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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2149   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 12 oz. I’ve been after this for a good while, it better be good... Dark, dark brown, opaque pour with a dense and fine tan head. Looks great. Coffee (dominant), smoky campfire, belgian cocoa, and hops in the aroma. Dark, concentrated, dried fruit type aroma - dates, prunes, figs, raisins. Earthy and musty qualities also. Flavor is balanced up front, and gives way to a tannic, dark chocolate finish. Cherries and citrusy orange zest component too. Lingering bitter finish, espresso. Excellent overall, more of a fruity component than I was expecting. Points for being a little different. I’ve got another bottle I’m going to sit on for a while. Nicely brewed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature. Smelled of coffee and subdued chocolate. Poured an opaque black color. Light brown crema with an orange tint. It retained its height fairly well, but eventually settled to a thin film. Fairly effervescent. Bitter and roasty on the tongue with lots of dry coffee flavor. There was also a hint of burnt stick. At 9.5%, the alcohol aroma and flavor were well hidden. A bit of dark fruit came out at the end. Not as thick and chewy as most imperial stouts. This is a good beer, but a bit overrated I think. Probably not worth the high price of admission.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry, thanks a lot for this one Harry! Dark, black liquid poured from the 12 oz bottle, and left a frothy, creamy, mocha head that lasted. In the nose, I got freshly brewed black coffee, rich dark chocolate, some vanilla, with a touch of wood smoke and hops. The flavour profile was quite enjoyable to me, as I love coffee. Fresh dark roast with loads of bittering hops, vanilla, dry, bitter dark chocolate, some smoke. Bitter with long lived coffee aftertaste. Creamy, and very drinkable considering the ABV. Quite a treat. Thank you Harry! :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12 oz. Expensive @ 4.99 I think. Pours black and opaque with a creamy tan head - this one just looks good in the glass. Aroma features coffee, chocolate, molasses, lots of roasty notes and more coffee. Flavor again shows off the coffee, roasty, sweet maltiness with a nice balancing tanginess on the tongue, earth and bitter chocolate. Full, creamy mouthfeel - very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (3006) - Husum, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2008
Flaske. Minder mig om min allerførste rating. Kold kaffe, men på en yderst delikat måde. Mundfylden er ikke tyk og olieret men er alligevel ikke tynd på en dårlig måde. Alt i alt en fantastisk øl. Tt på et mesterværk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle@Home, #4000. Sweet esprresso with chocolate aroma. Black color, large thick brown head, very nice lace. Sweet, bitter, very roasted, grined coffee beans, some black chocolate. Medium body, light dusty. Very flavorful, powerful, very coffee!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Yep, this is coffee beer alright. Deep dark pour with bubbly dark tan head. Hit the spot when I was fading last night. Best word to describe it is bitter. Bitter in a good way. Coffee grounds and intense dark chocolate on the nose and on the palate. Somehow still a bit sweet, hitting more on the back of the palate. Almost a burnt brown sugar/syrup aftertaste. A little good must, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2016
2016-02-27, draught at Steel Toad, Vancouver, Péché Day, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color, beige creamy head. After drinking other versions of the Péché, it becomes more evident that the original version is the most balanced and most elegant.

2011-07-26, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color; brownish creamy head. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, spicy (pepper…), some coffee, light leather, very light smoke. Good body structure; smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is a bit excessive; strong flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate, coffee, light liquorice; moderate residual sweetness; correct bitterness, some of it coming from the roasted malt, evident in the end. Very well contructed, with a degree of complexity.

2008-03-10, bottle, 6-4-7-3-14=34
Black color, with a huge beige head. It has a delicate coffee aroma, still quite simple. I’m not overy impressed by the flavor, but I have to acknowledge a few qualities, among which the nice espresso flavor, with an original touch (dry liquorice and light spices); it has a good body structure. The final has still a quite intense power, with a pervasive dry roasted malt, that this time I like. Undoubtly good,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Opaque black pour. Not much head to it, but there is some dark tan foam. Lots of coffee on the nose. It reminds of 7-11. A strong coffee aroma, with some unidentifiable funk on top. Sweet coffee flavor with lots of alcohol. Not much going on here, just a strong coffee stout. I was a bit disappointed by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle I’ve been waiting for this forquite some time, so there is a fair it of anticipaion built up behind this rating. The 11.5 oz. bottle unleashes a dark black liquid and a massive head. I’m sitting with pint glass and I woul guess that only half of the bottle is in the glass right now. Aromas are dark and roasty with big coffee presence and a touch of must. Flavor is almost like coffee with whisky and chocolate added. Bitter coffee ground aftertaste and a nice creamy texture. Very, very nice.

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