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

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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3,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,908
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 524
Gots: 583 | FT: 58
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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1.9/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Honestly i did not like this beer but to each his own, i bought it out of curiosity, i guess im just not a fan of the style or this was just a bad way to get into it

Appearance - pours like used motor oil

Smell - thick thick molasses and burnt coffee

Taste - pretty much the same as the taste, with an after taste of alchohol and coffee

Mouthfeel - THICK, like well molasses, taste stuck with me for awhile

Drinkability - one was enough for me

, Jul 22, 2009
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2/5  rDev -54.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -48.9%

TeachChefs, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of niz
2.3/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

well after all the hype i had to give this one a try,

pours motor oil black with two finger tan head,

smells of alcohol and burnt espresso,

tastes the exact same, if i were to roast some espresso beans until they were charred all the way through, then threw them into a blender with ice and vodka, thats exactly how this tasted to me.

too boozy and too much espresso for me,

i understand what they were going for, and they hit the nail right on the head,

but for me, this is too over the top to enjoy,

couldn't finish it.

niz, Jan 10, 2009
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2.42/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5oz bottle. Black with a medium tan head that settles to a sparse foam slick. Slightly burnt green vegetal coffee aroma. It's a bit harsh to start but after thirty minutes or so, it mellows into a simply sweet and stale coffee aroma. A bit sweet on the tongue, but with an over-roasted and vegetal coffee character, that ends on an alcoholic and slightly burnt bitterness. Syrupy but also a little thin. I don't get this one. tastes like they burnt the coffee beans and then let the coffee sit out overnight before adding it to the beer. Honestly hard to finish this one.

bulletrain76, May 11, 2009
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2.45/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice while doing a tasting with dark lord, old rasputin 12, speedway stout, and dfh world wide stout. This was by far the least favorite of the grouping. Nothing special here at all.

It pours a medium dark black, still very dark in the light, light tan head, lacing ok.

The aroma is very strong, mostly of burnt wood and alcohol surprisingly don't get any coffee. The smell is pretty off putting, make you almost not want to drink it.

Taste is very light compared to the aroma, you think its just going to hit you in the mouth but it doesn't. You taste coffee from start to finish, that's it. Not very complex or compelling. Mouthfeel is bad, not very drinkable.

jrallen34, Sep 20, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -43.2%

eulerthegrape, Jan 25, 2014
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2.55/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Drinking this one with dinner.
March 2010 bottling. Served at around 50 degrees.

There is something I'm not really a big fan of with this beer. I love coffee porter and stouts, but this one just doesn't rub me the right way.

It has good mouthfeel, smells good, looks great... the taste is just an extremely bitter coffee flavor, almost like spent coffee grinds, and not in a good way. The balance is off with this beer... especially when compared to others in this category of coffee porter/stouts.

The balance in Speedway Stout (all 9 versions that I've tried), Alpine Token, or even MS Arctic Rhino make them much more palatable beers. This is just not my cup of tea.

Because of this, the heat is extremely apparent to my palate, and is not hidden well at all. I can sip this one, but that's about it. I'm not really enjoying it, although I could see how someone would like this.

Oh well.. based on previous reviews, it'd probably be heresy, but I'll probably drain pour the last 5oz of this beer and open up a Silva Stout or Stone IRS or something like that. I just don't like this one :(

johndoe8, Dec 29, 2010
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2.7/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Glassware - Over-sized brandy snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very dark black with some very dark red highlights. There isn't too much of a head to speak of, even after a very vigorous pour. There are some bubbles however, they are floating around the outside of the glass and are scattered through the top of the beer. Rolling the beer around the glass shows off some very nice legs and leaves some really nice lacing.

Nose - I could smell this beer across the room while setting up the pictures, it is strong. Lots of roasted barley notes, alcohol and really dark coffee. Very dark, strong coffee. This is a coffee stout for sure and a hard one to contend with in the nose.

Taste - Astringent bitterness coming from the coffee flavor with a strong, burnt coffee aftertaste. Very bitter and very aggressive. I think it's actually a bit too much for me. The alcohol, the malt, any semblance of flavor is completely annihilated by this burnt coffee flavor. This one is clearly not for me.

Mouthfeel - The body is on the heavier side of medium (or the lighter side of heavy... whichever) with really nice carbonation. The beer finishes a little sticky which I normally wouldn't mind but the flavor of this stickiness is burnt coffee.

Overall - This beer has a lot of potential, maybe this was a bad batch but I really could see myself enjoying this if it were more than one dimensional bitterness.

mullenite, Jan 03, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -37.5%

beerhunter13, Mar 18, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with a thin brown head that fades rapidly, eventually disappearing entirely. No or minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, with coffee and chocolate...and smoky. Good enough. But then comes the taste - and that's where something went wrong. I don't know if it was my bottle or my palate, but the predominant taste at play was smoke. Just plain smoke. Maybe it could also be interpreted as charred or burnt. Either way, it was overwhelming. Behind that, there were notes of coffee and chocolate and maybe prunces, but compared to the burnt smokiness, they were downright subtle. Smokiest RIS I've ever had. It made it almost completely unpalatable. I'll have to try it again to see if there was some weird factor at play here, but I did not enjoy the taste.

It was like drinking burnt wood and charcoal in a burning house. Completely overpowering and smothering every other taste.

Mavajo, Jan 02, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Placed on my want list because of expected sweetness and low bitterness. However, both of these qualities were not observed. It has good mouthfeel, smells good, looks great... the taste is just an extremely bitter coffee flavor, almost like spent coffee grinds. The balance is off with this beer... especially when compared to others in this category of coffee porter/stouts.

Too bad. Was so looking forward to discovering another favorite ...

Vierenner, Dec 30, 2011
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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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