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

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4,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,136
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 567
Gots: 641 | FT: 58
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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 tewaris
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Péché Mortel
9.5% ABV
11.5 oz bottle with a twist-off cap (odd!) and no freshness date poured into big Brandy snifter on September 27, 2010. The guy at the store had told that it was very fresh

Appearance 4.5/5
Pours clear and very dark brown, and looks pitch black in the glass. The head is thick, creamy, dark brown with good retention, but minimal lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts in plenty. No hops.

Taste 4/5
Acidic and fruity coffee notes with some malty sweetness, but the balance is decidedly towards bitter coffee. Medium finish with plenty of roast and a long, luxurious roasty aftertaste, full of coffee bitterness. Warming, but never boozy. Similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, this stout is all about coffee.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
A bigger body won't hurt this beer and less carbonation would probably make it silkier. This one would be sublime on cask!

Drinkability 5/5
The 9.5% ABV never bothers, yet the body and finish are suitable for this style and alcohol. Very good.

A fine beer, and a treat for coffee lovers. Between this and Founders Breakfast, I will go with the latter because of the price, but that doesn't alter the scores!

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

Notes from 8/28/10 at 2:16pm with TChopraver craving hops as he does and BuckyFresh as fresh as he will ever be.

Pours pitch black with a half finger tan head. The head lingers with strange bubble pockets with lacing providing circular foam globules around the glass.

There is plenty of coffee in the nose next to sweet malts. I also get some ashtray smell (in a good way), chocolate, roasty notes, and scents of liquors. The heat from this brew stings my nose.

Subtle sweet malts up front which gives way to tobacco and earth. A big does of coffee comes in at the end adding acidity and bitterness. If the earth made a beer, this would be it...it is very earthy. The flavor profile changes throughout the sip and finishes with a good amount of heat.

This is very lovely in the mouth and smooth on the tongue. There is a bit of sting throughout with a nice drying in the end.

This is a solid drinker and I have not had anything like it. I would recommend this unique brew to all beer lovers.

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

Enjoyed with TCGoalie and TCHopCraver. Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying the beer.

Appearance: Pours a syrupy brown with a tan, one-finger head. Lots of bubbling activity for a stout; almost looks like a witch's mini beer cauldron (if witches made beer). Decent head retention and lacing. After the head recedes, there are big bubble pockets riding on the surface of the beer. Because of the amount of carbonation, this one is very excitable when gyrated (that's what she said).

Smell: Hot, boozy oak and chocolate. Bourbon, molasses, and a burnt tobacco smell are also present. I'm also getting some coffee and dark fruits, with maybe a touch of vanilla extract rounding things out.

Taste: The first thing that came to my mind was biting into a tree. The palate starts off sweet and creamy, but evolves quickly into an oak flavor, and eventually ending with bitter coffee. Finishes dry, but the alcohol sticks with you for a while and works all of your tongue's "erogenous zones."

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied. Starts creamy and ends quite bitter. Coffee bitterness is sustained throughout, but is most pronounced at the end.

Drinkability: Very delicious and well-balanced, but probably more of a sipper.

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

On tap at bluedog chalfont.

A- comes to the table with a cm or so of tan head that holds rather well. Black as black can get in color.

S- big time coffee and dark chocolate, smoke and char, hint of milky sweetness.

T- sweet cocoa, coffee and cream. Complex layers of dark roasted malts and dates. Some molasses and brown sugar.

M- full bodied with a bit of chew and stick. Mid level small bubbled carb.

D- wonderful brew. This is what a coffee stout should taste like. One of the best beers I've ever had on tap.

Photo of zoso1967
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with not a whole lot of carbonation in this bottle. This has to be one of the darkest stouts out there. It has a small deep mocha colored head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves just a small ring around the edge of the glass, and leaves splashy lace.

The aroma is laden with rich coffee, dark chocolate (I mean dark, like 85% cocoa), smoky tobacco, toasted almonds and some earthy burnt smells.

The flavor is quite similar with tons of rich crushed coffee beans dominating. More dark chocolate, smoke and charred wood make their way past the immense coffee flavor, as well as toasted nutty flavors and some vanilla notes. This stout does not come off as sweet at all, just rich and roasty. It is pretty incredible how much coffee flavor they packed into it, and at the same time how easy it is to appreciate the supporting cast of flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium and seems to finish somewhat dry with a bit of a burnt astringency. It leaves some nice bitter coffee and chocolate flavors that linger on the tongue.

Not only is this a world class stout, but it really has a uniqueness to it that I appreciate. Drinking this is a lot like drinking fine iced coffee, but with pleasant beer characteristics as well. I found it to be quite drinkable with none of the ABV showing through at all. This beer lives up to its reputation.

