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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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Photo of cdog3
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with crimson hints a little on the cloudy side with a full tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a definite alcoholic tinge and some background aromas of dark fruit. Taste is much like the aroma with a nice sweet malt base, but the alcohol is really dominant and of the hotter fusel variety often associated with a hot fermentation. Once past the alcohol you do get a little of the dark raisin and prune flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy, but not to the overpoweringly cloying extent. This is a nice beer that could be a great beer if the fusels could be backed off.

cdog3, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle purchased in Columbus for $4.99, poured into an Achel glass. The beer is a turgid rust color, with a thin layer of dark tan foam comprised of very fine bubbles, some dry lacing onto the glass. The smell is very quad-y, esters and ethanol and sweet malt aromas. A little reminiscent of St Bernardus 12 but maybe threatening to be more alcoholic. Same with the taste, a very hot St Bernadus ABT 12 is the best description. That's not bad as St Bernardus is one of my all-time favorites, but St Bernardus IS cheaper... and less hot...

The body is medium-thick, a little chewy, a nice substantial base for such a substantial flavor. Definitely a sipper, my throat is burning a little, like I'm pounding a weak liqueur.

TurdFurgison, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark opaque brown colour, mahogany highlights, creamy beige head that settles to a thin cap.

Sweet dark dried fruit on the nose, brown sugar, some dry pear and green apple peel, faint toffee.

Sweet figgy and brown sugar malt up front, dry pear in the middle, burnt caramel, earthy and woody finish, raisins and vinous, doesn't dry out again until well into the aftertaste, raisiny sweetness until that point.

Incredibly smooth and silky mouthfeel, medium-full yet still something like a cross between cashmere and effervescent, with that dryness that appears from time to time, a slight touch of alchemy.

An approachable quad, no doubt about that. Nothing intense or over the top, just a smooth operator all around, Sade would approve, this is worth getting your hands on if you get the chance.

IronDjinn, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of ikats
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, dark brown into the glass. Aroma is full of caramelized sugar with some dark sweet fruits. In general, it is sticky sweet and substantial. Taste is a little of a let down. Overall it is pleasant and similar to aroma, but alcohol is too evident. I am guessing that this is a young bottle, and the beer will improve greatly with some aging (the label mentions that the beer is at its best after at least six month aging). Body is meadium (I would've prefered something fuller). Mouthfeel is spoiled by alcohol. Cool label (that's always a plus in my book). This bottle was picked up at Half Time a week ago.

ikats, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts. Spotty lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and some soft yeast tones are easy to detect.

Taste: big malt profile with caramel, plums, prunes, brown sugar, yeast, and a moderate bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth to start, more syrupy at the finish. Alcohol and sweetness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: high alcohol kocks this down a notch, but for a quad this was smooth and tasty but a slow sipper.

Gavage, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was muddy dark with very little head and no lacing.
Smell was light spice, dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste was very sweet, combo of caramel and butterscotch. Really shows its strength, not really in a pleasant way.
Mouthfeel was solid.
Nice enough, but a bit challenging o drink because of the aggressiveness of the alcohol flavor.

Travlr, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a fairly large-sized, foamy head that didn't stick around that long. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, spices, sweets and maybe a little fruit.

T: A nice, if a little unfocused taste of malt, spices, apples, caramel and possibly a little toffee. A solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable version of a Belgian quad.

avalon07, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Dark brown body with a disappointingly anemic head. Smell is typical quad dark fruitiness. The taste is incredibly mild. Chocolate, cherries, spices, and dark fruits are all there, but they don't jump out at you at all. You have to work for them. This is definitely the subtlest quad I've ever had. Worth a try if you're a fan of Belgians.

BarrelO, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sent my way in CanCon BIF by wordemupg - thanks man! Pours a deep mahogany with glints of ruby/amber, nice finger plus of khaki head pillows up in the snifter, slowly recedes but maintains a nice thin lacing on top.

Nose is spicy, lots of sweet caramel, hints of esters, earthy, hint of hopping - not as "quad-ish" as you would think, more a blend of quad/barleywine/dubbel - maybe even a hint of scotch ale.

