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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,304 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,304
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 589
Gots: 701 | FT: 69
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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 barefootbrewer
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thick tan/brown head. Thought about saying -.5 pts for the weird screw top, but the cool label makes up for it.

S: Coffee, roast, licorice and chocolate aromas are excellent.

T: The taste follows the smell. The chocolate seems more noticeable as the brew warms. The finish is bitter.

M: Full and creamy with a carbonation bite.

D: Velvety delicious. This should be a sipping beer, but is so flavorful...I had to use restraint.

Photo of BgThang
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, pours a nice dark to opaque color. Has a huge head of tiny fine bubbles. Has a mocha brownish head also

Aroma is pure roasted coffe with hint of sweetness and choclate. I also got some raisin and dark fruits in there.

Body is pretty full to me with some nice carbonation

Taste is rich and silky. Maybe some oatmeal in there for that. After the initial taste as it rolls on the back of the palate you start to get the dark fruits and hops to come through.

This is a nice coffee stout. Thanks to jonathan for sharing this.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of daftafne
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a Unibroue Tulip glass. Pour looked like cola - dark brown/black and completely opaque. A finger of head supported by perfect, fine bubbles which formed such a neat order they looked like stacks of pearl necklaces. Smelled like it tastes - fine quality coffee and roasted malts. The hops come out and linger after the initial coffee and roast flavors subside. I can feel the warmth of the etoh only slightly. A little syrupy on the tongue but can still feel the mild carbonation. Has a bit of a bitter bite. Definitely a beer to be sipped - would probably only want to have one due to high alcohol content and fairly big flavor. Delicious.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 fl oz bottle into a Meantime snifter (listed at 9.5% ABV).

Pours darker than a moonless night, a pitch black hue with a finger's width of dark tan head that quickly recedes to a thin cap of foam. Thick rings of large bubbles bound to the glass' edge. The aroma is heavenly: rich espresso, a surprising amount of earthy hops, and dark, roasted chocolate malts.

Tremendous coffee and dark chocolate notes lash at the palate upon the first sip, and continue until the very last. Balancing the onslaught are notes of gooey caramel, dark rum, and raisin. A well-carbonated finish of warming booze and hops round out the velvety-smooth, thick body. Peche Mortel leaves a sweet, bitter coffee aftertaste in its wake, although the body is a touch on the over-carbonated side. All in all, this is a heavenly beer, and well worth the $5.00 price-tag. *kicks hisself for only buying three bottles*

Photo of bluejacket74
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, it pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is great, it smells like roasted malt, coffee/espresso and a bit of chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, the roasted coffee/espresso taste is strongest, but bittersweet and milk chocolate are noticable too. There's also a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's rich and silky with average carbonation. It's also very smooth, which along with the taste makes the drinkability very good. I think this is an excellent beer. I definitely recommend this to others to try, especially if you like coffee.

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a snifter. Pours dark and opaque with an impressive brown head that disperses some sheets of satiny lace.

Aroma is somewhat subtle but very inviting. Dark roasted malts evince some coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate notes but the smell of fresh black currants really sets off the nose.

Body is medium full with an ideal soft but prickly carbonation.

Taste is quite rich. Coffee dominates here but with plenty of bittersweet chocolate. Currants show up here too, lending a leasant fruity berry note. Alcohol is well hidden. Seems like there is some oatmeal underneath as this has an incredible smoothness.

Excellent! Certainly one of the better coffee stouts around.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spotted a few bottle of these at Green's at Buford Highway, and went ahead and picked one up. Poured into my Stella Artois chalice. Pours a deep brown, nearly black color. Milk chocolate head that leaves just a little residue along the side of the glass. Smells like roasted coffee beans and tastes like a deep, rich espresso. Some chocolate undertones come out as well. Mouthfeel is silky smooth going down. Overall, I wish I had picked up more than one. This is an outstanding beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew on my Wants List for quite some time but I never really sought it out. Now..thanks to tayner and Yamar18, I get to drink a few bottles.;^) Thanks Dana and Kevin!

I pour this slightly chilled bottle and I get a near pitch black liquid; there's some reddish brown hues in there, especially at the bottom of my glass. The tan head is a good 2 fingers and this puppy is loaded with lacing. Great looking brew!

The smell is a bit on the light side for me. I'm getting some coffee and chocolate and some fruit but I really have to sniff hard for them to register.

The taste, now *that's* another matter entirely. Mmmm, big notes of roasted coffee, providing some bitterness. Nice milk chocolate sweetness that doesn't try to dominate but rather takes some edge off the bitterness. Some toffee, some dark fruit, the latter of which adds just the right touch of tartness and...I'm just starting to notice a bit of smoke.or am I? It sure seems like it. Wow. Medium mouthfeel that's just a hair away from being thick. So drinkable...yeah, where's the 9%abv? lol. Don't tell me!

