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


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RATINGS: 2172   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2016
2016-02-27, draught at Steel Toad, Vancouver, Péché Day, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color, beige creamy head. After drinking other versions of the Péché, it becomes more evident that the original version is the most balanced and most elegant.

2011-07-26, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color; brownish creamy head. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, spicy (pepper…), some coffee, light leather, very light smoke. Good body structure; smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is a bit excessive; strong flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate, coffee, light liquorice; moderate residual sweetness; correct bitterness, some of it coming from the roasted malt, evident in the end. Very well contructed, with a degree of complexity.

2008-03-10, bottle, 6-4-7-3-14=34
Black color, with a huge beige head. It has a delicate coffee aroma, still quite simple. I’m not overy impressed by the flavor, but I have to acknowledge a few qualities, among which the nice espresso flavor, with an original touch (dry liquorice and light spices); it has a good body structure. The final has still a quite intense power, with a pervasive dry roasted malt, that this time I like. Undoubtly good,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Opaque black pour. Not much head to it, but there is some dark tan foam. Lots of coffee on the nose. It reminds of 7-11. A strong coffee aroma, with some unidentifiable funk on top. Sweet coffee flavor with lots of alcohol. Not much going on here, just a strong coffee stout. I was a bit disappointed by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2770) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle I’ve been waiting for this forquite some time, so there is a fair it of anticipaion built up behind this rating. The 11.5 oz. bottle unleashes a dark black liquid and a massive head. I’m sitting with pint glass and I woul guess that only half of the bottle is in the glass right now. Aromas are dark and roasty with big coffee presence and a touch of must. Flavor is almost like coffee with whisky and chocolate added. Bitter coffee ground aftertaste and a nice creamy texture. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
341 ml bottle. I gotta start by saying that I’m not sold at all to that kind of beer. I’m more of a belgian strong type of guy. But, this beer was exellent. Brown creamy head, dark brown color and strong coffee/malt aroma. Taste of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Alcohol is very well hidden under all those well balanced flavors. A pleasure from beginning to the end. Really worth the extra bucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Sampled at Hellbilly’s Hellraiser II. Deep black pour with a thick creamy tan head that lasts and laces nicely. Beautiful beer! Lots of dark roast coffee in the aroma, along with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Great coffee flavor as well, giving away to sweeter chocolate and vanilla. Creamy on the palate. Very nice stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (14076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting creamy brown head with good lacing. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla and roastiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, coffee and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2008
2005 Bomber: Black with a beige head, good retention and lacing. Smell if lightly roasted coffee, a little bit of cream, some toffee and caramel. A really complex and wonderful aroma. Taste is incredibly smooth with light roasted coffee, cream, and some chocolate. Less than medium carbonation and heavier than medium body. Though the 2005 isn’t as good as it once was, it is still phenomenal. 2007 (rating below, not officially rating this one): 4 Black with a tan head. 6 Strong smell of burnt coffee and booze. 6 Old coffee, boozy, burnt caramel 3 Higher than medium carbonation and light body The 2007 was sampled side by side with the 2005 and they seemed like two completely different beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeB (25) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Belle couleur noire avec un collet brun pale. Un goût prononcé de café avec un arrière goût de grillé et une chaleur d’alcool. Donne le gout d’essayer en fut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4015) - Kansas, USA - JUN 3, 2008
11.5 fl oz (twist off, really?) bottle from Bottleworks in Seattle, WA, via after4ever. No dates marked on the bottle, but I am fairly certain this is the fresh batch. Pour is deep black, with a thick, two inch deep tan head. Nice lacing left behind as the head falls. This is a pretty beer. Aroma of smoky roasted coffee, and perhaps some milkiness. Taste follows the nose closely, charred roast coffee and the milkiness. The milkiness is a bit chalky in the taste. There is also some almost piney sweetness in the taste as well. Palate is full and mouth coating. Nicely done beer. Thanks for grabbing this one at BW for me, Tom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Pours a very dark fudge brown with a tall and lathery thick brown head. Fantastic coffee aroma, way more sweet then roasted with some background chocolate oat scents. Taste is sweet almost fruity for just a second and then all coffee. The body is very smooth and creamy with a long lasting coffee/earthy aftertaste. Finish is a little spicy too. Hides the ABV well, very easy to drink.

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