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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 12 oz bottle, thanks to gunhaver. Shared with NachlamSie and BossHossBikes. Pours black with mahogany edges and an everlasting tan head. Aroma is obvious coffee and dark malt, some prune, chocolate, and black cherry. The flavor is strong coffee, and good coffee at that. Black cherry, bitter chocolate, raisin and prune are in there, too. But the emphasis is definitely coffee. Slight acidity comes out in the finish. This is a seriously good beer. You gotta like coffee to enjoy it, though. It so happens that I enjoy coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2008
Side by side 05 and 07 bottle. Poured black with a decent sized tan head. huge ccoffee aroma, a hint of caramel and chocolate to round it out. Flavor was overwhelmingly roasted coffee with just a bit of malt sweetness and chocolate to round it out. Bitter finish on both, slightly creamy mouth with decent carbonation for the style. I think an 06 would have been perfect as the coffee in the 07 was too strong and the 05 had settled down to something a little too bland and thin. Thanks badbeer/cole/dicksmcgee for this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2008
Thanks to Kempleton for the opportunity to try this one Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a good finger worth of tan head that lasts. The body on this one was jet black in color Aroma of coffee is strong along with the chocolate and a light sweetness (caramel) This tastes like a great cup of good coffee with enough malt sweetness to counter the roasted bitters A great mouthfeel on this one is just like Stout should be creamy smooth and just enough carbonation to keep it interesting Very drinkable, definite recommend. A awesome Sunday brunch brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Creamy lightbrown exellent fully lasting head. Powerfull coffee aroma. Too much coffee flavor, chocolate notes but not powerfull enogh compared to the coffee notes. Creamy palate. Long bitter finsih but too many coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3437) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Pours black with a large beige head. Nose of coffee burned malt. Sweet flavour with dark malt, cacao and coffee. Full bodied. Oily texture. Soft and slightly bitter finish. A nice brew but not as excellent as expectet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body topped by a thin, short-lived tan head. Smell: Ashen aroma of spent coffee grounds with some supporting notes of dark malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste: Moderately sweet dark malts yield to a blast of roasty coffee and earthy bitterness. Hint of anise. The coffee flavor starts to take on a distinct burnt quality. Ashy finish. The alcohol is well hidden, I will give it that. Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Instead of chiming in with a half-snotty remark, let’s just say it’s "alright" and leave it at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2272) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 341 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownhary. pours black with a mid sized tan head. perfect impy stout appearance. aromas are all coffee. nothing else at all. flavours are a full frontal coffee attack with good impy stout underneath. if i had cellared this a little i think i would have really enjoyed it but it was all coffee for me at this age. ill have to get more and try it again when its older. 7/5/8/3/15-3.8////////////////////bottle from volo. 06/06/09. pours black with a small tan head. aromas of coffee, alcohol and hops. complex imp stout flavour with the coffee really shining. more mellow then my first bottle. i great one i under-rated my first try. 8/5/8/4/16-4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle shared by bgburdman at c-bus 9. I kinda forgot I had this one. Pours inky black, with a dense, dark tan head. Aroma is coffee, ash, roast, chocolate. Flavor is again roast, coffee, chocolate, ash, earth. Palate is full bodied, medium to mild carbonation, finished bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Many thanks to Robinvboyer for the trade! Pours a pitch black with a nice thick brown head and great lacing! Aroma is ash, earthy, slightly metallic with a nice fresh coffee-bean note. Oh god oh god, the taste!!! Clearly, coffee and imperial stout go together even better than coffee and regular stout. There is SO much to love here - well-blended dark malts, thick and sweet without any unpleasant astringent character but without any glaringly sweet malt additions to throw the taste. Top this off with rich, fresh coffee - no, espresso - and a warm, bitter, balanced finish that leads to excessive smiling and deep sighs. The body is thick and coats the mouth and throat so you can enjoy it a long, long time.

Thanks again, Robin for coming through with a real winner! Thanks also to my friend Nick who was kind enough to pick up another for me in Montréal so I don’t have to weep bitter tears into the dregs, knowing this one is not my last!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
Thanks a lot pantanap. The color was dark brown/black. The aroma was dark roast coffee, strong malt, and some hops. The flavor was coffee, roast, and waxy/bitter hops. The palate was smooth. The finish was coffee.

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