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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
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617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 57
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

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Ratings: 617 | Reviews: 336
Photo of magictacosinus
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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 deereless
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Loads of thick cottony head that drops to leave patchy foam along the edges of the glass, the color of dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Surprisingly the aromas are relatively subdued, though an aggressive swirl brought out dark pitted fruit smells and a faint woodiness, alcohol is evident, faint rum soaked cherries, even fainter aromas of yeast - 3.75, T: For a 10.5% beer this is quite smooth with little to no burn but the alcohol does come to the front of the palate as the beer warms, strong flavors of dates and raisins, some phenols and medicinal tastes as well, burnt toffee, just borders on cloyingly sweet while being quite dry - 4.25, M: Medium bodied and smooth - 3.75, D: This is a great closer to a long evening, a little too high in alcohol to fit into a truly 'drinkable' category though it is very enjoyable - 3.50

Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a deep dark chestnut brown with just a ring of white lace around the top

S-sweet, malty, boozey. Smell is bread-like

T-there is a bitterness to the taste which surprised me. The malt and sweetness smooth things out, but the bitterness lingers. Overall though is similar to the smell, very malty. Alcohol not very present.

M-full body, low carbonation, smooth

D-very drinkable even with the high ABV, a nice winter beer

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sent my way in CanCon BIF by wordemupg - thanks man! Pours a deep mahogany with glints of ruby/amber, nice finger plus of khaki head pillows up in the snifter, slowly recedes but maintains a nice thin lacing on top.

Nose is spicy, lots of sweet caramel, hints of esters, earthy, hint of hopping - not as "quad-ish" as you would think, more a blend of quad/barleywine/dubbel - maybe even a hint of scotch ale.

Smooth toffee, caramel, spicy, earthy body followed by an alcohol kick - definitely needs some smoothing out there. Fairly sweet body without the balanced dryness one would expect. Balanced flavor, medium body and creamy carb give the feeling of drinkability and then the alcohol knocks that feeling away, burn down the throat.

Well constructed, tasty all the way - just needs some time or something to hide the alcohol burn better.

Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch 0 notched on the label. Definitely has some age on it of 1 year at the least, probably a fair bit more. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours murky brown with a good light beige head that holds a foamy island and ring and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is dark fruits, particularly strong on the raisins along with some prunes, figs and black currants, yeast & bread, some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of oxidation probably due to the fact that Dieu du Ciel is using screw-tops on their beers. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor is rich dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, minimal to no hop presence, moderate to fair sweetness, lingering finish, alcohol is virtually absent.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very creamy, low to medium carbonation.

This may very well be the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've ever had. Wow. Dieu du Ciel never ceases to amaze...just wish the price was better and they would stop using screw-top bottles!!!

Photo of Wobbly
4.04/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mscudder
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Murky copper brown hue. Thin deep-tan head.

S - Soft sugars, Belgian yeast with a subtle warmth.

T - Crisp brown with a Belgian twist. Not overly complex but the flavors are refreshing due to the juicy fruit presence: apple, pear and citrus.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

O - Great, well rounded brown. May I have another?!

Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark, brown-amber color; the head is thin and dense but dissipates quickly; little to no lacing

S: sweet toffee and caramel flavors; also a hint of pepper

T: Spicy and sweet; really well balanced

M: Nicely carbonated with a nice even balance throughout the mouth

D: This is a smooth, easy-going quad; one that you could drink slowly for a little while

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz into Chimay glass.

Pours a deep copper, with burgundy edges. Respectable off-white head that fades to rimmer with a touch of lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation when held to the light.

Deep plum and rotten appple aroma, with plenty of spice, including cinnamon.

Rich fruity flavor, with duller spice profile than in the aroma. Some black pepper zing to counter the sweetness.

Somewhat thick MF (not more so than typical Quad), but with a good cutting level of carbonation, keeping it far from syrupy.

A sipper, no doubt, and with a not-too-thick mouthfeel over a pleasant flavor, it's a winner.

Photo of BostonHops
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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 kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a nice burgundy color, hues of brown and garnet, fairly opaque texture with a thick soapy bone colored head that has decent retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is of candied fig, brown sugar, alcohol, plum, cherry and a bit of molasses. Fairly typical of a quad, but the alcohol is a bit dominant and mutes some of the more subtle notes. The flavors are quite similar, lots of stone fruit, plum and cherry, brown and candied sugar, with sweet and strong alcohol and rich dark grain. The flavors are very sweet and fall a bit short of what the nose lead on, the balance isn't quite there and compared to some of the more elite quads, this definitely falls short. The body is nice, carbonation is perfect, just enough to dance on the tongue, but avoids being prickly and abrasive and it has a nice silky finish.

Verdict: A decent quad from Dieu du Ciel! While it isn't as refined as many others and the alcohol takes over at times, it is definitely an enjoyable beer, but I'm not sure I'd buy this again with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 so readily available.

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 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
Lacing none
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, one finger of head forms and camps out for a bit and leaves a thin lacing behind. Smell is spice forward, a bit of alcohol burn, and some belgian yeastiness.

The taste is holy-cow-spice-and-caramel. In your face. Like a less boozy version of Rochefort 10 (which I'm not a huge fan of). Very interesting really, although not all that complex. The body is full but it just doesn't have that extra pep in the taste to put it over the edge. Overall, a solid quad that I probably won't bother visiting again.

Photo of elricorico
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown while pouring, crayon brown in the glass with some light slipping through on the edges. Thin tan head which slips to a cap but leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aromas of grape juice and candy sugar. Very sweet to the nose. Brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Boozy and sweet, though the alcohol taste isn't abrasive. Dark fruits soaked in liquor. Caramel and a spicy finish. Good, but I'm a big fan of quads and I can certainly think of several that are tastier.

Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as many quads, but it kinda works for this one.

Not bad, but I had higher hopes for a quad from this brewery. I'd have it again, but given a choice I would go for one of the more classic quads.

Photo of MisterClean
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Loki for picking and splitting

A - Poured a hazy mahogany with 2 fingers of cappucino colored head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing. Moderate carbonation present.

S - Notes of toffee and caramel with dark candi sugar and light alcohol.

T - Toffee and caramel flavors dominate along with dark candi sugars. Bittering hops have replaced the presence of light alcohol. Definitely tasting much better after it warms up.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and malt dominated.

D - Great overall. Unsure if it is worth $8 for a single 12 oz bottle though.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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+

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.