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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2143   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Dark brown nearing black. Thick body and syruoy with a nice foamy tan head. Aroma is esspresso strength coffee with vanilla and some dark chocolate. When this first hits your lips its a blast of rich coffee. As it warms the roastiness comes out and the choclate kicks in. Finishes nice and thick with a beautiful hoppy bitter "come back for more" bite. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Snoro (306) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Parfaite! Tout est super bon dans cette bière et je suis fier qu’elle soit brassée chez nous. Merci! Une superbe odeur de café, un super gout de bon café, étonnant! Une légère amertume. Laisse en bouche une bonne sensation de saveur riche qui dure longtemps! Félicitation, JE VOUS LA RECOMMANDE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On-tap 5/2007 at Spuyten Duyvil. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Nose is heavy with the coffee. And the flavor is definitely that. Caramel also is in there as well. I will agree with my friend and say that it is like an iced coffee in character. Caramel is on the flavor profile. Alcohol on the back end and kicks in fairly strong. Feel is pretty low on carbonation and thicker on the liquida bit. Overall a very smooth beer. Very drinkable. Well worth trying. I thik even people not too keen on the huge beers might find this one a little more approachable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bomber thanks to Paul out in O-hi. The other core offering in the D-Metal Saturday haze. The aroma on this was an absolute JOKE. Are you kidding me with that? I had a good 20 minutes with the snifter before I was ready to take a dive. INSANE. This goes way past the aromas described below - add in a huge dose of vanilla and rich blueberry. The aroma was the shining star - unfortunately, the taste was overshadowed and did not live up the the epic smell. It was missing the rich, elegant, full bodied, complex elements shown in aroma. I have to agree with the H-Deuce on that one. Ah well. Overall, enjoyed to a great extent, however, the knock on the flavor kept this a touch short of top notch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Bottled, thanks J for sharing this one bro. This is one of those beers that makes you confused and intrigued as to how can it be brewed to impart a multitude of characteristics between aspects of its tasting. Poured syrupy black with a dark vanilla head. The aroma is absolute heaven! Thick smoked malt and coffee bean notes with vanilla, wood and a cherry & blueberry finish with warming alcohol. Likened the aroma to blueberry pancakes almost. WOW! What is strange is that I thought the flavor didn’t truly live up to the standards the aroma set. Very dank, though. Coffee and vanilla cream that finishes smooth and chewwwwwyy. Not as complex flavor as aroma, but imparts a very enjoyable experience. Smooth transitions to the chewy palate at each sip. Intriguing brew but still short of epic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JChapmanMTL (15) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, DDC 9th anniversary. Black colour with a tan head. Extremely powerful. Tastes as though someone mixed expresso and and imperial stout. Extremely bitter.The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Smooth and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 4, 2007
Very much like the Alesmith Speedway, with a lighter body and a mellower taste. Which for me was better. Tons of coffee, roasted malts and very creamy. Slightly sweet with soft bitterness. Finishes with a toughof vanilla bean, cinnamon and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Name: Peche Mortel
Date: April 30, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black, foaming tan head
Aroma: strong coffee aroma
Flavor: all coffee flavor, lots of roasted, lots of bitter

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: February 25, 2006
Source: blind coffee stout tasting
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black, huge foamy head
Aroma: ashy roasted coffee aroma
Flavor: big roasted malt flavor with lots of coffee character, nice chocolate background, hint of sweetness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: December 18, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black, thin brown head
Aroma: strong roasted smokey ashtray aroma with a slight hint of sweet chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big roasted flavor, good long lasting coffee bitterness, beer flavored coffee, coffee is mellowed nicely by rich chocolate, lots of coffee as it is the predominant character but still a very tasty brew

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: February 25, 2006
Source: blind coffee stout tasting
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black, thin fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Flavor: nice sweet chocolate malt flavor with a great fruity character, touch of coffee in the finish, nice blend of flavors

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: February 08, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Sunset, Boston
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: black with black edges in a black sort of way, wispy beige head, touch of lace
Aroma: sweet roasted malt and ashy coffee aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of coffee character, light bitterness considering all of the roasted and coffee, even though there is an ashy edge the coffee is tempered enough to be mostly flavor with just a touch of distracting ash

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: May 20, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bruisin Ales, Asheville NC
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, sudsy lace
Aroma: rich coffee and dark chocolate aroma with a touch of dark caramel sweetness and earthyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor with lots of coffee character, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness, lots of roasted adds balancing bitterness
Overall: a very creamy pint of coffee

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Peche Mortel
Date: March 06, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, thick lace
Aroma: big roasted and coffee aroma, caramel sweetness, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich coffee flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, touch of caramel sweetness, long bitter finish
Overall: a rich dark chocolate mocha latte

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bomber, bottled on 08/05, with a giant THANKS to hopdog! Pours a dark black with a fizzy tan head that drifts to a thin covering, minimal lacing. Strong aroma of espresso, fresh roasted coffee, and some slight bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is like drinking a well done espresso from a very fine bean blend - lasting and bitter enough to get your attention without killing your tastebuds. Palate is medium-full and creamy with moderate carbonation and a bitter, lasting coffee finish. The description on this beer is very fitting - "...this beer is all about coffee", "...no brewer has ever married coffee and beer so seamlessly". True and True! Thanks again Steve for giving me a chance to try this rarity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2007
RBSG 07. A dark brown pour with a foamy brown head. A strong coffee flavor that is excellent. A dark astringent flavor of strong coffee and bitter chocolate. The palate is pretty solid across the board as well. A very good beer.

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