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

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Reviews: 1,693
Hads: 4,438
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 606
Gots: 747 | FT: 70
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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Reviews: 1,693 | Hads: 4,438
Photo of W_Des
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice and black into a snifter at Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. It has a great coffee nose. The body has a light bitterness with lot's of coffee and finishes well with the coffee. The body is a bit thin but very smooth, almost like drinking a nitrogenated beer. It's very silky and incredible. (293 characters)

Photo of d3brewing
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh my god. 11.5 oz botttled on 3/15. Got this as a freebie and had no idea what I was missing. A huge thanks to @jfletchfaust for this piece of heaven.
Perfect RIS blended with coffee, and they did the coffee right. I can't tell if that slight spice is pepper or coffee but oh my god it's amazing.
This beer is better than BOMB! And I hate to say this better than my go to Speedway. (384 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black beer with two finger head. The aroma is nothing special, mostly coffee and roasted malts. The taste is the highlight with tons of creamy vanilla and sweet chocolate in addition to the coffee which leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. There is almost a smoky quality adding depth and complexity. Mouth feel is medium to full with a nice vanilla cream texture. Very complex and we'll constructed beer. (422 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark, almost black liquid with a slight brown head.
S: DARK black coffee. Espresso like.
T: this is like drinking a black coffee, but much more enjoyable.
F: rick, thick, almost creamy
O: there is a reason this is Canada's best. What an amazing and different beer. (273 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler via Eight Ball Brewing at the Party Source. This most excellent coffee stout pours black as sin with a moderate brown head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thick, lush ring of foam and very nice lacing. Nose of espresso, cream, cocoa, and some smoked malt elements. Flavors follow the nose with solid rich espresso and light cream sweetness to all sides followed by strong dark cocoa flavors to the middle and back with a lightly smokey, heavy, bitter coffee flavor on the back and aftertaste. Smooth and slick mouth feel with a lingering aftertaste of cocoa and coffee. Excellent. I would suggest this as a finisher since it is SO heavy and very intense. Coffee lovers rejoice, stout lovers prepare your praise. This is most excellent. (774 characters)

Photo of sgameroz
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tons of roasted coffee on the nose which continues with every sip. Very smooth and well balanced with no [bitter] bite caused by the roasted grains. Excellent value. (165 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.5 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Opaque black with slight clear ruby hoghlights at the bottom. Finger thick tan head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Black coffee and alcohol.

t: Smoky malt up front with some black coffee notes and heavy bite. Bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth of an otherwise dry finish.

m: Very smooth medium to full, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: Obvious quality, but rather more harsh/bitter at first, and less coffee flavor than expected. Bottled 7/13 so at nearly two years of age it may be past its prime for a coffee stout, although like many stouts it has a smoother mouthfeel with some age on it. (712 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Thick pitch black pour with one finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. Huge roasted coffee notes dominate the nose along with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, espresso, and booze. The taste follows suit with earthy dark chocolate and coffee dominating along with hints of espresso, cocoa, chocolate fudge, vanilla, brown bread, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, maybe even slightly oily, with incredible balance and drinkability, and a velvety smooth finish. Overall, this just became my favorite Coffee Stout! Incredibly flavorful and unbelievably drinkable. Highly recommended!!! (694 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Black with a tan head, some carbonation coming off the bottom, some lacing, looks a little thin for a double stout.

A: Coffee, chocolate malts, alcohol on the nose, mostly dark roasted coffee notes, smells great.

T: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some bitterness, finishes with a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor,really good, love all the flavors going in this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes dry.

O: Very impressed, my two favorite flavors in one, stout and coffee, very complex, definitely earns its world class rating, if you love coffee stouts this one is worth a try and is worthy of regular consumption. (668 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Bar Hop in Toronto. Pitch black body. Creamy head looks like a nitrogen tap line. Coffee malt aroma. Taste follows nose, even Espresso. Hop bitterness as well as roasted malt bitterness. Impressively low on the alcohol burn. Smooth. Not overly exciting flavors but dangerously drinkable at the given ABV. (307 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was amazing!! Very well done. Smooth with an easy slight sweet finish. I could drink a bunch. It is that well balanced. Great Job to the brewer!! Cheers (163 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional coffee stout. I should've drunk this in the morning.

Edit: This shit is delicious...there's alcohol in here? Incredibly well done. If you like coffee and beer, this is it. (184 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque. A creamy head of dense mocha foam tops this one and won't leave. refreshes with each tip. Nose is roast. Deep and rich. Caramel, coffee and earth. Nutty as it warms. Taste is smooth and rich. Touche of booze and plenty of roasty bitter coffee. Light cream. Blackened malt. Intense. Earthy bitter finish with some burnt sugar. Full mouthfeel. (384 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very black color in nature with a small tan/mocha head and no lacing to speak of. Coffee in the aroma as well as roasted espresso beans. Tastes like a fresh brewed cup of espresso over ice. Bitter coffee up front with roast and char to follow. A warm finish and smooth on the palate. Wonderful coffee stout; the way it should be! (334 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into 16oz tulip

A – Pours a deep dark black, with slightly translucent mahogany edges. Head is creamy cappuccino colored and leaved behind spotty lacing.

