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

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4,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,059
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 540
Gots: 619 | FT: 54
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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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Photo of FunkyFibes
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a jet black with a tan head that resembles the crema on a perfect shot of espresso.

S- smell resembles a Cuban coffee (colada)... there's a slight sweetness to the nose above just espresso.

T- Taste represents a slight dark chocolate, with a forefront of everything that makes espresso fantastic. A smokey roasty flavor that hangs on your tastebuds, and doesn't let go. How did they hide the alcohol?!?

M- very creamy full body that plays well against the bitterness of the beer.

O- I was really blown away by this offering. This is everything I want in a coffee stout. This is certainly one of my favorite beers. Dieu du Ceil really knocked one out of the park with this beer.

Photo of Treebs
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Great Divide Cervoise Goblet.

A: Pours a wonderful black with very faint dark cherry hues around the edges when held up to light. A light khaki two finger head forms on the pour and slowly subsides into a thin film ring around the glass.

S: A nice bitter coffee bean shines through on the front with some nice light chocolate and some toasted malts. Really blends nicely together.

T: The same bitter coffee hits you on first sip and then quickly mellows out to a wondrous combination of flavors. Light chocolate, semi bitter coffee grinds and a sweet vanilla all mesh together into an amazing combination of flavors. The finish is like dark chocolate melting on the palate.

M: Medium bodied with a light prickly carbonation that feels great the whole way down. The nice sweetness that is left on the palate really compliments the whole beer.

O: I've been enjoying coffee inspired beers a lot more lately and this one is simply great. So well balanced and has a great mouthfeel. I will enjoy this again and again. New goal: find this on draft!

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, recently had it again at a coffee stout sampling. Served out of a bottle into a chalice at around 50 degrees.

Appearance: Brownish black pour with a heaping amount of tan head and lacing, with the crown of foam perched soft and billowy on top of the brew for a good minute or two after the pour. Delightful.

Smell: Definitely a coffee beer, not a beer with coffee, if that makes sense. Big fresh-roasted coffee ground notes, which are really accentuated upon aeration/in the head. The rest of the beer took a minute to find, which the chocolate and roast notes seem to be more beer-like than coffee like, but I could certainly be wrong. There is a slighty pine of hops thrown in there, however, that is very welcomed amongst all the coffee to remind that this, in fact, a beer, and not a cold-press coffee.

Taste: Chocolate java. Rich coffee notes are accompanied by some vanilla, but mainly roast and toasted coffee. I love me some beer with coffee, but the taste here is almost a cautionary tale. Speedway Stout is a perfect example of how to keep your beer tasting like beer while infusing a great deal of coffee flavor. This beer is very tasty, no doubt, but not quite my cup of tea (or coffee) for what I'd want a beer with coffee to shoot for. The sweetness, however, is very nice, i.e. it isn't very sweet. And that is appreciated. Finish is nice as well, with a lingering bit of coffee-chocolate on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated, creamy and not too sweet. Bitterness reminds that there are indeed hops here, which were pretty missed among the coffee in the flavor profile.

Overall: Definitely a tasty beer that is very deserving of its recognition as a very good coffee beer. However, compared to the top shelf of beers with coffee, I prefer the more integrated and duet-like offerings, like Speedway or Beer Geek Breakfast/Brunch. Worth trying, for certain.

Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, one finger of sticky tan/brown head, good amount of lace on the glass. Smell is of roasted coffee beans, dark malt, baking chocolate, tons of espresso, mild vanilla notes that seem slightly oaky at points. Taste is rich with bittersweet notes, roast malt, coffee, some warm alcohol, more coffee in finish and aftertaste with some roast in the finish as well. Med carbonation, full body, silky smooth texture, near perfect feel. Like always this beer is phenomenal, very drinkable, slow sipper that drinks a lot faster than it should.

Photo of nhindian
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, with flecks of black in the thickest part of the beer. Has a bit of a cola-esque appearance elsewhere. A big, foamy head, almost 3-fingers in height and mocha in color takes its spot as a crown and lingers for a good amount of time. Lots of spattered, thin foam comprises the lacing that covers a lot of the glass.

S - Big coffee notes arise almost immediately and definitely jolt me awake. Bold without being overly roasty, and definitely takes center stage. Not much chocolate here, but there are traces of bitter, dark chocolate. just a big shot of espresso and a bit of alcohol at the end. Focused and to the point.

