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

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4,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,068
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 541
Gots: 620 | FT: 55
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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Photo of gatorbreath
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.39/5  rDev -23%
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
4.75/5  rDev +8%
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
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz (or is it 11.2oz) into a Deschutes snifter. This is in DE now, Shelton Brothers (DOPS).

A: Dark as night. Nice head of mocha when I swirl the glass. Some lacing and alcohol feet.

S: Gigantic coffee nose with rich roasted malts behind it. Mostly all coffee though, which is GREAT to me (coffee lover).

T: Tons of coffee bitterness. No chocolate flavors which is surprising. Roasted malts. The carbo helps to clear the palate. Delicious brew.

M: Medium to full bodied stout. Very smooth though.

O: Great beer from a nice little brewery. These and Aphrodite have been delicious. Can't wait to try more from them.

Photo of sweetwillyrolbar
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the marvellous beers I attained in the cities that I can't get here. Ho-hum.

Appearance: Pours absolutely pitch black, had to hard pour to get any head at all. Still, looks like most delicious stouts I've previously savored. Decent lacing.

Smell: Dark, DARK chocolate and coffee grounds. Smells like COAYeti to me, just darker chocolate.

Taste: Holy darkness. Tastes like alcoholic, super-duper dark French Roast cold-press coffee. Bit of molasses. Just extremely roasty, darkest chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Low, low carbonation. Mouthfeel somewhat slick, oily and very full, but not the chewiest or most syrupy I've ever had in an imperial stout.

Overall: Abyss in a 12 oz for me, but way more coffee. Quite delicious, I very much enjoyed it and it deserves its superb ratings. Only gets more interesting as it warms.

Photo of mikul93
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Poured black with a healthy 2 finger mocha head.

S Coffee, chocolate, malt and some vanilla.

T Lots of coffee and chocolate. Bitterness from the chocolate remains. Nice coffee stout

M Very rich and creamy.

O I was hoping for a more balanced beer, but I did enjoy it. If you like coffee, you will love this beer.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as the blackest night covered with a beautifully fluffy chocolate head.

Coffee up front with a light cream dancing around. Light hints of tobacco and a faint anise quality.

Again, burnt (and tasty) coffee up front with a bit of cream following. Huge coffee notes. Finishes with hints of cherry, chocolate, tobacco, and anise. More lingering coffee.

The feel is exquisite. Velvety mousse-like feel

I'm very glad to have tried this beer, probably top 3 coffee beers ever and the smoothest beer I've had in quite some time.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Jet black with a light brown cream head. Lacing quickly fades down the edge of the glass.

S- Coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel.

T- Lots of coffee upfront, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate follow. Finishes with more chocolate and a nice bitterness to balance the beer.

M- Full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a fairly clean finish. The abv is disguised very well.

O- Excellent Double coffee stout. Has enough coffee flavor and bitter chocolate that balances the beer very well. Will search this beer out again.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap a Pizzeria Paradiso maybe nearly a month ago now.

A: Awesome Reverse cascading head to a beautiful tan ring. Nice black hue of course.

S: Amazing smell with fudge soaked espresso beans and dark charred malts wafting effortlessly from the glass. Some other brighter sweet notes and just a touch of hop resin. Excellent, doesn't get much better than that for coffee stouts.

T: Outstanding in the taste as well, big notes of fudge, high quality fresh espresso, and then more chocolate and fine coffee. Hops are slightly there but take a backseat though leave a bittering finish with the chocolate and coffee beans.

M: This is exceptional. Totally creamy and coating, just magnificent to drink.

Photo of warnerry
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black. A vigorous pour yield two fingers of pillowy dark brown head with great retention. Leave a lot of lacing.

S - Coffee and roasted malts dominate the aroma, though there is also a fair amount of chocolate present.

T - Again coffee dominates along with the roasted malts. The coffee is well done here, no ashy flavors to be found, rich and delicious. There is also a nice shot of hop bitterness to provide some balance. Nice dark chocolate flavors as well.

M - Thick, chewy mouthfeel coats the palate. Coffee and some hop bitterness linger on the tongue.

O - For such a big stout, this drinks very well. Alcohol not really apparent. The coffee intensity may be too much for some, but I think it works really well here. I've wanted to try this for awhile and was not disappointed.

Photo of CWBlues
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a pure, darkhearted BLACK. A pour of medium aggression gives it about a finger of a crispy peanut-brittle-colored head.

S: Smells like a big bar of dark chocolate, that's currently melting in a cup of espresso. Great aroma. Sweetness too, like a toffee.

