Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Rigor Mortis ABT 12
A: Pours a cloudy brown color. Its darker than caramel, but seems to have things floating around in it which I presume is the yeast. It seems to be lively, has medium carbonation. Had not too much visible head on it that didn't stay around long. Good for lively, but the brown color is actually a little bit off putting. Side Note: I LOVE the artwork on this bottle. Its super cool, but not considered for the appearance point. 3 points for not looking superb, but i'll give it +.5 for the liveliness of the yeast.
S: Has a bit of a chocolate and caramel smell to it with just a hint of the malt involved. It has a hint of sweetness to it, but i'm not picking up on the fruit as the label indicates.
T: Dark chocolate, and almost a coffee taste on the first couple of sips. It has some smeetness to it, but blended well. A slight amount of hops, but the yeast in there is what seems to be giving it its flavour.
M: It has a heavy body to it that is slightly laced with the alcohol level in it. Although the beer isn't that thick, the "body" of the beer is very heavy. Almost as if you are chewing on the body. Carbonation isn't really all that lively for the mouthfeel category.
O: This is a beer that I've tried a long time ago, and that I enjoyed quite a bit. The second time I've tried it, I really like the beer, but it has some things in there that I don't like. It does not have a good "look" to it, but I won't hold that against the beer. The smell is good, but not overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is where this beer is at. I would drink this beer and enjoy it without worrying about what its "score" is, but I dont think its an elite level with everything perfect about it. And honestly, I am perfectly okay drinking a really good not perfect beer.
11-13-2011 22:49:26 | More by thadbme
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage as part of the QuadShowdown. 341ml into a tulip.
Pours a reddish brown, with a very light offwhite head. Thin film and collar, little clarity in the body with some mild retention NOse is lightly grapey, some sugary notes, a bit of non-descript 'stinkiness' and some extremely subtle spicing. Taste has some light dark fruits, lots of spicing that lingers in the finish. A bit of vanilla and brown sugar notes. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation, medium-full feel and some decent sweetness. A modest ethanol/alcohol heat on the back-end. A decent quad.
11-13-2011 20:00:25 | More by liamt07
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
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a murky brown with a light ring of off white head, no lace to speak of. I had to give this a hard swirl to get some head out of this. Smell is of dark fruits, raisin, brown sugar, yeasty, good amount of alcohol scents, plums soaked in booze, spicy with some chocolate scents as it warmed. Taste is full of dark fruit, dark sugary candy notes, lightly yeasty, raisin, plum and berries, lots of overripe fruits, light alcohol. Medium carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body, good weight. This was pretty solid but I really had to warm up to it, starts out a little weak but halfway through I was sold, ABV hidden well, good overall.
10-16-2011 22:23:57 | More by peensteen
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
11.5oz bottle (code 0 - 5) poured into a chalice. Murky brown mahogany color w/ a beige head that dissipates to a thin surface film.
Faint aroma of dark rum-soaked fruit. More dark malt aromas as it warms.
Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, nice smooth mouthfeel.
Overall a decent, easy drinking quad but nothing superlative.
10-12-2011 05:09:16 | More by draheim
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
10-04-2011 04:18:50 | More by ngeunit1
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
11.2 oz bottle. I bought this at Beer Run for $5.99 a year or so ago. I guess its about a year and half old.
Appearance: Hazy reddish brown. Looks like apple cider sort of. The head on the thin side to start, but does stick around a while. Spotty lacing. If it clears with warming, it will look better.
Smell: Loads of sweet dark fruits and spice. Bready, cakey malt. Kiss of booze. Pretty damn good.
Taste: Although still a bit cold, this is big and complex. Sugar coated raisins and dates, fruitcake spices, bready yeast, a little chocolate. Alcohol is clearly there, but is not at all hot and the slight bitterness balances the sweetness well.
Mouthfeel: Slick and soft with a slight creaminess. Just a touch too little carbonation.
Overall: I'm really impressed by this beer. However, for the price, you can easily get a St. B Abt 12.
09-19-2011 00:49:21 | More by rapidsequence
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-19-2011 00:29:00 | More by papat444
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Slightly murky dark brown color with a very thin light brown head.
