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

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Ratings: 4,022
Reviews: 1,642
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 532
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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 MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours black, thick and syrup-like. The dark brown head was almost nonexistent. That's probably because I poured it very slowly as to not agitate it too much.

S: Chocolate and coffee aromas are very prevalent and wonderfully pungent. Dark roasted malts are sweet on the nose cover the subtle hop profile

T: Espresso, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts and bitter highlights that come through the first few layers. I think the coffee adds to the bitterness profile. Tannic and bitter finish with risidule roasted malts linger in the end.

M: Rich, thick and very chewy. Sticky and heavy on the tongue. It doesn't wash down quickly and hangs in the back of the mouth.

D: Even though it is very warm, sweet and inviting beer, it's not an every day beer at 9.5% avb. However, it's a mortal sin not to try one.


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

As much beer as I've had in my life, it always surprises my beer geek friends that I had never had this beer... until now....

A: Poured a thick, dark brown, with a molasses consistency. The head was a few shades lighter than the beer itself.

S: High grade (Fair Trade), 100% grade A coffee, with a bit of candy sweetness.

T: Not only is the coffee piece of this beer amazing, it was also complemented brilliantly by a sort of pancake syrup-like sweetness. The bitterness comes.... then goes.... then comes .... then goes... etc. A complex coffee stout? Who knew that could be possible?!

M: Thicker than just about any thickness you could imagine, without any booze detected, and the gourmet coffee grounds killed the sweetness and then some. The carbonation was perfect for the style.

D: Was it as good as the Founder's "Breakfast Stout" series? Hmmm... that's a tough one. However, I think it would be really be cool to have a blind tasting involving all of those great beers and this one. I totally had coffee breathe after this thing, but it was all worth it!

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

12 oz bottle ($5 at New Beer Distributors) into a stemmed tulip.

A: Black with a bit of ruby around the edges. Minimal dark tan head that settles into a thin ring. Looks slick.

S: Dark coffee is the primary aroma, with a healthy dark chocolate compliment. A hint of booze maybe.

T: Oh my. Delicious dark chocolate leads off and espresso beans close. Both flavors are powerful and delicious. There's some dark malt in there too, and a noticeable kiss of hops underneath. The finish is bitter with coffee and a bit of those hops. Alcohol comes out a little as the beer warms, which works fine with the flavors. It's sweet, it's bitter, it's remarkable. Absolutely top notch.

M: Medium body for the style, but the carbonation is perfect for an imperial stout -- low but active. Very dry, similar to a cup of joe. Taste stays in your mouth forever.

D: Pricey bottle, but an absolutely remarkable beer. I'll buy it again and again.

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

Pours black with a thick beige head that thins, but lingers until the end.

Smells like coffee - With strong malty flavor and a hint of sweetness.

Tastes fantastic. Creamy, malty, with tons of delightfully strong espresso that lingers after each sip.

M - perfectly carbonated. Lighter mouthfeel than you'd expect for the style.

D - alcohol is hidden well. A bit more bitter than is ideal.

Photo of DrewZ926
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a - pours about a half finger of khaki head that recedes quickly. very deep dark brown and black body, basically opaque

s - picking up a surprising amount of hop/banana tones. followed strongly by the chocolate/espresso flavor. very pleasant.

t - starts off syrupy sweet, like a great dark chocolate bar, finishes with bitterness and boozy kick. very complex dark, rich, flavors, highlighted with a lot of coffee. picking up some complex notes of tobacco and earth as well.

m - extremely smooth. non existent carbonation, alcohol warms a bit on the aftertaste but is almost undetectable. bravo dieu du ciel!

d - alcohol tastes like it's barely there, aka, could drink these all day (if only they were more available around me)

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

A - Very deep black colour that is almost entirely opaque. A little bit of ruby brown shows around the edges. The head is a nice creamy tan that creates a modest head while pouring and settles down to a thin film with a fairly tall ring around the edges.

S - Great smell. Roasted coffee and malts come through, along with dark chocolate. The alcohol is also apparent in the smell.

T - Fantastic. Dark chocolate and dark/roasted coffee with a strong but not off-putting wave of alcohol following the initial taste. The bitterness of the hops is there, co-mingling with the alcohol to provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the initial drink and leaving an excellent aftertaste. This also means that sweetness doesn't accumulate and become a nuisance.

