1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,017 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,017
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 529
Gots: 606 | FT: 59
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,017 | Reviews: 1,641 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BetterDarker
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Deep ebony black, practically no light coming through except on the edges with a very well defined tan head.

S- Solid coffee and chocolate with a hint of roasted malt. Actually smells like a strong cup of coffee

T-Much like the aroma, this is like drinking a cup of coffee. Since I usually put cream and sugar in my cop o' joe I thought "Wow, this is so good it doesn't need that addition". Great bitter finish, some booziness but in a good way. My life would be great if I could replace my morning coffee with this instead.

M- Full body, very thick and smooth, with good carbonation.

D-If it were not for the price, this would be my go to stout. Simple fantastic.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle recieved in trade

a-Incredibly dark with a huge dark brown head

s-Strong coffee, malt, and you can smell hops

t- Bitter coffee mixed w/ sweet malts. After taste of bitter coffee, what i love about stouts

M-imediate carbonation, thick creamy and borderline chewey

D-great beer with a very high drinkability

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

12oz bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip

Sits a near pitch black with some cola colored edges. A dark khaki head rose two fingers and fell quickly to form a thin collar. Some minor, delicate lace.

When I first leaned in, port wine and dark fruit hit me hard. Fresh roasted coffee and bakers chocolate hold their own along with black strap molasses.

This beer grew on me the more it warmed. It opened up considerably. Plums and cherries, port wine, fresh roasted coffee grounds, and semi sweet chocolate. Well-rounded, not overly broad but very deep and rich.

Creamy, lush medium mouthfeel that feels a lot lighter than it really is. A moderate amount of booze lingers and mixes with coffee oils for a unique finish.

A pleasure to drink. Robust and rich but never overbearing. There is a reason why this beer is held in high regard.

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

Had a bottle of this the other night. Review from notes.

A- Pours a deep dark black color. Two finger mocha colored head comes up and stays for a short while. Lacing clung to the sides of the glass looking all sexy like. Good looking stout.

S- This smells like cold black coffee. Big roasted front on this that pretty much takes over everything. Maybe a light chocolate note in the far end of the aroma but for the most part big huge roasted coffee malt smell.

T- Once again this is like drinking a cold cup of coffee but better! Big roasted malts in the front end of this beer break way to a light bittersweet chocolate taste in the middle. This again takes over into the coffee taste again. Not as bursting with coffee flavor as the aroma would suggest but still a coffee dropkick on the palate.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style although I could have used a little more. Roasted malts left on the palate and dominate the aftertaste. Slick oily residue left all over the palate with this beer. Drying on the tongue as I finish a sip.

D- Good drinkability that I really enjoy. This is a very coffee forward stout that I would recommend to actual coffee drinkers. The ABV limits this one per say but I would have no problem either having it as a night cap or two of them in a row before going onto something else.

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

Been looking forward to this one since I picked it up at Christmas time. Pours deep black with a light mocha head which left strong lacing at first, but over time left nothing. A nice nose with chocolate dominating and coffee lying beneath it. Upon sipping it though I was disappointed, it is good, just not the ridiculously super good it had been pumped up to be. The coffee is mellow with a rich chocolate malt brew that leaves a bitter finish. Feels too light though, and the carbonation was low. Quite sip-able, just not as mind blowing as I had been expecting.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300 mL bottle with no discernable freshness date. Pours a black, but not overly viscous, color with a few highlights showing only at the bottom of a lambic flute. Foam is medium brown and displays very nice retention and lacing considering the style and ABV. Lacing is average at best.

Nose is pretty big as plenty of lightly roasted coffee, milk chocolate and almond nuttiness come through. There is some dark cherry fruitiness I get as well. Smells pretty damn good.

Taste is very nice as well with a nice balance of roasty coffee, vanilla-almond nuts, strawberry-esque fruit and edgy alcohol. Body is not as creamy as I would like in a stout this big, but that is a pretty minor complaint. I would recommend not adding the yeast at the bottom of this one, as it imparts a bit of a sawdust feel and taste to the beer. Very, very good beer, might not be able to hang with the best of the best...but it is not very far behind either.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Rich, dark black pour. Three fingers of fluffy cocoa-colored foam spill out over the top of the glass. Head resembles chocolate mousse, or maybe the bit of foam you'd get at the top of hot chocolate. Tons of lacing stuck to the glass. This is a perfect looking stout.

