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Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

1,792 Reviews
Péché MortelPéché Mortel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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 Destral
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great roasted coffee smell with a very faint sweetness...perhaps chocolate.

I love the bourbon and alcohol smell on this. Bits of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee round out a wonderful smell.

Tons of roasted coffee like the smell. This tastes much more like espresso than beer. There is a bit of bitterness from the coffee, but the alcohol is really hidden well.

The beer is very creamy and smooth but not too heavy. The flavors coat my mouth and linger long after I take a taste.

This was one of the easiest to drink big beers I've had, but the 12 oz bottle was probably just enough for one night.

The only real knock I have against it is that beer borders on being too 1 dimensional with the coffee. While I preferred the GI BCBCS this is more readily available and a great substitute if I'm looking or a coffee fix. Definitely will seek this one out again.

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Photo of erica
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great one, oh yes. I tried it at the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal, and at the Brew Pub as well, a few times. It's very very black, like espresso with a tan head of foam. It looks brutal. It smells like bitter strong coffee/espresso, not too much though. It tastes awesome, very roasted and strong and not as bitter as it looks and smells. Like a malty espresso. Mouthfeel was perfect, not as thick as it looks, but not even close to thin. No taste of alcohol either, which could be dangerous if you drink enough of it, but I probably wouldn't just because I can't drink too too much of such a roasty imperial stout like this one. However, I was so glad to have the glasses that I did, and I look forward to visiting DDC again to hopefully have this one again!

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet. Inky black with a thick khaki colored head that thins but never goes away completely.

Very dry nose with subtle coffee but not much else. Coffee flavors up front throughout and in the finish. Also very dry aspinlike finish.

Great mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Abit too dry in the finish to give higher marks for drinkabliity.

Tastes like a better version of Ommegang's Choc Indulgece stout, but much better.

Have one more in the cellar. Wonder how it'll turn out...

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a black with no head.

S- Very odd nose. Almost super gluey. I get some of the dark malts with coffee and chocolate. A bit of charcoal on the nose too.

T- Coffee for sure. This has a strong acetyl taste too. I really like how it tastes but it is an odd flavor at the front. Very little hop character.

M- Good carbonation. This is a beer that you taste then it is gone. It does not stick around in your mouth very long.

D- I got a couple bottles of this and I am very happy to dispose of it. I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of GregA135
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first beer from this brewery and what an excellent Imperial Stout! I loved this brew! As you opened the bottle you can really smell the coffee, along with a hint of roasted nuts. Smooth and great coffee taste! Very easy to drink, definitely need to visit this brewery!

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Photo of hayesez
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this during a recent trip to the Northeast. Split with friends during, what ended up being, a stout tasting after a day of snowboarding.

Poured into my Porstmouth snifter. Dark, dark brown. A thick-looking beer that piled up into the glass, leaving a two finger light brown head. Fairly quickly, this dissipated to a thin lining over the top of my beer. Plenty of lacing left throughout this one!

I can't get over the smell of coffee / espresso in this beer. It has lapped the field in regards to the aroma. There is a little alcohol punch in there as well and maybe a bit of chocolate or herb in there, but frankly, this is one of the most coffee-heavy smelling beers around.

The taste of Peche Mortel is not surprising after taking a whiff. Dark roasted malts lead into a strongly brewed heavy coffee. It does end with a nice sweeter finish that isn't bitter and not hot. A decently thick, low-carbonation mouthfeel makes this an even better beer to drink. A bit too much coffee for me, so one was plenty, but I was surprisingly pleased with how this one finished off.

Overall, a very solid beer. Great to pass around with several others, and one that would truly be enjoyed by any coffee-lover.

Consumed: 3/3/2010

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to have the opportunity to try this legendary coffee beer. Huge thanks to beachbum1975 for sending this one my way.

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head that leaves no lacing. One could say that it is very similar to espresso.

S - Not as overwhelming as I expected but coffee does make up the majority of it. As the beverage warms chocolate and roasted caramel malts can be detected.

