Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.23/5 rDev -18.2%
Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle into Chimay chalice
A - Poured a shiny ruby amber with a thin bubbly head. Not nearly as creamy and thick as I'm used to for a solid quad, but not bad.
S - Nutmeg. Toffee. Odd mix for the style.
T - Brown sugar dominates the flavor. Toffee, caramel...nut-like. Again, different for the style. Although the bottle calls it an abbey-style brown ale, classified here as a quad. Sort of like a cross between a brown ale and a quad.
M - Lively, bit of an alcohol punch, but very well hidden. Medium vibe, not too thick and certainly not watery. I tend to prefer more of a buttery quad.
D - Alc is pretty well hidden. Not really amazing for a quad, but a good brew. A bit more on the sweet side. Easy drinker, perhaps a good cross-over for a fan of brown ales looking to get more into quads???
09-04-2010 04:24:26 | More by cosmicevan
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Pours a clear dark amber, with a red tint to it. A surprisingly resilient and thick foam for the ABV, slightly beige in colour, leaves some creamy spotted lacing on the glass.
Smells quite fresh, with dark fruits and alcohol dominating. Imagine prunes and dried peaches pickled in a sweet dessert-wine. Some dry malt-notes come through as well.
My first thought here is that the alcohol is not matched by the residual sweetness, and the flavours overall leaves me lost in a morass of alcohol and a far to faint fruitness. Finishes with a stingy faint bitterness that doesnt sit too well with the.. uhm, non-sweetness of the beer, there is a very appearent yeast-prescense at the end as well. Dont get me wrong, it's not an unpleasant beer, but it leaves a lot unanswered for...
Quite full bodied, but the carbonation is a bit weak, although of the right kind, with small soft bubbles.
01-17-2010 20:23:15 | More by dqrull
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Decent lace and retention, active body. Tons of banana esters in the nose feel out of place. Spicy and fruity, lots of malt too.
Heavily spiced flavor, much of it lingers after swallowing. Some sweetness from the dark fruits & malt. Harsh booze character dominates everything though. I'm unimpressed with this DDC brew.
04-21-2012 03:00:38 | More by brystmar
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Pours a dark plum color, although it's more of a ruby-amber when held up to the light. The head billows and fades into a glorious sheet of foam.
The smell is fresh cut granny smith apples, with some rich caramelized brown sugar underneath and some mildly medicinal phenols in the background.
The taste is rich, not quite cloyingly sweet but it's pushing it a bit for me. There are elements of sweet dark fruits, clean pear-like esters, there's a little chocolate in the aftertaste, a little smoke in the finish, and the alcohol is very present and leaning towards solventy for me.
Comparisons are inevitable I guess and I just find that Rochefort 10 and La Trappe/Koningshoeven, two of my favorite beers of any style, period, do a much better job of masking the alcohol while having a full on taste without bordering on harsh like this does.
Mouthfeel is dense and lacking carbonation.
I love this brewery. I love this style. But I only like this beer.
07-22-2009 03:23:17 | More by MeisterBurger
3.29/5 rDev -16.7%
Hazy brown body with a decent head. Rich malt aroma coupled with some caramel and slightly hinting of alcohol strength; figs and dates. Thick, chewy body; cloyingly sweet texture that dissolves into a bright, biting fizziness. Caramel-like malt flavors with a strong, boozy aftertaste.
Well, the beer looks okay and tastes okay, but it's difficult to get really fired up about this one. Oh, it has it's malt-like presence and definitely exudes its big booze character without getting out of hand, but nothing quite gels to make this one stand out.
08-10-2013 21:54:24 | More by beergoot
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
Appearance was muddy dark with very little head and no lacing.
Smell was light spice, dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste was very sweet, combo of caramel and butterscotch. Really shows its strength, not really in a pleasant way.
Mouthfeel was solid.
Nice enough, but a bit challenging o drink because of the aggressiveness of the alcohol flavor.
11-12-2009 15:23:30 | More by Travlr
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-26-2009 01:37:56 | More by blakesell
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
I do believe this is my first quad. Bottle date of 04-04-2010.
Pours a dark solid brown with a finger of head. Head eventually turns into a thick crown. Decent amounts of lacing left on the glass.
Slight scents of brown sugar, molasses and alcohol.
Lots of malt character up front. Lots of sweet brown sugar/molasses flavor. Fairly strong boozy character. Warm alcohol feeling remains in your mouth and down your throat for a minute after swallowing.
Too sweet and boozy for extended drinking, but enjoyable for the occasional pour.
10-10-2010 23:50:53 | More by Seanstoppable
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
$ 5.99/11.5 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle dated 1 4 at 40 degrees into chalice
Weak aroma of malt and yeast phenolics
Head small (1 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 1 mm ring
Body medium brown, cloudy
Flavor of dates and figs, possibly some raisins as well; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation
Although totally lacking a head and lacing and being only medium brown, in other characteristics this resembles a quad. The alcohol, while not noticeable in the flavor, makes itself evident in the following stomach burn. Pretty weak overall, this may be a good gateway beer for someone afraid of quads.
