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

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Ratings: 4,085
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 555
Gots: 627 | FT: 60
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

The Péché Mortel was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001.
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Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ricke
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in pint glass.

A: The pour is rather thick, almost black with a fantastic head - Very big, pale brown color, thick and very creamy (almost reminiscent of a nitro-induced head). Very good head retention. The beer looks really great. Might be the best looking imperial stout I've ever had.

S: Plenty of espresso-like coffee aromas, very rich and powerful. Freshly ground dark roasted coffee beans, plenty of dark chocolate, roasted malts and notes of toffee.

T: Very rich and powerful. Strong espresso flavors, freshly ground coffee beans. Big dark chocolate flavors as well making the taste resemble that of café mocha. Some creamy notes. The coffee flavors are backed up by a very firm stout-backbone with a solid sweet maltiness. Some nuts and molasses. The bitterness in the finish is gentle and has a coffee bitterness feel to it. Some warming alcohol in the finish, but other than that the alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky and rather smooth.

D: This is a great beer with a wonderful espresso-like coffee profile. Rich, rather complex, powerful and dense. Even though the coffee flavors take the lead, it still feels very well balanced.

Photo of Kraken
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Split with mom on mothers day lucky her...
Poured from 12oz bottle in Fin Du Monde Challace. Emptying bottle into glass results in 1.5 finger coco/kahaki head. This stout is so dark that it might have sucked the light from the room. Bouquet is of Burnt coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Taste initially of coffee, no surprise here, bitter chocolate, and more burnt coffee. Slightly bitter. Moderate drinkability, due in part to high abv I don't think that I could put back more then 2 of these in a sitting. Alcohol is completely masked by complex mesh of flavors. Slightly dry finish. Mouth feel is perfect, not cloying like other stouts of this variety. lingering taste of coffee. Highly recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black hue absolutely no light shines through when held up to the light, although it does form a large tan moccha frothing head rising at least an inch above my Gulden Draak chalice. Aroma is full of dark chocolate black patent malt cocoa powder kind of scent with a strong smell of fresh roasted coffee. Some mild herbaceous hop notes follow but mainly I'm getting dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Flavors break through with strong filtered coffee blended with whipped cream, truly a another great breakfast beer. Strong dark bitter chocolate flavor but tastes like coffee note much like a Bell's Java Stout or Founder's Breakfast Stout. That flavor comes off a bit one dimensional but it's okay with me I'm enjoying it, not much alcohol burn very well hidden. Not much noticeable hop notes either, but the dark chocolate and coffee bitterness reign supreme. Mouthfeel is full bodied soft even carbonation quite silky on the palate. Drinkability is challenging due to the complexity and rich chocolate and robust coffee flavors, not much alcohol noticeable but I guess that's the part that could get you. Definitely a beer that will make you crave it, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it right here down the street from my house in Steubenville Ohio at Valley Wine Cellar.

Photo of ccrida
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my .4 L Deschutes Brewers Reserve Series snifter, Péché Mortel is pitch black, with a thick, burnt tan head that is super dense and long lasting, leaving glorious lace and rocky foam.

Smell is huge, boozy chocolate malt and espresso, a bit of chalky lactose (which I honestly don't care for, e.g. milk stouts) that becomes more rubbery phenols as it warms.

Taste is even more purely coffee, wow, very nice and full, with a big chocolaty finish. Majorly tasty desert beer, but with a pleasant astringency that would balance any sweets.
Mouthfeel is thick, tempered by crisp, creamy carbonation, particularly when colder.

Drinkability is good, a tasty, very full flavored beer then most big stout fans will really enjoy, and whose heavy load is well carried. However, I don't think I'd want more then one, and I can see how some would criticize it for depending to much on the adjuncts. Something about the strength of the chocolate and coffee, combined with the phenolic nose, however, seem a bit homebrewish.

Photo of Fish113d
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip slightly chilled from a 12 oz bottle, it pours a dirty motor oil black with hints of ruby tones. A 2-finger-thick chocolate colored head forms at the top. I wait about 5 minutes to actually take a sip, and I notice the head has not changed one bit!

Aroma is of roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee. Burnt coffee is the best way I can describe it. Some butterscotch also comes through on my nose a bit as well. not terribly complex but very pleasing.

Expecting a bit of sweet coffee (caramel mixed with coffee) but this is not what I expected. A big hit of roasted malts and coffee hit my palate very hard. It gives way to a sweetening on the finish. Not as dry on the finish as expected, and not boozy at all for 9.5%.

