Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I must have had this cellared for a few years, the BB date was January '11. Unfortunately, in my excited-to-open-it state, I poured it a touch too quickly and a huge chunk of something fell into my cloudy yet glowing opaque mahogany glass. Sure enough, the sludge left in the bottle was thick and nasty, only adding to my expectations for the rest of this beer experience.
Tall three finger mocha head stood up for some time, nice retention, eventually giving way to sticky ribbon lace and a viscous appearing, patchy surface. Nose jumped right out at me, lots of dry dark fruit. Rotting peach aromas create a marmalade bouquet with lots of rind.
At first sip, this struck me as complex and satisfying, an interplay of sour dark fruit with sweeter and sharper notes kicking in. Malty backbone, brazil nut dryness, medium body with dense mouthfeel, there's a substantial presence. Flashes of prune, date and fig would be more pronounced if not for boozy impressions; alcohol not particularly well handled here. At the same time, I found it hard to put down my glass, so changeable were the sweet and sour impressions. intriguing but brash flavour profile.
Dieu Du Ciel! is one of my favourite breweries and I guess I expected more from this offering. This is an interesting spin on the Belgian Quads but not as refined and satisfying as, say, Peche Mortal, in my opinon.
I remember on several occasions that the Dieu Du Ciel brewmasters brought their talents and their presence to Volo Cask Days, one of the best beer events if you're lucky enough to get tickets! Cheers to Dieu Du Ciel! keep up the good work.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2011 04:25:15 | More by ThatWineGuy
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3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
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
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 22:19:46 | More by Ozzylizard
3.96/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 01:17:52 | More by Kendo
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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