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

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Reviews: 1,693
Hads: 4,433
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 5.01%
Wants: 606
Gots: 746 | FT: 68
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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 WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice

Black liquid, dense billowy brown and taupe foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate

Taste of smooth roasted coffee, espresso bean roast

Smooth but you feel the alcohol, full presence on the tongue, lingering coffee flavor with a slight roast bitterness (299 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with dark khaki foam; thick lacing with thin cap as liquid reduces and good carbonation. Strong roasted coffee bean aroma; a little chocolate malt as it warms. Toasted malt and strong espresso flavors, bittersweet dark chocolate, a little vanilla on the exhale; dark fruit (cherry) middle; still, a coffee finish. Medium light mouthfeel with a little stickiness as it opens up. Overall, coffee from beginning to end; simply excellent. (445 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Pours jet black with a dark khaki head that recedes. Smell is chocolate and coffee, pretty good, but does no justice to what is about to come. First sip hits you with toasty semi sweet chocolate, followed by a wave of espresso that hits you in the face. Just an amazingly powerful expresso finish, really. Top ten beers I've ever had. (339 characters)

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured a pitch black color with an initial 2 inch creme colored head that settled into and creamy half inch head with nice lacing on the glass. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Tastes of the coffee, Dark chocolate and toffee. The coffee is more like a rich espresso, very strong espresso taste. This is an exceptional brew, highly recommended. (360 characters)

Photo of Alequine
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Intensely black and dense beer with a light tan which is attractive to look at. Very pronounced roasted malt and coffee aromas. Intensifying coffee bitterness offset by the chocolate notes in the coffee. Finish is strong coffee with burnt notes and mildly bitter dark chocolate. Soft, smooth but not creamy. This is a top five coffee stout. (344 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pitch black with thick tan head, slowly dissipates and coats the glass with lace. Aroma is coffee, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate. The flavor is strong coffee with burnt notes and bitter dark chocolate. The finish has a mild bitterness and booziness. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth but not creamy. Overall a very good coffee stout, strong, not sweet. (361 characters)

Photo of OmahaKF
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of caramel. Taste is heavy on chocolate up front, but finishes with a rich espresso-like flavor and coffee acidity bitterness. Really drinkable for 9.5%. (216 characters)

Photo of FBGordon
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at just under room temp into a room temp pub glass (this is the second time around, so I'm trying it at room temp).

A: Pours thick and black; the Absence of Light. A gorgeous gingerbread head that maintains nicely with great lacing throughout.

S: Smells like Navy black coffee. Nothing but coffee, overpowering, indomitable. As someone who doesn't drink coffee, I was highly intimidated.

T: The coffee and toast are there, but aren't overpowering. Chocolate and toffee notes help round out the flavor nicely. There is a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste on the palate, but not an unpleasant one. Alcohol is there but hardly noticeable under the barrage of coffee and toast.

M: Rich, malty and smooth, you usually have some of the frothy head adding to the carbonation of each pull.

O: This is one of my all-time favorite stouts. I can't say enough about it. While the intense coffee smell is daunting to me, the flavors are incredibly well-balanced and the mouth feel is consistently inviting, making this a delicious and dangerous brew at 9.5%. I'm enjoying it at room temp and recommend others try it that way, especially in the colder months. (1,168 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours black with a 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly
It has a big coffee aroma that dominates the nose
Tastes like 4 day of strong coffee, with very bittering coffee aftertaste.
A thin fell, but coats well
Big coffee, just not a good coffee. (257 characters)

Photo of lic217
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark black, little head, almost no lacing
Smell: almost entirely coffee, a little chocolate
Taste: Little chocolate, little alcohol, lots of coffee, and bitter on the back end
Feel: too thin
Overall: a well made stout with a lot of coffee flavor. It would make a great compliment to many desserts (303 characters)

Photo of Bogart2930
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not good but great coffee stout. This thing sits on shelves around here and I dont understand why. Seriously if you like the coffee bourbon county, then this will have you wanting to do a blind taste to see which one you truly prefer. (234 characters)

Photo of ccg
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost jet black. Small amount of head, but it sticks around. Smell is just about perfect for a (non-barrel-aged) coffee stout. Coffee smell is strong but also sweet and roasty. Taste also has strong coffee flavors, but a mildly sweet chocolate flavor also emerges and balances the potential bitterness of the coffee. Unlike many other coffee stouts I've had, it does not leave a bitter aftertaste. Very well done. Mouthfeel is satisfying; I only wish it were a little more viscous and chewy. Overall: it lives up to the hype. This is close to perfection for a coffee stout that has not seen the inside of a bourbon barrel. (623 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of burnt toast, baking chocolate, bold coffee, burnt molasses and black currants. Flavor follows the noise well with an extra earthy hop and boozy bourbon kick. Full bodied with low carbonation. Solid imperial coffee stout (229 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours out a thick, dark black with a creamy mocha colored head that stays around for a while and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. Strong, intense coffee aroma with slight bitter chocolate as well. The coffee flavor is magnificent, but unlike the bitter coffee aroma, it's tamed by a creamy sweetness that balances the beer to great effect, and reminds me of adding milk to coffee, which is how I take mine.

