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

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Ratings: 4,061
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 539
Gots: 619 | FT: 54
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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 cbros
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- 341 mL bottle poured into Portsmouth balloon glass.

Poured a beautiful jet black color with an ample two finger tan head, however the head quickly dissipated into nothing. I am smelling heavy coffee and roasted flavors. The taste is heavy on the coffee/espresso flavors. A very nice tasting beer that has good balance to it. This was a very nice change from the beers I have been consuming recently. In my opinion this beer has lived up to the hype, the high ABV is well hidden behind the smooth nature of the beer. A very nice tasting beer.

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

Great label. Great name.

The body is close to black, with a highly soapy looking tan head.

Aroma of used coffee grounds, smoke, oak, thank goodness I like coffee.

Very smoky flavor with only a latent finish of coffee. Burnt caramel, very nutty, dark nuts. A little sour.

Great thick mouthfeel, well carbonated and heavy yet balanced.

A little more hype than substance in my book, but overall respectable. I have just had so many awesome stouts recently that this one is hard to take notice to.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 7/19/09

A - Poured pitch black, a deathly abyss, where nearly nothing shines through. A thick, tan, bubbly 2" head formed and left ample sheets of lace in the tulip. 4.0

S - A plethora aromas hit the nose quickly. Lots of coffee beans, roasted barley, and dark malts. A hint of prunes as well, with no alcohol detected. 4.5

T - Holy crap, this is intense. Huge, malty sweet forefront with lots of roasty malt character, some burnt marshmallows. Then comes the expresso beans and dark chocolate, rounding off the experience with some bittersweet notes and the warmth of a touch of alcohol. 5.0

M - This is very rich and smoothly carbonated. Warm finish, silky and coats the palate well. 5.0

D - I dear, I nearly ran out before I finished the review. 5.0

Overall - Wow, this is very different from any other beer I've ever had, yet it definitely has beer character. Like a cross between an RIS and a cup of black coffee. Moste Excellente x 2

Photo of theclaudius
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is a heavy one.

Strong coffee and dark chocolate smell ... and taste, very heavy to drink but that makes her perfect for cold winter evenings ... though i can't drink more than one.

The texture is very thick and syrupy ... again perfect for winter time...

And the color ... my goodness, a darkness that swallows every surrounding light ... you can't even see à light bulb through this beer ... very dark and mysterious!

Photo of Flashsp2
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel 11.5oz into Stone IRS glass

Finally getting around to reviewing this after having enjoyed it numerous times before. The pour generates a nearly two finger deep head of dense mocha colored foam that just sort of sits there for a while, in no rush to go down. The head also forms in a very interesting way, with the bubbles slowly creeping through the dense liquid up to the top. The body is super black with a fine ruby highlight around the edges. It leaves solid sheets of lace on the way down.

Nose is coffee. Lots and lots and lots of coffee. In multiple layers. Like how the hell did they stuff this many different coffee/espresso aromas into one beer. It's not really stout brewed with coffee, no, no, it's espresso brewed with imperial stout. Heavily (or heavenly) roasted espresso beans, dark cocoa drenched french blend coffee beans, a big/raw/intense roasted malt aroma. Some sweet sugary booze as well. I swear I smell oak, even though I am almost certain it's not aged. Oh well, my nose says it's in there. What this beer lacks in complexities it makes up in spades with a huge ham-fisted attack of coffee goodness. If you are into coffee (I love it) then this may be your Mecca.

Palette is bursting with coffee and roasted bitterness. And I swear there is some hop action going on as well, with a bit of pine needle and very faint grapefruit trying to get a little attention. It is short lived, the roasted espresso, nutty oak, and dark chocolate overpower it. And rightly so, this beer is all about the coffee. And there is a touch of unattenuated sweetness to hold it over from being overbearingly bitter and roasty.

The body of Peche is what you would expect on a beer with 13% ABV or more, it's just so heavy and robust. Chewy and almost syrupy, like a super condensed iced-coffee. A moderate rush of carbonation keeps things from getting too heavy, while keeping it at just the right level of density.

The only reason I couldn't drink this all the time is the price. And I would likely get hammered off of the unapparent 9.5% ABV that doesn't even seem to exist except in a slight warming of the tongue. God I love this beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black in the glass was topped off by a mocha colored compact head that displayed a fair retention while maintaining a thin skim coating. A moderate thin band for a lacing while an abundance of micro-bubbles sticks to the glass walls before being released into the wild. Dark, brooding and well suited visual appeal.

S: Dark coffee with dried creamer is present on the nose with a medium sense of strength. Was expecting a bit more of a punch from an imperial but delivers with pretty good results.

