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 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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Photo of mjrtoo
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Luckily I picked up six of these hard to find brews at a local shop. I've had them before, but this is my first review after a few go-a-rounds with it.

It pours dark, rich head (only for a bit). Quickly after the pour the nose is of coffee and dark chocolate, but as soon as the head dissipates, not much scent unless you get your nose really close, then of coffee and tobacco.
One very important note, you MUST drink this beer near cellar temps. If you don't, you are missing out on everything this beer is meant to be. I think I've only read one other review that mentions that...and it's 100% true. Maybe it's common knowledge, but just thought I'd bring it up again.

The first taste...as you would expect, COFFEE! It is a very refined coffee taste, with a malty sweetness, along with just a little dark chocolate flavor. This flavor lingers a LONG TIME on the palate. The mouth feel is creamy and with just a touch of carbonation (here's why I recommend the higher temp enjoyment, drinking this right out of the fridge destroys the mouth feel, WAY too bright on the tongue IMHO), but with just enough hop to cut the cream to an enjoyable level. A slight bitterness on the tongue at the finish.

I do feel a little kick of alcohol, but in this brew it adds to the enjoyment for me.

I rate this beer highly in all categories except drinkability, where it's just average. I struggle with this rating, is high drinkability necessarily good? This isn't a beer you're going to chug down a six pack in a couple hours...it's a beer to savor throughout, the complex interaction of coffee, malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco flavors is far more satisfying that pure drinkability.

If this isn't on your top 5 of all time favorite stouts (or even #1), you seriously need to reconsider you selections! Top notch in every way!

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Photo of gameface23
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect imperial stout and possibly even the perfect beer. A deep, menacing pour with a khaki colored head. Nose of espresso and secondary hints of cafe mocha made with dark chocolate - like sitting next to coffee being roasted. Flavor is what you would expect, given the aroma. Great mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced with intermingled sweetness and bitterness that slide gracefully between each other during different parts of the sip.

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Photo of number1bum
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks man.

Pours a thick black, no light getting through this baby, with a dense and creamy tan head that fills two plus inches of the tulip and spills slightly over the sides. Settles very slowly leaving a great lace and lots of stick.

Smell has just an awesome coffee aroma, deep and powerful, along with bittersweet dark chocolate and even a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich and creamy and incredibly tasty. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors, but some roasted malt lends a bit of bitterness through the finish. There's a touch of dark fruits in there, too. Coffee is intense but the chocolate provides a great counterpart with just a bit of sweetness. It's a deep, espresso sort of coffee flavor, but it is not harsh and bitter like Beer Geek Breakfast. Awesome balance, great depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is viciously creamy, full bodied, thick and chewy, a delight on the palate.

Damn, this is an incredible beer. Between this and Founders Breakfast Stout it's pretty much a tossup, but the Founders is easier to get and more widely available, so I'm not quite sure this can knock it from its perch of best coffee stout in my book. But it's damn close. Incredible beer I will certainly seek out again.

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

Picked this up at Stateline in Elkton, MD. Poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a thick, deep, opaque dark brown-nearly black. Pours with a 2 finger tan (coffee colored) creamy head. One can constantly see tiny bubbles being added to it. Head retains wonderfully but eventually fades to a very thick collar and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is very rich in chocolate malt. A hint of roasted toffee and caramel sweetness can also be gathered. Smells like a good cup of blended coffee in the morning.

T-Upfront is a toffee and caramel like sweetness and a deep, rich chocolate malt backbone. Roasted malt bitterness and a touch of alcohol are added for the finish. Some alcohol warmth lingers but overall the alcohol is very well hidden.

M-Low carbonation and thick body that is smooth as silk. Its not too thick though. Perfect for the style.

D-This is a great beer and I am happy I was able to find it and have the opportunity to try it. This beer definitely gets better as it warms so give it a chance to after you pour it. I really like this stout and will have it again.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- black body with a finger sized coffee colored head that stays around and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- roasted malt, lots of coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate

T- roasty upfront with a bitter hoppy/coffee aftertaste. just a touch of alcohol

M- full bodied and very smooth

D- very easy to finish and a rather unique tasting beer. very glad i got the chance to try this one. it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of taez555
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black body with a thick dark tan head.

