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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2006   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Remember us. As simple an order as a king can give. Remember why we died.

He did not wish tribute, nor song, or monuments or poems of war and valor. His wish was simple. "Remember us," he said to me. That was his hope, should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be, may all our voices whisper to you, from the ageless stones. Go tell the Spartans, passerby, that here, by Spartan law, we lie

And, so my king died. And my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my king’s cryptic talk of victory, but time has proven him wise. For from free Greek to free Greek, the word was spread, that bold Leonidas and his three hundred, so far from home, laid down their lives...not just for Sparta, but for all Greece! And the promise this country holds! Now here, on this ragged patch of earth called Plateaea, Xerxes’ hordes face obliteration!

Just there the barbarians huddle, sheer terror gripping tight, their hearts with icy fingers...knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered at the swords and spears of 300! Yet they stare now across the plains...at ten thousand Spartans commanding thirty thousand free Greeks!

The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one: good odds for any Greek. This day, we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny and usher in a world brighter than anything we can imagine!

Give thanks men, to Leonidas and the brave 300! To victory!!

Bottle courtesy blankboy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting
Thick black pour with little to no real head. Smell is roasted and smoky and coffee. Flavor is nice and full of nuts, chocolate and loads of coffee. It has a great coffee presence that doesn’t overpower the beer but the palate is disappointing - it is weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Struise Farm during Urbain’s Post Zythos Struise Tasting.
Well the first line of the commercial description covers this one for me. Stunning, almost black, mahogany red with a very good tan head. Very roasty aroma with amazing, freshly ground coffee, great earthy notes and some really delicate hops give it a lot of added depth. Flavour is stunning. You have to really enjoy coffee for this one. It’s like espresso concentrate. Gorgeous chocolate malt and alcohol remind you that this is actually beer but I am having to fight the urge to put cream in it and start dunking the speculoos. Big nutty notes on a dry finish and a superb mouthfeel round it off perfectly for me. Damn it’s good. There is enough coffee to get high upon. F**kin’ amazing. Claudia says: "Can I have some sugar?"


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 On tap at Dieu Du Ciel. Black with dense brown head. Huge Coffee, molasses and cocoa aroma and taste. Flavors meld together perfectly. Very sweet but strong vibrant black coffee flavor keeps the sweetness from cloying. Thick smooth body with soft mouthfeel. Bitter finish comes from the coffee instead of the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15040) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle at Post Zythos Struise Tasting 08. Funny, but I didn’t even know how highly this beer was rated before I had it. Lovely coffee, ground flesh (fresh) aroma. Bit of paint??? Enormously coffee in mouth, extreme espresso. Too much coffee, but it is a stunning beer. Not enough balance though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Black body, thick brown head, lacing; Very pleasant deep dry a little green nose, roasted and relaxed; Soft textured body with an unfitting sharp carbonation, lacks fill and power to fit the amount of bitterness even though it ain’t huge; Medium long finish with to little aroma and to little fill. Alright but nothing like I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2008
This was a good mix of coffee and chocolate malts ,a fine dark thick almost no head beer with the ABV well hidden.The little head that was on there was tan and tasted very smooth and coffee like.CHERS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Opaque with a deep brown head. Intense coffee aroma. Some anisette notes as well. Molasses, borderline offensive; a bit over the top. Creamy thick body. The flavor has an extreme coffee bitterness throughout. It was hard to detect any nuances from the malt. Not enough balance but still a semi-tasty concoction. Over the top on the coffee IMO, and I love coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (558) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2008
No carbonation.. Chocolate milk consistency. This stout reminds me of a delicious version of guinness. Nose of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Very Dark beer, brown head, great lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to Beerlando!!! The nose is roasted coffee and hints of cocoa. Alcohol is somewhat hidden behind the overloaded coffee bean flavors. This beer packs a huge expesso punch to your mouth. Solid just not great.

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