Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass:

Pours a very dark, viscous, yet not syrupy black color with a great 2 finger tan head that leaves nice lacing. Dark as night. The aroma is great. Has a nice fresh pressed coffee aroma, some dark chocolate notes and even some vanilla hints. really pretty. The taste is very good too. Just a touch on the hot side as i can detect some of the high abv on this one. Otherwise, its got a very rich creaminess to it that really sets the tone of this beer. Also has a nougat like malt profile that keeps it light enough to drink easily. really fluffy body, a touch thinner than i thought. Mouthfeel is great as well. Slightly more carbonated than i would have hoped, but still a great feel on the palate. Light weight which keeps this easy to drink. The slight alcohol burn is all that is keeping me from giving this a near perfect score. needs some time in the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has 2 notches. A 3 and a 5.

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers of light tan frothy head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee notes. The dark fruits, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol work nicely with the coffee flavor. Very nice flavor.

T: Nice blend of coffe and dark fruit up front. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter coffee and chocolate flavor. Some warming alcohol notes as well.

M: Silky smooth with just enough carbonation. Nice bitter feel in the finish and slightly sticky. Very nice!

Overall this is top notch example of the style. Nicely balanced flavors and superb mouthfeel!

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3.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe the darkest of any of those enjoyed recently - absolutely no ruby or brown shows through the bottom of the pint. Tan head pocked by bubble bursts caps the top.

The nose is like coffee liquer - no lack of strength or alcohol here.

Deep coffee flavors dominate, leaving little room for anythin else, though a bit of dark chocolate is apparent. Unfortunately, heavy alcohol also comes through with the coffee and really detracts from the overall enjoyment here.

The mouthfeel is great, with restrained carbonation and smooth delivery.

While the majority feel this is a great beer, the alcohol is too heavy to enjoy the entire package.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.

A - As expected, this RIS is thick and dark. Jet black in the glass with a big, frothy, dark tan head. Not quite as dark looking as I had anticipated, but still a treat to look at. The head settles down a bit, but stays thick and frothy. A sticky sheet of lacing coats the glass beautifully.

S - Mild roasted malt base, but not quite the coffee presence I was expecting. There's a pronounced sweetness here too, sort of creamy/milky with some dark chocolate and dark fruits in it; cherries mainly. As it warms I get some espresso, anise, and vanilla notes as well. Not as big on the nose as past imperial stouts I've tried, but definitely a delicious aroma.

T - Starts out sweet with chocolate and cream upfront with a touch of vanilla. Finishes with big roastiness while hints of dark fruits linger. Then, just when it tastes like the flavor profile is done all it can, the coffee hits. Big espresso character takes over the aftertaste that bites with just the right amount of bitterness. Alcohol warmth is detectable, but doesn't hurt the profile one bit. Anise, coffee grounds, and molasses increase as it warms.

M - Incredibly thick. Likely the biggest and fullest bodied beer I've had to date. The carbonation is surprisingly low, but the body doesn't feel too hot or flat. Just unrelentingly thick and chewy, getting more and more sticky as it goes down. I wouldn't describe this as a vicious, brutal, and highly astringent brew by any means, it really packs just the right amount of strength to give it some bite but remain highly drinkable.

D - An absolutely fantastic Canadian imperial stout. Crafted remarkably well in all departments, with the fantastic head and lacing, the rather unique aroma, the delicious and highly drinkable flavor profile, and most of all, the monstrous mouthfeel this brew packs. It's not hard to see why this is ranked as the top beer in Canada.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - opaque black, frothy dark tan head with good retention, and excellent lacing.

S - deep dark coffee, with an underlying layer of dark chocolate and dry almonds

T - sweet toffee and dark fruit malt upfront, alchol and roasted malts linger long into a soothing finish. Not a huge coffee presence in the taste, but it is there. No hop flavour.

M - big chewy mouthfeel, oily, smooth alcohol warmth

D - this is a very good imperial stout, with an added dimension of coffee

Is this the best imperial stout I've ever tasted? No. But it's definitely the best one in Canada. Not much to complain about, although it does seem a little too sweet at times, and I think I could handle a bigger roasted flavour. This is minor quibbling though, it really is a fine beer.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,235 ratings