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

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RATINGS: 1852   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2441) - 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)


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_sully (92) - - JUL 21, 2014
Black in colour with a rich tan frothy head. Aroma is rich in vanilla. Flavour of coffee and vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1384) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2014
On tap at barhop, Toronto. Pours dark brown with a red edge and a creamy off white head. Aroma is coffee and a little vanilla. Medium to full body, mild carbonation. Lots of dark fruit - raisins, prunes, figs. There's some coffee, treacle, vanilla too. The booze is noticeable but doesn't overwhelm. Well balanced. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (174) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Pitch black pour with a light head. The aromas are fantastic. Coffee, smoke, vanilla, and coconut. Tingly first sip with licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso, slight hops and roast. Finish is super long and bitter. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Masterkush7 (501) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
pours dark oily brown black with tiny tan head. Nose is rich earthy roast coffee, wet dirt, bitter dark chocolate. Taste is rich bitter baker’s chocolate, wet coffee grounds, hints of smoky ash and soot, touch of dark fruits. Finish is creamy roasty coffee, dark chocolate, ashy cocoa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (322) - - JUN 30, 2014
12 oz bottle purchased from Capone’s. The beer pours a dark black, with no light passing whatsoever. The half inch of beige head settles over a minute or two to a thin sheet of single bubbles across the meniscus, and sparse lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is muted, possibly due to a colder serving temperature. Roasted cacao, soft coffee complexity, bitter and smoky malts. Flavor is coffee upfront, which serves as a solid backbone for a subtle creamy sweetness. Active carbonation brings all flavor aspects together; roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, slight nutty complexity, with a bittersweet finish. Full bodied, and a creamy/oily mouthfeel. Really delicious and highly recommended.

4.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bearohs (3) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
Great balance in taste. A smooth non bitter coffee finish. Wonderful aroma. The abv is slighlty high for my style but non the less great for this beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alyona (5) - - JUN 23, 2014 does not count
Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel is the best beer in whole world that I ever tasted

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (835) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Black pour, small brown head. Rich coffee/chocolate aroma, delicious mocha-cappuccino flavor. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (278) - - JUN 20, 2014
Dark brown, opaque, lasting head, very lacy. Full body, smooth, definite but not extreme alcohol heat, very long palate, delicious finish . Bitter but unhesitantly counterbalanced by sweetness, Beautiful, highest quality coffee flavor. Great beer, pity my order of beers in the flight was changed and I tasted it after the Dogfish Head 120" ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (36) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours jet Black with tons of dense white head. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate aromas and flavours. An excellent imperial stout.


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