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

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4,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,088
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
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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 Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep chocolate color. Almost black, but some light passes through edges. A tiny khaki head comes and goes quickly, leaving just a bit of lacing..

Smell - Coffee and coffee. Maybe a hint of booze, but still mostly coffee. There is a roasted malt character in the back.

Taste - Delicious coffee flavor, but it's tough to gather any other flavors because the coffee is so dominant. Much like the smell, there is a hint of the roasted malt and some chocolate, but it's a distant second to the coffee. The bitterness in the finish is more of a coffee bitterness than a beer bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin for the style. A little bit boozy and not a lot of carbonation. All of that combines to make it feel just too thin.

Overall - So it's good and I like it, but an A? No. Not that good. Too one dimensional with the coffee and too thin

Edit: Ok, apparently I didn't know what I was talking about when I had this. Prohibition Pig had a 2011 keg on (as of July 2013) and it was incredible. Upping my rating accordingly.

Photo of Roke87
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #50
341 mL bottle, poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
Bottled on: February.2011
Thanks to EnemyWithin for this one!

Appearance- Pours a dark black completely opaque colour with no light penetrating anywhere on this one, average pour yields a nice fluffy one and a half fingers of tan mocha head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass and a nice bubbly top as well till finish.

Smell- I get a very strong aroma of coffee coming from this one first and foremost, followed by a nice roasted malt smell, almost a burnt aroma. The coffee is definitely the most dominant in this one although you do get a slight hint of dark chocolate thrown in there as well.

Taste- First off this is a very well balanced imperial stout, and definitely rivals that of some of the best stouts that I have tried thus far. Just like the smells, coffee is mainly predominant in this one although you do get a nice balance of the roasted malts and a slight hint of dark chocolate in there as well and a pleasant burnt malty taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium to Full bodied with above average carbonation for an imperial stout, this one goes down smooth and creamy, very rich on the palate finishing with a nice burnt smokiness.

Overall- An amazing imperial stout although a little heavy on the coffee flavours at times although it is very well balanced by a perfect amount of roasted malts and a slight hint of dark chocolate. The smells again are of a lot of coffee then the taste comes through almost the same as well but it finishes with this very nice burnt malt smokiness that is very pleasant on the palate. Hides the high ABV very well, I can’t even taste any alcohol in this one what so ever, dangerously easy drinking, smooth, creamy and rich. A definite go to if I could ever find this one again, please bring this back to Ontario!

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Poured into a snifter a dark, black oily pour with a half finger of mocha cream head that leaves excellent, heavy side lacing as well as a great mocha blanket.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate as well as some coffee. Bitter espresso notes, really nice.

T - Oh so heavy on the espresso. Rich, roasty notes and a bitter espresso finish.

M - Nice and creamy, just as a stout should be.

O - This is a really, really good stout. While it was delicious on tap I found the bottle to be just a few hairs better than this. Still, its worth seeking out!

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

Picked up the other month at the Craft Ale house during the KBS tapping. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Thick, rocky light brown head forms about 3 fingers, slowly settles down. Leaves faint patches of lacing. The brew is an opaque dark brown. Appropriately looks like coffee.

S- Very heavily roasted malts, and big on the coffee beans. So much roastiness in this. Almost smokey in some instances. These malts are charred, so much so that there seems to be charcoal.

T- The roast comes into the flavor also. Definitely some premium coffee flavor. Tiny hint of booze and heat on the back end. Somewhat one dimensional but I believe that's what it's trying to do.

M- The mouthfeel is probably the best aspect. Nice soft and creamy with the roast, smokiness felt on the palate. There's a marshmallow softness in this. Body is medium.

O- Overall this is definitely a good coffee forward beer. I liked it and will certainly have again but I don't think this is as great as it's made out to be. Not knocking this beer at all, but it does fall a little one dimensional.

Photo of ILessThan3Brett
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Everything a strong coffee stout should be. Poured slowly into goblet: viscous, very dark brown, with one finger medium brown head that slowly recedes to lacing. Very mild smell of burnt malt.

Tastes of espresso and toasty malts predominate, with more minor burnt, vanilla, and chocolate flavors. Nice, fine carbonation. This stout is indeed heavy on the coffee, but I think it's blended in very naturally and it doesn't seem at all out of place. This is an excellent, complex, and well-balanced stout, and I will certainly buy it again at the first opportunity.

Photo of Brabander
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this bottle last night with Michael. I got this bottle from claaark13 when we met in Belgium. Thanks Sean for this very well balanced beer!

