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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SFLpunk on 06-30-2009

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 425
Photo of Burnduri
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A rich, creamy moka smell, light vanilla notes, no doubt from the 1 year bourbon aging.

The creamy head immediately brings a café latté to mind, has a deep brown color, almost mahagony. The taste is very deep, complex and layared. First, the toasted malts and coffee beans assault the palate, leaving a dry yet rich mouthfeel. After the second sip, the bourbon aging becomes apparent, vanilla tastes and a sublte tang pile on, staying slightly longer than the coffee taste.

Absolutely delicious. Try with a very dark chocolate, maybe some dried fruit like cranberries.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
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 montrealbcr89
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a couple 4 packs today and decided to crack one open. Tasting it along side the regular Peche Mortel.

Bottled November 2012
Bourbon barrel aged for 1 year.

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

A: Poured dark with a reddish brown tinge. In the glass, it is midnight black. 1/4 finger of off white, brownish head (lighter than the regular Peche) that dissipated fairly quickly. When the glass is held up to the light, there are blood red notes on the curves of the glass.

S: A non-overpowering but very upfront note of bourbon and vanilla. Followed by coffee and way in the back, a little chocolate. Solid nose.

T: Interesting. Only when I put it up against the regular Peche did I notice the differences. The barrel has seemed to subdue the "brightness" of the coffee and chocolate of the regular Peche. The chocolate seems to be sweeter, and the coffee notes not as fresh, or pungent. The coffee bitterness definitely seems to be turned down by the barrel, and the sweetness is turned up. A slight bit of vanilla becomes apparent in the back of the pallet.

M: Great, medium to full bodied mouth feel. On the lower side of carbonation is expected for spending a year in the barrel and contributes to the sweetness.

O: A great beer that is not your typical barrel aged bourbon bomb. The bourbon is there, but it contributes to accenting and altering the characteristics found in the regular Peche. To be honest, when I was first sipping on the 2013 BA Peche, I was searching for the barrel. It's subtle, but there if you look for it. This beer, for me, is not a "punch you in the face" bourbon forward imperial stout. Very interesting and not necessarily what I was expecting. Very different from the previous bottled batch. A beer to seek out and see how it compares to the likes of BCBCS or BA Speedway.


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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, 2010 edition, aged 1 year in the wood. Belated big ups are in order to Mike ('hoser', on this site) from Artisan Ales, the rep for this venerable Quebecois brewery, out he-air in Alberta, who flipped me a single of this after a rather enjoyable and random run-in at a new-ish Edmonton hipster (I was only there for the beer, I swear!) resto-pub back in the summer of oh-twelve. Mad, silly props, my man.

This beer pours a dark, ill-boding colourless mire, with the slightest of forced basal mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, densely foamy dark tan head, which leaves some randomly spectral swaths of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of astringently woody oak barrels - soused 2x4s, for starters, a seemingly dry vanillan and dusty caramel candy sucker essence, muffled spiced whisky, subtle coffee grounds, and some singed, oily bar-top nuts. The taste is bittersweet medium chocolate, softly spicy bourbon barrel notes - wet wood, thin caramel, muted vanilla, and perky alcohol the most prominent - semi-sweet morning after coffee, sturdy, if a bit inherently confused toffee malt, and rather muted earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is pretty much drowned and lost in the sands of time, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth, in that heavy, hearty whisky sense of things. It finishes on the sweet side, predictably, as the booze, wood, malt, and fruit esters all conspire to keep the aspirant dry coffee and bitter hops in check.

A bit of a changeling of an affair - first it's a whisky, then it's a strong beer, and then it's a... well, you get the point. Overall, it blends ably enough, and yet maintains a stellar heft, insomuch as to conflate the average ingenue as to its actual origins - an effect sought after by any and all brewers, I would surmise. A pleasure to experience, and while maybe not appropriate for all comers, I am now more than enthused to have seen what the top rated Canadian-made stout can do when upwardly challenged.