08-01-2014 22:19:46 | More by Ozzylizard
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
Pours brown with crimson hints a little on the cloudy side with a full tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a definite alcoholic tinge and some background aromas of dark fruit. Taste is much like the aroma with a nice sweet malt base, but the alcohol is really dominant and of the hotter fusel variety often associated with a hot fermentation. Once past the alcohol you do get a little of the dark raisin and prune flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy, but not to the overpoweringly cloying extent. This is a nice beer that could be a great beer if the fusels could be backed off.
11-18-2009 04:30:58 | More by cdog3
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Reviewed 8/2/2009 (bottled):
Pours a dark brown colored body with a small creamy whitish head, somewhat lasting. Strong aroma of dark fruit, fig and plum. Some alcohol too. Creamy mouthfeel, some warmth. Dark fruit in the taste too. Some acidic bitterness. Some more sugary sweetness as it warms up. Some roasted flavors too, more as it warms.
11-01-2009 14:01:59 | More by jujubeast6000
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Presentation: 11.5oz brown screw top with really cool label (if a bit odd name). Can't figure out the dating on this one, but it's at LEAST two years old, which is about how long I've had it.
Appearance: Warm mahogany beer with a creamy ivory cap with decent retention for the age and the abv. A good bit of tiny sediment in suspension.
Smell: Warm, sticky dark fruit (dates, raisins, and figs) with toasty, bready malts, and a good dash of caramel. Not shocking depth, but quite pleasant.
Taste: Cherries, a bit of cola, a fair amount of heat, especially considering the age. A firm hop bitterness, compared with the alcohol, makes this seem more bitter than it should. A bit of dry bready flavor which is nice, but this doesn't quite come together as it should; perhaps a bit past the peak?
Overall: Not bad per se, but not particularly inspiring. Again, perhaps this is a bit over the hill, but it doesn't taste oxidized or anything like that. It just doesn't come together quite as it might.
B- to C+
02-05-2012 03:09:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
07-28-2011 05:36:22 | More by 20ozmonkey
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
From 12 oz bottle to snifter
A: Mahogany in color, opaque. Not much of head to speak of, the suds that do exist speckle the glass with lacing.
S: The nose is ester-y, with banana and cherry notes prominent. The booze helps to dry the palate and it's volatiles propels a slight hop snap. Toffee-malts surround and envelop the bouquet, as a caramelly sweetness lingers.
T: Ester-y again, but there are distinct notes of carob and molasses that were undetected in the nose. The booze seems subdued on the palate as well, as malty sweetness dominates. Touches of oak, ripe cherry and phenols, but the flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional for a quad. Short finish for the style, sweet.
M: Chewy and viscous...fortunately th brew is more carbonated than it appeared.
A solid big Belgian beer, fairly easy to drink. But when you're reaching for a quad you're usually in the mood for something with layered complexity, which is lacking in this brew.
12-12-2013 09:05:16 | More by rand
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
Fairly sweet, dull, nutty aroma. Not a lot here.
Dark, hazy mahogany colour with a small, creamy tan head.
Big, big sweetness here. Almost like dark maple syrup with a nice spiciness coming through later on. Once I get past the sweetness I get a touch of dryness which helps. Noticeable alcohol.
Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Decent.
The overall flavour here is good but not great. The sweetness is overpowering and the flavours don't quite integrate as well as the Belgian examples of this style.
09-23-2010 10:26:04 | More by dgilks
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
05-16-2009 06:17:56 | More by SFLpunk
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
My Brother brought this one over for a Friday of sampling, This one poured a deep ruby red, white creamy foam surrounds the glass, smell is sweet, and Belgian, almost smells like the real thing. Taste is sweet and malty, however the flavor follows with a stiff alcohol burn. Initially the mouthfeel is nice and pretty smooth, but the finish burns a little.
This overall isn't bad but I found the alcohol to be a little too overstated, affecting drinkability and the overall enjoyment. If the alcohol was toned down a bit this would be really good, but it was a worth a try either way.
11-13-2010 01:24:56 | More by funkengruven
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
04-26-2011 00:43:26 | More by OStrungT
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
12oz. brown bottle poured into a chalice. Notes.
A: Deep mohagony, opaque. One finger of light khaki head, decent retention, some lacing.
S: thick malts, maybe some rye? Definitely some spiciness going on. Fruity and yeasty. On the subtle side.
T/M: Rich malts, deep caramel and toffee. Heavily spicy and peppery, and still, maybe soem rye. Alcohol pops in now and adds some depth. Sweet fruity esters up front before the spice jumps in. Body is medium full with a creamy feel.
D: Drinks decently for a quad.
11-04-2009 02:55:55 | More by pwoods
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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