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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.

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Ratings: 5,277 |  Reviews: 1,882
Photo of TedStrosser
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cliffy21
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tomesco
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jprudhomme7
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CanadianPastafarian
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
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 moltch
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -4.3%
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 -15.4%
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 -2.5%
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 T-34-85
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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 jtransel
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 wcampbell69
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BucBasil
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +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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