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

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Reviews: 1,676
Hads: 4,364
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 596
Gots: 714 | FT: 66
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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 aleigator
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yields a huge, very stable light brown head, while the beers color pours a completely black color.

The amount of coffee used in this beer has to be immense, as the aromas yield an utmost profound coffee appearance, which wouldn't need the help of any other ingredients to compose a convincing nose. The coffee though gets perfectly balanced by scorched earth and a huge amount of peated, wooden earth. Underneath, there is a well build layer of dark-chocolate, together with a whiff of coffee, coating up the aromas perfectly well.

Has a fantastic, fuller mouthfeel, due to the beers low carbonation and earth supported creaminess, perfectly showcasing the profound coffee flavor.

Tastes of soft whipped-cream, balancing warming, oaky malts, amped up by roasted wood and charred toast. As coffee enters the palate, it instantly defines the whole taste, while the beers foundation still adds up to the taste in all its facetts. Fresh toasted, crushed toffee beans offer up a pleasant, bitter roastiness, together with flowery cocoa powered bakers chocolate. Finishes with silk milk chocolate, and a supportive coffee bitterness, which creates an intense ending, while also allowing subtle flavors of oak, toffee, fudge, coal and chimney fire to remain detectable.

This beer is a real treat, exhibiting a challenging depth of flavors, together with a fantastic mouthfeel. Everything comes incredibly well together, resulting in a simply perfect coffee stout. (1,461 characters)

Photo of beardown2489
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer just once, earlier this spring. I was lucky enough to experience it with a nitro draught pour. I can't say what this beer would have been like with all carbonation, but it is sublime with nitro. Mouthfeel is once of the best i've had in a 9% stout. Pretty outstanding beer. I hope to drink more. (316 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one finger head. Lacing persists. Smells awesome. Great coffee smell mixed with sweet chocolate and malt. Tastes the same with great coffee taste and the hops coming through. The bitter finish makes this a wonderful imperial stout. Very smooth and delicious. One of the better ones. (308 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look; Like used motor oil, the beer is pitch black and shiny, completely opaque, no light shines through. Pours a thin ring of lacing that dissipates quickly.
Smell-Fresh brewed coffee, with hints of dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste-The taste is dominated by espresso, in the sense that the coffee taste is very fresh and powerful, but also extremely bitter. A bit of alcohol is there as well.
Feel-Almost no carbonation, Very oily and very heavy, this is a sipper.
Overall- I appreciate the fresh taste of the coffee but there beer is just slightly too bitter for me to enjoy it to the extent of of my favorite coffee stouts, but it is an excellent representative of the style and more then worth trying. (702 characters)

Photo of themaj
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like coffee forward stouts this is up there with the best of them. Taste is coffee, coffee, coffee, with some roast bitterness. Great stout would love to try the barrel version (183 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- solid black body. One finger of dense coffee colored head which dissipates to a foamy cap and collar. Great lacing.

S - intense roasty notes. Milk chocolate. Some mild coffee grounds. Booze - bourbon-like. Reminds me a bit of BA Coffee Framinghamer.

T - very well balance coffee and chocolate. Bitter coffee finish.

M - medium body and low carb. (360 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft

Appearance: black, yet transparent. Blood, ruby when held to light. A nice tan 1 finger head lasts and lasts - more than 15 minutes before my initial sip.

Aroma: coffee! and then a caramel sweetness.

Flavor: coffee and oak. Is this barrel aged? A hint of smoke in the background, like the morning after you've smoked a cigar. Roast malt comes through late to dry out the beer. The best flavors arrive 15 seconds or so after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: the body is surprisingly thin for a 9.5% abv beer. I'd expect and prefer more body.

Overall: this was a good beer but not one I'd pursue. I'm not blown away by this beer. (635 characters)

Photo of MeauxJoe
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I highly recommend this beer, and suggest you enjoy it in good company. This is one to kick back and relax with, taking in the full experience that this coffee stout has to offer. (179 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply wonderful!! Top 3 status for me. TH's "Double Shot with Sumatra" is a tad better in my opinion.
A: Midnight black with a thin mocha lacing.
S: Dark roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malt.
T: Similar to the nose, dark candied sweetness, a nice bitter alcoholic kick mid to late sip. Alcoholic warmth hits the palate fairly early upon sipping.
M: Thin mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy, silk like with mild carbonation and medium bitterness.
O: Love it!! Need to acquire more, but fairly difficult to come by. (515 characters)

Photo of MuFugga
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my new favorite beer! Pours a deep black color with about a one finger head that dissipates to a thin filmy layer. Smell is of huge coffee with hints of chocolate. Flavor is even better - coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Not too thick and not too thin and leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth. Overall a tremendous example of a coffee stout. Reminds me of a Founders Breakfast Stout but with more coffee flavor and less sweetness. I personally prefer this. I only wish it was more readily available. I will be on the lookout for this and buy the store out the next time I see it. (591 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice and black into a snifter at Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. It has a great coffee nose. The body has a light bitterness with lot's of coffee and finishes well with the coffee. The body is a bit thin but very smooth, almost like drinking a nitrogenated beer. It's very silky and incredible. (293 characters)

