Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4.4/5 rDev 0%
A great looking stout. Black as a starless night in the Darkness goblet. A nice tan coloured head, a finger thick (would have been more except the volume of the glass caused me to take it easy at the end of the pour) with excellent retention. Nice, sticky, thin sheets of lace. This is a beautiful looking brew.
A nice nose on this one too. Creamy nougat, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, a hint of anise, and earthy hops.
Wow, this is a tasty and incredibly rich brew. Creamy caramel nougat meets a good dose of earthy, rich dark roast coffee. Roasted malts hint at bittersweet chocolate and a whisp of smoke. A hint of anise appears near the finish before the earthy hops reminiscent of decaying leaves are revealed.
This is big on coffee as well as a rich, nougaty accompaniment. Almost full bodied and quite mildly carbonated, as it should be. Almost more coffee than roasted malts, which is surprising, but quite satisfying to this coffee lover. A very well crafted brew, with an interesting balance that is slightly coffee forward.
This is going down pretty easy considering just how big this beer is. A great treat on this bitter, windy winter night. I could knock a few of these back quite easily in one sitting, although the alcohol would catch up to me sooner rather than later. It does reveal itself with a palate and belly warming quality that is just what this bag of bones needs on this frigid winter solstice. Highly recommended for fans of coffee stouts. Im glad i have a few more bottles of this one to enjoy later when the mood strikes. It wont be too long.
12-22-2008 02:31:36 | More by demcorhip
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4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Split this among a few friends last night in celebration of the Hockeytown boys winning Lord Stanley's cup.Poured a jet black with a thinner creamy dark tan colored head,aromas obviously had deep dark roast coffee tones mixed with dark fruit and a hint of bitter chocolate.Mas what a silky smooth mouthfeel this is what make a very good beer a great beer no faults to its mouthfeel whatsoever.Flavors are rich but not overly so,smooth dark coffee and dark chocolate like a mocha espresso with a hint of spiced rum in the finish.A fantastic brew to end a fantastic night.
06-05-2008 15:49:42 | More by oberon
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
In this case Peche does not mean "peach". According to our waitress at Dieu Du Ciel, "Peche Mortel" (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) is Quebecois for "Mortal Sin". And indeed this brew was.
Served only in 750ml bottles at the brewpub, Peche Mortel is an Imperial Stout that has been aged with coffee beans over time. It was a pure black pour with almost no head whatsoever.
The nose was very sweet and oozed of espresso bean and chocolate. The mouthfeel was both rich and very smooth. Again, intense flavours of coffee & espresso bean overwhelmed the palate.
The finish lingered long, and pleasantly i might add. A wonderful dry, coffee finish. A perfect after dinner drink! To me, this is a true classic. High marks for amibitious creavtivity!
06-09-2003 20:44:02 | More by Popsinc
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Many thanks to Flying Bison for the bottle.
Nice label. Nice bottle. Ugly price tag... I hope she is worth it.
Appearance: Atramentous as a tar pit. Complete in its opacity with a wonderful mocha head. Superb clinging, retention, and lacing.
Aroma: Freshly roasted espresso beans. A touch of cocoa. As a coffee drinker since age two, I cant help but drool over beers like this.
Taste/feel: Like enjoying a richly dense Hagendaaz coffee milk shake with added espresso and cocoa syrup. The intensity of the coffee is mind blowing. Its like they packed Juan Valdezs entire donkey in this one little bomber. I find some tobacco present as well as some burnt dark chocolate but at the end of the day this is a coffee beer through and through.
Drinkability: Perfect. I could sit in a café and drink this from one sunup to the next.
Is it worth it? For me, it is certainly worth the splurge to try it once but in comparison to similar beers from Bells, Alesmith, and Founders it just doesnt hold up for repeated visits because of price and obscurity.
11-28-2006 17:47:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
As black as the night is long. Black hole black with a a light, mocha colored head, comprised of very fine and thin bubbles, leaving a clear-cut separation between the brew and the foam. Almost floats up and perches like the type of head you'd expect in a nitro-tap brew. Impressive looking little coffee stout, here... hold the cream and sugar, no doubt.
The aroma is unadulterated, straight up dark, roasted coffee. Italian espresso roast. Burnt ass French roast. Just insanely roasted, oily, dark, nearly burnt and charred coffee beans. Whoa... what's this? There's a very faint, underlying sweetness in the form of creamy vanilla that works to balance the roast. But balance isn't the key, here. The appreciation of fresh coffee beans is, so step back and appreciate, son.
The taste is more of the same. Lovers of all things java will appreciate this brew like crazy. Dark roast, like you've been handed a roasty, black cup o' joe from the promise land itself. A mild creamy and milky undertaking soothes things out for the wimp in all of us - but the roastiness is still a monster here, imparting delicate bitterness and mounds upon mounds of fresh coffee flavor.
