Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 59
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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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 ThickNStout
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). No clue what the 0 and 9 notches mean as far as bottle date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an opaque dull brown with orange-ish highlights when held to the light and a half finger of sandy head. Head fades to a halo and small wisps that leave very little lace.

Smells of mildly fruity yeast, cherries, caramel and grape jelly. Sweet and rather inviting. The longer I smell it the more grape jelly I get.

Taste is a bit sharp overall with motes of cherries, grape jelly, cocoa, earthy, brown sugar, caramel malt and a decent amount of alcohol. Not too shabby.

Creamy medium body with just a hint too much carbonation. Sweet earthy stone fruit finish.

Another well made brew from Dieu du Ciel. While it's far from my favorite this is enjoyable. I actually like the grape jelly aspect. Worth a go for fans if the style or the brewery.

Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11.2oz bottle. I stored this in my back closet for about 6 months, as the bottle directs, but it was entirely by accident and by no means due to to following the bottle's directions. There's no freshness date, but given the style and the ABV, I'd imagine this doesn't need one.

Opens with no pop whatsoever, and pours a thinned, slightly lightened brown reddish color. Extremely cloudy. Hardly any carbonation to speak of on this thing - which is bizarre, as this is bottle conditioned. I had to resort to an aggressive pour (in a Duvel glass, no less!) to produce about 2 fingers worth of a frothy, bubbly head. Some lacing at first, but that soon goes away. With all said and done, it really looks like a poor man's quad to me.

The aromas are definitely as fruity and malty as any great quad, although not as much as you'd think. Plums, figs, raisins, maybe some vinous elements overall, as well as milk chocolate chips, caramel, and honey. Slightly bready in nature, with a cracked toasted barley flavor that serves as the backbone for these flavors. No hops to speak off, in spite of some earthiness. Not too yeasty either, otherwise. Alcohol is well hidden. Has the same earthy, pleasant texture that all of Dieu du Ciel's beers tend to have, and I enjoy it for that reason alone.

The first flavor definitely follows the aroma quite well, and dramatically more so as it warms up. There's immediate notes of dry red raisins, sweet prunes, and figs, and then notes of brown sugar, cocoa spice, bready baked barley, and dry soil. The yeast really does reveal its complexity here filled with funky dark fruity flavors, and the barley and chocolate chip flavor shine through quite well. Caramel is quite big on this one. Gets progressively nutty over time. Wet and not too dry, and only slightly sweet (the alcohol is scarily hidden), but only a bit too thin for a beer this robust. As a result, it's refreshing and never cloying, but it really lacks the creaminess to bring forth all of these rich flavors. Otherwise, really solid stuff.

I'm glad I let this sit for a bit so I could give it a chance. There's some wonderful flavors in here, and other than its unfortunate thinness, this is an excellent take on a style that does indeed require a complexity of flavors all balanced out the way this is. Given the hidden ABV, I'll be sipping this one all night, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. Not the strongest I've had from this brewery, but still an undeniable good offering.

Photo of beergoot
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy brown body with a decent head. Rich malt aroma coupled with some caramel and slightly hinting of alcohol strength; figs and dates. Thick, chewy body; cloyingly sweet texture that dissolves into a bright, biting fizziness. Caramel-like malt flavors with a strong, boozy aftertaste.

Well, the beer looks okay and tastes okay, but it's difficult to get really fired up about this one. Oh, it has it's malt-like presence and definitely exudes its big booze character without getting out of hand, but nothing quite gels to make this one stand out.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken in 'La Trappe' San Fransisco on 6 Feb 2013. The basement is very dark (where we sat anyway), so I had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer: it looked dark brown though. The bottle label being dark also was almost unseeable too, which is a shame because the art work is lovely.

The smell told me however I had a great beer in front of me, even if I couldn't see it too well. Malty molasses and rich fruit esters filled my nose and I couldn't wait to taste it.

The richness of the flavours exploded in my mouth, sweet malty molasses (like the aroma) with hints of toffee, caramel and chocolate. Add dark fruit and yeastiness into the mix and you have a very tasty beer indeed.

