Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

5,093 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 biggmike
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured almost completely black with a generous tan head that lasted a long time. The aroma was dominated by the smell of coffee with chocolate also coming through. The taste was similar and balanced well and also had a bit of a nutty taste. Mouthfeel was proper for a stout. Drinkability was high for a beer of this abv.

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

Poured into a snifter. Formed a two finger cocoa powder colored head. Quick dissipation leaving behind very little lace. The body is solid and black; like someone painted the inside of my glass with ebony enamel.

The nose has dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee up front. The backbone is roasted malts. Not as strong as I would have expected...

Wow...waves of complex flavors sweep across the palate. Bitter baker's chocolate gives way to an even more bitter coffee/mocha flavor. This fades into a roasted malt finish. The aftertaste is the best part of this drink...fresh ground coffee...almost breathtaking!

Medium mouth feel, creamy with mild carbonation.

Very drinkable! The ABV is hidden very, very well. This beer has moved to the top of my list for this style!

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Photo of mcsauter82
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirBentham
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown color that is blackish in the glass, thick and dense 2 finger head, great retention and lacing... no good reason to knock this one on points for appearance in my book! big aroma on this one, roasty earthy coffee, bakers chocolate, almost burnt malts, leather, tobacco, hint of ashy, some caramel, milk chocolate, and dark fruits coming as it warms.

palate follows very closely - intensely roasty, but all of the bold notes come together cohesively, creating a really complex and enjoyable brew. up front is an earthy and slightly bitter dark chocolate, into espresso and roasty coffee notes, slight bitterness is balanced by sweeter chocolate and caramel - as well as some fluffy vanilla/marshmallow type thing. mouthfeel is medium-full and has excellent texture .. almost sludgy!!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as sin (appropriate) with very small chocolate highlights. Smallish Sandy head that fades somewhat rapidly, although considering the ABV, that's not surprising. Big coffee and espresso notes on the nose, followed by a bit of booze and dark fruit. Roasted and smokey notes are there too.

Taste is extremely robust.

Big coffee, slight alcohol, some chocolate, hint of citrus, slight bitter kick, a blend of roasted and pale malt flavors, some woody/earthen notes, and a nice warming finish with a bit of alcohol, coffee, and slight hop bitterness. For such an outrageous beer, this one is wonderfully balanced. Extraordinary body on this one, just very full and coating, without being syrupy and sticky. Creamy and velvety. Tremendous. Drinkability is great, especially considering the ABV. I could slug this down, though I want it to last for quite a while. I guess the closest thing I could liken this brew to is an amped up Founders Breakfast Stout. The finesse in this brew, however, is far superior to FBS (in spite of FBS's greatness). Definitely one of my favorite stouts, especially in the non-BA category.

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Photo of 1levelabove247
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oldsailor
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of sisuspeed
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates to the edge of the glass, leaving a thin ring of foam. I can smell coffee without even sticking my nose in the glass! Needless to say the aroma is coffee grounds and the burnt smell of malts with the air of something slightly sweet.

The first sip is awesome. Huge coffee flavor and roasty malts followed by warming alcohol. There is also a bit of sweetness mixed at the end that is just slightly syrupy. As the beer warms, chocolate notes dance around the big coffee flavor and mellow out some of the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick, feeling some of the coffee bitterness, which is then greeted by the warming of alcohol and some chocolaty malt.

This beer is one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had, if not the best. Being a big coffee drinker I find this beer highly drinkable with the only knock on the drinkability being the strong alcohol presence. If 9.5% ABV is not your thing, then I would recommend Surly's Coffee Bender. Another great coffee beer that is more along the lines of a session beer. But in terms of imperial coffee stouts, Peche Mortel reigns supreme.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: black as ink with foamy brown head.

Smell: dark roasted coffee, almost burnt. Also a slight cannula cream smell.

Taste: SO much coffee. Not much else besides that though.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, very smooth, slightly oily finish.

Overall: Asolutely amazing coffee stout. One dimensional, but when the brewery perfects that one dimension, there isn't a need to be complex

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Photo of TravisMason
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of damienblack
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been to Julio's 4 or 5 times now, and all the times I've only seen this one bottle of Peche Mortel. So I grabbed it quickly to see what all the fuss is about.

Pours thick, syrupy almost black. Tan head, decent but not amazing endurance on it. Not much lacing, but some nice carbonation bubbles. Smells very strongly of coffee, that's the overwhelming aura.

Taste is well worth the hype. An absolute coffee bomb, tastes like fresh coffee, without being too over the top about that aspect. The coffee flavor dominates, licorice and sweet cream sugar take a second. Not a lot of chocolate malt, the roastiness and coffee reign supreme, and are the lingering flavors thereafter. Just a hint of hops to help cut through all the gobbledegook. Nice and creamy, not the biggest, awesomest mouthfeel, but enough to carry the flavors forward. I don't like to give 5s easily for any aspect, this is right on the cusp, but the flavor is concentrated enough, yet carries enough else to it that it warrants it, barely. Drinkability is great for something of this magnitude. A little boozey on the throat after, but you hardly notice, since you're drowning in coffee awesome. I want more, nao. Top notch!

