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

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Reviews: 1,676
Hads: 4,371
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 598
Gots: 714 | FT: 66
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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 maltlab
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours jet black with very little tan-colored head. This beer drinks incredibly smooth. Bursting with coffee and milk chocolate flavor, it never turns overly bitter or off balance like many other coffee stouts. I want to drink this every morning for breakfast. (262 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Tasted On: 09-04-2014
Freshness: Label is notched but not clear
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, screw-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

A: Opaque beer, black in color, topped by a small tan head. Retention is low, with a spider web of lacing left behind in the glass.

S: Aromas are intense, with dark chocolate, oak, ripened dark fruits and alcohol.

T: Taste starts with coffee flavors, which gives it a fairly bitter impression. The roasted grains contribute to this as well. Other flavors include vanilla and a woody component. Rich and flavorful

M: Thick-bodied, with low carbonation. Finish has a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor.

O: Overall an excellent slow sipper (722 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

Finally reviewing this brew. She pours a nice shade of black with a light mocha head. Looks phenomenal. Let's whiff this beaut. Huge hits of coffee even the acidity of coffee. Nice sweet cocoa/espresso dense roasted malts. Smells intense. Taste test time! This thing is coffee/espresso and roasted malts with just a touch of residual sugars to keep it going. There is also a hint of acidity and bitterness but non offensive. Also hints of chocolate cookie crumble. The feel of the brew is full bodied and yet not sticky. Carbonation is on point and helps the Malts/Coffee to pop on the palate.

Overall: This brew is worth the hype. It's balanced and a touch on the complex side. If you like Imperial Stouts and Coffee Stouts this brew is for you! Hands down one of the top tier Imperial Coffee Stouts on the market. This brew is Recommended! (844 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a midnight black with a beautiful two finger mocha head. It smells like freshly brewed espresso, bakers chocolate, and darkly roasted grains. There is also a very big freshly ground espresso bean note, like the smell when you open up your coffee grinder and that dusty, intense coffee aroma flows in to your nostrils. The taste follows the nose, with intense, oily black espresso at the front. There is a light amount of sweetness to make sure the bitter coffee doesn't overwhelm. The beer is nicely carbonated and body is not quite full... The mouth feel is perfect for the delivery of the flavors. The astringency is spot on. This is a world class beer; try as hard as you can to get a taste. It's by far the best imperial coffee stout I've tasted. (756 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

BA dark, dark beer with a fairly thin khaki colored head.

The aroma has the smell of subtle coffee, chocolate, and deep roasted malt.

The subtle coffee smell in the aroma is the same in the taste. More expresso, almost cappuccino like. Very nice. Not in your face like a Founders Breakfast Stout. Also tastes like the filling of a chocolate cream pie. Has some faint tobacco in there too.

It is very creamy smooth. A little surprising for the style. Drank almost like a cream stout. Texture was thick, but reminded me of a Black Note. It was a lot like Ten Fidy for me in regard to temperature. I didn't care for it as much as it warmed to room temp.

I think the sweet spot is in the 50-60 range. Excellent, must try beer. $6 is what I paid for the single. (765 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By the look of the head it was a nitro pour. Black bodied with a thick tan head that lasts and lasts.

Deep creamy roasty coffee aroma. Some dark fruit.

Roasty coffee flavor. Really lightly bitter dark chocolate. Dark fruit.

Super smooth and luxurious on the tongue. A big nitro beer does the trick.

Really tasty with big coffee character dominating. (353 characters)

Photo of rjcohen
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try such a lauded beer during my time in Montreal. This is a stout with many of my favorite qualities of an IPA. It was quite bitter, but had a lot of flavor to back up the bitterness. And that flavor was complex, with prominent coffee as well as a smoky taste. This is an excellent beer, and brewery, that you should seek out if you have the chance. (367 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Review from notes: Tasted blind vs. beer geek brunch weasel.

Appeared a dark brown nearly black color with a brown two finger head.

Smelled of coffee, expresso and dark chocolate.

Taste was coffee dominant, though had a slightly unpleasant butterscotch tang to it.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and nice.

