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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 43
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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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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Kraken

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/28/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a 20oz Bass glass. Firm pour calls up a tiny off white head. Head exhibits nice staying power and an impressive lace for its size. Color is a dark cloudy murky brown.

Nose- Admittedly this was probably poured a little cold. Sour apples, caramel, bourbon, and spice. As it warms dark fruits become apparent, plum, date, and raisin.

Palate- Impressive. Overripe apples, dates, raisin, a hint of bitter coco. Big caramels, slightly sweet, some doughy-ness. Touch of rotting wood. Warming. Overripe apples stays with you. Definite Belgian yeast quality associated with bottle fermentation. A tad hot, but not what you would expect from a 10% quad.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very clean for a quad. Moderately fine carbonation

Drinkability- 10% is pretty big so more then one would be too many. Good Quad, if you can find it pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 22:57:08 | More by Kraken
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, one week old bottled which concerns me a bit for a 10.5% beer.

Poured in a Unibroue tulip glass with no yeast.

Thin, half-finger head that quickly subsides leaving thin lacing.

Medium brown in color. Aroma is sweet with Belgian Trappist aroma (Rochefort yeast?).

First couple of sips...chewy with a distinct Belgian burn on the finish - I believe due to the spice and alcohol. Bottle says best after 6 months.

Smooths out after 1/3 down. Drinking well for how ripe it is. Looking forward to cellaring a couple of these for years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:54:34 | More by Yetiman420
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ohmybock

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 20:05:48 | More by ohmybock
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights. 2-finger light brown head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, sweet.

Taste starts with alcohol and then leads into dark fruits [figs], caramel, malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a good beer. Interesting for the style. Drinkable, but not too many at this ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 16:05:09 | More by atigerlife
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cjgator3

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with some alcohol as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark alcohol soaked fruit, hints of chocolate and sweet malt with a good amount of alcohol in the finish. A little too boozy for my tastes, I think it could use a little age on it.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a slow sipper for sure due to the alcohol. Overall, a decent beer but not as good as some of the other good beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 04:26:24 | More by cjgator3
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Beejay

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark Maple color, hazy, with a nice luscious tan head. Very lovely.

S: Alcohol, a little tart. Almost cidery..

T: Thick, a bit of a bite from alcohol, fruit tones, fig, maybe banana, so clove. An interesting after taste.. not sure what.. maybe raison like?

M: Thick, very full body, but has an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: Not a huge fan, good, but a little thick.. don't think I need more than one at the moment, but I would get it again at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 23:30:32 | More by Beejay
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: Deep, rich, and murky brown, completely impervious to light. White head of about 3/4 finger tall recedes rather quickly, leaving little behind.

S: Soft, roasted malts and dark fruits... scents are more modest than many others of the style. Every once in a while, I catch a whiff of cracker in there, too.

T + M: Dark fruits... raisin and a little bit of plum, with a bit of a burnt sugary flavour. Some bitterness slips in and takes front and center stage immediately after, along with an assertive alcohol spiciness. It's quite a heavy feeling drink, with a little stab of carbonation on the tip of the tongue followed by more of a sparkle as it goes down, and followed by that warming alcohol, which is quite notable.

D: As far as 'quads' go, I have come across better, but this one is a good effort, nonetheless. I'd look forward to eventually revisiting it, perhaps up against some others for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:58:38 | More by Proteus93
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seanthornton152

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into 3 KlienBrouwerij Tulip

Dark brown body, light brown frothy head, the foam stays strong for a little bit, then leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell of, dark brown sugar, sour apples, caramel, and a scent of alcohol is noticed

Initial flavors are sweet of chocolate, caramel, raisins maybe. Then a burst of dryness from the alcohol. This packs a punch, but smooths out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and sharp, soft carbonation.

AH, this really warmed me up, and its good and strong. I liked to see how the alcohol changes after aging, till then, Au revoir

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:55:50 | More by seanthornton152
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this bottle at the Ginger Man NYC with capra12. Poured into a snifter

A: 1/2 finger dark caramel colored course head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was spotty at best on this brew.

S: Smelled strongly of alcohol with red fruit undertones and a barely noticeable chocolate and caramel background.

T: Very sweet and malty. Tasted of red fruit and burnt caramel with a very strong alcohol finish. Though this doesn't seem to linger like I expected it would.

M: Medium bodied but course. Strange because despite the minimal head that was poured, this beer was relatively highly carbonated.

