So what is so great about Péché Mortel? This beer sits comfortably in Ratebeers Top 50 Imperial Stouts. I know I can find it in some LCBO's and of course across the river in Quebec, but I also know places like Brewdog in the UK have been known to stock them. For this review I was fortunate to have visited a LCBO that had some 4-packs so picked up a few bottles. Also I as write this the Day of Péché Mortel has happened, a day of celebrating this great beer with some one offs. These beers will appear in later posts, for now we are just trying the standard one.
So enough of me rambling let's get on it!
The first thing you'll notice with the bottle is the label. It's hard to not notice the bright red, kind of creepy weird medusa style lady. I can only assume that it is meant to represent the alluring nature of the beer as it tempts you in and then freezes you in place with it's big bold flavour.
Name: Péché Mortel (Mortal Sin)
Brewery: Dieu Du Ciel
Country: Canada, Quebec.
Style: Imperial Stout
Price: $3.99 (CAD) a bottle
"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 savoured; 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."
Sight: A rich tan coloured, creamy head, forms on top of a deep black body. This is a great looking beer.
Aroma: Straight away you are greeted by roasted coffee, vanilla and a slight nuttiness. Makes me think of Cold Brew Coffees.
Taste: Gentle bitterness from coffee, rounded off by the sweetness of vanilla. A slight lingering burnt taste is left at the back of the throat. Drinks like a good cup of coffee in the morning. Who couldn't like this?
Would I buy it again? Yes! This stuff is great. This is exactly my style of beer. Big bold flavours that you have to enjoy slowly. As it warms up, more complex and deeper flavours get released.
Absolutely a great beer. I now know I need to travel more into Quebec and pick up some additional beers from this great brewery and visit the brew pub.
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