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 JayS2629
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep, thick, oily black velvet with fumes of coffee aroma mixing with dark chocolates, cocoa,dark fruit like plums and a smokey campfire. A burnt edge that fades under a silky wave of roasted malts and stout coffee. Thin head, but strong and bold flavors. A mocha bomb wrapped in stout goodness with earthy hints of hops peaking through. Awesomely sipper of a beer. Take your time and savor.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a jet black color with a frothy light brown head that towers on top of this dark liquid. The head retains well and leaves beautiful lace on the glass.
S: Rich roasted malt of burnt and chocolatey aromas matches a robust coffee aroma and they play off each other very well. There are hints of char and tobacco with a bit of booze in the background but not overly stated.
T: For the first big flavor dose, layers of roasted barley from charred to bitter chocolate and rich molasses. Then flavor dose number two is the rich espresso-like coffee with a hint of cream. After this there are unfolding layers of sweet and bitter and even a touch smokey. Among these are esters of plums and raisins, ashy notes, bitter dark chocolate, and a touch of tobacco.
M: This liquid is full bodied and almost chewy. The carbonation is moderate to thin with a velvety smoothness. A warming from the alcohol is noticeable but in check and very welcoming.
O: For those beer lovers who also love coffee, this is a must try! Up there with the best coffee stouts I have ever tried. I am very into how in check the alcohol is with all that this beer has going on. It does not overwhelm you with boozy flavors it just seduces you in to the rich deep body and flavor and gives you a warm embrace. It is best at cellar temperature and could do well aging I am sure. I will get this again!!

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Photo of grub
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest.

pours a nearly opaque black colour with a thin dark head.

armoa is great. rich and roasty. coffee and bittersweet coffee.

taste is awesome. rich, roasty coffee flavour. thick biscuity malt. bittersweet chocolate. nice alcohol warmth on the way down.

mouthfeel is great. big and thick, with a nice low carbonation level.

drinkability is also excellent. i wish i had steady access to this beer. i'd love to try this one with a year or two of aging as i think it'd be even more amazing. highly recommended to everyone.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Pours jet black with a dark khaki head that recedes. Smell is chocolate and coffee, pretty good, but does no justice to what is about to come. First sip hits you with toasty semi sweet chocolate, followed by a wave of espresso that hits you in the face. Just an amazingly powerful expresso finish, really. Top ten beers I've ever had.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - very dark pour, no light getting through the glass. A creamy mocha head that forms a rootbeer float head on top, lots of lace columns around the outside glass wall.

Aroma - rich roasted coffee leaps from the glass, in aromatic form that is. Zoing, another caffeine bomb just before midnight, when will I learn?!? Nice chocolate syrup aromas coming out with some warmth.

Taste - burnt grain smacks the tastebuds around right away along with a jalepeno pepper flavor I often associate with the burnt-tasting beers. Followed up by a rich intense coffee with a warm alcohol rider. On the swallow, a touch of sweetness, some returning malt flavor that has an element of roast to it instead of full on char. Roasted coffee aftertaste, very lengthy and what stuck in my mind from the smallest of sips at Flossmoor station the night before DLD08. Bitter chocolate shows up before long, adding to the profile nicely. Aside from the excessive char, over-burned brews usually top out at 4.0 for me, but there is such an intensity of other things in here that I like, that I find myself dwelling on those elements despite.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, smooth but not the bigger body I had in mind.

Drinkability - the other bottle will get some cellar time. I know it will affect the coffee flavors but I want to see what it also does to the char. As is, a fine brew that earns its rank. Disappeared way too fast for me, palate adjustment and warming make this one outstanding.

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Photo of Keffa
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at From The Vine, Columbus, OH, on 4-16-11.

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a used motor oil black, 1 finger tan head settles after a couple minutes into a small ring and some small patches of lacing. Leaves thick, oily legs at each tilt or sip. Nice, but wish the head retention was a little bit better, but for the ABV, it's not bad.

S: Very nice dark chocolate/coffee/espresso/blackberry combo. Some floral and woody hops, and a small flash of a citrus hop as well. Small whiffs of deep roast/burnt malt. Molasses notes too. This has it all for an Imperial Stout.

T: This is, by far, the best IS I've had to date, flavor wise. Deeply roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, earthy/woody hop, smoke, almost bourbon like sweet notes, very little warming alcohol. Blackberry and molasses in the background.

M: Thick, coating, creamy, and smooth. Finish is dry, but not overly so. Carbonation is on the low side, but right for the style.

