Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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 PDXAmbassador
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, not overly thick, with good head retention.
Smell is dark! French roast coffee and bittersweet cocoa.
Taste follows the nose. Heavy on darker roasty flavors, almost smokey at times. Lingering bitterness. Very nice! Enough sweetness but definitely not a sweet thick beer, with a bitter finish that balances the sweet alcohol.. Rather European in execution, and a good example of that approach.

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Photo of Easton70
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coffee Matchsticks. When I was a kid in the 70's there were after dinner chocolates called Matchsticks. They were thin sticks of dark chocolate in 3 flavours: mint, orange and coffee. This beer smells exactly like I remember the coffee Matchsticks tasting like.

The taste is a boozy version of coffee Matchsticks.....that's it. Awesome

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick with a Bit of light coming through the edges. Smell is coffe and chocolate. Very pronounced. Taste follows the smell with a bitter back end; pleasant. Pretty carbonated for the style as there is a 1/4" thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass that remains throughout. Medium heavy body. Overall a great coffee stout.

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Photo of GeeL
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A coffee stout with a lot of complex flavor but not over the top coffee-ness.
A great go-to example of the style if you're curious, and if you can track it down.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick and black with about 1 finger of head that slowly dissipates, leaving lacing on the glass. The smell is tons of roasted coffee; somewhat overpowering if you're looking for more, but for coffee lovers, this hits the spot. The taste is much like the description. It is a very bitter coffee as opposed to the normal sweet coffee stouts. This is only about 6 months old, and I could see it developing with time. The feel is a bit thin compared to what it poured like.

It is a pretty refreshing take on the coffee stout. It is well balanced between the sweet and bitter -- it reminds you that you're still drinking a beer.

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

Pours black, thick tan head. Roasty, bitter, chocolate on the nose. Taste was amazing, roasty coffee and chocolate, sweet and balanced. Nice bitter finish. One of the best.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very black with a tan head. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasted chocolate and sweet malts. Taste is roasty with coffee being the overwhelming flavor. Maybe a little sweet malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, but not as creamy as I like for big stouts. Overall, a very good beer and I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of braker649er
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to glass in Quebec City hotel. Warming up after being outside on a cool, windy evening.

The bottle was from a small depayssant. Bottled in May. Drank it in July.

The smell was this beer's highlight for me. Very much enjoyed and appreciated this beer. I especially liked the rich oatlike scent that intermingled with the coffee (or was it just grainy coffee). I was impressed.

I wasn't overwhelmed, however. There is high praise for this beer, and I just wonder if others like it have come along since its initial release. That said, I felt the espresso scent and flavor were unique, rich and complex. Wholly worthwhile.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz screw cap (!) served between a pair of Georgetown samplers.

Pours black with no head and little carbonation. Smell is coffee, licorice, toffee, more licorice.

Taste is so much softer than I expected. I expected an in-your-face dark beer assault, but instead I got a sneaky dark beer infiltration perpetrated by my best friend. Velvety, chocolate, black licorice, sweetened coffee, hints of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, very good beer, happy that I finally got to try it.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 4 pack for about $15 can. Tasted by itself. Should pair well with anything that has balsamic vinegar. Also dark chocolate cake.
Looks like a stout, totally opaque almost black with a medium brown foamy head that melts to a 1/2 in. ring. Some sticky lacing.
Smells like a cold espresso. Also hot chocolate.
Tastes like a heavenly mix of chocolate, strong coffee, toasted malts and dark ale. Very sweet and alcoholic but still so easy to want to empty the glass... and open another.
It goes down so smooth it is sinful.The after taste is quite bitter but just requires you to take another sip.
There is nothing bad I could say about this. Not something to drink in quantity on a summer afternoon maybe.
But if you can find it, try it. I love this style of beer and Péché Mortel is one of the best ones I have tried.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! bought it in a single bottle for 2,79$

Look: Dark with a ruby color on the edges. No head at all.

Smell: Very malty, coffee, chocolate, roast malt,

Taste: Dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, roast malt, cacao, caramel.

Feel: The alcohol burn is present, but the flavor stays.

So overall would I recommend it? Yes, this is a very well made beer that you can definitely enjoy but no more than 2 bottles in 1 day.

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Photo of tlema1
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: black, with a thin tan lacing head
S: coffee and roasted malts
T: roasty, tons of coffee, alcohol
F: creamy and smooth, full bodied, great mouthfeel
O: world-class coffee Imperial Stout

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Photo of EMH73
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch light brown head. Smell is dominated by coffee which only intensifies as the beer warms with notes of chocolate and roasted malts. As with the smell the coffee flavor intensifies as the beer warms, notes of dark chocolate and charred malts. Finishes with a short lasting bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied with light carbonation. Excellent coffee stout.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Coffee, lots of coffee and roast on the nose with a little chocolate; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with coffee, pretty much lots of coffee.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/2016:
Pours a deep brown, obviously not but close to black. Head grew medium on a medium soft pour. Supernova of bubbles remain on the surface for a while. Medium ring of tan head also, sheets of lacing.

Nose is a bit light on strong roasted coffee (not sure if 5 months matter). However, the aroma of malts I do get lean towards coffee. There's a nutty roastiness, as well as a hint of chocolate. With warmth, the smell becomes a bit more like a diner coffee - definite coffee aroma, but not a deep profile.

