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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 57
Gots: 73 | 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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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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 cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is somewhere around 6 months old, got it straight from downtown Montreal. Love the label.

A- A snifter accepts the liquid out of the bottle which is a very dark amber (with some light on it)/russet brown. The head starts to fill the glass immediately and settles somewhere around two fingers in size. Cap retention is nice and patches of lace form on the glass in bunches.

S- Has a pretty big presence of phenols and fruity alcohol vapors here, lots of that dark fruit you get when using Belgian yeast to high alcohol levels. Yeast bread more so than other Quads, dark brown sugar, spice and raisins.

T- Alcohols and phenols also make themselves known here but not to the extent in the aroma, maybe the volatility has something to do with that. The flavor takes on a nutty spiced feel with brown sugar, clove, raisins, cherry and apples following. Has an edge but not overly harsh.

MF- Creamy body that really satisfies the palate. Somewhat oily and the carbonation is on the lower end, silky. Right on the upper edge of comfort with alcohol warmth.

Rigor Mortis is definitely a good Quad, which doesn't often come out of other countries besides Belgium IMO. This one is on the edge of alcohol/phenol levels but it doesn't take over and ruin the beer. Big yeast character.

Photo of bobsy
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Montreal.

I was expecting a darker coloured beer, but this turns up a clear amber with an off-white head which laces well. Somewhat out of left field for the style, but the nice retention and lacing has won me over. The aroma has a lot of depth to it, and is dominated by raisins, port and brown sugar, beyond which some spicy notes are detectable, mingling with alcohol.

Upfront, the flavour is very sweet and full of brown sugar, but soon melts through into a melange of alcohol soaked dark fruits, which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Lots of caramel and chocolate are thrown in for added measure, which helps to heighten the sweetness. The spice I detected in the nose isn't in the flavour, though it may be hidden by a slightly brutish level of alcohol. While the taste is a disappointment, the mouthfeel is what I look for in a quad, with its slick, chewy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and drying finish.

This is a pretty big quad, and I don't think it drinks too well young. It wears its alcohol and sugar content proudly, but comes off as too boozy and sweet for a style that is typically boozy and sweet. This is really too bad, because the peripherals (appearance, aroma, mouthfeel) are all great. I'd only try this again if it was aged.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, tootsie roll brown color with a plentiful amount of yeast particles that accumulate at the bottom. It initially had a one finger, tan head that eventually reduces to a thin film.

S: Sweet dark fruits (mainly figs and raisins) and a touch of alcohol are in the forefront of the aroma. Typical belgian yeast and sweet belgian candy are also present.

T: The taste is comprised of a balance of the dark fruits and belgian yeast and belgian sugar. The finish is very sweet, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well. It almost has a silky feel to it.

O: To categorize this as a quad may be a bit misleading. It is most certainly a belgian style brown ale as described on the bottle. That being said, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Just a slightly above average dark belgian ale.

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brewer lists this one as a quad, and I agree it's closer to that style.

A: Deep copper-bronze with a light tan head. Some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Dark fruit, cotton candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Too much residual sweetness upfront. Dark toffee, dark fruit, earthy citrus, light spicing, balanced bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. It has some good flavour, but it doesn't measure up to the monks brews.

M: I just can't get over the residual sweetness in this one. A Belgian should be drier & more digestible.

D: Very approachable for its weight, but I couldn't drink much.

Brewers info:

"Rigor Mortis ABT (Rigor Mortis ABT)
Quadrupel
10.5%

Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.

This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006.

The Rigor Mortis ABT was born in our Montreal brewpub in August 2001"

Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. It has a nice auburn like color. The head is cream colored. I can smell cherries but nothing else, and even that is faint (my weak sense of smell). I can taste cherry and a fruitiness. There's also a sweetness to the beer. I can taste a roasty finish with some alcohol burn. There's a cloying aftertaste that I'm not impressed with.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Brusin' Ales that's been sitting in my cellar for a little while. Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy, dirty brown, hazy and cloudy, with a fair amount of light creeping in around the edges (as in, around the peripheries of this beer, it's nearly yellow). A fizzy white head emerges from this one fairly quickly and fades away just the same, pretty much what you'd expect, though a fair amount of thin surface dusting and a very thin collar does stick around for a while. Not the best looking beer, but hey, as far as quads go?

Aroma: I usually do aroma last - at least, after taste - and so this one has warmed enough by this point to where it was a little boozy by the time I got around to it. Medicinal phenols, cherries, caramel, and wholesome malts round it out.

Taste: I initially found this one really bready - that is, it was wholesome tasting, doughy, a little sweet, but also very similar to drinking rum-soaked bread crusts. But as it warmed a little - which doesn't take too long in the chalice - the sweetness intensifies (cocoa notes emerge, as well), a few bitter and chemically phenols emerge, and the dark raisin, sweet and slightly tart cherry combo emerges. Alcohol is faintly apparent, but the other chemical notes are a little more offputting unfortunately, with the remainder of the notes not quite vibrant enough to make up for it.

Mouthfeel: A little thick and a little syrupy, such that it leaves a little bit of a sticky residue on the tongue, but with soft, subtle, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: This one's definitely a quad - it's stylistically pretty spot on - and shows how you can make a really stylistically spot on beer that's just not terribly impressive. It's not bad, but it is decidedly mediocre. It helps that it's a little low on the abv% side - or, at least, you can't taste it that easily - but only so much really. Perhaps worth one try, but there are way better quads out there.

