Péché Mortel - Bourbon
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #146
Ranked #346
4.44 | pDev: 6.98%
May 29, 2023
Jun 30, 2009
Péché Mortel - BourbonPéché Mortel - Bourbon
Notes: Péché Mortel is an intensely black and dense stout in which coffee is infused during the brewing process. The result is a strong beer where prominent roasted flavours coalesce with a powerful taste of coffee. Once fermentation is complete, the beer is aged several months in bourbon oak barrels, which imparts some vanilla and woody aromas as well as bourbon flavours.
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Rated: 4.42 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

May 29, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Brownish black stout pour with a tan head. After waiting years to try this I actually found I prefer the non-ba version! Ah yes, sometimes the chase is more thrilling than the catch. Not that this is bad, far from it! Barrel is a gentle complimentary partner to the coffee and chocolate forward profile, but as such the maltwork is not allow to show off the roasty complexity as much as the original. Thought nose gave more complexity with barrel and base interaction with some warm caramel and wood aromas. Feel is warm, roasty, medium bodied, smooth and has good percolation
Apr 28, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by petewheeler from Maryland

Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Feb 20, 2023
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2021 on tap in 2023:
Lovely pour at cellar temp, loads of head and lacing. Nearly overwhelming dark roast malt and coffee aroma, with bourbon barrel skipping to tertiary (it is 2 years old). I noticed it more in the aroma over time, it never much in the taste - maybe a hint in the late linger. The roast/coffee definitely comes through, though.
Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
on draft

black in color, thin tan colored head. Huge bourbon aroma. Oak and vanilla is prominent overtop the coffee and dark chocolate flavors of the base beer. A little boozy in the finish. Super smooth feel
Feb 19, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Dec 15, 2022
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 2021-01-05, so close to two years of age on this - stored at cellar temp 60F.
Pours a clear black with thin brown head.
Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and bourbon.
Tastes more of bittersweet dark chocolate now, but not without a good bit of coffee, touch of vanilla; moderate bitterness and a hint of bourbon.
Medium full mouthfeel with brisk-ish carbonation - creamy and smooth - very nice.
Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by kuhndog from New York

Nov 16, 2022
Rated: 4 by DruC4 from Michigan

Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by AnyBeerULike from Canada (ON)

Oct 01, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Aug 05, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2022
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Rated by npolachek from New York

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Okay beer - not unbelievable.
Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Chestnut-black with a thin, mocha-colored that leaves great lacing.

Dark roasted coffee and chocolate-covered espresso beans in the nose. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

Strong dark coffee in the taste, with a powerful roastiness approaching char. Some chocolate and distant plum behind. Just a peck of umami. The barrel adds maybe a hint of vanilla and a little smoothness to the coffee, but it’s relatively light in comparison. Lingering espresso bean bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, lightly creamy, with soft, tight carbonation.

An absolute treat. The barrel adds a softness to the beer, without sacrificing any of the intense coffee flavor or RIS base of the original.
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 3.66 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a quarter finger khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate and mild bourbon. Taste is dark toasted malt, drip coffee, bakers chocolate and a hint of bourbon I might have missed if I wasn't looking for it. Coffee, chocolate and a bit more whiskey in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. This one reminds me more of the original base version (although it's been a while). Solid chocolate and coffee notes, but just a touch if barrel bourbon, which tastes more like a whiskey without the fruitiness of bourbon. Rich and flavorful coffee stout. Hope to see more from this brewery in our area again.
Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Received from @coronaeus. On the pour, there's a nice reddish hue that transforms to a fully opaque, deep, deep brown once in the glass. A slow pour from height resulted in a finger + of fairly dense, beautiful dark khaki head with good retention. Lacing and legs both excellent. Overall, a very attractive beer.

Aroma is wonderful. Right off the bat it's rich and boozy. I tend to like vanilla, both aromatically and on the taste buds, and I definite get it on the nose here, even more than any chocolate or barrel. The aromas work well together, and the overall combo of the beer's appearance and aroma, combined with its reputation has me very much looking forward to my first taste.

.....which did not disappoint. The flavor profile does not follow the nose in my opinion. The roast, barrel and coffee are all much more up front with the sweetness from the nose only showing up on the finish to nicely balance things out. There's an interesting depth to this beer that I'm having trouble placing, but whatever it is, it's really freaking good. Long, long finish that really evolves. Medium bodied.

Overall, this is an excellent beer worthy of its reputation.
Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours black. Love the aroma- a perfect balance of bourbon and maltiness with dark chocolate & just enough coffee. Tastes much more like a coffee stout than the regular version which felt like i was merely having a cup of coffee. Taste does follow the nose but add some vanilla and smokiness. Mouthfeel still a bit thin for my preference but works better with a better taste (as compared to regular version). Outstanding stout.
Jun 02, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From 2019, 9.5% abv. This is a near black color where no light passes. Minor head which leaves nearly no spots.

Strong raisin sweetness with a boozy nose. Very much like a barley wine.

