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

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Ratings: 4,015
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 528
Gots: 606 | FT: 60
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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)
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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of light tan head. Rich espresso and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate hit the palate initially, with some nuttines. Full bodied without being viscous, rich with vigorous carbonation from the bottle conditioning. One sip definitely invites another and this beer was gone way too soon. A bit pricey, but no doubt one of the best impy stouts I've ever had. No description I can give will do this beer justice.

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

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on aug 17 2009

A this pours out of the bottle black, poured a massive dark head that stuck too the glass the whole way down. more light escapes from a black hole, this is looking good

S like dark roasted coffee grinds, and a fair bit of dark chocolate.

T the hype is for real! tastes great, super dark malts and extreme coffee. not sure where the booze is hiding, i can taste it but not 9.5% i see on the bottle.

M/D please pass me a knife and fork, nice and thick very nice. its a little dangerous how easy this is too drink

well done DDC keep making wonderful beer what more can i say

Photo of kegger22
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Thou Shalt Not Be A Pig And Drink It All."

If Péché Mortel is not a mortal sin, it should be. And I shall. This beer is so dark it should be spelled with six e's: Beee eeer! Péché Mortel is incredible, and worth the price. It pours black, but there is this cool magenta corona where the side of the glass, the bottom and the light meet. Try it. The aroma was coffee, with alcohol bringing up the rear, (caught ya, you counted the e's in beee eeer, didn't you). The taste was coffee with a little cocoa, powerful but not abusive. The feel was thick, decadent and oily as hell. Drinkability, not really, but at 9.5 ABV go ahead and have two (you pig). This beer is definitely underrated, come on BA's. God, would I love to try this on tap once before I die.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour with a creamy, deep tan head that sticks around for a little leaving just a thin layer most of the beer.

Massive roasted malt aromas accompanied by deep, dark coffee, and chocolate, then reverting back to the toasty coffee.

Absolutely delicious coffee and chocolate malt flavors, tons of roasted character, and it always comes back to the coffee in the finish with just a touch of bitterness and smooth alcohol presence.

Very nice full bodied, and dense, medium carbonation, slightly chewy, and downright delicious.

One of the best Imperial/Coffee Stouts I have had. Way too easy to drink, full of flavor and character, and absolutely refreshing.

Photo of atremains
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had you make the trip out to julios lately to get this one. Vigorous pour create a creamy looking 1 finger tan-mocha head that leaves behind some frothy lacing. Big coffee bean nose with some alcohol in there. Taste is an amazing espresso chocolate rollercoaster with a roasted coffee bean aftertaste that leaves the tongue satisfied yet thirsty for more. Complimented by the rich mouthfeel with hint of carbonation and an extremely masked 9.5 the beer easily sits atop my list. Save it for a good day.

Photo of jdklks
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

an agressive pour yeilds for this black beast a 1 1/2 finger tan/brown head that is bursting with a dry, bitter coffee aroma. the smell further suggests alcohol and dark chocolate, with a hint of black licorice. a little light around the edges for my preference.

not as strong of a coffee flavor as expected, but it is definitely there. taste is sweet and roasty up front, with a hop presence in the middle and sweet roasted coffee in the finish. the aftertaste is of STRONG bitter-sweet dark chocolate (like the aftertaste of 80% cocoa dark chocolate), which keeps you sipping for sure.

the mouthfeel is good. perfectly carbonated, though a little too light. great drinkability.

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

Pours a deep black with a dense, creamy nut-brown colored head which soon settles to just an annular lacing. Appealing deep roasted espresso nose. Coffee dominates the aroma.

Taste is of rich espresso followed by notes of baker's chocolate, figs, leather, smoke and more espresso! Terrifically rich and dense flavor. Mouthfeel is full, but not cloying. Smooth body is slightly sticky, but soft and delicate at the same time. Coffee flavor lingers for a while, but it's completely welcomed.

An excellent beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet

A- a thick viscous pour and the color is motor oil black. A luscious brown head with a nice sticky lacing. no light gets through this baby. Looks like a great coffee stout.

S- dark roast coffee bean smell. lots of coffee and some hints of dark chocolate. This is a gorgeous smell.

T- rich creamy coffee and light chocolate flavor. A roasted coffee lingers as well. This is a nice coffee stout.

M- creamy, smooth, roasted coffee dark roast feel on the back end.

