Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Appearance - Pours a faded mahogany/garnet hue with a 1/2 finger width of off-white, bubbly head.
Smell - Plum/cherry, caramel, clove/banana yeast aroma. A tad musty.
Taste - Light flavours of dark fruits, quickly followed up with a pow of the clove/banana yeast (similar to that used by Unibroue). Slight spicy finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.
Overall - Enjoyable quad by Dieu du Ciel. Despite the creepy corpse image on the bottle, the flavours in this brew are quite warm and inviting. ABV is noticeable, making this more of a sipper. A nice addition to Dieu du Ciel's lineup - not for the faint of heart.
04-08-2012 05:22:08 | More by leaddog
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Out of two sets of numeral from 0 to 9, the first 9 is notched...whatever that means.
A: Dark cherrywood, but barely translucent. Little head, but good tracing. A truly gorgeous shade.
S: Bright red apples, rich prunes, and dark spices. This smells like a quad. Bulky and scrumptious.
T: Molasses, musty yeast that seems to have lost much of its spice, and distant but sticky fruit. Alcohol is completely absent, deceptively so, with spice picking up much of the slack. The aftertaste has (white?) pepper, cloves, allspice, and probably much else beside. That said, the maintaste is a bit flat and certainly not as powerful as I'd anticipated. Much more like a BSDA (or even a BDA) than a quad.
M: Disappointing, except on the spice front.
O: I expect the best from Dieu du Ciel, but this bottle didn't quite deliver. Mediocre quad, pretty okay abbey ale, good beer. Recommended if you don't have to pay through the nose for it. Probably won't have again.
04-07-2012 04:33:58 | More by AgentMunky
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Presentation: 11.5oz brown screw top with really cool label (if a bit odd name). Can't figure out the dating on this one, but it's at LEAST two years old, which is about how long I've had it.
Appearance: Warm mahogany beer with a creamy ivory cap with decent retention for the age and the abv. A good bit of tiny sediment in suspension.
Smell: Warm, sticky dark fruit (dates, raisins, and figs) with toasty, bready malts, and a good dash of caramel. Not shocking depth, but quite pleasant.
Taste: Cherries, a bit of cola, a fair amount of heat, especially considering the age. A firm hop bitterness, compared with the alcohol, makes this seem more bitter than it should. A bit of dry bready flavor which is nice, but this doesn't quite come together as it should; perhaps a bit past the peak?
Overall: Not bad per se, but not particularly inspiring. Again, perhaps this is a bit over the hill, but it doesn't taste oxidized or anything like that. It just doesn't come together quite as it might.
B- to C+
02-05-2012 03:09:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Bottled on 11/2011
A: Poured a dark amber/brown with a substantial head that fell quite quickly. Beautiful and consistent lacing.
S: Dried fruits like raisins, plums, a hint of spices and alcohol. I also find some saltiness in the smell, although I don’t know how to explain it further.
T: The mouth follows the nose. Fruity sweetness, spices and alcohol again. Malt is omnipresent and the finale is not bitter at all. Enjoyable.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit boozy, but this is very enjoyable and far from the most intense I had for the style.
O: Another great Dieu du Ciel!. I wouldn’t necessarily drink more than one of these in a night, but it is a nice culminating point. I definitely would recommend trying. I would look forward to aging a bottle to see how it evolves. A good representation of the style in my opinion.
02-03-2012 00:13:06 | More by ctgui
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
0 and 5 notched on label so I am guessing May 2010?
A - Pours a slightly muddy brown with a thin tan head and arches of lace.
S - Candi sugar and brown sugar, dark rum soaked raisins, bready with light chocolate notes.
T - Banana bread, nutty almond, anise and clove, light smoke, some alcohol in the finish.
M - medium to full body with lower carbonation. Slightly viscous and warming.
D - Decent but not much that makes it stand out.
01-13-2012 01:20:58 | More by brewcrew76
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
11.5 ounce bottle into chalice, batch 15(or something). Pours cloudy dark brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big plums, molasses, chocolate, caramel, candi sugar, bread, raisins, and a bit of yeast spices and light alcohol. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, herbal spiciness, pepper, and spicy alcohol. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is limited due to some booziness but it is a pretty nice sipper. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too bad. Overall this is a pretty nice Quadrupel. Some good flavor complexity and balance. If it was a bit less boozy I probably would have liked it more.
01-10-2012 03:42:44 | More by superspak
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. If I read the notches on the label correctly this was bottled this year.
Appearance: As poured the beer is semi murky muddy brown color with a minimal light tan head that quickly becomes a small ring around the glass, and an irregularly shaped island on the liquid with no lacing left on the glass. Sipping creates some scattered small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. (It could have used a bit more aggressive pour I think.)
Smell: The aroma is a lot like coconut candy layered with some brown malt, some dark molasses and dollops of dark fruits (figs and raisins).
Taste: The flavor is a lot like spiced rum mixed with dark fruits. There is molasses in there along with the figs and raisins, as well as some trace of cherries. A component of bitterness hide in the background
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to be felt. The finish is medium long and starts with a rich spicy caramel sweetness that fades away into lightly sweet finish.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a reasonably good beer that goes down relatively easily. My overall impression is that it is well made but does not quite hit the mark for me. It seems a bit rough around the edges and a bit lacking in complexity for a BDSA. Perhaps it needs a bit more time in the cellar.
12-20-2011 01:52:48 | More by drtth
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz brown bottle with a twisti-off cap. Poured into a goblet, this brew appears a color of deep mahogany with a creamy finger of tan froth. The cap dissolves to a thin lace atop and leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. I wish I would have been more careful with the pour. I probably only should have poured 8 ounces into my glass because as I got closer to the bottom a rush of sediment plopped in. The yeast has covered the glass and is stuck with thick spackle-like chunks throughout the entire solution. When held to the light, you can hardly see through the pieces of yeast but you see some faint redness through the brown shades.
The smell of this brew is very familiar with a pleasing scent of dark malty sugars that come across like candy sugar, figs, plums, raisins and toffee. There is a light herbal touch of hops that bring forth almost an earthy aspect that keeps the onslaught of sweetness in check. The yeast expresses itself with a mild clove and almost peppery touch that takes this nose off in a different direction that is enjoyable.
The taste has creamy sweetness of toffee mixed with candy sugar and an herbal hop component to contrast. There is quite a bold alcohol presence not only in flavor but with an immediate rush of alcohol down the back of the throat and all the way into the stomach. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth that is lightly nutty with more focus going back to the sweetness that is like dark fruits mixed with sugary alcohol almost like molasses but not as dark/burnt. This is one of the few times where I actually enjoyed the brew much more while it was cold. Once it gets warmer, the alcohol comes out in full force and gets a bit distracting with a fusel/solvent kick that is not hidden behind the solid malt backing at all.
This is a full bodied brew that is creamy and full in the feel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and overall is a very well put together take on the style. This initial reaction to this brew based soley on the aroma is wow, this is going to be a sickeningly sweet mess. But after the first sip, you are pleasantly caught off guard. Well done. I have no have many offerings from Dieu du Ceil but the ones I have had were quite enjoyable. Certainly worth a try.
12-14-2011 03:10:19 | More by stakem
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.