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

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3,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,797
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 517
Gots: 573 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
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 tdawgydog
3.1/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two quick caveats prior to my review of this beer. 1.) Not a huge fan of stouts, 2.) Really can't stand the taste of coffee. That being said I still had to give this a try as this is one of Dieu Du Ciel's most popular brews.

A - Pours a super thick brown, almost black. I was surprised that there was almost no hint of carbonation when I poured this out of the bottle.
S - The scent of the coffee beans is overpowering. Almost as if they are burnt. The scent of coffee is not unpleasing to me but this is almost too much. None the less I drank the entire bottle so that my review would be fair and balanced.
T - Not being a coffee drinker, I imagine that this is what a stout infused with Espresso (or some other extremely strong coffee) would taste like. I suppose if I was a fan of Coffee it would probably be a little better but this just doesn't do it for me.
D - Even with all my apprehensions I finished the bottle. They can't all be winners. The beer is clearly well made (as are all Dieu Du Ciel beers that I have tried)
M - Solid content to the beer, the lack of carbonation made it feel a little flat but it was still drinkable.

I stuck it out and gave it my best but I'm glad that I only purchased a single bottle. Not my cup of tea, but based on the scores here it apparently is enjoyed by most.

tdawgydog, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, twist off top? What the....

Pours a coffee black with a frothy light brown head, Belgainesque in size and consistency. The foam is creamy and thick, and leaves impressive lacing. This looks like super intensely frothy coffee, and I like.

The nose is pure, straight forward coffee beans. Surprisingly, however, I get a lot of chocolate. I'm not sure if it's actual chocolate or just some really good smelling chocolate malt, but I definitely get chocolate. Lots of coffee and lots of chocolate, and thats about it. A very light bitterness, but that might just be from the intense coffee smell. This is going to be good...

Whew! If this isn't a coffee bomb, I don't know what is. Honestly, this blurs the line of coffee beers, because this might be more coffee than beer! I don't care though, this is some great stuff! I get chocolate malts and coffee, and a slight roasted character that is very faint.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy, smooth and delicate. There is a slight bite from the alcohol, but nothing intrusive. Drinkability is very high, this might be the first big stout I could chug until the cows come home.

Completely deserving of the scores this beer receives. I'm very impressed with this Canadian brewery's brewering skills. Highly recommended.

Mistofminn, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, brown, impenetrable head. This beer is as black as motor oil! Aroma consists mainly of espresso, alcohol vapor, milky chocolate syrup, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is very bitter coffee, dried cherries, sweet chocolate and bourbon. Very assertive in every aspect! A very enjoyable brew, but one I could only have once in a long while

SirSketch, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jdmek9, as per usual. Enjoyed in a sniffer.

A: About two fingers creamy dark tan head over a solid jet black brew. Absolutely no light pulling through here. A sizeable layer of head retention.
S: Fresh roasted coffee beans out of the pour. I get dark fruits, mostly currant and ripe fig. The alcohol is in there but it's hidden well behind some dark chocolate.
T: thick foam greets you and introduces the intense coffee bean that is both roasted and acidic, as coffee should be. The coffee is intense for a moment, but not do overpowering so as to think I'm drinking a straight shot of cold espresso. The heat on this beer is mild--I sense it, but it again seems to linger alongside some dark chocolate. This brew is wonderfully layered.
M: big, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, and the viscosity assures that I'll enjoy great bittersweet chocolate residuals.
D: this is a brilliant stout. I look forward to enjoying another.

washburnkid, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- On the pour you can see this beer has a rich brown hue. Once its in my snifter, however, no light is passing through its blackness.
Fairly typical imperial stout appearance. Black body, coffee colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge. This one has a thin pillow of foam that stays floating in the center.

S- Straight up coffee/espresso. Some chocolate and roastiness behind the powerful espresso beans. Swirling brings out some bourbony alcohol aromas.

T- Lots more espresso. Intense. Theres a milky smoothness to the taste which is a perfect partner to the espresso. Its very well balanced between bitter roasted espresso and a creamy sweetness. These two flavors/sensations take turns pummeling the tongue. Alcohol is present on the finish which drys it out a lot.

M- Thick, smooth and well rounded. It slides through the mouth like liquid velvet. Its a very nice mouthfeel.

