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

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4,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,066
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 540
Gots: 620 | FT: 55
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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 Kala1073
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an oily black body with a dark tan colored head which was present until the end. The smell was of roasted malts, a really strong smell of alcohol, and a hint of coffee. The taste caught me off guard a little. The first initial taste was bitter, then the alcohol took over, followed lastly by an intense coffee flavor. I must say, after drinking the Mikkeller Breakfast stout, I was expecting the same result, but to my surprise I really enjoyed this stout. This is definitely a sipping beer, but the drinkability for 9.5% was pretty good. All in all, a very tasty beer!

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle served in shaker pint.

A: Pours just about black. Three fingers of mocha head initially. Dwindles to about a finger after a minute. Clingy lace.

S: Rich coffee scent. Sweet milk chocolate that is balanced by bitter coffee. Big roasted malt.

T: Similar to scent. Roasty toasty malt. Very authentic coffee flavor. Baker's chocolate. Some hop bitterness. A very solid dose of bitterness from both the coffee and the malt in the finish. Pleasant aftertaste. As it warms, coffee berries are present in the finish.

M: Soft and creamy. Just enough carbonation. A little more viscosity would make it perfect.

D: Easy to drink. Complex and interesting. I wouldn't really desire another, but that isn't the intention of this beer.

A very good beer in a genre that is absolutely saturated with amazing choices. Péché Mortel is as good as any in this category.

Photo of floraday
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle 3/10 into snifter

A: Jet black with dark brown/tan head which leads to gentle bubbles and fine lacing.

S: Loads of coffee and roasted malts upfront. Big suprise. Followed by loads of caramel and toffee. Intense in the nose. The caramel aromas are amazing.

T: Roasted malt and espresso upfront but the caramel comes through rather quickly. The caramel tones in this brew are quite unique. Some dark stewed fruit comes through at the end. Slight RS on the palate.

M: Perfect! Malts are awesome. No bitter coffee flavors, amazing! Nice and thick on the tongue. Lingers on the palate. Fantastic brew!

D: Very easy to drink, but due to EtOH should keep a limit to one. Love this beer and should be shared with friends. Enjoy!

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

Pours a black color with a nice caramel colored head. Has an aroma of smoke, coffee, and chocolate with hints of dark fruit. Bitter with the coffee bite, then some nice chocolate notes. Smokiness on the backend. Some dark fruit mixed in nicely. Very subtle. Lovely brew. Worthy of it's high praise.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How about a little real coffee flavor in your Imperial Coffee Stout?
If you like the combination of heavy roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with a bitter finish, then you'll just love the Imperial Stout. The color is very dark, dark brown with very little tan foam and no lace on the side of the glass. Although this stout has 9.5 alc/vol, you can't really tell unless you read the bottle or drink it on an empty stomach. The flavor and bitterness hide the flavor of alcohol.

Photo of Macca
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pours an inky black with an ok light brown head. Good retention.

Not sure if I can describe the aroma but I'll try. Obviously coffee is up front. Intense espresso. Also get some alcohol in there. Some bitter chocolate as well. Also something else which I struggle to hold onto. Some sort of sweetness over the top of the bitterness. There was some smokiness first up as well.

The smokiness is even stronger on the palate. More sweetness. Amazing length.

What a lush mouthfeel. Wonderful.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of beerman207
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night - has a nice tan head that sticks around a while - lacikng all over the glass - wow.

S: Very good - picking up coffee tones immediately - good malt and bitter in the nose and perhaps some vanilla in there. Good nose.

T: Great taste here with malt, coffee, and the vanilla tones coming through strong- doesn't get much better here for this style.

M: Not too thick - could be a bit thicker in my opinion but then again I had a bottle of dark lord last night so I might be a bit tainted.

D: Could have another one of these no problem - after that it will be brutal as I would be in the bag.

Photo of airohead2001
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Westvleteren snifter.

A - Good looking stout - appearance reminds me very much of KBS. Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger head that eventually fades to a rim of bubbles on the edge of the glass that stick around for the remainder of the drink. Great, thick, lacing that coats the glass.

S - Fresh coffee, roasts, plums, other dark fruits, and booze.

