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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 61 | 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 Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy nut-brown pour, opaque despite not being too dark, and very thin head which quickly dissipated.

Walnuts come through the nose in advance of yeast, candi sugar, gingerbread, dates, and a little bit of alcohol. Complex and interesting.

Much sweeter taste than the aroma hinted, and more heavily favoring dark fruit. Prunes, plums, and sugar, with just a hint of tart plum peel. More gingerbread, and molasses. Slightly metallic.

Slightly boozy; medium overall feel re: viscosity, but a very complex and full beer to savor. Good amount of carbonation sting adds a very necessary bite to balance out the sweetness.

This is one of the sweeter quads I've tasted. It's also sufficiently complex and full. Good, but not quite in that echelon of great quads.

Roguer, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Rastacouere
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One year old bottle: Cloudy pale bronze coloured. Malty nose with notes of dark fruits, plums, original pomegranate. Good mouthfeel, warming. Very malty in mouth, almost vinous, but not quite sticky, roasted caramel, chocolate. I enjoyed the finish, but it was perhaps a little unbalanced on the sweet side. Strongly recommended, could be one of Dieu Du Ciel's best.

Rastacouere, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of PappyVans
4/5  rDev +1.3%

PappyVans, May 25, 2014
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.

leaddog, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazelnut brown with lively bubbles of carbonation dancing about the body beneath the very thin, tan head that quickly dissolves leaving almost no lacing behind.

Aromas of dark fruits such as cherries and plums dance from the glass along with caramel sweetness and Belgian yeast.

Generous flavors of dark fruits, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast highlight the palate. As it warms, there is a spicy kick to the finish and perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Medium in body with generous carbonation with a velvety finish and just a kick of spice and booze at the very end.

A tasty example of the style with plenty to offer the senses and style appropriate.

CHADMC3, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of weonfire
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown almost a deep burgundy, light cream finger thick head, dissipates after a few moments, completely opaque

S - Carmel, chocolate, raspberry, aged fruit, rum

T - initial: Sweet aged fruit- really complex flavors, chocolate, carmel. finish: a hint of booze, almost a roast, fruit/carmel is a linger-er

M - Full, thick, creamy, velvet, silky - amazing.

O - This is really really good. Sweet aged fruit, complex flavors. Mouth is Rochefort-like, do wish there was a stronger nose. Flavors are really nice but slightly mellow. 10.5ABV is hidden so well. One of the best non-trappist Quads I've ever had.

weonfire, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of wiltznucs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

wiltznucs, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of jk3
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

jk3, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown color, with a thin tan head. the head lingers, leaving minimal lace.

This beer smells mostly of dark fruit. Figs, plumbs, and dates. It smells malty sweet, with a hint of caramel. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma of this one.

This beer tastes mostly like it smells, with some dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol comes out a little in the flavor.

This beer is thick and full bodied. It is low in carbonation. It leaves a fig like aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor is pretty aggressive.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. It is defiantely a sipper. I would drink it again.

OStrungT, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of becktone
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes 10-26-09

Eye: Very dark brown in color, when held to the light it shows deep garnet hues. Hard to talk about clarity with a beer of this color. Head formation and retention is nice. Head is stable at about a half a finger with a very creamy texture and creme light brown in color, lacing looks very nice. Almost looks like a frappuccino...the way that the whipped cream turns to light brown on top and sticks to the edges of the glass.

Nose: Very vinous in aroma. Reminds me quite a bit of a Cabernet Savignoun. Spicy and dark red fruits, tannin. This thing seriously smells like a wine. Now, I'm getting some spice from the yeast, not like the spice I was smelling before from the beer on the whole, not like the spiciness or peppery cabernet savignoun. This spiciness is from beer yeast. Alcohol is evident. Slight and light banana esters, slight nutty and bready aroms.

Tongue: The label talks of chocolate and boy is that the truth. That is the first thing I pick out of this beer. I'm also getting some roasted dark malts, coffee like in a way but not quite...bitterness from dark grains. Its not stoutish but that real dark not qutie burnt but dark grain flavor hangs around after its been swallowed for quite some time. Alcohol is prevalent. Don't get me wrong this is a nice, big, beer...but its just not all that belgian. It lacks what would make it really stand out as a belgian, at least for me. Its good, just not "belgian good." There's just not enough belgian character that comes through in this beer for me to really go crazy over it. Yes I like it, and yes its good but there is much better out there, especially as far as quads go-Rochefort 10.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is low and very fine as befits the style. Anything else and it'd totally blow this beer. Body is heavy and this beer is definitely one to sip on. Its not like other belgian styles that I've had. There isn't all that much sweet dark fruit and dark candy flavor or aroma here. An impression of smokiness and burnt or very darkly roasted grains...no maybe not that but heavily roasted barley and very much graininess. This is one that I'll sip on till its gone, but really, I don't think its worth the $5.50 I paid for it. I'm not saying to steer clear, but there is definitely better out there for quads. I've only had five hundred and change beers and I can tell you there are better quads out there. I guess its all about personal taste. This is not a "traditional" belgian quad. I think its very much different. I prefer the "traditional" to this. Not a big fan of that black patent or heavily roasted barley, esp when its mixed with a high alcohol brew such as this.

