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Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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
Ranking:
#221
Reviews:
1,845
Ratings:
5,148
pDev:
8.39%
Bros Score:
4.97
 
 
Wants:
656
Gots:
926
Trade:
70
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Ratings: 5,148 |  Reviews: 1,845
Photo of aorloski
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Vierenner
3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
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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Photo of havok1024
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of hurfer
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,148 ratings
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