Darker malt start -- a bit of coffee, a bit of dark chocolate. The alcohol is next and very strong. Rich body and lowly carbonated. The finish brings back the sweeter raisins and the aftertaste is similar brandy.
May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Happy to find this on the shelves at CBC Belmont after wanting to try it for many years. Thick, mocha-like appearance with a chocolatey, espresso, roasty aroma. Flavors are chocolate malt and herbal hop forward, with a decent amount of oaky spiciness from the bourbon barrel and a hint of bourbon itself. Almost tastes more like a rye barrel because of the spiciness. Fluffy, velvety mouthfeel is the high point

May 29, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Roguer from Connecticut

May 28, 2022
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Rated by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Clean coffee, chewy, dry, light oxidation, leather, char, wood.
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Received via LIF associated with NBS BIF #15 (Or was it 14?) from @Coronaeus.
Poured oil black with very little mocha colored head which managed to stay much of the drink.
The aroma, even to my damaged nose, was bourbon and coffee and buckets of rich malty scents. That doesn't happen for me often!
The taste followed, bourbon was definitely in charge but allowed plenty of space for the base stout and the other flavors to come out and play. Lots of coffee, cocoa, a little vanilla maybe and just rich, deep malty goodness.
Feel was good, albeit a little less lively than expected, it still went down too easily.
OA, this is a really fine BBA stout. Nice it comes in a responsibly sized bottle as I could easily have downed a bomber of this.
Thank you Peter!
Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark, opaque, shiny black color. Two finger velvety mocha colored head forms on the beer. The head lingers a moment, then steadily dissipates leaving a thin partial layer of foam on top of the beer. Aroma is dominated by this lovely fresh coffee smell. Underneath that are notes of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak and a touch of booziness.

Taste follows the nose with notes of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, a touch of smokiness, and some piney hops on the back end. Moderate amount of bitterness on the finish comes from the roast and the hops. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, silky. Moderate, but slightly prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is a delicious beer - I have to say it is not quite as good as the regular version, but still an outstanding beer.
Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle served in a footed pilsner glass. Bottled on 2021-01-05. Received from @Coronaeus in a LIF associated with NBS BIF #14.

Pours dark brown/black with a smallish head that fades to basically nothing. Smell is a TON of chocolate, a little boozy, definitely some bourbon / vanilla.

Taste is much more subtle chocolate with a stronger dark roast flavor, maybe a bit of anise. Booze is way more present.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected (but not thin by any stretch). Overall, this is really nice.
Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with two fingers of frothy caramel colored foam. Aroma is roasty and toasty malts out front with hearty nutty, earthy, and bready notes underneath. Coffee is present, but not forward, with a sly bourbon and char finish. Fragments of chocolate and toffee pop through, but never retain the spotlight. The whole flavor profile leads with malts, coffee and bourbon being after thoughts. That bourbon finish really starts to amplify as the beer warms. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, and earthy malts with coffee afterwards. Coffee is better centered in the spotlight here than in the aroma. After the mild acidity via coffee trails off, bourbon and light char sweep into the picture, bringing a thunderous storm cloud to the mix. Chocolate and toffee add some sweet characteristics to the flavor profile. Mouth feel is thick with a consistently creamy and velvety texture throughout. It's unrelenting in texture, delivering that consistent, tightly woven, fuzzy nep throughout. Overall, a hearty stout that packs in coffee with swelling bourbon heat to wash it away. It tastes something like an alcoholic's breath mid-morning - loaded with coffee and bourbon - but not in a bad way.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 341mL bottle.
Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by Hopelessly0 from California

Jul 29, 2021
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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pure black body, pours thick, minimal carbonation barely forming a cocoa head, with low retention.
The intoxicating aroma is super rich chocolate, accompanied by dark coffee, and dried fruit, overripe banana, vanilla.
Damn. Wow. Incredible, luxurious, velvety liquid dark chocolate, rich in flavour, paired with distinct dark roast coffee that is richly bitter, not acidic; bold flavour yet comforting feel, not syrupy or sugary sweet, surprisingly dry finish; like drinking chocolate fudge coffee cake; the roast coffee notes linger through the finish, providing balance to the richness; low carbonation and full body; whispers of bourbon fruitiness - dark cherry - and molasses.

Just incredible. A gift to drink, pure luxury without over embellishment, wonderfully balanced.
Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I tried this one immediately after trying the regular Peche Mortel. Gonna copy paste some of the info from my first review since the look for example is the exact same.
Looks like any other deep black imperial stout does. Beautiful black in colour with small brown head, leaves some lacing. I will say this one has a slightly darker head than the non barrel aged.
Smells like roasted malt with some subtle dark roast coffee. Very inviting. Oh and don't forget the barrel! I smell some bourbon barrel in this one for sure. Slight oak.
The taste of this beer is even better than the normal version. Nice roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee, and some vanilla maybe in the back. Some chocolate notes and brown sugar are present as well and it's all very well balanced. Oak and Bourbon are present. The barrel makes it so the alcohol is actually noticeable in this one, unlike the original. The barrel adds nice complexity and enhances the malt character here. Beautiful. I didn't notice any of the fruit notes other people have reported.
The mouthfeel was quite pleasant and full bodied. Doesn't coat the mouth but has that medium-full body with light-medium carbonation. The carbonation felt a little bit lower than the non barrel aged but I might just be insane who knows.
Overall at like $20 for 4 bottles this beer is very very good. I massively recommend that anyone with access to this beer tries it. It's seriously amazing and one of the best Canada has to offer.
Feb 23, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by stephenlee93 from England

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Teion from Canada (AB)

Jul 16, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2020
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
341 mL Bottle. ABV 9.5%.
Appearance: black, one and a half fingers of dark mocha creamy head, great retention, Slight lacing,
Aroma: dark chocolate, milky chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark bread, caramel, cream, licorice, dark pitted fruit, leather, molasses, slight coconut,
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, creamy, slightly chewy,
Flavour: bourbon, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice, leather,
Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Jun 11, 2020
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Rated by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Have this on tap in Toronto. Really nice.
Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Une autre année, un autre délice.
J'avais dégusté cette bière à la même période l'an passé, mais à cette époque lointaine, nous n'étions pas confinés à la maison en pleine éclosion du coronavirus. L'édition de cette année est tout aussi succulente que celle de l'année dernière. J'en veux encore et encore.
Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 5 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Jan 02, 2020
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