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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 42
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a tiny white ring of head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, and roasted nuts. Flavor of roasted nuts and a touch of roasted malt and sweet malt. Not boozy per se, just very warming. Nice abt/quad. It's roasted characteristics make it stand out from the traditional Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:46:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-01-2013 22:18:28 | More by In_Control_Mike
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Light brown in color with hints of red. A head of about a 1/2" which quickly receded to a cap. Decent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and sweetness, hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Pleasant dark fruit/raisin flavors. A bit on the sweeter side but not overwhelmingly so, still rather well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very clean on the palate, not at all cloying.

Overall: A nice example of a Belgian definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 19:21:31 | More by BobZ
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-15-2013 02:00:46 | More by DaPan
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-25-2013 06:28:44 | More by derkfromwi
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-02-2013 23:39:36 | More by Lambocalrisien
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-24-2013 03:46:35 | More by laxer8811
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-09-2012 02:34:11 | More by imperialking
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bashiba

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty brown with lots of sediment and a thin soap ring of a head.

Had a very sweet raisony smell with maple and brown sugar.

The flavor was very malty with a bit of cedar, maple, and sweet brown sugar with a bit of alcohol poking through. The flavor lingers into a long lingering bitter minty hop finish. Has a nice level of complexity with decent balance.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick leaving a long coating of flavor.

A pretty good belgian style quad.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:38:10 | More by bashiba
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown while pouring, crayon brown in the glass with some light slipping through on the edges. Thin tan head which slips to a cap but leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aromas of grape juice and candy sugar. Very sweet to the nose. Brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Boozy and sweet, though the alcohol taste isn't abrasive. Dark fruits soaked in liquor. Caramel and a spicy finish. Good, but I'm a big fan of quads and I can certainly think of several that are tastier.

Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as many quads, but it kinda works for this one.

Not bad, but I had higher hopes for a quad from this brewery. I'd have it again, but given a choice I would go for one of the more classic quads.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 03:47:04 | More by elricorico
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dickieb

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber/brown with a very thin head and some below average lacing. The smell is of raisins belgian yeast brown sugar and a hint of booze. The flavor is similar in profile to the smell but not quite as hot, a very mellow malty belgian flavor with hints of dark dried fruits and spices. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but it thickens some with warming, and its drinkable but not as much as other quads I have tried. This is the second beer from Brasserie I have been impressed with(the other being Peche Mortel) and I will have to keep my eyes open for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 23:51:34 | More by dickieb
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay chalice. Was slightly surprised at the rich chestnut colour, and relative lack of head. Not very lively in terms of carbonation, and already expecting no more than the scantest of lacings.

Very rich aromas coming off of this one. Toffee and rum soaked raisin are at the forefront. A touch of clove like phenol is also present before giving way to a touch of lemony and grassy hops.

Delicious. Taste is much like the nose hinted at, but reveals even more depth, some apple like esters are carried then released from the noticeable booziness ( not surprising for an ale with 10.5% abv).

This is a big, full bodied brew. Well put together example of the style.

For a beer this big it happens to be fairly drinkable. Im savouring each sip, and will be enjoying this for a while yet i imagine. A good example of the style, im wondering if i should have let this one age slightly longer. At any rate im glad to have tried this rich and tasty brew, and would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 23:49:54 | More by demcorhip
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown body with a very thick pillowy white head.

Smell actually has a bit of a garbage, old smell to it, but as it warms some dark malt smells and fruit tones start to come out.

Taste is full bodied and very thick. Wow, right off the bat an immediate punch of both strong dark fruits and meat. I'm serious, like a cold cut, smokey ale sort of meat taste. Loads of tropical and dark fruits. Raisins, plums, figs, prunes, lots of prunes, tastes like prune juice, yeast, strong belgian candy sugar taste. This is really quite a beer. Bitterness is kept to a perfect Belgian quad balance, while hops only give the suspicion of earth and other flavors.

What an interesting beer. The nose sort of leaves something to be desired, but the tastes is like a Belgian Quad with the volume turned to 11. The meat taste just makes it ludicrously bizarre. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 00:09:13 | More by taez555
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Dark brown body with a disappointingly anemic head. Smell is typical quad dark fruitiness. The taste is incredibly mild. Chocolate, cherries, spices, and dark fruits are all there, but they don't jump out at you at all. You have to work for them. This is definitely the subtlest quad I've ever had. Worth a try if you're a fan of Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 22:48:16 | More by BarrelO
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a "tulip style pint glass" from a 341 ml bottle. Bottled February 2013.

Appearance
Pours a beautiful red-brown. Dark copper brown with hints of dark red. One and a half fingers of thick light tan/white head. A very inviting Quad.

Aroma
Figs, strong dark malts, sugar, grapes, prunes, and a tiny hint of booze. Smells pretty nice, but not super complex. Also getting a little must.

