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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2014   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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.

BigBen2120's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
12oz bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of light tan head. Rich espresso and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Roasty espresso and dark chocolate hit the palate initially, with some nuttines. Full bodied without being viscous, rich with vigorous carbonation from the bottle conditioning. One sip definitely invites another and this beer was gone way too soon. A bit pricey, but no doubt one of the best impy stouts I’ve ever had. No description I can give will do this beer justice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mrnoluv (220) - long beach, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
This can be explained simply as Startbucks with alcohol. Nothing but coffee for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (758) - Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Aroma of abrasive coffee. Somewhat flat, neutral coffee dark fruit taste. Very smooth, but thin. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1238) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Coffee, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and molasses aroma. Coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast and hop flavors. Full body and poured on nitro. Roasty coffee and hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (163) - Canton, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Pours black with quickly dissipating white tan head. Chocolate and coffee nose. Mild coffee at start with cocoa. Finishes with espresso and mildly woody. Very very good. A little thin though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1561) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2015
appearance: deep, dark brown-to-black, with a creamy dark tan head. aroma:intense coffee, with cocoa powder, wood, earth, burnt toast, and light herbs. taste: hugely bitter espresso, followed by super dark chocolate, light vanilla, burnt wood, black bread, molasses, star anise, and a hint of herbal hops, almost minty. finish: creamy, smooth, and rich; alcohol completely hidden, lingering bitterness from the coffee and herbal hops. notes: Pretty darn good. Not overly acidic, rare for a coffee-infused stout. Bottle from Sarah for Beerthday 2015.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (919) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 5, 2015
Pours a beautfil opaque black wiht a small but persistent off white head. Aroma is strong espresso/ capuccino. Flavor is strong espresso with some sweet boozy/ chocolate notes and a touch of herbal hops at the end. Medium to heavy palate, intense flavor and not boozy at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (491) - GERMANY - JUL 31, 2015
Yields a huge, very stable light brown head, while the beers color pours a completely black color. The amount of coffee used in this beer has to be immense, as the aromas yield an utmost profound coffee appearance, which wouldn’t need the help of any other ingredients to compose a convincing nose. The coffee though gets perfectly balanced by scorched earth and a huge amount of peated, wooden earth. Underneath, there is a well build layer of dark-chocolate, together with a whiff of coffee, coating up the aromas perfectly well. Has a fantastic, fuller mouthfeel, due to the beers low carbonation and earth supported creaminess, perfectly showcasing the profound coffee flavor. Tastes of soft whipped-cream, balancing warming, oaky malts, amped up by roasted wood and charred toast. As coffee enters the palate, it instantly defines the whole taste, while the beers foundation still adds up to the taste in all its facetts. Fresh toasted, crushed toffee beans offer up a pleasant, bitter roastiness, together with flowery cocoa powered bakers chocolate. Finishes with silk milk chocolate, and a supportive coffee bitterness, which creates an intense ending, while also allowing subtle flavors of oak, toffee, fudge, coal and chimney fire to remain detectable. This beer is a real treat, exhibiting a challenging depth of flavors, together with a fantastic mouthfeel. Everything comes incredibly well together, resulting in a simply perfect coffee stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mzaar (2076) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
Flaska, ebest SB. Svart öl med ett rikligt moccafärgat skum. Dofter av kaffe, mycket kaffe!, rostad malt och bitter choklad. Smakinslag av kaffe, läder, bitter choklad och svagt, svagt av vanilj. Stor och fyllig kropp. Oljig munkänsla. Alkoholen känns inte av i smaken.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turtles (593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
341ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a creamy tan head. Wow! Large and intense coffee and espresso bean aroma,in the background there are some oak and sweet rosted malt. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, full body. The taste is rich in coffee and roasted coffee, espresso, creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt and slightly smoky. Long deep aftertaste of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (4438) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
Draught @ the brewpub. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of malt and caramel, with notes of roast and chocolate. Bitter, roasty flavour with sweet notes of chocolate, caramel malt and yeast. Hints of liquorice. Roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Nice. Very nice.

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