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

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4,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,097
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 558
Gots: 632 | FT: 60
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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 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.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: An opaque brownish black, with dark brown head that is thin, but leaves nice lacing.

S: Holy coffee, along with sweet, sweet dark chocolate and roasted malts. Smells like an espresso, seems promising.

T: Where to begin? How about with a lot of coffee, but also a decent amount of chocolate to make a mocha flavor that is simply great. I even get a tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end, though faint. This is a complete winner.

M: Like silk, perfect carbonation, pretty low, but so incredibly creamy. Faint boozy feeling, but in a good way.

D: This really is exceptional, and totally worth the price. Buy it if you see it! You will not regret it if you like a great RIS.

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

Poured into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a motor-oil black with very little carbonation. Strong coffee smell with hints of dark chocolates and bit of an alcohol smell. Tastes like deliciously strong coffee. Sweet malts balanced perfectly with bittering chocolate notes. Perfect amount of warmth in the mouthfeel. Amazing drinkability.

Photo of JToad
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour into a standard pint glass, a dark chocolate. Slight tan head.

Smack of dark roasted expresso aroma right away.

Dark chocolate somewhat masks the coffee flavor at first, although it becomes very present on the back end. Candied fruit, and slight bitterness blended nicely throughout.

Creamy and viscous, this coats your tongue and goes down smoothe as can be, with only a little sharpness at the back.

Arguably the most drinkable Imperial Stout I have ever had. Was gone before I knew it. Alchohol is very well masked. Pissed I only bought one. Simply amazing.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice

A - This beer pours a deep Ebony colour witha coffee coloured head that reaains well.

S - Refined exprssso aromas from the bottle.Much more grassy and straw like once poured

T - Quite an explosion of flavours here with an initial expresso coffee flavour that moves to caramel and a very burnt toffee finish

M - Full body and low carboantion and so very smooth.

D - This is a stout of the highest order.

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

As dark as can be. Poured really slowly into the glass. Thick, smooth, viscous, heavy. Thick tanned head, good lacing. Setles but a nice thin head remains. Impressive for this much abv.

Heavy ground coffee bean aroma. Mixes nicely with the 'standard' roasty, dark chocolate, cigarette ash. No hops here at all and no alcohol surprisingly. The boldness of the arom. Does hint at it's strength.

The flavor lingers. Drying roastiness, along with the ash and coffee make this a two faced beer. It contrasts so much with the heavy mouthfeel with all the residual sugars, though it does not come across all that sweet. Slight warming in the finish makes this a fantastic winter brew.

That about sums it up. Easily drinkable too. Half the bottle has gone without any trouble, yet it's easy to sip slowly and consider all it's atributes. Very nice.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an oversized snifter.

This is dark. A solid wall of darkness. Some shimmering glimpse of light shows itself in the head-- which is about 1 finger of creamy beige bubbles. Looks fluffy and thick-- like the foam on a cappuccino. There are visible rings of lace left behind that help add to the overall aesthetic.

The smell reminds me of chocolate covered bananas and strong bitter coffee. There is a deep roastiness in this beer that doesn't present with dryness nor sweetness... but it lingers in the realm of the bitter cocoa and coffee beans. This beer tastes of huuuuge coffee notes. Even the mouthfeel reminds me of coffee, only thicker. The carbonation level is good-- nice and creamy feel with a smoothness that is unmatched by any other coffee stout I've had. I actually think this one would be amazing if they gave it just a hint of vanilla to accent everything. But there is a slight hint of herbal banana that keep popping up-- I wonder if it is something from the coffee beans that I can't put my finger on.

As far as it goes, if you love coffee and you love stouts, then you'll love this beer. I personally haven't been a coffee drinker in a few years, and even when I was, it wasn't gourmet coffee. It was late night Denny's coffee. This has a roasty fragrant spiciness that I can only attribute to the coffee used. This is certainly interesting and worth a shot, and when graded vs. other coffee stouts, this manages to score pretty well. In my personal experience, however, there are more than a few other stouts I would take over this one.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium Snifter

Appearance: Pours a smooth, jet black featuring a slight khaki, uneven head.

Smell: Very malty and great, bitter roasted coffee aroma

Taste: tastes of ice coffee the colder it is, as it warms to room temp it features some smokiness, indicative of a well roasted coffee bean, ever so slight hoppiness, doesn't taste overly alcoholic

Mouthfeel: very smooth and full bodied, very slight carbonation, very pleasant

Drinkability: very drinkable and different than most imperial stouts, focused more on coffee flavor more than chocolately undertones which was appreciated, delicious and smooth beer

I'd recommend picking up a bottle or two of the Peche Mortel. Everywhere I've seen it it's been priced at 5.99 per bottle.