D- This is an intense beer. Alcohol is hidden fairly well but the powerful espresso awesomeness makes no effort in subtlety.

MbpBugeye, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black in a snifter with a... well.. coffee-with-a-single-creamer colored thin head. Lets no light through.

S - Rich roasted coffee, malts, and dark chocolate. Roastiness comes through as mostly bitter, with a very slight sweetness.

T - Roasted doffee beans up front, huge dark chocolate flavor on the back. Rich all the way through. This is absolutely delicious. The flavors are profoundly full and potent.

M - Pleasant, mildly frothy. Mouthfeel kindof gets pushed to the backburner when tasting this beer. It just doesn't make itself known in any way. Isn't slick, isn't watery.

D - Definately a sipper. The flavors are so big and the alcohol is high. It's so delicious to drink though.

MunchkinDrinker, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this on a trip to visit kels to keep our BA top 100 streak alive and kicking. Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours near black and the body is entirely opaque - not a chance of light sneaking through on this one; comes with a short one finger deep tan head that fades very quickly to a an incomplete and uneven skim and a thick ring around the surface; the body is too dark to tell if there is any carbonation; there is a loose foamy lacing that attempts to hold to the sides of the glass but falls back into the beer very quickly.

Smell: The smell is exceptional - a combination of rich dark and milk chocolate, some oaky vanilla, espresso beans and a rich creaminess.

Taste: Very much like the smell - all of those rich, dark and milky chocolatey flavors combined with some vanilla and a ton of espresso and coffee; definite presence of alcohol but it's combined so well with the other strong flavors that it doesn't overpower in the flavor, but does have a pretty strong presence in the feel.

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth, velvety, rich and creamy; there's a bit of sediment left on the teeth; the alcohol definitely warms the mouth and makes the gums especially dry an tingly; throat, chest and belly are warmed as well.

Drinkability: While the flavors, mouthfeel and smell are all amazing, the alcohol definitely hurts its ability to much more drinkable than just above average. I am definitely loving this beer though and I will likely pick up another and let it sit for a while to see if it cools down any.

bamadog, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of kels
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to bamadog for bringing this along on a visit. We are keeping our BA top 100 tastings alive. This review is on the bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown, almost black, with a 1 finger foam tan head. It is completely opaque - no visibility to speak of. The head fades fairly quickly to a weak and watery skim with good rings of matching lace that slide right back into the beer.

Smell: Smell is really complex and nice. There are clear notes of coffee, sweetly caramel roasted malts and extremely hot alcohol. The alcohol almost presents a little too stringently, almost metallic. There are more subtle notes of cream and sweet vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is one serious beer. The coffee is a definite standout in the taste, but it can barely compete with the seriously strong alcohol. As it warms, the sweet malts start to creep out, and there's even a slight detection of the hops in the aftertaste - kind of like tart apples. The feel is slightly carbonated and couples with a little stickiness. There's a some dryness from the roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Moderate at best. It is a very tasty beer, but a little overwhelming for sure.

kels, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a dark mocha colored head that slowly falls, leaving a wall of thin lace all the way down. Retains well with a solid 1/6th inch of foam over the top.

S: Woah. Absolutely fantastic. It's got loads of coffee, yes, but there is still a lot here that screams "top notch stout." Dark chocolate, some currant, and a hint of licorice sweetness all contribute wonderfully. A great aroma.

T&M: Gobs of coffee--it really tastes like very dark iced coffee. Dark and roasted black malt and hints of dark chocolate add some complexity, but the finish is a tad bit harsh for my liking. Body is full and rich, a smooth feel with a zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

D: Rather drinkable for such a big stout. Nice coffee flavor, but it doesn't taste like coffee with a shot of beer added, which to me preserves its integrity as a beer. I think I may have let it warm a tad too much, because at close to room temperature it got a bit harsher. Keep this one in the 50-55 degree range and you're golden. Once it approaches 60-65, things get a bit harsh.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Graham5161986
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very thick black colour with an equally thick, dark roasty brown head that has ok retention and leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. Incredible coffee aromas waft from the beer with definite notes of chocolate and a roasty nuttiness that lets the drinker know this beer packs a flavour punch. Taste is deliciously roasted coffee-forward with rich dark chocolate undertones, subtle dark fruit and caramel (I get a bit of maple sugar in there too). Mouthfeel is very rich and ridiculously creamy, mouthcoating and smooth with a spicy, roasty kick on the finish and linger. This beer is very heavy. However, it does hide its high ABV very well, so the drinkability is actually quite impressive. Truly a work of art. This high mark is well deserved.

