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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 55
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy tan head over a mahogany elixir. Good lace as well. Nose has dark fruits, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol and candy malts. Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts, herbal yeast, cocoa and spices. Thick, creamy body is well carbonated. Nice Canadian Quad.

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

A: Poured a light brown which became a garnet body. Cream-colored head rose to two fingers at its zenith, and lasted for a few minutes at a smaller size. Plenty of carbonation, decent lacing. Looks like I poured in a bit of yeast sediment at the end - watch out!

S: Strawberries and plums. A bit of spice, no alcohol heat.

T: Starts off with plums and dark fruit, then becomes a bit sweeter with strawberries and the like towards the middle. Flavors are just fading away at the end, and there is relatively no aftertaste.

M: Not as carbonated as I expected from the appearance, but there's enough to keep it light while also full.

D: It goes down easily enough, but I didn't get a ton of complexity from this one. I could certainly drink another, but I wouldn't be excited about it.

Photo of chase2634
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown with a finger of head that settled down to leave a thin lace.

There are wondrous smells of brown malts and a nice slight scent of toasted notes. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well, but fairly tame.

The taste is almost like raisin bread, chocolate with a hint of black cherry. The hops are barely noticable but add a nice spice kick. It is pretty sweet but finishes fairly dry. A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick. Very nice surprise.

It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

This brew reminds me why i love a good quad so much. It's a great style and they nailed it. Quite a surpise considering it came with little fanfare. Quite the Quad and i think i'll have another!

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy brown in color with a small head that quickly faded into lacey patterns. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: A moderate amount of sweet aromas of dark fruits begins to develop in the nose as the beer warms up.
T: There are flavors of dark fruits and malty sweetness with some hints of spices. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink once it warms up and the alcohol is relatively well masked.

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

Poured a clear brown color with an average creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy, yeasty and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol burn. This is a good complex brew.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firm pour fills my Sam Adams glass with brown liquid and a tan foam head of magnificent proportions. Some highlighting. Dark fruits and alcohol are present in the nose, which is highly malty in general. Caramel, burnt candi sugar, clove, and some spices. Very nice, and subtle. With a little more power to get those complexities funneled to the nose, I would bump up one more notch.

The flavor is sweet overall, with dark fruit such as plum, fig, and raisin taking the lead. Allspice, cinnamon, pepper-alcohol, clove round out the spice profile. Little hopping, just a hint toward pepper and pine. Some anise. Thick but the carbonation helps it go down easy, especially when there's still a hint of chill left - a little tougher once it has warmed all the way through. Alcohol emerges most apparently then.

Another "hit" from the folks at Dieu du Ciel. Not the spitting image of a Quad, but definitely taking some of the best aspects of that style and putting a new twist on it. Fine specimen.

Photo of Avagadro
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very clear, mahogany in color, and respectable lacing are present, but where is the pillow of head? This brew could definitelyuse a bigger head.

S: bouquet is less than what I expect from an Abbey quad! But what is there is nice. Malty sweet, raisins and caramel work well together.

T: all of the minor flaws can be made up for in flavor. This brew is spot on with the Trappist flavor. Spicy phenols Balance out a sweet body, trademarked by honey, caramel, black pepper, and many other minor flavors.

M: almost, but not quite as creamy as I would like to see. Very creamy body with a touch of carbonation.

D: overall, a very respectable attempt at the Trappist style. This is really an enjoyable brew, and at a severely discounted price compared to the Belgian offerings. this is another great from Dieu Du Ciel!

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into wine glass. Sampled at 60 degrees and up.

Pours murky brown, running towards orange around the edges, with nary a head in sight, even after an aggressive pour. Not an exceptionally attractive beer.

Nose is packed with rum-soaked dark fruit, prominent alcohol heat, brown sugar, spicy yeast, more heat. This one has some kick to it.

