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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 52
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky red/brown colour with a fair size creamy and fizzy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer, and the lacing was fairly decent. The head lasted for quite a while before it was gone.

Smell - Molasses, caramel, butterscotch, port, a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very full bodied flavour and feels very creamy on the palette. I can really taste the butterscotch and the malts mixed with a woodiness. It actually tasted kind of like a glass of port to me. I also picked up on notes of dark chocolate and molasses. It finishes with a warming chocolate/port aftertaste.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of beers with this particular flavour, but it was still decent and highly drinkable considering the alcohol content. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 for an 11.5oz bottle @ Merchants. 10.5% ABV per the bottle. Modeled after Belgian Quads. Very thin layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a murky deep brown, forming a light tan creamy head with average retention and nice sheets of lace and moderately carbonated. Nose opens with mild dark fruits (figs and prunes), tobacco, cloves, spicy fruit cake, caramel, mild vanilla and black walnut, and a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is lightly tart, syrupy, with a woody finish and dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. I am guessing Westmalle yeast by the phenolics. An earthy interpretation of the style with a mild bitterness, with lots of tobacco and leather in the aftertaste. Alcohol adds a spicy touch of white pepper in the aftertaste as well.

I wish I lived in Montreal. These guys make some solid beers, and this is another winner. It's a bit different than most quads, but it's still tasty and ephemeral. I wish the price here in Michigan was better so I could enjoy their beers all the time, but as it is, it makes a special treat.

Photo of TerryW
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy medium brown with just a moderate head that quiets to a film and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is a little boozy. Malts and dark fruit. Smells like a Belgian. Taste is sweet without being too sticky. Surprisingly light, actually. Lots of alcohol, malts, and burned sugar.

Passable, but overall too sweet and too much alcohol. Two dimensional, not enough warmth given all the booziness of it. Just a one off for me.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark brown with a touch of purple, small head but stays there.

S - Sickly sweet malts right up front with a heaping of plums and figs. A touch of Belgian yeast and booze.

T - The sweet malts melt all over your tongue leaving a tingle. Flavors of charred brown sugar and figs along with a little apple and cherry. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn't make this brew too hot. Quite a nice array of flavors.

M - Lighter than expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavors whip all over your mouth.

D - Not bad for a quad, but I can't pound one of these because of both the flavor and the price. Would rather go for a Rochefort 10 or a St. Bernardus 12 for the money.

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

Pretty dark reddish-amber color with a very thin head. The nose is malty and estery and broadens into a similar but more complex taste.

This brew is sweet and coats the tounge with a maltiness and warm alchohol. A good sipper that would do well cutting a spicy blue cheese.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown while pouring, crayon brown in the glass with some light slipping through on the edges. Thin tan head which slips to a cap but leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aromas of grape juice and candy sugar. Very sweet to the nose. Brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Boozy and sweet, though the alcohol taste isn't abrasive. Dark fruits soaked in liquor. Caramel and a spicy finish. Good, but I'm a big fan of quads and I can certainly think of several that are tastier.

Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as many quads, but it kinda works for this one.

Not bad, but I had higher hopes for a quad from this brewery. I'd have it again, but given a choice I would go for one of the more classic quads.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a healthy dose of clay red sediment. The head fades quickly to a small ring, leaving only a smattering of lace behind. In the nose pineapple, sugary sweetness and fusel alcohol detract from the more the delicate malt notes. The taste is also very sweet but more balanced. Plums drenched in brandy, chocolate, cookie dough, raisins, berries and other flavors mingle a muted hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly numbing from the booze. The finish is sweetish with an apple cider feel.

OK, but there are many more tastey examples of this style available. This one is too boozy and sweet. Try it but dont expect much.

Photo of ludachris
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently joined Drinkvine and man is it great. I found this along with every edition of Ola Dubh at an LCBO I don't usually frequent. I wish I signed up for this earlier!

An extremely murky burnt caramel body is topped by less than a finger of quickly receeding white head, but what can be expected with such a high ABV? Its higher score comes from its attractive hue.

