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

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world-class

3,780 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 516
Gots: 570 | FT: 60
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Got this from my folks in celebration of getting a new job. Awesome gift - thanks Mom and Dad.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It pours an opaque black - like motor oil - no light penetrates. It produced a 1 1/2 finger tannish, frothy, creamy, latte foam head. The head slowly dissipating to a thin crown - and the crown never leaves. A quick swirl of the glass brings the head right back - this brew has great head retention. The head leaves behind a light lacing. Overall, this beer looks really good.

Smell - This brew smells delicious. One of the best smelling coffee stouts I have come across. It has a huge espresso component - huge, but not artificial like many other coffee stouts I have tried. There is a hint of creaminess in the scent - perhaps a hint of lactose, but I could be wrong. There is a strong cocoa powder presence at the end of the scent. The scent is pretty bitter overall - a near perfect mix of coffee grounds dark chocolate.

Taste - This is one of the best mixes of coffee and chocolate I have ever had in a beer. The espresso huge and unartificial. There is a delicious bitter cocoa powder and dark chocolate finish. The flavor has a creamy transition between the coffee and cocoa. But perhaps what I love most is that the ABV is completely hidden - I can't detect any alcohol in the flavor at all. An awesome feat of brewing prowess. I don't know who the brewmaster of Dieu Du Ciel is, but he should be proud of himself.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation level. It is incredibly smooth and creamy as it washes over the tongue. Medium to full bodied. There is something slightly astringent in the mouthfeel, assumingly from the coffee. My only complaint is that I would have wanted some finer textured carbonation to liven up the beer a little.

Drinkability - The smoothness of the mouthfeel makes this brew extremely drinkable - it is so easy to quaff. The smell is incredibly alluring. Taste is over the top - one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had. The ABV is completely undetectable. Simply an awesome beer.

MiguelMandingo, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Drank this one to celebrate passing my 1st kyu test in Aikido. Served in my DFH snifter. Poured an opaque black with a half-inch, tight, tan-colored head consisting of copious tiny bubbles. Dissipated into a fairly consistent cap within minutes. Sheets of lace; some legs, but somewhat spotty. Scent of roasted coffee dominates the nose on a malt background with just the slightest suggestion of sweetness. Taste consistent with nose with the roasted flavor more pronounced without being burnt; just the slightest suggestion of hops expressed at the finish. Mouhfeel is not quite medium-bodied with quite of bit of effervescence across the tongue, revealed as a slight burn. Faintest hint of alcohol and hops bitterness lingers at the finish between quaffs. Good drinkability, but not readily available in my area. Definitely need to make the trip to Montreal to sample more offerings from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Jwale73, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of ph2001
4.53/5  rDev +3%

11.5 oz bottle in pint glass

pours smooth with head that cascades down into one finger of tan foamy head that keeps well. it smells a bit more mild than i had expected, sweet and malty. strong coffee scents with hints of chocolate.

incredibly smooth and velvety, an amzing texture to it, medium body. slightly creamy with a good carbonation at the front of the mouth. the coffee flavors are very strong and do not let up on the aftertaste. sweet, roasty full flavors are there too.

ph2001, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of dill
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I was quite looking forward to trying this beer, and I was pleased when I did. It poured a deep black color with almost no head. I was looking forward to the coffee aspect of it, and I didn't note very much coffee on the nose, but when I started to drink it, and especially as it warmed the roasted coffee really started to come through. Although I was sharing the bottle after dinner and some other drinks, I found it highly drinkable and will look forward to enjoying it again soon.

dill, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev 0%

Pours a darkness with a tan head... looks very stouty!

It smells like you would expect a coffee stout to... notes of espresso and roastiness.

I get cocoa in the mouth... more roastiness, very strong when it's cold. As it warms, it subdues to a nice, even experience.

It's very smooth and very creamy. I can taste the alcohol but at close to 10%, it hides most of it.

