Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 338
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Avg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 65
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle into chalice, batch 15(or something). Pours cloudy dark brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big plums, molasses, chocolate, caramel, candi sugar, bread, raisins, and a bit of yeast spices and light alcohol. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, herbal spiciness, pepper, and spicy alcohol. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is limited due to some booziness but it is a pretty nice sipper. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too bad. Overall this is a pretty nice Quadrupel. Some good flavor complexity and balance. If it was a bit less boozy I probably would have liked it more.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a twisti-off cap. Poured into a goblet, this brew appears a color of deep mahogany with a creamy finger of tan froth. The cap dissolves to a thin lace atop and leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. I wish I would have been more careful with the pour. I probably only should have poured 8 ounces into my glass because as I got closer to the bottom a rush of sediment plopped in. The yeast has covered the glass and is stuck with thick spackle-like chunks throughout the entire solution. When held to the light, you can hardly see through the pieces of yeast but you see some faint redness through the brown shades.

The smell of this brew is very familiar with a pleasing scent of dark malty sugars that come across like candy sugar, figs, plums, raisins and toffee. There is a light herbal touch of hops that bring forth almost an earthy aspect that keeps the onslaught of sweetness in check. The yeast expresses itself with a mild clove and almost peppery touch that takes this nose off in a different direction that is enjoyable.

The taste has creamy sweetness of toffee mixed with candy sugar and an herbal hop component to contrast. There is quite a bold alcohol presence not only in flavor but with an immediate rush of alcohol down the back of the throat and all the way into the stomach. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth that is lightly nutty with more focus going back to the sweetness that is like dark fruits mixed with sugary alcohol almost like molasses but not as dark/burnt. This is one of the few times where I actually enjoyed the brew much more while it was cold. Once it gets warmer, the alcohol comes out in full force and gets a bit distracting with a fusel/solvent kick that is not hidden behind the solid malt backing at all.

This is a full bodied brew that is creamy and full in the feel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and overall is a very well put together take on the style. This initial reaction to this brew based soley on the aroma is wow, this is going to be a sickeningly sweet mess. But after the first sip, you are pleasantly caught off guard. Well done. I have no have many offerings from Dieu du Ceil but the ones I have had were quite enjoyable. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/31/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip on the side of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. About a 3/4 inch initial head on the pour which settles to a light frothy rim. Lacing is very tight bubbled sheeting with a few spots and lines left over.

Smell- Very interesting scent of a bunch of things. First I detect a light smokey scent, followed by a hit of overripe concord grapes. Deep roasted caramel comes in next with some dark fruits finishing off the nose.

Taste- Does remind me a bit of St. Bernardus and Rochefort in a way. This one is a bit more forward and heavily roasted on the malt character. Also more hopped than the previously mentioned ones. Grapes, plums and dates swirl around, but don't quite give off the appropriate sweetness...well, they actually might, but the hops seems to overburden the dark fruit flavors. The sweetness does give a quick hit right as you swallow, but gets eaten up by the hops...the alcohol content is noticed, but not largely.

Mouthfeel- Fairly big hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty creamy and somewhat silky with a medium to slightly lower carbonation level per style.

Drinkability- Quite an interesting beer. Haven't had a bad, or even mediorce beer from this place. At $5.99 it was worth the experiment.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts. Spotty lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and some soft yeast tones are easy to detect.

Taste: big malt profile with caramel, plums, prunes, brown sugar, yeast, and a moderate bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth to start, more syrupy at the finish. Alcohol and sweetness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: high alcohol kocks this down a notch, but for a quad this was smooth and tasty but a slow sipper.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, burnt amber color that shows a lightly hazed, deep plum red color when held up to the light. The aroma is not anywhere near the sweetness I was expecting. My second smell of this though has me noticing lots of rich fruit aromatics that definitely have some sweetness to them. Notes of raisins and figs are quite prominent and there is a touch of hot alcohol towards the finish. A rich maltiness mixes with the dark fruit, contributing a deeply caramelized malt sugar note as well as some subtle toasted grain character towards the end. A touch of aromatics that make me think of freshly fermenting plums. Further inspection yields ample spicy clove notes, a touch of white pepper, some woody allspice, . At times the beer comes off as being savory, despite the fruity and sweet spice notes. This definitely has a complex, well integrated nose; one that is clearly world class.

Somewhat sweet tasting, though not overly so, the palate is immediately engulfed by a rich fruitiness that is only slightly wiped clean in the finish by some hot alcohol spiciness. Fruity, with a rich sweetness and even a savory malt backbone, this beer has a lot of things going on. There is quite a bit of spice character here, though it is not more than soft and is definitely well integrated; some lightly tongue numbing clove, an allspice note, some woody black pepper and an almost oaky spiciness (it has a definite woodiness to it somehow). For some reason the flavor isn't as impressive as the aroma, though this is still quite good. While this is rich and somewhat thick, the beer is not overly heavy; despite its strength it has a certain drinkability that is requisite of the style.

