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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 45
Gots: 62 | 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 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
Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently joined Drinkvine and man is it great. I found this along with every edition of Ola Dubh at an LCBO I don't usually frequent. I wish I signed up for this earlier!

An extremely murky burnt caramel body is topped by less than a finger of quickly receeding white head, but what can be expected with such a high ABV? Its higher score comes from its attractive hue.

Sweet and complex in the nose. Semi-tart cherries are a great addition to the sweet and syrupy alcohol soaked figs, bits of caramel apple, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. The latter two mesh wonderfully with the sweet rum-like alcohol character that is present. As the beer warms I also get dry and subtle notes of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Boozy and sweet are the first things that come to mind. The Belgian yeast and candi sugar quickly move towards the back of the palate as alcohol soaked dark fruits and candied cherries spread themselves across the tongue. A caramel sweetness meshes with the rum-like alcohol character in the finish. I really like what they did with the alcohol here. At 10.5% ABV, it's pretty hard to mask, but its presence is more than welcomed, complimenting the rest of the beer.

Full bodied and creamy with a great balance. A touch more carbonation would have been great but what is there is plenty sufficient. High alcohol usually takes away from the drinkability of a beer for me, but this one masks it enough to be quaffable and puts whats left perfectly into the rest of the beer. I realized I finished the beer before I finished the review and that alone attests to its drinkability.

Although Unibroue is my favorite French-Canadian brewery, DDC is close behind with a long line of quality offerings, this one included. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is coming soon to the LCBO, but for now, this is the only quad available and a fine one at that. I'm interested in comparing the two. Another great seasonal from the LCBO and one well worth picking up.

ludachris, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, very little head to speak of and no lacing, doesn't look too appealing.

Smells of dark fruits, raisins, cherries, caramel malts, the alcohol is noticeable. There are also some subtle notes of cinnamon and other spices.

Pretty decent Quad with a dark fruit character dominating the palate. Finishes kind of bitter and medicinal. Not very complex at all, but not bad.

Thick mouthfeel, not much carbonation and pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. Not the best Quad ever, not something I would buy again but still well done!

GodOfBeer, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle split and poured into a wine-like glass. 10.5% ABV, 0 1 notched on the label. No indication of what it meas.

Thanks to bnieman for sharing this bottle with me! I've seen it in stores forever and never picked it up. Now I know better.

A - Brilliant clarity and gorgeous ruby mahogany color. A low tan head has good retention for the alcohol. Some nice low lace and legs on the glass with a swirl.

S - Mellow but deep, complex aroma ripe with fig, cherry, and chocolate chunk. Very mild, very smooth alcohol that has a estery aroma that fits in perfectly with the mild Belgian yeast.

T - Belgian yeast and robust fruit presence of cherry and fig. The maltiness is large with lots of caramel sweetness. The finish is thinner than the flavor surprisingly. Clean exit on the palate.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth but somewhat thin feeling on the finish. Low carbonation and it just ends. No lingering sweetness or bitterness, just clean. No alcohol in the feel either.

D - Good drinkability for a bigger beer, especially for a quad, but it's a bit too thin. Just a little watery feeling on the finish. Good flavor and profile though. For a comparable price I'd go for Koneningshoeven or New Glarus ABT over this one.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know the bottle says to let this brew age for 6 months or more, but I can't. I just can't do it. Bottled August 2010 as part of the LCBO fall DDC release.

Poured into a duvel chalice. A chestnut brown, tan-russet when held to the light. Murky, with a dusting of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin ring of head, some lacing spots.

Nose is boozy and sweet, with notes of brandy, yeast, malt, caramel, spices and caramel.

The brew is a touch hot (my fault, I know...), but ten minutes after pouring and breathing-time, this brew really opens out. Generous spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and mild pepper. Malty and yeasty, with notes of dark fruit and caramel. Packs a whollop - you can taste the high ABV near the finish, but still quite complex and enjoyable. All the flavors are bold and in your face, but tend to work well together.

Medium bodied, consistant but light carbonation. Long spicy finish, booze stings the tongue.

Not a bad quad, certainly tasty and fun to drink. Definitely will need cellaring for a while to even things out, because again, I found my bottle of Rigor Mortis to be quite hot. Almost too sweet, but the spiciness kept it relatively in check. Will be back for more for cellaring purposes!

JohnnyBarman, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Spider889
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this beer, I have been fairly impressed with the other Dieu Du Ciel offerings I've tasted thus far.

Arrives as a muddled brown sugar-water color. Murky and full of suspended yeast and unfermented sugars I imagine. Not much head on it when it arrived, didn't last long or leave an impression upon my glass by way of lacing either.

