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

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3,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,819
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 519
Gots: 577 | FT: 59
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark sludgy maroon chocolate brown. Or fudgey black unless there is strong back-lighting involved. The head is an impressively tall and thick mocha brown that dwindles semi-quickly to a lowly skimming.
Intense creamed coffee nose, with elements of acrid espresso, molten fudge confections, boozey port and Bourbon notes, and nuances of blackberries, liquorice, and charcoal.
The malt slides across the tongue. Silky at first with vanilla-tinged, caramel-chocolate candies. Coffee slinks close behind, rasping bitter beans and dark roasted suave abrasiveness. The middle finds burnt heavy cream and a coagulating dark fruit muddle, with cherries, multi-colored berries, and prunes, along with a pervasive smoked everything. This segues into a very like-minded booze-drenched closure full of whiskies of various national origins (but primarily maritime peat-rich Scotland and Kentucky, USA), and a more potent and defined port fortified grapiness. Spent coffee grounds are picked up again on the finish, and go on seemingly forever
This strikes a crucial balance amongst its bitter coffee, fruity sweet, and boozy traits. None can claim superiority or dominance, as each is given it's full turn, and each makes the most of it.
It's not the thickest of Imperial Stouts, but the nearly full body is given some lift and support by the low-level, steady carbonation. The potency of flavors (including, especially, booze) might point this towards slow, savoring, sips. But the body perks it up enough to make it nearly downable and dangerous.
This delivers the goods, and while not cheap at slightly more than $4 a bottle (11.5 oz), it's not the bankbreaker it once was when bombers pushed upwards of $15. In fact, it's close to a steal at this price, as it rivals the best in its class.

cokes, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a big tan head. Lack of lacing was a little bit of a let down. As expected the smell is a big burst of coffee. Some chocolate and dark fruits manage to just barely creep in. Also some bourbon notes. Taste smacks you with coffee up front. Some burnt malt notes and some major bitterness kick in also. Big thick chewy mouth. This one smacks you across the face with the coffee smell and never lets go. Not for the faint of heart but those of you who are up for something different and in you face will want to try this one for sure.

beermanbrian, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of madking666
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serve severals times in bottle.

A: Pitch black serve in a tulip or pint. Large head that last for some time.

S: Smell like it's should be ... Café, café and more Café like we said in french.

T: Taste roasted cafee with little bit of cream and vanilla. The expresso taste is very welcome and never get bored of it.

M: Rich and just creamy enoug but no too much.

D: 3 is my maximum. After that the Coffeine
make too much effect on me !!

Well done by one of the best micro in Montréal.

madking666, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle purchased for $5.49 on 7-16-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours pitch black with a tan colored head that recedes at an average pace, leaving a thin cap on the beer till the glass is empty.

Wow. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. This might just be the strongest individual aroma I've come across in a beer. Smells like I'm walking down the coffee aisle at the market.

Same thing in the taste. This is carbonated coffee. Whatever else is in this beer is completely dominated by the coffee, including the 9.5% alcohol. Very good stuff.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and viscous, but still has a nice carbonation bite.

Overall, this is a great example of a coffee stout. Don't expect much of anything else though.

jakon, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 11.5oz bottle.

The beer pours opaque black with a creamy massive tan head that holds and laces nicely. The smell is full of roasted espresso with sweet chocolate and dark fruity hints. The taste is up front with roasted espresso as well and massive chocolaty sweetness. It is amazing how well the coffee flavor comes through and integrates itself into the beer so nicely. Amazing flavor. THe beer had a full body with creamy carbonation. Effervescent without being overcarbonated. Very well done. Overall, an amazingly drinkabout 9% coffee stout. This one hides the abv quite well. I'd be tempted to have it for breakfast if it was around all the time.

