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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with a creme head. Nose is perfume and dough tones. Not overly complex, and slightly leaning towards one dimensional. Flavor is floral, dough, touches of fig fruits and slight sweetness. An alcohol burn is noticeably present. More so as time goes on and it warms. Feel is thick enough on liquid. Carbonation is middle of the road and about what I would hope to see. Overall not too shabby. The alcohol is a bit too much IMO, especially for a lower abv quad. But it definitely works for the style as many interpretations of quads have a difficult time doing so.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 23:07:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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blakesell

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:37:56 | More by blakesell
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gford217

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a small creamy beige head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some delicate lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, with dark fruits, caramel and overarching Belgian yeast presence that offers a bit of spiciness in the nose.

The taste is extremely sweet with candi sugar and dark fruits dominating. There is some chocolate noticeable in the taste that I could detect in the nose and the finish has an alcohol burn that takes a while to notice. The spiciness of the yeast really comes out as well.

This is a fairly full-bodied beer, very smooth and complete coats the palate with sweetness which lingers for a long time.

I'm highly impressed with this beer and think it is a great representation of the style, leaning heavily to the sweeter side of things. Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:55:46 | More by gford217
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick head into my Piraat glass. Nice presentation with lacing and all.

Aroma is full of raisin and faint apple in the nose. Malt sweetness stands out as well.

Taste is strong and warm with raisin, caramel and faint apple flavors upfront. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of the above flavors and the warmth from the alcohol is quite apparent as it coats the throat. Carbonation is a bit high but doesn't detract too much.

Needs some aging but otherwise, an enjoyable example of the style that can only get better with a bit of age.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 18:32:54 | More by Brad007
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass twist-top. No date, but just arrived in Vermont a week ago (not that that's a guarantee since we all know who imports it).

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip. 1 finger of tan head fades quickly leaving nothing. Cloudy medium brown color.

Nose: Lots of fruitiness, from raisins to apricots, a little wool blanket. Promising.

Palate: Medium-bodied and sharp with some acidity around the edges, like a granny smith apple soaked in old whiskey. Big fruitiness is sideswiped by the alcohol and clamors, stumbles around my palate before being shoved out the back door by the bouncers (boozey) and falling down my throat.

Translation: This beer is bold and brash right now. I think it would do for some time to calm down all these aggressive fruits and booziness. But, to be honest, not sure if that will ever totally happen.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 06:17:56 | More by SFLpunk
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured the color of cola with a two inch frothy, off-white head. Head settles into a solid cap with thick bands of lacing. Nose is rather mild and difficult to describe - slightly vinous and malty with a hint of spice in the mix. Some booziness comes out up front, followed by the wine-like character revealed in the nose, dark fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background carbonation. Nice abbey ale that changes its character as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:04:16 | More by Jwale73
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Wildman

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark murky dark amber almost black color and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins, chocolate and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and bread yeast. The body was medium light and the finish was a touch sprite, yet sweet. A nice beer. but not sure what style to place it under.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:24:13 | More by Wildman
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FYI, bottle version of Rigor Mortis Abt is 10.5% alcohol per volume.

Pours a modest head that dies to a single layer of fine bubbles. Surprisingly, it leaves a generous level of lace. The color of the brew is muddy brown, much like a darker iced tea.

Strong Belgian yeast in the nose. Toffee and caramel are the predominant malt aromas. No notable hop. Touch of Confectioner Sugar.

A sweet beer. Noticeably potent and very full bodied, almost as if an unfermented wort was blended in. Almost candy like in the taste. The swallow features a spritzy bitterness that fades quickly to the mouth numbing alcohol content, which is overpowering in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 19:36:19 | More by smcolw
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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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Delerium

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Dieu de Ciel brewpub. Only available in 750ml bottles, not available for takeaway as of yet. This beer will whoop your ass! Very strong, raisiny, with rummy plum undertones, two finger head upon pourth. I loved this beer, but could only drink half of the bottle due to the strong abv that is very present. Highly Recommended. Chris

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 00:53:12 | More by Delerium
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aquatonex

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some special celebration of this brewery's offerings at Moan and Dove brought this strong brew to me.