Photo of adkirkish
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured pitch black with a thin and creamy mocha head. Head maintained around the ring of the glass, but no lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and chocolate malt upfront w/ coffee overnotes. Light roasted malt rounding out in the background. Light alcohol warmth coming off of the nose as well. No hop aromatics / esthers.

F: Sweet / Bitter chocolate malt upfront, followed by an intense roasted malt and coffee flavor that carries through to the finish. No hop flavor. The balance is dominant coffee 80/20 to the chocolate malt.

M: Heavy bodied and medium heavy mouthfeel on the verge of viscous. Light creaminess. Light alcohol warmth.

O: Finely crafted and a great recipe. Highly enjoyed upon the recommendations of so many that I know. My only beef is with the mouthfeel and head development and retention. Had to pour aggressively to get the head to form up and wasn't very apparent. With a heavier dose of head and creamier mouthfeel, this would be perfect IMO. Otherwise outstanding in every other category.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Melted French chocolate with wisps of vanilla, roasted mocha java coffee, milk chocolate brown head, scattered lace, black as pen ink body. Taste...dark chocolate followed by coffee...followed by roasted barley...followed by a dominating bitter alcohol kick in the back. The finish to me is just too intense for some reason. Maybe its the combination of bitter coffee, burnt malt and alcohol, but it kicks harder than some 11% and above stouts I have had. Finish aside, the ingredients somehow manage to showcase their uniquely enjoyable qualities while managing to be integrated; nevertheless there is some astringency. The low to medium carbonation accentuated the oily, medium-bodied, velvet-like mouth feel. So smooth..A solid coffee stout for sure.

Photo of azorie
3.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Creamy Average head poured into mug at 45 degrees, and was 38F, letting it warm. good sticky lacing was light brown, body is black of course. well it looks like a coffee stout, LOL

s: one gets a heavy burnt coffee, and biter almond smell, as it warms you get the booze. if there are any hops they are overpowered by the coffee, its about all I can get really. in fact I get nothing else but some old burnt out Starbucks, coffee.

T: not as bad as the overpowering smell. Very heavy coffee, with some dark dark chocolate added in. I just cannot get much else. Smoke maybe. Very bitter. i usually love coffee stouts, this one not so much.

m: Heavy thick, gritty. bitter, slightly chalky, low carbonation

D: smooth, but not easy to drink

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

Reviewed on 8/28/10 prior to attending the Traverse City Microbrew Festival. Thanks, TCGoalie for this treat. Split two 11.2 oz. bottles between TCGoalie, BuckyFresh, and myself.

A: I think this is the prettiest stout that I've seen. It pours nearly pitch black with a nice 1 finger, mocha head into my very large snifter. The head was like the top of a carboy as beer is fermenting - tumultuously bubbly. The lacing is splashy and sticky.

S: Big coffee notes at first, backed up by a dark chocolate and alcoholic heat in my nostrils. Some tobacco and leather undertones are also present. This is a big and creamy smelling beer. I am also smelling hazelnut, amaretto, kahlua, and lots of vanilla in Peche Mortel.

T: Right as the beer hits the tip of my tongue, I get a nice cigar smoke character, which is complemented by a lovely biting, acidic coffee flavor throughout the sip. In the middle of each draught, the rich, creamy, and sweet flavors cascade onto the middle of my palate. Then at the end of each sip, that acidic coffee taste reemerges from the background. This is a very earthy taste.

M: There is a lot going on here - a great bite on the sides of my mouth throughout, while the middle of the sip reveal a full, rich, creaminess. Those two feels balance each other wonderfully.

D: This is a very complex beer that I will certainly have again. The heavy bitterness does knock it down just a wee bit for me, though, as I wouldn't want to have too much in a sitting.

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

Poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A : Pours a deep black with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that disappearce fast to no head , Nice lacing on the glass

S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes with a hint of vinous fruit as well.

T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel as well. As it warms the flavors start to come more to life

M: Very smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is pretty bitter , like coffee with àlote of milk.

D: Very drinkable, this is an exceptionally beer.

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

A- Iced coffee look. Dark black with beautiful creamy head.

S- Mocha and coffee, a small hint of vanilla. Pretty much an espresso aroma. It was great, but a bit too faint.

T- Coffee and mocha at the front and shots of espresso. Tasted like it even had the cream in it. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Tastes like what I'd like my coffees to taste like in the morning.

M- Medium body and full feeling, but goes down a bit watery.

D- Extremely drinkable. Everybody who likes coffee would probably like this, and then quite a few more. Will absolutely be having this beer again. 12oz was not enough for me. I'd very much love to get a bomber.

One year after reviewing, this has come out again and I've done a side by side. The year old bottle seems to have really opened up. The fresh stuff tastes somewhat one dimensional in comparison. Strangely enough a lot of the coffee is still present in the year old bottle, although it doesn't have the bitter bite it had before. The booziness takes on more of a licorice taste after a year or so and it furthers the complexity.

