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

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Ratings: 3,819
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 519
Gots: 577 | FT: 59
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-09-2003)
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Photo of RomanW70
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 22, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appears a pitch black hue absolutely no light shines through when held up to the light, although it does form a large tan moccha frothing head rising at least an inch above my Gulden Draak chalice. Aroma is full of dark chocolate black patent malt cocoa powder kind of scent with a strong smell of fresh roasted coffee. Some mild herbaceous hop notes follow but mainly I'm getting dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Flavors break through with strong filtered coffee blended with whipped cream, truly a another great breakfast beer. Strong dark bitter chocolate flavor but tastes like coffee note much like a Bell's Java Stout or Founder's Breakfast Stout. That flavor comes off a bit one dimensional but it's okay with me I'm enjoying it, not much alcohol burn very well hidden. Not much noticeable hop notes either, but the dark chocolate and coffee bitterness reign supreme. Mouthfeel is full bodied soft even carbonation quite silky on the palate. Drinkability is challenging due to the complexity and rich chocolate and robust coffee flavors, not much alcohol noticeable but I guess that's the part that could get you. Definitely a beer that will make you crave it, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it right here down the street from my house in Steubenville Ohio at Valley Wine Cellar.

WVbeergeek, May 20, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my .4 L Deschutes Brewers Reserve Series snifter, Péché Mortel is pitch black, with a thick, burnt tan head that is super dense and long lasting, leaving glorious lace and rocky foam.

Smell is huge, boozy chocolate malt and espresso, a bit of chalky lactose (which I honestly don't care for, e.g. milk stouts) that becomes more rubbery phenols as it warms.

Taste is even more purely coffee, wow, very nice and full, with a big chocolaty finish. Majorly tasty desert beer, but with a pleasant astringency that would balance any sweets.
Mouthfeel is thick, tempered by crisp, creamy carbonation, particularly when colder.

Drinkability is good, a tasty, very full flavored beer then most big stout fans will really enjoy, and whose heavy load is well carried. However, I don't think I'd want more then one, and I can see how some would criticize it for depending to much on the adjuncts. Something about the strength of the chocolate and coffee, combined with the phenolic nose, however, seem a bit homebrewish.

ccrida, May 19, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got one of these from Viggo and one from guezelover. Thanks guys. The one I'm having tonight is a November 07 vintage so it has a good six months on it. I am excited.

This one just glugs out of the bottle and quickly forms a creamed coffee colored head. Its very dark, not a bit of light can get through this one. Great lacing as I drink it.

This smells predominantly of complex coffee and dark chocolate with some roasted malts as well. I say complex coffee because half the time it smelled like fresh roasted espresso the other half it was more like ground coffee beans before making coffee ( a more earthy coffee smell).

Originally when its still a bit cold its kind of astringent on the coffee taste. I'm going to let it warm quite a bit now. As the guy said in the review before me this one is best warm. Man the taste just opens up. The coffee taste is now just really smooth and clean and is the dominant flavor. I thought KBS was coffee forward but this one takes coffee to a whole new level.

The mouthfeel is nice and viscous but its a little fizzy and slightly over carbonated for an RIS in my opinion.

Drinkability is kind of medium when cold but its nice once warmed. You can get a hint of the alcohol but its hidden pretty well. Can't have more than one or two of these bad boys.

thickerfreakness, May 19, 2008
Photo of garbercury
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vintage Wine and Beer for the hook-up. Served in a snifter at room temperature...DRINK THIS BEER WARM.

A--Opaque black, with a generous head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S--Wow, coffee. This is a great smelling beer if you are a coffee lover to be sure.

T--The notes of coffee are incredible in this beer. Cant believe how smooth this is considering the high ABV.

M--Fairly smooth and silky.

D--This is a tasty beer, particularly if you like these types of beer. A rare treat to be sure, but definately worth a try.

garbercury, May 18, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of spacecoyote poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a dense one-finger head that lingers a bit and leaves a fantastic network of lacing along the side. Slightest bit of mahogany around the edges when held up to the light.

S: Smell is dominated by dark roasted coffee with sweet cream and chocolate and roasted malts present as well.

T: Big bitter espresso taste up front with a nice sweet chocolate and malt taste to balance the astringency. The coffee taste lingers for ages after each sip with alcohol making itself present throughout.

M: Mouthfeel is super creamy but nice and crisp in the finish due to the coffee astringency. Carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the tongue.