T - This one did not disappoint, coffee dominates with a very bittersweet chocolate complimentary flavor right along side. As someone that doesn't use cream or sugar, the extreme bitterness of this beer is definitely appreciated! I am taking my time drinking this and it just keeps getting better.

M - Thick and slick with enough carbonation to keep it lively with each sip.

D - I am glad to have kept this on my wants. I have almost finished this one and am ready for another. A delicious stout that isn't overly sweet or filling like so many others out there.

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

Poured this brew into a pint glass. The bottle had no bb date and some notches on the side for a bottled on date. I don't know exactly how to read this.

A- This brew pours a thick black, that is fully opaque and impossible to see through. I good half inch of head came to show and stayed for about 3-4 minutes, it was a nice dark tan to almost brown color. Thin and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S- A large amount of coffee and espresso. A nice meld of malts with a small amount of hops that play a nice back note. Dark chocolate and figs, raisins, and a bit of sourdough bread.

T- It tastes like a cup of coffee. It has a lingering presence of espresso and chocolate. Its a complex brew to say the least, maybe im not very familiar with this type or beer but it has a lot going on.

M&D- A full mouthful of chocolate and espresso beans.

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

A- pours a jet black with a tan head that resembles the crema on a perfect shot of espresso.

S- smell resembles a Cuban coffee (colada)... there's a slight sweetness to the nose above just espresso.

T- Taste represents a slight dark chocolate, with a forefront of everything that makes espresso fantastic. A smokey roasty flavor that hangs on your tastebuds, and doesn't let go. How did they hide the alcohol?!?

M- very creamy full body that plays well against the bitterness of the beer.

O- I was really blown away by this offering. This is everything I want in a coffee stout. This is certainly one of my favorite beers. Dieu du Ceil really knocked one out of the park with this beer.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark cola in color with a thin brownish-tan head that sizzles and bubbles in the glass. Some thin watery lacing.

S: Incredible roasted-chocolate-y-coffee smell that leaps from the glass. I could sit and smell this all day.

T: Amazing chocolate-coffee taste coats the tongue up front. Later the taste melts with an alcohol edge that lingers and takes from the flavor.

M: Thick and coating body that wraps the tongue. Some burn in the back of the mouth as the alcohol takes hold.

D: Glad it's a cool night because this is a perfect warming treat. Probably a bit much for warm weather though. Big-ass beer but damn drinkable.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 10/10/09.

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

Jet Black creamy off white/brown head starts thick ends up 1/2 " Swirling produces short lived but serious lacing. The aroma is prominent coffee, malt, some hints of chocolate and an occasional whiff of sweet cream and butterscotch. Taste produces initial sweetness, the coffee is immediately apparent. This is quite complex with bittersweet bursts of taste weaved in between syrupy malt. This reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout with espresso and some syrup. The last taste is a bit on the bitter side with a strong alcohol warming. This is thick and chewy just like I enjoy em. For me mouthfeel is hard to describe but when I taste them I know them. Drinkability is great for what this is but I'm afraid I am 1-2 and done for this one. This here is a tremendous offering but not at all sessionable.

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

Purchased at MassBev in Lawrence, KS in early March...

Appearance: Pours a very opaque blackish-brown with a caramel-brown colored head. No light comes through this beast. 2 fingers worth and it looks to stick around for a while. Glorious lacing down the entire length of the glass. I want to hang pictures of this sight in my cubicle at work to remind me of what awaits at home.

Smell: The dark roasted malts hit your nose from across the room. I've never smelled a more aromatic stout than this one. Some nutty scents, some hints of espresso, a twinge or two of chocolate, an off-scent of vanilla, and coffee, coffee, coffee...

Taste: Chocolate sweetness right of the bat melds into a coffee and espresso combination ending with vanilla malt roundness as this sweet syrup begins its journey down your throat. This is yummy!

Mouthfeel: This is a very thick and creamy imperial stout. It lingers quite a while after on your tongue. This beer was built for sipping on a cool, rainy evening.

Drinkability: At 9.5% ABV, this beer is a sipping experience. Eminently drinkable. I really like this impy stout. Tis' a shame that this beer isn't more widely available. Well, might have to be convinced to take that trip to Canada after all...