M/D - The mouthfeel of this beer is great. The weight and smoothness of the body makes swishing it around feel heavenly. While the alcohol is certainly present in the taste I still feel like I could gladly drink this all night (If only one could be so lucky). Therefore I give it high scores for drinkability. I've poured two of these into a snifter before and it was still great from start to finish, something impressive for a stout with a body and ABV of this weight.

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

Mortal Sin, in a bottle per the label.

Been wanting to try this for quite some time now. Saw it for the first time at Corvallis Brewing Supply and paid $5.65 for an 11.5 oz. bottle poured into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating evident.

A-Pours black with a one finger, creamy tan head with only modest retention and lacing.

S-Bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans, fair trade at that, the coffee at least. Doubt there is any real chocolate added to this brew, but the chocolate malt bill is definitely pronounced. I also get a faint hint of vanilla that is very nice. Improves as it warms.

T-Coffee. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. More coffee. Enough infused coffee that I believe there should be a separate style. As an IS this is very good. As a coffee stout, this is the best I have had. I love coffee and beer, and beer and coffee. These go together better than chocolate and peanut butter. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a full, luxuriant body. Surprising for such a big beer at 9.5% ABV.

D-I liked this very much, but don't expect to buy again due to the price. Prefer AleSmith Speedway Stout and The Abyss to this for the price. I must admit, though, that I wish I had more now that is gone.

Photo of Swedes21
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - Beer pours a solid brown almost black colour. The pour is very thick in appearance. A light brown head is about 3 fingers deep.

Smell - Definite coffee based smell with alcohol mixed in. No doubt, it smells like an Imperial Stout!

Taste - WOW - what a taste! The bitterness is right from the beginning to the end. There is even a lingering bitterness. The beer has a strong alcohol and coffee taste, however, well balanced.

Mouthfeel - real nice level of carbonation adds to the overall taste. Beer is full on the pallet and offers added taste. This is what an imperial should be like.

Drinkability - I had to step back and evaluate this beer from a BA point. This is not my style, i would not stock this beer. But from a brewery side, they have made a great beer and really nailed it.

Photo of kwill
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. I don't drink many imperial stouts because the alcohol tends to be too overpowering for my tastes, but Péché Mortel is very well balanced.

A - Thick dark body with a nice brown head. Just what a stout should look like.

S - A good smell for an imperial stout, but I get more alcohol than coffee.

T - Perfect taste. The coffee comes through and the alcohol is very well hidden for 9.8%.

M - Perfect for an imperial stout.

D - I finished my one bottle surprisingly easy. It would be too strong to drink too much in a night, but this was definitely the easiest drinking Imperial Stout that I have ever had.

Photo of GabrielM
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - beautifully black body with a coffee-&-cream colored head atop.

S - COFFEE, vanilla, chocolate, and oakyness.

T - as the nose indicated, COFFEE! Then more coffee, then some chocolate and vanilla, then a tiny bit of alcohol warmth, followed by more coffee on the back.

M - great carbonation, body and consistency.

D - this beer is outstanding, but the coffee is definitely dominant, which will probably limit me to one per sitting. That, plus the 9.5% ABV, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical black but not much of a head on this one and decent lacing. Really nice density when pouring and no visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malts to start off with and then the subtleness of the coffee kicks in. The coffee aroma is fresh and not as bitter as some.

T - Lots more coffee in the taste than in the aroma and much more bitter (in a good way). Great malt backbone with rich black malts and toasted flavors.

M/D - Heavy body, low carbonation, and a dry finish from the coffee. The ABV is present if you are specifically looking for it otherwise it is mostly hidden.

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, but on the thin side of black if I may be permitted to construe colors as such. Decent head that fades quickly but doesn't impress the crowd.

S: Lots of chocolate and roast coming through. Dark roasted coffee with some cream mixed in too.

T: Big chocolate sweetness, char, some vanilla. Hoppy bitterness at the end. It may be me, but I'm not a fan of the heavy char that many coffee stouts are putting out. None of the coffee I drink tastes like that.

M: Gently agitating the sauce with my tongue turns this liquid in to a creamy treat. Good stuff.

D: Not bad, but the char is a tough off-putting.

