Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! : Péché Mortel – Imperial Stout au Café


Shhhhh, set your super-secret Imperial decoder rings to “mirror”…

J’ai eu l’idée d’écrire ce billet de blog entièrement en français, mais j’ai réalisé que peut-être c’et un peu d’un problème pour la plupart de nos lecteurs régulier; donc, je vais continuer en anglais…

Where were we?  Oh right, the beer – whenever friends are headed chez Montréal dans la Belle Province and float requests for recommendations, we tell every one of them “You have to go to la Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!  You can’t go to Montreal without going to DDC, it’s pretty easy to get to if you’re near McGill, just head up Saint-Laurent (you can pop into Schwartz’s en route) and hang a left on Laurier, but keep your eye out, it’s easy to miss.”

Like many of our early brilliant beer discoveries, we have an older sibling to thank for introducing us years ago to a wee little hole-in-the wall brewpub called Dieu du Ciel! (roughly works out to “God in Heaven!” but it loses a little in translation) that changed the way we looked at brewpubs.  A trip for us to Montreal simply does not happen anymore without a few nights exploring beer heaven chez la Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!; it is, simply put, our favorite brew pub on the planet.  We don’t know how more glowing we could make the recommendation – if you are ever in Montreal, you must go to DDC.  Period.

Suffice it to say when we stumbled across their beer, in bottles(!), on the shelves(!), in Vancouver(!) right there for us to buy without having to go all the way to Montréal(!)… well, it was a guaranteed Hobbyist post.

This beer floods the glass black as sin, even when held up to the light (Péché Mortel roughly translates to “Mortal Sin” – see what I did there?), like someone combined coffee, molasses and crude oil.  Then put a black hole in the glass just for good measure.  The head is something else, rich dark brown, fine and silky on top and self-sustaining throughout our long savoring of this treat, continually replenished by an under layer of slightly larger bubbles, like thousands of glass marbles stacked up and waiting for their turn.

The nose is incredibly enticing; earthy, rich heavy coffee and espresso aromas; vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malt, brought about by the fair trade coffee infused during brewing.  The flavour follows suit, dense coffee and molasses bitterness, which brings with it dark chocolate characteristics, roasted flavours and vanilla.  As the beer warms the complexity of the flavour ramps up; touches of dry roasted hazelnuts appear and hints of cherries.  You know there is 9.5% hiding in here, but there are still wonderfully smooth drinking stout characteristics, it feels like silk across the tongue.  This Hobbyist doesn’t even drink coffee and it is always a go-to beer whenever we’re lucky enough to be on-site.

Now, we have to be honest, we’ve tried a bunch of their bottled beers and they don’t quite stack up against getting it fresh poured and set down on the small round wooden table you’ve occupied for the evening in Montreal, but that’s probably a little unfair as that is somewhat of an experience in itself and fresh beer is hard to beat; they’re darned close and damned good though and we’re stoked to have them available in BC.

Monsieur Lafontain et Monsieur Audet, merci pour la bière.  Santé!

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