Letting it linger on the tongue, the coffee starts out bitter, smooths out a bit, and is joined by roasted malt and a very slight chocolate flavor towards the end. The mouthfeel will stick around and probably be the example I compare other stouts to, as it fits my (unfounded) notion of what a stout should be: rich, creamy, thick, chewy.

I'm not sure how this could be any better. This was the first morning, coffee-flavored beer I've ever had, so my opinion may be a bit weaker in terms of something to compare it to. Perhaps after I've had others, my ratings might change, but now for now, this deserves its spot near the top of my list of favorite beers. (1,078 characters)

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle
L- 4.5 black with thick tan head
S - 4.5 coffee! Good dark roast
T - 4.5 delicious roasty, malt flavor
F - 4.5 medium body , just right amount of carbonation
O - 4.5 personal favorite coffee stouts and one of my favorite stouts overall with Ten Fidy and Stone IRS (285 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yields a huge, very stable light brown head, while the beers color pours a completely black color.

The amount of coffee used in this beer has to be immense, as the aromas yield an utmost profound coffee appearance, which wouldn't need the help of any other ingredients to compose a convincing nose. The coffee though gets perfectly balanced by scorched earth and a huge amount of peated, wooden earth. Underneath, there is a well build layer of dark-chocolate, together with a whiff of coffee, coating up the aromas perfectly well.

Has a fantastic, fuller mouthfeel, due to the beers low carbonation and earth supported creaminess, perfectly showcasing the profound coffee flavor.

Tastes of soft whipped-cream, balancing warming, oaky malts, amped up by roasted wood and charred toast. As coffee enters the palate, it instantly defines the whole taste, while the beers foundation still adds up to the taste in all its facetts. Fresh toasted, crushed toffee beans offer up a pleasant, bitter roastiness, together with flowery cocoa powered bakers chocolate. Finishes with silk milk chocolate, and a supportive coffee bitterness, which creates an intense ending, while also allowing subtle flavors of oak, toffee, fudge, coal and chimney fire to remain detectable.

This beer is a real treat, exhibiting a challenging depth of flavors, together with a fantastic mouthfeel. Everything comes incredibly well together, resulting in a simply perfect coffee stout. (1,461 characters)

Photo of beardown2489
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer just once, earlier this spring. I was lucky enough to experience it with a nitro draught pour. I can't say what this beer would have been like with all carbonation, but it is sublime with nitro. Mouthfeel is once of the best i've had in a 9% stout. Pretty outstanding beer. I hope to drink more. (316 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one finger head. Lacing persists. Smells awesome. Great coffee smell mixed with sweet chocolate and malt. Tastes the same with great coffee taste and the hops coming through. The bitter finish makes this a wonderful imperial stout. Very smooth and delicious. One of the better ones. (308 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look; Like used motor oil, the beer is pitch black and shiny, completely opaque, no light shines through. Pours a thin ring of lacing that dissipates quickly.
Smell-Fresh brewed coffee, with hints of dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste-The taste is dominated by espresso, in the sense that the coffee taste is very fresh and powerful, but also extremely bitter. A bit of alcohol is there as well.
Feel-Almost no carbonation, Very oily and very heavy, this is a sipper.
Overall- I appreciate the fresh taste of the coffee but there beer is just slightly too bitter for me to enjoy it to the extent of of my favorite coffee stouts, but it is an excellent representative of the style and more then worth trying. (702 characters)

Photo of themaj
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like coffee forward stouts this is up there with the best of them. Taste is coffee, coffee, coffee, with some roast bitterness. Great stout would love to try the barrel version (183 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- solid black body. One finger of dense coffee colored head which dissipates to a foamy cap and collar. Great lacing.

S - intense roasty notes. Milk chocolate. Some mild coffee grounds. Booze - bourbon-like. Reminds me a bit of BA Coffee Framinghamer.

T - very well balance coffee and chocolate. Bitter coffee finish.

M - medium body and low carb. (360 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft

Appearance: black, yet transparent. Blood, ruby when held to light. A nice tan 1 finger head lasts and lasts - more than 15 minutes before my initial sip.

Aroma: coffee! and then a caramel sweetness.

Flavor: coffee and oak. Is this barrel aged? A hint of smoke in the background, like the morning after you've smoked a cigar. Roast malt comes through late to dry out the beer. The best flavors arrive 15 seconds or so after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: the body is surprisingly thin for a 9.5% abv beer. I'd expect and prefer more body.

Overall: this was a good beer but not one I'd pursue. I'm not blown away by this beer. (635 characters)

Photo of MeauxJoe
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I highly recommend this beer, and suggest you enjoy it in good company. This is one to kick back and relax with, taking in the full experience that this coffee stout has to offer. (179 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply wonderful!! Top 3 status for me. TH's "Double Shot with Sumatra" is a tad better in my opinion.
A: Midnight black with a thin mocha lacing.
S: Dark roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malt.
T: Similar to the nose, dark candied sweetness, a nice bitter alcoholic kick mid to late sip. Alcoholic warmth hits the palate fairly early upon sipping.
M: Thin mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy, silk like with mild carbonation and medium bitterness.
O: Love it!! Need to acquire more, but fairly difficult to come by. (515 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)

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