Nose is straight up, very intense, coffee grounds. Not brewed coffee, but like you just opened a can of coffee and are taking a huge whiff. It's a very dark espresso coffee smell. Dark dark dark chocolate. It actually has this earthiness about it, almost a green coffee sort of smell. Interesting.

Oh my god. This beer is like drinking espresso. Extreme espresso bitterness and tons and tons and tons of dark bitter chocolate and espresso beans. It literally tastes exactly like eating those chocolate covered espresso beans you get at fancy candy shops. Extremely bitter, but pure espresso bean bitterness. Bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter. Espresso, espresso, espresso, espresso. Ends with a long lingering espresso bean bitterness.

There are beers out there that taste like coffee, and others that taste like chocolate. This beer tastes like your eating espresso beans. Not drinking espresso mind you, I mean actually eating raw(well toasted dark, not green), but eating raw espresso beans. Very interesting. Could go amazingly well wtih vanilla ice-cream. Although.... chocolate or a coffee desert might pair really well, I'd just be afraid it's complete and total overload. A great beer, but it's such a one trick pony, I'd really find it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle from Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. Couldn't decipher a date code on this one, so not sure how old/new it is...

Pours an absolutely beautiful pitch black color with a deep tan foamy head. Aroma has lots of roasted coffee aroma, with a faint alcohol note. Wow, smells more like coffee than beer. Taste has a slight initially boozy flavor, but that quickly fades to a heavy black coffee taste. Amazing. The darkest roast coffee you can imagine. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for all the flavor that is crammed into this one. Hmm. Also seems a bit fizzy. If you like coffee stouts, then this can preety much hold it's own against the best. Well done.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Into my giant snifter, pours a nearly impenetrable DARK brown. A half-finger, tan head sits atop.

S - Coffee, and I mean coffee. Not necessarily fresh coffee, but ground coffee that's been sitting in the freezer for a couple weeks... or the bottom of a grinder. Alcohol on the back end, as well as some roasty malts that add a nice complexity.

T - Tastes a tad like the stale coffee I mentioned. Also noted is powdered cocoa, actual coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, light vanilla. Reminds me of tiramisu. Hops play lightly in the back in the form of lasting bitterness, but could also have a bit to do with the coffee and dark malts.

M - The mouthfeel sorta blows it for me. I was hoping for less-carbonated, much heavier, and creamier. What I got was a medium bodied, not-so-creamy, overly carbonated coffee drink. To its credit, when I swirl it in the glass, the carbonation is cut to the point where it's no longer sparkly.

D - Drinkability is good on this one, as it goes down easy, and has a wonderful taste. Another good transition brew for those that like coffee but don't really like beer.

Notes: I've had better coffee stouts... Not to say this one's bad, but for the price, I'll take Breakfast Stout for $12 a 4-pack as opposed to the $5 a bottle for this.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

strong coffiee, black and rich and hops with a burnt malt as the finish, this is like beer meets campfire coffiee (smud coffiee as i call it), this is like coffiee on the warmer all day, this is great i could drink this with steak and eggs. this beer makes me wonder why thay havent invented a hop flavored coffiee creamer, hell maby i have stumbled on to somthing. back to the beer at hand, this is the second best coffiee stout i have ever had, the first is wake and bake from terripin. if you can get one of theese take the oppertuinity, i wish i had goten more!!

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic for dragging this brew along to the Tyranena tasting room before the Great Taste in a trade!

I'm a big fan of stouts & coffee beers, so was looking forward to this one. Pours an expected black with a smell overwhelmingly of coffee, with a bit of vanilla as it warms a little.

Taste is large part coffee, with the vanilla underneath & not much else. I like my beers a bit more complex, & this one fell short of a couple of my favorites. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel is rich & full, with that thin coffee veneer overtop. Didn't live up to the hype for me, but a good beer, & I'm glad I got to try Peche Mortel

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

WOW brew for me. Dark rich with some coco and coffee nibs. Cleaned up with nice acidity and no noticable alcohol. I could see this brew aging quite well for a couple of years. Would seek this out again though I haven't seen it on the West Coast yet.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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 irishkyle21
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to trying this beer for awhile. I loved it in the bottle but it was as close to perfect as you can get on tap. Excellent pour, jet black in color with a dark brown head thats on Viagra. Great lacing, everything you could ask for in a stout.

