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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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.

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HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Pours a deep black. Aroma of chocolate and strong coffee. Taste is dominated by coffee at first, then finishes a bit sour. Pretty awesome Imp Stout.

drfabulous (8468) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Very rich and dark. Lots of chocolate. Tart/sour taste follows like a good Duck Rabbit. Lots of coffee indeed. Not intense roasty coffee flavor....but almost like coffee grounds. Very nice. Lives up to the reputation.

nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2008
Pours like motor oil from the bottle with a trim tan head of foam. Perhaps I was the only person expecting the flavor of Peach, but the aroma quickly corrects any misunderstanding regarding what this beer is about: COFFEE. Reminds me very much of Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast, yet this brew finishes with a tart flavor similar to sucking on a peach pit.

gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2008
The perfect imperial stout and possibly even the perfect beer. A deep, menacing pour with a khaki colored head. Nose of espresso and secondary hints of cafe mocha made with dark chocolate - like sitting next to coffee being roasted. Flavor is what you would expect, given the aroma. Great mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced with intermingled sweetness and bitterness that slide gracefully between each other during different parts of the sip.

BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Chocolate shake consistency with a 1/2 inch latte head. The aroma is of dark roasted coffee, charred malt, and a hint of cocoa. Flavor definitely exhibits a "burnt" or "heavily smoked" character. If you left this one in the glass overnight, it would definitely form a solid mass. A very good stout...excellent coffee-focused beer...but can’t hold a candle to the best.

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.

MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Black as ink, thin brown head. Huge coffee aroma. Tastes like a coffee milkshake made with dark chocolate. Syrupy and thick mouthfeel. Bitter and long finish. One of the best imperial stouts i’ve had.

Arayaga2 (2218) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Inky black with a thin brown head.Chalky chocolatey brandy nose with a hint of tannic grapeskin. Tastes almost exactly as it smells, but drier, with more coffee and noticeable alcohol in finish. Biting middle of tongue bitterness, with nice subtle carbonation. $6/11.5oz

sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Thanks to Four Firkins, I was able to try this rare Canadian gem. $6.50 per 11.5 oz. bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy tan head. Nose is aggressive, only slight hints of coffee along with roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and iodine. Mouth feel is heavy and brash, smooth & oily and very acidic. Definately taste the high alcohol from the get go. Coffee flavor is a bit washed out by the roastiness. This is definately in the running for the best coffee-beer. Only thing holding this back is the limited availability and high price.

mcox90 (2119) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2008
11.5 oz bottle purchased at Julio’s in Massachusetts. Pours a pitch black with a dark brown head. Nose is coffee, malt & chocolate. Thick, oily palate with low carbonation. Intense coffee flavor, maybe a little to much so. Secondary flavor of unsweetened chocolate. 9.5 % abv is well hidden behind all the coffee and chocolate.

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