Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

5,118 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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Jan 2012, purchased from beerstore.com.au. This particular bottle is a bit battered (small worrying chip in the bottom), so drinking this one first.

Appearance: Rough jet-black pour produces an inch-thick head which eventually dies down to nothing, leaving no lacing to speak of. Dark and intimidating.

Smell: Acrid black espresso, maybe some chocolate hints.

Taste: Big, bitter, espresso. Bitter, black coffee aftertaste, again with hints of dark chocolate. At first seems like many other coffee stouts, before revealing a depth that I have never before experienced in a coffee beer. Lingering espresso.

Mouthfeel: Lowish carbonation makes it very creamy. Kinda oily maybe? But it works.

A definite sipper, this is certainly an excellent beer, and a must-try. Sharp coffee bitterness is balanced out excellently by the creamy texture. The 9.5% is only evident once you finish the bottle.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ruizjoseph for this one!

A: beautiful dark black with slight brown around the edges and a one finger dark khaki head with decent retention.

S: coffee, sweetness, roasted malt, and some more coffee.

T: more bitter than I thought, with some hops and some chocolate and roasted malt flavor along with the huge coffee taste.

M: equal amounts carbonation and thickness, with neither overdone.

O: solid beer with a fantastic smell. Would have again, no doubt, but wouldn't cellar it. This 2011 version was still excellent, though, so who knows?

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of tobelerone, thanks man! Dark black, decent head that has a slight rim to it around the glass. First whiff was chocolate, subsequent aromas were all coffee, nice. The taste was strong coffee, stout, sweet chocolate, nice stuff here. I can;t believe I haven't drank this beer before, definitely one of the better coffee imperial stouts that I have had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue Tulip

black as the Abyss, coffee mousse head

smells of deep malts, black cherry, Kahlua

tastes like an espresso dessert at a fine dining restaurant, with black cherries and shaved dark chocolate, nice bite from the alcohol. not what I expected from reading the reviews, not as much of a strong coffee/espresso as it is a refined, dare I say dopplebock-ish imperial stout. the mouthfeel is perfect: creamy and complex.

They should have beers like this at '4/5 Star' Restaurants. I frequent high end, creative restaurants and its surprising how people with lots of money will spend on quality for everything but beer! this would pair well with Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse Cake. Perfect on it's own.

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

Poured from tap at the Brewery into tulip.
Pours an oily deep black/brown. Tan color head with stick oily bits stuck in the lacing. Fantastic aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is great, smooth chocolate coffee roasted malts, dried fruit, and boozey. A bit bitter hop, but otherwise very very drinkable. Such a fantastic brew and lucky to have on tap at the source. Deff a world class brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. no freshness date. thanks to jwale73 for this one.

a- pours a pitch black color. has about half an inch of beige, foamy head. a few tiny bubbles rise quickly to the top. leaves behind creamy lacing.

s- coffee hit me as soon as the cap fell off. Loads of coffee, a nice licorice smell, milk chocolate, and a roastedness/ashyness similar to the founders imperial stout.

t- like it smells. coffee hits at first, then bitter chocolate follows. no sweetness in this one. it doesn't hide the alcohol. and it's definitely got an alcohol burn.

m- creamy, creamy, super creamy. perfect.

o- awesome beer. i want more of it! this is up there with wake-n-bake and fbs.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have anticipating this beer for a long, long time; and now the wait is over, thanks to InternetWines.com. I’m a lucky guy to have found this…

Brewed over a year before the date of this tasting; Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has an unquestionable tick-mark system on the label, noting that it was bottled in April 2011.

A: Pitch black with a wonderfully creamy head, with a tan silkiness that gets to about an inch or so; it shines in the light, like soap bubbles in the sun. Sandy, nearly transparent retention, with lacing of light spottiness.

S: Enormously fragrant, incredible! Cocoa, raisin, plum, cherries jubilee, and tons of caramel taffy rise up as a thick, powdery background of malt, which is quite unique as far as stouts go. The coffee is very distinct, yet mild: subtle roasts, dark fruits, candi syrups, maple syrup, and molasses-rich whiskey scents are mixed in with it. All these notes sweep over the body as a bastion of dry woodiness and complexity, an excellent coffee stout showing.

T: A bitter coffee stout, roasted and rich with coffee and hops: burnt toast, smoked leather, rye spice, pine sap, citrus, and dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. It’s a rich and complex roasted flavor; my favorite. It has a unique sweetness to it, like a yogurt-covered pretzel or a Charleston Chew, with an overall flavor of vanilla bean, baked plums, and oaky toffee liqueur. Bottle-conditioned yeast is a cinnamon-breadiness, peat, and some herbaceous sage. Dry and smoked in the finish, this aftertaste is peppery and bold.

M: This stout’s nothing but milkiness and silky smoothness in feel. Perfectly drinkable, this is a stout of superb texture.

O: One of the world’s greatest coffee stouts, hands down. I can’t even imagine what this would be like fresh, with the fair-trade coffee just busting out of the seams at every opportunity. A year may have been too long to age, but this is a ridiculously good stout even after 13 months; what a beer.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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