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

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3,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,589
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 514
Gots: 540 | FT: 59
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by my good buddy AwYeh's opinion of this beer so much that I had to try my bottle when I saw his review. Pours an opaque black with some light tan head on top that was generated with one of the highest, most aggressive pours I have ever done. Bubbles are large both in the base of the lace, and in the middle on top; they dissipate quickly, leaving some residue on the glass.

Nose is a strong odor of a double mocha coffee, with lots of coffee and chocolate. Chocolate is milky, and sweetened in the aroma, not dark as is regularly encountered in big coffee stouts like this. Get a little bit of milk chocolate near the end of the nose as well to confirm this. A bit of dark fruit in the nose while it warms up, but not a whole lot, as chocolate and coffee hold strong throughout. A tiny bit of booze shows its face near the end as well.

Taste throws a curveball initially, with a bit of dark fruit that is stronger than in the nose hitting you early. I can't really distinguish what fruit it is, but it is dark fruit for sure. It QUICKLY moves to a strongly bitter, unsweetened coffee that is delicious in every regard. Chocolate is also unsweetened for this part (unlike in the nose) and offers a different kind of bitterness and creaminess that isn't offered by the coffee. This is totally unsweetened to the point that, in the complete absence of any hop flavor, this one leaves your tongue with an intensely bitter aftertaste, something I love when I drink coffee unsweetened. A bit of the milky chocolate comes out if you let the carbonation do its work in your mouth, which is a nice change of pace. Don't get confused though: the coffee is the star of the show, as it is roasted and strong, similar to AleSmith Speedway Stout.

Mouthfeel is just superb, as it is creamy and smooth, leaving a generous coating in your mouth with each sip. This one is INCREDIBLY drinkable, with not even a peep from the 9.5% abv, and an awesome bitter finish that makes you want another swig. I don't what to say AwYeh, other than maybe your bottle was messed up, because this beer is simply phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 09:38:26 | More by madvermin
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3.18/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into 12oz snifter; received from seeswo in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. Thanks, been looking for this for a while! This bottle is dated 1/07 on two 1-10 scales... making me guess it was bottled in Jan/Feb of 2007? Unless it's using some odd Canadian dating or it refers to the batch number... if anyone reading this knows for sure, shoot me a BM?

A: Pours a dark brown/black with one finger of tan head which dissipates rapidly, leaving a spotty covering. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and a variety of dark fruits- plums, grapes, raisins, and maybe some apples among them (not technically a dark fruit, but hey). Roasted malts as expected from such a stout, with a hint of ethanol.

T: Fruity and very sweet- the same dark fruits come into play here, overpowering the malts and any kind of bittering agent. I'm surprised that the coffee isn't nearly as noticeable here- coming into this beer I thought it was its trademark... but I can only pick up glimmers of it in the middle of my sip. A little bit more ethanol is detectable here.

M: Thin-medium bodied, definitely thin for an imperial stout. Still a bit sticky though. Light-moderate carbonation; a bit higher than expected, but not bad.

D: This was a decent beer (and obviously a lot of other advocates think otherwise), but it was a bit too sweet for me to really enjoy it, or look forward to having another. It was fun trying to figure out what exactly was in the dark fruit flavors... but one degree of complexity does not make a great beer. Still good, and definitely something to try- maybe you'll feel differently than I did.

I suspect that this is indeed a 2007 bottle, which would explain the faded coffee and chocolate flavors. If that's the case, another big thanks to seeswo for hooking me up with such an old/rare bottle, BUT this may not be the best candidate for cellaring. I will definitely try to have a fresher bottle of this as soon as I have the opportunity (inspired by my good buddy madvermin's positive review of a 2010 bottle).

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 08:53:55 | More by AwYeh
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peche Mortel pours dark brown into the glass, and when it settles appears an opaque black. About 2 fingers of tight dark tan head forms, which has great retention. Lacing is very nice...this is a phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malts and coffee are the main scents in this beer. Definitely some vanilla and light bitter chocolate, and a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste: Roasted malts and coffee comprise most of the flavor in this beer. I also get light vanilla and chocolate, as well as an alcohol kick at the finish. This beer is very good, but not the best coffee-infused stout I've had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is in between medium and heavy bodied, and very creamy. I'd call it just a bit light for the style, but I won't retract much from the mouthfeel due to the general creaminess. Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not the most drinkable I've had due to the sheer amount of coffee bitterness, but still absolutely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:28:46 | More by zhanson88
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured into an over sized wine glass. Bottled in February 2011. Very fresh bottle.