Photo of d3brewing
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh my god. 11.5 oz botttled on 3/15. Got this as a freebie and had no idea what I was missing. A huge thanks to @jfletchfaust for this piece of heaven.
Perfect RIS blended with coffee, and they did the coffee right. I can't tell if that slight spice is pepper or coffee but oh my god it's amazing.
This beer is better than BOMB! And I hate to say this better than my go to Speedway. (384 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black beer with two finger head. The aroma is nothing special, mostly coffee and roasted malts. The taste is the highlight with tons of creamy vanilla and sweet chocolate in addition to the coffee which leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. There is almost a smoky quality adding depth and complexity. Mouth feel is medium to full with a nice vanilla cream texture. Very complex and we'll constructed beer. (422 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark, almost black liquid with a slight brown head.
S: DARK black coffee. Espresso like.
T: this is like drinking a black coffee, but much more enjoyable.
F: rick, thick, almost creamy
O: there is a reason this is Canada's best. What an amazing and different beer. (273 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler via Eight Ball Brewing at the Party Source. This most excellent coffee stout pours black as sin with a moderate brown head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thick, lush ring of foam and very nice lacing. Nose of espresso, cream, cocoa, and some smoked malt elements. Flavors follow the nose with solid rich espresso and light cream sweetness to all sides followed by strong dark cocoa flavors to the middle and back with a lightly smokey, heavy, bitter coffee flavor on the back and aftertaste. Smooth and slick mouth feel with a lingering aftertaste of cocoa and coffee. Excellent. I would suggest this as a finisher since it is SO heavy and very intense. Coffee lovers rejoice, stout lovers prepare your praise. This is most excellent. (774 characters)

Photo of sgameroz
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tons of roasted coffee on the nose which continues with every sip. Very smooth and well balanced with no [bitter] bite caused by the roasted grains. Excellent value. (165 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.5 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Opaque black with slight clear ruby hoghlights at the bottom. Finger thick tan head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Black coffee and alcohol.

t: Smoky malt up front with some black coffee notes and heavy bite. Bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth of an otherwise dry finish.

m: Very smooth medium to full, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: Obvious quality, but rather more harsh/bitter at first, and less coffee flavor than expected. Bottled 7/13 so at nearly two years of age it may be past its prime for a coffee stout, although like many stouts it has a smoother mouthfeel with some age on it. (712 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Thick pitch black pour with one finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. Huge roasted coffee notes dominate the nose along with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, espresso, and booze. The taste follows suit with earthy dark chocolate and coffee dominating along with hints of espresso, cocoa, chocolate fudge, vanilla, brown bread, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, maybe even slightly oily, with incredible balance and drinkability, and a velvety smooth finish. Overall, this just became my favorite Coffee Stout! Incredibly flavorful and unbelievably drinkable. Highly recommended!!! (694 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Black with a tan head, some carbonation coming off the bottom, some lacing, looks a little thin for a double stout.

A: Coffee, chocolate malts, alcohol on the nose, mostly dark roasted coffee notes, smells great.

T: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some bitterness, finishes with a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor,really good, love all the flavors going in this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry.

O: Very impressed, my two favorite flavors in one, stout and coffee, very complex, definitely earns its world class rating, if you love coffee stouts this one is worth a try and is worthy of regular consumption. (668 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Bar Hop in Toronto. Pitch black body. Creamy head looks like a nitrogen tap line. Coffee malt aroma. Taste follows nose, even Espresso. Hop bitterness as well as roasted malt bitterness. Impressively low on the alcohol burn. Smooth. Not overly exciting flavors but dangerously drinkable at the given ABV. (307 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was amazing!! Very well done. Smooth with an easy slight sweet finish. I could drink a bunch. It is that well balanced. Great Job to the brewer!! Cheers (163 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional coffee stout. I should've drunk this in the morning.

Edit: This shit is delicious...there's alcohol in here? Incredibly well done. If you like coffee and beer, this is it. (184 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque. A creamy head of dense mocha foam tops this one and won't leave. refreshes with each tip. Nose is roast. Deep and rich. Caramel, coffee and earth. Nutty as it warms. Taste is smooth and rich. Touche of booze and plenty of roasty bitter coffee. Light cream. Blackened malt. Intense. Earthy bitter finish with some burnt sugar. Full mouthfeel. (384 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very black color in nature with a small tan/mocha head and no lacing to speak of. Coffee in the aroma as well as roasted espresso beans. Tastes like a fresh brewed cup of espresso over ice. Bitter coffee up front with roast and char to follow. A warm finish and smooth on the palate. Wonderful coffee stout; the way it should be! (334 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into 16oz tulip

A – Pours a deep dark black, with slightly translucent mahogany edges. Head is creamy cappuccino colored and leaved behind spotty lacing.

S – Intense notes of rich and deeply roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

T – Roasty, bitter and fresh espresso roasted coffee, dark and nearly charred notes of rich malts.

M – Medium-Full, not overly heavy, long and lingering finish.

O – Truly a world class representation of the style. This leans toward the drier and more bitter side of the spectrum, which I really appreciate. Wonderful beer. (584 characters)

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