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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 340
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.
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Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy murky brown. Off-white head on top. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet sweet barley and candied sugars. Raisins. Molasses. Bready.

T: Runs sweet at first take. Lots of candied sugars. Raisins and yeasty breadiness. A touch of booziness lets you know this really is 10.5%. Disappointingly seems to lack complexity for the style. Too much bread and candied sugars, not enough dark fruits, IMO.

M: Thick and hefty. Superb carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Good mouthfeel here.

D/O: Overly-sweet and bready, it wore on me as time wore on. It's not a terrible beer. I'd have another if it was handed to me. But I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very murky medium brown. Almost no head - just enough to stick to the edge of the glass. No lacing at all.

Delicious smell. Fruity - prunes and apricot. The aroma of a fresh bear claw pastry.

A heavy taste that is sharper than the aroma. Spicy taste of the strange combination of nutmeg and thyme. Prunes and raisins. Then the taste of dark chocolate that resolves to licorice. Bitter hay aftertaste.

Medium slightly oily feel. Chalkiness in the aftertaste. Definitely needs more carbonation.

A well balanced quad with very complex, layered taste. More hops that most quads.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light brown which became a garnet body. Cream-colored head rose to two fingers at its zenith, and lasted for a few minutes at a smaller size. Plenty of carbonation, decent lacing. Looks like I poured in a bit of yeast sediment at the end - watch out!

S: Strawberries and plums. A bit of spice, no alcohol heat.

T: Starts off with plums and dark fruit, then becomes a bit sweeter with strawberries and the like towards the middle. Flavors are just fading away at the end, and there is relatively no aftertaste.

M: Not as carbonated as I expected from the appearance, but there's enough to keep it light while also full.

D: It goes down easily enough, but I didn't get a ton of complexity from this one. I could certainly drink another, but I wouldn't be excited about it.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This poured a hazed bronze into a small snifter. A fingers width of light tan head, retention is excellent, only settles to a thick froathy cap. Lacing coates the glass even when swirled around, visible carbonation.

S- Definitely more reminiscent of a BSDA, tons of dark fruits. Smell is sweet as well, caramel and brown sugar. It's somewhat bready and I detect a hint of spice too.

T- Nice balance of the dark fruits and sweet malt. There's also a herbal earthy type quality to this. The finish burns a bit from the spice and alcohol.

M- Velvety smooth average body. Superb feeling going down, a touch dry.

D- I love me some Dieu du Ciel. ABV could catch up to you quick as I'm fairly flushed in the face, but an excellent sipper on this cold Festivus night. There will be no airing of grievances on this brew!

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Photo of ikats
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, dark brown into the glass. Aroma is full of caramelized sugar with some dark sweet fruits. In general, it is sticky sweet and substantial. Taste is a little of a let down. Overall it is pleasant and similar to aroma, but alcohol is too evident. I am guessing that this is a young bottle, and the beer will improve greatly with some aging (the label mentions that the beer is at its best after at least six month aging). Body is meadium (I would've prefered something fuller). Mouthfeel is spoiled by alcohol. Cool label (that's always a plus in my book). This bottle was picked up at Half Time a week ago.

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Photo of dickieb
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber/brown with a very thin head and some below average lacing. The smell is of raisins belgian yeast brown sugar and a hint of booze. The flavor is similar in profile to the smell but not quite as hot, a very mellow malty belgian flavor with hints of dark dried fruits and spices. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but it thickens some with warming, and its drinkable but not as much as other quads I have tried. This is the second beer from Brasserie I have been impressed with(the other being Peche Mortel) and I will have to keep my eyes open for more.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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/

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown colour with a small off white head.

S - Sweet dark fruit , prunes and cherries and almost sweet candy like.

T - Sweet dark fruits shine through with raisins, cherries and I get a little vanilla with the strong belgium yeast although a little boozy on the finish as expected.

M - Fairly carbonated and medium to full bodied

0 - A reasonable quad/dark belgium ale which goes down well on a winters night. Not the best quad going around but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra supplied by Lunch in a trade, thanks!

Drank this several times and finally got around to reviewing it. Poured into St Bernardus goblet to savor during NFC wildcard game.

A--Pours deep reddish brown. Some lacing and has plenty of carbonation.

S--dark cherry is the biggest smell that I get from it, I like that.

T--Figs and cherry stick out the most to me, this is very tasty beverage. The alcohol is not real noticeable, which makes this a dangerous brew.

M--Silky and lots of carbonation

D--Another excellent brew by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. This is a favorite style of mine and I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a cloudy brown with light beige head that left very little lacing. Smelled of fruity yeast and light malts. Tasted like fruity yeast (raisins, figs?), bread and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbonated, otherwise very easy to drink.

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Photo of sennin
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip Glass.

A: Very enticing, the color is almost like cider. Dark burgundy and a light off-white colored head. The head is very nice as well, a bit small but it lasts throughout the entire beer session. Lacing is very evident.

S: This beer smells like Fall, brings to mind what the appearance originally did and more. Smell is definitely cider-like mixed with some very flowery and pleasant citrus scents. I also detect a cardamon/cinnamon like smell, amazing smelling beer.

T: First taste is something of lemon and other citrus like flavors, especially orange and lemon. Later some dark fruits like fig and raisin come in on the back end. I also get something like a caramel or butterscotch like taste mid-way through the tasting. A funky (but not bad) hard cider like taste comes in at the end of the taste session and lingers. Very good stuff. Alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. Incredibly drinkable.

