Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Péché MortelPéché Mortel
BA SCORE
4.41/5
Outstanding
5,157 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:
#220
Reviews:
1,848
Ratings:
5,157
pDev:
8.39%
Bros Score:
4.97
 
 
Wants:
655
Gots:
928
Trade:
71
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,157 |  Reviews: 1,848
Photo of jkane101
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to upsjeff for this bottle!

No light can penetrate the blackness that this liquid has. Truly black. Very nice dark tan colored thick two-fingered head of dense foam. Good retention. Excellent 'curtain-like' lacing. Not so much 'lace', as it is more like a solid sheet of film. Excellent!

Very nice hefty malt nose. A small swirl brings out notes of dark fruit. Light coffee scent is present, though not as much as expected.

Big dark malts mixed with espresso shots hit you first. Chocolate notes mingle with dark fruit sweetness. An ever so light hint of vanilla kind of levels things out to a very nice balance.

Very nice and silky in the mouth. Creamy smooth, yet light.

Excellently drinkable. I can't argue with so many before who have rated this brew so highly. It truly is worthy of it's praise.

 874 characters

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of light tan head. Rich espresso and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate hit the palate initially, with some nuttines. Full bodied without being viscous, rich with vigorous carbonation from the bottle conditioning. One sip definitely invites another and this beer was gone way too soon. A bit pricey, but no doubt one of the best impy stouts I've ever had. No description I can give will do this beer justice.

 549 characters

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bcrossan
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ...)

 920 characters

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours opaque black with a dense, rocky 1.5 finger head that doesn't want to go away. Eventually, and with much lacing, settles into a thick, dense cap. I can't imagine this beer looking any better if it were shooting off fireworks.

Nose is espresso, very roasty, bit of acidity; underneath, bit of cocoa, smooth.

Taste is lots of espresso - full flavored and smooth up front, with a beautiful, rich cocoa note underneath, fading to a lasting dry, espresso bitterness. Almost smoky. Superbly balanced between the clear espresso and rich cocoa notes. A green, almost vegetal note from the coffee beans is the only thing between this and a perfect score - I've gotten the same taste from eating dark chocolate covered coffee beans before. That's almost a perfect analogy for what's going on with this beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but with a light, sharp carbonation. Pretty smooth overall. Delicious, even for a non coffee-drinker like myself. Very, very good.

 1,001 characters

Photo of cvm4
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with a nice 1 & 1/2 finger tan head. Medium lacing on the glass.

S - Loads of coffee and roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate.

T - Coffee hits you right away and is followed by a heavy dose of dark chocolate. The bitterness at the end is nice.

M - Not a thick beer, but coats well with carbonation on the medium side.

O - A well balanced Imperial Coffee Stout. I was very surprised how well everything came together and complimented itself.

 476 characters

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Lurkerson
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pagriley
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chugalug06
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Small light brown head rises to the top. Head is built of tiny bubbles, tightly compacted. Brew stands very think (think burnt oil) and pitch black.

S - HUGE vanilla and light coffee, this isn't your espresso stout... Very bready/biscuity. Strong chocolate. Very deep sugars, but not a sugar bomb. Slight licorice and barn funk.

T - Very bitter! Way dark chocolate rises to the tip of my tongue... YUM! Think 87% chocolate bar. The coffee is very subtle and perfectly done. There are some faint fruit undertones too, pineapple stands out. Licorice is detectable, but is not offensive like many other breweries error. The bitterness is perfect, as is the carbonation. No heat at all. There's a slight acidic burn from something... cant quite put my finger on what's causing it...

O - A wonderful brew! Super glad I got to try this one. Thanks for the killer extra Andyavalanche. I cant imagine a better trader. Highly recommended brew!

 942 characters

Photo of JandJMD
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32 oz growler.

Has a silky smooth feel to it. Not much in the way of carbonation. Not a very powerful smell either. Maybe a little cocoa/chocolate. The taste starts off with an almost licorice flavor that quickly goes into a heavy coffee that lingers. A lot of coffee, but not overpowering, along with a thick chocolate flavor.
I got a little of a banana/clove flavor in there, but haven't seen that in many of the other reviews. I'm assuming it's just me perceiving something from the yeast?