O: Oh yeah. I've had this as a want for well over a year, and never been able to find it. After having this, I want more.

This is an amazing Imperial Stout, and one that I will do my damnedest to have as often as my pocket and ability to track it down, allows. Fantastic. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours black with a very big, foamy 3 finger head, that slowly fades leaving very nice lacing, and foamy peaks.

S - Has a huge espresso smell, with slight hints of cinnamon.

T - Taste matches the smell nicely. Has a very complex flavor profile of espresso (of course), smokiness, cinnamon, licorice and a great roasty characteristic.

M - Full, heavy mouthfeel, but still very smooth going down. The alcohol isn't even detectable.

O - This is an amazing espresso/coffee stout. Hearty, smooth, and full of flavor. One of the better coffee stouts I've had. I love the complexity of this beer.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Captinredbeard for the extra! Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

A- Pours extremely black in color. No light shines through this bad boy. The dark tan head was two fingers worth. The retention was modest. Not much lacing left. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top.

S- Really nice. It's like scrolling up to Starbucks nice. The coffee aroma really jumps out at me. There are hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts up in the mix, but the winner here is the coffee.

T- Follows the nose. Big dominating coffee right out the gate. There is also dark, bittersweet, chocolate that plays a big role. As the brew warms a little vanilla comes out to play, as well as some of the alcohol that has been completely nowhere to be found until now. I'm actually really enjoying this a lot more as it warms closer to room temperature.

M- My only knock on this brew...it's a little overcarbonated IMO. The body is medium at best and I would prefer it to be a little more creamy. It has a slick oily feel to it. The finish is bitter, a good thing here. The coffee really lingers for a while.

D- A perfect 5....nuff said.

I was recently discussing this brew with another BA and he informed me that this brew is available in Tampa! I'm going to go stock up on some next time I head up to Tampa!! Can't wait!!!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Take the number of people on Beer Advocate, and from that number, subtract 204 (the number of people who have this on their Want List), and you will arrive at the number of people who SHOULD have this on their want list. This is one ridiculously good stout. Received a few bottles of this from a fine gentleman in Nova Scotia. I will be seeking this out at EVERY opportunity. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass (wide mouth). Poured a thick, 2-3" head that quickly dissipated. This sucker is onyx black. Completely impervious to light penetration. One of the single best smelling beers ever. No joke, I could hold the glass under my nose and just inhale its aroma for minutes on end. Tons of chocolate and bourbon scents, despite the fact its not a bourbon-barreled beer. The most sublime taste. Caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla... This beast is complex. This is so smooth. Doesn't rest heavy on the tongue or coat the inside of your mouth heavily. The taste left behind however is long lasting. You'll still taste this beer long after you've taken your last sip. I recommend this to absolutely all beer drinkers, even if stout isn't your bag. Seriously, if you don't like this, I'm quite certain we can't be friends.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a mild tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Aroma is smokey dark grain, coffee, chocolate and anise.

Taste is very rich and full. Intense smoke and charred grain is softened by smooth chocolate, molasses and dark fruit sweetness. Finishes with leafy tobacco and espresso coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Smooth and soft.

A rich and flavorful stout. Flavor is big and bold, but restrained.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a completely opaque dark black with about a finger of creamy slightly bubbly mocha head that leaves some spotty mocha lacing that coats the side of the glass. Head has decent retention and slowly fades to a thin layer of creamy mocha. Looks very appealing, probably the best looking coffee stout I've encountered.

S- Coffee, some roasted malts, some light hazelnuts, some light cream. Very appealing and aromatic, definitely above average aroma strength, the coffee definitely comes out as the most dominant smell but is also balanced well with the other smells.

T- Strong coffee, a little bit of hazelnuts, a little bit of cream, some roasted malts, a hint of dark fruits in the background, finishes with a slightly bitter, strong hazlenut coffee taste that lingers for awhile.

M- Very creamy, but not overly so and definitely not syrupy, medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation for a coffee stout, drinks very easily.

O- This was a great coffee stout, definitely one of the best ones I've had- the only one that maybe beats it is BCBCS. The strong coffee taste/aroma was great, the beer was easily drinkable, and had a great feel to it. Although it was a little bit pricey, I definitely recommend seeking this one out.

