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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:51:11 | More by cbutova
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:38:24 | More by nimrod979
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into wine glass. Sampled at 60 degrees and up.

Pours murky brown, running towards orange around the edges, with nary a head in sight, even after an aggressive pour. Not an exceptionally attractive beer.

Nose is packed with rum-soaked dark fruit, prominent alcohol heat, brown sugar, spicy yeast, more heat. This one has some kick to it.

Taste is delicious, but spits hot fire. Up front, spicy alcohol melds with delicious buttery dark fruits, caramelized brown-sugar crusted spice bread, rum-soaked fruit cake. The spicy alcohol quickly turns to a hot alcohol bite at the back of the throat that lights you up all the way down. Those same earthy dark fruits from earlier sit alongside that big alcohol note on the long finish, fading eventually into a moderate earthy bitterness. Very good, other than the massive napalm-like alcohol. Tone it down a bit and it's a really solid quad/bsda.

Mouthfeel is hot, thin, tinny carbonation in a bit of a slick, medium-heavy body. Weak point.

Flavor is nice in this one, but the heat, the heat!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:31:47 | More by JohnQVegas
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky red/brown colour with a fair size creamy and fizzy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer, and the lacing was fairly decent. The head lasted for quite a while before it was gone.

Smell - Molasses, caramel, butterscotch, port, a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very full bodied flavour and feels very creamy on the palette. I can really taste the butterscotch and the malts mixed with a woodiness. It actually tasted kind of like a glass of port to me. I also picked up on notes of dark chocolate and molasses. It finishes with a warming chocolate/port aftertaste.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of beers with this particular flavour, but it was still decent and highly drinkable considering the alcohol content. It's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 14:41:37 | More by spinrsx
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:57:00 | More by Jeffo
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Beejay

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark Maple color, hazy, with a nice luscious tan head. Very lovely.

S: Alcohol, a little tart. Almost cidery..

T: Thick, a bit of a bite from alcohol, fruit tones, fig, maybe banana, so clove. An interesting after taste.. not sure what.. maybe raison like?

M: Thick, very full body, but has an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: Not a huge fan, good, but a little thick.. don't think I need more than one at the moment, but I would get it again at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 23:30:32 | More by Beejay
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a chalice glass

Pours with a dark chocolate body with a remarkable amount of cloudy haze when held to the light. Whilst many dark beers, particularly quads, show a deep mahogany hue, this one almost comes off as a dirty water look. Its hard to describe but it is definitely not the norm. I'd like to have another go at pouring this (into a different glass shape possibly) as this yielded very little head, what there was sat on the surface in patches and small amounts of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is somewhat thin with mild notes of malts, chocolate and spices. A pepper-ish phenol is also present.

Sweet elements stand out in the mouth, in particular the taste of burnt brown sugar, caramelized syrup and hardened toffee. Malt is also available however it is made complicated by the burnt sweets and there for a little hidden. The spice notes in the aroma carry though in the form of cloves and nutmeg flavors.

Moderate to heavy bodied with a soft degree of carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with an oily finish and a long lingering taste. The 10.5% abv isn't exactly lost in the mix but at the same time it doesn't dominate.

This has motivated me to explore the wide range of product available from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel and I recommend others give it try but I don't see it charging through the old tried and trusted offerings in this category.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 14:30:09 | More by SleepyMonk
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355mL bottle with month/year brewed on label, poured into goblet.

Body is a cloudy brown with ruby and tan highlights. White head is thin on first pour, leaving a haze but nice lacing around the glass as I consume.

Aroma is boozy and spicy, lots of rich plum and black cherry, with hints of caramel and dense bready aromas in the background. Bit of lemon zest seems to pop out every once in a while. Spice flavours hint at coriander and mild clove.

Flavour is heavy on the fruit up front, big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel-like sweetness finishing with more assertive alcohol, and bits of lemon zest and coriander spice to perk things up a bit.

I like the mouthfeel on this one; medium body with light carbonation until the swallow when a bit more of a bite is discernible. Sweet without being cloying or syrupy, but not too bubbly either.

While the alcohol is noticeable, it's not overpowering, making this one a nice sipper. Not "dangerously" drinkable, but pleasantly so.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 15:40:42 | More by nighthawk
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jamescain

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to Jdiddy for sending me this one.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany with red hues when held up to the sun. It had a white head about one two fingers thick that faded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Subtle hints of figs, dark fruits, dark cherries, raisins, toffee, caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet fruit, toffee, figs and alcohol are the predominate taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel with a noticeable boozy finish.

