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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 aqsprint
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep black. No foam even after a hard pour

S- COFFEE with a little chocolate, some alcohol, bitter.

T- I get mostly coffee and bitterness. I prefer my RIS more on the malty side. I know this is a coffee stout, but its too overpowering for me.

M- a little thinner than I like. Got some fizz from the carb which was unexpected.

D- this is a drinkable beer, could drink more than 2 in a sitting.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown or black color with a nice brown colored head. Head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S- Smells mostly of freshly roasted coffee beans, hints of vanilla, roasted malt, and milk chocolate.

T- Follows the nose really well with a very big and intense flavour. Very complex taste and a lot going on here. Alcohol hidden very well.

M- smooth and creamy with some chewiness.

D- Totally awesome brew to drink. Highly recommended. Going to find some more of these for sure.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black color with a creamy, rich, dark tan head with a very nice lacing.

Scent of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, sugars and some dark sweet fruit. Great strength with great balance and depth, I could get used to this.

Taste of coffee starts and finishes this beer, there is no escape from that, but it is balanced very well with chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit balancing out the bitterness of the coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth going down equally smooth, lovely.

Drinkability is great, but this should be enjoyed at a reasonable pace.

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Photo of Aaron58
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on sale, 3.99 a bottle. I Bought lots!

A-Black, like a Black Coffee with a nice creamy tan head. Good lacing,

S-Coffee, burnt. Smells a little sweet, a little chocolate backing to the coffee. Very roasty.

T-Like an alcoholic cup of coffee. It has a nice balance of sweetness and dry roasted coffee. I could put this on ice cream and it would be delicious.

M-Creamy, Boozy.

D-Scary good. If i found a place with this on tap, it would be a scary night.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night with no light coming through at all. Huge brown frothy head with excellent retention and lacing This beer looks exactly like any big Double Stout should look like.

S - Very strong, yet one dimensional, aroma of coffee. Roasted coffee beans with the slightest hint of a spicy hoppiness linering underneath.

T - A creamy sweetness initailly, quickly overcome by an overwhelming fresh roasted coffee taste. A spicy hop bitterness provides just a smidgen of balance but the coffee is the star here. If you enjoy coffee-centric beers this is the one for you.

M/D - Very full-bodied and smooth, almost creamy. Easy drinking despite the high ABV. The only thing holding this back is the dominating coffee taste with little to balance it out.

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

This is big boozy beer, and I knew that looking at the label, but I'm a little sorry I let that stop me from drinking it until now. It is quite balanced and refreshing, like port with the freshness of the stems included (rare), or Mas des Chimeres 2005 as it warms on the patio of Slows.

Really, refreshing. Not sour at all, but full of lift. Some of this must be attributed to hops, but I sense nothing hop-monolithic. Bitterness is burnt sweet seed, fine grained, fresh and herbal, no terpene assault. Hooray! It sucks to relate such an obviously fine beer with descriptions of what it is not. This is truly excellent. I could easily drink a case. It tastes like 80% chocolate, but fine enough to eat, which is possible but rare.

Begs to be related to Expedition Stout. This is better i think. And I'm sad to say it. (Keep in mind, I have an irrational aversion to mass, weight and alcohol unnecessarily present ...)

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours black with a decent one and a half finger head.
moderate spiderweb lacing.

smell is roasted coffee, nothing else. it smells like an iced coffee. wow.

taste is GREAT. full rich robust coffee. it tastes like im drinking an iced coffee not a beer, i get no hops, a slight hint of malts. for anyone that likes coffe, this is your beer.

mouthfeel is solid. a bit of carbonation, it tickles the tongue. nice and creamy feel.

very drinkable. it gets smoother and smoother each time i sip.

a stand up beer.

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

Dark brown to black body, completely opaque. Huge brown head, actually overflowed a little on me. Rocky, foamy, tons of retention. Lots of sticky lacing left on my glass.

Not a very strong nose. Sweet chocolate and coffee, roasted malt character.

Very sweet up front with slightly bitter chocolate notes. Next comes the coffee, lots of coffee notes. Coffee dominates the finish.

Even the mouthfeel is a little like coffee, dry and creamy.

