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

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3,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,537
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 503
Gots: 530 | FT: 59
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an oversized snifter.

This is dark. A solid wall of darkness. Some shimmering glimpse of light shows itself in the head-- which is about 1 finger of creamy beige bubbles. Looks fluffy and thick-- like the foam on a cappuccino. There are visible rings of lace left behind that help add to the overall aesthetic.

The smell reminds me of chocolate covered bananas and strong bitter coffee. There is a deep roastiness in this beer that doesn't present with dryness nor sweetness... but it lingers in the realm of the bitter cocoa and coffee beans. This beer tastes of huuuuge coffee notes. Even the mouthfeel reminds me of coffee, only thicker. The carbonation level is good-- nice and creamy feel with a smoothness that is unmatched by any other coffee stout I've had. I actually think this one would be amazing if they gave it just a hint of vanilla to accent everything. But there is a slight hint of herbal banana that keep popping up-- I wonder if it is something from the coffee beans that I can't put my finger on.

As far as it goes, if you love coffee and you love stouts, then you'll love this beer. I personally haven't been a coffee drinker in a few years, and even when I was, it wasn't gourmet coffee. It was late night Denny's coffee. This has a roasty fragrant spiciness that I can only attribute to the coffee used. This is certainly interesting and worth a shot, and when graded vs. other coffee stouts, this manages to score pretty well. In my personal experience, however, there are more than a few other stouts I would take over this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:13:22 | More by AleWatcher
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium Snifter

Appearance: Pours a smooth, jet black featuring a slight khaki, uneven head.

Smell: Very malty and great, bitter roasted coffee aroma

Taste: tastes of ice coffee the colder it is, as it warms to room temp it features some smokiness, indicative of a well roasted coffee bean, ever so slight hoppiness, doesn't taste overly alcoholic

Mouthfeel: very smooth and full bodied, very slight carbonation, very pleasant

Drinkability: very drinkable and different than most imperial stouts, focused more on coffee flavor more than chocolately undertones which was appreciated, delicious and smooth beer

I'd recommend picking up a bottle or two of the Peche Mortel. Everywhere I've seen it it's been priced at 5.99 per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 19:54:56 | More by aasher
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Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass. Pours black with a small tan head.

The smell is of strong coffee with hops lingering in the background and a bit of alcohol somewhere in the mix

Strong coffee is the first thing that hits the taste buds, a bitterness is perceived throughout. A second taste brings a bitter malty note and of course the strong coffee. I wonder how much coffee was infused into the brewing process. The alcohol is very much there and warms all the way to the stomach.

Mouth feel is pretty much perfect for stout such as this, medium to heavy with a very slight carbonation.

This is not a beer I could drink all the time. I will put a few of these away and see how they mature over time.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:15:04 | More by alpineclimber
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle to a Standard Pint Glass.

A- Pours a black, opaque, color with a 1 to 2 finger head. The head is uneven, and a tan/khaki color. Little to no Lacing.

S- Malty/coffee tones in the nose.

T- Dark Chocolate and Coffee come through in the taste, and there is a good bit of bitter taste in the end. The aftertaste is warming due to the high ABV, but not off-putting. As the beer warms more sweetness becomes evident.

M- Very smooth beer.

D- Deceptive amount of Alcohol in it, felt like I could drink more, but this is probably one that is better left for a night in rather than a night out.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 04:53:00 | More by scarfield
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into white wine glass. Tan head reduces leaving more of a film than lacing. Smells like coffee with some dark chocolate and is quite nice. Taste is very bitter, but balanced expertly with the malts. Substantial mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but again balanced (this time with effervesent carbonation.) Alcohol peaks through on the finish, but I like the zap with the bitter carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:11:18 | More by Golden
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Dark brown, nearly black with smallish mocha head that fizzled out quickly

smell - cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee, roasted malt, this is close to chocolate milk

Taste - cocoa, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, tobacco

mouthfeel - this is thick, viscous, highly bubbly & carbonated, alcohol bite is well pronounced in the aftertaste

drinkability - not sure i can take more than one of these at a time, this is a sipper for sure

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:00:36 | More by keithmurray
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy, treacly pitch, with a 1" tan/pale brown rocky head. Looks intimidating.
Rich aromas of espresso, some char, vanilla.
Big smack in the mouth; rich, heavy, bitter/sweet like dark chocolate. Good bitterness at the back.
Heavy but sily mouthfeel, alcohol warming, mouthfilling yet not too cloying.
Very drinkable, in small quantities. Not for a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:23:12 | More by vancurly
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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oddly pale red-tinged black, gorgeous beige head of dense foam, leaves some lovely lace behind. Mild gelatinous wobble to it just from the thickness, but yeah mild, it's fluid of course. Looks like a good imp. stout.

