Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by etaggie09:
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Jet black. No light shines through this bad boy at all. Poured into an oversized wine glass. produced a one finger coffee-cream head that doesn't want to leave. Swirling the beer easily brings back the head after it goes down a bit. Nice sticky lacing on the swirl, too. An impressive start. Throughout the session a small cap always remains. Lacing is great, and the head quickly reforms after swirling.
Nose: This reminds me of Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout, which worries me a bit because that beer was so over the top on taste that I couldn't finish it. I still enjoy the smell though. It's very boozy. Sweet, rich malt with a definite coffee presence here. A little cocoa and huge crystal malt presence. Dark fruits like plum and fig stand out.
Taste: Slick and smooth coffee flavor with some cream and caramel. Big lingering coffee bitterness. This kind of tastes like the cuban espressos my brother-in-law makes, which is to say it is freaking delicious. It's more subtle than I thought it would be. It doesn't aim to beat the tongue into submission like some American beers tend to do. There's some rye breadiness in there, too. Just a really smooth sophisticated flavor to this beer. It is just really well done. As it warms, some fruit cake flavors some through. Raisin and bread finished with espresso. Yum! I don't know what I was expecting from this beer, but it wasn't this, and it's very, very refreshing. This beer is a perfect after dinner beer to me. Just replace this with coffee after a big meal, and I am perfectly satisfied. Subtle, sophisticated, balanced, delicious, and very drinkable.
Mouthfeel: This is thinner and more carbonated than any big stout I've ever had, but it is not disappointing in the slightest. It is not syrupy, and honestly I could have another on of these because of the mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated, but definitely more carbonated than most of the style. Delivers the beer exactly as it should, I think.
Overall: This is the last of the big beers that I've been tasting for the past couple weeks. I think I've assaulted my tastebuds enough and I am ready for some less demanding beer for a little while. This was the perfect beer to end with, though. It is definitely a big beer. It's got a lot of flavor, a huge coffee profile, definite alcohol strength, but it just carries it all off with this sense of easy refinement that is very refreshing and inviting. This beer doesn't challenge you to drink it, it welcomes you, and after feeling like I was entering into a boxing ring with a lot of the beers I've tasted recently, this is a welcome experience. I highly reccomend you grab some of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2011 16:48:06 | More by etaggie09
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4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Re-review with a fresh bottle since I feel the last review was an old bottle and the brew suffered as a result. This bottle just hit the stores and has the 6 and the 9 checked off.
A: Black pour with a tall, frothy medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with great head retention. Heavy thick fluffy lacing everywhere.
S: Can smell the coffee from across the room immediately. Big, sharp, acrid coffee bean aroma. A little creamy chocolate sweetens it up decently.
T: What do you know, more coffee bean. Big bitter coffee flavors up front. This is definitely fresh. Lots of creamy chocolate joins the coffee shortly, sweetening it up and lending a really nice mocha flavor. Sweetness runs out in the finish, leaving a semisweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavor lingering forever in the aftertaste. Get almost a little hoppy bitterness lingering in the aftertaste too, sort of a resinous piney flavor but just a little bit.
M: Medium-heavy, smooth and creamy.
O: A really nice coffee stout. Huge and tasty coffee flavors abound. Not TOO bitter due to the inclusion of a nice sweet chocolate. Ends up balanced decently but there is still plenty of bitterness to go around at the same time. Helps keep it from being cloying I think. Very tasty. Half a notch down from FBS, IMO. Must drink this one fresh for sure. Don't age it, trust me.
Unsure of age but fairly aged. Looks like the 2 and the 0 are ticked off on the side of the label. Unsure what that means, Feb 2010? It would be about right I guess.
A: Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Head is very dense and refuses to go anywhere. Frothy too, like a chocolate milkshake. Great retention. Moderate splotchy lacing. (4.25)
S: Roasted coffee bean and umami. Hints of chocolate. (3.75)
T: Roasted coffee bean up front, rich but mellow. Not sharp like you'd usually expect. Chocolate in the middle. Some telltale oxidation on the back end with some dusty cardboard mixing with the chocolate and leaving a dry finish. Not overpowering but definitely has surpassed its prime. A touch of bitter coffee floats between sips. (4.00)
M: Medium-heavy, smooth. (4.00)
O: Not a bad coffee stout but I noticed it has a twist-off cap. Combined with a few years of age and I think oxidation has detracted quite a bit. It's tasty and smooth but clearly not as good as it could be. I will have to check in and see if I have some newer bottles to compare with. (4.00)
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 06:40:42 | More by Dope
4.63/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A thick black pour into my tulip glass, minimal head and a bit of sloppy lacing left behind. The smell is coffee up front with hints of cocoa and vanilla.
The flavor is a dark roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate makes it tastes like a latte.. Hints of vanilla and oak are present but that dark roasted malt bill is unbelievably tasty. Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
This is a fantastic beer and I'll be pick up some more when I see some! Been wanting to try it for a while and finally found it in NYC - glad It was as good (actually better) as I expected.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 00:49:27 | More by facundoCNB
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,124 ratings.