MSchae1017, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

black with nice brown head and just a bit of lacing

deep aromas of dark roasted coffe a bit of bourbon and maybe hints of unsweetened coacoa

vanilla, LOTS of coffee flavor but they sit on the roasted malt and declare "I AM COFFEE" there is beautiful complexity to this beer, there is an awesome complexity to this beer. just a bit of dark chocolate. Peche is a dark and mysterious mistress, she will lure you in and then damn you to hell. Amazing

the mouthfeel is as smooth as silk, nicely carbonated, full bodied but doesn't even feel that way.

so drinkable, I wish I could wake up and drink this every morning. I would love to try pairing this up with some good breakfast items I'm thinking french toast, sausage, hashbrowns.

If I where going to go to hell for drinking this beer I don't think I would care, it's that good.

Donnie2112, Jul 17, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee? You don't need coffee. It's IN this beer.

This beer is black as black can get. Pours with a nice thick tan head, that stuck around quite a while, and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells like coffee. And not Folgers Crystals. This smells like good roasted coffee beans. I smelled this for a good full minute before I even managed a sip.

Tastes like coffee, with stout in it, but not in a bad way. In the way that they belong together perfectly. This is the best coffee stout I've ever had, by a landslide.

After I was finished with this one, I didn't want to lose the flavor in my mouth. I waited a good half hour before finally moving on to something else. I put a few of these in the cellar, and can't wait to pour another one of these on a cold winter's day.

cubbyswans, Jul 16, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer pours out a very dark brown that is almost opaque expect for the edges. There is a fairly substantial medium brown head that later falls to a thin beige layer of bubbles. Belgian lace is left all along the glass. The aroma is all about coffee and roasted grains.

The taste is smooth and creamy dark fruit and bitter chocolate up front with a strong roasted grain and coffee bitterness at the back of the swallow. Even though coffee stouts are not my favorite, this one does not blast you with so much coffee that you lose everything else. This beer has a nice mix of coffee and roasted flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable and pleasing coffee stout. I remember this going down easy last April on a cold Dark Lord morning at Three Floyds. Very nice.

westweasel, Jul 16, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've wanted this beer for a long time, much to my surprise I just happened to run into it at a favorite store. It's great to see this in Ohio & it's even better to see it in my beer cellar.
This pours a deep pitch black with a finger of beige head when poured into a large snifter. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass like boil over foam on the sides of a brew kettle. Head dissipates down to swirls and contrails of bubbles. The aroma is of sweet malts and iced Sumatra coffee; it's like mixing sweet wort with your morning brew then throwing it in the fridge to enjoy once it's cooled. The taste is like the aroma, sweet coffee with bitter hints of espresso. I pick up very faint chocolate flavor, but for only a split second then it evaporates away like somebody threw a quad shot of espresso at an ethereal apparition. This is outstandingly well balanced between the caramelized sugar flavor & coffee, with the coffee riding out the taste buds for an outstanding aftertaste. Wow, it's hard to imagine that there's any alcohol in this brew, let alone 9.5%. This is one of the smoothest drinking stouts that I've had, and that's helped with a nice medium mouthfeel and light effervescent carbonation that sticks around till the end. This amazing stout has truly lived up to my anticipation, it's not just hype, it's damn near perfect in my opinion.

irishmoss, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

been after this one for a while, and from beginning to end, it was wonderful. jet black coming out of the bottle, and the way the head rose was just amazing. black beer with a coffee 'n' cream colored head and ruby slippers. lace was great. this is how i want my stouts to look. scents of coffee, milk duds, root beer barrel candy, a hint of booze and faint musty herbalness are what i get from the nose. nice complex mix in the taste with bitter, roasty, smoky coffee up front, myriad of stuff in the middle, and back to smoky, roasty bitter in the creamy warming finish. wonderful. a real treat. in my top five best stouts of all time, maybe top three. i need more....

timtim, Jul 14, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

couldn't pick out the date on the bottle. poured into snifter.

opaque black with decent tan head that slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing.

coffee aroma very strong. maybe a hint of earthy hop and charred malts. whiff of wood smoke and alcohol.

coffee much more subdued in the flavor, as it gives way to other complexities. dried currants, molasses. a good melding of roasted coffee with roasted malts. mildly bitter into a smooth, earthy, coffee/chocolate finish.

fluffy and smooth with gentle carb.

very nice.

tai4ji2x, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating this one for a little while now. Traded one in person with CBA while up in Canada, and then ended up finding a bottle while in DC, so I've cracked that one for review while the other sits in the cellar.