Smell is strong, first of all. A lot of sweetness to it. Hints of bubblegum of all things on there with some fruity hints of currant and apple. Slight roasty note at the back with a tinge of espresso. Overall a bit too sweet for my liking but interesting. Unique, to say the least.

Taste is roasty with a nice smooth mouthfeel, lots of cocoa flavour on the early mid descends into a noticeable coffee character, lots of espresso bitterness with a slight mocha tinge and a lingering roastiness. Leaves with a really nice, pleasantly bitter toasty note. Has lots of spice overtones as well, clovey and peppery particularly on the back where the alcohol kicks in, nice and toasty warm with a slight scorch of booze that just stumbles its way down the throat. Not quite as mind-blowing on the flavour as I'd hoped, but very pleasant nonetheless.

As mentioned before, smooth mouthfeel. Gorgeous and silky. Noticeable body and strength but it just slips through the mouth, absolutely perfect.

A pleasant winter warmer, roasty and nicely bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:39:34 | More by laituegonflable
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It's a beautiful May evening in Chicago and I'm enjoying this brew on my patio.

A: Jet black with about a finger of fluffy brown foam. Foam settles quickly into a solid ring around the glass with a decent amount of lacing. The lacing becomes more and more abundant as it warms.

S: Fresh roasted coffee. Period. I'm really not getting much else. Perhaps a bit of that smoke / tobacco flavor, but I only notice the aroma after having detected the flavor.

T: when still near fridge temps this brew tastes like an iced coffee with a half shot of alcohol- just enough to notice but not so much to make you cringe. As it warms I am getting hints of smoke and tobacco, akin to the taste of the wrapper on a fine cigar just before you light it.

M: thick, creamy and smooth- definitely a full-bodied brew. When still near fridge temps a pleasant prickle of carbonation helps to balance out the viscosity of the beer. The finish is long and dry with a satisfying bitterness that lingers throughout the entire glass.

D: Coffee stouts, for me, represent yet another example of a strange dichotomy I've noticed in my taste for certain foods and beverages- I hate olives, yet I love olive oil; I enjoy tomatoes and but I can stand tomato juice. I'm a big fan of a well-crafted coffee stout but black coffee is not my thing. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm not going to think much about that now- I'm too busy enjoying the heck out of this Peche Mortel. I'm not familiar with this brewery at all, but if Peche Mortel is any indication of their brewing prowess, I'll be on the lookout for more examples of their work.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:21:16 | More by jhoban19
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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

Brown bottle poured into a pint glass. It appears a very dark brown color with some lighter brown and redish hues around the edges. The head appears more than 2 fingers strong with a foam of brown creaminess that retains well and laces in patches all about the glassware. The aroma of this beer is a very rich sweet chocolate mingled with coffee at first. Than the dark grains and a slight touch of mineral character that is intertwined with the hops and this beer almost starts to presents itself a bit musty. Taste is roasty grain bitterness mixed with black coffee and a nice alcohol presence that warms the mouth and can be felt going all the way down when swallowed. Little bit of hops are evident in the finish that is a bitterness entensified by the roasted malt character. Lingering flavors of the dark malt are left in the mouth coupled with the alcohol which leaves tastes of chocolate and coffee lingering long after each sip. There is a medium feel with this beer and a modest amount of carbonation. Very good double stout, just the right amount of coffee that doesnt completely overtake the beer and the ever present alcohol feel plays well with the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 19:57:28 | More by stakem
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra from a recent trade with BucketBoy. Thanks!

Appearance -- Pours a - brace yourself - jet black, with ample dark khaki head that, surprisingly, didn't completely evaporate into nothingness. Nice.

