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

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Péché Mortel En Fût De Bourbon AméricainPéché Mortel En Fût De Bourbon Américain

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The the barrel age treatment given to coffee-infused imperial stout, the delima of how much barrel to gain versus how much coffee to retire puts the brewer in quite a limbo.

The Dieu du Ciel cellar masters hit this quandary head on, giving their classic Peche Mortel the right kiss of oak and bourbon with the smoothness of cold-press coffee to boot. Black, deep and nearly inky, its lowly headed appearance is brought to life with those bold espresso aromas along with chocolates and bourbons to suggest whisky infused dessert. Especially as the taste of bittersweet chocolate, molasses and caramel carry a smooth vanilla-like upstart.

As the malt saturates the middle palate, its rich maple, molasses, caramel and creamy-sweetness is soon layered with the robust taste of burnt toast, coffee, roasted nuttiness and dark chocolate. As the oak and hops rise to balance the lasting malt and their charred accompaniments, any bitterness is dismissed as hops and assumed to be roast-derived. Coconut, vanilla, cherry, vinous sherry and unmistakable bourbon simmer in the finish for a satisfying but sultry taste experience.

Full, creamy and velvety smooth on the palate, the stout glides into the finish like silk. Heavy cream, milkshake and whipped cream come to mind as the lasting flavors are of bourbon wrapped chocolates lasting well into the next, savory dessert-filled sip.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slick black with a thick mocha collar.

Nutty coffee remains formidable here and the bourbon isn't too strong on the nose, giving off only a slight oaky presence.

A slight bourbon heat is detectable on the palate, but a smooth, round mocha keeps it from being overwhelming.

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Photo of rjp217
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely flawless example of a barrel aged coffee stout. Smooth bourbon, integrated coffee with a ton of roast, lots of chocolate. Such an amazing beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Mike for this one. I've been wanting to try this ever since the regular version blew me away. 12oz. bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is dank, potent coffee. Hints of roast, chocolate and mocha all engulfed by a rich, sweet bourbon. Beer opens sweet and syrupy. Espresso, mocha and roasted malt up front with booze, peat and tobacco in the back. Wet wood is prominent here. Molasses sweetness from start to finish with a very light soy sauce presence at the finish. Good complexity with a full, velvety mouthfeel to match. Light bubbles dance on the tongue and combines with the booze to create a warm feeling going down.

I actually think that the barrel-aging takes a little something away from this one. Still a very good beer but maybe it needs a little time to mellow the barrel presence.

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

Oh boy, this is a treat! Simply a delicious imp stout, dripping with coffee flavors and sticky sweet caramel and balanced by a robust dark cocoa backbone, with a mild bourbon note added to it. Simply wonderful

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice coffee Stout aged in bourbon barrels! Very nice well balanced coffee stout with light smooth barrel notes. Good stuff but for the trouble it was to track down there are a lot better BA coffee stouts out there. Ohh well...checked off the list anyway.

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Photo of danh53
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with one finger heas. Aroma is licorice, booze, bitter coffee, and oak. I don't get the vanilla/caramel notes from the bourbon. Taste follows. This means more toward the generic whiskey flavor and lacks the rich toffee flavors. This is not a sweet beer. The coffee is smooth and roasty, but it's a little overwhelmed by the whiskey. I get some earthy hop notes as well. Definitely leans toward European style. Mouth feel light to medium. Overall, I'd say the barrel doesn't improve the base beer, but this is still very good.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
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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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 Hootie159
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a motor oil black. Nice dark head with decent stick and some stubborn bubbles. Smells delicious. Bourbon chocolate. Rich dark chocolate taste. Fresh coffee. Reminds me of a high quality Kona. Not as velvety as I'd like but good carb. Great beer but gotta say the bourbon is supporting cast vs. a star.

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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 DaveBar
3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap for $4.00 = 5oz pour. Served at a bone chilling (for a BBA stout) 7deg C in a wine glass.

A- Poured 1/2" black and 3" brown head that lasted for over 5mins before it got reasonable enough to touch. Very dark almost black colour

S- Some bourbon here but not a lot. Touch of chocolate and malt. Very subdued

T- Low on the bourbon scale. Expected a lot more and was very disappointed. Just a standard mortel with a slight BBA to it. Can't say I like it at all. Too bad really since l like the standard version very well.

M- Flat. Guess the nitro and rough pour might have screwed this glass up.

