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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,707 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,707
Reviews: 1,622
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 512
Gots: 560 | FT: 58
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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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skrib09

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%

poured black like oil with a rich looking tan head.

smells of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a touch of fruit or sweetness.

taste is rich chocolate and dark roasted flavors. a simple sweetness comes along for the ride. coffee flavors come through in the after thought. plenty of alcohol on the palate as well.

kind of a slick mouthfeel. you can almost feel the alcohol too.

07-20-2009 00:51:18 | More by skrib09
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass...

A: Poured pitch black with a two finger thick, creamy beige head that dimpled as it settled down. Great lacing...this is one fine looking Imperial Stout.

S: Sharp deep roasted espresso coffee with some nice dark chocolate the background. Earthy hops with just a slight malt sweetness.

T: Deliciously roasted bitter espresso, dark chocolate, bitter hops, some delicate minimalistic sweetness waaaay in the background. Dry alcohol finish.

M: Slightly carbonated, full bodied, silky cream smooth...

D: My wife is trying to steal this right from under my nose. This is drinkable for the style and for the alcohol content...if you get it for a party, it may be too heavy for most casual beer observers, but that would mean more for me...

07-17-2009 01:41:56 | More by ujsplace
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smithflipper

Australia

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours jet black with a pale tan head.

Loads of coffee upfront as you'd expect. plenty of earthy aromas and a suprising amount of chocolate.

Earthy, very earthy, plenty malt/ coffee bean driven bitterness. Loads of coffee - a good caramel roasted bean. chocolate then back to this earthy yeast flavour.

smooth and full bodied.

07-16-2009 06:07:04 | More by smithflipper
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brendan13

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to Smithflipper for sharing this with me.
A - Pours a very dark brown verging on black into a large wine glass with a centimetre or so of brown tinged off white head.
S - Did someone say coffee? As to be expected quite a strong roasted coffee aroma dominates the smell. There is also some sweet chocolate along with a bit of a dark fruit character and some alcohol hints.
T - Again roasted coffee dominates the taste with some burnt bitterness coming through to balance the sweetish malt.
M - Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation.
D - Obviously not a sessioner but I'd read a lot about this beer and brewery and it lived up to expectations. Would love to have this again.

07-14-2009 11:16:39 | More by brendan13
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Of all the coffee beers I've had, this is definitely the coffee-est.

Pours thick & black with a finger-thick tan head, like most imperial stouts look. No lacing. Dense.

Sharp, dark roast smell with some notable chocolate & just a hint of dark fruit.

The taste: KAPOW! Dark roasted espresso with rum in it. That's how I'd describe this dish. Woody, roasted, nearly burnt, bitter chocolaty, plum skin, and tantamount to sucking on a bean. Are there grounds in my glass? A sweetness becomes more palpable as the beer warms, gets a little milky. Nice.

Full mouthfeel, a little prickly, warm from the booze. I'm not sure if coffee has tannins in it, but I'm getting a drying feeling.

The taste is great, but this is definitely a sipper. Due to that drying sensation, I'm not sure this is a repeat performer -- rather, I'd savor the one I had & either move onto something lighter or call it a night. Definitely a good showing.

07-11-2009 20:34:23 | More by OneDropSoup
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shroompod

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours dark with a smallish mocha head. A little lacing.

Aroma of faint coffee , sweet malts.

Fairly intense coffee bitterness with dark chocolate undertones. Warming alcohol sensation.

Mouthfeel is drying and not as sweet as would be expected. Good carbonation.

Overall an excellent take on a coffee Imperial Stout.

07-07-2009 01:45:07 | More by shroompod
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drseamus

New York

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

Jet black with a super thick creamy head. Big time coffee on the nose. It makes me picture a cup of coffee in my mind. Taste is out of this world. Tons of coffee and chocolate but silky smooth. The coffee is perfectly clear and again, makes me think of a cup of coffee. Even better on tap than bottle. Certainly world class.

07-06-2009 03:20:25 | More by drseamus
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%

Thanks to kkulacki for 12oz bottle! Color on pouring into a pint glass is dark, but with tones of brown as well, so it's not totally black. The head is cream-colored and with a fantastic amount of lacing. Taking a whiff of this thing, you can start to smell the coffee...and some alcohol from a few inches away. Closer sniff is all coffee/espresso and roast. On to the taste. The first hit is all coffee. Very strong coffee...then as it moves to the back of the palate, more of the bitter chocolate tones come through. There's definitely a taste of alcohol and it's very bitter on the finish, but not overwhelming. As far as drinkability, I'd probably only have one or two - it's definitely good, but a strong one and quite bitter and heavy.

