Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance - Pitch black, soapy 1.5 inch tan head with nice lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, coffee.
Taste - Black coffee, some bitter chocolate notes. This is an intense, bitter beer, but a very enjoyable one with a great depth of flavors, particularly coffee.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, light carbonation with fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Full, rich flavor. Very nice sipping beer that does a dangerously good job of masking it's alcohol content.
03-28-2009 03:17:32 | More by Aenema
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz bottle pours into my large snifter courtesy of Bobsy. Many thanks again for making this beer a reality for me!! Saved it for a special occasion, just got accepted into grad school - so this is it!
Pours a viscous jet black with a finger of tight cappuccino head, leaving good lacing all the way through.
Smells of fresh, gourmet coffee coffee, some dark chocolate, molasses, dark malts and a hint of alcohol tucked away in there.
The taste is luxurious. Lots of fresh coffee, surprising amounts of chocolate, molasses, and rich, full malts. Again, alcohol in the back. It drinks surprisingly easy for such a big brew, moderate/heavy body compared to the viscous way it pours. My only complaint is the slightly stronger presence of the alcohol than I would like.
This is one great coffee stout. So rich and complex while still highlighting the coffee front and center. I'll keep this one on my wants list!
03-28-2009 01:52:02 | More by ritzkiss
4.13/5 rDev -6.1%
Appearance: black, small barely existent head
Smell: smoked wood, earth, coffee, very complex...arguably the best most complex smell from a beer I have had
Taste: smoked wood, earth, expresso, some chocolate, noticable alcohol
Mouthfeel: sharp, heavy, and full bodied
Drinkability: The smell is amazing. I could probably only have a couple due to the high ABV. The alcohol is noticable to me. Very good and complex. This is a sipper and this beer gets more bite as it warms.
03-27-2009 15:07:59 | More by tigg924
4.03/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from a 11.5 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a dark brown, nearly opaque color with a solid two fingers of creamy chestnut colored foam. The foam leaves a thick lacing on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. The nose is unmistakeably that of fresh roasted espresso or other rich coffee beans, dark chocolate, deep roasted grains, alcohol, and molasses. The taste is full of coffee and chocolate. I can tell that a high quality coffee was roasted and infused into this stout. Bittersweet chocolate and baker's cocoa are also present as well as molasses and mocha. I'm not to keen on the bitterness that comes through in the finish, it just seems out of place. If it was wasn't for said bitterness, I would have scored a 4.5 for taste. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a fantastic coffee infused stout. If you like coffee, you'll dig this one.
03-27-2009 02:16:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Peche Mortal is one of the biggest coffee stouts I have ever had. It pours out black and thick as coal and has an aroma of fresh roasted coffee and hint of chocolate. The taste is almost pure coffee with splashes of chocolate,anise, and alcohol. It would make a good after dinner beer or for the hardcore a great breakfast beer.
03-26-2009 19:52:03 | More by locstir
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
A: Pours black, dark brown with a massive roasted brown head. This is a great looking beer.
S: Big time dark roasted coffee aromas. Other standard imperial stout descriptors, such as chocolate and roasted malts also present. But the biggest characteristic on this one is the coffee. Smells deliciously fresh brewed.
T/M: The coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts are all there. Slight chewiness to the mouthfeel but overall this is a very smooth and well-balanced imperial stout. It doesn't try to go overboard, which I appreciate. Bitterness is a little distracting on the finish, but overall this is an excellent one.
D: Very smooth for such an intense beer. If it wasn't $10 a bottle, then I'd rank this higher
03-26-2009 02:01:27 | More by abfraser
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in pint glass.
A: The pour is rather thick, almost black with a fantastic head - Very big, pale brown color, thick and very creamy (almost reminiscent of a nitro-induced head). Very good head retention. The beer looks really great. Might be the best looking imperial stout I've ever had.
S: Plenty of espresso-like coffee aromas, very rich and powerful. Freshly ground dark roasted coffee beans, plenty of dark chocolate, roasted malts and notes of toffee.