O- Not a big fan. If I get one in a bottle and it's any different I will re-review but as it stands will not buy on tap ever again. Very disappointed but will go to the brewery to see if I can try one in a bottle to see if it's different and report back.

Food Pairing

Bourbon barrel aged brews are not that easy to pair but this one had very little bourbon to it so if can pair ok with...... Brownies with caramel and chocolate chips inside. The chocolate overload will help this brew out.


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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 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 TheDoctor
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really an incredibly complimentary mix of both the strong coffee flavors in the stout and the mellow bourbon flavors from the wood. Absolutely excellent. Lots 'softer' to my tongue than the non-BA version (especially in the coffee department). Molasses-ey, thick, smooth, round, creamy. I have tried older ones, too, and it definitely ages gracefully. Over three years is incredible. Would never turn it down; find it.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1824th Review on BA
Bottle to Dieu du Ciel Snifter
341 Ml bottle (November 13 notched)

Thank Jon for this one!

App- For a stout and one that I liked so much with the base version, this is just off on appearance for me. Inky black but doesnt create a good head even with a solid pour. No cling or lace. Falls and looks like a bit of flat soda IMO. Was expecting more.

Smell- I get faint smells on this one. The coffee is there, but more of a cold pressed aroma. The barrel comes after with a strong whispy bourbon with oak, vanilla and booze. Not the most upfront booze but well layered and a bit sweet.

Taste- The flavors of this one are much more subdued but just so well integrated and create great pockets of flavors. Opening sips of a bit of the coffee with a bit of bitter. The vanilla and bourbon flavors come next with some smooth oak with a bit of a whispy booze on the finish.

Mouth- A smooth and creamy drinking stout with a thinner mouth feel with a bit of a prickly mouth feel. The bourbon isnt bold and in your face but so much layers on this one. Like the before mentioned pockets of flavors. This mouthfeel builds on this one.

Drink- Its been a want for a long time. I was lucky enough to finally land one and not at a tasting where 2oz, just wouldnt cut it. This was a good beer. Every Dieu Du Ciel beer I have had is a winner. They do great beers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baybum for this bottle that arrived late this winter, which I am taking down while my wife is off drinking – sorry, at book club. 341 ML bottle from November 2013 (but released in 2014?).

The pour is sordid black with a spiffy head that doesn’t last long. The nose is surprisingly light, with only a bit of coffee & whiff of sweetness even after sitting out for several minutes. Huh.

Peche Mortel – Bourbon Barrel Aged is a serious mouthful. The base beer is huge, filling up the crevassi in my mouth like a good pothole filler. Beyond that, the coffee remains sharp & acrid, slightly bitter. The barrel is a let down. It seems to add only a touch of creaminess & a drop or two of vanilla, with no bourbon taste at all (though a bit of an afterimage, kind of like Predator). Mouthfeel saves this, it’s rich & full & lovely. I could drink plenty, or as much as my internal gyroscope would allow, anyways.

Really not much of an improvement, if any, on the base beer, despite the nirvanaesque feel of this lovely burrito in my mouth…but that’s no insult. Still a good brew.

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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 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 madtowndmb1
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this thing was a coffee monster in a good way! IF it was a coffee RIS I'd say it's easily the best I've ever had. Worth the search for this beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Kyle for opening this long time want.

The coffee here is just massive...nose and taste...like whopping fresh and roasty..so large and present. The bourbon is soft underneath providing mellow support, but the coffee is so lively and jumps center stage.

I don't recall the base being anything remotely to this flavorful. My god...a coffee bomb in the freshest way, even 15 months after bottling.

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Photo of Devman171
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

13 bottle, pours black with low tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is thick rich bourbon and roasted coffee, dry roast finish, well done

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Photo of lgmol
3.38/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a fresh 2014 keg at Bar Stillwell in Halifax.

I love the standard Péché Mortel and had high expectations for this brew. Sadly, the barrel character was overpowering for my tastes. The coffee was almost completely hidden to me, and only really came through at the very end of the taste. For big fans of bourbon though, I would imagine that this is a real treat. A vintage bottle might be more to my liking.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel 'Peche Mortel BA in Bourbon for 12 months' 2013 special reserve @ 9.5% , served from a couple of 341 ml bottles purchased for $4 each

A-pour is brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a thin tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along my VBW taster

S-bourbon & coffee

T-extremely smooth tasting with a slight bitter finish

MF-low mild carbonation , big full body , easy sipping beer

Ov-good/great beer , worthy of of it's place in Canadian beer , one of the best

prost LampertLand

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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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