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Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

1,792 Reviews
Péché MortelPéché Mortel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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 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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Photo of kculrich
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, dated 10/26/2015, served at cellar temperature in a tulip.

Pours outerspace black with a nice, fluffy mocha head which dies back quickly leaving a tight, sturdy ring of foam which endures to the end of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Mild. Smells of roasting coffee, and spicy, unsweetened chocolate.

Espresso and molasses, roasted cocoa nibs and orchard fruits. Barely sweet at the start, dry, with a long, strong bitter finish. A delicious residue of charred malt, vanilla, tobacco and whiskey vapors lingers long after the last sip.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and oh, so creamy.

A masterfully-executed stout, hits all the right notes for me: balanced, slightly bitter rather than sweet, dry rather than syrupy. One of my all time favorites. I've stocked up on it when I've been in Montréal and I'm dreading a day when it's all gone.

Note: I've had Péché Mortel on draft at Dieu du Ciel in Montréal and it is a religious experience - much as I love Péché from the bottle, comparing it to what comes from the tap is like comparing skim milk to whipping cream. 5's across the board there.

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

Poured chilled into a snifter, motor oil color. Thick brown head, stayed there a bit. Smelled of roasted coffee. Taste had a touch of vanilla sweetness and dark chocolate but not overbearing. The coffee was king, this dog'll hunt. A non coffee lover may be turned off (or someone who can't drink coffee without +++cream&sugar) but I found the coffee taste to be direct and less of a booze bomb even with the 9.5%. Good mouthfeel but with less booziness, the complexity of the beer was evident. Certainly a refreshing quality with many of today's BBaged stouts getting completely out of hand these days and masking imperfections. I'd drink this any day of fall/winter, it's that good.

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Photo of justinp444
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass it has a black body with a creamy beige of 2 and a half inches. Smell of fresh coffee, fruit-y esters, slight chocolate, and a good amount of roasted malt. Taste is black coffee, some milk chocolate, and roasted malt. Mouth feel is a full and just a tad bit dry with a bit of burn, body is full as well. The stout is sweet and bitter with a ton of flavor, a lot like FBS but way more coffee forward and it beats BBB in coffee flavor. A fantastic coffee stout.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong coffee, great mouthfeel - carb was decent, but was a little on the sweet side for me. Otherwise, an excellent beer. The smell was fantastic, and the finish was strong, but stable.

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

Pours pitch black with a rich tan head. The aroma isn't overwhelming but there is some coffee and baker's chocolate. Coffee, chocolate, and some oat-y roast and booze on the finish. A very nice coffee stout. For a 9.5% beer, the booze is hidden well.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Pitch black with small but thick dark brown head on top, with very good retention. Aroma has coffee, roasted malts, nice chocolate notes. Taste chocolate and fudge, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee. Very nice.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A jet black stout with little head even when poured. has a halo of deep brown head that stayed. little lacing

smells of coffee and deep roasted malts

taste bold coffee slight chocolate. taste lingers wonderfully in your mouth. no taste of the alcohol

soft feel, little carb, smooth and thick

great beer, good portion size well worth the $ paid

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great coffee stout. It has a fantastic coffee aroma and the taste is very well balanced. I loved the iced coffee feel, but the mouthfeel was still good. Not too thin, but not too thick. The finish was a little too bitter for my taste, but still very good.

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Photo of hardysf
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is good and all but I was expecting so much more. Much better on the market at this price range. Lots of coffee, lots of bitterness, and well balanced. Hints of roasted malts and chocolate. Probably won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of Crawfish61
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an expensive beer at 5 dollars for 12 oz but it is worth it. Dark fruit, coffee forward, and fudge flavors dominate. This is my favorite coffeee beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Kinda disappointing. Dark black, not much head going on. Aroma was largely absent of coffee and chocolate. Was expecting more from such a higher rated beer. This was just pretty standard and a little boozy. Wish I could tell how old the bottle is.