T - Sweet coffee up front, warming booze in the middle, followed by a bitter espresso finish. Just outstanding.

M - Perfect. This beer is thick, sticky, and lightly carbonated. Perfect for an imperial stout. Not as thick as motor oil, ala Dark Lord, but not as thin as many impy stouts that have disappointed me.

D - Quite drinkable. The alcohol heat and the bitter espresso finish limit the drinkability, but I could easily drink two of these at least...and then be really hammered if I did.

This was the second time I've tasted this beer, but the first time that I've been able to give it a fair review. Overall, I am VERY impressed. This one is just outstanding.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours jet black with a small (maybe 1 finger) caramel/toffee colored head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Espresso and smokey peat with some dried fruits underneath. Hints of chocolate covered espresso beans (although that chocolate is very faint compared to that big espresso bean).

Taste: Espresso espresso espresso... The dark roasted espresso beans really pop in this brew. The roasted character develops as the brew warms and leaves a nice bitterness on the back end, however that bitterness is more the bitterness you get from black coffee than the bitterness you get from hops.

Mouthfeel: Super viscous and creamy, although leaves the mouth clean and almost a bit sticky.

Drinkability: If you like coffee, especially the dark roasted kind, this is your pride and joy. One might call it a one trick pony as this beer is all coffee, but seeing as how that's the point...it's spectacular. The coffee in this brew tastes fresh and used perfectly...outstanding.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark cocoa black with a small light brown mocha head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of big espresso and coffee with some dark chocolate and roasty malts as well.

Taste is truly great, lots of big rich decedent coffee up front with a lot of bitter dark chocolate in the finish. Some bitter hops come through in the finish as well. Lot of carbonation on the tongue as well. This beer is really something.

Mouthfeel is full, bubbly, and creamy. Very good in this department as well.

Highly drinkable, especially for the 9.5% ABV. Very good beer, I recommend it to every fellow coffee lover.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours coffee-black, with a tan, two-finger head that recedes quickly to a thick cap. Some sheeting on the glass, but it doesn't stick around very long.

S - Coffee is upfront, obviously. Strong french roast coffee. Not quite as strong as I expected. Followed up by chocolate, more bitter dark chocolate than sweet, although that characteristic is there as well. A bit of alcohol toward the end.

T - The bitterness of dark chocolate leads things off, then the coffee kicks in. Definitely a dark roast, it keeps the bitter theme going. There's a hint of alcohol in there, but it's more complimentary than distracting. It works with the bitterness. This is one of my favorite styles, and it's a great example of it. Delicious.

M - Thick and velvety. Carbonation is just right, and it coats the tongue and doesn't fade very quickly.

D - While this style appeals to me, I can see where the bitter flavors can start to wear over time. Factor in the high-ish abv and I can't see me getting past maybe two of these in a sitting. Although I might try.

O - This is not a good beer, it's a great one. I love coffee stouts, and this one hits all the right notes for me. I just wish I could find it for a cheaper price, I'd drink it for breakfast every morning.

Photo of PSUDREW
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a wonderful pitch color. tan head that sits for a while, with some lacing
S: Roasted Malts, chocolate. and some boozey odors
T: Rich, but surprisingly dry. Lots of coco and sweet as well, maybe some caramel,roasted & little bit of coffee at the end. For being so strong, I really didn't notice alcohol in it
M: For it's strength, pretty middle of the road. Drinking it in the summer and it isn't weighing me down
D: Good. I think I could go through a couple during the winter/fall, but here in some, I can do more then 1

Photo of andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dirty motor oil black with a thick chocolate brown foamy head. Settled leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted coffee beans, espresso beans, cocoa.

T - Very tasty treat! Sweet chocolate malts come off strong at first, and the high ABV alcohol comes off sweet and lingers a bit. Toffee, caramel and roasted coffee are the prominent flavours on the finish.

M - Surprisingly light, I was expecting it to be a lot thicker based on the pour, but they nailed the carbonation on this one as it is very smooth and drinkable.

D - The high ABV is not overly noticeable making this a delicious, but dangerous, bevy. A nice dessert beer, jam packed with flavour. Dieu Du Ciel comes through with another winner!