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Photo of Simon212
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

pours an oily, inky black with hints of brown at the edges. A bright brown one-finger creamy head has great retention, fading to a thin cap that leaves copious amounts of lacing.

aroma is "holy crap that's a lot of coffee." french pressed french roast mixes with some heavy espresso notes and a hint of cane sugar. just a touch of malt... but the coffee is king. a touch of dark fruit and a smidgen of alcohol.

tastes like espresso with a healthy spoon of sugar. Rich, earthy, and inky. a hint of chocolate and a bit of dark cherry comes through. An intense coffee bitterness (in a good way) comes up to finish with a beautiful coffee bitterness with just a smidgen of hops. fairly one-dimensional, but I love coffee, so it's alright with me.

mouth is chewy, full, rich, and smooth without being overwhelming. A nice carbonation helps everything flow well and helps accentuate the coffee notes. A nice light airy note prevents this from being unnecessarily thick and gummy.

Impressive, to say the least. This one might make me drink coffee again. Fairly one dimensional... not as much depth as some of the other coffee stouts, but the beautiful roasted coffee notes makes up for it. This one is almost too easy to drink - the alcohol hides nicely... definitely worth seeking this one out.

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Photo of JxExM
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark chocolate color with a strong head, little disspiation and a good bit of lacing.

The aroma is pure coffee. This take 'coffee stout' to the extreme on the nose, with hints of chocolate behind.

The taste is more of the same... BOLD coffee overtones dominate the beer, the chocolate stout is an afterthought. It's really pretty good, I promise!

Give this one a try if you get the chance, I promise you will enjoy.

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

11.5oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a deep, very dark brown that borders on black; a finger of tannish/cinnamon toned head the dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves decent lacing.

smells delicious. big, robust coffee aroma with strong notes of chocolate and roasted malts. very impressive.

the aroma profile follows through in the taste; lots of coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. has a bit of a bitter finish, could be the hops. well hidden 9.5% ABV.

medium to upper medium body with middling carbonation; creamy. very drinkable.

bottom line: this is a tasty, tasty coffee stout and i'm really enjoying it. that said, IMO it has so much stiff competition within the style that it falls shy of the upper eschelon. would love to try one bourbon bbl aged.

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Photo of HopsMatt
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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

A: Pours a deep black, with a thick tan head. Retains well, leaving nice spots of lacing.

S: Subtle roasted malts, with some earthy coffee notes, and some nuttiness. Nice balance overall, though not as strong as some imperial stouts.

T: Full with a strong malt background. Some nut and dark roasted coffee flavors. Very nice overall, full flavor, but balanced.

M: Medium to full body; starts and finishes full, but medium to light near the middle. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially for an imperial stout.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ellswrth
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of khiasmus
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A late-night jaunt down to the old coffee shop with the fellas, it's just like old times, when we used to sneak out of the house to do nothing worse than smoke cigars and toilet paper houses. An espresso, of course, always the easy route, make it a double, beautiful black and frothy, leaves a few spots on the sides of the glass.
"So how's life in Denver? You? Wales? Atlanta?" Yeah, they all went their separate ways in the world, one to seminary, one to make his fortune, one followed his wife to Virginia... I'm still here, boys, when you come back to see the family, we'll have an espresso...
Aroma of rich, bitter coffee, the booze of earlier, a bit of chocolate, the usual suspects.
"Not married yet?"
"No, it's happening soon though. I found her you know."
A bit of toasted almond there, Nougat, dates, figs, the dark beans with the dark grains, the sweet alcohol bringing them together...
Funny how you can just jump back into it, nothing really changes over the years, circumstances perhaps, but the deep bonds were forged, cemented years ago. Adventures, dates, heartbreaks, trouble, trips, old jokes, they all come back up. Nothing's really changed.
Flavor is a rich mesh of the aforementioned notes, plus a bit of tobacco, perhaps even a cigarette, "smoke 'em while you got 'em, they're sure to be illegal soon..."
"Family? good. Wife? good. Job? same old."
A coffee-and-cream blend with rich dark roast in the finish and a boozy note from the alcohol, sweet and creamy, toothy, nutty, like a good mild cigar, the rich tobacco notes, a faint, almost oak-barrel sour in the finish, surprising but not unwelcome.
So we catch up on the triumphs and tragedies since the last time, but it's all details. We see the same truths, we are common men, we can be angry or laugh, it doesn't change. Across the nation, across the world... right where we left off.
Creamy and thick, the slight tingling, warming, and astringent dryness balances the syrupishness, and we could be here all night.
It will be like this until we begin to die off, no doubt. There's nothing we can't forgive or get past, no time that really matters all too much, the bonds were forged long ago, we'll always be the best of friends, the things our wives will never care about, we'll always have this in common.

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Photo of n00blar
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kitch
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 341ml bottle with a bottled on date of 13th August 2015 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark brown, near black colour with a less than one finger tanned head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves nice small spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong coffee, espresso, sweet black cherry and vanilla, roasty malts and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Very nice coffee, roastiness, lightly charred with a finish that is a lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth velvety, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Very nice coffee stout that I could drink again and again. Will definitely age a few bottles since it does suggest that on the back label. Would also love to try a barrel-aged version of this bad boy.

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4.39 out of 5 based on 5,093 ratings.
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