T: Very rich and powerful. Strong espresso flavors, freshly ground coffee beans. Big dark chocolate flavors as well making the taste resemble that of café mocha. Some creamy notes. The coffee flavors are backed up by a very firm stout-backbone with a solid sweet maltiness. Some nuts and molasses. The bitterness in the finish is gentle and has a coffee bitterness feel to it. Some warming alcohol in the finish, but other than that the alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Full bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky and rather smooth.
D: This is a great beer with a wonderful espresso-like coffee profile. Rich, rather complex, powerful and dense. Even though the coffee flavors take the lead, it still feels very well balanced.
03-25-2009 22:58:56 | More by ricke
4.78/5 rDev +8.6%
This beer just recently became available in Kansas. It was pretty exciting to see it at Lukas Liquors.
A: black and oily with a brown hue, tan head that recedes into a nice lacing
S: the smell kind of explodes from the glass, initially smoky, followed by dark roasted coffee, a bit of some dark fruits in the background
T: loose leaf tobacco, a smokiness that is pretty unique, coffee, dark fruits initially but as the carbonation dies down, the smokiness takes over
M: moderate carbonation provides an initial bite that smooths out, lingering finish that seems to stain the mouth
D: this ought to be available in 750ml bottles, I wish I purchased more, quite complex and unique for the style, I haven't really experienced a combination of smokiness and coffee like this in a beer before
03-25-2009 03:24:00 | More by sjccmd
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Peche Mortel has been one of the more illusive beers for me. A friend who made the trip to Asheville, NC brought this back for me.
Unknowingly, I decanted, er... plopped the beer into the chalice and watched the mousse-like head form to the point that the 12oz. bottle wouldn't fit. As I take the first few sips, the beer never relinquishes the head and leaves multiple rings of lacing behind. The beer is a dark brown-black and opaque as they come. An ideal look.
Very bold aromas of French Roast coffe, nutty-almond-ish scents, as well as cocoa, heavy cream, anise, and a hint of alcohol swirl about the glass. Very appetizing and inviting.
Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts combine into a well balanced flood of flavor. The beer never favors any one character but the blend of them all give a subtle yet bold balance. Light favors of oats, heavy cream, licorce, and chocolate brownies are a few of the descriptors that make this beer special.
The body is remarkably smooth, silky, and light in comparison to thicker gravity bombs. The coffee bitterness amplifies the grassy-piney hop bitterness and questions whether it is too much for the relatively moderate weight. The beer lightens into a fluid and palatable finish with a linger of coffee and cocoa deep into the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable for a 9.5%er.
I really appreciate the beer for focusing on the delicacy of flavor instead of the kick-in-the-teeth agression for which more recent Imperial Stouts are acclaimed. Though nothing is wrong with the beer, a more complex fruity character throughout would have made it a solid 5 across the board. Good luck finding a more pleasant drinking experience... with any beer.
03-25-2009 02:40:17 | More by BEERchitect
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
A-Opaque black w/a hint of brown. A rich creamy brown head displays good retention, and a cloudy froth swirl remains through the consumption. A spotty lacing clings to the glass.
S-Rich and complex cafe mocha dominates. The roasty aroma also elicits notes of fertile earth, and a thin veil of dark dried fruits. More fruit emerges as the temperature rises. There is a nearly imperceptible amount of hops and a hint of smoke.
T&M-Wow. Creamy espresso w/dark chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Midway there is a delightful blend of a multitude of sensations: creamy coffee, tobacco, smoke, leather, dried currants. The body is interesting...full but velvety and creamy in a way that renders it deceptively light. The finish features a touch of hops, but not enough to cleanse the palate completely, which leaves a coating of sweet fresh coffee. Little noticeable alcohol.
D-This is an awesome beverage, and my last bottle I brought back from this brewery on my trip to Montreal. At least I saved the best for last. This Imp. Stout produces a feeling of well-being that extends beyond the palate.
03-25-2009 02:25:25 | More by BoitSansSoif
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
A- Nice medium sized light brown head that covers the dark black beer. The head retention could have been better and the lacing was minimal.
S- Smells of dark roasted coffee, barley and tobacco smoke. Hints of dark fruit, plum, and some mild sweetness. Also some dark chocolate and alcohol presence.
