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

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3,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,874
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 526
Gots: 582 | FT: 57
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is a deep dark brown, bordering on black, that reveals it's brown color at the edge of the glass when held up to a light. Initial finger of chocolate brown head, creamy with a few large bubbles mixed in, that dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Decent amount of carbonation seen at the edge of the glass just under the surface.

After opening the bottle, the aroma can be detected right away. Very strong fruity coffee and dark chocolate, roasted dark malts. Intense but not overly bitter based on the lack of burnt sugar or hoppy aromas.

Taste does not disappoint. Lots of fresh fruity coffee from a medium roast, dark chocolate upfront with some of the dark malts coming through to help the flavor linger on the tongue. Alcohol content is hidden very well as there is not a hint of booziness in this beer.

Full bodied and slick beer, viscous and oily, coating your tongue with flavor that lingers, but not overly bitter at all. Your taste buds will be beaten into submission by the intense coffee and chocolate, making it beg for the next sip.

nataku00, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Pellinore1
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending this bottle.

Pours deep, opaque brown, and produces about a finger of extremely persistent tan head.

Coffee and roasted malt really define the smell, with some bitter chocolate notes lingering in the background.

The flavors open with the big roastiness and coffee apparent in the smell. There is just a hint of chocolate, and then beer finishes quite dry, dark, and bitter.

Smooth and a bit creamy, this beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and well concealed alcohol. Impressively drinkable.

Pellinore1, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Black. Tan thick thick 3 fingers of head. Does not recede. Just stays. Jim Koch mentions that you can float a bottle cap on Sam Adams head. Well I think you might be able to do that on this! A blast of espresso up my nose. Smells incredible. Toasty. Some sweet malt. Sweet malt up front on the palate. Then a blast of dark chocolate, and a double blast of espresso deliciousness. Creamy but light on the mouth. Does NOT taste like 9.5. An epic stout.

WestValleyIPA, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of seand
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black, with a thick tan head. Retains well, leaving nice spots of lacing.

S: Subtle roasted malts, with some earthy coffee notes, and some nuttiness. Nice balance overall, though not as strong as some imperial stouts.

T: Full with a strong malt background. Some nut and dark roasted coffee flavors. Very nice overall, full flavor, but balanced.

M: Medium to full body; starts and finishes full, but medium to light near the middle. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially for an imperial stout.

seand, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with a dark khaki head, frothy in texture.

Aroma - wow! Chocolate milk, and a cross between brewed and sweetened sumatra coffee and espresso.

The taste is like a dark-chocolate baileys cream...you taste hot chocolate up front from the warmth of the alcohol. Espresso beans provide a long-lasting bitterness to the finish that's enjoyable.

Medium body with above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty...good...not stellar because of the 9.5% abv, but good for that level of heat and the style. I must say, I kept reaching for it and had no problem drinking it!

jbertsch, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having this a while back on tap, I've been waiting to try the bottled version, so here we go...

A: Pours an inky, opaque black into a snifter... looks kind of like I'm holding an 8-ball its so darn black; the thin, mocha head that's there on the pour maintains a thin haze of retention throughout consumption; nice rings of lace get left on the glass after each sip.

S: Well... coffee; dark chocolate; some charry notes; crushed coffee beans; maybe a touch of toffee, as well; aroma itself is almost intoxicating.

T: Initial dark chocolate sweetness is followed by burnt malt and some molasses; some acrid bitterness and oatmeal characteristics on the finish. Of course, coffee and espresso notes are there throughout each sip.

M: Medium bodied (lighter than expected) and a bit sticky on the palate; moderate carbonation for the style (a bit more than I'd prefer, personally).

