Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.28/5 rDev -17%
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.
07-22-2009 03:23:17 | More by MeisterBurger
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
07-22-2009 02:07:22 | More by waltonc
4.93/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
07-17-2009 00:54:32 | More by stewart124
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
07-16-2009 16:28:40 | More by GbVDave
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-14-2009 17:46:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-13-2009 02:45:29 | More by tdawgydog
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
07-09-2009 23:00:23 | More by allergictomacros
3.83/5 rDev -3%
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.
07-09-2009 22:26:21 | More by meatyard
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-09-2009 05:59:18 | More by HopHead84
3.13/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
07-06-2009 02:09:25 | More by champ103
3.2/5 rDev -19%
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.
07-01-2009 07:52:25 | More by Bubba83
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-26-2009 21:00:25 | More by nrbw23
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-25-2009 01:10:17 | More by tpd975
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-19-2009 06:48:47 | More by NewGeneric
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one!
Pours a Belgian style brown color with a decent sized white head that slowly disappears. Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts and a slight alcohol smell. Tastes of sweet plums and raisins followed by a spicy after taste of spices I cannot identify. Another reviewer mentioned that the "sweetness is "eaten up by the hops" I could not find a better way to describe this flavor which does indeed balance out the sweetness of this beer. The flavor finishes with this flavor, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer is a sipper but it goes down easy. I could savor one of these for hours and could see myself drinking this again and again but I could not see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.
06-19-2009 01:01:27 | More by johnd513
2.65/5 rDev -32.9%
Edit: I feel terrible about this review as I had a bottle of four or five year old Rigor Mortis at DDC's 13th anniversary party and it totally blew my mind. It was one of the best few beers I've ever had and easily A+ material. I'll have to try finding an aged bottle to review and will definitely be putting some away for later.
Poured this into a wine glass. No bottling date or expiration date but it can't be too old as I don't think they've been bottling this one too long.
For a Belgian-style strong ale, this doesn't look all that impressive. Not a bad looking beer by any means, I was just expecting more from this great brewery. I poured pretty aggressively and didn't get much head; what did appear, disappeared quickly to some patchy areas of foam. While the colour of the beer is actually pretty great (glowing red-brown), it looks a little watery. No lacing.
Roasted malt and cloves seem to come out most strongly but there isn't much smell to speak of. A little citrusy, minerals; it's pretty weak smelling.
Wow, I'm really not impressed with this. While it is pretty strong at 10.5% (not the 9.5% listed here on BA) the alcohol comes out way too much; it's actually what hit me first, which is not a good thing. Harsh tasting, like someone spiked a Leffe Brun with vodka. The ABV dominates the taste, followed by minerals and a bit of roasted malt. Mild spices way off in the background. Thin tasting and not well balanced at all in my opinion. Not much depth of flavour and the aftertaste is bitter in a not-completely-pleasant kind of way. Both harsh and thin: not a good thing.
For a strong Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is horrible. Much too thin bodied, watery and over carbonated.
Not drinkable. This beer really surprised me; I'm a HUGE fan of Dieu du Ciel and enjoy many of their beers. This one just doesn't live up to their standards, judging from the majority of their beers. Maybe I spoiled myself by trying Unibroue 17 last night for the first time; that beer completely blows this one away. Maybe I'd chug one or two of these to get a good buzz going...if they were free. I hate to sound like I'm trashing this beer; I'm really not. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle. This is really disappointing...Dieu du Ciel, what's up?
06-17-2009 05:42:20 | More by eat
3.83/5 rDev -3%
Tasted on June 5, 2009.
A: Dark brown beer... almost black. Little head.
S: Inviting smell, average intensity. Get some fruit (can't say which but probably dark fruit...) and some light flavor of chocolate.
T: Complex taste. Very hard to pin-point it... Very good...no bitterness.
M: Mellow beer with a medium body.
D: Wow, could drink all evening. A very dangerous beer!
Got a second bottle that I will let age for 6 or 12 months. I'll edit the review then.
Drank in 2010, a 2009 bottle. The smell had more sugar in it and the taste showed notes of caramel and chocolate. Didn't see any advantages in aging this one, well 12 months are not enough if this one ages well.
Drank a 2010 bottle: Same color of brown with some reddish notes. Nice foamy head. Spices and sugar notes in the aroma. The 2010 has more bitterness than the 2009 bottle for sure. Beer is feeling stronger than the 2009 version.
A good beer, however drinkability suffers from the high ABV that its you at the end.
06-12-2009 01:31:57 | More by ZorPrime
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
The foam was wheat in color, a little bibbly and dissapated quickly. The color was dark amber mahogany with a cola undertone. The smell was deep almost molassisy overtone, hints of chocolate and a hops undertone. The taste was exceptional - a rich molassis overtone with a choclatey highlight, hints of wood and maple and a rich spicey undertone and a little sharp like a barley wine. Mouthfeel - deep medium-bodied. Drinkability - a complex variety of tastes that danced in my mouth - wonderfull!
06-10-2009 22:37:09 | More by Monsteruss
3.83/5 rDev -3%
Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cookie dough, with sweet Belgian malt and some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by some sweet Belgian malt, some candi sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average for the style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done but additional complexity and more dry fruits ester would have benefited this one.
06-08-2009 02:08:33 | More by Phyl21ca
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
Rigor Mortis pours a dark nut brown color. It's very hazy and almost looks a little copper-ish with some light. A light tan head stands about a finger tall. It dissipated very quickly and left light lacing behind. I suspect the 10.5% abv killed it off just as it got going. Too bad.
