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

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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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3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from yesterdays tastings.

Pour is pitch black with no head whatsoever. It smells kind of weak. Hints of coffee and roasted malt. The taste follows suit exactly. A bit weak for my tastes. I was expecting this robust thick stout, but what I got was a complex porter. For some reason, alongside the obvious dark malts and coffee, I got vanilla somehow. Everything seems to be so subdued, but I think it was a really old bottle (the notches on the side say 04-2005).

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alan for trading it to Ryan who opened it at a tasting. I've wanted to try this for a long while.

This pours deep black with a dark head and lace. On the nose the coffee note tends towards the sort I don't like, reminiscent of Bell's Java Stout rather than something like Bourbon County Coffee. In the mouth this cleans up considerably, with some dark fruit and roast mixing in with the coffee. The finish is long on bitter coffee. The body is large and nice.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried this, but disappointed to find out that the coffee note is of the family I don't care for.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at new Local 44 Bottle Shop in West Philly. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Had never heard of this beer before but was in the mood for a coffee stout.

The pour is pitch black with two pennies width of head that fades after a couple of minutes.

As I said, the smell is overwhelmingly roasted coffee as is the taste and mouthfeel. Just really amazing stuff.

Needless to say, this is the best stout I've ever had. It is unbelievably smooth and tastes like you're drinking cold pressed coffee...perhaps spiked with a little something.

Such a drinkable beer at 9.5% leaves you wanting another as soon as you're done, sadly, I only had one.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Same batch as below, Reviewed 08APR12
Pours black with a sheet of dark tan foam and no lace. Smells of chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice. Smell is sweet, but the coffee remains and helps to balance. A little much licorice for me in the nose. Bitter flavor with coffee and bitter chocolate flavors and a little bit of wood. Flavor is okay. The body is thin, thin, thin; moderate carb and a semi wet finish, which is bitter. This beer does not hold up well IMO. Bitter and thin with a deceptively sweet nose. Fresh or bust (although I don't know how fresh my original bottles are...) 3/4/3.5/2/3.5

Initially reviewed 33MAR11
Batch 0-2 (unknown brew/bottle date)
A: Pours a deep bark brown and nearly black ale. When I can get hints of light, beer is a perfect brown. 1-2 fingers of latte head dissipates in a minute or so leaving a thin, broken sheet of the same. Nearly sheet like lacing. Good looker.
S: Coffee, and good coffee. Beautiful olive tones over a sweet cocoa, date and fig undertone layer. I don't know how fresh this is, guessing not that fresh as the beer has several price stickers on it. Man, awesome nose.
T: Good roasty flavors. Nearly oaky tones, great licorice flavors, coffee bitterness. Bitter cocoa bean flavors. Good resiny hops characteristics remain in the beers life. Good, not great, but good.
M: Thick, chunky and sticky. Tacks my cheeks to my teeth and has low carbonation. Good feel.
O: well crafted beer, I wish I new the age on this to determine how this might develop further. That takes a large chunk out of the overall category for me. 4.5/4.5/4/4/3.5~4.03

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a very dark brown like dark chocolate with a finger of fine milk chocolate brown colored head that dissipates relatively rapidly before leaving a ton of extremely fine and thin lacing on the glass
S: deep chocolate and coffee malts, very deep, has a slight spiciness towards the end
T: begins with a nice chocolate malt which is soothing then kicks in a deep and bittering coffee malt note and a slight hop note which combine to linger on the palate long afterwards
M: smooth, think and silky through and through. leaves the mouth feeling very dry afterwards
O: this is an incredibly well rounded imperial stout, the only thing i didnt like so much was the taste which lingered on the palate, it was intensely bittering and stuck around for a long time

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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

11.5oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours very dark brown. It is topped with just a skim of tan head.

S - I get a rich coffee aroma. It smells great, loaded with roasted goodness.

T - The taste has a strong coffee presence. The dark, roasted flavors are perfect for a chilly spring day.

M - Full

O - I can see why this beer is so highly regarded. This is one beer that lives up to the reputation. Wonderful flavors and aromas.

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