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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: 4,122
Reviews: 1,654
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 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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from DrDogBeer. Thanks man.

It pours an absolute black with a thin tan head.

Smells of a ton of coffee. Very good coffee though. I smell some malt in there too but the coffie is super strong.

Taste is of alot of coffee. Very smooth with bitter chocolate ad well. Very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this brew. The carbonation and the smoothness is wonderful.

I would seek this out again for sure but you can't drink a bunch in a row. It is pretty heavy.

Photo of jp62099
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think coffee stouts got any better than FBS, but I was mistaken. Péché Mortel has usurped FBS and relegated it to aide-de-camp.
I don't even drink coffee in everyday life, but I love the smell of it. They have the smell down. Big espresso, and not old grounds like you get from some stouts, fresh ground. Chocolate and dark fruit lay underneath. The taste is the same espresso up front, dark chocolate, and hints of cherry in the finish.
The 9.5% is not apparent, and mouthfeel is just right, not to thin not to thick.
Péché Mortel is pricey, but well worth it. My new #1 Imperial (coffee) Stout. I can get FBS for about 11$ a 4-pack, so it will always be a great go to beer for a coffee stout fix, but Péché Mortel will be the one when I want to treat myself.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours thick dark brown with a huge creamy brown head, about 2-3 fingers with amazing retention. Leaves some nice lacing and a head that stays with the drink the entire way down. Wish the lacing would have stuck top to bottom, but still very impressive.

S: Strong espresso accompanied by strong malts and some bittersweet chocolate. It's hard to find notes past the espresso but with some agitation they come out.

T: Yum! strong roasted espresso dominates the palate overall. Strong roasted malts that turn into strong bittersweet chocolate. Overall a highly roasted drink in any aspect you take from it. The alcohol comes out just a bit at the end which almost produces a spiced rum flavor. Some might think it's over powering but I believe that this drink knew what it was going for an nailed it perfectly.

M: Well carbonated and not an extremely heavy body. Just the way I like it for the style, not too carbonated but just enough to help bring out as much flavor as the drink can offer.

D: Pretty drinkable for how big of a drink this is, its just light enough in body to stay a bit above "sipper" level. This is one of my favorite beers hands down. Pick this one up or trade if you're a coffee fan.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Jet black, completely opaque. Three fingers of dense, dark brown head rise. Retention is decent with moderate lacing. Certainly one of if not the darkest beer I can remember seeing.

S - Espresso as others have pointed out is the dominant aroma. Perhaps a touch of roastiness and sweetness hiding out but this is unmistakably a coffee infused brew.

T - Expectedly, huge coffee/espresso taste. After the main flavor subsides a bit there are traces of caramel and earthiness. The alcohol quickly takes over and leads into a roasted and coffee-like bitterness that lingers for minutes afterwards.

M - Oily and full bodied with a moderate carbonation. I was surprised that the carbonation wasn't a bit softer.

D - Peche Mortel is an excellent coffee beer but in the end this isn't one of my favorite styles. However, I can certainly see how it excels over many of it's counterparts. Ultimately big strong coffee flavored beers with the added big ABV make this a little less than drinkable for me. Objectively the experience is an intense one, and personally these just aren't flavors that I care to gulp down too quickly. A decent beer, but not worth the money for my palate.

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

A - Poured into a Charleston Beer Exchange pint glass from a bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head.

S - Espresso, not a lot else. That's not a bad thing.

T - Really phenomenal deep and complex coffee flavor. Espresso is the name of the game here. Dark fruits and a sort of dark rum/raisin essence are present as well. Underlying chocolate flavor that shows up a bit more in the finish. The coffe/chocolate finish sticks around for a good while.

M - Creamy, slightly viscous.

Notes - Fantastic. Just fantastic.

Photo of MiScusi
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black and viscous. The light brown head is made of very fine creamy bubbles. The smell is without a doubt coffee. Not so much of a smell from roasted barley, but more a definite authentic coffee. There is some sweetness behind there as well. The taste has much roasted barley along with the additional coffee flavor. Sweetened dark chocolate in the taste as well. Thick and creamy in the mouth but not tooo thick. Very good beer, although the roastiness/coffee left in the mouth would limit me wanting to have too much of it.

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The color is of a black hole, I think it sucked up some of the light from my computer monitor. The 1" head was rather late forming but nice and dark brown/taupe. Left a little sludge in the bottom of the glass

S- Strong black coffee, hints of licorice and bitter chocolate. I don't have to trim my nose hairs anymore, nice pungent singe.

