Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.18/5 rDev -5%
Dark coffee, coffee aroma with some booziness and tiny head. Bottle from Dr. Jay via Sam's in Chicago. Smooth and medium mouthfeel, tasty, some richness. A bit overrated. A speeedway stout caffeine and alcohol melange. A bit of lace on way down. Understated carbonation. 2005 bottled.
Worked as the clear winner, on cask at Volo cafe in fall 2006 and that is my ranking. Coffee aroma, and thick chocolate coffee was superb.
Cask on in fall 2007 was way too much coffee grinds and did not work.
03-22-2006 01:19:31 | More by Sammy
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours an absolute pitch black with a huge 3 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Very nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of fresh brewed coffee with some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Coffee is definitely the dominant smell and this is one of the best coffee stouts I have smelled. Taste is of Hershey's chocolate syrup infused with fresh roasted coffee beans. The roasted coffee bitterness is very noticeable after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and smooth. Very rich and heavy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with an unbelievable coffee aroma and taste that is just delicious.
05-11-2011 03:55:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.4/5 rDev 0%
G: Poured into an oversized brandy snifter.
A: Dark chocolate color that is nearly opaque out of the bottle during the pour and becomes completely so in the glass. Pours about a finger's worth of creamy, tan head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bubbly black surface. Quite a bit of lacing remains as it goes down (or, towards the beginning, after a swirl).
S: Sweetness with a little bit of acidity. Cherries come to mind, along with a little bit of chocolate. After inhaling deeply, these scents almost immediately bow down to the powerful coffee/espresso presence.
T: Strong and unbelievably-tasty coffee presence! Smooth notes of caramel and chocolate, with a little of the aforementioned dark cherries. Slightly roasted and a little bitter.
M: Incredibly smooth and medium-to-full bodied. Not too much carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden, although it is felt on the cheeks.
D: A little too strong and pungent to be excessively drinkable, although it is still quite drinkable for its style. All in all, this is an excellent offering and I'm quite glad I was able to finally get my hands on some.
03-11-2009 00:49:26 | More by Thorpe429
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (a slight bit of red is visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a thin creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of coffee and espresso beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of coffee and espresso beans stand out in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. Unlike the bottled version, roasted flavors are not very noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and incredibly smooth and creamy; the smoothness of the beer on-tap really sets it apart from the bottled version.
D: The beer goes down very smooth and tastes like creamy espresso. I could sip this beer all night long and will definitely try this again if I can find it on-tap because it tastes even better than it does in a bottle.
08-08-2010 23:59:51 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
Obscurant obsidian. The coffee-with-cream colored crown is Belgianesque in size and texture and fills the majority of the glass immediately after a gentle pour. I love the thickly creamy, yet airy, melted nature of the foam as it slowly deflates. This may be the single best looking head on any stout... ever. Thick, chunky hunks of lace stick to most of the available glassy surface. An astounding appearance.
Keeping in mind that I haven't had a huge number of coffee-added ales, this one may be the most powerfully aromatic coffee beer in existence. In fact, it smells exactly like freshly ground coffee beans, not beer. On further assessment, there's an intense bittersweet chocolatiness as well. This is a no nonsense, no apologies, in your face aroma. If I was a coffee lover, it'd be perfect.
Javalaaanche!!! Mon Dieu! As above, I can't imagine any beer on planet Earth that tastes more like iced (cool actually) coffee than Peche Mortel. I'm not sure if Canadians are required to list ingredients from most abundant to least, like Americans are, but I find it interesting that Fair-Trade coffee comes before water on the label.
I don't mind coffee stouts at all, as long as the flavor of the beans is complementary to the beer as a whole. This one though, is so all encompassingly coffeeish that I'm struggling to figure out how I feel about it as beer. Again, if you're a java junkie, you'll be in seventh heaven. If not, like me, you'll be less than thrilled.