Overall a solid beer but I prefer FBS/FIS/BGBW (355 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle with my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes from 06/26/2014

A: Dark, thick, and ominous looking. Some dark coffee brown at the pour but all black coffee in the glass. Nice compacted finger width of mocha head forms over for more than a few minutes here. Light dotting and streaks of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Smells intensely rich with some dark chocolate and spent coffee grains. Has a touch of sour tobacco there and a light soy Umami thing going on but I like it. Loads of dark roast grains in this one with some dark plum like fruity esters and a hint of smoky char on the trailer.

T: Tastes like chocolate silk cake with espresso. The beer brings tons of roasty dark grain character with some pronounced black strap molasses and dark fruits. Has a good amount of dark caramel sweetness without becoming a dessert beer. I get some light ABV heat coming through in the finish and a whisper of smoke to it. Mix in a touch of earty hop bitterness to cut down some of that richness. A really great combination of all the elements and not just a coffee overload. Big brew for such a tiny little bottle.

M: Thick and full bodied with a great silky smoothness. Carb is fine for the style and lends a nice frothiness to the feel. Finishes with a fair amount of alcohol warming and a sleek feel that really coats the palate.

D: A sipper brew for sure with its thicky thickness and intense dark roast rich with mocha flavors. The coffee does seem a bit stale at times but it is a nuanced addition to the beer and not center stage which is appreciated. Not really sure why I don’t pick this one up more often. Well worth seeking out. Would love to try the BA version. (1,687 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid matte black. Khaki color head which leaves thick sticky lacing behind.

Heavy, rich espresso aroma. Some bitter chocolate and roasted(almost burnt) malt.

Taste follows the aroma. Dominant bitter espresso. Rich bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Mild sweet cream, vanilla, and brown sugar at the end.

Heavy mouth feel with an almost acrid feel on the tongue. Oily and lingering on the tongue. A creaminess which belies some of the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate flavors. Just a touch of alcohol.

This is a huge, intense coffee experience. A perfectly executed beer which is a coffee lovers dream. (631 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle undated but kept in cellar since 2008 (Live review July 15, 2014). Pours into Stone IRS tulip. Dark ruby body pushing on black. Finger of creamy khaki head which falls after about 2-3 minutes. Sticky thick strings of lacing surround the glass as the head drops to a thin crown.

There was a little surface rust beginning to develop on the cap which made me incredibly nervous, but there is thankfully no sign of oxidation in the nose. Coffee is definitely the dominant aroma. Freshly ground French, even Italian roasted coffee beans with hints of primarily dark, but also milk chocolate. Roasted malts, nutty, and a touch of raisiny esters.

The coffee is a bit more mellow in the flavor compared to the nose, but it is still dominant. Overall, this reminds me of chocolate-covered espresso beans; dark, bitter chocolate takes hold just as much as the coffee. Sweet lactose sugar and anise. No sign of the 9.5% ABV. Very roasty. Dry toasted and bitter chocolate finish.

Full-bodied, but not as thick as could be expected. Moderate carbonation and very chewy. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

Overall, this beer is wonderful. Even with this six year old bottle, the coffee smells like it was just ground this morning. This is an amazing beer fresh and after over half a decade. Unless you absolutely cannot stand coffee, this is a must try. (1,355 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in color with a faint wisp of khaki colored head surrounding the edge of the glass. Intense aroma of coffee is prominent with roasted barley taking a back seat. The flavor is an assault of dark coffee and dark roasted barley. This is foremost a coffee beer and secondarily it is an imperial stout. This flavor is truly amazing. The mouth is thick and chewy. (367 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Oily pitch black body, even when held up to the light. A one finger khaki head on the initial pour that recedes to a thin film and a ring around the edges of the glass. Beautiful stout.

S: Roasty and rich espresso and raw cacao upfront. A hint of sweet toffee and malt character take up the rear. A bit of alcohol heat emerges as it warms, and in coherence with the rest of the aromas is vaguely reminiscent of amaretto. Could smell this all day.

T: Bitter and astringent espresso and unsweetened cacao again are detected first, although not as potent as the nose. Roasty and acrid malt, as well as notes of tobacco follow and linger in the aftertaste. Definitely a showcase of the roastier side of stouts, little to no dark fruit or sweetness to speak of. Still great, but not as impressive as the aromas led me to expect. No trace of alcohol.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated, with an astringent and drying finish that lingers forever and is complementary to the lack of sweetness.

