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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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348 Reviews
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Reviews: 348
Hads: 684
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 67
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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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Reviews: 348 | Hads: 684
Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle: Bought this a couple of weeks ago, but it appears from the label this may have been made in 2010 (4 years ago). It pours an opaque brown color. There was a very small off white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is good. I get a little tartness (possible brett) on top. Perhaps some cherry, banana, yeastiness, raisin, caramel and others. Seems like every time you take a whiff you pick up something else. The taste is good. I was afraid that it might be bad from a whiff of brett in the aroma, but it is not the case. A very complex taste. Very full bodied, lots of malts but only a subdued sweetness. Caramel, bready, chocolate, some spices and fruits in the background. Complex and nice. No hint of the alcohol. I would definitely buy it again!

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Photo of ludachris
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently joined Drinkvine and man is it great. I found this along with every edition of Ola Dubh at an LCBO I don't usually frequent. I wish I signed up for this earlier!

An extremely murky burnt caramel body is topped by less than a finger of quickly receeding white head, but what can be expected with such a high ABV? Its higher score comes from its attractive hue.

Sweet and complex in the nose. Semi-tart cherries are a great addition to the sweet and syrupy alcohol soaked figs, bits of caramel apple, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. The latter two mesh wonderfully with the sweet rum-like alcohol character that is present. As the beer warms I also get dry and subtle notes of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Boozy and sweet are the first things that come to mind. The Belgian yeast and candi sugar quickly move towards the back of the palate as alcohol soaked dark fruits and candied cherries spread themselves across the tongue. A caramel sweetness meshes with the rum-like alcohol character in the finish. I really like what they did with the alcohol here. At 10.5% ABV, it's pretty hard to mask, but its presence is more than welcomed, complimenting the rest of the beer.

Full bodied and creamy with a great balance. A touch more carbonation would have been great but what is there is plenty sufficient. High alcohol usually takes away from the drinkability of a beer for me, but this one masks it enough to be quaffable and puts whats left perfectly into the rest of the beer. I realized I finished the beer before I finished the review and that alone attests to its drinkability.

Although Unibroue is my favorite French-Canadian brewery, DDC is close behind with a long line of quality offerings, this one included. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is coming soon to the LCBO, but for now, this is the only quad available and a fine one at that. I'm interested in comparing the two. Another great seasonal from the LCBO and one well worth picking up.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage on tap at Churchkey. Dark and fruity, slight alcohol warmth in the aroma along with some plums and raisins. Taste is smooth and more dried fruit sweetness with mild alcohol warmth on the finish. Easy to drink, but best to sip and savor.

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Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown color with a nice off-white head. Head falls to a small one. Decent lace.

The nose is of deep fruits soaked in sweet malts and candied sugars. Smells like it should be good.

Very sweet candied malt taste in the traditional Belgian Quad style. No noticeable hops and a mild chocolate taste. Nice.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a bit of booziness on the tongue.

Very nice version of a Belgian quad. Well done.

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Photo of slimspady
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- thin khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly leaving scattered lace above the body. Body is thick-looking and caramel-colored.

S- heavy plum and Belgian candy syrup. Caramel and burnt sugar.

T- Continued plum, huge really, with a finish that is cherry-like. There's a slight estery yeast flavor and hints of the candy syrup.

M- incredibly easy-drinking and smooth. No alcohol presence.

A great representation with big flavors but still mellow and enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Indiscernible date coding a 1 & 5 marked for what ever that is worth

Pours a murky but effervescent brown with a sliver of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Figs, raisins cakeyness, some leather once warm

T: Figs, leafy hops & a slight booze burn up front. A little vanilla, plum & brandy sneaks in as this warms, along with raisin & fig and tangerine peel & leather. Finishes fruity, complex, dry & with lush oaky notes and just a kiss of Brandy

MF: Slight body, slightly over carbonated, smoothes out as it warms

ABV is well hidden, pretty good take on the style. This will age well I'm sure. I would buy this again. I like as much as Westy 12 taste-wise!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into a tulip. #'s are there to be notched, but they arent :/

(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color that produced a foamy tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Left some clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A heavily roasted caramel & banana/clove thing going on. Tiny bits of lemon & raisins.

(T)- Same as the smell, only with an awesome creamy chocolate flavor in there. Almost tastes like a banana split minus the vanilla ice cream. Rather nutty; pecan or walnuts with a raisin-like sweetness.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Very smooth going down with a great maltiness & crispness that I am enjoying very much. Rich & satisfying that is even almost crisp.

(D)- A very interesting quad that is really great with that chocolatey nut kick. Fits the style & has a few twists from the traditional. My only complaint is that $5.68 for this is a little steep just for 11.5 oz. Its good, but for the $, I would probably gravitate elsewhere for the style.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Tonight's offering was a "2007 vintage". Served in a Belgian goblet. Very dark brown color to the body. No head or carbonation. Smell was quite a pleasing combination of dried cherries and caramelized sugar. There was also a distinct smell of barrel aging that I noticed. Taste was the highlight of the night. Strong but smooth. The smell led me to believe that his beer was going to be quite potent in flavor. But it turned out to be quite easy to drink. A nice example of a quad. Huge bursts of fruit flavor, with a sugary sweetness to balance the alcohol. I think the aging certainly helped mellow out this beer a bit and bring some of the core flavors to the forefront. Went great with a hearty plate of Belgian style sausages. Definitely would order one again.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label has a batch number of 1 0 punched out on the left for whatever year that means.