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

Huge thanks to Paul Springs (best bestman ever) for bringing this gem to my wedding. Reviewed from notes from my mindbogglingly awesome beer infused pre-wedding party on 10/10/08.

a :Pitch black body, not light making its way through this one.

s: Super roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

t: "That's deep" Intensely bitter coffee and dark chocolate. A rich, deep, and complex stout.

m: Thick and creamy.

d: One of the best coffee beers ever made. Wow.
These guys know what they're doing. My second hugely hyped beer of the evening and this too exceeded expectations.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Pours pitch black with 3 fingers of thick root beer style head which recedes to a ring of foam with some sticky lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel and smoke. Smells bitter (if that's possible) and roasty. The taste is strong coffee, licorice, alcohol. The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, thick and chewy but not too heavy; the carbonation does not get in the way. Except for the hotness, I'd say the drinkability of this is fairly high; I'm betting a little age will make this a monster!

As an aside, this is a very good beer from the bottle. On tap at the brewpub, this is probably the most delicious beer I've ever tasted. If age improves these bottles, I will try to remember to re-rate.

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

Not as much of a head as I had hoped for, but the streaks of lace left behind by the ring of foam does have some staying power, but the glass is eventually left clean. The color is the proverbial used motor oil, super dark brown.

As expected, the nose is mostly chocolaty, bitter coffee. As an added bonus it smells as if someone threw in a shot of Grand Marnier. The sweetness of the coffee smell comes across as some molasses. I hope it tastes as nice as it smells.

The taste is very similar to the smell except that the molasses abates, leaving a clean finish which is a great end to wonderfully silky smooth body. Even warmed up the bitterness is pretty strong, but that's a good thing here. The alcohol is almost undetectable...only shows as a slight burn at the back of the tongue... which makes this dangerous. It's delicious and I could drink one after the other, but I know I'd pay for it in the morning.

Photo of ATPete
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle

Id say this one has about a year on it or so. Pours a deep ruby brown color, near black. A large brown head creates lots of stickiness as it slowly dissipates. Burnt dark malts, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee beans, a slight vanilla note, grape jam? Prunes or figs maybe, a rich fruit note for sure is beginning to develop. Nice texture, good weight to it also. Mild in sweetness, the base flavors seem to be clashing a little bit, a bitterness at the end sticks around for a while followed a drying wave of alcohol, not too intense. A nice coffee stout for sure, but it doesnt even begin to compare to some of the other heavy hitters in the style. Would definitely drink again, id like to try a fresh bottle.

Emperor- IX Equilibrium

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

Pours motor oil black with a one-finger head that drops to a tan-colored rimming of foam. Dominant aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Strong bitter opening with bites of semi-sweet baker's chocolate mid-palette. Suggestions of bourbon surface, followed by some 9.5% ABV heat. Intense waves of espresso rise to the forefront, before fading into extreme bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick with understated effervescence. This Imperial is brewed for slow sippin' and the reflection that comes with it. And here's what I reflected upon: Damn good, yet not quite in the league of Central Water's Brewhouse Coffee Stout. Here, the coffee presence seems to reside behind an oppressive wall of hop and chocolate bitterness.

Then again, not giving it a second try would be considered a Mortal Sin. Would it not?

Photo of case4816
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown to black in colour. Completely opaque. Poured Vigorously and no head; then a big foamy dark brown head came out of no where. Sunk down to a light lacing fairly quickly.

S- Strong coffee smell at the tip; like a very high quality Arabica coffee. Lots of dark chocolate smell also comes to the nose with a wonderful smoothness. A small hint of Vanilla is also detectable with the chocolate.

T- The coffee flavour is very strong with his one (geeky I know). It's like a coffee punch to the mouth. Very falvourful coffee which blends in perfectly with the light flavour of the malts. The chocolate flavour also molds into the coffee beautifully along with the light vanilla hints. Also very bitter from some hops that are detectable at the end of this very complex beer.

D- Very wonderful stout. All the complexities in this are very well paired, and the beer goes down very smooth. Not an everyday beer, but a beer that has to be had and every once and a while for sure.

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

Poured from a chilled bottle into (unfortunately) a red plastic cup. (I am moving and have no glassware) A great creamy, coffee colored head sits atop this black, black beer. I am shining my 10,000 lumen flashlight into this beer, but no light penetrates.

