Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Ratings: 3,723 | Reviews: 1,625 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +3%
Well... right upon opening take a good sniff right out of the bottle, it smells DELICIOUS.. coffee and vanilla bean and some cocoa, amazing.. Pours a brownish/black, not totally opaque when you pour it (though it is in the glass) with very thin cream-colored head. Doesn't look like motor oil, unfortunately.. Tastes like cappucino, dark chocolate, etc.. not super strong flavor like KBS, though definitely very good. It does have an organic, natural quality to it. Bitter black coffee at end of the sip. Mouth isn't the most viscous thickness ever, but still very nice. Slightly chewy with prominent carbonation. Overall its pretty great, not too heavy so you can have more than one, but just short of perfect.
04-25-2009 04:08:35 | More by BirdFlu
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Black with the perfect shade of dark brown head. Exactly what I want to see from a great stout
S: Coffee, really dominated by coffee and you can smell some alcohol heat
T: Roasted coffee is the best way to describe this. Lots of dark coffee flavor that lasts well after each sip with a nice roasty smokiness also. a bit of complexity too with some other smaller role playing sweetness flavors tossed in. good stuff!
M: Good full body, great smooth carbonation, and covers the mouth
D: really good, tastes great and doesn't taste like the abv
glad I got try this, and wil certainly go for it again!
04-25-2009 03:17:16 | More by shanem
4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
This poured an opaque black with dark tan head. It smelled like fresh coffee grinds and alcohol, with some roasted barley and licorice. It tasted like strong bitter coffee (fresh grinds, roasted beans, and burnt beverage), with potent alcohol and some licorice and charred oak. It became much richer and creamier as it warmed, and the alcohol notes subsided. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this was a very strong beer that's definitely meant for sipping. It had a very nice coffee flavor, but was nearly overwhelming. Alcohol was pervasive at first, but became much more subtle as I drank. Very nice body, too. I think age could help mellow this out, since it's pretty hot fresh. This is otherwise a great beer.
04-24-2009 20:32:06 | More by Pencible
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
Acquired in a beer trade with Beer Advocate and all around wunderkind everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this one from a 12oz brown twist cap bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A= This ale poured a super dark black-brown color with zero light penetation and a 2.5" dense tan head. The head took a LONG time to settle and eventually leveled out into a thin cap. Just a few spots of lace on the glass.
S= The aroma of this one was dark roasted grains and coffee on top with a sweetness underneath. The alcohol was there but never overpowered the malts.
T= The flavors in this stout were amazing. Like in the aroma, I found flavors of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of treacle/toffee. Hand in hand with the roasty bitter notes came a rich underlying sweetness. No hop presence notable. The finish dried considerably and left a long pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol was well disquised throughout.
MF= Semi-viscous chewy body with a moderate carbonation level and tongue-coating feel.
D= Wow this was an outstanding beer worthy of any hype it generates. I found it to be supremely drinkable and surprisingly the abv was not a factor at all.
04-24-2009 05:13:12 | More by spointon
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours black with some ruby brown highlights and a cappuccino colored ring for a head. Gnarly lacing as it goes down.
Smells of peat and coffee dominate; very earthy.
Taste is outstanding. A perfect balance of coffee and chocolate malt with neither being dominant or overly pronounced. This is superbly balanced. A pleasure to taste.
Feels smooth and creamy in the mouth with just enough carbonation to remind you that it is, in fact, a beer. The body is thick and just a little bit on the syrupy side.
Drinkability? I will have no trouble at all finishing this one but this is a one and done; a night-ender if there ever was one.
I will buy this one again and again as I see it in the store in singles for myself or one for every two people at a tasting.
04-24-2009 03:42:28 | More by StrangeBrewer76
4.53/5 rDev +3%
This is an amazing beer - now I've not had the bottled version. So I'd say that some of the coffee notes were perhaps a bit subdued due to what others have noted, or perhaps it was the straight sided glassware.
Perfect Imperial coffee stout, so well balanced, and drinkable. It is very easy to overdo one aspect or another of a beer like this, but it all played so well together - the malt, coffee, alcohol, and roastiness.
04-22-2009 18:23:26 | More by okra
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
5.0 A: Nearly completely black color. Fizzy, but dense 2 fingers of tan head. Incredible retention and lots of lacing. One hell of a good looking brew.
3.5 S: Really pleasant coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted barley next. Problem is that the aroma is really weak.
4.5 T: This certainly is a great brew and very unique. I can state with confidence that I could pick this out of a line of stouts I've had before. This is what I might expect if I went to a really nice coffee place and asked for something delicious. That said, nearly perfect roasted espresso with a touch of frothed up milk. Some smokiness and some bitter chocolate. Espresso taste lasts long after each sip. I'm shocked at how well hidden the alcohol is.