Overall: I think I was expecting more from this beer. It was good, don’t think that I didn’t like it; I think I just expected more. For me the alcohol was still a little prevalent and I think it could benefit with some age.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 19:22:52 | More by jamescain
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:23:09 | More by FanofHefe
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0 and 5 notched on label so I am guessing May 2010?

A - Pours a slightly muddy brown with a thin tan head and arches of lace.

S - Candi sugar and brown sugar, dark rum soaked raisins, bready with light chocolate notes.

T - Banana bread, nutty almond, anise and clove, light smoke, some alcohol in the finish.

M - medium to full body with lower carbonation. Slightly viscous and warming.

D - Decent but not much that makes it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:20:58 | More by brewcrew76
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish tan, little head, no real lacing
S: sweet. maybe a little bread and yeast
T: Sweet, Spicy. Hints of raisin, fruity, all around. there is a little bread hints, nice mix. nothing over powering and everything blends well.
M: light, not a lot of carbonation
Drinkablity. Solid, but nothing that sits in your stomache

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 03:36:32 | More by PSUDREW
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:02:07 | More by MasterSki
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magictacosinus

California

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11.2oz bottle. I stored this in my back closet for about 6 months, as the bottle directs, but it was entirely by accident and by no means due to to following the bottle's directions. There's no freshness date, but given the style and the ABV, I'd imagine this doesn't need one.

Opens with no pop whatsoever, and pours a thinned, slightly lightened brown reddish color. Extremely cloudy. Hardly any carbonation to speak of on this thing - which is bizarre, as this is bottle conditioned. I had to resort to an aggressive pour (in a Duvel glass, no less!) to produce about 2 fingers worth of a frothy, bubbly head. Some lacing at first, but that soon goes away. With all said and done, it really looks like a poor man's quad to me.

The aromas are definitely as fruity and malty as any great quad, although not as much as you'd think. Plums, figs, raisins, maybe some vinous elements overall, as well as milk chocolate chips, caramel, and honey. Slightly bready in nature, with a cracked toasted barley flavor that serves as the backbone for these flavors. No hops to speak off, in spite of some earthiness. Not too yeasty either, otherwise. Alcohol is well hidden. Has the same earthy, pleasant texture that all of Dieu du Ciel's beers tend to have, and I enjoy it for that reason alone.

The first flavor definitely follows the aroma quite well, and dramatically more so as it warms up. There's immediate notes of dry red raisins, sweet prunes, and figs, and then notes of brown sugar, cocoa spice, bready baked barley, and dry soil. The yeast really does reveal its complexity here filled with funky dark fruity flavors, and the barley and chocolate chip flavor shine through quite well. Caramel is quite big on this one. Gets progressively nutty over time. Wet and not too dry, and only slightly sweet (the alcohol is scarily hidden), but only a bit too thin for a beer this robust. As a result, it's refreshing and never cloying, but it really lacks the creaminess to bring forth all of these rich flavors. Otherwise, really solid stuff.

I'm glad I let this sit for a bit so I could give it a chance. There's some wonderful flavors in here, and other than its unfortunate thinness, this is an excellent take on a style that does indeed require a complexity of flavors all balanced out the way this is. Given the hidden ABV, I'll be sipping this one all night, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. Not the strongest I've had from this brewery, but still an undeniable good offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 04:29:47 | More by magictacosinus
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Braseltonage

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle, medium pour Teku.

A: Reasonably clear pour, medium ruby-brown. Translucent, light tan head. Nice lace, small bubbles.
S: Big Belgian spice. Westmalle Dubbel comes to mind. Banana esters, bitter orange. Nice bouquet.
T: Sweetness, light caramel, toffee. Slight toasted notes. Mix of lighter stone fruits, apricot. Yeasty phenols, Some alcohol burn. Missing some complexity of classic quad examples.
M: A little clingy. Medium full body, reasonably drinkable, but missing a level of smoothness.
O: Somewhat underwhelming given previous experience with du Ciel. Good, but a little punchy up front and not a lot of follow through. Bottle says best after laying down for 6 months, probably true.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 17:39:10 | More by Braseltonage
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HopHead84

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 05:59:18 | More by HopHead84
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color with a medium head that hangs around for a while. The aroma is very sweet with some caramel and fruit notes. The flavor is much the same with caramel malts, some fruit, alcohol, and some spicy phenols - not terribly complex, but nice. The finish is fairly dry and the body is on the lighter end of medium. Drinkability is pretty good for the high level of alcohol, but I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 01:39:51 | More by clvand0
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DovaliHops