This is a really drinkable double or imperial stout. No booziness or alcohol warming, not too heavy.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is stout heaven...probably the best Imperial Stout I had the pleasure of tasting. Nice dark pour, smooth and rich mouthfeel, and drinkable anywhere, anytime. I bet this gem is a beast from the tap!!! Looking for a trip to Montreal just to have the pleasure of trying this gem from the tap.

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Photo of trill
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours totally opaque with a skim of caramel-colored foam. Aroma is like the best mocha/espresso ever. Coffee beans, dark chocolate, tons of cocoa nibs, and some roasty/smoky malt. Flavor is more dry coffee, espresso, and cocoa. Higher carbonation and lower viscosity than other big stouts results in a beer that's more drinkable and more like some sort of coffee/beer hybrid than just a beer with coffee added. More intense coffee flavor and aroma than any other coffee beer I've tried.

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Bitterbill as an extra-extra, Bill is the Man! Cheers

Pours mahogany/ebony with a finger of mocha with brown fleck in the head. Fantastic lacing & very good head retention

S: Coffee, dark fruit & chcolate in abundance

T: Much coffee, a touch of baker's & iron up front. More coffee & coffee grounds as this warms, along with charred grains, & richer chocolate as this warms. Finishes with mocha, dark chcolate & subtle coffee

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, a great breakfast beer! Not into many coffe beers, but this one is exquisite. Only founder's surpasses this IMO

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Poured thick black with light carbonation and chocolate lacing. Smell was light with hints of coffee and roasted beans. the taste is what caught me, it was quite light and sweet with a very subtle yet noticable coffee flavor. It was pretty much dead on perfect. It was an amazing stout with just enough coffee to really set it apart. carbonation was light. I plan on picking up a few more of these.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Capone's in Norristown, PA. At $7, this is the cheapest I have ever seen or heard of this beer being sold. So that's a good start. Pours extremely dark brown, almost black, with a short tawny head. Very little light makes its way through this beer. Smells strongly of raw dark chocolate, carob beans, espresso, rum. Taste is a big roasted cocoa bean punch, burnt and black and bitter, mixed in with a strong deep-roasted coffee bean smack, aggressive and grainy. Definite alcohol presence on the finish, along with a restrained dark fruit flavor. Nice mix of flavors, very well done. Maybe a step away from being full bodied. Overall very interesting and not just a one-note coffee stout.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ouncer into my dfh snifter. 1 finger of brown head. medium density. Label says it's bottle conditioned and there's quite a bit of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.
smell is a nice blend of hops with chocolate.
it tastes almost like an ice coffee. the most coffee I've ever had in a stout. I should've had this for breakfast.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy but could be better. A bit light.
Drinkability is fair. It is a bit of a strong coffee taste for me -- and that's saying a lot. I'm a one pot with fresh ground beans in the am kind of guy.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown head very dark in color opaque through the glass but light can penetrate in the thinner portions of the glass.Small pieces of (coffee)? in bottom.
Wow! Espresso, lots and lots of coffee, very complex.
Creamy espresso, in beer form! So complex, initial taste is tons of coffee, followed by coffee, caramel and more coffee. Delicious.
Very thick, great mouthfeel, a little syrupy.
I would looove another.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to EmperorStan for this one; a new addition to the lineup available in KS. Poured into a snifter and paired with some 70% cacao Lindt.

A: Ridiculously beautiful. Pours an opaque near-black, with a medium dark tan head which leaves exemplary lacing and a perfect little crown. Streams of carbonation continue to be visible, and they constantly rise up to maintain the remainder of the head. Really, this is pretty much a spot-on example of the archetypal stout of my dreams.

S: COFFEE. Pretty bitter coffee, actually. I'm also picking up some juicy peach as well as some very dark chocolate (although maybe that's just my pairing). There's also a bit of a scent which reminds me of rotting bio-waste... I suppose it qualifies its strange name!

T: Again, COFFEE. It's overpowering, really; I can still distinguish the other tastes that were also present in the nose, but the bitterness of the coffee is so omnipresent that it makes the beer kind of unbalanced. The bitterness recedes to make way for a more candy-sugary sweetness as the beer warms, but the coffee taste is still just overwhelming.

