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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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Photo of angrybabboon
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of ruby and amber

Smell: Malty sweetness, Belgian yeast funk, dark fruits, alcohol

Taste: Very malty but not overly sweet, spicy, dark fruits, hints of Belgian yeast, hints of alcohol - very phenolic

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, and syrupy - Quads are supposed to be intense but this is pushing it

Overall: The syrupy feel of the body and the alcohol take a toll over time

Perhaps I got spoiled because my first quad was St. Bernardus Abt 12. Perhaps as a result, I am not inclined to recommend this beer. The syrupy mouthfeel combined with the phenols honestly made me think I was drinking cough syrup. Perhaps this is better super fresh (or mellows with age).

angrybabboon, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.38/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are initially of caramel malt, Belgian spiciness (clove mainly) and booze. Lots of dark fruit mixed in as well (plum and black cherry), with a dense breadiness in the background.

The initial taste is heavy on the dark fruit; big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel malty sweetness which I find cloying. It finishes with more assertive alcohol, which is also unpleasant and continuous Belgian spiciness rears itself as well. This is really a hot mess to be honest, wish I would have let this cellar longer.

Mouthfeel is medium to average with adequate carbonation. Overall this is a miss for me; with some many better examples of a Quad this one should be passed over in favor of others, especially for $5 a pop for 12 oz. Not recommended.

claspada, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy head and lacing.
Nose shows chocolate, liquorice, caramel, roasted malt and some Belgian phenols. A little fruit shows through, mainly raisins. The rich and diverse malt profile is a delight.
Flavours are syrupy sweet but there's nice amount of roasted malt to counter it. Alcohol is quite noticeable but not over the top. Similar malt profile and spicy character as in the aroma.
Carbonation is pretty high, but helps cut through the sweetness.
Dangerously drinkable stuff.

CrazyDavros, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of abcentfishing
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The flavor was smooth and balanced. The nose was full bodied and a bit on the sweet side. The beer was just what you want out of a Quad. Even at 10 1/2 % it wasn't to much although I think one is enough. It is a sipping beer and needs to be enjoyed slow and discerningly .

abcentfishing, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy deep brown color with very little mocha colored head

smell - picking up rum, raisins, plums, a bit of booziness

taste - this is robust - rum, raisins, plums, currants, nutmeg, cinnamon, flavors expand on the palate

mouthfeel - this is a hearty wintertime beverage, medium to full bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet, a little bit boozy upfront as well as a bit of a burn on the way down, but this is a nice beverage

drinkability - a sipper for sure, a good quad that I am enjoying at the moment while I check out this NFC Championship game, good example of the style IMO

keithmurray, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of nighthawk
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355mL bottle with month/year brewed on label, poured into goblet.

Body is a cloudy brown with ruby and tan highlights. White head is thin on first pour, leaving a haze but nice lacing around the glass as I consume.

Aroma is boozy and spicy, lots of rich plum and black cherry, with hints of caramel and dense bready aromas in the background. Bit of lemon zest seems to pop out every once in a while. Spice flavours hint at coriander and mild clove.

Flavour is heavy on the fruit up front, big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel-like sweetness finishing with more assertive alcohol, and bits of lemon zest and coriander spice to perk things up a bit.

I like the mouthfeel on this one; medium body with light carbonation until the swallow when a bit more of a bite is discernible. Sweet without being cloying or syrupy, but not too bubbly either.

While the alcohol is noticeable, it's not overpowering, making this one a nice sipper. Not "dangerously" drinkable, but pleasantly so.

nighthawk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in April, 2010. Bottle into wine glass on Jan 2, 2010.

Appearance = 3.5
Dark, opaque black with 1/2 inch of brown-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell = 4
Backbone of dark fruit (grapes, raisins, pulm) with notes of molasses and smoky/roastedness & chocolate. Also has faint Belgain-yeast ?ester aroma. Enjoyable.

Taste = 4

Sweet dark fruits with finish of roasted malt and molasses (similar to smell). Smooth ETOH presence. Mild notes of hops and some spice.

Reminds me of combination of DFH Midas Touch and Hebrew Jewbelation.

Mouthfeel = 3.5
Pleasant moderate viscosity and mild carbonation. Overall, sweet feeling.

Drinkability = 3.5
Obviously, a strong beer at over 10%, but very drinkable. A nice sipper, but likely only to have one at a time. Hides ETOH extremely well. Would pair great with food, such as dark meats and desserts.

I would suggest trying it because I find it quite interesting and enjoyable.

