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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 340
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.
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Photo of nquigley16
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a "tulip style pint glass" from a 341 ml bottle. Bottled February 2013.

Pours a beautiful red-brown. Dark copper brown with hints of dark red. One and a half fingers of thick light tan/white head. A very inviting Quad.

Figs, strong dark malts, sugar, grapes, prunes, and a tiny hint of booze. Smells pretty nice, but not super complex. Also getting a little must.

Tastes very sweet, lots of nice maltiness and sugar, with a bunch of dark fruits coming through. Not a very prominent yeast profile. A bit of alcohol, but not very intense seeing as this beer is 10.5% ABV.

Very smooth with perfect carbonation levels. A little slippery as it goes down, and a little sticky afterwards. Nice and rich.

Overall- A really nice beer. Balanced, strong, delicious, enjoyable, and well made.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky, deep dark brown, dark white funk... Head was brief and white. Left nice lacing.

Funky, farmy, belgian nose. Banana, clove, metallic... smooth...

Creamy, high carbonation, nice palateable sweetness, lots of strong clove notes, biting typical Abbey flavors are strong and robust. Well pronounced bite followed quickly by corrupt smoothness.

Slightly all over the board. Don't get me wrong, it's good, just not great. At $5/12oz it's a good value and should be considered a "try". Cheers!!! Can't wait to see how it cellars.

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Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a nice burgundy color, hues of brown and garnet, fairly opaque texture with a thick soapy bone colored head that has decent retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is of candied fig, brown sugar, alcohol, plum, cherry and a bit of molasses. Fairly typical of a quad, but the alcohol is a bit dominant and mutes some of the more subtle notes. The flavors are quite similar, lots of stone fruit, plum and cherry, brown and candied sugar, with sweet and strong alcohol and rich dark grain. The flavors are very sweet and fall a bit short of what the nose lead on, the balance isn't quite there and compared to some of the more elite quads, this definitely falls short. The body is nice, carbonation is perfect, just enough to dance on the tongue, but avoids being prickly and abrasive and it has a nice silky finish.

Verdict: A decent quad from Dieu du Ciel! While it isn't as refined as many others and the alcohol takes over at times, it is definitely an enjoyable beer, but I'm not sure I'd buy this again with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 so readily available.

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

12oz Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Light brown in color with hints of red. A head of about a 1/2" which quickly receded to a cap. Decent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and sweetness, hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Pleasant dark fruit/raisin flavors. A bit on the sweeter side but not overwhelmingly so, still rather well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very clean on the palate, not at all cloying.

Overall: A nice example of a Belgian definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mscudder
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Murky copper brown hue. Thin deep-tan head.

S - Soft sugars, Belgian yeast with a subtle warmth.

T - Crisp brown with a Belgian twist. Not overly complex but the flavors are refreshing due to the juicy fruit presence: apple, pear and citrus.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

O - Great, well rounded brown. May I have another?!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2012. I see no bottling or expiration date.

It pours dark brown with relatively decent clarity and a beige head that settles down to a ring and stays that way for the session.

On the nose it smells like a barleywine with loads of malts, molasses, and a bit of booze.

The body is bold and it holds its texture well.

The taste is powerful with a notable barley malt sweetness up front followed by molasses, and black licorice and completing its evolution with a moderate to high bitterness that reminds you what it was you just drank. This is also something that would cellar quite well.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice."This beer is at it's best when it ha aged for at least six months." No idea how old this is, but I know I've had it for a year or two.

Appearance: Murky and brown in color. Actually darker towards the bottom. and rises to a lighter shade of brown toward the top. Thinnish off white head with average retention. Little spots of lacing and bubbles here and there.

Aroma: Big dark fruit, Raisins, cherries figs, malts, booze, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, hints of spice. Lots going on, strong point of this beer.

Taste: Starts out sweet with some raisin and cherry dark fruit, with toffee and brown sugar malts. Mid hits with a slight spice and finishes up with some booze and even some cider like acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a little thinner than I expected, slightly chewy. Boozy finish. Carbonation was low.

Decent, Nothing super exciting, Probably wouldn't buy again at it's price point.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy murky brown. Off-white head on top. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet sweet barley and candied sugars. Raisins. Molasses. Bready.

T: Runs sweet at first take. Lots of candied sugars. Raisins and yeasty breadiness. A touch of booziness lets you know this really is 10.5%. Disappointingly seems to lack complexity for the style. Too much bread and candied sugars, not enough dark fruits, IMO.

M: Thick and hefty. Superb carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Good mouthfeel here.

D/O: Overly-sweet and bready, it wore on me as time wore on. It's not a terrible beer. I'd have another if it was handed to me. But I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, clear, copper color, some lacing around the sides of Chimay glass but not much else
S: deep worn leather, dried fruits, dense, slight hotness
T: aged Belgium quad, well-made, balanced
M: very little heat, well-balanced, drinkable and true to type, very smooth

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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a moderate sized light brown head despite an aggressive pour. Fades slowly, leaving a solid wall of lacing.

