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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,788 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,788
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 516
Gots: 572 | 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 EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into my Unibroue snifter.

A very heavy pour, rich and creamy. Black as night. Roughly a fingers worth of head, creamy and brown. Laces well for it's full body, many sporadic spiderwebs adorn.

Smell is nothing short of amazing. Deep, mysterious, roasted, and sweet. It smells so good, you'll be sniffing it till the last drop.

Now, I don't drink coffee. I was rather skeptical about picking this one up because of that, afraid that it would ruin my experience.... I was wrong. Though the flavor is strongly there, its... tasty! Turns out I do like coffee, but instead of milk or cream, I like a good stout in it. The coffee is there, but theres so much else going on that combine to give one of the greatest beer experiences I've had. It's bitter, but finishes sweet and clean. It's smoky and roasted, malty and strong.
mmm.

The feel is heavy, and it makes you want to linger as you savor each slow sip. Very thick and wonderFULL.

The ABV is no pushover, and after a couple it will remind you of that. It's hidden very well though. You can session this very easily, but I wouldn't recommend it.

This is an elite brew. If you can get your hands on it, do it. Theres only one place here I can find it, and I have been told that they wont be carrying it soon. :( I guess I'm going to have to buy up all that I can...

EgadBananas, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Black black with a thin, 1/2 finger cake batter colored head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Coffee slams your olfactory unit every which way with strong espresso intensity. What's leftover is pulverized by the deep dark maltiness and leafy hops. There is a fair amount of detectable alcohol which singes the nostrils and lends a cherry fruitiness to the nose.

T: The flavor is extremely bold with espresso flavors tinged with bitter dark chocolate and matched with a dark maltload of epic proportions. The leafy hoppiness further adds to this bitter bomb with the booziness being a flaw that doesn't spoil the brew but doesn't enhance it in the way it does in the aroma profile.

M: Full-bodied and chewy with some acrid astringency which prevents a major overload on this flavor. The aftertaste is big and long with bitter leafy hops, dark chocolate, toasted malts, and espresso all in there.

D: A really fine imperial stout that would be better off with less booziness and some downshifting in the coffee department. That being said, this is a unique taste experience that will be loved by coffee-stout heads everywhere.

argock, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle for breakfast on Christmas morning 2008 (hell yeah). A nice RIS - not the best but very good.

A - Black and heavy with a two-finger brown head.

S - Strong coffee/roasted malt aroma, as well as a tiny hint of anise.

T - Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, and alcohol on the finish.

M - Pretty thick on the palate, not quite as heavy as some "extreme" RISes. Smooth and creamy with alcohol warmth.

D - Good, but the coffee bitterness makes it a bit of a sipper.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer fell to expectations, and honestly a little too over-hyped for what this is.

The appearance was great, deep black with dark dark brown on the edges. Damn bartender poured it with little head, but it was light brown. No lacing on the glass.

The smell was of bitter coffee or espresso beans. Cocoa.

The taste was good, it had a great coffee espresso flavor to it that I enjoyed. It was a little hopped up for a RIS, the bitterness of hops with the bitterness of the coffee was a little much. Slight cocoa in the after notes, creamy black malt also.

The mouthfeel was good, nothing great. Good carbonation, but with this one I would want to let it sit for a while and let it get to a more oil mouthfeel. I would also want to hops to die out, too much in the taste. The drinkability was good as well, nothing better than a stout with coffee.