Didn't get much aroma, sadly. Some softer doughy malts and sweetness.

The flavor is typical of a Quad, yet fairly ho-hum compared to most out there. There's a reason that this style is best left to the abbeys of Europe. Brown sugar sweetness, soft notes of figs and orange peel.

Weak by way of body, especially given the appearance. Not too boozy despite the hefty abv. Not something I'd ever desire to order again.

Spider889, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of zachariaIPA
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DDC LCBO feature. Bottled August 2010 (oh, so young..)

Pours an evil murky brown, like an dark, hazy root beer. A layer of mysterious tanned head lingers on top of the beer. Once the liquid has been poured out of the sacred vessel, it seems as though the bubbles of carbonation have suspended themselves, almost with some sense of fateful purpose, in the mysterious brew. The beer sits eerily quiet, staring deep into your soul, intentions unknown.

A sweet, dark, malty abbey-aroma. Fruit, spices and alcohol to the nose.

Sweet boozy goodness! Spicy, juicy dark fruit is how I would describe the taste.

This is perfection on a cold winter's night. The 10.5% ABV certainly warms the chest and is relatively well hidden. DDC has done it again- this is one for the cellar.

zachariaIPA, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Sixtus vintage chalice

A - Pours a very dark Mahogany colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - Has a very chocolay aroma from the bottle. Once poured takes on some sweeter notes and some earty malts.

T - Up front there are some strong spices followed by some vanilla and chocolate finishing with a nutmeg boozyness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation

D - Top draw Quad this one.

eric5bellies, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. 'Tis the season where big Belgians, and in this case, Belgian styles, become more likely to make it into the fridge. The label indicates that this beer is at its best after a minimum of 6 months of ageing. It was bottled in April 2010, so I think I'm good, then.

Duped by the standard brown longneck bottle, I poured this into a standard American pint glass, and it appears a cloudy dark iced-tea colour, red-brick toned, with a bit of swirling sediment, and two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly soapy pale beige head, which disappears quite slowly, leaving some sparse, sudsy, and spidery lace around the glass.

It smells of thin caramel malt, powdered chocolate, dark fleshy fruit, sweet holiday spices, pungent warming alcohol, and spicy, bready yeast. The taste is sweet, grainy caramel malt, edgy molasses, densely candied apple, mixed black fruit, herbal, grassy hops, more spicy, musty yeast, and but a mere booze warming for our collective pleasure.

The bubbles are quite sedate, just manifesting in a gentle frothiness, which goes the long mile in rendering a medium-full, smooth and duly creamy body. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee/butterscotch malt sweetness ceding little ground to the lingering bitter grassy, herbal hops.

Upon that initial whiff, this offering kind of gave me the impression that this would be one hot mess. Nope - very well integrated alcohol, big fruity malt, and a more or less Belgian-esque yeast and hop profile, all adds up to just a well-balanced, and relatively easy to put back 21 proof abbey-style ale. Take that as you will, but take it well and easy.

biboergosum, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of funkengruven
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Brother brought this one over for a Friday of sampling, This one poured a deep ruby red, white creamy foam surrounds the glass, smell is sweet, and Belgian, almost smells like the real thing. Taste is sweet and malty, however the flavor follows with a stiff alcohol burn. Initially the mouthfeel is nice and pretty smooth, but the finish burns a little.

This overall isn't bad but I found the alcohol to be a little too overstated, affecting drinkability and the overall enjoyment. If the alcohol was toned down a bit this would be really good, but it was a worth a try either way.

funkengruven, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Finally got my hands on this one, hoping it is even remotely as enjoyable as the Peche Mortel. Pours mahogany/brown, but lovely reddish orange when backlit. Moderately active with fizzy head that falls fast and leaves no lacing.

Green apple and other tart and dark fruity influences, spicy and boozy. Though responsible for much of what I smelled, I assume, but the Belgian yeasty funk doesn't really come through on its own.

Strong booze, dark fruit, and far more hoppy bitterness than expected. Sweet malty backbone is there, for certain, but I noticed other things first. Pretty well balanced, and I like it more the longer I sip on it.

Almost or maybe too much carbonation, strong warming, and a thick full body that is highly viscous. Some lingering bitterness, surprisingly.

Well made beer. I teetered back and forth on the taste score, and settled on the higher one. Interesting and somewhat complex, and with some nuance. But it doesn't set the standard for the style. Certainly worth a try if you like the brewery and the style, as I do.

sprucetip, Nov 12, 2010
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.