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 peterpunk15
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are a lot of coffee notes here. The perfect amount, though. The smell and the flavor don't overpower it. Usually very strong coffee stouts just overpower the rest of the beer. This one, does it perfectly.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 5/10/14 at Black and Blue in Easton. Superb roasted malts, creamy mouth feel with solid chocolate and coffee notes. Truly a sipper, to be savored with almost no sign of the ABV. One of the best brews from the great white north.

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Photo of gshak
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been a long-time want of mine. Finally got my hands on a bottle @$6.99. Bottled 12/2015, drank 12/2016, so about a year spent in the fridge.
A - An indelicate pour out of the bottle, at fridge temperature into my Duvel tulip produced an opaque black liquid with a nice tan head of tight, bubbles. The head receded from a finger's width to a thin ring, that sat nicely atop the liquid for quite a while. Spotty lacing noted where the liquid had been. Swirling regenerates the head quite impressively.
S - Like a shot of fresh espresso. Amazing that even after a year since bottling, the coffee aromas are so pronounced and sharp. I am getting some chocolate malt, but all of that is secondary to the espresso bomb that this beer is.
T - Yes, straight out espresso with a few chunks of sugar cubes thrown in. Coffee, very good coffee, some alcohol and traces of fruitiness towards the end. The bitterness is again all from coffee grounds.
M - Medium. The plentiful carbonation keeps this beer light and drinkable throughout the course.
O - Of all the coffee-inspired/infused stouts I've had, Peche Mortel is clearly one of the top examples. While the beer may seem mostly one-note, it nails that note perfectly. The hype is real.

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Photo of Giantspace
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes......... bottle marked on 1 and 02 notches.....real big coffee smell.....big coffee taste......real heavy body.....bitter finish....one of the better stouts out there.......well worth the $5-6 a bottle when I see it

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Photo of anteatr23
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and rich with a brown one finger head. Smells of semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, sweet. Taste is bold roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee. Keeps a good balance, if favoring the coffee. Enjoying the bitter back end. Overall, this caught me off guard. Really tasty, perfect for the winter.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a light tan/coca-cola like head.

Aroma: most noticeable is the cocoa and coffee. strong roasted notes in the back. bitter chocolate.

Taste: bitter coffee, roasted coffee/malt, large back and forth between roasted notes and coffee notes, with a bit of chocolate mixed in. slightest bit of sweetness in the dry finish.

Feel: soft and silky, full bodied and dry.

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Photo of Mtn
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into snifter
L - Inky black with beige 2 finger head that settles quickly to a thin layer of carb
A - Cofee, toffee, ilk chocolate, licorice, roasted malt
T - Taste follows aroma closely
F - Nice coating mouth feel, but more medium bodied (more KBS than BCBS). Low carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth.
O - A great beer with flavors that play nicely together and no slap in the face by any one flavor. Mouth feel is a bit light, but not a big drawback. Would buy again, and would love to try BA version.

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Photo of rypkr
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle dated 4-27-2016

A - poured into a snifter. Typical dark cola colored stout with a frothy light mocha colored 1/2 inch head. It looks VERY syrupy and sweet leading me to believe it'll have a thick chewy mouthfeel.

S - It smelled stellar as soon as I cracked the beer. Mostly of potent and fresh coffee, which is surprising because this beer is not fresh, nor should it necessarily be fresh. Bringing the glass to the nose I also smell bittersweet chocolate, creamed coffee (or perhaps more of a latte aroma), a faint earthiness reminiscent of a fresh rain or even overturned topsoil, there is a load of tobacco smoke that smells like a room recently inhabited by cigar smokers.

T - Okay. I don't get it. It taste like stale coffee, bakers chocolate, burnt barley, and too many noble hops. How is this top 100? I traded for this? This is founders breakfast stout that was brewed with week old instant coffee in a trailer park brewery.

M - It's dry. It's above average carbonated. It's not terribly full but not thin either. It leaves me letdown from my hopes of what it would be after the pour, but it's not a poor mouthfeel either.

O - I don't get it. Is this just one of the first coffee stouts that was around, and was originally very good for containing it's unique adjunct that it got a great reputation? I've had easily a dozen coffee stouts that are far superior to this. Very unimpressed.

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Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color with a thick thin dark caramel head with short retention.
Assertive aroma with predominant notes of roasted coffee beans, Belgian chocolate and licorice.
Flavor with notes of bitter coffee, a bit of lactic acid, cocoa powder, vanilla, plums, a good deal of hops, mild char, cigar, blueberries, molasses and black currant. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste with a lasting roasted note.
Velvety medium to full body with mild carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 9.5% is very well disguised.
Hoppy and bold Coffee RIS with true coffee notes and good dark complexity. Well attenuated, which contributes to show well its dark side.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 01/11/16

Appearance - Pours dark brown with tan edges. LaciInf is minimal and doesn't linger when drinking.

Smell - The aroma hits on notes of deep roast, baker's chocolate, a bit of dark juice and a touch of molasses. Some cream once the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of coffee roast and both dark and milk chocolate. An underlying note of dark berry. Some caramel and creaminess mid-taste, then some coffee bean bitterness that cuts the sweetness and delivers a fairly balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - An excellent coffee-infused imperial. Second time I've had it. Solid stout that I wish was available here more often.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 01/11/16

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head peaks at about a half a finger's width and dissipates fairly, revealing a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, most of which slides back down into the drink after a minute or so.

