Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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

Served in a pub glass. Pours a deep black with large creamy beige head that thins out quickly, but the remainder lasts until the last drop. Full bodied, light to mod carbonation.

Smells of strongly roasted coffee, spicy alcohol, and a lighter oaky-smokiness.

Tastes strongly of coffee, bitter, but not overroasted. Sweet caramel maltiness and a lighter chocolate backfinish. The alcohol quite loud in its presence, especially on the back finish. When I have drank this in the past, I recall the alcohol and hops blending more with the overall taste. I don't know if this is because this is a May 2004 bottle, or if my tastes have changed since I've had this last. This is not as good as I remember, the hops have lessened; the alcohol has taken over the supreme espresso/coffee maltiness.

Very nice mouthfeel, full mouthfeel, light oiliness that adds to the drinkability and breaks up some of the alcohol. Still dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage. Pours quite viscously into my Stone Old Guardian Snifter. Huge, tight, creamy, light brown head covering an absolutely pitch black body. Immense rings of lacing left by each sip on the glass. The head remains fully intact throughout the entire experience. Intense fresh roast coffee aroma, accompanied by French Vanilla, sweet chocolate, and some smoke. Taste is, wow, amazing if you even remotely like the taste of coffee. Naturally sweetened coffee up front followed by a chocolaty and coffee bitterness, with a light brandy aftertaste. Best tasting cold espresso that I have ever had. Thick, syrupy, mouthcoating mouthfeel, with light, playful bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden. Great stout!

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Photo of Popsinc
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In this case Peche does not mean "peach". According to our waitress at Dieu Du Ciel, "Peche Mortel" (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) is Quebecois for "Mortal Sin". And indeed this brew was.

Served only in 750ml bottles at the brewpub, Peche Mortel is an Imperial Stout that has been aged with coffee beans over time. It was a pure black pour with almost no head whatsoever.

The nose was very sweet and oozed of espresso bean and chocolate. The mouthfeel was both rich and very smooth. Again, intense flavours of coffee & espresso bean overwhelmed the palate.

The finish lingered long, and pleasantly i might add. A wonderful dry, coffee finish. A perfect after dinner drink! To me, this is a true classic. High marks for amibitious creavtivity!

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Photo of eat
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 341ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Completely opaque but not quite black; more deep, dark brown. Nice change from the usual jet-black stout. Frothy mocha head dissipates to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Pungent minerals, espresso, sweet dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, sweet dark fruit and caramel. Some faint hops in the background. This couldn't really smell much better.

Huge espresso flavour. Cocoa, roasted malt, nice hops on the finish. Tastes like a perfect balance of a good espresso and a great stout. The 9.5% ABV is nowhere to be found, aside from the buzz it produces. So smooth and tasty. This is a taste I can call up in my memory like it's actually in my mouth; it's that memorable.

This is a little thinner that I'd like it to be; still nice but a little on the watery side. For my taste it would be improved by being a little thicker. Light carbonation.

So drinkable. This beer is really intense so I wouldn't want to drink it too often or in too large a quantity but it's a beer I end up craving regularly. This is easily the best coffee stout I've tried and the standard by which I measure all others (until I find a better one, I suppose, but I'm still waiting...).

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap @ Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Served in a wine glass. Opaque, black color with a small yet persistent tan head. Some lacing and legs when swirled around in the glass. Aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate, coffee, and raisin. Lots of the same in the flavor but with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfect. So creamy it almost feels like a nitro draught. Full bodied and smooth. Incredibly drinkable for the strength.

I've had this from a bottle a couple of times but to have it on-tap was a rare treat, as it transformed into something even more special. If you see it at a bar or at the Dieu du Ciel brewpub and are a fan of big stouts, do not hesitate to give it a try.

#102 Top 250 Beers
#15 Beers of Fame

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Photo of canucklehead
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Malto for this bottle

The beer pours dark brown/ black with a big tan head but what really stirs the senses is the strong nose of coffee followed by rich dark chocolate. The first taste follows the coffee/ chocolate theme with complexity and smoothness combined in a marriage parfait. Truly one of Canada's best beers and a benchmark for coffee stouts.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was amazing!! Very well done. Smooth with an easy slight sweet finish. I could drink a bunch. It is that well balanced. Great Job to the brewer!! Cheers

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Photo of Ian_B
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a fluffy coffee ice-cream colored head.

Smells like sticky, sweet coffee syrup and smokey malt goodness. It's freakin' awesome.

Sweet, savory, and plentiful layers of dark malt have notes of coffee, caramel, and a little chocolate. Sweetness up front and lingering coffee flavour at the end. The taste is quite bitter throughout, although the coffee flavour comes out phenomenally.

