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

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4,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,087
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 556
Gots: 627 | FT: 60
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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 Beejay
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, with a very nice coffee colored head. Very nice looking.

S: Slight hint of oak, coffee, and a huge malt scent coming through. Sweet, a bit boozy and a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Lovely coffee taste at the beginning. A good bit of bitter, like bitter chocolate. Very nice. The bitterness fades a bit as this warms.

M: Creamy smooth, nice carbonation.

D: The bitterness is just a tad harsh, though as this warms I enjoy it more and more.

Photo of FishGetter
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sniffter. Dark black color with a thick, soapy mocha head that disapates slowly.

Very defined coffee aroma mimmicing a nice cup of joe. Hints of spent coffee grinds, some bitter chocolate aromas with toasted grains.

A quick shot of sweet buttery toffy flavors with bitter chocolate notes to follow. An onslought of espresso flavors come on strong. A bit much in my opinion. Slight bitterness fades to a toasted hazelnut flavor with a alchol sensation.

Drink is true to the style, big chewy body with modest alchol burn in mouth.

This offering earned its respect as being in the top 100. Best as a desert brew. Drink suffers a bit from the dominate coffee flavors, but worthy.

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

Served out of a mighty bottle

Appearance - poured rather viscous, with a nice 2 finger head, dark with a tan head

Smell - the nose is coffee forward with hints of malt and bitterness

Taste - coffee up front with a malt back, complex, bitter is dominant, especially once the beer warms

Mouthfeel - medium heavy mouthfeel, a bit chewy, has a unique texture

Drinkability - has a unique characteristic, plenty of alcohol, good for one beer and then that's probably it

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of equal parts smooth roasted malts and rich dark chocolate. Also present are solid amounts of coffee however it seems much more muted on tap than I remember from the bottle.

Tastes very good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front that are quickly tempered by loads of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip a mild bitterness comes in with coffee undertones. The mild coffee flavors carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this really is one of the best "pure" American Double Stouts (if there is such a thing). Loads and loads of dark chocolate and roasted flavors backed up by mild coffee flavors. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of kwjd
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with tight tan head. It smells of wonderfully intense coffee. The taste is of a bitter coffee flavour with the roasted malt. The alcohol in the taste is present, as you'd expect with 9.5% abv. The carbonation is a little bit too much for me, as I'd prefer a little smoother, but I just love sipping on this. I am biased on this as a coffee lover. If you do not like coffee, you may want to stay away.

I have had this on cask as well, but I was drinking way too much to properly review it then. On cask it is amazingly smooth and possibly the best stout I've ever had.

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

Pours an inky black opaque color with a thin creamy brown head. The brew gives off a big and bold roasted coffee aroma only barely hinting at the huge, yet smooth, espresso flavor. The body
is viscous and has low levels of carbonation and is fairly velvety. The finish is slow and sweetens as it gracefully comes to an end with a kiss of warming alcohol.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle from the east!
enjoyed while brewing up a delightful centennial fresh hop. in the sunny pac-nw, it is coffee time. every time i bring the glass near my face its like getting back into a car with a newly purchased bag of coffee strung up from the rear view mirror. just breath in deeply. i hesitate to take even the first sip. the smell is too amazing. when i do, i am slightly let down before realizing it is still very delicious, a little on the sweet side, with plenty of coffee flavor. i can taste the sweat of the harvesters. a hint of chocolate, though that may just be from the coffee itself. some faint esters hide in the background, building character.
delightful, a beer that surely put us on the path to success with our most efficient mash ever.

Photo of hayesez
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this during a recent trip to the Northeast. Split with friends during, what ended up being, a stout tasting after a day of snowboarding.

Poured into my Porstmouth snifter. Dark, dark brown. A thick-looking beer that piled up into the glass, leaving a two finger light brown head. Fairly quickly, this dissipated to a thin lining over the top of my beer. Plenty of lacing left throughout this one!

I can't get over the smell of coffee / espresso in this beer. It has lapped the field in regards to the aroma. There is a little alcohol punch in there as well and maybe a bit of chocolate or herb in there, but frankly, this is one of the most coffee-heavy smelling beers around.

The taste of Peche Mortel is not surprising after taking a whiff. Dark roasted malts lead into a strongly brewed heavy coffee. It does end with a nice sweeter finish that isn't bitter and not hot. A decently thick, low-carbonation mouthfeel makes this an even better beer to drink. A bit too much coffee for me, so one was plenty, but I was surprisingly pleased with how this one finished off.

Overall, a very solid beer. Great to pass around with several others, and one that would truly be enjoyed by any coffee-lover.

