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

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3,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,714
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 512
Gots: 561 | FT: 58
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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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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
Photo of BeerSox


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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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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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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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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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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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
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

A- Pours a deep black, letting absolutely no light through, even around the edges. One finger head has decent retention, and leaves minimal lacing. Twist off bottle does not appear to be dated (number codes on side of label are not notched or marked at all.)

S- Coffee, (obviously), is quite prevalent, but is backed by a large amount of overripe dark stone fruits, black patent malt, and a touch of alcohol. Also smells fairly sweet. Very nice.

F- The palate is overwhelmed by coffee flavors, that exist somewhere in the realm between a french press, dark roast, and an Italian espresso. Unfortunately, there also seems to be a bit of rancid coffee oils present as well... hidden, but they're there. Towards the middle more of the darker roasted malts come forward with an acrid bitterness that cuts the sweet coffee present up front. The finish lingers for minutes, and is quite nice.

M- Thick, full, creamy... perhaps just very slightly overcarbonated, but overall very nice.

D- Excellent again.... 9.5% is well hidden.

Overall, it is a pretty damn good coffee stout. That being said, I do feel this beer is far over hyped. The flavors are pronounced, and well balanced, and overall the beer is well crafted, but it just lacks a bit of depth and complexity... Perhaps they changed the recipe recently (my label does say that it is brewed with "fair-trade coffee") that is not indicated here on BA.

In the end, I feel that the Hitachino Espresso Stout is in the same upper price range, and is every bit as good, if not significantly better. Again, this "Mortal Sin" is damn good, but just doesn't live up to the hype.

06-19-2009 00:21:14 | More by phisig137
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3.18/5  rDev -27.7%

A- Pitch black with a big tan head that falls down to one finger.

S-Coffee and a slight tar iness. Slight rubberyness. Not overly pleasant.

T- Coffee up front. Very burnt. Huge bitterness from the grains and hops. No hop flavor. Slight alcohol. Much less rubber than the smell.

M-Pretty thick. Slight alcohol tongue numbing. Despite the big head, not much in the way of prickly carbonation.

D-the body and alcohol would keep me from drinking too many of these. That rubber though... not sure what that is. Distracting.

06-18-2009 02:26:01 | More by organicbrewer
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -11.8%

I have been looking forward to this beer for quite a while, and it is definitely a decent brew....maybe a bit overpriced, but if you are looking for a coffee kick, here's your beer.

The pour yields a midnight black oily brew with a thin head that fades like my hairline. Lacing is there, but not in a big way.

The smell and taste both make up for the lack of head, dominated by coffee. Straight dominated. There is some alcohol and dark chocolate hiding around in the background.

The mouthfeel could use a bit of beefing up, but the carbonation was right, good feel.

I couldn't drink more than a 12oz of this, I kind of struggled with that to be honest...very nice, just not my favorite.

06-18-2009 01:49:40 | More by grayburn
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3.7/5  rDev -15.9%

As expected, pour is thick gorgeous black crude. Sizable head of very dark chocolate mocha. Quite nice. Smell is all bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is much less hot than I anticipated, but there is a bitterness that I do not much care for, along with some char. The coffee is definately there, the dark chocolate too, but that sweetness has to contend a little bit too hard with the bitter burnt tastes for my liking. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but not as smooth as say, Speedway or Ten Fidy. This is a sipper for me, and not a repeat purchase. The alcohol is in check, but the flavors are just too intense and aggressive for me. It is a good beer to be sure, but there are other impy stouts I prefer to this one.

06-16-2009 16:02:09 | More by Onibubba
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottled 11/07, finally, I get to review one of this country's finest, my Canada includes Dieu Du Ciel. Opaque black with a thin tan head and sparse, wispy surface. Thin but sticky lace, a fair bit of sediment is left in the bottle. The aroma jumps right out of the glass with rich molasses, tree bark, cloves, dark chocolate, burnt coffee. Taste features a bit of hoppy astingency that is well under control, black coffee, bakers chocolate with an aftertaste that lingers; bitter notes, dry brazil nut texture and mouthfeel. Alcohol cleverly integrated, superbly handled. Dense, rich in the mouth, head easily regenerates. Wow. Very, very nice. I would not hesitate to stock my cellar with this at every opportunity.

06-16-2009 02:57:12 | More by ThatWineGuy
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Small head, dissipates very quickly.

A dark brown color, can't see through it, with a very faint reddish circle around the rim when held in the light.

A strong presence of coffee/espresso and molasses aromas.

Taste reminds me slightly of Patron XO, but without the alcohol burn. Good espresso and molasses flavors.

A tasty find- I will be getting more to put down and try later in the year to see what aging does. Good out of the bottle as well.

06-15-2009 01:20:45 | More by montecristo2
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4.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Enjoying this one right now. Pours an inky black with hints of brown around the edges. Not much head but it does leave lacing.
Smells like coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel and a hint of hops. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Chocolate and coffe up front with a strong roasty finish. Alcohol content is covered extremely well. Incredibly smooth, perfectly carbed. I could drink a bunch of these easily!

