Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Péché MortelPéché Mortel
BA SCORE
96.6%
Liked This Beer
4.41 w/ 5,138 ratings
Péché MortelPéché Mortel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#217
Reviews:
1,845
Ratings:
5,138
Liked:
4,963
Avg:
4.41/5
pDev:
8.39%
Alströms:
4.97
 
 
Wants:
655
Gots:
922
Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eddiehop
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this for a while and was pleasantly surprised. Normally these highly rated beers let down, not because they are not.good but.are not.as great as expected.

This truely lives up to the legend.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark as death with a tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, as is is the taste, though there's a good deal of roastiness as well. Feel is medium. A bit thin for an imperial stout. Definitely a very good beer but based on reputation I expected more.

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Photo of zotzot
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wanderingpints
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Caboguy
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All that its cranked up to be - nice coffee taste , but not as strong as Founders Breakfast stout. Some hints of fruit and chocolate. Hides the 9.5% very well. Dark, smooth tasting, nice lacing of the glass. Had it on tap in Montreal. Served in a tulip glass, poured with nitro. An excellent Imperial Stout. Not sure that it 'opens up' as nicely as it should when it sits. I may need to try some more. Very drinkable!

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Photo of Rristow
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with khaki head. Aroma is coffee, cayenne pepper, chocolate. Taste is moderately bitter with minimal sweet backbone. Flavors of coffee, tobacco, vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Overall a very well done imperial stout.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a stemmed stout glass

Black, black, black is the color of this brew. Opaque, inky, oily, black. The head is tan and restrained but solid and gives way swiftly to foam and lace. This is a fabulous imperial stout.

Bitter chocolate and strong bitter coffee (as in espresso) notes hit the nose immediately in equal measure, though the coffee comes just behind and is the lasting aromatic impression. Toasted, just this side of burnt malt notes independent of the coffee/chocolate come through with just a hint of booze in the background. And there is a ton of the aromas that are there.

After the bitter presentation of the aroma, the flavor is an unexpected revelation. The espresso aroma belies a somewhat rounder dark-roast java note mixed with chocolate again, but only slight bitter notes. Brownie-batter mixed with semi-sweet chocolate nibs join the party. Licorice root and molasses that weren't evidenced in the nose are ample in the flavor; and the booze is there to warm everything up. As the brew warms, hints of darker fruit (cherry?) and hop bitterness arrive. There are many things going on here, and they are all fantastic.

The mouthfeel is very thick, and nearly "sticky" and "heavy," and yet it never quite tips over that line. There is just enough bitterness, just enough booziness, just enough hop, and just enough char to keep things solid. If there had been just a touch more carbonation, this would have been stupendous.

Overall, a deceptively drinkable heavy-hitter imperial that keeps the drinker guessing and experiencing throughout. A must try if you haven't.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours jet black and very viscous with a small tan head that does not stick around for all that long but one that leaves a lovely lace behind. The aroma is just pure concentrated espresso coffee. The taste is equally espresso-like but supported by fair amount of malt sweetness. Lots of burnt notes. Full mouthfeel and with little carbonation.

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Photo of ChittyChambers
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmryan21
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cornmuse
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBubblegumkid
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 96.6% out of 100 with 5,138 ratings
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