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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 63
Gots: 87 | 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 Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dirty raisin and brown colored beer with almost no head on it. Aroma was alcohol soaked raisins and figs. Just really boozy and for some reason bitter, although I guess its not that strange, I come across a lot of dark strong ales with the dark fruit thing with bitterness.

A mild amount of chocolate, but this beer is just like fermented pruno from underneath a jail bunk. Most of what I taste is just hot heat. Nothing easy drinking about it. There's a little bit of roasted malt mouthfeel to it, but again, everything is just overpowered by the alcohol heat. Carbonation is weak on this one, letting the heat just tear your mouth up like you're a girl down on her luck in Van Nuys who came across a couple guys in the biz and a camera crew. I can't tell if its the yeast flavor or the spicing, but it isn't complimentary either, but it is at least a break from the alcohol.

Paying $5 a bottle for this hurts. Wouldn't pay $5 for a 6 pack of it in the future. (964 characters)

Photo of CaptainTripps
2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Poured a cloudy dark brown with amber/red hues on the edges when held up to the light. About a half of a finger of mocha colored head came with the pour.

S: Spices blended with red fruits and some dark fruit aromas. Getting some caramel and chocolate malts coming through. Slight belgian yeast coming out as well as some alcohol heat.

T: Man the spices really kick you in the pants with this beer. Has the over spicyness of a dubbel that over powers the would be dark fruits. Plums and figs are there but seemingly in small quantities. Chocolate malt comes through on the finish, has some what of a slight raw rich chocolate bitterness to the flavor. Left a weird aftertaste on the palate.

M: Not as carbonated as i would like to see in my quad, but not bad. Probably one of the best points of the beer. Alcohol has a little bit of bite but not to over the top.

D: Not to great with this beer. They tried to force a brown ale into a quad and it didn't work for me. Overall i found the spicy/bitterness of the beer to be just plain bad. Funny the bottle says "minimal" bitterness and it was way more bitter then any quad should ever be.

They gave the quadruple a try and didn't do that great of a job. (1,255 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
2.23/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Slightly hazy mahogany brown with an average lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, light perfumy alcohol and moderate fruity esters of pears and apples.

F/M - Sweet, cloying pilsner malts. Dark fruits (raisins and prunes). Little banana and pear esters. Moderately low bitterness with medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet, cloying, sticky finish with a lingering gross raisin/dried fruit flavor. Muddy and boozy.

D - Just terrible. Total drain pour. DDC is so mediocre, I don't understand the hype. (528 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.25/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with some brownish notes and a thin layer of off-white head.

S: Starts off with alcohol and acrid roasted malts. Surprisingly acidic with some dark fruits and dark candi sugars. Definitely a green apple aroma and some spoiled chocolate.

T: Luckily the flavor is significantly better. Sweet caramel and molasses with some bready malts. A moderate roasted malt flavor and some alcohol, which becomes increasingly harsh as the beer warms up. Dark chocolate provides some surprising bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: I was really let down by this one. Peche Mortel got me sort of excited about this brewery, but this was not enjoyable. (709 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are initially of caramel malt, Belgian spiciness (clove mainly) and booze. Lots of dark fruit mixed in as well (plum and black cherry), with a dense breadiness in the background.

The initial taste is heavy on the dark fruit; big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel malty sweetness which I find cloying. It finishes with more assertive alcohol, which is also unpleasant and continuous Belgian spiciness rears itself as well. This is really a hot mess to be honest, wish I would have let this cellar longer.

Mouthfeel is medium to average with adequate carbonation. Overall this is a miss for me; with some many better examples of a Quad this one should be passed over in favor of others, especially for $5 a pop for 12 oz. Not recommended. (795 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.49/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Spider889
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this beer, I have been fairly impressed with the other Dieu Du Ciel offerings I've tasted thus far.

Arrives as a muddled brown sugar-water color. Murky and full of suspended yeast and unfermented sugars I imagine. Not much head on it when it arrived, didn't last long or leave an impression upon my glass by way of lacing either.