Consumed: 3/3/2010

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

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a deep black color with a tan head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, a hint of sweetness.

T: An extremely smooth beer. Little of the bitterness that can appear in stouts. It's got dark fruits in the middle with a big dose of espresso in the finish.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for the style and the 9.5% is very well hidden.

Photo of oceanman
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First coffee, then cocoa, then it gets interesting - a little bit fruity, even grassy. Slight sherry-like aroma. Obvious roasted quality.

Coffee, obviously, but with the intensity of espresso, and finishes like a mocha frappuccino. Also somewhat soapy on the finish. There is definitely some heat and bitterness to this beer, yet it is absurdly smooth and creamy, which is what separates it from the other big coffee stouts.

Huge complexity, bold yet inviting.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funny thing about this beer is that back in 2008, I tried it. I just came in contact with craft beers and wanted to taste something out of this world. This was out of this world. I disliked it so much! Not that I preferred those yellow fizzy beers, but it was a little bit too much for my taste buds which were starting to like the IPA and ESB Beers...

Tried again tonight (in 2010 after the Canada wins at the 2010 olympic).

A: The beer appearance is dark, very dark black color with a nice head. So dark I can't see through the beer.
S: Wow, chocolate and coffee. Very intense notes of coffee. Some alcohol notes too. Expected from a 9.5% ABV beer.
T: Again intense! Coffee with some chocolate. The bitterness is from the coffee grains. Very nice notes of coffee.
M: Pretty dense in the mouth, very complex too. A little bit too much carbonation.
D: This is a sipper. I couldn't get 2 of this one in one evening. However, it is nice to drink in one evening. Thus the drinkability is below good.

Photo of AgentZero
3.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nicely dark, no light coming through. Thin tan head with good retention.

S - Coffee hits on the nose. Slight chocolate and a deep oakey smell that kind of surprised me. Almost a little porter-esque with exceptionally more roast to it. Some unidentifiable fruit smell comes through as well.

T - After reading the reviews, I'm obviously in the minority on this one, but I was not a fan. Bad bottle maybe? Way too oakey on this one, really killed the bear for me. Get the nice coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate highlights but the woody taste wrecks it. Don't really care much for this.

M - Nice solid stout, very full and smooth.

D - Just don't like it enough to drink a lot of this.

Photo of fastsrt
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 11.5 ounces in a snifter
A: black, thin tight brown head of foam.

S: Coffee, hops, booze, roasted malt.

T: Coffee; perfect coffee does not over power the beer it is literally perfect I have been trying to find what the perfect coffee to malt flavor is and this is it WOW, there are subtle notes of oak, and then the complexity's come in there is a creamy like sweetness I cant put my finger on but it's there. could be Lactose. The balance in this one is awesome, I got to get my hands on more offerings.

M Thick, rich and, coating; leaves coffee and great roasted bitterness on the pallet. this is a well crafted beer

D: Drinkable, but more savorable than anything else this is some thing that I would like to have one of and two at the max.

Photo of shellebrownies
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass; temp about 50-55 degrees.

A- Black as night with huge three finger thick mocha head. No light passes through it at all. Beautiful.

S- A quick whiff of almost banana before it morphed into roasted coffee with just a hint of chocolate behind it.

T- Starts as a soft, smooth balance of flavors which slowly builds in coffee intensity as it slides across the roof of the mouth right into the swallow and aftertaste. The coffee lingers for several minutes (if you can wait that long between sips!). While the coffee flavor is strong, it never strayed into that bitterness that sometimes happens when the balance is off.

M- Full, lush, rich, soft, smooth, luxurious. So well balanced; fantastic!

D- The alcohol content is extremely well hidden, never showing itself during any point in the swallow. It's so good you might want to have more than one a night, yet it's so good you also might want to savor each sip! The 9.5% might be a little daunting for a session beer.

It might be a little off putting for some to pay $5-7 for the small bottle, but it is definitely worth the price. Will be picking more of this up as soon as humanly possible!

Photo of shortysdude285
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my snifter, slightly below room temperature.

A - Black and oily. Opaque as any imperial stout should be

S - Strong scents of coffee, roasted malts.

T - Awesome. Very complex but incredibly well-balanced. I shared this with a couple "I like beer, just not dark beer" people and they were both able to enjoy it quite a bit

M - Rich, creamy, coffee.

D - I could drink it all night. Far too high quality for you to be able to detect the 9.5% I drank it quite slowly and didn't want it to end.

Photo of ascrivens
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

&I made a trip to Quebec today and had had had to grab this beer.
Spoiler Alert!


