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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1890   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 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 (2990) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (4416) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pours black into an English pint. Bitter coffee and malt aromas. Dark mocha colored head. Coffee and sweet malt. Crisp. Lasting espresso finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 22 OZ bottle via PineyPower (THANKS!). Bottled 08/2005, sampled 11:28 pm on11/18/2006. Pours black with ruby accents and a large tan head. Nose is mega expresso, chocolate and roasted barley. Taste starts out with some sweet malts, molasses, a hint of vanilla, then turns to roasted chocolated and a heavy espresso aftertaste. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Easier to drink than many of the thickier chewy Imp Stouts. I could down this 9.5% abv bottle easily and quickly. Alcohol is hidden well. Very nice nightcap!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Smells like a fresh cup of coffee mixed with some dark chocolate.Pours a dark black with a big tan head.Very,very strong coffe flavor with a good mix of chocolate.Has a great smoothness and finishes with a little chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel 660 ml bottle Bottled 08/05, sinned upon 11/06 Medium pour in a large tulip glass Poured dark as night with a light brown creamy mostly lasting head with good lacing. Smelt of strong coffee and dark chocolate with moderate to light anise, vanilla creaminess, dark fruit, figs. Taste was upfront pure strong coffee taste with a light sweet burnt sugar/molasses, some soy, vinous and clean dark soil tastes followed by more strong coffee and dark chocolate tones, a little crisper and a slight hop perfume on a long finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, with a moderate alcoholic warmth. Overall, this tastes more like premium coffee than beer, but the alcoholic warmth and dark malt undertones support it well. Showcases the coffee bean magnificently, yet the strong coffee taste hides the subcomponents and complexity unless one looks carefully for them.

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