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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
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 meatyard
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very, very dark, hazy orangish/brown with a 2 finger, mocha head that quickly falls to a cover with light lacing.
The smell is sweet malt, a bit of spice and (as it warms) some alcohol. Noticeably quad smell.
The taste is fig, more sweetish malt and some alcohol warmth. Tastes very quad-like too.
Mouthfeel is medium and pretty dry.
Drinkability is decent, it's a bit sweet and high in ABV but worth trying for those who like quads.

meatyard, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Snojerk321! Pours murky and tawny with a creamy white head. This label is grim as hell. Fantastic artwork.

The aroma is bready and yeasty. Notes of black pepper and other spices are present, as well as some faint metallic notes and some toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as some brown sugar.

The flavor is yeasty and bready, with notes of toffee and caramel. A low level of earthy hop bitterness is present. There's an interesting note of overripe banana. The flavor is quite boozy and sweet, and it finishes that way.

Medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

HopHead84, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. At first a two finger beige head forms. It gently recedes in a minute and leaves lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Very dry wood. Light fruity esters, and lots of yeast. Kind of standard and on the bland side.
T: Very dry wood and sweet caramel. A light fruitiness and yeast again. Plenty of alcohol
M/D: A medium body and a bit over carbonated. Lots alcohol to make this one bottle sipper. Something I would prefer to share with another person.

Not bad, but not one of the breweries better offerings IMO. Worth a try if you like Quads though.

champ103, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Bubba83
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Decent one finger width off-white, almost light brown head on a quick pour. The beer itself has a sort of reddish-cola color which is fine for the style. It's a little murkier than I'd like though.

Smells very much like a typical quad would, kind of floral and rosey with some cherry, vinous character going on along with caramel. A little bit of alcohol sting is present in the nose too.

It makes a decent initial impression on the front of the tongue, with some nicely executed dark fruits and caramel, but the mid-range is very disappointing to me. Instead of the flavors intensifying, they get sort of derailed into a sort of campfire/old cheese flavor that I just don't care for. It stays that way until the finish, which has some cherry and is a little hot.

Mouthfeel is just okay. Not really what I am looking for in a quad. Too abrasive, not smooth at all.

Drinkability isn't too bad for a 10.5%er, but the campfire smokey taste really throws me off and gets a bit cloying. I wish I could access more of the dark fruity flavor that is up front. It doesn't help that the smell is good and the initial taste is good, because you get fairly excited only to be let down. I'd recommend skipping this one and trying their other offerings, which I think are a lot better. In case you're wondering, I had this on tap as well and felt about the same way as I did with this bottle.

Bubba83, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Head turns into a ring on top of the brew and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells really malty and sweet. Could also pick up some toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Smells really nice with maybe a touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. Also could pick up the alcohol just like the nose and some spices that I couldn't find in the nose. Pretty good for sure.

M- Medium to full in body and pretty light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink.

nrbw23, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From MatSciGuy on Ratebeer.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a small off white head. Dies to a solid ring that leave great lace.

S: Lots of sweet malt going on. Gooey caramel and molasses. Bold yeast comes next with tinges of dark fruit with a earty tobacco note.

T: Nice and sweet tasty treat. Dark fruit up front. Tons of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Raisins and figs in the middle followed by lots of yeast. The finish is a bit of spice and a touch of booze. The earth tobocco leaves are there as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, good.

D: Nice taste, fun to sip. I like it.

tpd975, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a cloudy brown with light beige head that left very little lacing. Smelled of fruity yeast and light malts. Tasted like fruity yeast (raisins, figs?), bread and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbonated, otherwise very easy to drink.

NewGeneric, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of johnd513
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one!
Pours a Belgian style brown color with a decent sized white head that slowly disappears. Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts and a slight alcohol smell. Tastes of sweet plums and raisins followed by a spicy after taste of spices I cannot identify. Another reviewer mentioned that the "sweetness is "eaten up by the hops" I could not find a better way to describe this flavor which does indeed balance out the sweetness of this beer. The flavor finishes with this flavor, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer is a sipper but it goes down easy. I could savor one of these for hours and could see myself drinking this again and again but I could not see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

johnd513, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of eat
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Edit: I feel terrible about this review as I had a bottle of four or five year old Rigor Mortis at DDC's 13th anniversary party and it totally blew my mind. It was one of the best few beers I've ever had and easily A+ material. I'll have to try finding an aged bottle to review and will definitely be putting some away for later.