T- Dark juicy fruit up front moving it to nice dark chocolate notes and then dry bitter coffee flavors. There is a lot of dark roasted coffee flavors in this beer with some back notes of tobacco. A nice smokiness also adds to the flavor in this beer. I must say this is a very tasty beer.
M- Very dry full bodied beer. This stuff is quite pleasant but reminds me of drinking a dry red wine.
Overall I would say this is a very good beer. I am not sure it is worth the price but I am glad I got it and would recommend stout and porter lovers to try this beer. Great coffee and smoke notes great beer.
03-24-2009 04:10:09 | More by br3wmeister
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
Bought from Belmont Station in Portland, OR for about $5 - HALF THE PRICE that it's sold for in Seattle, WA!!!
A: Dark cola black with a thick creamy layer of light brown/beige head. Lacing is dense and thick all the way down the glass. Awesome!
S: HUGE roasted aroma of coffee and burnt malts.
T: The nose doesn't lie here, but there's so much more. An incredibly huge blast of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate. Very delicious!
M: Slightly intense at first, but as it warms it really smooths out and becomes very, very mellow and easily drinkable.
D: Delicious and pretty high in alcohol, but I don't think that could dissuade me from drinking several of these in a sitting.
03-24-2009 00:26:04 | More by julian
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.08/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass
Pours a 1 and a half finger dark dark tan head. Very full and think. Wow! Color is a like a black hole. I couldn't see anything through the glass, even when held up to the light. Good head retention and splattered lace.
Aroma is very chocolately, coffee, and mocha. A lot of malt aroma. The 9.5% abv is present here.
Taste is very deep and dense. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. This kind of tastes like hot chocolate that is not hot. The alcohol is also present. I also taste some sort of hops, but it is masked from all the malts.
Mouthfeel comes off with a bitter bite, then gets a little more smooth. A little booze comes through but not that much. The end finish is very clean, almost too clean. Carbonation is good.
Overall, this one is a sipper. Very complex AND filling. Very flavorful and I really enjoyed the coffee. I don't think I could enjoy two of these in one sitting.
03-23-2009 21:52:41 | More by mothman
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
A - The body is black, with no light showing through. The medium brown head recedes quickly but leaves nice lace.
S - Great aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. Slightly nutty caramel and light hops.
T - Rich, nutty chocolate flavor with a round coffee character. Smooth malt with lots of dark caramel in the middle. Slight hop character comes out in the finish with more dark chocolate and lingering smoke.
M - A smooth creamy body, moderately low carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.
D - Very good. A great, complex dark malt character that never becomes cloying or harsh and allows the beer to be an unusually drinkable example of the style. This is a wonderful beer that lives up to its hype.
03-23-2009 02:35:10 | More by nickfl
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
"If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life."
Appearance: Poured out of an 11.5 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. This beer pours an inky black color with a beautiful, dark tan colored head that seems to rise from the depths of the glass. The head looks very soft and creamy, and leaves a moderate amount of lace on the glass. Definitely one of the best looking stouts I've had the pleasure to drink.
Smell: The nose of this beer hits like a truck, smelling strongly of coffee and chocolate. This is the sort of coffee smell that makes my morning cup of coffee jealous. I'm one of those people that will walk down the coffee isle in the grocery store or in Wal-Mart just so I can smell that wonderful coffee aroma, and this beer isn't too far removed from that. Overall this is a fabulous smelling brew.
Taste: When I reviewed Founders' Breakfast Stout I thought that it was the most coffee-dominated beer in the world, but I can truly say that FBS has relinquished this crown and given it to Peche Mortel. This beer tastes like coffee through and through, with hints of chocolate and blackstrap molasses to remind you that you're drinking a beer and not an iced coffee. These flavors are very prominent in the beginning, with a wonderful richness that fades to a moderate amount of hop bitterness that is supplemented by the bitterness of the coffee, giving this beer a pleasant, earthy finish. Overall this beer lies somewhere between an espresso and a mocha, and is a true joy to drink for any coffee lover. If you aren't a coffee lover, I still urge you to try this beer, but be warned - this intense coffee flavor isn't for the faint of heart.
