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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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.
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown with a frothy head; excellent stickage and strands of lace

Smell: Spice cake, caramelized brown sugar and a hint of boozy alcohol

Taste: Spice cake opening, with a growing dark fruit element (cherry, prune and date) that is topped off by some peppery booze by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors merge together into a fairly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with relatively high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style that is less sweet and cloying than many I have tasted from the old country

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Photo of nickfl
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very small head of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, brown body. The foam disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel with peppery alcohol notes. Some clove and cinnamon in the background.

T - Sweet malt and spicy alcohol with notes of molasses and rum. Toasted malt mingles with bittersweet chocolate in a finish dominated by spicy, but not quite hot, alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice, but the flavor just doesn't live up to it (an unfortunate trend I have noticed with Dieu du Ciel). The rough alcohol and sweet malt make for an oddly cloying beer despite the dry finish. It may just need some age to bring things together, but it isn't all that great right now.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy dark brown with one finger of small white suds. They dissapate quickly and lacing ensues.
Smell is very quad like. Belgian type yeast and caramel and slight alcohol are prominent here.
Taste is quite mellow for such a big beer. Initial flavors are raisin and clove and caramel. The alcohol comes in right behind but isn't too obtrusive. In fact it is quite nice.
Mabey not as balanced as a Chimay or St. Bernardus but still quite nice for a brew from Canada.
Mouthfeel is just sticky enough to take your mind off the alcohol filling the back of the mouth cavity.
Drinkability isn't very high here because of the alcohol.

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Photo of cptierney
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A deep, deep brown appearance. Almost milk chocolate coloring with a moderate translucence. Slightly fudged the pour as some of the sediment made its way into the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of light colored head that dissipated quickly.

The nose is potent. I can't tell what exactly it is, perhaps the spices used in the beer, but my nose stings a bit with a deep intake. There is a caramel note to the scent which is most pleasant.

For an ABT, this beer is particularly light bodied. Not nearly as syrupy as I had imagined. Light carbonation rounds the sip out.

This is an extremely sweet beer, with heavy notes of caramelized sugar. Sweet fruit rounds out the flavor. This sweetness is not necessarily unpleasant, as there is absolutely no alcohol bite to this brew.

Surprisingly drinkable, I wish I had another one on hand.

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Photo of deadmonkees
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought bottle 7/09 - Drank bottle 10/09 from a Chimay Chalice

Aroma: Malt was caramelly with no hops.

Appearance: Color was brown, clarity was clear and sparkling with a low head retention.

Flavor: Fruity esters with phenolic clove. Solvent of high alcohol with a slight yeasty breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Due to the high alcohol it was slightly hot.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable. However, slightly off-balanced throughtout. It could have used more aging to smooth this beer out. Other note, I tasted no chocolate as indicated by the brewer's site.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, one finger of head forms and camps out for a bit and leaves a thin lacing behind. Smell is spice forward, a bit of alcohol burn, and some belgian yeastiness.

The taste is holy-cow-spice-and-caramel. In your face. Like a less boozy version of Rochefort 10 (which I'm not a huge fan of). Very interesting really, although not all that complex. The body is full but it just doesn't have that extra pep in the taste to put it over the edge. Overall, a solid quad that I probably won't bother visiting again.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bronzish color with slight head that faded rather quickly

S: Bready malt

T: Decently balanced lingers on the backend with a oakey malty flavor

M: Thick and leaves taste on palate

D: Fairly drinkable. I didn't notice any evolution after another one.

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Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a bronze color that produced a foamy off white head that had decent retention rate and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas of this beer were lacking in the Quad category, figs and brown sugar, and some bready malts

T - The taste of this beer was also kind of lacking in the Quad category, but that doesn't mean its a bad beer, but bready malts, figs, and brown sugar, a little bit of caramel

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is rather hard to describe, it is a good beer, but while I can get St. Bernardus Abt 12 for the same price, which is a superior Quad, I can't see myself getting this one again

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Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty brown with lots of sediment and a thin soap ring of a head.

