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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2169   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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Papsoe (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
(Bottle 66 cl) 9% ABV in this version. Pitch black, completely opaque with a bubbly, light brown head. Burned nose, full of coffee aromas - actually extemely coffeeish - one of the most aromatic beers I’ve ever come close to. Extremely dry - the world’s driest beer? Very burned flavours, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and burned toast. A bit like licking your fireplace? This may sound unpleasant but the beer certainly is not. It’s a true experience. Very dry, bitter finish - not a hoppy bitterness, again the burned malts dominate. 031205

Leighton (21841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle at Rattle n Hum. Wow. When my friend poured this beer, I immediately smelled the intense coffee aromas and noted the thick consistency. As he poured, it looked like tar and smelled like earth. In the glass, the beer was pitch black with a thick, fluffy beige head. The aromas smacked of expresso and mocha, along with dirt. The flavor was incredible. Rich, robust coffee with some notes of almond and hazlenut. Strong bitterness from the coffee beans but still some sweet, burnt malt presence. Finish is mildly bitter and smooth. Medium carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Truly a remarkable beer.

Beerhunter111 (21775) - P´Castle, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr intensiv röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, wunderbares Bier.

Rasmus40 (21464) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Black with a small light brown head. Aroma is very sweet, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 050711

fiulijn (20993) - 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,

Koelschtrinker (20772) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Intensiver röstig-malziger Antrunk, bereits hier wird die Malzdominanz im Bier ersichtlich. Die Malzintensität steiget nun deutlich an, darin befindet sich eine leichte Bitterkeit und passende Hopfennoten. Kaffeeartig röstig, der Alkohol ist ersichtlich und bringt sich gut in die Kräutergewürznoten ein. Zum Ende, als der Malzhöhepunkt vorbei ist, sind leichte Zitrusnoten erkennbar. Hier ist das Bier aber weiterhin sehr aromatisch und kann, trotz leichtem Brennen im Hals überzeugen. Etwas nach Lakritz, Whiskeyandeutungen. Ein absolut gelungenes Imperial Stout! 9/12/13/14/13/14

Theydon_Bois (20165) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Thanks to Patrick for an IP trade in Montreal for this one. Poured from a 341ml bottle (Mar ’12) into a Meantime goblet to a rich black with a very thin brown head that soon thins to a thin film. Not as strong/an endearing a smell as I had anticipated, definate alcohol nose and a touch of roasted coffee and dark malts, but was expecting a little more! Taste on the otherhand was excellent! Sweet espresso coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla. slightly bitter in the afterstate with chocolate just right and well balanced enough to take the edge off the sweeter coffee flavour. A little dark woodiness in the background. Mouthfeel was just right, low carbonation and smooth on the palate. Overall a great imperial stout with a hint of coffee. Will most definately re-visit!

harrisoni (19003) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle at Post Zythos Struise Tasting 08. Funny, but I didn’t even know how highly this beer was rated before I had it. Lovely coffee, ground flesh (fresh) aroma. Bit of paint??? Enormously coffee in mouth, extreme espresso. Too much coffee, but it is a stunning beer. Not enough balance though.

rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg. Black color, lasting creamy brown head. Cocoa aroma, coffee, salt, quite bitter, licorice notes, hoppy, metal notes, a bit earthy, and with dry chocolate. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, dry bitterness, hops, earthy, with dark fruits and coffee.

mcberko (18429) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle - pours jet black with a thin coffee coloured head. Aroma is rich dark chocolate and coffee. Flavour is rich chocolate, coffee, with a sweet note - very smooth and thick. Slightly bitter finish. Absolutely wonderful stout.

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