Smells of strong roasted coffee, bitter chocolates and more coffee!

Tastes of dark bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness (but the bitterness mostly comes from the malts) and obviously loads of coffee. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Opaque black hue. This beer looks dense and attractively opposing. Topped with a thin, though long lasting, dark tan head.

S: This beer has a huge decadent aroma. Pronounced roasted malt aroma. Has a distinct coffee and espresso character. Either the coffee or the hops add some specific bitterness in the aroma. Some perfume/floral alcohol notes, which isn't surprising in a beer of this strength. Esters add some dark fruit notes.

T: Quite boozy with perfume like fusel alcohols - but not hot. This does not get in the way of a well roasted malt flavor. Coffee like character is strong - espresso. Quite bitter on the back end. Very light but long lingering after taste that is dry.

MF: Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Very low carbonation. Dry. Alcohol warming.

D, notes: This is a serious sipping beer meant to be savored slowly. Very smooth. The coffee character enhances all aspects of the beer and through the flavor. Smooth flavor shifts. bitterness is not acrid or harsh. I think this is a beer that lives up to its substantial hype.

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Photo of Avryle
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, black, black, black, black. Humong-o four finger mocha-colored head that's foamy on the sides and puffy on top. Foamy lacing as it disipates.

S- Based on the nose and if I wouldn't be fired from my job, I would probably drink this in lieu of my coffee every morning. The nose is straight up coffee grounds.

T- (Copy the notes on the smell)Coffee + rich roasy stout = Peche Mortel. ...If I could start my day off with this, my job would be a hell of a lot more interesting.

M- Not nearly as full-bodied as I'd expected or hoped. Its like when you were a kid thinking that coffee was as thick as tar, but then you found out it was essentially just like tea, but with coffee beans. This is the one short stroke of this beer.

D- Like my coffee, I like to savor this one and enjoy it to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Just about jet black with some minor brown highlights when help up to light. Poured with about a half finger of mocha head. Decent lacing especially for the style.

S: Jesus christ this is all coffee. There is some roasted coffee behind it as well. Just kidding. Normal roast is there as well. Beyond the coffee you get espresso. I don't like the taste of coffee but I love the way it smells.

T: Starts off white a blast of chocolate which is did not see coming given the nose. Then it goes into the roasted bitterness from the coffee. Nice little sweetness break before it goes back into the bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy body. Not as thick as you would think. Carbonation is spot on.

D: Split the bottle which is fine. This is a great dessert/ eye opener beer. Not quite up to the Big Boss coffee stout but damn fine. Just want to shout out two traders who sent me this within a week as extras. RustyDiamond andswnicholson. Though the bottle I am drinking I got on my own as this is finally (sort of) available in NY. Cheers.

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

If there is one thing I can say about these beers from Dieu, they are very well balanced. For this beer, one word: Extraordinary!

Typical black color where a slight amount of light shines through on the edge of the glass. Great lasting head which coats the glass like a blanket.

Coffee with cream is the predominant smell here...lots black patent malt.

Like the smell, this is a milked coffee beer. Great body; simply superior in every way in that it provides a blend that, at a slower pace, is exquisite.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured an 11.5oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a jet black with a big 2 inch tan head that leaves just a little lacing on the glass. This beer is really dark. It reminds me of what coffee looks like after you've left the pot on the burner for 24 hours. The aroma is straightforward espresso, with just a hint of cream. The taste is spectacular. It reminds me of Starbucks Espresso Ice Cream. Huge coffee taste with cream, chocolate and just a hint of vanilla with a slight alcohol burn at the tail. This is a great tasting brew. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, leaving a nice coating in your mouth. This beer is so drinkable, I think I'll start popping one every morning instead of the pot of coffee I normally drink. This would go perfect with any breakfast.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.39 out of 5 based on 5,045 ratings.
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