Feel is very nice. Roasty and dry up front, but a nice chewy cold-season brew.

Awesome brew to drink. I wish I had a 22 oz. It'd make a nice brew to have a few to warm you up on a cold winter's eve.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night with no light coming through at all. Huge brown frothy head with excellent retention and lacing This beer looks exactly like any big Double Stout should look like.

S - Very strong, yet one dimensional, aroma of coffee. Roasted coffee beans with the slightest hint of a spicy hoppiness linering underneath.

T - A creamy sweetness initailly, quickly overcome by an overwhelming fresh roasted coffee taste. A spicy hop bitterness provides just a smidgen of balance but the coffee is the star here. If you enjoy coffee-centric beers this is the one for you.

M/D - Very full-bodied and smooth, almost creamy. Easy drinking despite the high ABV. The only thing holding this back is the dominating coffee taste with little to balance it out.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle from the east!
enjoyed while brewing up a delightful centennial fresh hop. in the sunny pac-nw, it is coffee time. every time i bring the glass near my face its like getting back into a car with a newly purchased bag of coffee strung up from the rear view mirror. just breath in deeply. i hesitate to take even the first sip. the smell is too amazing. when i do, i am slightly let down before realizing it is still very delicious, a little on the sweet side, with plenty of coffee flavor. i can taste the sweat of the harvesters. a hint of chocolate, though that may just be from the coffee itself. some faint esters hide in the background, building character.
delightful, a beer that surely put us on the path to success with our most efficient mash ever.

Photo of mentor
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber provided by PatYoda...thanks for the opportunity! Bottle date = 11/04. Pours a one finger walnut brown head over a stark black liquid. Dark even when held to light. Smells woody coffeeish (a little bit like french roast coffee) and vanilla. A hint of something...not quite terpentine, but in that line. In context with the other flavors, it's not a negative, it's interesting. Tastes rich coffee, but also a really rich chocolate. Like crunching on a couple coffee beans while holding a mouth full of sweet dark chocolate. There is a bitter from the coffee and/or roasted barley, but the wet sweet of the chocolate counters it to the point that the aftertaste leaves my mouth watering for more candy. Too bad my wife wasn't around when I cracked open this one...she would have loved it. I've only had one glass (I shared the bomber with absolutesites), but it's quite filling. Alcohol burn is barely noticable during the swallow, as it mixes with the coffee bitter that is covered by the chocolate. Very intense flavors, but only flavors of coffee and chocolate...not much else. Considering the intensity of the flavors, I would have expected the body to be more than medium. Also in the mouthfeel, I should note the aftertaste almost felt like there were tiny pulverized bits of roast floating around in the chocolatey nectar that hung on my tongue. Carbonation is moderate and the head has hung around until the very end. Both the smell and taste are very enticing and I kept putting the glass to my mouth immediately after drawing it away from the last sip. This could become a banned substance someday.

Photo of goldbot
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with thin, brown, bubbly head which dissipates quickly. Rich, roasty aroma; plenty of dark chocolate and of course coffee - strong and earthy. The flavor is just about all coffee. Very roasty and bitter up front, becoming more mellow with dark chocolate. Plenty of sweetness to match up with the coffee flavors. Just tons of complexity. Thick, full mouthfeel that nice and crisp on the back of the tongue.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz., 9.5% ABV. Pours jet black, no highlights, shades or tones. Just black. Foamy mocha head trickles down to a thin collar after a few minutes.

Big roasty aroma. Lots of coffee, cream, and a bit of dark chocolate. Some dark fruits near the end.

Loads of roasty flavor. Dark fruit and coffee seem to dominate. There is some bitterness from the roasty flavors, but not overkill. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind after a while.

A bit thin in the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden. A bit more vinous as it warms. Pretty nice.

Photo of airohead2001
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Westvleteren snifter.

A - Good looking stout - appearance reminds me very much of KBS. Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger head that eventually fades to a rim of bubbles on the edge of the glass that stick around for the remainder of the drink. Great, thick, lacing that coats the glass.

S - Fresh coffee, roasts, plums, other dark fruits, and booze.

T - Sweet coffee up front, warming booze in the middle, followed by a bitter espresso finish. Just outstanding.

M - Perfect. This beer is thick, sticky, and lightly carbonated. Perfect for an imperial stout. Not as thick as motor oil, ala Dark Lord, but not as thin as many impy stouts that have disappointed me.

D - Quite drinkable. The alcohol heat and the bitter espresso finish limit the drinkability, but I could easily drink two of these at least...and then be really hammered if I did.

