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

Photo of drumrboy22
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to session1979 for sharing this one. Poured from bottle into a nonic taster glass. Poured thick and black with a small, toffee colored head. Very small amount of lacing.

Huge coffee aroma. Where's the cream and sugar? Also had notes of vanilla and roasted grains. Very nice aroma.

Taste was big, fresh coffee with notes of vanilla and chocolate.

Very tasty beer. Definitely one I'd track down again.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TmKeisySC
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Fabianno
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of intovert2438
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jskennedy
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of beertardis
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Evango
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TJRoar
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nguasta2
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmasher85
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of all the beers I've had of this ilk (and that's quite a few), this is probably the most coffee-forward of the group. Impressive, since it appears to have been bottled a year ago, though perhaps the label-notches are off by a year...?

As black as black can be with a heavy body and low carbonation, this bad boy immediately blasts bitter coffee flavors into your nostrils, over your tongue, down your palate, and lingers on the back of your throat for...451 characters so far. As the label suggests, it's one to enjoy slowly, and a bit more chilled than I'd normally put an imperial stout. Feels just right, and not too slick or oily. A bit more head would have been nice, though honestly, this one has plenty of aroma anyway.

There are some notes of oatmeal, roasted malts with a hint of smoked porter-like flavor, but this is really first and foremost a coffee stout. I personally prefer a bit more balance, so being subjective here, I can't say I like it as much as Founders Breakfast Stout, Avery Tweak, or Hardywood Sidamo, for example, but if you want in-your-face bitter coffee stout with a gnarly kick and plenty of heat, this is the way to go!

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Photo of trbergman
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Opaque, very dark brown beer with one inch of sticky, cinnamon-colored foam. Gorgeous lacing.

S - Smells a tad sweet, with roasted barley, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Rich, roasty character with plenty of coffee flavor, but without the harsh bitterness present in some other coffee beers. Subtle, gentle bitterness adds to the delicious flavor profile while keeping a pleasant sweetness in check. Dark chocolate comes in around the middle and lingers in the long finish. No hop flavor or aroma present, but earthy hop bitterness builds with each sip.

M - Full body reminiscent of coffee with cream. Restrained carbonation allows the creamy texture to shine.

D - Spectacular. This beer could be equally at home with brunch or for a nightcap. It does offer a slight buzz, but there's no hint of alcohol on the palate. A great slow sipper, this beer exceeds all my expectations.

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Photo of TomO23
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6/26/17 (Chicago): 11.5 oz bottle poured into snifter. Pitch black pour with one finger tan head and mild lacing. Strong bitter coffee aroma. Excellent bitter coffee, dry roasted malt balanced by sweet chocolate taste. Thin texture, no carbonation, easy smooth drinking. Nice after dinner drink, has a good kick. Love this beer!

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Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hype is a dangerous thing. I have to admit I was expecting to absolutely blown away by this beer. I was very impressed. Not the messiah of beers but very good. Nose is quite potent, could smell it well before I got it into the glass. However it's a fairly stock-standard Imperial stout nose. Heavy on the coffee and roastiness, bit of vanilla. Very nice but perhaps lacking any individual charcter. Silky smooth, it just slides down with an extremely long and satisfying finish. Some tasty chocolatey sweetness stands out. A mighty tasty brew indeed but a touch too much espresso for me.

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

Photo of bbothen
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a big milk chocolate colored head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee & a distinct cocao aroma. Nice.

Rich chocolate flavor & a huge coffee presence. Nice bitterness balanced by the roasted/toasted flavors. Delicious.

A bit more carbonated than I expected. Doesn't effect the feel for me. Still quite smooth with a lingering bitterness.

A fine example of a coffee stout. From Montreal huh? Look forward to trying more from this brewery. Seek this on eout. Stands up to all from the style IMO.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours black with dark tan creamy head that leaves lots of lace
S - espresso beans/coffee and chocolate wafts up from the glass almost instantly, followed by touches of vanilla/cream
T - coffee and vanilla, alcohol is present enough to contribute to the flavor but isn't overbearing, hints of dark fruit in there too. The espresso flavor is probably one of the richest I've ever tasted in a beer. I get a slight hint of anise/black licorice as it warms, with brown sugar maybe
M - this is where this beer shines. it doesn't just taste like a coffee stout, it FEELS like a coffee stout...creamy and smooth...like drinking espresso with cream. just a tingle of carbonation
D - given the abv, this beer is as drinkable as it gets

I love this brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Bruisin Ales a few months back. Both '0' are etched on side of label.
Cola brown pour, with a big 3 fingers of semi fizzy froth. First whiff brought strong aromas of coffee. As she warmed a little, the phenol became apparent. Roasty chocolate malt and somehow it seems this has a nice hoppiness to it. Hint of vanilla, some nice marshmellow gooey sweetness. A touch oily but what a beautiful blend of coffee and hop oil. Well done

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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