Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.97/5 rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Consumed at Le Mondial de la bière 2004 de Montrèal (several times).
A mysterious opaque black brew, topped with a coffee colored head which keeps throughout the experience. Aroma can be summed up in one word: espresso. And I'm not just talking about hints of espresso. I'm talking the intensity, roastiness and richness found in ground espresso bean aromas. Hints of chocolate and warm toffee are muted beneath the thick blanket of espresso.
Taste? Absolutely loaded with more intense espresso flavors, and a smoothed in creaminess likened to sweetened milk coffee that lightens / fluffs up the beer's thickness. Roasty / bitter edge. Hints of burnt raisin and dark chocolate. Touch of smoke. Espresso flavors linger for quite some time, requiring a palate cleanser, which I couldn't bring myself to do. I wanted its bliss to linger forever, so I got another sample of it.
The beer's 9% ABV is well-hidden, in a very dark and evil way, the beer's name, which translates to "Mortal sin." And although Dieu du Ciel tags this as an "Imperial Stout" it should really be tagged as an "Espresso Assault," as this is very much a "coffee infused" beer. Man, this beer nailed the essence of espresso and crammed it into a beer. It's amazing that up until this beer, I've yet to taste a beer that has accomplished this at such level of complexity and intensity.
And not only is this the best coffee infused beer that I've ever had, but this is my pick for the best beer at Le Mondial de la bière 2004 de Montrèal. Although I sampled many great beers over the five days, no other beer even came close to standing out as this beer did.
Jean-François Gravel and Dieu du Ciel should be proud of this magnificent creation and example of how infinitely diverse beer can beer.
Serving type: on-tap
06-08-2004 15:37:32 | More by Todd
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4.24/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a brown 11.2 oz bottle with no dating of any kind; only a couple of notches on the label corresponding to two 0-9 numerals that I'm told indicate the batch number on bottles released in the U.S. For the sake of science, my two numbers are 6 and 4. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter glass.
Appearance - Decently aggressive pour yields only a small bit, maybe a half finger, of fallow colored head. That head quickly fades to a wispy film and a thin line of bubbles around the edge of the glass, which also fades away completely after too long. The body is a deep, dark brown that only reveals hints of dark chestnut with yellowish undertones when held directly in front of a bright light source. Lacing is almost nonexistent and consists mainly of sparse spots where the liquid was before those too disappear.
Smell - Strangely, I don't get much coffee from the nose of this beer at all. And given the use of cryptic batch numbers instead of dating, I'm left to wonder if I have an old bottle. That being said, the smell is very good--if it wasn't specifically billed as an imperial stout with coffee, I'd have no issues with it whatsoever. Notes of dark roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate are the frontrunners, but they are complimented by a slight hint of dark fruits like black plum and raisin. However, those fruity elements are gone as quickly as they came, leaving only the roastiness.
Taste - Finally, I arrive at the characteristics that impart the name to this particular beer. Though the smell was missing the coffee bean element, the taste has no such problem. After an initial bit of cocoa sweetness, the robust and bitter coffee characteristics take over quite aggressively. However, there is a depth that is easy to overpower with one-note coffee flavor on many imperial coffee stouts. The same dark fruit profiles contribute a softer, slightly sweeter take on the normally harsh and dominating roasted beans. It lends a rum-like quality to the beer that I really enjoy. There is a lingering bitterness afterwards that serves as a constant reminder of the base nature of this brew.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-heavy body with moderate-to-low carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste and a partially sweet finish.
Overall, a very good take on the coffee imperial stout style. As far as I'm concerned, the taste is the star of the show, but beer is for drinking, after all. If you are going to get one component of your beer right, might as well make it the taste. I will probably continue to pick bottle of this here or there as I run across them, as it's really quite good.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 07:06:57 | More by LambicPentameter
4.19/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Very dark. Finger of head. Moderate retention, good lacing.
S: Malted milk, some of the hoppiness comes through. Coffee(!), dark cocoa, some dark fruit.
T: Malty sweetness (think whoppers), darkened fruit and then bam, huge, massive coffee notes.
M: Fairly chewy, but not overly slick. Heavy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation are apropos for the style.
O: Very, very good. Huge coffee bitternes, which I love. Will definitely pick this up again. Needs a bourbon barrel.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:41:38 | More by McStagger
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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