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

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Reviews: 1,692
Hads: 4,428
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 606
Gots: 744 | FT: 67
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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 JJKBeerLvr
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell some hops, but the aroma is dominated by coffee and the roasted malts.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is a strong coffee influence with some sweetness from the malts and balanced with a little hops. As expected from an Imperial Stout, it has a high alcohol content. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The balance between the flavors is great.

This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter.

This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a bold stout with coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it. One of my favorites. (842 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG!! What an impressive imperial stout this is! Coffee and dark roasts are in the smell and flavor. An overall hardy mouthfeel. You know you are drinking an imperial stout the second it gently rolls over your taste buds. Everything improves as it warms in your snifter. It was disappointing to see the bottom of the glass. This stout shall be forever in my "wants". (366 characters)

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 (250 characters)

Photo of TheFrothDoctor
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

A Canadian beer from Montreal, poured a jet black colour with a coffee crema head.
The Initial taste was an intense espresso hit that tapered off into a dark chocolate flavour with hints of orange and tiramisu laced throughout.
The ending was like a smooth long black poured just right. At 9.5% this imperial coffee stout is an incredible drop!
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Photo of fscottkey
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] Pours a 1/2 finger of tan head on a black body. The head dissipates quickly laving only a thin tan film. The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and there is a date code of some kind (It is 9.5% I am not sure if matters).

S: [3.50] Very coffee forward. It smells like sweet coffee.

T: [4.00] The taste follows the nose. Very prominent coffee tones from front to back. There is a slight bitterness to the coffee flavor. No taste of the alcohol at all.

M: [4.5] The mouthfeel is velvety on the tongue. Nice carbonation level and nice slick mouthfeel.

O: [4] Where some IPAs might be a "hop bomb" this is a "coffee bomb". I like coffee stouts - but this was almost too one dimensional. I wish there were some hints of chocolate or roasted malts. The mouthfeel is very good - but the nose and taste lacked depth beyond the coffee. I thought I would be burned out by the coffee, at the end, but it actually tasted better as I reached the end. I think this nudge it up a fraction. (996 characters)

Photo of Gmolleur
2/5  rDev -54.4%

Poured from a 341 ml bottle, 18 november 2014 at around 8 degree celsius.

I don't get all the good ratings for this beer. Maybe i fell on a bad one?
It surely smells like coffée and dark cocoa but, nothing more.

it taste the same as an average stout should taste, (cocoa, coffee) but is waaaayyy too much bitter. Where is the sweetness everyone talks about? bitter, bitter and bitter. I feel like eating a spoonful of cheap cocoa powder added with some poorly chosen hops. No fruit here.

The feeling is very thin in mouth, a little carbonation , no density here. The texture barely gets at the end of the tongue that it is dissipated, leaving nothing but a bitterly taste and the warmth of alcohol drying my tongue out.

I feel like i must buy this beer another time from another place, because I really don't understand all the overly positive critics about this beer. And I really enjoy the other types of beer from this brewery.

I'm sorry to leave such a nasty critic, but inconsistency is a bad thing for any company out there. (1,036 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

Really really dark brown, borderline black pour, small mocha head lasting just a bit, but there's a long-lasting thin lace.
Strong coffee smell with lots of caramel, dark chocolate (not the roughest kind), toffee, a deep roast, almost smokey, and a bit of raisin to set some dark fruit in there too.
Tho the initial taste is a bit too sweet with caramel, molasses and a bit of dark fruit, the bitter coffee and roast counter is huge. Strong and rich turkish coffee, bitter and slightly acidic from start to finish with a tiny bit of sugar too, but aggressively roasted. The dark malts also help, with a light bready note, and there's a nice clear hop presence in the finish, all suming up to a really big bitterness.
Medium body, tends to get a bit oily but the carbonation won't let it. Not too fizzy either, a bit more than mildly so, especially considering the style. Aftertaste of roasted coffee bean, some dark bread crust and lingering hop bitterness.
In the end it feels a bit.. over-roasted (not totally burnt, but close to it), so there's a bit of unpleasantness stuck down the throat, but the dark chocolate at the start of every new sip helps you get past that. Excelent. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle served into a Unibroue snifter (close… at least it's French Canadian)

A: Very dark but not black - must be the deepest, darkest shade of brown; the pour shows some cola-highlighted edges, but once nestled into the glass, this bold stout is opaque; small, bubbly head, made up of about a half-finger worth of fine, khaki-colored bubbles percolates to the surface, but quickly vanishes, leaving an oily sheen on the surface; rings of lacing mark notches down the sides of the glass.