Smooth toffee, caramel, spicy, earthy body followed by an alcohol kick - definitely needs some smoothing out there. Fairly sweet body without the balanced dryness one would expect. Balanced flavor, medium body and creamy carb give the feeling of drinkability and then the alcohol knocks that feeling away, burn down the throat.

Well constructed, tasty all the way - just needs some time or something to hide the alcohol burn better.

ritzkiss, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a chalice. Notes.

A: Deep mohagony, opaque. One finger of light khaki head, decent retention, some lacing.

S: thick malts, maybe some rye? Definitely some spiciness going on. Fruity and yeasty. On the subtle side.

T/M: Rich malts, deep caramel and toffee. Heavily spicy and peppery, and still, maybe soem rye. Alcohol pops in now and adds some depth. Sweet fruity esters up front before the spice jumps in. Body is medium full with a creamy feel.

D: Drinks decently for a quad.

pwoods, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is a great beer. one of my favorite quads. pours a murky dark brown with an off white/tan head that laces the glass thickly. smells of sugars and burnt malts. very sweet, with a hint of alcohol.

the flavor is of so much sweetness. caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, molasses. burnt figs and prunes come to mind. just enough alcohol and hops to compliment the overall flavor, both of which play their roles without contributing too heavily and taking over the greatness of this malty awesomeness. this one should definitely have a higher overall score. im baffled at the B+.

mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated, and the beer is easy to drink. a little less sweetness and alcohol would land this one a 5 for drinkability, but as it is, it remains very drinkable in its own right.

jdklks, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/2/2009 (bottled):

Pours a dark brown colored body with a small creamy whitish head, somewhat lasting. Strong aroma of dark fruit, fig and plum. Some alcohol too. Creamy mouthfeel, some warmth. Dark fruit in the taste too. Some acidic bitterness. Some more sugary sweetness as it warms up. Some roasted flavors too, more as it warms.

jujubeast6000, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At volo on tap. Had a few samples of this- A deep hazed dirty brown with a nice structured eggshell cap. Nose is full on stewed fruits, lots of sugars, caramel, vanilla, spices. Tastes very sweet, of Belgian candy sugars, bubblegum, caramel, vanilla, floral spices, a bit oaky. Very good. Quite drinkable for the strength. A creamy and sweet and silky finish. Excellent example of this elusive style.

mrmanning, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #200. Poured from an 11.5oz. bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Beer was a muddy brown color, with a creamy, tan, one-finger head. Thick, intricate lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was boozy raisins, caramel, figs and spices.

Taste was sweet and fairly spicy. Notes of raisins, molasses, spice cake and caramel.

This is a very good interpretation of a Belgian Quad. I'd definitely try to track this down again. Well balanced and very drinkable. Thanks to imagineii for sending me the bottle.

drumrboy22, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky chocolate brown color with a tight and creamy head that settles quickly into a chunky ring. The aroma is of red grapes and a light Belgian yeast spice. A bit underwhelming for a BSDA/Quad. The taste is of grape juice, some prune, a bit of spice and candi sugar. Nice but again, underwhelming. A moderate feel with a good amount of carbonation, on the sweet side but very subdued for the style. Crisp and refreshing. Drinks very nice, the abv is noticable but not over the top, balanced, good carbonation. You could get yourself in trouble drinking this one. The flavor profile is quite light for the style; the brew has some of the dark fruit flavors but not much malt. Good but falls short in the flavor department.

Gmann, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says 10.2 percent but no matter. This one I easily grabbed out of the cellar tonight for a nice night cap. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, it was consumed on 10/10/2009.

The pour was deep amber in color bordering on a nice brown with a small head of light off white color that quickly faded into obscurity and left some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep boozy aroma here, lots of alcohol present along with some nice caramel malts and a touch of light grassy notes as it warmed. Some nice fruit flavor on the first sip but this is drowned out quickly by the hot nature of the booze. Really could use some time to sit down as it is just too fresh I feel. Still though I push on letting it warm and come through some light touches of raisins, perhaps a touch of light fig now mixing in as well. Smooth, light and subtle carbonation leaves the mouth dry and looking for just a little bit more.