5.0 M: Medium heavy body. Very creamy and perfect carbonation. No problems at all.
4.5 D: I could drink the hell out of this. If it didn't have alcohol, I'd be downing these like crazy when finals period comes around.
04-21-2009 22:36:28 | More by DavoleBomb
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
Drinking in honor of planning a trip in three months to Montreal and an obvious stop at Dieu Du Ciel.
Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Canadian neighbor - how appropriate.
2008 offering properly stored in my cellar.
Massive, three-finger head that required a break in the pour. Foamy, light cocoa head that leaves lots of messy lacing and big pockets. Head subsides to 1/4 finger with impressive remnants.
Color is black. Aroma is strong roasted coffee. For a beer with coffee as a subset of the name, this is what I would expect from the aroma. Some malt sweetness present in the initial aroma.
First sip is full and rich. Very nice. Perhaps a tad too much carbonation.
Halfway through and this one is delivering. I love the intense roasted coffee in both the aroma and the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and balanced sweetness make this a very nice beer.
With this many ratings and this high of a score, it's not like I'm going out on a limb with a statement about how wonderful this beer is.
04-21-2009 02:32:16 | More by Yetiman420
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a deep opaque brown/black into a snifter with a one finger tan head.
Nose is relatively mild. Smokey roasted coffee, chocolate, some vanilla and caramel. Bit of hot alcohol. There seems to be an interesting sweet bubble gum aroma sneaking in as it warms. Almost takes on some Belgian characteristics and starts to smell more like a Quad.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, silky and smooth with a slightly dry finish. The amount of carbonation on this is pretty much perfect. Overall, mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer - it's a pleasure to drink.
Taste is roasted barley, coffee, big chocolate near the end and some slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. The linger is mostly smokey semi-sweet chocolate. Some hot alcohol bite throughout. Nothing poking out over the top on this one - all well balanced.
The balance keeps the drinkability right up there with the best of imperial stouts.
Overall I have to say I was expecting more out of this one. It gets a lot of hype, but I'm having trouble pinpointing what about it would set it apart from other top-shelf imperial stouts. The balance is quite nice and it's highly enjoyable, just not as good as I was expecting. That said, this is still a fantastic stout which seems to really open up with some more complex flavors as it warms.
04-20-2009 00:18:19 | More by frothyhead
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
Served from bottle into snifter.
As soon as you pop the cap, the aroma of intense coffee hits the nose. Strong dark coffee and espresso smells -- not your everyday morning coffee. Have been really looking forward to this one and it is living up to the hype so far.
Pours very dark. No light to be seen through it at all. Surprisingly robust head on this one. Foams up a nice half / three quarter inch of dense dark khaki head.
The coffee is by far the most dominant flavor, but I wouldn't consider it a simple taste by any means. Lots of subtleties going on. Great aftertaste of strong coffee. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here.
Mouthfeel left a little to be desired for me. Slightly thin and lacked the viscosity you expect from a big stout. Still is was very smooth and drinkable. Extremely highly recommended if you enjoy coffee stouts -- Doesn't quite live up to FBS in my book, but a close second in class.
04-19-2009 21:29:14 | More by Bcaulin
4.05/5 rDev -8%
A- poured this beer ten minutes ago and it still has a 1/4 inch head. jet black as expected. lacing all down the side of the glass.
S- smells just like my french press after its been sitting around and has cooled down, just before i wash it out.
T- initially it is quite bitter and has predominant alcohol flavor but this fades into flavors of coffee with a perfect lingering bitterness. same aftertaste as my morning cup o' joe but with a little more bitterness. alcohol is quite apparent but not harsh or unwelcome.
M- has medium-high but perfect carbonation. a little sweetness but finishes dry and bitter. i think this beer could use some more body and mouthfeel. thats what would give it my a+.
D- as far as imperial stout goes it is quite drinkable but not as drinkable as my favorite impy.
this is a good beer and i can see why others rate it higher than i did. i am just comparing it to the best iv ever had. wont name it but you can see it in my reviews. also, i dont know what the rest of you pay for it, but since their in my home town i payed about 2.75 for 12 oz bottle which i consider an incredible value!
great work DDC!!!
04-19-2009 00:31:13 | More by 01121987
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
I've been to Julio's 4 or 5 times now, and all the times I've only seen this one bottle of Peche Mortel. So I grabbed it quickly to see what all the fuss is about.
Pours thick, syrupy almost black. Tan head, decent but not amazing endurance on it. Not much lacing, but some nice carbonation bubbles. Smells very strongly of coffee, that's the overwhelming aura.
