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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1873   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 660 mL 08/05 Bottle. Pour of pitch oil black, a sparse foamy head of banana coffee and cream, lacing superbly. Aroma of rich colombian roasted coffees and a bucket full of cold grounds from a long post church coffee hour. Touches of ash, mixed with manhattans. Really not all that enticing, more like my grandmother’s kitchen after a long morning of swilling coffee mixed with bailey’s and smoking a pack of Virginia Slim Menthol lights. The coffee acidity is a touch harsh and lightly overbearing, at first. Overall, the complexity is high and the mixture of chocolate dougnut frosting, sweetness from the dredges of Ghiradelli chocolate syrup in the bottom of a coffeehouse, and a run of blackstrap molasses flow together to form a sensation that beautifully counters the sometimes too strong coffee acid. As my cohort points out, this is a three phase beer. First, coffee and tamarind dry acidity. Then, secondly, a run of nice sweetness in a series of complex darker forms, like molasses, heavily roasted malts, and wicking oaked currants. Finally, after a light wash of fruit and a more coffee drippings. In the end, a beautiful transcendance of hop behaviour. The coffee bean flavor fade away and a gentle tinge of Simcoe lands on the tounge in a graceful drying and balancing method. I really think that the coffee acidity hides the hops acidity for a majority of the time that the beer is in the mouth, so that hops only show themselves at the very end in a nice lemongrass rich smack. A few notes appear. A musky white truffle like sensation is first in the profile and also part of the aroma, which is peculiar. Also, the coffee flavor here is heavily focused on the bean and it’s oils, more so than the actual brew, which is fantastic. Overall, scrumptous, but the acidity is a little hot. Alcohol supremely hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vidbellegueule (30) - CANADA - MAY 27, 2006
incredible beer. On tap at the brew pub. Nice dark color and brown head. Creamy. Lots of cofee taste. Real good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Aroma,like sticking my nose in a pile of coffee beans,and starbuck quality one at that,easily the most intense coffee aroma I have ever experienced in a beer,full rich coffee malt taste, some sweetness some coffee bean bitterness,but this is pretty much one dimensional. Expense(its more expensive then Dark Lord) makes it a once a year purchase. Added bonus,there really is a reviving wonderful buzz with this brew. I judged at a huge homebrew competition starting at 9 in the morning,I was home by 3PM and it seemed like the rest of the day was going to be a wash out. Drank a bottle of this,wow, I’m good to go for the rest of the night. Better than any energy drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Wow. Blck in colour with a medium brownish head. Coffee, coffee and coffee. Very creamy and nice carb. Also a hint of liquorice. Fantasitic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Incredible beer, bottle. Pitch black, great imperial Stout with perfect coffee flavor, not too much, just perfectly balanced. Although I liked the draught at the brewpub a little better then the exported bottles, still a great beer. Brewpub version gets a higher rating though...excellent beer! It is worth the trip to Montreal though. Also, Dieu du Ciel is a great place, great atmosphere, great people and the place is packed, always....for a reason.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2006
So, here we go, the unattainable maiden is at my command at last! I like the label art. If this is "mortal sin", then is the woman with the snake in the picture Eve after the fall? Is that why she not naked? And how could a coffee stout be sinful? Why, they’re heaven on Earth to me! But, I ramble...less thinking, more drinking, starting...now... Decadent black sheathing, not a trace of light shining through....a solid crown of fluffy brown foam stands guard, like a mochaccino cap. Very nice. Ahhh!!! Aroma reeks from the start withcocoa and espresso, riddled with earthy, bittersweet tones, redolent of richest chocolate, turning soft and creamy...very, very nice. I could smell this all day, etcetera, etcetera... Over the lips and in the mouth, it’s beauty, indeed. Fills the entire orifice, and seeps into all the cracks and corners, spilling this dark deliciousness far and wide, reverberating long after the liquid has slipped down the throat. All those flavors in the nose resound and rebound, roasty malts and tingly hops conspire to create an exquisite sensation on the tastebuds. Though fully flavored, it’s never overbearing or unapproachable...though, clearly, enemies of stouts or coffee are urged to stay far away from the contents. This is a sly and sophisticated thing, the 9% hiding well, the flavors resting happily, comfortably on the palate, long and wide. A beatiful beer, an excellent indulgence. And a rare one, as well. Though, on reflection, the $16.59 I paid for this bomber could have got me a 6-pack of Bell’s Batch 7K. The price, and rarity, remains the only drawback I can think of, but I remain glad to have tasted it at last! and, happily, this is a sipper, which means I get to enjoy it longer than other beers that slip down the gullet with more ease. I just might be set for the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
Bottel Color - Dark/Brown Head - Beige Aroma - Fruit, Coffe Flavor - Fruit, Bitter, Coffe

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
Black, deep black pour--even held up to the light--still black. Small layer of dense tan head that leaves a nice hot chocolate skim and trails of lace on the glass. Coffee roast, a sweet, soft bourbon like Maker’s Mark, and dark toffee. The yeast character seems really clean--almost lager-like. Insanely chewy roast flavor. So much roast. Frech roasted coffee, on the way to carbon. I can’t think of another stout, imperial or otherwise, that approached the shear volume of roast flavor. Initially, it’s pretty bombastic and overwhelming, but it grows more pleasant as my palate adjusts. Lots of hop bitterness apparent in the finish. Under everything else that’s going on, it’s actually pretty clean. It feels more mouthfilling and substantial as the glass warms. A really different imperial stout. Not particularily nuanced or balanced, but I enjoyed the departure from the usual interpretation of the style. Opened this first in a tasting of imperial stouts, based on it being lowest ABV. Bad ideal. This is not a beer of subtle charm, and I think best served as a show closer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle warm sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cirus, and fruit. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, citrus, smooth, with a bitter ending (but not to bad). In my top five of stouts i have sampled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
Impenetrably black with a creamy thick head. The roasty/smoky aroma is incredibly strong, perhaps a bit too overpowering, the coffee used must have been a dark roast. Kind of a charcoal/burnt leaves aroma with some roasted marshmallows. Equally incredible in the taste is the roastedness, almost leaves my mouth feeling like I’ve been smoking a cigar. Bit of a buttery finish and hotness burns down the throat. Full bodied, especially after it warmed a bit.

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