Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.18/5 rDev -5%
11.2 oz single purchased from City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.
A: Pours a complete jet black with only the slightest of red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. A nice 1/2 inch thick frothy brown head is there after the initial pour. The head settles relatively quickly into a ring with a haze of bubbles in the middle. Each swallow leaves behind a nice ring of tiny bubbled lacing. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is the retention.
S: Huge dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aromas. A beautiful aroma.
T: A huge blast of coffee flavor in the initial taste. The only slightly sweet component of the flavor comes from the dark chocolate taste. Even that provides as much bitterness as it does sweet. The coffee and dark roasted malts make it even more bitter. The alcohol is very well hidden. This one is a good beer, but a little too far on the coffee side for me compared to some of its competitors in the style.
M: Very thick and very smooth. It is very enjoyable to just roll around on the tongue.
D: The big huge bitterness of this one makes it a slow sipper for me. Its feel help make it go down a little easier.
03-19-2009 02:45:36 | More by GatorBeerNerd
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Received in a trade with bkrefetz and thrown in as an extra by masterchiefMD. Both of these guys are excellent traders.
A- Pours jet black with a finger and a half of brown head into a snifter. Good lacing and excellent head retention.
S- Wow, this is probably one of the best smelling beers I've had. Lots of coffee, but not the overly roasted flavor like other coffee stouts. Also plenty of sweet, dark chocolate on the nose. These two dominating flavors complement each other very well.
T- I hate to have a large disparity between the smell and taste rankings, but this beer's main downfall was it's sweetness. There is a roasted flavor present, but the sweetness seems to really take hold and not let go. A bitter finish does arise eventually. Still, this beer tastes great.
M- Thick and a slightly oily feel. A little more carbonation than I'm used to in an Imperial Stout, but I think it does well in this beer.
D- Unfortunately, the high ABV and sweetness limits me to no more than one in a night. However, I kept wanting more and more as I drank it.
Overall, would I buy it again? Definitely. I think this is one of the best stouts I've had in awhile. Perhaps it is only surpassed by KBS in my books so far.
08-22-2009 14:16:17 | More by kbeals
4.13/5 rDev -6.1%
A: black. No light. Light head. Strong alcohol legs.
S:big nutty, roasted aromas. Some sweet coffee and chocolate. Some smokey sweetness
T: taste is light. Similar to the aroma, but not as bold.
Overall: much thinner and lighter than I remember. But the coffee flavor is unmatched b by other coffee stouts
12-26-2013 07:56:52 | More by raynmoon
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Smallish bottle poured into a dogfish snifter.
A small ring of head around the edges, leaving a small amount of spotty lacing. when swirled, it really coats the glass well.
The aroma is of strong, espresso like coffee. There is also some bitter chocolate which becomes more apparant as this warms.
The taste is consistent mainly of the nose: espresso with some dark, bitter chocolate. It is really pretty great. There are some roasted malts, and it is getting much better, and more chocolaty as it warms up, in a bitter, good way.
The Mouthfeel is where this beer really, really shines. It is absolutly perfect for the style. Nice and coating, with a viscious (sp?) feel to it. You can tell it is thick, just by the way it coats the glass.
I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes good coffee, and some bitter dark chocolate.
03-17-2009 20:58:02 | More by mikecharley
3.65/5 rDev -17%
Pours opaque black, forming a thin khaki head. Pretty good retention, sticky lacing
The aroma is bitter chocolate and dark fruit forward, backed by fresh coffee beans.
The taste is smilar. Coffee is not the main stay, though a lingering bitterness derrivitive of coffee beans rounds out the finish. Bitter chocolate and dark fruit dominate, as in the aroma. Definetly getting some heat in the finish, though the abv is somewhat moderate.
Mouthfeel is about right, pretty damn thick. Carbonation is a solid medium. Overall a good stout, worthy of praise. However, I wasnt as impressed as some reviewers seem to be.
11-09-2011 15:12:00 | More by zoolzoo
4.05/5 rDev -8%
Melted French chocolate with wisps of vanilla, roasted mocha java coffee, milk chocolate brown head, scattered lace, black as pen ink body. Taste...dark chocolate followed by coffee...followed by roasted barley...followed by a dominating bitter alcohol kick in the back. The finish to me is just too intense for some reason. Maybe its the combination of bitter coffee, burnt malt and alcohol, but it kicks harder than some 11% and above stouts I have had. Finish aside, the ingredients somehow manage to showcase their uniquely enjoyable qualities while managing to be integrated; nevertheless there is some astringency. The low to medium carbonation accentuated the oily, medium-bodied, velvet-like mouth feel. So smooth..A solid coffee stout for sure.
09-22-2010 20:27:22 | More by TheJollyHop
4.97/5 rDev +13%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Some mysterious markings indicating batch or date that are too challenging for me to decipher.
A - Poured carefully from a bottle leading to absolutely no head on the beer whatsoever. Deep, dark black in color - practically absorbs the light!
S - Amazing combination of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malt. It practically smells dark!
T - Powerful and up-front with the coffee followed by a pleasing alcohol warmth with an almost smoky chocolate aftertaste.
M - delicious and rich. Very pleasing aftertaste that lingers and lingers.
D - seductively dangerous. The subtlety of the alcohol is hidden by an amazingly powerful balance. Goes down much too easy.
Simply the best beer I've ever had, bar none. This is truly exquisite. Fortunately I have a reason to go to Montreal from time to time - next time I'm going to Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel to hopefully see the magic in action!
05-18-2010 19:38:02 | More by DoktorZee
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
11.5 oz bottle, drank on 9/5
aroma: strong coffee smell, slightly burnt
appearance: no head, pours black into a tulip glass, no lacing
flavor: boozy, strong coffee tones
mouthfeel: smooth, light carbonation
overall impression: good coffee imperial stout, a pleasant taste and smooth, a beer that I've enjoyed in the past and I will again in the future when I come acrossed it.
a beer that I will buy repeatedly
09-11-2011 12:58:38 | More by BierBliss
4.95/5 rDev +12.5%
Thanx to that dude whose name I can't remember who was kind enough to share a bottle at the 2007 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest.
The beer poured a deep coal black with a minimal light brown head.
The aroma of the beer was dominated by intense coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. It reminded me of the smells when walking into a gourmet coffee shop (Peets). There were sweet malts in the background and a good amount of alcohol to help carry things to your nose. No hops were in the aroma.
The flavor of the beer was fueled by intense espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. There was nice backbone of base malts that filled out the flavors and were neither too sweet nor too dry. The complex layers of extreme coffee and roasted flavors blew me away. I've certainly never had a coffee infused beer that was quite like this. There was enough hop bitterness to balance things out, but the hops certainly took a back seat. There was minimal fruitiness in this beer, which was perfect.
The mouthfeel was medium and helped conceal the 9% ABV very well - to almost dangerous levels in fact. The carbonation was dialed in perfectly. The beer also had a brilliant creaminess to it that further pushed the flavor envelope.
This is a magnificent beer and perfect in every one of its complex dimensions. It was almost like drinking a perfectly pulled double espresso with a shot of alcohol.
03-30-2007 15:16:45 | More by SacoDeToro
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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