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

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Ratings: 4,091
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003

Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

The Péché Mortel was born in our Montreal brewpub in October 2001.
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Photo of trbergman
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Opaque, very dark brown beer with one inch of sticky, cinnamon-colored foam. Gorgeous lacing.

S - Smells a tad sweet, with roasted barley, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Rich, roasty character with plenty of coffee flavor, but without the harsh bitterness present in some other coffee beers. Subtle, gentle bitterness adds to the delicious flavor profile while keeping a pleasant sweetness in check. Dark chocolate comes in around the middle and lingers in the long finish. No hop flavor or aroma present, but earthy hop bitterness builds with each sip.

M - Full body reminiscent of coffee with cream. Restrained carbonation allows the creamy texture to shine.

D - Spectacular. This beer could be equally at home with brunch or for a nightcap. It does offer a slight buzz, but there's no hint of alcohol on the palate. A great slow sipper, this beer exceeds all my expectations.

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

Pours a light-destroying black with a creamy tan head that reminds me a lot of a nitro-poured Rasputin. Head is incredibly resilient, and hasn't moved much in the ten minutes since I poured. Lacing? This beer leaves a cloud-like translucent tan covering on the glass.

It would unfair to say this beer simply smells like coffee. Think of the way freshly brewed coffee smells the moment you pick up on the aroma. That room-filling, mouth-watering effect that quality fresh-ground coffee seems to have, especially first thing in the morning (my mouth is literally watering right now). Joining this are hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Superb, probably the best aroma of any coffee stout I've experienced.

The taste is sweet rich dark chocolate and espresso, with a perfect balance of hops and malt helping sort things out. The finish that remains between sips is virtually identical to what you get after downing a few of those chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp, and despite being relatively full-bodied, a touch thinner-bodied than I would have preferred. Carbonation is medium to high, and the 9.5 % abv is very well masked.

An absolute must-try for the coffee-loving BA. Dieu Du Ciel has absolutely nailed the style.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours an opaque chocolate with a somewhat syrupy consistency. Inch-high, dense coffee-colored foam. Thin and spotted lacing with pretty good strength.

Semi-sweet, rich caramel and milk chocolate. Deep, spicy espresso. Light vanilla over the rich aromatics. Hints of slightly hidden vinous fruit: cherry, plum, and red grape.

Deep, rich coffee and dark chocolate malt character. Nutty flavors of hazlenut and almond, add a pleasant dryness. Following the sweet, yet rich malts is a cutting, yet rounded alcohol presence. A deep, bitter espresso and mocha flavor add to the mouthful of floral hops and last well into the aftertaste. Rich, complex, rounded, and very flattering.

Full bodied; rich and chewy, but never overpowering. The flavors are really in line with a consistent, balanced texture.

For a rich, filling, Double Stout at 9.5% abv, this is simply delicious and all I want is another one. I remember loving this at the VT brewer's fest. Thank God that this is now available in MA. Hands down, this is one brew to seek out. I can't wait to sample Dieu Due Ciel's other offerings.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized brandy snifter.

A: Dark chocolate color that is nearly opaque out of the bottle during the pour and becomes completely so in the glass. Pours about a finger's worth of creamy, tan head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bubbly black surface. Quite a bit of lacing remains as it goes down (or, towards the beginning, after a swirl).

S: Sweetness with a little bit of acidity. Cherries come to mind, along with a little bit of chocolate. After inhaling deeply, these scents almost immediately bow down to the powerful coffee/espresso presence.

T: Strong and unbelievably-tasty coffee presence! Smooth notes of caramel and chocolate, with a little of the aforementioned dark cherries. Slightly roasted and a little bitter.

M: Incredibly smooth and medium-to-full bodied. Not too much carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden, although it is felt on the cheeks.

D: A little too strong and pungent to be excessively drinkable, although it is still quite drinkable for its style. All in all, this is an excellent offering and I'm quite glad I was able to finally get my hands on some.

Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being a coffee addict, a buddy of mine suggested I try a peche. And I was not disappointed.

This beer is black with a small receding head.

Maybe I am coming down with a cold but I did not get a lot of the coffee in the smell of this beer. I got a lot of the vanilla and chocolate notes i expected though.

There's the coffee I was looking for. I can also taste figs and vanilla. The sweetness definitely balances the bitter of the coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

The mouth feel was where the beer felt short. For my taste, and this style of beer, the carbonation was a bit overwhelming. Almost like a soda that had sat out for an hour. Although the redeeming quality was that it had a very dry after taste akin to a cappuccino or a shot of espresso.

