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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 45
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 heysuz
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

heysuz, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

peensteen, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

draheim, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

ngeunit1, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

rapidsequence, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

papat444, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

notchucknorris, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of wschmit
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

wschmit, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

FanofHefe, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

evanlarkin, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

CharlieMurphy, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of 20ozmonkey
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.

20ozmonkey, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

MasterSki, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

jera1350, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

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

jmdrpi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -3%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer poured out as a murky dark brown color. The head was slim and didn't leave much lacing behind. The smell of the beer has some fermented dark fruits on the nose, a little bit of yeast, and not too much else here. The taste of brown sugar and fruit upfront with a nice sweetness to it. The aftertaste had a dry caramel like flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall I enjoyed this Quad, I would still prefer a La Trappe over this one though.

Knapp85, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of meerkat2
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Batch 05, whatever that means.

Beer poured with minimal head that turned into collar of tiny bubbles. Color has reddish-brown hues with a fruit fly right in the middle. D'oh!
The aroma is pretty good. It gets a little hot as the temperature rises due to the listed ABV of 10.5%. I get some nutty notes and chocolate-y notes, as well as a slight bit of coffee. I was drinking coffee earlier, though. A lot of dark fruits, raisins specifically. Also a little bit of vanilla. I also get a weird chemical smell, but I'm pretty sure it is coming from the detergent used to clean the glass (different glass after the fruit fly).
The taste brings out those dark fruits and some more chocolate - more like figs this time as opposed to raisins. Not bitter at all, but a little hot once again as the temperature rises. I also taste what seems to me like citrus rind, but that might be the detergent again. I will disregard that in the ranking as I did not taste it in the other glass.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a "abbey-style brown ale" (as listed on the bottle, as opposed to Quad, as listed on beeradvocate). It feels nice but so do a lot of beers.
Overall, I do enjoy drinking this beer. It's certainly no Rochefort, but I would buy it again. Maybe.

meerkat2, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

jamescain, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Cloudy dull cider-brown, but with bubbles rising. No true head, even after a heavy pour.

Big sugar, malt, and fruit wood aromas. Some vanilla and a little booze.

Smooth beer, with heavy sweet malt, some cherry/wood notes, fruit, light bitterness, and not a hint of alcohol. The malt has a real brown sugar element to it. Wonderful.

Full bodied, carbonated.

Wonderful quad. Very easy to drink - scary easy. Worthy and then some.

OtherShoe2, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz bottle into pint glass. On the bottle it states Abbey-style brown ale, and will be reviewed as such. Not sure why it is a Quad on here...

A - Pours a murky, hazy brown with solid tannish head. Good lacing with some retention on sides.

S - Belgian yeast, some fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), wet wood, pie spices

T - Great flavour here. Lots of fruit like in the nose with a very nice nutty complexity as well (hazelnuts, some almond). This is a great brown that is more interesting due to the funkiness from the yeast strain.

M - Very smooth, medium, ABV hidden very well

O - I thought this was a fantastic beer, probably one of the best browns I have had. The yeast used gives it a nice funkiness and a twist on the style. Very good.

OakedCanuck, May 31, 2011
Photo of unibrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Beerradvocate calls this a Quad, but, on the bottle, it says Abbey-Style Brown Ale, so, I 'll review it as an Abbey-Style Brown Ale. Not fair to them otherwise. As such, it's not a style I've run across before, so, I don't really have a great reference point, however, I am enjoying the beer. The alcohol is well hidden, and I think the intended flavors come through. I get a nice amount of malt...not much in hops...not much in anything Belgiany either, but if you look deep, it is there. Really nice..one of there better brews..seek it out if you can! It's a rare style. If you want something different, you should try it!

unibrew, May 21, 2011
Photo of MCorrea
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Pours a medium brown with a white head that doesn't last all that long. Color is a bit odd for the style, but the bottle calls it an "abbey style brown ale" which makes more sense.

S- A little bit of brown sugar in the aroma, but mostly yeasty type smells that overwhelm anything else.

T- I get a lot of nutty brown ale type flavors. Not much Belgian spiciness or fruity esters or other flavors one would expect from a quad. Kinda disappointing.

M- Medium mouthfeel that allows the sweetness to come through. Not too thick or too thin.

O- Not a bad beer, but not really what I would expect from a quad. Worth a try, I suppose.

MCorrea, May 21, 2011
Photo of slimspady
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

slimspady, May 13, 2011
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.