Poured in my small Westvleteren chalice the beer looks very good, millions of tiny little bubbles making a one and a half finger head. Nice lacing in the glass. Deepblack to darkbrown fluid with the alcohol pretty well hidden. A bit too much coffeenotes for me but a feast to drink.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours intense black with a fluffy dark cream head, a medium to heavy-thickness oily body, and deep black-brown in color. Creamy vanilla, rich, roasted coffee and a powdery cocoa sweetness predominate in the nose. Also, some minor lactic sugars, caramel, dark cereal grains, and light bourbon. The body is very smooth, and all at once both rich and bitter. The coffee aspect of this beer builds throughout, allowing the finish to culminate in a interesting way with a roasted coffee and bitter earth combination. Up front, there’s some creamy lactic sugars and vanilla, then some minor dark fruits. Toffee, light bourbon, and toasted grains as well. The aroma and flavors play well off each other, though I’d like for the aroma to stand out a bit more. This beer was definitely brewed to be savoured. Very good stuff.

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

11.5oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for picking this up for me (I think I gave him some NEBCO 668 in return, but I don't remember).

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, frothy tan head that dissipates very slowly and rockily, leaving a few arches of lacing. Pours black with red highlights and leaves occasional sweeps of lacing.

Smell: Woody roasted notes, slight dark fruit, brown sugar. Potent malt aromas, mild coffee and a hint of herbal hops. With warmth, the smell really opens up, as all these different aspects grow in intensity and balance together beautifully (some softer vanilla notes come out as well). The smell is pushing 5.0 territory. Augments the flavor.

Taste: Follows the nose, but not quite as deep or pleasant. Nice complexity, with the hops, malt, and coffee all prominent. Shortish black coffee aftertaste. High bitterness (works well), with lots of roasty and dark chocolate notes.

The totality of the flavor works really well. With warmth, the flavor generally stays the same, but most of the different notes (chocolate, roasted malt, herbal hops) begin to taste infused with coffee. Great balance here.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Slightly oily with low carbonation. Mild dryness in finish.

Overall: This is a beer for hardcore stout lovers and hardcore coffee lovers. No coffee ice cream here; just a powerful, roasty, straightforward stout with a strong, flavorful black coffee background.

All told, I like this beer about 4.0 overall, but I'll give an extra .5 for the aforementioned aspect of "here's a hearty stout with hearty coffee," aspect, the excellent balance, and the uniqueness of the flavor (lots of big stouts run together, in my opinion). Not sure it's worth $6 for an 11.5oz bottle, but it is definitely a great beer.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Midnight black with a thin tan head.

Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Some fruity undertones as well.

Coffee flavors really come out strong but not overpowering.

So smooth! Some RIS feel thick and heavy, but this one doesn't. Goes down easy until the bottom quarter, then it starts to feel like 9.5%.

Excellent. Flavors are complex and balanced, makes for the great experience.

Photo of Dan3279
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up off a recommendation from a clerk at Lizardville. I have never heard of the brewery but I am always excited to try a new imperial stout.

I poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass to find a deep black body with a tan one inch head that left a nice sticky lacing around the glass.

The aroma is dominated by dark chocolate, malts and coffee, everything I would expect out of an imperial stout like this.

The flavor is exceptional you get the chocolate, malts and coffee upfront with the alcohol hitting you in the middle with a nice finish.

The mouth feel was great, the beer was on the heavy side but creamy with a little punch from the carbonation.

Overall a solid imperial stout, I think it works so well because all of the flavors are very balanced and not one dominates the others. I would defiantly pick this one up again in the future.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4.11.11

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Looks like cola. Brown with a tan 1 finger head.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate

Taste - Vanilla mostly, the coffee, which moves into chocolate.

Drinkability - Good carbonation, especially for a stout.

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

A: brown creamy head vigorously filling the tulip. Dark, dark body

S: coffee jumping out from across the room. Very roasty. Vanilla and some slight bitter herb notes.

T: cream on the front of the mouth with a hint of caramel, transforms to dark chocolate and coffee bitterness to finish. Kinda woody, and again an herbal hint that I wish I could identify.

M: Very mouthcoating, and somewhat drying, approaching but not actually chalky. Sort of the feeling of a good flourless chocolate cake.

