Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

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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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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Photo of tonyf55
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the new Beer Revolution here in Calgary. Served in a 12oz pockal.

Visual (4.5): Dark, dark, dark brown with an espresso froth head. The head is extremely creamy looking with tight bubbles that just sit beautifully atop the midnight beer. Perfect lacing coats the interior of the glass.

Aroma (5): Sweet chocolate espresso grind that intermingles with the smell of alcohol. A perfect blend that entices the nose before the beer touches your lips.

Taste (4.5): Roasted coffee malt flavour and the sweetness of dark chocolate. The coffee malt flavour dominates as it should and sticks in the mouth and throat after the swallow. Whatever slight hop they used, is used beautifully as the savoury malt coffee is perfectly balanced with a touch of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel (5): In a few words, perfectly fitting. The creamiest beer I've ever had, with a coffee grind roughness that beautifully emulates the style. The thick, chewy body more than anything screams "coffee stout". Strangely enough though, doesn't leave an alcoholic lingering.

Overall (5): Exactly what you would want and expect in an Imperial Coffee stout: stark coffee malt flavour, a touch of dark chocolate, an amazingly creamy mouthfeel and a coffee grind aftertaste all tied up with nice hop balancing, alcoholic touches, and a dark dark body. Couldn't ask for better.

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Photo of will1256
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A late rising head about a finger thick very fluffy tan that fell into a nice collar. Left nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted coffee beans with roasted nutty note. Nice subtle chocolate witha tart black cherry note. Nice balance, not overpowered by the coffee.

T - Suprised by the amount of chocolate upfront. Nice and light in flavor, with nice sweetness of vanilla. Then the nice expresso comes forth... I WOULD DRINK THIS EVERY MORNING INSTEAD OF MY COFFEE IF I COULD!!! Nice blance and finished with a nice smokey roast flavor. No hint of the 9.5% alchohol.

M - Medium bodied, not as thick as it looks and definately far smoother than I envisioned. Very well balanced flavors with no alchohol taste. A thin grittiness left in your mouth to finish, ground coffee beans???

D - WOW! stumbled across a bottle of this... where can I get more!! Very well done!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice, dark tan 2 finger head

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, bit of vanilla and dark fruits

T: Coffee-lots of it, roasted malts, bit of chocolate and vanilla, alcohol at end

M: Medium body, thick and creamy, carbonation is there

O: Good stuff, above average coffee stout, going to get some more soon

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Photo of BPudd
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeavNH
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of herrorara
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kpattonunc
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of time4abeer
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour, head releases tons of coffee into my nostrils. Nose is surprisingly fruity with an abundance of roasted malt, coffee, and just the right amount of booze.

Taste holds malty sweetness mixed with bItter coffee. Hops show up at the end as the beer descends with the perfect amount of alcoholic warmth. Great balance here!

A full bodied, creamy brew. Love the mouthfeel. I should drink this more often.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, opaque color with a small brown head which leaves some lacing in the glass.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, grapes, raisins, finish on herbal tones, fresh hops.

T: Coffee, sweet malts, milk chocolate. Bitter aftertaste. Alcohol becoming perceptible while warming up.

M: Medium bodied, a bit oily.

O: A big coffee stout, strong, rich, warming.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Adamdc
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Half a finger of fine brown head. Some lace, opaque dark brown.

Aroma is rich with coffee, almost spicy, plenty of cocoa character.

Spicy coffee, incredibly rich, but becoming incredibly bitter for a coffee stout-- the bitterness comes from the beans, not the hops though. Black coffee, basically.

Mouthfeel is sublime-- the standout of this beer maybe. When you swish it in your mouth, it becomes magnificently thick.

This is a good coffee stout, but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option in Chicago.

A- Pours jet black with a finger of creamy coffee colored head.

S- Smells exactly like an iced coffee, some nice creamy dark chocolate in the back.

T- Coffee. I mean loads of it. The coffee flavor tastes most like raw, unroasted beans, which blends with some roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Light milk and vanilla flavors as well. The malt provides a bit of bitter flavor but hop presence is minimal.

M- Medium to full bodied, has a nice smooth creamy feel, carbonation is moderate to light.

O- A really great stout, one of the best coffee flavored stouts I've had, it really packs in the coffee flavor, I think I liked it a bit better from the bottle, but this is still an amazing beer.

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Photo of garuda
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a tan head that retains for an absurd amount of time with nice lacing.

Robust mocha aroma follows in the taste along with layers of milk and dark chocolate. Some hints of candied plum with clean, fresh roasted coffee coming through strong in the finish. Full, hefty body with a low carbonation level makes it velvety smooth across the palate. Some tastes of chocolate milk come out as it warms with the abv staying well hidden.

O - Exceeded my expectations, this was a fabulous coffee stout. Seek it out if that's your thing.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, thick, and still. Head is light tan and dwindles in short order to a thin cap. Spotty lacing. Almost black, but some dark brown sneaks out when held to direct light.

Smell: Roasted malts with some burnt notes. Coffee on the back runs from day old to oily and fresh. It's like sticking your nose in a bag of unground espresso beans. Bitter chocolate and some almost bready malts. Some lingering sweetness. Rich, creamy chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts. Milk chocolate with a touch of burn malt to give it character. Sweetness plays through the back. So very roasted. Coffee is unrelenting, but never overbearing. Lingering alcohol heat mixes with hints of dark fruit and a deep bready malt base.

Mouthfeel: Nice and moderate. Borders on full at times. Touch dry from the alcohol. Smooth as can be.

Overall: A solid take on the coffee-infused stout. Very nice malt profile and a high drinkability. I always keep one of these in the fridge.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,232 ratings