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Poured this into a wine glass. No bottling date or expiration date but it can't be too old as I don't think they've been bottling this one too long.

For a Belgian-style strong ale, this doesn't look all that impressive. Not a bad looking beer by any means, I was just expecting more from this great brewery. I poured pretty aggressively and didn't get much head; what did appear, disappeared quickly to some patchy areas of foam. While the colour of the beer is actually pretty great (glowing red-brown), it looks a little watery. No lacing.

Roasted malt and cloves seem to come out most strongly but there isn't much smell to speak of. A little citrusy, minerals; it's pretty weak smelling.

Wow, I'm really not impressed with this. While it is pretty strong at 10.5% (not the 9.5% listed here on BA) the alcohol comes out way too much; it's actually what hit me first, which is not a good thing. Harsh tasting, like someone spiked a Leffe Brun with vodka. The ABV dominates the taste, followed by minerals and a bit of roasted malt. Mild spices way off in the background. Thin tasting and not well balanced at all in my opinion. Not much depth of flavour and the aftertaste is bitter in a not-completely-pleasant kind of way. Both harsh and thin: not a good thing.

For a strong Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is horrible. Much too thin bodied, watery and over carbonated.

Not drinkable. This beer really surprised me; I'm a HUGE fan of Dieu du Ciel and enjoy many of their beers. This one just doesn't live up to their standards, judging from the majority of their beers. Maybe I spoiled myself by trying Unibroue 17 last night for the first time; that beer completely blows this one away. Maybe I'd chug one or two of these to get a good buzz going...if they were free. I hate to sound like I'm trashing this beer; I'm really not. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle. This is really disappointing...Dieu du Ciel, what's up?

eat, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 5, 2009.

A: Dark brown beer... almost black. Little head.

S: Inviting smell, average intensity. Get some fruit (can't say which but probably dark fruit...) and some light flavor of chocolate.

T: Complex taste. Very hard to pin-point it... Very good...no bitterness.

M: Mellow beer with a medium body.

D: Wow, could drink all evening. A very dangerous beer!

Got a second bottle that I will let age for 6 or 12 months. I'll edit the review then.

Drank in 2010, a 2009 bottle. The smell had more sugar in it and the taste showed notes of caramel and chocolate. Didn't see any advantages in aging this one, well 12 months are not enough if this one ages well.

Drank a 2010 bottle: Same color of brown with some reddish notes. Nice foamy head. Spices and sugar notes in the aroma. The 2010 has more bitterness than the 2009 bottle for sure. Beer is feeling stronger than the 2009 version.

A good beer, however drinkability suffers from the high ABV that its you at the end.

ZorPrime, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Monsteruss
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The foam was wheat in color, a little bibbly and dissapated quickly. The color was dark amber mahogany with a cola undertone. The smell was deep almost molassisy overtone, hints of chocolate and a hops undertone. The taste was exceptional - a rich molassis overtone with a choclatey highlight, hints of wood and maple and a rich spicey undertone and a little sharp like a barley wine. Mouthfeel - deep medium-bodied. Drinkability - a complex variety of tastes that danced in my mouth - wonderfull!

Monsteruss, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cookie dough, with sweet Belgian malt and some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by some sweet Belgian malt, some candi sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average for the style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done but additional complexity and more dry fruits ester would have benefited this one.

Phyl21ca, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rigor Mortis pours a dark nut brown color. It's very hazy and almost looks a little copper-ish with some light. A light tan head stands about a finger tall. It dissipated very quickly and left light lacing behind. I suspect the 10.5% abv killed it off just as it got going. Too bad.

The nose isn't bad, but is a little lacking in strength. It's malty and sweet smelling up front. It features sweet toffee and a cocoa-like chocolate flavor. Dark fruit scents of plum and raisin are noted. They're not overly strong. There's a spicy aspect to it. Like everything else, it comes across as a little too faint. It's a little grainy and musky toward the end. Alcohol is noted, but isn't boozy by any means. It's not bad, but the lack of strength inhibits it quite a bit and doesn't allow it to show off the complexity it may have. There's some good stuff here, it's just not strong enough.

