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Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / 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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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz bottle into my new Duvel tulip. Pours an oily, pitch black with beautiful LOOKING body. Opaque ~ no light passes through this beer when back lit. Solid, foamy coffee colored 2 finger head that sticks to the side of the glass. Drippy, oily lacing..

S ~ Coffee, roasted coffee beans, coffee, espresso, coffee followed by dark chocolate, sweet malt, & smokey vanilla bean.

T ~ Spot on. Possibly the zenith of Imperial Coffee Stouts. A potent alcohol presence without the burn. BOLD, dark roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. For me ~ everything I was hoping for. Lots of depth.

M ~ Smooth & Creamy - Thick & Chewy.
Slightly bitter, with an astringent finish like a French Roast coffee. Ample carbonation with a touch of lingering resin or smokey oil on the lips.

D ~ Very pleasant & approachable for anyone who appreciates good coffee & good beer. Unfortunately, The ABV limits the drinkability.
I'll be revisiting this often (when I can get it) Sinfully good....& highly recommended.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle with a cool looking abstract drawing of woman that has a green snake that's about to wrap itself around the woman's neck. I'm probably wrong, but I think it's an abstract drawing of Eve and the snake because Péché Mortel in French means Mortal Sin. Whatever it is, it's a cool label. Just below the woman is where they tell you it's an Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with Fair Trade Coffee. To the left of the picture is a description of the beer, address of the brewery, and the email address for the illustrator. To the right is where they put all the mandatory US information. A best before date or brewed year would have been helpful, but I guess the label art was good enough.

Appearance: Since this beer is highly rated, I wanted to pour this beer into a special glass, so I poured it into my Unibroue Tulip. They weren't joking when they said it was brewed with coffee. If you're ever seen an espresso straight from the machine before, then you know what this beer looks like. It's the same pitch black color. This beer is so damn dark that light will bounce right off the beer's solid black color. If you got a really clean glass, all you you will see is utter darkness and your reflection. On top of this onyx colored beer was a thick dark mocha colored head of foam. At its tallest, it was close to 1 inch in height. It had pretty good retention that left behind a silky mocha film and a few small blots of lace. It looks like coffee, let's see if it smells like coffee.

Smell: Does it smell like coffee? Oh Hell Yes! This beer was just bursting with the strong scent of finely roasted coffee beans. You actually smell that these were high quality coffee beans and not cheapo coffee beans. The aroma of these coffee beans are so good that you can easily stick your nose into the glass and breathe in the rich scent of coffee for a couple of minutes. My nose wasn't able to pick out much behind all the coffee. I was only able to pick out a hint of caramel and a touch of roasted malts. Despite it's lack of wide range of aromas, this aroma will never get boring. It's a must smell!

Taste: Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, but does it taste like coffee? You bet your ass it does! The taste was all about the bitter dry roasted coffee beans. I thought I could taste some dark roasted malts and dark chocolate here and there, but I just chalked that up to the coffee beans recreating these tastes. I sure hope you like to taste of coffee because this taste will not let up or let through any other flavors. A variety of flavors would have been nice, but the strong taste of coffee is more than enough. I'm sure that this strong coffee taste will please any coffee or beer drinker.

Mouthfeel: This was a full bodied Coffee Stout with a good level of carbonation and a thick full flavored dry roasted coffee bean aftertaste. Like the initial taste, the aftertaste was all about the coffee. This thick coffee aftertaste has nowhere to go, so it will stick around for quite some time. It will take a whole glass of water to get rid of the aftertaste. Even though it's full bodied, you really can't taste or feel the 9.5% ABV. The ABV was completely masked the strong roasted coffee presence.

Drinkability: If it looks like a coffee, smells like a coffee, tastes like a coffee, then it must a coffee? Wrong! It's actually a beer! The only problem I see with this beer is that this small bottle is pricey! It's pricey, but it's worth it! That is if you really like good beers and a finely roasted coffee.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost black beer with a cascading tan head. Huge coffee notes on the nose with dark chocolate. Iced coffee taste with powdered sugar, dry bitter chocolate.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack one of these newly aquired bottles to start off the weekend.