I tried a '10 Peche Mortel (aged 2 years) at a tasting a week or two ago. Compared to it fresh, it lost most of it's coffee taste but definitely had a little bit more dark fruits that came out which were mostly hidden in the fresh version. I definitely liked the fresh version better, but the aged one wasn't bad. I'd recommend trying it fresh, but if you want to try something a little bit different you can definitely age it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap a Pizzeria Paradiso maybe nearly a month ago now.

A: Awesome Reverse cascading head to a beautiful tan ring. Nice black hue of course.

S: Amazing smell with fudge soaked espresso beans and dark charred malts wafting effortlessly from the glass. Some other brighter sweet notes and just a touch of hop resin. Excellent, doesn't get much better than that for coffee stouts.

T: Outstanding in the taste as well, big notes of fudge, high quality fresh espresso, and then more chocolate and fine coffee. Hops are slightly there but take a backseat though leave a bittering finish with the chocolate and coffee beans.

M: This is exceptional. Totally creamy and coating, just magnificent to drink.

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Photo of LeTonneau
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, this is a sin. The taste is quite complex but the first thing that assault you is the coffee. Drenched in coffee flavours. I'm not a coffee drinker but I love this beer nonetheless. It is a dangerous beer though. With its ABV of 9%, its smoothness, don't get too wild with the brew; you'll get pretty drunk in no time, trust me on that one ;-)

Try that with brie or a blue (stilton), you'll be amazed to see how complex this potion is. Also, some bitter chocolate will do it justice too.

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Photo of muletrane
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has 2 notches. A 3 and a 5.

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers of light tan frothy head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee notes. The dark fruits, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol work nicely with the coffee flavor. Very nice flavor.

T: Nice blend of coffe and dark fruit up front. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter coffee and chocolate flavor. Some warming alcohol notes as well.

M: Silky smooth with just enough carbonation. Nice bitter feel in the finish and slightly sticky. Very nice!

Overall this is top notch example of the style. Nicely balanced flavors and superb mouthfeel!

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: black as ink with foamy brown head.

Smell: dark roasted coffee, almost burnt. Also a slight cannula cream smell.

Taste: SO much coffee. Not much else besides that though.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, very smooth, slightly oily finish.

Overall: Asolutely amazing coffee stout. One dimensional, but when the brewery perfects that one dimension, there isn't a need to be complex

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Photo of Vaison
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours jet black with a small toffee colored head. Lacing is the best I've seen and swirls nicely in a snifter. It has a very strong smell of roasted coffee beans and smells nothing like beer. While I am not a coffee drinker, it tastes, to me, like black coffee with a dark chocolate fusion. There is an ever so slight alcohol bite at the finish, but it seems impossible to be a 9.5% brew. It is extremely smooth and only got better when I let it get to room temperature. I could see this become a regular purchase for me and I only wish I took the time to visit Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel while in Montreal two months ago. Fantastic.

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Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque black with a substantial head that dissipates slowly.

Strong espresso nose with malt background.

Great espresso taste, I could wake up to this stuff in the morning. A very intense stout to say the least.

Great mouthfeel, I enjoy the carbonation. It gives a much lighter feel. Very smooth.

Great drinkability, but a definite sipper at the price it's available for now. But it's well worth it, not to mention how long it took me to get a hold of these bottles.

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Photo of champ103
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to RblWthACoz for the trade, and to Deuane for the generous extra.

A: Pours pitch black. Blacker than I have ever seen in a beer. A large tan head forms with great retention (very impressive considering this has such a high alcohol content) and stays as a ring when it finally does recede. Some spiderweb lace is left along the glass.
S: A huge aroma of coffee/espresso. Roasted malt is dominate. Some chocolate, vanilla, and rum like alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of roasted malt, coffee and espresso flavors. Some bitter chocolate flavors. Just a huge malt profile that is to die for.
M/D: A full and rich body that is a bit chalky. Creamy and exceptional. This is so smooth and easy to drink. I usually find that coffee beers are a bit harder to drink. This is just incredibly rich and inviting. I can't get enough.

Without a doubt the best coffee stout I have ever had. Well worth the hype. In the words of Homer Simpson "You would step over your on Mother just to get one."

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap, Allston, MA

Poured a super thick and viscous pitch black with a tight, creamy, mocha-colored, one-finger head that lasted through most of the drink. Huge blankets of lacing covered the glass.

Aroma was sweet, smooth and quite fragrant. Notes of deep, roasted malts and freshly brewed coffee were apparent along with subtle hints of vanilla.

