Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

5,090 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 JohnnyBarman
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this for a long time...

Bottle picked up from the LCBO, bottled in August 2010.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. Nearly pitch black, with a half inch of tan, frothy head. Leaves lovely swirls and island patches on the surface, a thick ring that retains well, and a few patches of lacing. Looks terrific.

The nose is rich in roasted espresso beans, toasted malts, cream, marshmallow, a touch of alcohol (bourbon and sherry) and mild hoppage as well.

The taste is a tremendous burst of espresso flavor, which attacks the tongue with vigor. As the brew warms a touch (and after the tastebuds acclimatize to all the espresso goodness), I'm also picking up some subtle notes of caramel, dark fruit, and just a touch of bourbon. The finish is surprisingly dry, boasting peppery hops and coffee bitterness. Although I can certainly detect the alcohol, it is warming and flavorful. Long, bitter finish.

Chewy, velvety, and with a fine, creamy carbonation, this brew is going down trememdously well.

Once again, Montreal proves to be among the finest brewing cities. A fantastic brew, certainly well worthy of the hype (and the wait). One of the finest uses of coffee/espresso I've seen in a stout. Seriously, I'm almost getting a coffee buzz here, despite nearly being at 10% alcohol! About two bottles of this would be about all I can handle in an evening, but nevertheless, the drinkability for such a thick, hearty, high ABV stout is still high for me. I will most definitely be back for a few more for cellaring and extensive sampling on my part.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Had this before, but having it again so I can properly review it.

11.5 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black pour with a light brown head that stayed around for a while. Lacing all the way down.
S: Dark roasted malts and coffee. Maybe a hint of molasses.
T: Follows the nose. Dark malts and coffee dominate the taste. Bitter finish that lingers for a while.
M: Not thick as some, but really creamy and invites you to take another sip. Very drinkable for the ABV.
O: Awesome. If you enjoy coffee stouts a la Founder's Breakfast Stout or KBS, this will be right up your alley as it is mine.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bamadog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this on a trip to visit kels to keep our BA top 100 streak alive and kicking. Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours near black and the body is entirely opaque - not a chance of light sneaking through on this one; comes with a short one finger deep tan head that fades very quickly to a an incomplete and uneven skim and a thick ring around the surface; the body is too dark to tell if there is any carbonation; there is a loose foamy lacing that attempts to hold to the sides of the glass but falls back into the beer very quickly.

Smell: The smell is exceptional - a combination of rich dark and milk chocolate, some oaky vanilla, espresso beans and a rich creaminess.

Taste: Very much like the smell - all of those rich, dark and milky chocolatey flavors combined with some vanilla and a ton of espresso and coffee; definite presence of alcohol but it's combined so well with the other strong flavors that it doesn't overpower in the flavor, but does have a pretty strong presence in the feel.

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth, velvety, rich and creamy; there's a bit of sediment left on the teeth; the alcohol definitely warms the mouth and makes the gums especially dry an tingly; throat, chest and belly are warmed as well.

Drinkability: While the flavors, mouthfeel and smell are all amazing, the alcohol definitely hurts its ability to much more drinkable than just above average. I am definitely loving this beer though and I will likely pick up another and let it sit for a while to see if it cools down any.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of wcudwight
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sepiroth for this fine brew.
Pitch black in color. The head rises 3 fingers in height and 1/2" above the rim of the glass. It never spills over though using it's stickiness to hold it's shape. Head last until the glass is empty which was a lot sooner than I would expect. Incredible head for a 9% beer or any beer for that matter. Lace clings to the glass in large chunks.
Aroma is fresh ground coffee beans and a shot of espresso. The perfect aroma for coffee lovers, like me.
Flavor mimics the aroma well. COFFEE!!!! Again espresso and rich dark black coffee dominate the flavor profile. Also a hint of dark chocolate and as the beer warms the alcohol becomes a bit more noticable. Delicious beer. I love coffee beers and this and Pisgah Valdez are the two best.
Mouthfeel is rich, full, sharp and smooth. I don't remember a beer that has as much going on the palate as this one.
Drinkability is superb. This is the one area the Pisgah Valdez is a bit better than this classic coffee beer. Here the alcohol shines a bit more in the finish. But just enough to remind you that you are drinking beer. Which is a good thing. This is a beer for all of the coffee lovers out there. This is one of the best coffee beers I've had and one of the best beers period!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bruno74200
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review on november 16th, bottled in january.

L - Black, only black, almost no head

S - coffee but mostly dark chocolate but as it warms up: raisin and nuts

T - So much more than coffee, it is obviously an espresso stout but it's much more complex. At first dark chocolate and coffee, but with some time, the hops come along, and you can taste resin, nuts, raisin. The bitterness is really high

F - small carbonation that goes along perfectly with the taste

O - an incredible brew! With a taste that goes deeper and deeper as it warms up

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3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MLDucky
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Dark black brew with a nice thick, creamy coffee-colored head and bubbles that go down instead of up. Nice lacing.

Smell: In a word - espresso earthiness, with hints of chocolate and toffee, and dark fudge.

Taste: Smooth, not harsh or bitter, coffee and espresso, with a touch of chocolate and caramel malt. It seems to be an essential part of beer, unlike other stouts where it seems imposed. Too many coffee beers taste of burnt coffee and used grinds, this one does not.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Best coffee beer I have had.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ph2001 for this opportunity.

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a finger deep foamy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is amazing deep dark gooey chocolate, roasted malt, a bitter coffee and some of the alcohol in the form of a cherry-vanilla. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is silky smooth, medium bodied. The flavor is big and chocolaty java. The coffee bitterness lingers along with the kiss of vanilla from the 9.5% ABV. Nicely done. A little lighter than i expected. Highly Recommended.

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4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mattt for hooking me up with this brew. Very glad I got the chance to try it.

341ml brown bottle poured into a tulip. No dating but from this recent batch.

A: Pours a pitch black body that isn't quite as viscous as I thought it'd be. A strong 2 finger light caramel head forms tight and holds well. A few wisps of lacing.

S: Rich, potent espresso. Dominance. Plenty of lightly burnt malts hide behind the coffee house. A touch of dry bitterness.

T/M: Much more of the espresso and very silky. Very dry and bitter with plenty of the charred malts. A little bit of chocolate mingles in the back and maybe some raisins? Alcohol is mild at first but really breaks through as it continues to warm. Alcohol never really gets in the way of things but it really does fight for power toward the end and warms throughout. Finishes very dry with some lasting bitterness. Full bodied with a smooth, velvety creaminess.

D: This is definitely a sipper, especially once it warms. Tasty brew. Very glad I got the chance to try this.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of inspektor
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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