The mouthfeel is thinner than most imperial stouts, but the bold flavours compensate generously.

Overall a fantastic Imperial (Coffee) Stout with a pretty good price. Only downside is that some people may find this too bitter.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to JoeMayo for this in a trade.

Pours ink black, no light comes through, and a toffee colored inch head. Aroma is dark rich chocolates, prunes, and some coffee notes. Reminds me a little of chocolate dipped espresso beans. Very good marks here.

My first sip reveals the more of a pronounced coffee flavor than I expected. Some lactose sweetness too, perhaps. The chocolate flavor is here, though in smaller proportion. I hadn't realized this was a coffee beer apparently, until now. Although in looking at the bottle, I now see it reads " ...au cafe' ". I'm guessing that if I understood French, I'd learn a lot more about this delicious beer.

Full bodied mouthfeel, long finish, sweet and roasty bitter, and delicious. One of the better stouts I've had in a while, and a fantastic coffee beer as well. Will seek this out again. Cheers!

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Photo of Stocean1
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally came across this one. Poured a billowing near three finger head into a pint glass. Great retention with sticky thick lacing. Deep brown in colour.

Lots of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and grassy hops.

The taste follows the nose with some herbal qualities. Not boozy in the taste this nails the coffee perfectly. Bitter on the back end, it also a little smoke and wood.

Full bodied with little carbonation this brew has a nice balnce between grassy bitter hops and coffee malt. It is dry and warm from the booze. It is soft on the palate as it caresses your mouth.

Overall, a top tier brew that I am glad I finally found at the LCBO. Cant believe I walked by the 4 pack all week thinking it was the tail end of their stock of corn du diable.

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Photo of Rutager
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with an almost oily look to it. Half a finger head that fades to a foamy film and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Coffee liquor, some vanilla, dark cherries, a little dark chocolate and yes, a hint of soy sauce.

Taste. Bitter, slightly sour coffee and toasted malt. Lasting bitterness with complex coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a nice medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. For the style, a great drinker. That being said, one is enough for me and there's no mistaking this one's imperial validity.

Tried this one few months back and was not all that impressed. This time I was blown away. Really nice and different.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my large snifter courtesy of Bobsy. Many thanks again for making this beer a reality for me!! Saved it for a special occasion, just got accepted into grad school - so this is it!

Pours a viscous jet black with a finger of tight cappuccino head, leaving good lacing all the way through.

Smells of fresh, gourmet coffee coffee, some dark chocolate, molasses, dark malts and a hint of alcohol tucked away in there.

The taste is luxurious. Lots of fresh coffee, surprising amounts of chocolate, molasses, and rich, full malts. Again, alcohol in the back. It drinks surprisingly easy for such a big brew, moderate/heavy body compared to the viscous way it pours. My only complaint is the slightly stronger presence of the alcohol than I would like.

This is one great coffee stout. So rich and complex while still highlighting the coffee front and center. I'll keep this one on my wants list!

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Photo of Roke87
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #50
341 mL bottle, poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
Bottled on: February.2011
Thanks to EnemyWithin for this one!

Appearance- Pours a dark black completely opaque colour with no light penetrating anywhere on this one, average pour yields a nice fluffy one and a half fingers of tan mocha head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass and a nice bubbly top as well till finish.

Smell- I get a very strong aroma of coffee coming from this one first and foremost, followed by a nice roasted malt smell, almost a burnt aroma. The coffee is definitely the most dominant in this one although you do get a slight hint of dark chocolate thrown in there as well.

Taste- First off this is a very well balanced imperial stout, and definitely rivals that of some of the best stouts that I have tried thus far. Just like the smells, coffee is mainly predominant in this one although you do get a nice balance of the roasted malts and a slight hint of dark chocolate in there as well and a pleasant burnt malty taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium to Full bodied with above average carbonation for an imperial stout, this one goes down smooth and creamy, very rich on the palate finishing with a nice burnt smokiness.

Overall- An amazing imperial stout although a little heavy on the coffee flavours at times although it is very well balanced by a perfect amount of roasted malts and a slight hint of dark chocolate. The smells again are of a lot of coffee then the taste comes through almost the same as well but it finishes with this very nice burnt malt smokiness that is very pleasant on the palate. Hides the high ABV very well, I can’t even taste any alcohol in this one what so ever, dangerously easy drinking, smooth, creamy and rich. A definite go to if I could ever find this one again, please bring this back to Ontario!