Taste was similar, except perhaps a bit more dark and roasty. Creamy, rich and a touch sweet on the front end, with espresso, toasted malts and sweet cream noticeable. Dark chocolate came through mid-palate before the deep, burnt malts and roasted espresso flavors appeared. A touch of alcohol was detectable as well. As the beer warmed, powdered cocoa became significantly more apparent in both the aroma and the taste. The finish was super dry and a bit hoppy, with some noticeable residual sugars. The lingering aftertaste rotated between roasted malts, espresso and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was terrific. Creamy, smooth and super thick, the beer felt like a blanket on my tongue.

Drinkability was outstanding. At 9% ABV, the alcohol was dangerously undetectable.

Overall, an outstanding stout, ideal for savoring on its own.

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Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours in a pitch black color with a khaki hint of a head. Almost non existant one.

The aroma has coffee, bitter chocolate, a malted and roasted sweetness, possibly a hint of vanilla.

The flavor upfront is great. There starts off with this creamy, yet bitter espresso and chocolate. Then there’s a hint of alcohol at the end of the mouth and top of the throat. The finish has a huge amount of hop and roasted espresso bitterness for a Russian Imperial. This is not a sweet beer nor does the malt linger and stick. There also is this smokiness that I pick up because I’ve recently had KBS. The dark tobacco character lingers around with both flavor and aroma.

The mouthfeel is not as velvety and thick and round as some other Russian Imperials, but that’s fine. It is quite drinkable because of the clean tongue finish.

Be sure to let this warm up from refrigerator temperature. It opens up to be creamier. The flavors roll around the mouth. The bitter espresso just melds into this smokey finish. It is just wonderful.

This is unmatched in complexity for a non-barrel aged beer and even beats some barrel aged beers.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured an 11.5oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a jet black with a big 2 inch tan head that leaves just a little lacing on the glass. This beer is really dark. It reminds me of what coffee looks like after you've left the pot on the burner for 24 hours. The aroma is straightforward espresso, with just a hint of cream. The taste is spectacular. It reminds me of Starbucks Espresso Ice Cream. Huge coffee taste with cream, chocolate and just a hint of vanilla with a slight alcohol burn at the tail. This is a great tasting brew. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, leaving a nice coating in your mouth. This beer is so drinkable, I think I'll start popping one every morning instead of the pot of coffee I normally drink. This would go perfect with any breakfast.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle ($5.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash chalice. Best by 03/2015.

A: Pours an unsettlingly opaque pitch black; light's inability to penetrate this robust brew leads to no highlights. Massive 3-finger mocha head settles to a rocky foam cap, leaving lacing all over the glass in the process. Gorgeous.

S: Bright espresso, dark-roasted malts and a hint of bourbon. Thick and creamy scent leaps out of the glass.

T: Dark chocolate dominates, followed by bitter espresso and a touch of vanilla. Subtle stone fruits follow. Hops and espresso meld perfectly in order to create a complex, bitter finish in a beer that would otherwise likely be cloyingly sweet.

M: Highly carbonated, thick and viscous. The results a perfectly creamy mouthfeel that makes drinking this feel like silk on the palate.

O: A true treat when it comes around, Peche Mortel is my definition of the perfect coffee stout. Rich and robust; bitter and astringent, yet so far from unpleasant it's not even funny. Despite the high price, this is just too easy to enjoy.

Absolutely benchmark.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a nice mocha head that sticks around for quite a while. Leaves decent lacing

S: COFFEE! Even that is an understatement. Behind the huge wall of coffee, there is a slight alcohol smell

T: Again, COFFEE!! The alcohol is barely present, and the coffee is very nice. Not too bitter, well balanced

M: Silky smooth, perfect amount of carbonation

D: Pretty thick, but I could drink 2 or 3 12 oz. bottles

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Photo of jwinship83
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- black body with a finger sized coffee colored head that stays around and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- roasted malt, lots of coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate

T- roasty upfront with a bitter hoppy/coffee aftertaste. just a touch of alcohol

M- full bodied and very smooth

D- very easy to finish and a rather unique tasting beer. very glad i got the chance to try this one. it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice swirl of tan espresso foam. Aroma is roasted malt, some dark fruit, traces of hop, and pounds of vanilla. Coffee was barely detectable. Flavor was absolutely delicious: more vanilla with a pleasant and clean bitterness, with an alcoholic exhale. Strangely, an effect like coffee without the coffee flavor. Extremely rich and robust! Mouth was on target as well. It seems to coat your mouth, with a deep, alcoholic warming effect. Lovely!

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.39 out of 5 based on 5,045 ratings.
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