EnemyWithin, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid dark brown in colour, topped by a thin and fast receding beige head that doesn't lace. Estery aroma of raisin, sour cherry, and over-ripe banana, with a hint of alcohol. Moderately sweet with balancing acidity. It tastes of booze soaked raisins and hints delicately at banana bread, with a finish that suggests tobacco. Full-bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel, a rich and satisfying sipper.

mintjellie, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Indecipherable freshness date code.
Allagash glass.
It pours a muddy Coca Cola color with a thin, fast-fading beige head.
Fruity, yeast esters are quite potent. Smells of horse barn, cut hay, cloves, and citrus blend very well together. A nice warming gin-like perfume fuminess rises.
As in the aromas, there are big dominant flavors. Tart white grapefruit, strong gin, limes and a slightly astringent medicine taste slowly allow the sweet maltiness to inch forward. Tastes of rum-soaked prunes and lemon zest peek through and lasts throughout. A little bit of wood and tobacco is noticed.
The mouthfeel is rich, slick and deeply satisfying.
Two of these powerful brews is plenty.
Rich creamy cheese and strong tasting salami goes well with this big, flavorful brew.

BeerResearcher, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky mahogany color with with maybe a finger of khaki-toned head; not much retention but decent lacing.

nose is somewhat on the tame side but those familiar malty, dark fruity quad/BSDA notes are evident. some candied sugar sweetness in the background.

taste is a nice surprise. the sweet maltiness pulls through, accompanied by the dark fruit characters... and while the beer is sweet, it doesn't have that cloying sweetness common to the style. alcohol presence is maybe a bit more noticeable than i'd prefer, but overall a tasty, well-made beer. not on par with the rochefort 10s and st bernarduses of the world, but definitely holds its own. some warming booze in the finish.

fairly smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. i would have no objection to having another.

perrymarcus, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really fantastic beer from Dieu du Ciel. I would say a apple/caramel notes are the dominant, but they're not too heavy that you can't enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely a little syrupy, but served cold, I could drink this all night. Looking forward to finding this on tap.

petacutlasaurus, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Dawkfan
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This poured a hazed bronze into a small snifter. A fingers width of light tan head, retention is excellent, only settles to a thick froathy cap. Lacing coates the glass even when swirled around, visible carbonation.

S- Definitely more reminiscent of a BSDA, tons of dark fruits. Smell is sweet as well, caramel and brown sugar. It's somewhat bready and I detect a hint of spice too.

T- Nice balance of the dark fruits and sweet malt. There's also a herbal earthy type quality to this. The finish burns a bit from the spice and alcohol.

M- Velvety smooth average body. Superb feeling going down, a touch dry.

D- I love me some Dieu du Ciel. ABV could catch up to you quick as I'm fairly flushed in the face, but an excellent sipper on this cold Festivus night. There will be no airing of grievances on this brew!

Dawkfan, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (10.5%) and a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: This beer has a dark murky body with some lighter mahogany and reddish brown highlights. From the pour I got a thin creamy off head. The small head quickly fades to a light film covering with a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass.

Smell: It has a big fruity/estery aroma with hints of dark dried fruits like raisins and plum or prune. There are also notes of yeast and sweet bready/toasty almost chocolaty malt and as it warms I get some cherry notes too, along with mellow hints of its big 10.5% abv.

Taste/Palate: It starts with its good sweet malty base and then adds fruity and yeast notes to the mix. Everything from the aroma is picked up here and slowly fades off the tongue with some mellow peppery/spicy hops and boozy alcohol. Its full bodied and finely carbonated, which I feel is perfect for the style.

Notes: I absolutely love this beer and this brewery! This along with Péché Mortel and Aphrodisiaque have been standouts within there styles and they are some of my favorite beers.

generallee, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with a small amount of light tan head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing running down the glass.

S: Sweet and somewhat floral molasses, with a fair amount of cloves and other common Belgian style spices.

T: Very sweet, but just short of cloying. Finishes slightly bitter. Strongly flavored throughout; not particularly balanced, but the flavors are pretty good.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Not a beer you want to have a lot of or have all the time, but that's also not its goal.

seand, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy brown-amber supporting one finger of dense, durable tan forth; nice lacing on the St. Bernardus glass at the magnificent Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. Excellent smell, full of booze-soaked cherries, roasted caramel malt, a hint of molasses, and some dark chocolate.

Outstanding taste, very rich and robust in flavor. Lots of fruit, especially cherry and grape; ample roasted malt, heavy on the chocolate, and well balanced in taste between sweet and sour. It is definitely more sweet, but there is a distinct tart quality that is very enjoyable. Big in the malt, but far from overbearing. It is a Quad, after all.

Creamy and smooth with just enough effervescence to allow the flavors to intermingle quite nicely. The heavy ABV (10.5%) definitely catches up at the end, but this is no less drinkable and enjoyable for it. In fact, until the end, the high alcohol is well masked.

Just an outstanding beer from Brasserie Du Ciel, right there with Unibroue as far as the best breweries in Canada. Fittingly, they brew Belgian beers, and do a magnificent job of it at that. Rigor Mortis is a great beer that might prove paralyzingly potent to some but, for all lovers of Belgian beer, this is undeniably a treat.

First-rate.

Gehrig, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first quad and it strikes me as fairly run of the mill.

It pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head receded to nothing. Very little if any lacing was left behind.