Ultimately, I think the tap version is optimal, and that a year of age slightly edges out the fresh. Regardless, I think that whatever form this beer is in, it won't cease to amaze.

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

I've had this many times, and I looove it. Can't believe I've never reviewed it before.

It pours with a nice thick dark 1 finger fluffy head that leaves some memory of lacing on the sides. The beer is essentially pitch black, and leaves some nice legs on the sides of the glass.

THe nose brings all the great stuff you would expect. Lots of dark malts, some caramel, plenty of roasted barley, some chocolate, bakers chocolate and a little bitter dark chocolate. It has a slight sweetness aroma to it as well, accentuated by some caramel and hint of vanilla. There is some oatmeal as well, and a creamy touch. Also got plenty of coffee, and earthy fresh roasted somewhat dark roasted coffee bean. Even a hint of some spicy earthy hops, but not much.

Taste is transcending! Creamy, with a slight chocolate milk, plenty of dark and bakers chocolate. Also lots of malts, plenty of roasted barley, chocolate malt, and some crystal malt. A little caramel flavor and some sweetness, but not a lot. More oatmeal blends with the creamy taste. It does have a slight minerality flavor from the roast, but is very manageable for the heavieness of the beer. It's got some bitterness, a little from the roast and some light earthy hops I think. Also the coffee is there, some nice earthy soil like roasted coffee, but the coffee flavor is lower. It's pretty rich and thick, creamy, smooth, delicate on the tongue but clings to the mouth. The finish comes with more of the smooth luscious feel and taste, with a little stickiness to the mouth. More bitterness comes through, with slight hops and plenty of earthy roast bitterness. Unfortunately the minerality and salty brine quality comes through more on the finish. A slight warming booze as well, but that is very manageable for 9.5%.

The mouth is nice and rich, pretty thick, smooth and creamy, with decent carbonation.

It doesn't have the best drinkability. It does get help for drinking like a 6-7% abv beer and not 9.5, but the bitterness comes out a little too much, and the briny salty flavor takes quite a bit from it. It also doesn't cling to the mouth as much as I expected, which also helps the drinkability. Althought, I think the age of this one helps, being about 1.5 to 2 years old, so it doesn't drink as hot as a fresh one would.

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

11.5oz (weird number but ok) bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring leaving a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is so complex with notes of chocolate milk, coffee, fudge, and vanilla.

T: The taste is dark roasted coffee at first which leads to a bakers chocolate and vanilla finish. This almost tastes like it's barrel aged but of course it's not.

M: The feel is creamy but slightly thin for the style. Always seems like some coffee imperial stouts are thinner than regular imperial stouts.

D: Highly drinkable besides the high abv. I'd drink it again if I had access to this.

If you like coffee stouts this is a must try. It really reminded me of Terrapin Wake-N-Bake and GI BCCS. Although I might go after the Terrapin first due to price.

Photo of glazeman
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a snifter

A: Black in color with a 1 finger mocha colored head. Moderate retention and moderate lacing.

S: Espresso, cinnamon, and some alcohol heat on the nose. Nice balance, and nice intensity of the smell.

T: Intense coffee flavors up front, that border on being overwhelming. Probablly more coffee flavor than any other coffee stout I have had. Thankfully they fade into dark fruits and chocolate. While this starts of pretty bold, it finishes smooth.

M: The mouthfeel was the most underwhelming part of this beer for me. Just too thin for my expectations in a . Decent aftertaste and carbonation though.

D: Not the most drinkable coffee stout I have had, but not that bad either. Overall this seems more like an exercise of how much coffee can you get in a beer. It's almost like drinking a cup of coffee with some schnapps added or something. Interesting, but not overly drinkable. This is the first beer that I can honestly say I'd be intrigued to try ABOVE room temperature.

Photo of newk340
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with hu5om in NB goblets

A: inky black pour with a thin khaki foam ring.

S: VERY bitter chocolate, nothing else seems to permeate.

T: initial blast of bitter chocolate that quickly permeates the entire mouth, leaving a lasting, but warming, coffee aftertaste.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of carb that gives way to a smooth, but bitter/dry, finish. certainly couldn't handle more than one in a night.

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

Pours a pitch black with a thick tan colored head, which slowly fades, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

Scents of coffee are noticeable immediately after pouring. Notes of bittersweet chocolate are also present.

Taste is very strong on the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. There is a slight hint of alcohol, but it doesn't seem like a 9.5% beer.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Finish is dry. This beer is extremely easy to drink because it hides the alcohol so well. It is definitely a sipping beer and one that can be enjoyed slightly cool but it really comes alive as it warms.

