Péché Mortel (Mortal Sin)

2010/10/10 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Péché Mortel is an imperial coffee stout brewed by the Dieu du Ciel microbrewery and pub in Montréal, Canada starting in 2001. This beer has the highest alcohol content of all their brews at 9.5% which pairs perfectly with the imperial stout characteristics.

To be honest this was my first coffee stout so I wasn’t very sure what to expect. I’ve had a fair amount of stouts in recent history, but those have mostly been cream stouts focusing on more of the sweet characteristics rather than the ABV/bittering present in typical imperial stouts.

The beer pours a thick and creamy head which is light chocolate in color and very long lived. As evidenced by its name there are mostly notes of espresso which remain pleasantly under powering and balanced well with just enough sweetness to round out the profile. Overall the beer has a nice thick body and leaves an aftertaste with mild hints of chocolate and alcohol.

On the whole I would rate this an an excellent beer and would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone interested in tasting a nice coffe stout. As a side note, with Halloween fast approaching it’s worth knowing that this beer pairs almost too perfectly with KitKats.

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