The smell is a mix of slightly sour dark fruit and cinnamon and other spices. Just ok.

The taste has much more volume. Lots of chocolate malts, raisins, spice and alcohol can be tasted. Its good.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly crisp but smooth at the same time.

Drinkability is ok but I dont think I'd be reaching for another immediately.

Ralphus, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brownish red color with a thin white tan head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of dark fruits, malty goodness, caramel and some chocolate. Tastes of cherries, malts, chocolate, caramel, and some fig. Feels medium with good fizzy carbonation. A little difficult to drink.

TheKingofWichita, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky red/brown colour with a fair size creamy and fizzy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer, and the lacing was fairly decent. The head lasted for quite a while before it was gone.

Smell - Molasses, caramel, butterscotch, port, a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very full bodied flavour and feels very creamy on the palette. I can really taste the butterscotch and the malts mixed with a woodiness. It actually tasted kind of like a glass of port to me. I also picked up on notes of dark chocolate and molasses. It finishes with a warming chocolate/port aftertaste.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of beers with this particular flavour, but it was still decent and highly drinkable considering the alcohol content. It's definitely worth a try.

spinrsx, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 for an 11.5oz bottle @ Merchants. 10.5% ABV per the bottle. Modeled after Belgian Quads. Very thin layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a murky deep brown, forming a light tan creamy head with average retention and nice sheets of lace and moderately carbonated. Nose opens with mild dark fruits (figs and prunes), tobacco, cloves, spicy fruit cake, caramel, mild vanilla and black walnut, and a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is lightly tart, syrupy, with a woody finish and dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. I am guessing Westmalle yeast by the phenolics. An earthy interpretation of the style with a mild bitterness, with lots of tobacco and leather in the aftertaste. Alcohol adds a spicy touch of white pepper in the aftertaste as well.

I wish I lived in Montreal. These guys make some solid beers, and this is another winner. It's a bit different than most quads, but it's still tasty and ephemeral. I wish the price here in Michigan was better so I could enjoy their beers all the time, but as it is, it makes a special treat.

Mitchster, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of TerryW
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy medium brown with just a moderate head that quiets to a film and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is a little boozy. Malts and dark fruit. Smells like a Belgian. Taste is sweet without being too sticky. Surprisingly light, actually. Lots of alcohol, malts, and burned sugar.

Passable, but overall too sweet and too much alcohol. Two dimensional, not enough warmth given all the booziness of it. Just a one off for me.

TerryW, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark brown with a touch of purple, small head but stays there.

S - Sickly sweet malts right up front with a heaping of plums and figs. A touch of Belgian yeast and booze.

T - The sweet malts melt all over your tongue leaving a tingle. Flavors of charred brown sugar and figs along with a little apple and cherry. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn't make this brew too hot. Quite a nice array of flavors.

M - Lighter than expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavors whip all over your mouth.

D - Not bad for a quad, but I can't pound one of these because of both the flavor and the price. Would rather go for a Rochefort 10 or a St. Bernardus 12 for the money.

LiquidCucumber, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of CliffBrake
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark reddish-amber color with a very thin head. The nose is malty and estery and broadens into a similar but more complex taste.

This brew is sweet and coats the tounge with a maltiness and warm alchohol. A good sipper that would do well cutting a spicy blue cheese.

CliffBrake, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely smell the booze with brown sugar, some toasty qualities, pear notes, and belgian yeast.

T: the booze is not as strong on the palate but the pear character is more potent with slight spice and brown sugar accents. It also had the belgian yeast flavor that most quads have.

M: the beer was full in body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet slight spice but boozy, spice, fruity, and sticky finish.

D: it drank decent but was a bit on the boozy side which made it a tad difficult to take down; definitely a sipper. It thought it was a good interpretation of a quad from canadians.

Gobzilla, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown while pouring, crayon brown in the glass with some light slipping through on the edges. Thin tan head which slips to a cap but leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aromas of grape juice and candy sugar. Very sweet to the nose. Brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Boozy and sweet, though the alcohol taste isn't abrasive. Dark fruits soaked in liquor. Caramel and a spicy finish. Good, but I'm a big fan of quads and I can certainly think of several that are tastier.

Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as many quads, but it kinda works for this one.

Not bad, but I had higher hopes for a quad from this brewery. I'd have it again, but given a choice I would go for one of the more classic quads.

elricorico, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a healthy dose of clay red sediment. The head fades quickly to a small ring, leaving only a smattering of lace behind. In the nose pineapple, sugary sweetness and fusel alcohol detract from the more the delicate malt notes. The taste is also very sweet but more balanced. Plums drenched in brandy, chocolate, cookie dough, raisins, berries and other flavors mingle a muted hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly numbing from the booze. The finish is sweetish with an apple cider feel.

OK, but there are many more tastey examples of this style available. This one is too boozy and sweet. Try it but dont expect much.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 20, 2010
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.