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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2111   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Pours black with puffy tan head. Nose has strong coffee and vanilla. Flavor is similar with burnt coffee overload and sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. A little dry (hops? yeah right) and incredibly salty, this is a smooth, creamy beer. While I really enjoy it, I wish it wasn’t so one-sided.

A bit green of a nose, not quite Founders Breakfast Stout but the coffee comes off a bit beany. Again coffee in the flavor, a bit of anise and chocolate before the heavily ashy chocolate finish. Not very complex or balanced and a bit harsh on both ends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottle from Apple Valley Liq: Pours very dark black with a medium tan head. Slow fade and nice lacing. Chocolate and coffee aroma, Roasted malt and some dark fruit tones. Flavour is coffee coffee coffee, dark roast malt body with a milky sweetness at first, nice balancing bitterness combines burnt malt, light alc. and bitter chocolate tones. Very drinkable, well balanced...no sticky alc or in your face hop like some other Imp. Stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2008 Coffee-stout lovers dream. Aroma is heavy of ground coffee beans, charcoal, and roasts. Palate is oily, thick, and lightly carbonated. I can’t get over how powerful the role of coffee is in shaping the complexion of this beer. Other than that, malt and roasts serve to "balance" out the flavor, adding depth and tastiness. Finishes quite bitter, of coffee, with a bit of alcohol, and long, long, long. Save yourself the shock and only drink this when you are feeling up for a potent blend of black espresso and and Impy stout. Oh, lastly, Peche Mortel gets exponentially more delicious as it warms . . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head that persists somewhat. Aroma of coffee, roasted and sweet malt. Aroma is weak (not as in not strong, just not very rich and robust). However, the flavor is a bit richer: lots and lots of burnt coffee (even stronger than in the aroma), bitter roasted malt, and peanut brittle. Strong, thick mouthfeel for a 9.5%. Not my favorite coffee stout (Beer Geek Breakfast is more balanced, less bitter and roasted), but still quite enjoyable and a very interesting beer to drink. Definitely try this one, it is quite unique!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7102) - 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.)

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBeerFanatic (964) - 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...

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