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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

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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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 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.

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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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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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 ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, Rigor Mortis ABT is dark ruddy brown with a small, off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is simple, classic sweet quad, brown sugar with some spice ad clean alcoholic heat.

Taste is also strait on, very spicy esters, peppery. Moderate phenols, fairly smooth, not very complex but very well executed.

Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, medium-light bodied, reasonably digestible.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid quad, but with room for improvement. Overpriced, especially since I live on the same continent.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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