Appearance- Pours a deep black color, no light shining through. Beautiful creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. About 1 finger of head. Spotted sticky lacing with some long legs.

Smell- Coffee dominates the nose, chocolate in the background, and a little bit of alcohol hotness, with a bit of pine notes from the hops in the background.

Taste- Great taste. Coffee is up front with some chocolate in the background, much like the smell. Can't taste much alcohol, hidden very well. Pretty hoppy, mostly because its very fresh. I think with a couple months that will subdue some and let the roasted characters dominate. This does taste quite a bit differently fresh.

Mouthfeel/Drink- Pretty good mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Seems a little bit watered down. Drinkability is very good. Can't taste much of the alcohol at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:27:30 | More by dsartwell72
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. There's no bottling date, but my cellar spreadsheet tells me I purchased it at Julio's in late 2009.

A: A slow, high, steady pour results in a solid finger of two-part head: frothy light-brown on top from the turbulence, creamy and darker underneath from the slowly-developing, super-fine bubbles that rise from the dark depths below. Intensely black body, but not without some clear red tints when held up to bright light. Great looking stout.

S: Wow. Even after over a year of mellowing in my cellar, this one still packs a serious coffee punch. The coffee is intense, showing some light acidity and even a hint of citrus, but never distracting from pure roasty power. There's also a touch of dark chocolate, but this one is 99% coffee. And that's a great thing.

T: No surprises here, with delicious coffee dominating throughout. Some chocolately malt sweetness does creep in midway through, but the coffee provides plenty of back-end bitterness and clean, almost vinous, acidity. A touch of alcohol shows up on the aftertaste, but that's a forgivable quibble for such a delicious beer. Awesome.

M: Rather delicate medium body with restrained, soft carbonation. Nice, but gets a touch sticky and could use a little more life.

D: Excellent. Aside from some light stickiness and a touch of booze, this is an absolute joy to drink. I wish it came in a bomber.

Notes: Powerful yet delicate, this beer manages to be both sweet and bitter, single-minded and complex. I've been having a lot of coffee stouts this winter, and this one is undeniably one of the best. It might well have scored considerably higher if I hadn't recently had Coffee IST, which was light-years better than just about everything, including amazing beers like this one. I'll definitely have to pick up another few bottles whenever I see it again, as I definitely need to try it fresh, and yet now I know that it ages beautifully. Wonderful stuff.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:38:01 | More by woosterbill
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with an almost oily look to it. Half a finger head that fades to a foamy film and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Coffee liquor, some vanilla, dark cherries, a little dark chocolate and yes, a hint of soy sauce.

Taste. Bitter, slightly sour coffee and toasted malt. Lasting bitterness with complex coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a nice medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. For the style, a great drinker. That being said, one is enough for me and there's no mistaking this one's imperial validity.

Tried this one few months back and was not all that impressed. This time I was blown away. Really nice and different.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:11:27 | More by Rutager
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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Vertical Jewbelation glass from an 11.5oz bottle. Pours a deep black with a 1/4 inch head, minimal lace. The smell is light, but very complex. The coffee is right up front, fresh beans. After the coffee there are nice roasted malts, cocoa and a touch of booze. The taste follows the smell but is very rich, glad I picked it as my dessert beer. The coffee is certainly a dark roast, the chocolate bitter sweet, the roasted malts bring a sweetness and charred taste. Smooth and thick going down. I rate this up with AleSmith's Speedway Stout for sure. A very fine example of the style. My second beer from this French Canadian Brewery and I'm sold.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:55:02 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3+ finger dark tan head. Great retention. Excellent lacing. Color is jet black. Very nice appearance for an Imperial Stout.

S. Great coffee imperial stout aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Coffee is the dominant smell for me.

T. Taste is also very coffee forward. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitter coffee. Well balanced and smooth. A great beer for coffee lovers, which I am not but still appreciate a good beer when I taste one.