Taste
Tastes very sweet, lots of nice maltiness and sugar, with a bunch of dark fruits coming through. Not a very prominent yeast profile. A bit of alcohol, but not very intense seeing as this beer is 10.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel
Very smooth with perfect carbonation levels. A little slippery as it goes down, and a little sticky afterwards. Nice and rich.

Overall- A really nice beer. Balanced, strong, delicious, enjoyable, and well made.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 22:27:35 | More by nquigley16
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dull cider-brown, but with bubbles rising. No true head, even after a heavy pour.

Big sugar, malt, and fruit wood aromas. Some vanilla and a little booze.

Smooth beer, with heavy sweet malt, some cherry/wood notes, fruit, light bitterness, and not a hint of alcohol. The malt has a real brown sugar element to it. Wonderful.

Full bodied, carbonated.

Wonderful quad. Very easy to drink - scary easy. Worthy and then some.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 13:32:50 | More by OtherShoe2
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Head turns into a ring on top of the brew and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells really malty and sweet. Could also pick up some toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Smells really nice with maybe a touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. Also could pick up the alcohol just like the nose and some spices that I couldn't find in the nose. Pretty good for sure.

M- Medium to full in body and pretty light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 21:00:25 | More by nrbw23
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip. Bottled Feb 2013.

A: Medium brown, hazy with amber undertones, light, bright white head on pour disappearing to a few bubbles around the edge, and lacing on top.

S: Dark red fruit (plum, dark cherries), yeasty and some sweet spice.

T: Black slightly sour cherries, plums again, burnt sugar/caramel malts in the middle, then finishing with a bit of spice, funky Belgium yeasts, and alcohol...

M: Bright and sparkling with med carbonation, sticky on the finish. Pretty refreshing and overall well balanced in the flavours, except a the body is a bit boozy.

O: DDC says this is ideal with at least 6 months of age on it, so consider this a "fresh" review... I would say this is a quite nice quad for a beer out of Belgium. Nice flavours, interesting yeast profile, just not quite as refined as the 400+ year old Belgium's :P ... Overall, not the most complex, perhaps a bit sweet, but still worth snagging if you happen to feel like a triple during its once a year release or ones kicking around in your basement.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:53:30 | More by 4ster
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Kendo

New York

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
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babaracas

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:26:35 | More by babaracas
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis Abt smells rich and malty, much like a freshly-baked, moist loaf of banana bread. Dates and raisins pepper this bread, as well as hints of licorice and pumpkin. Brown sugars round out the edges.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately filling and almost overwhelming, thick caramelized brown sugars and toasted grains rushing to fill all the gaps, and a good combination of dark and light fruit esters get what's left. Hints of orange oil and dates abound, as well as anise and pepper. The brew is quite alcoholic (10.5% ABV), and this does unfortunately come through in the taste, giving Rigor Mortis a slight vodka/moonshine tang. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the flavors in this beer are excellent, and set at just about the maximum level possible. If it weren't for the alcohol taste, this would be an incredible beverage. Even with it, though, it still ranks high on my scale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 18:57:36 | More by jondeelee
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly impenetrable brown, two fingers of bubbly tan head, dissipated slowly with nice lacing up the glass
S - very sweet with molasses malt, a banana yeast notes, light florals and cinnamon
T - the mix of sweet roasty malts, banana yeast notes, and nutmeg & clove spice is a very interesting mix, the alcohol comes through but at 10.5% how could it not, plus it ads a little sweetness
M - full chewy feel up front, which begins to dry and thin out with the alcohol bite which is very apparent
D - the mix of aromas and flavours is fantastic, and while this is a quadrupel ale meant to be very strong, the alcohol content and bite do limit the drinkability, but none the less is a great brew

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 02:16:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: The pour looks light brown but is a dense brown in the glass. A modest 2-3 finger head that rests comfortably and takes its time.

Smell: Wood, tart berries and spices. Very rustic.

Taste: Again with the wood, strong, with leather, spices, dark berries and raw sugar. Images of a cabin in the woods come to mind for some reason.

Mouthfeel: Rich and mouth filling. So smooth; ABV wears its mask very well. The only problem is near the end, it felt a bit medicinal. Still good overall, just a weird ending.

Overall: A quiet giant that is tasty and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:29:00 | More by papat444
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Wasatch

Utah

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cashew70 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy grapish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice small islands, and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of raisins, figs, grapes, plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Carl.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 00:30:52 | More by Wasatch
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky mahogany color with with maybe a finger of khaki-toned head; not much retention but decent lacing.

nose is somewhat on the tame side but those familiar malty, dark fruity quad/BSDA notes are evident. some candied sugar sweetness in the background.

taste is a nice surprise. the sweet maltiness pulls through, accompanied by the dark fruit characters... and while the beer is sweet, it doesn't have that cloying sweetness common to the style. alcohol presence is maybe a bit more noticeable than i'd prefer, but overall a tasty, well-made beer. not on par with the rochefort 10s and st bernarduses of the world, but definitely holds its own. some warming booze in the finish.

fairly smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. i would have no objection to having another.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:10:44 | More by perrymarcus
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.