J

Jmoore50, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of khiasmus
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A late-night jaunt down to the old coffee shop with the fellas, it's just like old times, when we used to sneak out of the house to do nothing worse than smoke cigars and toilet paper houses. An espresso, of course, always the easy route, make it a double, beautiful black and frothy, leaves a few spots on the sides of the glass.
"So how's life in Denver? You? Wales? Atlanta?" Yeah, they all went their separate ways in the world, one to seminary, one to make his fortune, one followed his wife to Virginia... I'm still here, boys, when you come back to see the family, we'll have an espresso...
Aroma of rich, bitter coffee, the booze of earlier, a bit of chocolate, the usual suspects.
"Not married yet?"
"No, it's happening soon though. I found her you know."
A bit of toasted almond there, Nougat, dates, figs, the dark beans with the dark grains, the sweet alcohol bringing them together...
Funny how you can just jump back into it, nothing really changes over the years, circumstances perhaps, but the deep bonds were forged, cemented years ago. Adventures, dates, heartbreaks, trouble, trips, old jokes, they all come back up. Nothing's really changed.
Flavor is a rich mesh of the aforementioned notes, plus a bit of tobacco, perhaps even a cigarette, "smoke 'em while you got 'em, they're sure to be illegal soon..."
"Family? good. Wife? good. Job? same old."
A coffee-and-cream blend with rich dark roast in the finish and a boozy note from the alcohol, sweet and creamy, toothy, nutty, like a good mild cigar, the rich tobacco notes, a faint, almost oak-barrel sour in the finish, surprising but not unwelcome.
So we catch up on the triumphs and tragedies since the last time, but it's all details. We see the same truths, we are common men, we can be angry or laugh, it doesn't change. Across the nation, across the world... right where we left off.
Creamy and thick, the slight tingling, warming, and astringent dryness balances the syrupishness, and we could be here all night.
It will be like this until we begin to die off, no doubt. There's nothing we can't forgive or get past, no time that really matters all too much, the bonds were forged long ago, we'll always be the best of friends, the things our wives will never care about, we'll always have this in common.

khiasmus, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Delerium Noel snifter.
A- pitch black, thick syrupy pour, with a creamy brownish white head the looks like whipped cream
S- smells like a mug of some gourmet extra bold coffee. All coffee here
T: WOW... this is delicious!! The taste is a lot like the aroma, but much more pronounced. Everything is perfectly balanced and the 9.5% alcohol is hardly detectable. Perhaps one of the most balanced big stouts I've tried. Reminds me a lot of Founder's Breakfast stout. The finish is remarkable as it leaves a wonderful taste of coffee on the tongue.
M: velvety creamy texture with a heavy body
D: At 5.49 per 11.2 oz bottle, it would be tough to drink a lot of it. However, it is surprisingly drinkable and well balanced for the style. Bottom line is this beer perfectly marries coffee and beer and is among the best if not the best coffee stout I have tried.

homebrew311, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friends at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem hooked me up with another fantastic brew. This one came with the high expectations of great reviews overall and from my fav BA's (BrentK56 to be exact).

A: Exquisite black color with a cappuccino colored head that leaves fantastic lacing on the glass.

S: Rich espresso aroma with a lovely roasted undertone.

T: Starts with a nice espresso flavor that builds into a chocolate and slight tobacco presence. Undertone brings a lovely bitter and astringent balance to the brew. Excellent balance from a mixture of such complex flavors.

M: Full bodied and creamy with modest carbonation and a wonderful espresso aftertaste.

D: A fantastic brew with amazing balance and a wonderful mixutre of flavors. This was a real tour de force and certainly lived up to it's hype. Quite a powerful brew with the hops and the coffee providing quite a punch, not for the faint of heart. My first brew from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, but based on this experience certainly not my last. Definitely a "go out of your way to find" brew, so get searching!

jdg204, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, black color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, dark citrus, yeast, and some roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness and slight bitterness. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, alcohol, dark citrus, and slight yeast. Wow, a great beer overall with some slight dryness associated.

Tone, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of HopBacchus
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Walked into la brasserie dieu de ciel and ordered a glass of this brew

This beer is dark... extremely dark... Wesley Snipes dark... possess a glorious coffee colored head which remains throughout, the lacing is fantastic

I just walked into Starbucks and a someone has just ordered a six shot espresso this beer smells like a bag of coffee beans with a TRACE of dark roasted malts

Dark roasted malts are smothered by delicious roasted espresso flavors the coffee flavor of this beer is almost overwhelming a smaller taste detects notes of burnt raisin and chocolate this beers 9.5% alcohol content is masked very well, too well

This beer if full bodied, fluffy and creamy, absolutely delicious

Extremely drinkable for a beer of such creaminess, weight and complexity

This beer is awesome the best coffee stout I've ever had I strongly recommend it to anyone likes coffee or beer but be warned this beer is not for the faint of heart.

HopBacchus, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of ohmybock
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's an upfront, rich, sweet, pruney aroma on this brew with obvious coffee. I get even more coffee in the flavor, but there's still a lot of that pruney/raisiny character. The coffee flavor is strong, although I've had better coffee flavors in other beers. The coffee in this brew seems a bit like old coffee grounds and/or overly charred coffee beans. I've had this one in the past, and I liked it better back then. I've had plenty of other coffee brews from around the world since then, so my tastes have become more refined. Having said that, I think PM is still a decent coffee brew. If you like coffee brews, definitely give PM a try, but there are plenty of other superior North American coffee brews now on the market.

ohmybock, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If this beer was a band it would be Behemoth.

