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

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Reviews: 1,693
Hads: 4,437
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 606
Gots: 747 | FT: 70
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:
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 CraftAleRookie
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened my first of two bottles last night, poured in a Dogfish Head Signature Glass (large snifter style). Black with a thick finger of foamy head. Heavy film on the glass as the head dissapated.

Amazing smells- coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Even though I expected it to be going into the first sip (based on other reviews) I didn't find the coffee taste to be too strong- nicely subtle, and nicely woven with chocolate. Very smooth stout- almost silky. This was very enjoyable sipping slowly- in fact to drink this too fast would be a crime, as there are a world of flavors here.

The alcohol content does not show itself in the taste- very good balance. If you are a stout aficionado, this is a must try. (705 characters)

Photo of chalsk
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a nice caramel colored head. Has an aroma of smoke, coffee, and chocolate with hints of dark fruit. Bitter with the coffee bite, then some nice chocolate notes. Smokiness on the backend. Some dark fruit mixed in nicely. Very subtle. Lovely brew. Worthy of it's high praise. (298 characters)

Photo of Cee-Poe
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best imperial coffee stouts I've had.

A -- Rich dark brown (almost black) pour. Perhaps a finger of head quickly dissipates leaving no head.

S -- Smells great. Sweet with bitter-coffee notes

T -- This is a very complex beer. The initial taste of this beer comes off as too sweet. This however mellows out as it quickly warms on the tongue to allow the coffee to work its way to the top. This beer transforms from good to great in one sip.

M -- Rich velvety feel is perfect for this style

O -- As mentioned above, one of the best imperial coffee stouts out there.. even for $5 per 11.5oz. (603 characters)

Photo of FishGetter
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sniffter. Dark black color with a thick, soapy mocha head that disapates slowly.

Very defined coffee aroma mimmicing a nice cup of joe. Hints of spent coffee grinds, some bitter chocolate aromas with toasted grains.

A quick shot of sweet buttery toffy flavors with bitter chocolate notes to follow. An onslought of espresso flavors come on strong. A bit much in my opinion. Slight bitterness fades to a toasted hazelnut flavor with a alchol sensation.

Drink is true to the style, big chewy body with modest alchol burn in mouth.

This offering earned its respect as being in the top 100. Best as a desert brew. Drink suffers a bit from the dominate coffee flavors, but worthy. (691 characters)

Photo of JoshVandy
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhong187 for sending this extra in a trade.

11.5 ounce bottle into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a very dark brown color with a 1 finger mocha tan colored head that settles down shortly after the pour. Decent lacing.

S- Tons of coffee that melds very well with subtle chocolate notes. There is also a hint or faint roasted malt. A great aroma that I enjoy immensely.

T- Very nice coffee flavor throughout, backed up nicely with chocolate notes and a slight sweetness. Gets a slightly bitter roasted smoke at the end. A very elegantly simple taste.

M- A little on the thin side for me, but has a nice creamy and oily texture that makes it slide down easily. Flavors linger slightly as well. Average carbonation.

O- This is a coffee lover's dream beer, and at 9.5%, it goes down way too easily. A great example the diversity within the Imperial Stout category. (873 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 alpineclimber
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass. Pours black with a small tan head.

The smell is of strong coffee with hops lingering in the background and a bit of alcohol somewhere in the mix

Strong coffee is the first thing that hits the taste buds, a bitterness is perceived throughout. A second taste brings a bitter malty note and of course the strong coffee. I wonder how much coffee was infused into the brewing process. The alcohol is very much there and warms all the way to the stomach.

Mouth feel is pretty much perfect for stout such as this, medium to heavy with a very slight carbonation.

This is not a beer I could drink all the time. I will put a few of these away and see how they mature over time. (710 characters)

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very deep black colour that is almost entirely opaque. A little bit of ruby brown shows around the edges. The head is a nice creamy tan that creates a modest head while pouring and settles down to a thin film with a fairly tall ring around the edges.

S - Great smell. Roasted coffee and malts come through, along with dark chocolate. The alcohol is also apparent in the smell.

T - Fantastic. Dark chocolate and dark/roasted coffee with a strong but not off-putting wave of alcohol following the initial taste. The bitterness of the hops is there, co-mingling with the alcohol to provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the initial drink and leaving an excellent aftertaste. This also means that sweetness doesn't accumulate and become a nuisance.

M/D - The mouthfeel of this beer is great. The weight and smoothness of the body makes swishing it around feel heavenly. While the alcohol is certainly present in the taste I still feel like I could gladly drink this all night (If only one could be so lucky). Therefore I give it high scores for drinkability. I've poured two of these into a snifter before and it was still great from start to finish, something impressive for a stout with a body and ABV of this weight. (1,228 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 BitterPachyderm
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this along with a couple of other brew through a BIF from which I don't know the sender. No freshness date on the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Bottle contians a nice little story about their brewing process and the coffee that's used.

I had actually wanted to get my hands on this for a while now, but couldn't seem to find it. So glad to see that someone could read my mind on wanting it!

I'm not going to waste a lot of time with this review, because it's the simplest one I've done...hands down! If you like coffee, and you like beer, then this is your perfect brew. To me, it's almost like an iced coffee without the ice. The alcohol is barely even present, and all you can taste is COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, and MORE COFFEE! It's as if you are chewing on coffee beans. As you can tell, I like coffee. (801 characters)

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 Francepants06
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it had a nice white to brown foaming head, with black coffee grind aromas. It looked very high in alcohol...oh wait it is. but they do a very good job of hiding it. The beer was wonderful once it warmed up... man this beer was tasty. it had dark coffee, dark chocolate taste with a grape skins finish. This was my first dieu du ciel so i can't wait to taste the other beers from the brewery. (391 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.36/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two weeks ago I had my first beer tasting event. At that time, this was served and was not received very well. I decided to by another bottle ($6.99 at Total Wine) and try it on my own to write a review.

Poured from a 11.5 oz. brown bottle with the date code there but smudged and into a snifter. I get 1/2 fingers of head. I reviewed this beer based upon its style.

A: Pours the darkest brown opaque color with 1/2 fingers of tan, crater head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

S: Very strong smell of coffee and a little vanilla.

T: Strong coffee and coffee. It is like having an iced coffee with alcohol in it. The alcohol to be sure is well hidden, though.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. It is a sipper, though. So strong is the coffee infusion that it cannot be enjoyed any other way. I can enjoy it somewhat by sipping. Very warming.

O: First of all, I don't care for it and I would not have it again. This is a perfect example of Personal Taste. I don't really get the rave reviews. I like Deschutes Black Butte Porter but this is not a style that I will probably gravitate to. (1,093 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 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 hoser
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the ABV for this beer this has a scary drinkability. At first the coffee amora is a little over powering but once you get your mouth around it it is an amazing IMS. Could I have more of this fuck yes, will I have more of these fuck yes. I have had this on tap at the brewpub in the past but it took an impressive bottle at home for me tonight to rate this....and good night. (378 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)

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.