D- I honestly wishi could drink this in the morning on the way to work. this is a phenomenal beer. I am impressed and it is by the far the best Imperial coffee stout i have ever had.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with two finger tan head with lace sitcking to the glass. Coffee malts dominate the aroma, although I pick up traces of roasted and black chocolate. Taste is more of the same with a pretty much coffee malt taste along with some black chocolate and something like chocolate covered cherries for a slight fruit taste. Finishes dry but there is still some sweetness mixed with the coffee malts and some roasted malts. ABV hidden well and this is a great beer to enjoy anytime. Meal in a bottle pretty much.

Photo of dankbrew21
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/6/09

A- Pours a black body with a large caramel colored head, beautiful the way the dark bubbles dance to the bottom of the head in between the lighter and caramel colored bubbles.

S-Sweet. Tons of roasted coffee bean, some vanilla. Coffee and coffee.

T- AMAZING flavor! Tastes like they packed a coffee factory in this one bottle. Heavy body, thick mouthfeel. Super dank brew.

D- Easy to drink but rich indeed.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates to the edge of the glass, leaving a thin ring of foam. I can smell coffee without even sticking my nose in the glass! Needless to say the aroma is coffee grounds and the burnt smell of malts with the air of something slightly sweet.

The first sip is awesome. Huge coffee flavor and roasty malts followed by warming alcohol. There is also a bit of sweetness mixed at the end that is just slightly syrupy. As the beer warms, chocolate notes dance around the big coffee flavor and mellow out some of the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick, feeling some of the coffee bitterness, which is then greeted by the warming of alcohol and some chocolaty malt.

This beer is one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had, if not the best. Being a big coffee drinker I find this beer highly drinkable with the only knock on the drinkability being the strong alcohol presence. If 9.5% ABV is not your thing, then I would recommend Surly's Coffee Bender. Another great coffee beer that is more along the lines of a session beer. But in terms of imperial coffee stouts, Peche Mortel reigns supreme.

Photo of abuliarose
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one's been in the fridge for awhile, so I expect good things as it acclimates to the warmer temperatures. Served in a pint glass. The head is delicate and brown butter-colored. As for the color, this is one of the blackest beers I have ever seen and completely opaque like you could eat it. It's sitting across the table under a lamp to appreciate this and I can smell the roasted coffee a few feet away. But not just any coffee smell: Rich, dark chocolate mocha made from the smoothest espresso! Time for noms.

A fine carbonation tickles the tongue at first sip, giving way to full-bodied fruity dark chocolate sweetness and effervescent alcohol with a lingering dark roast coffee aftertaste. Very smooth, warming and heavy on the taste without being heavy on the mouthfeel. The sweetness comes forward as I let it sit, but I can't seem to let it sit for very long...

This may be the best coffee I've ever had, let alone the best coffee stout. Yum yum.

Photo of natasharai
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a large creamy smooth tan head that dissipated leaving some nice lacing all down my glass. The beer is black and lets no light through.

Smell: Strong coffee, sweet chocolate, strong roasted malt, and a nice smokey character. Small amount of alcohol in the nose, but that is expected with the ABV.

Taste: Starts out very sweet, sweet chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar. Then begins to turn more bitter, with a bittersweet chocolate and really strong roasted malt. Then some bittering hops, and a heavy but smooth smokey flavor giving it a very bitter taste. A small alcohol/astringent flavor pops up throughout. The after taste is strong of smoke and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, syrupy, nice carbonation, good bitter tingle on the tongue and dry feel from the roasted malt. Leaves mouth with a filmy coating. Small alcohol burn.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the flavors are really strong. Very sweet with a smooth transition to very bitter. A lot of smokey character especially in the flavor. Great beer but best kept for special occasions or when you just want to sit and savor a bunch of different flavors.

Photo of aewinte1
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with 1" tan head.
S- Coffee and caramel with slight hint of alcohol
T- Complex and delicious. First thing to hit you is the strong coffee flavor. The next thing that strikes me is the creminess to it. Creaminess is comparable to a bell's double cream stout. After taste is of rich roasted malts. Roasted malt aftertaste lingers on the palate for quite a while. Slight caramel sweetness can be detected through complexity of other flavors. Taste is exceptional
M- nice balance of carbonation and viscosity. Mouthfeel really seems to click here. Carbonation Some nice lacing on the glass seems to be just right.
D- Drinkability is very good because alcohol is very well hidden . However, to do this beer justice, you really have to sip it and really analyze all the different flavors that come together in this brew.
Overall, an awesome stout that has a very complex flavor that is dominated by the coffee. Yum.