Taste is well worth the hype. An absolute coffee bomb, tastes like fresh coffee, without being too over the top about that aspect. The coffee flavor dominates, licorice and sweet cream sugar take a second. Not a lot of chocolate malt, the roastiness and coffee reign supreme, and are the lingering flavors thereafter. Just a hint of hops to help cut through all the gobbledegook. Nice and creamy, not the biggest, awesomest mouthfeel, but enough to carry the flavors forward. I don't like to give 5s easily for any aspect, this is right on the cusp, but the flavor is concentrated enough, yet carries enough else to it that it warrants it, barely. Drinkability is great for something of this magnitude. A little boozey on the throat after, but you hardly notice, since you're drowning in coffee awesome. I want more, nao. Top notch!
04-18-2009 06:18:39 | More by damienblack
5/5 rDev +13.6%
A - Pitch black with a dark tan head that fades and laces.
S - Coffee, chocolate
T - Coffee, roasty, deliciousness...epic in flavor, slight alcohol aftertaste
M - Medium carbonation, full in body and creamy mouthfeel
D - Creamy, delicious. Unbelievable in flavor and needs to be experienced. One of the best beers in the world for sure.
04-17-2009 04:21:59 | More by Martin2D
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Sometimes a beer reminds you that there must be a higher power in the universe. How can simple ingredients combine to make something so rich and rare?
I've just had my first Peché Mortel and I'll tell you this: it's not going to be my last, not by a long shot. Big, roasty flavours with complexity and balance, liveliness in the mouth (but not too much; think Unibroue on just a sweet little dose of valium), and a very more-ish drinking profile combine for a near-perfect brew. Best coffee stout I've had yet. A "mortal sin" worth perdition.
04-16-2009 04:31:12 | More by stagger
4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
This is one of my favorites, but I want to review it because I just had it for the first time in a while and it was a tasty treat.
Brutally dark, with a strong coffee aroma and almost looking like syrup, I poured this into a stemless wine glass and let it sit for a while with its dark tannish head as it warmed up to about room temperature. For me that's my favorite way to drink it.
Unmistakably coffee-like and dark, but still very drinkable, Peche is expensive but worth it for the small bottle. It alternatively tastes like burnt malts, strong coffee, creamy and almost milky, but it is all good. Oh I almost forgot the chocolate elements in there as well, bouncing off the coffee nicely.
Overall this might be my favorite beer if I had to pick one, but it's definitely in my top ten. If you're in the mood for a coffee/chocolate stout, this is the best bet if you can find it. Derishous.
04-15-2009 14:58:43 | More by rasta16ry
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours black as night with a nice tan head into my Dogfish Head snifter. Smells like coffee/expresso, and sweet chocolate. Tastes like strong coffee stirred with milk chocolate along with a small dash of alcohol at the end. The finish on this beer is great...just like I finished a cup of freshly ground coffee or took a nice expresso shot after dinner. Mouthfeel is rich and think (but not too think for this beer) and I enjoy every sip. I will drink this beer again, no doubt. This is a great beer to end a wonderful dinner or just when you're looking for some expresso/coffee without drinking actual expresso/coffee. A must-try.
04-14-2009 00:45:50 | More by Sean9689
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a darker than dark black, nice tan head. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, . Tastes of strong sweet coffee followed by a nice acidic bitterness. Big bold coffee all over the place. Some chocolate in the finish, finishing quite sweet. Alcohol is slightly present.
A fantastic beer. Definitely let this baby warm up, when its cold, it has that mineral taste which is very off. That said, a very good beer, very powerful, definitely a sipper.
04-13-2009 02:34:02 | More by bum732
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
I LOVE this beer. Picked one up at Stein's Deli in New Orleans (go there if you can) when I asked for the chewiest stout he offered.
A: Pours pitch black with no hope of light seeping through. The head that is produced is tan and dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing along the glass. A sight of pure joy!
S: Coffee, burnt malts, raisins, dates, roasted espresso beans...HUGE espresso notes, which is quite a feat to conquer, that is to capture this note and put it into a beer
T: Burnt malts, fair trade coffee, espresso beans, I thought there would be dark fruit, but none here. A little smokey note at the finish. Again, no faults.
MF/D: Very chewy, full body, smooth going down, not bitter, not dry- just perfect!!
This is the best beer that I have ever had. If you like chewy, balanced, knock-your-socks-off flavor, seek this one out
04-13-2009 01:19:01 | More by scottyshades
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
A--Hard pour yields a wonderful two finger light brown head. This is opaque black, just how it should be. Lots of lacing down the glass too.
