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 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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Photo of chuckd123
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried for the first time on bartender's recommendation at Moan & Dove a couple months ago and thought it was a pretty good coffee stout.

Have now had 3 bottles of it, and am a huge fan. Definitely one of the top 5 beers of any style I've had.

Appearance is basically black, and in the light maybe could be called the darkest brown, a half shade this side of black. Dark tan (looks like a cappuccino) head that lasts and lasts. Nothing unusual here, but for what it's worth, lacing was covering the glass at the final sip each time.

Strong overtones of coffee, slight (pretty faint) chocolate, very malty and definite presence of hops. Coffee dominates for sure.

Taste is amazing. The blend of coffee, chocolate, malt and alcohol meld together amazingly. Nothing hits you so much that it kills the others, the whole thing just works. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good, but not something I think particularly stands out when you drink this one.

Drinkability... I'd generally say a high abv brew isn't something you'd want to hammer down all night, but this one I could literally drink 4 or 5 of over several hours. You don't want to rush it, it's something to enjoy and savor -- but as soon as you finish one, you will want another.

This is the only Dieu du Ciel brew I've had, but very impressed.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Emerges pitch black with a cocoa powder colored head of about two fingers in size. Great retention and tons of lacing. The head lasts for nearly theentire session.

Aroma is coffee with dark fruits, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. Fresh ground coffee definitely stands out the most and is a wonderful aroma. Some vanilla and figs are present as well.

Big coffee flavors. Actually, huge coffee. Tastes as if I am sucking on a sweet coffee bean. A touch of vanilla but mostly coffee in this one.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, in my opinion. Bubbly and slighty thin but a very nice overall. Glad I was finally able to purchase a fresh bottle of this. A bit expensive for drinking often a very nice celebratory or "special evening" type beer

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

Purchased a 11.5oz brown twist-off bottle for $4.99

I remember when this beer began to buzz around the beer circuit a few years back. I saw it on the shelves a few years back and I was surprised to see it priced at $19.99 for a small bottle. Well, here it is, years later, and greater distribution provided me with a more reasonably priced bottle. I poured this into my Delirium snifter and the midnight black body formed a mocha colored head of medium sized carbonation. The body is totally opaque and the head provides wonderful lacing. Heavy carbonation lines the rim of the glass. The aroma is wonderfully expressive with massive espresso and cocoa bean notes. The sweetness is fresh ground coffee fills the nostrils and provides a wonderful entry point to the taste. There a remnants of malted milk balls that add anticipation. I am not sure if it is the odd or perfect. Just one of those aromas that seem familiar, yet so unique. The taste is filled with coffee and roasted malts. A big dose of bittering hops adds a wonderful balance of bitterness to the heavy malt body. The high abv is hardly noticeable although it adds a slight warmth to the mouthfeel. The body is rich yet thinned out and dried by the high carbonation. As this beer warms up, the delicate flavors open up a bit more and the sweetness comes out. This is a wonderful beer that is worth the hype. Not your everyday beer, but definitely one that should take up some space in your cellar.

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Photo of aqsprint
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep black. No foam even after a hard pour

S- COFFEE with a little chocolate, some alcohol, bitter.

T- I get mostly coffee and bitterness. I prefer my RIS more on the malty side. I know this is a coffee stout, but its too overpowering for me.

M- a little thinner than I like. Got some fizz from the carb which was unexpected.

D- this is a drinkable beer, could drink more than 2 in a sitting.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown or black color with a nice brown colored head. Head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S- Smells mostly of freshly roasted coffee beans, hints of vanilla, roasted malt, and milk chocolate.

T- Follows the nose really well with a very big and intense flavour. Very complex taste and a lot going on here. Alcohol hidden very well.

M- smooth and creamy with some chewiness.

D- Totally awesome brew to drink. Highly recommended. Going to find some more of these for sure.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black color with a creamy, rich, dark tan head with a very nice lacing.

Scent of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, sugars and some dark sweet fruit. Great strength with great balance and depth, I could get used to this.

Taste of coffee starts and finishes this beer, there is no escape from that, but it is balanced very well with chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit balancing out the bitterness of the coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth going down equally smooth, lovely.

Drinkability is great, but this should be enjoyed at a reasonable pace.

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Photo of Aaron58
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on sale, 3.99 a bottle. I Bought lots!

A-Black, like a Black Coffee with a nice creamy tan head. Good lacing,

S-Coffee, burnt. Smells a little sweet, a little chocolate backing to the coffee. Very roasty.

T-Like an alcoholic cup of coffee. It has a nice balance of sweetness and dry roasted coffee. I could put this on ice cream and it would be delicious.

M-Creamy, Boozy.

D-Scary good. If i found a place with this on tap, it would be a scary night.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night with no light coming through at all. Huge brown frothy head with excellent retention and lacing This beer looks exactly like any big Double Stout should look like.

