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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 327
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 MCorrea
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium brown with a white head that doesn't last all that long. Color is a bit odd for the style, but the bottle calls it an "abbey style brown ale" which makes more sense.

S- A little bit of brown sugar in the aroma, but mostly yeasty type smells that overwhelm anything else.

T- I get a lot of nutty brown ale type flavors. Not much Belgian spiciness or fruity esters or other flavors one would expect from a quad. Kinda disappointing.

M- Medium mouthfeel that allows the sweetness to come through. Not too thick or too thin.

O- Not a bad beer, but not really what I would expect from a quad. Worth a try, I suppose.

MCorrea, May 21, 2011
Photo of slimspady
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Rochefort chalice.

Dark, reddish brown color with a quickly reducing white head.

Smells of sweet, malty goodness.

The malts and yeast hit first then the sweetness finishes strong. Some plums in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Doesn't feel like 10.5.

Excellent beer. Very complex flavors. I've liked everything from Dieu du Ciel so far, and this does nothing to change that.

slimspady, May 13, 2011
Photo of LaCoursiere
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a slight haze. It forms a half finger khaki head that recedes slowly.

S - Has a funky belgian yeast aroma with notes of banana and clove with just as much dark fruit notes in there as well; dark cherries.

T - Fruity sweetness of plums, cherries and grapes up front w/ the belgian yeast notes coming in midway, fading to a nice hop bitterness in the finish that beats the sweetness back into submission.

M - Medium heavy mouth-feel that is slightly chewy with a nice level of carbonation. There's a nice little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I liked this one a lot. The sweetness up front fades to nice bitterness in back. The person I tasted it with hated it; didn't like the sweet flavors. If you like sweetness in a beer you should definitely give this one a try. A heavy brew though, so you needn't drink more than one at a time. I drank half a 12oz and I was satisfied.

LaCoursiere, May 13, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" head. Looks hazy brown and thick, kind of like a darker brown version of apple cider. Not much smell at all other than the slightest hint of malt. Taste and mouthfeel is where this truly excells and I'd liken it to enjoying some nice Boston Baked Beans. There's molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, I can almost even taste salt pork, and there's a smooth body but almost a particulate aspect to it like a rich sauce. The taste treat makes up for where the rest isn't tops.

MoreThanWine, May 12, 2011
Photo of redsonja
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; amber brown, no head

S; caramel,spices,red fruit.

T; toffee,caramel,spices,red fruit,wood.

M; the spices stay in your mouth a long time.

O; nice beer for relexing again to manny tastes that i can trace but it is all coming togheter.
made in the belgian trappist style.

redsonja, May 06, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown color, with a thin tan head. the head lingers, leaving minimal lace.

This beer smells mostly of dark fruit. Figs, plumbs, and dates. It smells malty sweet, with a hint of caramel. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma of this one.

This beer tastes mostly like it smells, with some dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol comes out a little in the flavor.

This beer is thick and full bodied. It is low in carbonation. It leaves a fig like aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor is pretty aggressive.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. It is defiantely a sipper. I would drink it again.

OStrungT, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice reddish brown which is quite opaque. a tiny head sits atop and is just a ring quite quickly.

S - very nice dark fruit smell to this. cherries raising plum. the alcohol is readily apparent in the nose. there is a good amount of malt in the smell as well.

T - unsurprisingly similar line up as the nose. dark fruits cherries and raisins. a good alcohol bite to this one and a nice malty background. nice and sweet around the edges. alcohol lingers down the throat.

M - nice full body on this and a good level of carbonation.

O - a very good quad. might be a little too much bite to the alcohol for me but its definitely got everything going on that you expect in a solid quad.

celticfutblclub, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, with a very slim white head. The beer is moderately carbonated and is populated with notable yeast 'floaties'. The aroma has a pronounced alcohol scent, followed by a caramel-like scent. It's a little light in intensity, however. After a number of sips, the yeast and phenolic spice come out in the aroma, but they take a little coaxing. The taste is sweet, yeasty, a little chocolaty, and very warming. The boozy warmth boarders on harshness at times, but the sweet, toasted malt flavor balance it. Full in body and very drinkable.

Suds, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.28/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with some brownish notes and a thin layer of off-white head.

S: Starts off with alcohol and acrid roasted malts. Surprisingly acidic with some dark fruits and dark candi sugars. Definitely a green apple aroma and some spoiled chocolate.

T: Luckily the flavor is significantly better. Sweet caramel and molasses with some bready malts. A moderate roasted malt flavor and some alcohol, which becomes increasingly harsh as the beer warms up. Dark chocolate provides some surprising bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: I was really let down by this one. Peche Mortel got me sort of excited about this brewery, but this was not enjoyable.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i have been itching for but was waiting for the right mood. Luckily i came across this one when i did. Winter release. Recommend 6 months of storage in the bottle...and the result is something that isn't north american. This is quebec... The island somewhere in the atlantic. Pour is a murky dubbel orange but with more to offer. Nose of bit o honey and apple pie. As it gets warmer some goat cheese. Palate is a meaty thanksgiving dinner. Squash, apple, corn, pepper, brown sugar and honey all contract to a bitterness that dries. Prunes and those preserve quality fruits. A tad leather smokey. Doesn't open up til 20 minutes after opening. Ceiler temp is best because the carbonation is ever lasting as it expands.

rtepiak, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely incredible pour. It looks like a dark caramel and pulpy apple cider. Light toffee colored head with linear lacing.

