Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

Brewed by:
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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Photo of inhoc00
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mortal sin poured in a dfh goblet.

a- dark, thick pour

s- roasted barley, slight coffee, heavy belgian yeast?

t- there's the coffee, dark cocoa, cherries pretty good.

m- thick with good deal of carbonation

d- pretty easy for an imperial. well balanced alc.

honest good stout but maybe not as good as the hype. founder's breakfest stout waaayyy better. should be higher on best of ba.

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

12 oz. bottle on March 6th, 2011 in a snifter.

A - Darkest opaque brown possible, pretty much black. Thin, ominous head that doesn't waste time in dissipating.

S - Primarily coffee/mocha and roasted notes as advertised, secondary chocolate character. Maybe a little disappointed by the nose.

T - More coffee in the drink than in the nose, but not overdone. Less chocolate here. Some bitterness, feels rather well-balanced. T > S. Pretty *clean* taste compared to some other stouts I've tried.

M - A dry finish. Medium-heavy body. Some alcohol presence.

D - High drinkability. Not as much of a sipper as I might've expected, goes down easily. ABV doesn't show up @ 9.5%. Would be up for a pretty nice buzz with 2-3 in a sitting. Will buy again if I have the chance.

*After revisiting this one in recent stout tasting, the aroma seemed significantly improved and was one of the better aromas of the night. Upping the score.*

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

11.5oz bottle (code 0-5) poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black w/ a rich dense mocha head.

Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, and liquor-laced truffles. Sweet dark roasted malt holds everything together.

Taste is smooth, decadent dark chocolate, bitter espresso, and swirling hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth, luxurious.

Overall this is a great imperial stout. Just tasty, complex, delicious, and very drinkable.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a fluffy tan head. Coffee, coffee and more coffee on the nose. Some burnt sugar smell as well. Taste is the same. Magnificent flavor. I love coffee anything, and I have said it before, but this one is my new fave for extreme coffee flavor. It may have to do with the extremely full and creamy mouthfeel to go with it. Amazing beer.

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

A - Pours dark as the darkest of em. The head is a tasty looking mocha-colored foam.

S - A blast of sweet, roasty malts and followed nicely with strong coffee and a hint of cocoa. A touch of booze.

T - Intense roast right up front, magnified even more by the bitter coffee. The sweetness of the malts balance this brew out nicely. Cocoa, dark, dried fruit and a hit of booze round out the flavor of this one.

M - So smooth and creamy, coats not only your mouth but your entire insides.

D - A little boozy and probably a little overpowering for those who aren't fans of coffee in their beers, but this sucker is awesome.

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

from hudson wine & spirits. think i paid $16 per, like that last guy. i'll have to see how many more steve has. the ingredient list includes fair trade coffee

i don't like coffee so we'll see how this goes. my apartment smells like a coffee shop, which isn't entirely bad, and the beer smells more like coffee than beer

pitch black. with a thin creamy tan head that never really goes away and leaves some frosty lacing

there's a malty sweetness upfront, that quickly gives way to the coffee character. little to no hop presence to allow the cofffee and roasty mocha to come through, except for the nice bitterness at the end

incredibly smooth. oh man. a fantastic creamy mouthfeel; not thick, but i feel like i just took a sip of baby's butt. and the tactful bitterness prolongs the whole experience. until now i thought impy stouts (or double stouts or whatever) were oblivious to subtlety and balance

i might like coffee now

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Photo of Chico1985
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Had this recently at a stout tasting, and while this is still a great beer it's a little one-note on the coffee for me. If you want espresso in beer form this is your best bet, but having it next to Founders Breakfast Stout and Beer Geek Breakfast, I seemed to prefer when the coffee is part of a bigger picture. 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.75

*original review - 4.5/5/5/4.5/4*
I've been waiting a while to try this. I was going to go to Julio's to pick it up, but I surprisingly found it at Table & Vine a few days ago, so that saved me a trip. I drank it while eating eggs, bacon, and rye toast with apple butter, and it fit pretty well. Pours black with a decent tan head that leaves lacing all the way down. Smells of bitter coffee. Taste is quite amazing, big coffee taste obviously, a little bit of chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable, the intense flavors cover it up very well. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and more or less perfect. Founders Breakfast Stout blew my mind when I first had it, this is very similar so it didn't have the same effect. It's a tad pricey but I will be buying this again in the future. Excellent.

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

Finished off an evening of dining and beer tasting with this one. Poured into a tulip. Nearly opaque with small brownish head that dissipates quickly. Roasted malt and fresh brewed coffee aroma. Taste is of roasted malt with coffee that lingers after the malt disappears. Overall a perfect beer to end the meal...like having an espresso after dessert.