Didn't get much aroma, sadly. Some softer doughy malts and sweetness.

The flavor is typical of a Quad, yet fairly ho-hum compared to most out there. There's a reason that this style is best left to the abbeys of Europe. Brown sugar sweetness, soft notes of figs and orange peel.

Weak by way of body, especially given the appearance. Not too boozy despite the hefty abv. Not something I'd ever desire to order again. (773 characters)

Photo of eat
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Edit: I feel terrible about this review as I had a bottle of four or five year old Rigor Mortis at DDC's 13th anniversary party and it totally blew my mind. It was one of the best few beers I've ever had and easily A+ material. I'll have to try finding an aged bottle to review and will definitely be putting some away for later.

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Poured this into a wine glass. No bottling date or expiration date but it can't be too old as I don't think they've been bottling this one too long.

For a Belgian-style strong ale, this doesn't look all that impressive. Not a bad looking beer by any means, I was just expecting more from this great brewery. I poured pretty aggressively and didn't get much head; what did appear, disappeared quickly to some patchy areas of foam. While the colour of the beer is actually pretty great (glowing red-brown), it looks a little watery. No lacing.

Roasted malt and cloves seem to come out most strongly but there isn't much smell to speak of. A little citrusy, minerals; it's pretty weak smelling.

Wow, I'm really not impressed with this. While it is pretty strong at 10.5% (not the 9.5% listed here on BA) the alcohol comes out way too much; it's actually what hit me first, which is not a good thing. Harsh tasting, like someone spiked a Leffe Brun with vodka. The ABV dominates the taste, followed by minerals and a bit of roasted malt. Mild spices way off in the background. Thin tasting and not well balanced at all in my opinion. Not much depth of flavour and the aftertaste is bitter in a not-completely-pleasant kind of way. Both harsh and thin: not a good thing.

For a strong Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is horrible. Much too thin bodied, watery and over carbonated.

Not drinkable. This beer really surprised me; I'm a HUGE fan of Dieu du Ciel and enjoy many of their beers. This one just doesn't live up to their standards, judging from the majority of their beers. Maybe I spoiled myself by trying Unibroue 17 last night for the first time; that beer completely blows this one away. Maybe I'd chug one or two of these to get a good buzz going...if they were free. I hate to sound like I'm trashing this beer; I'm really not. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle. This is really disappointing...Dieu du Ciel, what's up? (2,264 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one plus fingers head fades slow leaving nice lace for such a high abv beer, murky hazelnut brown color.

s- strong, little alcohol, really liquory almost, sweet figs, sweet brown sugar, belgian yeast.

t- strong! lots of dark fruit, some nutty flavors, raisins soaked in liquor, lots of alcohol flavors.

m- medium, slick, coating.

d- not great, this beer was a bit too strong for me, not my style. (433 characters)

Photo of AugustusRex
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Light brown/amber with nice amount of tan head

S: A little malty sweetness, not very strong

T: Alcohol, Malt sweetness, dark fruits, clove, hop bitterness

M: Medium, a bit too carbonated

D: The alcohol is way too hot. Didnt want to drink more than 6 oz

Cheers! (289 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with some alcohol as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark alcohol soaked fruit, hints of chocolate and sweet malt with a good amount of alcohol in the finish. A little too boozy for my tastes, I think it could use a little age on it.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a slow sipper for sure due to the alcohol. Overall, a decent beer but not as good as some of the other good beers from this brewery. (623 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt copper color with a thick 1" head of creamy white foam. As the head fades a little it is leaving a thick wall of lace on the side of the glass. Overall, this is a nice looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got lots of fruity esters from the yeast along with some spice from the alcohol. The malt is present, but reserved compared to the yeast, but is coming in with some dark caramel and some mild toasty notes.