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

Poured into an over sized wine glass. Pours black with a small tan head.

The smell is of strong coffee with hops lingering in the background and a bit of alcohol somewhere in the mix

Strong coffee is the first thing that hits the taste buds, a bitterness is perceived throughout. A second taste brings a bitter malty note and of course the strong coffee. I wonder how much coffee was infused into the brewing process. The alcohol is very much there and warms all the way to the stomach.

Mouth feel is pretty much perfect for stout such as this, medium to heavy with a very slight carbonation.

This is not a beer I could drink all the time. I will put a few of these away and see how they mature over time.

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

Poured from Bottle to a Standard Pint Glass.

A- Pours a black, opaque, color with a 1 to 2 finger head. The head is uneven, and a tan/khaki color. Little to no Lacing.

S- Malty/coffee tones in the nose.

T- Dark Chocolate and Coffee come through in the taste, and there is a good bit of bitter taste in the end. The aftertaste is warming due to the high ABV, but not off-putting. As the beer warms more sweetness becomes evident.

M- Very smooth beer.

D- Deceptive amount of Alcohol in it, felt like I could drink more, but this is probably one that is better left for a night in rather than a night out.

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

Poured bottle into white wine glass. Tan head reduces leaving more of a film than lacing. Smells like coffee with some dark chocolate and is quite nice. Taste is very bitter, but balanced expertly with the malts. Substantial mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but again balanced (this time with effervesent carbonation.) Alcohol peaks through on the finish, but I like the zap with the bitter carbonation.

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

appearance - Dark brown, nearly black with smallish mocha head that fizzled out quickly

smell - cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee, roasted malt, this is close to chocolate milk

Taste - cocoa, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, tobacco

mouthfeel - this is thick, viscous, highly bubbly & carbonated, alcohol bite is well pronounced in the aftertaste

drinkability - not sure i can take more than one of these at a time, this is a sipper for sure

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

Pours a syrupy, treacly pitch, with a 1" tan/pale brown rocky head. Looks intimidating.
Rich aromas of espresso, some char, vanilla.
Big smack in the mouth; rich, heavy, bitter/sweet like dark chocolate. Good bitterness at the back.
Heavy but sily mouthfeel, alcohol warming, mouthfilling yet not too cloying.
Very drinkable, in small quantities. Not for a session.

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

Pours an oddly pale red-tinged black, gorgeous beige head of dense foam, leaves some lovely lace behind. Mild gelatinous wobble to it just from the thickness, but yeah mild, it's fluid of course. Looks like a good imp. stout.

Smell is strong, first of all. A lot of sweetness to it. Hints of bubblegum of all things on there with some fruity hints of currant and apple. Slight roasty note at the back with a tinge of espresso. Overall a bit too sweet for my liking but interesting. Unique, to say the least.

Taste is roasty with a nice smooth mouthfeel, lots of cocoa flavour on the early mid descends into a noticeable coffee character, lots of espresso bitterness with a slight mocha tinge and a lingering roastiness. Leaves with a really nice, pleasantly bitter toasty note. Has lots of spice overtones as well, clovey and peppery particularly on the back where the alcohol kicks in, nice and toasty warm with a slight scorch of booze that just stumbles its way down the throat. Not quite as mind-blowing on the flavour as I'd hoped, but very pleasant nonetheless.

As mentioned before, smooth mouthfeel. Gorgeous and silky. Noticeable body and strength but it just slips through the mouth, absolutely perfect.

A pleasant winter warmer, roasty and nicely bitter.

Photo of jhoban19
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It's a beautiful May evening in Chicago and I'm enjoying this brew on my patio.

A: Jet black with about a finger of fluffy brown foam. Foam settles quickly into a solid ring around the glass with a decent amount of lacing. The lacing becomes more and more abundant as it warms.

S: Fresh roasted coffee. Period. I'm really not getting much else. Perhaps a bit of that smoke / tobacco flavor, but I only notice the aroma after having detected the flavor.

T: when still near fridge temps this brew tastes like an iced coffee with a half shot of alcohol- just enough to notice but not so much to make you cringe. As it warms I am getting hints of smoke and tobacco, akin to the taste of the wrapper on a fine cigar just before you light it.