A: Jet black... suitable for a 'coffee stout.' Head on here is HUGE and lasts into eternity. Medium sized bubbles are the only thing that keep it from being a silky cream. Very nice.

S: A nice, smooth, iced French Roast. A nod towards espresso aromas, and a fine, creamy chocolate scent.

T: A prime example of what a coffee stout should be, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know if I'd go QUITE so far as to say espresso, but certainly a fine dark roasted coffee. Little hints of the malts beneath it all sneak through, offering a touch of flavour diversity. Some hints of raisin sweetness and a light chocolate to top it off. Outstanding.

M + D: Rich, and just creamy enough for the style / flavours. The finish lingers on the palate forever, allowing each sip to be savoured for quite some time. An excellent beer, I prefer it over some others of a similar style such as Alesmith's Speedway Stout or Southern Tier's Jah-va. ABV makes it a sipper, but it's a challenge!

Proteus93, Jul 14, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours an absolute black with rich tan head

regal, rich, and oh so inviting aroma of perfectly balanced coffee and malt, with subtle hops

starts with the roasted malt, then the coffee begins and never lets go, yet never gets aggressive or overpowering; it just creates a silky smooth coating on your tongue. the dry malt, slight dark (bitterish yet delicious) chocolate and caramel notes and accentuated by a crisp slight slight citrus hop notes to finish it all out. i feel like some dried fruits are trying to come out as well

silky smooth, medium bodied or so, no trace of the alcohol, and just lasts and lasts with all the flavors and sensations righteously sticking to your taste buds. every sip leads to more discoveries

by far one of the nicest stouts I've had in recent memory. a silky smooth layer of rich yet balanced coffee starts it all out and continues to the long finish all the while never losing any balance with the malt, hops, and other delightful undertones. if you see this beer, buy it!

bitterthebetter, Jul 13, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I see why this beer is so highly regarded! It has a very nice thick rich sweetness that mingles with the coffee but is never overrun by it. The problem with large coffee beers, in my experience, is that they tend to become Starbucks drinks. This one teeters near that edge but doesn't fall over it, which is impressive. The malts are incredibly thick and rich, the mouthfeel is just luscious. There is a nice sweet malt backbone providing a bit of dark chocolate that mingles with the nice coffee flavors to produce a fine drink. The alcohol helps the acidic coffee finish dry the very sweet beer out, allowing for the next sip. A very nice concoction that, despite everything, is fairly straightforward. There is a slight note of oxidation in the bottle, which possibly suggests that it is a bit older, but the liquor store I bought it at is known for its quality control so I am forced to conclude that it is the brewer's fault. A very good beer, though ultimately a little one-dimensional.

shbobdb, Jul 13, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick frothy tan/brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice coffee infused earthiness that lends itself nicely with the black malts. It's quite dry and bitter. The taste is good. It's smooth, but with a dry earthy finish. The coffee and patent malts create a very bitter flavor that would be a little easier to swallow with some chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is decent. It's a full bodied beer, but I would have liked a bit more body. It seems a little thin for a BIG beer. This is a very tastey beer. I love that Canada is brewing some world class craft beers. My hats off to them. Thanks to jjayjaye for the opportunity to try this one.

WesWes, Jul 12, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #200 - Thanks to swnicholson for this

Pours black and completely opaque with a large mocha colored head sitting on top. Good retention.

Aroma is delicious. Black coffee, roasted beans, A slight sweetnes and some alcohol.

Taste is great. A big black coffee bitterness throughout. Like chewing on coffee beans, alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated. Would have liked it to be slightly thicker.

