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

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)

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Ratings: 4,127
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 566
Gots: 640 | FT: 58
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 coachdonovan
3.42/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the blackest black with no light coming through. A hard pour gives a thick tan head that settles to about one inch. Aroma is burnt coffee. Taste: WOW that coffee hits you right up front and is a bit overwhelming. As the coffee finally settles down you get the alcohol warming through. All the senses are there to indicate this is a well-crafted beer; there is only one problem. I don't like coffee. Obviously this is not the beer's fault, and I was able to enjoy it anyway. But for anyone who does in fact like coffee, this is surely one of the better beers you'll come across.

Photo of vtfan77
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer months ago and have not opened it for whatever reason. I hope all the time in the fridge hasn't had a negative effect on it.

A- Certainly nothing wrong here. It's nearly black with a great tan head that rises about two inches to the top of the snifter and then slowly dissipates; but not too slowly, as it's receded enough to drink the beer in a couple minutes, leaving a few smatterings of lace along the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of coffee, clearly more coffee aroma than would be in a normal stout. A touch of licorice, some chocolate, and a vague fruitiness round out the smell. Very good, although not much different from other coffee stouts.

T- Lots more coffee, more coffee flavor than I've ever had in a beer before, in fact. Lots of roasty, burnt flavors give it an almost smoky flavor, like something that was charcoal-grilled. There is a nice malty sweetness that backs all these flavors up and keeps them from overwhelming the palate. The finish is quite bitter, I'm guessing from all the coffee and roasted malt, although hops could be playing a part (although I can't really taste them).

M- Definitely full-bodied and a little syrupy but with a good amount of carbonation to balance out the richness.

D- Quite drinkable for a big beer, but it's not something I'd want too much of. The bitterness alone would limit one's ability to appreciate a second round, to make no mention of the richness and alcohol content. Still, for the style, it's quite good.

This is a great beer, plain and simple. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but I liked this beer a lot. Still, if you don't like coffee, you might want to stay away, as the coffee flavor in this beer is huge. If, however, you do like coffee, or are indifferent about coffee and just like good beer, then this beer is worth seeking out. Recommended.

Photo of colts9016
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this wonderful bottle from Phy21ca, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A jet black color, with a monster 2 finger head. The head is tan in color, foamy and creamy. The head slowly dissipated to give the eye some candy. The clarity of beer doesn't exist. . There is some lacing left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Nose: A very rich coffee, dark malt, roasted malt, chocolate with some molasses like sweetness. There are some floral esters, and some woody notes. There a some charcoal like aromas.

Taste: A very rich roasted malt, some dark malt, very nice rich coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate and some woodiness. Further down the taste of the beer there is some floral ester, a touch of molasses sweetness, and a burnt character.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and sticky. The body of the beer is rich chewy and very thick. The finish of the beer is very nice and lingers pleasantly on the palate. I must say that this is a great beer. It has the depth, the richness, and full body flavor like a RIS. Now, this beer has a depth that needs to be further explored. As my mouth relished the wonderful taste that this beer presents on the palate, my taste buds are tingling with excitement and are rejoicing. I love this beer. I am going to round this up and say wow. The hype must live on.

Photo of dakid618
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into snifter. Pours jet black with a line of tan head. Smells like liquor and coffee. Taste is amazing, a perfect mix of coffee and roasted malts with good chocolate undertones. Light medium mouthfeel. Great drinkability. Great beer but not quite on the level of Founders Breakfast Stout and Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, which I believe are better especially for the price. I would definitely never turn down a bottle though.

Photo of bfields4
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark caramel to black body. Have a very creamy pillowy caramel light brown head Lacey to the last drop.

Intense espresso coffee smells. Also roasted malts. A little toffee sweetness is in the background. Very good smell my mouth is already watering.

Wow intense espresso coffee and dark chocolate flavors each hits with concurrent sips. Just a smooth creamy complexity to it. The toffee comes around in the end too which balances nicely the bite from the alcohol.

Very creamy and smooth. A touch of the alcohol as it goes down. This beer an impressive blend of the chocolaty sweet stouts and the bitter complex coffee stouts.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well... right upon opening take a good sniff right out of the bottle, it smells DELICIOUS.. coffee and vanilla bean and some cocoa, amazing.. Pours a brownish/black, not totally opaque when you pour it (though it is in the glass) with very thin cream-colored head. Doesn't look like motor oil, unfortunately.. Tastes like cappucino, dark chocolate, etc.. not super strong flavor like KBS, though definitely very good. It does have an organic, natural quality to it. Bitter black coffee at end of the sip. Mouth isn't the most viscous thickness ever, but still very nice. Slightly chewy with prominent carbonation. Overall its pretty great, not too heavy so you can have more than one, but just short of perfect.

