Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

1,812 Reviews
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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Photo of Tilly
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P: Black with a tanned foamy head. Lacing is phenomenal. Sides, beer surface.
A: Dark roasted coffee grounds, semi sweet cocoa, toffee
T: Much the same as the aroma buy the taste is better. Dominant roasted coffee.
M,: Definitely a full bodied brew. Chewy. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly syrupy.
O: A delicious coffee stout. Makes one proud to be Canadian.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - black, think head
S - nice coffee and chocolate
T - smooth with no bitterness at all, again dominated by very strong coffee and also chocolate flavors
F - nice thick mouthfeel
0 - very good malt dominate coffee stout

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Weird bottling date so i have no clue how old.

Appearance: Great label art; not a fan of the twist off bottle though. Poured medium thickness with a firm tan head that appeared creamy. Black as night with no light passing through.

Nose: massive coffee hit, chocolate, bakers cocoa, deep roasted malt, complex

Taste: coffee, smooth, complex, chocolate, coffee, coffee, slightly boozy, slick mouthfeel, some dark fruits and sweetness, delicious

Overall: real treat here. I've been waiting to try this one and it does not disappoint. I wish the bottling dates were better. Mine seems to indicate 01/2002 but that can not be true. I think I'll drink the other one I bought soon. It's too good to cellar and I think the coffee will drop out. Wonderful.

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Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a tall tan head (milk in coffee). The aroma is rich...full of coffee, roasted grain, smoke, and dark fruit (figs?). The taste is equally intense...with chocolate, espresso, bitterness, and semi-dry. The beer is thick, with a hefty satisfying mouthfeel. Lingering bitter finish. This is a great brew.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One amazing coffee stout. Even its head tastes good. Now how many beer has that distinction?
A remarkable brew that should be sold everywhere. One of the best on the market.
The only problem is that I can't get the taste out of my head and have a constant yearning for it.

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Photo of BSanch8
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/15. About a year old.

Dark black pour, light creamy head. Deep coffee aroma, some cocoa. Taste is the same and very smooth. Coffee was still very present after a year. Just a great coffee stout.

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Photo of LordSMAF
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite stout of all-time. Enjoyed at the brewery in Montreal.

Great coffee and chocolate aroma. Tastes of the same with a bit of earthiness. Smooth and full-bodied.

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Photo of eifster82
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into mini-snifter.

This surprised me, which is maybe some of the reason for the higher score. Pour isn't exactly motor oil black but it's nice and dark. Smell is very surprising in a positive way! First whiff reminded me of a 2 year cellared BCBCS '13. Taste is also full of coffee abundance. The one thing that does trial a bit behind the look, smell, and taste is the mouth feel. Not quite full bodied from what the initial impression would be, but by no mean 'light' or anything like that. Very smooth. No hint of alcohol or booziness.

Overall a very good IS with coffee! I would gladly get this without any hesitation.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, notched at 4 and 15. After a few year hiatus from distribution to my area, Dieu du Ciel! is back! I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this sitting on the shelf. I had it once, probably 6 years ago and have wanted more ever since.
A - black body with a creamy coffee colored head
S - rich coffee aroma with some roasted barley and baker's chocolate
T - nice blend of dark cocoa, bold coffee, roasted barley, earthy hops
M - velvety smooth, full bodied, finishes more sweet than bitter with dark chocolate lingering
O - just as great as I remember it being. Definitely upper echelon of coffee beers. This one is done right!

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Photo of GregA135
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first beer from this brewery and what an excellent Imperial Stout! I loved this brew! As you opened the bottle you can really smell the coffee, along with a hint of roasted nuts. Smooth and great coffee taste! Very easy to drink, definitely need to visit this brewery!

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: deep, dark brown - almost black with a slight red tinge coming through when holding the glass up to the light. About a finger of dark khaki head that seems to leave a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S: instantly hit with a ton of dark roasted coffee beans, a little sweetness, some milk chocolate, toasted malt.

T: like a creamy cup of black coffee with some cocoa powder. Really nice silky taste that leaves you satisfied after every sip.

M: nice medium mouthfeel; like velvet.

Overall, glad I was able to try this highly rated beer. Excellent coffee stout - need more!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a dark, almost tar color with a light tan fizzy head. The head is barely there and gone as quickly as it arrived. The nose is 100% espresso as is the taste. Coffee infused at it's best!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Carley, via Kristina.

A: Deep dark black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Coffee heaven. A smoky, roasty bitterness mixed in with bittersweet chocolate.

T: Follows nose with tons of roasted bitter coffee and semi sweet chocolate. A tad of vanilla and rye is thrown in for good measure. As it warms, the tastes intensify.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: What a stout! This is one of the best coffee stouts made. Glad I finally got to try it. Share with friends and enjoy the buzz.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to goblet. Look: oily black pour, small head. Thick looking stout. Aroma : strong coffee, smoke. Coffee is a very dark aromatic. Taste is Dark coffee, deep roasted malt and roasted coffee beans....almost burnt, but enough sugars to keep it smooth. Dark chocolate. Deep down are some dark fruits and nutty flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the coffee. Feel is thick but light, minimal carbonation. Very tasty. Would love to try the bourbon barrel aged version.
Bottle (01/20/15) to goblet.

At 23 months, this still has quite a coffee kick. Impressive.


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Photo of jcflorian
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally was able to track this down able long time trying to obtain this. Pours a jet black with light toffee colored head. Smell was amazing. Coffee, chocolate flavors abound. Taste while very solid slightly underwhelmed. Mouthful lighter than I expected but still appropriate for a stout.

