Péché Mortel
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #95
Ranked #317
4.42 | pDev: 8.37%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: 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.
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jkblr from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle notched 1 0 2 (my research shows this is a batch number and means nothing) poured into teku glass at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with just a hint of light penetration around the edges. The head (or lack thereof) never fully develops and presents as the finest, razor thin ring around the glass. No lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring coffee and a hint of booze. The taste is bittersweet coffee, chocolate and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, there's not a lot of life left in this bottle. I wish this beer was still imported. I would try fresh given the opportunity. Scores are skewed up as this bottle was just purchased off a room temperature shelf this week and has clearly suffered.

Nov 18, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle, born on 9/18/19, poured into a snifter at 52 degrees F:
L - black with a hazelnut head that lingered
S - coffee, chocolate, roasted malt
T - very dry, malt flavor with coffee and a bit of chocolate on the finish
F - thick mouthfeel, very dry, little carbonation
O - Fabulous beer, very dry with strong bold flavors of coffee and roasted malt

Apr 01, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste of dark roasted coffee is up front along with roasted malts that have a burnt-toasted character and a nice bitterness that lingers, but not too long. Nice imperial stout.

Mar 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 9.5%. Black colour, moderate tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast malts and dark chocolate. Rich flavour, but not too sweet, notes of roast malts and strong coffee, also plenty of bittering hops. Hints of dark bitter chocolate and unsweetened liquorice. Good beer, but not as outstanding as expected.

Mar 18, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

WOW. This beer is really something special.
Looks like any other deep black imperial stout does. Beautiful black in colour with small brown head, leaves some lacing.
Smells like roasted malt with some subtle dark roast coffee. Very inviting.
The taste of this beer is amazing. Nice roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee, and some vanilla maybe in the back. Some chocolate notes and brown sugar are present as well and it's all very well balanced. I didn't notice any of the fruit notes other people have reported. I drank the bottle in like 2 minutes without even noticing so this is definitely a dangerous drinker.
The mouthfeel was quite pleasant and full bodied. Doesn't coat the mouth but has that medium-full body with light-medium carbonation.
Overall at $14 for 4 bottles this beer is insane. This is the best overall Canadian beer I've ever found and I love Dieu du Ciel. Such a great beer and huge recommend for anyone with access to it.

Feb 23, 2021
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IKR from California

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a generous-sized foamy dark beige head that slowly faded. A very good looking Imperial Stout.

Smell: Roasted malts, moderate coffee and some very mild brown sugar notes. The coffee and the roasted malts are the star here.

Taste: The taste profile features prominent coffee and roasted malt notes, and some very faint brown sugar notes. The finish is fairly dry featuring the roast malts and coffee notes lingering to the end. The beer has a mild alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation. Not the thickest stout but it still has a good mouthfeel.

Overall: A good coffee stout. The flavor profile is that of a prototypical stout with a real roasted malt backbone plus a nice coffee presence. A good pastry stout is tasty but sometimes it's good to go back to the basics.

Dec 08, 2020
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andy_legrunge from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased based on a rave review from Foss Co. in Golden, an accolade to take very seriously. Still, at $5/12 oz I wasn't expecting something quite this ... exceptional. By appearance it's an average imperial stout, jet black with a thin tan head, but oh wow. The reviewer who called it "something like hard cold brew" pretty much nailed it. Delicately chocolaty and dark fruity, with a seamlessly integrated bitterness upon a clean but comforting body. An elegant palette of bold and beautiful flavors that never overstay their welcome. (By the way, hard cold brew does exist, and it's disgusting.)

Oct 13, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle that looks to be dated about 4 years old. Black as night with minimal chocolate milk head leaving scant lacing ,appears rather flat. Nose is muted coffee,smoky roasty malt and a bit of sweetness. Taste is mostly smoky with a slight bitterness. Interesting. Finishes almost like an espresso but drier and woody.

Jul 12, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with compact and persistent hazelnut head. Scent of chocolate, coffee, toasts, vanilla, smoked wood, dark fruits, sweet ethyl bourbon note. Beginning with chocolate cake, plum and then coffee, roasting and hoppy finish. Aftertaste rich in roasts and alcoholic notes with herbaceous persistence. Medium / high and creamy body, low carbonation. Very balanced and elegant drink. Delicious.