D: Delicious; very drinkable; alcohol is virtually undetectable; awesome beer. This is one of my favorite coffee stouts, no question... this completely blows away the draft I had a few months ago.

jpro, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of dgfair
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a jet black with a medium brown frothy, bubbly foam that dissipates at a medium pace leaving little dots of lace all over the glass. Aroma is delicious with strong coffee, cream, and chocolate...almost an iced caffe mocha smell. There is also an understated dry roastiness here that is very nice and keeps it from being overly silky sweet. The taste is bitter, fruity coffee upfront followed by a blast of dry dark chocolate and finishing with a chocolate covered coffee bean aftertaste on the tongue. Very slight booziness, but it is completely overpowered and overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate that ranges from bitter to sweet and back to bitter again. The depth of flavor here is phenomenal. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. I could probably have a couple of these in a sitting, and the strong flavors don't stop me from wanting to go back for another sip. One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

dgfair, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's Black Friday Event - taken from notes

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin khaki-mocha colored head.

Smell: Heavy roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a nice burnt malt aroma.

Taste: Bitterness from the dark chocolate and roasted malt mixed with a complete coffee bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I always seem to order this whenever I see it on draft, it's that good. Definitely my favorite Canadian beer by far.

Axic10, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of rka758
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
Received as birthday present.

A: Poured a deep black with a 1/2" tan colored head.
S: Coffee beans, roasted coffee and a bit of booze.
T: A bit boozey, but still very nice. The roasted brewed coffee notes are tastey.
M: Great. Nice, thick and creamy
D: This is a good beer. I really enjoy the mouthfeel and I think that it makes a great start to the drinking day.

rka758, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a nice mocha head that sticks around for quite a while. Leaves decent lacing

S: COFFEE! Even that is an understatement. Behind the huge wall of coffee, there is a slight alcohol smell

T: Again, COFFEE!! The alcohol is barely present, and the coffee is very nice. Not too bitter, well balanced

M: Silky smooth, perfect amount of carbonation

D: Pretty thick, but I could drink 2 or 3 12 oz. bottles

BEERMILER12, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured almost black with hints of dark brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. It wasn't very complex as I would have hoped for, but it was still pretty damn tasty. With that being said, it was still kinda boozy. So I will say this... If you like liquor in your coffee this one is a must! If you don't, maybe you should try it sometime. It helps to get rid of 'a case of the Mondays'.

thagr81us, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of cetherid
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


a nice dark black with about 2-3 fingers worth of frothy light brown head. Slight lacing but nothing ridiculous.


huge aroma of coffee. A little chocolate and subtle soy sauce smell, probably the hops. I haven't smelled a bourbon county coffee stout, but I would imagine it smells exactly like this (minus the bourbon of course)


sweet roasted coffee! Coffee dominant but there is a little sweetness and booziness in there as well. Might be one of the best tasting coffee stouts I've had and I'm not a huge fan of coffee. A touch of bitterness which is ideal for a slightly sweet stout.


full bodied with perfect carbonation. Very creamy going down and leaving a slightly dry finish. Alcohol is very warming.


I could drink this every week. A little hard to find in the area and pricey from what I hear, but i will definitely be seeking this out.

cetherid, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of bound4er
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Jet black with a 1/2" light brown head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. Very nice.

S. Fresh ground coffee aromas dominate. I also get dark roasted malt, cream, soy sauce and herbal hops. Just a hint of alcohol is present.

T. Coffee and roasted malt start things off. No alcohol is present. Finishes with good bitterness and length from both the hops and the coffee.

M. Full bodied with excellent creaminess. This just caresses and coats my entire mouth.

D. For an Impy Stout, this drinks quite easily. More than one in a night might be a stretch but there is no denying that this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended.

bound4er, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of arvjunk
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Deep, dark brown. very nice sticky one and half finger head when hard poured into a duvel glass. sticky lacing

Aroma - yeasty with rich roasted coffee notes, litte bit of dried fruit in there as well

Taste - Clean roasted coffee quality. Little creamy mouthfeel. Nice chocolate notes and again a little dried fruit in the finish

Overall - Great, full bodied with out being heavy. Smooth but not over bearing

arvjunk, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown coffee with a frothed chocolate latte colored head. Decent retention and notable early lace.
Bold aromas and tastes of coffee, dark malts, roasted malts and a dash of booze.
Alcohol is respectably hidden, but evident if you hunt for it.
Mouthfeel is medium body for a stout this big, I would prefer a more full body.
Very drinkable for a stout this big, heavy in coffee, a bit dry and boozy, anything but but sweet with a solid bitter coffee note.
A great one to split for my wifes birthday on a cold night in December.

unclejimbay, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this about a month ago. I believe scottfrie got me this nice bottle! Thanks!

