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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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337 Reviews
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Reviews: 337
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 62
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 337 | Hads: 658
Photo of LaCoursiere
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a slight haze. It forms a half finger khaki head that recedes slowly.

S - Has a funky belgian yeast aroma with notes of banana and clove with just as much dark fruit notes in there as well; dark cherries.

T - Fruity sweetness of plums, cherries and grapes up front w/ the belgian yeast notes coming in midway, fading to a nice hop bitterness in the finish that beats the sweetness back into submission.

M - Medium heavy mouth-feel that is slightly chewy with a nice level of carbonation. There's a nice little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I liked this one a lot. The sweetness up front fades to nice bitterness in back. The person I tasted it with hated it; didn't like the sweet flavors. If you like sweetness in a beer you should definitely give this one a try. A heavy brew though, so you needn't drink more than one at a time. I drank half a 12oz and I was satisfied. (944 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of CaptainTripps
2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Poured a cloudy dark brown with amber/red hues on the edges when held up to the light. About a half of a finger of mocha colored head came with the pour.

S: Spices blended with red fruits and some dark fruit aromas. Getting some caramel and chocolate malts coming through. Slight belgian yeast coming out as well as some alcohol heat.

T: Man the spices really kick you in the pants with this beer. Has the over spicyness of a dubbel that over powers the would be dark fruits. Plums and figs are there but seemingly in small quantities. Chocolate malt comes through on the finish, has some what of a slight raw rich chocolate bitterness to the flavor. Left a weird aftertaste on the palate.

M: Not as carbonated as i would like to see in my quad, but not bad. Probably one of the best points of the beer. Alcohol has a little bit of bite but not to over the top.

D: Not to great with this beer. They tried to force a brown ale into a quad and it didn't work for me. Overall i found the spicy/bitterness of the beer to be just plain bad. Funny the bottle says "minimal" bitterness and it was way more bitter then any quad should ever be.

They gave the quadruple a try and didn't do that great of a job. (1,255 characters)

Photo of meerkat2
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 05, whatever that means.

Beer poured with minimal head that turned into collar of tiny bubbles. Color has reddish-brown hues with a fruit fly right in the middle. D'oh!
The aroma is pretty good. It gets a little hot as the temperature rises due to the listed ABV of 10.5%. I get some nutty notes and chocolate-y notes, as well as a slight bit of coffee. I was drinking coffee earlier, though. A lot of dark fruits, raisins specifically. Also a little bit of vanilla. I also get a weird chemical smell, but I'm pretty sure it is coming from the detergent used to clean the glass (different glass after the fruit fly).
The taste brings out those dark fruits and some more chocolate - more like figs this time as opposed to raisins. Not bitter at all, but a little hot once again as the temperature rises. I also taste what seems to me like citrus rind, but that might be the detergent again. I will disregard that in the ranking as I did not taste it in the other glass.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a "abbey-style brown ale" (as listed on the bottle, as opposed to Quad, as listed on beeradvocate). It feels nice but so do a lot of beers.
Overall, I do enjoy drinking this beer. It's certainly no Rochefort, but I would buy it again. Maybe. (1,255 characters)

Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma on this one was somewhat mild, but it increased a bit once it warmed considerably. Ultimately I got a mild, but pleasant spiciness from the aroma with some possible hints of alcohol. The flavor was much fuller. There's some sweetness upfront, then the spiciness kicks in, and there's a long, drawn-out combination finish. I'm definitely getting some Aventinus-like flavors which (for me) is a good thing. The phenolics in this brew are kept on the light side, and the spiciness is allowed to shine. This brew is somewhat sweet, but certainly not cloying. There's a slight alcohol burn in the finish. It was most-drinkable when it approached room termperature. The bottle did say it was best to age this beer, but I couldn't wait. Six months or so might do this beer some good. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed this beer which just recently showed up in Orlando (Knightly Spirits). I love a good Abby-style brew, but more often than not, I'm disappointed with what I find. However, I was happily impressed with this one. Nice job Dieu Du Ciel! (1,055 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - the one pours an orange-tinted mahogany colour. Very opaque. Head is a bit of a disappointment - it rose slowly to only about an inch and a half and fell to a ring with a bit of film very quickly. this may have been because of the high ABV. Some nice visible carbonation.

