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

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4,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,068
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 541
Gots: 620 | FT: 55
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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 Slatetank
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this single bottle at State Line Liquors in Elkton Md. Poured chilled into my snifter.

A - Opaque, black w/ a med tan band of tightly beaded foam. The surface is wavy from a somewhat hard pour. The had becomes lace rapidly as the cap condenses. A beautiful tan like crema atop an espresso shot. A mocha would envy the appearance of this stout in the glass.

S - The odor of strong black coffee and yeast rise to my nostrils. The smell is like an espresso shot in intensity w/ raw sugar generously added. The aroma is malty and not overly so as the coffee aromas really stand out w/ nicely roasted bean quality and subtle spiced scents - possibly an earthy hop aroma somewhere in there to boot.

M - Very smooth at 1st, then the feel gets roasty and dry. The creamy oily texture unravels to a spiced and slightly alcoholic texture - a bit like coffee's astringency toward the end of the cup. The texture has an almost herbal/mildly medicinal quality.

T - the taste is biiter cocoa and tinges of anise w/ a cocoa covered espresso bean flavor. The malt pushes the roasted beans bitterness in the flavor. There is subtle dark malt in the taste and fruit w/ plum-like essence and slight elements of black pepper. A hint of molasses and bready yeast combine to make a dessert-like taste which at times tastes like coffee mousse and other moments seems like a smore w/ extremely dark chocolate and coffee soaked marshmallows. The flavors linger w/ both sweet and bitter attributes well into the next taste. A great quality to have when the beer tastes this darn good.

D - The drinkability is top notch - I like the dry approach w/ the beans adding more bitterness and there is less sweetened coffee taste - more or less good if you like your coffee w/out the sugar this will suit you. Peche Mortel has more spice and java than most + yet still a great Imperial stout underneath it all.

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

a - poured a one finger thick coffee colored head with a black body.
s - sweet and malty with a hint of coffee. overall the aroma is muted.
t - coffee, dry and with a touch of dark fruits like raisins. a touch hot.
m - bubbly.
d - good beer but this is one that i should have aged longer than the ~4 months i did.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

by outer edges line a fine line of mahogany brown that gradients from a pitch black core. A tight brown head lurks atop a motor oil underbelly.

dark, roasted, acrid, charcoal aromas emanate from the beer. I very very minor downfall comes about that a faint malt aroma linger between coffee aromas.

sweet almost bready malt character clings to an eye awakening fresh pot of coffee taste. no detectable hop flavor but a bitterness protrudes through layers of sweet malt and dark roasted coffee.

boarderline thick almost viscous put the mouthfeel in a category that i would call a RIS. possibly due to lower attenuation, but i really don't mind, this beer is neither cloying or too sweet, it is however a complete experience.

Photo of jaxon53
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thankyou to Maximum12 for sending me this brew in the BA Secret Santa '08 BIF. Served this at nearly cellar temperature, in a snifter, from an 11.5 ounce bottle. I've been wanting to try this for sometime now.

Appearance: Peche Mortel pours out a thick looking, spent motor oil black that not a single ray of light could pass through. A rather easy pour resulted in about two fingers of fluffy, coffee brown colored head. Head had pretty good retention, slowly faded into a thick gob of foam that sat atop the black mass of beer. Each sip left ring after ring of soapy tan lace behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer has a thick, full nose on it. Coffee is the big powerhouse in the nose. Nice roasty/toasty coffee and malt aromas. Some definite hints of chocolate, toffee and black licorice. Also haze a spicey booziness. Awesome nose on this beer.

Taste: Great flavor as well. Strong, roasted black coffee is matched up with some sweet roasted malt. Coffee leaves a mellow bitterness behind. There is a slight hoppiness that is pretty well hidden behind all of the other flavors. Spicey black licorice, with some faint chocolate and wood. Small touches of toffee are in there as well. Finishes with a coffee bitterness that is overtaken by a shot of booze and some hops. Quite a complex yet smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, full bodied mouthfeel. Almost thick and creamy. The level of carbonation is just about perfect.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for such a big stout. This one is a sipper for me. I'm pretty impressed with this beer.

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

Well I didn't get 1000 reviews yet but that's no reason to not end 08 with a bang...

Giant pour. Jeezers. I thought I was pouring it slow but the head it just unstoppable big and soapy brown atop an almost perfectly opaque body.

Smells of very strong coffee and wet stout. I say wet because it smells like the planar opposite of a dry stout--the malt doesn't leave the bitter taste on the back of your tongue. Instead, it hits up front. Same with the hops, which taste more American than European.

