Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.08/5 rDev -22%
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.
11-26-2010 03:12:09 | More by TerryW
3.13/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
07-06-2009 02:09:25 | More by champ103
3.13/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
04-28-2010 00:39:13 | More by jamie2dope
3.18/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
10-20-2011 20:26:55 | More by heysuz
3.2/5 rDev -19%
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.
07-01-2009 07:52:25 | More by Bubba83
3.23/5 rDev -18.2%
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???
09-04-2010 04:24:26 | More by cosmicevan
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Pours a clear dark amber, with a red tint to it. A surprisingly resilient and thick foam for the ABV, slightly beige in colour, leaves some creamy spotted lacing on the glass.
Smells quite fresh, with dark fruits and alcohol dominating. Imagine prunes and dried peaches pickled in a sweet dessert-wine. Some dry malt-notes come through as well.
My first thought here is that the alcohol is not matched by the residual sweetness, and the flavours overall leaves me lost in a morass of alcohol and a far to faint fruitness. Finishes with a stingy faint bitterness that doesnt sit too well with the.. uhm, non-sweetness of the beer, there is a very appearent yeast-prescense at the end as well. Dont get me wrong, it's not an unpleasant beer, but it leaves a lot unanswered for...
Quite full bodied, but the carbonation is a bit weak, although of the right kind, with small soft bubbles.
01-17-2010 20:23:15 | More by dqrull
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Decent lace and retention, active body. Tons of banana esters in the nose feel out of place. Spicy and fruity, lots of malt too.
Heavily spiced flavor, much of it lingers after swallowing. Some sweetness from the dark fruits & malt. Harsh booze character dominates everything though. I'm unimpressed with this DDC brew.
04-21-2012 03:00:38 | More by brystmar
3.28/5 rDev -17%
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.
07-22-2009 03:23:17 | More by MeisterBurger
3.29/5 rDev -16.7%
Hazy brown body with a decent head. Rich malt aroma coupled with some caramel and slightly hinting of alcohol strength; figs and dates. Thick, chewy body; cloyingly sweet texture that dissolves into a bright, biting fizziness. Caramel-like malt flavors with a strong, boozy aftertaste.
Well, the beer looks okay and tastes okay, but it's difficult to get really fired up about this one. Oh, it has it's malt-like presence and definitely exudes its big booze character without getting out of hand, but nothing quite gels to make this one stand out.
08-10-2013 21:54:24 | More by beergoot
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
Appearance was muddy dark with very little head and no lacing.
Smell was light spice, dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste was very sweet, combo of caramel and butterscotch. Really shows its strength, not really in a pleasant way.
Mouthfeel was solid.
Nice enough, but a bit challenging o drink because of the aggressiveness of the alcohol flavor.
11-12-2009 15:23:30 | More by Travlr
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a snifter/goblet.
Appearance- Beer pours brown and creamy, thick and cloudy. There is no visibility shining through the glass. The carbonation rises two and a half fingers and quickly fades to a thin film across the top. Lacing is somewhat ample but dies quickly and there is slight alcohol legs showing.
Smell- Phenolic alcohol wafting forward first thing. It smells very hot with delicious smelling sweet medium roast malts and brown malts. Yeast is strong and phenolic as well, and there is no hint of hops.
Taste- Sweet and gluey with the before mentioned brown and medium roast malts. Yeast is present on the flavor as well, and there's a bit of a rubberiness also brought on by the yeast. There is a touch of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Sticky and gluey, thick and medium in carbonation. Full bodied and phenolic.
Drinkability- This is not Dieu Du Ceil's best. But I will not disqualify everything from the brewery by a long shot.
05-26-2009 01:37:56 | More by blakesell
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
I do believe this is my first quad. Bottle date of 04-04-2010.
Pours a dark solid brown with a finger of head. Head eventually turns into a thick crown. Decent amounts of lacing left on the glass.
Slight scents of brown sugar, molasses and alcohol.