Photo of seanthornton152
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, poured into Duchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Dark body, 1 thumb golden brown head

Strong scents of roasted coffee beans, hints of chocolate and roasted malts

First taste is a bang of a dark espresso shot...roasted malt flavor settles in along with tastes of chocolate, dark cherries. The alcohol burn is light in the finish.

Thick mouthfeel, well balanced goes down very smooth.

I really love this beer, perfect beer in the morning with some breakfast and whats better than starting your day with a nice buzz.

Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very dark and roasty with a lot of roasted coffee beans and some esters as well.

T- The taste is straight up coffee. Péché Mortel without question packs the most coffee flavors in a beer that I have tried yet. The taste is dark roasted malts, loads of coffee and some booze in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little underwhelming. It is lighter and a little under-carbonated compared to what I expect for a big stout such as this one.

D- Overall, this is a world-class coffee stout without question. I think it is a little overrated and overhyped on here, but it is a fine beer that is definitely recommended!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, $6.

A: Very dark brown, light tan head, about 1/4 inch thick, very dense bubbles and some big sticky clumps of lacing. Completely opaque, quite dark. Nice.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, smells ashy, brown sugar, smells decent, but the coffee/burnt smells really overpower this one.

T: Big time roasted coffee and the associated bitterness, really dominates all the other flavors, smokey and ashy as well, follows the nose quite well. Chocolate lingers deep in the flavor, citrus rind hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Definitely a coffee beer, somewhat sweet, but comes up a little short for me. Has a very pleasant aftertaste.

M: Quite thin for the style, big time carbonation, sort of takes away from the beer, fairly warm alcohol in here as well. Somewhat sticky, but comes up a little short.

D: Good dessert beer, but not the best ImpyStout that I've ever had. Still tasty, and I like the coffee, but a little more chocolate, molasses, etc...would have been nice. Definitely a beer for someone into coffee beers. May try again with a little age. Maybe a barrel aged version, that could be interesting.

Photo of mikey711
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed yesterday with some friends while comparing with a chocolate yeti.

Right away I noticed this beer was syrupy thick dark black and very nicely laced.
As soon as this beer started coming out of the bottle I got these big pleasant whiffs of roasted coffee and esspresso. Underneath that there was some chocolate and vanilla to balance the roastiness with some sweeter notes.
Lots of great bitter and roasty characteristics here, coffee, chocolate dominate and complement each other very well. It had some alcohol spice to it, but was very full bodied and a joy to drinkn.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At almost $6 per 11.5 oz. bottle, I was expecting a lot. Thankfully, this one delivered.

11.5 oz. bottle poured into Stone 12th Anniv. glass.

A: Very dark in color. Huge frothy brown head that sticks around surprisingly... most other stouts' heads thin out quickly. Great lacing.

S: Smells of strong bitter coffee, as it should. Hints of chocolate and roasty/burnt malt.

T: Tastes of strong espresso... burnt coffee. Slight alcohol burn. Reminds me alot of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, which is of course a good thing. There is a bit of a smoky presence as well, but definitely not overwhelming, just enough. Thank fuck, because fuck knows I don't like smoky beers. Pleasant roasty aftertaste.

M/D: Very full bodied, as expected from a stout. The alcohol isn't as powerful as I thought it would be, making this one pretty drinkable... if you've got a fortune to spend.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.1/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two quick caveats prior to my review of this beer. 1.) Not a huge fan of stouts, 2.) Really can't stand the taste of coffee. That being said I still had to give this a try as this is one of Dieu Du Ciel's most popular brews.

A - Pours a super thick brown, almost black. I was surprised that there was almost no hint of carbonation when I poured this out of the bottle.
S - The scent of the coffee beans is overpowering. Almost as if they are burnt. The scent of coffee is not unpleasing to me but this is almost too much. None the less I drank the entire bottle so that my review would be fair and balanced.
T - Not being a coffee drinker, I imagine that this is what a stout infused with Espresso (or some other extremely strong coffee) would taste like. I suppose if I was a fan of Coffee it would probably be a little better but this just doesn't do it for me.
D - Even with all my apprehensions I finished the bottle. They can't all be winners. The beer is clearly well made (as are all Dieu Du Ciel beers that I have tried)
M - Solid content to the beer, the lack of carbonation made it feel a little flat but it was still drinkable.