All this time drinking and the head is still a solid inch in my glass. Is this some fine stuff or what?

Bottom line: This is a world class example of the style and I'm super happy that I got to try it and....I have a few more bottles so I can revisit at my leisure. A must try for anyone that's a fan of the style!

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

11.5oz bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors

A_This is how I would like all my stouts to appear. Rich thick and black looking, this delivers. The huge cafe au lait head resmebles the crater ridden surface of the moon as it is dotted with the remnants of big bubbles from down below. As I sit here admiring the beauty, it is taking a long time to recede, from the sides at first leaving an Ayers Rock like appendage from the charred liquid below. The sides of the glass are laced with brown clouds of foam.

S_The aroma that wafts up at me is boozy at first and slightly acidic. This is followed by a megadose of coffee, much like in a Manhattan Espresso Soda. The coffee lingers in the nostrils even as the mug is placed back on the table.

T_The first sip is very good, much like a shot of espresso. This is followed by a bittersweet chocolate richness. The acidity that is shown in the nose lurks ever so slightly in the background here as well. The aftertaste is a mixture of espresso like caffeine and a creamlike sweetness. The alcohol is less ecident in the taste as in the aroma.

M_On the thicker side but not too much. There is actually some restraint here for the style as it does not venture into the chewy category. The carbonation is soft but present enough to push the liquid around the mouth.

D_I am generally somewhat skeptical of the high intensity stouts that are rated so high on BA. To me it almost seems as if anything big gets rated highly and a sort of cult of personality following takes over. As this was my mindset going in, I have to say this delivered the goods. A wonderfully full bodied stout redolent of coffee flavour. At $5.35 a single, it is a bit pricey, but to me well worth it. I am glad a bought a few more.

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

This and Founder's Breakfast Stout are the top two coffee/imperial stouts in my opinion. Founder's has a thicker body that lends itself more to winter drinking, while this one is a bit thinner and more suitable for the humid chicago summer day i enjoyed it.

An espresso-crema head quickly dissipated but left a remarkable lacing on my brandy snifter throughout the rather long period of time it took me to finish this. As it warmed the coffee became more evident and the beer continued to shock me in its complexity.

This is a definite example of perfection in its style.

Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was jet-black, no highlights. It poured with a huge, creamy, dark mocha colored head. Decent retention and lots of sticky lace.

s: Surprisingly mild, but enticing nonetheless. This smells like a mocha latte with the addition of some moderate alcoholic warmth.

t: Interesting transitions here. Upfront, this tastes like a mocha latte. Raw, unsweetened cocoa flavors come next before yielding to some strongly bitter, but damn delicious, coffee flavors. The bitter tingle lingers while the gentle warmth of alcohol closes things out.

m: Great body on this one, but the carbonation is more readily seen than felt. Minor flaws seem all the more glaring in such a fantastic brew.

d: Big, big thanks to abankovich for the chance to try this one. Comes in a notch below Founder's Breakfast Stout, but it is still one of the best I've tried.

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

200th BA review.

12 ounce bottle with freshness dates notched '0,0' poured into a tulip yields an inky opaque body impervious to even direct sunlight. Not even any highlights that I can see... anyway, it's brown-black with an excellent sticky, creamy mocha head of two fingers with excellent retention that leaves sheets and rings of sticky lacing despite the substantial ABV.

Smell is rich dark-roasted espresso with a silky tinge of dark chocolate that persists despite all the smoky, winey, burnt, roasty coffee notes.

Flavors? Well, well. No surprises here, except how well the potent alcohol is hidden. Black French Roast coffee with a twang of Columbian coffee-light, plus an oily Italian espresso note with a hint of Seattle mocha make no quibble about what flavor is in charge of this beer. Bittersweet chocolate raises its head, no doubt, but is bitchslapped into stunned silence by a bold roasty note of Arabica. Caramel peeps out, probably looking for help, or maybe trying to escape, but is stomped flat by a big black rip of Kenya AA.

Smooth, rich, and full-bodied... I'm a coffee lover, a stout lover, and a big fan of beer for breakfast. This is the one for me. If only I could get my Braun to dispense this in the morning instead of Maxwell House... well, Hell, I'd never leave home!

Beer. It's not just for breakfast any more.

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

Decided to crack one of these newly aquired bottles to start off the weekend.

Poured into a snifter, jet black with an attractive medium pillowy brown head, and chunky lacing. Smell is strong espresso, touches of chocolate, and thought I even picked up some banana in there for a minute. Taste is very much espresso, and dark chocolate, backed by a little bit of a alcohol burn in the throat. Mouthfeel is slick and not too heavy, espresso lingers. Drinkability is nice, but I'll savour this one for a while, or atleast I'll try.