A little astringency on the very back end with a subtle touch of deep, depp prune-like sweetness. Wow, I'm loving the ride that this beer is taking me on. The mouth feel is as oily as the beer looks; thick and boisterous, taking no prisoners. Carbonation is but a rolling boil, and it works really well to retain the creamy and smooth characteristic of the beer, matching the flavor profile nicely.
I had always heard about this stuff and wondered if it was really as good as everyone says. Short answer... yes, it is. It's fabulous. If you're a coffee lover and addict, like myself, then you need to treat yourself with this beer. The coffee element is nearly second to none with it's excellent aroma, flavor, and layered characteristics. Definitely one of the top coffee stouts I've had to date.
09-22-2013 14:16:19 | More by tectactoe
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in pint glass.
A: The pour is rather thick, almost black with a fantastic head - Very big, pale brown color, thick and very creamy (almost reminiscent of a nitro-induced head). Very good head retention. The beer looks really great. Might be the best looking imperial stout I've ever had.
S: Plenty of espresso-like coffee aromas, very rich and powerful. Freshly ground dark roasted coffee beans, plenty of dark chocolate, roasted malts and notes of toffee.
T: Very rich and powerful. Strong espresso flavors, freshly ground coffee beans. Big dark chocolate flavors as well making the taste resemble that of café mocha. Some creamy notes. The coffee flavors are backed up by a very firm stout-backbone with a solid sweet maltiness. Some nuts and molasses. The bitterness in the finish is gentle and has a coffee bitterness feel to it. Some warming alcohol in the finish, but other than that the alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Full bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky and rather smooth.
D: This is a great beer with a wonderful espresso-like coffee profile. Rich, rather complex, powerful and dense. Even though the coffee flavors take the lead, it still feels very well balanced.
03-25-2009 22:58:56 | More by ricke
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
Reviewed on 8/28/10 prior to attending the Traverse City Microbrew Festival. Thanks, TCGoalie for this treat. Split two 11.2 oz. bottles between TCGoalie, BuckyFresh, and myself.
A: I think this is the prettiest stout that I've seen. It pours nearly pitch black with a nice 1 finger, mocha head into my very large snifter. The head was like the top of a carboy as beer is fermenting - tumultuously bubbly. The lacing is splashy and sticky.
S: Big coffee notes at first, backed up by a dark chocolate and alcoholic heat in my nostrils. Some tobacco and leather undertones are also present. This is a big and creamy smelling beer. I am also smelling hazelnut, amaretto, kahlua, and lots of vanilla in Peche Mortel.
T: Right as the beer hits the tip of my tongue, I get a nice cigar smoke character, which is complemented by a lovely biting, acidic coffee flavor throughout the sip. In the middle of each draught, the rich, creamy, and sweet flavors cascade onto the middle of my palate. Then at the end of each sip, that acidic coffee taste reemerges from the background. This is a very earthy taste.
M: There is a lot going on here - a great bite on the sides of my mouth throughout, while the middle of the sip reveal a full, rich, creaminess. Those two feels balance each other wonderfully.
D: This is a very complex beer that I will certainly have again. The heavy bitterness does knock it down just a wee bit for me, though, as I wouldn't want to have too much in a sitting.
09-20-2010 22:06:24 | More by TCHopCraver
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
A- Oily black with a creamy, light brown head
S- Great aromas of dark chocolate and espresso with a light woodiness and subtle fruitiness, rum balls.
T&M- Starts out smooth and chocolatey and finishes with roast and subtle hoppy flavors. Nice vanilla milkiness in the fade with warming alcohol.
One of the best coffee stouts out there.
11-18-2009 00:18:38 | More by brownbeer
3.8/5 rDev -13.6%
Aroma- Earthy, deep carab, chocolate, a hint of acridity gives it an edge, deep and layered, but tight and not jumping out of the glass
Appearance- Thin, dark espresso head leaves no lace.
Taste- Coffee flavor is there, in tandem with a strong dark chocolate character. There is some residual sweetness to this beer, but it is a low base flavor. Doesn't come close to being a milk stout. A little molasses or sourghum flavor begins to hang on the palate in the aftertaste with continued sipping.
Mouthfeel- Very long finish is the only place where alcohol is detectable along with an astringency from the dark malts and maybe coffee. Sounds unpleasant, but kind of dries off the palate for the next sip. I would call this a full bodied beer with a silky mouth feel.
Overall- This is very well-made beer. It is a unique Imperial Stout with a very focused emphasis on a couple of flavors. It is an intense sipping beer that may not be for everyone and would probably be best paired with some kind of dessert or even, dare I say it, tobacco. If you are the kind of person who spends 8 bucks on designer chocolate at the healthfood store, you'll probably love this.
01-18-2010 07:17:56 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
A - Very dark black. Not much foam, no retention, no lacing.
S - Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate
T - Tons of coffee bitterness. Not much chocolate flavors which is surprising. Roasted malts. The carbonation really helps to clear the palate.
M - Full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a fairly clean finish. The abv is disguised very well.
O - Great stout that I'm glad is easy to find in my area. Looking forward to trying Aphrodite next.
08-27-2011 14:22:00 | More by SkiBum22
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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