M. Medium/full bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

D. A very well crafted Imperial Stout. If you like coffee beers I can't imagine one better than this. I love Imperial Stouts but don't necessarily love the big coffee ones. This is a great beer for sure, just not my favorite Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:36:08 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours black with a nice mocha colored head. the aroma is coffee roasted and a hint of booziness. the taste is coffee up from with the roasted malt coming through after that with a hint of the alcohol at the end. a little over carbonated for the style, but a very drinkable beer. get it when you have the chance

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 07:45:05 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a big tan head. The head has nice retention, almost there till the last drop, and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty strong on coffee, pretty much dominates the smell. Other smells are a little bit of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is pretty much identical to what the smell has. And as this one warms up it gets better and better. I like this one a lot because although the taste and smell are pretty heavy with coffee it's not to much and overwhelming, unlike other coffee flavored stouts. The mouthfeel is very creamy which I didn't expect from this but it's very nice. Drinkability is kind of dangerous on this one. almost 10% ABV and I don't detect any alcohol. If I had more I could do a couple of these no problem. Overall I'd pick this up again for sure. Only the second beer I've had from this brewery and both were top notch, especially this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 20:42:58 | More by dismal
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Really Black (Jet black), small tanish head disappears quickly, not really any lacing.

S= The coffee really stands out in the nose, you also get some roasted malts.

T= Really good taste smooth really smooth, you really get that coffee taste in this beer. Probably one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had.

M=Creamy and smooth, and just the right amount of carbonation.

D= Very drinkable even though it has a higher ABV,one of the better beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 07:29:28 | More by LiquidBread219
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured black as night, three fingers of head, very dense, light lacing

On nose, espresso and a touch of petrol. Smells just like dark roast coffee

On palate, super dry, espresso, oily texture. After 2 years and it is still showing a good bit of alcohol. Very bitter on finish.

Drinkability-so dry and bitter that it's a sipper. I wouldn't want a second. Would go well with some blue cheese.

I don't think this one lives up to the hype, but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:07:50 | More by winegourmet76
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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle at DeCicco`s.

It is black in color with a thin tan head that soon fades away.
Smell has coffee right away, along with roasted malts, some vanilla too. Taking a sip of this long awaited beer for me, it tastes like coffee, chocolate, alcohol, bitter finish. A full bodied brew with a creamy texture. With the high abv, that you are likely to expect from the style, this is a sipper. It is a nice imperial stout, but for me, it did not live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:48:35 | More by mltobin
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New York

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

A - pours black with dark tan creamy head that leaves lots of lace
S - espresso beans/coffee and chocolate wafts up from the glass almost instantly, followed by touches of vanilla/cream
T - coffee and vanilla, alcohol is present enough to contribute to the flavor but isn't overbearing, hints of dark fruit in there too. The espresso flavor is probably one of the richest I've ever tasted in a beer. I get a slight hint of anise/black licorice as it warms, with brown sugar maybe
M - this is where this beer shines. it doesn't just taste like a coffee stout, it FEELS like a coffee stout...creamy and smooth...like drinking espresso with cream. just a tingle of carbonation
D - given the abv, this beer is as drinkable as it gets

I love this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 21:30:52 | More by josefnewsong
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New York

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

purchased a bottle at Mill Valley Market during a trip to California.

Great looking Imperial stout. Black in color with a tan head that settles to a ring around the goblet. It smells of typical roastiness with a load of coffee. I'm a fan.

Very smooth taste that most Imperial stouts fail to produce. Nice roast character balanced well with good amount of coffee. Slightly spicy/peppery aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

I am very impressed with the balance of carbonation and thickness of the beer. Its viscous, yet has a tingly mouthfeel. Nearly ideal for my tastes.

drinkability - goes down smooth. Thats all.

I'll be looking for this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 06:58:17 | More by 700Uave
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4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: black with thick, foamy dark tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: coffee, jalapenos, chocolate and toffee.

Flavor: spices, coffee, vanilla and prunes.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: very bold stout with excellent texture, but one bottle is enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:28:57 | More by mexikrainian
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4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mortal Sin has a chocolate brown body, topped with a fine layer of cocoa-colored foam and lacing that you'd expect from a coffeehouse latte. Carbonation is a little lively for the style, as is the whole look in general. Beautiful presentation!

The first whiff hits you in the face with a big espresso aroma, followed by a slight booziness and fruity sweetness. Syrupy chocolate and a roasted dryness are also noticeable amidst the multi-layered and unique aroma.

Coffee flavor is extremely forthright. As it warms, plum and prune flavors peak out, countered slightly by chocolate and salty peanut notes. If you let it swish in your mouth, you can taste the coffee, cream and sugar. I've been bowled over by the amount of flavor this beer manages to pack in each time I've tried it. This is certainly the tops for the style.

