Brewed by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Style: Imperial Stout
Montréal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 2231   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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PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
The light-brown creamy head felt like a cappuccino yogurt! Hopefully, the very welcoming appearance wasn’t an opening for a disappointing beer! My god! Is there such a thing as perfection??? No but this is very close! The first mouthfull immediately fires up a heavy artillery of coffee, roast, and something near tobacco. The alcohol couldn’t be felt in mouth but rather in the throat, giving a very generous warming effect. The Creamy texture of this beer was a real pleasure to drink. This beer is said to be made with fair trade coffee. Well let me tell you that the taste is more than fair!!!

Eructoblaster (4549) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
This was the perfect one for my hundreth rating! Its opaque black body carries some nice ruby glints and is topped with a thick creamy and lasting light-brown head. Strong roasted coffee nose. Its coffee taste is delightfully complex and carries some hints of toffee, spices, ginger and tobacco. Thick texture and long bitter final that brings a pleasant warming effect. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Very close to perfection. Coming to Montréal without having that one is a crime!!!

mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 I’ll start by saying that I usually don’t care for nitro beers, but this was luxury in a glass. liquid decadence. as this was sampled with MartinT, I’ll try to rate it in the style of the great poet himself:

pounds of coffee beat the living piss out of a flourless chocolate cake with caramel sauce. all goes dark, but bitter chocolate gets up to finish and draw a tie. dried fruit, icing sugar and malted milk spectators slowly leave the scene.

beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
Poured with nitrogen. Gives the beer a thick and rich foam that stays all along as you drink it. Pitch dark with brown reflections. You get espresso coffee vapors comming out of the beer. Sweet to the taste (brings memory of some milky stouts), you can taste the coffee, some caramel. The experiance could be similar to an ICED Espresso.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 First 11.5oz bottling exported into the US: Much sweeter and smoother than the earlier 22oz bottles. More reminiscent of the tap versions at the brewpub. Good residual malty sweetness melds well with the coffee flavors throughout. Very enjoyable and similar to Founders Breakfast stout.

Second batch made for export to US, tried on tap at DDC 7/9/05 (8,5,9,5,17): Now this is what I remember. Very smooth and creamy with great coffee balance. Much better than the first bottled batch and more true to recipe. Good coffee and roasted malt complexity throughout.

US bottle shared by goldtwins first batch (7,4,9,4,15): Pours a viscous, nearly opaque with a tan head. Aroma is very tobacco smoky and ashy with lots of roasty bittering coffee. The flavor is nice and full with decent complexity, but the body could be thicker. This doesn’t come anywhere near the tap version.

On tap at the brewpub 11/10/2003 (8,5,9,5,17): Pours a rich thick dark black with a creamy nitro dark tan head. The body seems to have a certain shine to it. Aroma is complex, but subdued slightly by the nitro tap. Thick dark chocolate, plum, molasses, plenty of bittersweet coffee and even strawberries are all present in the nose. Body is rich and robust and has an almost gritty sugary, yet viscous texture. A very unique imperial stout with a great emphasis on dark chocolate and coffee. I’d say this has more coffee flavor than Speedway Stout. Good complexity and nice balance of a lot of malty sweetness and coffee bitterness. The finish is a more subtle continuation of the body. A near sensory overload and very enjoyable.

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 (Draught) Finally found it on tap this early November - Finally! This is the first time of five tries; and was it worth it? Yes... and No. For me, the Péché Mortel isn't as good as the Aphrodisiaque. Its as complex and rich but I definitely prefer the chocolate cake flavour to Péché's carbon taste. Pours a brown head and opaque body. Cascading rise of bubbles is quite mesmerizing... Charcoal nose with hints of unsweetened German chocolate. Rich, full flavour of dark chocolate in a vat of recycled motoroil. Smokey. Bitter. Thick. Delicious!

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Coffee and chocolate nose. Deep dark night color with a finger of very dense head. Grandiose flavours: big malt, coffee and cocolate sweetness with just enough bitterness to offset. Very full, thick creamy mouthfeel. On Tap. (originally rated 6/10 for aroma and 8/10 for flavour. Re-sampled on a less smokey evening at the bar and bumped both up to 9/10).
Nov. 2004 First Bottled American Release (7-4-8-3-14=3.6): Strong burnt, bitter coffee ground aroma lacks the sweetness of the original. Opaque black body is covered by a thin but long-lasting cover of tan-brown head. Husky, salty, burnt, bitter flavour reminiscent of coffee grounds. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. Thanks, ClarkVV!

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 As Black as it gets. Big sticky chocolate nitro head which sticks to the glass and laves marks after every sip. The nose is not so affirmative, but it smells coffee beans and not cheap ones at that. Full mouthfeel which is very smooth and easy, ultra-creamy, decadet in fact. Complex flavors which you can just admire as they develop in a complex fireworks: huge dessert malt, rich coffee flavors, burnt chocolate milk is invented. Nicely balanced if you love desert beers. I’d like to compare with Alesmith’s, but heaven is not that close. I’ve had the speedway stout approximately 2 months ago though and I’m convinced that péché mortel is superior, to my liking anyway. The balance is just tremendous, with the hoppy bitterness acting as a fine complement rather than a kick on the face. Definitely a transcendant example of the style to me.. I would not necessarily place this top 10 in the world, but I have yet to taste an imperial stout that deserves it more. Cheers JF Gravel.

Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Re-rate: Not as vegetal...the beans come through much more cleanly than previously notes. It’s also a fair bit more chocolate and more like Grande Noirceur.

Coffee-flavoured Imperial Stout by pedigree, which was cause for concern because I don’t normally like coffee beers. Almost black. Large coffee bean aroma - not as vegetal as most so that is a good start. Some chocolate in there as well. Oily, smooth body. Alcohol, rich malt (creamy, decadent), with the beans coming through at the end. Slight twang in the finish. Not my bag, really, but much like Speedway I have to respect to craftsmanship.

Radek Kliber (7538) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 31, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Thanks to Brewmaster we had chance of trying one of the best beers made in Canada! # 21 Batch. Almost opaque black, despite 9.5 %of alcohol it had beautiful looking crown. Aroma was powerful, great rich prime coffee .Coffee rules. This beer is huge, powerful and great. Highly recommended!

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