May 23, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received on trade with @MATTS2896.
You've heard of hard iced tea, yes? For Peche Mortel, think hard cold-brewed coffee (if there were such a thing. Who knows, maybe there is).
A - Like coffee, with a slight khaki head
S - Cold brew coffee, with some molasses stirred in
T - More complex than the nose. The coffee blends with roasty (something, maybe from the malts), raisins and licorice
M - Medium light body, and a silkiness that is unusual in a stout that is not very heavy.
O - the only mortal sin would be passing up the chance to consume this.

May 14, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First try on this one, won’t be my last, may revise in time

Poured deep brown black with a frothy two and a half finger caramel head. Head retained like a dollop of cream and was included in every sip(gulp). Beautiful foam lacing

Smells incredible, a step above most coffee stouts, a punch of roasted coffee comes to the fore with subtle notes of dark fruits, raisins, dates, plums, etc.

Easy Coffee bitterness, hoppy in a sense, while somehow sweet and warming. Absolutely lovely, the base imperial stout notes are there but enhanced to another level.

Feels full through a pronounced head giving it a latte/cappuccino-esque umami. Rounded out while having a sting and thinness at once. Truly magical

I imagine there are many more of this style that hit everyone differently, and while I (usually) never drink before 5pm, I had this one for breakfast. Absolutely perfect in the morning, though I wouldn’t suggest more than one until late afternoon. As that would be a (insert obligatory dad joke here) mortal sin

Apr 29, 2020
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark jet black, with a thick rich mocha head. Nice lacing
S-Strong aroma of freshly brewed coffee, with elements of cinnamon and molasses accompanying coffee and caramel notes
M-Lighter than expected mouthfeel with low end carbonation.
T-strong coffee bitterness, with a coffee flavor, that morphs into burnt toast and an earthy smoky char that is quite pleasant. The alcohol is definitely present but not overpowering
O-This is a very nice representation of an imperial stout, that is coffee forward.

Mar 23, 2020
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im_thelumberjack from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice cocoa coffee smell and strong black stout. Taste leans very heavily on the coffee side, especially on the bitter black side. It was a bit surprising at first, but after a little bit I really enjoyed the flavor, almost like a shot of espresso with a hint of chocolate and bitters.

Mar 22, 2020
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3.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a coffee beer fan so this is rough. Lots of hype over this beer and I didn't particularly enjoy it. Way to much coffee notes, the bouquet was ok and there was some liquorice taste mixed in to a smoked coffee. Very dark, heavy and overall disappointed. Not even an average stout in my mind. Of you like heavy coffee porters or stouts then this is your haven! No for me thank you.

Mar 01, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque, coal-black body with an incredibly dense, rocky, creamy light tan head; thick, sticky rings of foam cascade down the glass. Fine aroma of cocoa and milk chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The taste is made up of a quietly sweet chocolate and charred grain character; coffee bitterness builds strongly at the mid-point and lasts long into the finish. Heavy, silky smooth body; oily.

I've been searching for this beer for a while now, and happened upon it by accident on a trip yesterday up to Boulder, CO. And I have no idea if newer versions are available (this sample was bottled 2018-09-21), but this relatively older version tastes incredible. The coffee component is well-maintained. Balanced, complex and luxurious!

Mar 01, 2020
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Craig-er from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am fortunate to be able to taste this extraordinary stout from Quebec. Purchased in Kittery ME and aged from 2018. Kicked up some nice head that turned into some lovely lacing. A seductive smell of espresso and faint vanilla. Taste is very complex with dry dark chocolate...very subtle and not overwhelming. Very impressed with this north of the border creation. Tasted a second time and altered my review upward due the beautiful flavors and complexity.

Jan 27, 2020
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3-Mar-2019 at Cambridge Brewing Co. Stout Week. Nice foam. Black color. Coffee and malt aroma and flavor. Moderate sweetness. Sweet finish.

Nov 19, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Péché Mortel cascades from the bottle with a minor glug to it. The rich dark brown liquid is tinted by a but of burgundy but rests in the glass as a solid black mass. Above rests an impressive foam. Creamy, rolling hills of dark tan coat the glass as it slowly descends.

No question the influence of our friend, the roasted coffee bean. Yet the espresso is balanced by a blend of sweet and bitter chocolates and cinnamon roll dough. Along with an iron metallic afterthought, this beer smells like it should. A stout, with coffee.

