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

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Ratings: 4,127
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 566
Gots: 640 | FT: 58
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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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Ratings: 4,127 | Reviews: 1,654
Photo of stumac
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is 1 year aged....

it pours black with a decent tan head. great retentive lacing on my Triple Karmeliet glass. the nose is dry chocolate, bitter coffee, spicy hops, a little bit of alcohol spice. the taste is very bitter, dry, coffee beans, dark chocolate, subtle wood,full bodied, low spritzy yet smooth carbo. leaves a long lasting delicious taste in your mouth. Good stuff...

Photo of greg202stewart
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one left me with an incredible buzz from just one bottle, maybe because its brewed with coffee. The appearance is a dark black with a light brown head. It smells of spices and strong coffee. It tastes much like a great coffee with so much intense flavor, definitely meant to be sipped and enjoyed. It has the slippery feel of oil in your mouth. This is a true masterpiece

Photo of Casey10
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a fantasic beer. The appearance was dark and chocolate. The smell was really good for a beer like this. The taste was exceptional, burnt, chocolate sugars, coffee, mouthfeel burns like it should. The drinkabilty was fantastic for a beer like this. Don't pound it just enjoy it !!!

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

This was so good. I'm a huge fan of stouts and was very impressed with this beer.

Appearance - black pour with a brown head that neither faded out or was too thick. Had the head coloring of what I expect from a good stout, some deep brown to it, not the usual white you see with any beer.

Smell - amazing coffee smell from the beginning. As with KBS, I would be happy if this came in an air freshener/inscence scent. If my house smelled like this year round I would come home happy.

Taste - what a taste. This was so good even compared to a night before of drinking KBS. Add a chocolate note and its the same beer. I am beyond pleased with the taste of this beer. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel - thick and syrupy, but in no way a bad thing. This beer definitely sticks with your palate. If you're drinking another stout or something you're planning on fully tasting, wait on this one. It stays with you. So good though, what I expect a good stout to be.

Drinkability - this is no all day beer for sure, but it goes down so smooth for the style. I couldn't get enough of this one, it makes me want more.

In all, a great beer. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of stouts.

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

Poured from the bottle a rich jet black with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, dark ripe fruit, raisins, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

Deep taste of espresso upfront along with dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Finishes with espresso and a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is present but doesn't distract from the taste.

Full bodied, rich and creamy, with a moderate carbonation.

I expected a world class imperial stout and was not disappointed.

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

A: Pitch black body. Thin khaki head. Nice retention of the head cap. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich roasted coffee. Dense. Like walking into a local coffee shop. Its not simply one blend. Complex and invigorating. Hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the nose... but thats something I find quite common with these upper level imperial stouts... the nose tends to to be the stand out feature. But this certainly is no slouch. Rich coffee, espresso, chocolate, roasted caramel and a ever so slight hint of alcohol.

M: Smooth. Ideal carbonation. Excellent lingering aftertaste.

D: Perhaps the most drinkable imperial stout I've had that has this much coffee in it.

Merci beaucoup, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Photo of jwolfie70
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Overlord for this beer.

Poured a dark brown, with a thin tan head. Smell is of coffee, with only a hint of malt sweetness. The taste was more of the same. A good stout. If it was available in Northern California, I could see myself drinking more of this.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz. bottle tried 26 Mar 2009. Courtesy of jtrockchalk, thanks again!

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Small dark foamy head, lingering. Very dark brown with reddish highlights, opaque. Aromas of coffee, sweet dark malt, tobacco, smoke. Tastes very much like a cold espresso. Lots of coffee throughout, lots of dark roasty malt. Dark chocolate finish and aftertaste. Did I mention all the coffee? Heavy creamy body. Ethanol is warming and pleasant. Very tasty, very easy to drink.

If you like coffee stouts this is your beer.

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

Appearance - Pitch black, soapy 1.5 inch tan head with nice lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, coffee.
Taste - Black coffee, some bitter chocolate notes. This is an intense, bitter beer, but a very enjoyable one with a great depth of flavors, particularly coffee.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, light carbonation with fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Full, rich flavor. Very nice sipping beer that does a dangerously good job of masking it's alcohol content.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my large snifter courtesy of Bobsy. Many thanks again for making this beer a reality for me!! Saved it for a special occasion, just got accepted into grad school - so this is it!

Pours a viscous jet black with a finger of tight cappuccino head, leaving good lacing all the way through.