Appearance: this is the darkest imp stout i have seen. Its so black that it seems to reject the concept of opacity and go for impossibility for light to escape its grasp. Literally no light can make it through. I love it. The head was very weak though. As in a couple bubbles. That is it. I dont care though. Its soo good it doesnt matter

Smell: Plum, raisin, brown sugar, molasses... The smell is good. Not as much roasted aroma as i expected. I though the imperialness with a kick of coffee would smash my nostrils with the scent of roasted coffee / chocolate / hops. This did not happen and, to be perfectly honest, i got scared. Oh no, please dont let this be one of those over-hyped under-performing beer! ... keep reading

Taste: Mind blowing. The first sip did not allow me to appreciate the complexity. This beer requires a bit more persistence than others, but its well worth it. The lack of smell is made up for by the truly rich flavours present in the taste. The coffee roast hops are present. The high alcohol is subtly available but masked by a delicious sweetness that i feel is characterized best as plum. And best of all, when you think its all over, and its time to take another sip.... DONT. wait for the amazing aftertaste to mature and present a new perspective on the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as glass. Ive had over carbonated stouts and burning unfortunately flavoured imperials but this 'mortal sin' does not fall to either of these blunders.

Drinkability: With a high alcohol comes limited drinkability. This is a fact of life. That said, within the 8-10% alcohol range, this is probably one of, if not the most drinkable beers available. I like to take it slow with this one. Not even because its strong, cause the force isnt felt so much in each sip, but because it allows a much fuller enjoyment of the beer as the flavours settle on the palate and deliver a robust enjoyment even in the aftertaste phase.

SO in conclusion, the absolute best canadian beer available. Hands down. In my extremely humble opinion this beer can deliver on par with the trappist Belgians. Probably it will never be popularly seen that way (too new world yet not american) but its a contender. Ive never had a beer that i have enjoyed as much from sip to savour to settling flavour. Truly outstanding.

Photo of drpimento
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A smooth, silky, BOOM! Pours with a small to medium tan fine head and some lace. Color is as black as hell, but a lot nicer. Aroma is imperial stout and coffee. Flavor is extremely well balanced coffee imperial stout: fresh dark roast coffee, black patent malt, chocolate malt, dark ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar,cocoa, yeast, and a bit of hop. Body is unusually smooth for this kind of beer and has very good carbonation. Finish is lightly alcoholic for as strong as it is and thre is a nice long lingering bitter/sweetness. Very finely crafted beer. A real masterpiece. Dangerous in a way as it's so well done and balanced you could easily knock back enough to get knocked out.

Photo of sidetracked
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a substantial light-brown head that lingers for the whole glass.

Smells strongly of roasted coffee with a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is a little sweet up front, but mostly roast malts. The roasted coffee flavor really starts to come through in the middle with some bitterness. The finish is a roasted coffee bitterness that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a very slight chewyness. Pleasantly low carbonation despite the active head.

Drinkability is great--really good bitter coffee flavor, without overpowering the palate. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

half-ish of the 12oz bottle poured into a chimay chalice. thanks goes out to PerzentRizen(sp?) for the bottle in a recent trade.

A- an ample amount of light brown head for the style. average to good lacing and head retention. pours coffee black which is expectable for a coffee beer. no light coming through the darkness

S- such an amazing smell for a beer. smells like walking into a gourmet coffee shop. bursting of intense roasted aromas. more espresso than coffee. this stuff stomps the shit out of your eye opening cup of foldgers. don't even pick this up if you don't love roasty stouts...save it for me.

T- almost total espresso goodness. the bready malt profile and carbonation really sets it apart from your standard coffee. I love these Stout/coffee borderline beers. truly taking advantage perfect pairing of Imperial Stout and coffee drink.

M- thick and mouth coating. the added coffee even plays apart in this aspect of the beer. it really thins it out a bit but the base beer holds up really well and stays full bodied enough to

D- this is a beer that will always get me to return. I may have some gaps between my visitations but this is one of the kings of coffee RIS's in my mind. I always save bottles I get for a good night

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Brasserie dieu du ciel
Peche mortel
Coffee stout
ABV 9.5%


L= 4.5 Pours like finely used motor oil and the finest black coffee

S= 4.5 I got a bit of lactose on the nose with a light ester scent. Really through me for a loop

T= 4.0 a little sweetness upfront that just blends into amazing coffee. Mmm great for breakfast I'm sure

F= 4.5 extremely creamy beer that coats your mouth for a long everlasting finish of slightly bitter dark roasted coffee and black chocolate

D= 4.5 this beer hides 5% of its alcohol. I had a dream I had this with breakfast on my last day on earth. It didn't forgive me for my sins, but it was mighty tasty.

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
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.87/5  rDev -12%
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.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,087 ratings.