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Rigor Mortis ABT | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Rigor Mortis ABTRigor Mortis ABT
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Reviews: 354 | Ratings: 718
Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -29.1%
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 -7.4%
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%
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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Photo of seanthornton152
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into 3 KlienBrouwerij Tulip

Dark brown body, light brown frothy head, the foam stays strong for a little bit, then leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell of, dark brown sugar, sour apples, caramel, and a scent of alcohol is noticed

Initial flavors are sweet of chocolate, caramel, raisins maybe. Then a burst of dryness from the alcohol. This packs a punch, but smooths out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and sharp, soft carbonation.

AH, this really warmed me up, and its good and strong. I liked to see how the alcohol changes after aging, till then, Au revoir

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this bottle at the Ginger Man NYC with capra12. Poured into a snifter

A: 1/2 finger dark caramel colored course head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was spotty at best on this brew.

S: Smelled strongly of alcohol with red fruit undertones and a barely noticeable chocolate and caramel background.

T: Very sweet and malty. Tasted of red fruit and burnt caramel with a very strong alcohol finish. Though this doesn't seem to linger like I expected it would.

M: Medium bodied but course. Strange because despite the minimal head that was poured, this beer was relatively highly carbonated.

D: Very good and I would definitely have this again though the alcoholic finish is a bit stronger than I would like.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose. Flavor is brown sugar and molasses but it is well balanced. Nice brown (that's what the label says). Label has a 10.5% ABV. Pricey at $6.99 for a 11.5oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Loads of thick cottony head that drops to leave patchy foam along the edges of the glass, the color of dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Surprisingly the aromas are relatively subdued, though an aggressive swirl brought out dark pitted fruit smells and a faint woodiness, alcohol is evident, faint rum soaked cherries, even fainter aromas of yeast - 3.75, T: For a 10.5% beer this is quite smooth with little to no burn but the alcohol does come to the front of the palate as the beer warms, strong flavors of dates and raisins, some phenols and medicinal tastes as well, burnt toffee, just borders on cloyingly sweet while being quite dry - 4.25, M: Medium bodied and smooth - 3.75, D: This is a great closer to a long evening, a little too high in alcohol to fit into a truly 'drinkable' category though it is very enjoyable - 3.50

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark plum color, although it's more of a ruby-amber when held up to the light. The head billows and fades into a glorious sheet of foam.

The smell is fresh cut granny smith apples, with some rich caramelized brown sugar underneath and some mildly medicinal phenols in the background.

The taste is rich, not quite cloyingly sweet but it's pushing it a bit for me. There are elements of sweet dark fruits, clean pear-like esters, there's a little chocolate in the aftertaste, a little smoke in the finish, and the alcohol is very present and leaning towards solventy for me.

Comparisons are inevitable I guess and I just find that Rochefort 10 and La Trappe/Koningshoeven, two of my favorite beers of any style, period, do a much better job of masking the alcohol while having a full on taste without bordering on harsh like this does.

Mouthfeel is dense and lacking carbonation.

I love this brewery. I love this style. But I only like this beer.

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Photo of waltonc
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very glad to see the Dieu Du Ciel beers make their way to Denver. Pours dark brownish red with tan head. Smells sweet, caramelly, and dried dark fruitish. Taste includes the above, as well as candi sugar, yeast, and bread. Very good. My quad-loving wife is also enjoying some in her mini-City Beer Store glass. Body is pretty thick with medium carbonation.

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Photo of stewart124
4.91/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown and has a head that started out dense and fizzled down a bit to leave a thin lace.

There are amazing smells of brown malts and a toasted note. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well.

The taste is almost like raisin bread and finishes with a nice kick. The hops are barely noticable but add a spice and floral note. Whoa the taste is so sweet but finishes bone dry. My mouth almost puckers in the finish. Slight sour apple esters and a warming feeling in my stomach.

This beer is delicious and very complex. Each sip brings about a new sensation. With a name like this I am a little worried to finish the glass.

Quite the Quad.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a muddy pitch-brown (!), with a very sticky, khaki-colored head that was a good lecer.

S: Molassas, brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, and chocolate covered nuts. Whiff of alcohol as it warms.

T: See above. Rum drowned raisins, caramel bread pudding, chocolate, and booze. Very hot and boozey!