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

this beer poured a black color with a thick brown head that slowly built and receeded, but never left. this beer has legs. beautiful.

the smell is coffee, sweet chocolate, hops are faint but detectable. also picking up licorice.

the taste is roasted coffee and chocolate that sweetens nicely as it warms.

the mouthfeel is full and velvety.

the alcohol is very well hidden in this one, but it will sneak up on you. this isn't dark lord or the abyss, but it is top notch and worthy of the top 100 for sure.

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

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

11.2oz bottle into a regular snifter for maximum scent possibility. Not sure the date on this but it could not be that old.

A- Dieu Du Ciel's Peche Mortel is an extremely dark and black beer and has a thickness to it as seen coming out of the bottle. As it coats the glass a nice one inch dark tan to brown comes up creating a nice cap that eventually fades. Some lines of lace but nothing special.

S- A nice amount of fair trade coffee is in the forefront with the all to regular (for this style) dark chocolate mix. I'm really digging the smell of the coffee blend used as it's quite pungent and inviting. Also getting the roasted malt bill and a touch of hops to round out a great nose. Very rich and complex.

T- The taste of rich roasted coffee hit me first with the kona beans working their magic. The roastiness of this stout is what set's it apart from other attempts at this style. Rich dark chocolate follows the fair trade coffee creating a tight bond with some vanilla aspects. Some cocco powder supplimenting the chocolate. Not as much caramel presence as expected and would probably distract from the taste. Also getting some bittering effects from the hops used and a burnt feeling.

M- Extremely cramy and smooth in nature for being such a huge stout at 9.5%. This mouthfeel improves vastly with warming so I wait 15 minutes before even pouring. Peche Mortel coats the mouth ever so gently leaving a somewhat warming sensation with just a bit of bitterness. No alcohol detected but a whole lot of sweetness along with rich coffee tones stick around.

D- Sip, Savor, Enjoy! This one is meant to be sipped to really grasp all that it has to offer as the main flavors come out of hibernation with warming. I would have two bottles of this no problem if it was not so damn expensive. Bitterness may deter other's but i'm game. Would love to try this on tap.

I've had a lot of high rated coffee stouts and this one takes the cake easily, without a doubt.

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Photo of brewjoel
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBronze
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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

A- Pour resulted in a very dark brown liquid with a very heavy tan head. The lacing was very clingy.

S- Sweet coffee smell, almost like going to a coffee ship.

T- Sweet chocolate taste. Its very much like a nice brewed coffee.

M- Its very thick and creamy. I can see why this is such a great beer.

D- Easy to drink, nice and smooth.

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

Cracked while anticipating the next US World Cup game

A - pours black with a tan head

S - smells, as you would expect, of tons of coffee with some sweet, dark chocolate flavors

T - the taste starts with loads of roasted malts and coffees that fades into some bitter dark chocolates that is mixed with a touch of vanilla. The taste that lingers on the palate is a chocolate coffee taste. Taste is very, very spot on for a coffee stout. I feel like some are not as bold or lack other flavors as Peche; this finds its stride nicely.

M - nice carbonation and a medium body. Nice body for a stout.

D - this is a fantastic beer. I love the coffee/roasty taste that is mixed with dark chocolates. I could drink this all day and night. Fantastic.

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Photo of NJB145
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metacog42
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

22.3oz dark brown bottle. Bottled on 11/04.
It pours a roofing tar black with a big frothy tan head.
A strong aroma of Kalua jumps right out. The smell of dark roasted malt and light background smell of cut hay peeks through.
Strong coffee with cream and sugar, dark roasted barley malt, Ovaltine, brown bread, and dark chocolate all vie for attention.
The hops are nearly equally complex, if a bit more subdued than the big malty character of this brew. Tastes of mixed citrus and peppery spices provide the sharp edged bitter kick.
The warming sweet coffee alcohol soothes and finishes like a fine dessert.
Rich and silky mouthfeel!
$15.95 for the bottle is a bit extravagant though!

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - beautifully black body with a coffee-&-cream colored head atop.

S - COFFEE, vanilla, chocolate, and oakyness.

T - as the nose indicated, COFFEE! Then more coffee, then some chocolate and vanilla, then a tiny bit of alcohol warmth, followed by more coffee on the back.

M - great carbonation, body and consistency.

D - this beer is outstanding, but the coffee is definitely dominant, which will probably limit me to one per sitting. That, plus the 9.5% ABV, which is nothing to sneeze at.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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%

Photo of AltBock
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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