Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 336
Hads: 648
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 62
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, burnt amber color that shows a lightly hazed, deep plum red color when held up to the light. The aroma is not anywhere near the sweetness I was expecting. My second smell of this though has me noticing lots of rich fruit aromatics that definitely have some sweetness to them. Notes of raisins and figs are quite prominent and there is a touch of hot alcohol towards the finish. A rich maltiness mixes with the dark fruit, contributing a deeply caramelized malt sugar note as well as some subtle toasted grain character towards the end. A touch of aromatics that make me think of freshly fermenting plums. Further inspection yields ample spicy clove notes, a touch of white pepper, some woody allspice, . At times the beer comes off as being savory, despite the fruity and sweet spice notes. This definitely has a complex, well integrated nose; one that is clearly world class.

Somewhat sweet tasting, though not overly so, the palate is immediately engulfed by a rich fruitiness that is only slightly wiped clean in the finish by some hot alcohol spiciness. Fruity, with a rich sweetness and even a savory malt backbone, this beer has a lot of things going on. There is quite a bit of spice character here, though it is not more than soft and is definitely well integrated; some lightly tongue numbing clove, an allspice note, some woody black pepper and an almost oaky spiciness (it has a definite woodiness to it somehow). For some reason the flavor isn't as impressive as the aroma, though this is still quite good. While this is rich and somewhat thick, the beer is not overly heavy; despite its strength it has a certain drinkability that is requisite of the style.

This is a pretty nice beer, the biggest flaw is that the alcohol can be a bit too noticeable at times; it doesn't ruin the beer for me though. Interesting, this might be quite phenomenal if not for the hot alcohol; I wish I had bought a second bottle to age a bit longer. (2,114 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Antique bronze with a great deal of russet and orange and a slight blurriness when the final ounce was added to the snifter on the one and only pour. A thinnish slice of khaki colored cream persists and is beginning to lay down a smeary collar of lace.

The nose is just as much BSDA as quadrupel. Maybe more. Then again, those two styles overlap to some extent. It's brown malty, medium-dark fruity and pleasantly spicy. Good use of Belgian yeast, which comes to the fore even more with time and warming.

The brewery calls Rigor Mortis ABT an Abbey-style brown ale, but it tastes like a Belgian strong dark ale. Enough about the style, what about the beer? It's good... maybe even damn good. It's impossible to know how old this bottle is, but I'm guessing it's at least 18 months of age (released every April). If so, it has held up very well.

There's a beautiful interplay between sweet and spicy, with neither getting the upper hand at any point along the way. Flavors include black licorice, dark caramel, ripe figs, hints of blackstrap molasses, and an absolutely perfect amount of clove-like spiciness. This beer is both complex and tasty as all get out.

The mouthfeel is not massive, which is probably a good thing, but it has a plush quality that is slightly marred by slightly too buzzy bubbles. About ten more minutes should fix that right up... if I can wait that long for the next mouthful.

Rigor mortis is the stiffness that occurs in the muscles following death. Rigor Mortis ABT makes me glad that rigor mortis has not yet impaired my ability to enjoy expertly brewed beer. In my humble opinion, this offering is better than the much-heralded Peche Mortel and is Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's finest creation. (1,724 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy tan head over a mahogany elixir. Good lace as well. Nose has dark fruits, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol and candy malts. Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts, herbal yeast, cocoa and spices. Thick, creamy body is well carbonated. Nice Canadian Quad. (269 characters)

Photo of abcentfishing
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The flavor was smooth and balanced. The nose was full bodied and a bit on the sweet side. The beer was just what you want out of a Quad. Even at 10 1/2 % it wasn't to much although I think one is enough. It is a sipping beer and needs to be enjoyed slow and discerningly . (337 characters)

Photo of impending
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Trappist. Poured a deep dark reddish brown, served with little head, low carbonation.

Aroma of a quad / stout mix with the figs, plums and spices plus a hint of grape Hi-C infused vanilla.