Tastes like soft, smooth chocolate up front, raw porter in the back, some coffee in the middle, and then an excellent aftertaste that's a combination of green west coast hops and dark, black coffee.

Excellent combination, very nicely balanced.

Photo of tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky solid, deep brown color, bordering on black. Head is taupe, tinted with warm brown. The lace is the nice tight sheety looking kind and the retention is pleasantly reminiscent of a frothy cup of french pressed coffee. Aroma is quite tasty in my nose. Rich roasty, toasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, creamy sugary cocoa and caramel. Simple aromas that are very pleasant in their subtle, smooth combination. I like the taste a lot also. It begins with lactic milkiness that weaves into earthy roast coffee, cocoa and velvety chocolate. The texture is thickly smooth yet slick. Drinkable chocolate comes to mind. The carbonation is spot on as well.

A pleasure to consume.

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

A- black coffee

S- more roasted coffee and dark chocolate

t- AMAZING chocolate mocha, this is like a starbucks drink.

M- thick but not too thick, just right, amazing!!

D- outstanding i wish this came in a bigger bottle and was easier to get. onwe of my favorites to date.

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

Outstanding. One of my favorites. I thought Le Fin Du Monde was the reigning king of Canadian Beers, but this one is the sure winner.
Appearance: Almost black, tan head, excellent lacing
Smell: Rich dark coffee, dried fruits
Taste: Delicious deep roasted malts. Coffee, molassas,
Mouthfeel: creamy smooth
Drinkability: Savor the bottle!

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

Pours a dark thick black with a dark brown creamy head. Aroma has a lot of coffee with slight tones of alcohol. Taste is rich with coffee with a pleasant aftertaste. Well balanced and smooth, slight hints of alcohol and bitterness. Good heavy texture. This beer is on the heavy side and although I would only want to have a couple at a time it is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opague black color. No hues of anything, no light passing through. Nice sized chocolate colored head with good retention and sheets of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of sweet, dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee.

Taste is more of the same as the aroma. Loads of fresh coffee here. There is a nice roasted bitterness from the coffee, along with a some chocolately sweetness. I would prefer a touch more viscosity in the mouthfeel, but really that is nitpicking. No sign of the nearly 10% ABV in this beer.

By far the best coffee stout I've had, and one of the best beers I've had overall. Here is a beer that lives up to its hype. Exceptional.

Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle looking exactly like the one pictured here into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint. No observable "best buy" date but I don't really think that it matters. I bought it a few weeks ago at Rozi's Wine house in Lakewood, Ohio for $5.99 for the 12 oz. bottle.

A Jet black ink body with actually a medium to DARK brown head. This is one mean looking beer. It poured in very thick indeed and its head stayed around for at least 3 minutes, taking its good sweet time to dissipate. In fact, it has been about 4 minutes since pouring and it is still hanging on.

S Ineteresting. First impressions are of a freshly opened package of coffee...French Roast. Repeated smells reveal a musty sense that I do not really like. It is not unlike smelling fresh coffee for too long and starting to get some bitterness in the smell.

T/M This might be the deepest, darkest, bad attitude stout that I have had. Certainly the dark coffee smell carries over into the taste as does that musty smell but there is a nice syrupy feel that carries the taste on for a bit. Suprisingly, the after taste is limited to about one minute and I am left with only a hint of the taste. Suprisingly since it is such a big beer I guess I expected the thickness to linger much longer than it does.

D I really do not think that stouts (and especially Imperial Stouts) are supposed to be particularly drinkable and this is no exception. IMO it is to be enjoyed one at a time (and certainly one per night as far as I am going to be doing).

Notes: A great, big badass stout with obvious coffee smells, tastes.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out black with a giant, sticky brown head. The head falls back slowly, and is gone by the time you finish. You get decent lacing, as much as is expected from bottle-conditioned beers. The smell is coffee, but its not quite as coffee rich as some other similarly styled beers. You get a note of the roasted flavor, like the soy sauce flavor that accompanies the darkest of malts. The taste is really great. The backbone for many coffee beers is usually a bit sweeter, but this one is dark and roasty. Very interesting. You get the bitterness shining through, but there's also a very silky feeling to it. I'm a bit afraid that without the coffee you would get all soy sauce without the saltiness. But it's a flavor that I enjoy (though I doubt most other people would actually like it). You get quite a complex burst of flavors, that make you want to sit around and think about it. There's coffee and bittersweet malts, and the roasted flavors, all with a kick of silkiness, and you always want the next drink. I don't think this is as good as some other coffee stouts, but it's still good. I can't say I would buy cases of this and continue drinking it (which is quite normal for in my case most of the stronger stouts), but the likelihood of me finding it over and over again is rare enough that I would probably buy it if I see it again.

