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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (8095) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. A black beer with a nice brown head. Aroma is coffee all the way with some roasted malts in the background. Flavour is cold espresso with chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Its fantastic. Very creamy cocoa like palate. I need more of this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (530) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2008
The aroma is coffee, a little toasted caramel.The head is light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing with good lacing. The color is black. The initial flavor is coffee, bitters - nice. Hits the back of the tongue with a nice long finish. The body is light to medium, the texture creamy, just a hint watery and the carbonation soft.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JUL 25, 2008
Taste 7/8 bottle(date on bottle not marked) Looks: Dark opaque brown with a thin yeasty clinging head. Aroma: Roast, mocha, freshly ground coffee. Taste: Full flavored coffee with acidity. Mild hops spice, felt along with the alcohol. Very smooth. Really nice, no unneeded flavors. Great for coffee fans.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8773) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Coffee/espresso aroma, with dark chocolate and floral hop notes. Medium/full body. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee beans, with a light smoky note. Also has fruit and dark chocolate. Finished with a lingering bitterness from both floral hops and roasted malt. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4946) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Very black colored with a huge tan colored head. Smell is fresh ground coffee, dark fruits, chocalate, and roastiness. Tastes a lot like the smell. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13259) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2008
From my review at cvillebeergeek.blogspot.com.

Appearance: Poured into a small tulip glass. Molasses brown pour results in a nearly opaque blackness in the glass. High level of viscosity is apparent. A small head fairly quickly vanishes to nothing. It’s not pretty, but it is very inviting. 4.0/5.0

Aroma: Very complex. Bitter and sweet coffee is at the forefront of the aroma along with notes of smoke, tobacco and chocolate. Smoke and tobacco? Yes, the aroma does come dangerously close to a coffee and cigarettes, but it works. Very full and satisfying aroma... the kind you can smell for hours. 4.5/5.0

Taste: Very nice. Smooth coffee flavor with more tobacco and some leather and cream. Now we’re at coffee with cream and cigarettes! Still good though. Chocolate notes from the aroma almost disappear but are there faintly, as well as smoke and caramel notes. And the alcohol, high as it is, is completely absent. 4.25/5.0

Mouthfeel: This has a very full feel to it. And it’s creamy, very creamy, and silky too. This feels nice. 4.45/5.0

Drinkability: A very smooth beer, but it’s largesse and it’s 9.5% abv means it is not to be taken lightly. Still, it is an extraordinarily pleasant beer. 4.5/5.0

Overall: Sadly this is not available in our area. Hopefully that will change someday soon. If it does, $5.49 for an 11.5 ounce bottle is not a bad price for such an outstanding beer. Very smooth and incredibly tasty, this is one for the ages. Also, "Mortal Sin" is a very nice name for a beer. 4.4/5.0

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14751) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2661) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bottle. Rich, roasted coffee bean aroma carries through the aroma to the flavor. Black body with ruby highlights in the body. Thick, fizzy head that lasts and lacing that coats the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by the coffee and chocolate with notes of roasted and burnt malts and vanilla. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter and mildly acidic. Dry, coffee bitterness in the finish. Tastes of unsweetened dark chocolate linger along with the alcohol. Medium body with a velvety texture and lively carbonation. You could say this is a one-trick pony kind of beer — all coffee all the time — but that one trick is pretty good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2008
11.5oz beer: Viscous black pour with a thick, mocha colored head. The aroma offers a beautiful balance of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee - working together well. The coffee is slightly more bitter in the body, working with the lightly bitter hops. Lots of fudge, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla beans follow. Finishes with a scorched java note. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5362) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
black pour with a thick espresso head. nothing but bold coffee on the nose. slight chocolate flavor in the finish and a huge roasted coffee flavor upfront. it went very well with the brownie i was having as well.


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