Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

5,119 Ratings
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found a 12oz bottle of Peche Mortel at a local high quality bottle shop in San Francisco. Poured into a snifter, the brew had no head whatsoever, and amazed me with its pure thick dark black color. Carbonation is medium-strong and offers contrast to the thickness of the beer. Peche Mortel smells like espresso more than it smells like beer. No strong recognizable hop aromas come through, just the beautiful dense smell and flavor of pure dark chocolate and espresso. The beer truly hides the 9.5% alcohol well, even while warming. Toffee is also the only recognizable third flavor besides chocolate and coffee. This is a deep dark imperial espresso blast; a complex offering that is a peak example of the style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 340 ml bottle into a snifter. A five and eight are notched into the label in some sort of date code. Reviewed from notes dated October 24, 2013.

A-The pour is thick and heavy with about one and one-half fingers of medium-brown foam to start. Retention is decent; at over two minutes there is still a thick cap. A bit of lace clings to the glass. The brew is inky black. Good-looking stuff.

S-The smell is, as you might expect, coffee-forward with nice roasty, semi-sweet chocolate scents, too. Unlike some coffee beers, I detect more beans than brewed coffee here, which adds to the roast flavors and reduces the bitterness. In addition to the coffee, I smell a bit of anise and dark berry fruit, like blueberry.

T-The taste is smooth, creamy, and rich. I taste milk and dark chocolate, brewed coffee, cocoa, and a bit of vanilla. I also taste some of the licorice flavor I smelled. It is not as intense as I had hoped, but not a bad brew by any stretch.

M-The feel is thick, substantial, and carbonation is low. Hearty and excellent for the style.

O-This is a very good beer, but perhaps because my expectations for this brew were high, I felt a bit let-down. The coffee flavors are nice, but a bit dull and metallic when compared against the best of the style. On the other hand, the balance between coffee and beer is nice and unlike some beers, you don't feel like your drinking charred, bitter coffee grounds.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.4 out of 5 based on 5,119 ratings.
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