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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2208   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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nimbleprop (8928) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2008
Looks absolutely amazing. 12oz bottle pours a deep, thick, oily black with a thick, creamy, brown head that looks like a mocha colored milkshake. Aroma is rather pleasant, obviously plenty of coffee and roasted nuts going on, but there’s also a latent floral, fruit aroma that draws you in. Flavor is mainly coffee bitterness, nuts, roasted malts, chewy biscuits, granola, biscuit and dried fruit. Finish is all coffee bitterness. Appearance and aroma really draw you in. Flavor keeps you coming back.

BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle. (Bottled on Nov. 7th 2007.) Many, many, many thanks to tronraner. I wasn’t able to visit Montreal during the winter season, as my original plan. I was bummed. So, I am extremely grateful for this moment. The pour is quite opaque with hints of light passing through around the thinner edges creating a burgundy hue. The head is a long-lasting tan head that creates decent lacing. The aroma is very roasty in coffee as well as strong hints of molasses and toffee. There are some slight sour and tangy notes. The mouth-feel is very viscous with some fine carbonation and slight oiliness. The flavour, wow... it’s packed with coffee and lightly sweetened cocoa. Toffee is pretty predominant as well. The tanginess is much more subtle in the flavour than it was in the aroma. The finish is very smooth and slightly bitter. Coffee and cocoa flavours linger for quite some time. Overall, this is very balanced. It’s very delicious. Ah, this is quite amazing.

NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 Bottle, giant thanks to Tronraner for sharing this gem with me. The pour is black with an everlasting dark tan head. Serious coffee going on in the aroma, but it doesn’t completely overtake everything. Rich, defined, roasty coffee is up front with nice level of ash, dark chocolate, and a bit of coconut milk. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, not ridiculous. Excellent delicious coffee makes up the flavor along with subtle sweeter notes of chocolate, toffee to balance out things. I guess I was expecting a heavier, more robust beer, but this is decently big and most certainly delicious.
[September 2, 2008]
Bottle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my other two samples of this beer and picked up a fresh bottle on my last visit to Bruisin’ Ales. Holy cow, this beer is noticeably better fresh. I mean, don’t get me wrong: the older bottles I had were utterly delicious. But upon taking a sniff of this stuff, I was taken aback by just how mouthwatering it is. What is present here that I didn’t notice before is a very sharp, ashy, toasty quality that highlights the coffee aroma perfectly. It brings Breakfast Stout to mind. The palate is heavy and slick, but not monstrous. That rich ashiness is in the flavor again with delightful coffee and mocha. This is just perfectly sharp and bittersweet with a chocolaty finish for balance. The coffee is not overbearing (which wouldn’t necessarily be bad) but imparts discernable depth on this. man. This is just absolutely superb.
[September 2016]
10 oz at Asbury. Crazy good beer. I seem to remember the coffee being more prominent, but my previous ratings indicate otherwise. The coffee just highlights the huge malt body. Great flavors of cacao, reasonable hops, earth. Palate is surprisingly creamy.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 12 oz bottle, thanks to gunhaver. Shared with NachlamSie and BossHossBikes. Pours black with mahogany edges and an everlasting tan head. Aroma is obvious coffee and dark malt, some prune, chocolate, and black cherry. The flavor is strong coffee, and good coffee at that. Black cherry, bitter chocolate, raisin and prune are in there, too. But the emphasis is definitely coffee. Slight acidity comes out in the finish. This is a seriously good beer. You gotta like coffee to enjoy it, though. It so happens that I enjoy coffee.

DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2008
Side by side 05 and 07 bottle. Poured black with a decent sized tan head. huge ccoffee aroma, a hint of caramel and chocolate to round it out. Flavor was overwhelmingly roasted coffee with just a bit of malt sweetness and chocolate to round it out. Bitter finish on both, slightly creamy mouth with decent carbonation for the style. I think an 06 would have been perfect as the coffee in the 07 was too strong and the 05 had settled down to something a little too bland and thin. Thanks badbeer/cole/dicksmcgee for this!

Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2008
Thanks to Kempleton for the opportunity to try this one Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a good finger worth of tan head that lasts. The body on this one was jet black in color Aroma of coffee is strong along with the chocolate and a light sweetness (caramel) This tastes like a great cup of good coffee with enough malt sweetness to counter the roasted bitters A great mouthfeel on this one is just like Stout should be creamy smooth and just enough carbonation to keep it interesting Very drinkable, definite recommend. A awesome Sunday brunch brew

HenrikSoegaard (14710) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Creamy lightbrown exellent fully lasting head. Powerfull coffee aroma. Too much coffee flavor, chocolate notes but not powerfull enogh compared to the coffee notes. Creamy palate. Long bitter finsih but too many coffee notes.

Habanero (4911) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Pours black with a large beige head. Nose of coffee burned malt. Sweet flavour with dark malt, cacao and coffee. Full bodied. Oily texture. Soft and slightly bitter finish. A nice brew but not as excellent as expectet.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body topped by a thin, short-lived tan head. Smell: Ashen aroma of spent coffee grounds with some supporting notes of dark malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste: Moderately sweet dark malts yield to a blast of roasty coffee and earthy bitterness. Hint of anise. The coffee flavor starts to take on a distinct burnt quality. Ashy finish. The alcohol is well hidden, I will give it that. Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Instead of chiming in with a half-snotty remark, let’s just say it’s "alright" and leave it at that.

barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 341 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownhary. pours black with a mid sized tan head. perfect impy stout appearance. aromas are all coffee. nothing else at all. flavours are a full frontal coffee attack with good impy stout underneath. if i had cellared this a little i think i would have really enjoyed it but it was all coffee for me at this age. ill have to get more and try it again when its older. 7/5/8/3/15-3.8////////////////////bottle from volo. 06/06/09. pours black with a small tan head. aromas of coffee, alcohol and hops. complex imp stout flavour with the coffee really shining. more mellow then my first bottle. i great one i under-rated my first try. 8/5/8/4/16-4.1

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