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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2030   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adenila (1558) - DENMARK - MAR 29, 2008
Opaque black with a huge brown head that lasts throughout the glass. The aroma was so intense that it spread throughout the entire room, and it was all about roasted coffee beans. Flavor was bitter, a burned bitterness. Extremly smooth and rich coffee flavor along with a mild acid note. I like imps to be broader on the palate, and in the flavor, but when that is said, i dont think i’ve ever tasted a strong beer as smooth as this one. Like quality chocolate meling in your moth, this was just yummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charlotte (4873) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2008
Black with beige head.Aroma is sweet rosted coffee,licorice and sugar,feels oily but also more smooth then many other good stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 12oz bottle. 2007. Medium roast wet coffee grounds, charred creme brulee, dark, bitter chocolate on the nose. There’s also a most interesting grilled quality to the beer. Grilled green peppers and spiced flank steak. Pours near pitch with a dense, creamy head that lasts forever. Plenty of roasted qualities on the palate. Bordering on charred malt and over roasted coffee. Charred, spicy brown sugar. Slightly ashy with a touch of smoke. Toasted vanilla bean. All of this, but the coffee runs thick and really dominates the flavor profile. Lush and bordering on silky on the tongue with a large, ashy finish. Big, big thanks to Matt for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matthew (2) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2008 does not count
12 oz bottle. Pours out of the bottle opaque black with a sizable 1 1/2 inch tan head with lots of sticky lacing around the glass. The head refuses to fade, leaving a good covering over the top of the beer. The aroma consists of dark roasted bold coffee notes with bits of acidity around the edges. The big coffee presence lets go and allows for burnt carob like flavors to be noticed. As the beer warms up the coffee aromas seem to be sweeter but the big deep dark burnt roasted maltiness refuses to let the sweetness to be too big a player. The first initial sip brings big bitter roasted maltiness to my tongue and sticks around offering up flavors that remind me of cold dark roasted espresso beans with some burnt sweet crystal malts that bring burnt caramel to mind. Lingering just beneath each sip that has lots of bitter roasted qualities there is an almost cryptic sweetness that is subdued with each sip by that big bitterness offered by the roasted malt characteristics. The longer the beer sits the more of a slight smokey peaty malt character appears. The mouthfeel is pretty big and full but the higher level of carbonation for the style takes a small bite out of the silkiness that this beer could have. Good drinkability. The flavors of this beer play well off one another allowing you to continue to drink and taste them intermingle with each sip. Certainly a great stout worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle (brewed 11/07): Near black pour with a large, creamy brown head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee, bits of chocolate and roast. Flavor is true of a coffee stout. Bigtime coffee flavors, light chocolates, and bits of roast. Light smokiness. What I like best was what wasn’t there; that bitter/sour coffee grounds kick of lesser coffee stouts. Very pleasant. Top tier coffee stout. Thanks Ucusty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours a nice dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, coffee, ash, roast, and some brown sugar. Flavor is malty, roasty, coffee, ash, brown sugar, and a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2008
Tres belle apparence avec un collat moutonneux, ressemblance d’huile. Cette biere comporte une infinité d’arome spectaculaire! En bouche : Goute malte foncé roti, caramel et l’expresso double frais, incluant citron et vanille. Une impressionnante stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 21, 2008
Bottled in 2007. Pours a pitch black colour with a big well lasting creamy brown head leaving a very nice lacing. Aroma of well roasted malt and pepper, nice dark chocolate and some alcohol. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour has a great soft roasted maltiness with black pepper, good roasty coffee, dark chocolate, bitter hops and a mild touch of alcohol. Long lasting roasty dark chocolate spiced finish. Lovely spiced Imp. Stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
Pitch black with a huge, nice and creamy head. The aroma has as expected very strong coffee notes, but also dark roasted malt and a light sweetness. The flavour has a roasted bitterness, notes of coffee, coffee, coffee - and OH, yes - coffee. It’s a strong, dark roasted and bitter coffee, but it’s nicely balanced by a light and smooth sweetness with hints of sugar-glaced fruits and burnt, preserved figs. It’s a really nice beer, but probably not, if you do not like the taste of coffee!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - MAR 18, 2008
Serveret hos Frank ved brygdag marts 2008. Tung kaffesag, uhørt brændt (på den fede måde) og tør. Mættende, bitre chokolade-hints.

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