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.

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Photo of wkcyr4
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Goose Island Tasting Glass. This beauty is black and beautiful!! Coffee aroma hits your nose upon pouring. Has a small brown head that dissappears quickly. Burnt coffee and malt dominate this beer. Leaves behind mininal lacing. Mouthfeel is appealing and full. Where is the alcohol in here, very well hidden. I have been holding on to this one for about a year now and have another cellaring. This is a top flight Imperial Coffee Stout for sure. Can't wait to taste it with more aging. Highly recommended for coffee junkies!!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the luxury of this one on tap over the summer at Eulogy in Philly, and it was very impressive. Profuse thanks to tpd975 for giving me the chance to savor it again.

So far so good, as it looks quite nice in the snifter. Poured out like oil. Utterly dark as hell, yet somehow not what I would call black...almost like the darkest shade of brown naturally possible. The head is thin, but what's there is light brown and it dissolves to a crown quickly. Brown splotches of lace look like candle-wax drippings.

Nothing but roast in the nose. You better dig coffee if you come near this. It's almost hard to glean anything else from it other than the mighty roasted bean. A light layer of frothed cream ekes through, but ultimately it's all about the coffee.

Flavor is enormous. That's not to say it's complex, but it's highly unique. In fact, when I would think of it over the past few months, after my first and only meeting, I could always recall the flavor. And here it is. It's bitter, like coffee--not like hops; it has a bite, like a killer dark roast; it thrusts itself forward and screams "coffee!!!" And like a good cup, it's got balance. I hope I'm not imagining this, but Dieu Du Ciel even remembered the sugar and cream--nice lactic tones and a hint of sweetness. Black licorice appears with warming. And wouldn't you know, there's some coffee in the finish...

The mouth is just a little too tingly and a little too thin for what's going on here. In some way the carbonation matches the intensity of flavor, but thicker and creamier would've really done the trick. Then again, if they were really trying to go for a true coffee stout, the watery element kind of works. I could grow to like the texture in this case, but ultimately I think big stouts should also be as smooth and creamy as possible (see: Bell's Expedition Stout, standard bearer of all stout greatness).

I find this comparable to Founder's Breakfast Stout in terms of a stout you actually could enjoy for breakfast. Otherwise it reminds a Southern Tier's Jah-va in terms of flavor. In the end, Peche Mortel is its own intriguing beer. As for the 9.5% alcohol, I have no idea where it's at, which increases drinkability to a dangerous degree. But this stuff is pretty pricey, so it probably won't be replacing the morning cup of joe anytime soon. If I could find this in our area, I'd buy on sight again with no hesitation.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew in one of my tulip shaped glasses. The head rose well above the beer and was dark tan in color almost brown. Creamy with some decent retention, once it started to recede then lacing was left all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is of espresso, slight alcohol.

Smokey, roasted, creamy, espresso. Really an amazing beer. I've certainly fallen in love with Imperial Stouts. This is a great one.

Mouth feel is creamy and thick. Almost milkshake like. Warming effect due to the 9.5% abv

Drinkability is amazing and certainly one to savor.

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Photo of champ103
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to RblWthACoz for the trade, and to Deuane for the generous extra.

A: Pours pitch black. Blacker than I have ever seen in a beer. A large tan head forms with great retention (very impressive considering this has such a high alcohol content) and stays as a ring when it finally does recede. Some spiderweb lace is left along the glass.
S: A huge aroma of coffee/espresso. Roasted malt is dominate. Some chocolate, vanilla, and rum like alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of roasted malt, coffee and espresso flavors. Some bitter chocolate flavors. Just a huge malt profile that is to die for.
M/D: A full and rich body that is a bit chalky. Creamy and exceptional. This is so smooth and easy to drink. I usually find that coffee beers are a bit harder to drink. This is just incredibly rich and inviting. I can't get enough.

Without a doubt the best coffee stout I have ever had. Well worth the hype. In the words of Homer Simpson "You would step over your on Mother just to get one."

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Photo of nighthawk
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an utterly opaque black with a bubbly, light-cappuccino coloured head that is quite foamy and large, settling to a thin ring and leaving plenty of lacing around the glass.

Smells of espresso, dark, bitter chocolate, with just a hint of sweet but roasted caramel.

Dark espresso and chocolate flavours throughout. Some muted dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is felt on the finish. A lot of coffee, but balanced nicely by the chocolate and dark fruit/grains.

Body coats the mouth nicely, creamy, soft and full feeling, yet light with nice carbonated bubbly feel.

Drinkability is only slightly dampened by the alcohol felt on the finish. This beer goes down well for its size.