T - Taste is much like the nose but a bit more astringent. From start to finish, a powerful vein of java shoots throughout the mouth and pumps coffee notes everywhere. It's no secret and it's certainly not subtle, but that is what one would expect from this beer. Much more roasty than in the nose, and again the chocolate backdrop is there to add a bit more dimension. One of the closest beers to an iced coffee for sure, and it does its job well. As in the nose, it finishes with a bit of heat to keep it a bit of a sipper.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter-bodied than I would've though with medium carbonation. Not to say it's thin, but it's definitely not syrupy or thick, and even has the texture of a cup of coffee. Finishes slick and leaves an acrid aftertaste.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. From a pure coffee standpoint, this beer definitely ranks up in the highest echelon, as from start to finish to aftertaste it brings the roast in spades. In terms of a beer, I highly enjoyed it, but the one-tracked mind of it makes it rough to drink a whole lot of this. A great pick-me-up beer that could substitute for an early pot in the morning if one so inclined.

Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this bottle on a shelf this past weekend in a totally random store out of town. date on bottle is from january 07.

a: pours pitch black with a finger of mocha colored head.

s: i can smell roasted coffee a foot from my nose which is a surprise since the bottle is so old.

t: roasted coffee and a slight bitterness from dark chocolate.

m: rich and creamy with good carbonation. goes down smooth.

o: one of the best coffee stouts i've had. cant believe it held up so well. cant wait to find more for the coming fall season.

Photo of goldbot
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with thin, brown, bubbly head which dissipates quickly. Rich, roasty aroma; plenty of dark chocolate and of course coffee - strong and earthy. The flavor is just about all coffee. Very roasty and bitter up front, becoming more mellow with dark chocolate. Plenty of sweetness to match up with the coffee flavors. Just tons of complexity. Thick, full mouthfeel that nice and crisp on the back of the tongue.

Photo of Franz4
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice, reviewed from notes

A- 2 finger tan head builds up from the bottom of the pour, very nice dark color with a slight glimmer as it leaves the bottle.

S- Cocoa and coffee dominate, seems to lean towards milk chocolate more than dark.

T- Chocolate and coffee balanced, like milk chocolate covered espresso beans, very good, taste definitely leans more towards milk chocolate than most. Very nice.

M- Medium carbonation, dry finish, the taste was the focal point of this beer, the feel did nothing to detract from it.

O- Very nice chocolate and coffee flavor, they nailed the flavor profile, very drinkable, alcohol was just barely noticeable. I like it.

Photo of BMoldy
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap in a tasting glass at the DDC brewpub in Montreal. From notes:

A: Pitch black with a creamy mocha 1-finger head. Solid retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate malt and strong roasted espresso.

T: Mild coffee flavor rounds complements the dark roasted malts. Nice and bitter. Slightly earthy, almost woody.

M: Very little carbonation. Slight alcohol kick but not offensive at all. Long, strong finish.

O: A great, great beer. I'll admit that I'm not a big stout kind of guy, but I found this to be a tiiiiny bit overrated. Delicious in every way shape and form, but not necessarily world class. Still, as my first coffee stout, I'll give it the benefit of a doubt. A must try.

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into McSorley's stout glass.
A: Pours oily, jet black and creates dark huge head that stays around for a bit. Good lacing.

S: Une cafe monsieur? Smells like an intense cup of espresso with a bit of chocolate.

T: Coffee, delicious roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and more coffee.

M: This brew sticks around after its finished and in a good way. It's smooth and delicious.

O: My conscience is clear after partaking in this "Mortal Sin" and I see myself getting more. I am no huge fan of coffee, but suggest this beer to any stout fan. Superbly solid brew.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Take the number of people on Beer Advocate, and from that number, subtract 204 (the number of people who have this on their Want List), and you will arrive at the number of people who SHOULD have this on their want list. This is one ridiculously good stout. Received a few bottles of this from a fine gentleman in Nova Scotia. I will be seeking this out at EVERY opportunity. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass (wide mouth). Poured a thick, 2-3" head that quickly dissipated. This sucker is onyx black. Completely impervious to light penetration. One of the single best smelling beers ever. No joke, I could hold the glass under my nose and just inhale its aroma for minutes on end. Tons of chocolate and bourbon scents, despite the fact its not a bourbon-barreled beer. The most sublime taste. Caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla... This beast is complex. This is so smooth. Doesn't rest heavy on the tongue or coat the inside of your mouth heavily. The taste left behind however is long lasting. You'll still taste this beer long after you've taken your last sip. I recommend this to absolutely all beer drinkers, even if stout isn't your bag. Seriously, if you don't like this, I'm quite certain we can't be friends.

Photo of ONUMello
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Jet black; one-finger head.
S: Very strong espresso, also a bit of molasses and a hint of lavender.
T: Coffee, chocolate, prune, toffee. Very complex.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Can't taste the 9.5% abv at all.
O: This is very nice beer. I'll definitely be stocking up as the weather turns cooler.

Photo of scinerd3000
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on draft- 10oz into a snifter at Teresa's Next Door. Review from notes....