07-05-2009 07:20:25 | More by kdoc8
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

Is it okay to celebrate with a mortal sin? Purchased this on my 50th birthday and consumed a few weeks later on the birth of my first grandchild. Here's to you QRM and to a long and happy life. May you enjoy and partake of the abundant riches this earth and life has to offer.

Aroma is fresh roast coffee, both freshly brewed and newly ground. Pleasing and consistent. Not overpowering but potent enough to cover other aroma's.

Initially pours with not a particularly thick or heavy body, but quite black with a translucent almost brownish hue through the pour. One finger dark brown head that rather quickly moves to a dark ring. It's difficult to pick up any light through this elixir.

The blending on this is so nice. Coffee presents first, last and in-between, but not exclusively. Touch of dark berry and sweetness. An almost fruity tartness. A stout like sourness, resembling a dry stout. Malty dryness. Tasty bitterness. The flavors push intensity to sharpness without ever crossing the line. Alcohol is approachable adding taste, warmth and lightness to the consumer. Gets even better as it warms, and I started off only cool.

This is carbonated so perfectly. Abundant, yet light and fulfilling. Adds to the creaminess of the feel. Moderate body, yet drinks heavier than that at times without excess, or denying the experience of wanting more. The feel enhances the drinkability significantly.

This bottle drinks like it's relatively new. It seems fresh, but not green. Maybe I should have picked up two. The alcohol content is what would slow me down, not the richness of the flavors.
Funny, I don't feel sinful partaking. I feel relaxed, refreshed, blessed and happy.
#18 at time of review.

07-03-2009 11:23:09 | More by garymuchow
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youngblood

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours black and oily. Looks evil. My kinda beer. Nice head leaving some dirty panty lace down the side of the glass.

Smells like some delicious espresso beans. Chocolate is floating around in there too. Great combo.

Taste follows the nose more or less, there's a fantastic espresso after taste. Some sweetness mellows this whole thing out. Fantastic

Has a nice chewy mouthfeel. Slides around smoothly.

Alcohol bite is minimal if even present. Makes this one great for summer evenings or a winter breakfast.

07-02-2009 13:28:31 | More by youngblood
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Redwood21

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

A: i really dig the inky black darkness that you stare into before each sip, but i wish the head stayed around for the show a little longer. for its part the tan thick foam is gently and enticing, but as stated leaves the party way too soon

S: there is almost a rich chocolate coffee cake that oozes with moisture but with the kind of aroma that sets your inner cheek to salivate knowing that an impending bitter shot was about to hit your mouth

T: no bitter shot ever materializes however, and the drink is extremely smooth. you do have a drying on the tongue from the coffee espresso type tones but the bitterness is cut by chocolate malt not unlike powdered coco none of these rather staunch flavors steel the show however, resulting in a very well balanced beer.

i would not rate this as a boom in your face extreme style beer like a a big RIS, and i think it fits itself well with where and what it is trying to be. the alc is high, but you wont notice

07-02-2009 03:01:25 | More by Redwood21
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

As imperial stouts become more commonplace (yet still kicking major butt), I've toned down my body description from "black as night," "used motor oil," and "onyx-like," to simply, "damn, this thing is black!"

And indeed it is. No light gets through this puppy; even along the edges. Is there any other liquid that we imbibe that's as black as a Russian Imperial Stout? Maybe espresso, I suppose. Hmmmm, I'll think about that for a while.

In any event, this thing is black! With a tan, creamy head that settles down into a polka-dot pattern on the top of the brew.

Smell is a deep chocolate/liquirace/coffee scent that an entrepreneurial air freshiner lad should bottle up and sell.

Taste is very nice. A tthree-phased attack on the tongue. First is the malty sweetness with hints of chocolate. Second comes the dryness of the coffee, and last comes the warmth of the alcohol. This is nicely done and all three parts of the taste flow together nicely.

Mouthfeel is rather heavy in body, but the tiny effervescent bubbles lighten things up on the tongue.

Drinkability is great; pretty much all you'd want out of a 10% RIS. I'm impressed.

07-02-2009 01:22:41 | More by DaveFL1976
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%

This black bodied beer has a dense and tightly packed dark brown head resting on top. The retention and lace qualities are very, very good. The nose consists of nuts, cocoa, dark berries, rum, anise oil and heavily roasted coffee bean. Very thick aroma and very complex. Absolutely perfect. Heavy flavor too. I am very happy with this one. Dark roasted malts ride out the whole experience. Char and burnt malt give some bitterness. Blackberry and ainse oil intermingle nicely. Again, with some heavily roasted coffee flavor. Nice oily texture. Alcoholic presence is minimal and integrates nicely with the bold flavors. Body could use a boost, but that's a very minor "imperfection". Otherwise, we are dealing with an exceptional beer here in all facets of the game.

