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Péché Mortel En Fût De Bourbon Américain | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SFLpunk on 06-30-2009

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 417
Photo of flipper2gv
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black, with mocha colored head. Head volume and retention is decent considering the beer has been aged. Very thick, lots of alcohol legs and lacing.

S: Exactly like I imagined my favorite beer to age (the regular version in bottles gets very very good after 6 months in the cellar). Lots of smoke, pepper and vanilla from the bourbon. Definitely still is the Peche Mortel I love. Lots of powdered cacao, dark dried red berries, coffee. Maybe a subtle hint of citruses coming from the hops.

T: Lots of good things, just like the smell. Powdered cacao, vanilla, smoke, pepper, dark red berries, coffee and citruses make for the perfect smelling beer. This is fantastic stuff, highly recommended.

M: Just what you'd expect, big, bold, sticky, with smooth carbonation.

O: Fantastic brew, definitely worth the 16$ for the 4 pack. Really really good stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice super rich dark black hue with a good creamy one finger mocha head that leaves thick side lacing. So, so good.

S - Aroma is just bourbon and chocolate The bourbon and chocolate and barrel lends a nice coconut aroma here. Super, super rich with awesome espresso notes here. An already epic peche mortel made even better with bourbon. Argh!

T - Taste is just as epic. I could drink this all day. Tons of bourbon, espresso, chocolate, barrel, roast malts, light coconut. Unfathomably good. Great vanilla notes too!

M - Mouthfeel is so silky smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated, soo velvety.

O - Overall this beer is well worth the hype. So freaking good here. The bourbon makes this incredible and the vanilla and chocolate..gah...I need some bottles....

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Photo of SebD
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review # 600!

Appearance: It has a nice deep jet black color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some espresso and woody oak. Fantastic

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of rich coffee, espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, smooth bourbon and oak. Wow, so complex!

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Peché Mortel was already one of the best Imperial Stout I've ever tried but this just beats them all.

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Photo of Derek
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11-24-2015 bourbon bottle, back to back with a regular 3-2015.

I've had so many beers that are absolutely ruined by a barrel, but thankfully this one is actually significantly improved, which is crazy because the regular brew is so great!

Pours with a nice head, only a thin ring of retention, but shows some leg.

Aroma is so much more complex, as the regular version is overwhelmed with coffee.

The coffee flavour is more subdued, with a pleasant wood throughout and some bourbon in the finish.

Body is smoother and seems much less acidic.

I was sceptical, but this just might be the best beer in Canada. I'm seriously surprised how much better this is with some time in a barrel. Well done... World class.

Thanks Papat444!

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Photo of korguy123
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 release. Bottled August 2011 as per label notches.
Special thanks to Hoppypocket for this, and special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for facilitating this.

A- What is there to say? It's black as black can be. No light escaping and you are presented with a booming three finger dark tan head that slowly drops to a thin cap with chunky lacing everywhere. Looks almost creamy.

S- Booming assault of espresso and bourbon. Brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, oak, and a touch of brewers licorice. There is a touch of booziness in the nose that warms the nostrils a little bit but I don't mind!

T- Bourbon right up at the front, followed by a nice char taste, than vanilla, a little booze and finishing off with coffee and chocolate. This is magnifiient, I enjoy how the bourbon is there but not overbearing that you can't pick out the finer things in it. The coffee really shines and that is a great thing.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy with a touch of carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth follows close by.

O- How do you perfect the most perfect coffee stout ever made? Throw it in a bourbon barrel and let it sit. I'm glad to have tried this, will definitely seek again and I even happier such a renowned beer is a product of Canada!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to hoppypocket for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip. Bottled in 08/11. 2010 Reserve.

A - Dark black with a small amount of espresso coloured head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass. Very spotty lacing.

S - Huge dark roasted espresso up front that gives way to some bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt aromas.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee up front that gives way to charred oak and roasted malt flavours in the middle. The finish is where most of the barrel characteristics show up - with some sweet bourbon and a hint of vanilla. The flavours are very well integrated with the bourbon being present without dominating as it does in many barrel aged beers.

M - Medium body with a really nice chew. Light carbonation.

O - This beer is near perfect. Absolutely amazing example of the style.

