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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very interesting beer, starting off as a malty sweet quad, but kind of turning into more of a barleywine when it gets to room temperature. pours slightly hazy dark, raisin colored, with a one inch tan head. smells like dark and red malts, belgian yeast, wood, dried cherries, and caramel. flavor isnt sweet at all really, more of a malt driven beer, although the yeast adds some very unique undertones of spice. hard to describe, not fruity, not sweet, different for a quad. when it warms it becomes a totally different beer. hops becomes a dominant flavor in the finish, and the alcohol really comes out as the carbonation totally dies. major transformation from the almost refreshing first sip. mouthfeel is pretty solid, fuller bodied with fairly standard carbonation. overall a nice beer, but for the price i might skip it next time.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of BostonHops
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky mahogany color with with maybe a finger of khaki-toned head; not much retention but decent lacing.

nose is somewhat on the tame side but those familiar malty, dark fruity quad/BSDA notes are evident. some candied sugar sweetness in the background. taste is a nice surprise. the sweet maltiness pulls through, accompanied by the dark fruit characters... and while the beer is sweet, it doesn't have that cloying sweetness sometimes common in the style. alcohol presence is maybe a bit more noticeable than i'd prefer, but overall a tasty, well-made beer. not on par with the rochefort 10s and st bernarduses of the world, but definitely holds its own. some warming booze in the finish.

fairly smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. i would have no objection to another.

originally reviewed: 12-27-2010

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut with a glowing auburn edge and an off white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap that never goes away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rum soaked prunes, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, and a touch of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter cocoa bite that lingers. Spices highlighted by nutmeg hits the palate with rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, and semi dry with nutmeg.

Photo of will1256
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Wordslinger
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kacid
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed: February, 2012
Serving: in a tulip glass - bottled on August 2010 (1.5 years of aging)

Appearance: Resinous Brown Amber colour, Developed a good creamy Navajo white head that lasted a long time then dissipated into a fine creamy layer atop the beer. A hard pour was required to get the head; however this is to be expected from a high alcohol beer such as this one (especially from one that has been aged). Beer is surprisngly clear considering the use of wheat in the beer. Very fine bubbles and little carbonation. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell: Molasses, Malt (similar to barley wine), Sweet character, Alcohol and spicy, Strong smell of figs and some raisin, as it warms up bready flavours become more prominent. Spicyness more prominent at the beginning when was colder; slight notes of pepper as it warms

Taste: Honey, strong malt flavour, Strong taste of figs with some sweet grapey flavour. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel and little discernible hops flavour. Despite the high alcohol content of this beer the alcohol is well hidden, very smooth (like a good vodka); warms up the belly well. As the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes more prominent but never overpowering. Additionally, the sweet notes and grape flavour become stronger as well with warming

Overall: I enjoyed this beer and it is not bad, most definitely not offensive but it is lacking somewhat in complexity. I liked it more as it began to warm up and i could notice an increasing complexity to the beer; however, overall it could be a much more layered beer. Despite my low rating, i found the beer enjoyable but not nearly as good when compared to other quads. What surprised me the most was the smoothness ofthe alcohol which despite being so high was very smooth and did not overtake the other flavours. It is possible that this may be the result of the 1.5 years of aging but i suspect that this beer was smooth to begin with. I will have to try it fresh at the brewpub to compare

Drinking it again in April 29, 2012
Rigor mortis ABT
Realized near the end that this is somewhat aged bottle, it was bottled on 11/10 (WOW this has aged nicely, 1 year 8 months)
Appearance: dark brown red, with a good head that receded quickly
Nose: sweet cherry notes and dark fruit, spicy , light alcohol, vinous-grapey notes, very nice sweet fruit, some woodenness and leather, some tobacco, some very light chocolate, brown sugar, very very mild
Taste: beautiful complex taste, washes over the tongue beautifully with an amazing body (Very sweet, warming, spicy, thick body which feels thinned perfectly by the alcohol, nice sharp alcoholic bite that recedes quickly (you can taste the alcohol for sure but it is a very smooth bite (like you get on grey goose), very nice and fine carbonation

Conclusion: you can tell it has those brown ale notes, it is called a quadruple by rate beer and beer advocate but on the label it is in fact labelled as an extra strong abbey brown ale which i believe to be a much better description cause the flavor profile is not exactly quadruple and neither is the color. It is verging somewhere between extra strong brown ale (as labeled) and barley wine (with some very light notes of quadruple/strong dark ale) as it has notes of every groups typical type. THIS IS DELICIOUS going to buy some more for sure! WOW these flavors really do change quickly shifting between all three styles.