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Photo of jdprmd
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in snifter

A - Light tan head ... good lacing, black in color, with light only coming through the edges

S - Rich dark coffee grinds, very roasty, truly fantastic

T - Like a roasted dark chocolate coffee. Not tasting much bourbon, a bit of an acidic taste from oak aging... I am sharing this with a friend and he thinks it it is a perfect blend of coffee and light bourbon characteristics, of which provide very subtle dark fruit tastes

M - Silky smooth

O - I was glade I sought this out... thanks for the trade BlogueDeBieres!! I was however expecting a bit more from this beer being aged in bourbon barrels. I am thinking this should have been aged for a year but I only had one... However, If you are looking for a fantastic coffee beer this is in my top 2 next to bourbon county coffee

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a mini snifter. Pours very dark brown with a thin mocha head that recedes fairly quickly into a thin collar. The nose brings a good amount of oak alongside bourbon and some backing vanilla. Touch of coffee remains along with some chocolate and roast. Flavor is heavy toward the bourbon, and specifically the oak barrel. Background stout is nice, though I think I prefer the base beer. Body is medium and a bit tannic. Not much booze. Pretty good, though not great.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Huskermike12 for the trade. I'd been holding it to share with some other guys but got impatient and ended up opening it at home during a sunday night Packers/NYG game. It pours a dark brown color, opaque with a mocha colored foam that laces intermittently.

There's a surprising amount of coffee in the aroma, given the barrel aging I'd expect the coffee to be mellowed. The bourbon comes through with a light touch, giving an aroma more-or-less reminiscent of BA Speedway. Lots of dark sweet malts giving a sweet smell throughout, but the primary olfactory attributes are from the coffee and the bourbon (mixing in a very good way). Maybe just a hint of a sour note in the background, worrying me into thinking there might be an infection starting...

It tastes awesome, again similar (although not quite identical) to BA Speedway. Initial bourbon flavors give way to sweet roasted malts, with a lasting coffee flavor providing the aftertaste (with a little belly burn). No infection in the taste thank God.

The beer is thinner than I'd like, nearly medium bodied but I'd have liked more viscosity to match the flavors. I'm nitpicking here though, as the standard Peche Mortel isn't any thicker than this barrel aged version, so what should I expect? A little higher in carbonation than expected too (again nitpicking).

Thanks very much Mike, I'm really glad to have tried this! Too bad I didn't share it with anyone, but really with a 12oz bottle I kinda want it all to myself anyway.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, with a finger of medium to dark coloured head. Leaves a bit of lacing and dissipates to a foamy ring.

The aroma is of glorious bourbon. Intense, but not overwhelming and not too weak at all. Vanilla, and wood mingle in as well. Though some age on this, the coffee is still there, and quite nice considering the age. There's really nothing to complain about with the aroma.

Tastes awesome. The only notch is heat is a bit up there. Very roasty, with a big bourbon note, vanilla and accompanying woodiness. There's a surprising amount of roasted coffee as well.

The feel is good, creamy, somewhat slick. Not quite as full bodied for the style.

Overall, it's fantastic. Other than a less than perfect mouthfeel, this thing is the whole package! Wish it wasn't so limited!

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Photo of dtmets84
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom10101 something like that.

Hand delivered from the great country of Canada

Appearance. Pours a murky black with a nice 2 inch tan head.

Smell. Dark, booze and some coffee

Taste. Roasted coffee and a sour twang to it? Smooth for a 9+ ABV beer

Mouthfeel. low carbonation and rather thin more flavor comes out as it warms.

Overall. A very nice BBA stout from Canada

Prefer the non BA version though.

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Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to hoppypocket for this Quebec treat. I must admit that I have high expectations for this. The regular version is one of my regular favs.

Appearance. Pours thick and close to black with a finger of deep brown head.

Smell. Dark, slightly sour coffee, some dark roasted malts and molasses, just a little smooth wood, vanilla, and booze.

Taste. Roasty coffee and smokey wood, caramel, smooth boozy bourbon, dark roasted malts and a little molasses.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation, slight (and nice) boozy warmth.

Overall. A very nice BBA stout from Canada!

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Photo of Fibrillator
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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.


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Photo of papat444
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2011 Vintage (aged 9 months)***

Had this at the International Péché Mortel day at the brewpub.

Appearance: A really black body with no head. Thick & opaque.

Smell: If i thought the special edition smelled like coffee liquor, this even more. Blurs the line between a beer and a spirit. Bourbon yet never boozy with traces of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon leaves the heat a bit. While i get some coffee, the bourbon completely overtakes and subdues it. They mesh well but it's clear who's in control.

Mouthfeel: Surprised by its mellowness. No carbonation, a bit viscous but not overly so. Very mouth coating.

Overall: I wasn't blown away by it. A great beer for sure but not as good as the regular or special edition IMO. Hope to see them bottle this to compare.

Serving type: cask


***2010 Vintage (aged 1 year in bourbon barrels)***

First beer that i review twice with two different serving types.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 08/11.

Appearance: A dense brown body with 1-2 fingers of creamy head the color of espresso foam. Retention is average. probably due to barrel-aging. Some lacing is evident.

Smell: Oh my! Simply stellar. Roasted coffee and nuts, chocolate mixed with oak & vanilla. Bourbon soaked wood that melds perfectly with the coffee/dark chocolate. Charred wood as well.

