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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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4,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,168
Reviews: 1,665
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 566
Gots: 656 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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: 4,168 | Reviews: 1,665
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.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell some hops, but the aroma is dominated by coffee and the roasted malts.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is a strong coffee influence with some sweetness from the malts and balanced with a little hops. As expected from an Imperial Stout, it has a high alcohol content. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The balance between the flavors is great.

This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter.

This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a bold stout with coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it. One of my favorites.

Photo of Johnquisssssssy
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark colour; it's well balanced with a tinge of alcohol with a nice coffee feel. It's really understated but well balanced.

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

dutch cocoa and black coffee

full body, not too sweet

very dark, truly world class

Photo of JGam115
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich cocoa nibs, boozy aroma. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a bittersweet finish. Not bad.

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

OMG!! What an impressive imperial stout this is! Coffee and dark roasts are in the smell and flavor. An overall hardy mouthfeel. You know you are drinking an imperial stout the second it gently rolls over your taste buds. Everything improves as it warms in your snifter. It was disappointing to see the bottom of the glass. This stout shall be forever in my "wants".

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of TheFrothDoctor
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A Canadian beer from Montreal, poured a jet black colour with a coffee crema head.
The Initial taste was an intense espresso hit that tapered off into a dark chocolate flavour with hints of orange and tiramisu laced throughout.
The ending was like a smooth long black poured just right. At 9.5% this imperial coffee stout is an incredible drop!
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Photo of fscottkey
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] Pours a 1/2 finger of tan head on a black body. The head dissipates quickly laving only a thin tan film. The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and there is a date code of some kind (It is 9.5% I am not sure if matters).

S: [3.50] Very coffee forward. It smells like sweet coffee.

T: [4.00] The taste follows the nose. Very prominent coffee tones from front to back. There is a slight bitterness to the coffee flavor. No taste of the alcohol at all.

M: [4.5] The mouthfeel is velvety on the tongue. Nice carbonation level and nice slick mouthfeel.

O: [4] Where some IPAs might be a "hop bomb" this is a "coffee bomb". I like coffee stouts - but this was almost too one dimensional. I wish there were some hints of chocolate or roasted malts. The mouthfeel is very good - but the nose and taste lacked depth beyond the coffee. I thought I would be burned out by the coffee, at the end, but it actually tasted better as I reached the end. I think this nudge it up a fraction.

Photo of Gmolleur
2/5  rDev -54.5%

Poured from a 341 ml bottle, 18 november 2014 at around 8 degree celsius.

I don't get all the good ratings for this beer. Maybe i fell on a bad one?
It surely smells like coffée and dark cocoa but, nothing more.

it taste the same as an average stout should taste, (cocoa, coffee) but is waaaayyy too much bitter. Where is the sweetness everyone talks about? bitter, bitter and bitter. I feel like eating a spoonful of cheap cocoa powder added with some poorly chosen hops. No fruit here.

The feeling is very thin in mouth, a little carbonation , no density here. The texture barely gets at the end of the tongue that it is dissipated, leaving nothing but a bitterly taste and the warmth of alcohol drying my tongue out.

I feel like i must buy this beer another time from another place, because I really don't understand all the overly positive critics about this beer. And I really enjoy the other types of beer from this brewery.

I'm sorry to leave such a nasty critic, but inconsistency is a bad thing for any company out there.

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,168 ratings.