A delicious brew, well deserving of its high rating, and one I will enjoy as often as I can. Edited to change appearance rating, as subsequent pours had significantly better head production/retention.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to upsjeff for this bottle!

No light can penetrate the blackness that this liquid has. Truly black. Very nice dark tan colored thick two-fingered head of dense foam. Good retention. Excellent 'curtain-like' lacing. Not so much 'lace', as it is more like a solid sheet of film. Excellent!

Very nice hefty malt nose. A small swirl brings out notes of dark fruit. Light coffee scent is present, though not as much as expected.

Big dark malts mixed with espresso shots hit you first. Chocolate notes mingle with dark fruit sweetness. An ever so light hint of vanilla kind of levels things out to a very nice balance.

Very nice and silky in the mouth. Creamy smooth, yet light.

Excellently drinkable. I can't argue with so many before who have rated this brew so highly. It truly is worthy of it's praise.

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Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an elegant black with off brown head. Enticing scent of roasted coffee, black licorice, a bit medicinal but sweet overpowers. A wonderful taste awaits full of dark roasted coffee flavors, earthy notes, and chewy dark chocolate covered hops to finish the drink. The alcohol is hidden extremely well behind the full bodied taste and density. One of the best stouts I've had, definitely worth experiencing.

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Photo of AMo
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel pours a dense pitch black with a multi minute lasting thick foamy tan head. Carbonation bubbles are very compact. Smell is strong of roasted coffee beans, malt, chocolate, with a touch of tartness. First taste bolts out huge expresso flavors with a slight coffee ground bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel has an oil like film on a dense, viscous dark liquid. There is a medium and somewhat sharp carbonation. Sticky bitter coffee chocolate like resin lingers on the gums. This is extemely sticky and dense. Overall this is an exceptional brew at the top of its class. Tons of coffee expresso flavor with a fantastic finish.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my girlfriend and given to me so generously by my good buddy Victor.

A: Poured black and viscous with a thick amount of head; stuck to the glass for a long period of time.

S: A generous amount of coffee and cocoa aroma. Very rich!!!

T: The coffee flavoring is more definitive with the taste, varying between a strong espresso and cappuccino. There is also a sweet characteristic, which in this case may be some sort of dark chocolate. The alcohol also seems to numb the tongue a bit, and the after taste leaves that cocoa powder feeling on the palate.

M: Almost perfect!

D: Alcohol is somewhat hidden....tasty and could probably enjoy all night.
Overall: An amazing beer. A perfect example of a coffee stout...a must try.

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Photo of wedge
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a lumpy brown head of frothy goodness. Sweet roasted coffee aroma with some fruitiness and bittersweet chocolate. Loads of coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Big roasted malts, semisweet chocolate morsels, subtle fruits...deliciously smooth and creamy in the mouth. Certainly one of the most flavorful coffee stouts I've ever had. Mmmm. Full but not too full bodied finishing with a slight dryness. Alcohol is never an issue. Oh yeeeaaaah...

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Photo of inhoc00
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mortal sin poured in a dfh goblet.

a- dark, thick pour

s- roasted barley, slight coffee, heavy belgian yeast?

t- there's the coffee, dark cocoa, cherries pretty good.

m- thick with good deal of carbonation

d- pretty easy for an imperial. well balanced alc.

honest good stout but maybe not as good as the hype. founder's breakfest stout waaayyy better. should be higher on best of ba.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- For a beer that has a dark, dark brown complexion, the head on this baby could not be more beautiful. With every sip the head that gathered on sides of the glass were so defined with hundreds of tiny sparkling ringlets (almost reminded me of my favorite fireworks on the 4th of July)...absolutely mesmerizing.

S- Coffee! With a nice hint of sweet, burnt malt coming after.

T- Follows the nose. The taste buds initially detect a lot of coffee flavor, but this is backed up by a sweet malt flavor...possibly some dark chocolates as well.

M- Smooth and viscous. Perfect texture, nice and creamy.

D- If only this were a sessionable beer, it would be absolutely perfect. High alcohol content and texture of the beer keep it from being so, but still very nice.

Top quality. May have to make a trip across the border when I head up to Vermont for my ski trip. Reminded me a lot of the FBS, but a little better.

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

Big thanks to Yamar18 for this BA Top 100. Really, incredible brew!

Appearance: Pours pitch black with foamy brown head. Initial 1.5 finger height slowly diminishes down to a thin cap. Totally opaque.
Edit: The first glass we poured it into was wet and did this beauty wrong. It's easily a two finger head that drags sticky lacing down the side of the glass. One wiseman said that if it was poured into a coffee mug in the early hours it would be indistinguishable from coffee.