Photo of shanem
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with the perfect shade of dark brown head. Exactly what I want to see from a great stout

S: Coffee, really dominated by coffee and you can smell some alcohol heat

T: Roasted coffee is the best way to describe this. Lots of dark coffee flavor that lasts well after each sip with a nice roasty smokiness also. a bit of complexity too with some other smaller role playing sweetness flavors tossed in. good stuff!

M: Good full body, great smooth carbonation, and covers the mouth

D: really good, tastes great and doesn't taste like the abv

glad I got try this, and wil certainly go for it again!

Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque black with dark tan head. It smelled like fresh coffee grinds and alcohol, with some roasted barley and licorice. It tasted like strong bitter coffee (fresh grinds, roasted beans, and burnt beverage), with potent alcohol and some licorice and charred oak. It became much richer and creamier as it warmed, and the alcohol notes subsided. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this was a very strong beer that's definitely meant for sipping. It had a very nice coffee flavor, but was nearly overwhelming. Alcohol was pervasive at first, but became much more subtle as I drank. Very nice body, too. I think age could help mellow this out, since it's pretty hot fresh. This is otherwise a great beer.

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

Acquired in a beer trade with Beer Advocate and all around wunderkind everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this one from a 12oz brown twist cap bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a super dark black-brown color with zero light penetation and a 2.5" dense tan head. The head took a LONG time to settle and eventually leveled out into a thin cap. Just a few spots of lace on the glass.

S= The aroma of this one was dark roasted grains and coffee on top with a sweetness underneath. The alcohol was there but never overpowered the malts.

T= The flavors in this stout were amazing. Like in the aroma, I found flavors of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of treacle/toffee. Hand in hand with the roasty bitter notes came a rich underlying sweetness. No hop presence notable. The finish dried considerably and left a long pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol was well disquised throughout.

MF= Semi-viscous chewy body with a moderate carbonation level and tongue-coating feel.

D= Wow this was an outstanding beer worthy of any hype it generates. I found it to be supremely drinkable and surprisingly the abv was not a factor at all.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some ruby brown highlights and a cappuccino colored ring for a head. Gnarly lacing as it goes down.

Smells of peat and coffee dominate; very earthy.

Taste is outstanding. A perfect balance of coffee and chocolate malt with neither being dominant or overly pronounced. This is superbly balanced. A pleasure to taste.

Feels smooth and creamy in the mouth with just enough carbonation to remind you that it is, in fact, a beer. The body is thick and just a little bit on the syrupy side.

Drinkability? I will have no trouble at all finishing this one but this is a one and done; a night-ender if there ever was one.

I will buy this one again and again as I see it in the store in singles for myself or one for every two people at a tasting.

Photo of okra
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer - now I've not had the bottled version. So I'd say that some of the coffee notes were perhaps a bit subdued due to what others have noted, or perhaps it was the straight sided glassware.

Perfect Imperial coffee stout, so well balanced, and drinkable. It is very easy to overdo one aspect or another of a beer like this, but it all played so well together - the malt, coffee, alcohol, and roastiness.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Nearly completely black color. Fizzy, but dense 2 fingers of tan head. Incredible retention and lots of lacing. One hell of a good looking brew.

3.5 S: Really pleasant coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted barley next. Problem is that the aroma is really weak.

4.5 T: This certainly is a great brew and very unique. I can state with confidence that I could pick this out of a line of stouts I've had before. This is what I might expect if I went to a really nice coffee place and asked for something delicious. That said, nearly perfect roasted espresso with a touch of frothed up milk. Some smokiness and some bitter chocolate. Espresso taste lasts long after each sip. I'm shocked at how well hidden the alcohol is.

5.0 M: Medium heavy body. Very creamy and perfect carbonation. No problems at all.

4.5 D: I could drink the hell out of this. If it didn't have alcohol, I'd be downing these like crazy when finals period comes around.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking in honor of planning a trip in three months to Montreal and an obvious stop at Dieu Du Ciel.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Canadian neighbor - how appropriate.

2008 offering properly stored in my cellar.

Massive, three-finger head that required a break in the pour. Foamy, light cocoa head that leaves lots of messy lacing and big pockets. Head subsides to 1/4 finger with impressive remnants.

Color is black. Aroma is strong roasted coffee. For a beer with coffee as a subset of the name, this is what I would expect from the aroma. Some malt sweetness present in the initial aroma.

First sip is full and rich. Very nice. Perhaps a tad too much carbonation.

Halfway through and this one is delivering. I love the intense roasted coffee in both the aroma and the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and balanced sweetness make this a very nice beer.

With this many ratings and this high of a score, it's not like I'm going out on a limb with a statement about how wonderful this beer is.

