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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1976   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle. Jet black pour with a very small frothy head. Aroma FULL of Dark, dark chocolate and heavy, rich, black coffee. Upon tasting I was absolutely delighted that a "stout brewed with coffee" finally delivered! Thick and delicious! Think of oily, cold-press coffee, that isn’t cut with water. There’s just not some coffee hidden in the background, this beer has coffee featured at the forefront, they way it should be. Very happy and impressed. It lived up to the hype, and is one of the best coffee beers I have every had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
The description from the brewer says it all. If you don’t LOVE coffee, then don’t bother. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I didn’t really care for this one, but I STILL recognize that this is one amazing coffee stout. Balanced brew with bold flavors. Looks gorgeous - you could use a pour from this bottle for a photo shoot pitching fine stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
Brilliant black beast in snifter with billowing tan head. No light passes through this thing. Aroma is soft wood, rich coffee with a hint of brazil and hazelnuts. Taste expresses calm power - expresso initially; burnt toffee, bitter chocolate, rye; molasses, hop bitterness and understated spice in the late finish. Finish is smooth and lasting. Body is full without excessive viscosity. Initially this exceptional stout is surprisingly subtle for the high alcohol content, but the booziness comes out later. Yes it could be more effervescent but this is quite the achievement, playing to those who enjoy stout and dark roast coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2010
Rich dark brown color with a golden brown thick head. The aroma is explosive with coffee of course, chocolate and sweet dark malts. Sweet and mellow roasted flavor with coffe, chocolate and dried dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kazin (241) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2012
Powerful nose, lots of coffee (obviously) and chocolate, together with sweet molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
circinus (241) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle 33 cl at Rotary Pub. Black with no head. Milk chocolate, coffee, cappucino. Slight sweetness, some bitterness, some lactose, cocoa. Full body, low carbonation, bitterish finish, smooth, very nice body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Fresh poured from a bottle into a tullip glass. Pours a nice dark black color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is moderate heavy on the coffee that is instantly noticable with some dark and roasted malt mixed in. Maybe nutty and a little bit of alcohol but not too noticable upfront. Flavor is bitter-sweet upfront with heavy coffee, roasted malt and some vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a bite to the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and fizzy overall carbonation is above average I think. Overall this is a solid beer I can’t wait to get some age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2011
11.2oz Bottle. Purchased in 2009. Has a beautiful layer of caramel colored froth sitting on top of a completely black and opaque beer. Giant coffee nose that is dry and heavily roasted with a hint of chocolate lurking in the background. The flavor profile is a straightforward stout with a huge amount of coffee beans. Has an intense bitterness which is accentuated by the coffee, but it must have some significant bittering hops in there as well. Can definitely taste some dark chocolate, ash and tobacco leaf behind all the roast. The body is medium heavy and well carbonated with a viscous texture. Finishes with a subtle warming alcohol note and a lingering roasted bitterness. Well made beer that is right in the wheelhouse of coffee flavored stout fans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle @ Gingerman.... from mr . Jaffey. Thanks !! Pours black with brownish highlights and an espresso crema like head. Aroma is roasted malts and sweet coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying, look at the glass and the color is impenetrable, no light shines through. Serious imperial stout, seriously delicious. Would drink it all day and night if I could !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 Bottle: Appears a bit thin but that hasn’t prevented other imp stouts from having tremendous flavor (i.e. Storm King and Old Rasputin). Aroma is of old cigarettes and some coffee. Way too much carbonation in the taste to wrap my tongue around the liquid. Even as the carbonation decreases I still feel like I’m not getting unimpeded contact with the taste. What I do get is more cigarette, coffee and some hops at the end. This is not very impressive- even discounting the hype. I’m assuming this is not their best effort but I can’t even detect shadows of the purported brilliance in this batch. Pass me an expedition please. Thanks for the chance at this Joe. Re-Rate March 6 ’06: I asked the bartender at the brewpub if they had any Peche. He explained that it was out of season as were a lot of there bigger beers. I settled down with my wife at a window to play scrabble while enjoying pints of their "hemp red". A man with a brewpub t-shirt comes over and apologizes that they are out of the Peche on tap but offers a hand bottled version from the December ’05 batch. Easily one of my greatest beer moments. Needless to say this is what everyone in Montreal has been raving about. Smooth silky chocolate with dark espresso with perfect carbonation that renders a thick and rich palate. Outstanding!

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