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

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 4,363
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
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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 rhartogsq
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a couple glasses to share.

not much head, had a nice brown appearance. Nothing striking or off putting.
smelled great. big coffee aroma.
Tasted wonderful. Strong coffee taste, but surprisingly not overpowering. The base is just a nice solid stout.
I hate rating mouthfeel. it felt good?
Overall, try this beer if you can find it. I was taken aback that it was a twist off cap bottle. Not sure why, but it is proof good beer can come from any form of vessel, including a twist-off bottle. (499 characters)

Photo of OtisCampbell
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (11/04 freshness date) into my pint NERAX tumbler a bit below room temp this beer formed a good inch of medium coarseness head. Smell immediately reminds me of chocolate covered espresso beans. The head collapsed to a solid quarter inch with light brown lacing down the sides of the glass. The taste is immediately that of chocolate malt and coffee beans fading into cherry tart on the back of the tongue but the taste of coffee never really surrenders. A swig is pretty silky on the tongue with a mat of light carbonation raised as it passes into the throat. Overall a pretty entertaining and interesting brew (if you're into coffee) but I think the espresso taste kind of overshadows a lot of potential subtlety for me. Purchased for $16 at Uptown Liquors in Davis Square... (795 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-destroying black with a creamy tan head that reminds me a lot of a nitro-poured Rasputin. Head is incredibly resilient, and hasn't moved much in the ten minutes since I poured. Lacing? This beer leaves a cloud-like translucent tan covering on the glass.

It would unfair to say this beer simply smells like coffee. Think of the way freshly brewed coffee smells the moment you pick up on the aroma. That room-filling, mouth-watering effect that quality fresh-ground coffee seems to have, especially first thing in the morning (my mouth is literally watering right now). Joining this are hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Superb, probably the best aroma of any coffee stout I've experienced.

The taste is sweet rich dark chocolate and espresso, with a perfect balance of hops and malt helping sort things out. The finish that remains between sips is virtually identical to what you get after downing a few of those chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp, and despite being relatively full-bodied, a touch thinner-bodied than I would have preferred. Carbonation is medium to high, and the 9.5 % abv is very well masked.

An absolute must-try for the coffee-loving BA. Dieu Du Ciel has absolutely nailed the style. (1,262 characters)

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

Had a bottle of this at Volo in Toronto (my new favourite beer destination, too bad I live three hours away from it!). In short: it's one hell of a beer, much in accordance with its sinful name.

It poured deep oily black with a slight latte-coloured head. An imprssive look, but not really spectacular... darker beers have a more understated look to them, which is fine by me. The smell is of roasted whole coffee beans... not pungent like leaning into a bag of freshly bought beans and taking a big whiff, but more like the musty bottom of the bag after it's been used up. There's a sharpness to it, especially as alcohol aromas float up and mix with the coffee.

The flavour... wow, what a flavour. It's intense. Not like the mellow flavours of chocolate stouts or the slightly metallic fullness of an oatmeal stout, but a serious, no-nonsense crack across the tastebuds. There's an initial zing of brown sugar and light hops, then the dark, bitter kick of a fresh shot of good Italian espresso. It's a really unique flavour that has to be experienced, the bitterness of espresso mixed with the smoothness of a stout. The alcohol emerges and provides a comforting burn later on that mixes with the coffee tang and balances it out, lingering on in the mouth. I love good coffee, so this was just heavenly.

The beer is medium-bodied with a bit of slickness in the mouth that makes it feel lighter than a typical stout. It's made for smooth, relaxed sipping as the coffee flavours and the alcohol come together powerfully in each mouthful. I find it hard to describe... the best things about coffee (flavours) combining with the best things about beer (mouthfeel).

Not quaffingly drinkable, but it shouldn't have to be. Every sip is dramatic and very enjoyable. (1,763 characters)

Photo of Double06
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big and dark with a brown head much like the top of an espresso. Hints of red / mahogany at the edges when held up to the light.

S: I have to couch this with the disclaimer that I'm a coffee lover. That being said, Oh My Goodness! Dark, rich burnt espresso overtake my nose... Smells like the last sip or two of an espresso that are big and bitter with that delicious burnt coffee flavor.

T: Again lots of coffee with faint hints of dark chocolate and hints of dark malts. Ends with the drying, chalkiness of dark chocolate and very bitter coffee. Love it!

M: Slightly drying... Lightly carbonated but it works with this beer because it leaves you with the idea in the back of your head that you're drinking an iced coffee. Leaves the coffee flavor and dryness in the mouth that makes you want more...

D: Too high for this ABV. One of my absolute favorites...

I waited awhile until this hit the shelves again in Atlanta and it was worth the price tag, but at $4-5 a 12oz, buying it frequently would be pricey. Nicely done! (1,034 characters)

Photo of TheDoorman
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a sturdy coffee colored head, with nice retention. Strong aroma of roasted malts and dark coffee. Roasted coffee beans dominate the palate with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Thick and smooth texture. Alcohol is nicely balanced.