Full bodied and rich from the first sip, overall an excellent beer.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: First of all, perfect beer art. Dieu du Ciel makes, IMHO, the most beautiful beer labels ever! Pours a dark amber to brown color forming a small beige beige head which dissipates quickly leaving a tons of lacings in the glass. A thin layer remains for a long time on the top

S: Strong notes of toffee, roasted malts, caramel malts. Candy sugar, vanilla and dark fruits, mainly raisins and plums

T: Sweet upfront. Strong toffee and candy sugar. Dark fruits, notes of vanilla, Belgian-like earthy and bready yeasts. End is light bitter

M: Heavy and creamy body. A little bit molasses. Roasted malts, biscuity aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. One more great beer from Dieu du Ciel

Photo of Rutager
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Caudalie! Another selection from my CANBIF box of goodies.

Appearance. Pours a deep hazy brown with a little orange and a thin off-white head.

Smell. Caramel malts and prunes, some spicy belgian yeast, brown sugar and spices.

Taste. Caramel malts, some belgian yeast and raisins, interesting spices, and a little brown sugar.

Mouthfeel. Full body, maybe on the lower side. Medium-low(ish) carbonation.

Overall. A good beer. Nothing stands out as amazing, but a solid quad with some interesting spices and that DDC house flavour (which is not a bad thing).

Photo of acevenom
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours cloudy toffee brown with a thin, off-white head that doesn't last very long. There are some visible tiny bubbles along the side of the glass and alcohol legs. The beer smells of bread, toffee, and chocolate. I get an aroma of dark fruits as well. The taste follows the nose. The beer has a nice bready flavor as well as some toffee that brings some sweetness to the flavor. I get some light flavor of raisin and some hop bitterness that mildly lingers on the back end. I also taste the alcohol. The beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is a very good beer.

Photo of weonfire
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown almost a deep burgundy, light cream finger thick head, dissipates after a few moments, completely opaque

S - Carmel, chocolate, raspberry, aged fruit, rum

T - initial: Sweet aged fruit- really complex flavors, chocolate, carmel. finish: a hint of booze, almost a roast, fruit/carmel is a linger-er

M - Full, thick, creamy, velvet, silky - amazing.

O - This is really really good. Sweet aged fruit, complex flavors. Mouth is Rochefort-like, do wish there was a stronger nose. Flavors are really nice but slightly mellow. 10.5ABV is hidden so well. One of the best non-trappist Quads I've ever had.

Photo of 4ster
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip. Bottled Feb 2013.

A: Medium brown, hazy with amber undertones, light, bright white head on pour disappearing to a few bubbles around the edge, and lacing on top.

S: Dark red fruit (plum, dark cherries), yeasty and some sweet spice.

T: Black slightly sour cherries, plums again, burnt sugar/caramel malts in the middle, then finishing with a bit of spice, funky Belgium yeasts, and alcohol...

M: Bright and sparkling with med carbonation, sticky on the finish. Pretty refreshing and overall well balanced in the flavours, except a the body is a bit boozy.

O: DDC says this is ideal with at least 6 months of age on it, so consider this a "fresh" review... I would say this is a quite nice quad for a beer out of Belgium. Nice flavours, interesting yeast profile, just not quite as refined as the 400+ year old Belgium's :P ... Overall, not the most complex, perhaps a bit sweet, but still worth snagging if you happen to feel like a triple during its once a year release or ones kicking around in your basement.

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thick almost brownish body with minimal head on top of a heavy aroma that seemed to have some sugary malts along with touches of dark and tropical fruits as well as the typcial orange/citrusy yeast strain I find in these beers as well as a touch of medicalness/booze. Beer is more of the same as it is thick and full and definitely a sipper. A very good beer, I just found, for me at least, while there are strong notes of sweetness and breadiness (yeastiness) that make it sweet and go down easy and balance the hops and something akin to dark fruits like cherries or figs, the ABV gets into the beer a little and as my b eer warmed the alcohol took over and somewhat muted the rest of the beer's flavor profile. A nice beer and I would recommend it but just not my favorite of style.

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy amber/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, dark fruit (raisins and cherries), caramel, brown sugar and a subtle spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready yeast, raisins, some cherries, caramel, brown sugar, cloves and a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of nquigley16
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a "tulip style pint glass" from a 341 ml bottle. Bottled February 2013.