A: Black and when held up to the sun it is completly devoid of light. Brown head with excellent retention and the lacing rivaling the best i have ever seen.

S: coffee, molasses and toasty. No hop character. Slightly sweet.

T: Rich roast espresso flavors, coffee, very smooth- amazingly so for 9.5%. Slight alcohol is evident on the finish as the beer warms in the glass. Very restrained hop bitterness balances this nicely. Amazing!

M: clean. Leaves coffee flavor in my pallet

O: Exceptional. One of the better beers i reviews that night.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel : Peche Mortel

Pours an oily midnight black, small brownish cap forms and little lace is left behind. Aroma full of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla notes. Really nice espresso character, and the coffee blends seamlessly to the deep roasted malt flavor. Vanilla and coffee linger on the palate which is certainly welcome. The 9.5% alcohol is nowhere to be found, always nice. Overall, this is a fine example of an Imperial Coffee Stout. Recommended.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Peche Mortel pours a dark mahogany, with a bit of a cherry tint as the glass fills up. A small creamy tan cap sits on top. The head quickly fades to a thin film, but there are some nice spots of lace on the glass.

Smell: This has a very balanced aroma. Chocolate, heavily roasted malt, espresso, and cream all blend together wonderfully.

Taste: This taste takes me back to an outside cafe in Milan, sipping on a caffe latte. The flavor is fairly even for a few moments, with chocolate, roasted malt, and some vanilla providing the flavor. All of a sudden, a full burst of espresso and cream burst through,

Mouthfeel: The body is lighter than I would expect ahead of time for a 9.5% imperial stout, but it is still north of medium. The carbonation is creamy but not that noticeable. The sweetness leaves a light stickiness and the coffee imparts a lightly astringent feel right at the end.


Photo of Krakistophales
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a tan head that lingers

S: At first, a whiff of cherries, plums, and dark berries, which is quickly followed by rich, creamy coffee and caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Almost like a french toast and maple syrup aroma as well. Excellent.

T: Lots of sweet coffee up front, followed by caramel and vanilla that blends into a french toast/bread pudding kind of taste, followed by a woody/oakey, slightly dry finish with just a hint of grassy hops. Amazing.

O: This was one amazing find. I got 3 bottles automatically, and in retrospect, I should've gotten the other 2 without thinking twice. If I see this again, I'll snatch it away like a thief in the night.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black is the pour and the head is minimal and shortlived...smell is of alcohol and smokiness. taste is dark. chocolate/coffee/dark fruits/beef jerky, smokiness, it is all here. Mouthfeel is full bodied and stable por la carbonacion. Overall, wow, hefty offering this one is..enjoying this one, and possibly another one in my future..def. not a sesh brew. Enjoy

Photo of eclipse54
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 11.5 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; again, a big thanks to you Bill! The batch code marks it as Batch 35, but being a US bottle, it lacks on the date coding on the opposite side of the label. In any case, into a Deschutes tulip glass.

Pitch black, even when held directly to the desk lighting, with about a centimeter or so of light brown (or tan) head. It dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves gobs of lacing behind. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate, and even less plum and raisin. Very minimal sugar is detectable, and the alcohol is completely hidden here. The taste shifts gears a bit. It begins with a sweet, dark fruit flavor, moves into a bit of chocolately, coffee-like center, and finished with a touch of roasty, almost charred malt in the rear. As it warms, some vanilla comes into play as well. No flavor is particularly overpowering, however, and it just seems very well balanced. Alcohol is completley hidden, but along with the carbonation, it's presence seems to help thin the otherwise viscous body quite considerably. Mouth finishes dry and a touch sticky on the roof of the mouth. Overall, a very good stout that I am very happy to have tried.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to g311 for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours incredibly dark, very oily looking coming out of the bottle. No light passes through it at all. A one finger tan head forms upon pouring, but quickly dissipates to a bit of foam around the rim. Thin lacing around the sides.

S: Some cocoa and dark chocolate upfront and then a ton espresso and coffee. Overall it is bittersweet with some light hints of cherry.

T: Opens up with some deep chocolate and a bit of vanilla. There really isnt as much coffee flavor until the finish where you get a bunch of the coffee grounds. It is pretty thick, and I don't like coffee, but this one isnt as coffee heavy as I was expecting.

M: Medium to full bodied, relatively low carbonation with a nice creamy texture.

O: A well done beer. I can see why so many people love it, but coffee beers just don't do it for me. I would much rather drink Aphrodisiaque for example.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From cask to tulip glass at Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC on 7/23/11
*From notes

-- This was purposely served at room temperature --

A: Dark and imposing. This monster is the blackest of rich, dark blacks. No head, no lacing. This is one hardcore cask beer about to be had.

