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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2453) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
Bu sur place (12 oz). EN FIN JE L’AI BU! Noir, noir, noir. Collet riche de couleur beige. Arome fort de grain de café fraichement torrifier. Superbe goût de café corsé, avec un peu d’amerturme.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Thanks to RichLikeBeer! This beer was really good! Big coffee aromas mixed with the roastiness you would expect from a big imperial stout. The flavor is a perfect meld of chocolate, coffee, roasted bitterness, and a silky smooth mouthfeel that makes you almost feel like you are drinking a whipped frapachino (sp?). All of the different flavors balance perfectly with one another, and the alcohol is just right in this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1078) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2006
good, lots of coffee, enjoyed out of a 3 oz sampler glass, as that is all they gave me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (5979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
My 1100th rating! Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- my bottle courtesy of hopdog. Bottled August ’05. I’ve been saving this bottle for one of my milestones for a while now and I’ve really been looking forward to it! It did not dissapoint. Pours pitch black with an average size diminishing creamy tan head. Awesome aroma with tons of coffee, dark malt, toffee, bourbon, chocolate, hops and more -- man that smells good! Sweet delicious flavour of predominently coffee followed by roasted malt, cocoa and hops. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied, dry & creamy mouthfeel. This was so effin’ good that I can’t wait to someday try this on tap, damn Dieu Du Ciel! makes good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
Aug 05 bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Jerc - thanks Paul, this has been on my must try list for some time! Tons of coffee, some vanilla in very sweet and pleasing aroma. Pitch black, medium sized beige head. Very sweet taste. So much coffee! Bitterness seems derived from the coffee, not the hops. Long lingering roast finish. Lives up to the hype - I’ve been to Dieu De Ciel twice, I can’t wait for this to be on tap one of these days!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 RE-RATE: Draught (12 oz.) at Dieu du Ciel! After drinking this at the brewpub itself, I had to bump up my rating of this. Most of what I wrote below still stands, but the draught version had a fuller, richer body that made it even better. Just spectacular.

ORIGINAL RATING: Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Aug/05 bottle. Deep brown-black colour with a moderate tan head. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee, dark malt, bourbon and fresh herbs - fantastic! Mouthfeel is thinner than I expect from an impy, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Flavour is dry and delicious, with lots of coffee and cocoa, roasted malt, green hops, and a hint of sour milk. If the body were just a bit bigger, this would be damn near perfect. [9/4/9/3/17 - 4.2]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2006
66cL bottle...thanks Marc! Label says 9% ABV. Very dark color and a really nice big head. Coffee aroma with malt and just a touch of heat from alcohol. The flavor is very roasty, coffee, bitterness, malt, some sweetness but it is mellowed by the bitterness and the heavy coffee component. Delicious on the palate with a medium to heavy body. It’s not the thickest of Imperial stouts but it certainly is a nice, big, roast imperial stout that has no flaws. The only downside is the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
(04.29.06) One pint, 6.3 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. Bottled 8/05. Poured opaque black with medium tan head. Soft carbonation. Intense expresso coffee aroma. Medium-to-full bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and pronounced black coffee and licorice flavors. Finished with lingering roast malt bitterness and coffee flavor. Smooth and robust. Alcohol well hidden behind the coffee flavors. Well-balanced, this is an excellent coffee stout that reminds me of a high quality expresso coffee with a shot of sambuco.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alobar (2738) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing! Pours a dark brown-almost black. Small tan head. Strong, powerful coffee aroma. Taste is almost black coffee, with some molasses, with some roasted malts. One of the best I’ve ever had!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 Wow is this a coffee experience. Very black, small head. Compared to many of the reviews I got much less coffee aroma than many. The coffee flavor was perfect however. I tasted this with my brother (thanks Chris) and would have bet him there was much less alcohol. The 9.5% is perfectly disguised. One of the best beers I’ve tried

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