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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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274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 356
Gots: 48 | 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 montrealbcr89
4.44/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jdprmd
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -24%
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.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +2%
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!

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3/5  rDev -32.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rutager
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.