More alcohol warmth, good chewiness, coffee still largely absent (although I did have this after the excellent Sumatra stout coffee beer). . . some chocolate. Wondered about oats or honey in this. Seemed to be a coffee beer for people who don't like coffee. Simplistic, not aggressive. Did hide the alcohol, which is at a level which could be described as aggressive. A solid beer, but you can get Sierra Nevada stout, an entire 6 pack for about what this costs, and SN to me, is better.

At $6 a 12oz, there's so many better options out there. Thought the same brewery's aphrodite was superior to this one in almost every aspect, if not every. Would revisit if I was certain it was a fresh ass bottle.

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

Really like this one. Jet black colour, with a chocolate coffee nose, and tasted rich, like a coffee frappe. Silky smooth mouthfeel to finish it off. Impressive stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Dieu Du Ciel's Peche Mortel a couple weeks ago for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and I'm glad it's now availble here, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown `12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a half a fingers worth of dark tan brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the coffee being the first to show up and it imparts a nice black coffee like aroma. Up next comes a little bit of fruity yeast coming through impart some dark fruit like aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart a chocolate, slightly charred and roasted malt aroma. This beer has a good aroma, it's main;y what I would expect from a Coffee Stout, but the yeast holds back a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the voffee still being the first to show up and it imparts the same black coffee aspect. Up next comes that fruity yeast which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma which I like. Up next comes the malts which imparts the chocolate and charred aspects that that they did in the aroma and there's a little bit of boozy flavor coming through. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with nice coffee, chocolate and charred malt like aftertaste. This is a good tasting Coffee Stout, I like how the yeast is a little more toned down.

M- Fairly smooth, on the lighter side of being full bodied, slightl cirsp a little creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in a good Coffee stout, but in the end it was just a little rough around the edges and to me that's what held it back from being a world class coffee stout. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass is the right amount for me, no need for anymore than that. What I like the most about this beer is the how true to style it is, it's just what I look for in a coffee stout. What I like the least about this beer is the higher bitterness and fruity yeast, I wish they were both toned down a little. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I for sure wouldn't turn it down and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Coffee Stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer, but given the hype around this beer, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I might, but it's still a good beer. It made for a good first impression for this brewery and I'm interested to see what else they got and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys this is a good Coffee Stout.

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Photo of Zonk
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick tan head that left nice lacing on top of deep rich ebony color. Tones of roasted espresso attacks the nose. Rich and a but not overpoweringly boozy. Lots of coffee and chocolate, but also some raisin and fig (port wine like notes). Really complex and rich.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review on november 16th, bottled in january.

L - Black, only black, almost no head

S - coffee but mostly dark chocolate but as it warms up: raisin and nuts

T - So much more than coffee, it is obviously an espresso stout but it's much more complex. At first dark chocolate and coffee, but with some time, the hops come along, and you can taste resin, nuts, raisin. The bitterness is really high

F - small carbonation that goes along perfectly with the taste

O - an incredible brew! With a taste that goes deeper and deeper as it warms up

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Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz snifter. Bottled in 3-15 notched on the side of the label.

Pours an onyx color (about 38-40 SRM) with a khaki colored head that hangs tough for a few minutes until dissipating. A magnificent lacing is present along the curves of the snifter as I sip. Great head retention present.

Smells of roasted barley, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, spent coffee grounds, and a subtle black licorice or fennel. Epic nose on this brew! Truly amazing!

Tastes of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roast malts, and cocoa nibs. Very complex flavor and a awesome finish. I can taste this beer minutes after by licking my lips. The severe malt profile is balanced very well with hops during the boil. My estimate is that this beer clocks in at around 50-75 IBU due to the pleasant bitterness that follows.

Feels smooth on the palate with a slight prickle from the low carbonation but balances out well. Initially this brew seems sweet, until you swallow and then you've got a case of "I just smoked 10 cigars" dry mouth from the bitterness. Definitely a party in your mouth.

Overall an awesome coffee stout that is not only well balanced, but leaves a flavorful finish after each sip that's powerful enough so that when you lick your lips 5-8 minutes after sipping while you type this review, you still pick up all the flavors. Get your hands on twelve of these and drink one a year for the next 12 years. I dare you...



