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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 62
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Reviews: 337 | Hads: 658
Photo of wschmit
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of thryn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish brown with a beige head that has good staying power.

Caramely nose. Toast, raisins, candied plums. Alcohol is not prominent in the nose.

Alcohol is much more noticeable on the palate, but it's quite nice. Rum raisin, caramel and toffee, maybe a hint of vanilla. Finishes with a bit of alcohol burn and some bitterness.

It's just a *smidge* too thick-bodied, to my tongue. The body is sticky and creamy. Carbonation is smooth and mild.

This is a pretty good quad, but a slow sipper that gets a little cloying as it goes on. (541 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious! (617 characters)

Photo of johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one!
Pours a Belgian style brown color with a decent sized white head that slowly disappears. Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts and a slight alcohol smell. Tastes of sweet plums and raisins followed by a spicy after taste of spices I cannot identify. Another reviewer mentioned that the "sweetness is "eaten up by the hops" I could not find a better way to describe this flavor which does indeed balance out the sweetness of this beer. The flavor finishes with this flavor, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer is a sipper but it goes down easy. I could savor one of these for hours and could see myself drinking this again and again but I could not see myself drinking more than one of these in a night. (787 characters)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a chalice glass

Pours with a dark chocolate body with a remarkable amount of cloudy haze when held to the light. Whilst many dark beers, particularly quads, show a deep mahogany hue, this one almost comes off as a dirty water look. Its hard to describe but it is definitely not the norm. I'd like to have another go at pouring this (into a different glass shape possibly) as this yielded very little head, what there was sat on the surface in patches and small amounts of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is somewhat thin with mild notes of malts, chocolate and spices. A pepper-ish phenol is also present.

Sweet elements stand out in the mouth, in particular the taste of burnt brown sugar, caramelized syrup and hardened toffee. Malt is also available however it is made complicated by the burnt sweets and there for a little hidden. The spice notes in the aroma carry though in the form of cloves and nutmeg flavors.

Moderate to heavy bodied with a soft degree of carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with an oily finish and a long lingering taste. The 10.5% abv isn't exactly lost in the mix but at the same time it doesn't dominate.

This has motivated me to explore the wide range of product available from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel and I recommend others give it try but I don't see it charging through the old tried and trusted offerings in this category. (1,399 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - This is my first quadruple and first Dieu de ciel offering, and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. I went from trying something new to enjoying four pours of an amazing beer. Very strong smell of coffee and fruity. The taste, however is very strong, malty beer. The beer feels heavy, great in the mouth, and goes down smooth. Rigor Mortis - definitely a beer to die for, and highly recommended from this beer lover. Cheers! (471 characters)

Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. It has a nice auburn like color. The head is cream colored. I can smell cherries but nothing else, and even that is faint (my weak sense of smell). I can taste cherry and a fruitiness. There's also a sweetness to the beer. I can taste a roasty finish with some alcohol burn. There's a cloying aftertaste that I'm not impressed with. (366 characters)

Photo of Monsteruss
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The foam was wheat in color, a little bibbly and dissapated quickly. The color was dark amber mahogany with a cola undertone. The smell was deep almost molassisy overtone, hints of chocolate and a hops undertone. The taste was exceptional - a rich molassis overtone with a choclatey highlight, hints of wood and maple and a rich spicey undertone and a little sharp like a barley wine. Mouthfeel - deep medium-bodied. Drinkability - a complex variety of tastes that danced in my mouth - wonderfull! (497 characters)

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really fantastic beer from Dieu du Ciel. I would say a apple/caramel notes are the dominant, but they're not too heavy that you can't enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely a little syrupy, but served cold, I could drink this all night. Looking forward to finding this on tap. (288 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in April, 2010. Bottle into wine glass on Jan 2, 2010.

Appearance = 3.5
Dark, opaque black with 1/2 inch of brown-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell = 4
Backbone of dark fruit (grapes, raisins, pulm) with notes of molasses and smoky/roastedness & chocolate. Also has faint Belgain-yeast ?ester aroma. Enjoyable.

Taste = 4

Sweet dark fruits with finish of roasted malt and molasses (similar to smell). Smooth ETOH presence. Mild notes of hops and some spice.

Reminds me of combination of DFH Midas Touch and Hebrew Jewbelation.

