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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 57
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Ratings: 616 | Reviews: 335
Photo of MattyV
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - brown-maroon colour with creamy off-white head that settles to a thin film and ring.

S - sweet and malty, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol on big whiffs

T - Dark and caramel malts, a mix of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a solid bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The boozy finish balances out the sweetness a bit, but still on the sweet side overall.

M - Very rich, full body, moderate carbonation, starts to feel syrupy as it warms.

D - It seems a bit hot/young right now, I'll have to put a few away, I feel like this could round out into something special with a bit of time. It's got a nice flavour profile and punch, it just seems like everything has had quite enough time to marry.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red colour with lots of cloud. Head is modest and thin but nicely dense, retaining a thin film of creamy foam with beautiful dense lace. Yeah, looks like a good strong, hearty beer.

Smell is reasonably fruity, of the dark variety. Lots of plum and raisin notes. Plenty of tart spice with hints of cardamom and some vanilla in there. Orange peel as well, and some pine needle for good measure. A bit on the sweet 'n' sour side, could use more spice oomph, in lieu of bitterness.

Taste is quite chocolatey and sweet at first, lots of cocoa and woody characters with some tart fruit notes. Plenty of plum and apple/pear sweetness coming through, slightly candied and almost liqueury actually. Light spice and Belgian phenols come through late, hints of some green peppercorns + pink as well - no black or white though, note - and a touch of coriander as well. Nice alcohol warmth on the back, just softly boozey with a full, silky body. A touch of tingle from the carbonation makes it a bit dry on the finish and the woody notes kind of add to that, with the major aftertaste being oaky. Overall, nice complexity but lacking in the front-mid palate, flavour-wise.

A pleasant drop with good flavours, quality over quantity really. What's there is tasty but I kind of expect more from 10.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of heebes
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottled 08/10
Part of the Halloween releases at the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a decent amount of head and stickly lacing.
The nose is a toasty/roasted malt, brown sugar. Boozy in rhe background.
Bold on the sip, sweet taste with a bit of heat in the finish. Seems to be alot of sugar mixed in. It does taste like what they put on the botttle: extra strong abbey-style brown ale. Medium bodied for the mouthfeel. Overall another good beer from DDC. For the Rigor Mortis I probably would only have one as the 10.5% is decent on its own. Picked up a couple to put away and try every now and then.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (241 ml.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : deep red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spices, dry fruit with strong alcohol finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Quadrupel.

Photo of kwjd
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally the Control Board in Ontario brings in Rigor Mortis! Pours a ruby brown colour with big off-white head. Lacing surrounds the glass. Smells of dried fruit, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. Flavour is quite boozy, yet there is a lot of sweetness. Nice carbonation. I'm going to buy a whole bunch of bottles because I think this will age nicely.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up somewhere in Ohio. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark, nifty brown with a thin head. Nose brings a good amount of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of booze. The taste melds dark fruits with some dark rum characteristics. Feel is nice. Fairly heavy with a good amount of alcohol warmth. Drinks fairly well, but is not their best offering.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby-amber color with an off-white/tan head that isn't too large. Scent is very spicy with a bit of booziness. A lot of fruitiness comes through in the nose as well. Lots of plums and red grapes. The spiciness overcomes though. The taste is initially strong candied sugar and dark fruits. A bit of caramel and dark chocolate linger on the back of my palate as well. The booziness is very up-front and stays there in the aftertaste. Glad I bought another one to see how this beer ages and lets the alcohol settle. Mouthfeel full bodied and a bit syrupy, but at the same time, a bit more carbonated than other quads I've had. Drinkability is medium, and could be higher if wasn't so boozy. Quads are not my favorite style, but I found this one quite enjoyable.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip, great look. deep brown, nice head retention. good lacing.

nose is raisiny, booze/rum, plum, fig, brown sugar.

taste is somewhat sweet, rum soaked raisins. warming ethanol helps balance out the sweetness. hints of brown sugar,more or less everything you want from a quad without being cloyingly sweet.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. nice.

glad i tried this.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I do believe this is my first quad. Bottle date of 04-04-2010.

Pours a dark solid brown with a finger of head. Head eventually turns into a thick crown. Decent amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Slight scents of brown sugar, molasses and alcohol.

Lots of malt character up front. Lots of sweet brown sugar/molasses flavor. Fairly strong boozy character. Warm alcohol feeling remains in your mouth and down your throat for a minute after swallowing.

Too sweet and boozy for extended drinking, but enjoyable for the occasional pour.

Photo of thecarster1
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one plus fingers head fades slow leaving nice lace for such a high abv beer, murky hazelnut brown color.

s- strong, little alcohol, really liquory almost, sweet figs, sweet brown sugar, belgian yeast.

t- strong! lots of dark fruit, some nutty flavors, raisins soaked in liquor, lots of alcohol flavors.

m- medium, slick, coating.

d- not great, this beer was a bit too strong for me, not my style.