M: Thick but astringent and prickly from the massively hot booze!

D: Good, but waaaay hotter than its' Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a tiny white ring of head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, and roasted nuts. Flavor of roasted nuts and a touch of roasted malt and sweet malt. Not boozy per se, just very warming. Nice abt/quad. It's roasted characteristics make it stand out from the traditional Belgians.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought home a case of various Dieu de Ciel beers while we were visiting Montreal for the Mondial de la Biere. I had sampled quite a few of them while I was there and enjoyed most of what I had tried.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, with a pretty significant two finger head. Looks like a respectible triple quad
S - A little strong alcohol scent but not too overpowering.
T - Tastes really good, there is a slight hint of the alcohol strength behind this beer but it's not too bad. This would make a good session beer, but I can't see having more than 2 or 3 of these in an evening.
D - Goes down really smooth, almost too smooth. It'll catch up with you once you let it settle in.
M - Great body to this beer. Quite often the high alcohol content of a beer makes it a little thin to drink but this is not the case with this one.

I can't wait to sample some of the other Dieu De Ciel beers that I brought back with me.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and takes a hard pour to get 2 fingers of foam that drops ever so slowly. Rich dark fruit nose. Pungent raisins and prunes and red berries, sugary sweet grape candy. Sweet on the tongue as well with massive alcoholic complexity, concord grapes and boozy finish. Low-ish carbonation and light body. This is a big, big beer. Some port-like notes and a little bit of hops, just for balance. A sipper for sure. Frankly, very challenging to the palate and I think might be better with even less carbonation. Sweet, but not too sweet, and loaded with flavour.

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

Pours out a very, very dark, hazy orangish/brown with a 2 finger, mocha head that quickly falls to a cover with light lacing.
The smell is sweet malt, a bit of spice and (as it warms) some alcohol. Noticeably quad smell.
The taste is fig, more sweetish malt and some alcohol warmth. Tastes very quad-like too.
Mouthfeel is medium and pretty dry.
Drinkability is decent, it's a bit sweet and high in ABV but worth trying for those who like quads.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Snojerk321! Pours murky and tawny with a creamy white head. This label is grim as hell. Fantastic artwork.

The aroma is bready and yeasty. Notes of black pepper and other spices are present, as well as some faint metallic notes and some toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as some brown sugar.

The flavor is yeasty and bready, with notes of toffee and caramel. A low level of earthy hop bitterness is present. There's an interesting note of overripe banana. The flavor is quite boozy and sweet, and it finishes that way.

Medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of champ103
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. At first a two finger beige head forms. It gently recedes in a minute and leaves lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Very dry wood. Light fruity esters, and lots of yeast. Kind of standard and on the bland side.
T: Very dry wood and sweet caramel. A light fruitiness and yeast again. Plenty of alcohol
M/D: A medium body and a bit over carbonated. Lots alcohol to make this one bottle sipper. Something I would prefer to share with another person.

Not bad, but not one of the breweries better offerings IMO. Worth a try if you like Quads though.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Decent one finger width off-white, almost light brown head on a quick pour. The beer itself has a sort of reddish-cola color which is fine for the style. It's a little murkier than I'd like though.

Smells very much like a typical quad would, kind of floral and rosey with some cherry, vinous character going on along with caramel. A little bit of alcohol sting is present in the nose too.

It makes a decent initial impression on the front of the tongue, with some nicely executed dark fruits and caramel, but the mid-range is very disappointing to me. Instead of the flavors intensifying, they get sort of derailed into a sort of campfire/old cheese flavor that I just don't care for. It stays that way until the finish, which has some cherry and is a little hot.

Mouthfeel is just okay. Not really what I am looking for in a quad. Too abrasive, not smooth at all.

Drinkability isn't too bad for a 10.5%er, but the campfire smokey taste really throws me off and gets a bit cloying. I wish I could access more of the dark fruity flavor that is up front. It doesn't help that the smell is good and the initial taste is good, because you get fairly excited only to be let down. I'd recommend skipping this one and trying their other offerings, which I think are a lot better. In case you're wondering, I had this on tap as well and felt about the same way as I did with this bottle.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Head turns into a ring on top of the brew and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells really malty and sweet. Could also pick up some toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Smells really nice with maybe a touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. Also could pick up the alcohol just like the nose and some spices that I couldn't find in the nose. Pretty good for sure.