Mouthfeel: This is a wonderfully smooth, thick, stout. It is also very full-bodied, but I've still had better mouthfeel in a stout. Peche Mortel is near the top of the list, but it still doesn't quite reach the lofty rating of a 5.
Drinkability: There is absolutely no taste of the 9.5% alcohol the bottle claims this beer has, and I could definitely see myself getting into trouble with this one. The flavors, the body, the nose, and the smoothness of this beer combine to make for one incredibly drinkable stout.
Notes: In my opinion Peche Mortel and Founders Breakfast Stout are very similar beers, but I think that Founders Breakfast Stout is just a little bit better. While they're both coffee intensive, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's Peche Mortel is almost too much like coffee and too little like beer, whereas Founders' Breakfast Stout it much more balanced. Despite that fact, the richness of this brew is almost unparalleled, and you can't help but to feel a bit sinful while drinking it.
03-22-2009 21:02:20 | More by johnmichael712
3.85/5 rDev -12.5%
Peche Mortel, the beer geeks wet dream. I doubt I'll be able to do this any sort of justice because it's probably out of my league at this point, but here we go:
Dark. Very dark. The little tan head that was there in the beginning is long gone. There is no lacing either. Just a dark liquid with fine carbonation remains.
The smell is strong coffee & dark chocolate. The taste is also very strong .. coffee... sweet roasted malts.. and bitter dark chocolate towards the end. But it's all got an amplification factor of 10. I don't know how it's possible to pack that much intensity into a liquid and it still taste good. Initially the alcohol is quite noticeable but it's less so towards the end.
Mouthfeel is great.. silky smooth but drinkability for this style is average.. no one is pounding these back.
03-21-2009 18:10:22 | More by Ralphus
4.35/5 rDev -1.1%
In a snifter:
Péché's coffee head pours a bit thin, and it's lacing doesn't hold very long but looks really cool. The body is definitely interesting: dark brown with a bit of purple.Smells enticing and draws you in. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, and coffee - specifically mocha... Smells like Starbucks, really. Tastes fantastic, so sweet but so biiter. Aftertaste perfectly balances wonderful fruits and roasted maltiness. Anise, raisins can be found in there. Thick body, creamy, and great carbonation means this brew altogether feels fantastic on the tongue. The presence of a taste of alcohol and bitter dimensions diminishes it's drinkability somewhat, but altogether delicious and desirable.
Overall: I really love this beer and wish it was easier to get a hold of. Very unique and fruity variety of stout.
03-21-2009 14:40:03 | More by schroederm
4.18/5 rDev -5%
11.2 oz single purchased from City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.
A: Pours a complete jet black with only the slightest of red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. A nice 1/2 inch thick frothy brown head is there after the initial pour. The head settles relatively quickly into a ring with a haze of bubbles in the middle. Each swallow leaves behind a nice ring of tiny bubbled lacing. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is the retention.
S: Huge dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aromas. A beautiful aroma.
T: A huge blast of coffee flavor in the initial taste. The only slightly sweet component of the flavor comes from the dark chocolate taste. Even that provides as much bitterness as it does sweet. The coffee and dark roasted malts make it even more bitter. The alcohol is very well hidden. This one is a good beer, but a little too far on the coffee side for me compared to some of its competitors in the style.
M: Very thick and very smooth. It is very enjoyable to just roll around on the tongue.
D: The big huge bitterness of this one makes it a slow sipper for me. Its feel help make it go down a little easier.
03-19-2009 02:45:36 | More by GatorBeerNerd
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Smallish bottle poured into a dogfish snifter.
A small ring of head around the edges, leaving a small amount of spotty lacing. when swirled, it really coats the glass well.
The aroma is of strong, espresso like coffee. There is also some bitter chocolate which becomes more apparant as this warms.
The taste is consistent mainly of the nose: espresso with some dark, bitter chocolate. It is really pretty great. There are some roasted malts, and it is getting much better, and more chocolaty as it warms up, in a bitter, good way.
The Mouthfeel is where this beer really, really shines. It is absolutly perfect for the style. Nice and coating, with a viscious (sp?) feel to it. You can tell it is thick, just by the way it coats the glass.