The smell is weak at first, offering glimpses of Belgian yeast, and dark fruits

The flavor is intense, malts and ops vie for attention. Garden vegetables, pumpkin, squash and cabbage show through. A hint of sweetness in the background. Good flavor but honestly wish it had more to offer. With each sip it gives you a vision of something fantastic, but it doesn't deliver the full Monty

Mouthfeel considers a heavy body dense and full with a good amount of carbonation to match the style

I would say it is quite drinkable a little rough on the mind and wallet due to the price tag and high alc content but deserving nonetheless

JoeAmerican77, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must have had this cellared for a few years, the BB date was January '11. Unfortunately, in my excited-to-open-it state, I poured it a touch too quickly and a huge chunk of something fell into my cloudy yet glowing opaque mahogany glass. Sure enough, the sludge left in the bottle was thick and nasty, only adding to my expectations for the rest of this beer experience.

Tall three finger mocha head stood up for some time, nice retention, eventually giving way to sticky ribbon lace and a viscous appearing, patchy surface. Nose jumped right out at me, lots of dry dark fruit. Rotting peach aromas create a marmalade bouquet with lots of rind.

At first sip, this struck me as complex and satisfying, an interplay of sour dark fruit with sweeter and sharper notes kicking in. Malty backbone, brazil nut dryness, medium body with dense mouthfeel, there's a substantial presence. Flashes of prune, date and fig would be more pronounced if not for boozy impressions; alcohol not particularly well handled here. At the same time, I found it hard to put down my glass, so changeable were the sweet and sour impressions. intriguing but brash flavour profile.

Dieu Du Ciel! is one of my favourite breweries and I guess I expected more from this offering. This is an interesting spin on the Belgian Quads but not as refined and satisfying as, say, Peche Mortal, in my opinon.

I remember on several occasions that the Dieu Du Ciel brewmasters brought their talents and their presence to Volo Cask Days, one of the best beer events if you're lucky enough to get tickets! Cheers to Dieu Du Ciel! keep up the good work.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of HosP
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in an in person trade with Patchmaster. This is my first taste of a Quad beer. Poured 12 oz. into snifter.

A- Pours dark murky, hazy, deep amber color. A little lighter more red around the edges. Half finger creamy head, drops down to thin cap rather quick.

S- Nice full flavor aromas. Dark fruits most of the way, plum, raisin, maybe some cherry in there. Very sweet smell.

T- Very nice flavor. Better than the nose led on. Sweet fruit flavors at the beginning. Cherry, plum, maybe grape fruit flavors all fused together well. Leads into slight sour/tart flavor, but balances nicely. Very interesting flavors here, but pretty enjoyable.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation in mouth. Tartness sticks with you after each drink.

D- Wasn't really sure what to expect with my first quad. Very interesting flavors make you want to keep drinking. Very nice balance here. Would like to compare it to some other quads though. The higher abv is nicely masked, which makes it pretty drinkable.

HosP, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch 0 notched on the label. Definitely has some age on it of 1 year at the least, probably a fair bit more. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours murky brown with a good light beige head that holds a foamy island and ring and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is dark fruits, particularly strong on the raisins along with some prunes, figs and black currants, yeast & bread, some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of oxidation probably due to the fact that Dieu du Ciel is using screw-tops on their beers. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor is rich dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, minimal to no hop presence, moderate to fair sweetness, lingering finish, alcohol is virtually absent.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very creamy, low to medium carbonation.

This may very well be the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've ever had. Wow. Dieu du Ciel never ceases to amaze...just wish the price was better and they would stop using screw-top bottles!!!

elgiacomo, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown/black with red tints and a beautiful off white head.

Nose is cooked plums and candi sugar. Some of the sweet character of the nose is assertive alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with very nice balance to perhaps leaning to a bit heavier on the alcohol which is not hidden.

Flavors are whiskey/carmel/coffee layered. There is an assertive alcohol front and a sweet mid palate with a nice bitter coffee finish that is all very well integrated. This is a very nice drink that can be summarily characterized as a sweet whiskied brown that is full in flavor and character. Burnt toffee and carmel; coffee/espresso bitter finish.

This would be good with many winter food profiles as well as many desserts and could also be a sipper. Nice effort.

GRG1313, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of CaptainTripps
2.15/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Poured a cloudy dark brown with amber/red hues on the edges when held up to the light. About a half of a finger of mocha colored head came with the pour.

S: Spices blended with red fruits and some dark fruit aromas. Getting some caramel and chocolate malts coming through. Slight belgian yeast coming out as well as some alcohol heat.

T: Man the spices really kick you in the pants with this beer. Has the over spicyness of a dubbel that over powers the would be dark fruits. Plums and figs are there but seemingly in small quantities. Chocolate malt comes through on the finish, has some what of a slight raw rich chocolate bitterness to the flavor. Left a weird aftertaste on the palate.

M: Not as carbonated as i would like to see in my quad, but not bad. Probably one of the best points of the beer. Alcohol has a little bit of bite but not to over the top.

D: Not to great with this beer. They tried to force a brown ale into a quad and it didn't work for me. Overall i found the spicy/bitterness of the beer to be just plain bad. Funny the bottle says "minimal" bitterness and it was way more bitter then any quad should ever be.

They gave the quadruple a try and didn't do that great of a job.

CaptainTripps, Feb 12, 2011
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
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.