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

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Ratings: 4,021
Reviews: 1,642
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:
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 added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of socon67
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - Jet black with a small amount of mocha foam. Some lacing around the glass.

S - The smell of coffee is dominant. Wow, this is the the strongest coffee smell of any stout I can recall. Behind that, some roasty malt and cocoa is present.

T - A phenomenal taste of coffee with vanilla. Gives way to a whiskey-like finish. Just a great tasting stout.

M - Silky smooth. You don't feel like you are drinking a heavy beer.

D - Would be tough to have too many of these, but you would certainly want to.

This is a must have stout for coffee lovers. Probably one of the smoothest imperial stouts available.... anywhere.

Photo of jminsc76
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a St. Feuillien tulip, pours a thick, espresso-like head atop an impenetrable black body. The head reminds me very much of an ice cream milkshake. Dense, thick legs as I tilt the glass; ring-around-the-lacing as the head dissipates.

Initially oaky aromas, with cocoa nibs, vanilla, roasts, and berries copiously scattered throughout to produce a pleasantly complex bouquet.

Flavors of bitter, roasty coffee notes up front, with more oaky, vanilla, and berries wafting throughout the mid-point to the finish. Truth be told, the aforementioned flavors dance all over this bad boy; it's a roast bomb amongst roast bombs, and includes a lot of other goodies to make for some fine sipping.

Mouthfeel is silky but thinner in consistency than what I prefer. A little swishing, however, carries a long way in pillowing the palate slightly.

Overall, the reputation of this beer precedes itself, with a powerful, nearly overwhelming roastiness balanced by a plethoric range of bitter and sweet. Not exactly smooth drinking, and the label's admonition to drink in moderation is duly noted, but damn, I want me another one of these (right now, same session) in order to come to grips with just how coffee-"lish" this is.

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

single 12-oz bottle purchased at a local shop. no date

poured into a large snifter. huge billowy head with excellent retention and lacing. smell of roasted coffee hits strongly on the first sniff. it also gives off that "makes you sneeze" effect of black pepper.

nice coffee flavor, with only a slight hint of bitterness. chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is thick and slick, almost slightly "oily" with little to no coating. It is very smooth and no burn from the alcohol. perhaps the best overall mouthfeel I've ever gotten from a stout, although I was hoping for a bit more coffee in the flavor. It's possible this is not a fresh bottle, but who knows since it's impossible to pinpoint a date on this thing.

Drinkability is very high, and comparable to expresso yeti and FBS (my two favorite "coffee" stouts). This is a really good beer, probably not worth the price tag on the 12 oz bottle that I had to pay to try it, but the beer is excellent. Again, not being able to date it is frustrating and I can only fault the brewer on this.

Photo of Double06
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big and dark with a brown head much like the top of an espresso. Hints of red / mahogany at the edges when held up to the light.

S: I have to couch this with the disclaimer that I'm a coffee lover. That being said, Oh My Goodness! Dark, rich burnt espresso overtake my nose... Smells like the last sip or two of an espresso that are big and bitter with that delicious burnt coffee flavor.

T: Again lots of coffee with faint hints of dark chocolate and hints of dark malts. Ends with the drying, chalkiness of dark chocolate and very bitter coffee. Love it!

M: Slightly drying... Lightly carbonated but it works with this beer because it leaves you with the idea in the back of your head that you're drinking an iced coffee. Leaves the coffee flavor and dryness in the mouth that makes you want more...

D: Too high for this ABV. One of my absolute favorites...

I waited awhile until this hit the shelves again in Atlanta and it was worth the price tag, but at $4-5 a 12oz, buying it frequently would be pricey. Nicely done!

Photo of tobin
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in color with slight ruby highlights. It was topped with a thick, clingy tan head made of oversized carbonated bubbles.

The nose hits you with a sharp coffee/espresso aroma up front followed by chocolate a little cherry and roasted malt. WOW, a lot of coffee in the aroma. The heavy coffee aroma allows you to breath it in as you drink the beer.

The coffee is followed quickly by a tangy citrus hop character, then the roast malt, and finally some cherry chocolate on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that retains for a while.

The beer is thick and rich, and has a decent drinakbility. The sharp bitterness detracts just a little.