T: The flavor delivered a dense and dark roasted nature with a beautiful rich chocolate malting that absolutely delighted the taste buds. The coffee flavor is dominant with a dry roasty feel smothering the tongue while the bitterness level was well on par for imperial standards but remained eloquently smooth. The alcohol certainly stands out as well along with a smooth burnt bitterness of wood and afterthoughts of tobacco upon the swallow. The flavor certainly lives up to its billing with a dark roasted nature that is comparable to putting a wad of freshly roasted Columbia coffee beans in your mouth.

M: The mouthful was medium full with a nice silky feel. The highlight is the tongue smothering dry roastiness that is rounded out by dry alcohol notes that stick around long after the swallow.

D: If you love coffee in your beer then this is certainly the beer for you. I would be hard pressed to name another beer that has a more dominant coffee flavor then this. The beer slides down smoothly, but it is the aftertaste and lacing of the lingering dry roasty fade that provides pleasure long after its off your tongue. A rare treat that I certainly wish I cold indulge more into. A "mortal sin?", it would be to miss out on this one.

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

Mmmm...my type of beer.
A: dark brown pour with about 1/2 a finger of caramel head.

S: coffee with roasted malt, fig and maybe even some raisin? Tough one but really good. Some bitterness somewhere, but I can place my finger on...

T: mmm. Espresso dominates the tongue, alcohol is well hidden by the malty and roasted finish. Well done!

M: medium feel, indicative of the 9.5% alcohol content wih a mid level carbonation.

D: one and done. Perfect for a nightcap. This is a perfect sipper to enjoy over the course of an hour. Recommended!


Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA on 4/2/10.

a - Pours a dark brown color that lets no light through. Less than an inch of brown head, and no carbonation evident and no lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and maybe a little bit of vanilla.

t - Taste is smooth coffe, roasted malts, and vanilla. Pretty nice.

m - Has high carbonation that stings the tongue a lot and medium to full body.

d - I thought this stout was pretty good but I personally like Aphrodisiaque MUCH more. It had a nice smooth coffee smell and taste but I thought the high carbonation hurt it. I would try it again but wouldn't seek it out; I'd much rather have Aphrodisiaque.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, alomost balck, forming a thick 1 inch mocha head. Thick lacing coats the glass.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma with an equally strong espresso aroma. Foretells of the taste to come.

T - The coffee/espresso flavor coats the palate from the first sip. Very strong. The roasted malts are swirled thoughout the taste along with a nice bitter cocoa flavor. The coffee definitely dominates the taste on this one. Slight alcoholic presence in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied, good carbonation level, and a very smooth finish.

D - Great flavor and body. Easy drinkability considering the higher alcohol volume. Definitely a sipper and highly enjoyable.

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

12 oz. Bottle.

Pours solid black with huge mocha head that didn't want to disappear. Immediately blasted with aroma of caramel, coffee, rich dark espresso and leather.

Nice rich chocolate sweetness then a deep dark roasted coffee finish. Nice bitterness and a crisp finish.

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

A: Pitch black, nice lasting cocoa brown head and lacing.
S: espress/dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate.
T: dark bitter chocolate and coffee, moderately sweet molasses-like malts are well-balanced by roastiness/hop bitterness/tang of coffee astringency. long finish is just off-dry.
M: medium to full bodied, well carbonated for the abv which helps this to not be too viscous.
D: alcohol very well hidden in this, also not at all cloying.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoyed in my Maudite Tulip.

A- Pours with a thick mocha colored foam, that dissipates quickly. There is nice lacing throughout the glass. The beer itself is very dark, and pretty much pure black.

S- Smells of coffee and malt, with a stinging alcohol smell. Some light chocolate as well. The alchohol smell goes away a bit as it warms, but was a little strong at first.

T- Tastes primarily of coffee and dark malts. There is a slight bitterness and bite, but it got better as the beer warmed. Nice complexity to this one, I prefered it warm.

M- A little lacking in body, but very good none the less.

D- Took me a while to get through this beer. Not sure if it was the combination of coffee and heavy alchohol, but it wasn't exactly a beer I raced through.

Would have again, definetely worthy of it's rating. All in all a good, but strong, coffee style stout

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

I had the opportunity to have this offering on tap at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans while on vacation. Poured from the tap into a freshly spritzed pint glass.

A: Pours a thick black with hints of dark chocolate and rich earthy hues. Light shines around this little lovely, not through it. A quarter inch head lingers for almost the entirety of this brew's pint life with solid lacing.

