Péché Mortel
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #77
Ranked #290
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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Photo of Lingenbrau
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.


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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of jrc1093
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.

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Photo of CanadianPastafarian
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of mintzmeet
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
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

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of BucBasil
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.

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
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.

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Photo of C-Stockwell
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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 lmaduells
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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 bsullivan
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -6.8%
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 mishi_d
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
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 HorseheadsHophead
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -5.9%
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 -2.7%
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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Photo of PorterPro125
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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 jamesroses
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aromas and flavours of coffee and bitter chocolate. Slight hoppy note in the background. Medium bodied. Coffee aftertaste. Great stout but I prefer them with no adjuncts.

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Photo of micada
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never heard of the brewery before, but wife was out with friends at a place with it on tap. She texted me the list, I looked up the brew, and was the ratings were very high. On pour from growler at roomish temp to a barrel glass, it had very brief carbonation and no head. Nothing! The nose was very nice, with a rich coffee aroma, and what seemed bourbon-esque, despite it evidently not being a barrel aged variety. First sips followed the nose, with a deep roasted coffee flavor, some vanilla and bourbon vibe on the back end. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Alcohol is on the "low" side of the imperial spectrum, at least compared to what I've been drinking lately, but it's just enough to keep it noble but drinkable beyond one and done. Overall it reminds me of Heavy Boots of Lead, but with more of a roasted coffee presence. I might try to bottle 12 oz, but my last attempt at that left the beer a bit flat.

2018-08-26 I was able to get a 32 oz growler which I think I will wax seal the cap and cellar for a few years. Anyone ever try cellaring a growler like I’m proposing? I don’t want to waste the beer if it’s a likely fail.

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Photo of Nass
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had a few better coffee stouts & they were at a fraction of the price. Still recommended though. Nothing hits the spot more on Bone chilling winter night than a roasty & delicious coffee stout. The coffee that is used in this ale taste sort of like a refined gourmet type of coffee. If this is not on your stout bucket list you ought to put it on there. Cheers! A-

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