I stuck it out and gave it my best but I'm glad that I only purchased a single bottle. Not my cup of tea, but based on the scores here it apparently is enjoyed by most.

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

First of all, twist off top? What the....

Pours a coffee black with a frothy light brown head, Belgainesque in size and consistency. The foam is creamy and thick, and leaves impressive lacing. This looks like super intensely frothy coffee, and I like.

The nose is pure, straight forward coffee beans. Surprisingly, however, I get a lot of chocolate. I'm not sure if it's actual chocolate or just some really good smelling chocolate malt, but I definitely get chocolate. Lots of coffee and lots of chocolate, and thats about it. A very light bitterness, but that might just be from the intense coffee smell. This is going to be good...

Whew! If this isn't a coffee bomb, I don't know what is. Honestly, this blurs the line of coffee beers, because this might be more coffee than beer! I don't care though, this is some great stuff! I get chocolate malts and coffee, and a slight roasted character that is very faint.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy, smooth and delicate. There is a slight bite from the alcohol, but nothing intrusive. Drinkability is very high, this might be the first big stout I could chug until the cows come home.

Completely deserving of the scores this beer receives. I'm very impressed with this Canadian brewery's brewering skills. Highly recommended.

Photo of SirSketch
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, brown, impenetrable head. This beer is as black as motor oil! Aroma consists mainly of espresso, alcohol vapor, milky chocolate syrup, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is very bitter coffee, dried cherries, sweet chocolate and bourbon. Very assertive in every aspect! A very enjoyable brew, but one I could only have once in a long while

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

Thanks to jdmek9, as per usual. Enjoyed in a sniffer.

A: About two fingers creamy dark tan head over a solid jet black brew. Absolutely no light pulling through here. A sizeable layer of head retention.
S: Fresh roasted coffee beans out of the pour. I get dark fruits, mostly currant and ripe fig. The alcohol is in there but it's hidden well behind some dark chocolate.
T: thick foam greets you and introduces the intense coffee bean that is both roasted and acidic, as coffee should be. The coffee is intense for a moment, but not do overpowering so as to think I'm drinking a straight shot of cold espresso. The heat on this beer is mild--I sense it, but it again seems to linger alongside some dark chocolate. This brew is wonderfully layered.
M: big, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, and the viscosity assures that I'll enjoy great bittersweet chocolate residuals.
D: this is a brilliant stout. I look forward to enjoying another.

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

A- On the pour you can see this beer has a rich brown hue. Once its in my snifter, however, no light is passing through its blackness.
Fairly typical imperial stout appearance. Black body, coffee colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge. This one has a thin pillow of foam that stays floating in the center.

S- Straight up coffee/espresso. Some chocolate and roastiness behind the powerful espresso beans. Swirling brings out some bourbony alcohol aromas.

T- Lots more espresso. Intense. Theres a milky smoothness to the taste which is a perfect partner to the espresso. Its very well balanced between bitter roasted espresso and a creamy sweetness. These two flavors/sensations take turns pummeling the tongue. Alcohol is present on the finish which drys it out a lot.

M- Thick, smooth and well rounded. It slides through the mouth like liquid velvet. Its a very nice mouthfeel.

D- This is an intense beer. Alcohol is hidden fairly well but the powerful espresso awesomeness makes no effort in subtlety.

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

A - Pitch black in a snifter with a... well.. coffee-with-a-single-creamer colored thin head. Lets no light through.

S - Rich roasted coffee, malts, and dark chocolate. Roastiness comes through as mostly bitter, with a very slight sweetness.

T - Roasted doffee beans up front, huge dark chocolate flavor on the back. Rich all the way through. This is absolutely delicious. The flavors are profoundly full and potent.

M - Pleasant, mildly frothy. Mouthfeel kindof gets pushed to the backburner when tasting this beer. It just doesn't make itself known in any way. Isn't slick, isn't watery.

D - Definately a sipper. The flavors are so big and the alcohol is high. It's so delicious to drink though.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,015 ratings.