S: Smells of roasted molasses and crystal malts. Maybe I was having a bad nose day, but that's all I was really picking up...

T: Taste is sweet and crisp despite being a stout. Tastes of fine bourbon, oak and malts hit your taste buds in the fashion on an American Strong Ale but then comes the balancing hop bitterness. Super sweet for a stout but great nonetheless.

MF: Solid. Not too heavy and not too light. Slightly syrupy and a gooey brown sugar reminiscent taste and feel take it down smooth.

D: Fantastic but highly unsessionable. One of these and a Stone Ruination and I was floating down the New Orleans streets for an hour. :)

The only drawback of this brew is its reputation. Its a great beer but its rep makes one feel as if Krishha is going to bestow sweet teat nectar if one drinks this on tap... Sweet teat nectar it is not. Good brew it is.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Although the darkness here is not as all-consuming as elsewhere, it's still definitely post-twilight here; a fresh bit of tan congregates at the surface, but in crescendo fashion falls back into the night, leaving a few stragglers behind, I'd assume to keep tabs on things. Though their activities remain mostly unknown (classified?), they're definitely drinking some dark roast, to the point that Matt Murdock hisself wouldn't be able to pick out much of anything else though some molasses and chocolate might penetrate those superhuman nostrils. From beneath their posts bursts forth such roasted coffee flavors as to expect a green and white label on the bottle. The bitterness runs a bit high, but not so much as to cause a cringe. The molasses and chocolate are just as discriminated against as before (when will we come to our senses?), but still make their voices heard amidst the throngs of beans, keeping the proceedings from breaking out in a caffeine-fueled riot. The crowd is not too thick, though it still ain't easy to push your way to the back; the members are pretty somber; and, despite the numbers, they're able to move around as a unit pretty easily. As peaceful and good-willed as things are, it might not be that easy to mill around all that often (so many people...). It all depends on personal preference toward the group's message, I'd say.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the best coffee flavored beer and that is why I gave it a 5 on flavor. Everything else is good to average about this beer and should be expected to be as such. Buy it for the intense espresso infused dark brown nectar you expect from a french press, close your eyes, and enjoy!

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

Tasted during a stout tasting for St. Paddy's day.

The beer pours a blackish, slighty hazy brow color with good head retention and lacing. The is impressive, especially if you enjoy coffee. There is a huge aroma of coffee grounds, coupled with underlying chocolate, cherry and a hint of leather. Flavor on the palate generally replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, though the coffee is dialed down a bit, something I appreciate. Still, there's a hint of bitterness from the coffee ground flavor, that goes nicely with the chocolate and sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a fairly long, drawn out finish. There's also something of a creamy booziness that I very much like. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol pretty well disguised.

Just an all around nice beer.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Possibly the first craft beer I bought knowing it was craft. Was a huge challenge to drink at the time. Let's see how drinkable it is now.

A- Cappuccino froth looking head. Pitch black. The only dark brown is right under the head when held up right next to the light. Nice thin string of lacing all around.

S- Quite cold now and gives me watermelon flavored Airhead candy which is really weird. I wonder if anybody else gets that. What's more obvious is coffee grounds and alcohol. Creamy, milky vanilla. A little chocolate. Warming up, the watermelon turned into a more hmmm... expected maraschino cherry. The alcohol smell gets pretty strong once the drink's warmed up.

T- Really tastes like coffee. A great tasting iced coffee actually. 9.5% is very hard to find in the taste. Cocoa powder seems to lend taste and some of the bitterness. Sweeter than a lot of other stouts I've had the chance to try. The after-taste is almost identical to one you get after drinking a good espresso. Plus a bit of alcohol numbness. I think what could help make this better for me is a little less sourness though I'm not sure it is possible. That sour character seems like an important part of both a stout and an espresso. Still tastes delicious.

M- Pretty smooth. I wouldn't say it's watery but it does seem to lack a little body. Loses carbonation quickly: starts off prickly and medium but dies down to sub-low levels. Quite silky.

D- One pint is delicious but enough. Maybe two...

I now see what's so special about this one and am sure I will buy it again. I'd love to try it with some good food. Grilled meat is my first thought but anything really. It will probably keep growing on me.

Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin but consistent film; good lacing

S: Not just coffee but freshly ground coffee beans; a bit of an alcohol sting--rubbing alcohol; earthiness too that comes underneath the coffee beans; of course, there is a roasted malt presence with hints of chocolate and vanilla beans as well

T: A splash of alcohol up front but then the dance of the coffee beans begins: and boy, is she a fun partner. The coffee completely overwhelms your senses--and did I mention how good this coffee is. As the coffee finally settles down you get a slight taste of a smoky meatiness as well.