S – Intense notes of rich and deeply roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

T – Roasty, bitter and fresh espresso roasted coffee, dark and nearly charred notes of rich malts.

M – Medium-Full, not overly heavy, long and lingering finish.

O – Truly a world class representation of the style. This leans toward the drier and more bitter side of the spectrum, which I really appreciate. Wonderful beer. (584 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle into goblet. bottled some time in october 2014. enjoyed on april 16, 2015

a: pitch black with a finger of coffee-coloured head. yep, coffee stouts...

s: espresso/black coffee, cocoa, caramel, licorice, slight dark fruit

t: very coffee-forward stuff -- i love it. up front is a quick prune-like dark fruit note, but that quickly dissolves into rich freshly-roasted coffee/espresso and cocoa. mid-to-late-palate has a mild herbal, licorice-like hop presence, notes of toasted bread and maybe a touch of toffee. finishes with bitter coffee and cocoa flavours that linger forever

m: slightly above medium body, creamy stuff, coats your mouth. little to no carbonation

o: very one-dimensional but it is a dimension that i adore (745 characters)

Photo of thebeers
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with thin head that's quick to dissipate but leaves nice mocha-colored lacing. Roasted malts and quality coffee in the aroma carry over to a smooth taste, full bodied, with sweet cream and milk chocolate present. Solid across the board. I especially appreciate how they meld the dark roast and creamy, chocolatey flavors. (335 characters)

Photo of fatneck13
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After having it on tap I considered seeking asylum in Canada. So imagine my excitement after bringing the legal allowable limit back into the states to be rationed out until my next possible visit. Alas once having it on tap, the bottle version was a let down. While unfair to compare it to the tap version I will forever feel that slight pang of heartache upon the first sip from the bottle ... well of the beer, poured from the bottle. (440 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer makes me proud to be Canadian. Incredible nose, the sweetness, the coffee, the chocolate. Unbelievable. A great beer to share with non beer geeks - i guarantee you will blow their minds. I have never met anyone that did not love this beer. Not saying it's the best but it's damn close for me. (302 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown color with subtle carbonation activity. Creamy light brown 1.5 finger head lasting around 5 minutes and some good legs.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, cocoa, coffee, herbal spices. Strong earthy roasted oak like bitter taste, slight caramel sweetness, and smoky cappuccino feel.

Creamy milky medium body with some perfect carbonation. Strong and long finish ending with a highly spicy burnt mouth coat and thick toffee feel aftertaste.

Overall : Warming good craft without the elegance. Overly spicy, slightly stale, missing some body, and not very accessible. Overhyped in my opinion. (612 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The Beer poured a deep dark black.

Smell - The nose was far from exceptional. Notes of bitter coffee were most notable.

Taste - Bitter coffee comes through at the front. The bitterness continues and lingers. This coffee could use some creamer. Bitter continues in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the tongue to feel loke a mouthfull of dark coffee grounds.

Overall - A sold stout, though one I may not repeat. (446 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $13.00 for a 4pk. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Super dark black color here.

S- Oodles of chocolate, coffee and unfortunately heat. Less heat would be a higher score

T- Nice coco flavor. Fair amount of heat takes this down a touch. Coffee notes hit you at the very end. Nice blend.

M- Creamy good. Has a bit of chalkiness to it but still very good

O- Nice beer. Glad I bought a case. Will see how it goes over the years. Worth exactly what I paid for it but no more. It's 80% as good as a Tenfidy or simiilar

Food Pairing

This high heat beer went well with..... Pad Thai. The spiciness was cut by this high heat beer.

Enjoy (730 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown in color. The roasted malt and coffee blend together so very well. The flavor is rich and the body is full. The bitterness on the finish comes more from the coffee than the roasted malt.

The alcohol is well hidden; while this is definitely a sipper, one could have several of these before unceremoniously falling off a bar stool. (349 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. This beer is black with highlights of cola at the edges. A gentle pour yielded a thin head that receded to a ring. Dots of lace are left behind as the beer is consumed. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is bitter espresso, dark cherries, some vanilla, unsweetened chocolate, and a smoky/roasty malts. On the low end of full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish. (459 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, no head despite aggressive pour.

Edgy, hot ground coffee.

Taste of whole coffee beans, not the smooth and mild sort. Little sugar, bubble gummy from the start but that doesn't hold. Charcoal, marshmallow and roasted malt make for a bit of astringency. Lingering coffee aftertaste.

Hardly carbonated. (314 characters)

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.