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

Pours black with beautiful tan head which stayed there for a while. Smell - mostly coffee and dark chocolate, earthy malts. Taste - very good. Starts off with coffee, then chocolaty malts kick in and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. Very smooth and creamy, rich stout, one of the best of it's kind I've tryed so far. Drinkability - well, personally I wouldn't drink more than one at the time, but I do enjoy it.
Thanks to both Viggo and bobsy, I'm glad I have more than one of this!

Photo of demcorhip
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking stout. Black as a starless night in the Darkness goblet. A nice tan coloured head, a finger thick (would have been more except the volume of the glass caused me to take it easy at the end of the pour) with excellent retention. Nice, sticky, thin sheets of lace. This is a beautiful looking brew.

A nice nose on this one too. Creamy nougat, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, a hint of anise, and earthy hops.

Wow, this is a tasty and incredibly rich brew. Creamy caramel nougat meets a good dose of earthy, rich dark roast coffee. Roasted malts hint at bittersweet chocolate and a whisp of smoke. A hint of anise appears near the finish before the earthy hops reminiscent of decaying leaves are revealed.

This is big on coffee as well as a rich, nougaty accompaniment. Almost full bodied and quite mildly carbonated, as it should be. Almost more coffee than roasted malts, which is surprising, but quite satisfying to this coffee lover. A very well crafted brew, with an interesting balance that is slightly coffee forward.

This is going down pretty easy considering just how big this beer is. A great treat on this bitter, windy winter night. I could knock a few of these back quite easily in one sitting, although the alcohol would catch up to me sooner rather than later. It does reveal itself with a palate and belly warming quality that is just what this bag of bones needs on this frigid winter solstice. Highly recommended for fans of coffee stouts. Im glad i have a few more bottles of this one to enjoy later when the mood strikes. It wont be too long.

Photo of Dubbercody
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle. Winter Storm Blast 2008, being snowbound and stuck at home leads me to a cellar stash break in to see what is calling my name.

Nicely complex brew pours out and leaves large small bubble head. Thick with a strong coffee flavor and sticky chocolate and dark fruit. Nice alcohol that blends so nicely into the beer leaving a warmth and resonance in your mouth.

If you like coffee, no make that GOOD coffee, this is a beer for you.

Photo of goodspeed94
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rustydiamond for this one on a recent trade. I've been looking forward to trying this for a long time but never seemed to be able to get it. On a cold San Diego night, poured into my standard tasting glass.

Perfect pour, honestly. I am instantly excited when it hits the glass, great color, great thickness, superb head retention (been in my glass now for almost 45 minutes and still coating).

Big coffee smell, almost like the place I stop every morning on my way to work. Like a place that roasts their own coffee, sharp almost espresso like darkness. Not sure what coffee was used, but not your wimpy Starbucks fare.

In the height of stout season, I have been moving through some serious heavyweights. As good as some of the greatest imperials are, this beer has become my new favorite stout. I think what clinches it is the excellent balance. You can expect the coffee up front, but thats exactly what it is. Upfront coffee, but then mellows out perfectly on the palate and reveals deeper flavors. I wont pinpoint, but what comes through is perfectly complementary.

Not too thick. I would say somewhere in the vicinity of 50 weight. No idea at all what that means. Just imagine that it is thick enough to coat the mouth, but not to the point where it feels syrupy.

I wish I had another. I will definitely be seeking this out as I would like to have two back to back. Slowly of course given the strength, but it is just that enjoyable that I need more to satisfy the craving.

Awesome. Really a great beer. I expected good, but not to take the front spot on my list of favorite stouts. Thanks again to trading, one of the most enjoyable things I have gotten into.

Photo of TheDoorman
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a sturdy coffee colored head, with nice retention. Strong aroma of roasted malts and dark coffee. Roasted coffee beans dominate the palate with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Thick and smooth texture. Alcohol is nicely balanced.