Taste: The flavor is not as fruity as the aroma suggested it would be. The alcohol is rather fierce in this beer adding heat and spice to the flavor and not leaving a whole lot of room for anything else. Once you start getting a buzz and become more immune to the alcohol, you can pick up some dark caramel notes and some toasty notes like I got in the aroma. The overall mouthfeel is actually medium, which is light for a beer of this style. The carbonation is high, and makes the beer seem even lighter on the palate. Normally this would make a beer more drinkable, but in this case, the alcohol is such that it just hangs out there on its own.

Opinion: Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed in this beer overall. It has rode on my motorcycle for the last few hours, but I let it sit for at least 3 hours in the fridge before I drank it. I thought that it may come across as more yeasty as a result, but it is the alcohol that makes the beer out of balance. (1,411 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz brown glass with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Biscuity caramelized dark malts, cream, cherry and plum fruit esters, spices, brown sugar, and caramel. A fairly complex moderate strength aroma.

T: More malty and sugar-laden than expected, with notable caramelization. Raisin notes. Awkward for a quadrupel. The fruit esters get buried beneath the overwhelming malt layer. Caramelized malts comprise the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. The brown sugar is overdone. Complex but poorly balanced. Strangely built for the style. Not really subtle at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the sugar. The thickness is off but not in an extreme way. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay I guess, but it's certainly not tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring for the style. An awkward combination of a brown ale and a quad that never quite sits right. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's decently priced for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I can see where aging might help it.

Low C (1,556 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of ruby and amber

Smell: Malty sweetness, Belgian yeast funk, dark fruits, alcohol

Taste: Very malty but not overly sweet, spicy, dark fruits, hints of Belgian yeast, hints of alcohol - very phenolic

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, and syrupy - Quads are supposed to be intense but this is pushing it

Overall: The syrupy feel of the body and the alcohol take a toll over time

Perhaps I got spoiled because my first quad was St. Bernardus Abt 12. Perhaps as a result, I am not inclined to recommend this beer. The syrupy mouthfeel combined with the phenols honestly made me think I was drinking cough syrup. Perhaps this is better super fresh (or mellows with age). (772 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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. (196 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a healthy dose of clay red sediment. The head fades quickly to a small ring, leaving only a smattering of lace behind. In the nose pineapple, sugary sweetness and fusel alcohol detract from the more the delicate malt notes. The taste is also very sweet but more balanced. Plums drenched in brandy, chocolate, cookie dough, raisins, berries and other flavors mingle a muted hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly numbing from the booze. The finish is sweetish with an apple cider feel.

OK, but there are many more tastey examples of this style available. This one is too boozy and sweet. Try it but dont expect much. (662 characters)

Photo of squaremile
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Again I am a bit disappointed by a Dieu Du Ciel beer. This is I am guessing about a year old bottle as encouraged by the brewer. Pours a strange looking brown/amber with a nice fluffy head. Nose is dark fruits, brown sugar, alcohol, and clove. Taste is a real blast of sweetness in kind of a fruit roll-up way, just over the top and, artificial? Something is off, although as it warms it is more pleasant. Alcohol well hidden in the taste and a nice dry finish. Strange beer. (475 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy medium brown with just a moderate head that quiets to a film and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is a little boozy. Malts and dark fruit. Smells like a Belgian. Taste is sweet without being too sticky. Surprisingly light, actually. Lots of alcohol, malts, and burned sugar.

Passable, but overall too sweet and too much alcohol. Two dimensional, not enough warmth given all the booziness of it. Just a one off for me. (418 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. At first a two finger beige head forms. It gently recedes in a minute and leaves lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Very dry wood. Light fruity esters, and lots of yeast. Kind of standard and on the bland side.
T: Very dry wood and sweet caramel. A light fruitiness and yeast again. Plenty of alcohol
M/D: A medium body and a bit over carbonated. Lots alcohol to make this one bottle sipper. Something I would prefer to share with another person.