Poured into a snifter, jet black with an attractive medium pillowy brown head, and chunky lacing. Smell is strong espresso, touches of chocolate, and thought I even picked up some banana in there for a minute. Taste is very much espresso, and dark chocolate, backed by a little bit of a alcohol burn in the throat. Mouthfeel is slick and not too heavy, espresso lingers. Drinkability is nice, but I'll savour this one for a while, or atleast I'll try.

Reminds me of Founders BS.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevin67
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cratez
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a tulip. Pitch black body with a thin layer of brown film. Silky lacing briefly permeates the glass with each sip. Appetizing look.

Smell is dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, fresh ground coffee, black licorice, burnt toast, and alcohol. Malt-forward and chocolaty with some floral hop aromas.

Taste is espresso, roasted malt, and an almond-like nuttiness with black licorice and vanilla mid-palate. Dry bitter hops round out the aftertaste with some warming alcohol going down.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and full-bodied with spicy carbonation. A rich and velvety mouthfeel, almost leathery in texture. Very dry finish with soothing alcohol.

Overall, I had high expectations for this beer and it did not disappoint. An excellent imperial stout - chewy, complex, and satisfying with massive coffee / espresso flavours. Well done, Dieu du Ciel.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 9.5% imperial stout pours a pitch black color with a fairly small creamy tan head. The smell is fairly strong and is predominantly a delicious roast coffee scent. The flavor is really excellent roast espresso all the way with a little bit of dark chocolate. It’s very creamy and rich with a nice smooth finish that lingers a little bit, but isn’t at all cloying. The body is not surprisingly heavy, but I have tried stouts that were a little heavier. It’s a really amazing coffee stout. The only thing that would keep it from being at the very top of the imperial stouts category is that it’s a little one dimensional with respect to flavor though I have to say it is amazingly delicious nonetheless. It’s rightfully very well rated in my opinion.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Left at room temperature for thirty minutes before pouring. Black but translucent, visible yeast that I carelessly let slip into my glass... OOPS. It's okay, this beer looks damn fine. Caramel in color, a decent head forms but dies rather quickly with no lacing.

The nose is all coffee and boy does it smell good. Faint phenol, roast and chocolate.

When I taste this I think of a well made cappuccino, pungent espresso flavor and aromas, softened by frothed milk. Bitter chocolate with a burnt flavor, like the edges of a brownie pan when they've been left in the oven too long. Subtle smoke, the finish isn't overly bitter or astringent, it doesn't dry ones mouth out completely like many others of the style. Very well done.

This beer is as full of body as it is flavor. Balanced and enjoyable until the very end. I would go as far as to say that this is one of the best coffee stouts I have had that has not been aged in a barrel.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 12oz bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. poured into a small snifter to review.

Poured rather aggressively causing only a small 1/8" inch tan head. Not too thick on the pour. The head dissipates quickly leaving almost no traces of retention.

On the nose in order of dominance are heavy roasted malt, dark red licorice, leather and coffee. Alcohol very well hidden.

Even more roasted malts in the taste than I was suspecting. Fine coffee taste adds a pleasant bitterness to this big malt bomb.

Full bodied and moderately thick going down. Minimal carbonation. A gritty, coating finish keeps the malts going for quite a while.

All an all a great example of the style that I'd recommend for any beer lover to try.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours very black with a half finger of an off white head.

S- A massive roasted malt. A slight bit of a dark chocolate with an underlying coffee note.

T- A big roastyness at first. A bit of a BBQ smokiness made it into this beer. A dominant coffee flavor in this beer. A very dry aftertaste. A big roasty malt takes up most of the beer but seems to branch off to cocoa and dark chocolate. This beer is much smokier then I imagined but it works quite well.

M- Thick and very dry. This syrupy stout is a flavorful sipper and to be appreciated.

O- A solid stout to say the least. A wee bit pricey (7$) but definitely worth trying once. I would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,157 ratings
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