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby-amber color with an off-white/tan head that isn't too large. Scent is very spicy with a bit of booziness. A lot of fruitiness comes through in the nose as well. Lots of plums and red grapes. The spiciness overcomes though. The taste is initially strong candied sugar and dark fruits. A bit of caramel and dark chocolate linger on the back of my palate as well. The booziness is very up-front and stays there in the aftertaste. Glad I bought another one to see how this beer ages and lets the alcohol settle. Mouthfeel full bodied and a bit syrupy, but at the same time, a bit more carbonated than other quads I've had. Drinkability is medium, and could be higher if wasn't so boozy. Quads are not my favorite style, but I found this one quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 05:56:47 | More by DovaliHops
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red colour with lots of cloud. Head is modest and thin but nicely dense, retaining a thin film of creamy foam with beautiful dense lace. Yeah, looks like a good strong, hearty beer.

Smell is reasonably fruity, of the dark variety. Lots of plum and raisin notes. Plenty of tart spice with hints of cardamom and some vanilla in there. Orange peel as well, and some pine needle for good measure. A bit on the sweet 'n' sour side, could use more spice oomph, in lieu of bitterness.

Taste is quite chocolatey and sweet at first, lots of cocoa and woody characters with some tart fruit notes. Plenty of plum and apple/pear sweetness coming through, slightly candied and almost liqueury actually. Light spice and Belgian phenols come through late, hints of some green peppercorns + pink as well - no black or white though, note - and a touch of coriander as well. Nice alcohol warmth on the back, just softly boozey with a full, silky body. A touch of tingle from the carbonation makes it a bit dry on the finish and the woody notes kind of add to that, with the major aftertaste being oaky. Overall, nice complexity but lacking in the front-mid palate, flavour-wise.

A pleasant drop with good flavours, quality over quantity really. What's there is tasty but I kind of expect more from 10.5%

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:35:44 | More by laituegonflable
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy brown. Good carbonation, but thin head (halfway between a film and a head).

S- A ton of caramel and sweet. Some dark fruit to it as well. Had a strong smell to it. Somewhat nice to smell, but at the same time, overpowering.

T- Caramel, dark fruit (raisins mostly) and apple hit you. Then some spices and definite alcohol. All of this happens in the first couple seconds after you sip it. The aftertaste seems to be somewhat hollow at first, but builds over time.

M- Creamy and a little sticky. Full body. Semi-dry finish.

D- A sipper for sure. Has a lot of initial kick in each sip and definite booziness. After each sip, booziness attacked my nose as I exhaled. I think I'm going to let my other couple bottles age for a bit to smooth them out and tone the alcohol down. Full of flavor, but pretty simple for a Quad. Was expecting a little better for a DDC creation, but they still did alright.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 21:41:42 | More by BBP
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rarbring

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, not entirely black. The head is tan, small bubbles and leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is vinous, sweet dates, yeast.

Upfront very sweet, dried fruits, dark bread, brown sugar, then acidity, ripe fruit, then some bitterness.

Low carbonation, a full body, sweet and complex. A dry finish, rather short.

Very complex, needs some cheese as balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:22:28 | More by rarbring
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently the LCBO has been flooded with various beers from the Dieu Du Ciel craft brewery in Montreal Quebec, so I hope you are somewhat familiar with their wild branding and uniquely flavorful beers by now. The last to make its way onto the shelves was the Rigor Mortis ABT, a strong Belgian inspired brown ale which I would classify as a quadrupel (and the name "ABT" would suggest that as well). This Rigor Mortis is fresh, and honestly deserves to be laid down for months before it is best consumed. It is a 10.5% behemoth of a beer that is loaded with rich malt flavors and aggressive yeasty spices. These types of beer just beg to be matured.

It may seem very unassuming when you grab a bottle; it is just your standard 341ml bottle with some add art work on the front. Nothing would really make it jump out at you. But within the glass rests a beast, one that should be tamed before unleashed. The best remedy for this is when you are at the LCBO buy a few bottles, enjoy one now, another half a year from now, and another 1 full year away. Then get as many more as you'd like for the year and beyond. This beer should hold up to at least 5 years of cellar storage.

This would be a fresh Rigor Mortis that I was opening. From what I can reveal, Dieu Du Ciel sells the Rigor Mortis in April as long as supplies last so that it has time to age when the fall comes. So It was most likely bottled in March. So the beer has had some time to rest, but I reckon it will still benefit from more time.

