Review: Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel (2020)

Looking on my Untappd, I've only sampled Brasserie Dieu du Ciel's Péché Mortel Imperial Coffee Stout four times in my life.. not including their one offs that I've sampled at Mondial de la Bière at one point. Well, I did a custom order of Péché Mortel Bourbon back in early March through the Manitoba Liquor Commission as I wanted to splurge and re-visit the legendary Bourbon version of the beer. Fast forward to this week, I ordered a lot of the Bourbon-edition stout and they didn't have the quantity I ordered.. and the edition they ordered was the classic Péché Mortel sans Bourbon. I was a tad disappointed that I didn't get what I want4ed.. but I realized I still had one of the best Imperial Coffee Stouts in the world ordered for me. 9.5% ABV at that.. wow. 

Before we get into Péché Mortel today, here's my review of Péché Mortel in 2012!

Appearance: Dark, dark stout, not as thick as most but does have a very brown cola-like body to it. The head has a moderate thickness with yellowish cookie dough hue to it, diminishes pretty quickly to leave behind a light amount of lacing on the small sampler glass I have. 

Aroma: A lot of coffee presence to it, roasted malt, dark chocolate, pepper, caramel and a bit of a creaminess at the end. Tad boozy but doesn't burn the nostrils at all.

Taste: Roasted malt profile with a moderate pepperiness to it, moderate amount of chocolate notes, hint of brown sugar, a hint of booziness and overall has a bitter and spiced Mocha vibe to it. This is ridiculously smooth for 9.5% ABV, like too smooth.

Overall Thoughts: I can't believe it's been years since I last had this beer as is... and I've only had it a small handful of times in the past decade, mostly in the past week or at the Dieu du Ciel taproom in Montreal. It's late may, the weather is chilly and smokey but it's pairing well with everything accordingly. I don't see myself going to Montreal this year but I hope now we will start seeing Dieu du Ciel in Manitoba more often seeing that beers like this are actually accessible. Smooooooooooth.

PS - is that the Coupe Stanley on the recently re-branded label?

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