Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Péché MortelPéché Mortel
5,147 Ratings
Péché MortelPéché Mortel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / 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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-09-2003

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 30, 2013.

It pours deep black with a small but lingering beige head that eventually fizzles down. Opaque.

Everything about the aroma screams subtle. There are dark roasted malts and coffee but nothing that is in my face.

Medium body and reasonably smooth.

The taste is like the aroma with a dark malty character, mild sweetness, and more earthy bitterness at the end. You wouldn't know this to be a 9.3% ABV beer because the alcohol is non-existent. Yet while is has some good Impy Stout characters it is definitely not in your face.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black as motor oil but not as thick, some imperial stouts just pour thicker this one in particular comes off thin and so does the tan head is produces, maybe 1/4" off the body settling to nada before the first sip.

Smell: Robust hit of coffee with a nutmeg type of infusio to go with it. Its a tad light but honestly you can't stop sniffing it.

Taste: Complex and sweet, the feeling of espresso with pieces of super dark bitter chocolate. Honestly it gets better and better you go down further into the glass, borderline perfect.

Mouth: You know maybe after the third sip you realize that this brew comes off a notch dry, like coffee. One thing i have to give props to is the stickiness to it, like gum under your shoe.

Overall: I have passed this up o the shelf many times at one of my local beer spots and absolutely will not ever do it again. It isn't my favorite imperial stout but definitely hits the top five.Chuck the money and buy a bottle....Salud!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a faint khaki head that quickly fades to a only a thin ring on top that leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of huge brewed black coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and faint vanilla. Very inviting.

Taste is of black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and maple syrup with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

Impressive big coffee and dark chocolate aroma and flavors combine with a velvety mouthfeel. A world class breakfast stout.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. A two bottle vertical of a fresh 2013 bottle and a properly aged 2009 bottle.

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with leaving a thin tan layer and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing bands. Nice aroma of tasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hints of vanilla and dark dried fruit; light liqueur alcohol. Flavor of rich toasted, lightly charred malt, aromatic coffee, chocolate, light nuts. Finishes with charred coffee and malt, light hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A beautifully balanced and flavorful coffee stout. Touches all the expected toasted / char malt and rich coffee notes with all well melded.

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours opaque black with light patchy tan foam and a ring around the glass that leave a surprising amount of speckled lacing. Nice sweet toasted malt, vanilla and dark dried fruit aroma, reminiscent of a high quality mild stout, but more complex. No evident coffee nor alcohol. Flavor is very well melded toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood, coffee char, hints of dark fruit. Finishes with distinct coffee and almost the same level of light hop bitterness as the fresh bottle. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. This aged bottle has lost some of the bright toasted malt and coffee notes, but has all the flavors very well blended with light woody character as if it were barrel aged (probably oxidation elements, but much more nicely balanced then the typical cardboard flavors of aged beers). I am pleased by the survival of the coffee and hop character of this aged stout. It has aged very nicely and become even more balanced (and the fresh one is well balanced) and interesting. This is a world class stout. I intend to age this one again.

This is one of my favorite breweries and this only cements its place in my heart.

The score is a blend of both vintages; they are quite different, but no score is very much different between the two.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,147 ratings
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