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Photo of Casey10
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a fantasic beer. The appearance was dark and chocolate. The smell was really good for a beer like this. The taste was exceptional, burnt, chocolate sugars, coffee, mouthfeel burns like it should. The drinkabilty was fantastic for a beer like this. Don't pound it just enjoy it !!!

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Photo of MPLS
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deadly Sinners Unite!

My memory was fuzzy the first time that I had this beer, so another tasting is in order.

A: Pure ink, black as an ebony princess @ dusk, nice 2 cm head that resolved itself slowly. Lacing evident, but not extreme.

S: Unfortunately my nose is slightly congested, but the coffee and cocoa sure breaks through to activate a very pleasurable. Huge roasted coffee mixed with a melted with a pile of cocoa that just got doused in some cold water, perhaps a bit or rye wafter, toffee, vanilla, banana?

T: Nice to meet you bitter coffee, really tasty too, nothing like an hour old pot of coffee. What comes next it a great dark chocolate coating that leaves a trace a smoke that soon dematerializes into a great roasted dryness. The alcohol was only evident when I burped, but almost like alcoholic chocolate milk.

M: Syrupy mouthfeel, maybe influenced by the pleasant sweet chocolate nature of the beer. Certainly does not overstay its welcome.

D: 9.5% are you lying? Great beer, will seek out a few and make others drink some.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Charleston Beer Exchange pint glass from a bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head.

S - Espresso, not a lot else. That's not a bad thing.

T - Really phenomenal deep and complex coffee flavor. Espresso is the name of the game here. Dark fruits and a sort of dark rum/raisin essence are present as well. Underlying chocolate flavor that shows up a bit more in the finish. The coffe/chocolate finish sticks around for a good while.

M - Creamy, slightly viscous.

Notes - Fantastic. Just fantastic.

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Photo of brewskis
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a midnight black with a finger of a dense, dark mocha colored head.

Aroma is wonderful. Obviously lots of gourmet coffee that bring notes of bold roast and earthy green pepper. Also get bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, carmel sweetness, and some vanilla.

Taste is blanketed with dark, bold, roasted coffee. This is balanced nicely with carmel first, then vanilla sweetness into the finish. Get some milk/bittersweet chocolate and some roasted malt in the middle of the mouth and into the finish to go with the coffee and sweetness. No alcohol to taste, but definitely provides some warming as it goes down.

High medium body with a sticky and oily mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated and creamy.

The balance and complexity on this coffee stout is superb and is the reason why I consider this one of the best coffee stouts out there. The way the coffee plays with the roasty and chocolatey base beer and is all tempered with that carmel and vanilla sweetness is excellent.

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Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 11.5 fl. oz. bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $4.99. Poured from the Dark Red/Gothic looking bottle w/ what looks like Echidna (from Greek Mythology) on the front into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has Lot 4,5 on the side & "this brew was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001". Wish this one was that old of a Vintage!

Aroma- The aroma starts off withs tons of coffee beans and dark chocolate. There is a great amount of strength, richness, and light booziness at the finish. All very complexed and within the guidelines of this style.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, dark brown head that dies fairly quick. Has the darkest brown body (opaque) with tons of viscosity. Leaves thick, dark lacing behind.

Flavor- Very deep attributes starting with malt, chocolate, and coffee. The roast is very dominant until the smooth chocolate comes into play. The coffee is in the background and keeps out of the way of these other two. Light-medium hops are also included and has a Light bitterness level. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, Slick, and leaves light coffee on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very deep but never "too intense" type of Stout. I highly recommend ANYONE picking this one up because of its nice character and unlike other stouts, is drinkable. A delicious, Slick, Coffee Infused with Dark Chocolate Imperial Stout. This is what sums this one up!

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Photo of cvm4
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with a nice 1 & 1/2 finger tan head. Medium lacing on the glass.

S - Loads of coffee and roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate.

T - Coffee hits you right away and is followed by a heavy dose of dark chocolate. The bitterness at the end is nice.

M - Not a thick beer, but coats well with carbonation on the medium side.

O - A well balanced Imperial Coffee Stout. I was very surprised how well everything came together and complimented itself.

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Photo of ascavuzzo
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Dark brown with head about an inch thick. Great coffee smell and taste. This is one of the best beer I ever had. You gotta love Dieu Du Ciel in Montreal for making this fine example of a coffee stout. Alcohol level is high but doesn't over power the smell and taste of the beer. Any one who loves beer and coffee needs to try this beer. Only draw back is that it is very hard to find. I know Monks Cafe in Philly had it about two months ago so if you are in Philly - drop in to see if they have it

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