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


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RATINGS: 1851   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel 660 ml bottle Bottled 08/05, sinned upon 11/06 Medium pour in a large tulip glass Poured dark as night with a light brown creamy mostly lasting head with good lacing. Smelt of strong coffee and dark chocolate with moderate to light anise, vanilla creaminess, dark fruit, figs. Taste was upfront pure strong coffee taste with a light sweet burnt sugar/molasses, some soy, vinous and clean dark soil tastes followed by more strong coffee and dark chocolate tones, a little crisper and a slight hop perfume on a long finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, with a moderate alcoholic warmth. Overall, this tastes more like premium coffee than beer, but the alcoholic warmth and dark malt undertones support it well. Showcases the coffee bean magnificently, yet the strong coffee taste hides the subcomponents and complexity unless one looks carefully for them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Enjoyed a sample of this one from a 22 oz bottle, at Tasting in the Woods Part Deux. Pours to a beautiful, jet black color, with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with very fragrant dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla notes, and roasty notes. The palate is firm, with a slightly slick mouth feel. Lots of big dark malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and roasty flavors coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more complex and delcious dark chocolate, coffee, and roast up front, then ends dry and roasty. Very impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
TITW Part Deux - 22oz bottle, courtesy of jeffin7 (who knocked a couple of great things of my wantlist). Thanks, Jeff! Pours a dark brown body; dark tan head with good retention. Generous aroma: plenty of roasted coffee, hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. Nice, balanced mouthfeel: good levels of bitter coffee, roasted and charred malts; the coffee aspect (lightly roasted) is well-integrated into the imperial stout profile. Lengthy, milk chocolate finish with hints of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Silken stout pour with creamy off-white head has a powerful roast nose of bold coffee that is strong and enticing. Palate is on the heavy side, but is not cloying or syrupy. Flavor is, of course, rich, dark roast coffee that starts quickly, becomes very strong then mellows into a nice dryness that seems to have a tinge of spice. The balance of this admittedly excessive brew is its main achievement. Never too much coffee, or even bitter, this is a work of art.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle - March ’05. Aged .5 years in a fridge(no cellar). Awesome aroma got me excited for this beer, I had been waiting awhile to try it. Good look wih thin head. Flavor was a little to bitter at first. Almost tasted like a chocolate milkshake. Warmed up it really developed some character. Very smooth. Very good Beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2006
660ml bottle, Bottled Aug 2005. Sampled at the Farmhouse, Emmaus PA. Poured deep brown color. Full bodied, with a big, roasted coffee aroma. Delicious, bitter coffee flavor, balanced with malty sweetness. Aging nicely; when i first sampled this beer about a year ago i felt it was a bit one-dimensional and overwhelming on the coffee flavor, this sample was very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1896) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
wonderful beer had at Volo cask fest 2006. Thanx to Ralph!!! lotsa coffee CHoc, toffee wonderful in cask really a nice dark treat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2006
Cask @ Volo. Tastes of Toffee, Chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts and also slightly sweet. A extremely flavourful and thick beer. I loved it. Too bad it’s so hard to find in Ontario.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
Ok i tasted this beer and it was aged a full year... nice frothy head... very thick oily looking... great looking beer... this beer has an infinite amount of amazing aromas and taste including dark roasted malts, charcoal, toffee, caramel, freshly brewed double expresso ... with a twist of cinnamon and vanilla... just a great impressive stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Bottle. Drank this with a few CU Beer Club members. I think Landseer brought this. Excellent aroma, that is all coffee. Strongest coffee aroma I have sensed in a beer. Pours jet black with nice off white head. Very nice mouthfeel, which is feathery and velvety, and not heavy at all. Like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by coffee, but its not bitter and burnt, just a pleasant medium roast that goes down easy. Some notes of chocolate and vanilla are in the background. Best Coffee stout to date for me. If you do not like coffee, stay away. This is probably one of the few $18 beers that is actually worth every penny

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