Had a very sweet raisony smell with maple and brown sugar.

The flavor was very malty with a bit of cedar, maple, and sweet brown sugar with a bit of alcohol poking through. The flavor lingers into a long lingering bitter minty hop finish. Has a nice level of complexity with decent balance.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick leaving a long coating of flavor.

A pretty good belgian style quad.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice sept14 2009

A A hazy deep reddish brown with a one finger head that falls too a thin film that leaves a fair amount of lace.

S Dark fruits with some brown sugar and a nice amount of booze.

T Again dark fruit but the sugars taste a little burnt, some yeasts are more noticeable and the booze is well hidden.

M Creamy with mild carbonation feels good overall.

D The nice feeling warming booze should not be this easy too drink, it's a little dangerous if you ask me.

Pretty happy I found this one in my closet. I thought all of these guys made it safely too my mothers basement 500km away in Vernon. (they can age there without temptation getting the better of me) I'm pretty stoked I fooled myself and even happier that a few of these guys are waiting for me next time I'm at mom's. This is drinking well today but I can't wait too see how this tastes a few years from now.

Well worth the 3.50$ pick it up.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer kind of looks like mud but in a good way its murky and brown, mysterious even, possesses a tannish head that vanishes sooner than i would have liked, however lacing is still good

Smells of rich malts and red fruit alcohol also has a nice presence caramel and chestnut is also present i think faint citrus notes are also present

This beer is a malt bomb and extremely true to the style also raisins and cinnamon the alcohol has a pleasant

Alcohol thins the body a bit and makes for excellent drinkability

its a good quad if you are into extreme beer pick up a few of these bad boys

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy reddish brown color with some fine sediment and a big fluffy tan head. Decent retention, not quite up to the Belgian standard. The aroma really shoots out of the glass, with rummy raisin at the fore and some accents of cinnamon, chocolate chip cookie, slight licorice, and a hint of peppery alcohol. Flavor is a bit of a letdown after the excellent aroma. It's just not quite as robust and well-rounded. Bready and yeasty without much sweetness, licorice and spicy alcohol in the finish. A little hot but not bad. The alcohol does sort of thin out the body a bit. Carbonation is pleasant, drinkability is decent. Good for a non-Belgian quad, but not even close to the authentic classics.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy medium brown with off-tan colored head that is quite thick at first, laces well, and retains a thin layer through the entire pint. Nose has soft baked good sweetness such as cookies or brownies, along with some yeast/bready components. Palate has a soft malty/roasty flavor that becomes a little nutty and brown sugary. Carbonation is gentle on the palate. Finish is somewhat long and flavored with soft baking spices.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent mahogany with a fairly thick if not persistent beige head. Aroma is not strong but fruity and yeasty with malt underpinnings, rather inviting. Flavor is stronger than the aroma, malty and yeasty with a fruity and nutty hints and just a touch of spice. Texture is quite rough and fizzy, leaving a tart and nippy finish.

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Photo of capra12
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with speedwayjim at the The Gingerman NYC poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Mohagundy in color with 1/2 a finger head.

Smell: The most prominent aroma in this is red fruit.

Taste: Opens with red fruit and malts. Hints of chocolate come in the middle and there is a slight tanginess in the end. The alcohol in this is apparent in this but does not linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation which is surprising.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another one but later on that night I realized why this is caller rigor mortis. HA.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium sized light brown head with moderate retention and weak lacing. The beer itself is hazy dark brown with red hues in the light.

S- Sweet caramel with roasted nuts. Hint of cloves and other spices from the yeast, mild floral hops and light peppery alcohol. Some plums and figs also come through in the aroma.

T- Very sweet malty beer, brown sugar roasted almonds, plums, caramel and milk chocolate. Some hoppy bitterness balances things out in the end and a peppery alcohol throughout. This is a very tasty beer.

M- Medium to full bodied with a mouth coating oiliness. Cutting bitter bit and then dry in the end.