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Photo of beerproblems
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Opaque; pitch black; 1-finger tan head; thin froth. Skin of froth lingers on surface and edge of glass.

S: Equal Chocolate/coffee blend; licorice or some spicy oak. Grapefruit.

T: Awesome! Very balanced flavor of coffee, chocolate, mild grapefruit, light hops. Flavor isn't overpowering.

M: Just as awesome! Creamy and malty; full-bodied Not as hoppy as other imperial stouts; perfect.

O: If one word can describe this beer, it's balance. A friend recommended this to me, and I'd recommend this to anyone else; hands down. Smooth until the final drop. I took my time with this one; sipping slowly - definitely one to enjoy.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of 2013 vintage at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee and bourbon
Head average (2.5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – multiple rings of tiny bubbles
Body very dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor of coffee, bourbon, a little vanillin, and light chocolate predominate. It ends with a light bitterness, but is not unpleasant.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer, one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s so good I don’t want to drink it because I only have one bottle and if I drink it, it’ll be gone.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Props to peensteen for hooking up this treat. A whale that I thought I never would get to sample...

A - Pours pitch black, two thumbs of dark mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of cocoa, raw coffee grinds, wooden oak, sweet bourbon and burnt sugar and boozy notes also come through.

T - Much like the nose with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa, solid coffee presence, raw espresso and burnt toast, bourbon aging comes through nicely with a solid dose of sweet bourbon booziness, wooden oak notes and toasted grains and burnt caramel lingers alongside a solid dose of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness. Surprisingly not overly heavy or sticky.

O - A world class brew taken to the next level with a solid bourbon flavour profile. One of the best bourbon barrel aged brews to hail from Canada and a pleasure to have had the opportunity to try. Definitely a priviledge to try and not surprisingly one of the top rated Canadian beers.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured on tap of 10 oz. into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC on Péché Mortel Day. First running from the keg and tap too. Vintage 2015.

Big thick rich mocha to dark tan espresso head produced, whipped up like a mousse with creamy and thick clingy retention. Sits upon a simple opaque and real dark walnut nearly black body. The head is particularly impressive in this middle color of not really dark but slightly so, and a bakery pastry whipped topping. Excellent looking brew.

Aroma is just incredibly well done. The nose bursts in to thick dark cocoa powder on first examination. Following next are other thick notes of giant vanilla tones, with perfectly balanced ripped coffee beans. A piping warmth of roasted grain and coffee comes off this, entering that classic espresso like character on the beer, but with a richer bitter chocolate and even a touch of caramel warmth coming through. The aroma is just thick as hell and gets stuck in your nose, and not even a trace of boozy character. A real impressive winner.

Palate is just a big winner. While the booze is evident but not overly so on first sips or flooding the mid palate, much of the aromas don’t just come through easily, they come with even more surprises. Creamy but lighter than expected feel out of the gate, but with easier drinkability a little but still rich coating and filling the palate, and a big first burst of vanilla on first sip. There's a perfect mix of shocking rich vanilla and then tobacco bitterness of roasted malt that is a wicked compliment going on in the mid palate that just takes over. The sweetness on this is just perfect in that it has hints, but lets beer roast bitterness and even trace elements of cocoa take over. Giant dark cocoa notes on the finish, but also a finish that accents lots of roasted bean and excellent coffee tones. There's a noticeable piping warmth, much accented by a touch of booze that warms all the flavors incredibly bouncing from excellent espresso flavors to roasted malt and char qualities, to an excellent truly superior dark candy bar chocolate and vanilla wafery flavor. The vanilla wafery quality even comes out in the aftertaste, giving this impressive adult chocolate tobacco coffee candy bar wafer and flavor.

Overall it's really stunning, a little boozy though in the pit of the stomach but luckily not in taste is the only thing that seems to be a minor detraction. Otherwise this is about as near perfect a bourbon barrel aged stout with coffee gets.

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Photo of Beervana
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a very thin tan head. The nose is deep chocolate fudge, vanilla bean, a bit of dried dark fruit (Glosette raisins almost), some bourbon sweetness, and just a touch of dark roast coffee; extremely well rounded. Taste is full blown dessert; chocolate brownie, espresso, more vanilla, more bourbon, exceedingly delicious. Mouthfeel is fairly thick but silky smooth, light on carbonation, a slight boozy warmth.