Reminds me of Founders BS.

Photo of Atron67
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ph2001 for this in a trade!

A- poured a thick black oil that looks pretty delicious, and a milk chocolate head on top that built up huge and left huge lacing and solid retention as well. pretty damn solid

S- actually a slightly sweet scent to it which surprized me, strong malty characteristics that are nice, actually reminds me of a milk stout, however it is very tastey smelling, the coffee scents are kept to a minimum actually, much lighter than i was expecting.

T- huge black roasted characteristics, the maltyness and roasted characteristics are really nice, an expresso flavor is present, and the slight lactose flavor is present as well. as the beer moves on in the mouth the coffee flavors really come out giving a great smoothness and roundedness to the beer. the coffee lingers forever which is really nice and gives a great all around characteristic. i love the way the slight sweetness and coffee work together

m- thick low carbonation, and again the coffee lingers forever

D- awesome sipper, thanks for the trade

Photo of tdrshayden
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black with wonderfu lacing.
Heavy aromas of coffee with some chocolate
Flavor begin with sweet coffee and finishes with a flavorful bitterness. I could have drank many more of these. Very drinkable and smooth.
Will be very difficult to cellar the remaining case.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet a very black pour with thick tan head. No light is going to be piercing through this. Good amount of lacing left along the side of the glass.

S: Very strong smell of coffee, oatmeal, molasses, hints of chocolate. You don't have to get your nose very close to catch the smell of this beer, it emanates out of the glass very easily.

T: The coffee taste is strong in the beginning and dissipates into the maltier stout side afterwards. The taste is very full and complex. An aftertaste of chocolate, malts, and an almost brown sugar linger. This is a very smooth taste considering the look and smell of this beer, not too overpowering.

F: Full bodied beer to be sure. Some alcohol feel, but nothing that would deter from the experience.

D: A great beer to have on a cool or cold night. Wouldn't want this anywhere else. Very rich and complex, one of these is enough for me in a night. But a wonderful beer and great representation of a stout both in look and taste.

Photo of bosco7
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and black with a thick tan head. Bubbles are small and dense giving it a creamy texture.

Coffee, cola, prune, dark chocolate, grain of paradise, and some carbon aromas. Slight molasses smell in there too.

Starts with some sweet chocolate flavors, almost like a chocolate chip cookie. The coffee then hits you in the mouth. Beautiful and complex coffee flavors too, not just roasted/acrid flavors. Fruity plum like flavor towards the end. The finish is roasty and bitter. Beautiful flavor profile.

Mouthfeel hits a nice balance with me. This is definitely one of the finer examples of an Imperial Stout. Balance is what makes this beer great. Highly recommended.

Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single, 11.5 oz bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street for $5.35...
"Imperial Coffe Stout Brewed With Real, Fair-Trade Coffee" on the artistic front logo sticker...
Beautiful appearance... pours a midnight, jet-black, ebony hue with a gigantic foamy, and reddish-tan head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding and leaving behind a copious amount of lacing around the edge of ther serving glass...
Intense aroma replete with fresh, roasted coffee beans, dark-chocolate, super-sweet malts, and a hint of alcohol...
Taste was immense, thick, rich, and strong, literally bursting with rich, creamy, dark-chocolate... Certainly up there with some of the best Imperial Stouts I've tried, including Great Divide's Yeti... Taste was super-sweet, loaded with dark molasses, honey, candied sugars, rich, roasted malts, tons of coffee beans, latte, rich mocha, and dark espresso...
Creamy, super-thick and rich mouthfeel, and the alcohol was also very well-hidden...
Drinkability wasn't bad for a beer this intense, full-bodied and strong...
Excellent stuff...
Recommended...

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

Appearance - Very black with a thick tan head. Lots of sticky lacing lingers.

Smell - Dark chocolate, strong black coffee, and a hint of black liquorish.

Taste - As it smells but with a balance of sweet and bitter. I picked up some vanilla, burnt marshmallow, and mild citrusy hops as well.

Mouth feel - Creamy and smooth. Tons of coffee lingers. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Is Fantastic! A real gem! Glad I had the chance to try it. ABV hidden dangerously well. Definitely worth checking out if you can find it.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from Viggo at Dark Lord Day. Thanks a bunch! Bottled in November 2007. Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Pitch black with a dense dark brown head. Dark ruby highlights. Excellent retention. Surprisingly, this one leaves some lacework too!