This beer is outstanding and well worth the $5.50 I paid for the 12oz bottle. For the next bottle, I will let it sit out for 30 or so minutes before popping the cap. The taste as it warms is as good as any stout I've had.

rudylaw, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Peche Mortel

Once again, big THANKS to Pimpp (Patrick) for this 1! He hooks me up with some of the best beers out there!

A- Thick black with an enormous tan head. Thick chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Pungent dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee beans.
T- Strong bitter dark chocolate up front with a big dose of strong espresso. Hints of vanilla cream are apparent throughout the body.
M- Strong and bitter aty first but morphing into a thick, sweet, and creamy dessert! Slight touch of alc in the aftertaste.

Overall- Delicious! This is a dessert on its own!

NJpadreFan, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

Awesome, thick banana nut bread head. Lacing starts nicely. Huge espresso-roast body. This looks awesome.

Vibrant coffee notes with huge malt and grassy hops - a little BBQ char and some residual sweetness of cinnamon sugar.

Very well-blended roasted malt with strong coffee component. Alcohol is present but lifts overall flavor profile nicely. Very strong bitter coffee with grassy hops - similar to nose. Nice stuff.

Velvety, coaty, warming stuff. Coffee strong on finish. Excellent.

Nicely drinkable for style - still a sipper.

IBUnit63, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%

11.5 oz bottle with no dates.

Glugged out of the bottle oil black with a huge 4 finger dense, foamy tan head that took a long time to dissipate, and when it finely subsided enough for me to drink it the glass was covered in sticky lacing.

Smells like a cup of morning coffee you can stand a spoon in.. camping coffee, the kind that still have the grounds in the bottom of the pot, cooked over an open fire. I half expected after smelling it to have coffee grounds floating in it.

Taste is coffee, very strong coffee. It is like I poured myself a cup of coffee and then let it get cold sitting on the counter. If you can get your tongue, nose and brain past the coffee there are also some bitter chocolate tones as well. There is a sweetness for just a minute but it quickly gets over-run by bitterness that remains long after swallowing.

This is thick, chewy, and surprisingly creamy. Very viscous. I could have used something in the way of hops to remove some of the oil from my palate, but overall reasonably good for a RIS.

This is a once in a while beer IMO. A nightcap, or morning pick me up, but definitely not a session beer. Not a beer for the meek. not a beer for those who dont love coffee. IMO, slighty overhyped but still very good.

tayner, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of grandq
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours nigh-completely black - just a touch of brown visible underneath the dark tan head. The scent that wafts up consists of coffee grounds, cocoa, faint cinnamon, and black bread. Taking a sip, the inital flavors are surprisingly understated and sweetly matly. Nothing too bold, for a second or so. A roasty base opens up for the topliner - and coffee makes a big entrance, taking the floor the way the bourbon flavors in Bourbon County do. Really dominant, like biting into an espresso bean, but balanced sufficiently, though by no means completely, by some dark fruit and cocoa touches. The bitter coffee aftertaste is just a touch astringent and takes on some similarity to cola on the back of the tongue and back teeth, which gets in the way, especially at warmer temps. In spite of this, the mouthfeel is close to perfect - rich, creamy and coating, but doesn't linger longer than welcome. Overall, this is a great entry in the style. I'll be sipping the remaining while watching Lord Stanley's Cup being handed around this eve - fittingly a Canadian beer for the national sport.

Edit - My S.O. was cooking wings while I was drinking this and the smell of the chicken mingling with the flavor of the coffee made it start to taste like bacon. Which is awesome, IMO, though not entirely apropos of the beer review... digression apologies.

grandq, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Cedromar
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured a beautiful pitch black with a nice one inch head. Smells heavily of coffee with some chocolate undertones. Each sip begins with a nice sweet coffee and finishes with the bitterness of a black coffee. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice creamy finish. I think I could have a couple of these at a time, a nice treat, but not something you could have continuously. Really glad I have a few more of these in the cellar for some aging.