While I was slightly disappointed in the taste, this is still a rock solid coffee stout. Just slight notch below victory at sea ( I know it's a porter) and bourbon county coffee. Not in same league as good morning though . That beer is in a class of its own

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Photo of Myotus
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from an 11.5oz bottle (I couldn't decipher the bottling date even after looking into it. My bottle has a notched 1 on the left set of numbers and 0 and 2 notched on the right set of numbers. I highly doubt that this bottle traded to me is from January of 2002) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on 03Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam. At 15 seconds, the foam changes color to khaki, but remains the same in height. Finally after 2 minutes and 5 seconds, the foam head halves itself. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a massive amount of very small rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and mainly thin with a few parts being thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of bitter roasted malts and coffee entangle with mild aromas of smoked goodness, black cherries, plums, and sweet chocolate along with subtle aromas of vanilla. A mild spicy and sour aroma similar to rye is also present.
TASTE: Strong coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate. Strong smokey flavors and subtle sweet chocolate flavors immediately follow. Mild vanilla and spicy/sour rye-like flavors continue the taste symphony. Subtle flavors of black cherries and plums enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for vanilla, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: Although this was very bitter, it was balanced out well by the coffee and vanilla. I would of liked to have tasted more chocolate and less smokiness. I love smoked flavors as much as the next guy, but they are not the best combination with the bitterness from the roasted malts in my opinion.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with about a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates to the edges slowly. The smell is coffee, chocolate, and a bit of booze. The taste is roasted coffee and malt with a good amount of chocolate. The feel is very thick almost chewy but very smooth. This is wonderful beer and I can see why it is rated the way it is. I will be getting another bottle.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a tulip glass. Nearly black brown color with 1 finger of thick tan head. Nose is strong in roasty notes and subtle coffee. More coffee comes through in the taste, one of the best coffee stouts I've had! Good body and mouthfeel, with a slight bite on the finish. My first and definitely not the last trip with this beer, damn good!

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Photo of LAp
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an opaque black with a half finger mocha head. Nose is bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, with an almost peppery bite. Hints of black cherry linger here too. The palate opens with a peppery, bitter dark chocolate note, that sweetens as it lingers. As the beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes moderately more noticeable, and elements of oak become more prominent. Mouthfeel is medium with minimal carbonation - thickens slightly as the beer warms. Overall, an outstanding, subtle imperial stout. Stays away from the sweetness of the big American Imp Stouts and focuses much more heavily on exploring the bitter and roasted side of this style. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a tan head , nice roasted coffee aroma. Really nice semi bitter coffee/chocolate flavor with a medium mouth feel/slighty sticky.The coffee is nicely done/not over the top. Not overly complex, just simply wonderful to drink. The 9.5 abv is barely detected. Highly recommend for flavor and availability. If you like coffee stouts, this is one to try without scouring the globe trying to find the super hyped, you know the one I speak of.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottled july '15
jet black, sweet-sweet coffee nose, taste of liquid dark chocolate with a noticeable bitterness from coffee, which plays off the chocolate, making the dark chocolate "sweet" by comparison, so I get the odd sensation of "sweet dark chocolate" - impressed. Mouthfeel is incredible - off the charts smooth for a medium-bodied beer whose taste would make you expect "heaviness", yet it drinks like a standard stout. Beautiful simplicity here.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into my Dieu du Ciel teku glass. Body is pitch black, light brown bubbles that spend little time on the surface before dissipating. Minimal lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Excellent balance between the two. Taste matches the aroma. The flavors get brighter as the beer warms.

Edit, drinking 9 months from purchase, and it developed beautifully. When I first had it, it was a nice imperial stout but it didn't blow me away. Now it's fantastic. A nice smokiness now, coffee is still very forward but pleasant

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Photo of whatthehull
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass from an 11.5 oz bottle

A - A deep red/brown with one finger tan head and some sugar lacing

S - Acidic coffee, manure, soil, earthy hops, toasted/roasted everything, peat, sweet malts, dry grains, dark chocolate, rich tobacco, vanilla, anise, booze, smoke, wood and more coffee.

T - Huge smoke, peat, vanilla, coffee, booze, roasted grains/malts, sugar, anise, soil, tons of earth

M - Full bodied, nice balance, awesome complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a crazy coffee and booze finish

D/O - Really nice. The coffee is huge but tastes completely natural. While some coffee stouts have a somewhat synthetic taste behind the coffee, this one here is very nice and tastes just like you think it should. The taste profiles nearly eclipse an over the top effort but in the best of ways. Really well done and perfect for anytime of year -- especially the winter season. Start a fire, crack one of these and get that roast into the oven. Awesome.

Final Thoughts - Not sure of the price as it was a gift but the almost 10% ABV is awesome. Grab one to enjoy and one to age -- it won't disappoint.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body, medium brown head, striated levels of lace. Fresh robust coffee notes, complete with mild dark fruit and semi-sharp acidity, suggesting it was minimally roasted, rounded by well-roasted malt. The flavor is also sharp with coffee, accentuated by hops, bringing almost to a soy sauce level, but brought back from the brink by chocolaty roasted malt. Heavily coffee-dominated, yet still firmly in the beer department. Long finish is dry and bitter. Medium body, supple, perfectly inconspicuous carbonation that still livens it up.
Awesome expression of the coffee which definitely took the lead, to the point where it could replace an actual cup of joe. It was minimally roasted to give it a huge flavor profile, and supported by simple but well made roasted malt. Bordering on too acidic for my taste, but it was still firmly on the delicious side of things.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fine coffee stout. Pours a viscous, darkest night of the soul dark with nary a sliver of light. Generous, mocha tinted creamy head. It is a seriously beautiful sight. The aroma tells you this is going to be a big coffee forward beer and the nose does not disappoint. There is a sweet note to balance out the coffee bitterness. Full mouthfeel yet not cloying or sticky. Some dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Fantastic.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.39 out of 5 based on 5,023 ratings.
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