Smell - The aroma hits on notes of deep roast, baker's chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and a touch of molasses. Some cream once the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of coffee roast with both dark and milk chocolate upfront and throughout. An underlying note of dark berry character. Some caramel and creaminess mid-taste, then coffee bean bitterness cuts the sweetness and delivers a fairly punchy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, but a bit thin in the finish.

Overall - An excellent coffee-infused impy that does not disappoint. Definitely one I'll keep an eye out for whenever I'm in an area that gets distro.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tap at Muted Horn in Berlin.
Pitch black color with a classy lil but rich of colour head.
Smell is coffee and a bit of chocolate; tastes like a take away coffee, but in the best way possible. hops are present too and they do the job to balance the coffee bitterness.
Low carbonation and good body wich make this a deangerous sipper, i had two of these and could have drunk more even though the almost 10%abv. Very well done but watch out if you aren't a coffee fun.

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Photo of edthehead
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with foamy long lasting brown head with great lacing. Deep roasty coffee and bitter chocolate flavor and coffee nose. Incredibly smooth!

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay. A while back, I rated Founders Breakfast Stout a 100% 5.0.. A beer that I still love and always will.. I've drank a TON of coffee infused beers/stouts.. If I could rate this one a 100%+, 5+, I would.. I love KBS. I love FBS. I love BCBS. I love SMS etc etc..

This beer, without being barrel aged, is (dare I say) the BEST coffee infused beer I have ever tasted. It looks beautiful in a snifter. It smells divine.. And the taste? Full bodied, intense espresso roast, dark fruit.. BOMB!

Get your hands on this one if you can. A Canadian gem of a brewery making one of THE finest imperial stouts you will ever sample..


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Photo of I3eer
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A special beer that I absolutely would not drink again immediately. It's very well done, exceedingly smooth and a real kick in the face. An espresso shot with a beer aftertaste and a slight vodka shot chest burn. I loved it. I hated it. I will probably yearn for it some day.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, not overly thick, with good head retention.
Smell is dark! French roast coffee and bittersweet cocoa.
Taste follows the nose. Heavy on darker roasty flavors, almost smokey at times. Lingering bitterness. Very nice! Enough sweetness but definitely not a sweet thick beer, with a bitter finish that balances the sweet alcohol.. Rather European in execution, and a good example of that approach.

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Photo of Easton70
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coffee Matchsticks. When I was a kid in the 70's there were after dinner chocolates called Matchsticks. They were thin sticks of dark chocolate in 3 flavours: mint, orange and coffee. This beer smells exactly like I remember the coffee Matchsticks tasting like.

The taste is a boozy version of coffee Matchsticks.....that's it. Awesome

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick with a Bit of light coming through the edges. Smell is coffe and chocolate. Very pronounced. Taste follows the smell with a bitter back end; pleasant. Pretty carbonated for the style as there is a 1/4" thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass that remains throughout. Medium heavy body. Overall a great coffee stout.

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Photo of GeeL
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A coffee stout with a lot of complex flavor but not over the top coffee-ness.
A great go-to example of the style if you're curious, and if you can track it down.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick and black with about 1 finger of head that slowly dissipates, leaving lacing on the glass. The smell is tons of roasted coffee; somewhat overpowering if you're looking for more, but for coffee lovers, this hits the spot. The taste is much like the description. It is a very bitter coffee as opposed to the normal sweet coffee stouts. This is only about 6 months old, and I could see it developing with time. The feel is a bit thin compared to what it poured like.

It is a pretty refreshing take on the coffee stout. It is well balanced between the sweet and bitter -- it reminds you that you're still drinking a beer.

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Photo of GunnarStahl
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black, thick tan head. Roasty, bitter, chocolate on the nose. Taste was amazing, roasty coffee and chocolate, sweet and balanced. Nice bitter finish. One of the best.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very black with a tan head. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasted chocolate and sweet malts. Taste is roasty with coffee being the overwhelming flavor. Maybe a little sweet malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, but not as creamy as I like for big stouts. Overall, a very good beer and I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of braker649er
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to glass in Quebec City hotel. Warming up after being outside on a cool, windy evening.

The bottle was from a small depayssant. Bottled in May. Drank it in July.

The smell was this beer's highlight for me. Very much enjoyed and appreciated this beer. I especially liked the rich oatlike scent that intermingled with the coffee (or was it just grainy coffee). I was impressed.

I wasn't overwhelmed, however. There is high praise for this beer, and I just wonder if others like it have come along since its initial release. That said, I felt the espresso scent and flavor were unique, rich and complex. Wholly worthwhile.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz screw cap (!) served between a pair of Georgetown samplers.

Pours black with no head and little carbonation. Smell is coffee, licorice, toffee, more licorice.

Taste is so much softer than I expected. I expected an in-your-face dark beer assault, but instead I got a sneaky dark beer infiltration perpetrated by my best friend. Velvety, chocolate, black licorice, sweetened coffee, hints of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, very good beer, happy that I finally got to try it.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 4 pack for about $15 can. Tasted by itself. Should pair well with anything that has balsamic vinegar. Also dark chocolate cake.
Looks like a stout, totally opaque almost black with a medium brown foamy head that melts to a 1/2 in. ring. Some sticky lacing.
Smells like a cold espresso. Also hot chocolate.
Tastes like a heavenly mix of chocolate, strong coffee, toasted malts and dark ale. Very sweet and alcoholic but still so easy to want to empty the glass... and open another.
It goes down so smooth it is sinful.The after taste is quite bitter but just requires you to take another sip.
There is nothing bad I could say about this. Not something to drink in quantity on a summer afternoon maybe.
But if you can find it, try it. I love this style of beer and Péché Mortel is one of the best ones I have tried.

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