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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1856   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle shared with Oldgrowth at the Sunset Grill, Boston. Intense coffee aromas and flavours. The aroma is very pleasant, took me a while before i actually took a sip. Palate was full-bdied/rich, with lots of dark chocolate characters, and loads of mocha/coffee, some subtle vanilla as well as some charcoal. Finish seemed to go on forever. I guess the coffee may be a little over the top for some people, but i quite enjoyed it in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2006
This beer has a huge coffee aroma that appeals to the nose upon pouring. The flavors that appear are numerous and show up at different points in the tasting (as the beer warms.) First was the obvious chocolate and coffee followed closely by a richer mocha and slight vanilla. Very good beer that you shoud definately try to find.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Huge fresh brewed coffee aroma. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices, toffee and mocha all wrapped up in the flavor. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms. Extremely smooth. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
This tastes exacly like coffee and that’s it. I really don’t get any chocolate or smokiness at all--straight up roasted coffee goodness though. The pour is dark with a tan head. The aroma was burnt coffee. The mouthfeel was a little too thin I thought as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is of coffee, slightly burnt coffee. I agree that it goes so far as to hint of tocacco or ashes from a wood fire. I’m not a huge coffee or smoke fan, so I was worried. The flavor as it sits in your mouth is intensely smoky/bitter coffee. I agree that it is paradoxically one-dimensional as well as complex. It’s one dimensional in the sense that the dominate component is a smoky/burnt flavor/aroma. I didn’t pick up any chocolate. However, it’s complex in that the smokiness is very complex and interesting. My guess is that if you like lapsang souchong or smoky scotches, you’re going to love this. Even though they warned me, I figured I should try it. Now I know.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Black with a foamy, brown head. Aroma is of coffee! Reminds me of hunting with my Grandfather. Sour and bitter. Tobacco and bourbon come to mind as well. The flavor has a strong roast malt as well as coffee qualities. Bitter, but good. Some fruitiness to it, some alcohol and some chocolate. The body is thick and huge. Creamy palate though. Sits in the belly like a lump lead. I would have to say I liked this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
finally got to try this after a long time of trying. jet black with a solid tan head made up of the smallest bubbles you could find. strong coffee aroma. taste is from coffee up to and including the kitchen sink. very complex. amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2392) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black as coal. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Strong coffee nose. Starts with a strong roasted coffee flavor and stays that way, the 9.0% ABV is totally hidden, easy to drink, you have to like coffee. Pricey - $17.00 for a 660ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wish (14) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
bottle brewed May ’05. Very tasty and smooth. My kind of beer. Premium coffee with dark chocolate taste. Fabulous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 In short: A roasted coffee stout like no other. A wonderful straight-forward beer.
How: Tap, nitro-tap, cask, bottle. Many many many times.
The look: Opaque black body with a tan head (long tasting nitro-tap, short-lived from the bottle)
In long: Intense roasted coffee beans nose. Taste develops chocolate flavour reminiscent of powdery extra-high % (99%) cacao black chocolate bars along with the roasted coffee beans. Medium-high roastiness level. The high roasted level makes for a semi-dry beer that is surprisingly highly drinkable for a 9.5% brew. I can drink bottle after bottle without getting tired of it. Alcohol is well hidden and more importantly there is almost no sweetness apparent. I must be a real immoral person because I’m not stopping after seven Deadly Sins.

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