Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Ratings: 633 | Reviews: 337
Photo of crag
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of malt. Very nice coco nib flavour obviously from the dark malt. However there is not the typical yeast flavour.

Photo of founddrama
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something magical going in in this glass right now.

Photo of LennyBound
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drinkable quad, but not terribly complex compared to other instances of the style. Feels somewhat shallow,

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.49/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

11.5 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clearish yet dark ruby amber, which forms no head beyond a patchy cap and a ring of white. A few scattered streams of bubbles make their way steadily to the top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet toffee and caramel malt dominates the aroma, carrying a bit of candi sweetness along for the ride. There's something akin to cranberry drifting through the scent as well.

Taste: Right up front, this is a barrage of caramel, toffee, and candi sugar, and that does not relent through most of the tasting process. The ABV is boldly present as both heat and astringency, providing something of a medicinal taste and a lingering burn on the tongue. Hints of chocolate and something vaguely fruity are present, but buried under the sweetness and alcohol bite. There is a pronounced peppery spice, however, which makes itself known alongside the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and hot, this is creamy while in the mouth, and then leaves a sensation not unlike drinking sandpaper.

Overall: I'm uncertain if perhaps I got hold of a bad bottle, or if I've been spoiled by other large ABV beers that conceal their payload, but this would not be a repeater for me. I am generally a fan of sweeter beers, but the heat and medicinal tinge taint the whole flavor profile for me.

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell of cherries and coffee. Has a "mango juice" type of taste and feel. Very nice belgian. Solid offering from Dieu du Ciel!

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Nov-26-2014


A:
Pours a cloudy brown with a middling foamy tan head that never settles to much more than a thin film with a ring. Okay retention; tiny specks of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Very sweet, fresh and slightly earthy. Caramelized sugar, spices, dark bready, some soft nuttiness. (4)

T:
Rich with mellow sweetness. Soft, even, rich layers of warm nuttiness and yeast with some prominent sweetness, red fruits, sugar, roasted hints. (4.25)

M:
Smooth and medium-full bodied with a warm alcohol character and a slightly lingering finish. (3.75)

O:
Very good Quad (judging by the 'ABT').
This is a beer that is very convincingly Belgian but is just missing a little oomph.
It pours all right but certainly is lacking a fat head. The nose and flavor go well together with the former being soft and inviting and the latter sweet and boozy. It drinks well and is quite delicious. It could be a little richer in general and a little less alcoholic for my tastes, but it very good regardless.
Would have again; worth trying if you come across it. (4)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - This is my first quadruple and first Dieu de ciel offering, and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. I went from trying something new to enjoying four pours of an amazing beer. Very strong smell of coffee and fruity. The taste, however is very strong, malty beer. The beer feels heavy, great in the mouth, and goes down smooth. Rigor Mortis - definitely a beer to die for, and highly recommended from this beer lover. Cheers!

Photo of AugustusRex
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Draft at Barvolo

Good head retention. Sweet aroma with slight coffee character. Unibroue-like yeast character.

Hint of bitter/stale coffee grounds on palate, strong sweetness, strong alcohol.

Will try again in bottle format.

Photo of Buzz3d
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was not expecting this to be as good as it was. Light carmel pour with a noticeable drinkability. VERY SMOOTH!

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

A: (3/3) Dark toffee brown with a light haze and thin but well-retained head
S: (9/12) Pretty strong raisin/apple and alcohol with funky notes and a little bit of burnt caramel, and I even get a little banana when I go back for sip number two
T: (16/20) Stronger on the burnt caramel and chocolate than the fruit
M: (4/5) Pretty solid body with very little carbonation, pretty dry finish
O: (7/10) Yeah, I know my review is all over the map, but the beer kind of is, too. I picked it up at a cellar clearance sale , and then left it in my fridge for a couple months, so I think I aged it properly (notches say '05). None of the flavors really sing to me, but it’s certainly a solid beer.
39/50

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a decent sized but short lived off white head. Massive chunks of something floating in this viscous liquid. Aromas are heavy on the fruit. Dark stone fruits with bits of pineapple atop a brown sugary caramel base with just a touch of alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma. Lots of tropical fruitiness with a solid brown sugary base to back it up. Pleasant warming alcohol. Medium body with a somewhat drying finish. Light level of carbonation. Nice sipper once you get past the appearance. This may be an older bottle, its got notches that are off centered from the numbers so I can't tell.

