overall
100
99
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: 2172   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16586) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
Bottled
Pitch black, small steady expresso head. Very roasted, strong coffee beans aroma in the nose. Tobacco, coffee, some licorice. Ashy flavor. Full-bodied. Some hops in the otherwise coffeish-ashy aftertaste. Good impy, just a bit too much tobacco for my liking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (16493) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top. S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon). T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it. M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy. D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (16152) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
12 oz bottle. Body is pitch black with a very small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (16051) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15773) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
[email protected] Pitch black with a creamy brown head & lacings. Heavy roast and a bit of smoke. Very smooth & creamy. Coffee, smoke/ashy and a touch of alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (15596) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Crude oil black and tarlike. Coffee notes with a bit of bite on the palate. Frothy latte head. Other subtle flavors include caramel, cereal, chocolates, nuts and spice. Rated 7/2/09.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15394) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Bottle. Coffee and ashtray aroma. Cloudy black colour. Dark brown head. Slightly smokey flavour with some coffee. High carbonation. 6 3 7 3 14

Bottle, 9.5%. Roasted barley aroma, some smoke. Black colour. Big stable creamy brown head. Nice roasted flavour with lots off coffee. A little cream in the aftertaste. The flavour is also quite sweet, which is apparent in the slightly slick mouthfeel. 7 4 7 3 16

Draught, 9.5% at the brewpub. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Black colour. Good creamy light brown head. The flavour starts off nicely creamy, turning to vanilla and alcohol bitterness. Late coffee aftertaste, vinous with a lot of chocolate, quite bitter chocolate. 8 4 8 4 16

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle at ølbaren - shared with Mette and Anders37. Black - brown head. High coffee, espresso coffee, dry freshly grounded coffee, burned, roasted, light hoppy, dryness. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15129) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2016 341ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Jet black, large tan head, settles to a small ring. Coffee and sweet spicy peppers aroma. Taste matches the aroma - coffee and even more spicy peppers. Slightly fizzy on the tongue, otherwise quite sticky in the mouth. Swirling it softens it nicely. Covers the alcohol perfectly. Great sipper, but so tasty you want to glug it. The spicy sweet peppers wow me all the way to the bottom. And the coffee’s not caricatured, all very well balanced.
Rerate: 341ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut (6:4:7+:4:14+=3.5++)
Peppers in the aroma, some coffee, some chilli. Lovely rich roast, but not harsh or astringent. Not getting the coffee so much. Beaniness almost completely gone. Drinkability very high, no sign of 9.5%. Still very good, but it’s missing the extreme yumminess of the previous one.


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