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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 57
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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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Ratings: 617 | Reviews: 336
Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz brown glass with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Biscuity caramelized dark malts, cream, cherry and plum fruit esters, spices, brown sugar, and caramel. A fairly complex moderate strength aroma.

T: More malty and sugar-laden than expected, with notable caramelization. Raisin notes. Awkward for a quadrupel. The fruit esters get buried beneath the overwhelming malt layer. Caramelized malts comprise the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. The brown sugar is overdone. Complex but poorly balanced. Strangely built for the style. Not really subtle at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the sugar. The thickness is off but not in an extreme way. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay I guess, but it's certainly not tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring for the style. An awkward combination of a brown ale and a quad that never quite sits right. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's decently priced for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I can see where aging might help it.

Low C

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

Bottled 2/2012.

Decent lace and retention, active body. Tons of banana esters in the nose feel out of place. Spicy and fruity, lots of malt too.

Heavily spiced flavor, much of it lingers after swallowing. Some sweetness from the dark fruits & malt. Harsh booze character dominates everything though. I'm unimpressed with this DDC brew.

Photo of mrskunk
4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DanK4
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Mouthfeel: Medium-full

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+

Photo of ctgui
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of unibroue4ever
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +1%

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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