Mouthfeel = 3.5
Pleasant moderate viscosity and mild carbonation. Overall, sweet feeling.

Drinkability = 3.5
Obviously, a strong beer at over 10%, but very drinkable. A nice sipper, but likely only to have one at a time. Hides ETOH extremely well. Would pair great with food, such as dark meats and desserts.

I would suggest trying it because I find it quite interesting and enjoyable. (939 characters)

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a slight haze. It forms a half finger khaki head that recedes slowly.

S - Has a funky belgian yeast aroma with notes of banana and clove with just as much dark fruit notes in there as well; dark cherries.

T - Fruity sweetness of plums, cherries and grapes up front w/ the belgian yeast notes coming in midway, fading to a nice hop bitterness in the finish that beats the sweetness back into submission.

M - Medium heavy mouth-feel that is slightly chewy with a nice level of carbonation. There's a nice little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I liked this one a lot. The sweetness up front fades to nice bitterness in back. The person I tasted it with hated it; didn't like the sweet flavors. If you like sweetness in a beer you should definitely give this one a try. A heavy brew though, so you needn't drink more than one at a time. I drank half a 12oz and I was satisfied. (944 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with very thin white head. Lighter than expected aroma of fig, plum, brown sugar and winter spices. Bigger taste with the same flavors as the nose up front and a little bite at the end with just slightly more hop bitterness than usual for a quad and some nice warming alcohol. Quite smooth. Not as complex as the classics, but very well balanced. A delicious sipper and one I'll be coming back to. (415 characters)

Photo of CaptainTripps
2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Poured a cloudy dark brown with amber/red hues on the edges when held up to the light. About a half of a finger of mocha colored head came with the pour.

S: Spices blended with red fruits and some dark fruit aromas. Getting some caramel and chocolate malts coming through. Slight belgian yeast coming out as well as some alcohol heat.

T: Man the spices really kick you in the pants with this beer. Has the over spicyness of a dubbel that over powers the would be dark fruits. Plums and figs are there but seemingly in small quantities. Chocolate malt comes through on the finish, has some what of a slight raw rich chocolate bitterness to the flavor. Left a weird aftertaste on the palate.

M: Not as carbonated as i would like to see in my quad, but not bad. Probably one of the best points of the beer. Alcohol has a little bit of bite but not to over the top.

D: Not to great with this beer. They tried to force a brown ale into a quad and it didn't work for me. Overall i found the spicy/bitterness of the beer to be just plain bad. Funny the bottle says "minimal" bitterness and it was way more bitter then any quad should ever be.

They gave the quadruple a try and didn't do that great of a job. (1,255 characters)

Photo of meerkat2
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,255 characters)

Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma on this one was somewhat mild, but it increased a bit once it warmed considerably. Ultimately I got a mild, but pleasant spiciness from the aroma with some possible hints of alcohol. The flavor was much fuller. There's some sweetness upfront, then the spiciness kicks in, and there's a long, drawn-out combination finish. I'm definitely getting some Aventinus-like flavors which (for me) is a good thing. The phenolics in this brew are kept on the light side, and the spiciness is allowed to shine. This brew is somewhat sweet, but certainly not cloying. There's a slight alcohol burn in the finish. It was most-drinkable when it approached room termperature. The bottle did say it was best to age this beer, but I couldn't wait. Six months or so might do this beer some good. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed this beer which just recently showed up in Orlando (Knightly Spirits). I love a good Abby-style brew, but more often than not, I'm disappointed with what I find. However, I was happily impressed with this one. Nice job Dieu Du Ciel! (1,055 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - the one pours an orange-tinted mahogany colour. Very opaque. Head is a bit of a disappointment - it rose slowly to only about an inch and a half and fell to a ring with a bit of film very quickly. this may have been because of the high ABV. Some nice visible carbonation.

smell - the nose is great! Full of rich and complex malts. There's a strong molasses-like dark richness to it, which is fill of fruit like stones, bit with a more sharp black currant or dried cherry note. A touch of earthiness. Very little spice and not hope. No burnt notes.

taste - very similar to the nose, it the fruity profile comes out a bit more over the malt. the prune-flavour of the melanoidin malt comes our stronger. There is a hint of pepper that lasts a while and plays well with the alcohol heat. The spice and heat play will with what would have otherwise been a much too sweet finish.

feel - body is very full with a syrupy feel that lasts, with some spice and heat from alcohol drying out the finish. Carbonation is minimal, giving a velvety feel that plays well with the flavour.

