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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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3,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,600
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 513
Gots: 542 | FT: 59
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of dsartwell72


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured into an over sized wine glass. Bottled in February 2011. Very fresh bottle.

Appearance- Pours a deep black color, no light shining through. Beautiful creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. About 1 finger of head. Spotted sticky lacing with some long legs.

Smell- Coffee dominates the nose, chocolate in the background, and a little bit of alcohol hotness, with a bit of pine notes from the hops in the background.

Taste- Great taste. Coffee is up front with some chocolate in the background, much like the smell. Can't taste much alcohol, hidden very well. Pretty hoppy, mostly because its very fresh. I think with a couple months that will subdue some and let the roasted characters dominate. This does taste quite a bit differently fresh.

Mouthfeel/Drink- Pretty good mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Seems a little bit watered down. Drinkability is very good. Can't taste much of the alcohol at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:27:30 | More by dsartwell72
Photo of manahansf


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black opaque color with a thin creamy brown head. The brew gives off a big and bold roasted coffee aroma only barely hinting at the huge, yet smooth, espresso flavor. The body
is viscous and has low levels of carbonation and is fairly velvety. The finish is slow and sweetens as it gracefully comes to an end with a kiss of warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:23:37 | More by manahansf
Photo of NCSUdo


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341 mL bottle; bottled 9/07; bottle via a very generous ncvbc

A: Pours a dark brown under a half fingers worth of brown head. A little bit of lace and some wispy retention.

S: Smells of raw coffee, a little bit of sweet cream, maybe some very dark fruit thrown in and some roasted malt. Coffee is the main character here though.

T: Just like the nose, big coffee, a hint of a sweet chocolate, a little bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue and roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Big bitter coffee aftertaste.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is light, a little slick on the tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, smells and tastes like a cup of coffee. If you love coffee, you could easily tie this one on.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 01:38:54 | More by NCSUdo
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


a nice dark black with about 2-3 fingers worth of frothy light brown head. Slight lacing but nothing ridiculous.


huge aroma of coffee. A little chocolate and subtle soy sauce smell, probably the hops. I haven't smelled a bourbon county coffee stout, but I would imagine it smells exactly like this (minus the bourbon of course)


sweet roasted coffee! Coffee dominant but there is a little sweetness and booziness in there as well. Might be one of the best tasting coffee stouts I've had and I'm not a huge fan of coffee. A touch of bitterness which is ideal for a slightly sweet stout.


full bodied with perfect carbonation. Very creamy going down and leaving a slightly dry finish. Alcohol is very warming.


I could drink this every week. A little hard to find in the area and pricey from what I hear, but i will definitely be seeking this out.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:38:17 | More by cetherid
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Capone's in Norristown, PA. At $7, this is the cheapest I have ever seen or heard of this beer being sold. So that's a good start. Pours extremely dark brown, almost black, with a short tawny head. Very little light makes its way through this beer. Smells strongly of raw dark chocolate, carob beans, espresso, rum. Taste is a big roasted cocoa bean punch, burnt and black and bitter, mixed in with a strong deep-roasted coffee bean smack, aggressive and grainy. Definite alcohol presence on the finish, along with a restrained dark fruit flavor. Nice mix of flavors, very well done. Maybe a step away from being full bodied. Overall very interesting and not just a one-note coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 02:26:55 | More by aforbes10
Photo of Holland


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ruizjoseph for this one!

A: beautiful dark black with slight brown around the edges and a one finger dark khaki head with decent retention.

S: coffee, sweetness, roasted malt, and some more coffee.

T: more bitter than I thought, with some hops and some chocolate and roasted malt flavor along with the huge coffee taste.

M: equal amounts carbonation and thickness, with neither overdone.

O: solid beer with a fantastic smell. Would have again, no doubt, but wouldn't cellar it. This 2011 version was still excellent, though, so who knows?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 22:10:48 | More by Holland
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (34.1 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : coffee aromas
Taste and mouthfeel : strong notes of roasted malt and coffee, bitter chocolate and dry finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Imperial Stout

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 15:55:42 | More by thierrynantes
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle. Winter Storm Blast 2008, being snowbound and stuck at home leads me to a cellar stash break in to see what is calling my name.

