Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

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

Enjoyed with TCGoalie and TCHopCraver. Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying the beer.

Appearance: Pours a syrupy brown with a tan, one-finger head. Lots of bubbling activity for a stout; almost looks like a witch's mini beer cauldron (if witches made beer). Decent head retention and lacing. After the head recedes, there are big bubble pockets riding on the surface of the beer. Because of the amount of carbonation, this one is very excitable when gyrated (that's what she said).

Smell: Hot, boozy oak and chocolate. Bourbon, molasses, and a burnt tobacco smell are also present. I'm also getting some coffee and dark fruits, with maybe a touch of vanilla extract rounding things out.

Taste: The first thing that came to my mind was biting into a tree. The palate starts off sweet and creamy, but evolves quickly into an oak flavor, and eventually ending with bitter coffee. Finishes dry, but the alcohol sticks with you for a while and works all of your tongue's "erogenous zones."

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied. Starts creamy and ends quite bitter. Coffee bitterness is sustained throughout, but is most pronounced at the end.

Drinkability: Very delicious and well-balanced, but probably more of a sipper.

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid the premium on this one. $6.50 from Halftime beverage.com

A - As expected a deep black of a beer with a half inch of dark mocha colored head. Lacing is excellent.

S - Deep smelling I get some strong coffee, roast, and chocolate with molasses and anise. Smells boozy yet balanced.

T - I really love the balanced coffee/roast flavors in this. Rounding this out is some mild coca powder and natural chocolate flavored malts.

M - Medium to heavy buy slick and creamy. Excellent.

Overall this was worth the money, maybe even a revisit if found around 5 bucks. One world class stout.

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

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium Snifter

Appearance: Pours a smooth, jet black featuring a slight khaki, uneven head.

Smell: Very malty and great, bitter roasted coffee aroma

Taste: tastes of ice coffee the colder it is, as it warms to room temp it features some smokiness, indicative of a well roasted coffee bean, ever so slight hoppiness, doesn't taste overly alcoholic

Mouthfeel: very smooth and full bodied, very slight carbonation, very pleasant

Drinkability: very drinkable and different than most imperial stouts, focused more on coffee flavor more than chocolately undertones which was appreciated, delicious and smooth beer

I'd recommend picking up a bottle or two of the Peche Mortel. Everywhere I've seen it it's been priced at 5.99 per bottle.

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

Got this beer from northyorksammy, thanks! It pours a pitch black color with a creamy off-white, beige head.

Smell of coffee, just on the edge of spent coffee, or how is that called in English. It's smell is full of dark malts and blends well together with the coffee. I also get a chocolate flavor.

Taste is roasted malt with coffee. Basically this is the concept of the beer. This beer deserves a 5 for execution. The roasted malts add a nice maltbiterness and some chocolate notes. There is little carbonation, which is good too. Mouthfeel is superb, smooth and creamy. I wonder how they do that. The coffee never gets sharp or astringent and unlike my own coffee beers, it's aftertaste is smooth. Bitterness is medium and hops are a bit American, not sure if it is, but they appear a bit citric.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized brandy snifter.

A: Dark chocolate color that is nearly opaque out of the bottle during the pour and becomes completely so in the glass. Pours about a finger's worth of creamy, tan head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bubbly black surface. Quite a bit of lacing remains as it goes down (or, towards the beginning, after a swirl).

S: Sweetness with a little bit of acidity. Cherries come to mind, along with a little bit of chocolate. After inhaling deeply, these scents almost immediately bow down to the powerful coffee/espresso presence.

T: Strong and unbelievably-tasty coffee presence! Smooth notes of caramel and chocolate, with a little of the aforementioned dark cherries. Slightly roasted and a little bitter.

M: Incredibly smooth and medium-to-full bodied. Not too much carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden, although it is felt on the cheeks.

D: A little too strong and pungent to be excessively drinkable, although it is still quite drinkable for its style. All in all, this is an excellent offering and I'm quite glad I was able to finally get my hands on some.

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

I've had this many times, and I looove it. Can't believe I've never reviewed it before.

It pours with a nice thick dark 1 finger fluffy head that leaves some memory of lacing on the sides. The beer is essentially pitch black, and leaves some nice legs on the sides of the glass.

THe nose brings all the great stuff you would expect. Lots of dark malts, some caramel, plenty of roasted barley, some chocolate, bakers chocolate and a little bitter dark chocolate. It has a slight sweetness aroma to it as well, accentuated by some caramel and hint of vanilla. There is some oatmeal as well, and a creamy touch. Also got plenty of coffee, and earthy fresh roasted somewhat dark roasted coffee bean. Even a hint of some spicy earthy hops, but not much.

Taste is transcending! Creamy, with a slight chocolate milk, plenty of dark and bakers chocolate. Also lots of malts, plenty of roasted barley, chocolate malt, and some crystal malt. A little caramel flavor and some sweetness, but not a lot. More oatmeal blends with the creamy taste. It does have a slight minerality flavor from the roast, but is very manageable for the heavieness of the beer. It's got some bitterness, a little from the roast and some light earthy hops I think. Also the coffee is there, some nice earthy soil like roasted coffee, but the coffee flavor is lower. It's pretty rich and thick, creamy, smooth, delicate on the tongue but clings to the mouth. The finish comes with more of the smooth luscious feel and taste, with a little stickiness to the mouth. More bitterness comes through, with slight hops and plenty of earthy roast bitterness. Unfortunately the minerality and salty brine quality comes through more on the finish. A slight warming booze as well, but that is very manageable for 9.5%.