M: Texture is great, very creamy- wraps around the tongue and sticks to it after the tasting. Bubbly but not in a way that takes away from the experience. One of the best mouth feels I have come across with a beer.

Definitely one of the best beers Dieu Du Ciel has on offer. Perfect as we come into the Fall season. A very pleasant beer that needs to be tried.

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Photo of squaremile
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Again I am a bit disappointed by a Dieu Du Ciel beer. This is I am guessing about a year old bottle as encouraged by the brewer. Pours a strange looking brown/amber with a nice fluffy head. Nose is dark fruits, brown sugar, alcohol, and clove. Taste is a real blast of sweetness in kind of a fruit roll-up way, just over the top and, artificial? Something is off, although as it warms it is more pleasant. Alcohol well hidden in the taste and a nice dry finish. Strange beer.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious!

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

I brought home a case of various Dieu de Ciel beers while we were visiting Montreal for the Mondial de la Biere. I had sampled quite a few of them while I was there and enjoyed most of what I had tried.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, with a pretty significant two finger head. Looks like a respectible triple quad
S - A little strong alcohol scent but not too overpowering.
T - Tastes really good, there is a slight hint of the alcohol strength behind this beer but it's not too bad. This would make a good session beer, but I can't see having more than 2 or 3 of these in an evening.
D - Goes down really smooth, almost too smooth. It'll catch up with you once you let it settle in.
M - Great body to this beer. Quite often the high alcohol content of a beer makes it a little thin to drink but this is not the case with this one.

I can't wait to sample some of the other Dieu De Ciel beers that I brought back with me.

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Photo of chase2634
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown with a finger of head that settled down to leave a thin lace.

There are wondrous smells of brown malts and a nice slight scent of toasted notes. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well, but fairly tame.

The taste is almost like raisin bread, chocolate with a hint of black cherry. The hops are barely noticable but add a nice spice kick. It is pretty sweet but finishes fairly dry. A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick. Very nice surprise.

It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

This brew reminds me why i love a good quad so much. It's a great style and they nailed it. Quite a surpise considering it came with little fanfare. Quite the Quad and i think i'll have another!

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Photo of dqrull
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber, with a red tint to it. A surprisingly resilient and thick foam for the ABV, slightly beige in colour, leaves some creamy spotted lacing on the glass.

Smells quite fresh, with dark fruits and alcohol dominating. Imagine prunes and dried peaches pickled in a sweet dessert-wine. Some dry malt-notes come through as well.

My first thought here is that the alcohol is not matched by the residual sweetness, and the flavours overall leaves me lost in a morass of alcohol and a far to faint fruitness. Finishes with a stingy faint bitterness that doesnt sit too well with the.. uhm, non-sweetness of the beer, there is a very appearent yeast-prescense at the end as well. Dont get me wrong, it's not an unpleasant beer, but it leaves a lot unanswered for...

Quite full bodied, but the carbonation is a bit weak, although of the right kind, with small soft bubbles.

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

A - Deep dark brown with a touch of purple, small head but stays there.

S - Sickly sweet malts right up front with a heaping of plums and figs. A touch of Belgian yeast and booze.

T - The sweet malts melt all over your tongue leaving a tingle. Flavors of charred brown sugar and figs along with a little apple and cherry. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn't make this brew too hot. Quite a nice array of flavors.

M - Lighter than expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavors whip all over your mouth.

D - Not bad for a quad, but I can't pound one of these because of both the flavor and the price. Would rather go for a Rochefort 10 or a St. Bernardus 12 for the money.

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Photo of wschmit
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of thryn
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish brown with a beige head that has good staying power.

Caramely nose. Toast, raisins, candied plums. Alcohol is not prominent in the nose.

Alcohol is much more noticeable on the palate, but it's quite nice. Rum raisin, caramel and toffee, maybe a hint of vanilla. Finishes with a bit of alcohol burn and some bitterness.

It's just a *smidge* too thick-bodied, to my tongue. The body is sticky and creamy. Carbonation is smooth and mild.

This is a pretty good quad, but a slow sipper that gets a little cloying as it goes on.

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Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with very thin white head. Lighter than expected aroma of fig, plum, brown sugar and winter spices. Bigger taste with the same flavors as the nose up front and a little bite at the end with just slightly more hop bitterness than usual for a quad and some nice warming alcohol. Quite smooth. Not as complex as the classics, but very well balanced. A delicious sipper and one I'll be coming back to.

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Photo of johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one!
Pours a Belgian style brown color with a decent sized white head that slowly disappears. Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts and a slight alcohol smell. Tastes of sweet plums and raisins followed by a spicy after taste of spices I cannot identify. Another reviewer mentioned that the "sweetness is "eaten up by the hops" I could not find a better way to describe this flavor which does indeed balance out the sweetness of this beer. The flavor finishes with this flavor, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer is a sipper but it goes down easy. I could savor one of these for hours and could see myself drinking this again and again but I could not see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. It has a nice auburn like color. The head is cream colored. I can smell cherries but nothing else, and even that is faint (my weak sense of smell). I can taste cherry and a fruitiness. There's also a sweetness to the beer. I can taste a roasty finish with some alcohol burn. There's a cloying aftertaste that I'm not impressed with.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - This is my first quadruple and first Dieu de ciel offering, and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. I went from trying something new to enjoying four pours of an amazing beer. Very strong smell of coffee and fruity. The taste, however is very strong, malty beer. The beer feels heavy, great in the mouth, and goes down smooth. Rigor Mortis - definitely a beer to die for, and highly recommended from this beer lover. Cheers!

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.