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Peche Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
American Double / Imperial Stout
9.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 04/07/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 0
Old Review
341 ml bottle I purchased at Marché Vaillancourt
today. Poured into a chalice (all I got).

A: Poured a thick, beautiful, black pour of goodness. This looks amazing. Got a burnt caramel colored head that has amazing retention and the damned stickiest lacing I have ever seen. This is all I ever wanted and more.

S: Smells of deeply, carefully roasted malt, great rich coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of hops and molasses. Good Christ.

T: Almost exactly like the nose. The big player here is the coffee. Stout coffee flavor well rounded with hops, semi sweet chocolate, honey, molasses, malt. This is truly great.

M: This is the definiton of a full bodied brew, made with love. Thick as oil, with a great after taste of coffee and chocolate. Can't taste an ounce of alcohol. The balance is damned perfect.

D: I could drink many of these right now, but I feel that may be a mistake. This beer is damned near perfect. If this beer was a woman, I would ask her out. She would absolutely turn me down, but I would buy her a car for her time. Ridiculous.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Surly Duff on 02/19/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2007
Pours a deep black with a thick head of deep brown foam atop. The foam settles after several minutes leaving a good 2cm of foam coating the top of the brew. No lacing other then a bit still sliding down the walls of the glass.

Thick and forward notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. Cocoa nibs and smooth milk chocolate come through nicely next with a touch of burnt malt in there too. Just a hint of oak. Thick and beautiful aroma makes you pause and just sniff and sniff.

Smooth malty body with a nice sweetness. Milk chocolate if followed by coffee and then roasted malt becomes plentiful. Cocoa powder and more coffee with a bit of bitterness this time to round out the flavor. Just a bit of acidity in the aftertaste with nice long lasting chocolate and coffee notes.

Carbonation is nice and medium to full even after several years of cellaring. No signs of oxidation or other downfalls from aging. Well balanced and great drinking at around 53º.

Served In: Snifter

Review by mr. furley on 01/17/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
first Peche Mortel in a while.. last one i had was at bison's place maybe 3 years ago. that up against a fairly impressive lineup of stouts. at the time i wasn't terribly impressed. this bottle has changed my impression.

very nice roasty coffee and chocolate aroma. a well balanced, thick, and tasty coffee stout. very little of the burnt roast that i remember from last time. a bit of, i'll steal from nflmvp here, dry chalkiness. the abv is well masked. this is how a coffee stout should be done.

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 0
22oz Bomber

Bottled 3/2005

I bought this bottle about one year ago and have cellered since. This bad boy hasn't lost any carbonation in the 2+ years since bottling. Opens with a nice pffftt and pours black as the devils soul. This black hole of a beer swallows every ray of light that dares venture near. A two finger creamy brown head appeared on the pour and became craggy before slowly falling to a thick crown. Leaves some great sheet lacing as it settles and then after each drink. World class looking stout.

Although this beer is a couple years old the coffee is by far first and foremost in the aroma. There's not just a hint of coffee here and there but a couple shots of espresso. The espresso still dominates. Once I get past the coffee there's a solid dose of dark chocolate with a slight bitter character and roasted barley. Peche Mortel is one of those beers that get your heart beating faster from the first inhale.

Well, the flavor manages to outdo even the aroma. This is a coffee bomb yet somehow, as strong as it is, doesn't overpower you in the least. While the coffee shows off it's greatness throughout there's a great wave of dark chocolate on the swallow. This manages to balance things out perfectly before the espresso takes over the entire profile. Roasted barley makes itself known quietly in the background.

The mouthfeel is perfect on this beer. The body is big boned but not heavy which makes this beer go down incredibly smooth. The carbonation is actually slightly higher (moderate in this case) than expected which keeps things moving nicely.

I find it extremely hard giving such a big stout a perfect score for drinkability. While this is about as close as you can get for such a big beer the alcohol and caffeine keep it from getting that 5. If you drank the night away with this beer you'd be bouncing off walls one minute and falling asleep the next. Well, maybe not but you catch my drift right?

Peche Mortel is a stout of the highest quality. I don't drink coffee very often but I love me a good coffee infused beer. This is one if not the best coffee infused beer I've ever had. Not only that but it's one of the best stouts I've ever expierenced. I only wish I had a few more bottles sitting aside. This is a must try lie, cheat, or steal do whatever it takes to get yourself a bottle of Peche Mortel.

Price: $16.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 09/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 14 3 6 2009
Don't forget the umlauts. Pours a rich black midnight color with a soft tan head and lacing. Moderate viscosity. Good head retention and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose is mostly coffee notes with some mild malt undertones. To start there is a thick coffee aroma with noticeable roast and earthy undertones. Not like a latte or espresso, but coffee straight up. Would have liked more of a malt characteristic has it is really lacking the depth. Noticeable yeast notes but figs and other tropical fruits. Some lighter esters, rose mostly, and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is bit more in tune but still over emphasizes the burnt coffee characteristics. A more rich coffee note again, but some roast and chocolate notes are a tad more detectable. The yeast/esters come out even more than the nose. Has a Belgian characteristic with some dry plums, fig notes and big rose notes. The alcohol is really noticeable and if more of a deterrent than anything.

The body is moderately full to full. Some creaminess texture and noticeable astringency in the malt. Overall even for a coffee beer this is really out of balance and way to yeast for a stout. IMHO this beer is over rated.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
Impenetrable dark glossy brown, black in most light. Tall fluff of dark tan foam sits atop and lasts breifly before a skim and solid ring sit always present. Lots of broken sheeted lace coats the glass.

Aroma is well seeded in a dark roasted coffee, deep and espresso tinted in blackness with bitter dark chocolate, burnt cream, and a titch of heat.

Taste is firmly set in a blackened realm of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Burntish notes abound, charred and nearly smokey espresso with raw, fresh, hoppy pine length subdued in the burntness underneath. Lofty and long dryish charred finish with bits of dark chocolate bitterness kissing the lips all the while keeping a firm tone across the palate with a uniquely charming boldness of burnt stuff.

Feel is one creamy smooth body with an incredibly well balanced dryness of blackened/charred things adding to its mediumness and fairly lenghty boldness.

A fine stout to be sure with a burnt blackness well in control and balanced with an ease about it thats quite unique and easy to handle and drink. Glad to see its become available here in the TC area...finally. I'll probably pick up a few more bottles next time I see it stocked.

Price: $7.50 Served In: Goblet

Review by tangfoot on 05/31/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 2008
Acquired via Grub, thanks!

Very blacky black pour, with a pretty good head. Quality lacing.

This is a coffee beer, that's for certain. The coffee smells rich, but doesn't overpower the rest of the familiar beer aromas, which are sweet from the malts and astringent like a good Impy stout should be.

The taste is outstanding, but again the coffee accentuates instead of dominates. That works really well in this beer, because there is a whole lot more going on than just coffee. It is truly an imperial stout, and all that is lovely about the style shines through. Highly impressed.

The beer left my mouth with a thick coating of bitterness, which is just fine with me. The beer itself was rather viscous.

A winner, for certain.

Served In: Mug

Review by seaoflament on 05/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 2008
Big thanks to my man grub for sending me two bottles of this beer.

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.

Served In: Pint Glass

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