Photo of flannelman808
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This stuff is nearly black... maybe the deepest darkest brown I have ever seen. It is truly impressively opaque. Almost 0% light gets through. Tan head tops it off with nice retention and nice lacing.

S: Smells like iced coffee with maybe a hit of chocolate syrup. Nice but not overly potent.

T: Deep dark coffee bean... Dark chocolate covered espresso bean type flavors but you get a sense of the oil of the coffee bean. Like when you actually bite into an actual bean or hold it in your hand... the oil has a distinctive flavor when the beans are fresh and in bulk (in a barrel). Its nicely dry in the finish (truly reminiscent of black coffee).

M: Prickly

D: This is rather high for me given the abv given the style given the intensity of flavor and due to the overall dryness of the beer. It drinks like coffee.

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

I have no idea how to read the batch code, but i'm fairly confident this bottle is about 10 months old. Poured into a snifter.

A - black as night with a one finger khaki head that dissipates very quickly down to just a very thin film on the surface. The legs are sticky and foamy and around for awihle.

S - REAL heavy dark fruit, just loads and loads of plum and raisin with notes of cherry, chocolate and a handful of smoke.

T - With some age on this, the flavors predominantly turn into
a dark fruit bomb with raisin, plum, a little fig and molasses all over the place. I'm happy to say that a fair amount of dark chocolate is still here, my favorite part of the taste as the dark fruit combo isn't my friend. The finish is phenomenal with bits of toffee, caramel and plenty of smoke. I poured this on the colder side and as it warms, its turning into a really nice sipper.

M - So viscous, with just enough carbonation to keep your mouth distracted with how thick this is. This mouthfeel is pretty serious business.

D - Very high. The viscosity and "sipper" qualities this has have me hooked.

Photo of KDeLibero
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peche Mortel is the flagship ale of Dieu du Ciel, a tiny microbrewery/brewpub in Montreal, Canada that is committed to quality and creativity. It is a bottle-conditioned Imperial Stout, infused during the brewing process with real, fair-trade coffee. Historically, this style of beer was produced in England to be exported to Russia for the Tsar's Court, hence the true name, Imperial Russian Stout. To prepare for the long voyage across the Baltic, Imperial Stouts were made high in alcohol (9 to 10% alcohol by volume is common) and bitterness to preserve and prevent them from freezing.
As you may have guessed by now, despite the name, Peche Mortel has nothing to do with peaches. Turns out "Peche" is French for peach, fishing, and of course, sin. Consider the effect you will get from the 9.5% ABV and the caffeine buzz all at once, and that's why Peche Mortel translates in French to "Mortal Sin." So drink in moderation, and don't worry, if you appreciate really good coffee, and love a good beer, I'm sure you'll be forgiven.

Peche Mortel pours thick, dense, and black. It has a tall, billowing, tan head, reminiscent of the foam on top of my latte earlier today. Probably because the smell of fresh coffee grounds is so powerful! The use of a strong, fair-trade coffee certainly intensifies the bitterness of the beer, and the flavor is almost more like espresso than coffee. It is also loaded with the qualities of unsweetened cocoa, toasty malt, burnt sugar, and vanilla, hiding the 9.5% alcohol very well. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the finish leaves you ready for more. What makes Peche Mortel so impressive is how well the intense richness of the coffee is balanced with the deep roasted malt, so that it is still more of a beer than a triple-shot of espresso.

This is definitely a beer to pair with dessert. The richer the better. Milk chocolate won't do the trick. There used to be a place in Boulder called Blue Bakery that was known for their rich chocolate brownies with caramel and sea salt on top... amazing! This, or any other chocolate, caramel, sea salt dessert (which have become very popular) will pair very well with Peche Mortel because they have similar flavors and are both very rich. The little bit of saltiness will also make it interesting, and compliment the sweetness of the beer.
Don't forget, Russian Imperial Stouts are great for aging due to the high gravity of the style, they can even improve in character over this time.

Photo of sasky7777
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brew with a thin tan head. The smell of coffee is evident with a bit of chocolate and vanilla in the background.
Coffee taste is at the forefront, with the dark malts hiding in the background. I am sure hops were used, but the bitterness is from the roasted malts and coffee . It is full flavored, but lacking a little balance as the coffee flavour dominates.
If you love coffee this beer is for you. If you don't love coffee, it is still worth seeking out.
Great mouthfeel, a balanced bodied, and a perfect dessert beer or digestif. One was enough for 3 of us after the meal.

