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


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RATINGS: 1884   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
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Sampled on 1/14/2007 from a 22 oz bottle at Lance’s house after the "Harvest Ale" homebrew day. A VERY special thanks to Lance for sharing this precious bottle of beer with me...

Bottled 04/05... I think my heart skipped a beat when Lance pulled this beer out to share. At first I thought that it might be some homebrew (labels are sometimes too much extra work to remove when reusing the bottles), but it was the real deal! With wide eyes and disbelief, I took my first sip of Péché Mortel... THIS IS THE BEST COFFEE BEER EVER! I am truly amazed at the composition of this beer. Usually coffee beers are like drinking straight up cold black coffee which isn’t neccessarily bad, but they do seem to be a bit one dimentional. However, Péché Mortel has shown me that coffee beers can be so much more than that! So, without further delay, on to some details... Péché Mortel pours out a dark brown coffee color with a thin tan head. This beer looks black in the glass, but it’s true dlear dark brown nature is evident around the edges. The aroma is coffee with some dark chocolate and vanilla notes. The flavor is rich and robust and full of premium coffee, dark chocolate, roasted caramel, and a very small touch of something creamy or vanilla-like that brings the whole coffeeshop experience togethre! The finish was slightly dry with some of the roasted bitterness coming out to mingle with all the other great flavors. This beer isn’t quite full bodied, but is more than medium. However, it isn’t too heavy or have too much carbonation, so it was quite smooth and velvety on the palate. This is a very memorable and impressive coffee beer - probably the best one out there!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a blurb and marked bottling date, 04/05, along the right side of label, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a snifter. Poured a dark syrupy dark roast coffee black with a small tan head that settled into a fine lacing. Aromas of expresso, hints of roasted chocolate and toffee, and some RIS type dark fruity esters that meshes with the alcohol. Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry, slick, creamy smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Delicious French dark roasted coffee with a touch of charcoal taste, burnt chocolate malts adds a little sweetness, a subtle dark fruitiness, plums and rum soaked raisins, the alcohol is well masked, but warming in the back of the throat, towards the end a light vanilla milkiness emerges, and a dry dark roasted coffee, malty finish. Easily the best coffee stout I’ve had the pleasure to taste. I’m a big coffee fan to begin with, and this is amazing rich, obviously the best dark French roasted coffee was used, exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
So "Péché Mortel" means "Mortal Sin" in québécois, does it? As a good Catholic boy, I generally try to avoid mortal sin, but today I make an exception. Pours a dark black color, topped by half an inch of creamy brown suds. Good head retention and great lacing. Coffee and roasted grain in the aroma. Nice sugar-sweetened strong coffee flavor, with lots of bitter dark roasted grain and some toffee malt. Although the hops are not discernable, there is a good balance between sweet and bitter - with the coffee and grain contributing to this, no doubt. Medium to full body, lots of gentle prickly carbonation, and wicked coffee liquer in the aftertaste. Sinfully delightful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
August 2005. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. An excellent choice to go with any dessert that would typically be accompanied by coffee. Had this with some pumpkin bread pudding at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, Pa. Once I got over the sticker shock ($29!), I came to find pleasure in this roasty brew. Effervescent, tiny bubbles (good enough to inspire a Don Ho diddy). I don’t know what they mean by "fair trade coffee" when this has the fine distinctiveness of Maxwell House. A sharp biting alcoholic snap at the end of the first sip, dissipating as it warmed. Long, dry finish. I did not enjoy this at first (maybe I read to many reviews and was let down) and then I really didn’t know what I thought. But now it haunts my palate and I can’t wait to try it again and possibly even re-rate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
2005 22 oz bomber. Pours almost black with a beige head. The coffee was not as big as expected. It was balanced by sweet roasty malts and some unexpected dark fruits. ABV well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2005 bottle (thanks Secret Santa!!!) shared with puzzl. Black body with nice dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and black cherries. Flavor starts out with heavy bitter espresso that is balanced nicely by some sweet cherries and chocolate. Finish is a little bit sticky, but overall a delicious coffee stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle shared with Lukin. Huge coffee aroma, very slight hops. Not much complexity, but coffee is very strong and yummy. Pours pitch black with a nice big brown head. More coffee in the flavor, a bit of fruitiness -- cherry, kiwi, caramel, molasses -- fairly thick and drinkable. Little alcohol present in the taste. Very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
2005 bomber from Adrian. Thanks. I have wanted to try this forever sinec I can remember when it used to be draft only. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is coffee. More coffee. And then, just a tad more coffee. Some chocolate seems to make its way through as well. Taste is like drinking a rich cup of coffee with 9.5% alcohol in it. This thing had me on the ceiling after I drank the whole bomber of it. I would recommend sharing this with someone, as I didnt go to bed until 4am after drinking this. A fantastic beer though, perhaps not worthy of its 18 dollar price tag, but its still a damn nice beer that I wouldnt mind having a few more bottles of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2004 Bomber. Shared with Solan for the umpteenth time. He keeps pointing out to me that the coffee aroma is akin to cheap vending machine coffee, I’m inclined to agree. Other than that, this stout is spot on for the style, equal parts quaffability and power. Pours a hefty tan head on top of a billowing black cloud. Aroma of cheap(albeit tasty) coffee, marshmallow, overripe tangerine and to a lesser extent some whisky and burned maple. Taste is all coffee and chocolate. Very well masked alcohol. Nutty, lingering finish. Excellent, mmmmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2975) - 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.

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