The flavor profile is better and deserves a nod on the scoreboard. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors kick it off. It has a nice malty character. Chocolate malts have a subtle cocoa taste. Plum, raisin, and fig are in the mix and add some character and depth. It's a nice flavor and has a slight tangy quality to it. It's nicely done and doesn't come off too raisiny. Spices are more prominent here. Cinnamon and pepper seem to be the primary components, but there are certainly ancillary varieties here. It's a tad grainy and yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is prominent and a little too warm. I wouldn't characterize it as boozy, but it's not far off. That knocks it back a peg. It finishes sweet and figgy (how's that for a word?).

Rigor Mortis has a body that's livelier than the name suggests. It's full and has a nice, smooth feel. Light carbonation helps a good deal. Drinkability is probably above average. It's got a pretty nice flavor, but is just a little too warm. I'm sipping the bottle and enjoying it. But, there's no way I'd attempt another. It is 10.5% after all. Not exactly a lightweight that's designed for mass consumption.

Rigor Mortis is pretty good beer. I like it, but don't love it. It's not competitive with the finest Quads out there, but it's a pretty good one. The nose could use more strength and alcohol is too prominent in flavor. Shore those two shortcomings up and you've got a really good Quad. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed the bottle and wouldn't mind picking up another at some point. It'd be interesting to see how it is with a little age on it. Grab a couple if you bump into it.

prototypic, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown. Decent head , some lacing.

Sweet apple & raisins in the nose. Slightly boozy bourbon notes as well.

Dark fruits and a rich caramel depth make this pretty tasty. A little alcohol kick shows up on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium , I'd prefer a little more body and residual sweetness.

Overall a very nice Quad that should age nicely.

shroompod, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish copper color with some dark amber highlights into a chalice. Almost two fingers of foamy khaki colored head has good retention and leaves some lacing that falls back down onto the top. Smells of dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, Belgian candy, pepper, clove, and a touch of ripe bananas. Tastes of dark fruits like plums, grapes, cherries, and prunes followed by some chocolate, molasses, bread, spices, and candied sugar with a touch of earth, funk, and alcohol in the finish. Medium to medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and really sweet. This is a great quad, easy to drink and great for the style. Perhaps it is a little too sweet, but overall it has a nice complexity and is enjoyable.

HopDerek, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical dark belgian style, dark brown, light tan, almost white head. Cool lacing left by intricate little bubbles up and down. Smells almost like medicinal alcohol at first, but that quickly fades way to sweet malt, a bit but not a ton of dark fruit. Flavour is equally balanced, not a ton of sweet dark fruit here, slightly sweet, little hop presence. The best part is in the mouthfeel, while it doesn't pack a ton of flavour, it still manages to be coating in mouthfeel, it just feels right. Carbonation is perfect. Drinkability is amazing. Not the most amazing quad out there, but still a great experience.

damienblack, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/31/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip on the side of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. About a 3/4 inch initial head on the pour which settles to a light frothy rim. Lacing is very tight bubbled sheeting with a few spots and lines left over.

Smell- Very interesting scent of a bunch of things. First I detect a light smokey scent, followed by a hit of overripe concord grapes. Deep roasted caramel comes in next with some dark fruits finishing off the nose.

Taste- Does remind me a bit of St. Bernardus and Rochefort in a way. This one is a bit more forward and heavily roasted on the malt character. Also more hopped than the previously mentioned ones. Grapes, plums and dates swirl around, but don't quite give off the appropriate sweetness...well, they actually might, but the hops seems to overburden the dark fruit flavors. The sweetness does give a quick hit right as you swallow, but gets eaten up by the hops...the alcohol content is noticed, but not largely.

Mouthfeel- Fairly big hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty creamy and somewhat silky with a medium to slightly lower carbonation level per style.

Drinkability- Quite an interesting beer. Haven't had a bad, or even mediorce beer from this place. At $5.99 it was worth the experiment.