Drinkability is fairly high. Great flavors make for easy consumption. I could drink coffee all day, but I'd rather it be beer so this works out great.

Goliath, Jul 12, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing jet black color with a beautiful coffee colored head. Another perfect replica of one hell of a giant shot of espresso. The head is thick and clings very tightly to the side of the glass. We are off to a great start...

Smells of fresh coffee grounds and sweet cream. There is also a mellow smoky vanilla smell that reminds me very much of the pipe tobacco my grandfather smoked. Dark chocolate bitterness also hits the nose. Lots of strong inviting smells really draw you in!

Taste is fresh, strong, bitter Italian espresso followed by semi-sweet chocolate and rich cream. Amazingly smooth on the tongue and although the alcohol instantly warms you, it is in now way noticeable and in fact hides extremely well. All those great smells come out in the taste and provide for a very enjoyable and satisfying beer.

Actually, that is an understatement. This beer is truly incredible. Péché Mortel is one of those rare beers that lives
up to all the hype. Santé!

indiapaleale, Jul 12, 2008
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4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got 5 of these babies and a couple bottles of beer geek breakfast for some coffee madness. Planning on aging at least a couple.

11.5 oz bottle pours BLACK with a frothy tan head.

Smell is amazing fresh coffee, chocolate, and earth. This beer is very different from other coffee beers I've had. The coffee is dominating, almost to the point of eating a coffee bean. Flavor is roasted and it grows quickly and powerfully. Bitter chocolate backs up the java nicely. The taste of coffee stays and is a welcome guest; this beer rocks it.

gonzogambler, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured to a pint glass from an 11.5 oz. bottle. Notching code on the label's right edge seems to indicate '0' and '0'; of course, I have no idea what this means. This one came from the fridge and warmed about 30 minutes before serving.

A: Pours completely black, not the faintest bit of light penetrating. An ill-advised vigorous pour filled the glass with little beer and over four fingers of frothy sandy-tan head. Then the waiting begins...very s-l-o-o-o-w-w-w-w to recede, with each passing second the head becomes denser and rockier, like a fluffy meringue. Finally settles to concave half-finger of cream and trails in wide sheets of fine sparkling bits. A masterpiece.

S: Robust and chocolate-filled, dark and bittersweet. Nose is intensely roasted (coffee builds), but has a light blanketing sweetness, like powdered sugar, and hints of ripe pit fruit and vanilla.

T: Oh my - what a beautiful melding of dark chocolate and rich coffee! Not a bit of sticky sweet syrupiness or acrid coffee, this is all about the finest, richest cacao and freshest ground beans. Vague taces of vanilla and a touch of woody sourness come and go, and harsher bitterness lurks at times (but is vanquished temporarily with each new sip).

M: Thick and luscious, blanketing the mouth with a lasting bittering. Carbonation isn't noticeable, nor is the alcohol. Well ok, the alcohol IS there, but it's refined and subtly warming.

D: Sure it's a big beer, weighing in at 9.5%, but its remarkably drinkable. Wonderful appearance, complex yet balanced flavor - it's a gorgeous and special beer. Highly recommend and one I'm glad is finally accessible here in Oregon.

Merci beaucoup, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel!

msubulldog25, Jul 08, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - very dark pour, no light getting through the glass. A creamy mocha head that forms a rootbeer float head on top, lots of lace columns around the outside glass wall.

Aroma - rich roasted coffee leaps from the glass, in aromatic form that is. Zoing, another caffeine bomb just before midnight, when will I learn?!? Nice chocolate syrup aromas coming out with some warmth.

Taste - burnt grain smacks the tastebuds around right away along with a jalepeno pepper flavor I often associate with the burnt-tasting beers. Followed up by a rich intense coffee with a warm alcohol rider. On the swallow, a touch of sweetness, some returning malt flavor that has an element of roast to it instead of full on char. Roasted coffee aftertaste, very lengthy and what stuck in my mind from the smallest of sips at Flossmoor station the night before DLD08. Bitter chocolate shows up before long, adding to the profile nicely. Aside from the excessive char, over-burned brews usually top out at 4.0 for me, but there is such an intensity of other things in here that I like, that I find myself dwelling on those elements despite.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, smooth but not the bigger body I had in mind.

