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

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4,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,062
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 539
Gots: 620 | FT: 54
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 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
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.75/5  rDev +8%
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
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -17%
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
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
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
2.65/5  rDev -39.8%
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
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.62/5  rDev +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
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

A: Pours a deep black, with a thick tan head. Retains well, leaving nice spots of lacing.

S: Subtle roasted malts, with some earthy coffee notes, and some nuttiness. Nice balance overall, though not as strong as some imperial stouts.

T: Full with a strong malt background. Some nut and dark roasted coffee flavors. Very nice overall, full flavor, but balanced.

M: Medium to full body; starts and finishes full, but medium to light near the middle. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially for an imperial stout.

Photo of jbertsch
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with a dark khaki head, frothy in texture.

Aroma - wow! Chocolate milk, and a cross between brewed and sweetened sumatra coffee and espresso.

The taste is like a dark-chocolate baileys cream...you taste hot chocolate up front from the warmth of the alcohol. Espresso beans provide a long-lasting bitterness to the finish that's enjoyable.

Medium body with above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty...good...not stellar because of the 9.5% abv, but good for that level of heat and the style. I must say, I kept reaching for it and had no problem drinking it!

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

After having this a while back on tap, I've been waiting to try the bottled version, so here we go...

A: Pours an inky, opaque black into a snifter... looks kind of like I'm holding an 8-ball its so darn black; the thin, mocha head that's there on the pour maintains a thin haze of retention throughout consumption; nice rings of lace get left on the glass after each sip.

S: Well... coffee; dark chocolate; some charry notes; crushed coffee beans; maybe a touch of toffee, as well; aroma itself is almost intoxicating.

T: Initial dark chocolate sweetness is followed by burnt malt and some molasses; some acrid bitterness and oatmeal characteristics on the finish. Of course, coffee and espresso notes are there throughout each sip.

M: Medium bodied (lighter than expected) and a bit sticky on the palate; moderate carbonation for the style (a bit more than I'd prefer, personally).

D: Delicious; very drinkable; alcohol is virtually undetectable; awesome beer. This is one of my favorite coffee stouts, no question... this completely blows away the draft I had a few months ago.

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

12 oz bottle poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a jet black with a medium brown frothy, bubbly foam that dissipates at a medium pace leaving little dots of lace all over the glass. Aroma is delicious with strong coffee, cream, and chocolate...almost an iced caffe mocha smell. There is also an understated dry roastiness here that is very nice and keeps it from being overly silky sweet. The taste is bitter, fruity coffee upfront followed by a blast of dry dark chocolate and finishing with a chocolate covered coffee bean aftertaste on the tongue. Very slight booziness, but it is completely overpowered and overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate that ranges from bitter to sweet and back to bitter again. The depth of flavor here is phenomenal. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. I could probably have a couple of these in a sitting, and the strong flavors don't stop me from wanting to go back for another sip. One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's Black Friday Event - taken from notes

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin khaki-mocha colored head.

Smell: Heavy roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a nice burnt malt aroma.

Taste: Bitterness from the dark chocolate and roasted malt mixed with a complete coffee bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I always seem to order this whenever I see it on draft, it's that good. Definitely my favorite Canadian beer by far.

Photo of rka758
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
Received as birthday present.

A: Poured a deep black with a 1/2" tan colored head.
S: Coffee beans, roasted coffee and a bit of booze.
T: A bit boozey, but still very nice. The roasted brewed coffee notes are tastey.
M: Great. Nice, thick and creamy
D: This is a good beer. I really enjoy the mouthfeel and I think that it makes a great start to the drinking day.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a nice mocha head that sticks around for quite a while. Leaves decent lacing

S: COFFEE! Even that is an understatement. Behind the huge wall of coffee, there is a slight alcohol smell

T: Again, COFFEE!! The alcohol is barely present, and the coffee is very nice. Not too bitter, well balanced

M: Silky smooth, perfect amount of carbonation

D: Pretty thick, but I could drink 2 or 3 12 oz. bottles

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured almost black with hints of dark brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. It wasn't very complex as I would have hoped for, but it was still pretty damn tasty. With that being said, it was still kinda boozy. So I will say this... If you like liquor in your coffee this one is a must! If you don't, maybe you should try it sometime. It helps to get rid of 'a case of the Mondays'.

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

poured into a tulip


a nice dark black with about 2-3 fingers worth of frothy light brown head. Slight lacing but nothing ridiculous.


huge aroma of coffee. A little chocolate and subtle soy sauce smell, probably the hops. I haven't smelled a bourbon county coffee stout, but I would imagine it smells exactly like this (minus the bourbon of course)


sweet roasted coffee! Coffee dominant but there is a little sweetness and booziness in there as well. Might be one of the best tasting coffee stouts I've had and I'm not a huge fan of coffee. A touch of bitterness which is ideal for a slightly sweet stout.


full bodied with perfect carbonation. Very creamy going down and leaving a slightly dry finish. Alcohol is very warming.


I could drink this every week. A little hard to find in the area and pricey from what I hear, but i will definitely be seeking this out.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,062 ratings.