1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,096 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,096
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 557
Gots: 631 | FT: 60
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,096 | Reviews: 1,651 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bryehn
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 09/10, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours an opaque black with a moderate tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thick, frothy collar and leaves a bit of lace.

Very bitter aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee create a deep body, but the beer also has an odd acetone or chemical smoke-like smell that's a bit off-putting.

Tastes like roasted malts and chocolate, with a dark fruit--such as plum or date--tone. The coffee flavour really comes through in the finish.

Full-bodied with a carbonated pop on the tongue. Very dry and bitter aftertaste with almost no hint of the ABV. Mild oily sensation on the back of the tongue and throat.

I may have gotten a bottle that either wasn't fresh enough, nor aged enough to be great. The taste is solid, but I can't get past the chemical trait of the aroma.

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

Purchased at Hyde Park Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, OH. Bottled in January of 2007. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Black with a sizeable tan head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and coffee aromas abound.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors and a sweetness like a milk stout. Moderate acidity.

M - Creamy and smooth with a light carbonation.

A very nice stout. Tastes like a milk stout to me. Could definitely have again.

Photo of avaldivia
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For months I have been begging my buddy who orders beer for a local Whole Foods to bring this in. He finally did, and I picked up a few.

A: Very dark. Great milk chocolate colored head. Decent lacing all the way down.

S: Perfection. Dark roasted coffee. Some nice sweet malts. A bit of tannins and dark fruit.

T: Again, perfection. This flavors are wonderfully complex. The coffee is prominent. There are some fruity notes that remind me of fig.

M: Medium to heavy. Low carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

O: I have a tumultuous relationship with coffee stouts. Too many simply taste like stale coffee, which could be an issue with freshness, but this is as perfect as you can get.

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

11.5 oz bottle, drank on 9/5

aroma: strong coffee smell, slightly burnt

appearance: no head, pours black into a tulip glass, no lacing

flavor: boozy, strong coffee tones

mouthfeel: smooth, light carbonation

overall impression: good coffee imperial stout, a pleasant taste and smooth, a beer that I've enjoyed in the past and I will again in the future when I come acrossed it.

a beer that I will buy repeatedly

Photo of forcedlaughter
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in the past and loved it, but it was a bit too cold and I didn't have the time to wait for it to get to a better drinking temp.

Found two bottles and jumped at the chance to try this again.

Looks like a perfect imperial stout. Black as night, a small tan head that sticks around in my tulip glass.

Smells insane...in a good way. Coffee aromas big time but also dark malts and a hint of chocolate and even some dark fruit.

Tastes like it smells, times a million. This has to be my favorite beer. I love KBS and FBS, but for me, this is above and beyond. It tastes like the finest coffee and chocolate and a slight dark fruit hint, but it could just be from the coffee itself.

Mouthfeel is perfect. A sipper but I just want to down the whole thing. This is a true dessert beer. Like a kid with really good chocolate milk or hot chocolate, this is what you get when you grow up.

Drinkability? I could drink this daily if it was regularly available to me. For now I will just grab some everytime I see it.

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

A - Super black body. Almost like thinned black paint. Faint carbonation noticed upn examination. Crackling brown lace that faded almost instantly.

S - TONS of fresh, sweet, strong black coffee. Black coffee or espresso. Some bitter and sweet notes in there somewhere. A yeasty acidic twang wafting through.

T - Copious amounts of intense black coffee bean and raging espresso. Sharp, strong, bitter, dry and sweet. A bitter vibe throughout, with other dark, burnt flavors barely emerging. The java rules here.

M - So bitter and dry all the way through, just like strong black coffee.

O - This brew hit a grand slam with the espresso/coffee attempt. This is the closest thing to espresso or black cofee without being so.

Photo of IllNate
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An inky black that lets no light pass. Nice frothy bown head, good retention. A very fine looking beer.

S- A very deep roasted malt, coffee and not much else.

T- Hits like a ton of bricks. Coffee, deeply roasted malt. Very heavy on the black malt, so much so that it's bitter. The alcohol, can't really hide in this beer either.

M- Thick and oily, alcohol is definitely perceptible.

O- Overall a good beer, although it's a bit over the top.

Interesting that they've added coffee. I think that kicks it out of the stout category and puts it into the 'specialty beer' category.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into snifter.

Aroma: Coffee, coffee, and then some. Dark rum, roasted chocolate malt, a touch of vanilla, and some dark vinous fruitiness (compliments of the yeast)

Appearance: Dark black espresso. Tan 1 finger head falls slowly, and leaves foamy lacing.

Flavor: Dark, malty, bold coffee sweetness w/ a bit of pleasant, fruity acidity up front. I'm not used to encountering this kind of acidity in an imperial stout, but it works well in this one, and contributes to the complexity. Smooth, roasty bitterness appears at the end, and lingers for a bit. A touch of alcohol is present in the finish, but not to the point of being "hot".

Mouthfeel: Medium-high CO2 w/ a slight crispness up front, which turns to creaminess. The medium body is definitely lighter than I'd anticipated, but still not bad. The alcohol warms the mouth and throat.

Overall: Definitely one that I'll be seeking out again. The coffee flavor was fantastic in this one! The body was a bit thinner than I'd prefer, but I quickly got over it. All in all, I really enjoyed all of the delicious flavors and aromas that this brew had to offer.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin but creamy tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt and dark roasted coffee aroma with some espresso and wet earth. The intensity of the dark roasted coffee is remarkable.

T: Big and roasty. Lots of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a huge amount of acidity. For me, the acidity was a little overpowering and didn't allow much else to shine. Still, a pretty great coffee stout.

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

Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one. Still confused why they use twist off caps. Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Black with reddish hues when held up to the light. Topped off with a tan head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Smells like freshly brewed coffee. There is a touch or roasted and smokey grains peaking through the coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with medium carbonation and a slight alcoholic finish.

Overall: Very impressed as far as coffee stouts go this is easily one of the best I have had and I would definitely recommend hunting one down.

Photo of 05Harley
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number: 45 (not sure what this means?)

Purchased @ Tulleys, Wells, Maine

Price - $7.00/bottle

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin")

A mocha colored 1 inch creamy topping covers this black beauty. Almost looks like it's nitrogen infused. When held up to the light one can see along the rim a ruby redness but overall she's very dark and dense. Sticky with plenty of lacing.

The aroma is extremely roasty with coffee beans and dark chocolate. An underlying smokiness is unmistakable and adds to the depth and character.

The flavor is expresso like with a bitter/sweet finish. Coffee, vanilla, caramel and alcohol are in the forefront. The balance betweeen malt and hops is amazing and perfectly done.

Mouthfeel starts off smooth and creamy followed by a big wave of bitter/sweetness. Low carbonation with a warming sensation in the finish thanks to the high octane.

Overall this is an excellant representation of a coffee infused imperial stout. More of a sipper and something I'll enjoy in the winter when my bones are chilled. Thumbs up.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark black. Not much foam, no retention, no lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate

T - Tons of coffee bitterness. Not much chocolate flavors which is surprising. Roasted malts. The carbonation really helps to clear the palate.

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

O - Great stout that I'm glad is easy to find in my area. Looking forward to trying Aphrodite next.

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
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev -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
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,096 ratings.