This is a fine coffee stout. However, I find it somewhat one-note with regard to the flavors. Fantastic appearance, aroma, texture and alcohol balance, but the flavors are slightly short of my expectations. Strong roasted malt and coffee flavors, but it mostly stops there.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/15/08. Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head that persists somewhat. Aroma of coffee, roasted and sweet malt. Aroma is weak (not as in not strong, just not very rich and robust). However, the flavor is a bit richer: lots and lots of burnt coffee (even stronger than in the aroma), bitter roasted malt, and peanut brittle. Strong, thick mouthfeel for a 9.5%. Not my favorite coffee stout (Beer Geek Breakfast is more balanced, less bitter and roasted), but still quite enjoyable and a very interesting beer to drink. Definitely try this one, it is quite unique!
7/4/9/4/16 (4.0/5)

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

Pours nearly opaque, and black by all appearances. Head is medium brown and doesn't last long.

Nose is chocked full of dark chocolate, 3 Muskateers nougat, and espresso beans.

Palate has more dark roasted coffee, espresso or Vienna roast perhaps, bittersweet chocolate, and some roasty malt flavors. Hops are there but you can't get past the joy of the dark roasted coffee flavors.

Great example of the style. Few coffee stouts pull off this dark roast profile so well.

Photo of 0110x011
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a few folks in a few trades. Thanks to all!

A - Pours opaque black. Huge 3-finger brown head has insane staying power. Thick, chunky lacing is left behind, with a fluffy cap and thick collar. Pretty!

S - Nose starts with sweet, caramelly espresso. Toffee, chocolate, fig, and smoke come through as well.

T - Huge espresso, followed by caramel, toffee, and smoke. Slightly sweet, but balanced by roasty bitterness. Light alcohol burn.

M - Soft and creamy, medium full.

D - The alcohol brings it down a notch, but I keep wanting to go back for more.

Absolutely delicious and deserving of the accolades.

Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears an opaque black with a tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, espresso, caramel, ripe dark fruit, black grapes, and vanilla cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a plum flavor thrown into the mix of the cocoa, and wonderfully brewed espresso, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, with mild mocha bitterness coming through.
A beautiful brew!

Photo of SeanRedd
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep, chocolate/java layer cake. Decadent thick cocoa milk shake balanced by a dark coffee roast. A spectrum from sweet mocha through cappacino with a bite. Malt provide a toasty dry ride with hops just to level the playing field. The real treat comes from the espresso chocolate chip brownie. Awesome.

Photo of jjazz
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a coffee industry professional, beer's like this one are tough for me to evaluate.

As a beer, this is good enough I suppose. The flavors mesh nicely, the finish evolves and shows new complexities, and the overall palate impression is a good one.

With that said...the coffee flavor is not at all what I was hoping for. Lots of dark roastiness, but little of the nuance and characteristic aromas that I love to find in my favorite coffees. I suppose that would be a bit much to ask for from a beer; the delicate flavor of good coffee is incredibly unstable, and perhaps there is no way preserve it in a finished beer.

This is a style I'll be staying away from in the future.

Photo of bowersdm
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz/~340mL bottle poured into a nonic glass

A - an inky black mess, as can be expected for this style of beer. The head was slightly lighter than dark brown, 2.5cm in height, and it dissipated rather quickly a small foamy halo.

S - coffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and some coffee. The chocolate/coffee aroma provides a nice mocha-like scent heretofore unsmelled in similar brews.

T - prior to an explosion of coffee flavor, there's something sweet, fruity, and barely there...I'm thinking banana. It disappears as the beer warms. The coffee is followed by a roasty dark chocolate flavor which cascades into a bitter ending complete with a touch (and I mean a touch) of alcohol. The alcohol is barely noticeable, and for a Imperial Coffee Stout, this beer is not as one dimensional as I thought it would be.

M - thick, nearly creamy as a good Imp. Stout should be, but it seemed to have a little too much carbonation. (I'm thinking on the mouthfeel scale, it would be a 4.8, but I didn't want to put a 4.5 because that would be subtracting too much for a minor imperfection.)

D - great, the alcohol is well hidden and the flavor, which is very strong, isn't that overpowering nor as one dimensional as some coffee stout and chocolate stouts can be.

One of the (if not the) greatest beer I've ever had the privilege to drink.

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

Black pour, not even much light getting through arount the edges. Small dark brown head. Very nice roast coffee and roast malt aromas. Med/full bodied with a descent amount of small carbonation, not quite creamy. Coffee, coffee and some mocha or bakers chocolate, coffee bitters in the finish. A little bitey, but mellows nicely as it warms. No messin around, very good straigh forward, yet slightly different than the norm Imperial. More of a good java stout than a straight Imperial. Not quite a good as the Bell's or Southern Tier I've had. Still worth finding however.

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
98 out of 100 based on 4,068 ratings.