Pours very dark brown, almost opaque with a short medium creamy head, good lacing. Nose consists of a strong alcohol astringent smell along with a myriad of fruits (berries, perhaps grapes and something else?). Some may also akin the smell to 'hamster piss' because of its overwhelming alcoholness. Taste is very strong with some heavy malts, mixed fruits, caramel, and again the intense alcohol. I realized it's a rather high-octane brew, but I like high-octane without the super astringency (like Trois Pistoles, for example). Mouthfeel was good for the brew's strength. This would not be a choice again if I was in the mood for a high-octane malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 00:29:08 | More by aquatonex
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One year old bottle, split three-ways with BA friends. Murky bronze/brown with a nice tannish head that did not quit. Aroma was out of this world. Sweet/dark fruits, alcohol, lovely malts, herbal hops, yeast, candy, dark port wine, and more! I also picked up hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste was more of the same. Fruity up front with some nice malts in the middle and the herbal hops in the finish. The chocolate and coffee flavors were hidden within this beer as well. The mouthfeel was very thick and filling, but just right for an ABT, and the drinkability was also awesome for an ABT. A great Belgian-style beer and a truly wonderful example of the brewers art at work. Quite possibly one of Dieu Du Ciels best beers!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 20:28:52 | More by francisweizen
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Spider889

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 05:14:31 | More by Spider889
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impending

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 21:35:18 | More by impending
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At volo on tap. Had a few samples of this- A deep hazed dirty brown with a nice structured eggshell cap. Nose is full on stewed fruits, lots of sugars, caramel, vanilla, spices. Tastes very sweet, of Belgian candy sugars, bubblegum, caramel, vanilla, floral spices, a bit oaky. Very good. Quite drinkable for the strength. A creamy and sweet and silky finish. Excellent example of this elusive style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2009 11:35:48 | More by mrmanning
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Tonight's offering was a "2007 vintage". Served in a Belgian goblet. Very dark brown color to the body. No head or carbonation. Smell was quite a pleasing combination of dried cherries and caramelized sugar. There was also a distinct smell of barrel aging that I noticed. Taste was the highlight of the night. Strong but smooth. The smell led me to believe that his beer was going to be quite potent in flavor. But it turned out to be quite easy to drink. A nice example of a quad. Huge bursts of fruit flavor, with a sugary sweetness to balance the alcohol. I think the aging certainly helped mellow out this beer a bit and bring some of the core flavors to the forefront. Went great with a hearty plate of Belgian style sausages. Definitely would order one again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 23:28:23 | More by morebeergood
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all, this is not a belgian dark, it's a quad. That's what is written at DDC and on their website...

A: Extremely gorgeous. Rich deep deep pure red color. Not brown at all, only red. The head is off-white and strong, even if the brew doesn't look much carbonated at first.

S: Sweet scenting brew: Huge sweetness, some pepper (hard to get though), not much hops, some dark fruits and plums.

T: Well, as expected, very sweet. Kicks in with a little bit of pepper, but it quickly became all about sweetness. Brown sugar, maple syrup, honey come to mind. Ends up with a lasting taste of dark fruits and plum. Hops weren't very present as expected too.

M: It's good. Lightly carbonated. I guess it's the first time I say this but I hoped it would have a little more bubbles, to give it a little more life. Anyway, syrupy feel that covers the mouth.

D: Not too much here. I mean, it is a very good brew, but the sweetness just kills it here. It's like chocolate, it's good, but after a bar, you ain't gonna get another one. But the first one is gonna go down like no other. So, one goes down easy, two is good, three is getting a bit too much. Alcohol is not a problem here since it is so well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2009 04:38:00 | More by flipper2gv
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo for Cask Days 2008. I had some bottles a couple years ago at the brewpub but never reviewed them then.