06-14-2009 22:44:02 | More by NewGeneric
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4.53/5  rDev +3%

11.5oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Péché Mortel poured black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. There was a decent amount of lace in the beginning; however, the glass finished clear.

The smell and taste were wonderful, dominated by coffee flavors without the bitterness and a trace of dark, but again not bitter, chocolate. The feel was super creamy with nothing remotely unpleasant left on the tongue. The high alcohol content left warmth that perfectly complimented the creamy feel.

Péché Mortel is the perfect after-dinner drink, but also enjoyable on a hot lazy afternoon. It was a great experience that would appeal to non-beer drinkers as well as beer advocates. Very very nice.

06-14-2009 20:34:51 | More by MetalHopHead6
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

I typically shy away from imports as they lack the character and intensity that a lot of American craft brews have. This beer, on the other hand, is so full of flavor and complexity, that it may change my outlook on imports as a whole. Here is my review:

A: Pours a pitch black color. No light is going to penetrate this monster. Head was tan and small, which ultimately dissipated to a film over the beer. No lacing, which is a little dissapointing.

S: Massive roasted coffee aroma. Smells better than freshly made coffee. Smells a little bittersweet. Hints of chocolate. This is awesome.

T: Wow. This might be the best coffee stout I have ever tasted. Initially, all you get is a massive roasted coffee flavor. It is a little acidic. Then, once you get used to the strong coffee presence, other great flavors are buried beneath. Big, bittersweet chocolate flavors. More dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Lots of roasted malts. Very well rounded flavors that are very robust and intense. Best import I have ever tasted.

M: Very creamy and thick. This does coat the mouth very nicely. Super smooth and just delicious.

D: It is 9.5% ABV, which does hurt it a little. Other than that, this is so creamy and smooth and just a treat. A definite sipper.

This is what it is about. Excellent beer. It is a little expensive at $5.50 a 11.5oz bottle, but it is worth every cent. It has got more complexity and body than Founders Breakfast Stout, so check this out if you like that brew. Highest recommendation.

06-13-2009 20:27:42 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

Start of by just saying WOW.

Recieved from a trade with bmanning and guzzle211. Both sent one bottle not sure which I drank, but thanks !!!!

Pours an extreme black color with a nice brown head. The head formation is just plain greatness. The head forms with ease and should be done slowly and at an angle with this brew. The head it's self is not just a foamy bubbles that will leave soon, it is a thick clumpy cloud of foam that amazes me. The fragrance was nice and the coffee was very prominant. Though it was lovely mellow coffee scent with a chocolate/mollasses undertone to it.
The taste for this Coffee Imperial is straight up Coffee, but it does not blow out your taste buds. The Coffee flavor is the dominant taste that is backed up by a Mollasses and Chocolate flavor. The three flavors for me felt well balanced with the Coffee in the front. This brew was very smooth and carbonation was perfect. This brew I think is the perfect example of a well hidden high alcohol percentage brew. After threw drink it's self the alcohol level still did not hit me and I left wanting to have more. Love this stout and will continue to drink more of it.

06-12-2009 18:07:26 | More by BZero007
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%

This one pours a deep, dark brown - near black - with a tan head and lacing. The aroma is awesome - it is definitely coffee dominated, with some brown sugar and light, raisin esters. The taste is very good - nicely balanced, with notes of coffee and milk chocolate. The alcohol shines through in the end with a little heat, and mild astringency. The body is a little thin as well. Overall, an enjoyable imperial stout, but I would like to see a little more body and a little less heat from the alcohol.

06-11-2009 12:32:53 | More by DousedInStout
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Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured this 341ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Completely opaque but not quite black; more deep, dark brown. Nice change from the usual jet-black stout. Frothy mocha head dissipates to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Pungent minerals, espresso, sweet dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, sweet dark fruit and caramel. Some faint hops in the background. This couldn't really smell much better.

Huge espresso flavour. Cocoa, roasted malt, nice hops on the finish. Tastes like a perfect balance of a good espresso and a great stout. The 9.5% ABV is nowhere to be found, aside from the buzz it produces. So smooth and tasty. This is a taste I can call up in my memory like it's actually in my mouth; it's that memorable.

This is a little thinner that I'd like it to be; still nice but a little on the watery side. For my taste it would be improved by being a little thicker. Light carbonation.

So drinkable. This beer is really intense so I wouldn't want to drink it too often or in too large a quantity but it's a beer I end up craving regularly. This is easily the best coffee stout I've tried and the standard by which I measure all others (until I find a better one, I suppose, but I'm still waiting...).

06-10-2009 05:51:45 | More by eat
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4.18/5  rDev -5%

Got this along with a couple of other brew through a BIF from which I don't know the sender. No freshness date on the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Bottle contians a nice little story about their brewing process and the coffee that's used.

I had actually wanted to get my hands on this for a while now, but couldn't seem to find it. So glad to see that someone could read my mind on wanting it!

I'm not going to waste a lot of time with this review, because it's the simplest one I've done...hands down! If you like coffee, and you like beer, then this is your perfect brew. To me, it's almost like an iced coffee without the ice. The alcohol is barely even present, and all you can taste is COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, and MORE COFFEE! It's as if you are chewing on coffee beans. As you can tell, I like coffee.