With all that flavor, it's obvious that the mouth wouldn't be subtle. The espresso dryness and bite lingers for what seems like forever. It's not only an assault on the taste buds, but it gave me a bit of a tickle in the back of my nose.

This bad boy is definitely a sipper, not in the sense that it has a huge ABV, but in the sense that the flavors are so big that you need to give your tongue time to process.

An absolute show stopper and the stout by which all others should be judged.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:01:56 | More by deapokid
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - Jet black with a small amount of mocha foam. Some lacing around the glass.

S - The smell of coffee is dominant. Wow, this is the the strongest coffee smell of any stout I can recall. Behind that, some roasty malt and cocoa is present.

T - A phenomenal taste of coffee with vanilla. Gives way to a whiskey-like finish. Just a great tasting stout.

M - Silky smooth. You don't feel like you are drinking a heavy beer.

D - Would be tough to have too many of these, but you would certainly want to.

This is a must have stout for coffee lovers. Probably one of the smoothest imperial stouts available.... anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:35:13 | More by socon67
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4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a St. Feuillien tulip, pours a thick, espresso-like head atop an impenetrable black body. The head reminds me very much of an ice cream milkshake. Dense, thick legs as I tilt the glass; ring-around-the-lacing as the head dissipates.

Initially oaky aromas, with cocoa nibs, vanilla, roasts, and berries copiously scattered throughout to produce a pleasantly complex bouquet.

Flavors of bitter, roasty coffee notes up front, with more oaky, vanilla, and berries wafting throughout the mid-point to the finish. Truth be told, the aforementioned flavors dance all over this bad boy; it's a roast bomb amongst roast bombs, and includes a lot of other goodies to make for some fine sipping.

Mouthfeel is silky but thinner in consistency than what I prefer. A little swishing, however, carries a long way in pillowing the palate slightly.

Overall, the reputation of this beer precedes itself, with a powerful, nearly overwhelming roastiness balanced by a plethoric range of bitter and sweet. Not exactly smooth drinking, and the label's admonition to drink in moderation is duly noted, but damn, I want me another one of these (right now, same session) in order to come to grips with just how coffee-"lish" this is.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:50:07 | More by jminsc76
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

single 12-oz bottle purchased at a local shop. no date

poured into a large snifter. huge billowy head with excellent retention and lacing. smell of roasted coffee hits strongly on the first sniff. it also gives off that "makes you sneeze" effect of black pepper.

nice coffee flavor, with only a slight hint of bitterness. chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is thick and slick, almost slightly "oily" with little to no coating. It is very smooth and no burn from the alcohol. perhaps the best overall mouthfeel I've ever gotten from a stout, although I was hoping for a bit more coffee in the flavor. It's possible this is not a fresh bottle, but who knows since it's impossible to pinpoint a date on this thing.

Drinkability is very high, and comparable to expresso yeti and FBS (my two favorite "coffee" stouts). This is a really good beer, probably not worth the price tag on the 12 oz bottle that I had to pay to try it, but the beer is excellent. Again, not being able to date it is frustrating and I can only fault the brewer on this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:22:59 | More by Blanco
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big and dark with a brown head much like the top of an espresso. Hints of red / mahogany at the edges when held up to the light.

S: I have to couch this with the disclaimer that I'm a coffee lover. That being said, Oh My Goodness! Dark, rich burnt espresso overtake my nose... Smells like the last sip or two of an espresso that are big and bitter with that delicious burnt coffee flavor.

T: Again lots of coffee with faint hints of dark chocolate and hints of dark malts. Ends with the drying, chalkiness of dark chocolate and very bitter coffee. Love it!

M: Slightly drying... Lightly carbonated but it works with this beer because it leaves you with the idea in the back of your head that you're drinking an iced coffee. Leaves the coffee flavor and dryness in the mouth that makes you want more...

D: Too high for this ABV. One of my absolute favorites...

I waited awhile until this hit the shelves again in Atlanta and it was worth the price tag, but at $4-5 a 12oz, buying it frequently would be pricey. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:08:07 | More by Double06
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3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in color with slight ruby highlights. It was topped with a thick, clingy tan head made of oversized carbonated bubbles.

