Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: American 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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#340
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Ratings:
5,243
pDev:
8.39%
 
 
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Photo of Zythophile
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: ink smeared
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is that super dark brown that's almost black. Very little visible carbonation. It don't look like much, but...

Anise and strong, freshly ground coffee on the nose. A little vanilla extract, which is accompanied by coffee. A little fig and prune, but there's a good bit of coffee. Did I mention coffee? Not bitter by any means, and actually fairly mellow, if strong.

Taste has dates and prunes, all with some sweet smokiness. Oh, and coffee. There's some cola nut, but it's buried behind coffee. There's also coffee, and it somewhat occupies two spaces, roasted and green. Thankfully, any bitterness is very minor.

Aftertaste is mostly roasted coffee, although the bitterness is increased from the taste. I don't know if there's even room for some generally expected level of carbonation. Good weight. And I don't think the alcohol stands a chance of coming through with all the coffee.

Maybe I shouldn't be finishing off the night with this one. 5 a.m., here I come.

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

Photo of PorterPro125
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

L - Pours an opaque black topped by a 1/4 finger tan head that persisted through most of the drink.

S- Roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and a slight hint of chocolate sweetness. Very reminiscent of Bailey's Irish Cream.

T- Same as the aroma, with the addition of a slight hop bitterness on the tail end. The coffee and hops balance well with the sweeter notes in this beer.

F- Medium-Light body and moderate carbonation. Lighter bodied than quite a few Imperial Stouts that I've had but this most definitely contributes to the ease of drinkability.

O- I'm not surprised one little bit, but this beer is fantastic. It presents everything that you could ever want in a stout and certainly doesn't drink like a 9.5% brew/

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Photo of JuanFushashi
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jibs
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bradaplast
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesroses
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aromas and flavours of coffee and bitter chocolate. Slight hoppy note in the background. Medium bodied. Coffee aftertaste. Great stout but I prefer them with no adjuncts.

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

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stauffman
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EEscobar
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylepod
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOBEERFB
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Never heard of the brewery before, but wife was out with friends at a place with it on tap. She texted me the list, I looked up the brew, and was the ratings were very high. On pour from growler at roomish temp to a barrel glass, it had very brief carbonation and no head. Nothing! The nose was very nice, with a rich coffee aroma, and what seemed bourbon-esque, despite it evidently not being a barrel aged variety. First sips followed the nose, with a deep roasted coffee flavor, some vanilla and bourbon vibe on the back end. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Alcohol is on the "low" side of the imperial spectrum, at least compared to what I've been drinking lately, but it's just enough to keep it noble but drinkable beyond one and done. Overall it reminds me of Heavy Boots of Lead, but with more of a roasted coffee presence. I might try to bottle 12 oz, but my last attempt at that left the beer a bit flat.

2018-08-26 I was able to get a 32 oz growler which I think I will wax seal the cap and cellar for a few years. Anyone ever try cellaring a growler like I’m proposing? I don’t want to waste the beer if it’s a likely fail.

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Photo of nvbrew
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of berto714
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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