Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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

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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 337
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
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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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely smooth, bringing out coffee and bourbon. Black and lacey, coffee without sugar bitterness all the way through. Coconut, chocolate and vanilla. A sipper. Not noticeably boozy. Understated carbonated. Tastes as if aged a couple of years or more.

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

Shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

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

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

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

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, 2010 edition, aged 1 year in the wood. Belated big ups are in order to Mike ('hoser', on this site) from Artisan Ales, the rep for this venerable Quebecois brewery, out he-air in Alberta, who flipped me a single of this after a rather enjoyable and random run-in at a new-ish Edmonton hipster (I was only there for the beer, I swear!) resto-pub back in the summer of oh-twelve. Mad, silly props, my man.

This beer pours a dark, ill-boding colourless mire, with the slightest of forced basal mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, densely foamy dark tan head, which leaves some randomly spectral swaths of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of astringently woody oak barrels - soused 2x4s, for starters, a seemingly dry vanillan and dusty caramel candy sucker essence, muffled spiced whisky, subtle coffee grounds, and some singed, oily bar-top nuts. The taste is bittersweet medium chocolate, softly spicy bourbon barrel notes - wet wood, thin caramel, muted vanilla, and perky alcohol the most prominent - semi-sweet morning after coffee, sturdy, if a bit inherently confused toffee malt, and rather muted earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is pretty much drowned and lost in the sands of time, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth, in that heavy, hearty whisky sense of things. It finishes on the sweet side, predictably, as the booze, wood, malt, and fruit esters all conspire to keep the aspirant dry coffee and bitter hops in check.

A bit of a changeling of an affair - first it's a whisky, then it's a strong beer, and then it's a... well, you get the point. Overall, it blends ably enough, and yet maintains a stellar heft, insomuch as to conflate the average ingenue as to its actual origins - an effect sought after by any and all brewers, I would surmise. A pleasure to experience, and while maybe not appropriate for all comers, I am now more than enthused to have seen what the top rated Canadian-made stout can do when upwardly challenged.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sean for sharing one of these, and thanks to papat444 for picking up a few bottles and stashing them for down the road. Served in a Narke tulip.

A - Super dark mocha brown foam settles to a few wisps and thin collar, leaving minimal lace. Body is very dark brown, a tad lighter shade appearing at the fringes.

S - Massive bourbon and oak presence, but mingling with intense dark roast coffee. I imagine they must have continuously added coffee during and after barrel-aging, as this is still quite fresh smelling. The coffee mingling with the oak gives this a light acidity, and there's perhaps a touch of booze, but these are minor quibbles. Intense dark roast, vanilla, and chocolate-covered caramel round things out.

T - Taste is similarly excellent, with intense coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, and char, and oaky and vanilla-heavy bourbon in the finish. Coffee and oak yield a mild bitterness and acidity, but nothing excessive.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation, a bit of alcohol warmth, and a dry and tannic finish. I was concerned that this beer might thin out too much in the barrels, as standard Péché Mortel isn't the biggest beer. Somehow this has managed to maintain its heft - curious if the batch intended for barrels was tweaked a bit.

D - Awesome stuff. Looking forward to sharing a bottle with my wife when I finally get my hands on my stash this summer. A superb take on an already excellent beer. Worth the nuisance of international trading.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mothman
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.