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

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world-class

3,954 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,954
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 522
Gots: 598 | FT: 60
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA on 4/2/10.

a - Pours a dark brown color that lets no light through. Less than an inch of brown head, and no carbonation evident and no lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and maybe a little bit of vanilla.

t - Taste is smooth coffe, roasted malts, and vanilla. Pretty nice.

m - Has high carbonation that stings the tongue a lot and medium to full body.

d - I thought this stout was pretty good but I personally like Aphrodisiaque MUCH more. It had a nice smooth coffee smell and taste but I thought the high carbonation hurt it. I would try it again but wouldn't seek it out; I'd much rather have Aphrodisiaque.

mdfb79, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of beeragent
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, alomost balck, forming a thick 1 inch mocha head. Thick lacing coats the glass.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma with an equally strong espresso aroma. Foretells of the taste to come.

T - The coffee/espresso flavor coats the palate from the first sip. Very strong. The roasted malts are swirled thoughout the taste along with a nice bitter cocoa flavor. The coffee definitely dominates the taste on this one. Slight alcoholic presence in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied, good carbonation level, and a very smooth finish.

D - Great flavor and body. Easy drinkability considering the higher alcohol volume. Definitely a sipper and highly enjoyable.

beeragent, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle.

Pours solid black with huge mocha head that didn't want to disappear. Immediately blasted with aroma of caramel, coffee, rich dark espresso and leather.

Nice rich chocolate sweetness then a deep dark roasted coffee finish. Nice bitterness and a crisp finish.

ChrisPro, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, nice lasting cocoa brown head and lacing.
S: espress/dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate.
T: dark bitter chocolate and coffee, moderately sweet molasses-like malts are well-balanced by roastiness/hop bitterness/tang of coffee astringency. long finish is just off-dry.
M: medium to full bodied, well carbonated for the abv which helps this to not be too viscous.
D: alcohol very well hidden in this, also not at all cloying.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Gfunk720
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoyed in my Maudite Tulip.

A- Pours with a thick mocha colored foam, that dissipates quickly. There is nice lacing throughout the glass. The beer itself is very dark, and pretty much pure black.

S- Smells of coffee and malt, with a stinging alcohol smell. Some light chocolate as well. The alchohol smell goes away a bit as it warms, but was a little strong at first.

T- Tastes primarily of coffee and dark malts. There is a slight bitterness and bite, but it got better as the beer warmed. Nice complexity to this one, I prefered it warm.

M- A little lacking in body, but very good none the less.

D- Took me a while to get through this beer. Not sure if it was the combination of coffee and heavy alchohol, but it wasn't exactly a beer I raced through.

Would have again, definetely worthy of it's rating. All in all a good, but strong, coffee style stout

Gfunk720, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of seedsofchaos
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to have this offering on tap at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans while on vacation. Poured from the tap into a freshly spritzed pint glass.

A: Pours a thick black with hints of dark chocolate and rich earthy hues. Light shines around this little lovely, not through it. A quarter inch head lingers for almost the entirety of this brew's pint life with solid lacing.

S: Smells of roasted molasses and crystal malts. Maybe I was having a bad nose day, but that's all I was really picking up...

T: Taste is sweet and crisp despite being a stout. Tastes of fine bourbon, oak and malts hit your taste buds in the fashion on an American Strong Ale but then comes the balancing hop bitterness. Super sweet for a stout but great nonetheless.

MF: Solid. Not too heavy and not too light. Slightly syrupy and a gooey brown sugar reminiscent taste and feel take it down smooth.

