Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel
From Dieu du Ciel – The Péché Mortel is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair-trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, helping to intensify the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Brewed to be savoured, we invite you to drink it with moderation. This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was originally 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. This beer received a special award during the 2005 Popular Beer Contest held during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal.
Dieu du Ciel – Péché Mortel – 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 9.5% abv. From trade on ratebeer.com from Dan in PA!
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a picture perfect 1/2 inch, dense khaki head.
Aroma: This brew gives off aroma from a good two feet away. Freshly grinded medium roasted coffee beans and that is about it.
Taste: Dark chocolate, a nice cup of medium roast coffee, burnt malts and roasted malts finish it off. Leaves a similar aftertaste in your mouth as if you just had your morning coffee.
Mouthfeel: Has a luxurious silky mouthfeel. Almost creamy, but definitely smooth and silky. Very modestly carbonated. There is a little fizz going on that, combined with the bitter coffee feels like spiciness.
Overall: This is heads and shoulders better than most Imperial coffee beers I have sampled and reviewed. It’s not overly complex, and almost bores me that its just a thick glass of coffee. I’m not sure of the age of this bottle, but I’m thinking if the coffee can mellow, other interesting flavors could come out.