A - Very black pour with a small amount of tan head. Head didn't stick around long.

S - Get a sweet aroma from the malts up front. Coffee comes through till the end. Not as upfront on the coffee aroma as I'd imagine.

T - A lot more coffee flavor than what the nose led on. Some bitterness with the coffee flavor but very subtle. Nice malt backbone to this beer which makes it very smooth to drink.

M- Full body with very little carbonation.

D- Not a huge fan of coffee beers, I am not a coffee drinker. However I do love to try these beers and this one was very good. I would drink another one of these if I had one.

HosP, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours black body and tan head. Rather full head which is good and dense. No carbonation seen in the glass as it is opaque.

S: Really nice coffee aroma and some bitter chocolate notes. Great roasted nose that is very robust.

T/M: Big coffee flavors up front, then you get a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor. This seems to be more mellow at first and then really opens up when the beer warms a bit. Not much for and alcohol presence until it really warms up and then it does become noticeable. Very smooth mouth feel that coats the mouth.

D: Great coffee stout. Does not claim to be a chocolate stout although those flavors are present as well. Loved this beer, if I found it more often I would buy it more often!

mbusster88, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle warmed up for about a half hour out of the fridge. twist off cap is impossible to twist off, needed an opener. a 1 and a 7 notched, but i cant really imagine what that means. poured into a bulb style glass.

pours out pitch black with an coffee/ expresso colored creamy head. a nice lace and good retention.

aroma is full of heavily roasted/ burnt malts and fusil alcohol. a delicious smelling roasted expresso/ coffee smell comes in as the beer warms and it is absolutly suberb! it rules out almost everything once the beer has really warmed and opened up. it smells like im sniffing a handful of expresso beans or even my coffee pot. toffee and chocolate in the background. i never want to stop smelling this beer!

heavily roasted burnt malt, rich bitter roasted expresso beans, dark chocolate. so nice, the coffee flavor is so authentic. best example of coffee ive ever had in a beer. bits of toffee in the background.

very full bodied and rich. bitter expresso and dark chocolate lingers on the palate. very mild on the alcohol heat.

i would drink of much of this as i could, but definatly not a session beer. just begun to see this around town so ill definatly be revisiting.

when i first opened, smelled, and tasted this beer, i was almost a little disappointed. i didnt get all that huge coffee. then after about ten minutes, the coffee/ expresso REALLY opened up and continued to improve. a great beer. highly recommended.

dogfishandi, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of circlenine
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed and reviewed 12/1/10. Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a rich deep brown in color, almost black. About 1/4 inch head that slowly dissolved.

S: Slight coffee aroma, but not too overpowering.

T: Nice. Actually, very nice!!! Although the aroma of coffee wasn't too strong, the taste definitely had a nice coffee bite to it. A rich, although not bold, flavor with no aftertaste.

M: Just enough carbonation present for a smooth feeling. There is even a hint of creaminess that appears after a few sips.

Drinkability: Smooth. Extremely smooth. This beer goes down easy.

Additional Comments: I expected more on the coffee/aromatic end of this beer. I have heard so many good things about it. While it wasn't spectacular, it was a good beer that I will be more than willing to try again... But it is by no means a top contender for my favorite beer.

circlenine, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of djmitche
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour is what you'd expect of a fine imperial stout: incredibly dark, with a 1-finger tan head that sticks around and laces nicely.

Aroma? Sidebar: I had several brews by Dieu Du Ciel while on a business trip to Toronto, and some of my co-workers were drinking it from the bottle. Big Mistake! All of the DDC beers I've had have absolutely mind-blowing aromas. This beer is no exception. A huge nose of perfectly-roasted coffee, with enough roasted malt to round out the acidity. I could breathe this in all day.

