Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Luckily I picked up six of these hard to find brews at a local shop. I've had them before, but this is my first review after a few go-a-rounds with it.
It pours dark, rich head (only for a bit). Quickly after the pour the nose is of coffee and dark chocolate, but as soon as the head dissipates, not much scent unless you get your nose really close, then of coffee and tobacco.
One very important note, you MUST drink this beer near cellar temps. If you don't, you are missing out on everything this beer is meant to be. I think I've only read one other review that mentions that...and it's 100% true. Maybe it's common knowledge, but just thought I'd bring it up again.
The first taste...as you would expect, COFFEE! It is a very refined coffee taste, with a malty sweetness, along with just a little dark chocolate flavor. This flavor lingers a LONG TIME on the palate. The mouth feel is creamy and with just a touch of carbonation (here's why I recommend the higher temp enjoyment, drinking this right out of the fridge destroys the mouth feel, WAY too bright on the tongue IMHO), but with just enough hop to cut the cream to an enjoyable level. A slight bitterness on the tongue at the finish.
I do feel a little kick of alcohol, but in this brew it adds to the enjoyment for me.
I rate this beer highly in all categories except drinkability, where it's just average. I struggle with this rating, is high drinkability necessarily good? This isn't a beer you're going to chug down a six pack in a couple hours...it's a beer to savor throughout, the complex interaction of coffee, malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco flavors is far more satisfying that pure drinkability.
If this isn't on your top 5 of all time favorite stouts (or even #1), you seriously need to reconsider you selections! Top notch in every way!
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2008 00:29:53 | More by mjrtoo
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