T- Fair trade coffee, liquid smoke, tobacco, and molasses

M- Viscous, a touch gritty and left a dry feeling in the after taste

D- I wouldn't drink this late at night, I'd be up all night. Personally I like my coffee in the morning but still very enjoyable and would drink again

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an oily, inky black with hints of brown at the edges. A bright brown one-finger creamy head has great retention, fading to a thin cap that leaves copious amounts of lacing.

aroma is "holy crap that's a lot of coffee." french pressed french roast mixes with some heavy espresso notes and a hint of cane sugar. just a touch of malt... but the coffee is king. a touch of dark fruit and a smidgen of alcohol.

tastes like espresso with a healthy spoon of sugar. Rich, earthy, and inky. a hint of chocolate and a bit of dark cherry comes through. An intense coffee bitterness (in a good way) comes up to finish with a beautiful coffee bitterness with just a smidgen of hops. fairly one-dimensional, but I love coffee, so it's alright with me.

mouth is chewy, full, rich, and smooth without being overwhelming. A nice carbonation helps everything flow well and helps accentuate the coffee notes. A nice light airy note prevents this from being unnecessarily thick and gummy.

Impressive, to say the least. This one might make me drink coffee again. Fairly one dimensional... not as much depth as some of the other coffee stouts, but the beautiful roasted coffee notes makes up for it. This one is almost too easy to drink - the alcohol hides nicely... definitely worth seeking this one out.

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

I'm glad to have the opportunity to try this legendary coffee beer. Huge thanks to beachbum1975 for sending this one my way.

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head that leaves no lacing. One could say that it is very similar to espresso.

S - Not as overwhelming as I expected but coffee does make up the majority of it. As the beverage warms chocolate and roasted caramel malts can be detected.

T - This one did not disappoint, coffee dominates with a very bittersweet chocolate complimentary flavor right along side. As someone that doesn't use cream or sugar, the extreme bitterness of this beer is definitely appreciated! I am taking my time drinking this and it just keeps getting better.

M - Thick and slick with enough carbonation to keep it lively with each sip.

D - I am glad to have kept this on my wants. I have almost finished this one and am ready for another. A delicious stout that isn't overly sweet or filling like so many others out there.

Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with just barely there ruby hightlights. Nice fluffy brown head that dissipated into a cap. The aroma is of coffee and high grade chocolate milk, some vanilla/rum spice that lets you know there is going to be some booze in there. Very big roasted coffee bean flavor hits hard and often right at the bell. Bitter sweet chocolate makes its presence known throughout with a touch of raisins in the end. Exceptional feel, thick and chewy, smoooth yet has a light prickly carbonation that breaks up the body. Finishes bitter from the strong roasted coffee flavor, alcohol is well hidden. Great coffee stout, excellent flavor and feel. It is heavy and has a high ABV so that would limit me to one but very nice.

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

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours opaque black with a dense, rocky 1.5 finger head that doesn't want to go away. Eventually, and with much lacing, settles into a thick, dense cap. I can't imagine this beer looking any better if it were shooting off fireworks.

Nose is espresso, very roasty, bit of acidity; underneath, bit of cocoa, smooth.

Taste is lots of espresso - full flavored and smooth up front, with a beautiful, rich cocoa note underneath, fading to a lasting dry, espresso bitterness. Almost smoky. Superbly balanced between the clear espresso and rich cocoa notes. A green, almost vegetal note from the coffee beans is the only thing between this and a perfect score - I've gotten the same taste from eating dark chocolate covered coffee beans before. That's almost a perfect analogy for what's going on with this beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but with a light, sharp carbonation. Pretty smooth overall. Delicious, even for a non coffee-drinker like myself. Very, very good.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from Nate from PA. Thanks, Nate! If you like coffee, and I mean, REALLY like it, than this is definitely the beer for you.

A - Beautiful shiny black color, with light brown head. It takes a long time for this to dissipate.

S - Intense coffee beans, almost like burnt coffee grounds, actually. Not bad.

T - A little banana to begin with, then definitely coffee, coffee, coffee.

M - Nice and smooth, and a bit chewy for the first few sips. It does taste a bit like cold coffee, really.

D - This one's definitely a treat, and if it weren't my last bottle, I'd definitely be asking for round 2.

Photo of Magpie14
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: the pour was very nice and filled with deep reds, crimson, browns, and maybe some burgundy hues. Once settled in the glass a collective "black" color could be claimed. The pour produced a soft brown sugar colored head, fizzy at best and quick to dissipate. The inner walls of the glass contained a few erratic splashes of lace. Overall a good look

S: smells of deep, roasted, dark malts and coffee, mostly coffee. Coffee beans are of the strong bitter oily variety. They say Fair Trade Coffee...nice. I think I am gonna love it!

