Hot Take Beer Review: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel – Péché Mortel

Beer Name: Peche Mortel

Brewery: Brasserie Diel du Ciel

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%

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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.

Tim’s Review:

Review Date: 1/14/17

Poured From: Tap

Rating: 8/10 – “try-able”

This beer has a nice and toasty malty nose. There are undeniable aromas of alcohol and caramel. The beer itself is nearly jet black, as one would expect from the style, with a nice tan head just a sliver high. I’m not getting any coffee flavors, which is interesting considering the description, but maybe it is just in the fairly large amounts of bitterness in the finish. The beer is thick and feels as such while drinking. One thing to note with this beer is a drastic change in characteristics with temperature. When first brought to the table it was at a cold serving temperature for stouts, nothing against the establishment where it was served, it is just a necessity of the modern day tap serving system. When it first got to the table there was loads of alcohol flavors and aromas, however once given a moment to warm up to just below room temperature the beer really came into its own. The alcohol notes were subdued by other flavors and aromas in the beer and became a much smaller deal.

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