As the middle portion of the bomber approaches, I'm able to re-route the raging coffee river just enough to appreciate small tributaries of roasted black malt and bittersweet chocolate. However, it's like trying to filter out a nearby jackhammer enough to appreciate a Mozart concerto at low volume. Hard to do, but worth the effort.
In the final reckoning, I can appreciate this beer for the masterpiece it is. Having said that, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel may have overdone it with the coffee and effectively obliterated the beerness of the beer. No alcohol is appreciated on the palate and very little is making its way to my brain. Actually, what's happening is that the undoubtedly sky-high amount of caffeine is counteracting the depressant effect of the alcohol. It's an interesting effect that is becoming more interesting as the ounces fly by.
The body/mouthfeel is first-class all the way. I've had bigger, thicker, creamier, more viscous stouts, but this one does a great job in every one of those areas. The aural evidence of a highly carbonated beer (at crown cracking) and the visual evidence (on the pour) are not borne out in the mouth.
I find it interesting (and ironic) that a brewery named 'God of Heaven' brews a double stout called 'Mortal Sin'. Peche Mortel could use a little of that tension, a little of that fascinating dichotomy, instead of being a steamroller of a coffee beer that doesn't allow complexity to flourish and, therefore, ends up being one-dimensional. For the millionth time... if you love coffee as much as you love beer, then Peche Mortel should be at the top of your wish list.
06-05-2006 22:53:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: Pours an exquisite black color with a stack of tiny tan bubbles that retain like cappuccino foam and leave dancing shards of lace around the glass
Smell: Rich espresso, with undertones of chocolate, vanilla and scorched raisins
Taste: Opens with an espresso flavor that builds a chocolatey, but fruity, presence through mid-palate; after the swallow, a changing bitter complexity springs the additional flavors of vanilla and burnt tobacco, but the overall effect is just a really bitter cup of espresso
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with modest carbonation
Drinkability: A supurb beer that I have been sitting on for about two years since I purchased it from Brawley's; bottled 8/05
11-16-2007 00:13:31 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma consists of espresso type coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet and roasted malt with a dominant taste of espresso coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Very well balance overall with a full body and a creamy texture. Not cloying or overly dry in any way and alcohol is not apparent.
12-10-2007 19:36:46 | More by Phyl21ca
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Peche Mortel has been one of the more illusive beers for me. A friend who made the trip to Asheville, NC brought this back for me.
Unknowingly, I decanted, er... plopped the beer into the chalice and watched the mousse-like head form to the point that the 12oz. bottle wouldn't fit. As I take the first few sips, the beer never relinquishes the head and leaves multiple rings of lacing behind. The beer is a dark brown-black and opaque as they come. An ideal look.
Very bold aromas of French Roast coffe, nutty-almond-ish scents, as well as cocoa, heavy cream, anise, and a hint of alcohol swirl about the glass. Very appetizing and inviting.
Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts combine into a well balanced flood of flavor. The beer never favors any one character but the blend of them all give a subtle yet bold balance. Light favors of oats, heavy cream, licorce, and chocolate brownies are a few of the descriptors that make this beer special.
The body is remarkably smooth, silky, and light in comparison to thicker gravity bombs. The coffee bitterness amplifies the grassy-piney hop bitterness and questions whether it is too much for the relatively moderate weight. The beer lightens into a fluid and palatable finish with a linger of coffee and cocoa deep into the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable for a 9.5%er.
I really appreciate the beer for focusing on the delicacy of flavor instead of the kick-in-the-teeth agression for which more recent Imperial Stouts are acclaimed. Though nothing is wrong with the beer, a more complex fruity character throughout would have made it a solid 5 across the board. Good luck finding a more pleasant drinking experience... with any beer.
03-25-2009 02:40:17 | More by BEERchitect
4.85/5 rDev +10.2%
22oz bomber served at cellar temperature and poured into a Middle Ages Imperial Pint Glass
A Poured a thick as molasses oil like liquid which slowly churned around and settled into my glass giving off a huge billowing pillow like head of tan colored frothy suds that just seemed to keep rising until it reached the very lip of the glass. Once it decided to stop growing it eventually came back down to the top of the thick viscous liquid leaving behind just tons of side glass lace. There was really a thick and warm look to this one, really, the classic look of a good RIS.