T: Holy hell, that's coffee. I seriously feel like I'm drinking coffee. Hm, almost feel like I'm chomping on some chocolate covered coffee beans. Some hop bitterness rounds out the taste. Or maybe that's coffee bitterness. Whatever, it's good!

M: Oily and smooth mouthfeel. Little carbonation, but I like the way it sticks.

O: This is a coffee stout, and MAN is it a coffee stout. Just awesome. Glad I've got another sitting in the cellar!

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5oz into tulip.

A: Body pours a jet black hue, it a finger head that holds to a silky layer. The tan head is rich in dark color.

S: The aroma is a rich dose of expresso and chocolate. Medium to high level of intensity for the style. Coffee plays a nice role, while being in the fore front, but not over powering other flavors.

T/M: Rich and sweet balance, of coffee and roasted malts. The bitterness of hops or chocolate smooth off the finish. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, warming and creamy on the finish. Sweet tingle on lingering taste.

O: This is one he'll of a java stout, not to the point where the coffee influence shadows the other subtle characteristics. Maybe one of the best beers I have had in the style, although it does taste very similar to another beer I have had, but cannot place at the moment.

Photo of justintcoons
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with 2 fingers of fluffy, tan head that dissipates slowly. Good lacing and low carbonation.

N: A huge nose wafts up after pouring. Rich coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and vanilla.

T: Espresso, coffee grounds, rich dark chocolate, roasted barley and sweet toffee. Flavors roll around and intermingle creating a more complex experience. Finishes bitter with black coffee, hints of vanilla and perhaps some wood that persists to linger.

M: Medium bodied, soft, creamy and dry.

O: An Imperial Coffee Stout to be reckoned with. The coffee flavors are strong and blend beautifully with the dark chocolate and other flavors. No sign of the 9.5% abv. This makes a great dessert!

Photo of ajsdad06
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of illinismitty.

Pours black with a med/large pillowy tan head that leaves a fuzzy lace on the glass.

The aroma is roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor is similar with roasted coffee or even espresso being blended with sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and the slightest bit of ash.

This is smooth drinking from start to finish. The alcohol is only noticable as a warming sensation while drinking, not in the flavor. One of the best coffee stouts I have had.

Photo of Duff27
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured in snifter with a thin dark mocha head.beer itself is dark brown bordering black. Many carbonation bubbles form on all sides of the glass, unique.

S- Smells awesome, coffee...the good kind. Wooo.

T- Dark malts, more(!) coffee. Mmmmm. Just the perfect amount of hops to balance things out. What's the abv again?

M- Full mouthfeel! Smooth, creamy. Good carbonated bevy.

D/O- A special treat here. The mouth was superb. Top tier of coffee stouts although I don't know that its the best I've ever had. First time I've ever seen it so I had to have it. Good dinner choice fdkayti!

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel is a very nice and stout that I would describe ad woody and quite bitter. The coffee flavour is much more subtle than the coffee stouts from other breweries (e.g. Southern Tier).

A: Brown colour with a 5 mm head that fades to a good amount of lacing. 4.5

S: Smells of roasty malt, coffee and some lactic acid. 4

T: There is a dry roasted malt flavour that sits just on the good side of charcoal as well as some woody hops with a slightly bitter kick (this was a fresh bottle). The finish almost tastes very as though it was aged with wood. You'll just notice the alcohol at the end. The bitterness builds as you drink more. 4

M: Dry and reasonably carbonated. The alcohol is noticeable at the end and the beer feels like it evaporates quickly off the tongue. 4

Photo of davey101
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I was surprised that this was a twist off bottle. Two numbers were notched, a 4 and a 5. The numbers go from 1 to 9 so I'm not sure what the significance of that is.

A - Dark, dark, dark black body. Foamy mocha head that gives off some nice lacing.

S - Coffee. Extremely high quality coffee. Faint hints of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. The coffee really does dominate the aroma, which isn't a bad thing at all. This is the best coffee aroma I have ever smelled in a beer before. I could wake up to this every morning...

T - The mouth feel is so silky and smooth. Lots of vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and that amazing coffee. High abv is noticeable in some warming, but doesn't detract from the beer.

O - This isn't the best imperial stout I have had. It is the best coffee beer I've had though. Simply world class.

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

This beer pours a thick black color with thick tan head that retains and laces well. The aroma is string with chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is strong with coffee bitterness and chocolate, and a hint of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety and it finishes smooth. Overall an amazing beer.

Photo of gskitt
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In Montreal in the brewery. Very excited. Pours a black, but takes some time for the bubbles to dissipate. Head is thick, creamy, and ever present. I almost have difficulty getting through the head. Scent is of roasted vanilla, roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate on the tongue. Heavy doses of vanilla and warming and super creamy mouthfeel. Overall, unbelievable!

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