06-30-2009 04:00:35 | More by Bighuge
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photomike

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a deep black, entirely opaque with the exception of the very edge lining the short, light brown, creamy head. Ample wet lacing slowwwwly slides down the glass. Impressive and exactly what I'd expect from a world class coffee stout.

Smell is of strong cold espresso and dark chocolate. Dry and aromatic. Nice.

Flavor follows suit. Much like Founders Breakfast Stout, lots of bitter espresso and high cacao dark chocolate. On the forefront, this is very lightly sweet--perfect in my eyes, but I can see people tasting this as too dry. Strongly bitter finish from heavily roasted, burnt malts. Very slightly boozy as it warms, but the alcohol is shockingly well hidden for 9.5%.

Tons of tiny bubbles are effervescent and tingly. Full bodied and creamy, this is rich and delicious. A fine way to relax at the end of the night.

The dryness and general lack of detectability of alcohol makes this an incredibly drinkable coffee stout for its size.

Well, I no longer have a reason to trade for Founders Breakfast. At $9 bucks for a 12oz, it is very pricy, but then again, trading for 4 bottles at 10 bucks isn't cheap either.

Great stuff.

06-29-2009 05:33:25 | More by photomike
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%

Simply one of the best coffee stouts I've come across. Pours jet black with only a hint of dark mocha when held up to the light. Has only a faint mist of head pierced by slicks of the beer underneath. The smell is of freshly poured cappuccino with generous amounts of cocoa powder combined with a bit of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is silk smoothness; not as thick or syrupy as some impys can get. The taste delivers on the strong preliminaries: pure mocha bliss. Just when you think that the bold espresso lead-in is going to be overwhelming, the sweetness of creme brulee (and a bit of banana bread) comes in to provide a bit of restraint. The sweetness then fades, leaving a lingering coffee aftertaste that is strong but not overly charred. I'll try to cellar a couple of these, but I must say this tastes fantastic fresh, leaving very little room for improvement. Should pair quite well with medium dark chocolate, smoked ham and gouda.

06-29-2009 00:27:11 | More by chicagobeerriot
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magictrokini

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured jet black, opaque, with dark brown edges. Fat, creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves a thick film of lace. Roasty coffee aroma, very strong. Some chocolate and vanilla, but dominated by the coffee. Viscous mouthfeel with a long, long finish. Powerful taste, possibly one of the strongest tasting stouts I've ever had. Bold roasted coffee and espressso throughout. Its laid on really heavy, like the blackest, most bitter coffee out there. The chocolate is not a reprieve. Dark and baker's variety. Just a bitter, bitter stout. Light vanilla and caramel flavors pop up periodically, as does a fuggels-like hop bite. Amazingly, this beer does the bitterness while avoiding the dreaded soy-sauce taste. The 9%+ is masked completely. Great beer.

06-26-2009 22:04:24 | More by magictrokini
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capra12

New York

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

Reviewed with the help of wheatman106 and speedwayjim, served out of a pint glass.

Appearance- 3 1/2 finger of head, dark, opaque with beige brown head

Smell- This brew smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and there is a slight hint of hops profile.

Taste- Opens with a mellow dark chocolate. From the middle to the end of this brew, the coffee really comes out but as it nears the end the hop profile increases but is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, nice and smooth. There is not carbonation in the beginning but the carbonation increases from the middle to the end which influence the coffee and hop characteristics.

Drinkability- This brew is definitely one which I would have again.

06-26-2009 19:29:45 | More by capra12
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Mayhem976

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A- Very dark, good head with mediocre lacing.

S- Very malty with some tones of coffee, can't pick up a single trace of hops.

T- Slightly sweet but it's countered by a heavy malt coffee bitterness, the sweetness and the bitterness sorta blend beautifully together.

M- Feels great on the palate, creamy and very rich.

D- Wonderful, this stout caught me by surprise so much intense flavors hitting you all at once but in the end it all works out wonderfully. Thick, creamy, robust, malty, and just a pinch of sweetness makes this stout exceptional!

06-23-2009 02:03:52 | More by Mayhem976
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stbfan

Alabama

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

pours pitch black with a thick, cream colored head. It retains well throughout the drink.

smells like huge roasted coffee beans.lingers in the nose. fabulous!

tastes extremely complex with heavy burnt, roasted malts.coffee. bitterness slightly. taste sticks on palate!

velvety smooth mouthfeel.

highly drinkable. dangerous beer.
can feel the alcohol at the end.

excellent beer! what a nightcap.

