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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown with a frothy head; excellent stickage and strands of lace

Smell: Spice cake, caramelized brown sugar and a hint of boozy alcohol

Taste: Spice cake opening, with a growing dark fruit element (cherry, prune and date) that is topped off by some peppery booze by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors merge together into a fairly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with relatively high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style that is less sweet and cloying than many I have tasted from the old country

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are very few examples of a non-Belgian brewery making authentic Belgian Dark Strong Ales to perfection... this is one of those.

The beer pours a deep brownish, rubyish, purple-black color with a creamy barley stained head. Retaining and lacing well, the beer has a both a masculine and delicate appearance.

Deeply fruity to the nose with plumbs, raisons, and red grapes. Spicy tartness, orange peel, and peppery notes balance the sweetness. Softly malty with a simple sweet scent.

Sweetly malty with confection sugars and fruit cake blend with sweeter rum-like alcohol. Again, plumbs, raisons, and grapes give a dark and dehydrated stone fruit flavor. Just enough yeasty spice and alcohol power to round out the beer, shying just a bit from balance and giving a malt forward tilt.

Medium full early due to the carbonation, but a fleeting malty texture allows for the cotton candy-like evaporation to ease into high levels of drinkability. Warming alcohols stop shy of hot or fusal textures to the mouth and throat.

This Belgian Dark Strong Ale favors the dark fruit and sugar sweetness. But the beer is beautifully crafted and delicious enough that the spicy/hoppy balance doesn't matter. A softer, more powdery malt character would allow it to compete with the Rochefort 10 and such.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cookie dough, with sweet Belgian malt and some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by some sweet Belgian malt, some candi sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average for the style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done but additional complexity and more dry fruits ester would have benefited this one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Antique bronze with a great deal of russet and orange and a slight blurriness when the final ounce was added to the snifter on the one and only pour. A thinnish slice of khaki colored cream persists and is beginning to lay down a smeary collar of lace.

The nose is just as much BSDA as quadrupel. Maybe more. Then again, those two styles overlap to some extent. It's brown malty, medium-dark fruity and pleasantly spicy. Good use of Belgian yeast, which comes to the fore even more with time and warming.

The brewery calls Rigor Mortis ABT an Abbey-style brown ale, but it tastes like a Belgian strong dark ale. Enough about the style, what about the beer? It's good... maybe even damn good. It's impossible to know how old this bottle is, but I'm guessing it's at least 18 months of age (released every April). If so, it has held up very well.

There's a beautiful interplay between sweet and spicy, with neither getting the upper hand at any point along the way. Flavors include black licorice, dark caramel, ripe figs, hints of blackstrap molasses, and an absolutely perfect amount of clove-like spiciness. This beer is both complex and tasty as all get out.

The mouthfeel is not massive, which is probably a good thing, but it has a plush quality that is slightly marred by slightly too buzzy bubbles. About ten more minutes should fix that right up... if I can wait that long for the next mouthful.

Rigor mortis is the stiffness that occurs in the muscles following death. Rigor Mortis ABT makes me glad that rigor mortis has not yet impaired my ability to enjoy expertly brewed beer. In my humble opinion, this offering is better than the much-heralded Peche Mortel and is Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's finest creation.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

My bottle says 10.2 percent but no matter. This one I easily grabbed out of the cellar tonight for a nice night cap. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, it was consumed on 10/10/2009.

The pour was deep amber in color bordering on a nice brown with a small head of light off white color that quickly faded into obscurity and left some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep boozy aroma here, lots of alcohol present along with some nice caramel malts and a touch of light grassy notes as it warmed. Some nice fruit flavor on the first sip but this is drowned out quickly by the hot nature of the booze. Really could use some time to sit down as it is just too fresh I feel. Still though I push on letting it warm and come through some light touches of raisins, perhaps a touch of light fig now mixing in as well. Smooth, light and subtle carbonation leaves the mouth dry and looking for just a little bit more.

Overall this was pretty damn solid, albeit a little hot still. With a year or two on it this would be damn near outstanding!

Photo of womencantsail
2.28/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the different boundaries that Dieu Du Ciel push,I wish I could get more of their wares.This poured into a small tulip glass a hazed russett color with some orange glow,a sticky one finger white head atop.A mix of dark fruit and phenolic spice in the nose,the alcohol creeps as it warms.Flavors are not overly complex but pack good flavor,dark fruit,and brown sugar flavors stand out most,again as it warms the alcohol really comes in.Its not overly complex but its pretty good,watch out the alcohol will hit ya.

