Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

5,101 Ratings
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 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 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%

Photo of zander4dawin
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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Photo of amiles
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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Photo of ChrisTota
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

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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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shogun250
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.39 out of 5 based on 5,101 ratings.
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