Smell -- Coffee dominates, with some malt sweetness and char.

Taste -- Coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramelized maltiness up front, followed up by charred wood and some acridity. In the finish you taste a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, and some cherry.

Mouthfeel -- Oily, viscous, with light amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This was immensely satisfying; I can only imagine how exceptional the barrel-aged version would be. Great coffee flavor way out front, smooth, great balance of chocolate-like sweetness and burnt bitterness, abv well hidden. Definitely a treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:53:19 | More by yeahnatenelson
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3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a dark brown creamy head.
Nose shows intense dark chocolate and roasted barley, with roasted coffee showing up a few seconds later. Very complex roasted character, unlike some more mundane stouts that just slap you in the face with 1-dimensional burnt notes. Quite a lot of sweet caramel in the background, along with hints of sultanas.
Flavours are similarly rich and very sweet. Loads more chocolate and coffee quite prominent amongst the roasted barley. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and just shy of being solvent-like.
Very rich body and suitably low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 12:25:48 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra I got from CosmoHopHead.

Poured into a NB tulip glass. I guess around 50 degrees F or so.

A: Opaque, jet black, but a clean dark color. Mocha chino head with good lacing. Looks like a great espresso shot. Nice head that sticks around to the bitter, pun, end.

S: Upfront with bold roasty coffee notes. Followed by a sweet molasses and dark chocolate aroma. Faint hint of hops for a nice floral bouquet.

T: Crisp roasty coffee flavor with a sweet dark chocolate finish. Slight bitter finish from coffee and hops that compliment one another.

M: Medium to full body. Chewy, dense, supple on the tounge. Nice dry finish. Just like a good cup of joe, but so much better.

D: If it weren't for the alcohol, that you can't taste, this would be a great beer for breakfast or lunch, or supper, or mid-night drink. I could drink this all day as long as I took my time.

All and all this is a great coffee beer. But I haven't had a coffee beer that I didn't like. Not my favorite of the style but deserving of it's place. I can't wait to age my other bottles and see how they taste in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:29:28 | More by rwf08
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New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle into pint glass. Served at slightly cooler than room temperature.

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a cinnamon head that follows the beer all the way down to the bottom of the glass

Aroma - Smells heavily of roasted coffee and molasses with a subtle hint of hops

Taste - Tastes strongly of coffee with undernotes of chocalate malt which gives it some sweetness to contrast the slightly bitter taste from the hops. A very complex and amazing taste

Texture - Moderately thick and lightly carbonated, stays true to the imperial stout genre

Drinkability - an amazing beer, definitely one of my all time favorites. Meant to be sipped slowly and savored like Scotch. Can stand alone without a food complement

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:00:22 | More by CraigMac
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4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from notes taken on vacation in montreal 5.16.2010.

served in a tulip glass. color is an opaque dark brown with a thick, creamy, light brown head that lasts till the beer is gone. leaves some nice sticky, webby lace all down the sides of the glass.

smell is coffee, milk chocolate, some hops and a little fruit.

taste is absolutely amazing; following the nose with roasted, coffee and chocolate malts. has a nice sweetness to it without being cloying. a pleasing, slightly puckery hop bitterness and a long, bittersweet finish make this very well balanced. alcohol content is extremely well hidden.

full bodied but incredibly smooth and creamy.

dangerously drinkable considering that it's almost 10%! this is fantastic beer - rich, decadent and certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-19-2010 21:18:36 | More by divineaudio
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4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ML poured into a tulip---- A little warmer than room temperature

A-- Poured jet black with a very dark brown head, faded into film very quickly. Head retention is ok when swirling the glass. Does leave marks of the rotation of the swirl in the head. Beer has legs like wine does on high ABV %.

S-- Big rich coffee, dark chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Very warming aroma and great smell.

T-- Big, thick, and rich. Bitter coffee, thick and rich chocolate. Immediate warming feeling. Very good!

M-- Great mouthfeel. Get the bitterness from the coffee, followed by the sweetness and bitterness of the chocolate. Very well balanced. Coffee flavor just lasts and lasts. Right amount of chocolate sweetness. Big and bold feel. NICE!

