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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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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 307
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 1/4/12

A other then some cola at the edge this ones black, a short lived dark mocha two finger head leaves a single ring of lace

S coco powder and chocolate cake mix well with the woody, smokey bourbon, the espresso`s faded but still there with a little vanilla and booze

T some char and even more smokey bourbon, cold espresso is strong on the finish, a nice blend of dark roast and barrel goodness

M mellow carbonation in a fairly thick brew, leaves a slight tingle in my mouth and a big finish of char and espresso, there`s some heat even on a 2010 bottle leaves me wondering what the final alc% was

O this is an intense bad ass with a fair bit of complexity, some booze popping up here and there is my only complaint

A nice surprise from the most generous hoser, I`m pretty stoked I had a few of the newer version in the mail because this is one I want to age and revisit. Get this one if you can boys and girls.

wordemupg, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

largadeer, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of dsgolovin
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

dsgolovin, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Khazadum, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

metter98, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of BBP
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with slightly less head than regular peche. Slight lacing and a little less retention.

The aroma has great bourbon richness to it with a little less intensity to the coffee. A little sharper but slightly subtle still.

The taste is well balanced between the coffee and the bourbon. While it's slightly richer the body is thinner and a little less intense. It definitely seems a bit more universally appealing but the sharp bitterness of regular peche is missing. The bitterness does build up quite well by the end though. The appeal just built up till the end.

The body is medium/heavy and the finish is fairly dry and sticky.

Overall, a great version of peche. I slightly prefer it to the regular and i'm really glad I got the chance to try it. I'd love to try this on tap. A slightly thicker body would make this perfect.

BBP, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, light mocha-colored head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Excellent combo of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. The coffee is right up front and stands out the most, while the chocolate and bourbon are less intense and create an excellent level of complexity. There's also notes of vanilla, light roast, cream, and oak. Such good stuff!

T - The coffee isn't as pronounced here, instead, melding with the sweetness of burnt sugars and chocolate and light bourbon barrel notes. All very-well done and simply stunning. Other notes of vanilla, burnt sugars, and coffee beans. When all combined together, this stuff is just lovely. Finish is bitter coffee and dark chocolate with light creamy bourbon barrel.

M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This is a stunner. Dieu Du Ciel has created one helluva beer that surprisingly beats out the non-barrel aged version. I didn't think the regular Péché Mortel could be improved upon, but I was wrong. This stuff is ready to drink now, no need to age. One of the best bourbon barrel-aged beers in recent memory. Get this.

Sean9689, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

oldp0rt, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great big thanks to BlogueDeBieres for this bottle!

A - Dark brown body looking basically opaque and black. A moderate brown head forms and retreats quickly to a thick ring

S - Damn. A coffee presence blends brilliantly with light notes of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, a light alcohol, and a bit of the bourbon

T - Sweet chocolate and roasted toffee, a touch of caramel. Bourbon comes through more here and is present in the back of the taste most of all. Bits of dark fruits are also here in the back. Very nice taste here.

M - Smooth and pretty thick, a bit drying, verging on mild astringency.

O - this is a really great beer. The base is of course a great beer, and the barrel merely compliments it nicely, and does not get in the way.

ColdPoncho, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

lbour, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

elricorico, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

tbeckett, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

smithmd4, Dec 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -32.9%

emdawg, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of EagleRare
5/5  rDev +11.9%

EagleRare, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of M27
5/5  rDev +11.9%

M27, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of eat
5/5  rDev +11.9%

eat, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for black Wednesday at the brewpub.

Pours a dark and opaque blackish red, no light gets through, thin light brown head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots and legs stick, looks nice.

Smell is really intense, huge toffee and caramel, vanilla, coffee and espresso roast, biscuit, insane malty, some raisin and sweet fruit through the middle, lightly buttery wood, oaky, alcohol, prunes, more coffee, chocolate milk, crazy.

Taste is similar, sweet toffee, treacle, chocolate milk with an espresso shot, a bit boozy but super smooth through the middle, biscuit, vanilla, oak, nice woody character, not overdone, more coffee and caramel, more vanilla and oak, intense finish, smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, buttery smooth, with low carbonation. Bit of warmth from the alcohol but super smooth. Wow, didn't think Peche Mortel could get better but I was wrong, this is a masterpiece.

Viggo, Jun 14, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

SFLpunk, Jun 30, 2009
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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.