M: thick, creamy and smooth- definitely a full-bodied brew. When still near fridge temps a pleasant prickle of carbonation helps to balance out the viscosity of the beer. The finish is long and dry with a satisfying bitterness that lingers throughout the entire glass.

D: Coffee stouts, for me, represent yet another example of a strange dichotomy I've noticed in my taste for certain foods and beverages- I hate olives, yet I love olive oil; I enjoy tomatoes and but I can stand tomato juice. I'm a big fan of a well-crafted coffee stout but black coffee is not my thing. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm not going to think much about that now- I'm too busy enjoying the heck out of this Peche Mortel. I'm not familiar with this brewery at all, but if Peche Mortel is any indication of their brewing prowess, I'll be on the lookout for more examples of their work.

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

Brown bottle poured into a pint glass. It appears a very dark brown color with some lighter brown and redish hues around the edges. The head appears more than 2 fingers strong with a foam of brown creaminess that retains well and laces in patches all about the glassware. The aroma of this beer is a very rich sweet chocolate mingled with coffee at first. Than the dark grains and a slight touch of mineral character that is intertwined with the hops and this beer almost starts to presents itself a bit musty. Taste is roasty grain bitterness mixed with black coffee and a nice alcohol presence that warms the mouth and can be felt going all the way down when swallowed. Little bit of hops are evident in the finish that is a bitterness entensified by the roasted malt character. Lingering flavors of the dark malt are left in the mouth coupled with the alcohol which leaves tastes of chocolate and coffee lingering long after each sip. There is a medium feel with this beer and a modest amount of carbonation. Very good double stout, just the right amount of coffee that doesnt completely overtake the beer and the ever present alcohol feel plays well with the other flavors.

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

Received this as an extra from a recent trade with BucketBoy. Thanks!

Appearance -- Pours a - brace yourself - jet black, with ample dark khaki head that, surprisingly, didn't completely evaporate into nothingness. Nice.

Smell -- Coffee dominates, with some malt sweetness and char.

Taste -- Coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramelized maltiness up front, followed up by charred wood and some acridity. In the finish you taste a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, and some cherry.

Mouthfeel -- Oily, viscous, with light amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This was immensely satisfying; I can only imagine how exceptional the barrel-aged version would be. Great coffee flavor way out front, smooth, great balance of chocolate-like sweetness and burnt bitterness, abv well hidden. Definitely a treat.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a dark brown creamy head.
Nose shows intense dark chocolate and roasted barley, with roasted coffee showing up a few seconds later. Very complex roasted character, unlike some more mundane stouts that just slap you in the face with 1-dimensional burnt notes. Quite a lot of sweet caramel in the background, along with hints of sultanas.
Flavours are similarly rich and very sweet. Loads more chocolate and coffee quite prominent amongst the roasted barley. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and just shy of being solvent-like.
Very rich body and suitably low carbonation.

Photo of rwf08
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra I got from CosmoHopHead.

Poured into a NB tulip glass. I guess around 50 degrees F or so.

A: Opaque, jet black, but a clean dark color. Mocha chino head with good lacing. Looks like a great espresso shot. Nice head that sticks around to the bitter, pun, end.

S: Upfront with bold roasty coffee notes. Followed by a sweet molasses and dark chocolate aroma. Faint hint of hops for a nice floral bouquet.

T: Crisp roasty coffee flavor with a sweet dark chocolate finish. Slight bitter finish from coffee and hops that compliment one another.

M: Medium to full body. Chewy, dense, supple on the tounge. Nice dry finish. Just like a good cup of joe, but so much better.

D: If it weren't for the alcohol, that you can't taste, this would be a great beer for breakfast or lunch, or supper, or mid-night drink. I could drink this all day as long as I took my time.

All and all this is a great coffee beer. But I haven't had a coffee beer that I didn't like. Not my favorite of the style but deserving of it's place. I can't wait to age my other bottles and see how they taste in a few months.

Photo of CraigMac
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle into pint glass. Served at slightly cooler than room temperature.

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a cinnamon head that follows the beer all the way down to the bottom of the glass

Aroma - Smells heavily of roasted coffee and molasses with a subtle hint of hops

Taste - Tastes strongly of coffee with undernotes of chocalate malt which gives it some sweetness to contrast the slightly bitter taste from the hops. A very complex and amazing taste

Texture - Moderately thick and lightly carbonated, stays true to the imperial stout genre

Drinkability - an amazing beer, definitely one of my all time favorites. Meant to be sipped slowly and savored like Scotch. Can stand alone without a food complement

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,097 ratings.