Taste is delicious, but spits hot fire. Up front, spicy alcohol melds with delicious buttery dark fruits, caramelized brown-sugar crusted spice bread, rum-soaked fruit cake. The spicy alcohol quickly turns to a hot alcohol bite at the back of the throat that lights you up all the way down. Those same earthy dark fruits from earlier sit alongside that big alcohol note on the long finish, fading eventually into a moderate earthy bitterness. Very good, other than the massive napalm-like alcohol. Tone it down a bit and it's a really solid quad/bsda.

Mouthfeel is hot, thin, tinny carbonation in a bit of a slick, medium-heavy body. Weak point.

Flavor is nice in this one, but the heat, the heat!

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have a to love a beer with a name like Rigor Mortis with a picture of a corpse on the label. It pours a rose color, with about two fingers of white heading. The nose is very boozy, with traces of dark fruit, rose petals, and gum. Lots of juicy fruit comes through in the taste, along with some brown sugar. Overall though, the alcohol really overwhelms things here. It comes off as very syrupy/full bodied and sweet, without much balance to even things out. Not a bad drinker, but I would recommend sipping this beer, as it is heavy at times. I am not too sure when this was brewed, but the label says that it needs at least six months to age, so maybe that is exactly what is needed here.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of demcorhip
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay chalice. Was slightly surprised at the rich chestnut colour, and relative lack of head. Not very lively in terms of carbonation, and already expecting no more than the scantest of lacings.

Very rich aromas coming off of this one. Toffee and rum soaked raisin are at the forefront. A touch of clove like phenol is also present before giving way to a touch of lemony and grassy hops.

Delicious. Taste is much like the nose hinted at, but reveals even more depth, some apple like esters are carried then released from the noticeable booziness ( not surprising for an ale with 10.5% abv).

This is a big, full bodied brew. Well put together example of the style.

For a beer this big it happens to be fairly drinkable. Im savouring each sip, and will be enjoying this for a while yet i imagine. A good example of the style, im wondering if i should have let this one age slightly longer. At any rate im glad to have tried this rich and tasty brew, and would gladly drink again.

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MisterClean
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Loki for picking and splitting

A - Poured a hazy mahogany with 2 fingers of cappucino colored head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing. Moderate carbonation present.

S - Notes of toffee and caramel with dark candi sugar and light alcohol.

T - Toffee and caramel flavors dominate along with dark candi sugars. Bittering hops have replaced the presence of light alcohol. Definitely tasting much better after it warms up.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and malt dominated.

D - Great overall. Unsure if it is worth $8 for a single 12 oz bottle though.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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

A fair, if a bit too metallic, quad.

Presentation: 11.5 oz screw cap brown bottle. Fairy-fantasy label design with a framed image of a death character among long grass and field insects. Side narrative notes inspiration, style, description, ingredients, and cellaring recommendation. It has a badly notched date, which is off of all numbers. Shows Alc. by Vol. (10.5%) Served into a snifter.

A - Amber brown pour, with a short head and retention, minimal lacing and surface memory.

S - Sugar, Belgium quad sense around a yeasty whiff, alcohol, malt over tiny touch of fruit.

T - Unfermented sugar, but not particularly sweet, in fact a metallic sense is persistent in the rhythm of the flavor. Malt notes with some dark fruits.

M - Medium to medium-full body, with delicate carbonation, a bit astringent.

D - Fair but a bit short as a quad, and without much of a long range to hold it.

Notes: Hmmm, not something to look for explicitly from Dieu Du Ciel... It´s a decent quad but the sugar tones fall a bit short of being woven in the malty range, and that metallic-ish finish while not bad does not give it a particularly enticing profile.

Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really creepy label. Now, that aside, a really interesting beer, as well. Flavor profile was unlike any Belgian-inspired beer I've had. Not sure when my bottle was produced, but it certainly had the hallmarks of one that had been waiting for a while. Amazingly mellow for the whopping abv. Very low bitterness, with brown sugar sweetness and a touch of oaky vanilla. Mouthfeel had a unique creamy nature, almost as if lactose sugar had been used. Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of Dubber55
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
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!

