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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2195   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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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MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2017 Fresh :
Tremendously rich coffee cake, as thick as tar...Overwhelmingly sensuous icing that lasts forever...The fattest milk chocolate... Absolute equilibrium of roasted malt bitterness, coffee beans and dessert sweetness...I want this to be my birthday cake...


2-year-old from bottle purchased to drink on the premises :
A bit less creamy and decadent than the tap version, but the body is all that is affected...The generous coffee beans still love their well-endowed milky chocolate and their monogamous communion just never ends...Truly in a league of its own...



First batch bottled for Shelton Brothers, exported to the US:
Where is my Péché Mortel? I have had every batch of this, and on numerous occasions, yet I don’t recognize my Péché Mortel. Near violent roastiness blends malt and coffee beans well. Bitterness is of mythic proportions and carbonation is much livelier than any other batch I’ve had. But where is my Péché Mortel? Where is the tiramisu cake icing? Where is the sweet crème brûlée? Where is the truffle mousse? Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t bad by any means, but this is NOT the beer that deserved a place in this site’s Top 50.



Cask:

This is as smooth as the nitroed version, but perhaps silkier. Extremely easy drinking, dangerously so. This "in the nude" version is as delicious and effortless as the regular version, and showcases the beer’s true virtues for those who thought nitro was masking most of its character. Back roastiness may linger longer, or appear to. This is a marvelous creation, any way you look at it.



Newly bottled batch (oct.2007):
the nose is full of roasted coffee beans. Mouthfeel is rich but not obese, rendering drinkability to this nourishing imperial stout. Malt roastiness and coffee are seamlessly integrated, creating a chocolate espresso paradise. The finish is quite bitter, but not overwhelming; just a pleasant continuation of the elaborate and near decadent flavor profile. A Dieu du Ciel masterpiece!

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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.

5
richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
22 oz bottle at the brewpub, Sept 03 vintage, batch #38. I drove through a snow and wind storm for 10 hours to get to Montreal, and ever second of it was worth it as soon as the cap came off the bottle. a viscous black pour with a creamy coffee colored head. i swirled it around in the glass for about 10 minutes, drowing myself in the rich aroma of coffee gushing out of the beer, along with some hints of licorice. by the time i tasted it, i was noticably drooling on the bar. the rich, thick mouthfeel explodes with coffee, with hints of malts and slight bits of chocolate coming along at the end. even the small amount that i licked off my lips after i put the glass down was pure heavenly beer. a slight bit of alcohol warmness came in with the first few sips, but were hardly noticable by the end of the bottle, and did nothing to detract from the taste. as the bottle warmed, the coffee flavor became even more dominant, making the malts even less present, but just a hint of hops crept in on the very tail end. I have never given a 5 before, but i have never had a beer that i anticipated so much and that lived up to that anticipation.

5
Crockett (1129) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2005
Tap at DDC! Pours black with a big dark brown head. Viscous cascading wave pool oscillating until it leveled off. Head seemed to last forever. Nose of burnt toast, sharpy, espresso. Flavours are clearly malted milk, coffee. Robust beer, but it is defined in the crazy booming limitless aftertaste. Coffee Crisp chocolate bars. Pudding. Rasins sweetness. The toasting/roast is so even. Body of the beer is incredibly smooth. Exactly what J. Francois wants it to be. Pudding like but not overwhelmingly thick mouthfeel. Had a craving and headed back for more the next day, knowing there probably would be nothing. Spectacular.

5
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Poured solid black with a frothy brown head. Aroma is a lot of coffee with dark chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor was dark chocolate, strong coffee, smoked and toasted malts. I kind of expected this to be as thick and cakey as the D.L. but it was very smooth. I’m very interested in seeing how this ages.

Update 2-21-06
On tap at Dieu du Ciel.
You haven’t had this beer until you’ve had it on tap. A world of difference! All of the flavors were still there but just better balanced and very smooth with some serious banana bread notes. My trip to Montreal was ALL about this beer.

5
Snoro (306) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Parfaite! Tout est super bon dans cette bière et je suis fier qu’elle soit brassée chez nous. Merci! Une superbe odeur de café, un super gout de bon café, étonnant! Une légère amertume. Laisse en bouche une bonne sensation de saveur riche qui dure longtemps! Félicitation, JE VOUS LA RECOMMANDE!

5
Miver (615) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Had on draft at the brewpub a while back and also a few other times. This rating is based on the "experience" that I had at the brew pub. I usually take notes or won’t rate a beer this long after I consumed, but this one I remember distinctly as my all time favorite. Poured black with a nice brown sticky head. Aroma was of coffee yet a tad sweet. The taste was of coffee with a nice amount of cream. I picked up a real nice banana nut bread finish. It was amazing that the alcohol was hidden so well. I had dreams about this one.

5
Frankieboy (12) - ste-justine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Rien de compliquer à dire : cette bière est parfaite. Elle goûte le grain de café et son haut taux en alcool (9,5%) ajouté du fort goût de café nous rappel la chaleur d’un bon café espresso. Miam!

5
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2008
The perfect imperial stout and possibly even the perfect beer. A deep, menacing pour with a khaki colored head. Nose of espresso and secondary hints of cafe mocha made with dark chocolate - like sitting next to coffee being roasted. Flavor is what you would expect, given the aroma. Great mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced with intermingled sweetness and bitterness that slide gracefully between each other during different parts of the sip.

5
Cybercat (6212) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Aroma is absolutely magnificent - like unsweetened chocolate with an undertone of rich roast coffee. It pours like motor oil and comes out opaque sable, just a shade this side of black, with a thick, fine, persistent tan head. Fabulous flavor is chocolaty but not sweet, with tones of coffee and smoke, nutty hints, and a touch of hops. Texture is tingly and lively so it practically dances down the esophagus. Strongly recommended, especially to Stouties.


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