D: Very good and I would definitely have this again though the alcoholic finish is a bit stronger than I would like.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:09:43 | More by SpeedwayJim
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose. Flavor is brown sugar and molasses but it is well balanced. Nice brown (that's what the label says). Label has a 10.5% ABV. Pricey at $6.99 for a 11.5oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 22:48:35 | More by jdhilt
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deereless

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Loads of thick cottony head that drops to leave patchy foam along the edges of the glass, the color of dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Surprisingly the aromas are relatively subdued, though an aggressive swirl brought out dark pitted fruit smells and a faint woodiness, alcohol is evident, faint rum soaked cherries, even fainter aromas of yeast - 3.75, T: For a 10.5% beer this is quite smooth with little to no burn but the alcohol does come to the front of the palate as the beer warms, strong flavors of dates and raisins, some phenols and medicinal tastes as well, burnt toffee, just borders on cloyingly sweet while being quite dry - 4.25, M: Medium bodied and smooth - 3.75, D: This is a great closer to a long evening, a little too high in alcohol to fit into a truly 'drinkable' category though it is very enjoyable - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:41:36 | More by deereless
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark plum color, although it's more of a ruby-amber when held up to the light. The head billows and fades into a glorious sheet of foam.

The smell is fresh cut granny smith apples, with some rich caramelized brown sugar underneath and some mildly medicinal phenols in the background.

The taste is rich, not quite cloyingly sweet but it's pushing it a bit for me. There are elements of sweet dark fruits, clean pear-like esters, there's a little chocolate in the aftertaste, a little smoke in the finish, and the alcohol is very present and leaning towards solventy for me.

Comparisons are inevitable I guess and I just find that Rochefort 10 and La Trappe/Koningshoeven, two of my favorite beers of any style, period, do a much better job of masking the alcohol while having a full on taste without bordering on harsh like this does.

Mouthfeel is dense and lacking carbonation.

I love this brewery. I love this style. But I only like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 03:23:17 | More by MeisterBurger
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waltonc

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very glad to see the Dieu Du Ciel beers make their way to Denver. Pours dark brownish red with tan head. Smells sweet, caramelly, and dried dark fruitish. Taste includes the above, as well as candi sugar, yeast, and bread. Very good. My quad-loving wife is also enjoying some in her mini-City Beer Store glass. Body is pretty thick with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:07:22 | More by waltonc
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stewart124

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown and has a head that started out dense and fizzled down a bit to leave a thin lace.

There are amazing smells of brown malts and a toasted note. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well.

The taste is almost like raisin bread and finishes with a nice kick. The hops are barely noticable but add a spice and floral note. Whoa the taste is so sweet but finishes bone dry. My mouth almost puckers in the finish. Slight sour apple esters and a warming feeling in my stomach.

This beer is delicious and very complex. Each sip brings about a new sensation. With a name like this I am a little worried to finish the glass.

Quite the Quad.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 00:54:32 | More by stewart124
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a muddy pitch-brown (!), with a very sticky, khaki-colored head that was a good lecer.

S: Molassas, brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, and chocolate covered nuts. Whiff of alcohol as it warms.

T: See above. Rum drowned raisins, caramel bread pudding, chocolate, and booze. Very hot and boozey!

M: Thick but astringent and prickly from the massively hot booze!

D: Good, but waaaay hotter than its' Belgian counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 16:28:40 | More by GbVDave
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a tiny white ring of head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, and roasted nuts. Flavor of roasted nuts and a touch of roasted malt and sweet malt. Not boozy per se, just very warming. Nice abt/quad. It's roasted characteristics make it stand out from the traditional Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:46:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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tdawgydog

New York

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

I brought home a case of various Dieu de Ciel beers while we were visiting Montreal for the Mondial de la Biere. I had sampled quite a few of them while I was there and enjoyed most of what I had tried.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, with a pretty significant two finger head. Looks like a respectible triple quad
S - A little strong alcohol scent but not too overpowering.
T - Tastes really good, there is a slight hint of the alcohol strength behind this beer but it's not too bad. This would make a good session beer, but I can't see having more than 2 or 3 of these in an evening.
D - Goes down really smooth, almost too smooth. It'll catch up with you once you let it settle in.
M - Great body to this beer. Quite often the high alcohol content of a beer makes it a little thin to drink but this is not the case with this one.

