Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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
Ratings:
5,128
Reviews:
1,843
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
Wants:
652
Gots:
919
For Trade:
71
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Photo of Caboguy
4.62/5  rDev +5%
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%
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 -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fireazzi
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmryan21
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheBubblegumkid
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of threeviews
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2oz screwtop(!) bottle (BOD: 2016-12-29) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass.

A - Pours a jet black color with a single finger of a creamy, coffee-ice-cream colored head. (5.0)

S - The label states it is a stout with coffee added and it does not lie! All kinds of chocolate (Raw Cacao, Baker's, Milk), espresso-roasted coffee and a hint of charred wood contribute to the decadent aroma. (5.0)

T - A touch of sweetness hits first followed by raw chocolate (cacao nibs) some wood char. The coffee kicks in a few seconds after each swallow making for a bold (yet pleasing), bitter finish. Each time you bring the glass to your lips, your nose and palate never forget the significant presence of espresso-roasted coffee. (5.0)

M - Medium mouthfeel and parched palate after each sip makes for extreme drinkability. The bright carbonation also contributes to a lighter drinking experience. (5.0)

O - Absolutely one of the best year-round coffee imperial stouts in the marketplace. Since any trace of alcohol goes undetected on the nose and in the flavor, this is a well attenuated beer and drinks well under it's advertised ABV. Six months since packaging and the coffee is still the main player. It is hard to imagine how intense it would be when consumed at time of bottling. I love the addition of coffee in beer (especially robust stouts) and Peche Mortel is a gorgeous example this style executed well. The cost (~$6/bottle) and limited availability in The States are the two factors that prevent me from awarding a perfect score. (4.75)

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Photo of CHickman
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/29/2016, 6 months young and it pours pitch black color with a huge sturdy 2-3 finger tan/sand colored head that was packed with bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving outstanding lacing as it went down. After a few minutes the head was a 1/2 finger foamy layer on top that I could run my fingers through and the lace left rings as it went down. Golf clap.

Is this my morning Starbucks or a coffee stout - either way the smells is delicious, with burnt coffee grinds, fresh ground coffee, whole coffee beans, roasted malt, charred wood, ash, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, anise or licorice and toasted pumpernickel bread. Says on the bottle "Imperial Stout brewed with coffee" and that is exactly what you get. Some may nitpick on the coffee dominating, but to me it's perfectly executed and has an outstanding aroma.

Flavor picks up right where the nose left off: bold black coffee (like Starbucks Sumatra or French Roast, Kona even), smoke, char or ash and all things roasted, toasted grains, cocoa powder, a sharp acidic bitterness, dark chocolate, Hershey's chocolate syrup, very burnt bread crust, brownie batter, more chocolate, light nutty notes and some metallic hints. A cornacopia of dark roast coffees and the associated fresh ground coffee beans are the star of this brew, with the malt backbone and a small display of piney hops adding to the mix. The bitterness level is high but enjoyable and fades off quickly like wasabi. One of the best tasting coffee stouts that I've ever had, I'd even place this along side the barrel aged giants because for me it was that good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied which could be considered light for an imperial stout, but this had some texture and gritty aspects as it slid across my tongue. The bitterness was high but enjoyable, the carbonation on the flat side, but this had some much flavor and malty goodness that I sipped and savored each drop. A world class stout, highly recommended.

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Photo of Scotty_Karate
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Peche mortel consumed on 6/23/17 at black rock resort in uclulet bc.

Pours black in color. Decent lacing and small head.

Aroma is dominated by roasted coffee. Rich and toasty espresso. A bit of green
pepper. Roasted malts and molasses.

Taste is incredibly toasty. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation but not overly
viscous. Coffee and roasted malts are the main flavors. A bit of creaminess when
swished in the mouth. A kiss of alcohol on the finish and a lingering
bitterness.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Lots of coffee character. I see this pairing well
with a cannoli after a dinner of lasagna. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of seedyone
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nightcap. At a mere 9.5% this is a very BIG item. Bigger then the 9.5 would dictate. Black as midnight with a whisper of lacing which should be expected from something from the depths.

As it warms in my glass I detect a shallow espresso aroma but with much less bitterness then I expected.

A rounding out of the core flavors might add to this brew, but since they have come so close, why f**k w/it?

If you like coffee & have a sense of adventure, travel the path to something new.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: Black with 1 inch light head.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and molasses.
Taste: Taste follows the nose with coffee, chocolate, and molasses.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Overall: A good coffee stout,

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Photo of StormAles
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dukeandduke
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6/26/17 (Chicago): 11.5 oz bottle poured into snifter. Pitch black pour with one finger tan head and mild lacing. Strong bitter coffee aroma. Excellent bitter coffee, dry roasted malt balanced by sweet chocolate taste. Thin texture, no carbonation, easy smooth drinking. Nice after dinner drink, has a good kick. Love this beer!

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