smell - the nose is great! Full of rich and complex malts. There's a strong molasses-like dark richness to it, which is fill of fruit like stones, bit with a more sharp black currant or dried cherry note. A touch of earthiness. Very little spice and not hope. No burnt notes.

taste - very similar to the nose, it the fruity profile comes out a bit more over the malt. the prune-flavour of the melanoidin malt comes our stronger. There is a hint of pepper that lasts a while and plays well with the alcohol heat. The spice and heat play will with what would have otherwise been a much too sweet finish.

feel - body is very full with a syrupy feel that lasts, with some spice and heat from alcohol drying out the finish. Carbonation is minimal, giving a velvety feel that plays well with the flavour.

I'm still not totally sure about how a quad is all that different from a Belgian strong dark. But this was really tasty! (1,202 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Light brown/amber with nice amount of tan head

S: A little malty sweetness, not very strong

T: Alcohol, Malt sweetness, dark fruits, clove, hop bitterness

M: Medium, a bit too carbonated

D: The alcohol is way too hot. Didnt want to drink more than 6 oz

Cheers! (289 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A: (3/3) Dark toffee brown with a light haze and thin but well-retained head
S: (9/12) Pretty strong raisin/apple and alcohol with funky notes and a little bit of burnt caramel, and I even get a little banana when I go back for sip number two
T: (16/20) Stronger on the burnt caramel and chocolate than the fruit
M: (4/5) Pretty solid body with very little carbonation, pretty dry finish
O: (7/10) Yeah, I know my review is all over the map, but the beer kind of is, too. I picked it up at a cellar clearance sale , and then left it in my fridge for a couple months, so I think I aged it properly (notches say '05). None of the flavors really sing to me, but it’s certainly a solid beer.
39/50 (697 characters)

Photo of cdrogers
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Westmalle glass.

A: Resembles most all of the quads I've had. Nice dark brown, almost black looking, with an creamy off-white head.

S: Lots of dark malts, maybe some coffee as well.

T: Too strong and not enough sweetness. I mean the ABV overpowered much of the flavor in this one. A nice richness, coffee and toffee flavor, but after it starts going down you are overwhelmed with the ABV. The Rochefort 10 is a strong one but they get it right with the sweetness that balances it out nicely and I can't really tell the ABV is so high. Not the same with this one and thus the 3.5 rating.

M: Nice flavor until it hits the back and starts going down. It's not horrible at all, but just a big yikes.

D: Definitely not one I will be purchasing again. Was too strong and not enough flavor. (810 characters)

Photo of strangemusic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nut-brown with a quickly fading, spotty head.

Aroma consists of rich dark fruits, potent alcohol, malts and spices. Apple, fig, raw sugar.

It unfolds across the tastebuds with red apples, baked pears, cider spices, yeast, honey, herbal flavours and boiled candied sugar, but not painfully sweet or harsh. Creamy caramel apple notes develop. The alcohol is a dark, warm, woody, peppery presence in the sip. Tons of complexity.

Mouthfeel is lush and not harsh, but it has that undeniable boozy prickle to it. Chewy. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is, astonishingly, not bad for 10 percent ABV! It doesn't have screeching harshness or sugars that make your head spin, and so it's a reliable long sipper of a beer that discloses lovely new tastes as you drink it. (772 characters)

Photo of evanlarkin
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Wow, no head on this at all. It attempted to foam a bit, but really just didn't happen. The color is a misty, translucent brown which reminds me of pretty much every lighter brown ale I've ever seen.

Smell:
Bready maltiness is what I'm really getting here. Banana notes have a moderate presence, with no hops aroma. It's not a complex smell, but it feels fitting of the beer.

Taste:
heavy banana bread taste and possible oatmeal flavor. Toasted malts give it a complexity which I didn't expect from the smell. Semi-sweet, with just a tinge of hops. A bit of alcohol heat to it, but not so much as to overpower the other flavors.

Mouthfeel:
Very heavy, very full. Medium-low carbonation. Has kind of an oily texture. Reminds me kind of how 120 minute IPA feels, strangely enough.

Overall:
This is an interesting beer, and I can certainly enjoy it. It's a solid offering from a brewery which creates quite a few very good beers. (942 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer. (598 characters)

Photo of santa109
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dieu du ciel's brewpub in Montréal. Only available in half-pints quantity when I was there.