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

Dark black pour with a foamy, frothy top. Great lacing and retention. Stays around like tan sea foam. Thick grains in the nose. Roasted and sugary. Goes down thick and oily with a clear flavor of roasted coffee. Has a lingering coarseness and a noticeable bite of alcohol. It can't get much better than this.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours an absolute black with rich tan head

regal, rich, and oh so inviting aroma of perfectly balanced coffee and malt, with subtle hops

starts with the roasted malt, then the coffee begins and never lets go, yet never gets aggressive or overpowering; it just creates a silky smooth coating on your tongue. the dry malt, slight dark (bitterish yet delicious) chocolate and caramel notes and accentuated by a crisp slight slight citrus hop notes to finish it all out. i feel like some dried fruits are trying to come out as well

silky smooth, medium bodied or so, no trace of the alcohol, and just lasts and lasts with all the flavors and sensations righteously sticking to your taste buds. every sip leads to more discoveries

by far one of the nicest stouts I've had in recent memory. a silky smooth layer of rich yet balanced coffee starts it all out and continues to the long finish all the while never losing any balance with the malt, hops, and other delightful undertones. if you see this beer, buy it!

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to have this offering on tap at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans while on vacation. Poured from the tap into a freshly spritzed pint glass.

A: Pours a thick black with hints of dark chocolate and rich earthy hues. Light shines around this little lovely, not through it. A quarter inch head lingers for almost the entirety of this brew's pint life with solid lacing.

S: Smells of roasted molasses and crystal malts. Maybe I was having a bad nose day, but that's all I was really picking up...

T: Taste is sweet and crisp despite being a stout. Tastes of fine bourbon, oak and malts hit your taste buds in the fashion on an American Strong Ale but then comes the balancing hop bitterness. Super sweet for a stout but great nonetheless.

MF: Solid. Not too heavy and not too light. Slightly syrupy and a gooey brown sugar reminiscent taste and feel take it down smooth.

D: Fantastic but highly unsessionable. One of these and a Stone Ruination and I was floating down the New Orleans streets for an hour. :)

The only drawback of this brew is its reputation. Its a great beer but its rep makes one feel as if Krishha is going to bestow sweet teat nectar if one drinks this on tap... Sweet teat nectar it is not. Good brew it is.

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

Bottle Pours a deep black with a brown head . The head lasts well, and peduces excellent lacing. Aroma is of sweetness and smoke. Nice touches of coffee and nuts. Has a good carbonation. The mouthfeel is good. The flavor is a jacked up starbucks coffee but it's beer. A strong amount of coffee and sour bitterness. Has a watery texture with a medium to full body. A hearty full body. Arobust finish with a great lingering aftertaste. This is a solid good beer.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark crimson black with a light tannish colored head, with large carbonation bubbles. Smells of sweet java, coffee beans, espresso, maybe some chocolate burried beneath all of the coffee aromas. Taste is pure coffee. There is a definite nutty background to the brew. You can almost literally taste the caffeine in this beer. This thing definitely packs two buzzs at once. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would prefer for a stout like this. Make this puppy a little creamier and I would lap it up all the time. A nicely drinkable stout, they didnt over do this one. The price definitely hurts. I could get a lot more breakfast stout for the same price. A worthwhile try definitely, especially if you are into coffee.

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

12 oz bottle poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a jet black with a medium brown frothy, bubbly foam that dissipates at a medium pace leaving little dots of lace all over the glass. Aroma is delicious with strong coffee, cream, and chocolate...almost an iced caffe mocha smell. There is also an understated dry roastiness here that is very nice and keeps it from being overly silky sweet. The taste is bitter, fruity coffee upfront followed by a blast of dry dark chocolate and finishing with a chocolate covered coffee bean aftertaste on the tongue. Very slight booziness, but it is completely overpowered and overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate that ranges from bitter to sweet and back to bitter again. The depth of flavor here is phenomenal. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. I could probably have a couple of these in a sitting, and the strong flavors don't stop me from wanting to go back for another sip. One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this beer at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Picked it up due to it being so highly rated right here on BA.