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. 'Tis the season where big Belgians, and in this case, Belgian styles, become more likely to make it into the fridge. The label indicates that this beer is at its best after a minimum of 6 months of ageing. It was bottled in April 2010, so I think I'm good, then.

Duped by the standard brown longneck bottle, I poured this into a standard American pint glass, and it appears a cloudy dark iced-tea colour, red-brick toned, with a bit of swirling sediment, and two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly soapy pale beige head, which disappears quite slowly, leaving some sparse, sudsy, and spidery lace around the glass.

It smells of thin caramel malt, powdered chocolate, dark fleshy fruit, sweet holiday spices, pungent warming alcohol, and spicy, bready yeast. The taste is sweet, grainy caramel malt, edgy molasses, densely candied apple, mixed black fruit, herbal, grassy hops, more spicy, musty yeast, and but a mere booze warming for our collective pleasure.

The bubbles are quite sedate, just manifesting in a gentle frothiness, which goes the long mile in rendering a medium-full, smooth and duly creamy body. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee/butterscotch malt sweetness ceding little ground to the lingering bitter grassy, herbal hops.

Upon that initial whiff, this offering kind of gave me the impression that this would be one hot mess. Nope - very well integrated alcohol, big fruity malt, and a more or less Belgian-esque yeast and hop profile, all adds up to just a well-balanced, and relatively easy to put back 21 proof abbey-style ale. Take that as you will, but take it well and easy.

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

this is a very interesting beer, starting off as a malty sweet quad, but kind of turning into more of a barleywine when it gets to room temperature. pours slightly hazy dark, raisin colored, with a one inch tan head. smells like dark and red malts, belgian yeast, wood, dried cherries, and caramel. flavor isnt sweet at all really, more of a malt driven beer, although the yeast adds some very unique undertones of spice. hard to describe, not fruity, not sweet, different for a quad. when it warms it becomes a totally different beer. hops becomes a dominant flavor in the finish, and the alcohol really comes out as the carbonation totally dies. major transformation from the almost refreshing first sip. mouthfeel is pretty solid, fuller bodied with fairly standard carbonation. overall a nice beer, but for the price i might skip it next time.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a slightly hazy, dark brown color with a small, thin head of foamy white bubbles. It left a soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of rich, dark dried fruits - mostly raisin and plum with possibly some cherry. It had a rich malty nose with a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T - A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This brew reminded me of how much I love a good quadrupel. It's a great style and they've nailed it.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very small head of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, brown body. The foam disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel with peppery alcohol notes. Some clove and cinnamon in the background.

T - Sweet malt and spicy alcohol with notes of molasses and rum. Toasted malt mingles with bittersweet chocolate in a finish dominated by spicy, but not quite hot, alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice, but the flavor just doesn't live up to it (an unfortunate trend I have noticed with Dieu du Ciel). The rough alcohol and sweet malt make for an oddly cloying beer despite the dry finish. It may just need some age to bring things together, but it isn't all that great right now.

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to tenderbranson69 for sharing this aged quad- approx 1 yr cellared according to him -thanks bro!

Poured chilled from the 12oz into a Unibroue tulip.

A - A turbid caramel/med brown w/ bronze highlights and yeast speckles accenting the appearance of the brew. The ale has a thin ecru cap of approx 1/2 inch w/ pin sized bead. The lace dots the glass on the inside and a half sheet of lace clings to the tulip. The retention is decent for such a high abv

S - The aroma has a vibrant raisin aroma w/ full notes of toffee and candy sugar w/ relatively high molasses content. The nose does produce pretty strong alcohol odor also which is fusel and a mild tropical/ripe banana note w/ toasted malt complements

M - The feel is woody w/ strong effervescence and full body w/ hints of tannins- stone fruit-like acid and strong alcohol influence w/ mild creamy yeasty aspect too from bottle conditioning

T - The flavor of the quad is interesting while it has an alcoholic raisn bran quality w/ toasty malt and caramelly flavors. There is an earthy vanilla note w/ slight woodiness and light spice. The quad is odd to me because at times it has a dubbel like smooth citrus coffe-like aspect and subtle nutmeg notes w/ mild pepper and others it hits the palate with alcohol and burnt sugar flavors

D - A big 'Abbey Brown' - more like a quad drinkability wise, but shares a lot with dubbel in the sense that it has plenty of creamy raisiny toasty, less roasty flavor. I was certainly happy to share this and could probably enjoy several with ease -another great beer from Brasserie Dieu du ciel

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.