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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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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
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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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of stewart124
4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown and has a head that started out dense and fizzled down a bit to leave a thin lace.

There are amazing smells of brown malts and a toasted note. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well.

The taste is almost like raisin bread and finishes with a nice kick. The hops are barely noticable but add a spice and floral note. Whoa the taste is so sweet but finishes bone dry. My mouth almost puckers in the finish. Slight sour apple esters and a warming feeling in my stomach.

This beer is delicious and very complex. Each sip brings about a new sensation. With a name like this I am a little worried to finish the glass.

Quite the Quad.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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 ajs4bd
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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

Served from a 11.5oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my La Chouffe tulip at cellar temperature (01/04/10).

A: Pours a rather murky dark mahogany with a frothy two finger head with great staying power and lacing. From reading several review I did not come to expect much from the head, but it severely delivered for me, staying until the very end.

S: The aroma is comprised of dark fruits including raisins, plums, and prunes along with dried variations of said dark fruits. There are also tone of apple, and subtle alcohol. All of this is surrounded in Belgian yeast and some sweet malt.

T: The dried dark fruits are showcased in a blanket of Belgian yeast and sweet malt. Very nice flavors indeed and a pretty solid representation of a Belgian Quad. Not the most complex, but nice.

M: Fairly full-bodied and thick, representative of the style. Carbonation is unremarkable.

D: For the style it is quite quite drinkable and the 9.5% abv. is hidden well. I would have no problem having two or three of these is a sitting. About as sessionable as a Belgian Quad can be.

Overall this beer this is another solid effort from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. I very much enjoyed this Quad and found it not only easy to drink, but quite flavorful. Nothing earth-shattering, just a well-crafted beer. Recommended.

Photo of dstc
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown color with a nice off-white head. Head falls to a small one. Decent lace.

The nose is of deep fruits soaked in sweet malts and candied sugars. Smells like it should be good.

Very sweet candied malt taste in the traditional Belgian Quad style. No noticeable hops and a mild chocolate taste. Nice.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a bit of booziness on the tongue.

Very nice version of a Belgian quad. Well done.

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label has a batch number of 1 0 punched out on the left for whatever year that means.

A medium copper colored ale with good clarity and a few floaters.

A vinous, dark fruit aroma with some moderately rich malt notes. There is a medium amount of caramel sweet aroma.

It tastes like it smells just with the addition of some Belgian yeast character of spice and fruit. The malt dominates back by some dark fruit but neither are to the extent of a Dark Strong. A wine like note again with a low hop bitterness and nothing for flavor hops. There is a moderate amount of crystal malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately sweet. It has a medium finish and a quick pepper and raisin aftertaste.

A medium-light bodied beer with a medium strong level of carbonation.

Definitely worth picking up. It's a rich malty beer with a wine-like character along with some fruit and spice character.

Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured a rich, cloudy reddish brown with nice chunks of yeast and a thin ring of head. A good looking quad, it could do with a bit more head, but otherwise it looks fantastic. Scents of dark fruit, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, date, dark cherry and prune, along with aromas of brown sugar, bread crust, and rich, sweet, bready malt, fruity esters of an indeterminate type and a heavy presence of alcohol. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice quadrupel that is rich, sweet, fruity and boozy. It is quite nice. Flavor begins sweet and malty with notes of rich, sweet brown bread and dark fruit, mostly raisin, prune, plum, sweet cherry and caramel with a hint of milk chocolate and some limited spicy Belgian yeast phenols. This moves into a sweet middle that continues flavors of caramel, sweet bready malt, medium-light flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit, with the fruits mentioned above, but at a light level. Finish is sweet with moderate notes of milk chocolate, caramel, bread crust, toast, sweet bready malt, medium-light alcohol warmth, and light red cherry and plum on the swallow. Light spiciness is present at the end. Aftertaste is medium-sweet with notes of toasted bread, bread crust, caramel, chocolate, white pepper and light alcohol. Overall impression of flavor is of a rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit-filled, slightly boozy and complex quadrupel. It is an excellent example of the style, not the best, but very pleasing on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and creamy with medium-high carbonation and a medium, smooth alcohol burn. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a true to style quadrupel that fits the richer Abbey style, rather than the drier Trappist form, more St. Bernardus than Achel Extra. Very nice. Overall this is a nice quadrupel. It is rich and complex in aroma and flavor, hitting the style quite well and it has a lovely, full mouthfeel that is pleasant and aids the flavor. A very nice quadrupel and I am looking forward to seeing how it ages.

Photo of 4ster
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip. Bottled Feb 2013.

A: Medium brown, hazy with amber undertones, light, bright white head on pour disappearing to a few bubbles around the edge, and lacing on top.

S: Dark red fruit (plum, dark cherries), yeasty and some sweet spice.

T: Black slightly sour cherries, plums again, burnt sugar/caramel malts in the middle, then finishing with a bit of spice, funky Belgium yeasts, and alcohol...

M: Bright and sparkling with med carbonation, sticky on the finish. Pretty refreshing and overall well balanced in the flavours, except a the body is a bit boozy.

O: DDC says this is ideal with at least 6 months of age on it, so consider this a "fresh" review... I would say this is a quite nice quad for a beer out of Belgium. Nice flavours, interesting yeast profile, just not quite as refined as the 400+ year old Belgium's :P ... Overall, not the most complex, perhaps a bit sweet, but still worth snagging if you happen to feel like a triple during its once a year release or ones kicking around in your basement.

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