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

Pours a dark tea color--as brown as black. Uneven head, coffee colored. Some stand alone big bubbles as well as isolated puddles of no head.

Very unique, immediately distinctive aroma. Earthy and herbal scent. Some roast aroma in the back and no hint of sweetness.

Flavor is as unique as the aroma promised. Peaty, mellow coffee, not overpowering, smoky. As it warms, the roast coffee flavor comes through more. It's not a big coffee stout but there is a coffee flavor among the mellow peat/smoky malt flavors.

Drinks easily and lightly. I could easily drop two of these back to back. The aftertaste is peaty and sticky.

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

A nice dark pour with a deep tan, thick head. The smell of coffee immediately makes itself known. You then get hints of a nice roasted malt and burnt toast overtones. Taste is like drinking a cup of black coffee that you have just dunked your burnt toast in, but it is not offensive at all. It is very smooth on the palette and very drinkable. Well worth the top 20 rating on BA.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-One of the blackest beers I have seen. No light enters the edges. The beer sports an attractive dark khaki head. It slowly dies down to a thin layer, but then sticks around. The best lacing I have seen on a stouts in my opinion. This looks like a 5.

S-Pure coffee bean. Strong coffe aroma. I am a big coffee drinker and I love the smell of coffee, so naturally I find this beer to smell delectable. I am getting some dark chocolate notes as well. But the nose is definately dominated by coffee aroma.

T-Tastes like espresso. Absolute coffee rush. As the taste evolves on the palate, it becomes more and more coffee-like. The taste lingers forever as well. This brew is wonderfully bitter as well. Chocolate and some dried fruitiness comes out as well but this beer is all about the coffee/java flavors.

M-Luscious mouthfeel. Nice and thick but not overly sludgy. Creamy.

D-9.5% hidden masterfully. Needs to be sipped, but this brew is by no means low on drinkability.

Have been able to try some awesome stouts recently, this one definately has its place among the top A great beer experience for my one year anniversary on Beer Advocate.

Photo of THECPJ
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/8/2011

A: smells like a fresh cup of roasted coffee, with slight bitterness. you can tell there is alcohol in there, slight booziness eminates.

Ap: dark brown, almost black with a 2 finger mocha-tan colored head.

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body, nice tongue-feel.

Af: like an iced-coffee on steriods, hints of alcohol confirm that this is no ordinary cup of joe, but after swallowing, it tastes like you just had a sip of coffee. semi-bitter, semi-sweet.

O: an alcoholic coffee, perfect way to start any day


Photo of JamisonM
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a mocha colored head darker then your average imperial stout.

S: sweet smell with a strong coffee note smells really damn good

T: Taste is same as the smell strong coffee, roasted notes and sweetness in the background with a slightly bitter finish. alcohol is very well masked.

M: Med mouth with med to high carbonation perhaps slightly to high for the style.

D: very drinkable when this tastes so damn good

Overall: one of the best coffee beers out there, no question this is a world class beer and I wish this thing was not so damn hard to find because I would drink more of this to be sure!

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

12oz bottle poured into duvel tulip.

A - Straight black, little medium brown head. minimal lacing and retention.

S - As expected, very strong coffee. some astringency but very very minor. Malty and some chocolate

T - Like a cup of coffee mixed with some hops and chocolate. Interestingly, even though the coffee is strong, it works. Excellent balance with the hops and just enough sugar to keep down the bitterness.

M/D - medium body, and balanced. A super easy drinker and a delicious coffee stout. It's ranking is well deserved.

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

appearance: deep black

smell: fresh brewed coffee, malt

taste: sweet at first followed by coffee bitterness. lingering burn from the alcohol. I wish brewers would put the country from where the coffee is from on the label. The origin can change the flavor dramatically.

mouthfeel: This is just perfect. Not to thick or to thin.

drinkability: I could drink this for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Photo of paxkey
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours rich and black. small tan head.

coffee aroma. alcohol, black fruit. complex nose brings new experience with each sampling.
coffee grounds.

bitter finish with coffee aftertaste pronounced. rich mouthfeel. slightly strong booziness.

warming rich sweet and fancy for cold weather like right now.