D-- Well hidden ABV%, though a lot of warming sensations very quickly and very smooth for being very bitter in some ways. Goes back to being very well balanced and the right touches of chocolate. A coffee bomb. Impressive to say the least. Very good to see this brewery replace the no longer distributed Unibroue in Australia. A must seek out beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 14:58:55 | More by mulder1010
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Alberta (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Some mysterious markings indicating batch or date that are too challenging for me to decipher.

A - Poured carefully from a bottle leading to absolutely no head on the beer whatsoever. Deep, dark black in color - practically absorbs the light!

S - Amazing combination of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malt. It practically smells dark!

T - Powerful and up-front with the coffee followed by a pleasing alcohol warmth with an almost smoky chocolate aftertaste.

M - delicious and rich. Very pleasing aftertaste that lingers and lingers.

D - seductively dangerous. The subtlety of the alcohol is hidden by an amazingly powerful balance. Goes down much too easy.

Simply the best beer I've ever had, bar none. This is truly exquisite. Fortunately I have a reason to go to Montreal from time to time - next time I'm going to Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel to hopefully see the magic in action!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 19:38:02 | More by DoktorZee
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sinewy black-brown, with lots of body, coalescing a rocky and voluminous head of coarse-bubbled tan. Lacing is complex as the head sinks. Opaque and thick in the glass. Looks great.

Wow. Holy crap, that is a big impressive coffee-bomb on the nose. Huge notes of high-roast espresso bean, ultra-high cocoa chocolate and smoldering charcoal. That is insane - so much dark deliciousness roiling about. It's so dark, but veers almost towards smokiness in one direction and comforting sweetness in the other. Big, big aromas - and the coffee notes are just what is promised and expected. Wonderful.

Lovely on the palate too, although the intensity here becomes a little confronting. Smooth entry, with some subtle dark characters like well-browned toast. Everything hits on the aftertaste. Big rich and roasted characters of rough dark cocoa, carbonised coffee bean with a smooth lightly boozy note to wash it down. Feel could be slicker, but that's picking at what is an otherwise exemplary beer.

I just said it: an exemplary beer. The booze is very well hidden, or is used to great effect where present, leaving it a very drinkable beer given its intensity and alcohol content. An absolutely wonderful stout, superbly well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:39:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Captinredbeard for the extra! Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

A- Pours extremely black in color. No light shines through this bad boy. The dark tan head was two fingers worth. The retention was modest. Not much lacing left. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top.

S- Really nice. It's like scrolling up to Starbucks nice. The coffee aroma really jumps out at me. There are hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts up in the mix, but the winner here is the coffee.

T- Follows the nose. Big dominating coffee right out the gate. There is also dark, bittersweet, chocolate that plays a big role. As the brew warms a little vanilla comes out to play, as well as some of the alcohol that has been completely nowhere to be found until now. I'm actually really enjoying this a lot more as it warms closer to room temperature.

M- My only knock on this brew...it's a little overcarbonated IMO. The body is medium at best and I would prefer it to be a little more creamy. It has a slick oily feel to it. The finish is bitter, a good thing here. The coffee really lingers for a while.

D- A perfect 5....nuff said.

I was recently discussing this brew with another BA and he informed me that this brew is available in Tampa! I'm going to go stock up on some next time I head up to Tampa!! Can't wait!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 06:21:25 | More by urwithdave
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black! Featuring an impressive tall brown foamy head. Excellent lacing.

I am in love with this smell. An abundance of roasted malt and fresh brewed coffee. Vanilla bean, creme brulee(burnt sugah) caramel creme candy, melted milk chocolate, toffee, slight dark fruit (to a lesser) raisin? fig??

Taste is quite bitter, like a fine cup of freshly brewed black esspresso, with loads of lingering roasted malt. Some burnt sugar and dark chocolate, very little sweetness, slight heat but alcohol for the most part isn't all that noticable.

Moderate levels of carbonation and a very creamy nearly chewey texture on this medium to full bodied sipper.