The alcohol was very well hidden in this beer. You could probably sit down and drink a couple of these.

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

A; Totally black with a thin creamy brown head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lace.

S: Very strong roasted malt with cocoa and espresso - fabulous!

MF: Super thick, creamy and smooth. Truly coats the mouth. The carbonation is understated but not weak. In a word: perfect!

T: Bitter chocolate and licorice up front that cedes to the strong coffee/espresso flavors quickly. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste not unlike after a sip of espresso. The 9.5% abv is well-hidden.

Overall: Wonderful wonderful stout. This is what i look for in a stout and I'd put it up there with the best of 'em!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

I have to say I love coffee stouts. This is my new favorite. After reading many BA posts I was lucky to encounter Peche Mortel! One of the best coffee stouts Ive ever had.

A- Brownish almost black head,slightly thin but stays, minimal glass lacing but what do you expect for a coffee stout?

S- Smell of hints of chocolate, also slight bits of vanilla, and caramel. Mostly domiinated by the expresso beans.

T- I taste chocolate, coffee and as it warms a slight alcohol taste. Awesome coffee taste

M- Smooth! for 9 and a half ABV its barely noticeable. Nice palate finish. I find myself wanting more of the silky, robust feel.

D- God I wish it was lighter! If so, it would be a great session beer. Because of its heaviness, as all coffee stouts are..its a dessert beer..to be slowly savoured and enjoyed. Boy did I enjoy it!

Photo of yourefragile
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark milk chocolate color and settles in an opaque, near black liquid with a modest cream coffee colored head that slowly dissipates to a thick crown with some bubbles. Nice lacing and liquid tends to slowly coat the inside of the glass. Aroma is exactly like ground coffee beans with a slight bitterness. Body is very thick and creamy, with little carbonation poking through. Strong milk chocolate sweetness and coffee dryness, but little bitterness. Alcohol also provides a warming sensation in the finish. Definitely upper tier of coffee stouts, but missing something for me to put it over the top into the omg-category of stuff like the founder's stouts or speedway.

Photo of imagineiii
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

holy crap this beer is dark. its hard to find brown even around the edges while help under light. decent light brown head, couldnt see carbonation but it was there.

COFFEE! a little over the top. smells like hot coffee grinds. dark chocolate.

Smooth choc turns to a bitter espresso at the back. thick black coffee. nice flavors but a little much. a little too heavy and syrupy.

similar to slightly carbonated turkish coffee. its thick. lingering sweetness adds up on the palate.

coffee gets overpowering. im glad this beer is only 12 oz.

Photo of Fatduck
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ment to start my day with this one, but Barley wine was calling my name, so this one is a mid afternoon pick-me-up.

Pours out a deep menacing black, with a thick dark tan head. Smells like coffee, lots of coffee. taste like lots of coffee too, fair trade coffee... hot dog!

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, nice and soft. Goes down smooth, and with 9.5 ABV it goes down EASY, I love this beer, and Im going to have to go back and pick up more of these to share with friends.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a dokel

A-Pours a very dark brown looks black but up to direct light is a very deep brown. Head on it is thin but stays the entire length of the beer.

S-Most noteable deep roasted malt and chocolate. Very bittersweet. get small note of alcohol in the back.

T-I can't see it getting any better than this for the coffee stout. All the notes from the nose come thru with a very distinct almost figgy sweetness. Very rich and bold flavor from the first sip to the last.

M-Rich and thick nice heavy body that feels like its coating the inside of your mouth. Carbonation is perfect.

D-If this was cheaper i would be in real dangor of being an alcholic, this is the type of thing I could make an excuse to drink woth any meal any time

Photo of naterock
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a dokel. Deep brown, not black. Thick head that just refuses to go away. nearly opaque even thinned out up to a light.

smell is rich chocolate malt and a hint of esspresso but suprisingly not much coffee in the smell. a slight alcohol burn in the back. some yeast and a slight fig notes.

An upfront bite and a quickly smoothing flavors of rich chocolate and strong coffee. so smooth. no real words.

mouthfeel is an upfront bitterness that quickly givesway to smooth and rich finish. This would be dangerous if it were cheaper.

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

First time I tried this from the bottle- had it on tap once at the VT Brewer's festival. This particular bottle has been in my fridge for probably about 6 months or so.

Appearance- dark black with a healthy and active head with plenty of lace.

Smell- Coffee. Lots and lots of it.

Taste- Lots of strong coffee notes, but not as much as you'd expect based on the smell. There's a lot more going on with the taste and that's a good thing. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, subdued hop bitterness, coffee bean bitterness, and cream at the finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Very nice. Full thick body with a creamy finish.

