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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

195 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 282
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-30-2009)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-23-2013 00:45:13 | More by Luk13
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-14-2013 01:05:55 | More by spycow
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-09-2013 03:12:49 | More by waddellc2
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-08-2013 23:09:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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jdprmd

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.1%

01-01-2013 15:06:14 | More by eawolff99
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SandS

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

12-22-2012 17:51:51 | More by SandS
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -10.1%

12-17-2012 16:33:49 | More by bluesplit63
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -24.7%
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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vissai

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

12-04-2012 17:51:17 | More by vissai
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girlmeetsbeer16

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-29-2012 02:12:51 | More by girlmeetsbeer16
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev 0%
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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, with a finger of medium to dark coloured head. Leaves a bit of lacing and dissipates to a foamy ring.

The aroma is of glorious bourbon. Intense, but not overwhelming and not too weak at all. Vanilla, and wood mingle in as well. Though some age on this, the coffee is still there, and quite nice considering the age. There's really nothing to complain about with the aroma.

Tastes awesome. The only notch is heat is a bit up there. Very roasty, with a big bourbon note, vanilla and accompanying woodiness. There's a surprising amount of roasted coffee as well.

The feel is good, creamy, somewhat slick. Not quite as full bodied for the style.

Overall, it's fantastic. Other than a less than perfect mouthfeel, this thing is the whole package! Wish it wasn't so limited!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:24:25 | More by EgadBananas
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -32.6%

10-11-2012 01:15:43 | More by jbertsch
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

09-28-2012 22:20:30 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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dtmets84

New York

3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:04:31 | More by dtmets84
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beenitty

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

09-05-2012 18:37:55 | More by beenitty
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brealbg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-04-2012 14:00:55 | More by brealbg
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to hoppypocket for this Quebec treat. I must admit that I have high expectations for this. The regular version is one of my regular favs.

Appearance. Pours thick and close to black with a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Dark, slightly sour coffee, some dark roasted malts and molasses, just a little smooth wood, vanilla, and booze.

Taste. Roasty coffee and smokey wood, caramel, smooth boozy bourbon, dark roasted malts and a little molasses.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation, slight (and nice) boozy warmth.

Overall. A very nice BBA stout from Canada!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 21:26:54 | More by Rutager
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Fibrillator

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 05:31:12 | More by Fibrillator
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 11:45:26 | More by papat444
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

08-18-2012 01:19:13 | More by chickenm
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 19:20:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

08-15-2012 19:04:31 | More by imperialking
Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.