Graham5161986, Jul 23, 2009
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1.9/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Honestly i did not like this beer but to each his own, i bought it out of curiosity, i guess im just not a fan of the style or this was just a bad way to get into it

Appearance - pours like used motor oil

Smell - thick thick molasses and burnt coffee

Taste - pretty much the same as the taste, with an after taste of alchohol and coffee

Mouthfeel - THICK, like well molasses, taste stuck with me for awhile

Drinkability - one was enough for me

, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not much of a coffee person, but I do like trying well-crafted beers. By all accounts this is one I shouldn't miss.

Appearance - Black. Totally opaque. About an inch of nice mocha colored head with beautiful lacing. It looks fantastic. I can't imagine a much better looking Imperial Stout.

Smell - Banana bread? I'm as shocked as you are. But yes. Also some coffee cake. Followed by dark fruit, almost cherry, and some raisin as well. Definitely strong on the coffee, but not burnt. Smells pretty nice.

Taste - Very mellow up front. Those dark fruits and cherry. Almost that banana thing. But then the coffee comes through. It has a nice roast to it, and it has a nice sweetness in the middle, but the finish is very bitter and really sticks around. Almost a burned coffee finish.

Mouthfeel - Very nice and creamy. Good carbonation. Silky. Just laces the tongue. Very good.

Drinkability - Well, the burnt coffee finish is harming this one. Although it gets some points for hiding that abv pretty well. One and done, thanks.

If I liked coffee, I'd love this beer. But, I don't like coffee, so the best I can do is appreciate it. Very interesting and well done. Not that it's off the list, I think I'll pass in the future. But you should give it a bid.

callmescraps, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amazing, had at still James in Reno

Looks like a black syruppy awesomeness!

Smell is espresso, and bitter chocolate

Taste is super balanced, not sweet, but tons of coffee and cocoa with tons of character

Great imperial stout, one of the best and more simple I've had

benclimbs, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark as night with a frothy head that you would find on a fancy cappucino.

A- Cappuccino/Esspresso , chocolate, sweet cream, liqour notes.

T- Cappuccino, Esspresso and other roasted coffees, dark bitter and sweet chocolate. Dark roasted malt subtelties. Faint liqoury tastes reminds you its a beer.

M- Smooth, creamy. Creamy mouth coating.

D- A more confectionary taste and less complex then the Founders Breakfast Stout. Probably a little more drinkable.

rfgetz, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass mug. A friend of mine was in Canada last weekend, and he got a 6-pack for me as a wedding gift. Thanks, Matt.

Appearance: Jet black opaque. Soapy mocha-colored head rimming the glass. Not droplets but mild sheets of lacing around the top at points.

Smell: It warms to huge burned espresso beans, mocha acrid black coffee bitterness. and some bittersweet chocolate mouse or chocolate cake aromas. Strong, balanced, and very nice.

Taste: Initial acrid blackened espresso beans, roasted charred malt, and acidic bitterness, a bit of metallic bite, dark lingering fruit and big bitterness upon the finish, which is long and opens up the fruit, even though the bitterness dominates.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy and almost nicely chalky in a way with its fullness, without remaining cloying.

Drinkability: On point. A very good RIS, especially for a coffee drinker, which I'm really not. It's a big one, but it's balanced and it's a pretty special package overall. I'll be interested to see how some of these age.

asabreed, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured black like oil with a rich looking tan head.

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

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

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

skrib09, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass...

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

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

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

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

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

ujsplace, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of smithflipper
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a pale tan head.

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

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

smooth and full bodied.

smithflipper, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

brendan13, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

OneDropSoup, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Aroma of faint coffee , sweet malts.

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

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

Overall an excellent take on a coffee Imperial Stout.

shroompod, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

drseamus, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of kdoc8
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

kdoc8, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

garymuchow, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Has a nice chewy mouthfeel. Slides around smoothly.

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

youngblood, Jul 02, 2009
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,797 ratings.