Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-11-2013 01:53:30 | More by 4ster
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights. 2-finger light brown head that lasts. Good lacing.
Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, sweet.
Taste starts with alcohol and then leads into dark fruits [figs], caramel, malts.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.
Overall, a good beer. Interesting for the style. Drinkable, but not too many at this ABV.
08-22-2009 16:05:09 | More by atigerlife
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Pours a dark plum color, although it's more of a ruby-amber when held up to the light. The head billows and fades into a glorious sheet of foam.
The smell is fresh cut granny smith apples, with some rich caramelized brown sugar underneath and some mildly medicinal phenols in the background.
The taste is rich, not quite cloyingly sweet but it's pushing it a bit for me. There are elements of sweet dark fruits, clean pear-like esters, there's a little chocolate in the aftertaste, a little smoke in the finish, and the alcohol is very present and leaning towards solventy for me.
Comparisons are inevitable I guess and I just find that Rochefort 10 and La Trappe/Koningshoeven, two of my favorite beers of any style, period, do a much better job of masking the alcohol while having a full on taste without bordering on harsh like this does.
Mouthfeel is dense and lacking carbonation.
I love this brewery. I love this style. But I only like this beer.
07-22-2009 03:23:17 | More by MeisterBurger
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Rigor Mortis is a murky, chocolate brown color with a moderate beige head that quickly reduces to a collar. For the aroma all I can get for sure is a boozy smell, little else. I struggled for quite a while with the taste of Rigor, nearly to the end of the beer. Then I remembered I received some dates for early Christmas and sampled one. Guess what? That was it. So, Rigor tastes like a sweet, alcoholic date (I've had a few of those). The feel was full bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability was only fair due to ABV, alcohol taste and price.
I did enjoy Rigor Mortis and rate it highly in everything but drinkability.
12-22-2009 22:17:13 | More by kegger22
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Poured into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours cloudy toffee brown with a thin, off-white head that doesn't last very long. There are some visible tiny bubbles along the side of the glass and alcohol legs. The beer smells of bread, toffee, and chocolate. I get an aroma of dark fruits as well. The taste follows the nose. The beer has a nice bready flavor as well as some toffee that brings some sweetness to the flavor. I get some light flavor of raisin and some hop bitterness that mildly lingers on the back end. I also taste the alcohol. The beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is a very good beer.
04-22-2013 01:14:13 | More by acevenom
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours typical dark belgian style, dark brown, light tan, almost white head. Cool lacing left by intricate little bubbles up and down. Smells almost like medicinal alcohol at first, but that quickly fades way to sweet malt, a bit but not a ton of dark fruit. Flavour is equally balanced, not a ton of sweet dark fruit here, slightly sweet, little hop presence. The best part is in the mouthfeel, while it doesn't pack a ton of flavour, it still manages to be coating in mouthfeel, it just feels right. Carbonation is perfect. Drinkability is amazing. Not the most amazing quad out there, but still a great experience.
06-03-2009 08:36:53 | More by damienblack
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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 common to 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 having another.
12-27-2010 01:10:44 | More by perrymarcus
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Very glad to see the Dieu Du Ciel beers make their way to Denver. Pours dark brownish red with tan head. Smells sweet, caramelly, and dried dark fruitish. Taste includes the above, as well as candi sugar, yeast, and bread. Very good. My quad-loving wife is also enjoying some in her mini-City Beer Store glass. Body is pretty thick with medium carbonation.
07-22-2009 02:07:22 | More by waltonc
2.65/5 rDev -32.9%
Edit: I feel terrible about this review as I had a bottle of four or five year old Rigor Mortis at DDC's 13th anniversary party and it totally blew my mind. It was one of the best few beers I've ever had and easily A+ material. I'll have to try finding an aged bottle to review and will definitely be putting some away for later.
Poured this into a wine glass. No bottling date or expiration date but it can't be too old as I don't think they've been bottling this one too long.
For a Belgian-style strong ale, this doesn't look all that impressive. Not a bad looking beer by any means, I was just expecting more from this great brewery. I poured pretty aggressively and didn't get much head; what did appear, disappeared quickly to some patchy areas of foam. While the colour of the beer is actually pretty great (glowing red-brown), it looks a little watery. No lacing.
Roasted malt and cloves seem to come out most strongly but there isn't much smell to speak of. A little citrusy, minerals; it's pretty weak smelling.
Wow, I'm really not impressed with this. While it is pretty strong at 10.5% (not the 9.5% listed here on BA) the alcohol comes out way too much; it's actually what hit me first, which is not a good thing. Harsh tasting, like someone spiked a Leffe Brun with vodka. The ABV dominates the taste, followed by minerals and a bit of roasted malt. Mild spices way off in the background. Thin tasting and not well balanced at all in my opinion. Not much depth of flavour and the aftertaste is bitter in a not-completely-pleasant kind of way. Both harsh and thin: not a good thing.
For a strong Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is horrible. Much too thin bodied, watery and over carbonated.
Not drinkable. This beer really surprised me; I'm a HUGE fan of Dieu du Ciel and enjoy many of their beers. This one just doesn't live up to their standards, judging from the majority of their beers. Maybe I spoiled myself by trying Unibroue 17 last night for the first time; that beer completely blows this one away. Maybe I'd chug one or two of these to get a good buzz going...if they were free. I hate to sound like I'm trashing this beer; I'm really not. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle. This is really disappointing...Dieu du Ciel, what's up?
06-17-2009 05:42:20 | More by eat
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
A: Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with a small amount of light tan head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing running down the glass.
S: Sweet and somewhat floral molasses, with a fair amount of cloves and other common Belgian style spices.
T: Very sweet, but just short of cloying. Finishes slightly bitter. Strongly flavored throughout; not particularly balanced, but the flavors are pretty good.
M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.
D: Not a beer you want to have a lot of or have all the time, but that's also not its goal.
12-19-2010 23:31:28 | More by seand
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.
A. 1 finger head. Color is ruby brown. Ok head retention. Decent lacing.
S. Smell is caramel malt, Somewhat sour cherry smell. Dark fruit, spices, Pepper, caramel. Some alcohol.
T. Delicous Quad. Sweet caramel malt. Nice fruity sweetness. Dark fruit, a little banana taste. Some berries.
M. Full bodied. Lingering sweetness. Low carbonation.
D. This is a very smooth and well balanced Quad. Very delicous. Not as complex as some. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and makes this very drinkable.
01-30-2010 02:31:01 | More by siradmiralnelson
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
From 12 oz bottle to snifter
A: Mahogany in color, opaque. Not much of head to speak of, the suds that do exist speckle the glass with lacing.
S: The nose is ester-y, with banana and cherry notes prominent. The booze helps to dry the palate and it's volatiles propels a slight hop snap. Toffee-malts surround and envelop the bouquet, as a caramelly sweetness lingers.
T: Ester-y again, but there are distinct notes of carob and molasses that were undetected in the nose. The booze seems subdued on the palate as well, as malty sweetness dominates. Touches of oak, ripe cherry and phenols, but the flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional for a quad. Short finish for the style, sweet.
M: Chewy and viscous...fortunately th brew is more carbonated than it appeared.
A solid big Belgian beer, fairly easy to drink. But when you're reaching for a quad you're usually in the mood for something with layered complexity, which is lacking in this brew.
12-12-2013 09:05:16 | More by rand
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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