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

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Ratings: 4,061
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 539
Gots: 619 | FT: 54
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:
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 outlaw1323
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of tobelerone, thanks man! Dark black, decent head that has a slight rim to it around the glass. First whiff was chocolate, subsequent aromas were all coffee, nice. The taste was strong coffee, stout, sweet chocolate, nice stuff here. I can;t believe I haven't drank this beer before, definitely one of the better coffee imperial stouts that I have had.

Photo of Hands22
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of LeoPanna
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue Tulip

black as the Abyss, coffee mousse head

smells of deep malts, black cherry, Kahlua

tastes like an espresso dessert at a fine dining restaurant, with black cherries and shaved dark chocolate, nice bite from the alcohol. not what I expected from reading the reviews, not as much of a strong coffee/espresso as it is a refined, dare I say dopplebock-ish imperial stout. the mouthfeel is perfect: creamy and complex.

They should have beers like this at '4/5 Star' Restaurants. I frequent high end, creative restaurants and its surprising how people with lots of money will spend on quality for everything but beer! this would pair well with Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse Cake. Perfect on it's own.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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

Poured from tap at the Brewery into tulip.
Pours an oily deep black/brown. Tan color head with stick oily bits stuck in the lacing. Fantastic aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is great, smooth chocolate coffee roasted malts, dried fruit, and boozey. A bit bitter hop, but otherwise very very drinkable. Such a fantastic brew and lucky to have on tap at the source. Deff a world class brew.

Photo of dejrrma
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. no freshness date. thanks to jwale73 for this one.

a- pours a pitch black color. has about half an inch of beige, foamy head. a few tiny bubbles rise quickly to the top. leaves behind creamy lacing.

s- coffee hit me as soon as the cap fell off. Loads of coffee, a nice licorice smell, milk chocolate, and a roastedness/ashyness similar to the founders imperial stout.

t- like it smells. coffee hits at first, then bitter chocolate follows. no sweetness in this one. it doesn't hide the alcohol. and it's definitely got an alcohol burn.

m- creamy, creamy, super creamy. perfect.

o- awesome beer. i want more of it! this is up there with wake-n-bake and fbs.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

I have anticipating this beer for a long, long time; and now the wait is over, thanks to InternetWines.com. I’m a lucky guy to have found this…

Brewed over a year before the date of this tasting; Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has an unquestionable tick-mark system on the label, noting that it was bottled in April 2011.

A: Pitch black with a wonderfully creamy head, with a tan silkiness that gets to about an inch or so; it shines in the light, like soap bubbles in the sun. Sandy, nearly transparent retention, with lacing of light spottiness.

S: Enormously fragrant, incredible! Cocoa, raisin, plum, cherries jubilee, and tons of caramel taffy rise up as a thick, powdery background of malt, which is quite unique as far as stouts go. The coffee is very distinct, yet mild: subtle roasts, dark fruits, candi syrups, maple syrup, and molasses-rich whiskey scents are mixed in with it. All these notes sweep over the body as a bastion of dry woodiness and complexity, an excellent coffee stout showing.

T: A bitter coffee stout, roasted and rich with coffee and hops: burnt toast, smoked leather, rye spice, pine sap, citrus, and dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. It’s a rich and complex roasted flavor; my favorite. It has a unique sweetness to it, like a yogurt-covered pretzel or a Charleston Chew, with an overall flavor of vanilla bean, baked plums, and oaky toffee liqueur. Bottle-conditioned yeast is a cinnamon-breadiness, peat, and some herbaceous sage. Dry and smoked in the finish, this aftertaste is peppery and bold.

M: This stout’s nothing but milkiness and silky smoothness in feel. Perfectly drinkable, this is a stout of superb texture.

O: One of the world’s greatest coffee stouts, hands down. I can’t even imagine what this would be like fresh, with the fair-trade coffee just busting out of the seams at every opportunity. A year may have been too long to age, but this is a ridiculously good stout even after 13 months; what a beer.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pitch black with a small brown head that doesn’t last long. Medium lacing that quickly runs back into the beer.

Smell – Lots of espresso coffee, molasses, and malt. Also, a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Nice!

Taste – Espresso coffee (but not overly bitter), chocolate milk, molasses, roasted malt, and a light hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, creamy, and velvety; the 9.5%abv is noticeable, and it leaves a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – An excellent, easy drinking stout.

Photo of CombatChuck
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of sukwonee
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained this one through a trade.

11.5 oz bottle poured into my snifter

A: Black, little bit of red tone, One finger light tan color head, good amount of lacing

S: wow. Huge coffee and chocolate (and maybe coconut?) aroma. Very roasty. I can also get a little of booze and sweetness. Awesome!

T: Starts off with coffee, quickly followed by chocolate and caramel, roasted malt, some dark fruit in the middle, little bit of bitterness and sweetness at the end that lingers.

M: Very solid here. Good amount of carbonation, not too syrupy, but nice thickness. I get a little bit of alcohol burn but not too overpowering.

O: This beer is awesome. It can stand up to KBS and other coffee based stouts. I will be seeking for more!

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

11.5oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a deep, very dark brown that borders on black while yielding a finger of tannish/cinnamon toned head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves decent lacing.

smells delicious. big, robust coffee aroma with strong notes of chocolate and roasted malts. very impressive; the aroma profile follows through in the taste with lots of coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. has a bit of a bitter finish, could be the hops. well hidden 9.5% ABV. medium to upper medium body with middling carbonation; creamy. very drinkable.

bottom line: this is a tasty, tasty coffee stout and i'm really enjoying it. that said, IMO it has so much stiff competition within the style that it falls somewhat shy of the accolades generally lavished upon it. well, taste is subjective and all that... still a fantastic beer - would love to try one barrel aged.

original review on: 09-05-2010

Photo of baybassboy
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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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Coffee, more sweet than bitter, chocolate, some cocoa, dark roasted malts, mild caramel and molasses, mild floral hops mixing with the alcohol. There's a lot in this one!

Appearance: Pours a moderate dark brown head, decent retention and lots of lacing. Black, a bright flashlight proves this brew to be 100% opaque.

Taste: Wow. Lots of flavor here. The aroma didn't lie. Chocolate and cocoa first, then bittersweet coffee. some interesting flavor from some combination of Munich and brown malts and the citrus and floral hops. Some lactose. Very sweet, but near perfectly balanced by the hops, malt, coffee and alcohol. Starts on the sweet side and finishes just barely bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Mild carbonation lightens it up a bit. Chewy. Oily. The finish is mildly dry. Mild warming sensation. The alcohol is noticeable.

Overall: Very well done. The best Coffee Stout I've had to date. Nicely balanced, very bold, and tons to savor. Trying hard to slowly enjoy this as it's easy to drink. There's just so much to savor here.

Drank on 4/16/2012.

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

Péché Mortel pours black into the glass with a small, creamy brown head on top. As the foam disappears a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is rich with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of vanilla. Some roast malt and alcohol are also present. The chocolate and vanilla become more prominent as the beer warms.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is creamy with soft effervescent carbonation. The full flavor begins sweet with coffee, chocolate and vanilla. In the middle dark fruit (cherry) and some oak are present. It finishes bitter with some heat from alcohol. Once gone the coffee, chocolate and cherry lingers on the palate.

A friend brought me back a fresh bottle from a recent trip to Canada. This has always been one of my favorite stouts and I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it sooner.

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

Two year old bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color. Low carbonation. Taste is chewy, heavy, espresso bitterness, leather. Surprisingly smooth given the alcohol content. Would like to eat with some creamy cheese or mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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