Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.85/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Fun story: I've bought this beer a total of 4 times in my life (and luckily it IS getting easier to find), yet every time I get it I never seem to have the chance to review it! Partially because it's yummy, and also partially because I've had it at disadvantageous times for proper reviewing. Suffice to say, my fourth bottle was found today half consumed and left aerating in my fridge! Yikes! There is some element of sin attached with this after all. The first bottle I ever bought mysteriously disappeared from my dorm room fridge - and my roommate had no idea what happened with it! Ok, enough banter! Onto the beer - poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle.
Pours an extremely dark, brownish tinged color. No light will pass through this thing. The thickened, roasted texture gives me the impression that coffee grounds are floating throughout this thing. Looks charred and hearty overall, in ways that no other coffee stout I know of ever looks. Carbonation rises to the glass in ridiculous ways at first, combined with a 1 finger sized brownish chocolate head, but it dies down into a ring that still adds an element of elegance to the beer, and giving it the impression of being a genuine cross between a stout and a coffee beverage.
The aroma is rather intense, but in one of the best ways possible. There's an initial alcoholic scent, but it's quickly replaced by an utterly mindblowing combo of fresh espresso beans coated with hop zest, chocolate malts, vanilla beans, herbs, and other spices that are too faint to be individually hand picked. Those coffee beans really linger on the nostrils in the best way possible, and everything smells really fresh and splendid overall, especially the roasted malt aromas combined with the slight hoppiness.
The flavor is where everything really hits home, however. There's no way anyone can make a coffee stout quite like Dieu du Ciel does. The malts and near floral hops hit the palate at first, only to be replaced with tons of espresso beans and a roasted dark chocolate finish. The coffee flavors appear to explode on the tongue, often remaining and not even daring to leave anytime after each sip. Imagine having a premier imperial stout, filled with dark, rich malts, flavorful hops, and strong alcoholic properties. Then, imagine chewing on flavorful, fruity espresso beans. Then... Imagine getting those two factors and making a beer out of them. That is THIS beer! Everything goes down smoothly and easily, in a bold, clear finish. There is no astringency to speak of, no alcoholic burn, and especially no bitter notes other than the espresso texture that remains on the tongue rather than at the throat.
This is pure perfection here in terms of coffee-infused beers. Never had anything like this to date, and while not my to-go style of imperial stouts (I prefer chocolate over coffee), this is still one of the best beers I've ever had, and definitely complex and ambitious as well. Incredible stuff - don't ever pass by the chance to try it.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2012 08:03:37 | More by magictacosinus
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