The nose isn't bad, but is a little lacking in strength. It's malty and sweet smelling up front. It features sweet toffee and a cocoa-like chocolate flavor. Dark fruit scents of plum and raisin are noted. They're not overly strong. There's a spicy aspect to it. Like everything else, it comes across as a little too faint. It's a little grainy and musky toward the end. Alcohol is noted, but isn't boozy by any means. It's not bad, but the lack of strength inhibits it quite a bit and doesn't allow it to show off the complexity it may have. There's some good stuff here, it's just not strong enough.
The flavor profile is better and deserves a nod on the scoreboard. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors kick it off. It has a nice malty character. Chocolate malts have a subtle cocoa taste. Plum, raisin, and fig are in the mix and add some character and depth. It's a nice flavor and has a slight tangy quality to it. It's nicely done and doesn't come off too raisiny. Spices are more prominent here. Cinnamon and pepper seem to be the primary components, but there are certainly ancillary varieties here. It's a tad grainy and yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is prominent and a little too warm. I wouldn't characterize it as boozy, but it's not far off. That knocks it back a peg. It finishes sweet and figgy (how's that for a word?).
Rigor Mortis has a body that's livelier than the name suggests. It's full and has a nice, smooth feel. Light carbonation helps a good deal. Drinkability is probably above average. It's got a pretty nice flavor, but is just a little too warm. I'm sipping the bottle and enjoying it. But, there's no way I'd attempt another. It is 10.5% after all. Not exactly a lightweight that's designed for mass consumption.
Rigor Mortis is pretty good beer. I like it, but don't love it. It's not competitive with the finest Quads out there, but it's a pretty good one. The nose could use more strength and alcohol is too prominent in flavor. Shore those two shortcomings up and you've got a really good Quad. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed the bottle and wouldn't mind picking up another at some point. It'd be interesting to see how it is with a little age on it. Grab a couple if you bump into it.
06-04-2009 02:33:20 | More by prototypic
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours cloudy brown. Decent head , some lacing.
Sweet apple & raisins in the nose. Slightly boozy bourbon notes as well.
Dark fruits and a rich caramel depth make this pretty tasty. A little alcohol kick shows up on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium , I'd prefer a little more body and residual sweetness.
Overall a very nice Quad that should age nicely.
06-04-2009 00:12:53 | More by shroompod
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a cloudy brownish copper color with some dark amber highlights into a chalice. Almost two fingers of foamy khaki colored head has good retention and leaves some lacing that falls back down onto the top. Smells of dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, Belgian candy, pepper, clove, and a touch of ripe bananas. Tastes of dark fruits like plums, grapes, cherries, and prunes followed by some chocolate, molasses, bread, spices, and candied sugar with a touch of earth, funk, and alcohol in the finish. Medium to medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and really sweet. This is a great quad, easy to drink and great for the style. Perhaps it is a little too sweet, but overall it has a nice complexity and is enjoyable.
06-03-2009 22:25:51 | More by HopDerek
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours typical dark belgian style, dark brown, light tan, almost white head. Cool lacing left by intricate little bubbles up and down. Smells almost like medicinal alcohol at first, but that quickly fades way to sweet malt, a bit but not a ton of dark fruit. Flavour is equally balanced, not a ton of sweet dark fruit here, slightly sweet, little hop presence. The best part is in the mouthfeel, while it doesn't pack a ton of flavour, it still manages to be coating in mouthfeel, it just feels right. Carbonation is perfect. Drinkability is amazing. Not the most amazing quad out there, but still a great experience.
06-03-2009 08:36:53 | More by damienblack
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
05/31/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip on the side of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. About a 3/4 inch initial head on the pour which settles to a light frothy rim. Lacing is very tight bubbled sheeting with a few spots and lines left over.
Smell- Very interesting scent of a bunch of things. First I detect a light smokey scent, followed by a hit of overripe concord grapes. Deep roasted caramel comes in next with some dark fruits finishing off the nose.
Taste- Does remind me a bit of St. Bernardus and Rochefort in a way. This one is a bit more forward and heavily roasted on the malt character. Also more hopped than the previously mentioned ones. Grapes, plums and dates swirl around, but don't quite give off the appropriate sweetness...well, they actually might, but the hops seems to overburden the dark fruit flavors. The sweetness does give a quick hit right as you swallow, but gets eaten up by the hops...the alcohol content is noticed, but not largely.
Mouthfeel- Fairly big hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty creamy and somewhat silky with a medium to slightly lower carbonation level per style.
Drinkability- Quite an interesting beer. Haven't had a bad, or even mediorce beer from this place. At $5.99 it was worth the experiment.
06-01-2009 04:25:18 | More by GClarkage
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a clouded brown with a creme head. Nose is perfume and dough tones. Not overly complex, and slightly leaning towards one dimensional. Flavor is floral, dough, touches of fig fruits and slight sweetness. An alcohol burn is noticeably present. More so as time goes on and it warms. Feel is thick enough on liquid. Carbonation is middle of the road and about what I would hope to see. Overall not too shabby. The alcohol is a bit too much IMO, especially for a lower abv quad. But it definitely works for the style as many interpretations of quads have a difficult time doing so.
05-27-2009 23:07:56 | More by RblWthACoz
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.