I can't wait to sample some of the other Dieu De Ciel beers that I brought back with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:45:29 | More by tdawgydog
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and takes a hard pour to get 2 fingers of foam that drops ever so slowly. Rich dark fruit nose. Pungent raisins and prunes and red berries, sugary sweet grape candy. Sweet on the tongue as well with massive alcoholic complexity, concord grapes and boozy finish. Low-ish carbonation and light body. This is a big, big beer. Some port-like notes and a little bit of hops, just for balance. A sipper for sure. Frankly, very challenging to the palate and I think might be better with even less carbonation. Sweet, but not too sweet, and loaded with flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 23:00:23 | More by allergictomacros
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very, very dark, hazy orangish/brown with a 2 finger, mocha head that quickly falls to a cover with light lacing.
The smell is sweet malt, a bit of spice and (as it warms) some alcohol. Noticeably quad smell.
The taste is fig, more sweetish malt and some alcohol warmth. Tastes very quad-like too.
Mouthfeel is medium and pretty dry.
Drinkability is decent, it's a bit sweet and high in ABV but worth trying for those who like quads.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 22:26:21 | More by meatyard
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HopHead84

California

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

Thanks Snojerk321! Pours murky and tawny with a creamy white head. This label is grim as hell. Fantastic artwork.

The aroma is bready and yeasty. Notes of black pepper and other spices are present, as well as some faint metallic notes and some toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as some brown sugar.

The flavor is yeasty and bready, with notes of toffee and caramel. A low level of earthy hop bitterness is present. There's an interesting note of overripe banana. The flavor is quite boozy and sweet, and it finishes that way.

Medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 05:59:18 | More by HopHead84
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champ103

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. At first a two finger beige head forms. It gently recedes in a minute and leaves lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Very dry wood. Light fruity esters, and lots of yeast. Kind of standard and on the bland side.
T: Very dry wood and sweet caramel. A light fruitiness and yeast again. Plenty of alcohol
M/D: A medium body and a bit over carbonated. Lots alcohol to make this one bottle sipper. Something I would prefer to share with another person.

Not bad, but not one of the breweries better offerings IMO. Worth a try if you like Quads though.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 02:09:25 | More by champ103
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Bubba83

California

3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Decent one finger width off-white, almost light brown head on a quick pour. The beer itself has a sort of reddish-cola color which is fine for the style. It's a little murkier than I'd like though.

Smells very much like a typical quad would, kind of floral and rosey with some cherry, vinous character going on along with caramel. A little bit of alcohol sting is present in the nose too.

It makes a decent initial impression on the front of the tongue, with some nicely executed dark fruits and caramel, but the mid-range is very disappointing to me. Instead of the flavors intensifying, they get sort of derailed into a sort of campfire/old cheese flavor that I just don't care for. It stays that way until the finish, which has some cherry and is a little hot.

Mouthfeel is just okay. Not really what I am looking for in a quad. Too abrasive, not smooth at all.

Drinkability isn't too bad for a 10.5%er, but the campfire smokey taste really throws me off and gets a bit cloying. I wish I could access more of the dark fruity flavor that is up front. It doesn't help that the smell is good and the initial taste is good, because you get fairly excited only to be let down. I'd recommend skipping this one and trying their other offerings, which I think are a lot better. In case you're wondering, I had this on tap as well and felt about the same way as I did with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 07:52:25 | More by Bubba83
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Head turns into a ring on top of the brew and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells really malty and sweet. Could also pick up some toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Smells really nice with maybe a touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. Also could pick up the alcohol just like the nose and some spices that I couldn't find in the nose. Pretty good for sure.

M- Medium to full in body and pretty light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 21:00:25 | More by nrbw23
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tpd975

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From MatSciGuy on Ratebeer.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a small off white head. Dies to a solid ring that leave great lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt going on. Gooey caramel and molasses. Bold yeast comes next with tinges of dark fruit with a earty tobacco note.

T: Nice and sweet tasty treat. Dark fruit up front. Tons of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Raisins and figs in the middle followed by lots of yeast. The finish is a bit of spice and a touch of booze. The earth tobocco leaves are there as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, good.

D: Nice taste, fun to sip. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 01:10:17 | More by tpd975
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NewGeneric

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a cloudy brown with light beige head that left very little lacing. Smelled of fruity yeast and light malts. Tasted like fruity yeast (raisins, figs?), bread and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbonated, otherwise very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 06:48:47 | More by NewGeneric
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.