I'm still not totally sure about how a quad is all that different from a Belgian strong dark. But this was really tasty! (1,202 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Light brown/amber with nice amount of tan head

S: A little malty sweetness, not very strong

T: Alcohol, Malt sweetness, dark fruits, clove, hop bitterness

M: Medium, a bit too carbonated

D: The alcohol is way too hot. Didnt want to drink more than 6 oz

Cheers! (289 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A: (3/3) Dark toffee brown with a light haze and thin but well-retained head
S: (9/12) Pretty strong raisin/apple and alcohol with funky notes and a little bit of burnt caramel, and I even get a little banana when I go back for sip number two
T: (16/20) Stronger on the burnt caramel and chocolate than the fruit
M: (4/5) Pretty solid body with very little carbonation, pretty dry finish
O: (7/10) Yeah, I know my review is all over the map, but the beer kind of is, too. I picked it up at a cellar clearance sale , and then left it in my fridge for a couple months, so I think I aged it properly (notches say '05). None of the flavors really sing to me, but it’s certainly a solid beer.
39/50 (697 characters)

Photo of cdrogers
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Westmalle glass.

A: Resembles most all of the quads I've had. Nice dark brown, almost black looking, with an creamy off-white head.

S: Lots of dark malts, maybe some coffee as well.

T: Too strong and not enough sweetness. I mean the ABV overpowered much of the flavor in this one. A nice richness, coffee and toffee flavor, but after it starts going down you are overwhelmed with the ABV. The Rochefort 10 is a strong one but they get it right with the sweetness that balances it out nicely and I can't really tell the ABV is so high. Not the same with this one and thus the 3.5 rating.

M: Nice flavor until it hits the back and starts going down. It's not horrible at all, but just a big yikes.

D: Definitely not one I will be purchasing again. Was too strong and not enough flavor. (810 characters)

Photo of strangemusic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nut-brown with a quickly fading, spotty head.

Aroma consists of rich dark fruits, potent alcohol, malts and spices. Apple, fig, raw sugar.

It unfolds across the tastebuds with red apples, baked pears, cider spices, yeast, honey, herbal flavours and boiled candied sugar, but not painfully sweet or harsh. Creamy caramel apple notes develop. The alcohol is a dark, warm, woody, peppery presence in the sip. Tons of complexity.

Mouthfeel is lush and not harsh, but it has that undeniable boozy prickle to it. Chewy. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is, astonishingly, not bad for 10 percent ABV! It doesn't have screeching harshness or sugars that make your head spin, and so it's a reliable long sipper of a beer that discloses lovely new tastes as you drink it. (772 characters)

Photo of evanlarkin
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Very heavy, very full. Medium-low carbonation. Has kind of an oily texture. Reminds me kind of how 120 minute IPA feels, strangely enough.

Overall:
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. (942 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer. (598 characters)

Photo of santa109
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark mahogany appearance with a sturdy, fine beige head that hangs around. Tiny streams of bubbles continually rise to the surface from the bottom of my balloon glass, telling me it's a well-crafted Belgian-style brew. Nose is of malt-generated dark fruit (dates, figs), tart green apple acetaldehyde, some vanilla, and alcohol.

The taste is similarly malt-driven. Caramelly vanilla comes through a bit more and seems like it may be the result of oak aging. The alcohol cuts into the dry, Belgian finish.

Rigor Mortis ABT has a great mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, but not overly thick. Medium carbonation. Overall a good, but not great quadrupel. It lacks the dessert-like spice that I have come to love in classic quads such as St. Bernardus. Due to the price tag, I won't be buying this again, but I would gladly drink it if offered to me. (850 characters)

Photo of HopBacchus
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer kind of looks like mud but in a good way its murky and brown, mysterious even, possesses a tannish head that vanishes sooner than i would have liked, however lacing is still good

Smells of rich malts and red fruit alcohol also has a nice presence caramel and chestnut is also present i think faint citrus notes are also present

This beer is a malt bomb and extremely true to the style also raisins and cinnamon the alcohol has a pleasant

Alcohol thins the body a bit and makes for excellent drinkability

its a good quad if you are into extreme beer pick up a few of these bad boys (595 characters)

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.