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

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RATINGS: 1937   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle shared at fordest’s tasting. Pretty good dark flavors that I enjoyed. Bitter coffee. But good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Had on draft at the brewpub a while back and also a few other times. This rating is based on the "experience" that I had at the brew pub. I usually take notes or won’t rate a beer this long after I consumed, but this one I remember distinctly as my all time favorite. Poured black with a nice brown sticky head. Aroma was of coffee yet a tad sweet. The taste was of coffee with a nice amount of cream. I picked up a real nice banana nut bread finish. It was amazing that the alcohol was hidden so well. I had dreams about this one.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Are you sometimes irked when someone gives a low rating to a beer you love? Well here comes another one. Luckily Peche Mortel has tons of ratings, so mine doesn’t matter. I got this bottle from Francois_Mtl, a great person and trader as part of a larger trade. I think was just released, so it’s a Dec 2007 bottle. Tried at forest’s tasting with ibrew2or3, fordest, padrefan98, toncatcher, and others. This beer smells just like coffee. Very roasty and burnt aroma that reminded me of cigarette butts. Even though not my favorite, I give it kuods for powerful aroma. Very dry and bitter flavor. Yuck. I love coffee, but do not like it without sugar and cream. This is like plain black coffee. Needs more fermentable sugars and a higer mash temperature. It’s just not my favorite style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Feb. 2006 - This beer is seriously overhyped. Beer smelled and tasted like cheap coffee. It was pretty, I’ll give you that, but I buy beer ($16 bucks a pop?) for flavor, not prettiness. It’s "ok" but nothing special. Save your money. Nov. 2010 - Okay, I can admit when I was wrong. I liked this much more the second time around. Beautiful pour, three finger head, outstanding lacing, dark as night. Strong coffee smell...and I like me some coffee. This is a strong coffee tasting stout...with a boozy sweet finish. Pretty rich and smooth mouthfeel. I still think the coffee tastes a bit like cheap coffee, but still, this is very well done. Significantly bumped up from 3.3. It’s still too expensive, even now that they have smaller bottles. That alone will probably keep me from going back except for every few years.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours black with a one finger brown head. Lots of coffee in the nose along with some hints of caramel. If you like coffee then you need to try this beer. Big coffee flavor all the way through with subtle caramel and chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Awesome Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours a dark black with no head. Has hints of coffee, rich barley, cocoa, some hop presence. Finishes with a slight carbonation, and rich coffee taste on the tongue.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (6539) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
[766-20071020] Cask @ Volo Cask Days 2007 (Toronto, ON). Super dark roasted used coffee grounds aroma with a hint of dark rich malt chocolate and some juicy fruit. Black brown body with a quick creamy light tan head. Coffee flavour is rich and smooth and dark with a hint of smooth chocolate. Full body has a nice light bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4132) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Big thanks the the STL crew for this one. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is very thick and dense with dark chocolate and thick coffee - comes across and an alcoholic mocha drink. Thick velvety body with soft gentle carbonation. The taste has big coffee and heavily roasted malt that is smooth at first and then bitter on the finish. The taste is a bit gritty on the finish and slightly biting. A very enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 341ml bottle thanks Glouglouburp for this top 50 brew! pours pitch black with small fizzy off white head. not much of a head at all as its just fizzy around the rim. nose of burnt coffee, ashy, dark fruits. flavor of harshly burnt ashy coffee with dark chocolate. some dark fruits finish it out as everything lays flat on the palate. the ashy burnt flavor hits big while the dark chocolate comes quick and doesnt last. quickly everything fades into almost nothing just leaving an ash tray finish. i wouldn’t be surprised if they boil coffee with the beer as it seems extremely burnt and harsh. the carbonation is pretty fizzy while the feel is too thin. alcohol isn’t noticed though. the burnt flavor in this just kills it and makes this nothing special. 3.3. 4/4/10, cask at maproom, then latter that night it was draft at local option, pours black with creamy tan head. nose has big espresso, chocolate, and raisins. flavors has nice raisin and chocolate with that coffee roast to it that is almost burnt but much smoother on cask and draft vs. bottle. this is a beer to get on draft, not those bottles. 4.0.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
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 throught 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. 12/24/07


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