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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 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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Photo of Nerd_Diamond
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

341ml 9.5% ABV bottle picked up locally, Mile End, Montreal. Bottled on 11/10/2015 16:54 LOT: 110

Appearance: Jet black with a tan head that quickly disperses, but leaves behind some nice spotted lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malts dominate. A whisper of sweet vanilla and alcohol dissipates behind.

Taste: Explosive savory coffee flavors overwhelm at first. Mid pallet is more coffee accompanied by burnt dark chocolate, sweet roasted malts, and almonds. Beer is incredibly well balanced in terms of sweetness, and hop bitterness that results in a lot of play among the subtle, and dominant flavors that are trying to assert themselves. Finish is slightly dry, with a pleasant muted sour espresso tang. The remnants of the last sip will linger, throughout.

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, but chewy and smooth, just the same. Low carbonation.

Overall: Deceptively drinkable at 9.5% ABV. No doubt one of the greatest representations of the coffee stout style, and a benchmark for others looking to create their own imperial stout expression.

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

Poured from a 11oz bottle. Good beer with a very strong coffee flavor and aroma. One of the better Canadian beers I have had the pleasure of trying. Indeed a mortal sin!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of all the beers I've had of this ilk (and that's quite a few), this is probably the most coffee-forward of the group. Impressive, since it appears to have been bottled a year ago, though perhaps the label-notches are off by a year...?

As black as black can be with a heavy body and low carbonation, this bad boy immediately blasts bitter coffee flavors into your nostrils, over your tongue, down your palate, and lingers on the back of your throat for...451 characters so far. As the label suggests, it's one to enjoy slowly, and a bit more chilled than I'd normally put an imperial stout. Feels just right, and not too slick or oily. A bit more head would have been nice, though honestly, this one has plenty of aroma anyway.

There are some notes of oatmeal, roasted malts with a hint of smoked porter-like flavor, but this is really first and foremost a coffee stout. I personally prefer a bit more balance, so being subjective here, I can't say I like it as much as Founders Breakfast Stout, Avery Tweak, or Hardywood Sidamo, for example, but if you want in-your-face bitter coffee stout with a gnarly kick and plenty of heat, this is the way to go!

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Photo of kitch
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 341ml bottle with a bottled on date of 13th August 2015 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark brown, near black colour with a less than one finger tanned head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves nice small spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong coffee, espresso, sweet black cherry and vanilla, roasty malts and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Very nice coffee, roastiness, lightly charred with a finish that is a lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth velvety, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Very nice coffee stout that I could drink again and again. Will definitely age a few bottles since it does suggest that on the back label. Would also love to try a barrel-aged version of this bad boy.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really great looking beer. Near motor oil black pour, not too thick. Slightly red hue in light. Foamy head that doesn't go anywhere with excellent lacing.

Smell is coffee foward, slight cherry and dark fruit presence. Bitter chocolate. Leather.

Consistent with smell. Coffee, espresso, and bitter chocolate. Dark fruits is very subtle, slight cherry and raisin. Slight charred oak.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, very velvety. Finishes bitter but far from boozy.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

BBD 01/18. Pours dark as Satan's heart. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of rich roast, strong coffee, chocolate and a solid malt base with caramel.

Perfectly smooth and creamy full body, but done with an artful brewers light touch. World class carbonation with an effervescent middle and a prickly punch in the finish that tickles the tongue. The carbonation/body balance is a masterpiece.

The flavor profile is high end world class. The balance of this beer is a masterpiece. The complex flavor profile arrives in a blended fashion then slowly separates. The intensity of each flavor is so perfectly balanced that none can dominate, yet all arrive for their moment of glory but never completely fall from the palate. Underneath is a rich malt sweetness that accelerates in intensity and peaks at the finish in a rich caramel blast. The more assertive flavors arrive first (coffee, roast) then taper to the moderate flavors (chocolate, anise). The middle is slightly bitter from roast, coffee and hops plus a touch of char. As the finish approaches, the char aspect fades into smoke like a ghost fading away. The 9% alcohol remains completely covered but gives itself away in the dry finish, which is quite a difficult brewing task. The finish lingers with shifting flavor sensations that encompass the full range of complexity. This is the beer that all stouts should be measured against. It simply, is the best.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to haze atop the liquid. Smell is big roasty coffee, dark chocolate notes, well done toast. Taste is big clean coffee, roasty malt, a hint of char. Texture is smooth and soft, though a bit softer would make this perfection. Amazing coffee stout. I would love a barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours nearly perfect black with faintly glittering cola edges and a thin cap of brown head that leaves melting ice palace lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh ground coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, black cherry, new leather, cigar box, and faint earthy hops.

Tastes like coffee should taste. Dark roasted coffee with some cream, toasted brown sugar, nutty dark chocolate, dried black cherry, mild sweet licorice and more earthy green hops.

Feels creamy and fluffy. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes long and bitter.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. If you like beer and coffee, you should submerge yourself in this as soon as possible.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark brown/black opaque colored been with a mocha head that sticks reasonably
S- coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, cream, dark roasty malts
T- same as smell - coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, cream, dark roasty malts
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste roasty malts and coffee
O - damn fine beer.

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Photo of strohme2
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Longtime want. Velvet smooth mouthfeel, some smoke and char initially, chocolate and light coffee, roasted malts and bitter earthy hop finish. Excellent

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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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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.39 out of 5 based on 5,004 ratings.
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