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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2135   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUN 18, 2008
Pours an obsidian black with small beige head. Nose is most definitely coffee: earthy, nutty, roasted, with a hint of bitter chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and herbal hops. Smooth and not too rich on the palate, again with the coffee up front, however as flavor progress greater depths reveal themselves: burnt toast, deep bready malts, milky toffee, and an espresso bitter finish. A delightful coffee stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Aroma powerful with coffee right out of the bottle, but becomes surprisingly subdued. Completely charred malts as well. In the mouth, it’s of course very coffee, but with those charred malts hanging around burning off the tongue. Some sweetish chocolate in the background, but I had to search to find it. A dry finish that feels odd to me in such a big, bold-flavored beer. Very good, very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2008
From a 12 ounce bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a dark brown-black body with a thick whitish head. Massive coffee and chocolate nose. Sticky, thick, and bomby. Very rich and gritty. Chewy and heavy. This beer is more than all about coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
easement (4) - USA - JUN 17, 2008 does not count
Notes of coffee and vanilla in the smell. Coffee comes in at the end. Lingering bitterness. Head for days and stays the entire drink. Very nice lacing. I don’t know how they manged to have so much head retention with all of the coffee oils. This is my new favorite coffee stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4303) - 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 (3717) - 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 (7251) - 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.)

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