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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2107   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2008
[Bottle] Pours a dark, dark viscous brown with a finger of deep tan head. Aroma is a bit of coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is primarily coffee and roasted barley, with not too much else. Quite bitter, dry finish, and it lingers for quite a while after your last sip. Very good, but I don’t quite think this is a top 50 beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7077) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2008
Medium dark brown lasting head. Opaque black body. Intense thin and sharp mealy aroma of pine needles, juniper, and coffee with burnt oily notes. Dry intense burnt coffee taste with milky chocolate notes. Taste is surprisingly mild after the punch of the aroma. Dry juniper coffee aftertaste leaves long dry lingering chocolate taste. Very, very good! A great beer. (0.341l bottle from gr0ve.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2008
11.5 oz. bottle from Heritage Liquor in Maplewood. Deep rich dark brown pour with a finger thick creamy tan head that disipates slowly. Slight lacing. Fresh crushed coffee bean flavor with hints of vanilla and faint smoked charcoal. Very faint dark fruit on the nose as well. A slight touch of bubble gum on the front of the taste with a nice bitter coffee. More clear indication of dark fruits. Dry finish on the back roof of the mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2008
341 ml bottle. Pitch black. Tall browni fine-laced head that clings to the glass. Strong juniper and piney aroma. Bold coffee flavour. Smooth milky chocolate flavour. Flavour much in contrast with the aroma. Sharp vs. soft. Texture is really soft with a smooth mouthfeel. Lots of coffee. Very delicate and sharp at the same time. Extremely interesting beer with a lot of facets. Oily finish. Lots of malts. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2008
Black w/ small brown head. Dry coffee & roasted nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, burned syrupy malts. Soft and balanced. Nice, but a bit of a one trick pony.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBeerFanatic (955) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours black with a brown/tan frothy slowly dissapating head. Smells somewhat strongly of coffee, chocolate, and hints of caramel. Has a sweet/powerful taste of coffee, coffee and coffee. There is also flavors of coffee beans, hints of chocolate and a little caramel but hard to notice as the coffee really takes charge in the flavor. Very rich, complex, tasty, well balenced, smooth and creamy. I’ve never had a stout quite like this one, as it is very unique. If you love coffee/expresso’s you must try this brew!!!! One of the best brews I’ve had in a long time I must. Wow...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1101) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Dark black pour with a huge and delicious looking caramel colored head. Heavy coffee aroma with some chocolate, roasty and slightly burnt notes with some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and... smooth. Bitter on the palette, warming booze towards the middle which doesn’t stop until much later. There is a really complex, dark coffee flavor in this one. Somehow it remains balanced with a faint and prickly hoppy finish. This is a great freaking brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours deep brown with no head. The nose is coffee, pepper, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is the same along with some earthiness. Tons of complexities. A true experience.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 12 oz. I’ve been after this for a good while, it better be good... Dark, dark brown, opaque pour with a dense and fine tan head. Looks great. Coffee (dominant), smoky campfire, belgian cocoa, and hops in the aroma. Dark, concentrated, dried fruit type aroma - dates, prunes, figs, raisins. Earthy and musty qualities also. Flavor is balanced up front, and gives way to a tannic, dark chocolate finish. Cherries and citrusy orange zest component too. Lingering bitter finish, espresso. Excellent overall, more of a fruity component than I was expecting. Points for being a little different. I’ve got another bottle I’m going to sit on for a while. Nicely brewed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature. Smelled of coffee and subdued chocolate. Poured an opaque black color. Light brown crema with an orange tint. It retained its height fairly well, but eventually settled to a thin film. Fairly effervescent. Bitter and roasty on the tongue with lots of dry coffee flavor. There was also a hint of burnt stick. At 9.5%, the alcohol aroma and flavor were well hidden. A bit of dark fruit came out at the end. Not as thick and chewy as most imperial stouts. This is a good beer, but a bit overrated I think. Probably not worth the high price of admission.


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