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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
97
world-class

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 318
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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4.25/5  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
Photo of mtomlins
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
Photo of SebD
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
Photo of FrostBlast
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
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

BuckTuckian, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

4ster, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/12, making this a little over a year old. Poured into snifter.

Pours black with small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Lots of alcohol legs on sides of glass.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, and oak. Aroma is a bit reminiscent of KBS. Lovely!

On the palate you get that Peche strong coffee flavor mixed with rich dark chocolate notes and a rounding bourbon oak character. Freshly brewed black coffee, dark cocoa nibs, peaty molasses, grade b maple syrup, vanilla bean, oak, and caramelized dark dry fruit poking in gently. This is delicious. So smooth and drinkable. No flavor dominates though the coffee is still the front runner.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things for an Imperial Stout. You can expect that when they are brewed with coffee though. Mouthfeel is Black Note body all the way with a bit less creaminess. Good carbonation for the style.

Overall this is outstanding. You get big coffee, rich dark chocolates, smooth vanilla and bourbon characters, and a nice faint smokey flavor that makes this stand apart from a lot of other barrel aged stouts. Definitely up their with my favorite bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts which includes the likes of BCBCS, KBS, and BA Speedway. Only wish this was more available.

MarcWP, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jlee185, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

sirsteve42, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

22Blue, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

LarryAppleton, Jan 12, 2014
Péché Mortel (Bourbon Barrel) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.