O: Very well balanced coffee stout. The coffee adds a little bitterness and roastiness, but isn't overwhelming.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolute pitch black with a huge 3 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Very nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of fresh brewed coffee with some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Coffee is definitely the dominant smell and this is one of the best coffee stouts I have smelled. Taste is of Hershey's chocolate syrup infused with fresh roasted coffee beans. The roasted coffee bitterness is very noticeable after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and smooth. Very rich and heavy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with an unbelievable coffee aroma and taste that is just delicious.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to have had this on cask once and then was able to find a bottle. This was poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Snifter.

A) Jet black, not much of head, medium lacing.

S) Nice Sunday morning hanging in coffee smell!

T) Coffee plus, I like the way there is a bit of sweeter chocolate in the beginning that is followed up with a mild bitter after taste.

M) Smooth, not a lot of carbonation.

O) This is too easy to drink at 9.5% Can very easily see why a lot of folks like this.

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

Got this as an extra -
Poured from 11.5 oz bottle into pint goblet - Best by date (punched out code) 1 - 7 ?
Is this an 07?

A: Poured as dark as the artist soul on the label, Thin creamy head that dissipated into a thin tan lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Coffee with some deep roasted malt,slight chocolate.

T: The Coffee taste comes on strong but isn't overbearing or overly bitter ,roasty malts,sweet molasses,slight vanilla hints.

O: Overall this hit the spot- I'm a coffee lover and double Imperial Stouts are my favorite style - This beer is a fine example of one .
The coffee and chocolates were blended together
superbly,decently balanced with a nice aftertaste ,thick feel that forces you to sip and enjoy every drop.

I need another one.

Photo of JoshVandy
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhong187 for sending this extra in a trade.

11.5 ounce bottle into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a very dark brown color with a 1 finger mocha tan colored head that settles down shortly after the pour. Decent lacing.

S- Tons of coffee that melds very well with subtle chocolate notes. There is also a hint or faint roasted malt. A great aroma that I enjoy immensely.

T- Very nice coffee flavor throughout, backed up nicely with chocolate notes and a slight sweetness. Gets a slightly bitter roasted smoke at the end. A very elegantly simple taste.

M- A little on the thin side for me, but has a nice creamy and oily texture that makes it slide down easily. Flavors linger slightly as well. Average carbonation.

O- This is a coffee lover's dream beer, and at 9.5%, it goes down way too easily. A great example the diversity within the Imperial Stout category.

Photo of Paul68
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH tulip.

Very dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Lacing is holding onto the sides of the glass.

I love the smell of this beer. Strong coffee with hints of chocolate.

My first sips were right out of the refrigerator and it left a little bit of a sour after taste. Once this warms up is where you really get the coffee and chocolate flavors. Also has a nice alcohol burn as it goes down.

This beer is very smooth and has a light fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall i think this beer is excellent. I've read about it for years and tried it for the first time a couple months ago. Now it's a staple everytime i go to the store.
You must let this beer warm up before or while you are drinking it. The flavors change dramatically!!!

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

Pours a deep dark black, absolutely no light coming through on this one. A mocha colored one finger head slowly disspates to a thin cap that cap that doesn't go anywhere, a rather impressive looking stout.

Huge roasted coffee in the nose with slight chocolate and hint of raisin as well. It tastes delightful with a strong coffee flavor up front really dark roasted coffee flavor almost of espresso, and it's so smooth! Beer is nicely carbonated and the mouthfeel is fantastic smooth and creamy with a slight bitter bite that rounds it out nicely there is slight alcohol taste and hotness but barely detectable.

At 9.5% this beer is dangerously drinkable I could enjoy several that is for sure. Overall a great beer that is finely crafted.

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

A; black with a ambercolerd head.

S; chocolate,wood,vanilla.

T; wood,bitter chocolate,coffee,laurel,creamy,sweet chocolate.

M; the wood and coffee are stying in your mouth and in the aftertaste some creamy chocolate.

O; good stout with a lot of flauvors and manny that i cant trace. i have fallen in love with this beer.

