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

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RATINGS: 1885   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 (draft, RBSG05) Big beige head eventually settles from the turbidity atop a red-black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, roast, some vanilla, smoke, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, roasty, some vanilla chocolate. But really, it is all about the coffee. Coffee aftertaste that lingers and lingers (in a good way). Really smooth and creamy, full body. (8/5/8/5/17)

(660ml bottle, bottled 11/04, sampled 6/12/05) A soda fizz accompanies the pour, which yields a big brown milkshakish head atop a black body with red edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate -- evokes a rich mocha torte. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some roast. FWIW, I noticed a cigarette smoke element about mid-bottle, but after a couple of sips, it went away. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though it, accompanied by some herbal bitterness, does reveal itself somewhat in the swallow. Aftertaste is all coffee. Syrupy and smooth full body, very drinkable for a beer with this much oomph. Of course I was well aware of the warnings associated with the bottled version of this beer, but I am not disappointed -- this is a great beer in its own right, and I can only imagine how amazing the brewpub version must be. Only complaint I have (other than the cigarette quality) is not truly fair, i.e., a bit too much coffee. (8/4/8/5/16)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (11216) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Black with a small light brown head. Aroma is very sweet, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 050711

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Boutip!]
Poured in my Belle-Vue Kriek Snifter. Absolutely pitch black with a nice, medium cappucino-beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is deeply roasted coffee and a sweetish background of chocolate. Good and very dry mouthfeel - perhaps a little thin when you think of the 9,5 %. Flavour is very much dominated by coffee, some slight coffee. Also there are tar-like notes and light fruity hoppiness. Actually a very drinkable beer - and I sure like coffee in my beers :o) Finish is a bit chewy with the chocolate coming through a bit more. But this is first of all, a coffee-lovers dream.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11131) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
12 oz bottle. Body is pitch black with a very small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
Black with a disappearing light brown head. Coffee (cold, day old coffee), ashes, licorice, charcoal in the nose, the coffee so dominating that I don’t sense beer. Intense flavour mixing coffee, chocolate, roast malt, and a touch of hop bitterness on a sweet background. A pleasant surprise after the aroma. But as always with flavoured and spiced beer, I prefer the flavouring subdued and the beer in the foreground.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2009
11.5oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering–pours a light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is anise, ashy, some acidic. As it warms coffee too. Taste is coffee-dark malt, ashy, some acidic hops. Not my taste but nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11079) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Very black color with a tan head that left rapidly. Aromas of coffee and darkly toasted malt. More or less medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is really dark toasted/burnt malt (but smooth) with something approaching espresso. With time, chocolate notes come forth. Finish is a little bit sweet, and there’s not much bitter other than the burnt malt. Overall, it’s a heck of a drink. Every taste is a fresh experience. It may be the same one over and over, but who cares.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Leighton (11023) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle at Rattle n Hum. Wow. When my friend poured this beer, I immediately smelled the intense coffee aromas and noted the thick consistency. As he poured, it looked like tar and smelled like earth. In the glass, the beer was pitch black with a thick, fluffy beige head. The aromas smacked of expresso and mocha, along with dirt. The flavor was incredible. Rich, robust coffee with some notes of almond and hazlenut. Strong bitterness from the coffee beans but still some sweet, burnt malt presence. Finish is mildly bitter and smooth. Medium carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Truly a remarkable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top. S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon). T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it. M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy. D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - 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


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