Pours jet flippin black with caramel head. Excellent lacing as this beer disappears.

Smells of coffee, black coffee. No cream or sugar in it. BLACK COFFEE!

Tasts of roasted malts with a hint of creaminess. Aftertaste goes to coffee.

The mouthfeel is thick, just like a Imp. Stout should be.

Definitely not a session beer but extremely drinkable.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5oz. bottle poured into broad mouth glass

Appearance: Black. Black as the black sweatshirt I am wearing. Minimal tan head that dissipated quickly but decent lacing. I don't know for sure but I'm guessing this bottle is at least a year old because my local liquor store doesn't get this is all the time and they've had it on the shelves for a while.

Smell: The coffee is definitely there in a big way but there's a lot more chocolate aroma than I was expecting, a pleasant surprise. Alcohol is somewhat detectable through the smell. Smells magnificent.

Taste: I usually start reviewing after taking my first sip and keep sipping throughout my review but this one I had to take a second sip immediately. I already know this is a great beer and I've only had two sips. Ok, enough gushing. Coffee and chocolate are prominent but share the spotlight equally making each taste a delight. After that there is some bitter nut flavor, hazelnut perhaps. And finally it finishes with a decent amount of hop bitterness, bite, and surprisingly flavor. I don't know what kind of hops they use but you can taste the earthiness and very subtle fruitiness from them in the finish, which to me makes this beer not just good but great.

Mouthfeel: Not overbearing but thick enough to meet style guidelines, very smooth.

Drinkability: High ABV but it's so damn delicious I would buy this in sixers if it was offered.

Overall: I put off trying this one for a while and now I have no idea why. This is an amazing imperial stout. I think coffee makes a nice addition to any brown, porter, or stout but in an imperial stout it might be the best because of the way it balances out the sweet malts. This is a must try and it's completely understandable

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

Pours a pitch black with a thick tan colored head, which slowly fades, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

Scents of coffee are noticeable immediately after pouring. Notes of bittersweet chocolate are also present.

Taste is very strong on the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. There is a slight hint of alcohol, but it doesn't seem like a 9.5% beer.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Finish is dry. This beer is extremely easy to drink because it hides the alcohol so well. It is definitely a sipping beer and one that can be enjoyed slightly cool but it really comes alive as it warms.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours black body and tan head. Rather full head which is good and dense. No carbonation seen in the glass as it is opaque.

S: Really nice coffee aroma and some bitter chocolate notes. Great roasted nose that is very robust.

T/M: Big coffee flavors up front, then you get a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor. This seems to be more mellow at first and then really opens up when the beer warms a bit. Not much for and alcohol presence until it really warms up and then it does become noticeable. Very smooth mouth feel that coats the mouth.

D: Great coffee stout. Does not claim to be a chocolate stout although those flavors are present as well. Loved this beer, if I found it more often I would buy it more often!

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at WOB Clematis

Anybody looking for a COFFEE stout, look no further! Peche Mortel is by far the strongest coffee smell i have ever come across in a stout so far. The usual black as nite imperial stout pour with very little head to speak of. The smell reminded me of the 2 double espresso i have every morning, i almost asked joey behind the bar for a pack of splenda to put in my coffee.

Very good stout all in all, got a couple bottles i'm sitting on, wonder how this is going to age?

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Photo of RomanW70
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, and licorice. Flavor has many of the same notes. The sweet malts and coffee present right up front and then disappear leaving a strong lasting bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium/thick and carbonation is medium/high. An excellent beer that might even be better with age.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.15/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pitch black with a big tan head that falls down to one finger.

S-Coffee and a slight tar iness. Slight rubberyness. Not overly pleasant.

T- Coffee up front. Very burnt. Huge bitterness from the grains and hops. No hop flavor. Slight alcohol. Much less rubber than the smell.

M-Pretty thick. Slight alcohol tongue numbing. Despite the big head, not much in the way of prickly carbonation.

D-the body and alcohol would keep me from drinking too many of these. That rubber though... not sure what that is. Distracting.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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