Full bodied, viscous without being cloying, chewy. Taste also is a mix of a quad and a stout in a fine fashion. Nearly zero bitter in the finish which lingers nicely. The alcohol is amazingly restrained, not even the inherent warmth you'd expect at this abv level. Blindfolded I'd say this was barrel aged.

an excellent sipper
cheers
jd (533 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown, huge fluffy head.

Oak and sugar. Not that strong.

Sugary, caramel, molasses, maple sweet. For all that sugar, there is but a tinge of burn. There is a faint chocolate and biscuit quality, both work for it. Fairly simple, intense brew that's damn tough to put down. Easily one of the better quads.

Feels fine. (324 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and takes a hard pour to get 2 fingers of foam that drops ever so slowly. Rich dark fruit nose. Pungent raisins and prunes and red berries, sugary sweet grape candy. Sweet on the tongue as well with massive alcoholic complexity, concord grapes and boozy finish. Low-ish carbonation and light body. This is a big, big beer. Some port-like notes and a little bit of hops, just for balance. A sipper for sure. Frankly, very challenging to the palate and I think might be better with even less carbonation. Sweet, but not too sweet, and loaded with flavour. (565 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy head and lacing.
Nose shows chocolate, liquorice, caramel, roasted malt and some Belgian phenols. A little fruit shows through, mainly raisins. The rich and diverse malt profile is a delight.
Flavours are syrupy sweet but there's nice amount of roasted malt to counter it. Alcohol is quite noticeable but not over the top. Similar malt profile and spicy character as in the aroma.
Carbonation is pretty high, but helps cut through the sweetness.
Dangerously drinkable stuff. (513 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really creepy label. Now, that aside, a really interesting beer, as well. Flavor profile was unlike any Belgian-inspired beer I've had. Not sure when my bottle was produced, but it certainly had the hallmarks of one that had been waiting for a while. Amazingly mellow for the whopping abv. Very low bitterness, with brown sugar sweetness and a touch of oaky vanilla. Mouthfeel had a unique creamy nature, almost as if lactose sugar had been used. Surprisingly drinkable. (478 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Sixtus vintage chalice

A - Pours a very dark Mahogany colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - Has a very chocolay aroma from the bottle. Once poured takes on some sweeter notes and some earty malts.

T - Up front there are some strong spices followed by some vanilla and chocolate finishing with a nutmeg boozyness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation

D - Top draw Quad this one. (421 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky, deep dark brown, dark white funk... Head was brief and white. Left nice lacing.

Funky, farmy, belgian nose. Banana, clove, metallic... smooth...

Creamy, high carbonation, nice palateable sweetness, lots of strong clove notes, biting typical Abbey flavors are strong and robust. Well pronounced bite followed quickly by corrupt smoothness.

Slightly all over the board. Don't get me wrong, it's good, just not great. At $5/12oz it's a good value and should be considered a "try". Cheers!!! Can't wait to see how it cellars. (532 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch 0 notched on the label. Definitely has some age on it of 1 year at the least, probably a fair bit more. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours murky brown with a good light beige head that holds a foamy island and ring and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is dark fruits, particularly strong on the raisins along with some prunes, figs and black currants, yeast & bread, some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of oxidation probably due to the fact that Dieu du Ciel is using screw-tops on their beers. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor is rich dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, minimal to no hop presence, moderate to fair sweetness, lingering finish, alcohol is virtually absent.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very creamy, low to medium carbonation.

This may very well be the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've ever had. Wow. Dieu du Ciel never ceases to amaze...just wish the price was better and they would stop using screw-top bottles!!! (1,035 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 for an 11.5oz bottle @ Merchants. 10.5% ABV per the bottle. Modeled after Belgian Quads. Very thin layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a murky deep brown, forming a light tan creamy head with average retention and nice sheets of lace and moderately carbonated. Nose opens with mild dark fruits (figs and prunes), tobacco, cloves, spicy fruit cake, caramel, mild vanilla and black walnut, and a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is lightly tart, syrupy, with a woody finish and dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. I am guessing Westmalle yeast by the phenolics. An earthy interpretation of the style with a mild bitterness, with lots of tobacco and leather in the aftertaste. Alcohol adds a spicy touch of white pepper in the aftertaste as well.