M- Medium to full in body and pretty light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From MatSciGuy on Ratebeer.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a small off white head. Dies to a solid ring that leave great lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt going on. Gooey caramel and molasses. Bold yeast comes next with tinges of dark fruit with a earty tobacco note.

T: Nice and sweet tasty treat. Dark fruit up front. Tons of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Raisins and figs in the middle followed by lots of yeast. The finish is a bit of spice and a touch of booze. The earth tobocco leaves are there as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, good.

D: Nice taste, fun to sip. I like it.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a cloudy brown with light beige head that left very little lacing. Smelled of fruity yeast and light malts. Tasted like fruity yeast (raisins, figs?), bread and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbonated, otherwise very easy to drink.

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Photo of johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one!
Pours a Belgian style brown color with a decent sized white head that slowly disappears. Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts and a slight alcohol smell. Tastes of sweet plums and raisins followed by a spicy after taste of spices I cannot identify. Another reviewer mentioned that the "sweetness is "eaten up by the hops" I could not find a better way to describe this flavor which does indeed balance out the sweetness of this beer. The flavor finishes with this flavor, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer is a sipper but it goes down easy. I could savor one of these for hours and could see myself drinking this again and again but I could not see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of eat
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Edit: I feel terrible about this review as I had a bottle of four or five year old Rigor Mortis at DDC's 13th anniversary party and it totally blew my mind. It was one of the best few beers I've ever had and easily A+ material. I'll have to try finding an aged bottle to review and will definitely be putting some away for later.

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Poured this into a wine glass. No bottling date or expiration date but it can't be too old as I don't think they've been bottling this one too long.

For a Belgian-style strong ale, this doesn't look all that impressive. Not a bad looking beer by any means, I was just expecting more from this great brewery. I poured pretty aggressively and didn't get much head; what did appear, disappeared quickly to some patchy areas of foam. While the colour of the beer is actually pretty great (glowing red-brown), it looks a little watery. No lacing.

Roasted malt and cloves seem to come out most strongly but there isn't much smell to speak of. A little citrusy, minerals; it's pretty weak smelling.

Wow, I'm really not impressed with this. While it is pretty strong at 10.5% (not the 9.5% listed here on BA) the alcohol comes out way too much; it's actually what hit me first, which is not a good thing. Harsh tasting, like someone spiked a Leffe Brun with vodka. The ABV dominates the taste, followed by minerals and a bit of roasted malt. Mild spices way off in the background. Thin tasting and not well balanced at all in my opinion. Not much depth of flavour and the aftertaste is bitter in a not-completely-pleasant kind of way. Both harsh and thin: not a good thing.

For a strong Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is horrible. Much too thin bodied, watery and over carbonated.

Not drinkable. This beer really surprised me; I'm a HUGE fan of Dieu du Ciel and enjoy many of their beers. This one just doesn't live up to their standards, judging from the majority of their beers. Maybe I spoiled myself by trying Unibroue 17 last night for the first time; that beer completely blows this one away. Maybe I'd chug one or two of these to get a good buzz going...if they were free. I hate to sound like I'm trashing this beer; I'm really not. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle. This is really disappointing...Dieu du Ciel, what's up?

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 5, 2009.

A: Dark brown beer... almost black. Little head.

S: Inviting smell, average intensity. Get some fruit (can't say which but probably dark fruit...) and some light flavor of chocolate.

T: Complex taste. Very hard to pin-point it... Very good...no bitterness.

M: Mellow beer with a medium body.

D: Wow, could drink all evening. A very dangerous beer!

Got a second bottle that I will let age for 6 or 12 months. I'll edit the review then.

Drank in 2010, a 2009 bottle. The smell had more sugar in it and the taste showed notes of caramel and chocolate. Didn't see any advantages in aging this one, well 12 months are not enough if this one ages well.

Drank a 2010 bottle: Same color of brown with some reddish notes. Nice foamy head. Spices and sugar notes in the aroma. The 2010 has more bitterness than the 2009 bottle for sure. Beer is feeling stronger than the 2009 version.

A good beer, however drinkability suffers from the high ABV that its you at the end.

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.