becktone, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of RuckusDu
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

RuckusDu, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish copper color with some dark amber highlights into a chalice. Almost two fingers of foamy khaki colored head has good retention and leaves some lacing that falls back down onto the top. Smells of dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, Belgian candy, pepper, clove, and a touch of ripe bananas. Tastes of dark fruits like plums, grapes, cherries, and prunes followed by some chocolate, molasses, bread, spices, and candied sugar with a touch of earth, funk, and alcohol in the finish. Medium to medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and really sweet. This is a great quad, easy to drink and great for the style. Perhaps it is a little too sweet, but overall it has a nice complexity and is enjoyable.

HopDerek, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of vandemonian
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

vandemonian, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" head. Looks hazy brown and thick, kind of like a darker brown version of apple cider. Not much smell at all other than the slightest hint of malt. Taste and mouthfeel is where this truly excells and I'd liken it to enjoying some nice Boston Baked Beans. There's molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, I can almost even taste salt pork, and there's a smooth body but almost a particulate aspect to it like a rich sauce. The taste treat makes up for where the rest isn't tops.

MoreThanWine, May 12, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have a to love a beer with a name like Rigor Mortis with a picture of a corpse on the label. It pours a rose color, with about two fingers of white heading. The nose is very boozy, with traces of dark fruit, rose petals, and gum. Lots of juicy fruit comes through in the taste, along with some brown sugar. Overall though, the alcohol really overwhelms things here. It comes off as very syrupy/full bodied and sweet, without much balance to even things out. Not a bad drinker, but I would recommend sipping this beer, as it is heavy at times. I am not too sure when this was brewed, but the label says that it needs at least six months to age, so maybe that is exactly what is needed here.

jamie2dope, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of July2Nov
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very hazy muddy brown. Slight carbonation.

Smell: sweet, malty, buttery, mild chocolate, coffee and doughy come to mind.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Rich upfront with a deep chocolate/caramel flavor. Spikes up a sweet raisin taste and ends with a syrupy fullness. The first taste keeps the mouth with that "warm" alcohol infused sting and keeps it up with every sip after. I could see this one being aged and mellowing out the strong alcohol flavor that is prevalent.

Drinkability: As the label indicates: This one should be aged for six months for the perfect taste and I can see why. With that being said, The beer was not bad at all in it's early stage. I probably would only drink one of these in any given session, cellared or not.

July2Nov, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of mscudder
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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?!

mscudder, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of JellyJacket
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

JellyJacket, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of FanofHefe
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

FanofHefe, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  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.

kevanb, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Hallertau
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hallertau, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 5, 2009.

A: Dark brown beer... almost black. Little head.

S: Inviting smell, average intensity. Get some fruit (can't say which but probably dark fruit...) and some light flavor of chocolate.

T: Complex taste. Very hard to pin-point it... Very good...no bitterness.

M: Mellow beer with a medium body.

D: Wow, could drink all evening. A very dangerous beer!

Got a second bottle that I will let age for 6 or 12 months. I'll edit the review then.

Drank in 2010, a 2009 bottle. The smell had more sugar in it and the taste showed notes of caramel and chocolate. Didn't see any advantages in aging this one, well 12 months are not enough if this one ages well.

Drank a 2010 bottle: Same color of brown with some reddish notes. Nice foamy head. Spices and sugar notes in the aroma. The 2010 has more bitterness than the 2009 bottle for sure. Beer is feeling stronger than the 2009 version.

A good beer, however drinkability suffers from the high ABV that its you at the end.

ZorPrime, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 mrmanning
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At volo on tap. Had a few samples of this- A deep hazed dirty brown with a nice structured eggshell cap. Nose is full on stewed fruits, lots of sugars, caramel, vanilla, spices. Tastes very sweet, of Belgian candy sugars, bubblegum, caramel, vanilla, floral spices, a bit oaky. Very good. Quite drinkable for the strength. A creamy and sweet and silky finish. Excellent example of this elusive style.

mrmanning, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  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.

rapidsequence, Sep 19, 2011
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.