Sweet and complex in the nose. Semi-tart cherries are a great addition to the sweet and syrupy alcohol soaked figs, bits of caramel apple, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. The latter two mesh wonderfully with the sweet rum-like alcohol character that is present. As the beer warms I also get dry and subtle notes of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Boozy and sweet are the first things that come to mind. The Belgian yeast and candi sugar quickly move towards the back of the palate as alcohol soaked dark fruits and candied cherries spread themselves across the tongue. A caramel sweetness meshes with the rum-like alcohol character in the finish. I really like what they did with the alcohol here. At 10.5% ABV, it's pretty hard to mask, but its presence is more than welcomed, complimenting the rest of the beer.

Full bodied and creamy with a great balance. A touch more carbonation would have been great but what is there is plenty sufficient. High alcohol usually takes away from the drinkability of a beer for me, but this one masks it enough to be quaffable and puts whats left perfectly into the rest of the beer. I realized I finished the beer before I finished the review and that alone attests to its drinkability.

Although Unibroue is my favorite French-Canadian brewery, DDC is close behind with a long line of quality offerings, this one included. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is coming soon to the LCBO, but for now, this is the only quad available and a fine one at that. I'm interested in comparing the two. Another great seasonal from the LCBO and one well worth picking up.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, very little head to speak of and no lacing, doesn't look too appealing.

Smells of dark fruits, raisins, cherries, caramel malts, the alcohol is noticeable. There are also some subtle notes of cinnamon and other spices.

Pretty decent Quad with a dark fruit character dominating the palate. Finishes kind of bitter and medicinal. Not very complex at all, but not bad.

Thick mouthfeel, not much carbonation and pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. Not the best Quad ever, not something I would buy again but still well done!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle split and poured into a wine-like glass. 10.5% ABV, 0 1 notched on the label. No indication of what it meas.

Thanks to bnieman for sharing this bottle with me! I've seen it in stores forever and never picked it up. Now I know better.

A - Brilliant clarity and gorgeous ruby mahogany color. A low tan head has good retention for the alcohol. Some nice low lace and legs on the glass with a swirl.

S - Mellow but deep, complex aroma ripe with fig, cherry, and chocolate chunk. Very mild, very smooth alcohol that has a estery aroma that fits in perfectly with the mild Belgian yeast.

T - Belgian yeast and robust fruit presence of cherry and fig. The maltiness is large with lots of caramel sweetness. The finish is thinner than the flavor surprisingly. Clean exit on the palate.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth but somewhat thin feeling on the finish. Low carbonation and it just ends. No lingering sweetness or bitterness, just clean. No alcohol in the feel either.

D - Good drinkability for a bigger beer, especially for a quad, but it's a bit too thin. Just a little watery feeling on the finish. Good flavor and profile though. For a comparable price I'd go for Koneningshoeven or New Glarus ABT over this one.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know the bottle says to let this brew age for 6 months or more, but I can't. I just can't do it. Bottled August 2010 as part of the LCBO fall DDC release.

Poured into a duvel chalice. A chestnut brown, tan-russet when held to the light. Murky, with a dusting of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin ring of head, some lacing spots.

Nose is boozy and sweet, with notes of brandy, yeast, malt, caramel, spices and caramel.

The brew is a touch hot (my fault, I know...), but ten minutes after pouring and breathing-time, this brew really opens out. Generous spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and mild pepper. Malty and yeasty, with notes of dark fruit and caramel. Packs a whollop - you can taste the high ABV near the finish, but still quite complex and enjoyable. All the flavors are bold and in your face, but tend to work well together.

Medium bodied, consistant but light carbonation. Long spicy finish, booze stings the tongue.

Not a bad quad, certainly tasty and fun to drink. Definitely will need cellaring for a while to even things out, because again, I found my bottle of Rigor Mortis to be quite hot. Almost too sweet, but the spiciness kept it relatively in check. Will be back for more for cellaring purposes!

Photo of Spider889
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DDC LCBO feature. Bottled August 2010 (oh, so young..)