Pours a clear reddish orange, ruddy, huge and thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace, great retention, settles to a solid layer. Smell is neat, quite sweet, caramel, apples and pears, bread, yeast, peppery spice, brown sugar, alcohol, light fruit, pretty big aroma. Taste is similar, sweet up front, honey and caramel, bit of fruit, yeast, pepper, bread, apple pie and cinnamon, alcohol comes through but isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol but altogether pretty smooth for the ABV. A nice quad, I could drink this stuff on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 21:32:15 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled oct 17/08 on tap at volo as part of cask days 2008.

pours deep red, not quite brown, crystal clear with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. some dark fruit. raisin and date. there's also some lighter more tropical fruit that seems a touch out of place for the style. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. some grain.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. some chocolate. dark fruit. light caramel and toffee sweetness. wheat bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. some light orangey citrus. the sweetness seems to grow as it warms, from initially being farily balanced to approaching overly sweet.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is decent, but the sweetness detracts slightly from this. it's mostly balanced initially, then the sweetness begins to take over. still quite nice overall, just a little more of a sipper - which might be best with something at this ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 00:59:46 | More by grub
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brewer lists this one as a quad, and I agree it's closer to that style.

A: Deep copper-bronze with a light tan head. Some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Dark fruit, cotton candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Too much residual sweetness upfront. Dark toffee, dark fruit, earthy citrus, light spicing, balanced bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. It has some good flavour, but it doesn't measure up to the monks brews.

M: I just can't get over the residual sweetness in this one. A Belgian should be drier & more digestible.

D: Very approachable for its weight, but I couldn't drink much.

Brewers info:

"Rigor Mortis ABT (Rigor Mortis ABT)
Quadrupel
10.5%

Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.

This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006.

The Rigor Mortis ABT was born in our Montreal brewpub in August 2001"

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 00:13:41 | More by Derek
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Montreal.

I was expecting a darker coloured beer, but this turns up a clear amber with an off-white head which laces well. Somewhat out of left field for the style, but the nice retention and lacing has won me over. The aroma has a lot of depth to it, and is dominated by raisins, port and brown sugar, beyond which some spicy notes are detectable, mingling with alcohol.

Upfront, the flavour is very sweet and full of brown sugar, but soon melts through into a melange of alcohol soaked dark fruits, which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Lots of caramel and chocolate are thrown in for added measure, which helps to heighten the sweetness. The spice I detected in the nose isn't in the flavour, though it may be hidden by a slightly brutish level of alcohol. While the taste is a disappointment, the mouthfeel is what I look for in a quad, with its slick, chewy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and drying finish.

This is a pretty big quad, and I don't think it drinks too well young. It wears its alcohol and sugar content proudly, but comes off as too boozy and sweet for a style that is typically boozy and sweet. This is really too bad, because the peripherals (appearance, aroma, mouthfeel) are all great. I'd only try this again if it was aged.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 16:05:48 | More by bobsy
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dieu du ciel's brewpub in Montréal. Only available in half-pints quantity when I was there.

A: Very dark reddish-brown with a foamy white head served in a tulip. The head fades away rather quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S: This one's yeasty with a hint of alcohol in there which masked other things for me.

T: Caramelized malts and plum seem to dominate as well as a smokey taste. This is definately on the sweeter side but I tend to enjoy this in higher alcohol beers.

M: Feels thick and smooth with a dry finish with nice low carbonation.

D: Alcohol is present in this one which gives a very pleasant warming feel. This serves as a warning about it's potency.

Overall, it packs a punch and with the sweetness and alcohol feel, I see this one appealing to those who like port. I enjoyed it but I was also glad I didn't have more than a half-pint.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 14:23:40 | More by santa109
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewpub, a cross between a Belgium and an old ale. Very cloudy amber with great lacing, yeasty aroma, Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty. The clear winner here tonight Some chocolate malt. Some smoke. Had again three years later although not as good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2007 04:48:43 | More by Sammy
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philmath

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark brown color with ruby high lights. Taste reminds me of anise, chocolate, plum juice, some chilly porto. On the nose, it smells like funky grapes and roasted bread with notes of cola. Vinious, warming alcohol present. Very enjoyable. Easily drinkable. A must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2006 22:36:12 | More by philmath
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One year old bottle: Cloudy pale bronze coloured. Malty nose with notes of dark fruits, plums, original pomegranate. Good mouthfeel, warming. Very malty in mouth, almost vinous, but not quite sticky, roasted caramel, chocolate. I enjoyed the finish, but it was perhaps a little unbalanced on the sweet side. Strongly recommended, could be one of Dieu Du Ciel's best.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2004 03:07:39 | More by Rastacouere
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.