Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

5,084 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 D-HopSupreme
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black body with around 1.5" of soapy, beige head. The aroma is very prominent, calling to mind coffee, green pepper, and cocoa powder. The flavour starts out with a bold coffee bitterness, branching out into some sweeter chocolate, with toffee, caramel, and a finish that really brings out a flavour of espresso. The feel is silky smooth, with gorgeous texture going down. The hype is real, stout fans.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Péché Mortel, 9.5% ABV. Pours thin and black with no head. Nose is coffee and roast malt, taste follows, with hardly any bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.I like the strong coffee taste without strong bitterness.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traditional optics, perhaps could have presented a larger cap. Aroma is nice, there is a foundation of classic dark malt with the coffee added ontop, but it isn't brusque or grabbing, rather a smooth roasted South American style smell. Taste is maybe a tad more curt, but along the same lines, though the boldness & bitterness of the end was a little much. There is a whisper of that green pepper / vegetal taste you get from some coffee beers but nothing egregious. There are notes of espresso & warm nut to support the coffee & roasted (near burnt) malt. A little rough around the edges but a good coffee beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown color that is blackish in the glass, thick and dense 2 finger head, great retention and lacing... no good reason to knock this one on points for appearance in my book! big aroma on this one, roasty earthy coffee, bakers chocolate, almost burnt malts, leather, tobacco, hint of ashy, some caramel, milk chocolate, and dark fruits coming as it warms.

palate follows very closely - intensely roasty, but all of the bold notes come together cohesively, creating a really complex and enjoyable brew. up front is an earthy and slightly bitter dark chocolate, into espresso and roasty coffee notes, slight bitterness is balanced by sweeter chocolate and caramel - as well as some fluffy vanilla/marshmallow type thing. mouthfeel is medium-full and has excellent texture .. almost sludgy!!

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with very little to no head. Light lacing throughout. Very enjoyable roasted and slightly bitter coffee notes. Not too heavy which made it more enjoyable then other Imperials.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours black with a thin tan head. Heavy amount of soay lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, espresso and milk chocolate.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Bitter black coffee upfront followed by roasted malts and some light milk chocolate sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry crisp finish.

O - This is an exceptional coffee stout and highly recommended for coffee lovers.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/29/16.

Pours black with a small, dark tan head.

The smell is pure espresso, like sticking your nose into a bag of fresh coffee beans.

The taste follows the nose, dominated by coffee. Roasted malts and coffee bitterness mask the high ABV. Espresso flavors linger on the tongue long after the beer is finished. The feel is thick.

This is beer for coffee lovers. It's fantastic, probably the best coffee beer I have come by. I plan on grabbing a couple more, one for now and one to age!

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

Pours black. With a nice head and nice lacing. Aroma is deep coffee roast and dark chocolate. Taste is awesome. It has a strained coffee taste Straight threw. Very suddle with a light dark chocolate finish. Excellent coffee stout. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of Jaredhaley
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A-Black motor oil. No head formed, only thin lacing.
S-Big chocolate on the nose, hint of coffee
T-Taste follows nose. Sweet milk chocolate is the predominant flavor with hint of coffee bitterness on the end.
M-Thin-moderate chewiness, slightly syrupy with a clean finish. Very minimal carbonation
O-Excellent stout that is smooth and sweet. Would prefer a much stronger coffee flavor if it going to be labeled a "coffee" stout.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With over 5 times as many ratings as the brewer's #2, it probably is safe to conclude this is a cash cow.
And as good as Peche Mortel is, I cannot believe there are 70 American Imperial Stouts rated ahead of it.
While I've seen an AIS look like this before and while the coffee/chocolate aromas meld well, I may not have tasted one as smooth as Peche Mortel. It is as rich in the mouth as an RIS ... and the alcohol is subdued.

I shied away from this because I don't like to think about doing things that can cause death.
By being so cautious, look what I missed.... and what I hope to Have again.

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

Powerful flavors of roasted coffee with a bitter aroma and a dry finish, not overly sweet - it's a double espresso with a splash of cream, not a frappucino. Full, chewy mouthfeel, but smooth, with the alcohol mostly hidden. I find this to be a unique stout - many other big stouts, though excellent, tend to blend together in my mind but this one stands out.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark appearance. What a wonderful coffee flavor. very strong aroma. This is one of the best coffee beers that I have had. There is no uniting for the coffee. It is excellent.

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Photo of mattflippin
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass. Syrupy, thick black beer with a solid tan head. Strong chocolate and coffee on the nose, with a little smokiness to it. Tastes rich with malt up front, followed immediately with intense coffee backed with chocolate flavors. Finishes smooth, bitter from the coffee and pretty dry. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good beer overall, perfect amount of coffee.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Jet-black with a modest light tan head that slowly settled into a wispy cap. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, cocoa, dark cherries, and toast. A rich-tasting beer with copious amounts of roasty malt, dark bread, coffee, and a milk-chocolate finish. Full-bodied but not too sweet. Great stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiny Orc's blood with a tan, creamy, dense head.

Smell is really chocolately at first, with roasted nuts and smokey malt too. It then develops to an almost oaky smell. THEN a more fruity coffee aroma emerges as it warms further, and this wasn't fresh. To think the bouquet I might get when it's right off the line.

Taste is roasty, almost smoked malt. Then chocolate comes in--both dark chocolate and malted milk balls. A woody taste then develops, and slowly the nutty coffee emerges.

Feel is kind of thin with minimal froth, finishing semi-dry. The thinness is surprising considering the depth of roast and color.

I really want a fresh one of these. As it warms, this is the most rapidly changing beer I think I've had over such a short period of time. And it manages to accomplish this in an enjoyable way.

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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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