S: More sweet than originally anticipated; of course, the intense roasted coffee aroma is most prominent - nutty, earthy, smoky, with a slightly bitter edge akin to dark/burnt roast; but there is a dark fruitiness that appears with some strength too - raisins, maybe figs too; also a touch of sugary sweetness like molasses; overall, very dense maltiness, with good roasted notes combining with some dark sweetness and a bready note - like a mug of coffee and a slice of warm raisin bread for breakfast.

T: Much like the nose, there was a nice sweet balance to the coffee-induced bitterness; in fact, the first sip starts out sweet first, with the aforementioned dark fruit and sugary molasses notes peaking first, before a steady blast of dark roasted coffee beans lends a moderating dose of bitterness; malty through the middle - brown bread, burnt toast, transitioning into a nutty flavor; more dark roasted coffee and a smoky/charred flavor peak on the finish, at first slightly astringent, but nicely smoothed out by a measure of dark chocolate that rides well through the finish.

M: Full bodied, but not quite as heavy as other imperial stouts; carb is fine, cutting through the body in such a way that it maintains some creamy slickness, but its not overly thick nor is it chewy.

O: Fantastic coffee stout - I would argue this pretty close to being on par with the likes of Founder's Breakfast Stout. Drinks well below its 9.5% ABV - smooth, roasty, altogether delicious. A fantastic beer for brunch (if you're into that kind of thing) or served as a nightcap. Recommended. (2,085 characters)

Photo of 2_Shaynez
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Bottle into extended tulip glass. Pours jet black with one good finger of mocha fizzy (soda-like) head which dissipated pretty quickly to a ring around the glass. Thin rings, and islands of lacing.

N: A bit of sweet roasted malt, and LOTS of black coffee. A tiny touch of dark chocolate but this is certainly more on the coffee side.

T: Nice and roasty at first, and then the coffee really comes out, and some bitterness on the finish. Wait a bit before the next sip to really get the full coffee experience from this

M: Medium-Full bodied. So pleasing for a strong stout at 9.5%. I was hoping it wouldn't be too thick and it's not. Very nice mouthfeel, a bit of alcohol warmth but the booze is well masked.

I'm on the fence about this brewery, but this happens to be incredible! (783 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap @ Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

#102 Top 250 Beers
#15 Beers of Fame

Served in a wine glass. Opaque, black color with a small yet persistent tan head. Some lacing and legs when swirled around in the glass. Aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate, coffee, and raisin. Lots of the same in the flavor but with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfect. So creamy it almost feels like a nitro draught. Full bodied and smooth. Incredibly drinkable for the strength.

I've had this from a bottle a couple of times but to have it on-tap was a rare treat, as it transformed into something even more special. If you see it at a bar or at the Dieu du Ciel brewpub and are a fan of big stouts, do not hesitate to give it a try. (734 characters)

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Just by smelling this you can tell it is a world class beer. If you like coffee stouts, this is where its at. The coffee is so smooth and flavorful that it makes me rate this higher than FBS, which just doesn't have enough coffee in it for my taste.

If you can get your hands on this, get as much as you can! (309 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a NB globe (8 and 2 marked on the side)

A: Pitch black with a slight tan collar and minimal head.
S: Sweet roast and malts. A ton of black coffee as well.
T: Lots of black coffee with a tinge of sweetness from the roasted malt.
M: Smooth and velvety.
O: A great stout, but expensive at $10, nearly a $1 an ounce. At that price, you would think it would be BA. So many other stouts, that are more reasonably priced and just as good. (468 characters)

Photo of Fargrow
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a quickly fading light brown head that leaves zero lacing on the glass and no film on top. It kind of of looks like cola as it sits there.
S: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke.
T: So much coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty. Age has been kind and all the flavors are perfectly blended.
M: Silky smooth with a nice bitter chocolate bite at the end.
O: This was a big want of mine for a long time and it did not disappoint. (445 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
5/5  rDev +13.9%

This is a 5. I can't find a thing wrong with it. Aged for sure, but the brewed in year is indeterminate.
Label is quite faded and dating is checked 7, 5. Nose reveals Sumatran coffee, milk chocolate, and
hints of light caramel. Perfectly balanced, these scents become flavors in your mouth that waltz across
the roof of your mouth. The finish doesn't bitter, just more smooth unburned coffee. You'd be
hard pressed to find a better coffee double stout. FBS, which I love, is in the backseat here.... (508 characters)

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)

Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.