S: Coffee, heavily roasted espresso up front with cream, bitter chocolate, and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness - figs, raisins and grapes. Definitely a coffee assault but very well balanced

T: A quandary of a coffee assault with the force of a juggernaut and the delicacy of a ballet dancer. Neither as strong nor as heavily roasted as the nose might suggest. Starts off with a strong coffee note and then takes on a complex malt profile with roast, creamy sweetness and almost some nuts. Delicious, probably my favorite coffee stout.

M: A tad overcarbonated but the long, bitter finish is excellent.

D: It's 90 degrees and i'm enjoying this more that i should. Lives up to the hype

**Edit 13 June 2012**
I'm drinking my last bottle of this beer. I received this from Viggo, making this 4.5 years old.

The coffee is still surprisingly potent, making me wonder what this was like fresh (I haven't had it in a while). A touch ashy/tarry, but in a way that I welcome and thoroughly enjoy. The palate has some creamy dark chocolate, a moderate coffee presence, if a little stale, a mild acidity, a nice roasty malt character. Bitter finish with stale coffee, a touch of char and soft carbonation. Still quite nice. 4.5/4/4/4.5/4

**Edit 28 Jan 2013**
This bottle I picked up at Healthy Spirits back in May 2008. The slow purging of the cellar continues...

Still solid, can't add much to my notes above.

Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot for this one Harry! Dark, black liquid poured from the 12 oz bottle, and left a frothy, creamy, mocha head that lasted. In the nose, I got freshly brewed black coffee, rich dark chocolate, some vanilla, with a touch of wood smoke and hops. The flavour profile was quite enjoyable to me, as I love coffee. Fresh dark roast with loads of bittering hops, vanilla, dry, bitter dark chocolate, some smoke. Bitter with long lived coffee aftertaste. Creamy, and very drinkable considering the ABV. Quite a treat. Thank you Harry! :)

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

Sampled through Monsone and Brews N Tunes 3 BIF.

Black light proof beer with a tall glass filling brown head.

Strong chocolate aroma and just as strong coffee. Extremely strong coffee aroma as strong or stronger as Founders Breakfast Stout. Kahlúa and coconut round out the aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and bitter like coffee liqueur one of the less sweet ones. Long lasting coffee aftertaste here and it is quite nice. Vanilla flavor possibly from charred white oak. Very much a coffee beer, anything else here is just a nuance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Great sipping beer here, not to rich and not too weak. Completely a coffee beer and if you don't like coffee you won't like this.

Photo of Bejogle
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, so psyched to have had a chance to try this.

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was as of any Imperial worth its merit, pitch black with a frothy tan head with great lacing and retention. No light gets through this whatsoever.

Smell was of roasty bakers chocolate and espresso. Think Old Rasputin with a double espresso shot poured into it.

Taste was consistent with the smell, amazing blend of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean. Every sip, it gets better.

Mouthfeel was great, a tad on the high end carbonation wise but still drinks incredibly smooth.

I would give the drinkability a 5 but the 9.5 abv limits that for sure, as does the intensity of the flavor. This is definitely one to sip and enjoy after dinner or as a night cap, not at all something you'd want to quaff to get drunk off of.

Overall an amazing beer and i'm happy I got a chance to try it given that I found it by accident at the local shop. Seek out and enjoy!

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

this beer poured a black color with a thick brown head that slowly built and receeded, but never left. this beer has legs. beautiful.

the smell is coffee, sweet chocolate, hops are faint but detectable. also picking up licorice.

the taste is roasted coffee and chocolate that sweetens nicely as it warms.

the mouthfeel is full and velvety.

the alcohol is very well hidden in this one, but it will sneak up on you. this isn't dark lord or the abyss, but it is top notch and worthy of the top 100 for sure.

Photo of ejquin
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gets a 5 from me because I love it when a huge stout has great head and head retention. noce and black with a fluffy two finger oatmeal colored head that slowy fades down to 1 finger.

S: Lots of coffee, gorounds infact,with some milky sweetness. Roasted malt with some vanilla. Slightest amount of cherry, but not as pungent overall as I expected.

T: Well it's super smooth, as an oatmeal stout should be. Great mouthfeel, though a tad bit heavier would have been perfect.Coffee and dark chocolate dominates the flavor giving way to vanilla, some oakiness comes in and overtakes the flavor, moving in to a smokey flavor. Hops push through in the end delivering some spice, and the long finish is all hop biterness and some slight alochol sting at the very end. I was surpised by the amount of hops coming through at the end, but this is pretty fresh, and probably mellows over time.

Ovr: This is an extremly good beer. I found myself comparing this to Devil Over a Barrell becuase I had it recently. This beer has mucuh more of a hop spice to me, and is a bit fuller tasting, though Devil is technically a porter. Overall fantastic.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,304 ratings.