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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1939   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.

TAR's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)

Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1439) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Flaska @ Hamnmästaren. Rostade, kaffe toner i aromen, lite chocklad. Balanserad smak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wihlan (339) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Flaska hamnmästaren - mörk med beigt skum. Tydliga kaffetoner dock lite tunn i kroppen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (3080) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle 0.341l at home, Helsinki. Bottled on: 2/14. Colour is deep black with small brownish head. Aromas and flavours: Massive coffee, some dark chocolate and massive roasted malts. Very soft and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (636) - Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is mostly roast and dark fruit with a little coffee. Taste is coffee and more coffee. Some spiciness. Coffee lasts way into the aftertaste. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fub4r3d (7) - - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
Poured from a 341 ml bottle into shaker glass. Pours deep black with a thin coffee-coloured head. Aroma of coffee, darker chocolate/cocoa, and alcohol. Taste of coffee, roasted and chocolate malts and a hint of vanilla. Very well balanced and does not taste overly of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fashawn (190) - Montesarchio, ITALY - DEC 10, 2014
Buonissima oltreché bellissima, birra a tratti irripetibile che mi ha conquistato in una serata. Bella, scura impenetrabile, nero cenere con schiuma color crema di caffè, intensa, abbastanza persistente. Al naso subito conquista. Soufflè al cioccolato, qualche candito, tantissimo caffè in predominanza, una leggera nota sia affumicata che di cenere. Anche qualche leggerissima prugna, ed un odore di alcool buono, tipo bourbon. In bocca si avverte una predominanza di caffè. Il caffè è l’amalgama, che incontra ora note di cacao in polvere, ora note dolci che stemperano l’amarezza di tortino al cuore tenero di cioccolata. Qualche prugna anche in bocca, una presenza di malti tostati e torrefartti che portano lievemente in bocca l’orzo. Il reterogusto porta sempre il caffè, tanto caffè, che sembra quasi quello presente in un gelato alla vaniglia affogato allo stesso. Retrogusto lunghissimo e meraviglioso. tessitura imponente, la birra non è cremosa ma oleosa, o meglio quasi oleosa. La carbonatazione è molto lieve, la birra scende quasi liscia nonostante non sia beverina. Ma potrebbe spingere a lunghi sorsi. L’alcool emerge lentamente scaldando tutto il palato sul finale. Bellissima bevuta, impegnativa ed appagante. Great Job, Dieu Du Ciel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adricadabra (6) - Crehange, FRANCE - DEC 9, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Première fois que je bois ce style de bière, wahou j’en suis encore scotché. Une robe noire opaque à vous en absorber la lumière, une mousse brune très légère mais qui tient longtemps. Au nez, elle sent le malt rôti et bien sûr le café, je sens légèrement la noisette, caramel et la vanille. En bouche, une légère douceur vous rempli la langue puis le palais, s’en suit pas un fin pétillement très légèrement acide, pour finir toute la puissance du café et du malt utilisé et "dieu du ciel" que ça y reste dans votre palais.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (264) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours near-black, near-opaque with very small tan head. Huge aroma of roasted coffee beans, with a little dark chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Lots of coffee in the taste too, along with molasses, vanilla and cocoa. Very smooth and full bodied. Hides the 9.5% ABV pretty well. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maximet (92) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Pitch black with a ring of coffee foam. Strong coffee, little roasted malt, vanilla with a little dark chocolate presence. A little bitter from the coffee infusion, dry finish. Creamy, oily texture with a average carbonation, long bitter finish. Not a wow, probably too high expectation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (874) - CROATIA - NOV 30, 2014
On tap at the Brewdog Camden, London. pours black with lasting creamy brown head. Coffee aroma. Sweet, roasted malts, lots of coffee, dark chocolate. Full bodied. Great one.

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