Overall this was pretty damn solid, albeit a little hot still. With a year or two on it this would be damn near outstanding!

mikesgroove, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark, brown-amber color; the head is thin and dense but dissipates quickly; little to no lacing

S: sweet toffee and caramel flavors; also a hint of pepper

T: Spicy and sweet; really well balanced

M: Nicely carbonated with a nice even balance throughout the mouth

D: This is a smooth, easy-going quad; one that you could drink slowly for a little while

dbossman, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown with a frothy head; excellent stickage and strands of lace

Smell: Spice cake, caramelized brown sugar and a hint of boozy alcohol

Taste: Spice cake opening, with a growing dark fruit element (cherry, prune and date) that is topped off by some peppery booze by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors merge together into a fairly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with relatively high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style that is less sweet and cloying than many I have tasted from the old country

brentk56, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very small head of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, brown body. The foam disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel with peppery alcohol notes. Some clove and cinnamon in the background.

T - Sweet malt and spicy alcohol with notes of molasses and rum. Toasted malt mingles with bittersweet chocolate in a finish dominated by spicy, but not quite hot, alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice, but the flavor just doesn't live up to it (an unfortunate trend I have noticed with Dieu du Ciel). The rough alcohol and sweet malt make for an oddly cloying beer despite the dry finish. It may just need some age to bring things together, but it isn't all that great right now.

nickfl, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy dark brown with one finger of small white suds. They dissapate quickly and lacing ensues.
Smell is very quad like. Belgian type yeast and caramel and slight alcohol are prominent here.
Taste is quite mellow for such a big beer. Initial flavors are raisin and clove and caramel. The alcohol comes in right behind but isn't too obtrusive. In fact it is quite nice.
Mabey not as balanced as a Chimay or St. Bernardus but still quite nice for a brew from Canada.
Mouthfeel is just sticky enough to take your mind off the alcohol filling the back of the mouth cavity.
Drinkability isn't very high here because of the alcohol.

peabody, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of cptierney
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A deep, deep brown appearance. Almost milk chocolate coloring with a moderate translucence. Slightly fudged the pour as some of the sediment made its way into the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of light colored head that dissipated quickly.

The nose is potent. I can't tell what exactly it is, perhaps the spices used in the beer, but my nose stings a bit with a deep intake. There is a caramel note to the scent which is most pleasant.

For an ABT, this beer is particularly light bodied. Not nearly as syrupy as I had imagined. Light carbonation rounds the sip out.

This is an extremely sweet beer, with heavy notes of caramelized sugar. Sweet fruit rounds out the flavor. This sweetness is not necessarily unpleasant, as there is absolutely no alcohol bite to this brew.

Surprisingly drinkable, I wish I had another one on hand.

cptierney, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of deadmonkees
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought bottle 7/09 - Drank bottle 10/09 from a Chimay Chalice

Aroma: Malt was caramelly with no hops.

Appearance: Color was brown, clarity was clear and sparkling with a low head retention.

Flavor: Fruity esters with phenolic clove. Solvent of high alcohol with a slight yeasty breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Due to the high alcohol it was slightly hot.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable. However, slightly off-balanced throughtout. It could have used more aging to smooth this beer out. Other note, I tasted no chocolate as indicated by the brewer's site.

deadmonkees, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, one finger of head forms and camps out for a bit and leaves a thin lacing behind. Smell is spice forward, a bit of alcohol burn, and some belgian yeastiness.

The taste is holy-cow-spice-and-caramel. In your face. Like a less boozy version of Rochefort 10 (which I'm not a huge fan of). Very interesting really, although not all that complex. The body is full but it just doesn't have that extra pep in the taste to put it over the edge. Overall, a solid quad that I probably won't bother visiting again.

alcstradamus, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bronzish color with slight head that faded rather quickly

S: Bready malt

T: Decently balanced lingers on the backend with a oakey malty flavor

M: Thick and leaves taste on palate

D: Fairly drinkable. I didn't notice any evolution after another one.

t3hcho53non3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a bronze color that produced a foamy off white head that had decent retention rate and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas of this beer were lacking in the Quad category, figs and brown sugar, and some bready malts

T - The taste of this beer was also kind of lacking in the Quad category, but that doesn't mean its a bad beer, but bready malts, figs, and brown sugar, a little bit of caramel

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is rather hard to describe, it is a good beer, but while I can get St. Bernardus Abt 12 for the same price, which is a superior Quad, I can't see myself getting this one again

cvfish, Sep 26, 2009
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.