Nicely complex brew pours out and leaves large small bubble head. Thick with a strong coffee flavor and sticky chocolate and dark fruit. Nice alcohol that blends so nicely into the beer leaving a warmth and resonance in your mouth.

If you like coffee, no make that GOOD coffee, this is a beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 21:19:18 | More by Dubbercody
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical super dark drown with a small amount of tan head with just a bit lingering around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty roasted coffee. Flavor is similar but with MUCH more coffee flavor coming through with some strong bitterness in the finish. Of all the coffee stouts I've had, this ranks very near the top with regard to how strongly the coffee flavor comes through - it really is remarkable.

Nicely carbonated but not overly so, this one is very drinkable. I could see it getting a bit overwhelming after a few though due to the strength of the coffee flavors and the resulting bitterness - it just might be a bit much for some people. For me though - i LOVE it. Would drink this any chance I get.


Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 02:52:39 | More by thetomG
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle into a snifter. notches between 4 and 5 on both # scales, but they only go up to 9 so im not sure what this means.

Pours a dark brown/black with a half inch beige head that lingers for a long while. One of the most impressive lacings ive ever seen on a stout, too. Smell is big on coffee and chocolate and charred malts. The taste is extremely smooth and hits you with a big chocolate flavor right off, followed by a good espresso kick and a nice bit of burned malt flavor. You get a lingering char feel in your mouth with this one too, it stays with you. Body is so creamy, the complete opposite of syrupy and is very impressive from a big stout. Hard to even call this full bodied, its more medium bodied which is very surprising for a stout like this. Not necessarily a sipper but why wouldnt you?

Overall not quite FBS tier but its close. A very impressive coffee infused imp stout and one that is super easy to drink. However, the price point is a bit high. Still, if this was available regularly around me i'd more than happily consume it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:32:21 | More by Axnjxn
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates to the edge of the glass, leaving a thin ring of foam. I can smell coffee without even sticking my nose in the glass! Needless to say the aroma is coffee grounds and the burnt smell of malts with the air of something slightly sweet.

The first sip is awesome. Huge coffee flavor and roasty malts followed by warming alcohol. There is also a bit of sweetness mixed at the end that is just slightly syrupy. As the beer warms, chocolate notes dance around the big coffee flavor and mellow out some of the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick, feeling some of the coffee bitterness, which is then greeted by the warming of alcohol and some chocolaty malt.

This beer is one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had, if not the best. Being a big coffee drinker I find this beer highly drinkable with the only knock on the drinkability being the strong alcohol presence. If 9.5% ABV is not your thing, then I would recommend Surly's Coffee Bender. Another great coffee beer that is more along the lines of a session beer. But in terms of imperial coffee stouts, Peche Mortel reigns supreme.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:35:39 | More by sisuspeed
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, opaque color with a small brown head which leaves some lacing in the glass.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, grapes, raisins, finish on herbal tones, fresh hops.

T: Coffee, sweet malts, milk chocolate. Bitter aftertaste. Alcohol becoming perceptible while warming up.

M: Medium bodied, a bit oily.

O: A big coffee stout, strong, rich, warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:39:36 | More by Fux
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a true, opaque black color. The tan head was three fingers thick and retained nicely as a cap that became rocky after a while leaving excellent curtains of lacing all the way down. The aroma smelled strongly of fresh coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The flavors were rich and delicious. I tasted hints of chocolate malt sweetness first then lots of deep, rich coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, espresso and hints of pipe tobacco. The bitterness was distinct but not biting and the finish lingered pleasantly on my tongue. Notably acidic, especially because of the coffee, but this helped cut through the thicker body of the beer. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation soft and the body full. I thought this was excellent, like drinking a cup of fresh brewed coffee that just happened to be alcoholic and served chilled. If you like coffee stouts like I do you cannot miss this.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 15:52:31 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smallish bottle poured into a dogfish snifter.