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

Cracked while anticipating the next US World Cup game

A - pours black with a tan head

S - smells, as you would expect, of tons of coffee with some sweet, dark chocolate flavors

T - the taste starts with loads of roasted malts and coffees that fades into some bitter dark chocolates that is mixed with a touch of vanilla. The taste that lingers on the palate is a chocolate coffee taste. Taste is very, very spot on for a coffee stout. I feel like some are not as bold or lack other flavors as Peche; this finds its stride nicely.

M - nice carbonation and a medium body. Nice body for a stout.

D - this is a fantastic beer. I love the coffee/roasty taste that is mixed with dark chocolates. I could drink this all day and night. Fantastic.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 5.0
A firm pour yields 2 to 3 fingers of dense head with the appearance of a light chocolate mousse. Jet black body is impenetrable to light. Head retention and lacing are both spectacular.

Smell - 4.5
Banana fruitiness is evident upon opening, but fades with time. What is left is a powerful aroma dominated by strong black coffee, with back-notes of cocoa, a little smoke and alcohol.

Taste - 4.0
Quite possibly the strongest tasting beer I have ever tried (and this is from someone who has tasted Tactical Nuclear Penguin!). The palate is pounded with flavours of espresso, burnt/roasted malt, cocoa, raw sugar and a little smokiness. Ultimately it is the espresso that wins out - being by far the strongest flavour. Alcohol is warming, but barely perceived in the wealth of flavour. While sweetness is certainly there, the overall impression is of a dry, roasty, espresso-like beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
FULL bodied and rather viscous in the mouth. Carbonation is very fine and provides some much needed lightness (let's be honest, there is very little light about this beer!).

Drinkability - 3.0
This is possibly more of a reflection on my preferences than on the quality of the beer - I am not a lover of either stouts or coffee. This is a beer to be sipped over an hour or so.

OVERALL - 4.25
This is one freaking huge beer. As I mentioned before, it is not exactly down my alley, but I honestly could not ask any more of a coffee infused imperial stout. For fans of either strong coffee or stout, this is a beer not to be missed. For me, it's a bit too much coffee and not enough beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-Pours almost black with a one finger mocha colored head that has fair retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S-Huge espresso with hints of oak and chocolate, maybe a bit of dark fruit and toffee. If you like strong coffee and you like beer, this may be nirvana for your nose.

T-Strong espresso hits immediately, dark roasted malt, a bit smoky, hints of dark fruit and toffee.

M-On the heavy side of medium, not as viscous as other Imperial Stouts, but still good. Perfect carb level-not too much or too little, a bit creamy. Coats the palate well.

D-It is a sipper for sure, but I had no trouble finishing the glass. But the intense espresso taste makes more than one not an option for me.

Overall, an impressive beer. Especially if you like coffee/espresso.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black. Aggressive pour yields a very nice 2 fingers of fluffy milk chocolate colored head which quickly dissipates leaving no lacing in it wake.
Smell is pretty killer and I am not even a coffee drinker. Roasty coffee goodness, hints of booze and even a bit of vanilla.
Taste is much like the aroma but the coffee is not as forward as I would have assumed. Not as roasted as in the aroma, a bit more smooth and balanced. Once again some booze and vanilla hang out in the finish. A bit bitter in the end.
Good mouthfeel here. Not a ton of carbonation, more creamy. Smooth drinking with a bitter chocolate finish.
Overall I would say this is a one hitter quitter for me. Big bold flavors that leave a big impression on the palate. Glad I finally got to try this.

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

A: Very dark brown with a tiny tan head which devolves into a fringe that sticks around, and forms vortical structures in the center.

S: Darkly roasted, highly phenolic but this aroma is concealed by an abundant anise, dark fruit, and strong espresso character. There is also the faint hint of black cherries and molasses.

T: Extremely dark roasted character, almost burnt malts. Huge espresso and turkish-pressed coffee taste. Phenols and slight fermented rice taste round out the finish.

M: Thick and slightly carbonated; you feel it at the end.