Lots of malt character up front. Lots of sweet brown sugar/molasses flavor. Fairly strong boozy character. Warm alcohol feeling remains in your mouth and down your throat for a minute after swallowing.
Too sweet and boozy for extended drinking, but enjoyable for the occasional pour.
10-10-2010 23:50:53 | More by Seanstoppable
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
$ 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.
08-01-2014 22:19:46 | More by Ozzylizard
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
Pours brown with crimson hints a little on the cloudy side with a full tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a definite alcoholic tinge and some background aromas of dark fruit. Taste is much like the aroma with a nice sweet malt base, but the alcohol is really dominant and of the hotter fusel variety often associated with a hot fermentation. Once past the alcohol you do get a little of the dark raisin and prune flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy, but not to the overpoweringly cloying extent. This is a nice beer that could be a great beer if the fusels could be backed off.
11-18-2009 04:30:58 | More by cdog3
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Reviewed 8/2/2009 (bottled):
Pours a dark brown colored body with a small creamy whitish head, somewhat lasting. Strong aroma of dark fruit, fig and plum. Some alcohol too. Creamy mouthfeel, some warmth. Dark fruit in the taste too. Some acidic bitterness. Some more sugary sweetness as it warms up. Some roasted flavors too, more as it warms.
11-01-2009 14:01:59 | More by jujubeast6000
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Presentation: 11.5oz brown screw top with really cool label (if a bit odd name). Can't figure out the dating on this one, but it's at LEAST two years old, which is about how long I've had it.
Appearance: Warm mahogany beer with a creamy ivory cap with decent retention for the age and the abv. A good bit of tiny sediment in suspension.
Smell: Warm, sticky dark fruit (dates, raisins, and figs) with toasty, bready malts, and a good dash of caramel. Not shocking depth, but quite pleasant.
Taste: Cherries, a bit of cola, a fair amount of heat, especially considering the age. A firm hop bitterness, compared with the alcohol, makes this seem more bitter than it should. A bit of dry bready flavor which is nice, but this doesn't quite come together as it should; perhaps a bit past the peak?
Overall: Not bad per se, but not particularly inspiring. Again, perhaps this is a bit over the hill, but it doesn't taste oxidized or anything like that. It just doesn't come together quite as it might.
B- to C+
02-05-2012 03:09:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
This is the first Dieu du Ciel I've ever had. I noticed it at a liquor store that I frequent and decided to buy it. It should be said that this was one of the coolest labels I've seen in quite a while.
I poured this into a Chimay glass. I didn't realize this was a quad until I saw the entry on BA. It definitely smells like a quad. It pours a very cloudy dark brown with very little carbonation and head. It smells sweet and raisiny with just a bit of brine.
Tastes quady. Fairly heavy, pretty darn sweet and a bit syrupy. It's hard for me to pick much else up from this. Maybe a bit of a Merlot sort of flavor?
Not much to say about this beer. It's good, but there doesn't seem to be much that is making it stick out from other quads aside from its awesome label.
07-28-2011 05:36:22 | More by 20ozmonkey
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
From 12 oz bottle to snifter
A: Mahogany in color, opaque. Not much of head to speak of, the suds that do exist speckle the glass with lacing.
S: The nose is ester-y, with banana and cherry notes prominent. The booze helps to dry the palate and it's volatiles propels a slight hop snap. Toffee-malts surround and envelop the bouquet, as a caramelly sweetness lingers.
T: Ester-y again, but there are distinct notes of carob and molasses that were undetected in the nose. The booze seems subdued on the palate as well, as malty sweetness dominates. Touches of oak, ripe cherry and phenols, but the flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional for a quad. Short finish for the style, sweet.
M: Chewy and viscous...fortunately th brew is more carbonated than it appeared.
A solid big Belgian beer, fairly easy to drink. But when you're reaching for a quad you're usually in the mood for something with layered complexity, which is lacking in this brew.
12-12-2013 09:05:16 | More by rand
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.