Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

It pours black, very black, all black. Even around the edges when held up to the light. BLACK. Half a finger of tan head emerges from a middle pour and sticks around for about a minute then recedes to islands and a thin ring of lacing around the edges. The aroma is coffee grounds, roasty malts, and what I can best describe is an earthy must. The must isn’t offputting, merely different and slightly confusing. Taste is the same, coffee up front, bitterness lasts throughout, some chocolate to finish, and there’s that earthy must just hanging around and confusing ya boy. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, creamy, slick, and slightly chalky and drying on the finish. Overall this is outstanding. I love everything about this beer.

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Photo of C-Stockwell
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: This may have been the bottle I bought, but this beer had no head at all and looked flat when poured. Totally black with no red hints when held up to light and eye level.
S: Very aromatic of coffee, 80-100% cacao chocolate, and spices. The spice smell reminds me of burnt peppercorns.
T: This beer tastes exactly like Scho-ka-kola but with added bitterness (from hops) and dryness. For the uninformed, Scho-ka-kola is a German caffeinated dark chocolate that's intended as a "sport chocolate", or a way to keep awake.
F: Despite looking flat, the beer had good carbonation and is a bit creamy. The high alcohol content of the beer does not shine through, which is good on such an intensely flavored beer.

This is a very intense beer. This is definitely a quality beer. However, as taste is subjective, I can't really say I like the intensity. The flavors are balanced, but this beer smells exactly like opening up a fresh tin of Scho-ka-kola, where you're immediately hit in the face by the strong espresso smell.

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Photo of puck1225
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanksgiving morning beer!

Poured very dark brown from a bottle into a tulip glass. Good beige head and great lacing. Strong coffe smell. Great flavors of dark coffee, dark chocolate, berries and warm spice. Very nice beer!

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Photo of petrusek23
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lmaduells
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An immense beer A beer to enjoy it without excuses. Balanced and without consecrations. Too bad the price. But a great product that I will try repeatedly. The factory that makes this beer makes great products.

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Photo of npolachek
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jacwomyn
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsullivan
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle dated 3/6/17 poured into a Teku glass, 3 finger head falls to a slim constant ring throughout the entire glass.

Look: Can't decide between Jet Black and Jet Brown, either way its gorgeously dark

Smell: Roasted Coffee, plain and simple.

Taste: Roasted Coffee again. Much more bitter than majority of my previous coffee stout selection, leaves only the slightest of unpleasant bitter after taste on the middle third of my tounge. A touch of bitter chocolate

Feel: Not overpowering like you'd find in the style, enough body to support the coffee and alcohol. Dryer on the back end.

Overall: One of my favorite beers, every sip is exactly what I'd expect from the nose.

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Photo of hman43
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has strong aromas of coffee and roast. There are dark fruits low in the background with a slight hint of vanilla.

Taste: It has strong flavors or roast and coffee that produces quite a bit of bitterness. There are low levels of dark fruit with low levels of burnt flavorings. The vanilla is a little stronger in the flavor than the aroma.

Feel: It has a full body and is quite bitter. There is a tinge of harshness in the initial flavor that eases throughout the tasting experience.

Overall, a very good imperial stout with strong coffee and roast flavors.

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Photo of Djoneil
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught 8oz snifter at Wet City in Baltimore

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Photo of mishi_d
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black color, tan head, aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with cherry notes, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, flat, bitter finish.

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Photo of KamaZootra
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeff4900
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thorfinn960
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheLibarbarian
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic. Big and complex but so smooth, with massive roasted malt and coffee flavour up front, followed by chocolate, vanilla and a touch of hop.

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Photo of baklo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a foamy light brown head. Good retention. Spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Intense coffee, bordering on green pepper/chipotle. Subtle smoke. Dark chocolate, cacao, burnt toast, mild alcohol warmth.

T: Big pop of bitter chocolate, burnt toast, and burnt sugar upfront. Followed immediately by waves of coffee. First fresh coffee grounds, and then green pepper vegetal flavors, chili pepper spice, and wood smoke. The bitterness and roast lingers, with a subtle warmth going down.

F: Medium-plus--not creamy, thick, or chewy, but smooth and slick. Well carbonated. Leaves the palate slightly sticky.

O: A world-class imperial coffee stout. Perfect for those who prefer bitter stouts.

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Photo of teromous
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the back label: "BOTTLED ON: 2018-05-04 12:46 LOT:160"

Appearance: It pours an oily black into a pitch black body. The head is medium-large and settles at a medium height with amazing retention. It has a creamy textured khaki head. It is picture perfect.

Aroma: It has a very nice coffee aroma with just a bit of a burnt wood scent in the background and a light aroma of caramel.

Taste: Coffee comes through at first and it is quickly joined with this carbon flavor like steak char. It has a nice roasted, burnt character to it which works very nicely with the earthy coffee flavors. It has a bit of a smoky aftertaste. After a while of drinking the beer it also starts to pick up a bit of that pepper flavor that sometimes comes from coffee.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and easy to drink with a full body and a clean, dry finish. It is very easy to drink and it sits very well on the palate. The more the beer is consumed the more the quality is appreciated on the palate.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer that has been dialed in exquisitely. It is a very simple and well executed coffee imperial stout that leaves you wanting for nothing, except another glass. It is a very memorable beer that will leave a lasting impression on the drinker. Years later I can still recall the first time I had this beer and it has never failed to impress since that time. I will continue to drink this and I would highly recommend it to others.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: ink smeared
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is that super dark brown that's almost black. Very little visible carbonation. It don't look like much, but...

Anise and strong, freshly ground coffee on the nose. A little vanilla extract, which is accompanied by coffee. A little fig and prune, but there's a good bit of coffee. Did I mention coffee? Not bitter by any means, and actually fairly mellow, if strong.

Taste has dates and prunes, all with some sweet smokiness. Oh, and coffee. There's some cola nut, but it's buried behind coffee. There's also coffee, and it somewhat occupies two spaces, roasted and green. Thankfully, any bitterness is very minor.

Aftertaste is mostly roasted coffee, although the bitterness is increased from the taste. I don't know if there's even room for some generally expected level of carbonation. Good weight. And I don't think the alcohol stands a chance of coming through with all the coffee.

Maybe I shouldn't be finishing off the night with this one. 5 a.m., here I come.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterPro125
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

L - Pours an opaque black topped by a 1/4 finger tan head that persisted through most of the drink.

S- Roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and a slight hint of chocolate sweetness. Very reminiscent of Bailey's Irish Cream.

T- Same as the aroma, with the addition of a slight hop bitterness on the tail end. The coffee and hops balance well with the sweeter notes in this beer.

F- Medium-Light body and moderate carbonation. Lighter bodied than quite a few Imperial Stouts that I've had but this most definitely contributes to the ease of drinkability.

O- I'm not surprised one little bit, but this beer is fantastic. It presents everything that you could ever want in a stout and certainly doesn't drink like a 9.5% brew/

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Photo of JuanFushashi
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egrandfield
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jibs
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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