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An intensely black extra strong coffee stout

  • Nov 7, 2010
Here's the commercial description of this creamy dark beer:

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.

The creamy density and viscosity of the beer is evident even as the first few drops pour from the bottle. A modest, dark tan head dissipates quickly leaving behind some very attractive lacing. The strong coffee odour is as intense as the colour. Little if any carbonation remains for more than a few minutes after the bottle is poured.

Bitterness is the overwhelming flavour type from notes of both burnt coffee and dark chocolate but it's ever so slightly moderated by hints of caramel or toffee providing just a teeny touch of sweetness as well. Nice flavour but, as the advertising suggests, at 9.5% alcohol by volume, this extra strong stout is definitely a sipping beer to be taken slowly and in moderation.

This is my second sample of Dieu du Ciel's repertoire and I'm liking what I've tried so far. (My first purchase was Danse Macabre).

Paul Weiss

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November 07, 2010
Wow! This sounds exactly like Mortal Sin- so delicious that it has to be evil lol... do you know if they sell it in the States? I'll have to check out the website because I'd love to try this! Thanks for sharing.
November 07, 2010
Just google the name Dieu du Ciel. I believe the web site shows where it can be purchased.
November 07, 2010
I looked at the website and found a local spot- K&L Wine Merchants carry it, so I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much!
November 07, 2010
You might ask them if they carry the other one I reviewed recently as well ... Rigor Mortis. Some pretty creative names here.
November 07, 2010
P.S. Péché Mortel translates as "Mortal Sin". I thought it was a rather clever name for an extra-strength beer like this one. Somehow, for us English drinkers, the French name seems to add an extra cachet of charm. But, when you get down to it, what the heck else would it be since the brewery is from Quebec?
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