T: chockfull of coffee! As my nose mentioned before; bitter, roasted, and oily coffee. This has to be, to date, the most java based beer I have ever had. What makes things nice is it has a delicate sweet cream character, or sugary caffè latte based touch. Malts are deeply roasted and a touch on the burnt side, from what I can tell. If you love coffee, as do I, you owe it to yourself to try this and will be flown to paradise!

M: when I poured this brew I noticed that it had lighter dimensions. The body is a nice creamy and hearty mild, but not near some other stouts I have had. The body is a notch above thumbs up!

D: even though I am head over heels for this coffee bomb of a brew. I must add that it has a single goal and lacks in overall complexity. It is a stretch to include much else in this brew but...you guessed it, coffee! Oh yea, where's the alcohol???
I still give it high marks for the "bean" boldness that it puts forth. I really am floored by this brew!

Photo of sonicdescent
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Bobby91w for this bottle!

Pours a nice black with an extremely thick foamy head that sticks around a while, leaving trails wherever it dies down.

Scent is prominent roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and cream in the background. Very appetizing and I can't wait to take a sip.

Taste is coffee coffee coffee, and quality roast at that, possibly more toward the bitter side of espresso. The hints of chocolate and other imperial staples are present, but this is coffee out front first and foremost. Amazing that they really mask the alcohol.

Mouth is thin/med bodied and med carbonation. Perhaps prefer my impys to be a little thicker but it may have been too much with that heavy espresso profile.

Drinkability is high, this is a quality coffee brew. If you don't like coffee brews, this won't be your converter, but if you do, it doesn't get much better.

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

Been waiting to try this guy for quite some time. Pours like a big stout should without as much head as I might like or expect. Some light shows through when held to a bright lamp.
Scent is sweet and deep but not giving up any secrets as to what's in store.
The flavor is a big punch of surprise after the scent. Big, upfront coffee flavor with a texture that kinda reminds me of a good grape juice. Gives it a kind of red wine quality. Bitter dark chocolate with a molasses sweetness.
Very nice. Not hitting me as best in the world caliber but I wouldn't kick this out of bed... or out of my glass.

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

S = Very strong, rich dark coffee aromas with a little dark chocolate in the background.

T = Taste was all top-notch coffee upfront with a hint of caramel and chocolate in the middle and end. The finish was all roasted coffee goodness. Alcohol was truly hidden.

MF = Very thick and full bodied with low carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy.

Overall, the coffee flavors took the spotlight on this one. This had the most coffee flavor of any beer that I've had to date. Exceptional and easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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

Single 12oz bottle from Valley Wines in Steubenville, OH.

A: Pours dark black with light khaki colored head and lots of lacing on the glass. Almost looks like a guiness.

S: Mostly coffee smell with maybe a slight bit of chocolate that i could even be imagining. Some roasted malts.

T: Super coffee flavored...roast and bitter...tastes better as it warms.

M: Thick like an imperial stout should be

D: Pretty drinkable for the style...alcohol is well hidden.

Just a little too much coffee to keep me wanting to drink more and more of this.

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

Poured from a bottle into a flute. This beer pours like black motor oil and is opaque when held to the light. A 2 + inch head forms that is persistent with extensive lacing.

The aroma is complex with notes of chocolate malts and coffee, but also dirt and leather. It was quite unique to me because this was the second time I had it and it seemed a little different than my previous experience.

The taste mimicked the aroma with chocolate malt, coffee, but seemed to overwhelm me with the earthy, dirt components. Hops is hidden in the aroma and taste, but minimally present.

The mouthfeel was on the medium-side of heavy bodied. There is a high level of carbonation with a bitter feeling that lingers on the tongue. It is quite smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and I think the complexity to the taste and aroma make it a very interesting beverage to have. I will hopefully get to enjoy it again in the near future.

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

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Black beer. Black, black, and more black. Dark. Topped with a luscious brown head, moderate retention. The head reduced down to sparse bubbles, but continued to reappear with a slight swirl throughout my enjoyment of this brew.

S-Raisins and dark fruity esters. Coffee (duh!) runs away with this aroma... sooo much coffee, while still melding in well with a rich roasted malt aroma. A very full-flavored aroma overall.

T-Coffee is present and assertive, but it blends in well with the roasty black malt characteristics. Chocolates mingle well with rainy dried fruit flavors. A coffee bitterness is strong and pleasant, coupled with some hop bitterness underneath it all. This beer is very rich, with flavors flowing and playing off of eah other.

M-moderate carbonation enhances this full-bodied stout. Velvety feel moving over my tongue. It feels overly indulgent.

D-A very tasty beer, with a strong coffee character, but not even close to drowning out the other flavors. Exquisite!

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,122 ratings.