Smells like a mug of black coffee. Intense roasty nose. Roast, bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee beans. Again, it's intense.

As I take my first sip, I can't even begin to think about the flavor because I'm so blown away by the texture. But more on that later. The flavor is almost entirely coffee, but it's not nearly as in-your-face as the aroma, which is a good thing for me. The coffee still dominates, but not in a way that's harsh or unpleasant. Some rich chocolate gives a nice bittersweet flavor. Dry bitter finish.

It's hard to describe what I like about the texture of this beer...it's not perfect to style, but I'm really enjoying it. It's got a big body without being overly thick. It seems highly-carbonated, yet still feels soft, plush, and velvety. It's ridiculously smooth despite having such an intense flavor profile. Lingering finish. Again, it's not perfect, but let's just say that it works for me.

ABV is never a factor. This one went down much quicker than I expected it to. Just a really impressive beer. I'm not a coffee guy at all, but I highly enjoyed this one.

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

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. One finger head, dark beige, floating on an opaque body. Lacings slides quickly but leaves a thin film of oily resin on the glass. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some alcohol and some hops. Taste follows suit, mainly with a coffee/chocolate taste dominating. This one gets noticeably more delicious as the beer is allowed to warm. Can't wait to put a bit of age on a few of these. Awesome experience.

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

Have tried to review several times. Third time's a charm.

A: Jet black with a thick brown head. Retention is decent but short of outstanding.

S: Smell is very sweet and malty with molasses, cocoa and vanilla. Slight mustiness. I don't get much of the coffee here like in the flavor.

T: Heavy bitter coffee assault on the mouth! Very roasty with a little chocolate in there, but more roasted coffee bean than bittersweet chocolate. Finish is long and bitter.

M: Not thick, but pretty chewy and very lightly carbonated.

Very good coffee stout. I prefer several that have more roasted malt to go with all the coffee, but this is a pretty enjoyable option to sip on.

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

I picked up this bottle at Monument Liquor in Concord, as it unfairly is only available in the northern area of the fair state of California.

Pours black with a large and dense brown head, fairly big for a strong ale. Good retention and lacing displayed with dense bubbles. Strong coffee aroma, bordering on acidic, and also some roasted barley, bitter chocolate, some licorice, mild cookie dough action.

The taste begins with a rush of fresh coffee, dry, but decadent. The taste is quite intense, nicely balanced with malt, but the sugar levels in check to let the coffee take center stage here. Hints of dark fruit on the midpalate, but it is fleeting, then some flora actually shows up. All of the bitterness seems to be coming from the fair trade coffee rather than hops as well. The finish leaves a lasting sweet coffee and cookie dough flavor that layers on the decadence of this brew. It makes coffee taste better than it tastes by itself.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation that feels plentifully robust. Definitely a coffee bomb, and quite a delicious example of one. It's hard to make a specific complaint against this brew, but it definitely elevates coffee beer to high levels, above the rest of it. I probably shouldn't be drinking this at night.

Photo of brow1901
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black and it isn't about to let ANY light through it. Very nice super dense coffee colored head. Great retention and amazing lacing.

S- Really smoky and roasted, almost burnt. Freshly roasted coffee beans, hint of dark chocolate, and molasses. Really an exceptional smelling beer. Slight alcohol scent.

T- Bitter initially, seems to be more of a roasted malt bitter. Not the slightest bit sweet, very dry and up front. There is a definite coffee taste, with a slight chocolate touch in the finish.

M- Really thick and although it tastes dry to begin with it finishes super slick and sticky. Nice warming quality.

D- Really drinkable I'm shocked to see that it's 9% (I figured it out after I finished it), this one will sneak up on you if you aren't careful.

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

Poured from a bottle without a born on date into a tulip glass. Beer is black and forms a delayed brown head of small bubbles that falls away rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to weak.

Aroma is strong, coffee and sweetness. Some sweetness from alcohol, other from some malt. There is some burnt malt aroma as well.

I think I started drinking this beer too cold. I was really hit hard with an ash-like flavor when I started, but as it warmed up it became much more balanced. Beer is medium bodied, strong coffee roastiness. There is a definite alcohol flavor up front and some malt syrup sweetness. Overall, it was pretty good, not my favorite coffee stout though.

