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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2178   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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Oakes (18456) - 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.

chrisv10 (18208) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
12 oz bottle. Body is pitch black with a very small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

TBone (17987) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
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.

yngwie (17168) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle. It looks just delicious in the glass, with a jet black body and a small, dense brown head on top. Wonderful aroma with roasted malts, coffee doing a lot of the job, and some alcohol to give a little punch in the nose. Lovely coffee-like flavor with sweetness to prevent it from going all dry, burnt malts, and bitterness from hops and also a coffee-like malty bitterness. Smooth as hell, quite dry, full-bodied and a bit warming. Lasting finish with hoppy and coffee-like bitterness and some alcohol. Just f’ing lovely. I’m soo sad I didn’t buy more of it. (081127)

jtclockwork (17069) - , 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.

FatPhil (16891) - 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.

brokensail (16633) - 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.

Benzai (16500) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle @ Sorbon, Bromma July 31 2011. Opaque black, small light brown head. Smell a lot of coffee, plus roasted and burned malts. Taste coffee, roastyness and dark chocolate. Oily texture, alcohol well hidden. Very good beer. Thanks Madeleine for recommending this;)

Dedollewaitor (16314) - 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.

Ferris (16266) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Draft - Bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Jet black with almost no head. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a lingering but well balanced bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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