Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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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
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
A - Pours a light to medium brown color with a very small amount of head.
S - Bread, raisins, caramel, sweet fruity esters.
T - Sweet, Malty, some chocolate and burnt caramel, raisins, and a slight alcohol presence, but very well hidden for 10.5%.
M - Full bodied, not too thin, but not syrupy either. Great carbonation level. A bit sticky on the sides of your mouth.
12-12-2011 22:03:42 | More by dsartwell72
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
look - the one pours an orange-tinted mahogany colour. Very opaque. Head is a bit of a disappointment - it rose slowly to only about an inch and a half and fell to a ring with a bit of film very quickly. this may have been because of the high ABV. Some nice visible carbonation.
smell - the nose is great! Full of rich and complex malts. There's a strong molasses-like dark richness to it, which is fill of fruit like stones, bit with a more sharp black currant or dried cherry note. A touch of earthiness. Very little spice and not hope. No burnt notes.
taste - very similar to the nose, it the fruity profile comes out a bit more over the malt. the prune-flavour of the melanoidin malt comes our stronger. There is a hint of pepper that lasts a while and plays well with the alcohol heat. The spice and heat play will with what would have otherwise been a much too sweet finish.
feel - body is very full with a syrupy feel that lasts, with some spice and heat from alcohol drying out the finish. Carbonation is minimal, giving a velvety feel that plays well with the flavour.
I'm still not totally sure about how a quad is all that different from a Belgian strong dark. But this was really tasty!
12-02-2011 00:23:32 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Served slightly chilled into a Watou goblet.
Rigor Mortis is a hazy brown color with a slight redish tint. The head is fizzy and short-lived.
Aroma is malty sweet and a little boozy.
Flavor is intense with chocolate, cherries, and raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and appropriately carbonated for the style.
Overall a pretty good quad but not as good as the best ones out there.
11-24-2011 03:30:39 | More by GilGarp
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.