06-08-2009 20:21:22 | More by BitterPachyderm
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -19.3%

This poured black as hell with the slightest red highlight appearing only when held up to light. The thin brown head didn't hang around for long at all. Aroma was of super strong coffee and chocolate. The flavor was totally dominated by super burnt malt and roasted coffee. I love coffee beer but i think the coffee flavor was taken too far. The feel was super velvety smooth. One bottle of this is all i would need due to the extreme coffeeness goin on here but its fairly drinkable as the alcohol is well hidden.

06-08-2009 04:24:14 | More by kbnooshay
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

a: black center with some brown light filtering through the periphery, modest mocha head recedes to a nice layer and ring

s: fantastic coffee aroma - thick, rich espresso and light roast coffee, completely smooth and without any acrid burnt character whatsoever, backed with an underlying body of baker's chocolate and some caramel hidden behind all that roast, nuances of woody citrus imparted by the hops, almost smells dessert like - perhaps tiramisu - without the distracting sweetness, fantastic

m: carbonation is on the low side, and the body medium-full

t: vivid, fresh medium roast coffee upfront backed by a mostly dry cocoa and only a touch of raw sugars, turns all coffee towards the finish, with a building astringent roast effect, very nice - and the coffee presence is spot on - but something seems to be missing, perhaps a light kick of malt complexity would remedy this

d: exceptionally easy given the high abv, and a great coffee stout at that

single bottle from The Perfect Pour, Elkridge, MD

06-06-2009 02:34:24 | More by blackie
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Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev 0%

341ml bottle. The shelves of my local bottleshop (really there is only one in this burg) were recently invaded by the offerings of this microbrewery from la Belle Province. Due to the dear six-pack price (what, no Free Trade within our own freaking country?), I decided to forestall investigation of the other mixed packs, to finally have a go at this. What is it with the Quebecois brewers and their predilection with the Christian afterworld? Oh, right.

This beer pours a total and complete black hole, destroyer of light, nothing from the Crayola spectrum even permissible at the edges, with three fingers of vigorous, thick, yet frothy, tan head, which leaves a broad array of chunky, sudsy lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells strongly, in no uncertain terms, of your local Italian coffee shop's espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, a twinge of boozy vanilla, some mild anise-heavy ouzo notes, and musty, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter espresso up front, once again, hefty chocolate malt dutifully following up, and instantly coating the palate, and then slowly dropping away to reveal some soft, dry black licorice, and nicely pedestrian earthy, and kind of dusty hops. A skulking, yet benevolently restrained booze warming hangs about, here and there.

The carbonation is very mild, the body a stately Rubenesque form, with an attendant creamy smoothness, one hardly even surmountable by the swirling booze notes. It finishes rather softly, really, with a slight adult, fruity-chocolate holiday treat essence.

A lovely, let you down easy imbiber, in the sense that it makes you forget the initial full-frontal, and maybe overbearing flavour assault, so that you immediately plunge in for another go-round, and...repeat, until you're surprised the glass is empty, and the booze you didn't notice at all before decides to fully join the party. Worthy of its rep, a probably a lot more. Mon dieu, et d'habitude, je n'aime pas même de café...

06-06-2009 01:07:08 | More by biboergosum
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3.63/5  rDev -17.5%

Served in my Great Lakes snifter.

This beer pours a medium black that is brown around the edges where light is creeping in. A one finger head and nice consistent lacing. As the glass gets less and less full I can see some sediment at the bottom, which I assume is coffee grounds.

The nose is strong and slightly astringent/alcoholic. Smells mostly of coffee and grapes. Taste is heavy on the dark coffee, and quite bitter. This beer leaves that thick bitter aftertaste that seems to last forever.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating yet amply carbonated. Drinkability for me is relatively low due to the density of the coffee flavor, overpowering bitterness, and especially the boozy smell.

This is a good beer, but I'm afraid that I'm in the minority who will not regularly seek out it out. For me it was just too one-dimensional on the coffee end. I'd much rather hit up some Founders Breakfast Stout if I am in the mood for an espresso beer.

06-03-2009 03:55:10 | More by AVDeuph
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer pours an opaque black, with a half finger of tan head that recedes to a 1/3 inch film that remains the whole way down. Nice wispy lacing left on the glass. Nose is strong coffee, almost espresso-like in nature. There is a touch of dark chocolate, and the alcohol is very much present in the nose. The taste is very boozy up front but as the beer warms it subsides and is virtually undetectable. Deep roasted malts, with espresso flavoring hit the taste buds first. There is brown sugar, dark chocolate and a dry roastiness that borders on burnt. The finish has a light hop bitterness with some fruitiness that is perhaps slight black cherries. Fuller body, with decent carbonation, clean feel with a dryer finish. This is a great beer to sit with, a lower AVB would make it a way more sessionable beer but too good to want to put down!

06-03-2009 01:00:59 | More by Jayli
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,714 ratings.