Photo of drpimento
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho boy, this is as fine an abbot as you'll find. Poured at a great temperature with a small to medium sized, tan head that soon settled to a light swirl and a little lace. Color is a hazy dark copper with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, bread dough, yeast, dark ripe fruit, toffee. Flavor's much like nose and has excellent balance between a little hop/malt bitter, plenty of yeast bitter, carbonic tang, and sweet. Interestingly sweet seems to fade a bit. Body and carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, boozy, and long. Superior beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz brown glass with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Biscuity caramelized dark malts, cream, cherry and plum fruit esters, spices, brown sugar, and caramel. A fairly complex moderate strength aroma.

T: More malty and sugar-laden than expected, with notable caramelization. Raisin notes. Awkward for a quadrupel. The fruit esters get buried beneath the overwhelming malt layer. Caramelized malts comprise the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. The brown sugar is overdone. Complex but poorly balanced. Strangely built for the style. Not really subtle at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the sugar. The thickness is off but not in an extreme way. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay I guess, but it's certainly not tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring for the style. An awkward combination of a brown ale and a quad that never quite sits right. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's decently priced for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I can see where aging might help it.

Low C

Photo of brystmar
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/2012.

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.

Photo of mrskunk
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Mattgruv
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of rderedin
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a faded mahogany/garnet hue with a 1/2 finger width of off-white, bubbly head.

Smell - Plum/cherry, caramel, clove/banana yeast aroma. A tad musty.

Taste - Light flavours of dark fruits, quickly followed up with a pow of the clove/banana yeast (similar to that used by Unibroue). Slight spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.

Overall - Enjoyable quad by Dieu du Ciel. Despite the creepy corpse image on the bottle, the flavours in this brew are quite warm and inviting. ABV is noticeable, making this more of a sipper. A nice addition to Dieu du Ciel's lineup - not for the faint of heart.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Out of two sets of numeral from 0 to 9, the first 9 is notched...whatever that means.

A: Dark cherrywood, but barely translucent. Little head, but good tracing. A truly gorgeous shade.

S: Bright red apples, rich prunes, and dark spices. This smells like a quad. Bulky and scrumptious.

T: Molasses, musty yeast that seems to have lost much of its spice, and distant but sticky fruit. Alcohol is completely absent, deceptively so, with spice picking up much of the slack. The aftertaste has (white?) pepper, cloves, allspice, and probably much else beside. That said, the maintaste is a bit flat and certainly not as powerful as I'd anticipated. Much more like a BSDA (or even a BDA) than a quad.

M: Disappointing, except on the spice front.

O: I expect the best from Dieu du Ciel, but this bottle didn't quite deliver. Mediocre quad, pretty okay abbey ale, good beer. Recommended if you don't have to pay through the nose for it. Probably won't have again.

Photo of DanK4
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Mouthfeel: Medium-full

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+

Photo of ctgui
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/2011

A: Poured a dark amber/brown with a substantial head that fell quite quickly. Beautiful and consistent lacing.

S: Dried fruits like raisins, plums, a hint of spices and alcohol. I also find some saltiness in the smell, although I don’t know how to explain it further.

T: The mouth follows the nose. Fruity sweetness, spices and alcohol again. Malt is omnipresent and the finale is not bitter at all. Enjoyable.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit boozy, but this is very enjoyable and far from the most intense I had for the style.

O: Another great Dieu du Ciel!. I wouldn’t necessarily drink more than one of these in a night, but it is a nice culminating point. I definitely would recommend trying. I would look forward to aging a bottle to see how it evolves. A good representation of the style in my opinion.

Photo of unibroue4ever
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.