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

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3,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,960
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 523
Gots: 598 | FT: 59
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good coffee stout but overrated. Nice head with very tiny bubbles like a thick mousse or whipped cream. The nose is bitter roasted coffee beans and ethanol. More espresso shows up in the taste with some roasted malt character and burnt dark chocolate. Not as complex as I'd hoped and the mouthfeel is that of a nitro can. The feel was medium thick, but thin on flavor and low on bubbles. Almost like it was sitting out open for a few hours. The mouthfeel is subdued; if the bubbles were sharper the beer would be better.

natelocc787, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of JosephLondon
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to a great trade with clockwerk, I have the opportunity to enjoy this incredible Stout.

Pours a burnt-brown to a light black while making its way into the glass. This quickly recedes to a pitch black liquid with no highlights when held to light, when the glass is filled. A frothy dark beige head sits atop the brew that gives way to decent lacing.

I love gourmet coffee and that is what is prominent in the nose. In the background is roasted caramel malt and not much more that I detect.

The taste is phenomenal, like a coffee pie with graham cracker crust. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has done an outstanding job in blending the coffee with this brew to make it not too much and just enough to not go overboard. I detect a tad of alcohol and a bit of hop bite, just enough to compliment the brew wonderfully.

The mouthfeel is thin for me. I am used to the RIS style, so don't put too much merit on how I judge the mouthfeel. I will say it is a smooth finish that leaves me wanting another gulp! I was warned to let this one warm, but I don't want to! Which brings us to drinkability.

Considering the powerful (coffee) stout this is, I am shocked at how well it drinks! I don't care what others have said, I could drink all four of these tonight with ease!

JosephLondon, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of punkrkr27
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a 1 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring. Coffee, brown sugar, molasses and semi-sweet chocolate aroma. Lots of bitter black coffee and dark chocolate flavor with hints of raisins, alcohol and some faint vinous quality. Great depth and balance of flavors. Oily full body with lots of carbonation.

punkrkr27, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is pitch black with a beautiful dark brown really thick and creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lace.

S: Lots of strong coffee, just the way coffee should smell like. Some chocolate and roasted malt. Dry and bitter.

T: Complex, roasted almost burned dry malt. Lots of strong coffee together with bitter dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Some vanilla in it as well.

M: This creamy beer is full-bodied with light carbonation. The long-lasting aftertaste is bitter, so very bitter. A bit alcoholic feel to the brew.

D: This is a very complex and "heavy" beer. It got almost everything you want in a Imperial Stout. Some parts of the taste and smell is a bit more than I expected, but in the best of ways.

Evil_Pidde, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, black in the glass with a big brown head. Reduces to a whispy ring with a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is big coffee, very nice and inviting, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee bitterness.

Flavor is more of the same, a lot of coffee with bitterness, chocolate, some licorice, roasted malts, very nice.

Mouthfeel is full with low carbonation.

An excellent coffee stout!

elgiacomo, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark chocolate color with a strong head, little disspiation and a good bit of lacing.

The aroma is pure coffee. This take 'coffee stout' to the extreme on the nose, with hints of chocolate behind.

The taste is more of the same... BOLD coffee overtones dominate the beer, the chocolate stout is an afterthought. It's really pretty good, I promise!

Give this one a try if you get the chance, I promise you will enjoy.

theboozecruise, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of EPseja
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a snifter at cellar temperature.

While there are dating numbers on the label, there is no notching at all. Oh, come on! Why bother with printing it if you're not going to notch it? Regardless, I've been sitting on this bottle for about a year, so it's at least that old.

A - Even with a soft pour, a deep cocoa-colored head erupts into a velvety soft blanket, eventually subsiding to a microbubbled mat that retreats to the rim. The beer itself is deep and dark, with crimson hues visible during the pour. Lacing is sparse and uneven.

S - BAM! Coffee -- not quite as refined a scent as an espresso... more like some super home-brewed high-octane java... the kind where you ignore the one tablespoon per cup suggestion and push it to two. An organic, semi-woody note is also apparent; sort of like chicory. Also, dark bittersweet chocolate. Coffee grounds.

T - Dark, heavily roasted malts with an unmistakable, oily coffee presence. Some sweetness is definitely present, but in very restrained fashion. A boozy alcohol kick is present in the middle, but it's like getting kicked with a fuzzy slipper rather than a combat boot. Very dry in the finish, leaving a chalky tongue feel, an unsweetened cocoa aftertaste and a warm belly.

