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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

596 Ratings
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of wschmit
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: A quick, off-white head fizzles into a slightly patchy surface, atop a beautifully brown body with no apparent carbonation, and some fine but prevalent floaties (suspendies?). Other than the floaties, it's pretty clear.

S: Caramel, booze, and yeast. This is quite yeast-forward. It has an almost berry-like sweet note beyond the creme brulee, plum, and rum scents that overwhelm. Great nose. Even a bit floral, maybe.

T: Like chocolate rum balls--a deep, rolling, sensuous sweetness that marries well with the alcohol. Or perhaps like a rum-soaked fruit cake. Truly superb. This is definitely an A beer. I'd -almost- put it up there with the great ones.

M: Mild carbonation, but spot-on body, and with a well-handled alcoholic heat. Great drinking.

O: I haven't bought a bottle of, say, Bernardus 12 at a bottle shop lately, so I can't compare the price. This was 6 bucks for me, and frankly worth it. It's a really great beer. Very much to style, and very much tasty.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep brown color with a bit of red hue around the edges. A one-finger light tan head on top that leaves a smattering of lacing.

Heavy malt aroma with a hint of toffee and chocolate. A slight earthy hop aroma finishes the aroma.

I was expecting a little more from the flavor, but it does not improve over the aroma. Malty flavor, sweet, with tastes of toffee and a touch of chocolate. Again, a touch of earthy hops in the flavor and some heat from the alcohol.

Overall, not the best Quad I've had, but an usual take on a brown ale/quad combo.

Photo of evanlarkin
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Wow, no head on this at all. It attempted to foam a bit, but really just didn't happen. The color is a misty, translucent brown which reminds me of pretty much every lighter brown ale I've ever seen.

Smell:
Bready maltiness is what I'm really getting here. Banana notes have a moderate presence, with no hops aroma. It's not a complex smell, but it feels fitting of the beer.

Taste:
heavy banana bread taste and possible oatmeal flavor. Toasted malts give it a complexity which I didn't expect from the smell. Semi-sweet, with just a tinge of hops. A bit of alcohol heat to it, but not so much as to overpower the other flavors.

Mouthfeel:
Very heavy, very full. Medium-low carbonation. Has kind of an oily texture. Reminds me kind of how 120 minute IPA feels, strangely enough.

Overall:
This is an interesting beer, and I can certainly enjoy it. It's a solid offering from a brewery which creates quite a few very good beers.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis Abt smells rich and malty, much like a freshly-baked, moist loaf of banana bread. Dates and raisins pepper this bread, as well as hints of licorice and pumpkin. Brown sugars round out the edges.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately filling and almost overwhelming, thick caramelized brown sugars and toasted grains rushing to fill all the gaps, and a good combination of dark and light fruit esters get what's left. Hints of orange oil and dates abound, as well as anise and pepper. The brew is quite alcoholic (10.5% ABV), and this does unfortunately come through in the taste, giving Rigor Mortis a slight vodka/moonshine tang. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the flavors in this beer are excellent, and set at just about the maximum level possible. If it weren't for the alcohol taste, this would be an incredible beverage. Even with it, though, it still ranks high on my scale. Recommended.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz split 2 ways. bottled May 2010.

A: Translucent brown which I can see clear through like dilute beet juice. Off white head effervesces to a thin glass gripping ring quickly.

S: Very light. Candied sugars, a little smoke, belgian special grains, and the slightest hint of fruit tartness.

T: Bold nutty brown malt flavors, a little spice in the way of a charring dryness and wheat, then some faint belgian yeast notes akin to a saison just scratching the surface at the end. Nut flavors are buried amongst everything else going on. Pleasant and mild carbonation singe on the finish.

M: Slightly cloying. Medium carbonation which is retained throughout.

O: Interesting marriage here. Can definite isolate the Nut Brown characteristics from the Quad ones.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Dieu du Ciel I've ever had. I noticed it at a liquor store that I frequent and decided to buy it. It should be said that this was one of the coolest labels I've seen in quite a while.

I poured this into a Chimay glass. I didn't realize this was a quad until I saw the entry on BA. It definitely smells like a quad. It pours a very cloudy dark brown with very little carbonation and head. It smells sweet and raisiny with just a bit of brine.

Tastes quady. Fairly heavy, pretty darn sweet and a bit syrupy. It's hard for me to pick much else up from this. Maybe a bit of a Merlot sort of flavor?

Not much to say about this beer. It's good, but there doesn't seem to be much that is making it stick out from other quads aside from its awesome label.

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

Purchased a West Lakeview Liquors a while back. No notching, so it's hard to determine the age of this one, but I believe it was the first 11.5oz batch from 2009. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a persistent creamy cap and thicker collar, along with some splotchy lacing. Body is an opaque caramel brown color with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Aroma is mostly of candi sugar, along with some cherries and berries, caramel and milk chocolate. Quite understated at first, but grows in intensity as it warms up. There's a bit of spicy least that give sit that quadrupel feel, as otherwise it might be perceived as an old ale of some sort.

T - Taste is yeastier, with some anise, red licorice, dark fruits, cloves, candi sugar and caramel mid-palate, and a fairly boozy finish. There's some mild oxidation, but it's not particularly deleterious. Still a bit too hot for my liking, even though this between probably 2+ years old.