A: Very dark reddish-brown with a foamy white head served in a tulip. The head fades away rather quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S: This one's yeasty with a hint of alcohol in there which masked other things for me.

T: Caramelized malts and plum seem to dominate as well as a smokey taste. This is definately on the sweeter side but I tend to enjoy this in higher alcohol beers.

M: Feels thick and smooth with a dry finish with nice low carbonation.

D: Alcohol is present in this one which gives a very pleasant warming feel. This serves as a warning about it's potency.

Overall, it packs a punch and with the sweetness and alcohol feel, I see this one appealing to those who like port. I enjoyed it but I was also glad I didn't have more than a half-pint. (875 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark mahogany appearance with a sturdy, fine beige head that hangs around. Tiny streams of bubbles continually rise to the surface from the bottom of my balloon glass, telling me it's a well-crafted Belgian-style brew. Nose is of malt-generated dark fruit (dates, figs), tart green apple acetaldehyde, some vanilla, and alcohol.

The taste is similarly malt-driven. Caramelly vanilla comes through a bit more and seems like it may be the result of oak aging. The alcohol cuts into the dry, Belgian finish.

Rigor Mortis ABT has a great mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, but not overly thick. Medium carbonation. Overall a good, but not great quadrupel. It lacks the dessert-like spice that I have come to love in classic quads such as St. Bernardus. Due to the price tag, I won't be buying this again, but I would gladly drink it if offered to me. (850 characters)

Photo of HopBacchus
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer kind of looks like mud but in a good way its murky and brown, mysterious even, possesses a tannish head that vanishes sooner than i would have liked, however lacing is still good

Smells of rich malts and red fruit alcohol also has a nice presence caramel and chestnut is also present i think faint citrus notes are also present

This beer is a malt bomb and extremely true to the style also raisins and cinnamon the alcohol has a pleasant

Alcohol thins the body a bit and makes for excellent drinkability

its a good quad if you are into extreme beer pick up a few of these bad boys (595 characters)

Photo of cptierney
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A deep, deep brown appearance. Almost milk chocolate coloring with a moderate translucence. Slightly fudged the pour as some of the sediment made its way into the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of light colored head that dissipated quickly.

The nose is potent. I can't tell what exactly it is, perhaps the spices used in the beer, but my nose stings a bit with a deep intake. There is a caramel note to the scent which is most pleasant.

For an ABT, this beer is particularly light bodied. Not nearly as syrupy as I had imagined. Light carbonation rounds the sip out.

This is an extremely sweet beer, with heavy notes of caramelized sugar. Sweet fruit rounds out the flavor. This sweetness is not necessarily unpleasant, as there is absolutely no alcohol bite to this brew.

Surprisingly drinkable, I wish I had another one on hand. (888 characters)

Photo of redsonja
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; amber brown, no head

S; caramel,spices,red fruit.

T; toffee,caramel,spices,red fruit,wood.

M; the spices stay in your mouth a long time.

O; nice beer for relexing again to manny tastes that i can trace but it is all coming togheter.
made in the belgian trappist style. (275 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Aroma of caramel. Pours cloudy brown with minimal head. Heavy sweet flavours. Full bodied with slightly sticky texture, average carbonation. Overall a nice strong beer, if a bit on the sweet side. (196 characters)

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DDC LCBO feature. Bottled August 2010 (oh, so young..)

Pours an evil murky brown, like an dark, hazy root beer. A layer of mysterious tanned head lingers on top of the beer. Once the liquid has been poured out of the sacred vessel, it seems as though the bubbles of carbonation have suspended themselves, almost with some sense of fateful purpose, in the mysterious brew. The beer sits eerily quiet, staring deep into your soul, intentions unknown.

A sweet, dark, malty abbey-aroma. Fruit, spices and alcohol to the nose.

Sweet boozy goodness! Spicy, juicy dark fruit is how I would describe the taste.

This is perfection on a cold winter's night. The 10.5% ABV certainly warms the chest and is relatively well hidden. DDC has done it again- this is one for the cellar. (774 characters)

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass from an 11.5 oz. bottle. Took a vigorous pour to get a good head. While the resulting, creamy, tan colored head didn't last long, there was lacing out the wazoo.