F: Great mouth coat--so smooth with a touch of creaminess

D: Coffee is strong but this is a great, drinkable brew

Photo of doppelmeup
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour left this beer with a thick, cinnamon colored pillowy head that stayed and stayed and stayed. Nice lacing all the way down the class. And the color--pitch black through and through. If the beer tastes even half as good as it looks, it will be superb!

Aromas what you would expect...black coffee, roasted malts, licorice. Not overdone, but very nice.

Taste was like a black coffee milkshake. Very pronounced coffee flavors balanced by enough sweet malt to even it out. But it is not a sweet beer by any stretch. Alcohol slightly evident, but mostly hides in the background.

I think I liked the mouthfeel of this beer better than any I have ever tried! Rich, thick, chewy, creamy, satisfying, coats the tongue yet leaves a clean finish. Warming going down, yet not overly heavy either Spectacular!!

Overall I was not disappointed by this treasure. I am so glad I found it while on a trip to Boulder. Not inexpensive at around $6 a 11.5 oz bottle, but well worth it.

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

A - No light shines through this; nice head that sticks around for a while
S - Smells like chocolate and sweet caramel. Notes of dark dried fruits like raisins and figs.
T - First is that of a very unique flavor, Its not too chocolaty or roasty or coffee like. Its perfectly balanced. Its has vanilla notes and a kind of a raisin taste. It kinda tastes a little like a very mild ginger snap cookie dipped in coffee.
M - Kinda fizzy - could be better - thick
D - dangerously drinkable

Photo of Zippie9999
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into my trusty Chouffe tulip. Purchased on 3/14/10 at Table and Vine in W. Springfield MA. Pours a jet black nectar with a beautiful, pillowy, moderate brown head. The head reminds me of a freshly brewed espresso shot that remains throughout my enjoyment of this beer. As the beer warms, moderate lacing remains on the edges of my glass.
S: Lots of espresso with hints of chocolate and a little wood? Surprising because the beer wasn't aged in wood.
T: Automatic coffee and espresso, which is not surprising due to this beverage being brewed with fair trade coffee. I also detected chocolate, toffee, and raisin throughout the tasting.
M: Very full, creamy, and definitely delectable. Does a great job hiding the 9.5% abv. This could be dangerous.
D: Smooth and creamy. Definitely did not disappoint one of my favorites of the genre. Overall, a magnificent beer and did not disappoint. My only qualm was paying $6.50 for a 11.5 oz. bottle. Would love to get my hands on a barrel aged version.

Photo of bminor7
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little bottle from Healthy Living in Burlington.

Pitch black with thin tan foam. Intense coffee ice cream, dark malt, and dark sugar aroma. Taste is coffee, strong as hell, with a tasty creamy undertone. Excellent! MF could be a bit thicker in my opinion. Definitely a sipper for sure, but this is so good, like a fine liquer. And only $5 for such a gem.

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

Got this one from a trade with StormKing47. Been looking forward to this one. Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours jet black with a one finger tan head on top. Resides to a donut of foam up against the sides of the glass and a layer of foam in the middle that covers about half the beer. Very impressive lacing.

Intensely roasty and smokey nose. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel sweetness.

Flavor starts off with roasted maltiness evoking dark chocolate and smoke. Gives way to a robust coffee flavor. A bit of a caramel/vanilla sweetness to it as well. Leaves a smokey coffee aftertaste. Becomes more smokey/roasty/coffee bitter and loses some of the sweetness as the beer warms (or perhaps as my palate becomes saturated with its flavor).

I would call this medium bodied, which I find surprising. Not incredibly chewy or viscous for the style. Medium carbonation with tiny prickly bubbles.

Very drinkable for the abv. Overall, a fantastic coffee infused stout.

Photo of OskarL
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pitch black thick liquid with a small brown head that settles fast and leaves quite some lacing.

Smell - Smooth coffee, chocolate and some sweetness.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, roasted sweet malts, yeast esters that hint of dark fruits and foam candy. Some bitterness in the finish that fades ones the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, full body and little carbonation.

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

A: Dark black, with a very nice coffee colored head. Very nice looking.

S: Slight hint of oak, coffee, and a huge malt scent coming through. Sweet, a bit boozy and a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Lovely coffee taste at the beginning. A good bit of bitter, like bitter chocolate. Very nice. The bitterness fades a bit as this warms.

M: Creamy smooth, nice carbonation.

D: The bitterness is just a tad harsh, though as this warms I enjoy it more and more.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,061 ratings.