In some ways, the flavor excels. The chocolate notes take on a more baked brownie burned edge (the best part). It's sweet at first, but then that coffee comes in, full, roasty, bitter. Somewhere in the between, a nuttiness struggles for attention. Hazelnut might be the closest I can claim. In the finish, the aforementioned iron-metallic/ mineral quality lingers.

Sweetness has its moment of glory, but it is quickly overcome by roast, char, and bitter onslaughts. It's a bit thin, thinner than expected by the looks of the pour. The elevated abv creeps up on you as there is little warmth and no flavor of it.

Are there better coffee stouts out there? Sure, perhaps. But not many can claim as few as adjuncts while still delivering amount of complexities in both flavor and aroma. Being picky, I would like it to be fuller, richer, even a tad creamier, but that's only because I like my coffee that way.


Jun 23, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with soft, tan foam.

Smell is very much about the coffee, but there is some fudge, hazelnuts and tobacco in the background.

Taste is roasty and again, very coffee driven. Notes of dark chocolate, fudge and pipe tobacco are also present along with a hint of ash and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice coffee stout, just lacking a little bit of body for me.

May 15, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

About as good as a non-barrel aged stout can get. Some think this beer is overrated, but I think it superbly roasty and very well balanced. I put it slightly above Fremont Dark Star and that is saying a lot.

Apr 21, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/4/18

Pours a deep black body with about a finger or so of creamy-looking tan foam; head retention is decent, and recedes slowly to a paper-thin cap and an only slightly thicker collar; ample bits of thick lacing wall a good portion of the glass with great consistency.

Aroma bursts with intensely roasty espresso, bringing a meddled depth of dark fruits hints of dark and milk chocolate; soft vanilla comes and goes, adding a semi-sweetness, while the interplay of vaguely present but punchy hops alongside roasty malt sees a foundational balance shine through.

Taste is largely familiar to the nose, still highlighting an unavoidably big, roasty coffee bean character bolstered with earthy dark chocolate malt and wisps of dark fruit; hints of smoke and light hops come in on the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a slight creaminess sitting atop a dry, medium body (fleeting thinness prevents it from getting any heftier) with leveled carbonation to start; a brilliant, roasty bitterness that pops across your tongue develops along the way; dry finish with a subtle but lasting roasty, gritty bitterness.

Intense coffee guides this one all the way, and it drags a ton of depth from the bean even at nearly a year old. Uniqueness on the palate caps things off for a pure, well-done coffee stout, and leaves me wanting to seek out both fresher bottles and variants.

Apr 17, 2019
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CanadianPastafarian from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall not a bad beer. Quite delicious actually. The beer is a dark black colour with a brownish white head on the top and smells quite smoky. In terms of taste it is definitely a smoky strong stout with notes of cocoa, espresso, and general coffee flavour. It is a smooth drinking stout, though not quite as smooth as some of the other stouts that I have tried. Overall I would rate this delicious beer a 4 out of 5. I bought this beer at the craft beer mecca known as the Bromont Metro in the ski resort town of Bromont Québec.

Mar 11, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really impressed with the deep roast, and the long-lasting coffee flavor. Smooth, nicely blended, alcohol never apparent. This one will stay with you well into a cold Quebec night.

Feb 18, 2019
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomb. Hard. Alcoholic. Coffee porter, smoked malt flavor. Subtle chocolate. Strong roastedness. Woah the flavor in this is so strong. Good beer. Love it.

Feb 17, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Trade in from drunkenmess' cellar! 2015 edition. Smokestack Snifter.

Deep inky black pour though not as thick as some RIS (that that's ok) with a beige head of 1/2 finger.

I get metallic coffee and some Raisinets on the nose, with a slight caramel presence, piney hop, boozy oak, and more metal.

Flavor brings a good dose of piney hop to the table, almost like a Black IPA, with following thick sweetness, dry cocoa powder, and molasses. Metallic coffee and charred espresso bean is also dominant, with some chocolate notes popping up here and there. Caramel and dry boozy oak surface as well. It's a rough sipper though, very hoppy.

Feel is creamy and has a nice smooth carbonation to it. Resiny hops linger on the palate creating a film.

Overall a bit on the bitter side for me personally, it is more like a Black IPA with chocolate and oak than a great RIS. I've always liked my beers malty anyways unless it's an IPA (then bring on the hops!). Would likely pass next time as it's not my taste.

Jan 28, 2019
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