M: Pleasantly creamy, yet with a bitter aftertaste. Great body; very substantial and hearty.

D: I want to like this beer, I really do, but the bitterness is just too much. I'm a big fan of stouts, but I'm also a big fan of balance. It's kind of a struggle for me to get through this, but its redeeming qualities make the drinking experience enjoyable if not entirely easy.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite black, about as inky a beer as I've seen this side of Speedway stout. I didn't elicit a lot of head with the pour, but I was using a chalice. A sticky collar retains, and there's a lot of lacing.

Roasted malt, black coffee, and a little bit of sweetness on the nose. Tons of power.

Bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. I love coffee, and I drink it quite frequently. This tastes to me like the iced coffees with soy milk that I make with my leftover morning joe. That's a good thing: I drink them because I love the taste. This tastes like a cool, mildly sweetened and thickened cup of strong coffee.

The coffee is most noticeable, but there are plenty of other things going on, from the chocolate to the black patent malt flavors. Very impressive and chewy, and since the hops are much in the back, the mouthfeel is very well done: chewy, thick and creamy.

Awesome beer for a coffee lover.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep dark black, crowned by a huge dark tan head that doesn't lace but rather leaves a solid layer of foam on the glass. Aroma is heavy on roasted malt and mocha, with a good dose of vanilla bean in the background.
Palate is heavy on roasted malt up front, with some nice hoppy bitterness to balance things out. After the initial burst of coffee flavor a rich sweetness emerges, with vanilla and a touch of maple. The roastiness wins out in longevity, though, lingering long after the swallow.
Body is big, rich, and smooth, with a good creamy mouthfeel. While a slow sipper, this is a very drinkable high-gravity stout. Super tasty and rich, one of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oddly, this beer seems like a combo of a couple other beers. Deep and dark, basically pitch black until held to the light, which still doesn't let much through. A rich, creamy tan head rises atop the darkness and remains nearly through the entire beer. Steady, slowly rising carbonation. Smell reminds me of Breakfast Stout mainly but mixed with the Baltic Porter from DR. Not sure what it is but that's what it reminds me of. Bitter dark chocolate and definitely a huge dose of coffee. Piney hops underneath, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. It's funny, the flavor pulls a switch up on me every once in a while. Usually, a healthy coffee flavor is the first thing that comes up but sometimes bitterness before it. It's definitely there in the finish every time. There is a little more sweetness in the flavor than the smell, reminiscent of an espresso, though at times the roast comes full force. It's never smokey or burnt tasting, though, which I'm thankful for. Pretty good mouthfeel, nice and round, nearly full. The bitterness takes away from the fuller stout mouthfeel that I'm used to, keeping it from being creamy and rich as many others. As a hop head, this touch of bitterness isn't a terrible thing, just a little out of the norm. The carbonation was on point. Yes please, may I have another? Maybe just one more but that's about it.

I remember when this wasn't available in the US yet...or maybe you lucky bastards had it in PA at times? Either way, I had two trades; one with papat444 and the other with mattt, both very generous Canadians, thanks guys! ;-)

It's almost cheaper to trade for a sixer or two of this stuff from Canadia than to buy singles in the US...hell , I think it is for sure! Regardless, I'll probably find myself splurging on a single every now and then...damn, maybe not. Founders is coming!

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Photo of mjrtoo
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Luckily I picked up six of these hard to find brews at a local shop. I've had them before, but this is my first review after a few go-a-rounds with it.

It pours dark, rich head (only for a bit). Quickly after the pour the nose is of coffee and dark chocolate, but as soon as the head dissipates, not much scent unless you get your nose really close, then of coffee and tobacco.
One very important note, you MUST drink this beer near cellar temps. If you don't, you are missing out on everything this beer is meant to be. I think I've only read one other review that mentions that...and it's 100% true. Maybe it's common knowledge, but just thought I'd bring it up again.

The first taste...as you would expect, COFFEE! It is a very refined coffee taste, with a malty sweetness, along with just a little dark chocolate flavor. This flavor lingers a LONG TIME on the palate. The mouth feel is creamy and with just a touch of carbonation (here's why I recommend the higher temp enjoyment, drinking this right out of the fridge destroys the mouth feel, WAY too bright on the tongue IMHO), but with just enough hop to cut the cream to an enjoyable level. A slight bitterness on the tongue at the finish.