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured a rich, cloudy reddish brown with nice chunks of yeast and a thin ring of head. A good looking quad, it could do with a bit more head, but otherwise it looks fantastic. Scents of dark fruit, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, date, dark cherry and prune, along with aromas of brown sugar, bread crust, and rich, sweet, bready malt, fruity esters of an indeterminate type and a heavy presence of alcohol. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice quadrupel that is rich, sweet, fruity and boozy. It is quite nice. Flavor begins sweet and malty with notes of rich, sweet brown bread and dark fruit, mostly raisin, prune, plum, sweet cherry and caramel with a hint of milk chocolate and some limited spicy Belgian yeast phenols. This moves into a sweet middle that continues flavors of caramel, sweet bready malt, medium-light flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit, with the fruits mentioned above, but at a light level. Finish is sweet with moderate notes of milk chocolate, caramel, bread crust, toast, sweet bready malt, medium-light alcohol warmth, and light red cherry and plum on the swallow. Light spiciness is present at the end. Aftertaste is medium-sweet with notes of toasted bread, bread crust, caramel, chocolate, white pepper and light alcohol. Overall impression of flavor is of a rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit-filled, slightly boozy and complex quadrupel. It is an excellent example of the style, not the best, but very pleasing on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and creamy with medium-high carbonation and a medium, smooth alcohol burn. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a true to style quadrupel that fits the richer Abbey style, rather than the drier Trappist form, more St. Bernardus than Achel Extra. Very nice. Overall this is a nice quadrupel. It is rich and complex in aroma and flavor, hitting the style quite well and it has a lovely, full mouthfeel that is pleasant and aids the flavor. A very nice quadrupel and I am looking forward to seeing how it ages.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious!

Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A rigorous mort - er - vigorous pour into a Unibroue tulip looks dark brown, holding it to the light reveals a nice blood red color. Some floaties there. A beige head ends up as a ring and swirly cap, bits of lace left.

Smell - Plum, raisin, brown sugary caramel malts, spicy Belgian yeast, apple, baked bread, alcohol. Pretty typical quad aromas, though it's not as remarkable as the Belgian standards it's nice.

Taste - Increased alcohol phenols and spice notes of black pepper and clove mingle nicely with the sweet and fruity yeasts, though seem to overpower the nuances from the scent. A little bit a of wine feel throughout.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and full mouthfeel, nice medium-low carbonation, alcohol warmth as expected for the style but comes off as a little deterring.

Overall - A pretty good quad, though the spiciness and alcohol heat detract a little bit, not as complex as I'd hoped.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak glass

A: A beautiful amber brown and a light tan collar.
S: Lots of raisin and overly ripe bananas.
T: Quite the quad. You can definitely taste those esters and the Belgian candi. Lots of ripe banana and raisins. It definitely tends a bit more towards their style name of: Abbey-style brown ale. I can definitely taste the brown ale in this. It is a bit nutty.
M: The lightest carbonation that is extremely fuzzy. Like a room temperature Sprite that was just opened. So many bubbles, that the liquid portion is almost covered up.
O: Just a delicious quad. Interesting and with a great name. Not sure what the ABT stands for.

Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Aroma of caramel. Pours cloudy brown with minimal head. Heavy sweet flavours. Full bodied with slightly sticky texture, average carbonation. Overall a nice strong beer, if a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- thin khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly leaving scattered lace above the body. Body is thick-looking and caramel-colored.

S- heavy plum and Belgian candy syrup. Caramel and burnt sugar.

T- Continued plum, huge really, with a finish that is cherry-like. There's a slight estery yeast flavor and hints of the candy syrup.

M- incredibly easy-drinking and smooth. No alcohol presence.

A great representation with big flavors but still mellow and enjoyable.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 5.99/11.5 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle dated 1 4 at 40 degrees into chalice
Weak aroma of malt and yeast phenolics
Head small (1 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 1 mm ring
Lacing none
Body medium brown, cloudy
Flavor of dates and figs, possibly some raisins as well; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Although totally lacking a head and lacing and being only medium brown, in other characteristics this resembles a quad. The alcohol, while not noticeable in the flavor, makes itself evident in the following stomach burn. Pretty weak overall, this may be a good gateway beer for someone afraid of quads.

Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have no idea how old this bottle is - the notches on the numbers on the side of the bottle seem to line up with a 1 and a 0; could that possibly mean this is from 2010? I've had it in my DBF in the cellar for awhile, but I wouldn't have guessed any more than a year. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. The body is the color of iced tea - murky or hazy iced tea - but when backlit it's more mahogany or even ruby. Small thin khaki-colored head on top disappears immediately. No real lacing other than some short-lived "legs" after each sip.

S: Brown bread, brown sugar and spiced apples - think those mulling spices you put in cider. Also a touch of alcohol is noted.

T: Similar to the nose, I get apple pie-type flavors: overripe apples, brown sugar and some spices (cinnamon, maybe cardamom). Some bread dough too. Alcohol is fairly well hidden on the palate, but shows up as a drying element in the aftertaste; heat is felt in the belly right away.

M: It's low in carbonation and a little watery for such a "big" style (and given the high ABV).

O: Good but not great.

Photo of kjyost
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer cellared for IIRC 4 years.

Poured into a tulip for Game 7 Habs vs. Boston.

A hint murky with a nice tight he's that drops quickly. Great nose filled with dried fruits, burnt sugars. Body continues in the same manner with dried fruit, alcohol warmth and a fairy sweet back taste. First pour was prickly, second was soft on the tongue. No discernible hop (thankfully).

A stellar beer, hopefully for a stellar game tonight. Go Habs!!

Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label has a batch number of 1 0 punched out on the left for whatever year that means.

A medium copper colored ale with good clarity and a few floaters.

A vinous, dark fruit aroma with some moderately rich malt notes. There is a medium amount of caramel sweet aroma.

It tastes like it smells just with the addition of some Belgian yeast character of spice and fruit. The malt dominates back by some dark fruit but neither are to the extent of a Dark Strong. A wine like note again with a low hop bitterness and nothing for flavor hops. There is a moderate amount of crystal malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately sweet. It has a medium finish and a quick pepper and raisin aftertaste.

A medium-light bodied beer with a medium strong level of carbonation.

Definitely worth picking up. It's a rich malty beer with a wine-like character along with some fruit and spice character.

Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle: Bought this a couple of weeks ago, but it appears from the label this may have been made in 2010 (4 years ago). It pours an opaque brown color. There was a very small off white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is good. I get a little tartness (possible brett) on top. Perhaps some cherry, banana, yeastiness, raisin, caramel and others. Seems like every time you take a whiff you pick up something else. The taste is good. I was afraid that it might be bad from a whiff of brett in the aroma, but it is not the case. A very complex taste. Very full bodied, lots of malts but only a subdued sweetness. Caramel, bready, chocolate, some spices and fruits in the background. Complex and nice. No hint of the alcohol. I would definitely buy it again!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a murky dark brown, coca-cola like, into my St. Bernardus chalice. 1.5 inch head. A little bit of lacing but nothing significant.

Smells like a typical quad- the dark fruits (plums/raisins), some spicing, and yeast.

The taste is pretty similar. Very strong raisin flavor, cloves, along with the typical Belgian yeast flavors. There's some brown sugar and vanilla flavors I'm picking up as well, and some slightly grassy hop aromas.

Full bodied mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Another good entry from the Dieu de Ciel lineup.

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown, dense cream colored head that coats the glass on the way down. Smell: brown sugar and brown bread note upfront, then pear, into caramelized sugar back. Taste: caramel, soft pear, sugary red plum, pecan-y note. Full-ish body, creamy feel, fair amount of alcohol cutting through.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear brick red that shines with a ruby red glint. A thin ring of sand beige bubble rims the glass in the glass. It does form a thin cap of foam when swirled but again settles out to a thin ring.

S: Big juicy red dry fruits with plums, raspberries,tart cherries, cassis, some warmth of the alcohol followed by sweet spices and slight yeasts buffer the end.

T: Caramel malts with notes of fried bananas & sweet spices and raisins, belgian yeast finished with warm alcohol esters.

M: Medium bodied with a tight hug to the tongue. Low carbonation supports the sweet malts and allows the flavours to shine.

O: Wonderful drinking beer that stands well on it's on and is suggestive of a low hopped barley wine. Would be terrific with a rich chocolate torte and a warm fireplace enjoyed slowly.

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.