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

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3,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 516
Gots: 570 | FT: 60
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:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of grandq
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours nigh-completely black - just a touch of brown visible underneath the dark tan head. The scent that wafts up consists of coffee grounds, cocoa, faint cinnamon, and black bread. Taking a sip, the inital flavors are surprisingly understated and sweetly matly. Nothing too bold, for a second or so. A roasty base opens up for the topliner - and coffee makes a big entrance, taking the floor the way the bourbon flavors in Bourbon County do. Really dominant, like biting into an espresso bean, but balanced sufficiently, though by no means completely, by some dark fruit and cocoa touches. The bitter coffee aftertaste is just a touch astringent and takes on some similarity to cola on the back of the tongue and back teeth, which gets in the way, especially at warmer temps. In spite of this, the mouthfeel is close to perfect - rich, creamy and coating, but doesn't linger longer than welcome. Overall, this is a great entry in the style. I'll be sipping the remaining while watching Lord Stanley's Cup being handed around this eve - fittingly a Canadian beer for the national sport.

Edit - My S.O. was cooking wings while I was drinking this and the smell of the chicken mingling with the flavor of the coffee made it start to taste like bacon. Which is awesome, IMO, though not entirely apropos of the beer review... digression apologies.

grandq, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this at The Trappist in Oakland.

Appearance - Looks of thick black coffee with a dark tan head. Had a beautiful sticky lacing throughout.

Smell - Plenty of coffee and roasted malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Amazing aromas.

Taste - Roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy with a slight carbonation.

Overall - Two thumbs up!

dvsbizzyb, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip

Sits a near pitch black with some cola colored edges. A dark khaki head rose two fingers and fell quickly to form a thin collar. Some minor, delicate lace.

When I first leaned in, port wine and dark fruit hit me hard. Fresh roasted coffee and bakers chocolate hold their own along with black strap molasses.

This beer grew on me the more it warmed. It opened up considerably. Plums and cherries, port wine, fresh roasted coffee grounds, and semi sweet chocolate. Well-rounded, not overly broad but very deep and rich.

Creamy, lush medium mouthfeel that feels a lot lighter than it really is. A moderate amount of booze lingers and mixes with coffee oils for a unique finish.

A pleasure to drink. Robust and rich but never overbearing. There is a reason why this beer is held in high regard.

ColForbinBC, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

When opening the bottle I was surprised to see that the bottle was a twist off. After prying off the twist off, I put my nose at the top of the bottles and took in a nice big whiff. What returned was a wonderful mixture of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. There is a huge bitter chocolate/dark chocolate nose on this. This would go superbly with double chocolate cake or something similar. The beer is poured almost pitch black, but there is a slight ruby tint. A fluffy tan head rests upon the top of the beer. The nose after pouring the beer is slightly different: there is a bit more of sweetness to the chocolate notes.

Taking a sip of this beer gives huge chocolate flavours with a nice balance from coffee. There is a slight bit of alcohol coming through as well. At the end of the beer there is a nice bitter coffee flavour to round out the beer. The body is much more thin than I expected, but it's still tasty. I like my imperial stouts to be incredibly thick. I think there is a bit too much carbonation as well. The flavours are well rounded in the beer, but I want much more bold flavours.

The more the beer warms up the better the beer tastes. I just wish there was a bit more body or less carbonation.

swizzlenuts, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

A stunning imperial stout.

Pours an inky, oily black which is maintained even when held up to the light. Coffee coloured head and impressive lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and toasted malts, very complex, including hints of vanilla and even anise.

The taste is robust, well balanced and warming - although the high ABV is frighteningly well hidden until some warmth at the end. Travels across the full palate of roasted and toasted malt nuances, many of which I can’t begin to describe. The coffee is not overwhelming and the hop bitterness yields a delightful finish.

In my small world, truly a benchmark beer.

hopsolutely, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of dsartwell72
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

dsartwell72, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of manahansf
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

manahansf, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

NCSUdo, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of cetherid
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

cetherid, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

aforbes10, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Holland
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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?

Holland, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of thierrynantes
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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

thierrynantes, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Dubbercody
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Dubbercody, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of thetomG
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.


thetomG, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Axnjxn
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Axnjxn, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of sisuspeed
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

sisuspeed, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Fux
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Fux, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

thekevlarkid, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mikecharley
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

mikecharley, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.


KickInTheChalice, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of EnemyWithin
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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

EnemyWithin, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of NCBeernut
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

NCBeernut, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

babaracas, May 21, 2014
Photo of PicoPapa
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at Dieu Du Ciel! Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy khaki head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is boozey with some nice coffee, roasted malts and smoke. Hints of chocolate but the main focus is the roasted coffee. The taste is no surprise, coffee, along with some sweet chocolate, roasted malts and earth. Maybe even hints of licorice. Not a huge alcohol presence. Silky and creamy. This one is almost like a delicious coffee milkshake. Good mix of roasted coffee and earthiness. Overall, outstanding brew I'm glad I got to have on tap. I look forward to drinking the bottles I grabbed as well.

PicoPapa, May 04, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

I'm finally getting around to popping the cap on this quite hyped brew from Canada. It pours from the bottle a deep, oily midnight black with a bubbly, frothy creamy two fingers of tan head atop the brew. I can already smell dark, roasty coffee before my nose ever gets near the glass. No light dares to escape this brew. Aromas begin with full force rich, dark espresso exploding all over the place. Lots of roasty chocolate and burnt notes as well. Reminds me of a fresh box of chocolate covered espresso beans in liquid form. A slight note of creaminess here, but the coffee is the centerpiece of the brew.

First sip brings rich, dark, roasted and slightly burnt maltiness with plenty of creamy chocolate flavor and a bold wall of espresso that envelopes the palate. Fairly sweet with a drizzle of caramel and a bit creamy this goes down with a nice lingering roasted coffee bitterness and flavor. Probably the most coffee forward stout I have yet to consume...if you enjoy coffee I can't see not enjoying this brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a good steady carbonation. It's a touch lighter than I expected but still definetly makes its presence known. It's very enjoyable to sit down to a bottle of this...but I think one would be enough in a sitting. Rich, decadant and a sure bet for any coffee stout lover. Thanks to Shelton and Dieu Du Ciel for bringing this to the USA and into my beer loving hands, even though the high price will keep it out of my hands most of the time. Guess it's time for a trip up north!

orbitalr0x, Jan 22, 2006
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.