O: Great expression of an imperial coffee stout. The drying finish and lack of sweetness really accentuate the roasted notes of the malt and the bitter espresso character. I prefer a bit more balance in my imperial stouts in regards to residual sugar and a bit more sweetness, which makes me think that I would LOVE the bourbon barrel version. Still a fantastic beer, and I'll definitely grab it again whenever I see it. (1,417 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with lighter hues around the edges and a nice soft, frothy head.

Smells like rich, bitter chocolate and espresso. Tastes much the same -- smooth, but boozy in a luxurious sort of way. Like amaretto. There are also some dark fruit flavors hiding deep within. Plenty of bitter black licorice and a little vanilla. There's an astringency that, coupled with the booziness, is a bit off-putting.

Overall, this beer delivers some of the best coffee and chocolate flavors that I've had in a stout. The coffee even brings a bit of cherry to the table. But the whole experience seems a bit thin and boozy, and at times bitter and astringent. There's a strange abrasiveness around the edges, especially when juxtaposed with the utterly smooth and luxurious flavors that are found elsewhere in this beer. Hmm, I'm conflicted but I find myself getting past the boozy bitterness and really enjoying the dark fruit/cherry center. (942 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to nightfly for this awesome extra.

A- Pours a dark brown that settles into the glass with a black body and a frothy tan head.

S- Bitter coffee, roasted malts, slight hints of malty sweetness.

T- Big blast of coffee, tons of roasted malts, huge roasty flavor and bitterness.

M- On the fuller side body-wise, mediums carbonation, lingering coffee aftertaste.

O- Huge coffee flavor, nice full roasty body, a really good beer. (440 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a fluffy coffee ice-cream colored head.

Smells like sticky, sweet coffee syrup and smokey malt goodness. It's freakin' awesome.

Sweet, savory, and plentiful layers of dark malt have notes of coffee, caramel, and a little chocolate. Sweetness up front and lingering coffee flavour at the end. The taste is quite bitter throughout, although the coffee flavour comes out phenomenally.

The mouthfeel is thinner than most imperial stouts, but the bold flavours compensate generously.

Overall a fantastic Imperial (Coffee) Stout with a pretty good price. Only downside is that some people may find this too bitter. (629 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pitch black, coffee head. Medium lacing with medium legs. Minimal gumming of glass when swirled around.

S- Kinda comes off bitter. When I took a smell, I thought oh great I know exactly what this is going to taste like. Chocolate and toffee malt backbone.

T- Comes off very smooth coffee stout. Just the right amount of coffee, chocolate then come cream. I just ate a street taco with tons of onions so I may be off here.

M- So very creamy, the amount of carb makes this very smooth. Almost perfect on the M. Very smooth stout that is up there with the top tier smooth stouts.

O- I was pleasantly surprised with my first Brasserie Du Ciel brew. Price was a bit much, but it was great. I will pay for good beer (720 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.5 ounce bottle poured into my Treehouse snifter.
9.5% abv

A: Gorgeous jet black beer pours nicely into the glass with an almost non-existent light tan/khaki 1mm head. Very light but lasting lacing left after a few swirls in the glass.

S: So much chocolate and coffee come together nicely. Nothing overly sweet or syrupy in the smell, just pure malty and coffee goodness. Coffee is the most prevalent but the chocolate is there in the background.

T: Well that was quite a big sip. Gaah, I love this beer so much. I pick one up every few weeks and really can't get past how good this is for the price. Nice bitter coffee up front packing quite a punch but nothing over the top. There's such a great balance in this beer between the up front, in your face coffee character that is kept in check by a very smooth and palatable bitter chocolate. There's a whisper of sweetness on the finish and the almost 10% abv is hidden very well, although it is far from feeling light.

M: Silky smooth goodness! Nothing too viscous here but definitely thick, creamy and pleasant. Could definitely be improved upon by a little carbonation.