S: Fruity with lots of raisin and fig. Perhaps even some apple? Cloves. Touch of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Fruity up front but not as much as the nose. Still prominent raisin and a bit of fig. Nice strong brown sugar and toffee flavor along with some sweet caramel. Some cloves and earthy spices in the middle with a bit of alcohol burn. Finishes with just a touch of drying bitterness and sort of a lingering earthy fruitiness. Boozy grain alcohol on the back end sometimes.

M: Not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for 10.5%. Still fairly heavy of course, decent carbonation and strong alcohol seems to cut it a bit.

O: Not a bad quad, just fairly simply and quite boozy (despite this bottle being at least a year or two old). Tastes more like a belgian brown ale than a quad to be honest as well.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a trade many moons ago. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled April 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Bistre brown in color with low levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full wisp, though only a slotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A spicy nose with clove and corinader. Dark fruits, with raisins and dates, a nice note of brown sugar, and a touch of spicy booze. Bold and well balanced.

TASTE: Some toffee and dark fruit sweetness up front, then some spicy clove, corinander and alcohol at the swallow. A touch of floral bitterness as well. Mild yet lingering aftertaste of raisins, dates, spicy clove and a touch of bitter chocolate as well. Balanced and interesting, though not quite bold enough for top marks.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight on this one, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: A decent quad, but nothing crazy. Flavor was there, but it could have been bolder, especially initially. A quality beer worth checking out if you get the chance, but nothing worth jumping through hoops for, especially if you have access to the Belgian examples of the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is somewhere around 6 months old, got it straight from downtown Montreal. Love the label.

A- A snifter accepts the liquid out of the bottle which is a very dark amber (with some light on it)/russet brown. The head starts to fill the glass immediately and settles somewhere around two fingers in size. Cap retention is nice and patches of lace form on the glass in bunches.

S- Has a pretty big presence of phenols and fruity alcohol vapors here, lots of that dark fruit you get when using Belgian yeast to high alcohol levels. Yeast bread more so than other Quads, dark brown sugar, spice and raisins.

T- Alcohols and phenols also make themselves known here but not to the extent in the aroma, maybe the volatility has something to do with that. The flavor takes on a nutty spiced feel with brown sugar, clove, raisins, cherry and apples following. Has an edge but not overly harsh.

MF- Creamy body that really satisfies the palate. Somewhat oily and the carbonation is on the lower end, silky. Right on the upper edge of comfort with alcohol warmth.

Rigor Mortis is definitely a good Quad, which doesn't often come out of other countries besides Belgium IMO. This one is on the edge of alcohol/phenol levels but it doesn't take over and ruin the beer. Big yeast character.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dirty raisin and brown colored beer with almost no head on it. Aroma was alcohol soaked raisins and figs. Just really boozy and for some reason bitter, although I guess its not that strange, I come across a lot of dark strong ales with the dark fruit thing with bitterness.

A mild amount of chocolate, but this beer is just like fermented pruno from underneath a jail bunk. Most of what I taste is just hot heat. Nothing easy drinking about it. There's a little bit of roasted malt mouthfeel to it, but again, everything is just overpowered by the alcohol heat. Carbonation is weak on this one, letting the heat just tear your mouth up like you're a girl down on her luck in Van Nuys who came across a couple guys in the biz and a camera crew. I can't tell if its the yeast flavor or the spicing, but it isn't complimentary either, but it is at least a break from the alcohol.

Paying $5 a bottle for this hurts. Wouldn't pay $5 for a 6 pack of it in the future.

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Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. It has a nice auburn like color. The head is cream colored. I can smell cherries but nothing else, and even that is faint (my weak sense of smell). I can taste cherry and a fruitiness. There's also a sweetness to the beer. I can taste a roasty finish with some alcohol burn. There's a cloying aftertaste that I'm not impressed with.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown colour with a small off white head.

S - Sweet dark fruit , prunes and cherries and almost sweet candy like.

T - Sweet dark fruits shine through with raisins, cherries and I get a little vanilla with the strong belgium yeast although a little boozy on the finish as expected.

M - Fairly carbonated and medium to full bodied

0 - A reasonable quad/dark belgium ale which goes down well on a winters night. Not the best quad going around but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of sennin
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip Glass.

A: Very enticing, the color is almost like cider. Dark burgundy and a light off-white colored head. The head is very nice as well, a bit small but it lasts throughout the entire beer session. Lacing is very evident.

S: This beer smells like Fall, brings to mind what the appearance originally did and more. Smell is definitely cider-like mixed with some very flowery and pleasant citrus scents. I also detect a cardamon/cinnamon like smell, amazing smelling beer.