M - Vibrant and active on the way in, puffing up in a way that at first seemed too aggressive. Big tingly bubbles quickly tame themselves and become softer and creamier, amazingly avoiding what could have been a very gassy swallow. Throat coating and massive.

D - A definite evening sipper, there is no mistaking that this beer is the product of lots of brewing time and effort. To me, it's a bit one-dimensional and could definitely stand a touch more depth. Still, it's a standout in its class, but definitely NOT to be compared to bourbon barrel-aged versions of the style.

EPseja, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, thick viscous black as an imperial stout should be. Light cocoa head that recedes to a gentle layer of bubbles that linger on top for quite some time.

S - Roasty and delicious, sweet and hot coffee dominates.

T - Yep, definitely a coffee stout maybe too harshly so. Not too hot for 10% ABV, its well hidden behind the sweetness which is almost a bit cloying.

M - a little over-carbonated, which causes a bit of an acrid bite.

D - Not something I'd go to regularly, but good nonetheless. Light for the style.

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, unable to see through even the edges when held up to the light. Light coating of light brown foam, which dips under after a brief period. Head easily roused with a swirl.

Huge on the coffee, with great dark chocolate and roasted smells backing it up strong. Intense, yet smoother around the edges than many coffee stouts I have had.

As the smell had me suspecting--Coffee bomb! Enormous coffee flavour. Tastes as if a very large helping of cold pressed coffee was added, with every last drop of the oil from the beans scraped off and mixed in. Nice roasty/dark chocolate backing as in the smell, but the coffee definitely runs the show here. I'd be interested to see how they infused it, as the coffee is so powerful, yet remarkably smooth. Alcohol comes out a bit as it warms, mingling in back with the roasty and chocolatey tastes--all of which are submissive to the caffeinated black poison.

Medium carbonation, keeps things zipping along. Slightly syrupy (or in this case--oily).

Even though I couldn't take much more than 1 bottle of this coffee punch, I'm not going to dock it for the intensity of flavours.

Is the coffee excessive? Some may say so...I think it's damn tasty! Coffee lovers will rejoice for this fine brew. I'd like to try this sometime in the future side-by-side with FBS to compare the coffee character.

darklordlager, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pitch black, the liquid gives a thick impression when poured. The two finger head is compact and warm brown. Almost no lacing occurs.

The strong smell is dry with massive roasted, almost burned notes. Lots of fine coffee flavours, too. Some butterscotch and rubber. Hints of almonds and alcohol in the background.

The taste is intensive with lots of roasted notes, both of black coffee/espresso and black malt. There are some quickly passing notes of almond cookies and cocoa. Sweet hints of cookies and roasted sugar. The aftertaste got some warming alcohol, an elegant crisp bitterness, notes of espresso and bitter herbs. The flavours are very well kept together.

The carbonation is mild with few small bubbles. The liquid is thick, sticky and very creamy.

An impressive imperial coffee stout.

bark, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Velvety black and opaque. A thin mocha colored film tops this stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and sourdough bread make up the bold bouquet.

T: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla are the main notes of this delicious brew

M: Thick and velvety with little in the way of carbonation. Perfection.

D: One of the finest coffee stouts on the market. Worth seeking out.

Avagadro, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of dqrull
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jetblack with a really thick and sexy head almost an inch high, lots of spotted lacing sticking to the glass, awesome!

Smell is coffee, lots of slightly sweet coffe backed up with a robust promising maltiness with the obvious roasted notes, as well as a little hint of smokiness, really nice.

This one tasted magnificient, I had my bottle to a dessert of home made mango-ice cream with a tart sauce of passion fruit and strawberries, a very good match. Taste is full of coffe, not too hard roasted and not too whimsy, just the right amount, don't think I have ever had a beer with this perfectly measured amount of coffee in it, you can really feel how it in every way complement this otherwise extremely balanced beer, roasted malts are abundant, with a slight sweetness to them weighed up by their innate bitterness in the end. I sense a bit of the same smokiness in the taste as I did in the nose, wich fits right into this marvelous mix.

The mouth feel is also just right, the small and creamy bubbles makes the carbonation seem perfect for this kind of beverage and it foams up quite nicely with a swirl or two on the toungue.

dqrull, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of cleeze
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an Epic classic! And a coffee bomb indeed!

Poured pitch black used motor oil color with a nice beige color head that disappeared rather quickly to show some decent head.