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with a creme head. Nose is perfume and dough tones. Not overly complex, and slightly leaning towards one dimensional. Flavor is floral, dough, touches of fig fruits and slight sweetness. An alcohol burn is noticeably present. More so as time goes on and it warms. Feel is thick enough on liquid. Carbonation is middle of the road and about what I would hope to see. Overall not too shabby. The alcohol is a bit too much IMO, especially for a lower abv quad. But it definitely works for the style as many interpretations of quads have a difficult time doing so.

RblWthACoz, May 28, 2009
Photo of blakesell
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a snifter/goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours brown and creamy, thick and cloudy. There is no visibility shining through the glass. The carbonation rises two and a half fingers and quickly fades to a thin film across the top. Lacing is somewhat ample but dies quickly and there is slight alcohol legs showing.

Smell- Phenolic alcohol wafting forward first thing. It smells very hot with delicious smelling sweet medium roast malts and brown malts. Yeast is strong and phenolic as well, and there is no hint of hops.

Taste- Sweet and gluey with the before mentioned brown and medium roast malts. Yeast is present on the flavor as well, and there's a bit of a rubberiness also brought on by the yeast. There is a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and gluey, thick and medium in carbonation. Full bodied and phenolic.

Drinkability- This is not Dieu Du Ceil's best. But I will not disqualify everything from the brewery by a long shot.

blakesell, May 26, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a small creamy beige head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some delicate lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, with dark fruits, caramel and overarching Belgian yeast presence that offers a bit of spiciness in the nose.

The taste is extremely sweet with candi sugar and dark fruits dominating. There is some chocolate noticeable in the taste that I could detect in the nose and the finish has an alcohol burn that takes a while to notice. The spiciness of the yeast really comes out as well.

This is a fairly full-bodied beer, very smooth and complete coats the palate with sweetness which lingers for a long time.

I'm highly impressed with this beer and think it is a great representation of the style, leaning heavily to the sweeter side of things. Big fan.

gford217, May 22, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick head into my Piraat glass. Nice presentation with lacing and all.

Aroma is full of raisin and faint apple in the nose. Malt sweetness stands out as well.

Taste is strong and warm with raisin, caramel and faint apple flavors upfront. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of the above flavors and the warmth from the alcohol is quite apparent as it coats the throat. Carbonation is a bit high but doesn't detract too much.

Needs some aging but otherwise, an enjoyable example of the style that can only get better with a bit of age.

Brad007, May 16, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass twist-top. No date, but just arrived in Vermont a week ago (not that that's a guarantee since we all know who imports it).

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip. 1 finger of tan head fades quickly leaving nothing. Cloudy medium brown color.

Nose: Lots of fruitiness, from raisins to apricots, a little wool blanket. Promising.

Palate: Medium-bodied and sharp with some acidity around the edges, like a granny smith apple soaked in old whiskey. Big fruitiness is sideswiped by the alcohol and clamors, stumbles around my palate before being shoved out the back door by the bouncers (boozey) and falling down my throat.

Translation: This beer is bold and brash right now. I think it would do for some time to calm down all these aggressive fruits and booziness. But, to be honest, not sure if that will ever totally happen.

SFLpunk, May 16, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured the color of cola with a two inch frothy, off-white head. Head settles into a solid cap with thick bands of lacing. Nose is rather mild and difficult to describe - slightly vinous and malty with a hint of spice in the mix. Some booziness comes out up front, followed by the wine-like character revealed in the nose, dark fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background carbonation. Nice abbey ale that changes its character as it warms.

Jwale73, May 15, 2009
Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark murky dark amber almost black color and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins, chocolate and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and bread yeast. The body was medium light and the finish was a touch sprite, yet sweet. A nice beer. but not sure what style to place it under.

Wildman, May 14, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FYI, bottle version of Rigor Mortis Abt is 10.5% alcohol per volume.

Pours a modest head that dies to a single layer of fine bubbles. Surprisingly, it leaves a generous level of lace. The color of the brew is muddy brown, much like a darker iced tea.

Strong Belgian yeast in the nose. Toffee and caramel are the predominant malt aromas. No notable hop. Touch of Confectioner Sugar.

A sweet beer. Noticeably potent and very full bodied, almost as if an unfermented wort was blended in. Almost candy like in the taste. The swallow features a spritzy bitterness that fades quickly to the mouth numbing alcohol content, which is overpowering in the aftertaste.

smcolw, May 10, 2009
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.