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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 Vaison
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours jet black with a small toffee colored head. Lacing is the best I've seen and swirls nicely in a snifter. It has a very strong smell of roasted coffee beans and smells nothing like beer. While I am not a coffee drinker, it tastes, to me, like black coffee with a dark chocolate fusion. There is an ever so slight alcohol bite at the finish, but it seems impossible to be a 9.5% brew. It is extremely smooth and only got better when I let it get to room temperature. I could see this become a regular purchase for me and I only wish I took the time to visit Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel while in Montreal two months ago. Fantastic.

Photo of philbe311
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of light-to-medium brown colored audibly fizzy batter-like head with a slightly rocky top... Modest retention gives way to a slightly creamy lopsided lacing... A couple of stray carbonation bubbles can be seen streaking along the sides of the glass... A completely opaque dense black that lets zero light pass through...

S - An intense potent coffee aroma that is equal parts freshly brewed espresso and big burlap sack full of freshly picked coffee beans... Roasted malts... Bitter chocolate... Some notes of dark fruit...

T - No surprise that the coffee is paramount on the palette as well... Here it takes the form of a near perfectly brewed cup of french pressed coffee... A slightly bitter dark chocolate... The finish is bursting with roasted malts...

M - Medium bodied... A slightly fizzy carbonation... Slightly chewy... Slightly lush... Really great mouthfeel that proves a great stout doesn't need to be overly chewy, overly viscous or overly thick...

D - An exemplary American Double Stout that also doubles as one of the best coffee added brews out there... I didn't know Canadians knew their coffee or their beer - I was proven wrong on both fronts... A terrific treat for both coffee and beer lovers...

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

11.5 ounce bottle poured into St Bernardus goblet.

Pitch black with 1/2" tan colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a nice ring.

I love the espresso, chocolate and caramel tones.
Sweet, creamy, roasty... this may be the creamiest stout I have ever had.

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

11.5oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a deep, very dark brown that borders on black; a finger of tannish/cinnamon toned head the dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves decent lacing.

smells delicious. big, robust coffee aroma with strong notes of chocolate and roasted malts. very impressive.

the aroma profile follows through in the taste; lots of coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. has a bit of a bitter finish, could be the hops. well hidden 9.5% ABV.

medium to upper medium body with middling carbonation; creamy. very drinkable.

bottom line: this is a tasty, tasty coffee stout and i'm really enjoying it. that said, IMO it has so much stiff competition within the style that it falls shy of the upper eschelon. would love to try one bourbon bbl aged.

Photo of harpus
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, ok head and good lacing.

S: Huge coffee aroma. A little boozy and medicinal.

T: The coffee profile might be even stronger here. Reminds me of Cafe Patron but carbonated. There's a little sweetness and a slight blood like iron presence. The roastiness builds up as you keep drinking.

M: Syrupy but I think the flavor makes me think it's more so than it really is. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

D: Fairly high drinkability for what it is, but more than one might be too much.

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

11.5 oz on clearance from Groton Market

I was a little skeptical of trying this one at first as one, I'm not really into (most) stouts and two, my experices with French beer is forever tarnished by Fischer beer (wow that shit sucks), granted these are not valid reasons.

Anywho, instead of doing a typical paced review where I would go by appearance, aroma etc in order, I snuck a quick sip in after I poured it.

Goddamit was I suprised. The taste is like a kick in the face, in a good way. Delicious coffee malts and beans up front turning over into a chocolate aftertaste. A little grassy in the middle, could be the hops. A little bit of alcohol warmth on the breath.

Yeah the aftertaste is almost like an espresso flavored ice cream.

This beer is a treat. Looks beautiful and pours nicely. Would be a great beer to have ice cream with I think.

Photo of hosehead83
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Vintage 2009) Poured from an 11.5oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep, dark black in color with a short head of tan foam
Aroma-Heady whiff of dark roasted coffee-like putting your nose in a just-opened can of dark roast coffee.
Taste-Full-on dark roast robust coffee, dark chocolate, dry espresso finish with some warming alchohol. Strong coffee flavor throughout, with an underlying backbone of fermented dark fruit. Huge character and very well-balanced. Each sip takes you to a different level of flavor. I would love to try this beer fresh to see if the flavors would be even more intense. As it is, this brew would be the perfect fireside "closer" on a cool evening. Sip, savor, and enjoy. S'mores anyone?