Pours an evil murky brown, like an dark, hazy root beer. A layer of mysterious tanned head lingers on top of the beer. Once the liquid has been poured out of the sacred vessel, it seems as though the bubbles of carbonation have suspended themselves, almost with some sense of fateful purpose, in the mysterious brew. The beer sits eerily quiet, staring deep into your soul, intentions unknown.

A sweet, dark, malty abbey-aroma. Fruit, spices and alcohol to the nose.

Sweet boozy goodness! Spicy, juicy dark fruit is how I would describe the taste.

This is perfection on a cold winter's night. The 10.5% ABV certainly warms the chest and is relatively well hidden. DDC has done it again- this is one for the cellar.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Sixtus vintage chalice

A - Pours a very dark Mahogany colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - Has a very chocolay aroma from the bottle. Once poured takes on some sweeter notes and some earty malts.

T - Up front there are some strong spices followed by some vanilla and chocolate finishing with a nutmeg boozyness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation

D - Top draw Quad this one.

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 funkengruven
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Brother brought this one over for a Friday of sampling, This one poured a deep ruby red, white creamy foam surrounds the glass, smell is sweet, and Belgian, almost smells like the real thing. Taste is sweet and malty, however the flavor follows with a stiff alcohol burn. Initially the mouthfeel is nice and pretty smooth, but the finish burns a little.

This overall isn't bad but I found the alcohol to be a little too overstated, affecting drinkability and the overall enjoyment. If the alcohol was toned down a bit this would be really good, but it was a worth a try either way.

Photo of sprucetip
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Finally got my hands on this one, hoping it is even remotely as enjoyable as the Peche Mortel. Pours mahogany/brown, but lovely reddish orange when backlit. Moderately active with fizzy head that falls fast and leaves no lacing.

Green apple and other tart and dark fruity influences, spicy and boozy. Though responsible for much of what I smelled, I assume, but the Belgian yeasty funk doesn't really come through on its own.

Strong booze, dark fruit, and far more hoppy bitterness than expected. Sweet malty backbone is there, for certain, but I noticed other things first. Pretty well balanced, and I like it more the longer I sip on it.

Almost or maybe too much carbonation, strong warming, and a thick full body that is highly viscous. Some lingering bitterness, surprisingly.

Well made beer. I teetered back and forth on the taste score, and settled on the higher one. Interesting and somewhat complex, and with some nuance. But it doesn't set the standard for the style. Certainly worth a try if you like the brewery and the style, as I do.

Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a deep dark chestnut brown with just a ring of white lace around the top

S-sweet, malty, boozey. Smell is bread-like

T-there is a bitterness to the taste which surprised me. The malt and sweetness smooth things out, but the bitterness lingers. Overall though is similar to the smell, very malty. Alcohol not very present.

M-full body, low carbonation, smooth

D-very drinkable even with the high ABV, a nice winter beer

Photo of strangemusic
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of StephenRich
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently the LCBO has been flooded with various beers from the Dieu Du Ciel craft brewery in Montreal Quebec, so I hope you are somewhat familiar with their wild branding and uniquely flavorful beers by now. The last to make its way onto the shelves was the Rigor Mortis ABT, a strong Belgian inspired brown ale which I would classify as a quadrupel (and the name "ABT" would suggest that as well). This Rigor Mortis is fresh, and honestly deserves to be laid down for months before it is best consumed. It is a 10.5% behemoth of a beer that is loaded with rich malt flavors and aggressive yeasty spices. These types of beer just beg to be matured.

It may seem very unassuming when you grab a bottle; it is just your standard 341ml bottle with some add art work on the front. Nothing would really make it jump out at you. But within the glass rests a beast, one that should be tamed before unleashed. The best remedy for this is when you are at the LCBO buy a few bottles, enjoy one now, another half a year from now, and another 1 full year away. Then get as many more as you'd like for the year and beyond. This beer should hold up to at least 5 years of cellar storage.

This would be a fresh Rigor Mortis that I was opening. From what I can reveal, Dieu Du Ciel sells the Rigor Mortis in April as long as supplies last so that it has time to age when the fall comes. So It was most likely bottled in March. So the beer has had some time to rest, but I reckon it will still benefit from more time.