The taste doesn't disappoint, either. The brothers hit the nail on the head - this isn't coffee, it's espresso, including that delicious crema. This brew is close to Dark Horse's Perkulator, but Perkulator is a Starbucks or Illi espresso compared to the perfectly-drawn shot that is Péché Mortel.

The mouth is full and round. There is a little bit of alcohol on the finish that helps wrap the experience of a sip up nicely.

Enough typing, I have beer to savor!

djmitche, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of MattyV
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick inky black with a big light brown head that laces very well.
The nose is unsurprisingly, dominated by a dark roasted coffee and a touch of smoke and tobacco. I could smell this all day.
Up front, the taste follows the nose with a blast of strong black coffee which somehow doesn't overpower the palate, and is complemented by the burnt/roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Leading into the finish, the alcohol slowly rears its head and coincides with a moderately bitter and lightly lingering finish that's again, reminiscent of a nice cup of java.
Full mouthfeel, slightly chewy, moderate carbonation which helps to cut the richness a bit.
As has been stated, if you love coffee and love stouts, you absolutely have to try this one as it magnificently brings together the best of both worlds.

MattyV, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of berebrando
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rainy day here and this stout just lit up my life. its pitch black with a tan head of medium bubbles. no lacing to speak of and its warm enough to taste. you can smell the roasted and burnt malts. taste is a creamy chocolat, viscous and thick. it feels great in my mouth and its extraordinarily drinkable. mm mm good

berebrando, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of afksports
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this early on in the BeerQuest and reviewing it from notes. It was part of an epic evening at Amity Hall where I was joined by my buddy Karim. I mostly remember it blowing my mind a little bit more than the Jack & Ken's Black Barleywine had done a pint before.

The appearance is a dark ruddy black with a half finger head that's barely brighter brown. This baby means business. The lacing sustains throughout the glass with great legs. It's got an aroma of pure coffee/espresso with dark chocolate in delicate balance.

But the taste really blows it out of the box (or... bottle?). It's like a train made out of coffee and you're standing on the tracks drinking it. I fell in love. There's sweet notes too, and they form together in the thick and rich mouth to create a lovely feel. Sits in the stomach and warms you up (hey, it was a note). There's enough carbonation to make it not be boring when matched with its full body.

I'm happy to get this review in while another bottle sits waiting for my Beer Secret Santa recipient. He'll be a lucky guy drinking this one. Plus it's like... Medusa, right? Badass.

afksports, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grilledsquid for this one in a trade:

A: Pored into my pint glass, this stout pours a pitch black with a tan head. A simple looking stout with a lot of promise.

S: The aroma is excellent. Coffee infused espresso goodness! Heavy roasted background with some bitter chocolate notes. This one can make your mouth water.

T: This is espresso heaven. Heavy in the coffee, this stout also has roasted toffee notes, and notes of bitter chocolate. The finish leaves a coffee like biterness on the pallet.

MF: Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, creamy, and a relative amount of thickness.

D: Drinkability is good. This brew is savory, and my glass is almost gone.

Overall, Peche Mortel is a fine example of a coffee infused stout, but others like it shine through. Wake and Bake by Terrapin comes to mind, as does Mokah by Southern Tier. This stout would do good in the cellar, or in a barrel, or aged with oak...anything that would give it more notes then coffee. I do, however, have thoroughly enjoyed this brew!

TKEbeerman, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of pmoore311
3.33/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this as I have been wanting to try this for awhile.

Appearance, dark with a tan head, quite inviting.

Smell, good smell here, I expected the coffee to be the dominant aroma. Suprisingly some nice chocolate and toasted malt were also present.

Taste, not as big of a fan of this one, I think the coffee was not to my palete, a bit too sour and acidic.

Mouthfeel, a bit too thin to get a higher mark, not terrible but compared to FBS, not even fair.

Drinkability, with the sour acidic coffee, I am not sure I would want more than one.

Overall, I dont think I will be seeking this one out again. Its a bit pricey, and I that price it really should be better than mediocre.

pmoore311, Nov 23, 2010
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,874 ratings.