Appearance
Pours a beautiful red-brown. Dark copper brown with hints of dark red. One and a half fingers of thick light tan/white head. A very inviting Quad.

Aroma
Figs, strong dark malts, sugar, grapes, prunes, and a tiny hint of booze. Smells pretty nice, but not super complex. Also getting a little must.

Taste
Tastes very sweet, lots of nice maltiness and sugar, with a bunch of dark fruits coming through. Not a very prominent yeast profile. A bit of alcohol, but not very intense seeing as this beer is 10.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel
Very smooth with perfect carbonation levels. A little slippery as it goes down, and a little sticky afterwards. Nice and rich.

Overall- A really nice beer. Balanced, strong, delicious, enjoyable, and well made.

Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky, deep dark brown, dark white funk... Head was brief and white. Left nice lacing.

Funky, farmy, belgian nose. Banana, clove, metallic... smooth...

Creamy, high carbonation, nice palateable sweetness, lots of strong clove notes, biting typical Abbey flavors are strong and robust. Well pronounced bite followed quickly by corrupt smoothness.

Slightly all over the board. Don't get me wrong, it's good, just not great. At $5/12oz it's a good value and should be considered a "try". Cheers!!! Can't wait to see how it cellars.

Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a nice burgundy color, hues of brown and garnet, fairly opaque texture with a thick soapy bone colored head that has decent retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is of candied fig, brown sugar, alcohol, plum, cherry and a bit of molasses. Fairly typical of a quad, but the alcohol is a bit dominant and mutes some of the more subtle notes. The flavors are quite similar, lots of stone fruit, plum and cherry, brown and candied sugar, with sweet and strong alcohol and rich dark grain. The flavors are very sweet and fall a bit short of what the nose lead on, the balance isn't quite there and compared to some of the more elite quads, this definitely falls short. The body is nice, carbonation is perfect, just enough to dance on the tongue, but avoids being prickly and abrasive and it has a nice silky finish.

Verdict: A decent quad from Dieu du Ciel! While it isn't as refined as many others and the alcohol takes over at times, it is definitely an enjoyable beer, but I'm not sure I'd buy this again with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 so readily available.

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Light brown in color with hints of red. A head of about a 1/2" which quickly receded to a cap. Decent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and sweetness, hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Pleasant dark fruit/raisin flavors. A bit on the sweeter side but not overwhelmingly so, still rather well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very clean on the palate, not at all cloying.

Overall: A nice example of a Belgian definitely worth a try.

Photo of mscudder
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Murky copper brown hue. Thin deep-tan head.

S - Soft sugars, Belgian yeast with a subtle warmth.

T - Crisp brown with a Belgian twist. Not overly complex but the flavors are refreshing due to the juicy fruit presence: apple, pear and citrus.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

O - Great, well rounded brown. May I have another?!

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2012. I see no bottling or expiration date.

It pours dark brown with relatively decent clarity and a beige head that settles down to a ring and stays that way for the session.

On the nose it smells like a barleywine with loads of malts, molasses, and a bit of booze.

The body is bold and it holds its texture well.

The taste is powerful with a notable barley malt sweetness up front followed by molasses, and black licorice and completing its evolution with a moderate to high bitterness that reminds you what it was you just drank. This is also something that would cellar quite well.

Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice."This beer is at it's best when it ha aged for at least six months." No idea how old this is, but I know I've had it for a year or two.

Appearance: Murky and brown in color. Actually darker towards the bottom. and rises to a lighter shade of brown toward the top. Thinnish off white head with average retention. Little spots of lacing and bubbles here and there.

Aroma: Big dark fruit, Raisins, cherries figs, malts, booze, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, hints of spice. Lots going on, strong point of this beer.

Taste: Starts out sweet with some raisin and cherry dark fruit, with toffee and brown sugar malts. Mid hits with a slight spice and finishes up with some booze and even some cider like acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a little thinner than I expected, slightly chewy. Boozy finish. Carbonation was low.

Decent, Nothing super exciting, Probably wouldn't buy again at it's price point.

Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy murky brown. Off-white head on top. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet sweet barley and candied sugars. Raisins. Molasses. Bready.