S: Brown sugar, belgian yeast, banana, plum, chocolate and raisin. Pretty great smell.
T: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, toffee, a hint of cocoa powder and a hint of hop bite on the finish alongside some roasted malt. Great take on the style.
08-26-2011 23:23:32 | More by notchucknorris
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.
A: A quick, off-white head fizzles into a slightly patchy surface, atop a beautifully brown body with no apparent carbonation, and some fine but prevalent floaties (suspendies?). Other than the floaties, it's pretty clear.
S: Caramel, booze, and yeast. This is quite yeast-forward. It has an almost berry-like sweet note beyond the creme brulee, plum, and rum scents that overwhelm. Great nose. Even a bit floral, maybe.
T: Like chocolate rum balls--a deep, rolling, sensuous sweetness that marries well with the alcohol. Or perhaps like a rum-soaked fruit cake. Truly superb. This is definitely an A beer. I'd -almost- put it up there with the great ones.
M: Mild carbonation, but spot-on body, and with a well-handled alcoholic heat. Great drinking.
O: I haven't bought a bottle of, say, Bernardus 12 at a bottle shop lately, so I can't compare the price. This was 6 bucks for me, and frankly worth it. It's a really great beer. Very much to style, and very much tasty.
08-25-2011 04:33:24 | More by wschmit
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep brown color with a bit of red hue around the edges. A one-finger light tan head on top that leaves a smattering of lacing.
Heavy malt aroma with a hint of toffee and chocolate. A slight earthy hop aroma finishes the aroma.
I was expecting a little more from the flavor, but it does not improve over the aroma. Malty flavor, sweet, with tastes of toffee and a touch of chocolate. Again, a touch of earthy hops in the flavor and some heat from the alcohol.
Overall, not the best Quad I've had, but an usual take on a brown ale/quad combo.
08-15-2011 00:23:09 | More by FanofHefe
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
Wow, no head on this at all. It attempted to foam a bit, but really just didn't happen. The color is a misty, translucent brown which reminds me of pretty much every lighter brown ale I've ever seen.
Bready maltiness is what I'm really getting here. Banana notes have a moderate presence, with no hops aroma. It's not a complex smell, but it feels fitting of the beer.
heavy banana bread taste and possible oatmeal flavor. Toasted malts give it a complexity which I didn't expect from the smell. Semi-sweet, with just a tinge of hops. A bit of alcohol heat to it, but not so much as to overpower the other flavors.
Very heavy, very full. Medium-low carbonation. Has kind of an oily texture. Reminds me kind of how 120 minute IPA feels, strangely enough.
This is an interesting beer, and I can certainly enjoy it. It's a solid offering from a brewery which creates quite a few very good beers.
08-09-2011 20:52:26 | More by evanlarkin
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-06-2011 18:57:36 | More by jondeelee
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
12oz split 2 ways. bottled May 2010.
A: Translucent brown which I can see clear through like dilute beet juice. Off white head effervesces to a thin glass gripping ring quickly.
S: Very light. Candied sugars, a little smoke, belgian special grains, and the slightest hint of fruit tartness.
T: Bold nutty brown malt flavors, a little spice in the way of a charring dryness and wheat, then some faint belgian yeast notes akin to a saison just scratching the surface at the end. Nut flavors are buried amongst everything else going on. Pleasant and mild carbonation singe on the finish.
M: Slightly cloying. Medium carbonation which is retained throughout.
O: Interesting marriage here. Can definite isolate the Nut Brown characteristics from the Quad ones.
08-06-2011 04:46:23 | More by CharlieMurphy
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
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
Purchased a West Lakeview Liquors a while back. No notching, so it's hard to determine the age of this one, but I believe it was the first 11.5oz batch from 2009. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.
A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a persistent creamy cap and thicker collar, along with some splotchy lacing. Body is an opaque caramel brown color with some obvious suspended sediment.
S - Aroma is mostly of candi sugar, along with some cherries and berries, caramel and milk chocolate. Quite understated at first, but grows in intensity as it warms up. There's a bit of spicy least that give sit that quadrupel feel, as otherwise it might be perceived as an old ale of some sort.