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

Pours viscous motor oil black that works like blackout curtains, with a purple/cappuccino head that puckers, fades to patches and trails rings. Nose is fresh coffee beans, blueberries, dark chocolate - all with bright high fruity notes jumping out - though it settles to mostly coffee after it opens.
Coffee, bran muffin, a sunflower seed nuttiness, some brown sugar, slight grape skin tartness from the malts along with hints of ash and vanilla, a bit of roasty astringency then lemon zest hops. Finish is an amazing sequence - sweet roast, hops bitterness, tingling carbonation and then lasting dryness. Coats the tongue so that saliva tastes of coffee! Round, smooth, heavy, little burn.

There's so many ways to do this wrong: too sweet, too much coffee, too hot, too roasty. Check out Terrapin to see what I mean. And that balance makes this all the more impressive.

A colossal RIS even without the coffee. Dieu du Ciel hits this right out of the park. For breakfast, evening or anytime!

Photo of FosterJM
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

147th Review on BA
Bottle to pint
11.2 oz

App- Even with an extremely agressive pour I only managed a pencil thin head. A very dark brown with some amber/ruby on the edges. Had very little lacing or retention either.

Smell- A very strong roasted, malt coffee and dark chocolate. This is what I was expecting but this was a bit more upfront.

Taste- Wow, I can see why this is so highly rated. I finally agree with a high rating. This is very good. It's complex and flavorful and very multi-faceted. It's got that coffee bitterness with a thick creamy sweetness to it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level to achieve a very nice rich creamy texture.

Drink- Outstanding stout. A very well done Double Stout.

Photo of johndoe8
2.55/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Drinking this one with dinner.
March 2010 bottling. Served at around 50 degrees.

There is something I'm not really a big fan of with this beer. I love coffee porter and stouts, but this one just doesn't rub me the right way.

It has good mouthfeel, smells good, looks great... the taste is just an extremely bitter coffee flavor, almost like spent coffee grinds, and not in a good way. The balance is off with this beer... especially when compared to others in this category of coffee porter/stouts.

The balance in Speedway Stout (all 9 versions that I've tried), Alpine Token, or even MS Arctic Rhino make them much more palatable beers. This is just not my cup of tea.

Because of this, the heat is extremely apparent to my palate, and is not hidden well at all. I can sip this one, but that's about it. I'm not really enjoying it, although I could see how someone would like this.

Oh well.. based on previous reviews, it'd probably be heresy, but I'll probably drain pour the last 5oz of this beer and open up a Silva Stout or Stone IRS or something like that. I just don't like this one :(

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into my handy tulip.

Pitch black pour with a light mocha head. Only a fingers worth of head, with moderate lacing.

This is one seductive mistress. Strong sweetness on the nose, near bourbon quality. Mild fruity hints in the background, somewhat like maraschino cherry. Coffee bitterness is well balanced, and hidden. Alcohol, what alcohol. A bit cloying as it warms.

For a coffee stout, this has a ridiculous amount of malt backing. Coffee flavor is throughout, giving a nice bitterness that resonates underneath the roasted sweet malt. Fruit esters come back into play again, giving a nice cherry note. Well balanced, and very seducing.

Mildly creamy body, moderate carbonation, no alcohol noticeable throughout the sipping. My word, this is one inviting and deceiving mistress. Tread lightly.

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

Surprised that I have never rated this one as it is a long time staple for me in the winter.

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel glass.

A - Pours nearly jet black with a slowly building mocha head that has good retention and lacing left behind. A really sinister looking brew- outstanding!

S - A really nice blend of coffee, roasted malts, and some hints of bitter chocolate.

T - As others have said, a jolt of serious coffee upfront that is followed by some roasted char malts and some bitter chocolate as well. It is a little bit on the bitter side - think somewhat burnt coffee and dark bitter chocolate. It would be nice if it was a bit smoother for me. It is very nice but the bitterness in the finish is slightly a put-off for me.

M - Very rich and nice. A real winner here.

D - If it was a pinch smoother and not so bitter on the finish I would probably say that this is the best of all coffee beers.

On balance, I would say that this is slightly better than Founders Breakfast Stout. Very similar to me with both being the measuring sticks for coffee infused beers.

It's sister beer Aphrodite is really nice as well.

Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of Pellinore1
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending this bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,021 ratings.