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

Pours a deep opaque brown/black into a snifter with a one finger tan head.

Nose is relatively mild. Smokey roasted coffee, chocolate, some vanilla and caramel. Bit of hot alcohol. There seems to be an interesting sweet bubble gum aroma sneaking in as it warms. Almost takes on some Belgian characteristics and starts to smell more like a Quad.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, silky and smooth with a slightly dry finish. The amount of carbonation on this is pretty much perfect. Overall, mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this beer - it's a pleasure to drink.

Taste is roasted barley, coffee, big chocolate near the end and some slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. The linger is mostly smokey semi-sweet chocolate. Some hot alcohol bite throughout. Nothing poking out over the top on this one - all well balanced.

The balance keeps the drinkability right up there with the best of imperial stouts.

Overall I have to say I was expecting more out of this one. It gets a lot of hype, but I'm having trouble pinpointing what about it would set it apart from other top-shelf imperial stouts. The balance is quite nice and it's highly enjoyable, just not as good as I was expecting. That said, this is still a fantastic stout which seems to really open up with some more complex flavors as it warms.

Photo of Bcaulin
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into snifter.

As soon as you pop the cap, the aroma of intense coffee hits the nose. Strong dark coffee and espresso smells -- not your everyday morning coffee. Have been really looking forward to this one and it is living up to the hype so far.

Pours very dark. No light to be seen through it at all. Surprisingly robust head on this one. Foams up a nice half / three quarter inch of dense dark khaki head.

The coffee is by far the most dominant flavor, but I wouldn't consider it a simple taste by any means. Lots of subtleties going on. Great aftertaste of strong coffee. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here.

Mouthfeel left a little to be desired for me. Slightly thin and lacked the viscosity you expect from a big stout. Still is was very smooth and drinkable. Extremely highly recommended if you enjoy coffee stouts -- Doesn't quite live up to FBS in my book, but a close second in class.

Photo of 01121987
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured this beer ten minutes ago and it still has a 1/4 inch head. jet black as expected. lacing all down the side of the glass.

S- smells just like my french press after its been sitting around and has cooled down, just before i wash it out.

T- initially it is quite bitter and has predominant alcohol flavor but this fades into flavors of coffee with a perfect lingering bitterness. same aftertaste as my morning cup o' joe but with a little more bitterness. alcohol is quite apparent but not harsh or unwelcome.

M- has medium-high but perfect carbonation. a little sweetness but finishes dry and bitter. i think this beer could use some more body and mouthfeel. thats what would give it my a+.

D- as far as imperial stout goes it is quite drinkable but not as drinkable as my favorite impy.

this is a good beer and i can see why others rate it higher than i did. i am just comparing it to the best iv ever had. wont name it but you can see it in my reviews. also, i dont know what the rest of you pay for it, but since their in my home town i payed about 2.75 for 12 oz bottle which i consider an incredible value!
great work DDC!!!

Photo of damienblack
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been to Julio's 4 or 5 times now, and all the times I've only seen this one bottle of Peche Mortel. So I grabbed it quickly to see what all the fuss is about.

Pours thick, syrupy almost black. Tan head, decent but not amazing endurance on it. Not much lacing, but some nice carbonation bubbles. Smells very strongly of coffee, that's the overwhelming aura.

Taste is well worth the hype. An absolute coffee bomb, tastes like fresh coffee, without being too over the top about that aspect. The coffee flavor dominates, licorice and sweet cream sugar take a second. Not a lot of chocolate malt, the roastiness and coffee reign supreme, and are the lingering flavors thereafter. Just a hint of hops to help cut through all the gobbledegook. Nice and creamy, not the biggest, awesomest mouthfeel, but enough to carry the flavors forward. I don't like to give 5s easily for any aspect, this is right on the cusp, but the flavor is concentrated enough, yet carries enough else to it that it warrants it, barely. Drinkability is great for something of this magnitude. A little boozey on the throat after, but you hardly notice, since you're drowning in coffee awesome. I want more, nao. Top notch!

Photo of Martin2D
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a dark tan head that fades and laces.

S - Coffee, chocolate

T - Coffee, roasty, deliciousness...epic in flavor, slight alcohol aftertaste

M - Medium carbonation, full in body and creamy mouthfeel

D - Creamy, delicious. Unbelievable in flavor and needs to be experienced. One of the best beers in the world for sure.

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

Sometimes a beer reminds you that there must be a higher power in the universe. How can simple ingredients combine to make something so rich and rare?