D: Fantastic but highly unsessionable. One of these and a Stone Ruination and I was floating down the New Orleans streets for an hour. :)

The only drawback of this brew is its reputation. Its a great beer but its rep makes one feel as if Krishha is going to bestow sweet teat nectar if one drinks this on tap... Sweet teat nectar it is not. Good brew it is.

seedsofchaos, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Although the darkness here is not as all-consuming as elsewhere, it's still definitely post-twilight here; a fresh bit of tan congregates at the surface, but in crescendo fashion falls back into the night, leaving a few stragglers behind, I'd assume to keep tabs on things. Though their activities remain mostly unknown (classified?), they're definitely drinking some dark roast, to the point that Matt Murdock hisself wouldn't be able to pick out much of anything else though some molasses and chocolate might penetrate those superhuman nostrils. From beneath their posts bursts forth such roasted coffee flavors as to expect a green and white label on the bottle. The bitterness runs a bit high, but not so much as to cause a cringe. The molasses and chocolate are just as discriminated against as before (when will we come to our senses?), but still make their voices heard amidst the throngs of beans, keeping the proceedings from breaking out in a caffeine-fueled riot. The crowd is not too thick, though it still ain't easy to push your way to the back; the members are pretty somber; and, despite the numbers, they're able to move around as a unit pretty easily. As peaceful and good-willed as things are, it might not be that easy to mill around all that often (so many people...). It all depends on personal preference toward the group's message, I'd say.

TMoney2591, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the best coffee flavored beer and that is why I gave it a 5 on flavor. Everything else is good to average about this beer and should be expected to be as such. Buy it for the intense espresso infused dark brown nectar you expect from a french press, close your eyes, and enjoy!

hopsbreath, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted during a stout tasting for St. Paddy's day.

The beer pours a blackish, slighty hazy brow color with good head retention and lacing. The is impressive, especially if you enjoy coffee. There is a huge aroma of coffee grounds, coupled with underlying chocolate, cherry and a hint of leather. Flavor on the palate generally replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, though the coffee is dialed down a bit, something I appreciate. Still, there's a hint of bitterness from the coffee ground flavor, that goes nicely with the chocolate and sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a fairly long, drawn out finish. There's also something of a creamy booziness that I very much like. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol pretty well disguised.

Just an all around nice beer.

John_M, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Possibly the first craft beer I bought knowing it was craft. Was a huge challenge to drink at the time. Let's see how drinkable it is now.

A- Cappuccino froth looking head. Pitch black. The only dark brown is right under the head when held up right next to the light. Nice thin string of lacing all around.

S- Quite cold now and gives me watermelon flavored Airhead candy which is really weird. I wonder if anybody else gets that. What's more obvious is coffee grounds and alcohol. Creamy, milky vanilla. A little chocolate. Warming up, the watermelon turned into a more hmmm... expected maraschino cherry. The alcohol smell gets pretty strong once the drink's warmed up.

T- Really tastes like coffee. A great tasting iced coffee actually. 9.5% is very hard to find in the taste. Cocoa powder seems to lend taste and some of the bitterness. Sweeter than a lot of other stouts I've had the chance to try. The after-taste is almost identical to one you get after drinking a good espresso. Plus a bit of alcohol numbness. I think what could help make this better for me is a little less sourness though I'm not sure it is possible. That sour character seems like an important part of both a stout and an espresso. Still tastes delicious.

M- Pretty smooth. I wouldn't say it's watery but it does seem to lack a little body. Loses carbonation quickly: starts off prickly and medium but dies down to sub-low levels. Quite silky.

D- One pint is delicious but enough. Maybe two...

I now see what's so special about this one and am sure I will buy it again. I'd love to try it with some good food. Grilled meat is my first thought but anything really. It will probably keep growing on me.

Yoonisaykul, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin but consistent film; good lacing

S: Not just coffee but freshly ground coffee beans; a bit of an alcohol sting--rubbing alcohol; earthiness too that comes underneath the coffee beans; of course, there is a roasted malt presence with hints of chocolate and vanilla beans as well

T: A splash of alcohol up front but then the dance of the coffee beans begins: and boy, is she a fun partner. The coffee completely overwhelms your senses--and did I mention how good this coffee is. As the coffee finally settles down you get a slight taste of a smoky meatiness as well.

F: Great mouth coat--so smooth with a touch of creaminess

D: Coffee is strong but this is a great, drinkable brew

dbossman, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of doppelmeup
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour left this beer with a thick, cinnamon colored pillowy head that stayed and stayed and stayed. Nice lacing all the way down the class. And the color--pitch black through and through. If the beer tastes even half as good as it looks, it will be superb!

Aromas what you would expect...black coffee, roasted malts, licorice. Not overdone, but very nice.

