Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel

Péché Mortel
(Imperial Stout
Au Cafe)

Brewed by:
Dieu Du Ciel

Quebec, Canada

American Double / Imperial Stout

9.50% ABV

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.

General Pricing:
11.5oz, 341ml bottle, ~ $6.00

The beer pours a dark brown, completely opaque with a fairly rich tan head.

This is a wonderful nose. Dark roasted malts along with rich coffee aromas and some chocolate notes. This in one, very appealing nose.

The taste starts with sweet dark malts up front then a nice smooth middle followed by a very rich back-end. The back-end is a building malt bitterness that turns into a creamy coffee flavor by the time you get to the swallow. The finish is rich with coffee and roasted malt flavors along with some hop bitterness and that classic lingering robust malt aftertaste.

The beer is one of those that just get better as it warms. It is now at 66 degrees and it is richer than it was when it was colder.

This is an impressive stout. It is also pretty intense. This is not the smoothest or easiest imperial stout to drink. It is smooth but it maintains a bitter robustness throughout.

I’m not a huge fan of coffee bitterness in a beer. It seems just a little out of place for me. I do like the natural coffee and chocolate notes that come from the roasted malts but not so much the forced adjunct coffee flavors that are added to some beers.

The overall craftsmanship of this superior brew however overrides somewhat  the negative of the coffee bitterness. So overall I still have to give this one an A-. It truly is an excellent coffee stout.

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