I've just had my first Peché Mortel and I'll tell you this: it's not going to be my last, not by a long shot. Big, roasty flavours with complexity and balance, liveliness in the mouth (but not too much; think Unibroue on just a sweet little dose of valium), and a very more-ish drinking profile combine for a near-perfect brew. Best coffee stout I've had yet. A "mortal sin" worth perdition.

Photo of rasta16ry
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites, but I want to review it because I just had it for the first time in a while and it was a tasty treat.

Brutally dark, with a strong coffee aroma and almost looking like syrup, I poured this into a stemless wine glass and let it sit for a while with its dark tannish head as it warmed up to about room temperature. For me that's my favorite way to drink it.

Unmistakably coffee-like and dark, but still very drinkable, Peche is expensive but worth it for the small bottle. It alternatively tastes like burnt malts, strong coffee, creamy and almost milky, but it is all good. Oh I almost forgot the chocolate elements in there as well, bouncing off the coffee nicely.

Overall this might be my favorite beer if I had to pick one, but it's definitely in my top ten. If you're in the mood for a coffee/chocolate stout, this is the best bet if you can find it. Derishous.

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a nice tan head into my Dogfish Head snifter. Smells like coffee/expresso, and sweet chocolate. Tastes like strong coffee stirred with milk chocolate along with a small dash of alcohol at the end. The finish on this beer is great...just like I finished a cup of freshly ground coffee or took a nice expresso shot after dinner. Mouthfeel is rich and think (but not too think for this beer) and I enjoy every sip. I will drink this beer again, no doubt. This is a great beer to end a wonderful dinner or just when you're looking for some expresso/coffee without drinking actual expresso/coffee. A must-try.

Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker than dark black, nice tan head. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, . Tastes of strong sweet coffee followed by a nice acidic bitterness. Big bold coffee all over the place. Some chocolate in the finish, finishing quite sweet. Alcohol is slightly present.

A fantastic beer. Definitely let this baby warm up, when its cold, it has that mineral taste which is very off. That said, a very good beer, very powerful, definitely a sipper.

Photo of scottyshades
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I LOVE this beer. Picked one up at Stein's Deli in New Orleans (go there if you can) when I asked for the chewiest stout he offered.
A: Pours pitch black with no hope of light seeping through. The head that is produced is tan and dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing along the glass. A sight of pure joy!

S: Coffee, burnt malts, raisins, dates, roasted espresso beans...HUGE espresso notes, which is quite a feat to conquer, that is to capture this note and put it into a beer

T: Burnt malts, fair trade coffee, espresso beans, I thought there would be dark fruit, but none here. A little smokey note at the finish. Again, no faults.

MF/D: Very chewy, full body, smooth going down, not bitter, not dry- just perfect!!

This is the best beer that I have ever had. If you like chewy, balanced, knock-your-socks-off flavor, seek this one out

Photo of alcstradamus
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A--Hard pour yields a wonderful two finger light brown head. This is opaque black, just how it should be. Lots of lacing down the glass too.

S--Mostly coffee in the nose, and a very good variety of coffee at that. Taking a huge whiff will definitely clear your sinuses and probably wake you up from a slumber. Actually, this smells almost identical to a black coffee from Starbucks.

T--Holy cow. Unexpected. I mean, I knew it was going to be a coffee bomb but there is a milky creaminess to this that makes me wonder if they threw a few cups of half & half in the batch as well. The taste itself is mostly coffee, and apparently a very good coffee at that because this tastes so fresh. Even Founders Breakfast Stout, which I love, tastes like 8 hour old coffee to me. This tastes fresh brewed.

M--That milky creaminess I referred to really shines here. Its not as thick as something like Bourbon County Stout or Speedway Stout, but it is in my opinion a perfect balance between rich cream and solid carbonation.

D--A bit too one dimensional to be extremely drinkable, but still very solid overall

If you like coffee stouts and haven't had this, you are missing out.

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

I picked this sucker up at MarCellars in Idaho Falls. It's in a bottle, but the date mark is not informative enough for me to be able to announce her age;) This Coffee Stout pours dark dark like motor oil, but not so thick; it's dark as night as a whole, but really thin, so when it's held up to a bright light, it's difficult to recognize how dark it is because it appears to be a darker nut brown. It hit my mouth with a rather lite/bubbly booze reinforced warm Imperial feel. The decent and rather thick head dissipated quickly to not hardly a trace being left on top and nearly no lacing either. Huh...odd I think, but hey...it's a double stout pushing the 10% mark, so I suppose that it should be expected. Quite frankly I'm a bit embarrassed to say that there's not enough coffee coming out in this one, rather a chocolaty alcohol. Most certainly belongs with the bitter ones which lingers on and on. One thumb up for the beer on its own and one down for being a five buck brew to marcellars, but muchO thanks to Marcellars for carrying some really good beers!

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,127 ratings.