Photo of bark
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is brown; the liquid is a little cloudy. The finger thick compact off-white head leaves some lacing.

The smell is very Belgian: Yeast, brown sugar, spices, dried fruits, some sourness and a hint of fresh plums. A bit too neutral for a quad, I think.

The taste is stronger than the smell. Mellow, matured notes of dried apricots, raisins and apples. Some bitter notes and yeasty notes. Fruity esters and some mild chemical phenols (turpentine, oil colour). The aftertaste is somewhat sweet with dry fruity flavours of raisins and apricots. Some clean bitter flavours and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is quite strong. Large bubbles. The liquid is a bit light, yet it is a bit sticky.

A qualified quad: Good craft but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of becktone
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes 10-26-09

Eye: Very dark brown in color, when held to the light it shows deep garnet hues. Hard to talk about clarity with a beer of this color. Head formation and retention is nice. Head is stable at about a half a finger with a very creamy texture and creme light brown in color, lacing looks very nice. Almost looks like a frappuccino...the way that the whipped cream turns to light brown on top and sticks to the edges of the glass.

Nose: Very vinous in aroma. Reminds me quite a bit of a Cabernet Savignoun. Spicy and dark red fruits, tannin. This thing seriously smells like a wine. Now, I'm getting some spice from the yeast, not like the spice I was smelling before from the beer on the whole, not like the spiciness or peppery cabernet savignoun. This spiciness is from beer yeast. Alcohol is evident. Slight and light banana esters, slight nutty and bready aroms.

Tongue: The label talks of chocolate and boy is that the truth. That is the first thing I pick out of this beer. I'm also getting some roasted dark malts, coffee like in a way but not quite...bitterness from dark grains. Its not stoutish but that real dark not qutie burnt but dark grain flavor hangs around after its been swallowed for quite some time. Alcohol is prevalent. Don't get me wrong this is a nice, big, beer...but its just not all that belgian. It lacks what would make it really stand out as a belgian, at least for me. Its good, just not "belgian good." There's just not enough belgian character that comes through in this beer for me to really go crazy over it. Yes I like it, and yes its good but there is much better out there, especially as far as quads go-Rochefort 10.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is low and very fine as befits the style. Anything else and it'd totally blow this beer. Body is heavy and this beer is definitely one to sip on. Its not like other belgian styles that I've had. There isn't all that much sweet dark fruit and dark candy flavor or aroma here. An impression of smokiness and burnt or very darkly roasted grains...no maybe not that but heavily roasted barley and very much graininess. This is one that I'll sip on till its gone, but really, I don't think its worth the $5.50 I paid for it. I'm not saying to steer clear, but there is definitely better out there for quads. I've only had five hundred and change beers and I can tell you there are better quads out there. I guess its all about personal taste. This is not a "traditional" belgian quad. I think its very much different. I prefer the "traditional" to this. Not a big fan of that black patent or heavily roasted barley, esp when its mixed with a high alcohol brew such as this.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown color, with a thin tan head. the head lingers, leaving minimal lace.

This beer smells mostly of dark fruit. Figs, plumbs, and dates. It smells malty sweet, with a hint of caramel. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma of this one.

This beer tastes mostly like it smells, with some dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol comes out a little in the flavor.

This beer is thick and full bodied. It is low in carbonation. It leaves a fig like aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor is pretty aggressive.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. It is defiantely a sipper. I would drink it again.

Photo of vandemonian
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of funkengruven
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Brother brought this one over for a Friday of sampling, This one poured a deep ruby red, white creamy foam surrounds the glass, smell is sweet, and Belgian, almost smells like the real thing. Taste is sweet and malty, however the flavor follows with a stiff alcohol burn. Initially the mouthfeel is nice and pretty smooth, but the finish burns a little.

This overall isn't bad but I found the alcohol to be a little too overstated, affecting drinkability and the overall enjoyment. If the alcohol was toned down a bit this would be really good, but it was a worth a try either way.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a decent sized but short lived off white head. Massive chunks of something floating in this viscous liquid. Aromas are heavy on the fruit. Dark stone fruits with bits of pineapple atop a brown sugary caramel base with just a touch of alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma. Lots of tropical fruitiness with a solid brown sugary base to back it up. Pleasant warming alcohol. Medium body with a somewhat drying finish. Light level of carbonation. Nice sipper once you get past the appearance. This may be an older bottle, its got notches that are off centered from the numbers so I can't tell.

Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some special celebration of this brewery's offerings at Moan and Dove brought this strong brew to me.

Pours very dark brown, almost opaque with a short medium creamy head, good lacing. Nose consists of a strong alcohol astringent smell along with a myriad of fruits (berries, perhaps grapes and something else?). Some may also akin the smell to 'hamster piss' because of its overwhelming alcoholness. Taste is very strong with some heavy malts, mixed fruits, caramel, and again the intense alcohol. I realized it's a rather high-octane brew, but I like high-octane without the super astringency (like Trois Pistoles, for example). Mouthfeel was good for the brew's strength. This would not be a choice again if I was in the mood for a high-octane malty beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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