D: Excellent dark, alcoholic brew. Great to sip and enjoy the flavors, which are dynamic and change every time.

Photo of kfsv034
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with Djan he included it as an extra. It was waxed tipped and i believe he said it was an 07

A - black with a nice tan foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin ring around the edge.

S - Coffee, espresso, chocolate, little vanilla and a little bit of soy sauce

T - Vanilla, Coffee, espresso, chocolate the flavors mix nicely

M - Medium bodied.

D - This beer tastes pretty damn good, even at 9.5% i would like a few more.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful. huge chocolate milk colored head, even the cap has large carb bubbles similar to the protien bubbles on the top milk of a glass of milk, underneath is very tight lacing that leaves huge amounts of lacing at first, that slowly receds over the course of the glass.

Good nose that's big on iced coffee with some cream, not the most roasty nose but its peaking through, i like it.

Now, what i really like about this is that while there is alot of coffee flavors, they are not overpowering the balance or becoming cloying, which is a problem with quite a few coffee beers ive had before, but that is not the case here and the coffee doesnt run rampant so far to ruin this. there is yet again a milky lactose quality, like a huge coffee milk stout to me. and there is a tiny bit of vanilla poking out, but the roasted bitterness balances it out so evenly.

The mouthfeel here was thinner then expected, and with not alot of carbination. I don't think the light carbination hurt this one at all, but perhaps a bit more thickness would have been cool, i like them pretty viscous.

yea, this is drinkable, very very drinkable for 12oz of beer.
The only thing holding it back from a higher score is i would want a change of pace for bottle two.

Photo of Eastman2009
3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/2010, poured from a 341 ml bottle into small tasting glass 6/2010.

Pours a motor oil black with a soft head of less than a finger of a creamy mocha colored foam.

Big notes of vanilla, coffee, and oak. No real hop impact as a hot alcohol warmth floods through mouth and chest.

Delicious as a sipping beer, but some of my tasting compatriots were a bit off put by the intense aromas. Not sure I could handle a full pint of this 9.5% desert-like treat.

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, sweet malt and coffee aroma with notes fruit ester, vanilla and chocolate.

Pitch black with a fluffy, long lasting tan head. Exceptional.

The flavour is very big with a rich malt flavour giving way to intense roast and coffee flavour. There is a hit of alcohol at the back too. I feel like the richness of the malt actually detracts just a little from the chocolate and coffee flavours I am looking for.

Big mouthfeel with moderate carbonation helping to cut it just a little bit.

A tasty stout. Maybe this isn't the best bottle but I feel as if the coffee flavour isn't prominent enough. Still quite good.

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

Pours a typical super dark drown with a small amount of tan head with just a bit lingering around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is malty roasted coffee. Flavor is similar but with MUCH more coffee flavor coming through with some strong bitterness in the finish. Of all the coffee stouts I've had, this ranks very near the top with regard to how strongly the coffee flavor comes through - it really is remarkable.

Nicely carbonated but not overly so, this one is very drinkable. I could see it getting a bit overwhelming after a few though due to the strength of the coffee flavors and the resulting bitterness - it just might be a bit much for some people. For me though - i LOVE it. Would drink this any chance I get.


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

11.5 oz bottle courtesy of bucketboy thanx bro

A: poured black as night with a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big coffee booze and bourbon aromas with roasted malts chocolate accents with hints of vanilla and slight creamy milk notes.

T: nice coffee punch strikes bold on the palate with nice vanilla from the barrel I'm guessing and great roastiness from the malts. The beer also has chocolate and sweet creamy notes with a mild nop bite.

M: medium creamy body with a low amount of carbonation and a sweet mild bitter finish.

D: very good and intresting beer that was big on the coffee but had lots of other ingredients to accent the overall flavor. Drank well all the way thru and wasn't too sweet. I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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

bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Jet Black in color, 1/2 finger of khaki head, nice sticky lacing left on glass.

S- Fresh ground coffee and bitter chocolate.

T- Coffee, bitter chocolate, seems a little smokey, little hops in the finish.

M- Full bodied, minimal carbonation, very smooth.

D- Definetly one of my favorite imperial stouts, Great beer.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,066 ratings.