Drinkability- Great drinkability for a big and thick beer. Very very good overall. Certainly worthy of its status as one of the best.

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, we meet again (myself and Peche Mortel).

Pours a color that's black as night and there's a two-finger head that fades after a minute or so. Definitely has it there.

Aroma is creamy with a nice hint of chocolate, cream and mild coffee in the nose.

Taste is smooth and a bit creamy with a nice coffee kick that becomes more pronounced in the middle. Not too strong and certainly not weak by a long shot.

Mouthfeel is full of roasted coffee, cream and light chocolate, especially towards the back of the throat. Carbonation is somewhat high but not too bad.

Very nice! I remember it being much better on tap but if this is the closest I can get to it, it's more than good. I'd definitely buy another bottle to age.

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

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown, with an incredibly thick, frothy brown head that lingered for quite some time. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, bitter roasted malts, lactose, hints of coffee. No one scent is overpowering, but they all seem to blend together. The coffee does become more apparent as the beer warms. Smell is sweeter than the taste...

Taste: Strong coffee notes, but not overpoweringly so - they blend together exceptionally well with the other roasted malts. Hints of chocolate in the background. The coffee flavors add a nice bitterness to the aftertaste. This beer actually tastes like beer with coffee flavoring, not like pure coffee, which is a good thing. Minimal hop notes. Overall, surprisingly smooth. Very good beer. No evidence of the 9.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, almost chewy. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a stout, although I did feel the carbonation was a little bit high.

Drinkability: Incredibly well balanced, and one of the first beers with coffee that didn't have an overpowering coffee flavor. Very good beer, and well worth the hype. If it weren't so expensive, I'd definitely seek it out more often.

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

A - Pours a dense chocolately tan head, with a pitch black body. Looks like six shots of espresso poured into my tulip.

S - Intense roasted coffee and bitter chocolate up front. I smell some black liqourice in there too. Hops are a bit muted due to the coffee flavor, but they're still showing up in the nose.

M - Extremely viscous, such a smooth creamy mouthfeel. One of the best mouthfeels I've come across in an imperial stout.

T - I'm a coffee lover, and this one has a great roasted coffee flavor. Bitter coffee and chocolate just as the nose suggests. Tastes like a black mocha iced coffee with some hops thrown in. Alcohol is well-hidden until I get that nice warmth after the first few sips.

D - Can't give this a 5 as the alcohol does creep up on you as get into the beer. But damn is it inviting. A great beer, a great coffee stout, however Founder's Breakfast Stout still holds my number one spot. I did buy two other bottles to compare after a year or two, but I'm not sure I'd want any of the bitter roasted flavor to fade in this one.

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

Poured into snifter like used motor oil and producing no head but a nice little swiel. Oily liquid leaves a nice film on the glass & sets up a nice, tan polka dot effect.

French-espresso roast coffee beans dominate the nose as well as nutty cream, oak, and a distinct boozy perfume; like a juniper dipped in alcohol. Notes of vanilla bean, brown sugar & hops.

Smooth cappuccino, roasted grain, caramel and vanilla wood up front. Baker's chocolate, honeycomb, hop, and booze round everything out. Considering the high ABV, balanced extremely well. Initial velvet mouthfeel is left bone dry from a slap of hops and bitter cocoa. The throat smiles with a boozy warmth.

A great representation of the style combined with an impressive aroma. I wonder if I am going to get a caffeine buzz. Highly recommended.

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

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I like the label. Very Boschian.

A: Pretty much the liquid equivalent of the "I'm Black, Y'all" song from CB4. Rather anemic tan-colored head.

S: Coffee, coffee, coffee. Pretty much a one-note espressso sledgehammer, but what a note it is. As it warms up, chocolate malt becomes more apparent.

T: Even more coffee. Difficult to tell where stout roastiness ends and espresso roastiness begins. Bitter and sweetened chocolate flavors also make an appearance. Not a whole lot of hop character, but that's OK. As far as stouts go, I prefer coffee bitterness to hoppy bitterness.

M: Thick and creamy. Kind of like an espresso milkshake.

D: An epic brew worthy of its cult following. I don't even like coffee that much, but this beer makes it work.

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

Jet Black creamy off white/brown head starts thick ends up 1/2 " Swirling produces short lived but serious lacing. The aroma is prominent coffee, malt, some hints of chocolate and an occasional whiff of sweet cream and butterscotch. Taste produces initial sweetness, the coffee is immediately apparent. This is quite complex with bittersweet bursts of taste weaved in between syrupy malt. This reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout with espresso and some syrup. The last taste is a bit on the bitter side with a strong alcohol warming. This is thick and chewy just like I enjoy em. For me mouthfeel is hard to describe but when I taste them I know them. Drinkability is great for what this is but I'm afraid I am 1-2 and done for this one. This here is a tremendous offering but not at all sessionable.

Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Completely opaque black when held to the light. Pours with 3 fingers of dirty brown head, which recedes slowly over a couple of minutes into a film on the top. No lacing down the glass.

S: Espresso, a surprisingly strong amount of alcohol, and roasted malts. An extremely slight note of figs that I recognized after tasting.

T: Espresso bitter, straight up -- blends seamlessly with the sweet malt roastiness. Those two flavors dominate the taste until the finish, which gives hints of smokiness, chocolate, and figs. A little warmth in the aftertaste, but much lighter than expected given the prominent alcohol nose.

M: Silky smooth. Full-bodied, with light to medium carbonation -- maybe a bit high for the style. It would be smoother with fewer bubbles. Not too much alcohol warmth; well masked for the 10%.

D: Not bad. I tried this mainly out of curiosity, because coffee stouts aren't my thing. However, on general stout terms it has a very good body and feel, and it certainly lives up to its claim of being a coffee-flavored beverage. If I ever get into coffee stouts I'll come back to this one.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that build slowly but leaves some nice lacing down the glass, nice carbonation keep the head from going anywhere. Coffee is the first thing to hit the nose, espresso-like, but it quickly gives way to a chocolatey, nougat-like sweetness, lots of bitter dark chocolate in there. Taste is dominated by the coffee, although there is a faint hint of banana in there. Has a nice roasted flavor with a dark chocolate bitterness capped off with a stout coffee aftertaste.

A very tasty brew that gives Breakfast Stout a run for it's money. Time for a side-by-side comparison.

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

Muchas gracias a sirpsycho for this one. He actually sent it as an extra I was surprised very generous dude if you ask me. Anyway on to the reivew.
Pours pitch black with a nice brownish head that quickly fades to a small wispy layer of foam on the top and around the glass.
Smells heavenly, big coffee notes, and chocolate come together to form a euphoric ambrosia of beery goodness.
It actually taste better than it smells. First I get the coffee, then the smoothness of the chocolate malts come in, and lastly a sharp bitter blast of roasted barley and the coffee come back for a nice finish.
Feels nice a creamy but the carbonation is a little much.
Man this baby is smooth I put a couple of these away no problem to bad I only have one.

Photo of theghost3
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peche Mortel is black in color with chunks of sediment. The head is the darkest of any beer I've ever seen--chocolate ice cream brown. Lots of lacing.

The smell is really strong of coffee and roasted malts. The taste is coffee up front. The coffee flavor is more like coffee-flavored ice cream than regular coffee or espresso in that it's sweet & not real bitter. Roasted malts, dark-skinned fruits, and spices are also there & stay with you at the end. Mouthfeel is a little carbonated but leaves thick & smooth.

This is a drinkable beer that should be savored by sipping. The alcohol content is covered so well with the coffee flavor, it's almost like having a coffee drink rather than beer. Interesting.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow Beachwood patrons for bringing this in.

Appearance: Poured with a huge coffee-colored black head. Settled down a bit, with some transient but extant lacing. Body is a deep shade of jet black.

Smell: Espresso, nutmeg, caramel, coconut. Alcohol on the back end. The espresso is assertive, but not as assertive as something like Terrapin Wake and Bake, and blends fairly nicely. Others tasting thought it just pushed their limits of tolerance for coffee flavor in beer. I could see how one could go that route, but only if you naturally aren't much of a coffee person. To me, it was quite a fantastic and mostly balanced aroma.

Taste: Roastiness, cocoa. The espresso is a bit more subdued into just medium bodied coffee here. Alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but a bit flat. The thickness saved it, though.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable - even dangerously so. A great stout.

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

Thanks to BA Kendo.

Bottle poured into Sam Adams tasting glass, beer pours dark as a moonless night with a nice two finger light brown dense head.

Aromas are complex deep roasty malt, tawny port wine, espresso, malted milk, bitter chocolate.

Flavor is big coffee and espresso upfront. Chocolate, melanoidins, dark rum, candied/caramelized apple and pear. Not much in the way of hops, assume either minimal or aged out, not missed either way.

Big body with sweetness balanced by roasted barley and dark roast coffee. Finish is sweet with some grain/coffee bitterness to lean toward some dryness. Alcohol is exceptionally well hidden in flavor but also helps to present some drier balance.

Absurdly drinkable and delicious.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,091 ratings.