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

We pour a brew of oily black. It holds a one finger head of deep brown bubbles, even on a relatively calm pour. The coloring gets darker around the edges, but eventually evens out. It recedes on the quicker side, but is easily reproducible with a swirl. Flecks of lacing appear as the head goes. No sediment is noted, and the carbonation looks to be nearly nonexistent, if not for the head. The aroma is bright with steely, raw coffee beans. Malts are heavily roasted, and take on something similar to charcoal. There is not much sweetness to cut the malts, but a coolness of cream is present. Slight booze is noted, with a swift sting to the nostrils. As we sip huge bitter coffee hits up front. This becomes quickly overwhelmed by the enormously rich roasted malts. There is a slight sugar sweetness, way in the background. As we move through the middle, cleaner but dark and roasty, somewhat caramel malts mark the transition. The bitterness is gone by this point, and we move towards the finish. Here we get our first hints at smokiness, as opposed to the roasted character at the onset of the tasting. Here the faintest hint of limy hop oil appears. Otherwise the finish is clean. The aftertaste breathes with charred, smokey malts, sour coffee bean, and a bit of booze. The body is medium, but surprisingly lighter than expected. The carbonation remains low throughout. With each sip the mouth is met by a creamy beer, with nice froth, but there is a whipped lightness to it that is quite unexpected. The mouth is dried significantly by the dark malts and the coffee. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks easily, but slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mouthfeel. It was quite unique for the style, in the fact that it retained a glorious creaminess and slurpability, but was so airy and light. Many imperial stouts can be overly thick and syrupy, which is nice, but can become overbearing. Here we avoid that altogether, as we were delivered a beer that comes through in all the robust aromas and flavors, but remains highly drinkable and light.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - It pours black and oily, and is capped with a big mocha head. Retention is moderate and some lacing occurs.

S - The nose is just amazing coffee; there is some Imperial/Export Stout underlying, make no mistake, but this one is all about the coffee. This bottle is perhaps over a year old, as well, and coffee additions seem to fade with time, so I imagine this must be downright jitter-inducing when fresh.

T - The coffee used in this brew must be absolutely phenomenal; it is, again, the star of this show. The underlying beer is sublime, suggesting dates, figs, and other dried dark fruit, as well as notes of bitter dark chocolate and a hint of anise.

M - The feel is a bit on the thin side for me, that's all. It is adequately carbonated (softly), and it has a nice silkiness, as well, but is not nearly big enough.

O - This is a stellar beer, a paradigm.

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

Bottle stamp is a confusing 2/0. Not sure what that means, but logging it here in case I do find out.

Pours thick and black, with just a hint of brown at the edges, and a pillowy one-finger head medium-tan head. That head takes a long time to recede, leaving nice lacing and a layer of foam on the surface.

Set the glass down next to me, and the aromas are just calling to me from several feet away. It just smells really freaking good. Smooth coffee comes through first, without the bitterness I often encounter in coffee stouts. It's followed by sweet, dark, chocolatey malts, earthy and a bit pungent. Quite full-smelling and very inviting.

Taste has more bitterness than I expected, both on the front end and the back. The coffee tastes a bit burnt, though it could be hop bitterness misleading me. Other than that it's good, with a solid dark malt base and some nice chocolate notes. But after that delicious smell, the taste is a bit of a let-down. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

Mouthfeel is solid. Thick, heavy with medium-low carbonation. As an imperial stout should be.

This is a good, but not great, coffee stout. The malt base doesn't give it as much complexity as some others, and the coffee has a light burnt/bitter flavor to it. But it's still pretty tasty, and well worth drinking. And surprisingly, I don't pick up the alcohol anywhere.

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

Poured from bottle into stemless wine glass at cellar temperature.

A) Deep black, head rose quickly then disappeared with little to no lacing.

S) Coffee, and that's about it. Couldn't smell alcohol or other flavorings/hops.

T) Coffee through and through with no alcohol or other bitter intrusions.

M) Smooth, creamy, well balanced carbonation.

O) Easily one of the best Coffee stouts I've ever had. I've had this beer several times, and it never wavers from anything but wonderful.

Photo of JayS2629
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep, thick, oily black velvet with fumes of coffee aroma mixing with dark chocolates, cocoa,dark fruit like plums and a smokey campfire. A burnt edge that fades under a silky wave of roasted malts and stout coffee. Thin head, but strong and bold flavors. A mocha bomb wrapped in stout goodness with earthy hints of hops peaking through. Awesomely sipper of a beer. Take your time and savor.

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

I'm reviewing this off notes from Beer U: Stouts at Stone Brewery.

A - Pours a wonderful black with a slight hint of red, with a nice finger of tan head.

S - This one is a coffee bomb. It aroma is dominated by the smell of coffee with hints of chocolate and smoked malts.

T - First, I get bitter espresso flavors, the followed by dark chocolate and smoked malts. The aroma gives you a great idea of what this beer is going to taste like.

M - Thick and almost chewable. The carbonation isn't super high, but just enough to keep a small head on this beer and make it a good drinker even with the heavy body.

O - This is now one of my favorite stouts ever! I only wish I had easier access to this beer. Anyone who loves Imperial Stouts should try this beer.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,088 ratings.