T: Runs sweet at first take. Lots of candied sugars. Raisins and yeasty breadiness. A touch of booziness lets you know this really is 10.5%. Disappointingly seems to lack complexity for the style. Too much bread and candied sugars, not enough dark fruits, IMO.

M: Thick and hefty. Superb carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Good mouthfeel here.

D/O: Overly-sweet and bready, it wore on me as time wore on. It's not a terrible beer. I'd have another if it was handed to me. But I won't seek it out again.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, clear, copper color, some lacing around the sides of Chimay glass but not much else
S: deep worn leather, dried fruits, dense, slight hotness
T: aged Belgium quad, well-made, balanced
M: very little heat, well-balanced, drinkable and true to type, very smooth

Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a moderate sized light brown head despite an aggressive pour. Fades slowly, leaving a solid wall of lacing.

S: Fruity with lots of raisin and fig. Perhaps even some apple? Cloves. Touch of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Fruity up front but not as much as the nose. Still prominent raisin and a bit of fig. Nice strong brown sugar and toffee flavor along with some sweet caramel. Some cloves and earthy spices in the middle with a bit of alcohol burn. Finishes with just a touch of drying bitterness and sort of a lingering earthy fruitiness. Boozy grain alcohol on the back end sometimes.

M: Not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for 10.5%. Still fairly heavy of course, decent carbonation and strong alcohol seems to cut it a bit.

O: Not a bad quad, just fairly simply and quite boozy (despite this bottle being at least a year or two old). Tastes more like a belgian brown ale than a quad to be honest as well.

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a trade many moons ago. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled April 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Bistre brown in color with low levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full wisp, though only a slotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A spicy nose with clove and corinader. Dark fruits, with raisins and dates, a nice note of brown sugar, and a touch of spicy booze. Bold and well balanced.

TASTE: Some toffee and dark fruit sweetness up front, then some spicy clove, corinander and alcohol at the swallow. A touch of floral bitterness as well. Mild yet lingering aftertaste of raisins, dates, spicy clove and a touch of bitter chocolate as well. Balanced and interesting, though not quite bold enough for top marks.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight on this one, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: A decent quad, but nothing crazy. Flavor was there, but it could have been bolder, especially initially. A quality beer worth checking out if you get the chance, but nothing worth jumping through hoops for, especially if you have access to the Belgian examples of the style.

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is somewhere around 6 months old, got it straight from downtown Montreal. Love the label.

A- A snifter accepts the liquid out of the bottle which is a very dark amber (with some light on it)/russet brown. The head starts to fill the glass immediately and settles somewhere around two fingers in size. Cap retention is nice and patches of lace form on the glass in bunches.

S- Has a pretty big presence of phenols and fruity alcohol vapors here, lots of that dark fruit you get when using Belgian yeast to high alcohol levels. Yeast bread more so than other Quads, dark brown sugar, spice and raisins.

T- Alcohols and phenols also make themselves known here but not to the extent in the aroma, maybe the volatility has something to do with that. The flavor takes on a nutty spiced feel with brown sugar, clove, raisins, cherry and apples following. Has an edge but not overly harsh.

MF- Creamy body that really satisfies the palate. Somewhat oily and the carbonation is on the lower end, silky. Right on the upper edge of comfort with alcohol warmth.

Rigor Mortis is definitely a good Quad, which doesn't often come out of other countries besides Belgium IMO. This one is on the edge of alcohol/phenol levels but it doesn't take over and ruin the beer. Big yeast character.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dirty raisin and brown colored beer with almost no head on it. Aroma was alcohol soaked raisins and figs. Just really boozy and for some reason bitter, although I guess its not that strange, I come across a lot of dark strong ales with the dark fruit thing with bitterness.

A mild amount of chocolate, but this beer is just like fermented pruno from underneath a jail bunk. Most of what I taste is just hot heat. Nothing easy drinking about it. There's a little bit of roasted malt mouthfeel to it, but again, everything is just overpowered by the alcohol heat. Carbonation is weak on this one, letting the heat just tear your mouth up like you're a girl down on her luck in Van Nuys who came across a couple guys in the biz and a camera crew. I can't tell if its the yeast flavor or the spicing, but it isn't complimentary either, but it is at least a break from the alcohol.

Paying $5 a bottle for this hurts. Wouldn't pay $5 for a 6 pack of it in the future.

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.