The bottle says this beer is a abby-style brown ale, and I would say that is a great description though very high abv for a brown. This is a very complex and great tasting beer, I really enjoyed drinking it and will have to get it again.

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Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/28/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a 20oz Bass glass. Firm pour calls up a tiny off white head. Head exhibits nice staying power and an impressive lace for its size. Color is a dark cloudy murky brown.

Nose- Admittedly this was probably poured a little cold. Sour apples, caramel, bourbon, and spice. As it warms dark fruits become apparent, plum, date, and raisin.

Palate- Impressive. Overripe apples, dates, raisin, a hint of bitter coco. Big caramels, slightly sweet, some doughy-ness. Touch of rotting wood. Warming. Overripe apples stays with you. Definite Belgian yeast quality associated with bottle fermentation. A tad hot, but not what you would expect from a 10% quad.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very clean for a quad. Moderately fine carbonation

Drinkability- 10% is pretty big so more then one would be too many. Good Quad, if you can find it pick it up.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, one week old bottled which concerns me a bit for a 10.5% beer.

Poured in a Unibroue tulip glass with no yeast.

Thin, half-finger head that quickly subsides leaving thin lacing.

Medium brown in color. Aroma is sweet with Belgian Trappist aroma (Rochefort yeast?).

First couple of sips...chewy with a distinct Belgian burn on the finish - I believe due to the spice and alcohol. Bottle says best after 6 months.

Smooths out after 1/3 down. Drinking well for how ripe it is. Looking forward to cellaring a couple of these for years down the road.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma on this one was somewhat mild, but it increased a bit once it warmed considerably. Ultimately I got a mild, but pleasant spiciness from the aroma with some possible hints of alcohol. The flavor was much fuller. There's some sweetness upfront, then the spiciness kicks in, and there's a long, drawn-out combination finish. I'm definitely getting some Aventinus-like flavors which (for me) is a good thing. The phenolics in this brew are kept on the light side, and the spiciness is allowed to shine. This brew is somewhat sweet, but certainly not cloying. There's a slight alcohol burn in the finish. It was most-drinkable when it approached room termperature. The bottle did say it was best to age this beer, but I couldn't wait. Six months or so might do this beer some good. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed this beer which just recently showed up in Orlando (Knightly Spirits). I love a good Abby-style brew, but more often than not, I'm disappointed with what I find. However, I was happily impressed with this one. Nice job Dieu Du Ciel!

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Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights. 2-finger light brown head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, sweet.

Taste starts with alcohol and then leads into dark fruits [figs], caramel, malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a good beer. Interesting for the style. Drinkable, but not too many at this ABV.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with some alcohol as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark alcohol soaked fruit, hints of chocolate and sweet malt with a good amount of alcohol in the finish. A little too boozy for my tastes, I think it could use a little age on it.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a slow sipper for sure due to the alcohol. Overall, a decent beer but not as good as some of the other good beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark Maple color, hazy, with a nice luscious tan head. Very lovely.

S: Alcohol, a little tart. Almost cidery..

T: Thick, a bit of a bite from alcohol, fruit tones, fig, maybe banana, so clove. An interesting after taste.. not sure what.. maybe raison like?

M: Thick, very full body, but has an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: Not a huge fan, good, but a little thick.. don't think I need more than one at the moment, but I would get it again at a bar.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich, and murky brown, completely impervious to light. White head of about 3/4 finger tall recedes rather quickly, leaving little behind.

S: Soft, roasted malts and dark fruits... scents are more modest than many others of the style. Every once in a while, I catch a whiff of cracker in there, too.

T + M: Dark fruits... raisin and a little bit of plum, with a bit of a burnt sugary flavour. Some bitterness slips in and takes front and center stage immediately after, along with an assertive alcohol spiciness. It's quite a heavy feeling drink, with a little stab of carbonation on the tip of the tongue followed by more of a sparkle as it goes down, and followed by that warming alcohol, which is quite notable.

D: As far as 'quads' go, I have come across better, but this one is a good effort, nonetheless. I'd look forward to eventually revisiting it, perhaps up against some others for comparison.

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.