D: This is one hell of a coffee stout and I would certainly put it on my short list for best impy stouts. The coffee flavor comes across a bit astringent but I'm nitpicking.

gford217, May 17, 2008
Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Metro Joanette in Montreal. Pours black with a thin brown head. Nice, strong roasted malt aroma. First taste is very strong - an initial tanginess followed by the roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavours. The pleasant tang remains throughout to the aftertaste with a decent level of bitterness.

sstackho, May 17, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nick at Liquormax for finally getting this stuff in Colorado. Enjoyed at cellar temp in a large snifter glass.

Near black color with some rich brown hues and a creamy dark tan head.

The nose has a big bouquet of espresso up front. This is followed by dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some complex fruity alcohols.

The flavor profile also begins with a big helping of freshly roasted coffee that is well blended with some light hops and a sweet malt structure. Chololate, toffee and rum drenched fruit.

The body silks over the palate with an active carbonation. A delicious stout. Well balanced considering the amount of coffee involved.

rye726, May 16, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a few of these from various places, but tonight during a routine stop into the Candlewyck in Buckingham, I spot a whole stash of these bad boys for $7 apiece.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a pitch black with a one and a half finger high, loose-bubbled, light brown head. This is one of the biggest heads I've ever seen on an imperial stout. It has nice staying power too and leaves wall of lacing down the glass. Can I give this a 5.5? Or 8.0?

SMELL: WHOA COFFEE! This is, without a doubt, the strongest coffee aroma I've ever smelled in a beer. It actually kind of masks all the other flavors going on, but it goes without saying that there's a strong roasty component. Other than that, it's light on the chocolate and just about non-existent on the hops.

TASTE: And this is, without a doubt, the strongest coffee FLAVOR I've ever TASTED in a beer. Tremendously roasty, but with a more well-rounded profile than the nose. A strong caramel component goes with the coffee nicely, as does a decently strong hop bitterness on the back end.

MOUTHFEEL: My brain doesn't know how this is possible, but my tongue says this feels weirdly thinner than it should. It's still milkshake smooth though with a nice, low carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: You know that 9% ABV? Yeah, me neither, because you can't taste it at all. I need to stop myself from drinking this too fast.

I need some eggs and toast after this. What a treat! If you're a coffee person, get this beer immediately! If you're not a coffee person, well... get this beer immediately!

jmalex, May 15, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Split with mom on mothers day lucky her...
Poured from 12oz bottle in Fin Du Monde Challace. Emptying bottle into glass results in 1.5 finger coco/kahaki head. This stout is so dark that it might have sucked the light from the room. Bouquet is of Burnt coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Taste initially of coffee, no surprise here, bitter chocolate, and more burnt coffee. Slightly bitter. Moderate drinkability, due in part to high abv I don't think that I could put back more then 2 of these in a sitting. Alcohol is completely masked by complex mesh of flavors. Slightly dry finish. Mouth feel is perfect, not cloying like other stouts of this variety. lingering taste of coffee. Highly recommended.

Kraken, May 14, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12.26.13 update. Been a while since I have seen this anywhere! So, yeah, I did buy one. And open it. I have not altered the text of my review, but I have decreased some of the scores from 5's to 4+. It was one of my first reviews. What I say is true, but I could say much more now. it's a truly special beer, which is why I haven't seen it in years. Good to meet again, Mortel Sin!

thick tan head with modest retention and some lacing. Deep, dark black. Beautiful.

Assertive but not obnoxious aroma of smooth coffee, and a very faint hint of alcohol.

bitter chocolate and coffe dominate but with roasted malt and a sweet maltiness sneaking in to add smoothness and balance. Delicious.

pretty full, slick and oily. Slides down easily. This could be a dangerous beer at 9.5% and drinking this easily.

sprucetip, May 13, 2008
Photo of jslot38
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive tan head, looks like it's gonna be a while for it to go down. Body is a pitch black. For 9% the lacing is intense.

Smell: An odor that just flys from the glass, loaded with chocolate, any earthy aroma, and... oh yeah, COFFEE. The smell is very pungant. The coffee is deep roasted which compliments the bitter chocolate well.

Taste: Strong. In terms of complexity, there isn't a whole lot. The few flavors that hit your tongue, however, really lay a smack down. What surprised me the most was the coffee, and not as much coffee as what I expected. Thats not to say its not there, oh its there. A bittersweet chocolate rounded out with dark somewhat tart fruit. The coffee sits in the background, filling the mouth at various spots.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is low, a very slick stout which compliments the lasting taste very well.

Drinkability: At 9% the alcohol doesn't overwhelm you, but it'll creep up on you. A very intense flavour, maybe 2 of these, if I could find another one.

jslot38, May 13, 2008
Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 3,819 ratings.