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

A great double stout. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color, no light getting through anywhere.Huge tan head that shrinks down to a big tan head and good lacing.

I opened the bottle and set it down. I got the first whiff of the aroma from the bottle sitting on the table!!! Big nose, coffee, malts and semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste is excellent!! Coffee and malts with a little semi sweet chocolate and either a touch of vanilla or alcohol. Perfectly blended and tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and very smooth.

Drinkability is good, goes down easy for a big beer

This is truly a world class stout!!!!

Photo of thierrynantes
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (34.1 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : coffee aromas
Taste and mouthfeel : strong notes of roasted malt and coffee, bitter chocolate and dry finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Imperial Stout

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

Delicious coffee stout. This one is up there with Speedway and Beer Geek Breakfast for me.

It's a good looking beer. Jet black with a foamy, brown head. It actually has to be pretty thin before the liquid shows brown.

The aroma isn't as full of coffee as expected. There's actually quite a bit of creamy chocolate in there. It smells like a scoop of chocolate ice cream splashed with a shot of espresso. Unfortunately, it's a bit weak compared to the other components of the beer.

The taste has more coffee. It's actually almost overpowered by coffee, but it's an excellent coffee flavor. There's some roast, chocolate and a bit of lactic flavor, as well. The beer would probably be fairly sweet if it wasn't for the bitterness of the coffee.

Mouthfeel is velvety and thick. It fits the beer well and helps the flavors along nicely. It's quite drinkable, and I'm not someone who usually takes well to lots of caffeine in my coffee stouts (and this one definitely has a lot of caffeine). It's just such a good coffee flavor with such a rich, smooth feel that the jitters aren't too noticeable.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage. Pours quite viscously into my Stone Old Guardian Snifter. Huge, tight, creamy, light brown head covering an absolutely pitch black body. Immense rings of lacing left by each sip on the glass. The head remains fully intact throughout the entire experience. Intense fresh roast coffee aroma, accompanied by French Vanilla, sweet chocolate, and some smoke. Taste is, wow, amazing if you even remotely like the taste of coffee. Naturally sweetened coffee up front followed by a chocolaty and coffee bitterness, with a light brandy aftertaste. Best tasting cold espresso that I have ever had. Thick, syrupy, mouthcoating mouthfeel, with light, playful bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden. Great stout!

Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown, almost black colour with an average size frothy and fizzy light brown head. It looked like syrup coming out the bottle, very thick for a beer. I can't see much carbonation due to the colour of the beer. There is some great lacing and the head lasted for a while.

Smell - I can smell some chocolate, coffee, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has a decent amount of carbonation on the tongue, but it still feels thick and velvety. Most noticeable is the coffee and chocolate flavours, also some hops and a peppery spice mix. The beer actually left my lips and mouth with a warm and tingling feeling. Perhaps cinnamon and cloves? It ends with a bitter coffee bean aftertaste.

Drink - potent stuff, lots of coffee flavour.. best to be drank with small sips after a meal. At 9.5%, it hides the alcohol very well. Another great beer from Dieu Du Ciel.

Photo of Spider889
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this single at The Andersons Market off of Sawmill in Columbus.

Wow, after prying off the cap I saw that this was a twist off... something slightly off-putting about that.

Dark black stout, with a rich toffee head of roughly 3/4 a finger. Thick legs of lace ooze slowly down from the blanket around the rim from my initial pour.

Smells delightful! Rich, full-bodied coffee scent. Slightly sweet. Some vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate. Roasted and bready, this is a complex stout so far...

The flavor is not quite as good. I have seen this pretty readily compared to Founders Breakfast Stout, and I must say that this isn't quite as balanced or desirable. This is, however, still a world-class coffee stout nonetheless. Light notes of dark roasted coffee, then bam! a slap in the face by the alcohol. Up front, and burning all the way down, this is drinking strong for 9.5%. I'd say that the alcohol is likely the biggest reason I prefer Founders. The finish is full of coffee bitterness and a light hop prickle on the tongue. Only faintly sweet, the dark malt rounds out the bill.

Medium bodied, this is smooth and pleasant the swish in the mouth. Lightly carbonated, and loads of sticky dryness left behind.

This is certainly a beer I'd be happy to buy again. The alcohol is still a little higher than I'd prefer, if only because it masks some of the amazing flavor in this brew.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

08/30/10- Had an 11.2 oz bottle of this one.
A: Black with some brown hues, small caramel head turns to a nice collar/film.
S: Caramel, molasses, strong espresso, bourbon vanilla, mild fresh bananas/oats/whipped cream.
T: BITTER espresso, molases and caramel, roasted oats, bitter alcohol finish. Lingering very burnt flavor.
M: Very frothy cream, sticky.
D: One glass is enough.

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...

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,136 ratings.