Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Not Rated.
Rigor Mortis ABTRigor Mortis ABT

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

348 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 348
Hads: 684
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 67
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 348 | Hads: 684
Photo of dickieb
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber/brown with a very thin head and some below average lacing. The smell is of raisins belgian yeast brown sugar and a hint of booze. The flavor is similar in profile to the smell but not quite as hot, a very mellow malty belgian flavor with hints of dark dried fruits and spices. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but it thickens some with warming, and its drinkable but not as much as other quads I have tried. This is the second beer from Brasserie I have been impressed with(the other being Peche Mortel) and I will have to keep my eyes open for more.

 577 characters

Photo of bark
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

 776 characters

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz into Chimay glass.

Pours a deep copper, with burgundy edges. Respectable off-white head that fades to rimmer with a touch of lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation when held to the light.

Deep plum and rotten appple aroma, with plenty of spice, including cinnamon.

Rich fruity flavor, with duller spice profile than in the aroma. Some black pepper zing to counter the sweetness.

Somewhat thick MF (not more so than typical Quad), but with a good cutting level of carbonation, keeping it far from syrupy.

A sipper, no doubt, and with a not-too-thick mouthfeel over a pleasant flavor, it's a winner.

 612 characters

Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Boulevard Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a nice, deep, ruby color. A two-finger head of creamy, light tan colored foam makes the head. Retention is very good and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Good notes of caramel and brown sugars. Nice hints of dark dried fruits. Candi sugars. Good yeastiness. Mild hint of booziness.

Big, malty, sweetness is tempered with a mild earthiness. Big presence of rum soaked raisins. Lots of toffee. Lightly biscuity yeastiness. Very light hint of a hops bite.

A nice medium-to-full body with a medium level of carbonation. The bubbles are very small, which helps this one go down smooth and retain a decent creaminess.

This is a good, drinkable, beer. Unfortunately, the 9.5%abv, while not overpowering, is a little too noticeable. This is akin to a sweeter St. Bernardus abt 12, but the St. Bernardus has 10.5%abv, which is better masked.

 905 characters

Photo of CrellMoset
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 1,971 characters

Photo of mvasilis
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Small head, light toffé colored. The beer is a¨dark amber colored

S: big sweet smell, malty, some dried fruits, and a hint of hop aroma.

T: Sweet malty taste, smouth. Hints of dried apricots and banana candy(?). The 10,5 % goes by unnoticed.

M: Nice karbonated, smouth. A perfect cheese beer.

 300 characters

Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is really everything I was expecting. I was in the mood for a nice quad and between the flavors and the mouthfeel I believe I have found a decent one.
The beer pours a reddish brown with a small tan crown that fades quickly into a lasting compact ring.
The smell and taste are both dominated by some boozy raisin notes, with caramel, and some nice port-like flavors coming through on the long finish.
The mouthfeel is where this beer shines, this is odd because this seems to be where most non-belgian brewers of the style fall off. Spot on with high carbonation and a huge body that manages to finish nice and light...very "digestable."
Easy to drink and enjoy, I recommend this one.

 689 characters

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cashew70 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy grapish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice small islands, and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of raisins, figs, grapes, plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Carl.

 442 characters

Photo of cdog3
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

 611 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

 730 characters

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 806 characters

Photo of ikats
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

 619 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  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.

 607 characters

Photo of Travlr
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

 340 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 475 characters

Photo of BarrelO
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 375 characters

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 858 characters

Photo of pwoods
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

 512 characters

Photo of jdklks
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

 792 characters

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

 344 characters

Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

 400 characters

Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

 513 characters

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

 730 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2%
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!

 1,064 characters

Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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

 363 characters

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.