Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
3.83/5 rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This one pours out black with a giant, sticky brown head. The head falls back slowly, and is gone by the time you finish. You get decent lacing, as much as is expected from bottle-conditioned beers. The smell is coffee, but its not quite as coffee rich as some other similarly styled beers. You get a note of the roasted flavor, like the soy sauce flavor that accompanies the darkest of malts. The taste is really great. The backbone for many coffee beers is usually a bit sweeter, but this one is dark and roasty. Very interesting. You get the bitterness shining through, but there's also a very silky feeling to it. I'm a bit afraid that without the coffee you would get all soy sauce without the saltiness. But it's a flavor that I enjoy (though I doubt most other people would actually like it). You get quite a complex burst of flavors, that make you want to sit around and think about it. There's coffee and bittersweet malts, and the roasted flavors, all with a kick of silkiness, and you always want the next drink. I don't think this is as good as some other coffee stouts, but it's still good. I can't say I would buy cases of this and continue drinking it (which is quite normal for in my case most of the stronger stouts), but the likelihood of me finding it over and over again is rare enough that I would probably buy it if I see it again.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2008 02:18:15 | More by taylorhamrick
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4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
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
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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