S - Very strong, yet one dimensional, aroma of coffee. Roasted coffee beans with the slightest hint of a spicy hoppiness linering underneath.

T - A creamy sweetness initailly, quickly overcome by an overwhelming fresh roasted coffee taste. A spicy hop bitterness provides just a smidgen of balance but the coffee is the star here. If you enjoy coffee-centric beers this is the one for you.

M/D - Very full-bodied and smooth, almost creamy. Easy drinking despite the high ABV. The only thing holding this back is the dominating coffee taste with little to balance it out.

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Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is big boozy beer, and I knew that looking at the label, but I'm a little sorry I let that stop me from drinking it until now. It is quite balanced and refreshing, like port with the freshness of the stems included (rare), or Mas des Chimeres 2005 as it warms on the patio of Slows.

Really, refreshing. Not sour at all, but full of lift. Some of this must be attributed to hops, but I sense nothing hop-monolithic. Bitterness is burnt sweet seed, fine grained, fresh and herbal, no terpene assault. Hooray! It sucks to relate such an obviously fine beer with descriptions of what it is not. This is truly excellent. I could easily drink a case. It tastes like 80% chocolate, but fine enough to eat, which is possible but rare.

Begs to be related to Expedition Stout. This is better i think. And I'm sad to say it. (Keep in mind, I have an irrational aversion to mass, weight and alcohol unnecessarily present ...)

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours black with a decent one and a half finger head.
moderate spiderweb lacing.

smell is roasted coffee, nothing else. it smells like an iced coffee. wow.

taste is GREAT. full rich robust coffee. it tastes like im drinking an iced coffee not a beer, i get no hops, a slight hint of malts. for anyone that likes coffe, this is your beer.

mouthfeel is solid. a bit of carbonation, it tickles the tongue. nice and creamy feel.

very drinkable. it gets smoother and smoother each time i sip.

a stand up beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown to black body, completely opaque. Huge brown head, actually overflowed a little on me. Rocky, foamy, tons of retention. Lots of sticky lacing left on my glass.

Not a very strong nose. Sweet chocolate and coffee, roasted malt character.

Very sweet up front with slightly bitter chocolate notes. Next comes the coffee, lots of coffee notes. Coffee dominates the finish.

Even the mouthfeel is a little like coffee, dry and creamy.

This is a really drinkable double or imperial stout. No booziness or alcohol warming, not too heavy.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is stout heaven...probably the best Imperial Stout I had the pleasure of tasting. Nice dark pour, smooth and rich mouthfeel, and drinkable anywhere, anytime. I bet this gem is a beast from the tap!!! Looking for a trip to Montreal just to have the pleasure of trying this gem from the tap.

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

Pours totally opaque with a skim of caramel-colored foam. Aroma is like the best mocha/espresso ever. Coffee beans, dark chocolate, tons of cocoa nibs, and some roasty/smoky malt. Flavor is more dry coffee, espresso, and cocoa. Higher carbonation and lower viscosity than other big stouts results in a beer that's more drinkable and more like some sort of coffee/beer hybrid than just a beer with coffee added. More intense coffee flavor and aroma than any other coffee beer I've tried.

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Bitterbill as an extra-extra, Bill is the Man! Cheers

Pours mahogany/ebony with a finger of mocha with brown fleck in the head. Fantastic lacing & very good head retention

S: Coffee, dark fruit & chcolate in abundance

T: Much coffee, a touch of baker's & iron up front. More coffee & coffee grounds as this warms, along with charred grains, & richer chocolate as this warms. Finishes with mocha, dark chcolate & subtle coffee

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, a great breakfast beer! Not into many coffe beers, but this one is exquisite. Only founder's surpasses this IMO

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Poured thick black with light carbonation and chocolate lacing. Smell was light with hints of coffee and roasted beans. the taste is what caught me, it was quite light and sweet with a very subtle yet noticable coffee flavor. It was pretty much dead on perfect. It was an amazing stout with just enough coffee to really set it apart. carbonation was light. I plan on picking up a few more of these.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Capone's in Norristown, PA. At $7, this is the cheapest I have ever seen or heard of this beer being sold. So that's a good start. Pours extremely dark brown, almost black, with a short tawny head. Very little light makes its way through this beer. Smells strongly of raw dark chocolate, carob beans, espresso, rum. Taste is a big roasted cocoa bean punch, burnt and black and bitter, mixed in with a strong deep-roasted coffee bean smack, aggressive and grainy. Definite alcohol presence on the finish, along with a restrained dark fruit flavor. Nice mix of flavors, very well done. Maybe a step away from being full bodied. Overall very interesting and not just a one-note coffee stout.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ouncer into my dfh snifter. 1 finger of brown head. medium density. Label says it's bottle conditioned and there's quite a bit of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.
smell is a nice blend of hops with chocolate.
it tastes almost like an ice coffee. the most coffee I've ever had in a stout. I should've had this for breakfast.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy but could be better. A bit light.
Drinkability is fair. It is a bit of a strong coffee taste for me -- and that's saying a lot. I'm a one pot with fresh ground beans in the am kind of guy.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown head very dark in color opaque through the glass but light can penetrate in the thinner portions of the glass.Small pieces of (coffee)? in bottom.
Wow! Espresso, lots and lots of coffee, very complex.
Creamy espresso, in beer form! So complex, initial taste is tons of coffee, followed by coffee, caramel and more coffee. Delicious.
Very thick, great mouthfeel, a little syrupy.
I would looove another.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to EmperorStan for this one; a new addition to the lineup available in KS. Poured into a snifter and paired with some 70% cacao Lindt.