Smells of fresh, gourmet coffee coffee, some dark chocolate, molasses, dark malts and a hint of alcohol tucked away in there.

The taste is luxurious. Lots of fresh coffee, surprising amounts of chocolate, molasses, and rich, full malts. Again, alcohol in the back. It drinks surprisingly easy for such a big brew, moderate/heavy body compared to the viscous way it pours. My only complaint is the slightly stronger presence of the alcohol than I would like.

This is one great coffee stout. So rich and complex while still highlighting the coffee front and center. I'll keep this one on my wants list!

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, small barely existent head

Smell: smoked wood, earth, coffee, very complex...arguably the best most complex smell from a beer I have had

Taste: smoked wood, earth, expresso, some chocolate, noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: sharp, heavy, and full bodied

Drinkability: The smell is amazing. I could probably only have a couple due to the high ABV. The alcohol is noticable to me. Very good and complex. This is a sipper and this beer gets more bite as it warms.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a dark brown, nearly opaque color with a solid two fingers of creamy chestnut colored foam. The foam leaves a thick lacing on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. The nose is unmistakeably that of fresh roasted espresso or other rich coffee beans, dark chocolate, deep roasted grains, alcohol, and molasses. The taste is full of coffee and chocolate. I can tell that a high quality coffee was roasted and infused into this stout. Bittersweet chocolate and baker's cocoa are also present as well as molasses and mocha. I'm not to keen on the bitterness that comes through in the finish, it just seems out of place. If it was wasn't for said bitterness, I would have scored a 4.5 for taste. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a fantastic coffee infused stout. If you like coffee, you'll dig this one.

Photo of locstir
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortal is one of the biggest coffee stouts I have ever had. It pours out black and thick as coal and has an aroma of fresh roasted coffee and hint of chocolate. The taste is almost pure coffee with splashes of chocolate,anise, and alcohol. It would make a good after dinner beer or for the hardcore a great breakfast beer.

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

A: Pours black, dark brown with a massive roasted brown head. This is a great looking beer.

S: Big time dark roasted coffee aromas. Other standard imperial stout descriptors, such as chocolate and roasted malts also present. But the biggest characteristic on this one is the coffee. Smells deliciously fresh brewed.

T/M: The coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts are all there. Slight chewiness to the mouthfeel but overall this is a very smooth and well-balanced imperial stout. It doesn't try to go overboard, which I appreciate. Bitterness is a little distracting on the finish, but overall this is an excellent one.

D: Very smooth for such an intense beer. If it wasn't $10 a bottle, then I'd rank this higher

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

Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in pint glass.

A: The pour is rather thick, almost black with a fantastic head - Very big, pale brown color, thick and very creamy (almost reminiscent of a nitro-induced head). Very good head retention. The beer looks really great. Might be the best looking imperial stout I've ever had.

S: Plenty of espresso-like coffee aromas, very rich and powerful. Freshly ground dark roasted coffee beans, plenty of dark chocolate, roasted malts and notes of toffee.

T: Very rich and powerful. Strong espresso flavors, freshly ground coffee beans. Big dark chocolate flavors as well making the taste resemble that of café mocha. Some creamy notes. The coffee flavors are backed up by a very firm stout-backbone with a solid sweet maltiness. Some nuts and molasses. The bitterness in the finish is gentle and has a coffee bitterness feel to it. Some warming alcohol in the finish, but other than that the alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky and rather smooth.

D: This is a great beer with a wonderful espresso-like coffee profile. Rich, rather complex, powerful and dense. Even though the coffee flavors take the lead, it still feels very well balanced.

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

This beer just recently became available in Kansas. It was pretty exciting to see it at Lukas Liquors.

A: black and oily with a brown hue, tan head that recedes into a nice lacing

S: the smell kind of explodes from the glass, initially smoky, followed by dark roasted coffee, a bit of some dark fruits in the background

T: loose leaf tobacco, a smokiness that is pretty unique, coffee, dark fruits initially but as the carbonation dies down, the smokiness takes over

M: moderate carbonation provides an initial bite that smooths out, lingering finish that seems to stain the mouth

D: this ought to be available in 750ml bottles, I wish I purchased more, quite complex and unique for the style, I haven't really experienced a combination of smokiness and coffee like this in a beer before

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

Peche Mortel has been one of the more illusive beers for me. A friend who made the trip to Asheville, NC brought this back for me.