The mouth is nice and rich, pretty thick, smooth and creamy, with decent carbonation.

It doesn't have the best drinkability. It does get help for drinking like a 6-7% abv beer and not 9.5, but the bitterness comes out a little too much, and the briny salty flavor takes quite a bit from it. It also doesn't cling to the mouth as much as I expected, which also helps the drinkability. Althought, I think the age of this one helps, being about 1.5 to 2 years old, so it doesn't drink as hot as a fresh one would.

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

Blackest of black pours with a dark tan head. Subsides quickly but leaves lacing on the glass.
Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate with something a little smoky.
Roastiness persists in the flavors with bitter chocolate and espresso dominating. Not overly complex but everything that's there is really good.
Goes down very easily. I'd drink another of these if I had one.
Very good stout, one of the best impy stouts I've tried in quite a while.

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

Pours an utterly opaque black with a bubbly, light-cappuccino coloured head that is quite foamy and large, settling to a thin ring and leaving plenty of lacing around the glass.

Smells of espresso, dark, bitter chocolate, with just a hint of sweet but roasted caramel.

Dark espresso and chocolate flavours throughout. Some muted dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is felt on the finish. A lot of coffee, but balanced nicely by the chocolate and dark fruit/grains.

Body coats the mouth nicely, creamy, soft and full feeling, yet light with nice carbonated bubbly feel.

Drinkability is only slightly dampened by the alcohol felt on the finish. This beer goes down well for its size.

A delicious brew, well deserving of its high rating, and one I will enjoy as often as I can. Edited to change appearance rating, as subsequent pours had significantly better head production/retention.

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

Photo of Leag0002
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Pours jetblack with a really thick and sexy head almost an inch high, lots of spotted lacing sticking to the glass, awesome!

Smell is coffee, lots of slightly sweet coffe backed up with a robust promising maltiness with the obvious roasted notes, as well as a little hint of smokiness, really nice.

This one tasted magnificient, I had my bottle to a dessert of home made mango-ice cream with a tart sauce of passion fruit and strawberries, a very good match. Taste is full of coffe, not too hard roasted and not too whimsy, just the right amount, don't think I have ever had a beer with this perfectly measured amount of coffee in it, you can really feel how it in every way complement this otherwise extremely balanced beer, roasted malts are abundant, with a slight sweetness to them weighed up by their innate bitterness in the end. I sense a bit of the same smokiness in the taste as I did in the nose, wich fits right into this marvelous mix.

The mouth feel is also just right, the small and creamy bubbles makes the carbonation seem perfect for this kind of beverage and it foams up quite nicely with a swirl or two on the toungue.

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Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle courtesy of ncvbc, thanks again!

Notched date of Sept. 07. This bottle has many miles on it... from Quebec, to South Carolina, to Northern California.

Beer pours a thick flat black color, with a decent sized off white head on top.

Aromas are coffee dominant. Sweet and sugary with dark coffee notes along with some cocoa as well.

First sip, mmm... definitely coffee forward on the flavors. But not overpowering, and very natural tasting. Some coffee beers I have tasted seem to taste like with coffee flavors that seem artificial. Not here. A sweet cocoa like flavor, dark bakers chocolate, and of course brewed dark coffee. Finish is dry and slightly bitter as well.

Mouthfeel is good. Feels a touch thin for a Double Stout, but it's certainly not bad.

Drinkability is very good. The hype is justified. This is an excellent stout. I prefer this to the two "Breakfast" stouts from Founders. I bet this beer would even taste good served hot.

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

200th BA review.

12 ounce bottle with freshness dates notched '0,0' poured into a tulip yields an inky opaque body impervious to even direct sunlight. Not even any highlights that I can see... anyway, it's brown-black with an excellent sticky, creamy mocha head of two fingers with excellent retention that leaves sheets and rings of sticky lacing despite the substantial ABV.

Smell is rich dark-roasted espresso with a silky tinge of dark chocolate that persists despite all the smoky, winey, burnt, roasty coffee notes.

Flavors? Well, well. No surprises here, except how well the potent alcohol is hidden. Black French Roast coffee with a twang of Columbian coffee-light, plus an oily Italian espresso note with a hint of Seattle mocha make no quibble about what flavor is in charge of this beer. Bittersweet chocolate raises its head, no doubt, but is bitchslapped into stunned silence by a bold roasty note of Arabica. Caramel peeps out, probably looking for help, or maybe trying to escape, but is stomped flat by a big black rip of Kenya AA.

Smooth, rich, and full-bodied... I'm a coffee lover, a stout lover, and a big fan of beer for breakfast. This is the one for me. If only I could get my Braun to dispense this in the morning instead of Maxwell House... well, Hell, I'd never leave home!

Beer. It's not just for breakfast any more.

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

A great double stout. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color, no light getting through anywhere.Huge tan head that shrinks down to a big tan head and good lacing.

I opened the bottle and set it down. I got the first whiff of the aroma from the bottle sitting on the table!!! Big nose, coffee, malts and semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste is excellent!! Coffee and malts with a little semi sweet chocolate and either a touch of vanilla or alcohol. Perfectly blended and tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and very smooth.

Drinkability is good, goes down easy for a big beer

This is truly a world class stout!!!!

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

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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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,243 ratings