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

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,532 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,532
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 503
Gots: 531 | FT: 60
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this brought back to me from New Orleans. Served it in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The pour is great, huge tan head. Looks distinctly creamy. The body is a clear, pitch black. The only retraction is that the beer doesn't look quite as sinister as I like from my RISes.

The nose is mostly iced coffee. There's some nuttiness there and booziness. Interesting, full and bold.

The taste is mostly coffee, too. The beer is surprisingly boozy for being less than 10% ABV. The coffee overpowers what I was expecting from a double stout. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, too. Hrm. As I drink on, I can pick up nuttiness and chalkiness at add to the depth of the flavor. However, the coffee dominance and overall thinness detract from what this could be.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:09:58 | More by UTCengOwl
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robbrandes

Oregon

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

nearly black in color, minimal wispy head, thin ring of bubbles around the edge. nose is a huge coffee bomb, woodsy-oak undertone, some hints of vanilla and chocolate.

taste - coffee, coffee and more coffee. i'm not a huge coffee fan, but this is well done with minimal bitterness. warm maltiness, the chocolate malt backstops everything. great mouthfeel, a hint more carbonation would be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:46:47 | More by robbrandes
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rxeight

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-13-2013 17:24:20 | More by rxeight
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-01-2014 19:27:47 | More by Benish
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PBoegel

New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Kendo.

Bottle poured into Sam Adams tasting glass, beer pours dark as a moonless night with a nice two finger light brown dense head.

Aromas are complex deep roasty malt, tawny port wine, espresso, malted milk, bitter chocolate.

Flavor is big coffee and espresso upfront. Chocolate, melanoidins, dark rum, candied/caramelized apple and pear. Not much in the way of hops, assume either minimal or aged out, not missed either way.

Big body with sweetness balanced by roasted barley and dark roast coffee. Finish is sweet with some grain/coffee bitterness to lean toward some dryness. Alcohol is exceptionally well hidden in flavor but also helps to present some drier balance.

Absurdly drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:48:30 | More by PBoegel
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Mauerhan

California

4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours black with a decent one and a half finger head.
moderate spiderweb lacing.

smell is roasted coffee, nothing else. it smells like an iced coffee. wow.

taste is GREAT. full rich robust coffee. it tastes like im drinking an iced coffee not a beer, i get no hops, a slight hint of malts. for anyone that likes coffe, this is your beer.

mouthfeel is solid. a bit of carbonation, it tickles the tongue. nice and creamy feel.

very drinkable. it gets smoother and smoother each time i sip.

a stand up beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 03:26:16 | More by Mauerhan
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Black as motor oil and thick and viscous as it rolls into the glass, a thin creamy mocha head appears that rises to almost one finger. As it sits the head falls to a thin lace on top of the beer and leaves a thin wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Coffee anyone? This smells of rich robust espresso with a hint of molasses and brown sugar. A little cinnamon comes through as well.

T: What a massive flavor, definitely get the espresso coming through in a huge way and it dominates the palate at first, but then gives way to some molasses and brown sugar with a hint of spicy cinnamon. Tastes similar to the way it smells and that is fantastic!

M: The mouth feel is absolutely exceptional! Thick and viscous yet smooth and incredibly creamy. The 9.5% is perfectly integrated into the beer and is nowhere to be found. This is as good as it gets when it comes to mouth feel.

D: For 9.5% this goes down so so so smooth! For an imperial coffee stout this is dangerously drinkable and overall a fantastic beer. This is a world class beer for sure and one to be tried and tried again!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 04:03:19 | More by RedBrewer83
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brownish black, fairly translucent body especially around the edges. A few bubbles of head and a thin ring of bubbles around the edges.

Smells like a nice cup of iced coffee with a shot of espresso. Some roast, carmel sweetness and light fruitiness.

Tastes like a lightly carbonated, sweet and chocolatey roasted coffee drink. Some roast blends with coffee and espresso flavors nicely. This has a very off putting metallic note which indicates this one is a bit old or just off. A good bit of carmel and malt sweetness lingers.

Medium bodied, its very neutral and delicate on the palate.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Well made even with the metallic off flavor.
I'm a bit let down tho at a price of $6 for a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 13:25:20 | More by Homebrew35
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Mikeynas

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-01-2014 00:41:57 | More by Mikeynas
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flyersfan900

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-29-2013 03:04:53 | More by flyersfan900
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2012 19:08:19 | More by Patrickbrusil
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EricClayton

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

05-23-2013 20:07:06 | More by EricClayton
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2013 20:28:38 | More by jbdpsu82
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mquartuccio87

New York

3/5  rDev -31.8%

03-02-2014 20:52:42 | More by mquartuccio87
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-09-2014 22:02:08 | More by TT--Cashout
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Biggness

New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head and lots of lacing. The smell is of roasted coffee beans. The majority of the flavor is of bitter coffee, strong and in your face. The mouthfeel suffers a little dry a dry aftertaste, probably from the high abv, which you can not taste @ all, very well hidden with the massive coffee flavors. For a 9.5% abv this is a very drinkable brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:57:16 | More by Biggness
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8%

05-06-2012 01:16:41 | More by Wordslinger
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speak72

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-31-2013 02:10:39 | More by speak72
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dotes_on_dipas

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8%

12-23-2013 19:43:43 | More by dotes_on_dipas
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an utterly opaque black with a bubbly, light-cappuccino coloured head that is quite foamy and large, settling to a thin ring and leaving plenty of lacing around the glass.

Smells of espresso, dark, bitter chocolate, with just a hint of sweet but roasted caramel.

Dark espresso and chocolate flavours throughout. Some muted dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is felt on the finish. A lot of coffee, but balanced nicely by the chocolate and dark fruit/grains.

Body coats the mouth nicely, creamy, soft and full feeling, yet light with nice carbonated bubbly feel.

Drinkability is only slightly dampened by the alcohol felt on the finish. This beer goes down well for its size.

A delicious brew, well deserving of its high rating, and one I will enjoy as often as I can. Edited to change appearance rating, as subsequent pours had significantly better head production/retention.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:12:43 | More by nighthawk
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emdawg

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-08-2012 17:29:44 | More by emdawg
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my_knew_craft

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-21-2014 23:44:31 | More by my_knew_craft
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +8%

04-06-2014 08:28:01 | More by nick_asian
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with brass highlights, a tan head and delicate lace. The smell is like chocolate and fresh ground coffee beans.what a great taste. Different than any stout I've had. A very complex rush of flavours washes over the palette. I'm not too good at describing these things but it's all roasted malt and dark chocolate with a soft bitter slightly burnt after taste. The alcohol definitely is there but doesn't overpower. A perfect beer for coming in out of the snow and sitting in front of the fireplace. Mmmmm.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 22:04:07 | More by shamus
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick inky black with a big light brown head that laces very well.
The nose is unsurprisingly, dominated by a dark roasted coffee and a touch of smoke and tobacco. I could smell this all day.
Up front, the taste follows the nose with a blast of strong black coffee which somehow doesn't overpower the palate, and is complemented by the burnt/roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Leading into the finish, the alcohol slowly rears its head and coincides with a moderately bitter and lightly lingering finish that's again, reminiscent of a nice cup of java.
Full mouthfeel, slightly chewy, moderate carbonation which helps to cut the richness a bit.
As has been stated, if you love coffee and love stouts, you absolutely have to try this one as it magnificently brings together the best of both worlds.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 06:22:01 | More by MattyV
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,532 ratings.