Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 336
Hads: 648
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 62
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle into chalice, batch 15(or something). Pours cloudy dark brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big plums, molasses, chocolate, caramel, candi sugar, bread, raisins, and a bit of yeast spices and light alcohol. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, herbal spiciness, pepper, and spicy alcohol. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is limited due to some booziness but it is a pretty nice sipper. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too bad. Overall this is a pretty nice Quadrupel. Some good flavor complexity and balance. If it was a bit less boozy I probably would have liked it more. (923 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. If I read the notches on the label correctly this was bottled this year.

Appearance: As poured the beer is semi murky muddy brown color with a minimal light tan head that quickly becomes a small ring around the glass, and an irregularly shaped island on the liquid with no lacing left on the glass. Sipping creates some scattered small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. (It could have used a bit more aggressive pour I think.)

Smell: The aroma is a lot like coconut candy layered with some brown malt, some dark molasses and dollops of dark fruits (figs and raisins).

Taste: The flavor is a lot like spiced rum mixed with dark fruits. There is molasses in there along with the figs and raisins, as well as some trace of cherries. A component of bitterness hide in the background

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to be felt. The finish is medium long and starts with a rich spicy caramel sweetness that fades away into lightly sweet finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a reasonably good beer that goes down relatively easily. My overall impression is that it is well made but does not quite hit the mark for me. It seems a bit rough around the edges and a bit lacking in complexity for a BDSA. Perhaps it needs a bit more time in the cellar. (1,413 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a twisti-off cap. Poured into a goblet, this brew appears a color of deep mahogany with a creamy finger of tan froth. The cap dissolves to a thin lace atop and leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. I wish I would have been more careful with the pour. I probably only should have poured 8 ounces into my glass because as I got closer to the bottom a rush of sediment plopped in. The yeast has covered the glass and is stuck with thick spackle-like chunks throughout the entire solution. When held to the light, you can hardly see through the pieces of yeast but you see some faint redness through the brown shades.

The smell of this brew is very familiar with a pleasing scent of dark malty sugars that come across like candy sugar, figs, plums, raisins and toffee. There is a light herbal touch of hops that bring forth almost an earthy aspect that keeps the onslaught of sweetness in check. The yeast expresses itself with a mild clove and almost peppery touch that takes this nose off in a different direction that is enjoyable.

The taste has creamy sweetness of toffee mixed with candy sugar and an herbal hop component to contrast. There is quite a bold alcohol presence not only in flavor but with an immediate rush of alcohol down the back of the throat and all the way into the stomach. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth that is lightly nutty with more focus going back to the sweetness that is like dark fruits mixed with sugary alcohol almost like molasses but not as dark/burnt. This is one of the few times where I actually enjoyed the brew much more while it was cold. Once it gets warmer, the alcohol comes out in full force and gets a bit distracting with a fusel/solvent kick that is not hidden behind the solid malt backing at all.

This is a full bodied brew that is creamy and full in the feel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and overall is a very well put together take on the style. This initial reaction to this brew based soley on the aroma is wow, this is going to be a sickeningly sweet mess. But after the first sip, you are pleasantly caught off guard. Well done. I have no have many offerings from Dieu du Ceil but the ones I have had were quite enjoyable. Certainly worth a try. (2,257 characters)

Photo of dsartwell72
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light to medium brown color with a very small amount of head.

S - Bread, raisins, caramel, sweet fruity esters.

T - Sweet, Malty, some chocolate and burnt caramel, raisins, and a slight alcohol presence, but very well hidden for 10.5%.

M - Full bodied, not too thin, but not syrupy either. Great carbonation level. A bit sticky on the sides of your mouth. (372 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - the one pours an orange-tinted mahogany colour. Very opaque. Head is a bit of a disappointment - it rose slowly to only about an inch and a half and fell to a ring with a bit of film very quickly. this may have been because of the high ABV. Some nice visible carbonation.

smell - the nose is great! Full of rich and complex malts. There's a strong molasses-like dark richness to it, which is fill of fruit like stones, bit with a more sharp black currant or dried cherry note. A touch of earthiness. Very little spice and not hope. No burnt notes.

taste - very similar to the nose, it the fruity profile comes out a bit more over the malt. the prune-flavour of the melanoidin malt comes our stronger. There is a hint of pepper that lasts a while and plays well with the alcohol heat. The spice and heat play will with what would have otherwise been a much too sweet finish.

feel - body is very full with a syrupy feel that lasts, with some spice and heat from alcohol drying out the finish. Carbonation is minimal, giving a velvety feel that plays well with the flavour.

I'm still not totally sure about how a quad is all that different from a Belgian strong dark. But this was really tasty! (1,202 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a Watou goblet.

Rigor Mortis is a hazy brown color with a slight redish tint. The head is fizzy and short-lived.

Aroma is malty sweet and a little boozy.

Flavor is intense with chocolate, cherries, and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and appropriately carbonated for the style.

Overall a pretty good quad but not as good as the best ones out there. (391 characters)

Photo of thadbme
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis ABT 12

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. Its darker than caramel, but seems to have things floating around in it which I presume is the yeast. It seems to be lively, has medium carbonation. Had not too much visible head on it that didn't stay around long. Good for lively, but the brown color is actually a little bit off putting. Side Note: I LOVE the artwork on this bottle. Its super cool, but not considered for the appearance point. 3 points for not looking superb, but i'll give it +.5 for the liveliness of the yeast.