Drinkability - the other bottle will get some cellar time. I know it will affect the coffee flavors but I want to see what it also does to the char. As is, a fine brew that earns its rank. Disappeared way too fast for me, palate adjustment and warming make this one outstanding.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 08, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this brew before from a bottle and wanted to wait till I could get it FRESH on tap, I am glad I did. The tap version is so much more alive and dynamic, not that the bottled version isnt good, all would be wise to try this on tap if possible.

A-Deep, dark and mysterious! Served with a HUGE billowing mocha head that reduced to nice cap that left behind generous lace.

S-Rich roasty malts swirl with COFFEE and hints of chocolate....sniffing hard as the head kinda gets in the way!

T-KA-BOOM!! Rich and luscious! Massive blasts of dark roast coffee collide with roasted malt and bites of bitterness from the hops and a bit of dark cocoa chocolate in the background. This has just about everything in a coffee stout I could ask for.

M-Medium-heavy body with smooth creaminess one cannot began to understand till you have it from the tap.

D-What can I say...the ONLY beer during our marathon tasting evening that I had TWO of! This stuff is crazy good...but you best be ready for a coffee and roast assault. This is a beer with some serious kahones. I like this brew from a bottle just fine, but on tap it is a different beast.

Deuane, Jul 05, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a hint of red - thick foamy 1 inch caramel head. Smells of rich roasted coffee dominates. Heavy lacing clings lovingly to the glass. First sip is all coffee, not just coffee but really good coffee. I love coffee (not as much as beer). This brew is brewed with really good java! Mouthfeel is creamy, bordering on milkshake like. There is some chocolate coming through but make no question, coffee is the star. Very good...close to World Class!

ATLbeerDog, Jul 04, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed and reviewed as part of cburian's RIS showdown. Thanks for the chance to try some great brews!

Dead-brown body, dark brown head.

Nose is fresh-ground coffee. Wow!

Rich malty coffee complexity. Intense dark fruits. A wonderful thing.

Chewy and oily mouthfeel.

Great sipper, a wonderful brew.

ghostwalker, Jul 04, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky, pitch black with a good-sized brown head. The head is very slow to fade, and leaves copious lacing.

Aroma is noticeable coffee, a slight hazelnut, dark chocolate, roasted malts. The coffee is dominant, but not dominating - you can tell it's the lead, but it doesn't suffocate the other aromas.

Coffee is the main taste, but not the taste of warm, fresh brew - it's more of a reheated, half-day-old coffee. Some roasted malt taste, but it is overwhelmingly coffee, a lasting bitterness that, if it were coffee, would lead me to pour it out and brew a new cup. It's unfortunate the taste did not match the aroma, or else it would be a quite impressive brew.

Nice, solid, heavy body. Higher carbonation than usual, but not so much as to knock it far out of whack.

Overall decent drinkability. Not something I'd drink on a daily basis, but a good treat every once in a while.

Drewcifer, Jul 03, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BIG foamy slow fading tan head that never really leaves. Lacing lingers with each sip, This is about as black as a beer can get.
Sticking my nose in the Rapscallion sniffer results in a nice roasted coffee smell and a bit of vanilla.

I've been looking forward to this beer for awhile to see how it holds up to other big Imperial stouts. Nice full mouth feel. Taste is initially a bit alcoholy, giving way to expresso and chocolate notes. It finishes with some vanilla and more alcohol. This is a big malty beer. There is a strange estery bitter taste that hangs on throughout. The 9.5% alcohol is definitely there throughout.

I think this beer will mellow a bit with age. I would love to try this again in a years time. Im a little torn on Peche Mortel, its a good beer, its a big beer but it needs some time to balance out before it can be considered in the same league as the big boys.

Shaggy9356, Jul 03, 2008
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,819 ratings.