O: I love this beer. I pick one of these up quite often because it's an outstanding beer at a very reasonable price. It's actually quite hard to beat such high quality at this price point. The beer looks and feels great but falls short due to low carbonation. The smell and taste are just superb giving a very balanced coffee/chocolate bitterness. I would love to see how this beer improves with a nice long slumber in a bourbon barrel and perhaps a bit more carbonation, because that may be close to fives across the board. I will definitely be drinking many more of these in my day and am very pleased with how easy it is to acquire/what it doesn't do to my wallet. (1,798 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6 6 at 50 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of coffee
Head average (3 cm), light brown, creamy, very slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good, vertically connected rings of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with a coffee-flavored bitterness which slowly fades to a light bitterness; nohops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

A very good coffee stout with a pleasing appearance, aroma, and palate. (474 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep chestnut brown.

S: Rosted nuts, coffee, burnt sugar, and booze.

T: Metal, coffee, coffee bitterness, hazelnuts, and a hot finish.

M: Thinner than the average imperial stout but bold enough in flavor to compensate.

O: Reminds me of an non-barrel-aged version of Parabola. Quite good. (294 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a brandy snifter created a modest, beige, creamy, soft, and fluffy head. Soonafter, the head faded away into a thin film, concentrating around the glass like a halo. When held directly in front of the bright sun, no light penetrated this dense, super dark stout. The smell of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and mocha was enticing. I waited until the temperature hit approximately 54 F, then took my first sip. The taste was dominated by coffee rich mocha, light bitterness, and some background booze. This is balanced and smooth with low carbonation.

This is a well-crafted imperial stout. (607 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: 5/21/14
Location: Hicksville Beverage
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Brown to light brown by the edging. Caramel carbonation pours with a slight head. As the beer is consumed rings if viscous carbonated bubbles are left. The beer absorbs a good deal of light.
Aroma: Big aroma of coffee on the nose. The coffee is slightly burnt with sweet smells of baking sugar. The malts add a slight earthy flavor with a touch of sweetness from them as well. I get a slight scent of salt as well.
Taste: The coffee plays as big a role in the flavor as it did the aroma. What comes through a little bit more is some toffee and toasted grinds. Because of the coffee grinds the beer has a somewhat earthy taste to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium to Heavy in body. Moderate to High carbonation. The beer has a bit of chew to it as you put down the coffee flavors. (844 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a jet black color with a frothy light brown head that towers on top of this dark liquid. The head retains well and leaves beautiful lace on the glass.
S: Rich roasted malt of burnt and chocolatey aromas matches a robust coffee aroma and they play off each other very well. There are hints of char and tobacco with a bit of booze in the background but not overly stated.
T: For the first big flavor dose, layers of roasted barley from charred to bitter chocolate and rich molasses. Then flavor dose number two is the rich espresso-like coffee with a hint of cream. After this there are unfolding layers of sweet and bitter and even a touch smokey. Among these are esters of plums and raisins, ashy notes, bitter dark chocolate, and a touch of tobacco.
M: This liquid is full bodied and almost chewy. The carbonation is moderate to thin with a velvety smoothness. A warming from the alcohol is noticeable but in check and very welcoming.
O: For those beer lovers who also love coffee, this is a must try! Up there with the best coffee stouts I have ever tried. I am very into how in check the alcohol is with all that this beer has going on. It does not overwhelm you with boozy flavors it just seduces you in to the rich deep body and flavor and gives you a warm embrace. It is best at cellar temperature and could do well aging I am sure. I will get this again!! (1,372 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is world class.

Pours a dark brown beer. There is little head to this beer. Smells like coffee, dark chocolate. Taste like coffee. Not like other stouts that are extremely bitter. This one is light enough to drink like a normal beer, and then be reminded of the coffee. I really enjoyed this one. Too bad some of these beers move so quick and only one glass or two come by.

This is a great beer. (409 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peche Mortel, around cellar temperature in a small pint glass.

The beer is an absolute black with a three-finger mocha cloud head that is quite slow to recede.

An aroma of deep, rich coffee and chocolate dominates. Some raisins and vanilla may be underneath. A smoky, leathury scent is there as well... and maybe some maple.

Start to finish, the flavor is full of dark, rich chocolate and coffee. Somewhat bitter and significantly earthy. Some astringent molasses is also in there.

The feel is big, thick, and... imperial.

Being a coffee connoisseur will heighten enjoyment of this brew. (593 characters)

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.