Black with a large, foamy, muddy tan head. Pillowy lace and retention. Looks sinister.

Dark espresso , cocao and fig aroma.

Quite frankly, this beer tastes like sexy, seductive evil. Dark roast espresso dominates with dark fruit, woody hop dark chocolate, and oaky char highlights. Lingering char and coffee aftertaste that lasts until the next sip. Though 9.5% abv I only had this in the cellar for a couple of months and didn't find the alcohol to be intrusive at all.

One of the best beers I've had recently.

donkeyrunner, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Genghis22
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No Bottled On Date

A - Pours a thick dark black. Completely solid; opaque; murky. Thin creamy head that doesn't stick around too long.

S - Big coffee smell, with a well roasted malt backbone. Slightly sweet. Hints of vanilla, chocolate.

T - Starts with a mocha taste, and is quickly followed up by the taste of a great stout. Rich roasted malt, interupted by the hops and a flash of alcohol. The aftertaste is all coffee, with traces of vanilla and chocolate.

M - Thick, oily with low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth actually, depite how full bodied this beer is, it is velvety smooth.

D - A tasty beer for sure. This is a bit of a sting from the alcohol. I think a bit of age might help that. Otherwise, a very very good beer.

Genghis22, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a jet black with thick brown head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is strong coffee, roasted malty nuts and a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel was full and rich, and the taste took the coffee and roasted nuts of the nose up a notch. At 9.5%, I was a little surprised that the alcohol never made itself known in either the nose or taste.

This all rounded to a somewhat sweet, long and warming finish.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in PDX at Whole Foods.

A - Pours a solid, opaque, black with 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately slow leaving nice lacing.

S - Light roast coffee, wafts of dark chocolate, and cherry esters. Light bitter hops too.

T - Light coffee, dark chocolate, and piney hops. Very rich as you can imagine.

M - Super full bodied, well balanced, smooth, and surprisingly no alcohol.

D - Definitely worth the hype as it is a great beer. Very rich and full-bodied. Wish I would have busted out a cigar.

MisterClean, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with bkrefetz and thrown in as an extra by masterchiefMD. Both of these guys are excellent traders.

A- Pours jet black with a finger and a half of brown head into a snifter. Good lacing and excellent head retention.

S- Wow, this is probably one of the best smelling beers I've had. Lots of coffee, but not the overly roasted flavor like other coffee stouts. Also plenty of sweet, dark chocolate on the nose. These two dominating flavors complement each other very well.

T- I hate to have a large disparity between the smell and taste rankings, but this beer's main downfall was it's sweetness. There is a roasted flavor present, but the sweetness seems to really take hold and not let go. A bitter finish does arise eventually. Still, this beer tastes great.

M- Thick and a slightly oily feel. A little more carbonation than I'm used to in an Imperial Stout, but I think it does well in this beer.

D- Unfortunately, the high ABV and sweetness limits me to no more than one in a night. However, I kept wanting more and more as I drank it.

Overall, would I buy it again? Definitely. I think this is one of the best stouts I've had in awhile. Perhaps it is only surpassed by KBS in my books so far.

kbeals, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very dark mahogany, medium tan head of small bubbles, recedes relatively quickly leaving lacing and resolving into a layer of foam on surface.

S = Smells like dark roast coffee ground to an espresso powder, some smokiness. Quite strong espresso smell but not a lot else.

T = Very well balanced. As with the smell the dominant focus is on a very finely ground, dark roasted coffee bean, but there is also some bittersweet cocoa powder, dark fruits in the background.

M = Heavy body, great mouthcoating, luscious.

D = This is a tasty good brew, but it is not highly drinkable. A little goes a long way. That said, I will definitely come back to this one though.