I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes good coffee, and some bitter dark chocolate.
03-17-2009 20:58:02 | More by mikecharley
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
Impenetrable dark glossy brown, black in most light. Tall fluff of dark tan foam sits atop and lasts breifly before a skim and solid ring sit always present. Lots of broken sheeted lace coats the glass.
Aroma is well seeded in a dark roasted coffee, deep and espresso tinted in blackness with bitter dark chocolate, burnt cream, and a titch of heat.
Taste is firmly set in a blackened realm of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Burntish notes abound, charred and nearly smokey espresso with raw, fresh, hoppy pine length subdued in the burntness underneath. Lofty and long dryish charred finish with bits of dark chocolate bitterness kissing the lips all the while keeping a firm tone across the palate with a uniquely charming boldness of burnt stuff.
Feel is one creamy smooth body with an incredibly well balanced dryness of blackened/charred things adding to its mediumness and fairly lenghty boldness.
A fine stout to be sure with a burnt blackness well in control and balanced with an ease about it thats quite unique and easy to handle and drink. Glad to see its become available here in the TC area...finally. I'll probably pick up a few more bottles next time I see it stocked.
03-17-2009 01:12:52 | More by tavernjef
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours dark black with a small tan head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Has a chocolate malt aroma with hints of dark fruit and coffee. Just a hint of alcohol is detected. Malt flavor up front. Chocolate and slightly fruity. The coffee does not come into play until the finish. This coffee stout is much more balanced than other coffee infused beers. A little warmth from the alcohol in the finish. Big body with low carbonation. Creamy and a good texture overall. I enjoyed this beer. The high ABV and high cost limits the amount I drink of this beer. Not the big coffee beer I was expecting but a balanced stout with fresh coffee flavor. This is a good stout with coffee flavors, not coffee with some beer flavor.
03-15-2009 16:25:46 | More by morimech
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Out of a bottle this beer was a true, opaque black color. The tan head was three fingers thick and retained nicely as a cap that became rocky after a while leaving excellent curtains of lacing all the way down. The aroma smelled strongly of fresh coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The flavors were rich and delicious. I tasted hints of chocolate malt sweetness first then lots of deep, rich coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, espresso and hints of pipe tobacco. The bitterness was distinct but not biting and the finish lingered pleasantly on my tongue. Notably acidic, especially because of the coffee, but this helped cut through the thicker body of the beer. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation soft and the body full. I thought this was excellent, like drinking a cup of fresh brewed coffee that just happened to be alcoholic and served chilled. If you like coffee stouts like I do you cannot miss this.
03-15-2009 15:52:31 | More by thekevlarkid
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from an 11.5 oz. bottle.
A. The brew pours an opaque black with a cream to light tan head that shows very nice lacing.
S. A bit of funk in the beginning, but the roasty malt character shows up with a strong coffee note.
T. All malt at first, with notes of toast. The coffee takes control, and overwhelms the palate for a short time, and it is followed by a light, dry hop finish.
M. Full-bodied and very thick, it's definitely a sipper. The flavors linger on the palate for minutes after each sip. Depending on how fast it is consumed, the finish may still continue beyond.
D. One of the most drinkable Imperial Coffee Stouts out there. I can see why it placed on the "Top Big-Ass Stouts" list. Delicious, and very easy to drink. I'm glad I bought a few bottles.
03-15-2009 07:48:58 | More by WYVYRN527
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
Opaque and pitch black with fizzy tan lacing. Smell is loaded with coffee, with some orange and nuttiness in the background. Taste is a nice mix of dark chocolate, orange peel, espresso, and mint. Alcohol only rears its head in the slightest sense. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and silky, and possesses some milkshake-like characteristics. This doesn't taste anyway near its strength and is extremely drinkable. Excellent.
03-15-2009 02:24:56 | More by webmanspidey
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle from fiver29. Poured black color with a large brown frothy head that mostly lasted with . Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium smooth body. Good complex combo of sweet coffee and bitter chocolate with a moderate to heavy roasted bittersweet finish that was strong and lasting. This is a standout brew.
03-14-2009 20:24:47 | More by tmoneyba
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,695 ratings.