I wish I lived in Montreal. These guys make some solid beers, and this is another winner. It's a bit different than most quads, but it's still tasty and ephemeral. I wish the price here in Michigan was better so I could enjoy their beers all the time, but as it is, it makes a special treat. (1,076 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i have been itching for but was waiting for the right mood. Luckily i came across this one when i did. Winter release. Recommend 6 months of storage in the bottle...and the result is something that isn't north american. This is quebec... The island somewhere in the atlantic. Pour is a murky dubbel orange but with more to offer. Nose of bit o honey and apple pie. As it gets warmer some goat cheese. Palate is a meaty thanksgiving dinner. Squash, apple, corn, pepper, brown sugar and honey all contract to a bitterness that dries. Prunes and those preserve quality fruits. A tad leather smokey. Doesn't open up til 20 minutes after opening. Ceiler temp is best because the carbonation is ever lasting as it expands. (723 characters)

Photo of johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one!
Pours a Belgian style brown color with a decent sized white head that slowly disappears. Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts and a slight alcohol smell. Tastes of sweet plums and raisins followed by a spicy after taste of spices I cannot identify. Another reviewer mentioned that the "sweetness is "eaten up by the hops" I could not find a better way to describe this flavor which does indeed balance out the sweetness of this beer. The flavor finishes with this flavor, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer is a sipper but it goes down easy. I could savor one of these for hours and could see myself drinking this again and again but I could not see myself drinking more than one of these in a night. (787 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent mahogany with a fairly thick if not persistent beige head. Aroma is not strong but fruity and yeasty with malt underpinnings, rather inviting. Flavor is stronger than the aroma, malty and yeasty with a fruity and nutty hints and just a touch of spice. Texture is quite rough and fizzy, leaving a tart and nippy finish. (349 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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! (471 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich deep brown color with a bit of red mixed in and a thin layer of frothy brownish colored head. The thin layer hangs around for quite some time lacing nicely as it finally fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet candi and brown sugar and caramel malts. There is a bit of dark fruit and some clear yeast character. The booze is also noticeable.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet candi sugar and caramel malts. There just a bit of sweet dark fruit and spice in the background. Through the middle, the booze comes through a bit alongside some yeast flavor and banana. The finish is a mix of yeast, sweet caramel and sugar, and some booze that lingers.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels slick with a bit of a syrupy feel and some warming from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable. The caramel malts and candi sugar provide a nice rich and sweet base to the beer with the fruitness and yeasts providing some additional flavors. (948 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Murky copper brown hue. Thin deep-tan head.

S - Soft sugars, Belgian yeast with a subtle warmth.

T - Crisp brown with a Belgian twist. Not overly complex but the flavors are refreshing due to the juicy fruit presence: apple, pear and citrus.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

O - Great, well rounded brown. May I have another?! (365 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (241 ml.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : deep red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spices, dry fruit with strong alcohol finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Quadrupel. (258 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. On the bottle it states Abbey-style brown ale, and will be reviewed as such. Not sure why it is a Quad on here...

A - Pours a murky, hazy brown with solid tannish head. Good lacing with some retention on sides.

S - Belgian yeast, some fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), wet wood, pie spices

T - Great flavour here. Lots of fruit like in the nose with a very nice nutty complexity as well (hazelnuts, some almond). This is a great brown that is more interesting due to the funkiness from the yeast strain.

M - Very smooth, medium, ABV hidden very well

O - I thought this was a fantastic beer, probably one of the best browns I have had. The yeast used gives it a nice funkiness and a twist on the style. Very good. (747 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer. (598 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, label notched 0 and 0 , which doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of dating.

appears murky brown in color, with thin white head. big aroma, mostly caramel. taste is boozy, with chocolate, caramel, and raisin flavors. moderate carbonation, medium body.

overall, pretty good for a non-Belgian Quad (315 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a slightly hazy, dark brown color with a small, thin head of foamy white bubbles. It left a soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of rich, dark dried fruits - mostly raisin and plum with possibly some cherry. It had a rich malty nose with a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T - A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This brew reminded me of how much I love a good quadrupel. It's a great style and they've nailed it. (612 characters)

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.