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Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 340
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 423
Gots: 60 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 340
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly jet black with some brown around the top, half a finger of tan coloured head with some light lace. Smell is like the original, coffee and chocolate come through, bourbon oak is present as well, a nice roasted presence and very nicely put together overall. Taste has lots of espresso and bourbon, oak, roast and a nice vanilla and chocolate flavour that is like fudge cake, finishes bitterswee with coffee and bourbon in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated and very creamy and smooth, full body. This was incredible stuff, something I wish I can come across again at some point, outstanding really. (603 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at WVRST for the DDC party. Into a tulip.

Black with a brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Nose is similar to the regular Peche, coffee, espresso and cocoa. Light oak and the bourbon character is modest enough to let the base Peche still remain prominent. Taste has bourbon, espresso, cocoa. Alot of Peche character still remains, and the bourbon wraps itself in and around it - doesn't dominate the beer but does it's best to compliment. More oak, brown sugar and a bit of bourbon in the finish. Medium heavy body, viscous but not overbearing. Low carbonation elevates the drinkability of this. Brilliant BBA beer, really lived up to the hype for me. (672 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -12%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Served side by side with the standard Péché Mortel.

The beer is dark brown with a small, beige head that leaves almost no lacing on the snifter. The dominant aromas are oak and bourbon, followed by a roasty, coffee presence. The flavor follows suit. The delectable coffee character I enjoy so much in the standard version is a bit overrun by the dominant bourbon barrel flavors. That said, this is still a very tasty beer. A nice, warming finish shows a bit of the alcohol. While this was most definitely a nice treat, I would have to give the nod to the plain ol' Péché Mortel. (624 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to hoppypocket for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip. Bottled in 08/11. 2010 Reserve.

A - Dark black with a small amount of espresso coloured head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass. Very spotty lacing.

S - Huge dark roasted espresso up front that gives way to some bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt aromas.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee up front that gives way to charred oak and roasted malt flavours in the middle. The finish is where most of the barrel characteristics show up - with some sweet bourbon and a hint of vanilla. The flavours are very well integrated with the bourbon being present without dominating as it does in many barrel aged beers.

M - Medium body with a really nice chew. Light carbonation.

O - This was fantastic. I would have liked a little more bourbon to be present - usually my comment is that there is too much bourbon in BBA beers. (901 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to unibroue4ever for sending this bottle, one I've been wanting to try for a while. 2010 version.

Pours pitch black with a small fizzy tan head that recedes quickly to nothing.

Aroma is excellent, reminds me of KBS, with lots of freshly ground coffee still evident but blending nicely with vanilla and bourbon. Some chocolate, rich dessert-like nose.

Oh wow, thick molasses, bakers chocolate, fresh coffee, vanilla, and a perfect mixture of bourbon and oak. A little bit of acidic bitterness going down from the coffee and lots of dark roasted malts

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and close to full bodied. Decadent feel overall.

A fantastic BA stout. I love coffee stouts and subtle barrel treatments and this has both. Really happy to have tried this one. (775 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 release. Bottled August 2011 as per label notches.
Special thanks to Hoppypocket for this, and special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for facilitating this.

A- What is there to say? It's black as black can be. No light escaping and you are presented with a booming three finger dark tan head that slowly drops to a thin cap with chunky lacing everywhere. Looks almost creamy.

S- Booming assault of espresso and bourbon. Brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, oak, and a touch of brewers licorice. There is a touch of booziness in the nose that warms the nostrils a little bit but I don't mind!

T- Bourbon right up at the front, followed by a nice char taste, than vanilla, a little booze and finishing off with coffee and chocolate. This is magnifiient, I enjoy how the bourbon is there but not overbearing that you can't pick out the finer things in it. The coffee really shines and that is a great thing.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy with a touch of carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth follows close by.

O- How do you perfect the most perfect coffee stout ever made? Throw it in a bourbon barrel and let it sit. I'm glad to have tried this, will definitely seek again and I even happier such a renowned beer is a product of Canada! (1,248 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a decent light mocha rim. Nose is a ton of fesh coffee beans with some chocolates and a touc of vanilla. Opens up with chocolates that move into a lot of coffee flavors. These transition into some subtle vanilla and bourbon flavors. The coffee comes back and ends this beer. Mouth is medium and smooth - the loads of coffee gives it a dry finish. Overall, this is a really nice bourbon barrel aged beer. It complements, rather than overpowers, the base beer. Highly recommended if you are a fan of th regular version. (543 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.72/5  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. (624 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2011.

Totally black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Bourbon stands out strongly in the nose. A very nice smell but it really dominates the rest of the beer.

The taste is a different story. The regular coffee and cocoa flavours of Peche Mortel are clearly present, but nicely complemented by bourbon and oak, the bourbon being more present than the oak. Some vanilla in the finish. The barrel effect is very well integrated- present but not overpowering. Very nice.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice and lively without any irritation. Very smooth and silky. Lovely.

Overall, excellent. I would say I prefer it to the regular version. A real treat. (687 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, shared with blatantdream.

Black body, tan head, good head w/strong retention, sticky lace. Lots of bourbon flavors in the nose and taste, but its addition isn't at the expense of balance. The bourbon adds its own characteristics to this already decadent, complex brew without stealing the limelight, and that's precisely how it should be done.

An improvement over the (already fantastic) base. Wish this were easier to acquire :( (445 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Carl for bringing this!
Pours very dark brown. Almost black. Thick. Nice tan head. Yellowish tint on the edges.
Smells like fuck you coffee! Holy cow. Touch of barrel peaking through. Very nice earthy coffee aroma...
Tastes a bit bitter but very nice. Tons of coffee... Light barrel characteristics. Like peche mortel but with a bourbon kick.
Nice mouthfeel. Overall very nice (383 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  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. (918 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (936 characters)

Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.