Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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4,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,229
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 576
Gots: 675 | FT: 66
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

The Péché Mortel was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001.
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Ratings: 4,229 | Reviews: 1,674
Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Black with a tan head, some carbonation coming off the bottom, some lacing, looks a little thin for a double stout.

A: Coffee, chocolate malts, alcohol on the nose, mostly dark roasted coffee notes, smells great.

T: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some bitterness, finishes with a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor,really good, love all the flavors going in this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry.

O: Very impressed, my two favorite flavors in one, stout and coffee, very complex, definitely earns its world class rating, if you love coffee stouts this one is worth a try and is worthy of regular consumption.

Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Bar Hop in Toronto. Pitch black body. Creamy head looks like a nitrogen tap line. Coffee malt aroma. Taste follows nose, even Espresso. Hop bitterness as well as roasted malt bitterness. Impressively low on the alcohol burn. Smooth. Not overly exciting flavors but dangerously drinkable at the given ABV.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was amazing!! Very well done. Smooth with an easy slight sweet finish. I could drink a bunch. It is that well balanced. Great Job to the brewer!! Cheers

Photo of beermeplz
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional coffee stout. I should've drunk this in the morning.

Edit: This shit is delicious...there's alcohol in here? Incredibly well done. If you like coffee and beer, this is it.

Photo of utopiajane
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque. A creamy head of dense mocha foam tops this one and won't leave. refreshes with each tip. Nose is roast. Deep and rich. Caramel, coffee and earth. Nutty as it warms. Taste is smooth and rich. Touche of booze and plenty of roasty bitter coffee. Light cream. Blackened malt. Intense. Earthy bitter finish with some burnt sugar. Full mouthfeel.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best coffee infused beers I've had. Very rich, somewhat bitter, distinct coffee taste on the palate. Enjoyable!

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very black color in nature with a small tan/mocha head and no lacing to speak of. Coffee in the aroma as well as roasted espresso beans. Tastes like a fresh brewed cup of espresso over ice. Bitter coffee up front with roast and char to follow. A warm finish and smooth on the palate. Wonderful coffee stout; the way it should be!

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great example of a coffee stout. Possesses heavy coffee flavor with great smoothness to beer. Have to try BA version.

Photo of Moose90
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into 16oz tulip

A – Pours a deep dark black, with slightly translucent mahogany edges. Head is creamy cappuccino colored and leaved behind spotty lacing.

S – Intense notes of rich and deeply roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

T – Roasty, bitter and fresh espresso roasted coffee, dark and nearly charred notes of rich malts.

M – Medium-Full, not overly heavy, long and lingering finish.

O – Truly a world class representation of the style. This leans toward the drier and more bitter side of the spectrum, which I really appreciate. Wonderful beer.

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderfully crafted RIS. Roasty, smooth and creamy. Absolutely perfect

Photo of kevinlater
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle into goblet. bottled some time in october 2014. enjoyed on april 16, 2015

a: pitch black with a finger of coffee-coloured head. yep, coffee stouts...

s: espresso/black coffee, cocoa, caramel

t: very coffee-forward stuff -- i love it. up front is a quick prune-like dark fruit note, but that quickly dissolves into rich freshly-roasted coffee/espresso and cocoa. mid-to-late-palate has a mild herbal hop presence, notes of toasted bread and maybe a touch of toffee. finishes with bitter coffee and cocoa flavours that linger forever

m: slightly above medium body, creamy stuff, coats your mouth. little to no carbonation

o: very one-dimensional but it is a dimension that i adore

Photo of thebeers
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with thin head that's quick to dissipate but leaves nice mocha-colored lacing. Roasted malts and quality coffee in the aroma carry over to a smooth taste, full bodied, with sweet cream and milk chocolate present. Solid across the board. I especially appreciate how they meld the dark roast and creamy, chocolatey flavors.

Photo of fatneck13
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After having it on tap I considered seeking asylum in Canada. So imagine my excitement after bringing the legal allowable limit back into the states to be rationed out until my next possible visit. Alas once having it on tap, the bottle version was a let down. While unfair to compare it to the tap version I will forever feel that slight pang of heartache upon the first sip from the bottle ... well of the beer, poured from the bottle.

Photo of adacovsk
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a black abyss. Strong, pleasant aroma. Bitter coffee aftertaste; could be more refined, but very smooth for a strong stout.

Photo of KATCanada
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer makes me proud to be Canadian. Incredible nose, the sweetness, the coffee, the chocolate. Unbelievable. A great beer to share with non beer geeks - i guarantee you will blow their minds. I have never met anyone that did not love this beer. Not saying it's the best but it's damn close for me.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.67/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown color with subtle carbonation activity. Creamy light brown 1.5 finger head lasting around 5 minutes and some good legs.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, cocoa, coffee, herbal spices. Strong earthy roasted oak like bitter taste, slight caramel sweetness, and smoky cappuccino feel.

Creamy milky medium body with some perfect carbonation. Strong and long finish ending with a highly spicy burnt mouth coat and thick toffee feel aftertaste.

Overall : Warming good craft without the elegance. Overly spicy, slightly stale, missing some body, and not very accessible. Overhyped in my opinion.

Photo of Snoman4141
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It just isnt FBS pretty close but no...

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The Beer poured a deep dark black.

Smell - The nose was far from exceptional. Notes of bitter coffee were most notable.

Taste - Bitter coffee comes through at the front. The bitterness continues and lingers. This coffee could use some creamer. Bitter continues in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the tongue to feel loke a mouthfull of dark coffee grounds.

Overall - A sold stout, though one I may not repeat.

Photo of DaveBar
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $13.00 for a 4pk. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Super dark black color here.

S- Oodles of chocolate, coffee and unfortunately heat. Less heat would be a higher score

T- Nice coco flavor. Fair amount of heat takes this down a touch. Coffee notes hit you at the very end. Nice blend.

M- Creamy good. Has a bit of chalkiness to it but still very good

O- Nice beer. Glad I bought a case. Will see how it goes over the years. Worth exactly what I paid for it but no more. It's 80% as good as a Tenfidy or simiilar

Food Pairing

This high heat beer went well with..... Pad Thai. The spiciness was cut by this high heat beer.


Photo of 57md
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown in color. The roasted malt and coffee blend together so very well. The flavor is rich and the body is full. The bitterness on the finish comes more from the coffee than the roasted malt.

The alcohol is well hidden; while this is definitely a sipper, one could have several of these before unceremoniously falling off a bar stool.

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good... after warming up. Not great, in my opinion - too much of a cold press overload. Like a more refined version of Fuel Cafe.

Photo of Desp59
2/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too strong on the coffee for me. Too much roast too.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. This beer is black with highlights of cola at the edges. A gentle pour yielded a thin head that receded to a ring. Dots of lace are left behind as the beer is consumed. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is bitter espresso, dark cherries, some vanilla, unsweetened chocolate, and a smoky/roasty malts. On the low end of full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

Photo of pants678
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, no head despite aggressive pour.

Edgy, hot ground coffee.

Taste of whole coffee beans, not the smooth and mild sort. Little sugar, bubble gummy from the start but that doesn't hold. Charcoal, marshmallow and roasted malt make for a bit of astringency. Lingering coffee aftertaste.

Hardly carbonated.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours jet black with a finger of tan head. decent lacing and retention.

S: coffee upfront. roasted malts, chocolate, slight bitterness.

T: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hop bitterness. alcohol is very well masked. Coffee is very well balanced with the beer.

M: excellent mouth feel. nice and thick with low carbonation.

O: an awesome beer. I wish it was available in TX.

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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