A nice coffee stout that I'd be happy to drink again.

 561 characters

Photo of thebeers
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with thin head that's quick to dissipate but leaves nice mocha-colored lacing. Roasted malts and quality coffee in the aroma carry over to a smooth taste, full bodied, with sweet cream and milk chocolate present. Solid across the board. I especially appreciate how they meld the dark roast and creamy, chocolatey flavors.

 335 characters

Photo of mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed after realizing my first time may have been with a bad bottle.
Previous rating was A: 2.0 S: 4.0 T: 4.0. M: 4.0 O: 4.25

A:
Pours jet black with a finger of foamy brown head that sticks around quite a while before becoming a solid thick film, easily swirled to its former glory. Good retention; lacing.

S:
Roast coffee and dark fruits. Cherries, rubber, smoke, leather, coffee, chocolate, vanilla.

T:
Coffee. Burnt coffee grounds, hard water, dark fruits, roast malt, lingering coffeeboozemalt tingle.

M:
Thin, medium to full bodied with a very rich velvety palate and a nice coffee aftertaste.

O:
Delicious flavored stout.
I am relatively certain that I had a bad bottle (or an off batch or something) the first time I had/reviewed this beer. It was a fizzy, thin, pretty okay tasting but whatever. However, returning to it I find a beer that looks great in the glass, smells amazing (neither too stout nor too coffee) and gives you HT-like waves of coffee and malt (around 4 actually). While I am still far from a fan of random flavors being added to beers, this is a good beer and would even be loved by a coffee lover not entirely into beer.
Would have again; worth seeking out.

Goes to show you should always think twice before writing stuff off (even with a bad experience).

 1,297 characters

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

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/12/2009 (bottle):

Pours an extremely dark brown color body, with a small tan brown head, diminishing. Strong aroma of coffee, espresso. All I get is the coffee. Very carbonated, strong coffee taste, biting. Might be the alcohol. Alcoholy aftertaste for sure. Roasted taste. A little too strong coffee and not much else for my liking.

 345 characters

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours black with a nice mocha colored head. the aroma is coffee roasted and a hint of booziness. the taste is coffee up from with the roasted malt coming through after that with a hint of the alcohol at the end. a little over carbonated for the style, but a very drinkable beer. get it when you have the chance

 320 characters

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

Poured in a snifter.

The color is totally opaque coffee-brown with a 3 f head.

Aroma: deep roasted coffee and some cocoa. This is not faux coffee- it's the real deal:the beer is infused with fair trade coffee. The aroma isn't my favorite, but it's well done.

Mouth feel- quite pleasant and not over-carbonated.

Taste: deep roasted coffee, cocoa, some lemon. Quite intense.

Finish: smooth coffee. Unlike the intensity in the aroma and taste, the beer finishes smoothly - a nice contrast to the latter.

Overall. An excellent imperial stout. I am not partial to the deep roasted aroma- taste in beer, but this imperial stout is well done. It's best at 50F.

 660 characters

Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How about a little real coffee flavor in your Imperial Coffee Stout?
If you like the combination of heavy roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with a bitter finish, then you'll just love the Imperial Stout. The color is very dark, dark brown with very little tan foam and no lace on the side of the glass. Although this stout has 9.5 alc/vol, you can't really tell unless you read the bottle or drink it on an empty stomach. The flavor and bitterness hide the flavor of alcohol.

 501 characters

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

from hudson wine & spirits. think i paid $16 per, like that last guy. i'll have to see how many more steve has. the ingredient list includes fair trade coffee

i don't like coffee so we'll see how this goes. my apartment smells like a coffee shop, which isn't entirely bad, and the beer smells more like coffee than beer

pitch black. with a thin creamy tan head that never really goes away and leaves some frosty lacing

there's a malty sweetness upfront, that quickly gives way to the coffee character. little to no hop presence to allow the cofffee and roasty mocha to come through, except for the nice bitterness at the end

incredibly smooth. oh man. a fantastic creamy mouthfeel; not thick, but i feel like i just took a sip of baby's butt. and the tactful bitterness prolongs the whole experience. until now i thought impy stouts (or double stouts or whatever) were oblivious to subtlety and balance

i might like coffee now

 941 characters

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,157 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.