Péché Mortel - Bourbon
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #128
Ranked #330
4.45 | pDev: 7.19%
Apr 16, 2022
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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Photo of Whyteboar
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Whyteboar from Michigan

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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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

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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4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

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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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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
4.56 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Dec 05, 2021
4.33 by Hopelessly0 from California on Jul 29, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

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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5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

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.

Edit: the 2021 Edition just released and it’s even better than what I previously reviewed. Upgraded it to a 5/5 for that... I’m amazed. If you can find the 2021 BBA release you gotta try it!

Feb 23, 2021
3.85 by stephenlee93 from England on Nov 01, 2020
4.49 by Teion from Canada (AB) on Jul 16, 2020
4.44 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2020
Photo of octortus
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by octortus from Canada (ON)

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
4.5 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Jun 11, 2020
Photo of Glorithm
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Have this on tap in Toronto. Really nice.

Jun 03, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

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
5 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Feb 02, 2020
4.5 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Jan 02, 2020
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4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, minimal head and lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee. Sooo good. Could sniff this all day long.

T: Chocolate, coffee. The balance and complexity are out of this world. One of the best tasting beers out there.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored.

O: A world class imperial stout, as they should be.

Dec 20, 2019
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Dec 18, 2019
4.32 by lsthwy from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2019
4.25 by DaveCash from New York on Oct 04, 2019
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at the Vermont Brewers Festival

Sep 03, 2019
3.9 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Jul 26, 2019
4.5 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jul 12, 2019
4.41 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jul 04, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Black pour with finger plus of tan head.
Smells of really dark roasted coffee and malts. Bourbon comes through quite strong as well. 
Taste follows, dark roasty malts and coffee, a bit of char but not overly bitter, dark chocolate. Woody, vanilla barrel notes come through quite well.
A touch thin, especially as it warms. 
Overall an excellent BA coffee stout. Well balanced

Jun 24, 2019
4.25 by Bum4ever from California on Jun 08, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Mar 29, 2019
4.44 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Mar 28, 2019
4.44 by grapeshops from California on Mar 26, 2019
4.56 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Mar 24, 2019
4.5 by paulish from New York on Mar 23, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by buschbeer from Ohio

341 mL bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and achieves no head.

The smell is wonderful. I get rich coffee. The bourbon comes through in decadent caramel and vanilla notes. There is also some dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is more forward in the taste. I get some coffee flavor approaching and into the finish with some lingering coffee in the aftertaste. The bourbon doesn't come through as much in the taste as it did in the smell.

Full bodied and silky smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a great beer. I'd put it up against Bourbon County, and this is a five year old bottle. Dieu du Ciel makes some damn good beer. I have yet to be disappointed by anything that I have been fortunate enough to try from them.

Dec 22, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

Got in a BIF from TheDoctor. 341 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/17/2017. Pours opaque pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roast/char bitterness, and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, coconut, light dark fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and barrel integration. Similarly impressive to the base beer overall. Softer hop/char bitterness from the barrel aging. It loses some of the huge coffee punch in the nose, but makes up for it on the silky barrel finish. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

Nov 10, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this has a lot going for it, a beer i have had my eye on for ages and have never been able to find. its old school in a cool way, the coffee is bitter and intense, maybe not even blended in as a cold brew, before that was even fashionable, but i think it has a nice effect on this, making it bitter and earthy rather than sugary, calling attention to the dark roast and cocoa character of the malt in the stout rather than the woody vanilla sweetness of the whiskey, the coffee works well to bring out the darkest elements of the grain and the barrel, as much char as corny sweetness here, and even though the coffee tastes like its moving toward stale, i like what it brings in this barrel aged context. my guess is the coffee was blended in before the beer went in the barrel, thus making it a little older than it generally is in the regular version, which never tastes anything but fresh to me. here there is a light cardboard and green pepper thing, and an overly roasty aspect, but i still like the bitter finish on this. not too much whiskey here, but enough to make this seem rich and fancy, and i love what the wood adds. i think i was expecting something diabetic and huge on the palate, but thats not what this is, a plenty drinkable beer for the style, more balanced than many, and taking a different slice out of the coffee to highlight the base beer. not sure this would stand out in a lineup of my very favorite beers in the style, which is a surprise to me after all the hype around it, but it is awfully good and is definitely a pioneering brew in the style. i hope to try it from the bottle some day...

Oct 23, 2018
4.5 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2018
3.92 by unclekeith from Alaska on Oct 15, 2018
3.76 by JuanFushashi from Maine on Sep 06, 2018
4.56 by boogerisu from Iowa on Aug 10, 2018
4.25 by inspektor from North Carolina on Jul 26, 2018
Péché Mortel - Bourbon from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 607 ratings