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

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4,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,066
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 541
Gots: 620 | FT: 55
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of tayner
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle with no dates.

Glugged out of the bottle oil black with a huge 4 finger dense, foamy tan head that took a long time to dissipate, and when it finely subsided enough for me to drink it the glass was covered in sticky lacing.

Smells like a cup of morning coffee you can stand a spoon in.. camping coffee, the kind that still have the grounds in the bottom of the pot, cooked over an open fire. I half expected after smelling it to have coffee grounds floating in it.

Taste is coffee, very strong coffee. It is like I poured myself a cup of coffee and then let it get cold sitting on the counter. If you can get your tongue, nose and brain past the coffee there are also some bitter chocolate tones as well. There is a sweetness for just a minute but it quickly gets over-run by bitterness that remains long after swallowing.

This is thick, chewy, and surprisingly creamy. Very viscous. I could have used something in the way of hops to remove some of the oil from my palate, but overall reasonably good for a RIS.

This is a once in a while beer IMO. A nightcap, or morning pick me up, but definitely not a session beer. Not a beer for the meek. not a beer for those who dont love coffee. IMO, slighty overhyped but still very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of thetomG
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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2.25/5  rDev -48.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mabermud
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a brandy snifter created a modest, beige, creamy, soft, and fluffy head. Soonafter, the head faded away into a thin film, concentrating around the glass like a halo. When held directly in front of the bright sun, no light penetrated this dense, super dark stout. The smell of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and mocha was enticing. I waited until the temperature hit approximately 54 F, then took my first sip. The taste was dominated by coffee rich mocha, light bitterness, and some background booze. This is balanced and smooth with low carbonation.

This is a well-crafted imperial stout.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of m1ked
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this in a trade from Channan, thanks for the opportunity.

A- Motor oil black with a brown active head with large bubbles that fade into a thin sandy layer. Rim edges bunch up with thicker head.

S- Super rich coffee beans with a rum like alcohol cutting through decisively. Some Kahlua, raosted/burnt marshmallow and chocolate chips.

T- Once again super rich cafe with dark chocolate and definetly alcohol heat. Molasses and carmelized sugar, deep dark blueberries fades into chocolate milkiness.

M- Creamy mouthfeel, but with sharp alcohol cutting through.

D- Great Imp Stout. Like a rich after dinner treat. If I could, I would probably drink several of these, but not really an option for me. Definelty does not try to disguise its 9.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Poured into a snifter.

Upon prying open the cap, an immense roasted coffee aroma arose from the bottle. Highly appealing on the nose. Appearance was thick and slick oily black with one or two audible 'glugs' emitting from the bottle. A nice thick and dark toffee colored head rose from the brew and was static for only a few minutes before dying down to a thin cap. Nice strands of soapy lacing appear after each sip as well. Roasted coffee is predominantly the heaviest on the nose with some maltiness to it. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the aroma too.

The taste is very much full of the roasted coffee as well - astringency and all. Black coffee with no sugar or cream constructs the majority in the flavor profile that falls back on a melted bittersweet chocolate essence. Sorta like a truffle for dessert. Caramel and cream kind of hint their way towards the end as well and ends with the burnt coffee bean bitterness on the tongue. Very delicate, yet still as complex. Alcohol is actually masked pretty well; I couldn't taste much of it.

Mouthfeel has a milky and smooth feel to it. Medium- to full-bodied at best with not much of a carbonated presence. No complaints here. And the drinkability is well-deserved. As the winter approaches, this is definitely recommended for the season.

A great brew for all coffee fans. Absolutely worth the high honors.

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4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour pitch black with a frothy marshmellowy off brownish white head, even the lace has a texture! Wow!

Big coffee and bitter chocolate aroma, soft astrigent aroma of fresh ground coffee. Mouthfeel is silky and soft with a carbonation that scrubs the palate clean having you want more. Flavor is coffee, burt malts, and dark coco, it is quite a delicate beer. It's not a "in your face" stout as one sometimes gets with these big dark brews.

Very balanced, quite dangerous as the glass goes down fast and the alcohol is very well cloaked.

Photo of fiver29
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Smells like pure coffee. Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel. There is a subtle creaminess to it as well. Tastes like I'm enjoying a nice dark roast coffee. And I really like coffee. The coffee is way over the top and I really like that. Only slight hints of malt and hop appear here. This brew is for coffee lovers only.

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3.06/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe the darkest of any of those enjoyed recently - absolutely no ruby or brown shows through the bottom of the pint. Tan head pocked by bubble bursts caps the top.

The nose is like coffee liquer - no lack of strength or alcohol here.

Deep coffee flavors dominate, leaving little room for anythin else, though a bit of dark chocolate is apparent. Unfortunately, heavy alcohol also comes through with the coffee and really detracts from the overall enjoyment here.

The mouthfeel is great, with restrained carbonation and smooth delivery.

While the majority feel this is a great beer, the alcohol is too heavy to enjoy the entire package.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ACarp
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dutch cocoa and black coffee

full body, not too sweet

very dark, truly world class

Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of thr LCBO fall seasonal releases.
341 ml, bottled 09/10

Pours a thick black with a foamy tan head which holds for a long while. Great retention and sticky lacing.
The nose is of roasted malts, molasses, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Getting a warm alcohol smell there too.
Big malt taste which is a heavy and chewy feel on the palette. Dank/resiny, warm sensation initially then a long finish with a bitter hop taste.
Overall this is one of the thickest heaviest stouts I've tried. Bold flavour which would seem to age well to tame some of the alcohol taste. 9.5% puts this as a sipper and a stand alone brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,066 ratings.