06-22-2009 04:51:26 | More by stbfan
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

11.5 oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with very little light getting through. A one finger light brown head slowly settles to an even thin cap, leaving behind plenty of sticky lacing.

Tons of coffee in the aroma, along with roasted malts, and a bit of dark fruit.

On top of the aroma, the flavor seems to have a slight smokiness to it, along with dark coffee and sharp burnt malts. Fulll bodied, thick, chewy. An overall creaminess is detectable throughout.

An extremely rich coffee stout, without being too rich with overpowering sweetness. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

06-22-2009 01:50:33 | More by BeerSox
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%

A big thank you to JoeMayo for this in a trade.

Pours ink black, no light comes through, and a toffee colored inch head. Aroma is dark rich chocolates, prunes, and some coffee notes. Reminds me a little of chocolate dipped espresso beans. Very good marks here.

My first sip reveals the more of a pronounced coffee flavor than I expected. Some lactose sweetness too, perhaps. The chocolate flavor is here, though in smaller proportion. I hadn't realized this was a coffee beer apparently, until now. Although in looking at the bottle, I now see it reads " ...au cafe' ". I'm guessing that if I understood French, I'd learn a lot more about this delicious beer.

Full bodied mouthfeel, long finish, sweet and roasty bitter, and delicious. One of the better stouts I've had in a while, and a fantastic coffee beer as well. Will seek this out again. Cheers!

06-20-2009 04:32:33 | More by dancinwillie
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%

Served in my 16 oz smuttynose snifter

A- opaque, best looking 1 and half inch frothy head I have ever seen, the head looks like the head of a milkshake-light brown, leaves a nice ring of lacig

A- rich cappuccino , chocolate, Cant wait to drink it

T- WOW, tastes likes a cappuccino, roasted coffees shine through with chocolate in the forefront and some burnt malt characteristics being subtle,subtle english hops, lingering sweet coffee taste, bitterness comes from the roasted coffee beans...9% alc. very well hidden

M- velvety, creamy

D- could drink these all night but I would feel like a glutton, you have got to like coffee to drink this beer, I enjoy good black coffee

one of my top 2 favorite beers...this beer is unreal...a must buy...its a toss up between this and oak aged unearthly ipa..gotta try unearthly 1 more time to decide.

06-20-2009 02:20:06 | More by ken2cart1
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

This beer came highly recommended, and it is always a pleasure to try a beer as highly rated as this one. RIS is a very popular style these days, and there are certainly many of them - this one, as advertised had a very heavy dose of coffee. It was a nice blend of sweetness and dry roastiness ("burned pizza crust").

Color was black. Body was viscous. Head was non-existent. Aroma was coffee-ish; dry, roast-y, and pretty bitter. Flavor was the same, but the dry-roastiness was balanced with some milk-stout sweetness. Mouthfeel was very slick, and pretty thick. Quite solid.

Highly recommended. I bought this bottle at Blacklick Liquor on Broad St. Probably not worth the $5.89 for a 12oz bottle I paid, but quite good nonetheless.

06-20-2009 02:08:27 | More by BeerBelcher
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

330ml bottle, served in a trusty Delerium Tremens goblet

Served more or less at room temp

Pours with a typically rich thick crude oil blackness, not as opaque as other stouts and it has a bit more viscosity. Rich creamy leather tan head followed by acres of patchy lacing all over the inside of the glass

Smell, rich sweet esters tinged with tonnes of rich coffee and sticky caramel. Strong whiffs of good cognac and rum soaked raisins. A hint of turkish delight and rose water along with more rich espresso aromas, a hint of oily cigar smokiness and a touch of freshly baked bread

Taste, initially rich esters followed by a flood of silky smooth rich coffee beans. Warming alcohol also but a deceiving 9.5% abv, it drinks very well and smoothly. Rich toffee and caramel, some nice chalky dryness on the finish.

A stunning big bold stout, on par with many I've had before however this has a stronger and more prevelant rich coffee bitterness

06-19-2009 17:59:17 | More by cypressbob
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hoser

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

For the ABV for this beer this has a scary drinkability. At first the coffee amora is a little over powering but once you get your mouth around it it is an amazing IMS. Could I have more of this fuck yes, will I have more of these fuck yes. I have had this on tap at the brewpub in the past but it took an impressive bottle at home for me tonight to rate this....and good night.

06-19-2009 05:42:55 | More by hoser
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,707 ratings.