A medium copper colored ale with good clarity and a few floaters.

A vinous, dark fruit aroma with some moderately rich malt notes. There is a medium amount of caramel sweet aroma.

It tastes like it smells just with the addition of some Belgian yeast character of spice and fruit. The malt dominates back by some dark fruit but neither are to the extent of a Dark Strong. A wine like note again with a low hop bitterness and nothing for flavor hops. There is a moderate amount of crystal malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately sweet. It has a medium finish and a quick pepper and raisin aftertaste.

A medium-light bodied beer with a medium strong level of carbonation.

Definitely worth picking up. It's a rich malty beer with a wine-like character along with some fruit and spice character.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are very few examples of a non-Belgian brewery making authentic Belgian Dark Strong Ales to perfection... this is one of those.

The beer pours a deep brownish, rubyish, purple-black color with a creamy barley stained head. Retaining and lacing well, the beer has a both a masculine and delicate appearance.

Deeply fruity to the nose with plumbs, raisons, and red grapes. Spicy tartness, orange peel, and peppery notes balance the sweetness. Softly malty with a simple sweet scent.

Sweetly malty with confection sugars and fruit cake blend with sweeter rum-like alcohol. Again, plumbs, raisons, and grapes give a dark and dehydrated stone fruit flavor. Just enough yeasty spice and alcohol power to round out the beer, shying just a bit from balance and giving a malt forward tilt.

Medium full early due to the carbonation, but a fleeting malty texture allows for the cotton candy-like evaporation to ease into high levels of drinkability. Warming alcohols stop shy of hot or fusal textures to the mouth and throat.

This Belgian Dark Strong Ale favors the dark fruit and sugar sweetness. But the beer is beautifully crafted and delicious enough that the spicy/hoppy balance doesn't matter. A softer, more powdery malt character would allow it to compete with the Rochefort 10 and such.

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Photo of chase2634
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown with a finger of head that settled down to leave a thin lace.

There are wondrous smells of brown malts and a nice slight scent of toasted notes. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well, but fairly tame.

The taste is almost like raisin bread, chocolate with a hint of black cherry. The hops are barely noticable but add a nice spice kick. It is pretty sweet but finishes fairly dry. A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick. Very nice surprise.

It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

This brew reminds me why i love a good quad so much. It's a great style and they nailed it. Quite a surpise considering it came with little fanfare. Quite the Quad and i think i'll have another!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious!

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear brick red that shines with a ruby red glint. A thin ring of sand beige bubble rims the glass in the glass. It does form a thin cap of foam when swirled but again settles out to a thin ring.

S: Big juicy red dry fruits with plums, raspberries,tart cherries, cassis, some warmth of the alcohol followed by sweet spices and slight yeasts buffer the end.

T: Caramel malts with notes of fried bananas & sweet spices and raisins, belgian yeast finished with warm alcohol esters.

M: Medium bodied with a tight hug to the tongue. Low carbonation supports the sweet malts and allows the flavours to shine.

O: Wonderful drinking beer that stands well on it's on and is suggestive of a low hopped barley wine. Would be terrific with a rich chocolate torte and a warm fireplace enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy deep brown color with very little mocha colored head

smell - picking up rum, raisins, plums, a bit of booziness

taste - this is robust - rum, raisins, plums, currants, nutmeg, cinnamon, flavors expand on the palate

mouthfeel - this is a hearty wintertime beverage, medium to full bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet, a little bit boozy upfront as well as a bit of a burn on the way down, but this is a nice beverage

drinkability - a sipper for sure, a good quad that I am enjoying at the moment while I check out this NFC Championship game, good example of the style IMO

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very clear, mahogany in color, and respectable lacing are present, but where is the pillow of head? This brew could definitelyuse a bigger head.

S: bouquet is less than what I expect from an Abbey quad! But what is there is nice. Malty sweet, raisins and caramel work well together.

T: all of the minor flaws can be made up for in flavor. This brew is spot on with the Trappist flavor. Spicy phenols Balance out a sweet body, trademarked by honey, caramel, black pepper, and many other minor flavors.

M: almost, but not quite as creamy as I would like to see. Very creamy body with a touch of carbonation.

D: overall, a very respectable attempt at the Trappist style. This is really an enjoyable brew, and at a severely discounted price compared to the Belgian offerings. this is another great from Dieu Du Ciel!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Letrom
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a big beer from Dieu du Ciel. I think the 10.5 % abv is hidden well. Though, it is intense and very sweet, not much bitterness. I thought it would get cloying but it was good until the last drop. I will pick up a bottle again if I see it.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really fantastic beer from Dieu du Ciel. I would say a apple/caramel notes are the dominant, but they're not too heavy that you can't enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely a little syrupy, but served cold, I could drink this all night. Looking forward to finding this on tap.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.