Cedromar, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

I purchased this on a whim from Sam's Quik Stop in Durham. (Darn those close-to-register impulse stacks!) Something about the name of the brew called out to me, so I bought one of these 11.5oz bottles to sample; I'm glad I did.

It pours an outrageously pitch black, with a dark tan head just chock full of tiny bubbles. Honestly, this has to be one of the densely packed heads I've seen on a beer. The two-finger head began to dissipate within a few minutes, and soon it became a thin lacing that clung to the rim and spread about halfway across the surface.

Coffee dominates the aroma. Although other smells are certainly there (dark roasted malts, dark unsweetened cocoa, and alcohol), it's the coffee that hits the nose hard and barely lets go. It probably goes without saying the flavor is also controlled by coffee. There is an element of dark, ripe fruit in the center and a nice balance of hop bitterness at the finish. Dark roasted malts are noticeable; this contributes a nice smokey character to the entire tasting experience.

It is bit creamy, with a medium to full body and just a little too much carbonation (for my taste, anyway). This is certainly a most enjoyable coffee stout; I'm glad I spent the money and time getting to know it.

CWiggins, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, and licorice. Flavor has many of the same notes. The sweet malts and coffee present right up front and then disappear leaving a strong lasting bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium/thick and carbonation is medium/high. An excellent beer that might even be better with age.

RomanW70, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I previously had a 22oz bottle of this a few years back and thought it was very good but didn't review. This review is from a 11.5 oz bottle on 24 May 2008.

The beer poured a deep, deep black hole color, opaque. There was a thick 1 inch head, deep brown. The head receeded quickly. The aroma was strong coffee and chocolate that was pleasing, not overpowering. The taste had a pleasant and strong roasted malt character but was also a bit sweet to balance things out well. There was also a nice peppery note on my tongue that was interesting. A full bodied beer and definitely worth getting your hands on.

ggaughan, May 31, 2008
Photo of mikeale
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%

This is a Coffee beer!

A. Pours black with beige head

S. espresso, strong roasted coffee beans (very strong coffee), chocolate.

T. Roasted coffee right up front, sweet cocoa, robust malt.

M. Creamy, smooth, ABV 9.5% very well hidden, lingering coffee finish. mmm

D. I enjoy this very much, after it warms a bit. Not a session beer for sure, or for new beer drinkers. If you don't like coffee beers, leave this for someone that does. I was suprised that it was a twist-off bottle.

mikeale, May 31, 2008
Photo of smellsofstout
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

large creamy dark lasting head with excellent lacing. cloudy black color. aroma is roasted nutty malt with notes of molasses.light notes of alcohol considering its 10pt its hidden well. toffee, smokey, brown sugar, under a full body of coffee beans this beer dances on the palate. average duration mainly sweet acidic, with liight bitterness. great beer.

smellsofstout, May 30, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.4/5  rDev 0%

11.5 oz. bottle, served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Black. Stiff dense head, dark beige/ light tan, starts at an inch and slowly melts into a thin layer, painting the glass with very finely textured beige lace. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Coffee dominates the aroma. Rich sweet dark coffee with some fresh fruitiness.

Tastes like coffee, very tasty coffee. Mild sweetness, moderate fruity acidity, good roasted coffeelike bitterness. The coffee taste grows more and more rich and full for several seconds, then lingers for a long time. Well balanced (in a sense), delicious coffee flavor.

Smooth creamy carbonation. Fairly full texture, with some thickness, and some fine astringent powderiness. Plenty drinkable, for a coffee lover.

Beerzebub, May 30, 2008
Photo of sessycuban
3.55/5  rDev -19.3%

A - The beer pours an opaque black. About a finger of head, good lacing. Fairly standard for the style.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel malts, with a citric tinge. I suspect this will be a hoppy stout.

T - Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Pleasant, but the malt is completely overpowered. The stout is indeed a bit hoppy.

M - Thin to medium bodied, dry finish.

D - I was expecting a whole lot of coffee and that's what I got. If this is what you are into, you will enjoy this beer.

sessycuban, May 29, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

Black in color with a carbonated head of beige bubbles. The nose was filled with coffee, chocolate and citric hops. This continued into a medium to full-bodied beer with lots of carbonation to keep it fresh. Well-balanced and I think I will prefer it in a year or so once the hops have faded a bit.

SQNfan, May 29, 2008
Photo of guzzle211
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, two tastings: the first was served just under 50 degrees, the second was pushing 60 degrees.

A: Pours pitch black, but with very fluid movement (no detectable slowing of the pour due to thickness.) Tan foamy head foams up to over a quarter inch, but dissipates quickly. Leaves a very light, but still noticeably present lacing.
S: coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.
T: The coffee, of course, takes the main stage with the bitterness of dark chocolate becoming increasingly present as it warms. I detect a slight hint of the raisin/prune maltiness found in doublebocks. Although the coffee is dominant, I feel as though they really took their time creating this beer. It is far less offensive than some other coffee-bombs I have sampled. It's balanced - not by hops, as they are basically non-existent - but it still maintains its civility.
M: Creamy and smooth, lingering on the tongue for quite some time.
D: If drank slowly and methodically, I would say its drinkability is higher than most 9% extreme stouts. That's not to say I could come in from mowing the grass in August and pour a pint of this to quench my thirst.

An extremely well-crafted brew that should find itself on the 'at least once' list of most enthusiasts.

guzzle211, May 26, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

11.5 oz., 9.5% ABV. Pours jet black, no highlights, shades or tones. Just black. Foamy mocha head trickles down to a thin collar after a few minutes.

Big roasty aroma. Lots of coffee, cream, and a bit of dark chocolate. Some dark fruits near the end.

Loads of roasty flavor. Dark fruit and coffee seem to dominate. There is some bitterness from the roasty flavors, but not overkill. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind after a while.

A bit thin in the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden. A bit more vinous as it warms. Pretty nice.

Bierguy5, May 24, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%

Had a bottle at the Farmhouse.

I wish my coffee tasted more like this. It appeared pitch black, of course, with a tan head and lacing. The aroma and flavor are both a little heavy on the phenols, too much clove, but aside from that being out of whack, this was a wonderful coffee-infused beer. The java took centerstage and really ran the show, the beer provided all the background of black roasted grains and a hits of dry cocoa. I do think this beer is a bit over-rated. I didn't get the sort of flawless complexity I get out of the other top beers. Still, this is worth trying once despite the high price tag.

tempest, May 24, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Big thanks to spacecoyote for this one.

341 mL (crazy Canadians) bottle allowed to warm up a bit before pouring it into a snifter. 11 and 07 notched on the side.

Pours an onyx black with a bold one finger dark brown head that slowly falls to a thin layer of bubbles. A fair amount of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Smell is big on bitter coffee grinds, super dark chocolate, and some charred wood. Underneath all that is hint of booze and molasses with a touch of espresso. There's a tiny bit of lactose in the nose as well that fits in perfectly. I have a feeling this is about to get even better. Taste begins with smokey coffee and sweet caramel malt with a booze-like sting. More chocolate, more espresso, and some dark fruits as well. Aftertaste is sweet syrupy molasses with a slight alcohol burn. Just a big bold coffee beer with lots of underlying complex flavors. Mostly a smooth and creamy full feel with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Just an amazing beer experience, especially if you're a coffee drinker. Definitely a must try.

BeerTruth, May 21, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Received in trade with Abankovich Thank you Adam!