This is a pretty nice beer, the biggest flaw is that the alcohol can be a bit too noticeable at times; it doesn't ruin the beer for me though. Interesting, this might be quite phenomenal if not for the hot alcohol; I wish I had bought a second bottle to age a bit longer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a quad! On to the beer:

Glub glub goes the beer into a snifter. Chocolate brown colored in the glass, some head retention and a little bit of lacing sticking around. The nose is nice; dry powdery cocoa, pears, a spicy pinch of alcohol. It still seems a little more could come out.

More of it comes out in the mouth. Maybe it's the soft yeast bringing grape/raisin notes to my palate to pair with the unsweetened chocolate and pear. Dry astringent malt settles in as the beer dries up on the palate. It's a beer you can chew on, which I like, though carbonation can get prickly, which I prefer in this case that it didn't. Much of the 10.5% ABV is hidden, and you'll feel it warm your tummy.

Inviting beer. Not too sweet or sugary with the Belgian yeast doing some of the work. Good no matter where it's brewed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours brown with a small smattering of a light tan head. Fair retention, very high ABV, can't really blame it.

S: Very sweet bread, with a lot of Belgian yeastiness. Fruit - raisins, prune. Lots of residual sugar.

T: Definitely a straight up raisin/candi sugar flavour with a lot of molasses/dark brown sugar character. Lots of fruit complexity. A treat.

M: Full-bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: I like this a lot. Really no ethanol heat, great flavours, Belgian complexity. An outstanding quad for my palate. This was expensive as hell at Beachwood, Dieu du Ciel needs to get distributed down in the Southland with this and Peche Mortel it's game over.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken in 'La Trappe' San Fransisco on 6 Feb 2013. The basement is very dark (where we sat anyway), so I had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer: it looked dark brown though. The bottle label being dark also was almost unseeable too, which is a shame because the art work is lovely.

The smell told me however I had a great beer in front of me, even if I couldn't see it too well. Malty molasses and rich fruit esters filled my nose and I couldn't wait to taste it.

The richness of the flavours exploded in my mouth, sweet malty molasses (like the aroma) with hints of toffee, caramel and chocolate. Add dark fruit and yeastiness into the mix and you have a very tasty beer indeed.

Full bodied and rich from the first sip, overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $5.50. Ah, this is a well-made quad. It's nice to find North American Belgian ales that taste like they could come straight from a Belgian abbey. The aroma is a bit mellow with hint of prune and raisin, plus a hint of grape juice. Essentially it smells like a mixed bag of dried fruit. The flavor matches those esters but add caramel and toffee malt character that at times is both dry and juicy. There's a slight hint of alcohol, which is ok for the style since it's not distracting. The malt also brings toast and dark bread crust that allows this beer to border on desert, without being too sweet. Really, I think this is an under-rated quad and would be happy to enjoy it more often. The only real knock against it is the too-mild aroma.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a decent sized but short lived off white head. Massive chunks of something floating in this viscous liquid. Aromas are heavy on the fruit. Dark stone fruits with bits of pineapple atop a brown sugary caramel base with just a touch of alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma. Lots of tropical fruitiness with a solid brown sugary base to back it up. Pleasant warming alcohol. Medium body with a somewhat drying finish. Light level of carbonation. Nice sipper once you get past the appearance. This may be an older bottle, its got notches that are off centered from the numbers so I can't tell.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, murky brown with an okay head that fades to a ring. In the nose there are nice Belgian yeast notes of banana, clove, coriander. A touch chalky and bready. The taste has very nice fruit and a bit of breadiness with a long finish that has a nice combination of bitterness, sweetness, and spice. Nice notes of banana, clove, pear, and spicebox. Sweet, bready, and thick in the mouth. Overall, pretty nice.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut with a glowing auburn edge and an off white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap that never goes away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rum soaked prunes, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, and a touch of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter cocoa bite that lingers. Spices highlighted by nutmeg hits the palate with rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, and semi dry with nutmeg.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Snojerk321! Pours murky and tawny with a creamy white head. This label is grim as hell. Fantastic artwork.

The aroma is bready and yeasty. Notes of black pepper and other spices are present, as well as some faint metallic notes and some toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as some brown sugar.

The flavor is yeasty and bready, with notes of toffee and caramel. A low level of earthy hop bitterness is present. There's an interesting note of overripe banana. The flavor is quite boozy and sweet, and it finishes that way.

Medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely slightly cloudy, low flocculated brown red. Head is very finely bubbled, a lovely yellow-beige colour. Minimal lacing, but the body is very thick and heavy. I love that it has such robust carbonation though. It looks great when swirled. Very nice indeed.

Ooh, lovely Belgian yeast notes on the nose, wonderfully mixed with a pleasant spice and the tantalising hint of big boozy characters on the palate. Not a huge amount of sweetness promised, but there's some very pleasant true Abbey Ale characters to it.