I do feel a little kick of alcohol, but in this brew it adds to the enjoyment for me.

I rate this beer highly in all categories except drinkability, where it's just average. I struggle with this rating, is high drinkability necessarily good? This isn't a beer you're going to chug down a six pack in a couple hours...it's a beer to savor throughout, the complex interaction of coffee, malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco flavors is far more satisfying that pure drinkability.

If this isn't on your top 5 of all time favorite stouts (or even #1), you seriously need to reconsider you selections! Top notch in every way!

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Photo of gameface23
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect imperial stout and possibly even the perfect beer. A deep, menacing pour with a khaki colored head. Nose of espresso and secondary hints of cafe mocha made with dark chocolate - like sitting next to coffee being roasted. Flavor is what you would expect, given the aroma. Great mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced with intermingled sweetness and bitterness that slide gracefully between each other during different parts of the sip.

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Photo of number1bum
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks man.

Pours a thick black, no light getting through this baby, with a dense and creamy tan head that fills two plus inches of the tulip and spills slightly over the sides. Settles very slowly leaving a great lace and lots of stick.

Smell has just an awesome coffee aroma, deep and powerful, along with bittersweet dark chocolate and even a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich and creamy and incredibly tasty. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors, but some roasted malt lends a bit of bitterness through the finish. There's a touch of dark fruits in there, too. Coffee is intense but the chocolate provides a great counterpart with just a bit of sweetness. It's a deep, espresso sort of coffee flavor, but it is not harsh and bitter like Beer Geek Breakfast. Awesome balance, great depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is viciously creamy, full bodied, thick and chewy, a delight on the palate.

Damn, this is an incredible beer. Between this and Founders Breakfast Stout it's pretty much a tossup, but the Founders is easier to get and more widely available, so I'm not quite sure this can knock it from its perch of best coffee stout in my book. But it's damn close. Incredible beer I will certainly seek out again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stateline in Elkton, MD. Poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a thick, deep, opaque dark brown-nearly black. Pours with a 2 finger tan (coffee colored) creamy head. One can constantly see tiny bubbles being added to it. Head retains wonderfully but eventually fades to a very thick collar and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is very rich in chocolate malt. A hint of roasted toffee and caramel sweetness can also be gathered. Smells like a good cup of blended coffee in the morning.

T-Upfront is a toffee and caramel like sweetness and a deep, rich chocolate malt backbone. Roasted malt bitterness and a touch of alcohol are added for the finish. Some alcohol warmth lingers but overall the alcohol is very well hidden.

M-Low carbonation and thick body that is smooth as silk. Its not too thick though. Perfect for the style.

D-This is a great beer and I am happy I was able to find it and have the opportunity to try it. This beer definitely gets better as it warms so give it a chance to after you pour it. I really like this stout and will have it again.

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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 taez555
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black body with a thick dark tan head.

Nose is straight up, very intense, coffee grounds. Not brewed coffee, but like you just opened a can of coffee and are taking a huge whiff. It's a very dark espresso coffee smell. Dark dark dark chocolate. It actually has this earthiness about it, almost a green coffee sort of smell. Interesting.

Oh my god. This beer is like drinking espresso. Extreme espresso bitterness and tons and tons and tons of dark bitter chocolate and espresso beans. It literally tastes exactly like eating those chocolate covered espresso beans you get at fancy candy shops. Extremely bitter, but pure espresso bean bitterness. Bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter. Espresso, espresso, espresso, espresso. Ends with a long lingering espresso bean bitterness.

There are beers out there that taste like coffee, and others that taste like chocolate. This beer tastes like your eating espresso beans. Not drinking espresso mind you, I mean actually eating raw(well toasted dark, not green), but eating raw espresso beans. Very interesting. Could go amazingly well wtih vanilla ice-cream. Although.... chocolate or a coffee desert might pair really well, I'd just be afraid it's complete and total overload. A great beer, but it's such a one trick pony, I'd really find it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

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