M - Creamy, full-bodied, with lower but present carbonation. Sticky and viscous finish, with some definite alcohol bit and warming to it.

D - At over 2 years this still has the same alcohol bite that fresh Rochefort 10 does. I don't anticipate it smoothing out much more without losing depth of flavor as well. The first 6-8oz went down relatively easily, but the mounting buzz and unpleasant alcohol made the last few ounces a chore. Not Dieu Du Ciel's finest offering, but a fairly solid quad. To be fair, they warn you that it needs at least 6 months on the bottle, and release it in April so that it's in prime shape for the winter.

Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip a muddled brown color with a massive head of fluffy foam. Outstanding retention and lacing.

Very sweet smelling with some spice notes.

Strong sweetness and alcohol presence. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Toasty notes with fruit, brown sugar and molasses. Some rum barrel as well. Pretty complex and very malt forward flavor.

All around smooth, maybe even slick feeling, with a dry finish.

A nice example of the style. Very enjoyable and absolutely well made.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, label notched 0 and 0 , which doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of dating.

appears murky brown in color, with thin white head. big aroma, mostly caramel. taste is boozy, with chocolate, caramel, and raisin flavors. moderate carbonation, medium body.

overall, pretty good for a non-Belgian Quad

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky iced tea color with a 1 inch brown head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of dark fruits (raisins/plums), spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is exactly like the smell with the dark fruit and spices being most prominent. A lower level of carbonation makes for a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel on this beer. Overall, this is a pretty good quad that I am glad I picked up.

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a murky dark brown color. The head was slim and didn't leave much lacing behind. The smell of the beer has some fermented dark fruits on the nose, a little bit of yeast, and not too much else here. The taste of brown sugar and fruit upfront with a nice sweetness to it. The aftertaste had a dry caramel like flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall I enjoyed this Quad, I would still prefer a La Trappe over this one though.

Photo of meerkat2
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 05, whatever that means.

Beer poured with minimal head that turned into collar of tiny bubbles. Color has reddish-brown hues with a fruit fly right in the middle. D'oh!
The aroma is pretty good. It gets a little hot as the temperature rises due to the listed ABV of 10.5%. I get some nutty notes and chocolate-y notes, as well as a slight bit of coffee. I was drinking coffee earlier, though. A lot of dark fruits, raisins specifically. Also a little bit of vanilla. I also get a weird chemical smell, but I'm pretty sure it is coming from the detergent used to clean the glass (different glass after the fruit fly).
The taste brings out those dark fruits and some more chocolate - more like figs this time as opposed to raisins. Not bitter at all, but a little hot once again as the temperature rises. I also taste what seems to me like citrus rind, but that might be the detergent again. I will disregard that in the ranking as I did not taste it in the other glass.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a "abbey-style brown ale" (as listed on the bottle, as opposed to Quad, as listed on beeradvocate). It feels nice but so do a lot of beers.
Overall, I do enjoy drinking this beer. It's certainly no Rochefort, but I would buy it again. Maybe.

Photo of jamescain
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to Jdiddy for sending me this one.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany with red hues when held up to the sun. It had a white head about one two fingers thick that faded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Subtle hints of figs, dark fruits, dark cherries, raisins, toffee, caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet fruit, toffee, figs and alcohol are the predominate taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel with a noticeable boozy finish.

Overall: I think I was expecting more from this beer. It was good, don’t think that I didn’t like it; I think I just expected more. For me the alcohol was still a little prevalent and I think it could benefit with some age.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dull cider-brown, but with bubbles rising. No true head, even after a heavy pour.

Big sugar, malt, and fruit wood aromas. Some vanilla and a little booze.

Smooth beer, with heavy sweet malt, some cherry/wood notes, fruit, light bitterness, and not a hint of alcohol. The malt has a real brown sugar element to it. Wonderful.

Full bodied, carbonated.

Wonderful quad. Very easy to drink - scary easy. Worthy and then some.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. On the bottle it states Abbey-style brown ale, and will be reviewed as such. Not sure why it is a Quad on here...

A - Pours a murky, hazy brown with solid tannish head. Good lacing with some retention on sides.

S - Belgian yeast, some fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), wet wood, pie spices

T - Great flavour here. Lots of fruit like in the nose with a very nice nutty complexity as well (hazelnuts, some almond). This is a great brown that is more interesting due to the funkiness from the yeast strain.

M - Very smooth, medium, ABV hidden very well

O - I thought this was a fantastic beer, probably one of the best browns I have had. The yeast used gives it a nice funkiness and a twist on the style. Very good.

Photo of unibrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beerradvocate calls this a Quad, but, on the bottle, it says Abbey-Style Brown Ale, so, I 'll review it as an Abbey-Style Brown Ale. Not fair to them otherwise. As such, it's not a style I've run across before, so, I don't really have a great reference point, however, I am enjoying the beer. The alcohol is well hidden, and I think the intended flavors come through. I get a nice amount of malt...not much in hops...not much in anything Belgiany either, but if you look deep, it is there. Really nice..one of there better brews..seek it out if you can! It's a rare style. If you want something different, you should try it!

Photo of MCorrea
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of slimspady
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.08/5  rDev +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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of redsonja
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.