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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick, dark black. Motor oil. Dark khaki colored, frothy head. Great, full-glass lacing and retention.

S: Strong java; espresso-like. Chocolate. Vanilla. Hints of toffee and caramel. Smells a bit like S'mores.

T: Black coffee slaps the palate right upfront. Actually tastes like a caramel flavored coffee with vanilla added. Tons of sweet chocolate and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish - almost like a rolo or caramello candy bar.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation - maybe a bit too much for the style. Bitey. Sharp.

O: This is mega complex. Delightful. Great dessert or breakfast beer. The coffee is abundantly strong, but the chocolate offsets the java bitterness wonderfully.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber

Bottled 3/2005

I bought this bottle about one year ago and have cellered since. This bad boy hasn't lost any carbonation in the 2+ years since bottling. Opens with a nice pffftt and pours black as the devils soul. This black hole of a beer swallows every ray of light that dares venture near. A two finger creamy brown head appeared on the pour and became craggy before slowly falling to a thick crown. Leaves some great sheet lacing as it settles and then after each drink. World class looking stout.

Although this beer is a couple years old the coffee is by far first and foremost in the aroma. There's not just a hint of coffee here and there but a couple shots of espresso. The espresso still dominates. Once I get past the coffee there's a solid dose of dark chocolate with a slight bitter character and roasted barley. Peche Mortel is one of those beers that get your heart beating faster from the first inhale.

Well, the flavor manages to outdo even the aroma. This is a coffee bomb yet somehow, as strong as it is, doesn't overpower you in the least. While the coffee shows off it's greatness throughout there's a great wave of dark chocolate on the swallow. This manages to balance things out perfectly before the espresso takes over the entire profile. Roasted barley makes itself known quietly in the background.

The mouthfeel is perfect on this beer. The body is big boned but not heavy which makes this beer go down incredibly smooth. The carbonation is actually slightly higher (moderate in this case) than expected which keeps things moving nicely.

I find it extremely hard giving such a big stout a perfect score for drinkability. While this is about as close as you can get for such a big beer the alcohol and caffeine keep it from getting that 5. If you drank the night away with this beer you'd be bouncing off walls one minute and falling asleep the next. Well, maybe not but you catch my drift right?

Peche Mortel is a stout of the highest quality. I don't drink coffee very often but I love me a good coffee infused beer. This is one if not the best coffee infused beer I've ever had. Not only that but it's one of the best stouts I've ever expierenced. I only wish I had a few more bottles sitting aside. This is a must try lie, cheat, or steal do whatever it takes to get yourself a bottle of Peche Mortel.

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

Peche Mortel pours a very dark color, being virtually black with a tan colored head from a brown 11.5 ounce bottle. It smells intensely like coffee. The flavor is coffee, so much so that I want to look at it to make sure it's beer and not coffee. If you like coffee and you like beer, this is the beer for you.

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Péché Mortel from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 5,167 ratings
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