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As dark as a starless night. This brew is a deeply opaque black color with a huge tan head that lasts until the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of this brew screams Espresso. Fresh espresso beans, fresh espresso coffee, FRESH ESPRESSO! There are also some nice milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt notes hidden beneath the mound of espresso beans.

Taste: This brew tastes like a dream (a WET DREAM). First the fresh espresso notes hit hard, followed by a nice dark chocolate flavor. Than the roasted malts and the subdued but creamy caramel-like sweetness come into play in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk and as creamy as a milkshake. This is one of the best beers I have EVER had, but I LOVE coffee!

Drinkability: How can a 9% abv espresso assault be this easy to drink. This is easily the easiest drinking coffee beer that I have ever consumed. In fact this is one of the easiest drinking strong stouts that I have ever had as well.

Seriously, if you can get this.... GET THIS!!!

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

Serving type - Bottle

APpearance - Dark black with slight tanness

Smell - Classic stout smell. Coffee, chocolate, malts, and some spices

Taste - Strong coffee and malt flavor starts off this stout. Some mollasses and alcohol mixed in to give this a kick. Also i get a hint of fruit and nut flavor with all the coffee.

Mouthfeel - Nice and bold. Will cover your whole mouth with its strong coffee and malts. Drink this first cause it will require all your tastebuds

Drinkability - One of the best. The first few drinks i was having a hard time with the unique coffee afteraste but by the end of the bottle i was loving it. This is pricey so id view this as a speciality, or holiday treat. Check this one out

Photo of mondegreen
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz Bottle into a Tulip

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Leaves slight lacing on the glass. No light escapes, even when held to the light.

Sweet roasted malts and bitter coffee poke through the aroma, combining into an inviting nose. I'd love for my coffee maker to fill my house with this aroma in the morning.

Taste is heavy and fairly complex for a coffee stout. Big roasted malts come through upfront, carrying a smooth coffee bitterness that lingers on the tongue. This beer is an artful representation of the coffee stout subgenre.

Mouth is smooth and silky. Heavy enough not to be watery, but not so heavy that it feels like oil.

This beer is a joy to drink. From the aroma to the aftertaste, everything comes together perfectly.

Photo of Jeffo
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A limited relase at the LCBO this past winter. A big thanks to my friend Jill for picking up a few for me while they were around. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a small, medium looking tan head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. A wisp and ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smokiness, and a good dose of roasted coffee beans. Bold aromas. Hints of black licorice and dark chocolate as well. Definitely a complex nose for a coffee stout.

TASTE: Very well blended flavors here. Roasted malts again, with roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla, all working well together. Sweet toffee and caramel covered chocolate on the finish, balanced with some more bitter coffee beans. A mild yet very long lasting aftertaste is bitter-sweet with an array of flavors. Simply wonderful.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation than expected. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Alcohol undetectable.

OVERALL: Completely worth the high ratings. The head could perform a little better and the palate could be a bit bigger, but the flavors and aroma are world class. A very complex and flavorful imperial coffee stout. Hopefully the LCBO will make this a regular release every winter. Thanks for picking some of these up for me Jill!

Photo of Kaiser81
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at South Bay Drugs...my first time in there this past weekend.

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter glass. There are notches at 2 and 4, so I'm guessing this is batch 24. No idea when it was bottled.

A - Black with about a half finger width of mocha colored head. Some nice lacing is left on glass.

S - Lots of roast mixed with coffee, maybe some espresso, and bitter chocolate. I may get a slight whiff of oak too. The coffee smell seems to be the dominant thing going on here.

T - There are nice roasty malts that mix with coffee pretty nicely. Compared to something like Speedway Stout, it seems a bit one dimensional to me, but for what it is, it's pretty good.

M - Maybe a slightly more than medium body with kind of a high to medium carbonation...my tongue is left prickly. I'm not a big fan of my stouts having that much carbonation, and I like them, especially imperial stouts, to be thicker.

D - I am definitely enjoying it. It's a good/solid stout, but not upper echelon, in my humble opinion. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out either.

4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black with tan head and decent carbination.

S: coffe beans, slight bitter chocolate, very sweet and roasty.

T: lots of chocolate and coffe, with some carmel and sweet cherry like flavors. A little vanilla on the end. Fairly smooth finish.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Could be a little thicker for this style. I like my Imperial Stouts chewy.