Smell was of dark chocolate, bits of vanilla bean and LOADS of dark roast espresso. Smells yummy!

Taste was of luscious coffee notes with kind of a malty back ground. Again some dark chocolate in the mix.

Slick mouthfeel. Little slick for an imperial stout.

cleeze, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is black as night with a massive creamy beige head that reaches two inches. It settles to a beautiful cap that rests nicely on top the beer. The lace that's left behind is so thick it could frost a cupcake.

The aroma is one hundred percent pure coffee. If you heated this up and served it as such no one would know. It's all coffee all day. Maybe a hint of chocolate fudge and a hint of booze.

The flavor is spot on roast coffee. Smoked malt and hints of chocolate. The booze is very present with every sip. Warming seems to really bring out the smokiness.

Full body with no carbonation.

Overall a great coffee stout. A touch boozy but that usally doesn't bother me. Very happy I enjoyed this on my 200th review.

beerwolf77, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$5.49 for a 11.5 fl oz bottle. 9.5% ABV, bottle conditioned. Pours out to a very dark mahogany, near black, forming a small dark tan head, like espresso crema, with good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is rich with coffee, vanilla, molasses, prunes, black walnut and bourbon. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with a dense, rich and thick body. The taste is a recap of the aroma, but not as pleasant. The coffee is acidic and tart and the bitterness is moderate, accentuated by the earthy coffee. In the finish, there is a hint of oxidation and a ruddy mouthfeel lingering in the aftertaste. Again, the acidity of the hops and the coffee is pretty pronounced and seriously hinders it's drinkability. It's not as smooth and drinkable, as say, Founders Breakfast Stout or KBS. I think it's quite a challenge to find a good mix between the stout and the coffee when brewing a beer in this style, and I don't think this one does a very good job. The mouthfeel is always a challenge, and I think the way the coffee is used is particularly important. My limited experience suggests that brewing espresso and adding it after fermentation is the way to go, as opposed to brewing with drip coffee or steeping during the mash. At any rate, as it warms, the sweetness of the malts comes out and helps to balance the acidity of the coffee. I would actually recommend drinking this one at about 55-60F to get the best mix of flavors

8 years ago, this beer was notorious, and I'm glad I tried it, but there are much better beers of this style out there now.

Mitchster, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It slowly extricates itself into a languid pour that finally fills the snifter halfway with an incredibly thick, opaque, burnt-brown elixir of stupefying viscosity. A semi-determined head of brownish beige initially appears, but quickly diminishes to a thin skim, and finally to small floating amoebae of foam.

It is a full bodied smell, insinuative and aromatic, carrying dank essences of bitter espresso, bitter chocolate, burnt and roasted notes, almost a subtle burnt toffee in there (I'm imagining it to describe the under scent). As it warms, the scents of dark fruit (ripe plum, cherry) appear behind the scenes. It isn't as complex a smell as others of this style, but what it has is clean, balanced, deep, and tempting.

What you get in the nose you get in the mouth. This oft used expression finds ultimate meaning with this stout. Bitter espresso greets your tongue in an opening fusillade of flavor that quickly escalates to the bitter chocolate, burnt notes, that sweet but burnt and roasty flavor, not toffee in the taste, but a deeply caramel dankness that is almost sweet,not quite sweet, and the finish is full of fruity plum and cherry, ending in a long, clean, half-juicy (if you can believe it), half dry in a deliciously clinging way. Magnificent. As the nose, the flavors are intense, balanced, clean, and tempting----squared. No wonder this is a top 100. This is f***g delicious.

You would think a beer this thick would have trouble with mouthfeel. Isn't that where huge beers can go wrong? Not here, somehow this 10w40 drinks light, and the finish is free of cloying characteristics. The finish is staggeringly good. This beer is art.

Drinkability. This beer is a sipper to the full meaning of the word. It is big, and full of dank flavor, and the alcohol is very, very well hidden. This beer is as drinkable as a big stout can get imho.

cavedave, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with mfabian12 at a recent stout tasting we had.

A: Nice looking off-white head that forms a thin ring around the sides of the glass. No light is getting through this dark bad boy. Little lacing.

S: Ground coffee beans and espresso. Not really a whole lot else. Some roasted malts come through as the quaff warms.

T: Coffee and espresso along with some roasted malts. Finish turns sweet with some dark fruits detectable. Great big flavor with nice balance. At times this really just tastes like cold, carbonated coffee.

M: Full body, thick and chewy. Just what I want from a stout like this.

