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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1973   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
Bière de couleur noire avec des reflets marron, claire et brillante. Légèrement pétillante, elle laisse, lors du service, un col très léger et éphémère de couleur café au lait. Les arômes sont intenses : café Expresso, chocolat noir, mélasse, anis, vanille, amertume et un agréable parfum d’alcool. Le goût est tout aussi intense et riche, le café ajouté est très présent sans jamais être désagréable, ce n’est pas une bière aromatisée mais un mariage harmonieux de ces deux boissons. L’arrière-goût est long, ponctué surtout de grain de café et de chocolat. L’alcool est juste, il réchauffe, il rehausse sans prendre trop de place et ce malgré 9,5%! La bouche est veloutée, sirupeuse et légèrement pétillante. De plus, cette bière est embouteillée avec originalité, l’image est jolie et le thème convient à une telle bière : délicieuse et forte, péchée et mortelle… Ce n’est pas digne d’une étiquette d’Unibroue, mais quand même, cet une belle pièce. Je remercie le diable pour le fait que je peux trouver des caisses de cette bière à un coin de rue de chez moi!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Bottled. Black with a large creamy pale brown head. Rich coffee aroma with notes of nuts and oat. Big flavour of black coffee, toasted malts, oats and nuts. Long aftertaste of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Shared with cbkschubert and Bockeyhorsey at beer tasting day. Pours a dark brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma of coffee, toasted malt, and light chocolate. Flavor of coffee, light toasted malts, and real light chocolate. A little dry, but a great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
On tap at Ebenezer’s, Lovell, Maine. Black pour, small and continually diminishing brown head. The aroma is amazing - unadulterated dark roast coffee, strong espresso, slight sweet molasses. I’ve never smelled something like this in a beer, much less in a cup of fresh coffee. The nose is simply stunning - everyone tries to do a coffee stout but I’ve never smelled anything that approximates this. Taste is much the same if only a bit of a letdown from the amazing aroma. Upfront chocolate and a nice interplay of roast and sweetness in the malt character. Nicely bitter finish (not hop bitter, but coffee bitter) which I remember describing at the time as ’morning coffee wrapped in a chocolate bar.’ Just a great taste, as much interesting in the absolute absence of dark fruits as it is with the amazing coffee and roast flavor. Smooth and thick on the palate, very slight carbonation, creamy. Long-lasting, pleasing aftertaste. Did not want this beer to end, ever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2008
Black with hints of black and with black notes and brown head.. Lot’s of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and smoke.. Smooth and creamy strukture..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle at ølbaren - shared with Mette and Anders37. Black - brown head. High coffee, espresso coffee, dry freshly grounded coffee, burned, roasted, light hoppy, dryness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14338) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Tasting@beermouth. Pitch black with a creamy brown head & lacings. Heavy roast and a bit of smoke. Very smooth & creamy. Coffee, smoke/ashy and a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle sample provided by cbkschubert. Good stand out roasted coffee and oameal aroma. Black body color with tan head and good amount of lacing. Chocolate flavor along with roasted coffee and some dry coco. Dryness on the palate that coco lingered abit. Thanks Craig.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Bouteille brune de 341 ml. Arômes invitants de café, avec une touche de houblon. Robe noire opaque, légère mousse mocha. En bouche, il s’agit d’une bière aux saveurs puissantes, mais très équilibrées. On retrouve une touche sucrée de chocolat, le café et le houblon. Toutes les saveurs s’appuient de façon harmonieuse. Arrière-goût de torréfaction, avec une pointe d’alcool et de houblon. Wow! Version 2002, vieillie 6 ans en bouteille lors du 10e anniversaire: le café est beaucoup moins présent et s’est parfaitement intégré au goût de la bière. Encore meilleure que la version fraîche!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Courtesy McBackus. This has a pitch black pour with a thin fizzy tan head that leaves behind nice lacing as it settles. This has a huge aroma of espresso coffee, vanilla, chooclate, and dark fruits. Just a really great roasty coffee aroma. The flavor is full of sweet coffee and dark chocolate. This is probably the most coffee I have had in a beer, and it blends so smoothly with the chocolate and a small amount of hops. The coffee flavor is smooth and roasty without being bitter at all It is full bodied and creamy that goes down very smooth with a nice dose of coffee bitterness on the back end. Really easy to drink. Just an awesome beer all around. I need to get some more of this.

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