Overall, one of my all time favourite stouts. Removes a lot of the roast/bitter characteristic of regular Peche and replaces it with some of the smoothest bourbon and chocolate flavours I've tasted in a beer. What sets this beer apart is not how bold of a flavour it produces but the integration of all of the flavours together; absolutely expertly crafted.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Unibroue4ever for this fantastic beer.

Date: 6/4/14
Location: Montreal Trade
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Black to Dark Brown in coloring with a nice mocha head. The carbonation evaporates quite quickly. The beer has a nice viscous ring along its edge.
Aroma: Strong aromas of coffee that clearly comes from the base. But the coffee smell is not nearly as strong as regular Pêché Mortel. Malted caramel and some vanillas can be found along with a modest touch of the bourbon that I was looking for.
Taste: This is clearly amongst the most well balanced of the bourbon barrel stouts I've ever had. The coffee flavor is even lighter on the flavor but the caramel, vanilla and even some marshmallow sugars come out a touch stronger. There is a hint of booziness from the bourbon which again isn't overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body.There is some coarseness from the coffee but the booze really seems to mellow it out. Little carbonation aides in the smoothness of the beer.

Notes: Bottled 2013

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Photo of MarcWP
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/12, making this a little over a year old. Poured into snifter.

Pours black with small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Lots of alcohol legs on sides of glass.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, and oak. Aroma is a bit reminiscent of KBS. Lovely!

On the palate you get that Peche strong coffee flavor mixed with rich dark chocolate notes and a rounding bourbon oak character. Freshly brewed black coffee, dark cocoa nibs, peaty molasses, grade b maple syrup, vanilla bean, oak, and caramelized dark dry fruit poking in gently. This is delicious. So smooth and drinkable. No flavor dominates though the coffee is still the front runner.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things for an Imperial Stout. You can expect that when they are brewed with coffee though. Mouthfeel is Black Note body all the way with a bit less creaminess. Good carbonation for the style.

Overall this is outstanding. You get big coffee, rich dark chocolates, smooth vanilla and bourbon characters, and a nice faint smokey flavor that makes this stand apart from a lot of other barrel aged stouts. Definitely up their with my favorite bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts which includes the likes of BCBCS, KBS, and BA Speedway. Only wish this was more available.

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Photo of larryi86
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BlogueDeBieres for this
341 ml bottle, dated Novmember 2012, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, fudge, dark chocolate, very rich.

T- Coffee, bourbon, some vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, rich big flavors and well balanced.

M- Smooth, thick, full body.

O- Excellent, even better than the regular version, very, very happy I got to try this. Very well done and balanced.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this brew at the brewery in Montreal. It is a great beer, but is even better when having it at the source, along with the fine food they serve. This is a must stop if you are into craft beers, and un-doubtalbly one of the best beers in Canada. Very easy to find.

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Photo of Viggo
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for black Wednesday at the brewpub.

Pours a dark and opaque blackish red, no light gets through, thin light brown head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots and legs stick, looks nice.

Smell is really intense, huge toffee and caramel, vanilla, coffee and espresso roast, biscuit, insane malty, some raisin and sweet fruit through the middle, lightly buttery wood, oaky, alcohol, prunes, more coffee, chocolate milk, crazy.

Taste is similar, sweet toffee, treacle, chocolate milk with an espresso shot, a bit boozy but super smooth through the middle, biscuit, vanilla, oak, nice woody character, not overdone, more coffee and caramel, more vanilla and oak, intense finish, smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, buttery smooth, with low carbonation. Bit of warmth from the alcohol but super smooth. Wow, didn't think Peche Mortel could get better but I was wrong, this is a masterpiece.

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Photo of rogerdandy
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only thing that could make Peche Mortel better would be to barrel age it. Oh snap! here it is. I was lucky enough to get a few tastes of this during Journee Peche 2015. Left me absolutely lusting for more.

