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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 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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Photo of mntlover
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black color with a 2 finger coco head from a vigorous pour. No real light showing thru, head falls slow to ring and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is big coffee mixed with nice sweet malt and mingled in chocolate notes. Some underlying bitterness like old coffee noted. Nose is very nice and very aromatic.

Taste is big loads of malt loaded with coffee, lots of coffee. Nice sweet chocolate notes that try to mellow the coffee out, but fall short. This is a big stout loads of flavor, malt, coffee and chocolate notes mingled through out. Some bitterness in finish but can't really tell if its coffee or coffee bitterness the way its perfectly blended together.

Mouthfeel is nice big smooth almost chewy just falling a little short. Carbonation is just enough to let you know its there.

Drinkability is great a very good a huge stout full of flavor so damn good. Only down side is its a little pricey but next time I see any I will be buying several to hold on to for those special occasions that demand a great stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black in color with a very nice cocoa colored head. Moderate amount of roasted aroma-mild coffee smell to it. Incredible deep roasted flavor. Very grainy with a deep, deep chocolate flavor. Running under that is a great coffee flavor that is well balanced and not over done. Great mouthfeel-the heavy roasted/coffee flavor is just perfect going down mouthfeel wise. Incredibly enjoyable. I could this one all night. Boy I need to get some more.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Biggness
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head and lots of lacing. The smell is of roasted coffee beans. The majority of the flavor is of bitter coffee, strong and in your face. The mouthfeel suffers a little dry a dry aftertaste, probably from the high abv, which you can not taste @ all, very well hidden with the massive coffee flavors. For a 9.5% abv this is a very drinkable brew!

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A - Dark, but not completely black like other coffee stouts. Good head 1 - 2 fingers settled well.

S - Smell is intense and powerful. Stong coffee flavoring, caramel

T - Follows mostly with the smell. Alcohol hidden very well. a great tasting beer.

M - good feel not over powering

D - highly drinkable

Coffee stouts aren't my cup of tea however this is good. Was not the biggest fan of the beer however it does deserve the marks. Just not a fan of the style really.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slowly from a 11.5oz brown bottle (twist-off cap) into the center of my globe glass. It's black and opaque, even around the edges, with a nice inch of tan head. The head settles and leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma is intensely roasty with bitter dark chocolate and coffee, somewhat sweet.

Flavor is nicely bittered from all the roasted malt and coffee. It starts more sweet and roasty before going quickly, almost sharply, bitter. It's a fun experience but I don't think I would enjoy more than one. I also think it would be better at cellar temperature instead of straight from the fridge. I'll be sure to drink it slowly to see how it develops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a thick, bitter, and a little over carbonated for my tastes. Drinkability is good but that's all relative. I wouldn't want a growler all to myself.

Overall, very solid. It makes me think that there really should be a category for coffee stouts. There certainly are many good ones available.

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

Yum! Coffee colour with a foamy brown head. Strong coffee and chocolate smell - very reminiscent of Starbuck's chocolate covered espresso beans.

Good coffee and chocolate taste, lots of rich, roasted malt. Hop bitterness is a bit on the heavy-handed side, but not terribly detracting. Slight alcohol burn.

Very nice mouthfeel - smooth and slick. Would be sessionable if not for the ABV.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ozBottle @ the Blind Tiger....$11..ouch

Appearance: This brew is a deeply opaque black colour with a huge tan head that lasts until the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of this brew screams Espresso. caramel, and roasted malt notes hidden beneath the mound of espresso beans.

Taste: This brew tastes like a dream. First the fresh espresso notes hit hard, followed by a nice dark chocolate flavor. Than the roasted malts and the subdued but caramel-like sweetness come into play in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk and as creamy as a milkshake.

Drinkability: How can a 9%abv espresso assault be this easy to drink. This is easily the easiest drinking coffee beer that I have ever consumed. In fact this is one of the easiest drinking strong stouts that I have ever had as well.

Why we cant get this more easily in the states is a crime

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this. Finally appealed to ebay for the score. Something like 8 bucks.

Black with a monstrous mocha head. Daunting. Sinks into a marshmellow depression.

Alcohol smell is a little strong. I get a small hint of other scents but to me the nose is predominantly alcohol and not very pleasing at all.

Taste is of strong coffee beans. Real strong actually. Thankfully the alcohol presence in the nose is not in the taste. As a matter of fact, this stuff tastes great.

Even though I start out with it a little cold, the carbonation is already laid back and lax. Mid to full body.

I never really did appreciate the smell, but the taste and the feel were awesome.

Overall: love/hate

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black brew with a good sized tan head that left chunks of sticky lacing.

S - espresso coffee with some malty sweetness.

T - strong bitter espresso coffee flavor with a roasty chocolate malt flavor in the background and then some more bittering on the finish.

F - full bodied brew with a smooth feel.

D - a very good tasting stout, but it's one to be sipped to be fully enjoyed.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.61/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Huge coffee aroma, a bit acrid and slightly metallic. Very bitter coffee flavor. Full bodied, but not syrupy. Warming alcohol. I found the coffee flavor to be a little harsh. Very dry finish with chocolate and more coffee. I was a little disappointed with this.

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000. It was certainly worth it.

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with scarlet hints. It had a thick, long lasting, caramel-colored head that left sticky, wide rings of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma was amazing. I could smell the coffee notes without even putting my nose near the glass. Also, notes of molasses and maple syrup sweetness.

T - Coffee is the dominant flavor mixed with chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This beer was worthy of the hype. I am not a coffee drinker, but this was outstanding. If coffee tasted this good I might take up the habit.

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

Poured from a 11.5 oz. bottle received in a trade with RoBotGod into a snifter.

Appearance is black as night with a one and a half inch tan head that was a result of a hard pour at the end. Leaves some patches of lace.

Aroma is bursting with coffee and a slight licorice. Other vague roasty notes but overall it comes across as rather boring to me.

The taste is much better than the aroma initially suggested. Even more coffee comes out now with a deep roastiness and it sticks around. Finishes bitter, mostly from roast and coffee but there are some hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth with the perfect level of carbonation.

Very good flavor with this one but the aroma seemed underwhelming. I always see people saying that this one used to be better. I wish I could have tried it back then because this stuff is pretty damn good now.

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

Got this beer from northyorksammy, thanks! It pours a pitch black color with a creamy off-white, beige head.

Smell of coffee, just on the edge of spent coffee, or how is that called in English. It's smell is full of dark malts and blends well together with the coffee. I also get a chocolate flavor.

Taste is roasted malt with coffee. Basically this is the concept of the beer. This beer deserves a 5 for execution. The roasted malts add a nice maltbiterness and some chocolate notes. There is little carbonation, which is good too. Mouthfeel is superb, smooth and creamy. I wonder how they do that. The coffee never gets sharp or astringent and unlike my own coffee beers, it's aftertaste is smooth. Bitterness is medium and hops are a bit American, not sure if it is, but they appear a bit citric.

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