D: One of the better imperial stouts I've had. The likeness to coffee/espresso is really impressive. I guess that's what you get when you brew with fair trade coffee beans. I think I would have liked this even more if there were some other flavors to balance out the coffee and make it more complex. That being said, however, this really is a world class RIS. Definitely give it a try.

MrDanno96, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of mfabian12
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely dark; no light permeates through. Very dark brown head. Impressive pour

Smell - Big coffee aroma. Roasted malt undertones.

Taste - It tasted like a straight cup of espresso. Extremely enjoyable flavor. Had a sweetness to it. Perhaps a hint of dark fruit as well.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation. It was pretty thick and full bodied.

Drinkability - Smooth and delicious, as expected. This is by and large the best stout I have ever had.

mfabian12, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Pours a silky, heavy, pitch black with a half-inch of chocolate brown foam on top, leaving intermittent spots of lacing.

S - Lots of roasted malt and coffee with a slight indecipherable twang, possibly some sourness from the coffee.

T - Roasty, bitter coffee, toasted malt, bitter chocolate, with a hint of sweet toffee in the aftertaste. Very dark and complex. Bitterness is very manageable.

M - Oily, heavy, silky, with a little bit of pep in the carbonation. Like liquid velvet.

D - Even if you had the stones to down this and not be impaired by its hefty ABV, you'd be disrespecting this one if you drink too quickly. Sip and Savor this deep, dark, vicious brew.

Overall - If this beer is a sin, then kick my ass to hell, because this one rocks. It doesn't have the same heady, luscious vanilla of KBS, but makes up for it with its amazing roasty coffee character.

DannyS, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/12/2009 (bottle):

Pours an extremely dark brown color body, with a small tan brown head, diminishing. Strong aroma of coffee, espresso. All I get is the coffee. Very carbonated, strong coffee taste, biting. Might be the alcohol. Alcoholy aftertaste for sure. Roasted taste. A little too strong coffee and not much else for my liking.

jujubeast6000, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of bonk0076
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest brown color possible with a massive brown head. Aroma is a blend of espresso and dark chocolate. Taste is the same, starting with the bitter coffee flavor, blended with a bit of vanilla, but finishing with a dark, hershey bar flavor.

bonk0076, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of cassanoj
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Eku Weizen glass. Pitch black with some bubble action at the bottom. Beautiful brown head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells intensely like cocoa and espresso. Undertones of licorice, chocolate, caramel. This thing is dark.

Wow, what a taste. The coffee lingers for weeks. Chocolate, raisins, fig, earthy and bitter.

The mouthfeel is a touch grainy, but overall really smooth. It tingles a bit and it's warm. It feels like melted chocolate in my mouth.

cassanoj, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from CvFish in a trade, thanks Chris

A - engine oil black pour, with a finger plus of dark brown head

S - an abundance of rich coffee aromas assail the nosem some chocolate compliments all that coffee creating a rich mocha aroma, heavy on the coffee component

T - the rich coffee permeates through to the taste as i would expect, with more emphasis on the coffee bean itself, also some mellowing and welcome lactic sweetness

M&D - despite being monotypic, this is a supreme beer, rich and flavorful, mellowed and smoothed from the lactose sweetness, it almost nears a milk stout to me, hides a near double digit ABV very well. this would be a beer cellar staple if they distributed in CT

sinstaineddemon, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.5 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours like used motor oil, jet black and has a 2 inger tan head. The aroma is like walking into a starbucks, lots of coffee. The flavor is heavy on coffee, chocolate and maybe some vanilla. The finish lingers, slightly bitter. It is well carbonated and has a creamy mouthfeel. Peche Mortel is a solid coffee beer, but not a great coffee beer.

bonkers, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Brez07
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.5oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a brown/black color out of the bottle, but sits in the glass dark as a moonless night. Gives a 1 finger caramel head. Leaves a Swiss cheese type lacing

S: Nice roasted coffee smell, accompanied by oak/nuttiness, smoke and chocolate malt

T: Follows the smell. Wonderful coffee taste. Alcohol isn't overbearing, but I find this to be a bit "warm". Some bitterness with the finish

M: Full bodied but not as creamy as I was expecting. Has a sticky finish

D: Easy to drink, but I find the alcohol to be more prevalent compared to other Imp Stouts. Would not have more then one of these in a sitting, but will definitely purchase again

Brez07, Dec 02, 2009
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,960 ratings.