Péché Mortel pours an opaque black color with a tan colored head that left decent lacing for a stout. Loads and loads of coffee sometimes leaning towards espresso in the nose with cocoa and bitter chocolate mingling in the nose as well. The flavor profile blends those same flavors together with perfection. I am not usually much of a coffee stout fan, but the coffee/espresso flavor only co-mingles with the chocolate and roasted grain and never dominates. The coffee flavor is just done so very well. I also get secondary flavors of caramel and a slight bitter hop flavor. Coupled with the flavor the mouthfeel for a beer with this high ABV is well done. This beer is very smooth and creamy with only slight carbonation. I liked the drinkability on this beer, but one is about enough for me at time.

I had this beer around 7 p.m. last night and I didn't really think about the caffeine, but I was wide away for the next several hours. I am going to say this is the best use of coffee I've had in a beer.

Thank you for the trade again Adam.

TheodorHerzl, May 21, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev -8%

Into my Corsendonk glass goes the "Mortal Sin"! Pours a gorgeous black with a tall tan head that fills half the tulip and slowly reduces to a spotty covering of the dense dark beer. The lacing is pronounced and generous.

If you like coffee, you're halfway through the smell already. Lush roasty notes and a good chunk of milky chocolate comprise most of the nose, there's something here that reminds me of hot chocolate made with whole milk (just like mom used to make!) along with a little hash bitterness to go with the alcohol sting. A bit one-dimensional, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The taste is where this really shines; let it warm and you'll be well rewarded. Deep and rich coffee mocha bitterness blends with sweet smooth malts and milk chocolate to create a full, chewy, heavy beer that goes down easy in spite of itself. The roasted coffee bean flavor lingers on the palate and the only downside is a hint of unwelcome astringency. The hops are restrained, but present, and add another layer of complexity to the bitterness on display here. Leaves me with a feeling like I've just chowed down on a handful of chocolate espresso beans...

Mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated, smooth and full. Goes down pretty easy, especially as it warms. Finishes bittersweet and long, and makes your breath smell like coffee. You could fool your girl in a pinch if you stumbled home with this on your breath.

This is pretty good drinking, but just how much 9% coffee beer can one down, anyway? I'm nearing the end of my ounce bottle and am fairly satisfied...

Peche Mortel is a fine coffee stout, but I question its position on the "best of BA" list... it's certainly not in my top 25 brews. But it's tasty and hard to find fault with. I don't often crave coffee stouts, but if this hits my state, at $5 a bottle the price is right for such a delightful, well-made brew. Recommended, just don't commit any grievous sin to get it.

kkipple, May 21, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

Big thanks to my man grub for sending me two bottles of this beer. I've been waiting so long to try this one and decided to have it tonight for my 250th review!

Pours a nice onyx color with a HUGE head, more than half of my glass filled with some chocolate hue foam. Some thick soapy lacing as the head settles. Nice looking but it takes a bit too long to settle down.

Loads of coffee right up the bat with a mixture of vanilla, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, charred and roasted barley. The coffee presence is both aggressive but a soft, delicate, roast that combines well with the malts. As the foam settles (and it sure takes its time) I begin to pick up some toasted bread, cocoa, condensed milk, milk chocolate and malted milk. There's also some earthiness that might be from the hops. Truly a very good aroma for an imperial coffee stout; it has a strong coffee presence but there is also enough malts to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Towards the end I pick up aromas of chocolate chip cookies.

Just as in the aroma, strong coffee flavor on the first sip with a hefty dose of toasted and chocolate malts. Bitter chocolate comes in near the finish and there's also just a hint of alcohol that comes by as a fruity flavor. After drinking about half of the beer the coffee and bitter chocolate are more allies than enemies, they compliment each other very well and the toasted flavor and fruitiness in the finish is damn tasty.

Mouth-feel is good for the style, well carbonated and just a tad syrupy and sticky sweet. There is a bit of bitterness and dryness in the finish.

A really good beer overall, definitely one to seek after if you enjoy coffee stouts.

seaoflament, May 20, 2008
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.