S: Wow - a Costco sized dose of tannic wood and dark roast. The heavy toast here is impeccible. The balance of freshly ground coffee and toasty wood is outstanding.

T: Unsweetened cocoa slaps the palate into submission. As the tounge begins to lay down and take it, in comes the epic, just-brewed black coffee. I take another sip and pull splinters out of my mouth - the wood here is all over this thing like Ike on Tina Turner. Hints of pimento on the back end are unexpected, yet it adds a level of depth and complexity I didn't see coming. This is a nifty and utterly unique brew.

M: I've never had a beer that felt this slick. It's crazy - this is a big time, thick beer that has been conditioned to the point where it feels like satin sheets. I can't imagine ever finding a beer that comes close to resembling the one-of-a-kind mouthfeel of this one.

O: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's Péché Mortel on cask is one of the most badass beers I've had in ages. It's also a massive tick for me - I'm thrilled to have finally had this, and on such a momentus occasion at that.

This is such a wonderful beer, but due to it's heavy nature and cask conditioning, one was more then enough. I highly recommend seeking this beer out, and look forward to my next encounter with this dark and brooding Imperial Stout.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at Teresa's Next Door. Poured into a 10 oz tulip glass.

Obsidian black in color, this beer comes to me with a creamy espresso-like head with some fine bubbles. This head fades to a thin layer of bubbles that covers the whole surface of the beer, though as I sip, it gets slurped right up. Only a little bit of lace, but honestly, how much lacing do you expect out of an imperial stout?

The aroma is full of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. There are some hints of caramel and sweet, rich vanilla extract. On the palate, the bitterness fades a touch and yields to sweetness, but the coffee counteracts this nicely. The best thing about the flavor is that the coffee character is not fake-tasting. In the finish, I get some of that vanilla from the aroma, which adds a decent amount of depth to this beer.

Peche Mortel has a creamy and silky consistency with a medium to full texture. Very good level of carbonation in this one too, as it is evident, but just a footnote to the overall feel. A bit too sweet in the finish, which knocks the flavor and feel down a little, but this is a great coffee stout. Unfortunate that it's so damn expensive.

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, and as some have already suggested, this beer should be enjoyed soon after brewing to preserve the coffee flavors. My bottle is around two months old, and that's only the time it's been in my possession; I haven't a clue when it was brewed. Having said that, the nose on this stout is superb: like extra-strong black coffee with a healthy dose of Irish cream liqueur, suspended over a thick brown sugar and heavy caramel malt base.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately abrasive--and I mean that in the best way possible--with black coffee, chocolate malt, and what may be black malt. This brew is neither meek nor weak, and what few spaces aren't filled with coffee and malt are crammed with tobacco ash and peat. So strong are the burnt flavors that the brown sugar from the nose is barely locatable, and though I know it has to be strong to even make its presence known, it mostly waves feebly in the background in comparison. Mouthfeel is medium--slightly thicker than 2% milk--and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is one of the more solid Imperial Stouts I've had, and is the kind of beer I feel I should be eating with a spoon. Fantastic, and definitely not for the faint of heart.

Photo of Jammies
3.4/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- very dark. black. not much foam, no retention, no lacing. not really a great visual

S- Nutty, coffee yet not overbearing

T-slight burn, coffee taste is strong. Didn't get this impression from the smell.

M- body is light and smooth. Well balanced.

O-coffee flavor is a bit overwhelming

Photo of larryi86
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger tan head

S- Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

T- Rich coffee flavor with a nice bitter bit, dark chocolate. This is a great coffee stout.

M- Full body, a little chewy

O- This is a fantastic beer if you are looking for a coffee stout. Alcohol is very well hidden and the coffee is up front and in your face. Worth every penny, can't wait to get more.

Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle. This has been in my "cellar" for at least a year and a half. I bought it at Wine and Cheese in Williamsburg for $5.99. I broke the top of the bottle when I opened it because I didnt know it was a twist-off. Unacceptable.

Appearance: Opaque black with some reddish highlights. Brown head and several minutes of retention. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Still has surprisingly strong espresso-like notes. There's malty sweetness and some chocolate and caramel peeking through.

Taste: Wow. If the coffee in this beer is faded, it would be overbearing fresh. Strong dark roast coffee flavors and a bitter, cold black coffee aftertaste. The flavor in the middle displays some of the sweetness and chocolate I smelled, but this thing is coffee all the way.

Mouthfeel: Feels soft and smooth at first, but the finish is harsh and drying in a way that really detracts from the overall beer.

Overall: Possibly the strongest coffee flavor I've found in a beer, and this one may be older than two years. Enjoyable, and with some nice complexity, especially in the smell. Overall though, its a little too coffee-y for me.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,059 ratings.