Péché Mortel
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #91
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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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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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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

5 oz of each 2015 and 2018 vintages. Pour deep rich black colour with limited tan head (minimal with the 2015). Aroma is sweet coffee, a bit roasty, dark chocolate - the coffee aroma has faded in the 2015.
Taste is roasted chocolate malt, coffee forward in 2018 with some bitter espresso effect; 2015 has notes of the coffee but smoother, more sweetness and more chocolate.
Carbonation is medium with a fuller body in 2018 version, less in slightly thinned out but smooth/velvety 2015.
Both vintages are great with only subtle differences - think the fresher may have been my preference, but if lean toward sweet/less bitter aging does the trick.

Repeat 2018 vintage - this was perfect boozy, chocolate cake, but a superb coffee bitterness, absolutely awesome.

Jan 25, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nearly two year old bottle pre-aged for me by the grocery store I got it at. figured it'd be a good way to start a day off. dumped into a tulip, this things like a dead night sky with a small tan head thats left some sticky rings behind. nose is something fierce, tons of bitter black coffee that is balanced by a sweet dark chocolate and a super subtle black pepper-esque spice. flavor is more coffee, quite a bit more bitter than expected, a bunch of smokiness and almost wood, dark chocolate and toffee sweetness and some more super subtle spices. it lingers and feels like ash on the tongue occasionally, in a pretty good way. pretty full-bodied and hides it's booze well but feels a tad flat. overall an intense profile from this one and something i'm glad i finally grabbed

Jan 11, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popping the bottle cap unleashes a collection of aromas, led by dark, roasty coffee - and I am 3 feet away from the bottle. Incredible aromas.

The pour is as black as night, underneath a dense tan head. The first sip unleashes an onslaught of rich coffee flavors I’ve never experienced in any beer, but they’re not overwhelming - there’s some dark chocolate and a subtle toffee note to keep things nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is substantial and, in spite of the heavy coffee notes, a bit creamy. This beer is more than worthy of the hype it receives, IMHO.

Dec 23, 2018
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a pure black color with no light shining through. Head is tan, frothy, and one finger thick.

S: Mocha, dark chocolate, big chewy roasted malt and molasses, anise and leather. Some spice. Even a hint of cookies or chocolate ice cream in there. A beautiful-smelling beer.

T: Big time roasted coffee flavor with a good amount of smokiness behind it. Anise and just a touch of sweetness. A spicy flavor. Mostly roasted black-coffee forward with a touch of chocolate. Finish packs a punch and leaves a drying sensation with a lingering woodsmoke flavor.

F: A heavy beer that coats the mouth. A larger than expected amount of carbonation in there and a distinctly drying sensation in the finish.

Overall: This is a large beer in every way. The taste is in your face, yet has layers of complexity underneath. A worthy offering from a great Canadian brewery.

Dec 20, 2018
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Dec 09, 2018
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Nov 24, 2018
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