Smell: Espresso, straight up. Maybe some dark chocolate in there too, but make no mistake, this smells like strong gourmet coffee.

Taste: Wow! Starts off a bit spicy (peppery, citrusy even?) before transforming into espresso and milky creamer, with a touch of chocolate and mild burnt malts. Incredible masking. Just... awesome!

Mouthfeel: This was an instant 5 for all of us. So f*ckin creamy with good carbonation and incredible mouth-coating. Extremely rich.

Drinkability: More of a dessert beer, but then again it's so ridiculously rich and smooth. Definitely not something you could drink all night (due to body and sweetness), but very suitable for after dinner or anytime you need a hug.

Note: All three wisemen rated this beer. It was so delicious and had such a unique and amazing mouthfeel that we opened the only other bottle - we had to get at some more.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, very dark. Really opaque too, no light goes through. Pours a nice mocha colored head.

Smell: Eventually, coffee is very present in the smell of this beer. Even if coffee is dominant, we still can catch some vanilla and cocoa aroma.

Taste: That's where this beer really shines. It has an intense coffee taste. The vanilla and cocoa seems a little muted if compared to the smell but they are still present. Nice bitterness from the hops that adds to the complexity of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not overly full. Really round and smooth, almost cream-like.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but the high alcohol level and the intense coffee flavor helps us to escape this mortal sin.

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Photo of prototypic
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wow! This is easily one of the finest looking beers these eyes have ever seen. It pours a pitch black, onyx color. There's absolutely no light getting through. The head is immaculate. It's a dark, mocha brown color and stands roughly two and a half fingers deep. Retention is excellent. It will probably outlast the beer. Very thick sheets of lace clung to the glass. Spectacular. This one couldn't look any better.

Smell: There's a very dominant coffee aroma here. It's in your face from the first whiff and does not go away. As a coffee fanatic, that's just fine by me. There's a sweet, dark chocolate malt aroma on the secondary level that complements the coffee aroma very well. If you stick with it, a fine aroma of roasted malts emerges. While it doesn't strike me as incredibly complex or deep, this is one hell of a fine smelling beer.

Taste: The coffee flavor is every bit as strong here as it was on the nose. It smells absolutely delicious. Perhaps I should qualify that by saying it smells delicious to a huge coffee fan. If you're not into coffee, you probably won't appreciate all that it is. A nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts add some sweetness and character. They complement the strong coffee flavor very well. Surprisingly, no alcohol is noted. While coffee is the predominant flavor, the other components really drive it to being an excellent beer. The nose advertised it pretty well. It's not really deep or complex, but it does have a lot of character and a damn fine flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and has a very nice, creamy feel. Carbonation is active yet it retains a very smooth feel. Drinkability is good, but it's limited a little by the high abv and perhaps the strong coffee flavor. It's just a little too big in terms of strength and feel to warrant more than one or two. At least that's the case for me.

Peche Mortel...Mortal Sin...FTW. This is a flat out excellent beer. Perhaps my view of it is a little skewed by my love for coffee. I believe it'd be difficult for someone who's not into coffee to get into this beer. Coffee is just so central to the flavor that you almost have to like it to like this beer. But, I'd recommend this to anyone. It's truly an epic beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

opaque black with small latte head. sweet and liquor blend. feels great. milky, sweet, toffee malt, light coffee, light chocolate milk. bourbon vanilla even, a touch of smoke. carried very nicely by the density. its all there. a meal and dessert at the same time. fantastic. one of the best of the year...

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Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 11.5oz bottle of this beer at Valley Wine in Steubville OH @ $5.99 a bottle for my 500th review. Served in a large Delirium snifter poured opaque black with a generous creamy fluffy mocha colored head with good retention leaving a constiant creamy layer and sticky ebby lacing down the glass.

Strong roasty,dark fruittyness lots of chocolate with strong black coffee throughout with a slight touch of heat.
The aroma was more complex than anticipated.

A nice velvety creaminess leads to a strong sharp roastyness with some dark sweet fruitiness in the mix. Strong burnt tastes almost metallic like very woody with a dry nuttiness with a dusty chocolate coating and intense expresso and fresly roasted coffee throughout finishes with a mouthfill of dark freshly ground coffee beans. Quite drinkable just too flavorful to be followed by another.One to sip, suprizing how well hidden the alcohol was. 500 is now in the books!