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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sublimely smooth. Completely underrated, under the radar being from Montreal, Canada. I was able to get the last bottle at Crane Alley in Champaign, IL which has an incredible beer menu for being in the middle of the state. One of my top 5 stouts.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

341 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased a 4 pack from the LCBO for $13.25 CDN. Seeing as this is considered one of the best stouts in the world, finding it at the LCBO is a huge steal.

Appearance - pours an ominous black coloured beer, eradicating light along the way. Tiny head is poured that is tan coloured. Head retention is minimal and no lacing left behind.

Smell - fresh coffee dominates but there's a subtle sweet creamy aroma of some combination of caramel, cream and maybe cinnamon. Smells like a dessert on its own. Maybe a whisper of whiskey for good measure. Superb.

Taste - starts with fresh black coffee then turns vaguely sweet acknowledging the creamy, caramel aromas on the nose. Perhaps some vanilla and cinnamon too. Then reverts back to a black coffee flavor, very bitter with a trace of charcoal. Some alcoholic warmth on the close. Complex and delicious. Dark chocolate starts showing up big time as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth with modest carbonation and a robust but light mouthfeel. Alcoholic warmth kisses the tongue and slides down the hatch so easy. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall - a phenomenal imperial stout that doesn't disappoint. Closest approximation to another beer is Founders breakfast stout in terms of coffee intensity, with some delicious and subtle other flavours kicking around to give it a second and third layer of depth that most stouts can't match. Near perfection.

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4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick stout with extremely strong coffee flavor, almost overpowering. Awesome smelling stout that has a very chocolatey aftertaste. Nice lacing on glass. Solid overall but the coffee was intense as stated on bottle. Worth trying but not sure it lives up to the super high ratings. Would like to try a BBA version.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$5.49 single 11.5oz bottle poured into an oversized Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Decided to dive in and see what all the fuss is about with this beer ... seems to be universally loved, so why not. I'm curious though -- why the hell did this beer have a twist top? Bizarre.

Appearance: Hard pour gave a slow forming, creamy brown head that settled in at about half a finger, surprisingly. This is a pitch black beer with no floaters or sediment. Not a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Well damn. Seriously deep, dark roasted coffee and malt: nearly burned. Really like fresh roasted dark roast coffee. There might be the absolute faintest bit of alcohol, but it's very slight. There's a bit of a chocolate vibe in there as well, which seems inevitable in most stouts this big. I don't get any dark fruit or anything like that out of Peche Mortel though.

Taste/feel: If you don't love the darkest of black coffees, don't bother with this beer -- it's intense, intense coffee throughout with a rich bitterness. The roasted malt gives it a little "extra something" so it doesn't taste just like a 10%, $5.49 cup of alcoholic coffee. As it warms up, the flavors becomes more discernible, and the beer tastes different from the start of the sip, to the end, to the finish. No doubt about it it's a whole lot of coffee, but with the malt... I don't know what it is. Something's magical about this beer. I really can't fathom its awesomeness if it were bourbon barrel aged. The feel is moderate in body, with a surprisingly light, but actively prickly carbonation, which accentuates the coffee very nicely.

To be honest, this reminds me quite a bit of Founders Breakfast Stout, with less of a chocolate presence, less sweetness, and a less full mouthfeel ... but a couple bucks more expensive per bottle. Comparing it to that beer, since I see a lot of similarities, this beer falls short, but it is still damn awesome and nearly as good for different reasons. Worth a try for sure, despite the premium pricetag.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Especially excited I finally get to try this and am glad I have another bottle, extreme gracious thank you to Shelly!
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Thin stringy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell has a super nice blend of dark roasted cocoa beans to a nice sweet milk chocolatey goodness. Light coffee beans enter in a subtle bitter yet roasty balanced way.
The taste started off sweet and warmed into a nice blend with the roasty and the bitter components. Cocoa lends a hand to the aftertaste nicely and leads into a dry sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sharpens with the roast and the bitter to eloquently deliver a quick punch on my tongue, still showing a medium body with a fantastic sipping quality. Carbonation feels subtle.
Overall, wow, what a fantastic Double/Imperial stout, now this one really delivers in all aspects. I'm really gonna savor that other bottle and hopefully open it up for a special occasion.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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