A small ring of head around the edges, leaving a small amount of spotty lacing. when swirled, it really coats the glass well.

The aroma is of strong, espresso like coffee. There is also some bitter chocolate which becomes more apparant as this warms.

The taste is consistent mainly of the nose: espresso with some dark, bitter chocolate. It is really pretty great. There are some roasted malts, and it is getting much better, and more chocolaty as it warms up, in a bitter, good way.

The Mouthfeel is where this beer really, really shines. It is absolutly perfect for the style. Nice and coating, with a viscious (sp?) feel to it. You can tell it is thick, just by the way it coats the glass.

I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes good coffee, and some bitter dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 20:58:02 | More by mikecharley
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Peche Mortel pours a dark mahogany, with a bit of a cherry tint as the glass fills up. A small creamy tan cap sits on top. The head quickly fades to a thin film, but there are some nice spots of lace on the glass.

Smell: This has a very balanced aroma. Chocolate, heavily roasted malt, espresso, and cream all blend together wonderfully.

Taste: This taste takes me back to an outside cafe in Milan, sipping on a caffe latte. The flavor is fairly even for a few moments, with chocolate, roasted malt, and some vanilla providing the flavor. All of a sudden, a full burst of espresso and cream burst through,

Mouthfeel: The body is lighter than I would expect ahead of time for a 9.5% imperial stout, but it is still north of medium. The carbonation is creamy but not that noticeable. The sweetness leaves a light stickiness and the coffee imparts a lightly astringent feel right at the end.


Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 05:22:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Older written review transcribed to online source,

Appearance: 4
Black opaque with brown cream dense with good retention

Smell: 4.5
Coffee with hints of dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste: 4.5
Sweet with bitterness at end. Notes of chocolate and coffee with toffee malt base.

Mouthfeel: 4
Smooth, rich, and creamy. Bitterness at end leaves you desiring more.

Drinkability: 4
Very smooth. Hides alcohol amazingly well. A little too sweet drink multiple. But great (breakfast) beer.

Highly Recommend

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 14:25:33 | More by EnemyWithin
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black. As I was pouring this with only a bit left in the bottle I was wondering where the head was and all of a sudden it exploded into a thick 2-3 finger brown cap before gradually receding into a thin layer.

Pleasant heavily citric coffee aroma, but more subtle than many other big coffee stouts...some of that citric aroma may be a touch of hops, though the aroma is definitely not hoppy. These aromas meld nicely with a little alcohol and hints of dark fruits.

Thick as hell and silky. Coats the tongue with bittersweet combination of citric coffee and tons of dark chocolate. Slight hop bitterness, and I am suspecting that some of those hops are contributing to the citric flavors as well. Finishes sweet and sugary, doesn't quite get to the point of being cloying. Alcohol is noticeable and is accompanied by the same hints of dark fruits as in the nose. The alcohol adds richness to this similar to the way rum adds richness to tiramisu. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 01:43:21 | More by NCBeernut
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy very dark brown, one finger thick creamy light brown head. Settles quickly; thin rings down the glass. Smell: big espresso... caramel, fruity, light roast and earth; plum, toasted brown bread. Taste: chocolate, caramel, soft pear-like sweetness, plum skin, lots of earthiness. Very well done coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 01:35:14 | More by babaracas
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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super dark brown nearly back in appearance with minimal head with a decently hard pour
Smells like roasted and dark fruit maltiness with coffee hanging in the background
Taste is the same with coffee notes and bitterness becoming more pronounced in the close. Dark chocolate and roasty, near burnt sweet malts there.
Mouthfeel is good can carry this medium heavy beer through also nice spice note
Overall good beer with coffee coming out as it warms

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 04:29:13 | More by Sensaray
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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Oily pitch black body, even when held up to the light. A one finger khaki head on the initial pour that recedes to a thin film and a ring around the edges of the glass. Beautiful stout.

S: Roasty and rich espresso and raw cacao upfront. A hint of sweet toffee and malt character take up the rear. A bit of alcohol heat emerges as it warms, and in coherence with the rest of the aromas is vaguely reminiscent of amaretto. Could smell this all day.

