Péché Mortel
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #201
Ranked #438
4.41 | pDev: 8.39%
May 07, 2023
Jun 09, 2003
Péché MortelPéché Mortel
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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Reviewed by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Finally got to try this top ranked beer in Canada. Does it live up to it’s rep. Lets find out.the pour is indeed thick and black with a coffee collar that stayed for a bit. Nose is coffee roasted goodness with chocolate underlay. Taste is similar with roasted coffee upfront and boozy finish. Feel is light surprisingly, not as much body as I was expecting. Look, it’s good but do think some brewers in Canada have come up with comparables. Rorshach comes to mind as does flying monkeys attempts and third moon. This one has been around for ages and so its reputation has built, but I do feel Ontario can now match it’s prowess.
May 07, 2023
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One year old. Can to snifter.

L: Pours pitch black with a light brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. A couple of very fine floaters visible.

S: Coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate and vanilla. Dark and smoky with some sweet hints.

T: Dark and malty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate complemented by some smoky hints. Minimal sweetness. Very bitter.

F: Smooth and creamy on the one side. Rather light bodied and drinkable on the other side. Medium carbonation.

O: Very good no-bullshit coffee stout with a classic flavor profile. Drinks very smoothly, but could be a bit thicker. Works great, even without any barrel aging.
Apr 06, 2023
Rated: 4.69 by nullbort from Canada (ON)

Apr 01, 2023
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown/black with a 1F tan head and moderate lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and caramel.

Tastes of toasted malt, dark chocolate, mildly bitter coffee , caramel and vanilla with a mildly bitter boozy warm finish.

Medium heavy body with light carbonation. Lush syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a well made, very strong and complex sipper. It's at its most bitter just out of the refrigerator and gets sweeter and mellower as it warms.
Mar 30, 2023
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Rated by Zanico from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on 2016-01-11 12:14LOT114
Mar 03, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
11.5oz can received as a gift from a friend. Batch number 69. I emailed the brewery to ask when this was bottled. They said approximately 2013-10-17, so this beer is almost 9 1/2 years old! Interesting and surprising fact - this is a screw-off bottle cap!

Look: This beer is quite dark (black with brown highlights) but doesn't appear to be so thick. There is a very thin tan-colored head around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Nice roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aromas. A bit of fruitiness and lots of booze. Slightly reminiscent of chocolate covered cherry cordials.

Taste: It's tasty. For me, this has the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. Up front, it's very roasty and a bit fruity, somewhat sweet. The finish is initially mildly sweet, and then gradually shifts to a full-on bitter, chocolatey and coffee-laden finish.

Feel: It's on the thin side for an Imperial Stout, I would call this medium bodied or perhaps medium plus. Appropriately carbonated - not too much carbonation and not too little either. As I take my time to sip on this, it's not nearly as enjoyable as it loses its carbonation.

Overall: It's a very solid coffee Imperial Stout. I had this beer once before either at a bottle share or at home over 15 years ago. I remember being extremely impressed with it then. I'm not so taken with this beer now. I'm not sure if it's because this bottle has a lot of age on it, or because the bar has been raised for coffee stouts and craft beer in general over time. I think that this is not getting a fair shake due to age. Either way, this aged bottle is good (not amazing in my opinion). Then again, my review needs to be taken in consideration given that this bottle is old and that a fresh bottle will undoubtedly taste different and probably a lot better.
Feb 21, 2023
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
11.5oz bottle
Bottled Date: 2021-08-12
Consumed on: 17 Feb, 2023
Glass: Snifter
ABV: 9.5 %
Serving Temp: room temp

Thick black with a 1-finger creamy light brown head. The head is slow to dissipate and leaves awesome lacing along the glass.

Lightly sweetened medium to light roast coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Notes of vanilla and a touch of oak. The vanilla makes the brew smell like it has some cream or more accurately creamer (good creamer) in it. A faint wisp of smoke can be detected if one tries.

Wonderfully balanced sweetened medium-roast coffee with a touch of cream and bittersweet chocolate. A nice earthy bitterness is present but is part of the coffee and does not overwhelm. The sip finishes spicy, a bit bitter, but also a touch sweet. Smokiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Smooth and viscous. Some late warmth from the alcohol. The body is medium with a step to the thin side.

An excellent Imperial Coffee Stout. Nicely complex, very tasty, and surprisingly drinkable. The only knock to the brew is its thinner-than-expected body. But that's my issue, not the beer's.

If you like coffee and/or coffee stouts, pick this up and give it a try.
Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2023
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Reviewed by cag_3939 from Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
To be fair I’ve been drinking Peche Mortel for about 12 years. Over the years I’ve had some great beers but this is the only one I’m willing to buy online to make sure I have it readily in stock.
It pours nearly black with a half finger of creamy, hazelnut-colored head.
The smell let’s you know what kind of a ride you are about to enjoy. A punch of roasted coffee comes first, followed by dark chocolate, dark fruits, leather and tobacco smoke.
The taste follows the nose with each aspect getting to shine as the beer warms. Coffee roast, dark chocolate are front and center with some subtle dark fruitiness giving way to a leather and ash finish. All are well balanced.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a moderate carbonation but isn't overly boozy for 9.5% ABV.
To this day the best beer I’ve ever had.
Jan 19, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.5oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 3/2015, so 7 years old.

