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Tasting note: Pêché Mortel

Pêché Mortel from Canada’s Brasserie Dieu du Ciel certainly qualifies as one of the most hyped beers of 2005. Is it that good?

Roger Baylor, a.k.a. The Potable Curmudgeon, says yes:

All I can say is, “wow.”

Beers truly worth the hype are rare, but if – and only if “ you enjoy coffee the way I enjoy coffee, Peche Mortel is amazing, and perhaps worth the deal I’m about to offer you.

Of the essential components of Imperial Stout, a strident black color and a mouth-filling body (9% abv) are the only ones making a showing alongside the strident coffee character, which acts as the surrogate balancing hop in this luxurious ale. As with espresso, it’s overwhelmingly roasty, and leaves a faint acidic tickle going down my throat.

Very, very specialized – and very, very good.

One Response to Tasting note: Pêché Mortel

  1. Steve Beaumont January 27, 2006 at 5:59 pm #

    Just an FYI regarding the name of this beer, the proper spelling of which has a circumflex on the first ‘e’ and an acute accent on the second. It’s the second accent that’s the most important, since without it, the “Mortal Sin” becomes a “Terminal Peach.”

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