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Photo of Franck
4.75/5  rDev +7%

2014 vintage. Labeled as 2013 on the bottle but according to Dieu du Ciel, it's a new batch.
Smell of coffee beans, vanilla, bourbon, wood and toffee.
Taste of intense bourbon, wet wood, coffee and aromas of chocolate milk and small spicy notes from alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Warm and round. Very complex and well-balanced. The strong aroma of coffee doesn't taste as much as the original version.
Bitterness is long and sweet. Hints of chocolate and bourbon. Very nice beer from DDC, again.

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Photo of Fibrillator
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exceptional bourbon stout.

Embarrassed that I actually got some.

Ha a slight bit of spice that was refreshing, similar to chicory type.

Had some last year on tap, this was better.

Tough food match, good on its own.

The beer is special, not watery, not sticky.

HEAVY

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark and warm mocha and chestnut hues with a thin sandy head and minimal retention
S: Bold coffee notes complemented by dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and mild bourbon
T: Luxurious pour of espresso complemented by a rush of bitter dark chocolate, hazelnuts, and molasses
F: Medium body with ample carbonation despite having been cellared for several years - exceptionally smooth overall and bordering on creamy
O: This was a decided improvement upon the base Péché Mortel, which is a stand out stout by itself. For me the barrel aging added a complexity and depth that enhanced the velvety coffee profile. Overall this is an incredible BA stout. My only complaint is the feel was a bit thinner than I would have hoped, but rest assured this is a world class beer and one of Canada's finest.

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Photo of mothman
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Sean for sharing this!

Pours a tan head. Color is black. Some lace left.

Aroma: Strong coffee. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa. Light roast. Creamy. Awesome nose.

Taste: Fresh coffee roast. Bourbon up front. Nice and warming. Vanilla and oak flavors. Creamy. Chocolate, cocoa, and caramel. A little more roast here.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly roasted, and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with coffee flavors.

Overallm this beer was incredible. I'd take this over a kbs any day... too bad this is stupid hard to find. Extremely drinkable. This beer is awesome.

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Photo of mattsander
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a chestnut head that lasts and laces. Tiny bubbles. Beautiful beer.

S: Rich dark chocolate, a perfect cup of coffee, flaky dessert pastry, sweet vanilla. Earthy, complex, wonderfully nuanced.

T: Earthy/fruity coffee first, then intense bittersweet chocolate, caramelized buttery dark fruit. Long finish of bourbon barrel vanilla and coffee. The coffee's acidity brings a beautiful 'brightness' to this. Rich and intensely satisfying. Full mouthfeel without being syrupy. The barrel character is so well integrated, it doesn't dominate the other elements.

This is easily my favorite beer with coffee in it. Better in bottle than on tap.

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Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to unibroue4ever for sending this bottle, one I've been wanting to try for a while. 2010 version.

Pours pitch black with a small fizzy tan head that recedes quickly to nothing.

Aroma is excellent, reminds me of KBS, with lots of freshly ground coffee still evident but blending nicely with vanilla and bourbon. Some chocolate, rich dessert-like nose.

Oh wow, thick molasses, bakers chocolate, fresh coffee, vanilla, and a perfect mixture of bourbon and oak. A little bit of acidic bitterness going down from the coffee and lots of dark roasted malts

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and close to full bodied. Decadent feel overall.

A fantastic BA stout. I love coffee stouts and subtle barrel treatments and this has both. Really happy to have tried this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black in color with some hints of reddish brown when held up to the light. The beer has a thin tan head that reduces to some thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing is observed.

S: Lots of coffee/espresso notes with more subtle hints of the dark roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and hints of oak. There are light hints of bourbon that become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Follows the aroma of the beer...starts with the dark roasted malts and some sweetness upfront, then moved into the coffee/espresso flavors which are very strong, followed by the bittersweet chocolate + vanilla, and the finish is all bourbon. The flavors of the bourbon and the charred oak definitely get stronger as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Didn't think that one of my favorite beers could be improved upon or get any better but the bourbon barrel aging made this one even more excellent. I wish I had access to this beer all the time because I could be content to sip on it every evening. Great balance of flavor between the coffee and the bourbon.

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4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The original Peche Mortel is one of my all-time favorites, and while this bourbon variant is incredibly smooth, I think I still prefer the base stout for it's pure drinkability and stronger coffee flavor. That being said, I'd pick this up again in a heartbeat if I'm ever lucky enough to come across it again!

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