D: Pretty good here. Im not having trouble drinking it. It drinks pretty nice.

Thoughts: I like the balance of coffe and choc and I also like that sweet cheery like twist in the flavor.

Photo of KAP1356
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5oz. bottle marked Batch 17 which was bottled on September 8, 2009 into a snifter...

A - Pours a completely opaque black. One of the blackest I've seen. A nice one finger tan head forms and sits for about a minute before it recedes to a nice tan lacing.

S - Delicious roasted coffee up front followed by some roasted malts. Surprising amount of coffee aroma considering this one is almost a year old. There are some great bittersweet chocolate notes that follow these monster notes.

T - Much more subdued coffee flavor than when this one is fresh, but still a great roasted coffee bean flavor is present. Some delicious bittersweet or mil chocolate is mixed in as well. Judging how sweet this one it, it could be milk chocllate. Some roasted malts mix in well with everything else that is going on. A very bold, roasty stout.

M - Smooth and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation. Really excellent mouthfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable for a 9.5 ABV Imperial Stout. This is my favorite beer (flavor and drinkability mixed together) I have ever tried and it constantly amazes me. Almost near perfect for me.

Photo of domtronzero
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical blackish/dark-brown with a long lasting tannish head.

S - Huge coffe with a lot of dark malts roastiness. Slight caramel and a little bit of earthy hop aromas.

F/M - Big dark malts, roasted and burnt with a pronounced coffee flavor. Smooth bitterness accentuated by the dark malts (editor's note: I know I say that a lot, but that it a key component to many American/Imperial stouts). Medium bodied; I prefer a bigger body on coffee-based stouts.

D - very good. This is a clean-finishing beer that has a lot of depth and complexity behind it. Certainly not something you need a special occasion to sip on, but definitely a great beer to quaff.

Overall this is a great beer, and a must-try.

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

11.5oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours jet-black with a dense cappuccino colored foam head the slowly faded into a bubbly film. Faint spots of soapy lace were left in the wake.
S: Coffee! Smells of fresh roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malt, and maybe just a hint of dark fruit such as fig. There is a slight coffee acidity to the smell along with a faint metallic twang. Light notes of alcohol vapor poke through the strong coffee scent as well.
T: Very rich and delicious flavors. Tastes just like drinking thick, roasted coffee. There is a touch of dark chocolate bitterness, especially in the finish that compliments the coffee and dark roasted malt flavors very well. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.
M: Heavy and smooth mouthfeel from a rich full body and light velvety carbonation. For such a relatively high ABV there is hardly any of alcohol to be found.
D: One of the fullest, richest, and smoothest stouts I've had the pleasure of sipping. Amazingly rich, roasted, and complex flavors. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but this beer is actually pretty good.

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

One of the greatest beers Ive ever had. Poured into a nice tulip at Sunset Bar and Grill in Boston. As soon as this jet black, creamy dark violet beer was poured, immediately you smell roasted peaches with undertones of chocolate and coffee....and tastes just the same. This beers carbonation makes sure to coat the pallet with all of its complexity. Coffee, chocolate peach, roasted cherries, malt, hops and a slight taste of alcohol are all preset but its the perfect balance. I absolutely recommend this beer for anyone who loves dark, complex and robust brew.


Photo of Bonis
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into pint glass from 11.5 oz bottle. Pitch black like most imps with a darkish brown thick 2 finger head. Lacing is there like with many fine imperial stouts.

Nose - Coffee, chocolate, and dark malts... in that order, nothing more. Almost perfection.

Taste - Same as the smell. Intense coffee-like qualities, dark roasted chocolate malts. No bitterness, which can be good or bad, but now it is perfect because the balance of the previously mentioned qualities make this one immaculately tasty brew. This is probably the second best tasting imperial stout IMO.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with a nice balanced carbonation that makes for a near perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability - A pretty easy drink for an imperial stout. Knocked one back in about 20 minutes, which means that this is perfectly drinkable without price involved. Now when I pay over $5 for an 11.5 oz bottle of beer, that is not drinkable to me. I'd drink 2 or 3 in a night if I could afford to. Also, love that it had a twist off top.

Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black brew, a small brown head, leaving good curtains.

The smell is intensely from coffee beans, some vinous notes as well.

Very sweet, some alcohol present, and of course coffee in abundance!

Very little carbonation, a syrup feeling but a dry ending.