Taste is, to be fair, a little disappointing. Minimal sweetness and surprisingly little body, so the full breadth of the palate is not really used. What's there is a pleasant spice and a slightly dusty and boozy bitterness on the back palate. Ashy finish. I'm tempted to say it's a bit old, and perhaps a touch oxidised, but that's not really the characters I'm getting.

Decent enough, but I was underwhelmed after taking a sip. Don't get me wrong, it's still a very good beer, but it feels like it's lacking for the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like there's enough sludge at the bottom of the bottle to fix the cocking in my bathroom and, while I seem to have kept most of it out of the glass, I suspect some of it might be responsible for dimming the tone on this otherwise ember-y mahogany beer; the highlights are snuffed out by a most gloomy auburn complexion. As can be anticipated for a beer this strength, its head is not abundant; it is, however, plainly visible.

The bouquet, if you have the stomach to get past the initial lick of alcohol, is luxuriantly fruity and not badly equipped in the malt department either. It has both the strength and complexity of a good tawny-port and beyond the obvious brown malts and dried fruits, exact flavours can be challenging to pick out. Part of that is its intricacy, the other part is the alcohol which is as excitable as a young child (and every bit as blunt too).

It seems like someone at the brewery pulled that prank where they didn't screw the lid of the sugar shaker on tightly so when the next guy went to pour from it all the sugar just dumped out. Except in this case, instead of ordering another coffee (or beer, as it were) they got lazy and just left it. This should lead to fantastic results in the long term, but fresh it does little but distract from flavour and detract from drinkability.

Likewise, while the alcohol should eventually tire itself out, for the time being, it's firing on all cylinders. Once again, this creates a slight distraction from flavour and a minor detraction from drinkability. Fortunately, on the former point, there are traces of molasses and anise, fig puree, stewed plums and all other kinds of spicy red and intense black fruits, toffee and walnut. In other words, this has all kinds of tasty stuff about it.

Funny that a beer named Rigor Mortis should be such a stiff drink. Rigor Mortis ABT doesn't quite compare to its Belgian counterparts but it does imitate them well. If you have any bottles in your possession I suggest you find them a cool, dark place and let them just be for a couple of years; my guess is they'll come back a much better beer, but doubtfully one that will ever be confused as belonging to Belgium's great Trappist monasteries.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cashew70 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy grapish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice small islands, and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of raisins, figs, grapes, plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Carl.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 10/28/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of taupe head and some yeast floating around.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Sweet brown sugar and caramel, dark fruit (raisins, figs), some spice. A nice complex palate. Some noticeable alcohol as well fut for 10% ABV, not overwhelmingly so.

M - Medium body, nice chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - A nice beer but a touch hot.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose. Flavor is brown sugar and molasses but it is well balanced. Nice brown (that's what the label says). Label has a 10.5% ABV. Pricey at $6.99 for a 11.5oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pulled from the fridge after the weekend tasting.. I am just wanting one beer while taking care of the wife's flowers...

deep dark brown clear... 1/2" tan head.. no lacing..

big boozy.. caramel and raisins.. clove phenols run pretty heavy.. some burnt sugar...

Flavor leans heavy on the plum esters... caramel and plenty of booze burn.. makes me think of young Rochefort 10.... a bit too sweet for my palate..

Mouthfeel seems too carbonated...

Nice brew ... I would buy these for sure.. but I would put them down for at least six months...

All 4's

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep, murky red brown. Fine thin head and nice lacing. Caramel malt and Belgian spice and yeast aroma. Nice body, sweet caramel malt with light fruit and Belgian yeast. Malty, bitter finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely smell the booze with brown sugar, some toasty qualities, pear notes, and belgian yeast.

T: the booze is not as strong on the palate but the pear character is more potent with slight spice and brown sugar accents. It also had the belgian yeast flavor that most quads have.

M: the beer was full in body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet slight spice but boozy, spice, fruity, and sticky finish.

D: it drank decent but was a bit on the boozy side which made it a tad difficult to take down; definitely a sipper. It thought it was a good interpretation of a quad from canadians.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is murky brown with a reddish tone. The head is a rather dissapointing experience - small and light.

S: Yeast and dark dried fruits. Floral hops together with sweet light roasted malt. Spicy - cinnamon.

T: Lots of dark dried fruits. The yeast is a little weaker in the taste compared with the smell. Some bitter hops and more floral ones. The sweet malt has a light roast.

D: The semi-long after-taste holds some bitterness and lot of sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is a bit stronger than in Belgian Quads. A warm feeling in the chest from the alcohol.

T: The Quad is one of the most complex beer-styles and the masters of it are from Belgium (especially Trappist-monks). This is a nice try from another country. I will buy this one again, but I prefer the Belgian ones.

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.