T - Taste is yeastier, with some anise, red licorice, dark fruits, cloves, candi sugar and caramel mid-palate, and a fairly boozy finish. There's some mild oxidation, but it's not particularly deleterious. Still a bit too hot for my liking, even though this between probably 2+ years old.
M - Creamy, full-bodied, with lower but present carbonation. Sticky and viscous finish, with some definite alcohol bit and warming to it.
D - At over 2 years this still has the same alcohol bite that fresh Rochefort 10 does. I don't anticipate it smoothing out much more without losing depth of flavor as well. The first 6-8oz went down relatively easily, but the mounting buzz and unpleasant alcohol made the last few ounces a chore. Not Dieu Du Ciel's finest offering, but a fairly solid quad. To be fair, they warn you that it needs at least 6 months on the bottle, and release it in April so that it's in prime shape for the winter.
07-18-2011 20:02:07 | More by MasterSki
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours into a tulip a muddled brown color with a massive head of fluffy foam. Outstanding retention and lacing.
Very sweet smelling with some spice notes.
Strong sweetness and alcohol presence. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Toasty notes with fruit, brown sugar and molasses. Some rum barrel as well. Pretty complex and very malt forward flavor.
All around smooth, maybe even slick feeling, with a dry finish.
A nice example of the style. Very enjoyable and absolutely well made.
07-16-2011 02:44:07 | More by jera1350
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
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
07-10-2011 05:36:58 | More by jmdrpi
3.83/5 rDev -3%
Pours a murky iced tea color with a 1 inch brown head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of dark fruits (raisins/plums), spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is exactly like the smell with the dark fruit and spices being most prominent. A lower level of carbonation makes for a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel on this beer. Overall, this is a pretty good quad that I am glad I picked up.
07-03-2011 07:46:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
This beer poured out as a murky dark brown color. The head was slim and didn't leave much lacing behind. The smell of the beer has some fermented dark fruits on the nose, a little bit of yeast, and not too much else here. The taste of brown sugar and fruit upfront with a nice sweetness to it. The aftertaste had a dry caramel like flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall I enjoyed this Quad, I would still prefer a La Trappe over this one though.
06-30-2011 02:31:35 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Batch 05, whatever that means.
Beer poured with minimal head that turned into collar of tiny bubbles. Color has reddish-brown hues with a fruit fly right in the middle. D'oh!
The aroma is pretty good. It gets a little hot as the temperature rises due to the listed ABV of 10.5%. I get some nutty notes and chocolate-y notes, as well as a slight bit of coffee. I was drinking coffee earlier, though. A lot of dark fruits, raisins specifically. Also a little bit of vanilla. I also get a weird chemical smell, but I'm pretty sure it is coming from the detergent used to clean the glass (different glass after the fruit fly).
The taste brings out those dark fruits and some more chocolate - more like figs this time as opposed to raisins. Not bitter at all, but a little hot once again as the temperature rises. I also taste what seems to me like citrus rind, but that might be the detergent again. I will disregard that in the ranking as I did not taste it in the other glass.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a "abbey-style brown ale" (as listed on the bottle, as opposed to Quad, as listed on beeradvocate). It feels nice but so do a lot of beers.
Overall, I do enjoy drinking this beer. It's certainly no Rochefort, but I would buy it again. Maybe.
06-15-2011 02:04:27 | More by meerkat2
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured into a sniffer, thanks to Jdiddy for sending me this one.
Appearance: Pours a mahogany with red hues when held up to the sun. It had a white head about one two fingers thick that faded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.
Aroma: Subtle hints of figs, dark fruits, dark cherries, raisins, toffee, caramel and alcohol.
Taste: Sweet fruit, toffee, figs and alcohol are the predominate taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel with a noticeable boozy finish.
Overall: I think I was expecting more from this beer. It was good, don’t think that I didn’t like it; I think I just expected more. For me the alcohol was still a little prevalent and I think it could benefit with some age.
06-14-2011 19:22:52 | More by jamescain
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-05-2011 13:32:50 | More by OtherShoe2
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
05-31-2011 16:08:50 | More by OakedCanuck
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.