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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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4,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,023
Reviews: 1,642
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 532
Gots: 603 | FT: 57
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a very dark brown color, borderline black, light can get through an brighten up the brown color, a thin head appears, half a finger at most, no lacing or any real retention. The aroma is of roasted coffee, toasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, not very explosive or very complex, but the elements are well integrated. The flavors are a bit more enjoyable, but also not very impactful, roasted coffee and dark chocolate lead the way, subtle toasted grains and a touch of dark fruit and a bit of an unpleasant acidity, but again, the flavors are a bit muddled and the balance isn't there, the coffee is the most dominant flavor but kind of gets lost behind the chocolate and dark malt. The body is nice, a bit thin and overly carbonated, but nice and smooth with a good richness.

Verdict: A good solid stout that highlights the coffee element, certainly enjoyable throughout the drinking experience. I think it's lacking a bit of depth and complexity relative to other stouts on the market, but this is still a fine beer and one I would happily drink again and again.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

A: This beer pours a very nice dark black body with a thin dark tan head that quickly fades. There is also no lacing left on the glass either.

S: Damn this beer smells fantastic. It actually really reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout. There is a nice amount of coffee, dark and roasted malt and a strong amount of sweetness. I am also picking up a TINY bit of alcohol.

T: Man this beer tastes absolutely amazing. Tons of sweet malt with a tiny bit of roasted coffee and malt. As the beer lingers it really turns into a sweet chocolate.

M: The body of this is very full and has a good amount of carbonation on the back of the throat and all across the tongue.

O: This is one of the best beers I have ever had. There isnt a single part of this beer that isnt amazing and cant wait to grab a few more bottles.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was reviewing this beer, and my fracking window closed. :(

Condensed bc I'm not typing all that again:

Great beer. Amazing even!

Creamy, so chocolate and coffee forward in the nose. Dark, no, very dark roasted grains. Some slight char in the nose. Excellent. Creamy smell? Yes, makes creamy taste and mouthfeel. Nice tang -from acidity perhaps? More chewy, delicious choc-coffee, hint of booze.

Do you like FBS and/or Southern Tier Choklat? This is somewhere in between those. However, it is more articulately crafted and balanced than ST's Choklat.

I want more, and in 4 packs. Now.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got on sale at Bobby's liquors in Santa Clara, CA in 12oz bottle.
Served in a Lucifer goblet.

A - Beautiful espresso color with a thin but beautiful copper head. As I drink it bright amber bubbles hug the walls of the glass.

S - Smells of espresso laced with a malty sweetness hidden somewhere inside.

T - Taste is also of fresh espresso. Nice bitter cacáo notes as well. Classic blend of sweet and bitter.

M - soft and round on the fore-palate leading to a bitterness on the way down that does not overpower.

O - well worth its spot in the BA top 50. Very drinkable and the 9.5% ABV is well masked and feels just right.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL. Pours almost opaque black with a thick, tan head that has good retention and magnificent lacing. Aromas of cocoa powder, dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Taste is well balanced and not too sweet or bitter. Lots of roasted malt and coffee with a background of dry hops. Burnt sugar and roasty finish with some spicy alcohol. This is the least artificial smelling and tasting coffee stout I have tried. Very natural in every way. Alcohol is beautifully masked. Excellent! 1/22/2009 8/5/8/4/16=4.1

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,023 ratings.