This was the second time I've tasted this beer, but the first time that I've been able to give it a fair review. Overall, I am VERY impressed. This one is just outstanding.

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured dark and black as midnight, A thick tan brown head on top.

Smell - The coffee is definitely present, and mixed with the malts the aroma is almost that of chocolate ice cream with a coffee tinge to it

Taste - Thick robust malts make way to a nice chocolate presence that quickly transforms into a rich strong coffee flavor

Mouthfeel - Solid thickness here that moves down very smooth

Overall - This is a great stout with very prominent flavors on a great malt backbone and really nice mouthfeel. The best beer I've had out of Canada to date

Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black brew, a small brown head, leaving good curtains.

The smell is intensely from coffee beans, some vinous notes as well.

Very sweet, some alcohol present, and of course coffee in abundance!

Very little carbonation, a syrup feeling but a dry ending.

Very good as a desert in itself. Nice with ice-cream.

Bottle, sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical black but not much of a head on this one and decent lacing. Really nice density when pouring and no visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malts to start off with and then the subtleness of the coffee kicks in. The coffee aroma is fresh and not as bitter as some.

T - Lots more coffee in the taste than in the aroma and much more bitter (in a good way). Great malt backbone with rich black malts and toasted flavors.

M/D - Heavy body, low carbonation, and a dry finish from the coffee. The ABV is present if you are specifically looking for it otherwise it is mostly hidden.

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black with tan head and decent carbination.

S: coffe beans, slight bitter chocolate, very sweet and roasty.

T: lots of chocolate and coffe, with some carmel and sweet cherry like flavors. A little vanilla on the end. Fairly smooth finish.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Could be a little thicker for this style. I like my Imperial Stouts chewy.

D: Pretty good here. Im not having trouble drinking it. It drinks pretty nice.

Thoughts: I like the balance of coffe and choc and I also like that sweet cheery like twist in the flavor.

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Pours ink black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, cherries, and lots of dark roast. The dark roast is strong but the additional aromas really keep it in check.

T - Starts off with a nice espresso kick slowly giving way to a mix of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and even more dark roast. Very little alcohol initially with a bit more coming through as it warms up. Finish is pretty roasty with a touch of sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - Easily one of the best stouts for your money. Tons of tasty flavors and very little alcohol detectable. The perfect beer for a cold winter night.

Photo of bret27
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to brandy snifter on a lonely night.

App: Jet black w/creamy brown head. Avg. carbonation.

Smell: Best feature. Coffee, tobacco leaves, roastiness, chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Less intense than smell actually. Chocolate, coffee, burnt roasty/toastiness. Alcohol halfway through lingering to end, but not overpowering.

Mouth: good but not overly exciting or viscous.

Drinkability: Good for an IS, but there are better ones w/bigger strength nowadays. IE: speedway, Black Tuesday, Serpent, etc. etc.

Overall: Good for a stout, but for an imperial not as full as I would expect. Smell was the standout of this beer for me. Would be in my top 20 IS's but that's about it.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. I bought this beer because some Chi BA's wouldn't shut up about this beer when the Map Room had it on tap. Plus at either Sam's, Binny's, Sal's were all $19.99 a bottle. But I eventually broe down and bought one and was glad I did. The bottled on date was August 2005. So almost a year old.

Appearance- Pours a viscous motor oil black brown with hardly any liught penetration when held directly to the light. All that was noted were some lighter brown highlights around the top edges of the beer. The head was a decent one and a half finger head with a slowly disappearing foam after each sip.

Smell- When it was at its coldest, the coffee aroma was the strongest. But as it warmed up the coffee bean aroma mixed with a creamy, roasted malt and noticeable hops.

Taste- Starts out with a true coffee bean flavor mixed with a dash of vannillin zucker. But an almost black coffee flavor! Just how I always take my coffee. As the beer warms, more roasted malt flavors stick out with more chocolate and rye hop flavors.

Mouthfeel- Good and creamy and malty. Inky, oily and silky all at different intervals. I wouldn't recommend having this beer with anything. Just drinki the whole glass by itself and then eat myabe a chocolatey dessert.

Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Stone imperial pint black, black, black and that's no joke. Thin head but good retention. I swirl and pour in the dregs at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose is actually not as heavy on the coffee as I thought it might be. Minor licorice, some roasty malts, vanilla. Edit: Oh wait, my first bottle must have been old or something. With this other bottle, there's no mistaking it.