Not bad, but not one of the breweries better offerings IMO. Worth a try if you like Quads though. (582 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have a to love a beer with a name like Rigor Mortis with a picture of a corpse on the label. It pours a rose color, with about two fingers of white heading. The nose is very boozy, with traces of dark fruit, rose petals, and gum. Lots of juicy fruit comes through in the taste, along with some brown sugar. Overall though, the alcohol really overwhelms things here. It comes off as very syrupy/full bodied and sweet, without much balance to even things out. Not a bad drinker, but I would recommend sipping this beer, as it is heavy at times. I am not too sure when this was brewed, but the label says that it needs at least six months to age, so maybe that is exactly what is needed here. (693 characters)

Photo of heysuz
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intro: Split a 12oz with a friend in tulip glasses.

Appearance: Thin head with big dry bubbles that recedes quickly, but a ring remains and some lacing clings. Good coloring just what I would expect from a quad only a slightly lighter than St. Benardus. It has a decent amount of carbonation on the glass. There is some sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very subdued aromas from this beer. Slight malty and dark fruit smells but it is hard to really get a good aroma from it.

Taste: Something is not right about the flavor. There is a flat taste that seems to squash any flavor that starts to build in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a sour aftertaste

Overall: I would most likely not buy this beer again. I really like quads, but this one while average overall, this is not one I would go looking for considering the great number of excellent quads to be had. (889 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Decent one finger width off-white, almost light brown head on a quick pour. The beer itself has a sort of reddish-cola color which is fine for the style. It's a little murkier than I'd like though.

Smells very much like a typical quad would, kind of floral and rosey with some cherry, vinous character going on along with caramel. A little bit of alcohol sting is present in the nose too.

It makes a decent initial impression on the front of the tongue, with some nicely executed dark fruits and caramel, but the mid-range is very disappointing to me. Instead of the flavors intensifying, they get sort of derailed into a sort of campfire/old cheese flavor that I just don't care for. It stays that way until the finish, which has some cherry and is a little hot.

Mouthfeel is just okay. Not really what I am looking for in a quad. Too abrasive, not smooth at all.

Drinkability isn't too bad for a 10.5%er, but the campfire smokey taste really throws me off and gets a bit cloying. I wish I could access more of the dark fruity flavor that is up front. It doesn't help that the smell is good and the initial taste is good, because you get fairly excited only to be let down. I'd recommend skipping this one and trying their other offerings, which I think are a lot better. In case you're wondering, I had this on tap as well and felt about the same way as I did with this bottle. (1,434 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle into Chimay chalice

A - Poured a shiny ruby amber with a thin bubbly head. Not nearly as creamy and thick as I'm used to for a solid quad, but not bad.

S - Nutmeg. Toffee. Odd mix for the style.

T - Brown sugar dominates the flavor. Toffee, caramel...nut-like. Again, different for the style. Although the bottle calls it an abbey-style brown ale, classified here as a quad. Sort of like a cross between a brown ale and a quad.

M - Lively, bit of an alcohol punch, but very well hidden. Medium vibe, not too thick and certainly not watery. I tend to prefer more of a buttery quad.

D - Alc is pretty well hidden. Not really amazing for a quad, but a good brew. A bit more on the sweet side. Easy drinker, perhaps a good cross-over for a fan of brown ales looking to get more into quads??? (822 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark plum color, although it's more of a ruby-amber when held up to the light. The head billows and fades into a glorious sheet of foam.

The smell is fresh cut granny smith apples, with some rich caramelized brown sugar underneath and some mildly medicinal phenols in the background.

The taste is rich, not quite cloyingly sweet but it's pushing it a bit for me. There are elements of sweet dark fruits, clean pear-like esters, there's a little chocolate in the aftertaste, a little smoke in the finish, and the alcohol is very present and leaning towards solventy for me.

Comparisons are inevitable I guess and I just find that Rochefort 10 and La Trappe/Koningshoeven, two of my favorite beers of any style, period, do a much better job of masking the alcohol while having a full on taste without bordering on harsh like this does.

Mouthfeel is dense and lacking carbonation.

I love this brewery. I love this style. But I only like this beer. (958 characters)

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.