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

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Reviews: 1,702
Hads: 4,488
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 611
Gots: 765 | FT: 74
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 thebeers
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with thin head that's quick to dissipate but leaves nice mocha-colored lacing. Roasted malts and quality coffee in the aroma carry over to a smooth taste, full bodied, with sweet cream and milk chocolate present. Solid across the board. I especially appreciate how they meld the dark roast and creamy, chocolatey flavors.

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Photo of fatneck13
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After having it on tap I considered seeking asylum in Canada. So imagine my excitement after bringing the legal allowable limit back into the states to be rationed out until my next possible visit. Alas once having it on tap, the bottle version was a let down. While unfair to compare it to the tap version I will forever feel that slight pang of heartache upon the first sip from the bottle ... well of the beer, poured from the bottle.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this beer makes me proud to be Canadian. Incredible nose, the sweetness, the coffee, the chocolate. Unbelievable. A great beer to share with non beer geeks - i guarantee you will blow their minds. I have never met anyone that did not love this beer. Not saying it's the best but it's damn close for me.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown color with subtle carbonation activity. Creamy light brown 1.5 finger head lasting around 5 minutes and some good legs.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, cocoa, coffee, herbal spices. Strong earthy roasted oak like bitter taste, slight caramel sweetness, and smoky cappuccino feel.

Creamy milky medium body with some perfect carbonation. Strong and long finish ending with a highly spicy burnt mouth coat and thick toffee feel aftertaste.

Overall : Warming good craft without the elegance. Overly spicy, slightly stale, missing some body, and not very accessible. Overhyped in my opinion.

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

Appearance - The Beer poured a deep dark black.

Smell - The nose was far from exceptional. Notes of bitter coffee were most notable.

Taste - Bitter coffee comes through at the front. The bitterness continues and lingers. This coffee could use some creamer. Bitter continues in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the tongue to feel loke a mouthfull of dark coffee grounds.

Overall - A sold stout, though one I may not repeat.

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

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $13.00 for a 4pk. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Super dark black color here.

S- Oodles of chocolate, coffee and unfortunately heat. Less heat would be a higher score

T- Nice coco flavor. Fair amount of heat takes this down a touch. Coffee notes hit you at the very end. Nice blend.

M- Creamy good. Has a bit of chalkiness to it but still very good

O- Nice beer. Glad I bought a case. Will see how it goes over the years. Worth exactly what I paid for it but no more. It's 80% as good as a Tenfidy or simiilar

Food Pairing

This high heat beer went well with..... Pad Thai. The spiciness was cut by this high heat beer.


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Photo of 57md
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown in color. The roasted malt and coffee blend together so very well. The flavor is rich and the body is full. The bitterness on the finish comes more from the coffee than the roasted malt.

The alcohol is well hidden; while this is definitely a sipper, one could have several of these before unceremoniously falling off a bar stool.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. This beer is black with highlights of cola at the edges. A gentle pour yielded a thin head that receded to a ring. Dots of lace are left behind as the beer is consumed. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is bitter espresso, dark cherries, some vanilla, unsweetened chocolate, and a smoky/roasty malts. On the low end of full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of pants678
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, no head despite aggressive pour.

Edgy, hot ground coffee.

Taste of whole coffee beans, not the smooth and mild sort. Little sugar, bubble gummy from the start but that doesn't hold. Charcoal, marshmallow and roasted malt make for a bit of astringency. Lingering coffee aftertaste.

Hardly carbonated.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours jet black with a finger of tan head. decent lacing and retention.

S: coffee upfront. roasted malts, chocolate, slight bitterness.

T: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hop bitterness. alcohol is very well masked. Coffee is very well balanced with the beer.

M: excellent mouth feel. nice and thick with low carbonation.

O: an awesome beer. I wish it was available in TX.

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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.

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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".

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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.

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Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
97 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.