Very good as a desert in itself. Nice with ice-cream.

Bottle, sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of coryking
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on this now, from a nitro tapped version of Peche...

Wow, is this a great beer. I have always loved Peche, but on nitro, it becomes dangerous. The drinkability is scary...

A: Jet black, creamy finger of head thats the color of a cinnamon roll that has retained for at least 20 minutes now.

S: Its an imperial coffee stout, so if I didnt get a bunch of coffee, chocolates, toasted caramel, roastiness, and a bunch of sweet bourbon, I would be disappointed, but Im getting everything in a really nice harmony.

T: So creamy with a big coffee bite. It really is scary how easy this monster is to drink. Its like frothed coffee with a bourbon hint. Dry roasted malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa, more coffee, some creamy hint of frothed coffee and more coffee.

M/D: Way to easy and pleasing on nitro. A big medium body begging you to have another sip, so drinkable. As about as good as it gets! Great beer on nitro, a must have!!

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I am by no means an authority on Imperial,Coffee or any other kind of stout.I haven't had enough to develop a true appreciation for the style.I haven't had KBS or CBS to compare this to but this is one beer that truly overdelivered for me with absolutely no BS.

A-Pours a menacing,opaque,30W black with some reddish,brown and a 1/2 inch,perfectly formed,creamy brown cap of densely packed,tiny bubbles that retreated slowly leaving beautiful,sticky lacing.

S-Dark chocolate ganache,fresh espresso,dark malt
and barely burnt toast.The aroma of this beer was enough to make me a converted stout lover.

T-Unbelievable!Initially,I got dark roasted malt,bittersweet chocolate and burnt marshmallow and then finished with chocolate-covered espresso beans,roasted,bitter almonds and fresh,French press coffee.

M-Full,rich and viscous.Maybe not as thick as I would have liked but this beer still blanketed the tongue nicely.Silky,smooth and well balanced.

D-I am not a stout fanatic but I could drink this ALL night.Absolutely no sign of the 10% ABV.A truly remarkable beer.

10/30/10-I had Founder's Breakfast Stout for the first time last night and I would choose the Peche Mortel over it every time.

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

Looks: thick. Pours from the bottle an unbelievably dark brown. A tiny, tight khaki head recedes quickly to a ring plus film, leaving sticky lattice-like lacing.

Smells: smoked. I know this was brewed with coffee, but if I didn't, I'd be inclined to call this a rauchbier. Aromas of charcoal, dark chocolate, burnt wood, bacon, sweet cotton candy and bitter espresso are all there, and in that order of descending prominence.

Tastes: like a chocolate-covered coffee bean. Smoky bacon, sweet cotton candy, earthy hops and dark chocolate all reveal themselves first. Waves of coffee eventually hit at the back of the mouth, but way after the swallow. Once it's there, however, it doesn't leave for quite a while. A nice, enduring aftertaste. As the beer warms, the espresso-like flavors emerge more and more. Fantastic.

Feels: nicely medium-full bodied, yet still liquid and not too thick. Almost creamy. The carbonation is muted, light, and lovely.

Drinks: Already a big fan of coffee stouts, my mind was again bent at what this beer did with the caffeinated ingredient. One of the best.

Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong roasted coffee, dark malts, some dark chocolate and a faint touch of alcohol.

T: The taste as expected is very malty and full of black coffee along with some creamy chocolate. It's not as intensely sweet as some other big stouts. There's not much of a hops presence but it's really not needed in this type of beer as it retains a good balance without it. The alcohol is very well-disguised. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for the style.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the pour it is dark in color just like black coffee.The aroma of coffee is bursting from the seams. I am very shock at this point.

From the taste haven't notice much hops in it cause of the coffee bitterness coming through and a nice dark earthy robust flavor is just pounding on my taste buds with a creamy smooth finish.

This Stout is outstanding and wasn't sure about the whole coffee infuse stouts but this is heaven in a bottle. I like beer and I like coffee what a combo.

Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (a slight bit of red is visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a thin creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of coffee and espresso beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of coffee and espresso beans stand out in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. Unlike the bottled version, roasted flavors are not very noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and incredibly smooth and creamy; the smoothness of the beer on-tap really sets it apart from the bottled version.
D: The beer goes down very smooth and tastes like creamy espresso. I could sip this beer all night long and will definitely try this again if I can find it on-tap because it tastes even better than it does in a bottle.

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