Taste was like a black coffee milkshake. Very pronounced coffee flavors balanced by enough sweet malt to even it out. But it is not a sweet beer by any stretch. Alcohol slightly evident, but mostly hides in the background.

I think I liked the mouthfeel of this beer better than any I have ever tried! Rich, thick, chewy, creamy, satisfying, coats the tongue yet leaves a clean finish. Warming going down, yet not overly heavy either Spectacular!!

Overall I was not disappointed by this treasure. I am so glad I found it while on a trip to Boulder. Not inexpensive at around $6 a 11.5 oz bottle, but well worth it.

doppelmeup, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of VTaler
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - No light shines through this; nice head that sticks around for a while
S - Smells like chocolate and sweet caramel. Notes of dark dried fruits like raisins and figs.
T - First is that of a very unique flavor, Its not too chocolaty or roasty or coffee like. Its perfectly balanced. Its has vanilla notes and a kind of a raisin taste. It kinda tastes a little like a very mild ginger snap cookie dipped in coffee.
M - Kinda fizzy - could be better - thick
D - dangerously drinkable

VTaler, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Zippie9999
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into my trusty Chouffe tulip. Purchased on 3/14/10 at Table and Vine in W. Springfield MA. Pours a jet black nectar with a beautiful, pillowy, moderate brown head. The head reminds me of a freshly brewed espresso shot that remains throughout my enjoyment of this beer. As the beer warms, moderate lacing remains on the edges of my glass.
S: Lots of espresso with hints of chocolate and a little wood? Surprising because the beer wasn't aged in wood.
T: Automatic coffee and espresso, which is not surprising due to this beverage being brewed with fair trade coffee. I also detected chocolate, toffee, and raisin throughout the tasting.
M: Very full, creamy, and definitely delectable. Does a great job hiding the 9.5% abv. This could be dangerous.
D: Smooth and creamy. Definitely did not disappoint one of my favorites of the genre. Overall, a magnificent beer and did not disappoint. My only qualm was paying $6.50 for a 11.5 oz. bottle. Would love to get my hands on a barrel aged version.

Zippie9999, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of bminor7
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little bottle from Healthy Living in Burlington.

Pitch black with thin tan foam. Intense coffee ice cream, dark malt, and dark sugar aroma. Taste is coffee, strong as hell, with a tasty creamy undertone. Excellent! MF could be a bit thicker in my opinion. Definitely a sipper for sure, but this is so good, like a fine liquer. And only $5 for such a gem.

bminor7, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a trade with StormKing47. Been looking forward to this one. Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours jet black with a one finger tan head on top. Resides to a donut of foam up against the sides of the glass and a layer of foam in the middle that covers about half the beer. Very impressive lacing.

Intensely roasty and smokey nose. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel sweetness.

Flavor starts off with roasted maltiness evoking dark chocolate and smoke. Gives way to a robust coffee flavor. A bit of a caramel/vanilla sweetness to it as well. Leaves a smokey coffee aftertaste. Becomes more smokey/roasty/coffee bitter and loses some of the sweetness as the beer warms (or perhaps as my palate becomes saturated with its flavor).

I would call this medium bodied, which I find surprising. Not incredibly chewy or viscous for the style. Medium carbonation with tiny prickly bubbles.

Very drinkable for the abv. Overall, a fantastic coffee infused stout.

billshmeinke, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pitch black thick liquid with a small brown head that settles fast and leaves quite some lacing.

Smell - Smooth coffee, chocolate and some sweetness.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, roasted sweet malts, yeast esters that hint of dark fruits and foam candy. Some bitterness in the finish that fades ones the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, full body and little carbonation.

OskarL, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Beejay
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, with a very nice coffee colored head. Very nice looking.

S: Slight hint of oak, coffee, and a huge malt scent coming through. Sweet, a bit boozy and a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Lovely coffee taste at the beginning. A good bit of bitter, like bitter chocolate. Very nice. The bitterness fades a bit as this warms.

M: Creamy smooth, nice carbonation.

D: The bitterness is just a tad harsh, though as this warms I enjoy it more and more.

Beejay, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sniffter. Dark black color with a thick, soapy mocha head that disapates slowly.

