Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
05-04-2010 00:23:45 | More by zeff80
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-13-2010 07:33:04 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-27-2009 23:07:56 | More by RblWthACoz
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
10-09-2009 04:26:26 | More by nickfl
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
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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
04-13-2010 16:31:32 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-31-2012 20:32:10 | More by StonedTrippin
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
03-07-2010 16:19:06 | More by Gueuzedude
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-10-2009 19:36:19 | More by smcolw
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
06-06-2010 21:58:05 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.49/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
05-24-2013 04:20:11 | More by BlackHaddock
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-13-2009 13:33:36 | More by Gavage
2.8/5 rDev -29.1%
11.5 fl oz brown glass with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: Biscuity caramelized dark malts, cream, cherry and plum fruit esters, spices, brown sugar, and caramel. A fairly complex moderate strength aroma.
T: More malty and sugar-laden than expected, with notable caramelization. Raisin notes. Awkward for a quadrupel. The fruit esters get buried beneath the overwhelming malt layer. Caramelized malts comprise the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. The brown sugar is overdone. Complex but poorly balanced. Strangely built for the style. Not really subtle at all.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the sugar. The thickness is off but not in an extreme way. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay I guess, but it's certainly not tailored to it.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring for the style. An awkward combination of a brown ale and a quad that never quite sits right. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's decently priced for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I can see where aging might help it.
04-25-2012 06:56:28 | More by kojevergas
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
06-01-2009 04:25:18 | More by GClarkage
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-13-2012 23:31:55 | More by weeare138
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
10-20-2010 08:00:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
03-28-2010 00:22:33 | More by tempest
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
09-06-2010 02:52:32 | More by Georgiabeer
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.