I opened the Rigor Mortis up at cellar temperature around 14C (57F) and poured it into a snifter. The pour was heavy and thick emptying out of the bottle with a silky and oil-like texture. It hit the bottom of the glass with very little excitement, but began to foam gently by mid pour. What was created was a reasonably dense ecru, egg shell head with a creamy smooth cap laced with milky bubbles. The heavy beer below it glowed a richly deep mahogany purple with dark bronze shades, close to black browns, and a peering burgundy that stood beautifully into the light. This is a very pretty beer showing depth and masterful construction.

The nose is potent with a combination of classic quadrupel fruit flavors and rustic Belgian spices and yeast. Big juicy waves of dark malt are pulled easily off the surface of the beer following a mashing of thickly mulled fruits and muddled spices. Aromas of plum, dates, prunes and overripe bananas all play against lightly burnt caramel and hints of brown sugar. This is quickly balanced off by an eager eathiness and bits of booze. The Rigor Mortis is formidable, and shows no signs of backing down.

Sipping this beer is dangerous - it is larger than life and holds nothing back. You can easily get trapped in its big and thick flavors, so keep one eye on the beer, and one on reality. The first waves bring a slightly boozy rush of brown sugar, caramel, molasses and dark fruits. This opens a touch with more fruits making their way in with plums, prunes, figs, dates and blood oranges. Soon after though comes a sweet spice than is then gently muted my an earthy yeast. Cinnamon and pepper touch liquorice, but then in comes a rustic Belgian yeast sensation that acts as a balancing agent to a richly malty beer.

Sweet is balanced by a hint of bitter, but most by earthy spice and hints of funk. Not funk in the traditional sense, but a very dirty mulled spice sensation. Clove and cinnamon flavors are welcome, and as your palate gets used to the beer, and as it warms, more gentle caramels show their way to brighter fruits and soft malts.

The mouthfeel is silky, but not quite thick. The beer is big, which will make you assume that the viscosity is as well - but it is really very tame, and somewhat elegant. It all helps the beer finish cleanly and not oily or sludge-like. Overall this is a powerful, complex and richly flavorful quad. It is very entertaining right now, however I do believe it will be at its best in several more months, even a year. In any case, I bet its awesome with dark chocolate.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/03/tasting-the-dieu-du-ciel-rigor-mortis-abt/

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:45:36 | More by StephenRich
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brownish red color with a thin white tan head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of dark fruits, malty goodness, caramel and some chocolate. Tastes of cherries, malts, chocolate, caramel, and some fig. Feels medium with good fizzy carbonation. A little difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 20:33:30 | More by TheKingofWichita
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must have had this cellared for a few years, the BB date was January '11. Unfortunately, in my excited-to-open-it state, I poured it a touch too quickly and a huge chunk of something fell into my cloudy yet glowing opaque mahogany glass. Sure enough, the sludge left in the bottle was thick and nasty, only adding to my expectations for the rest of this beer experience.

Tall three finger mocha head stood up for some time, nice retention, eventually giving way to sticky ribbon lace and a viscous appearing, patchy surface. Nose jumped right out at me, lots of dry dark fruit. Rotting peach aromas create a marmalade bouquet with lots of rind.

At first sip, this struck me as complex and satisfying, an interplay of sour dark fruit with sweeter and sharper notes kicking in. Malty backbone, brazil nut dryness, medium body with dense mouthfeel, there's a substantial presence. Flashes of prune, date and fig would be more pronounced if not for boozy impressions; alcohol not particularly well handled here. At the same time, I found it hard to put down my glass, so changeable were the sweet and sour impressions. intriguing but brash flavour profile.

Dieu Du Ciel! is one of my favourite breweries and I guess I expected more from this offering. This is an interesting spin on the Belgian Quads but not as refined and satisfying as, say, Peche Mortal, in my opinon.

I remember on several occasions that the Dieu Du Ciel brewmasters brought their talents and their presence to Volo Cask Days, one of the best beer events if you're lucky enough to get tickets! Cheers to Dieu Du Ciel! keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:25:15 | More by ThatWineGuy
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely incredible pour. It looks like a dark caramel and pulpy apple cider. Light toffee colored head with linear lacing.

The smell is weak at first, offering glimpses of Belgian yeast, and dark fruits

The flavor is intense, malts and ops vie for attention. Garden vegetables, pumpkin, squash and cabbage show through. A hint of sweetness in the background. Good flavor but honestly wish it had more to offer. With each sip it gives you a vision of something fantastic, but it doesn't deliver the full Monty

Mouthfeel considers a heavy body dense and full with a good amount of carbonation to match the style

I would say it is quite drinkable a little rough on the mind and wallet due to the price tag and high alc content but deserving nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:05:55 | More by JoeAmerican77
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.