This beer settles upon the palate with a ton of bitter coffee - it has to be some kind of dark roast, as there is pretty big non-hop bitterness...like chewing on a coffee bean. Along for the ride are the usual imperial stout flavor notes of bitter chocolate and char. A little alcohol flits in and out of the flavor profile. Aftertaste goes and goes and goes.

Big, robust feel, with soft bubbles.

Definitely a big, serious beer. I find it too potent to think about having more than one, even if I had another bottle. As this beer seems to be made with a dark, fairly bitter coffee blend, this one is for real coffee aficionados. It does not have a more mainstream bright coffee-ice-cream taste like Founders Breakfast - if you like drinking your coffee black as I sometimes do, this is one to try.

Consider this your fair warning. This is serious beer with all the intense roasted and acrid character of a freshly-pulled espresso shot. It is quite the punchy, balls-to-the-wall beer.

Photo of GregSVT
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz (weird number but ok) bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring leaving a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is so complex with notes of chocolate milk, coffee, fudge, and vanilla.

T: The taste is dark roasted coffee at first which leads to a bakers chocolate and vanilla finish. This almost tastes like it's barrel aged but of course it's not.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin for the style. Always seems like some coffee imperial stouts are thinner than regular imperial stouts.

D: Highly drinkable besides the high abv. I'd drink it again if I had access to this.

If you like coffee stouts this is a must try. It really reminded me of Terrapin Wake-N-Bake and GI BCCS. Although I might go after the Terrapin first due to price.

Photo of SaucyA
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Into my giant snifter, pours a nearly impenetrable DARK brown. A half-finger, tan head sits atop.

S - Coffee, and I mean coffee. Not necessarily fresh coffee, but ground coffee that's been sitting in the freezer for a couple weeks... or the bottom of a grinder. Alcohol on the back end, as well as some roasty malts that add a nice complexity.

T - Tastes a tad like the stale coffee I mentioned. Also noted is powdered cocoa, actual coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, light vanilla. Reminds me of tiramisu. Hops play lightly in the back in the form of lasting bitterness, but could also have a bit to do with the coffee and dark malts.

M - The mouthfeel sorta blows it for me. I was hoping for less-carbonated, much heavier, and creamier. What I got was a medium bodied, not-so-creamy, overly carbonated coffee drink. To its credit, when I swirl it in the glass, the carbonation is cut to the point where it's no longer sparkly.

D - Drinkability is good on this one, as it goes down easy, and has a wonderful taste. Another good transition brew for those that like coffee but don't really like beer.

Notes: I've had better coffee stouts... Not to say this one's bad, but for the price, I'll take Breakfast Stout for $12 a 4-pack as opposed to the $5 a bottle for this.

Photo of seaoflament
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my man grub for sending me two bottles of this beer. I've been waiting so long to try this one and decided to have it tonight for my 250th review!

Pours a nice onyx color with a HUGE head, more than half of my glass filled with some chocolate hue foam. Some thick soapy lacing as the head settles. Nice looking but it takes a bit too long to settle down.

Loads of coffee right up the bat with a mixture of vanilla, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, charred and roasted barley. The coffee presence is both aggressive but a soft, delicate, roast that combines well with the malts. As the foam settles (and it sure takes its time) I begin to pick up some toasted bread, cocoa, condensed milk, milk chocolate and malted milk. There's also some earthiness that might be from the hops. Truly a very good aroma for an imperial coffee stout; it has a strong coffee presence but there is also enough malts to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Towards the end I pick up aromas of chocolate chip cookies.

Just as in the aroma, strong coffee flavor on the first sip with a hefty dose of toasted and chocolate malts. Bitter chocolate comes in near the finish and there's also just a hint of alcohol that comes by as a fruity flavor. After drinking about half of the beer the coffee and bitter chocolate are more allies than enemies, they compliment each other very well and the toasted flavor and fruitiness in the finish is damn tasty.

Mouth-feel is good for the style, well carbonated and just a tad syrupy and sticky sweet. There is a bit of bitterness and dryness in the finish.

A really good beer overall, definitely one to seek after if you enjoy coffee stouts.

Photo of peensteen
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, one finger of sticky tan/brown head, good amount of lace on the glass. Smell is of roasted coffee beans, dark malt, baking chocolate, tons of espresso, mild vanilla notes that seem slightly oaky at points. Taste is rich with bittersweet notes, roast malt, coffee, some warm alcohol, more coffee in finish and aftertaste with some roast in the finish as well. Med carbonation, full body, silky smooth texture, near perfect feel. Like always this beer is phenomenal, very drinkable, slow sipper that drinks a lot faster than it should.

Photo of far333
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,085 ratings.