The nose hits you with a sharp coffee/espresso aroma up front followed by chocolate a little cherry and roasted malt. WOW, a lot of coffee in the aroma. The heavy coffee aroma allows you to breath it in as you drink the beer.

The coffee is followed quickly by a tangy citrus hop character, then the roast malt, and finally some cherry chocolate on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that retains for a while.

The beer is thick and rich, and has a decent drinakbility. The sharp bitterness detracts just a little.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 19:55:18 | More by tobin
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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This stuff is nearly black... maybe the deepest darkest brown I have ever seen. It is truly impressively opaque. Almost 0% light gets through. Tan head tops it off with nice retention and nice lacing.

S: Smells like iced coffee with maybe a hit of chocolate syrup. Nice but not overly potent.

T: Deep dark coffee bean... Dark chocolate covered espresso bean type flavors but you get a sense of the oil of the coffee bean. Like when you actually bite into an actual bean or hold it in your hand... the oil has a distinctive flavor when the beans are fresh and in bulk (in a barrel). Its nicely dry in the finish (truly reminiscent of black coffee).

M: Prickly

D: This is rather high for me given the abv given the style given the intensity of flavor and due to the overall dryness of the beer. It drinks like coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 11:51:55 | More by flannelman808
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4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea how to read the batch code, but i'm fairly confident this bottle is about 10 months old. Poured into a snifter.

A - black as night with a one finger khaki head that dissipates very quickly down to just a very thin film on the surface. The legs are sticky and foamy and around for awihle.

S - REAL heavy dark fruit, just loads and loads of plum and raisin with notes of cherry, chocolate and a handful of smoke.

T - With some age on this, the flavors predominantly turn into
a dark fruit bomb with raisin, plum, a little fig and molasses all over the place. I'm happy to say that a fair amount of dark chocolate is still here, my favorite part of the taste as the dark fruit combo isn't my friend. The finish is phenomenal with bits of toffee, caramel and plenty of smoke. I poured this on the colder side and as it warms, its turning into a really nice sipper.

M - So viscous, with just enough carbonation to keep your mouth distracted with how thick this is. This mouthfeel is pretty serious business.

D - Very high. The viscosity and "sipper" qualities this has have me hooked.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 05:18:57 | More by drewba
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peche Mortel is the flagship ale of Dieu du Ciel, a tiny microbrewery/brewpub in Montreal, Canada that is committed to quality and creativity. It is a bottle-conditioned Imperial Stout, infused during the brewing process with real, fair-trade coffee. Historically, this style of beer was produced in England to be exported to Russia for the Tsar's Court, hence the true name, Imperial Russian Stout. To prepare for the long voyage across the Baltic, Imperial Stouts were made high in alcohol (9 to 10% alcohol by volume is common) and bitterness to preserve and prevent them from freezing.
As you may have guessed by now, despite the name, Peche Mortel has nothing to do with peaches. Turns out "Peche" is French for peach, fishing, and of course, sin. Consider the effect you will get from the 9.5% ABV and the caffeine buzz all at once, and that's why Peche Mortel translates in French to "Mortal Sin." So drink in moderation, and don't worry, if you appreciate really good coffee, and love a good beer, I'm sure you'll be forgiven.

Peche Mortel pours thick, dense, and black. It has a tall, billowing, tan head, reminiscent of the foam on top of my latte earlier today. Probably because the smell of fresh coffee grounds is so powerful! The use of a strong, fair-trade coffee certainly intensifies the bitterness of the beer, and the flavor is almost more like espresso than coffee. It is also loaded with the qualities of unsweetened cocoa, toasty malt, burnt sugar, and vanilla, hiding the 9.5% alcohol very well. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the finish leaves you ready for more. What makes Peche Mortel so impressive is how well the intense richness of the coffee is balanced with the deep roasted malt, so that it is still more of a beer than a triple-shot of espresso.

This is definitely a beer to pair with dessert. The richer the better. Milk chocolate won't do the trick. There used to be a place in Boulder called Blue Bakery that was known for their rich chocolate brownies with caramel and sea salt on top... amazing! This, or any other chocolate, caramel, sea salt dessert (which have become very popular) will pair very well with Peche Mortel because they have similar flavors and are both very rich. The little bit of saltiness will also make it interesting, and compliment the sweetness of the beer.
Don't forget, Russian Imperial Stouts are great for aging due to the high gravity of the style, they can even improve in character over this time.

Serving type: bottle

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