S The aroma was loaded down with coffee, literally just a ridiculously strong aroma of deep roasted coffee with a nice amount of sugary sweetness added in. This was truly a coffee stout if I had ever smelled one. There was no touch of alcohol present in the aroma at all; it was just a healthy mixed of roasted coffee beans, sweet lactose sugar, and a nice full roasted malt attack. The aroma was very full really full and one of the tightest and most full of coffee that I have seen in quite some time.
T Where to start here. First off I had to mention this somewhere so I might as well mention it here. There was definitely caffeine present in this. When I first opened this bottle I was quite tired, and by half way through the first pint I was wide awake, the coffee in here was so evident that it literally wired me. A very strange feeling indeed and not one I was expecting. The flavor was full on rich coffee stout. Lots of espresso like flavors, a, mild hint of vanilla and a ton of lactose sugar was what I had greeting me. The finish was very dry and drawn out with that long lingering weird kind of buzz feeling you get after a couple cups of coffee. A really nice little picks me up. No hint of the alcohol in here at all, this was all big time stout, and really wonderful at that.
M This was definitely a large full bodied dessert beer. Very thick, almost like a shake in consistency but it never got dull due to the large amount of carbonation that was present throughout the entire session. Really rich I actually was sipping on this most of the time because it was just a really thick and creamy stout and a gulp would simply be a waste.
D Superb, I would have loved to have another of these. The alcohol you would think would catch up to you after a bit, but I guess the caffeine evened it out, but by the end I was raring to go and definitely would have loved to have had another one. I could see putting down this on a regular basis and making it a regular in the winter rotation would be an easy thing to do.
Overall this was excellent, really a finely crafter beer and one of the best examples of the style I have ever seen. The use of coffee was superb and the sweetness brought into the mix really helped to balance out the whole profile. This was easily something I would have to recommend and to be honest, something I would really like to seek out. Go get this if you can.
01-03-2008 00:08:31 | More by mikesgroove
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
A huge thanks to t0rin0 for gifting me this one. I've really been wanting to try this one out.
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top.
S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon).
T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it.
M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy.
D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.
12-25-2009 05:13:30 | More by womencantsail
3.53/5 rDev -19.8%
Appearance: Pours a black body topped by a thin, short-lived tan head.
Smell: Ashen aroma of spent coffee grounds with some supporting notes of dark malts and semi-sweet chocolate.
Taste: Moderately sweet dark malts yield to a blast of roasty coffee and earthy bitterness. Hint of anise. The coffee flavor starts to take on a distinct burnt quality. Ashy finish. The alcohol is well hidden, I will give it that.
Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Instead of chiming in with a half-snotty remark, let's just say it's "alright" and leave it at that.
04-10-2008 01:58:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.93/5 rDev -10.7%
This brew poured out as a jet black liquid, the head was thick at first and a little foamy. The head leaves a good lacing. The smell of coffee and roasted malts are on the nose. The taste is very bitter and has a light sweetness upfront, the aftertaste was dry and bitter. The mouthfeel was oily thick making this one a sipper. Overall I found this beer to be quite good.
06-29-2011 22:44:02 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Split this among a few friends last night in celebration of the Hockeytown boys winning Lord Stanley's cup.Poured a jet black with a thinner creamy dark tan colored head,aromas obviously had deep dark roast coffee tones mixed with dark fruit and a hint of bitter chocolate.Mas what a silky smooth mouthfeel this is what make a very good beer a great beer no faults to its mouthfeel whatsoever.Flavors are rich but not overly so,smooth dark coffee and dark chocolate like a mocha espresso with a hint of spiced rum in the finish.A fantastic brew to end a fantastic night.
06-05-2008 15:49:42 | More by oberon
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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