Taste: Intense chocolate, coffee beans lined with bourbon. Vanilla notes as well as oak appear in the finish. At no point does this feel harsh. Like liquid candy.

Mouthfeel: Initial sip is smooth, slight alcohol kick appears but then reverts back to a creamy smoothness. The aftertaste has a bit of bourbon sting but feels mellow.

Overall: Remarkably well balanced and drinkable. Enjoyed it more than on cask. Sublime and doesn't hit you over the head with intensity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is quite dominant with some good notes of coffee and vanilla which are really well balanced. Taste is a very nice mix between some coffee notes which are very floral and not too dry or astringent with some notes of vanilla and a bourbon finish which is quite powerful. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes from bourbon. I really enjoyed this one with a nice balance between the vanilla and the coffee – the only downside is maybe the beer spent a bit too much time in the barrel.

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Photo of peensteen
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly jet black with some brown around the top, half a finger of tan coloured head with some light lace. Smell is like the original, coffee and chocolate come through, bourbon oak is present as well, a nice roasted presence and very nicely put together overall. Taste has lots of espresso and bourbon, oak, roast and a nice vanilla and chocolate flavour that is like fudge cake, finishes bitterswee with coffee and bourbon in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated and very creamy and smooth, full body. This was incredible stuff, something I wish I can come across again at some point, outstanding really.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at WVRST for the DDC party. Into a tulip.

Black with a brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Nose is similar to the regular Peche, coffee, espresso and cocoa. Light oak and the bourbon character is modest enough to let the base Peche still remain prominent. Taste has bourbon, espresso, cocoa. Alot of Peche character still remains, and the bourbon wraps itself in and around it - doesn't dominate the beer but does it's best to compliment. More oak, brown sugar and a bit of bourbon in the finish. Medium heavy body, viscous but not overbearing. Low carbonation elevates the drinkability of this. Brilliant BBA beer, really lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely smooth, bringing out coffee and bourbon. Black and lacey, coffee without sugar bitterness all the way through. Coconut, chocolate and vanilla. A sipper. Not noticeably boozy. Understated carbonated. Tastes as if aged a couple of years or more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Served side by side with the standard Péché Mortel.

The beer is dark brown with a small, beige head that leaves almost no lacing on the snifter. The dominant aromas are oak and bourbon, followed by a roasty, coffee presence. The flavor follows suit. The delectable coffee character I enjoy so much in the standard version is a bit overrun by the dominant bourbon barrel flavors. That said, this is still a very tasty beer. A nice, warming finish shows a bit of the alcohol. While this was most definitely a nice treat, I would have to give the nod to the plain ol' Péché Mortel.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sharing this one, served in a goblet right after the non-barrel aged version. Big want of mine. At the time of this review, this is #28 on the 'Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" and #11 on the "Top Beers - Canada" list.

Beer is black and has a smaller head than the original but it is there, brown small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, mildly bourbon.

Beer is oakier and less bitter than the original, it is good though, but the barrel / bourbon character is really low. Vanilla and oak on the end, dryer on the finish. Decent but not excellent, I'd have it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
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 gford217
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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 korguy123
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
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 birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a decent light mocha rim. Nose is a ton of fesh coffee beans with some chocolates and a touc of vanilla. Opens up with chocolates that move into a lot of coffee flavors. These transition into some subtle vanilla and bourbon flavors. The coffee comes back and ends this beer. Mouth is medium and smooth - the loads of coffee gives it a dry finish. Overall, this is a really nice bourbon barrel aged beer. It complements, rather than overpowers, the base beer. Highly recommended if you are a fan of th regular version.

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Photo of mothman
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
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 jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2011.

Totally black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Bourbon stands out strongly in the nose. A very nice smell but it really dominates the rest of the beer.

The taste is a different story. The regular coffee and cocoa flavours of Peche Mortel are clearly present, but nicely complemented by bourbon and oak, the bourbon being more present than the oak. Some vanilla in the finish. The barrel effect is very well integrated- present but not overpowering. Very nice.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice and lively without any irritation. Very smooth and silky. Lovely.

Overall, excellent. I would say I prefer it to the regular version. A real treat.

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Photo of brystmar
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, shared with blatantdream.

Black body, tan head, good head w/strong retention, sticky lace. Lots of bourbon flavors in the nose and taste, but its addition isn't at the expense of balance. The bourbon adds its own characteristics to this already decadent, complex brew without stealing the limelight, and that's precisely how it should be done.

An improvement over the (already fantastic) base. Wish this were easier to acquire :(

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