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Photo of Mandrake
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a thick is tar and as dark as night. Not a hint of light coming through the edges of the glass, but a billowing head of surprisingly light ochre puffs right up, leaving substantial webs of lace as it slowly subsides. Bright fruitiness, grape and cherry, is immediately apparent in the nose. The coffee is irrepressible though, and there are darker notes of treacle and currant as well. Taste is assertive and deep. The coffee is more obvious, and there's a mild note of dark chocolate that I hadn't yet picked up. The fruitiness is subdued, but still present, the cherry notes getting a bit lost. Mouthfeel is only a shade flat, the body making up for it. Drinkability is very, very good for such a big stout. Revelatory and truly imperial, this is a beer that is worth its reputation.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.02/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't forget the umlauts. Pours a rich black midnight color with a soft tan head and lacing. Moderate viscosity. Good head retention and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose is mostly coffee notes with some mild malt undertones. To start there is a thick coffee aroma with noticeable roast and earthy undertones. Not like a latte or espresso, but coffee straight up. Would have liked more of a malt characteristic has it is really lacking the depth. Noticeable yeast notes but figs and other tropical fruits. Some lighter esters, rose mostly, and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is bit more in tune but still over emphasizes the burnt coffee characteristics. A more rich coffee note again, but some roast and chocolate notes are a tad more detectable. The yeast/esters come out even more than the nose. Has a Belgian characteristic with some dry plums, fig notes and big rose notes. The alcohol is really noticeable and if more of a deterrent than anything.

The body is moderately full to full. Some creaminess texture and noticeable astringency in the malt. Overall even for a coffee beer this is really out of balance and way to yeast for a stout. IMHO this beer is over rated.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ridiculously solid obsidian color with a superb, thick, fluffy yet dense, tan head. Pretty thick pour, very viscous. Immediately roast coffee hits my nose. This is unlike any other beer I have had. There is no joking around with the coffee aspect if this beer. It smells like the spent grains from an espresso shot...wonderful. The taste follows the smell but also brings in more complexity. You get a lot of burnt and roasted coffee, along with ample amounts of dark chocolate and burnt sugar. The bitterness and balance of this beer are incredible. This is addictingly good.

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Photo of rayjay
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to finally try this out. Thanks to Yamar18 for this as an extra. Poured into my Stone RIS goblet. Served at 50°F and let stand for 15 minutes because it still seemed too cold.

Looks like a stout. Not too much notable; tan foam that recedes from less than one finger to a faint ring. Almost pitch black with chocolate corners. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is fabulous. Very strong coffee presence, like the smell that fills your mouth biting into dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Faint alcohol and roasted barley come to mind. Guessing by the smell, this beer needs to be served at room temp to fully express itself.

The flavor profile is a slightly muted version of the aroma. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and lots of bitter roasted barley, but they steered way clear of being tart despite the acidity of the ingredients. The coffee flavor is much more subtle than the aroma. Very mildly sweet with a subtle lingering bitterness.

Great mouthfeel. Light carbonation (always a hit for me). Low carbonation risks exposing the acidity, but once again all danger has been skillfully averted. Sublimely rich and sticky, and simultaneously light enough to quaff. A big beer for sure, but not too big.

Another great example of "just right." Not a monster to be tamed, but a classy, civilized work of art. Westy 8° and Kate the Great also come to mind, as these are all beers that achieve similar depth but remain perfectly balanced and drinkable.

A welcome beer in my cellar. Cheers to this achievement!

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

A: Moves like a warm maple syrup, thick, cottony head, obsidian black, a marvel to look at - 5.00, S: Heavy on the espresso, some slight tar (not in a bad way), baker's chocolate, as a coffee enthusiast you would expect me to enjoy the aroma and this one does not fail to impress - 5.00, T: Finally the hops I was looking for on the nose become apparent on the palate - quite bitter, quite boozy, an element of sweet dark molasses, as it warms the chocolate strengthens, geez is this a flavorful beer - 5.00, M: Some creaminess, medium bodied - 4.50, D: My first beer from Dieu du Ciel and it is an exceptional beer, I'm averse to giving out perfect scores but this one edges as close as you can get. A great beer for sipping late night - 4.50

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp. Pours nice and dark with a 1/2 inch cocoa head into my Watou glass. Aroma is heavy duty chocolatey coffee - and more coffee. Hidden behind the coffee is a bit of alcohol and some warm blackberry brandy notes.

Light yet thick in the mouth - hits with a bit of carbonation and lots of rich dark chocolate and chewy coffee. This brew sticks to your tongue and cheeks and gums and teeth.

This is one tasty brew for sure but do not know haw many I could put down.

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Photo of mrbosworth
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And to think that I bought this for my girlfriend expecting a peach flavored beer...

Upon closer inspection, it isn't a fruit beer at all, but an imperial stout. One of the best coffee tasting stouts I've ever had the pleasure to sip in fact. I've never had a beer that was so across the board good in all categories.



Sandy thick head.

Black as night.


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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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