristic of regular Peche and replaces it with some of the smoothest bourbon and chocolate flavours you can imagine.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this thing was a coffee monster in a good way! IF it was a coffee RIS I'd say it's easily the best I've ever had. Worth the search for this beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Kyle for opening this long time want.

The coffee here is just massive...nose and taste...like whopping fresh and roasty..so large and present. The bourbon is soft underneath providing mellow support, but the coffee is so lively and jumps center stage.

I don't recall the base being anything remotely to this flavorful. My god...a coffee bomb in the freshest way, even 15 months after bottling.

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Photo of Devman171
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of lgmol
3.38/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of Franck
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.93/5  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.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

341mL bottle


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

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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Photo of zhivago373
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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