Very defined coffee aroma mimmicing a nice cup of joe. Hints of spent coffee grinds, some bitter chocolate aromas with toasted grains.

A quick shot of sweet buttery toffy flavors with bitter chocolate notes to follow. An onslought of espresso flavors come on strong. A bit much in my opinion. Slight bitterness fades to a toasted hazelnut flavor with a alchol sensation.

Drink is true to the style, big chewy body with modest alchol burn in mouth.

This offering earned its respect as being in the top 100. Best as a desert brew. Drink suffers a bit from the dominate coffee flavors, but worthy.

FishGetter, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a mighty bottle

Appearance - poured rather viscous, with a nice 2 finger head, dark with a tan head

Smell - the nose is coffee forward with hints of malt and bitterness

Taste - coffee up front with a malt back, complex, bitter is dominant, especially once the beer warms

Mouthfeel - medium heavy mouthfeel, a bit chewy, has a unique texture

Drinkability - has a unique characteristic, plenty of alcohol, good for one beer and then that's probably it

djbreezy, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of equal parts smooth roasted malts and rich dark chocolate. Also present are solid amounts of coffee however it seems much more muted on tap than I remember from the bottle.

Tastes very good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front that are quickly tempered by loads of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip a mild bitterness comes in with coffee undertones. The mild coffee flavors carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this really is one of the best "pure" American Double Stouts (if there is such a thing). Loads and loads of dark chocolate and roasted flavors backed up by mild coffee flavors. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with tight tan head. It smells of wonderfully intense coffee. The taste is of a bitter coffee flavour with the roasted malt. The alcohol in the taste is present, as you'd expect with 9.5% abv. The carbonation is a little bit too much for me, as I'd prefer a little smoother, but I just love sipping on this. I am biased on this as a coffee lover. If you do not like coffee, you may want to stay away.

I have had this on cask as well, but I was drinking way too much to properly review it then. On cask it is amazingly smooth and possibly the best stout I've ever had.

kwjd, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black opaque color with a thin creamy brown head. The brew gives off a big and bold roasted coffee aroma only barely hinting at the huge, yet smooth, espresso flavor. The body
is viscous and has low levels of carbonation and is fairly velvety. The finish is slow and sweetens as it gracefully comes to an end with a kiss of warming alcohol.

manahansf, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle from the east!
enjoyed while brewing up a delightful centennial fresh hop. in the sunny pac-nw, it is coffee time. every time i bring the glass near my face its like getting back into a car with a newly purchased bag of coffee strung up from the rear view mirror. just breath in deeply. i hesitate to take even the first sip. the smell is too amazing. when i do, i am slightly let down before realizing it is still very delicious, a little on the sweet side, with plenty of coffee flavor. i can taste the sweat of the harvesters. a hint of chocolate, though that may just be from the coffee itself. some faint esters hide in the background, building character.
delightful, a beer that surely put us on the path to success with our most efficient mash ever.

olympuszymurgus, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of hayesez
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this during a recent trip to the Northeast. Split with friends during, what ended up being, a stout tasting after a day of snowboarding.

Poured into my Porstmouth snifter. Dark, dark brown. A thick-looking beer that piled up into the glass, leaving a two finger light brown head. Fairly quickly, this dissipated to a thin lining over the top of my beer. Plenty of lacing left throughout this one!

I can't get over the smell of coffee / espresso in this beer. It has lapped the field in regards to the aroma. There is a little alcohol punch in there as well and maybe a bit of chocolate or herb in there, but frankly, this is one of the most coffee-heavy smelling beers around.

The taste of Peche Mortel is not surprising after taking a whiff. Dark roasted malts lead into a strongly brewed heavy coffee. It does end with a nice sweeter finish that isn't bitter and not hot. A decently thick, low-carbonation mouthfeel makes this an even better beer to drink. A bit too much coffee for me, so one was plenty, but I was surprisingly pleased with how this one finished off.

Overall, a very solid beer. Great to pass around with several others, and one that would truly be enjoyed by any coffee-lover.

Consumed: 3/3/2010

hayesez, Mar 06, 2010
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,954 ratings.