Unknowingly, I decanted, er... plopped the beer into the chalice and watched the mousse-like head form to the point that the 12oz. bottle wouldn't fit. As I take the first few sips, the beer never relinquishes the head and leaves multiple rings of lacing behind. The beer is a dark brown-black and opaque as they come. An ideal look.

Very bold aromas of French Roast coffe, nutty-almond-ish scents, as well as cocoa, heavy cream, anise, and a hint of alcohol swirl about the glass. Very appetizing and inviting.

Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts combine into a well balanced flood of flavor. The beer never favors any one character but the blend of them all give a subtle yet bold balance. Light favors of oats, heavy cream, licorce, and chocolate brownies are a few of the descriptors that make this beer special.

The body is remarkably smooth, silky, and light in comparison to thicker gravity bombs. The coffee bitterness amplifies the grassy-piney hop bitterness and questions whether it is too much for the relatively moderate weight. The beer lightens into a fluid and palatable finish with a linger of coffee and cocoa deep into the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable for a 9.5%er.

I really appreciate the beer for focusing on the delicacy of flavor instead of the kick-in-the-teeth agression for which more recent Imperial Stouts are acclaimed. Though nothing is wrong with the beer, a more complex fruity character throughout would have made it a solid 5 across the board. Good luck finding a more pleasant drinking experience... with any beer.

Thanks RyanC84

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

A-Opaque black w/a hint of brown. A rich creamy brown head displays good retention, and a cloudy froth swirl remains through the consumption. A spotty lacing clings to the glass.
S-Rich and complex cafe mocha dominates. The roasty aroma also elicits notes of fertile earth, and a thin veil of dark dried fruits. More fruit emerges as the temperature rises. There is a nearly imperceptible amount of hops and a hint of smoke.
T&M-Wow. Creamy espresso w/dark chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Midway there is a delightful blend of a multitude of sensations: creamy coffee, tobacco, smoke, leather, dried currants. The body is interesting...full but velvety and creamy in a way that renders it deceptively light. The finish features a touch of hops, but not enough to cleanse the palate completely, which leaves a coating of sweet fresh coffee. Little noticeable alcohol.
D-This is an awesome beverage, and my last bottle I brought back from this brewery on my trip to Montreal. At least I saved the best for last. This Imp. Stout produces a feeling of well-being that extends beyond the palate.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice medium sized light brown head that covers the dark black beer. The head retention could have been better and the lacing was minimal.

S- Smells of dark roasted coffee, barley and tobacco smoke. Hints of dark fruit, plum, and some mild sweetness. Also some dark chocolate and alcohol presence.

T- Dark juicy fruit up front moving it to nice dark chocolate notes and then dry bitter coffee flavors. There is a lot of dark roasted coffee flavors in this beer with some back notes of tobacco. A nice smokiness also adds to the flavor in this beer. I must say this is a very tasty beer.

M- Very dry full bodied beer. This stuff is quite pleasant but reminds me of drinking a dry red wine.

Overall I would say this is a very good beer. I am not sure it is worth the price but I am glad I got it and would recommend stout and porter lovers to try this beer. Great coffee and smoke notes great beer.

Photo of julian
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Belmont Station in Portland, OR for about $5 - HALF THE PRICE that it's sold for in Seattle, WA!!!

A: Dark cola black with a thick creamy layer of light brown/beige head. Lacing is dense and thick all the way down the glass. Awesome!

S: HUGE roasted aroma of coffee and burnt malts.

T: The nose doesn't lie here, but there's so much more. An incredibly huge blast of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate. Very delicious!

M: Slightly intense at first, but as it warms it really smooths out and becomes very, very mellow and easily drinkable.

D: Delicious and pretty high in alcohol, but I don't think that could dissuade me from drinking several of these in a sitting.

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

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and a half finger dark dark tan head. Very full and think. Wow! Color is a like a black hole. I couldn't see anything through the glass, even when held up to the light. Good head retention and splattered lace.

Aroma is very chocolately, coffee, and mocha. A lot of malt aroma. The 9.5% abv is present here.

Taste is very deep and dense. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. This kind of tastes like hot chocolate that is not hot. The alcohol is also present. I also taste some sort of hops, but it is masked from all the malts.

Mouthfeel comes off with a bitter bite, then gets a little more smooth. A little booze comes through but not that much. The end finish is very clean, almost too clean. Carbonation is good.

