overall
100
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style
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: 2165   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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4.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3984) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6739) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2008
(Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-05-31) Black. Big brownish head. Coffee and ashtray in nose. Full and dry palate. Roasted malts and quite a bit of coffee in taste. Really nice imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle - even at almost $6 a bottle, this recent appearance locally was much appreciated; motor oil black with thin tan head and just an unadulterated coffee bomb; this just knocks your socks right off; coffee aromas are so deep and smooth with touches of chocolate, roasted nuts; drinks with mild bitterness and rich texture; slightly hot, but otherwise nearing perfection; please send a keg out this way!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 11.2oz bottle from franksnbeans - thanks! I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, and now that we’ve finally seen some bottles showing up in NC I figured it was time to crack this one. And holy molasses this is a goodern! Thick syrupy pour with a surprisingly lively fizzing body, a crisp carbonation that rises into a moderate head. Yeah, the aroma is just killer - brisk and bracing, with tons of roasts coming through to let you know that this is aggressive coffee, not the fruity, rounded, mellow stuff. Of course there’s a nice, balanced stout underlying it all, with a slightly sweet chocolate malt base and some spicy hops to balance. But man, that coffee is just killing me. Full bodied and deceptively easy drinking, this one rivals Beer Geek.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tylerss20 (101) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Success. Tasting at Julio’s 6/1. Delicious rich coffee aroma. Smooth like Santana. This is a fantastic stout. Sticky, sweet, a bit smoky. Dessert in a bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 22oz bottle/draft/12oz bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Aroma is loads of coffee, chocolate, some etoh. The flavor is incredibly well blended coffee and some smoke with a good roasted but creamy flavor of chocolate. I love this time after time. 4.3 After having the 04 vintage at the 10th anniversary party and IMO the f’in stand out beer of the party i have to bump this a few points, this beer is truely phenominal when served in this manner. The fresh 12oz bottles cant stand up to the aging process. Awesome! 4.6

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3352) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
341ml brown bottle from Goldorak. Bottled 11/07. Pours black, as I hold the glass up to the light, nothing penetrates. I only see myself reflected. Thick layer of tan foam on top, creamy sticky edges. Strong roasted coffee nose, hints of cocoa, getting a trace of alcohol tucked in behind. Coffee flavour is upfront, bittersweet chocolate behind. Hop flavour and bitterness quite pronouced. A little warming sensation in the mouth from the alcohol, but it’s solely a warming effect, not boozy or sharp. It seems to enhance the experience. Full body, carbonation is tight and persistent. Excellent stout, I am looking forward to more from this brewer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, and licorice. Flavor has many of the same notes. The sweet malts and coffee present right up front and then disappear leaving a strong lasting bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium/thick and carbonation is medium/high. An excellent beer that might even be better with age.


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