S: Has a bit of a chocolate and caramel smell to it with just a hint of the malt involved. It has a hint of sweetness to it, but i'm not picking up on the fruit as the label indicates.

T: Dark chocolate, and almost a coffee taste on the first couple of sips. It has some smeetness to it, but blended well. A slight amount of hops, but the yeast in there is what seems to be giving it its flavour.

M: It has a heavy body to it that is slightly laced with the alcohol level in it. Although the beer isn't that thick, the "body" of the beer is very heavy. Almost as if you are chewing on the body. Carbonation isn't really all that lively for the mouthfeel category.

O: This is a beer that I've tried a long time ago, and that I enjoyed quite a bit. The second time I've tried it, I really like the beer, but it has some things in there that I don't like. It does not have a good "look" to it, but I won't hold that against the beer. The smell is good, but not overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is where this beer is at. I would drink this beer and enjoy it without worrying about what its "score" is, but I dont think its an elite level with everything perfect about it. And honestly, I am perfectly okay drinking a really good not perfect beer. (1,791 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage as part of the QuadShowdown. 341ml into a tulip.

Pours a reddish brown, with a very light offwhite head. Thin film and collar, little clarity in the body with some mild retention NOse is lightly grapey, some sugary notes, a bit of non-descript 'stinkiness' and some extremely subtle spicing. Taste has some light dark fruits, lots of spicing that lingers in the finish. A bit of vanilla and brown sugar notes. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation, medium-full feel and some decent sweetness. A modest ethanol/alcohol heat on the back-end. A decent quad. (587 characters)

Photo of heysuz
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intro: Split a 12oz with a friend in tulip glasses.

Appearance: Thin head with big dry bubbles that recedes quickly, but a ring remains and some lacing clings. Good coloring just what I would expect from a quad only a slightly lighter than St. Benardus. It has a decent amount of carbonation on the glass. There is some sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very subdued aromas from this beer. Slight malty and dark fruit smells but it is hard to really get a good aroma from it.

Taste: Something is not right about the flavor. There is a flat taste that seems to squash any flavor that starts to build in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a sour aftertaste

Overall: I would most likely not buy this beer again. I really like quads, but this one while average overall, this is not one I would go looking for considering the great number of excellent quads to be had. (889 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a light ring of off white head, no lace to speak of. I had to give this a hard swirl to get some head out of this. Smell is of dark fruits, raisin, brown sugar, yeasty, good amount of alcohol scents, plums soaked in booze, spicy with some chocolate scents as it warmed. Taste is full of dark fruit, dark sugary candy notes, lightly yeasty, raisin, plum and berries, lots of overripe fruits, light alcohol. Medium carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body, good weight. This was pretty solid but I really had to warm up to it, starts out a little weak but halfway through I was sold, ABV hidden well, good overall. (650 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle (code 0 - 5) poured into a chalice. Murky brown mahogany color w/ a beige head that dissipates to a thin surface film.

Faint aroma of dark rum-soaked fruit. More dark malt aromas as it warms.

Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, nice smooth mouthfeel.

Overall a decent, easy drinking quad but nothing superlative. (375 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich deep brown color with a bit of red mixed in and a thin layer of frothy brownish colored head. The thin layer hangs around for quite some time lacing nicely as it finally fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet candi and brown sugar and caramel malts. There is a bit of dark fruit and some clear yeast character. The booze is also noticeable.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet candi sugar and caramel malts. There just a bit of sweet dark fruit and spice in the background. Through the middle, the booze comes through a bit alongside some yeast flavor and banana. The finish is a mix of yeast, sweet caramel and sugar, and some booze that lingers.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels slick with a bit of a syrupy feel and some warming from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable. The caramel malts and candi sugar provide a nice rich and sweet base to the beer with the fruitness and yeasts providing some additional flavors. (948 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. I bought this at Beer Run for $5.99 a year or so ago. I guess its about a year and half old.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown. Looks like apple cider sort of. The head on the thin side to start, but does stick around a while. Spotty lacing. If it clears with warming, it will look better.

Smell: Loads of sweet dark fruits and spice. Bready, cakey malt. Kiss of booze. Pretty damn good.

Taste: Although still a bit cold, this is big and complex. Sugar coated raisins and dates, fruitcake spices, bready yeast, a little chocolate. Alcohol is clearly there, but is not at all hot and the slight bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: Slick and soft with a slight creaminess. Just a touch too little carbonation.

Overall: I'm really impressed by this beer. However, for the price, you can easily get a St. B Abt 12. (844 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: The pour looks light brown but is a dense brown in the glass. A modest 2-3 finger head that rests comfortably and takes its time.

Smell: Wood, tart berries and spices. Very rustic.

Taste: Again with the wood, strong, with leather, spices, dark berries and raw sugar. Images of a cabin in the woods come to mind for some reason.

Mouthfeel: Rich and mouth filling. So smooth; ABV wears its mask very well. The only problem is near the end, it felt a bit medicinal. Still good overall, just a weird ending.

Overall: A quiet giant that is tasty and goes down easy. (629 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly murky dark brown color with a very thin light brown head.

S: Brown sugar, belgian yeast, banana, plum, chocolate and raisin. Pretty great smell.

T: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, toffee, a hint of cocoa powder and a hint of hop bite on the finish alongside some roasted malt. Great take on the style. (312 characters)

Photo of wschmit
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of evanlarkin
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,633 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (315 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (540 characters)

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.