Overall, this one is a sipper. Very complex AND filling. Very flavorful and I really enjoyed the coffee. I don't think I could enjoy two of these in one sitting.

Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - The body is black, with no light showing through. The medium brown head recedes quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Great aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. Slightly nutty caramel and light hops.

T - Rich, nutty chocolate flavor with a round coffee character. Smooth malt with lots of dark caramel in the middle. Slight hop character comes out in the finish with more dark chocolate and lingering smoke.

M - A smooth creamy body, moderately low carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Very good. A great, complex dark malt character that never becomes cloying or harsh and allows the beer to be an unusually drinkable example of the style. This is a wonderful beer that lives up to its hype.

Photo of johnmichael712
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life."

Albert Camus

Appearance: Poured out of an 11.5 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. This beer pours an inky black color with a beautiful, dark tan colored head that seems to rise from the depths of the glass. The head looks very soft and creamy, and leaves a moderate amount of lace on the glass. Definitely one of the best looking stouts I've had the pleasure to drink.

Smell: The nose of this beer hits like a truck, smelling strongly of coffee and chocolate. This is the sort of coffee smell that makes my morning cup of coffee jealous. I'm one of those people that will walk down the coffee isle in the grocery store or in Wal-Mart just so I can smell that wonderful coffee aroma, and this beer isn't too far removed from that. Overall this is a fabulous smelling brew.

Taste: When I reviewed Founders' Breakfast Stout I thought that it was the most coffee-dominated beer in the world, but I can truly say that FBS has relinquished this crown and given it to Peche Mortel. This beer tastes like coffee through and through, with hints of chocolate and blackstrap molasses to remind you that you're drinking a beer and not an iced coffee. These flavors are very prominent in the beginning, with a wonderful richness that fades to a moderate amount of hop bitterness that is supplemented by the bitterness of the coffee, giving this beer a pleasant, earthy finish. Overall this beer lies somewhere between an espresso and a mocha, and is a true joy to drink for any coffee lover. If you aren't a coffee lover, I still urge you to try this beer, but be warned - this intense coffee flavor isn't for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel: This is a wonderfully smooth, thick, stout. It is also very full-bodied, but I've still had better mouthfeel in a stout. Peche Mortel is near the top of the list, but it still doesn't quite reach the lofty rating of a 5.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no taste of the 9.5% alcohol the bottle claims this beer has, and I could definitely see myself getting into trouble with this one. The flavors, the body, the nose, and the smoothness of this beer combine to make for one incredibly drinkable stout.

Notes: In my opinion Peche Mortel and Founders Breakfast Stout are very similar beers, but I think that Founders Breakfast Stout is just a little bit better. While they're both coffee intensive, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's Peche Mortel is almost too much like coffee and too little like beer, whereas Founders' Breakfast Stout it much more balanced. Despite that fact, the richness of this brew is almost unparalleled, and you can't help but to feel a bit sinful while drinking it.

Photo of Ralphus
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peche Mortel, the beer geeks wet dream. I doubt I'll be able to do this any sort of justice because it's probably out of my league at this point, but here we go:

Dark. Very dark. The little tan head that was there in the beginning is long gone. There is no lacing either. Just a dark liquid with fine carbonation remains.

The smell is strong coffee & dark chocolate. The taste is also very strong .. coffee... sweet roasted malts.. and bitter dark chocolate towards the end. But it's all got an amplification factor of 10. I don't know how it's possible to pack that much intensity into a liquid and it still taste good. Initially the alcohol is quite noticeable but it's less so towards the end.

Mouthfeel is great.. silky smooth but drinkability for this style is average.. no one is pounding these back.

Photo of schroederm
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Péché's coffee head pours a bit thin, and it's lacing doesn't hold very long but looks really cool. The body is definitely interesting: dark brown with a bit of purple.Smells enticing and draws you in. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, and coffee - specifically mocha... Smells like Starbucks, really. Tastes fantastic, so sweet but so biiter. Aftertaste perfectly balances wonderful fruits and roasted maltiness. Anise, raisins can be found in there. Thick body, creamy, and great carbonation means this brew altogether feels fantastic on the tongue. The presence of a taste of alcohol and bitter dimensions diminishes it's drinkability somewhat, but altogether delicious and desirable.

Overall: I really love this beer and wish it was easier to get a hold of. Very unique and fruity variety of stout.

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