The smell is so strong. Roasty malts layered over coffee with a faint undertone of alcohol.

Tastes like bitter roasts and broken coffee beans... In a good way. As you would expect, when the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. A very "wow" taste smacks you in the face.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Like full cream milk, but delicious, dark beer instead.

This beer should be enjoyed on a chilly, winter afternoon as the sun drops below the treeline. If not for the almost 10% abv, this would rate higher.

Very enjoyable.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this for a long time...

Bottle picked up from the LCBO, bottled in August 2010.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. Nearly pitch black, with a half inch of tan, frothy head. Leaves lovely swirls and island patches on the surface, a thick ring that retains well, and a few patches of lacing. Looks terrific.

The nose is rich in roasted espresso beans, toasted malts, cream, marshmallow, a touch of alcohol (bourbon and sherry) and mild hoppage as well.

The taste is a tremendous burst of espresso flavor, which attacks the tongue with vigor. As the brew warms a touch (and after the tastebuds acclimatize to all the espresso goodness), I'm also picking up some subtle notes of caramel, dark fruit, and just a touch of bourbon. The finish is surprisingly dry, boasting peppery hops and coffee bitterness. Although I can certainly detect the alcohol, it is warming and flavorful. Long, bitter finish.

Chewy, velvety, and with a fine, creamy carbonation, this brew is going down trememdously well.

Once again, Montreal proves to be among the finest brewing cities. A fantastic brew, certainly well worthy of the hype (and the wait). One of the finest uses of coffee/espresso I've seen in a stout. Seriously, I'm almost getting a coffee buzz here, despite nearly being at 10% alcohol! About two bottles of this would be about all I can handle in an evening, but nevertheless, the drinkability for such a thick, hearty, high ABV stout is still high for me. I will most definitely be back for a few more for cellaring and extensive sampling on my part.

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

Part of thr LCBO fall seasonal releases.
341 ml, bottled 09/10

Pours a thick black with a foamy tan head which holds for a long while. Great retention and sticky lacing.
The nose is of roasted malts, molasses, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Getting a warm alcohol smell there too.
Big malt taste which is a heavy and chewy feel on the palette. Dank/resiny, warm sensation initially then a long finish with a bitter hop taste.
Overall this is one of the thickest heaviest stouts I've tried. Bold flavour which would seem to age well to tame some of the alcohol taste. 9.5% puts this as a sipper and a stand alone brew.

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peche Mortel (Mortal Sin) is a tremendously good coffee-flavored Imperial Stout. It has a great aroma, with coffee, roasted malt and caramel. The beer taste better than it smells, with a dark roasted coffee acidity and sharpness, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, burnt raisin and earthy hops. It was delicious.

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

Color of dark roasted coffee 1 cm of brown head, lacing sticking to the sides. Looks very inviting and looks like it tastes good even before trying it.

Smells like espresso with cream,dark chocolate and raw cacao nibs.

Tastes like espresso, dark chocolate , notes of cacao, some alcohol burn, roasty and warm.

Somewhat thick in the mouth, light carbonations, little bit sticky. Has alot of mouth feel.

Fantastic Imperial Stout. I could have one of these everyday if I could afford the 6 dollar per 12 ounce bottle. It is pricy but totally worth it, I just wish I had more than the one I just drank.

Photo of hophead247
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with dark brown chalky hues at the edges. A dark tan head that is both creamy and loose seals in all that coffee goodness. Nose is roasty and full of espresso notes. Flavors of dry dark chocolate, rich oily espresso, some hazelnut and lots of chewy thick malts. The bitter coffee flavors are really strong and welcoming and the sugars seem to dry up at the end of each sip. The best coffee/espresso flavored beer I have had to this day.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a lovely coffee colored head which fades to a thing ring around my Allagash chalice. Some fine belgian lacing is left by the head. Aroma is coffee up front, chocolate, licorice and heavy dark roasted malts. Slightly one demensional aroma. Off the bat I get dark chocolate and deep roasted malts, some hop presence, in the middle a great cappuccino flavor comes through and the beer finishes with a slightly bitter note that lingers in the back of your palate. Slick mouthfeel, a bit "oily" perhaps put style appropriate.

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