Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

BA SCORE
97
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5,128 Ratings
Péché MortelPéché Mortel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,128
Reviews:
1,843
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
Wants:
651
Gots:
919
For Trade:
71
User Ratings & Reviews
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown glass bottle with twist off cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of wonderful cream lacing, great thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Coffee, caramel, oak (?), mocha, and some smoke. Maybe some roast. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy coffee, with some mocha and cream about the climax. Very intricately subtle, if a bit simple. Caramel and light roast are also pleasant. Nicely layered. Its strength is its subtlety.

Mf: Smooth, wet, silky, velvety, and above all else delightfully creamy. Complements the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV, resembling a good cup of mocha coffee. I like it a lot, and it's fairly priced in New York (where the bottle was acquired). I'd like this on-draught (or even nitro-draught).

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12.21.14: Revisiting this gem of a beer. Bottled March 2012. Let's see how she drinks at 2.5 years.

Served cold into a Guinness goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 finger wide luscious khaki colour head. Gorgeously creamy, full, and soft-looking, with fantastic thickness and a great complexion and even consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is stunning - easily 15 minutes or more; the head remained to the last sip - what a rarity.

BODY: Opaque ink-black, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Overall, a great looking imperial stout. I have seen richer deeper heads.

AROMA: Decadent coffee with a subtle espresso-like roast, mocha and java aromatics, dark malts, milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and rich cocoa. The coffee is incredibly evocative and anything but one-dimensional, pairing beautifully with the exquisite roasted barley aromatics. It's on the sweeter side for a coffee stout, though, even evoking fudge.

No booze/alcohol, syrup, or burnt notes are present, making this a seemingly very well balanced imperial stout. Aromatic intensity is mild.

Just mouthwatering. Definitely evokes a dessert beer more than say, a breakfast stout.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The creamy flavour of this beer is easily the best of its kind I've ever tasted, and paired with the mocha makes the beer sing. The flavour profile is a teasing push-pull of its silky cream & mocha notes and its drier coarser roasted barley and coffee roast notes. The result is a damn near flawless harmony of flavour with unrivaled depth and balance. Wow.

Carbonation is perfect, and it's aptly smooth and wet. Excellent presence on the palate. One may think the coffee would fade after two and a half years, but it's luxurious - and is complemented beautifully by the sweet milk chocolate notes. The dark malt and chocolate malt foundation never tastes cloying, and ties the beer together into a gooey cohesive gestalt wonder. Incredible flavour depth. Perfect flavour intensity (moderate). The sweetness lingers into the aftertaste, coaxing the drinker into craving the next sip for the roast.

As it warms, still more flavours emerge: chocolate syrup (Hershey's comes to mind), subtle caramel, brownies, still more nuanced chocolatey notes, and marshmallow.

Intricate, subtly executed, nuanced...this is how an imperial coffee stout is done. An there's no booze, yeast, off-notes, or pesky hop character.

Its gooey s'more-like feel is just fantastic.

What a hell of a brew. Why don't I buy this more often?

OVERALL: It's turned into a real treat with age, and I'd say this just about peaks in the 2-3 year window. Easily one of the best coffee imperial stouts on the market, if not one of the best imperial stouts period. I'll definitely need to nab a bottle of the barrel aged variant. It's hard to imagine this much better. Perhaps the best Canadian-brewed beer of all time, and absolutely a must-try in the style.

High A-

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Photo of daryk77
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Appearance: Jet black, little tan head, nice head retention, nice lacing

Smell: Coffee and chocolate - chocolate malts, cocoa, nicely balanced, not too intense, nicely roasted and burnt - some vanilla - some oxidation? (this bottle is old, I found it a bit dusty in a bottle shop)

Taste: A solid combination of burnt malts and burnt coffee - a nice coffee flavor, and a nice malt profile - burnt biscuits - nicely balanced - some alcohol heat, lingers in the aftertaste - some acidity, some vanilla, some hints of dark fruits

Mouthfeel: Medium, good carbonation especially considering the age, nicely smooth

Overall: Definitely a classic

I've had the opportunity to have this a number of times, but recently I think it's been harder to find. This particular bottle I reviewed appeared to be pretty old. Regardless, it was still very good. This is a very well-rounded and balanced coffee stout. A must-try.

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Photo of jhughes23
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Vierenner
3.03/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Placed on my want list because of expected sweetness and low bitterness. However, both of these qualities were not observed. It has good mouthfeel, smells good, looks great... the taste is just an extremely bitter coffee flavor, almost like spent coffee grinds. The balance is off with this beer... especially when compared to others in this category of coffee porter/stouts.

Too bad. Was so looking forward to discovering another favorite ...

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 12-11-11

Appearance: Jet black, little tan head, nice head retention, nice lacing

Smell: Coffee and chocolate - chocolate malts, cocoa, nicely balanced, not too intense, nicely roasted and burnt - some vanilla - some oxidation? (this bottle is old, I found it a bit dusty in a bottle shop)

Taste: A solid combination of burnt malts and burnt coffee - a nice coffee flavor, and a nice malt profile - burnt biscuits - nicely balanced - some alcohol heat, lingers in the aftertaste - some acidity, some vanilla, some hints of dark fruits

Mouthfeel: Medium, good carbonation especially considering the age, nicely smooth

Overall: Definitely a classic

I've had the opportunity to have this a number of times, but recently I think it's been harder to find. This particular bottle I reviewed appeared to be pretty old. Regardless, it was still very good. This is a very well-rounded and balanced coffee stout. A must-try.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium tulip at low altitude. Imported this one from Canada myself after a trip to Montreal.

A: Pours jet black with a huge foamy mocha-colored head that sticks around for quite a while considering the level of alcohol here. Nice lacing.

S: To sum it up in a word, coffee. Also a bit of chocolate and oak notes, but this one really doesn't smell much different from a cup of espresso.

T: Coffee flavors up front followed by some floral, oaky notes and a long black coffee finish. Exactly what you might imagine when you think of a coffee stout.

M: Full-bodied and smooth, but could be just a bit creamier.

D: The alcohol doesn't come through at all on this one. It's basically like drinking a cup of tepid coffee. This one has the level of refinement that sets it in the world of imperial stouts.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.4 out of 5 based on 5,128 ratings.
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