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

11.5 oz TWIST OFF (shame on Dieu Du Ciel).

Pours a dense black with only ruby on the edges. The head is billowing and tan, it takes awhile to recede and leaves gorgeous and thick lacing.

The smell is mostly coffee witch dark, roasty malts.n Theres also some sugary chocolate but no sign of hops. It goes halfway to where breakfast stouts go smell wise, coffee dominates.

The mouthfeel is thick and under-carbonated but the flavor is huge. It is sweeter than I expected with the alcohol being well in the mix as it covers the mouth and throat. The coffee is large, the roasted malt is large, and there is also a good amount of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits.

This is a good stout, perhaps not worth 6 bucks but it is Canadian so it is reasonable I guess.

Photo of steve8robin
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to give this a second try after being into craft brews for a few months now...

A: Perfect. Pitch black with a thick mocha colored head that fades perfectly.

S: I smell heavy hops with a backend of coffee scent. Good, but not perfect.

T: Very interesting flavor. Heavy coffee upfront with a backend of strong hops. Very good.

M: Decent. Just a little too heavy of a mouthfeel for my taste.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, if you like coffee and hops, then this is your perfect brew. Very good.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash tulip glass. Labelled as an "Imperial Coffee Stout."

Appearance - Dark brown to black, opaque and thick, with a one and a half finger head. Below average retention.

Aroma - Bitter coffee and espresso notes hit first. Burnt sugar and some sweetness also come through. Almost no noticable booze.

Taste - Coffee and espresso is full force upfront. Bitterness lingers throughout each sip. Burnt sugar adds a little sweetness and a lot of char here. The coffee/espresso dominates throughout though and doesn't allow many other flavors to come through.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and slight creamy. Rather full bodied without much carbonation.

Drinkability - The ABV is almost unnoticable throughout this beer. The bitterness could make this less drinkable though.

Overall, a reallly good coffee stout, but with too much coffee and not enough balance throughout. ABV is extremely well hidden, but the bitterness can wear thin quickly. Even as a coffee lover, I found this beer to be a bit one dimensional.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this is a very fine beer, I thought the flavor profile was a little too coffee-centric. I like coffee flavors in big beers, but here it was more center-stage than optimal. Nice, big malt with even bittering finish. ETOH was just a little hot at the end.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 12oz bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. poured into a small snifter to review.

Poured rather aggressively causing only a small 1/8" inch tan head. Not too thick on the pour. The head dissipates quickly leaving almost no traces of retention.

On the nose in order of dominance are heavy roasted malt, dark red licorice, leather and coffee. Alcohol very well hidden.

Even more roasted malts in the taste than I was suspecting. Fine coffee taste adds a pleasant bitterness to this big malt bomb.

Full bodied and moderately thick going down. Minimal carbonation. A gritty, coating finish keeps the malts going for quite a while.

All an all a great example of the style that I'd recommend for any beer lover to try.

Photo of SShelly
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for the bottle.

Pours a declicous looking black with a big poof of tan head, great lacing and lots of retention.

Light coffe and roast malt in the nose, VERY restrained aroma for such a big beer.

Flavor is a roast sweetness with a little coffe, slight balancing bitterness, leaves a little bit of a harsh bitter bite on the tongue.

Probably not my favorite coffe stout, but definetly one to try, very tasty.

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

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 2 finger semi-coarse deep chocolate head that holds steady at about .5 fingers. Beer is opaque black and thick. Lacing is frothy, like a painted tidal wave of brown on the side of my glass.

S: Roasted dark chocolate, slightly sour coffee, hint of milkiness and spice that tickles the nose. Very volatile and strong. I can smell this one a mile away. Booziness is present but well hidden.

T: Opens coffee, sweet chocolate, liquorice, lively dark fruit that doesn't crush the rest of the flavor. A slightly sweet and sour coffee lingers throughout. Tobacco, leather all contribute but in a well balanced manner. Finish is sticky dark fruit with a kick of spiciness to end.

M: Opens very coarse but smooths out quickly. Medium bodied. Not oily, slightly sticky, and finishes messy, leaving a film in my mouth. A bit too carbonated for me though but it certainly enhances the experience.