Traquairlover, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of fiver29
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Smells like pure coffee. Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel. There is a subtle creaminess to it as well. Tastes like I'm enjoying a nice dark roast coffee. And I really like coffee. The coffee is way over the top and I really like that. Only slight hints of malt and hop appear here. This brew is for coffee lovers only.

fiver29, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of squaremile
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a reasonable head due to generous carbonation. Aroma is very nice, chocolate and coffee dominate, but you have to take it in strongly. The taste is more of the same, great sweetness and coffee presence, almost like a chocolate milkshake but with a hint of alcohol and a nice balancing bitterness. The mouthfeel is near perfect for me, it's creamy and weighty without turning into an oil slick or sludge. I could drink this all night. Bonus for a great label design. I love this beer.

squaremile, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. The color is opaque with a decent tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing down the glass. Tons of sediment, as it is bottle conditioned.

The smell is really good with a roasted bitterness, a touch of caramel sweetness, tons of coffee and a touch of alcohol character. The aromas are pretty balanced and don't seem to be confused or competing.

The taste is great with a really nice mouth feel. Creamy and sweet up front with a big coffee flavor following close after and lingering long into the finish. Hints of dark fruit and roasted malt also tease the palate. The finish is bitter with lots of coffee and a generous amount of alcohol.

Very enjoyable, the alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. The coffee flavor mixes well with the full mouth feel, giving the beer a balanced bitterness. If it wasn't almost $6 a bottle I'd look forward to having this again!

ClevoPiwo, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a syrupy black with a chocolate brown fizz that quickly dissipated resulting in zero head.

Surprisingly not as much of a coffee nose as I was expecting or hoping for maybe. A slight roast aroma with a very smooth malt fragrance.

Similar flavor to the smell, light coffee notes with and very light bitterness. Alcohol is hidden really well.

Smooth mounthfeel while still being rather thick in consistency.

Overall I would say that I was pretty happy with the characteristics if this brew. Subtle/smooth flavors and smell with a 9.5% abv could get some of us in trouble

Zadok, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of caskstrength
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Helped open my eyes to the beauty of the coffee stout.

appearance is what you'd expect. black. leathery head. decent carbonation, maybe a little too much, but this is easily remedied by an aggressive pour.

smells are sweet coffee, roated, some dark fruits try to push through.

taste is balanced. very balanced. roasted coffee with roasted malt with some hops and some subtle compliments that I like, but can't really identify. coffee dominates, for sure.

perfect mouthfeel.

coffee stout indeed. would like to have it fresh on tap some day.

caskstrength, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet. Inky black with a thick khaki colored head that thins but never goes away completely.

Very dry nose with subtle coffee but not much else. Coffee flavors up front throughout and in the finish. Also very dry aspinlike finish.

Great mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Abit too dry in the finish to give higher marks for drinkabliity.

Tastes like a better version of Ommegang's Choc Indulgece stout, but much better.

Have one more in the cellar. Wonder how it'll turn out...

ProudBeerSnob, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of light tan head. Rich espresso and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate hit the palate initially, with some nuttines. Full bodied without being viscous, rich with vigorous carbonation from the bottle conditioning. One sip definitely invites another and this beer was gone way too soon. A bit pricey, but no doubt one of the best impy stouts I've ever had. No description I can give will do this beer justice.

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on aug 17 2009

A this pours out of the bottle black, poured a massive dark head that stuck too the glass the whole way down. more light escapes from a black hole, this is looking good

S like dark roasted coffee grinds, and a fair bit of dark chocolate.

T the hype is for real! tastes great, super dark malts and extreme coffee. not sure where the booze is hiding, i can taste it but not 9.5% i see on the bottle.

M/D please pass me a knife and fork, nice and thick very nice. its a little dangerous how easy this is too drink

well done DDC keep making wonderful beer what more can i say

wordemupg, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Thou Shalt Not Be A Pig And Drink It All."

If Péché Mortel is not a mortal sin, it should be. And I shall. This beer is so dark it should be spelled with six e's: Beee eeer! Péché Mortel is incredible, and worth the price. It pours black, but there is this cool magenta corona where the side of the glass, the bottom and the light meet. Try it. The aroma was coffee, with alcohol bringing up the rear, (caught ya, you counted the e's in beee eeer, didn't you). The taste was coffee with a little cocoa, powerful but not abusive. The feel was thick, decadent and oily as hell. Drinkability, not really, but at 9.5 ABV go ahead and have two (you pig). This beer is definitely underrated, come on BA's. God, would I love to try this on tap once before I die.

kegger22, Aug 17, 2009
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,788 ratings.