I opened the Rigor Mortis up at cellar temperature around 14C (57F) and poured it into a snifter. The pour was heavy and thick emptying out of the bottle with a silky and oil-like texture. It hit the bottom of the glass with very little excitement, but began to foam gently by mid pour. What was created was a reasonably dense ecru, egg shell head with a creamy smooth cap laced with milky bubbles. The heavy beer below it glowed a richly deep mahogany purple with dark bronze shades, close to black browns, and a peering burgundy that stood beautifully into the light. This is a very pretty beer showing depth and masterful construction.

The nose is potent with a combination of classic quadrupel fruit flavors and rustic Belgian spices and yeast. Big juicy waves of dark malt are pulled easily off the surface of the beer following a mashing of thickly mulled fruits and muddled spices. Aromas of plum, dates, prunes and overripe bananas all play against lightly burnt caramel and hints of brown sugar. This is quickly balanced off by an eager eathiness and bits of booze. The Rigor Mortis is formidable, and shows no signs of backing down.

Sipping this beer is dangerous - it is larger than life and holds nothing back. You can easily get trapped in its big and thick flavors, so keep one eye on the beer, and one on reality. The first waves bring a slightly boozy rush of brown sugar, caramel, molasses and dark fruits. This opens a touch with more fruits making their way in with plums, prunes, figs, dates and blood oranges. Soon after though comes a sweet spice than is then gently muted my an earthy yeast. Cinnamon and pepper touch liquorice, but then in comes a rustic Belgian yeast sensation that acts as a balancing agent to a richly malty beer.

Sweet is balanced by a hint of bitter, but most by earthy spice and hints of funk. Not funk in the traditional sense, but a very dirty mulled spice sensation. Clove and cinnamon flavors are welcome, and as your palate gets used to the beer, and as it warms, more gentle caramels show their way to brighter fruits and soft malts.

The mouthfeel is silky, but not quite thick. The beer is big, which will make you assume that the viscosity is as well - but it is really very tame, and somewhat elegant. It all helps the beer finish cleanly and not oily or sludge-like. Overall this is a powerful, complex and richly flavorful quad. It is very entertaining right now, however I do believe it will be at its best in several more months, even a year. In any case, I bet its awesome with dark chocolate.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/03/tasting-the-dieu-du-ciel-rigor-mortis-abt/

Photo of case4816
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Hazelnut, chestnut brown in colour and is fairly translucent. Very little head poured, which dissipated quickly to a thin lacing.

S- Very sour-ish smelling, with heavy scents of the barely and yeast. Also has a smooth smell to it, which is something I don't detect often.

T- Lots of gravity in this beer. Starts off very bitter and smooth, with heavy notes of the barley throughout. Beer ends with an almost perfume flavour and very bitter with a long aftertaste.

D- Very nice abt. Not something I could drink all the time, but something for a special occasion for sure.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown colour with a decent amount of head in the duvel tulip glass. Tastes of caramal brown sugars with a nice dark fruit taste in there too. The booze is hidden quite decently for this double percentage beer, drinks very smooth. Glad I picked up quite a few bottles of this. Great brewery. Impressed with all their beers so far.

Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, not entirely black. The head is tan, small bubbles and leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is vinous, sweet dates, yeast.

Upfront very sweet, dried fruits, dark bread, brown sugar, then acidity, ripe fruit, then some bitterness.

Low carbonation, a full body, sweet and complex. A dry finish, rather short.

Very complex, needs some cheese as balance.

Photo of Mit
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a dark cloudy brown with a slight head.

s-malt malt malt. This smells like a strong sweet beer...very characteristic of a belgian.

t-caramel, brown sugars, nice sweet fruit smell and spice. This one burned up the nose in a very nice way. A true winter warmer.

m-Thick but it's a Quad and 10.5% so it should be. Very nice.

d-surprisingly drinkable. The sweetness wasn't overpowering and nicely balanced by the alcohol spiciness.

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.