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

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4,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,059
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 540
Gots: 619 | FT: 54
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

The Péché Mortel was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001.
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Photo of 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,

Photo of BeerInReview
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up on a whim as I was in the mood for a good coffee stout and the siren-like figure somehow told me this is the beer for you. A bit freaky, but I went with it. Wow. I was impressed from the very first pour. Like any stout, the color is a dark molasses black. But...the head was thick and dense with good retention. The coffee aroma was intense! The roasted goodness almost overwhelms my sense of smell. The roasted coffee flavors are the first things that I could taste along with hints of chocolate. However, I can tell there's more complexity here than my palette can decipher. The coffee flavors bring bitterness but it's not over powering as the sweetness of the malt cuts the bitterness quite nicely.
The beer has carbonation but once the bubbles have escaped the beer gives a creamy, velvety feel and finish.
The alcohol was very well hidden in this beer which is scary. This is an amazing coffee stout. It is a very drinkable beer as it does not leave your mouth feeling bitter and dry; it only leaves it wanting more.

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

taste- tobacco, leather, coffee, raisins, slight hint of vanilla in the finish

color- dark brown

clarity- clear (poured over a light source)

smell- wood smoke, bitter chocolate, tar, tabacco, dark roasted coffee

body- dry, slightly astringent, well balanced, smooth finish, medium-weight palette

appearance- opaque, dark, dirty-colored head, little retention and lace.

overall impression- very exciting beer from the aroma, to the mouthfeel, to the taste. probably the best executed "coffee-infused stout" i have tried...refined yet appropriately daring

notes and comments- pronounced roasted flavors, strong coffee taste, pair with chocolate immediately!

glassware: tulip

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma- Earthy, deep carab, chocolate, a hint of acridity gives it an edge, deep and layered, but tight and not jumping out of the glass

Appearance- Thin, dark espresso head leaves no lace.

Taste- Coffee flavor is there, in tandem with a strong dark chocolate character. There is some residual sweetness to this beer, but it is a low base flavor. Doesn't come close to being a milk stout. A little molasses or sourghum flavor begins to hang on the palate in the aftertaste with continued sipping.

Mouthfeel- Very long finish is the only place where alcohol is detectable along with an astringency from the dark malts and maybe coffee. Sounds unpleasant, but kind of dries off the palate for the next sip. I would call this a full bodied beer with a silky mouth feel.

Overall- This is very well-made beer. It is a unique Imperial Stout with a very focused emphasis on a couple of flavors. It is an intense sipping beer that may not be for everyone and would probably be best paired with some kind of dessert or even, dare I say it, tobacco. If you are the kind of person who spends 8 bucks on designer chocolate at the healthfood store, you'll probably love this.

Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a pitch black color with a small half finger head on it that despite it's size keeps good retention not falling much lower than the half finger throughout the drink. Some spotty lacing on it could be better.

S= Loads of coffee. One of the most coffee based beers I've ever smelled. Very strong imperial stout aroma. Tons of chocolate and toffee. Some alcohol is in it but it's hidden by the other roasty notes. I can tell it's in there because it burns my nose a little. Really malty smelling. Smells thick if that makes sense.

T= The coffee is toned down a bit in the taste. I feel like these flavors are so intense this beer should have a higher alcohol level. Really intense roasty malt and of course chocolate and coffee. I taste a lot more dark chocolate than I expected. I've heard this is a super coffee beer but the coffee is not as intense as I was suspecting. Lots of roasted malt in it.

M= thick and coating. A little burn on the tongue but in my opinion just as coating as some of the larger stouts like dark lord. chewy as hell. I love it.

D= Awesome brew. The fact that I picked this up locally is really nice. This beer rivals some of the more famed stouts namely Dark Lord. If DL had coffee in it I think it would taste like this beer. Intense flavor and an awesome showcase of thick roasty malts.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened my first of two bottles last night, poured in a Dogfish Head Signature Glass (large snifter style). Black with a thick finger of foamy head. Heavy film on the glass as the head dissapated.

Amazing smells- coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Even though I expected it to be going into the first sip (based on other reviews) I didn't find the coffee taste to be too strong- nicely subtle, and nicely woven with chocolate. Very smooth stout- almost silky. This was very enjoyable sipping slowly- in fact to drink this too fast would be a crime, as there are a world of flavors here.

The alcohol content does not show itself in the taste- very good balance. If you are a stout aficionado, this is a must try.

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black wit ha small off-white head. The head dissipated and clung to the sides of the glass, but left moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is big on roasted grains, coffee and chocolate with a little vanilla. Coffee is very present in the taste, it starts off relatively mild but comes through heavy in a long lasting bitter finish. Some chocolate and roasted grains are also present but there won't be any mistaking this for anything other then a coffee flavored beer. The coffee taste reminds me a lot of Breakfast Stout.

Mouthfeel is thick with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this one. It's strong but the alcohol is well hidden. The coffee comes through very well and isn't overbearing, and the mouthfeel is very good. I very good beer in my opinion.

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

12oz bottle served in an oversized snifter

A - pour yields over two fingers of light tan foam, super frothy and thick...resembles a Wendy's Frosty. Lacing is crazy, covering the sides of the glass with a thin film the whole way down. The beer is pitch black with some bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - loads of fresh (and very strong) roasted espresso, other notes of chocolate, oak, vanilla beans, and some faint hops.

T - coffee off the bat but isn't overwhelming...joined by bitter chocolate, hops, and oak. just a hint of alcohol near the end.

M - incredibly creamy but with some carbonation to liven it up. flavors just dance around until the swallow, followed by a pleasant yet bittering aftertaste.

D - downright delicious and complex, yet no-fuss. one of the best beers i've ever had, and certainly a world-class coffee stout.

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

thanks to beerisheaven for this one. A nice black beer with a tannish head. Smells of espresso, vanilla, and lightly of chocolate. Everyone says coffee, coffee, coffee... for this but I hate coffee and i like this interesting beer. a beautiful melding of chocolate and espresso with a hint of vanilla in the mix. This is velvety, smooth, and creamy. Just yum in my mouth. I could easily drink a handful of these with ease and then pray i didn't pay for the alcohol content after. Sometimes expectations are hard to meet, but in this case it surpassed any thoughts i had on what this beer would be like.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,059 ratings.