D: An infinitely complex brew that displays such depth of character because its soooo balanced with a body that integrates yet lets me distinguish the many different flavors present. This one is a sipper though, not because its hot or boozy, but because its just really enjoyable. Completely under-rated imperial stout. This is a definite winner.

Photo of mgbickel
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Formed a two finger cocoa powder colored head. Quick dissipation leaving behind very little lace. The body is solid and black; like someone painted the inside of my glass with ebony enamel.

The nose has dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee up front. The backbone is roasted malts. Not as strong as I would have expected...

Wow...waves of complex flavors sweep across the palate. Bitter baker's chocolate gives way to an even more bitter coffee/mocha flavor. This fades into a roasted malt finish. The aftertaste is the best part of this drink...fresh ground coffee...almost breathtaking!

Medium mouth feel, creamy with mild carbonation.

Very drinkable! The ABV is hidden very, very well. This beer has moved to the top of my list for this style!

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

Pours very black with a medium brown fluffy head. Moderate lacing.

Smells of burnt malts and thick, dense coffee grounds.

A profound coffee/espresso flavor masks a heavy burnt malt/burnt wood flavor. Behind that lies a solid chocolate malt and some mild spices.

Medium in body with a heavy dose of carbonation. The carbonation serves to accent the coffee/burnt flavors heavily.

This was a major surprise. I had heard about this one, but had never really given it much thought until I realized I knew the name when looking in the store. Fantastic coffee flavor in this one, moreso than I could have imagined, yet its not as overwhelming as the first sip, and really ends up fantastically easy to down. Not even a hint of the 9.5% alcohol really, its hidden behind that massive coffee and malt explosion. Excellent brew I *will* be revisiting.

Photo of pdoran10
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a really good stout. Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours jet black, seems even darker than many big imperial stouts. Not much head, still exciting. Smell is of roasted malts and coffee very smooth. Taste is again dark malt, coffee, and some silky dark chocolate. Very good taste coffee and roasted flavor are very prominent and well blended. Moutfeel is thick very oily, but not at all in a bad way. Drinkability is excellent. Extremely smooth for a big imperial stout.

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

My favourite beer. You gotta like imperial stout though. It's almost closer to an espresso than a beer. Everything is great from the strong coffee smell to its incredible taste. It could have had a little more body. Otherwise, an incredible beer. I yet have to find a better imperial stout.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown liquid that lets the tiniest bit of a red hue through out. the head is a dark tan color that has some retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is big and beautiful, it brings loads of espresso and milk chocolate with a hint of caramel. i get a touch of dark fruit at the very back but it is so faint

T-the taste is extremely big as well. it brings a bold flavor of roasted espresso. there is some bitter sweet chocolate and a hint of milk chocolate. there is that touch of dark fruit to sweeten up this big roasted espresso beer at the finish. the booze is noticable but not overpowering at all.

M-lighter side of a full body, very thick and smooth, a good amount of carbonation.

D-this is so tasty and big, smooth and creamy. give me more!

Photo of Stunner97
3.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

With all the rave reviews on this beer I am very excited for this review and I have waited a while as this bottle has some definite age on it from the cellar, which I had tried one fresh to compare but was only able to get my hands on one bottle so here we go!

Appearance- very dark black, no light coming through this sucker, pours a very beautiful tan head that sits peacefully on top, slight bubbles sit on bottom of the glass good appearance,

Smell- highly arromatic, a total coffee and espresso bomb off the nose, if you put this in front of me I would never know this was anything at all but a cup of coffee, wow powerful smell,

Taste- rich espresso and coffee flavor just absolutely dominate the flavor, closes out with strong bitter hoppy finish, but i mean the final taste and overall taste can only be described as coffee, you can certainly tell they are using plenty coffee in the brewski, to my tastes and I have to admit I am not a huge huge coffee fan though its complex its very unbalanced to the point i almost forget im drinking beer, but complexity is clearly there

Mouthfeel- heavy rich and viscous on the mouthfeel, yet still has a very smooth feel to it

Drinkability- To me this beer is taxing to drink, just too much unbalanced coffee dominating every aspect, its also extremely heavy and daunting, would take me few hours to probably finish this whole thing, i guess maybe if you were a coffee fanatic you would be rating drinkability certainly quite higher then i am, something i am glad i got to try and though i appreciate its complexity just nothing id go crazy looking for again,

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,017 ratings.