Black body, small tan head doesn't last long but leaves a light spider's web of lacing.

Aroma is nicely of coffee.

On tasting, strong coffee flavor, smooth, lightly sweet, some warmth from the abv.

Mouth above medium, finish coffee with a faint roasted malt.

Overall, impressed that 7 years in the bottle doesn't diminish the coffee. Unless a fresh one is an outright coffee bomb.
Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2015 vintage; growler into pint glass. Pours essentially black with no head. Initial impression is roasted malts, dark choclate, and coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is medium - thinner than I like for a Stout. Finish fades to a smokycoffee bitterness. Overall, an interesting and true-to-style Imperial Stout.
Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Solid black appearance with a thin tan head.
Has light carbonation thick heavy feel to the body.
Aroma is a deep rich smokey,char, dark bakers chocolate, coffee grinds.
Taste has a harsh but pleasant coffee bitterness, dry dark chocolate, roasted malt with some smokey wood.
Overall an excellent beer
Jul 19, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
light stout slightly creamy but nothing else
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured nicely.
Very noticeable coffee smell.
Too much. Doesn't taste like beer with coffee, tastes like coffee with carbonation. Overpowering.
Not to my liking.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A magnificent stout with a bold in-your-face roasted coffee flavor. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle dated 2019.

Body poured bible black with initial head that receded to a thin ring around the edge during the tasting.

The nose is roasted coffee with chocolate flavor expressed from the malts. Very pleasing.

The body follows the nose but adds a significant bitterness. Chocolate malts and char arrive with the bitterness than all fade to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good though a bit thin for my expectations of a stout of high ABV. The powerful flavor more than compensates.

Coffee fans must track this beer down. You'll thank me later.
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours black. Aroma is best feature of this beer. Incredibly intense coffee aroma with equally intense dark chocolate & roasty, smokey char. Taste doesn't match aroma. Tastes like I'm drinking strong coffee. That's it. Mouthfeel is way too thin for me.
Jun 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this fucker walking through Modern Day McArthur Park..if you know you know . It's like the 90s all over again here

Dieu De Ciel - Peche Mortel
Imperial Stout with Coffee.
No bottle date
Not a fan of their label rework at all but it's what's inside that counts right

Drinking it out the bottle so forgive my notes.
Nose is alll roasted coffee goodness, cacao nibs, semi sweet chocolate and dark malts. A bit on the sweeter side .
As with all well made stouts taste follows nose with that big robust coffee flavor , semivsweet chocolate, cacao, dark fruit and big dark malt flavor that adds some sweetness (coffee balances this well cuz its not overpowering sweetness at all, very mild) .

Look: don't know.

Feel: as expected from non ba coffee stout. Lingers on the palate for a while and gives your teeth that 'drinking coffee' dry feel.

Overall : enjoyable no bullshit Coffee Stout.
Thanks @micada"
May 29, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by festizio from California

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 1/27/2022. Poured into a stout glass at 59°. It pours nearly black with a half finger of creamy, toffee-colored head and lacing. It smells of freshly-brewed coffee, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco smoke, and nutty char. The coffee in the flavor is strong, burnt, and acidic. It combines with baker's chocolate, burnt nuts, and earthy char and is as dry and roasty as they come. There is just a hint of chocolate and caramel sweetness but this is a bitter brew. The flavors are big and bold and it finishes with a strong dose of hop bitterness. Delicious! The mouthfeel is creamy but not quite as viscous as I'd expected. It's moderately carbonated and isn't overly boozy for 9.5% ABV. Overall, this is the quintessential coffee stout. I'd recommend against drinking it before bed if you want to sleep. I don't know why Dieu du Ciel doesn't distribute to northern New Jersey but now that I can find it in South Jersey or eastern Penna. I'll be sure to stock up.
May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pitch black pour with toffee colored lacing.

S - Intense chocolate roast aroma with some char and deep coffee aroma.

T - Coffee roast, char, deep chocolate malt roast all up front and ends with a lingering chocolate roast/coffee bitterness.

M - Full silky body with some slight thinness around the edges and very dry on the back of the tongue.

O - This is a Classic and fantastic Imperial Stout that never gets old. Highly recommended.
Apr 06, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by Johncnh from New Hampshire

Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by cozmo from New York

Jan 15, 2022
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Rated by naikwot

2.96/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
More chocolate than beer to me - nice bitterness - coffee comes through mid-back palate.
Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Rated: 4.25 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Sep 01, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by mmars010 from Virginia

Jul 22, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.98 by 2dspot

May 22, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Iski100 from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
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
Rated: 4.6 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Mar 15, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Justincredble from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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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