S--Mostly coffee in the nose, and a very good variety of coffee at that. Taking a huge whiff will definitely clear your sinuses and probably wake you up from a slumber. Actually, this smells almost identical to a black coffee from Starbucks.
T--Holy cow. Unexpected. I mean, I knew it was going to be a coffee bomb but there is a milky creaminess to this that makes me wonder if they threw a few cups of half & half in the batch as well. The taste itself is mostly coffee, and apparently a very good coffee at that because this tastes so fresh. Even Founders Breakfast Stout, which I love, tastes like 8 hour old coffee to me. This tastes fresh brewed.
M--That milky creaminess I referred to really shines here. Its not as thick as something like Bourbon County Stout or Speedway Stout, but it is in my opinion a perfect balance between rich cream and solid carbonation.
D--A bit too one dimensional to be extremely drinkable, but still very solid overall
If you like coffee stouts and haven't had this, you are missing out.
04-10-2009 04:27:55 | More by alcstradamus
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
I picked this sucker up at MarCellars in Idaho Falls. It's in a bottle, but the date mark is not informative enough for me to be able to announce her age;) This Coffee Stout pours dark dark like motor oil, but not so thick; it's dark as night as a whole, but really thin, so when it's held up to a bright light, it's difficult to recognize how dark it is because it appears to be a darker nut brown. It hit my mouth with a rather lite/bubbly booze reinforced warm Imperial feel. The decent and rather thick head dissipated quickly to not hardly a trace being left on top and nearly no lacing either. Huh...odd I think, but hey...it's a double stout pushing the 10% mark, so I suppose that it should be expected. Quite frankly I'm a bit embarrassed to say that there's not enough coffee coming out in this one, rather a chocolaty alcohol. Most certainly belongs with the bitter ones which lingers on and on. One thumb up for the beer on its own and one down for being a five buck brew to marcellars, but muchO thanks to Marcellars for carrying some really good beers!
04-09-2009 22:23:42 | More by TroyS
4.9/5 rDev +11.4%
This brew is 1 year aged....
it pours black with a decent tan head. great retentive lacing on my Triple Karmeliet glass. the nose is dry chocolate, bitter coffee, spicy hops, a little bit of alcohol spice. the taste is very bitter, dry, coffee beans, dark chocolate, subtle wood,full bodied, low spritzy yet smooth carbo. leaves a long lasting delicious taste in your mouth. Good stuff...
04-09-2009 19:43:28 | More by stumac
5/5 rDev +13.6%
This one left me with an incredible buzz from just one bottle, maybe because its brewed with coffee. The appearance is a dark black with a light brown head. It smells of spices and strong coffee. It tastes much like a great coffee with so much intense flavor, definitely meant to be sipped and enjoyed. It has the slippery feel of oil in your mouth. This is a true masterpiece
04-09-2009 13:15:00 | More by greg202stewart
4.72/5 rDev +7.3%
Overall a fantasic beer. The appearance was dark and chocolate. The smell was really good for a beer like this. The taste was exceptional, burnt, chocolate sugars, coffee, mouthfeel burns like it should. The drinkabilty was fantastic for a beer like this. Don't pound it just enjoy it !!!
04-09-2009 01:00:46 | More by Casey10
5/5 rDev +13.6%
This was so good. I'm a huge fan of stouts and was very impressed with this beer.
Appearance - black pour with a brown head that neither faded out or was too thick. Had the head coloring of what I expect from a good stout, some deep brown to it, not the usual white you see with any beer.
Smell - amazing coffee smell from the beginning. As with KBS, I would be happy if this came in an air freshener/inscence scent. If my house smelled like this year round I would come home happy.
Taste - what a taste. This was so good even compared to a night before of drinking KBS. Add a chocolate note and its the same beer. I am beyond pleased with the taste of this beer. Exceptional.
Mouthfeel - thick and syrupy, but in no way a bad thing. This beer definitely sticks with your palate. If you're drinking another stout or something you're planning on fully tasting, wait on this one. It stays with you. So good though, what I expect a good stout to be.
Drinkability - this is no all day beer for sure, but it goes down so smooth for the style. I couldn't get enough of this one, it makes me want more.
In all, a great beer. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of stouts.
04-06-2009 06:17:16 | More by jdskinns
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from the bottle a rich jet black with two fingers of creamy tan head.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, dark ripe fruit, raisins, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
Deep taste of espresso upfront along with dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Finishes with espresso and a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is present but doesn't distract from the taste.
Full bodied, rich and creamy, with a moderate carbonation.
I expected a world class imperial stout and was not disappointed.
04-02-2009 21:07:14 | More by Monkeyknife
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,723 ratings.