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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
98
world-class

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 298
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-30-2009)
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

JeanFLeclerc, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Ozzylizard, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

WillAndSarah, Jun 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

GoGriz, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

andrenaline, Jun 08, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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

KornWallace, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ColieMae, May 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

KrizzlyBear, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

twenty5, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

metalgdog, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

yancot, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

tectactoe, Apr 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

KoG, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

judkinst, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

mtomlins, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

apasternak, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Caudalie, Mar 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Kmat10, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

schnarr84, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

KeKeKumba, Mar 06, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

SebD, Mar 01, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

341mL bottle

2013 VINTAGE, 12 MONTHS IN BOURBON CASKS

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

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.

FrostBlast, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jfstilling, Feb 23, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

zhivago373, Feb 12, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

unclejazz, Feb 11, 2014
Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.