First off, this is a wonderful stout. A nice little bit of char atop a classic dark roasted malt profile. Coffee is detectable but isn't the main component in this pour. I actually get a little chocolate in the taste as well, the net result is more like a lightly flavored mocha.

There is a roasted bitterness that isolated comes off a little hay-like. The beer rolls over the tongue easily, leaving a little charred note at the back of the tongue in rememberence. If I let the beer sit for just a second, it actually seems to add a little silkiness to the feel. Little more than medium boldness, but seems less heavy than that might indicate.

A wonderful stout, for sure. I wish the coffee were a little bolder from a "coffee stout" standpoint, but cannot deny how well made the beer itself is.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 9.5% imperial stout pours a pitch black color with a fairly small creamy tan head. The smell is fairly strong and is predominantly a delicious roast coffee scent. The flavor is really excellent roast espresso all the way with a little bit of dark chocolate. It’s very creamy and rich with a nice smooth finish that lingers a little bit, but isn’t at all cloying. The body is not surprisingly heavy, but I have tried stouts that were a little heavier. It’s a really amazing coffee stout. The only thing that would keep it from being at the very top of the imperial stouts category is that it’s a little one dimensional with respect to flavor though I have to say it is amazingly delicious nonetheless. It’s rightfully very well rated in my opinion.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.39/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance- Pitch black color with thin khaki colored head.

aroma-Roasted malts, rich coffee, and dark chocolate.

taste- Starts off with incredibly bitter coffee, some dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Finishes with bitter coffee that borders on being astringent. Very little sweetness and noticeably lacks balance.

feel- Medium/full body, low carbonation, bitter, dry, and not easy to drink.

overall- Big disappointment here. I'm a big fan of coffee stouts, but this is too bitter and lacks balance. The coffee flavors are solid but its like drinking straight black coffee.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black color with a off tan head and a little bit of lacing.

S: Lots of coffee, Roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate. Very inviting aroma.

T: Lots of coffee, vanilla and chocolate, a little bit of smoke, a strong coffee bitterness to finish. Wonderfully tasty.

F: Smooth mouthfeel, with lower carbonation.

O: An absolutely amazing stout.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black color with minimal mocha head. Aroma is rich roasted espresso and malts. Flavor is espresso and roasted malts, also get some chocolate. Has a rich smooth mouthfeel and overall this one is really good.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as sin and oily. Thick pillowy coffee brown head that slowly dissipates eventually leaving only a lacing on the glass and a thick foamy ring around the outside of the beer.

Smell is rich bitter coffee grinds and roasted malts. Not a ton of complexity, but it smells really good.

Taste is initially masked by slight carbonation, but as the tingle wears off you get this rich array of chocolate, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and roasted malts before giving way to a bitter espresso finish. Really a phenomenal array of flavors. Dark, rich, and roasty.

Feel is initially medium carbonation providing a slight tingle on the tongue. The stout is thick, buttery smooth, velvety and very nice. Great heft on this one.

Overall an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. I don't feel like this is a coffee stout as much as an imperial stout that uses coffee to produce a rich roasted bitterness. Really good. I will certainly be revisiting this one again in the future.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a foamy, creme head. Head retention is strong, with fantastic lacing left behind. Big notes of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Almost like walking into a coffee shop. A little bit of toffee in there as well. Taste is very much coffee forward - which itself is done well. The coffee doesn't taste charred, burnt, or over-roasted. Roasted malts and toffee fill out the rest of the flavor profile. Mouth feel is bold, thick, creamy, and mouth coating. Absolutely delightful. Not picking up any grainy-ness. Overall, a sublime coffee beer. Simply put: it must be tried. It was one of my first coffee beers when I got into craft, and revisiting it a year later I'm picking up more subtle flavors. Such a delightful brew.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass; a tragic flaw but the only . Dark, rich color with little carbonation and a half finger of caramel colored head. Rich tones of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate are apparent and the first taste does not disappoint! Roasted Expresso coffee on the front gives way to malts and hint of chocolate. This is not as full-bodied as expected; very enjoyable. Truly a beer to be savored.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thin tan head that leaves light lacing.

Wow. Intense aroma. Coffee and smokiness are the big players. Some hints of chocolate too.

Follows the nose to a T. The coffee is the prominent flavor. Dark roast or espresso. Big, bold flavor. The smokiness is well-done. The best use of it that Ican recall in a beer, but I don't tend to like smokiness so take that for what it's worth.

Mouthfeel- Medium feel with light carbonation.

Overall- This is an intense stout. If you like coffee stouts, you need to try this one. Normally I don't care for smokiness in my beers but this one pulls it off.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black on the verge of brown w/ a half finger mocha head, light lacing
AR: Coffee, chocolate, smoky malt, a hint of habeñero-esque spiciness
T: Follows nose, smoky malt, a slight sweetness on the finish, light lingering tannic bitterness
M: Decent carbonation, on the thinner side, oily

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Photo of MJSFS
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black with not much head or lacing, but considerable alcohol legs. Coffee and lactose are heavy on the nose, with an alcohol background. The taste is coffee up front with a chocolate sweetness to follow, and a burnt malt bitter finish. The mouthfeel is velvet, and it coats the palate. A very enjoyable coffee stout experience, but a bit overpriced when considering the vast number of cheaper alternatives. With that said, I'd really like to try the BBA variant.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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