T: First taste is something of lemon and other citrus like flavors, especially orange and lemon. Later some dark fruits like fig and raisin come in on the back end. I also get something like a caramel or butterscotch like taste mid-way through the tasting. A funky (but not bad) hard cider like taste comes in at the end of the taste session and lingers. Very good stuff. Alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. Incredibly drinkable.

M: Texture is great, very creamy- wraps around the tongue and sticks to it after the tasting. Bubbly but not in a way that takes away from the experience. One of the best mouth feels I have come across with a beer.

Definitely one of the best beers Dieu Du Ciel has on offer. Perfect as we come into the Fall season. A very pleasant beer that needs to be tried.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2012.

Beer is dark brown with a small, off-white head. Head fades but a film never quite leaves. Decent lacing.

Sweet dark fruit in the nose- prunes and fig. Brown sugar and a malty smell as well.

Taste is better than the smell, which was fairly unexciting. Malty and bready, prune and other dark fruit. Fruit flavours are there but not as dominating as in the nose. Fairly sweet but drier than the smell let on.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Chewy feel. Alcohol quite well hidden considering the strength.

Overall, pretty good. Not fantastic.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-ish to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow caramel with a note of chocolate. In the taste, sweet, malty caramel with a chocolate like end. A small bite and a a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel, with a hint of cocoa in the aftertaste. Hides the 10%, lack of nose, a small dry alcohol note in the end, and nice flavors of caramel and chocolate.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep, murky red brown. Fine thin head and nice lacing. Caramel malt and Belgian spice and yeast aroma. Nice body, sweet caramel malt with light fruit and Belgian yeast. Malty, bitter finish. Excellent.

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After a vigorous pour I was only able to get about 1.5 fingers of head. Light tan with fairly good retention. Big bubbles abound. Color is a really murky brown with lighter tan streaks. A nice layer of tan fluffy head persists throughout.

S: Smells very much like a quad! It has that almost clean quality from the Belgian yeast. Lots of caramel and some dark fruitiness. Maybe just a hint of warm spices.

T: This beer is really sweet! And actually a little sour?? I may be imagining it but I feel like I'm getting just a hint of sour in this. Other than that it is all rich dark fruits with caramel and booze. Really intense and really a sipper. The yeast definitely comes out and so does the candi sugar. Alcohol isn't nearly as present as I thought it would be.

M: Medium slick body with good carbonation.

O: All around a decadent beer. I really enjoy it and I can't get over this sour note I taste... is that on purpose or did I buy a bottle that's just a little contaminated?? Who knows but the result is good.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, tootsie roll brown color with a plentiful amount of yeast particles that accumulate at the bottom. It initially had a one finger, tan head that eventually reduces to a thin film.

S: Sweet dark fruits (mainly figs and raisins) and a touch of alcohol are in the forefront of the aroma. Typical belgian yeast and sweet belgian candy are also present.

T: The taste is comprised of a balance of the dark fruits and belgian yeast and belgian sugar. The finish is very sweet, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well. It almost has a silky feel to it.

O: To categorize this as a quad may be a bit misleading. It is most certainly a belgian style brown ale as described on the bottle. That being said, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Just a slightly above average dark belgian ale.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazelnut brown with lively bubbles of carbonation dancing about the body beneath the very thin, tan head that quickly dissolves leaving almost no lacing behind.

Aromas of dark fruits such as cherries and plums dance from the glass along with caramel sweetness and Belgian yeast.

Generous flavors of dark fruits, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast highlight the palate. As it warms, there is a spicy kick to the finish and perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Medium in body with generous carbonation with a velvety finish and just a kick of spice and booze at the very end.

A tasty example of the style with plenty to offer the senses and style appropriate.

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

this is a very interesting beer, starting off as a malty sweet quad, but kind of turning into more of a barleywine when it gets to room temperature. pours slightly hazy dark, raisin colored, with a one inch tan head. smells like dark and red malts, belgian yeast, wood, dried cherries, and caramel. flavor isnt sweet at all really, more of a malt driven beer, although the yeast adds some very unique undertones of spice. hard to describe, not fruity, not sweet, different for a quad. when it warms it becomes a totally different beer. hops becomes a dominant flavor in the finish, and the alcohol really comes out as the carbonation totally dies. major transformation from the almost refreshing first sip. mouthfeel is pretty solid, fuller bodied with fairly standard carbonation. overall a nice beer, but for the price i might skip it next time.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | 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 sometimes common in 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 another.

originally reviewed: 12-27-2010

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut with a glowing auburn edge and an off white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap that never goes away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rum soaked prunes, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, and a touch of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter cocoa bite that lingers. Spices highlighted by nutmeg hits the palate with rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, and semi dry with nutmeg.

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.