Dark red brown color. Inviting sweet malt and dried fruit and banana aromas. The nose doesn't really do justice to this effort. A little restrained.

Love the taste. Beautiful balance. Walks the razor's edge between sweetness and bitterness. Neither character overwhelms the other. Ample flavors of caramel, dried fruits and sweet malts. Peppery spices and a dry finish. Rich, but not cloying. Just the right amount of alcohol warmth. Man, I keep finding other flavors buried in here. Quite complex

I like this a lot (707 characters)

Photo of thadbme
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis ABT 12

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. Its darker than caramel, but seems to have things floating around in it which I presume is the yeast. It seems to be lively, has medium carbonation. Had not too much visible head on it that didn't stay around long. Good for lively, but the brown color is actually a little bit off putting. Side Note: I LOVE the artwork on this bottle. Its super cool, but not considered for the appearance point. 3 points for not looking superb, but i'll give it +.5 for the liveliness of the yeast.

S: Has a bit of a chocolate and caramel smell to it with just a hint of the malt involved. It has a hint of sweetness to it, but i'm not picking up on the fruit as the label indicates.

T: Dark chocolate, and almost a coffee taste on the first couple of sips. It has some smeetness to it, but blended well. A slight amount of hops, but the yeast in there is what seems to be giving it its flavour.

M: It has a heavy body to it that is slightly laced with the alcohol level in it. Although the beer isn't that thick, the "body" of the beer is very heavy. Almost as if you are chewing on the body. Carbonation isn't really all that lively for the mouthfeel category.

O: This is a beer that I've tried a long time ago, and that I enjoyed quite a bit. The second time I've tried it, I really like the beer, but it has some things in there that I don't like. It does not have a good "look" to it, but I won't hold that against the beer. The smell is good, but not overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is where this beer is at. I would drink this beer and enjoy it without worrying about what its "score" is, but I dont think its an elite level with everything perfect about it. And honestly, I am perfectly okay drinking a really good not perfect beer. (1,791 characters)

Photo of case4816
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Hazelnut, chestnut brown in colour and is fairly translucent. Very little head poured, which dissipated quickly to a thin lacing.

S- Very sour-ish smelling, with heavy scents of the barely and yeast. Also has a smooth smell to it, which is something I don't detect often.

T- Lots of gravity in this beer. Starts off very bitter and smooth, with heavy notes of the barley throughout. Beer ends with an almost perfume flavour and very bitter with a long aftertaste.

D- Very nice abt. Not something I could drink all the time, but something for a special occasion for sure. (581 characters)

Photo of ctgui
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/2011

A: Poured a dark amber/brown with a substantial head that fell quite quickly. Beautiful and consistent lacing.

S: Dried fruits like raisins, plums, a hint of spices and alcohol. I also find some saltiness in the smell, although I don’t know how to explain it further.

T: The mouth follows the nose. Fruity sweetness, spices and alcohol again. Malt is omnipresent and the finale is not bitter at all. Enjoyable.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit boozy, but this is very enjoyable and far from the most intense I had for the style.

O: Another great Dieu du Ciel!. I wouldn’t necessarily drink more than one of these in a night, but it is a nice culminating point. I definitely would recommend trying. I would look forward to aging a bottle to see how it evolves. A good representation of the style in my opinion. (869 characters)

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Dieu du Ciel I've ever had. I noticed it at a liquor store that I frequent and decided to buy it. It should be said that this was one of the coolest labels I've seen in quite a while.

I poured this into a Chimay glass. I didn't realize this was a quad until I saw the entry on BA. It definitely smells like a quad. It pours a very cloudy dark brown with very little carbonation and head. It smells sweet and raisiny with just a bit of brine.

Tastes quady. Fairly heavy, pretty darn sweet and a bit syrupy. It's hard for me to pick much else up from this. Maybe a bit of a Merlot sort of flavor?

Not much to say about this beer. It's good, but there doesn't seem to be much that is making it stick out from other quads aside from its awesome label. (768 characters)

Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bronzish color with slight head that faded rather quickly

S: Bready malt

T: Decently balanced lingers on the backend with a oakey malty flavor

M: Thick and leaves taste on palate

D: Fairly drinkable. I didn't notice any evolution after another one. (257 characters)

Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.