A: Ridiculously beautiful. Pours an opaque near-black, with a medium dark tan head which leaves exemplary lacing and a perfect little crown. Streams of carbonation continue to be visible, and they constantly rise up to maintain the remainder of the head. Really, this is pretty much a spot-on example of the archetypal stout of my dreams.

S: COFFEE. Pretty bitter coffee, actually. I'm also picking up some juicy peach as well as some very dark chocolate (although maybe that's just my pairing). There's also a bit of a scent which reminds me of rotting bio-waste... I suppose it qualifies its strange name!

T: Again, COFFEE. It's overpowering, really; I can still distinguish the other tastes that were also present in the nose, but the bitterness of the coffee is so omnipresent that it makes the beer kind of unbalanced. The bitterness recedes to make way for a more candy-sugary sweetness as the beer warms, but the coffee taste is still just overwhelming.

M: Pleasantly creamy, yet with a bitter aftertaste. Great body; very substantial and hearty.

D: I want to like this beer, I really do, but the bitterness is just too much. I'm a big fan of stouts, but I'm also a big fan of balance. It's kind of a struggle for me to get through this, but its redeeming qualities make the drinking experience enjoyable if not entirely easy.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite black, about as inky a beer as I've seen this side of Speedway stout. I didn't elicit a lot of head with the pour, but I was using a chalice. A sticky collar retains, and there's a lot of lacing.

Roasted malt, black coffee, and a little bit of sweetness on the nose. Tons of power.

Bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. I love coffee, and I drink it quite frequently. This tastes to me like the iced coffees with soy milk that I make with my leftover morning joe. That's a good thing: I drink them because I love the taste. This tastes like a cool, mildly sweetened and thickened cup of strong coffee.

The coffee is most noticeable, but there are plenty of other things going on, from the chocolate to the black patent malt flavors. Very impressive and chewy, and since the hops are much in the back, the mouthfeel is very well done: chewy, thick and creamy.

Awesome beer for a coffee lover.

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

Poured from the 11oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep dark black, crowned by a huge dark tan head that doesn't lace but rather leaves a solid layer of foam on the glass. Aroma is heavy on roasted malt and mocha, with a good dose of vanilla bean in the background.
Palate is heavy on roasted malt up front, with some nice hoppy bitterness to balance things out. After the initial burst of coffee flavor a rich sweetness emerges, with vanilla and a touch of maple. The roastiness wins out in longevity, though, lingering long after the swallow.
Body is big, rich, and smooth, with a good creamy mouthfeel. While a slow sipper, this is a very drinkable high-gravity stout. Super tasty and rich, one of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oddly, this beer seems like a combo of a couple other beers. Deep and dark, basically pitch black until held to the light, which still doesn't let much through. A rich, creamy tan head rises atop the darkness and remains nearly through the entire beer. Steady, slowly rising carbonation. Smell reminds me of Breakfast Stout mainly but mixed with the Baltic Porter from DR. Not sure what it is but that's what it reminds me of. Bitter dark chocolate and definitely a huge dose of coffee. Piney hops underneath, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. It's funny, the flavor pulls a switch up on me every once in a while. Usually, a healthy coffee flavor is the first thing that comes up but sometimes bitterness before it. It's definitely there in the finish every time. There is a little more sweetness in the flavor than the smell, reminiscent of an espresso, though at times the roast comes full force. It's never smokey or burnt tasting, though, which I'm thankful for. Pretty good mouthfeel, nice and round, nearly full. The bitterness takes away from the fuller stout mouthfeel that I'm used to, keeping it from being creamy and rich as many others. As a hop head, this touch of bitterness isn't a terrible thing, just a little out of the norm. The carbonation was on point. Yes please, may I have another? Maybe just one more but that's about it.

I remember when this wasn't available in the US yet...or maybe you lucky bastards had it in PA at times? Either way, I had two trades; one with papat444 and the other with mattt, both very generous Canadians, thanks guys! ;-)

It's almost cheaper to trade for a sixer or two of this stuff from Canadia than to buy singles in the US...hell , I think it is for sure! Regardless, I'll probably find myself splurging on a single every now and then...damn, maybe not. Founders is coming!

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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