T: Bitter and astringent espresso and unsweetened cacao again are detected first, although not as potent as the nose. Roasty and acrid malt, as well as notes of tobacco follow and linger in the aftertaste. Definitely a showcase of the roastier side of stouts, little to no dark fruit or sweetness to speak of. Still great, but not as impressive as the aromas led me to expect. No trace of alcohol.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated, with an astringent and drying finish that lingers forever and is complementary to the lack of sweetness.

O: Great expression of an imperial coffee stout. The drying finish and lack of sweetness really accentuate the roasted notes of the malt and the bitter espresso character. I prefer a bit more balance in my imperial stouts in regards to residual sugar and a bit more sweetness, which makes me think that I would LOVE the bourbon barrel version. Still a fantastic beer, and I'll definitely grab it again whenever I see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 20:57:13 | More by More_betterness
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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 fl oz bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter glass

A- Pours a big mocha brown frothy head, 3 fingers worth. Head dissipates slowly, very sticky lacing. The color is pitch black, absolutely no light coming through this one.
S- The aroma is amazing, one of the biggest coffee aromas i have ever smelled in a beer. Big roasty notes, roasted coffee beans, malt, roasted dark cocoa.
T- Big big coffee taste, love it, like drinking straight up cold coffee, big roasted notes, bitter cocoa, slight chocolate taste but very minimal, roasted coffee takes over this one.
M- Big mouthfeel, this one coats your palate with nice coffee notes, very sticky, taste lingers for a while, well carbonated.
O- I've only had this one time before back when i first got into beer, and i was too much of a rookie back then to really appreciate this one. I love this beer, and wish it was more available in the States. If your a coffee lover this is the beer for you. The alcohol in this one being at 9.5% is no where to be seen. Highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:09:41 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with light brown head. Decent retention.

S: Getting a big note of baker's chocolate. A good amount of roasted coffee. Decent amount of vanilla. A bit of licorice.

T: Starts off with a sweet mocha which is cut short by a bitter charred malt.Roasted coffee beans and some prune. Bitter grain and bitter chocolate finish.

M: Medium-full body and carbonation. Fine carbonation. Finishes wet.

O: Overall a solid and enjoyable beer. Was hoping for a stronger coffee aspect. Just about right for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 07:14:06 | More by arfenhouse
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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a faint khaki head that quickly fades to a only a thin ring on top that leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of huge brewed black coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and faint vanilla. Very inviting.

Taste is of black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and maple syrup with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

Impressive big coffee and dark chocolate aroma and flavors combine with a velvety mouthfeel. A world class breakfast stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 08:51:55 | More by Furlinator
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish black with a thick brown tightly bubbled head that rises up an inch high and stays put.

Aroma of cocoa and molasses, some espresso notes.

Rich and deep flavors of bitter chocolate and espresso, molasses and licorice. Notes of charred bark and smoke. Hints of fruity tang, notes of brandy. Smooth, alcohol does not take over.

Rich and full mouthfeel, finishes a little powdery and tannic. The frothy head is still there, and wraps up every sip with a creamy punctuation mark. Slight warming to the cheeks.

Great beer and drinkable. Thanks to joerodiii for passing this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:24:39 | More by far333
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New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle > Chimay Goblet

Opaque darkness with a two-finger deep crown, clumpy and dense brown froth that is active in the middle, thick and rocky around the edges. Massive clumps of lacing.

The nose has peanutbutter, smokey coffee, heavy chocolate mocha with vanilla, chocolate cheesecake with a slight hint of blackberries.

The flavor is a big, chunky and sweet chocolate and peanutbutter malt at first and a big current of semi-bitter ground coffee and cream. More sweetness pops out, with honey in the malt which is balanced with subtle earthy hops. Chocolate covered coffee beans and a rather woody, smokey heat rides in at the last minute. Overall, thickly sweet and roastie around the edges.

Big-full bodied, thick and creamy with a medium middle and smooth finish.

This one has a very authentic coffee flavor that plays with the chocolate currents very well.I don't think you'll find this one hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 17:55:40 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,600 ratings.