Photo of cdrogers
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of domtronzero
2.23/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Slightly hazy mahogany brown with an average lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, light perfumy alcohol and moderate fruity esters of pears and apples.

F/M - Sweet, cloying pilsner malts. Dark fruits (raisins and prunes). Little banana and pear esters. Moderately low bitterness with medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet, cloying, sticky finish with a lingering gross raisin/dried fruit flavor. Muddy and boozy.

D - Just terrible. Total drain pour. DDC is so mediocre, I don't understand the hype.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly sweet, dull, nutty aroma. Not a lot here.

Dark, hazy mahogany colour with a small, creamy tan head.

Big, big sweetness here. Almost like dark maple syrup with a nice spiciness coming through later on. Once I get past the sweetness I get a touch of dryness which helps. Noticeable alcohol.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Decent.

The overall flavour here is good but not great. The sweetness is overpowering and the flavours don't quite integrate as well as the Belgian examples of this style.

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

This bottle is about two years old. Unfortunately, the label dating system doesn't seem to have been used, so it's hard to tell the exact age.

The beer pours a medium to dark amber with a small beige head. The creamy bubbles faded quickly, but it's still a nice looking beer. The aroma has a fair bit of booze but also lots of complexity with notes of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, rum, peaches, mint, grapes and warm bread. Of course, the style isn't exactly lacking in complex aromas. The taste also has a good deal of booze and is a mite sticky sweet, but the sugary malt flavors are terribly pleasant and the alcohol provides happy warmth. The finish has some mild bitterness, not really enough to rein in the sweetness but who cares when the flavor is this nice? Mouthfeel is smooth, full and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relativley low, likely exacerbated by the age of the bottle (twist-offs? how do they work?).

This is a very good beer and one of the best non-Belgian quads that I've tried. Tt doesn't seem fair to rate this one to style, but that's what I'm trying to do. On an absolute scale, these scores would all go up about a half point.

Photo of clvand0
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color with a medium head that hangs around for a while. The aroma is very sweet with some caramel and fruit notes. The flavor is much the same with caramel malts, some fruit, alcohol, and some spicy phenols - not terribly complex, but nice. The finish is fairly dry and the body is on the lighter end of medium. Drinkability is pretty good for the high level of alcohol, but I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer.

Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for hooking up the trade on this one!

A - Pours a hazy dark brown colour with an amber hue, with a paper thin layer of head which dissipates almost as quickly as it developed, leaving some fine lacing throughout.

S - Dark chocolate malts, followed by some faint cloves and nutmeg, sweet caramel. The sweet alcohol sticks on the finish, almost reminiscent of rum.

T - The alcohol is not as hidden as I was hoping, and almost has a scotch-y finish. The chocolate and caramel malts come through on the finish and cloves and nutmeg linger on the tongue. Unique and flavourful experience, but the alcohol hits you pretty hard.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, light and bubbly, especially since I thought it would be much more syropy given the alcohol content.

D - All the aspects of this quad are good, but the alcohol is a little too strong for my liking. Ideally, the alcohol bite on the finish could be a little more hidden. It's a worthy offering, and worth a try to any fan of quads. Having only had a few different quads to date, this is the first that I've really noticed the alcohol, but the malty flavours were quite tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle into Chimay chalice

A - Poured a shiny ruby amber with a thin bubbly head. Not nearly as creamy and thick as I'm used to for a solid quad, but not bad.

S - Nutmeg. Toffee. Odd mix for the style.

T - Brown sugar dominates the flavor. Toffee, caramel...nut-like. Again, different for the style. Although the bottle calls it an abbey-style brown ale, classified here as a quad. Sort of like a cross between a brown ale and a quad.

M - Lively, bit of an alcohol punch, but very well hidden. Medium vibe, not too thick and certainly not watery. I tend to prefer more of a buttery quad.

D - Alc is pretty well hidden. Not really amazing for a quad, but a good brew. A bit more on the sweet side. Easy drinker, perhaps a good cross-over for a fan of brown ales looking to get more into quads???

Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a reddish,copper,off brown hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a brown glazed head and a rim of lacing,the aromas are brown sugar,dark fruits,alcohol with big hints of some oak and wood characters,it has a nice rich creamy,sticky mouthfeel with tastes of brown sugar,oak,plums and some sticky date pudding aswell,overall its not a bad drop that is quite rich and true to the style but the one for tonight is enough for me,i could definately see this as a great brew to accompany a nice rich dessert cheers.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly impenetrable brown, two fingers of bubbly tan head, dissipated slowly with nice lacing up the glass
S - very sweet with molasses malt, a banana yeast notes, light florals and cinnamon
T - the mix of sweet roasty malts, banana yeast notes, and nutmeg & clove spice is a very interesting mix, the alcohol comes through but at 10.5% how could it not, plus it ads a little sweetness
M - full chewy feel up front, which begins to dry and thin out with the alcohol bite which is very apparent
D - the mix of aromas and flavours is fantastic, and while this is a quadrupel ale meant to be very strong, the alcohol content and bite do limit the drinkability, but none the less is a great brew

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.