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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 1855   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
660 ml bottle

I got this in a trade a few months ago. According to the bottle, it was bottled in August 2005. This definitely deserves its sport in the Top 50 - besides being complex it was also easy to drink. Before I knew it the bottle was empty. If only it weren’t $18 a pop, I would pick up some more.

Aroma / Appearance - The pour resulted in an amazing deep black body with a one-fingered mocha head. It released a wonderful bouquet of smoke, roasted expresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, cherries, walnuts and cocoa. In addition, there was a trace of hops and strawberries sitting in the background.

Flavor / Platform - Straight black coffee explodes over the tongue. Behind it comes a splash of plum, smoke, hazelnut and mocha. Towards the middle it adds pecans, vinous notes and chocolately notes. The finish is smooth, dry and a little bitter. The alcohol is so well masked that before I knew it the entire bottle was empty. This compares well with the Expedition (batch 7205) I tried the night before.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (4320) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pours black into an English pint. Bitter coffee and malt aromas. Dark mocha colored head. Coffee and sweet malt. Crisp. Lasting espresso finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 22 OZ bottle via PineyPower (THANKS!). Bottled 08/2005, sampled 11:28 pm on11/18/2006. Pours black with ruby accents and a large tan head. Nose is mega expresso, chocolate and roasted barley. Taste starts out with some sweet malts, molasses, a hint of vanilla, then turns to roasted chocolated and a heavy espresso aftertaste. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Easier to drink than many of the thickier chewy Imp Stouts. I could down this 9.5% abv bottle easily and quickly. Alcohol is hidden well. Very nice nightcap!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Smells like a fresh cup of coffee mixed with some dark chocolate.Pours a dark black with a big tan head.Very,very strong coffe flavor with a good mix of chocolate.Has a great smoothness and finishes with a little chocolate.

4.3
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1677) - 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!

4.2
   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.


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