THis is one of the premier big coffee stouts on the market. Dangerously quaffable @ nearly 10 percent! A helluva brew for coffee fans.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:31:37 | More by bonsreeb85
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours jet black with a quarter inch dirty tan head
S-huge cofee notes with a bit of chocolate and a little bit of sweetness and a bit of alcohol
T-Big coffee taste dominates the flavor with a little bit of chocolate and sweet malt tagging along in the backgroundand a bit of alcohol that is well blended in
M-full body with a strong carbonation a bit too much for me
D-a great tasting beer with a huge coffee taste definately worth having again

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 03:41:35 | More by joshstevens87
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hype is a dangerous thing. I have to admit I was expecting to absolutely blown away by this beer. I was very impressed. Not the messiah of beers but very good. Nose is quite potent, could smell it well before I got it into the glass. However it's a fairly stock-standard Imperial stout nose. Heavy on the coffee and roastiness, bit of vanilla. Very nice but perhaps lacking any individual charcter. Silky smooth, it just slides down with an extremely long and satisfying finish. Some tasty chocolatey sweetness stands out. A mighty tasty brew indeed but a touch too much espresso for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 11:30:32 | More by juju7
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance-Pours a dark slick near-black brown with a coffee-tan colored head, thick chunks of lace are left along the sides as the head recedes.

Smell-Freshly ground coffee beans, this beer smells like coffee plain and simple mingling with some chocolate almost like an alcoholic mocha latte, me likey.

Taste-HOLY....wow, just, just wow. Darkly roasted coffee of an espresso-like intensity followed by rich bittersweet chocolate; it's just like the nose only MORE. It's delectable.

Mouthfeel-It's definitely not the fullest imperial stout I've had in terms of mouthfeel but that raw, acidic-coffee palette-cleaning quality really gives a nice crispness to the tongue while you drink.

Drinkability-Extremely drinkable, I wish I had another bottle on hand; next time I get it I'll be sure to grab two.

Notes-I am both a coffee lover and a chocolate lover, I'm one of those people who wakes up every morning looking forward to that mocha latte to give me that cocoa and coffee fix. This beer is basically that in alcohol form and crafted brilliantly, if you're at all like me in your love for things chocolaty and coffee-like you should definitely pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 20:00:34 | More by Manoftyr


3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11.5 oz bottle to pint glass. There are (2) sets of numbers 0 through 9 for notching on the label, but someone must have called in sick on label notching day.

A: Pours with a huge 3 1/2 finger head. Frothy, creamy, fluffy, and chunky. Beautiful. Medium dark brown head and very long lasting. The body is pitch black and completely opaque.

S: Malts are heavy and roasted with ENORMOUS fresh ground coffee aromas. Resiny hops and a yeastiness that reminded me of rain soaked leather. There is also a weird, uncomfortable and slightly off-putting meatiness to this brew. (Honestly, venison came to mind and I'm not sure that's a good thing when discussing beer.)

T: Luckily the taste is an improvement from the smell. Semi sweet on the nose and palate, particularly the mid-palate. Rich, robust, coffee, bitter baking cocoa mixed with Hershey's syrup and charred wood. The chocolate is EASILY dominated by the intense coffee flavor and aroma.

M: The body is medium at best and slightly disappointing. Much thinner than expected. Although this brew is creamy and sticky, it is no where near sharing the mouthfeel qualities of the best Imperial Stouts. The carbonation is soft but the silver lining is that the softness allows the lactose quality of this brew to come through. Finishes bitter with an acridness that I did not find very pleasant.

D: I'm not really sure what the hype is here. Good but not great, at least to me. I'll have to try another down the road. At the time of this review, and much to my surprise, Péché Mortel is in BA's Top 100 and I'm not exactly on board the hype train.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 13:15:03 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to keep this review simple.

"Black as midnight on a moonless night" - Agent Dale Cooper. Twin Peaks.

Pretty much sums up the appearance and taste of this beer.

1/2 inch head, nice lacing. Obvious aroma of coffee. Burnt coffee grounds, coffee with the added bonus of booze.

Nowhere near as smooth as KBS, nor as tasty. I want a velvety texture, and this beer isn't cutting it. Nowhere near as complex, I'm not sure why people insist on comparing the two, other than the shared coffee taste.

However, looking forward to possibly finding this on tap when I head to Montreal. I'm thinking the bottle I found here in Grand Rapids is pretty old and dusty. I think I need to taste this from the source, and then re-review.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 04:42:08 | More by sullenbee
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,537 ratings.