Photo of dpasotti
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into a tulip. #'s are there to be notched, but they arent :/

(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color that produced a foamy tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Left some clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A heavily roasted caramel & banana/clove thing going on. Tiny bits of lemon & raisins.

(T)- Same as the smell, only with an awesome creamy chocolate flavor in there. Almost tastes like a banana split minus the vanilla ice cream. Rather nutty; pecan or walnuts with a raisin-like sweetness.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Very smooth going down with a great maltiness & crispness that I am enjoying very much. Rich & satisfying that is even almost crisp.

(D)- A very interesting quad that is really great with that chocolatey nut kick. Fits the style & has a few twists from the traditional. My only complaint is that $5.68 for this is a little steep just for 11.5 oz. Its good, but for the $, I would probably gravitate elsewhere for the style.

Photo of steve8robin
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a few beers from the brewery so decided to try another one...

A: Deep, murky, dark lake color. 1/2 white head that quickly fades. Almost like a murky colored iced tea.

S: Candy sugars, malts, and barleys upfront. Dark fruits in the middle. Not too heavy on the scent. Wish the smell was stronger. Not bad.

T: Hops and barley upfront. Dark fruits in the middle. Candi sugars on the backend. Interesting, but not too much special.

M: Hops leave a grassy / earthy flavor. Smoothness is good.

D: Goes down fairly easy. Not bad.

ALl in all, this is not one of the better brews from them. They do have some good ones, so def don't put this on your list to hunt down. If you want to try something good from them try Aphrodite or Peche Mortel. Good to try once if you like hops.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a brownish/red color with about a 1/4 inch tan head. However, the small head stayed around a while, and there was a decent amount of lacing, too. Aroma is dark fruit (raisins, figs), caramel malt, brown sugar and some apples. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some bananas, spice, cherries, and some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating, rich, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent enough, the 10.5% ABV isn't as strong in the taste as you think it would be, but you can feel it after a little while. I think this is a good brew, although I'm not sure I'd buy it too often at $5.49 a bottle. But if you've never had it before, I still think it's worth trying.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt copper color with a thick 1" head of creamy white foam. As the head fades a little it is leaving a thick wall of lace on the side of the glass. Overall, this is a nice looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got lots of fruity esters from the yeast along with some spice from the alcohol. The malt is present, but reserved compared to the yeast, but is coming in with some dark caramel and some mild toasty notes.

Taste: The flavor is not as fruity as the aroma suggested it would be. The alcohol is rather fierce in this beer adding heat and spice to the flavor and not leaving a whole lot of room for anything else. Once you start getting a buzz and become more immune to the alcohol, you can pick up some dark caramel notes and some toasty notes like I got in the aroma. The overall mouthfeel is actually medium, which is light for a beer of this style. The carbonation is high, and makes the beer seem even lighter on the palate. Normally this would make a beer more drinkable, but in this case, the alcohol is such that it just hangs out there on its own.

Opinion: Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed in this beer overall. It has rode on my motorcycle for the last few hours, but I let it sit for at least 3 hours in the fridge before I drank it. I thought that it may come across as more yeasty as a result, but it is the alcohol that makes the beer out of balance.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass from an 11.5 oz. bottle. Took a vigorous pour to get a good head. While the resulting, creamy, tan colored head didn't last long, there was lacing out the wazoo.

Dark red brown color. Inviting sweet malt and dried fruit and banana aromas. The nose doesn't really do justice to this effort. A little restrained.

Love the taste. Beautiful balance. Walks the razor's edge between sweetness and bitterness. Neither character overwhelms the other. Ample flavors of caramel, dried fruits and sweet malts. Peppery spices and a dry finish. Rich, but not cloying. Just the right amount of alcohol warmth. Man, I keep finding other flavors buried in here. Quite complex

I like this a lot

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.