This is a fine coffee stout. However, I find it somewhat one-note with regard to the flavors. Fantastic appearance, aroma, texture and alcohol balance, but the flavors are slightly short of my expectations. Strong roasted malt and coffee flavors, but it mostly stops there. (536 characters)

Photo of mexikrainian
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: black with thick, foamy dark tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: coffee, jalapenos, chocolate and toffee.

Flavor: spices, coffee, vanilla and prunes.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: very bold stout with excellent texture, but one bottle is enough. (347 characters)

Photo of guzzle211
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, two tastings: the first was served just under 50 degrees, the second was pushing 60 degrees.

A: Pours pitch black, but with very fluid movement (no detectable slowing of the pour due to thickness.) Tan foamy head foams up to over a quarter inch, but dissipates quickly. Leaves a very light, but still noticeably present lacing.
S: coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.
T: The coffee, of course, takes the main stage with the bitterness of dark chocolate becoming increasingly present as it warms. I detect a slight hint of the raisin/prune maltiness found in doublebocks. Although the coffee is dominant, I feel as though they really took their time creating this beer. It is far less offensive than some other coffee-bombs I have sampled. It's balanced - not by hops, as they are basically non-existent - but it still maintains its civility.
M: Creamy and smooth, lingering on the tongue for quite some time.
D: If drank slowly and methodically, I would say its drinkability is higher than most 9% extreme stouts. That's not to say I could come in from mowing the grass in August and pour a pint of this to quench my thirst.

An extremely well-crafted brew that should find itself on the 'at least once' list of most enthusiasts. (1,271 characters)

Photo of ajr24
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a rich, deep black. On top sits a puffy tan head that shrinks into a wispy layer of head.
S- Reeks (in a good way) of coffee! Clean coffee aromas dominate the nose. Some cocoa and leathery aromas linger around.
T- Like the smell, clean coffee character is prevalent. A sugary, cocoa/chocolate flavor balances beautifully with the coffee.
M- The mouthfeel is sensual, smooth and seductive. Its richness too does not skip out. The coffee and slight alcohol are invigorating.
D- Very non-offensive on the palate and the stomach. But I'd still drink it slowly as to enjoy it best. (619 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've wanted this beer for a long time, much to my surprise I just happened to run into it at a favorite store. It's great to see this in Ohio & it's even better to see it in my beer cellar.
This pours a deep pitch black with a finger of beige head when poured into a large snifter. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass like boil over foam on the sides of a brew kettle. Head dissipates down to swirls and contrails of bubbles. The aroma is of sweet malts and iced Sumatra coffee; it's like mixing sweet wort with your morning brew then throwing it in the fridge to enjoy once it's cooled. The taste is like the aroma, sweet coffee with bitter hints of espresso. I pick up very faint chocolate flavor, but for only a split second then it evaporates away like somebody threw a quad shot of espresso at an ethereal apparition. This is outstandingly well balanced between the caramelized sugar flavor & coffee, with the coffee riding out the taste buds for an outstanding aftertaste. Wow, it's hard to imagine that there's any alcohol in this brew, let alone 9.5%. This is one of the smoothest drinking stouts that I've had, and that's helped with a nice medium mouthfeel and light effervescent carbonation that sticks around till the end. This amazing stout has truly lived up to my anticipation, it's not just hype, it's damn near perfect in my opinion. (1,353 characters)

Photo of Crittervision
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the closet for six to eight months probably.

Dark, dark brown with a light tan two-finger head with a vigorous pour.

A roasty coffee aroma dominates enough to mask anything else that might be there.

The taste is mildly bitter and super roasty. No burnt coffee taste here at all. Just nice and roasty. I'm surprised the coffee flavor has held up so well after half a year or so sitting. I've had other coffee stouts that were amazing fresh but really degraded to super bitter after just a few months (aces and ates in particular). So, pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic, most evident on the back of the throat. It's pretty creamy for the most part, but two sips seemed pretty thin, perhaps as the head fell and carbonation was lower, not completely sure... I think the carbonation is really aiding the creaminess.

Drinkability is pretty high, alcohol is practically absent. If there was more going on than the huge coffee profile, I'd find it to be more drinkable. A quality beer but one is plenty for me. (1,043 characters)

Photo of scottyg354
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Like motor oil. No light can bee seen through this bad boy. Nice small head. Medium lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Dried Raisins. Slight booze. Really nice, sweet notes.

T: the smell on this one is really misleading. Coffee and toasty characters dominate this brew. Slighty boozy but no bad. Some dark chocolate on the back end. Not as sweetl as the nose would lead you to believe. Slightly rich mild hop bitterness.

M: light carbonation. Smooth. Heavy and lightly creamy.

O: Go for it! (507 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 jojox
3.21/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - very black. Light whispy tan head, quickly gone except the edges. It's a twist top bottle?!

s - JAVA! Wow, a bit like the air on the top of an esspresso. All the raspberry red fruit associated therewith. It's cold.

t - I think the water profile is a bit weird. A lot of Gypsum-like flavor?
I think it relys a bit too much on the coffee and not so much on the malt.
I think the coffee is too weak for coffee but too strong for beer.

m - Nice CO2

d - I could drink a lot, but I'm not really diggin it all that much. (521 characters)

Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a carbonated head of beige bubbles. The nose was filled with coffee, chocolate and citric hops. This continued into a medium to full-bodied beer with lots of carbonation to keep it fresh. Well-balanced and I think I will prefer it in a year or so once the hops have faded a bit. (298 characters)

Photo of jkendrick
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Totally black with a thin creamy brown head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lace.

