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Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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:
#221
Reviews:
1,848
Ratings:
5,157
pDev:
8.39%
Bros Score:
4.97
 
 
Wants:
655
Gots:
927
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,157 |  Reviews: 1,848
Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of travelguy
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Rad
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Retention is decent, and it eventually dissipates to leave a foam film with nice lacing. Smells of roasted coffee which dominates the slight chocolate malt and a syrup/molasses presence. Dark, sweet fruit esters in the background. The taste is more coffee, but this time the roasted notes are more evident. Chocolate earthiness comes through, making it slightly bitter. The feel is thick and verging on oily. Overall, a really impressive beer that I quite enjoyed in spite of the fact that I'm not a coffee drinker.

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Photo of kegger22
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Thou Shalt Not Be A Pig And Drink It All."

If Péché Mortel is not a mortal sin, it should be. And I shall. This beer is so dark it should be spelled with six e's: Beee eeer! Péché Mortel is incredible, and worth the price. It pours black, but there is this cool magenta corona where the side of the glass, the bottom and the light meet. Try it. The aroma was coffee, with alcohol bringing up the rear, (caught ya, you counted the e's in beee eeer, didn't you). The taste was coffee with a little cocoa, powerful but not abusive. The feel was thick, decadent and oily as hell. Drinkability, not really, but at 9.5 ABV go ahead and have two (you pig). This beer is definitely underrated, come on BA's. God, would I love to try this on tap once before I die.

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Photo of Dirty25
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of acevenom
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours very opaque black with a thin tan head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The aroma of coffee hit the nose even as the beer was being poured. There's some dark roasty malt in the nose that really blends well with the coffee. There's just a touch of chocolate in the nose. There's some nice dark coffee in the flavor with some good dark roasted barley malt in the flavor. The coffee aftertaste lingers in the mouth. There's a touch of chocolate there as well, which is something I found in the nose. I don't even taste the 9.5% ABV. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is high for an imperial stout. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ScotNH
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of EMH73
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch light brown head. Smell is dominated by coffee which only intensifies as the beer warms with notes of chocolate and roasted malts. As with the smell the coffee flavor intensifies as the beer warms, notes of dark chocolate and charred malts. Finishes with a short lasting bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied with light carbonation. Excellent coffee stout.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of scottDC
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Not as much of a head as I had hoped for, but the streaks of lace left behind by the ring of foam does have some staying power, but the glass is eventually left clean. The color is the proverbial used motor oil, super dark brown.

As expected, the nose is mostly chocolaty, bitter coffee. As an added bonus it smells as if someone threw in a shot of Grand Marnier. The sweetness of the coffee smell comes across as some molasses. I hope it tastes as nice as it smells.

The taste is very similar to the smell except that the molasses abates, leaving a clean finish which is a great end to wonderfully silky smooth body. Even warmed up the bitterness is pretty strong, but that's a good thing here. The alcohol is almost undetectable...only shows as a slight burn at the back of the tongue... which makes this dangerous. It's delicious and I could drink one after the other, but I know I'd pay for it in the morning.

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Photo of kirkse
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tsgooch79
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikey711
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed yesterday with some friends while comparing with a chocolate yeti.

Right away I noticed this beer was syrupy thick dark black and very nicely laced.
As soon as this beer started coming out of the bottle I got these big pleasant whiffs of roasted coffee and esspresso. Underneath that there was some chocolate and vanilla to balance the roastiness with some sweeter notes.
Lots of great bitter and roasty characteristics here, coffee, chocolate dominate and complement each other very well. It had some alcohol spice to it, but was very full bodied and a joy to drinkn.

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Photo of berley31
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of akopczyk
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Atomicskis5
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pnelting
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoctorDog
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.5 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Very deep mahogany, and completely opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~1 1/2 fingers of brown head, which settles slowly fades into a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Earthy, burned, alcohol infused coffee. Try as I might, I am unable to cull anything beyond this for description.

T- Sweet crispness on the front, with a bit of raisin/fig/cherry cordial. This sweetness seems to increase slightly as the drink warms. Finishes with a nice, bitter coffee/espresso taste. Alcohol heat on the back of the back of the tongue/ throat is distinct at the first drink, though not overwhelming, and decreases quite perceptibly throughout consumption.

M- Surprisingly crisp on the front of my tongue, with moderate/low carbonation. Finishes very creamy and smooth. Slight numbing effect on front/middle of tongue noted towards the end of my serving.

D- A nice slow sipper, though smooth and easy drinking enough for it's 9.5 % ABV to go down a bit quicker than you might wish....

Future outlook: I'm sure we'll meet again in a snifter someday down the road

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.66/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful. huge chocolate milk colored head, even the cap has large carb bubbles similar to the protien bubbles on the top milk of a glass of milk, underneath is very tight lacing that leaves huge amounts of lacing at first, that slowly receds over the course of the glass.

Good nose that's big on iced coffee with some cream, not the most roasty nose but its peaking through, i like it.

Now, what i really like about this is that while there is alot of coffee flavors, they are not overpowering the balance or becoming cloying, which is a problem with quite a few coffee beers ive had before, but that is not the case here and the coffee doesnt run rampant so far to ruin this. there is yet again a milky lactose quality, like a huge coffee milk stout to me. and there is a tiny bit of vanilla poking out, but the roasted bitterness balances it out so evenly.

The mouthfeel here was thinner then expected, and with not alot of carbination. I don't think the light carbination hurt this one at all, but perhaps a bit more thickness would have been cool, i like them pretty viscous.

yea, this is drinkable, very very drinkable for 12oz of beer.
The only thing holding it back from a higher score is i would want a change of pace for bottle two.

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