S: Very strong roasted malt with cocoa and espresso - fabulous!

MF: Super thick, creamy and smooth. Truly coats the mouth. The carbonation is understated but not weak. In a word: perfect!

T: Bitter chocolate and licorice up front that cedes to the strong coffee/espresso flavors quickly. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste not unlike after a sip of espresso. The 9.5% abv is well-hidden.

Overall: Wonderful wonderful stout. This is what i look for in a stout and I'd put it up there with the best of 'em! (606 characters)

Photo of sessycuban
3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours an opaque black. About a finger of head, good lacing. Fairly standard for the style.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel malts, with a citric tinge. I suspect this will be a hoppy stout.

T - Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Pleasant, but the malt is completely overpowered. The stout is indeed a bit hoppy.

M - Thin to medium bodied, dry finish.

D - I was expecting a whole lot of coffee and that's what I got. If this is what you are into, you will enjoy this beer. (481 characters)

Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep, dark brown - near black - with a tan head and lacing. The aroma is awesome - it is definitely coffee dominated, with some brown sugar and light, raisin esters. The taste is very good - nicely balanced, with notes of coffee and milk chocolate. The alcohol shines through in the end with a little heat, and mild astringency. The body is a little thin as well. Overall, an enjoyable imperial stout, but I would like to see a little more body and a little less heat from the alcohol. (502 characters)

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The color is of a black hole, I think it sucked up some of the light from my computer monitor. The 1" head was rather late forming but nice and dark brown/taupe. Left a little sludge in the bottom of the glass

S- Strong black coffee, hints of licorice and bitter chocolate. I don't have to trim my nose hairs anymore, nice pungent singe.

T- Fair trade coffee, liquid smoke, tobacco, and molasses

M- Viscous, a touch gritty and left a dry feeling in the after taste

D- I wouldn't drink this late at night, I'd be up all night. Personally I like my coffee in the morning but still very enjoyable and would drink again (622 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured pitch black with a thin and creamy mocha head. Head maintained around the ring of the glass, but no lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and chocolate malt upfront w/ coffee overnotes. Light roasted malt rounding out in the background. Light alcohol warmth coming off of the nose as well. No hop aromatics / esthers.

F: Sweet / Bitter chocolate malt upfront, followed by an intense roasted malt and coffee flavor that carries through to the finish. No hop flavor. The balance is dominant coffee 80/20 to the chocolate malt.

M: Heavy bodied and medium heavy mouthfeel on the verge of viscous. Light creaminess. Light alcohol warmth.

O: Finely crafted and a great recipe. Highly enjoyed upon the recommendations of so many that I know. My only beef is with the mouthfeel and head development and retention. Had to pour aggressively to get the head to form up and wasn't very apparent. With a heavier dose of head and creamier mouthfeel, this would be perfect IMO. Otherwise outstanding in every other category. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Lillie1128
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep espresso/ruby with a small coffee colored head

S - Big noseful of coffee!

T - Really deep coffee taste and not much else. Starts with a little bit of caramel.

M - Thin, a little bit of carbonation

D - Pretty high, even though I already feel a teensy bit buzzed just from what I've drank reviewing this. (333 characters)

Photo of Lukecook
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Jet Black in color, 1/2 finger of khaki head, nice sticky lacing left on glass.

S- Fresh ground coffee and bitter chocolate.

T- Coffee, bitter chocolate, seems a little smokey, little hops in the finish.

M- Full bodied, minimal carbonation, very smooth.

D- Definetly one of my favorite imperial stouts, Great beer. (354 characters)

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are, well, charcoals, fresh dark-roast coffee, blood cake, coffee beans, black malts, (well hidden) booze, a little fruitiness here and there, hiding hops, roasted grain, toffee, yeast, black teas, cream, maple syrup and soapy bath water. Truly amazing. (260 characters)

Photo of pmoore311
3.36/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this as I have been wanting to try this for awhile.

Appearance, dark with a tan head, quite inviting.

Smell, good smell here, I expected the coffee to be the dominant aroma. Suprisingly some nice chocolate and toasted malt were also present.

Taste, not as big of a fan of this one, I think the coffee was not to my palete, a bit too sour and acidic.

Mouthfeel, a bit too thin to get a higher mark, not terrible but compared to FBS, not even fair.

Drinkability, with the sour acidic coffee, I am not sure I would want more than one.

Overall, I dont think I will be seeking this one out again. Its a bit pricey, and I that price it really should be better than mediocre. (696 characters)

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle recieved in trade

a-Incredibly dark with a huge dark brown head

s-Strong coffee, malt, and you can smell hops

t- Bitter coffee mixed w/ sweet malts. After taste of bitter coffee, what i love about stouts

M-imediate carbonation, thick creamy and borderline chewey

D-great beer with a very high drinkability (322 characters)

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.